LP Review: Nostalgia (The Remixes)

Review courtesy of: Kaitlin Secord [Canadian Beats]

Vancouver-based electronic music producer Vince Mulville a.k.a Mully has released a series of remixes of his earlier released LP Nostalgia. The remixes bring another level to the original songs, while not messing with their integrity. Building and blending the songs with different sounds adds another dimension to them – one that is sure to keep listeners hooked.

Kicking off the remixed LP is “Inception” (The Coriolis Project), which added a futuristic spin- the song itself feels very lowkey, however the vibes it delivers are much heavier and almost haunting . Sounding very surreal and uplifting, it surely calms listeners.

Next up is the title track “Nostalgia” (Mully and Davie Roibot) remixed by E.p.o.s., quite different from “Inception” – fun and funky, it fills the room with smooth vibes; the echoing and quirky drum/ vocal mix are sure to have listeners toe-tapping and swaying along.

“A Little Less Crying”(4) (Mully & the Purple Razor)s remixed by Last Naga, is again quite different from its neighbouring tunes – the rap-esque lyrics add a very cool and hip tone to it, while a similar beat construction add dubstep feeling to this spunky song. Lyrically, the song is jam-packed – singing about heartache, with such a creative and upbeat twist.

Rounding off the album of remixes is “Revelation”( Mully, Nubia Leiva and Darnell Richier) remixed by both Ian Auen and Good Cop/Bad Cop. The name entails exactly what this song makes listeners feel… completely at peace, and very relaxed. The occasional whispered vocals add a sense of serenity, while the wavy, soft beat is as calming as can be.

Nostalgia (The Remixes) is an LP that brings everything to the table – every emotion a song can make you feel is presented. The remixers hit the nail on the head with the clever re-works of original songs, turning them into masterpieces. 

Nostalgia: Album Review (Wetcoast Beats)

Album Review by Condens8, courtesy of Wetcoast Beats

I don't know if many of you have heard of this guy, but I have only known Mully as the main man behind the Abbotsford based Emengy crew. The are known to throw ragin'  Heavy Bass Music parties that occasionally feature  Wetcoast Heavy Bass DJs Inkredamine and Vacuity. I never really knew he produced, and this album was totally unexpected. The Nostalgia LP is a deep, tasteful piece of work that combines a variety of unique ingredients.... a hybrid mixture of organic and electronic sounds, hip hop + deep + ethereal. Vocal Chops, spoken word, and excellent MCing, This album really covers what I like to hear when I need to relax and think deeply. Because of how awesome this album is....I'm giving you a full run through, here it goes.... 

Track one "Horizons" starts on a somber note, with strings building up a feeling of sadness and anxiety, that eventually ends up being eased by the same instruments that brought the sorrow. This blends into track 2 "Nostalgia" which is a deep hip hop beat, featuring beautiful vocal chops and melodies that bring you back to when you first started listening to beats that were a little out of the ordinary, for me it was DJ shadow, RJD2 and Ratatat.

The mood changes back to a  more dark vibe as Inception is deep & dark, but also atmospheric, and somewhat hopeful. The soundscapes are beautiful, and I could imagine this being played at BassCoast or the Living Room at Shambhala. Throughout the song are subtle spoken words from what sounds like a child, which sends chills down your spine Almost something that Truth or Distance would make, but so unique in Mully's own kind of way. 

The next song "A Little Less Crying" brings back the hip hop vibes, this time with an acoustic guitar playing the lead over heart-wrenching vocals from Nubia. This one has no vocal chops like the last hip hop one, rather, it showcases Nubia's elegant voice in its pure form.  Track five follows this last hip-hop beat with some solid organic MCing in "Recurrence" from Darnell Richier. The beat is reminiscent of 90's hip-hop as there are no shiny things to distract you from a straight solid beat and conscious rap. 

Mully goes deeper with "Meadowbank" which starts off with beautiful vocal chops that you expect to evolve into a chillstep beat. Instead goes into a deep, atmospheric trap beat. Once again, amazing soundscapes run along this track as Mully keeps its classy and keeps the energy levels modest, slowly progressing to a various interludes that really give you that "rainy day" kind of feel. 

Track 7, Haunt me or Love Me, is another hip hop rhythm with the beautiful vocals of Nubia. This time hes teaming up with The Purple Razors, and the beat is somber and spacey. 

For Track 8, the pace really picks up as Mully starts off with a two step intro that is similar to Seven Lions or Rameses B. Expecting Dubstep, I am delightfully surprised when the beat goes into a 4x4 and drops into an Electro beat that has accompanying wobbles that are right on point. The beat then ends just as it started as Mully really flexes his production skills with a slick two step finish. 

