- Release Date 2019-09-18
- Label Looq Records
- Catalog LQ1222
The fourth installment of Loöq Records' Masters Expression series comes from the never-predictable but always on-point production team known as Momu. Money Can't Buy Life gets down to some serious ragga business, pairing absolutely classic breaks stylez with dubby Jamaican flavor. Influential west coast radio host and DJ Dan Digs describes the Warehouse Mix as "Rennie Pilgrem meets Orbital," and we can't disagree! The Coastal Mix slows things down and pulls the track in a dubby direction that's perfect for daytime chillout or Balearic sunset sessions.
The Masters Expression series from Looq Records showcases the work of established, experienced electronic music artists who are invited to compose music that is unique, weird, or innovative in regards to their own personal style. Each artist is challenged to engage in a deep, fearless exploration of their own dance music taste and obsessions, and deliver the musical results.
Momu is J.D. Moyer (the MO) and Mark Musselman (the MU). Championed from the start by the world's top DJs such as Nick Warren and Sasha, Momu immediately made a name for themselves with ground-breaking breakbeat singles that helped create the "progressive breaks" genre.
In 2006 Momu released their debut self-titled album to stunning critical acclaim. M8 Magazine said "you'll struggle to find anything as perfectly formed as this collection from breakbeat visionaries Momu." Spill Magazine opined "An absolutely cracking album from start to finish, there's not even a whiff of disappointment in this longplayer." 2008 brought the release of Momu's follow-up album Momentum. Unfettered by anything except the breakbeat form itself, Momentum broke the "progressive breaks" mold, but Momu's signature sonic weirdness, insanely high production values, and larger than life hooks were still front and center.
Momu's 2012 album Rising (Looq Records) opened at #3 on Beatport's Chill-Out releases chart. Rising fused a new signature style for Momu combining 60's jazz, 70's funk, 80's hip-hop and dub, 90's synth pop, 00's glitch, and new sounds stolen from the future. In 2015 Momu released The Mission, an aural criticism of the radical changes taking place in San Francisco. With breakbeats, analog synths, and digital sculpting, Momu creates sounds both beautiful and dissonant, raising a playful middle finger to Silicon Valley while also celebrating the city's history and idiosyncrasies.
Momu's most recent album Move (a Beatport Top 10 Breaks release) is a return to progressive breaks, the genre Momu co-founded along with likes of Hybrid, Grayarea, Fretwell, and Habersham.
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