Category Archives: DJ Murlo

Found in Space

Featuring : DJ Murlo, Pictureplane + The One

In an alternate 80s pop landscape, where simple synth chords co-exist with the sinister ambient rumblings from the sensory periphery of Italian horror composers.  In an alternate 80s where less was really more, where Chicago’s minimalism travelled back in time and co-opted the top of the charts.  Here we find The One, slicing through the wine bars at the end of the universe.  Prescient as ever they bricked themselves up behind that old Tron cabinet and lay in wait until we needed them to bring the croon back to the glacial synth slow-jam.

The One bring their love of (80s) Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis productions to glorious effect here.  With vocals by Emeson and music by Fair Ohs drummer Joe (with that unexpected and deliriously subdued guitar solo by Serious Lover) The One are a super-group for 20JFG’s world.  Striding across continents bringing a soft kiss back to methadrone’d dancefloors.  Thank god.

This will feature on a 12″ out in April on a new label by the guys that run the Road to Rimini night in Newcastle.

correction: the 12″ will feature ‘Let’s Get it Straight’ and ‘Change My Name Change My Number’ but sadly not ‘Double Life’.

The One – Double Life

Pictureplane created one of 20JFG’s favourite moments in last years vast sea of excellent music.  Managing to marry the big room crushed synths of Euro-disco with something cold, damp and personal with Dark Rift.  We’re back to this side of the Atlantic again.  Back at the source in a strange way.  while Dark Rift excelled at draining the blood from the bloated corpse of European super-club excess and leaving us with the exquisite, crystalline beauty here we have something more direct, more…reanimated.

Like some club-music golem Let Me Be Your Fantasy continues to lumber through the collective unconscious of generations of tortured souls.  A lethargic Amen break and a disinterested bit of piano house barely competed with Dee Galdes-Fearon’s vocal back in the heady days of 1992.  Pictureplane redresses the balance.  Crushing everything upfront, giant punches of drums and those half-there snatches of synths as they smash into the red.  Like a circle of tape recorders arranged around an FM radio trying to work out what they’re meant to be hearing, giving up and creating what they think rave should sound like.

Pitchfork beat us to this but it’s too interesting to not be included on these dark pages.

Pictureplane – Beyond Fantasy

image from petespix75

DJ Murlo graces these pages having lapped the internet since Hungry For Power included his Cold Pumas remix on their first release.  Cropping up on various mixtapes and providing succour to us Brighton types with his Angry Dance Party.  Here he takes the latest almost great Rhianna single and turns it into an infectiously low key exercise in dancehall minimalism.  Polite, quiet, chamber music for crystalline Jamaican cathedrals.  The effect, to foreground the rolling repetition in the vocal track, leaving a reverent space for Rhianna’s slyly insincere, phoned-in flirting.  Take it, take it, baby, baby…

Rihanna – Rude Boy (Murlo Remix)


Featuring : Brassica, Cold Pumas + DJ Murlo


Exciting times lie ahead for members of this fair MP3-zine. Along with our cohorts in 13monsters we’re on the verge of launching our new record label: Hungry For Power.

Our first release comes straight from the howling shores of Brighton beach where remorseless waves of guitars crash ceaselessly against the yelping pebbles. We first saw Cold Pumas support Ponytail in March (the 6th gig they ever played) and were smitten. Their support slot with Mi Ami (their 8th gig) saw consensus reached and plans made. And so here we are, with artwork by the esteemed Mr James Hines and remixes by débutante Murlo and 20JFG fave Brassica.


Jela opens the 12″ with it’s velvet gloved metronomic beat hurtling along hand in hand with a delirious wail of guitars. Vocals appear all around, loud but indistinct, like a hazy blood ritual seen through the drugged eyes of it’s victim. Then it shifts again. Anchored by the eternal kickdrum, we’re off to Suicide out of control at 45rpm supporting Glen Branca as the drum flings us aside once more until we ascend and allow the whole thing to come to a cacophonous close. This is ‘the hit’.

Jela has been blogged many times before (because it’s great!) including here, here and here but I think in this case we’ll make an exception to the usual policy of ‘first’ and post it again…

Cold Pumas – Jela


Brassica’s remix closes the 12″ with a giallo synth flourish. Taking on the other Cold Puma track on the A-side, A Tempting Haunt, Brassica bends the track’s sad refrain into a John Carpenter fever dream. A theme tune to dimensional rips and nameless horrors witnessed by muscular existential heroes contemplating the end of empire. Italo left to grow feral in the abandoned discotheques of an eastern European industrial quarter. Ghostly warnings lost in static.

Cold Pumas – A Tempting Haunt (Brassica remix)

The Cold Pumas 12″ will be available at select UK record stores from Monday (5/9/09) as well as from the Hungry For Power webstore.

As a bonus we’ve discounted the pre-order until Sunday at midnight (4/9/09). We’ll also be shipping internationally from the webstore so that should just about cover everyone.