The Hip-hop comes back with a chilling beat "Secstacy". Creepy let sexual, this beat feels pretty naughty and spooky at the same time. I cant put my finger on who this reminds me off, but it's definitely a cool beat that gives me ideas as soon as I close my eyes and bob to the beat.

This is followed by his upbeat Truth, as Mully explores uncharted territory with a really smooth deep house tune. Featuring Gaba and Dan Tait, it follows the formula of Deep House, but definitely has its own unique flavor. 

Track 11 "Revelation" takes two of the albums performers as Nubia's cathartic voice laces the chorus with Darnell Richier bringing the real talk. Nubia even gets a singing voice in the middle over-top an organic hip hop beat, this time held down by a piano melody.

Track 12 "The Disciplined Dreamer" - For the closing track of the album, Mully really does something special. Dustin hogan provides inspirational spoken word, as he says the goal of life is not about achieving your dreams, but should rather be becoming the best human you can be in the process. As the energy continues to build. Dustin's extended intro finishes off his extended intro. This is followed off by a beautiful progressive house tune that reminds me of Zedd, or Singularity but is once again touched with a beautiful Mully touch.  Dustin comes back for an interlude and brings more inspiration as he inspires you with the concept of being a "disciplined dreamer" ; someone who makes the sacrifices needed to truly pursue their dreams. 

As a dreamer myself, this album really inspires me. We sort of have similar pasts in that we both started our own crews, invested a lot of time, and potentially forgot our own dreams in the process. This album coincides with myself re-discovering my passion for my music, and I truly think is a gem that comes straight from the heart. I was really stoked to release my "Sell Your Soul Mixtape" on the Emengy Podcast just last week (also embedded in the footer for your listening enjoyment).

 

I hope Mully has more releases soon because we also seem to share a same passion lineage of acoustic, hip hop, and bass music. I am very excited to work with him more in the future and I hope he can teach me a thing or two as I enter the world of production ....finally. 

Check out Mully's Website at www.DjMully.com  and follow him on Soundcloud

Also Make sure you follow his record label Emengy on Soundcloud, YouTubeMixcloud, and Snag Mully's "Nostalgia" as well as a bunch of other great tunes on the Emengy Beatport. 

Artist Interview: Mully (Canadian Beats)

Interview by Remington Fioraso, courtesy of Canadian Beats.

I recently had the opportunity to ask Vancouver’s DJ Mully, also known as Vince Mulville, about his album Nostalgia. The album came out on August 1, 2016 via the Emengy imprint. Continue reading to find out more about the artist and connect with him through his social media profiles.


First off, can you introduce yourself to Canadian Beats readers?
My name is Vince Mulville, also known as Mully. I am an electronic music producer and the founder & manager at Emengy.

Who are your influences?
Musically, I would say early Delerium played a big role for me in the electronic music realm. Those guys are innovators and always will be.

Whom, or what, inspired you to begin pursuing music?
in the early 2000’s I went to many of of the Apex Project raves and just fell in love with the “electronic sound” of the genre. Shortly after, there was actually a local electronic duo called “Limbonius” who I met and really looked up to. They wrote their first solo album, and I thought that just was the coolest thing – A local group putting out an electronic album. It was literally unheard of at the time.

Your new album Nostalgia has recently been released.  How do you feel about the release?  What reception have you heard from fans so far?
The release is super fresh right now. It’s been out for about 4 days now and so far the people who have heard/purchased it have loved it.  Everyone seems to gravitate towards their own favourites, so it’s been hard to tell what the most “popular” track has been.

How was the studio process for you?  What were the most memorable aspects of working on Nostalgia?
The studio process was the most fun I’ve had in years, literally.  Working with Nubia and Darnell in the studio was an incredible amount of fun but also very challenging.  We had a lot of re-arranging to do in the studio to make lyrics fit, and as you know studio time is precious time!  Dustin Hogan was also my backbone throughout the process and always had my back. Cant thank him enough. Kyhan Smith, my recording engineer was also once of the easiest guys to work with and brought so much insight into the album. I consider myself very fortunate to have such a strong team behind me.

Whom, or what, were your inspirations for some of the tracks on the recording?
Tracks 4, 7, and 9 were actually written in 2008 with my prior electronic duo “The Purple Razors”, so it was super cool to finally bring those songs out into the light and show everyone.  The album is more of a reflection of my past, with a taste of what I’ve been working on now. I wouldn’t call it a “concept album”, but I would say it indirectly tells my musical story as an artist up until the present.

The album was released under the Emengy imprint.  For readers unfamiliar with the label, Mulville co-founded the imprint.  Can you tell us a bit about the background of Emengy? 
Well, Emengy was founded in 2010 by myself and Mike Gaba.  At the time we had been running “Emengy” as “M&G Recordings”, hence the name “Emengy”.  Shortly after, my good friend Desmond Parker took over ownership of the label and I took over operations & management and decided to rebrand as “Emengy”.  Since then, the label has released many singles and EP’s ranging from ambient and deep house, right into dubstep and progressive house.  I don’t like to keep Emengy’s doors too narrow, and therefore we are open to many different genres on our roster.  I think the biggest reason for having such a wide range is our location.  The Fraser Valley is much different than Vancouver, where you can have a label that is very genre-specific.  Our job out here is to expose quality electronic dance music to anyone who is willing to listen.

What can fans expect to see next from you in the second half of 2016? 
Surprisingly, lots of exciting stuff!  At first it was looking like I might just be focussing on promoting my album and general management with Emengy.  But now I’ve actually got a few remixes in the works that Emengy will be releasing for Mully. Im also in the middle of working on The Coriolis Project’s second EP, which is a side-project of mine.  And of course Emengy has a few events currently in the planning stages.  Lastly, (and maybe I shouldn’t announce this yet), but I am collecting material for what will be: “Nostalgia: The Remixes”, hopefully out before Christmas ;)

At Canadian Beats, we like to allocate a section of our interviews of questions that will allow fans to get to know more about you.

Who are your favourite Canadian artists?
Delerium, Richie Hawtin (If you consider him Canadian) and of course I have an insane amount of respect for Deadmau5.  And as everyone knows, I have a special place in my heart for Lights! lol

What was the first album you purchased?  What was the last?
I think the first album I ever purchased was “In My Memory” by Tiesto in 2002. I believe the latest album I purchased would have been Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack to the movie Interstellar.

What is your favourite summertime activity?
Apart from checking out festivals, Hiking for sure!!

What is one thing you cannot leave your home without?
Besides the cell phone, I’d have to say shoes. Definitely shoes.

If you could have any super power, what would it be and what would you want to do with it first?
Teleportation all the way. I would be a world citizen, bouncing around from country to country!

Finally, is there anything else you would like to say to our readers?
Just want to thank Canadian Beats for all the support you’ve given us here at Emengy, and for all the readers to keep supporting local electronic dance music!

Nostalgia: Album Review (Electro Wow)

Mully brings his ethereal and Electronica music on his newest album ‘Nostalgia’. It also features songs under the Hip-Hop genre and of course interesting collaborations with other artists. In general, you’ll feel comfortable after listening to all the 12 tracks. There are calming vibes and singular sounds in each tune. Nice instrumental arrangements and melody changes. I am sure that my review comes short of its goals, but one important goal has been reached, the discovery of an amazing talent!

 ABOUT THE ARTIST, MULLY

My solo album ‘Nostalgia’ is now available in both digital and hardcopy through the Emengy label! It’s been a super long journey and an incredible experience to work with so many talented people on this project. Some of these tracks date back as far as 2008, so I implore anyone who is willing to take a listen to this, to keep an open mind. Huge shout out to my good friends: Nubia Esmeralda Leiva, Darnell Richier, Dustin Hogan, David Randt, Michael Gaba, Dan Tait, Kyhan Smith, and Jenncast Dreamstation for being part of this and helping me finish this up!! And to everyone has ever supported me, you know who you are

– I love you and thank you.

Words by: Electro Wow

Artist Interview: Mully (Spottommy)

1. Who are you?

I am Vince Mulville.

2. What do you do?

I am the producer behind “Mully” and head of management at Emengy/M&G Recordings.

3. Why do you do it?

I have an insanely huge passion in helping artists succeed and reach greater heights in their career. I also love creating dance music grooves!

4. Anybody who participates in the creative process puts part of themselves into what they do. When you make music, how do you express yourself and how does it influence the final result?

I write music to express my inner feelings I guess. And its also a huge passion for me.  Its hard for me to pin point specifically what inspires me the most about writing a record.  I enjoy creating something original from essentially nothing - which in addition, is how Emengy started.

5. Aside from making music, what do you do?

I am head of management at Emengy/M&G Recordings.  So that basically involves everything you can think of that needs to be taken care of within a record label.

6. Do you get more girls because you're a musician? I hear that guys who walk around with a guitar attract women. Do you ever walk around with some DJ equipment?

Guys with guitars definitely get more women.  I always walk around with a pair of Technics, but it doesn’t seem to get me any farther with women.

7. What's the best joke you know?

Spottommy.  JK :)

8. Recently you were the guest mixer for the [emengy] podcast. What was that like? Tell us what is up with these podcasts?

The Emengy Podcast is a very diverse project that features many different styles of electronic music.  For me, creating the Emengy Podcast was a perfect evolution from my previous podcast “System Sessions”. It’s great because it allows my involvement to be 100% transparent. Doing episode 21 as “Mully” was a lot of fun for me though. I was able to showcase quite a few tracks that I’ve been listening to lately along with some classics.

9. What do you have planned for the next year? 

This year we have a lot planned within Emengy including loads of new releases and remixes, live events, custom projection visuals and lots more. A big focus for Emengy this year will be artist development and live events to support our releases.  Regarding my own personal productions, I am currently working on some original material, along with some exciting collaborations with other Emengy artists.

10. I have always wanted to jump into an Olympic sized swimming pool filled with Jell-o... also to fall from 10 km up through layers of Saran Wrap spaced about 10 feet apart... Do you think you could arrange either of these things? Oh, and what are some of your dreams?

I do not think I could arrange any of those dreams for you. Maybe on a smaller scale we could set you up with a little baby pool filled with jello that you could bathe in.  As far as my dreams go thats a tough one!  I would like to see everyone working with Emengy reach their ultimate goal in the industry. In addition i would like to see Emengy grow as a network, community and label to a level never before seen.

11. What's the biggest downfall of being part of the music industry? What the best thing about it?

In my opinion, the worse part would have to be the lack of appreciation for how hard artists actually work to just create one project or record.  Best thing about it would be that you get to wake up and do what you love everyday!

12. Have you done anything exciting lately? (tell us about it)

Last week my good friend Dustin Hogan asked me to be a guest speaker at Stylus College of Music and Sound Technology for one of the classes he is teaching.  That was a super cool experience for me personally, the label and also for everyone who attended the info session.

13. How do you set yourself apart, what makes you different than everybody else making music out there?

In all honesty, my main focus is geared towards expanding and developing artists under Emengy. As far as my own productions, probably staying true to myself and not giving myself any boundaries has allowed me to expand my sound.

14. Diamonds are a girls best friend... they are very expensive. A dog is a mans best friend... they sniff other dogs butts. What is the main difference between men and women?

Men are animals, but some of them make great pets.

15. If someone wrote a biography on your life would it be worth reading? What are a few key points that would be in it? What would it be titled?

I think people would get a kick out of my biography haha.  Lots of ups and downs. No idea what it would be called though… Maybe “Don’t Read This Book” haha. But seriously, I have no idea…Im not ready for a biography yet!!

16. Describe your music in a few words. 

Deep, underground, sophisticated dance music.

17. Do you speak any other languages?

French

18. Who puts on the best live show?

Wow. Tough one. deadmau5 has a lot going on in his sets, and always pushes the boundaries. If I had to pick, maybe Infected Mushroom. But again thats a tough question.

19. What does being creative mean to you? 

Creativity means freedom to me. Expressing yourself in any form of art is such a natural high I find. I think many others can agree with me on that!

20. Boy bands came and never left, unfortunately. However, you remind me of one (or all) of the Backstreet Boys. Which one do you think you are most like?

Man that’s wild. I don’t even know what they look like.

21. What's the best movie ever?

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

22. Where do you see the EDM scene going in the future?

I hope it continues to evolve and incorporate other genres.  Currently it seems to be reaching a sort of climax as far as that “big room” mainstream sound goes. I think it will be important in the future that artists continue to push the envelope with their productions and creativity.

23. Music draws a lot of emotion for many people. Do you hope to draw something in particular from your listeners or do you just go with what you feel? What goes on for you when you are making tracks?

Generally I hope the listener gives the record a chance and is open to new sounds. Most of my records and ideas come straight from my personal emotions. When I’m sitting in the studio working on a track or remix, I really just try to keep it simple and essentially not think about anything except for what grooves are on my mind, and what direction i can take them within my track.

24. You have been doing a lot of work with and for [emengy]... tell the folks what's going on with that.

Yeah, Emengy has been the main and primary focus for me and Mully’s productions have unfortunately suffered from that - BUT I am totally fine with this.  Again to keep it simple - This year Emengy will focus on artist development along with live events and creating custom visuals for our artists.  We have many releases planned for both Emengy and M&G Recordings with the hopes of reaching new heights in the industry.

25. Anything you have to add?

Thanks for the interview bro, and everyone be sure to lookout for some new Emengy/Spottommy collab gear!!

 

MULLY LINKS:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MullyOfficial

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mully_music

Instagram: http://instagram.com/mully_music/

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/mully_music

Beatport: http://www.beatport.com/artist/mully/46901

Homepage: http://www.emengy.com/


Interview by: Spottommy