Review: Aussie audio explorers Mildlife made a big impression with their debut album, Phase, which earned copious amounts of praise from the likes of DJ magazine, Mojo, BBC Six Music and The Guardian. Buoyed by this unexpected success, they returned to the studio and recorded "Phase II" - an 11-minute journey split into two parts, here spread across both sides of a 7" single. A-side "Part 1" is a wonderfully languid affair, with the band adding spacey Moog solos and 1960s British spy movie guitars to a lolloping rhythm track that sits somewhere between soul and jazz-funk. The "Part II" flipside version is noticeably slower, groovier and more of a head-trip, with fluttering flute solos rising above the band's impeccable rhythm section and intoxicating aural textures.
Review: Second time around for Mildlife's brilliant debut full-length, Phase, which here appears on red vinyl following a highly limited original pressing earlier in the year. The Melbourne four-piece has been picking up plaudits left, right and centre since the album first dropped, and it's easy to see why. Put simply, the six tracks offer a deliciously glassy-eyed, colourful fusion of vintage sounds and styles, with the band brilliantly mixing and matching elements of cosmic rock, kaleidoscopic 1960s dream pop, jazz-funk, blue-eyed soul, epic space round soundscapes and sun-kissed West Coast grooves. A wonderfully evocative and imaginative album.
The Magnificent Moon (Tornado Wallace remix) (8:14)
Im Blau (Sleep D remix) (9:03)
The Gloves Don't Bite (Mount Liberation Unlimited re-edit for The dancefloor) (11:17)
Review: Mildlife has enjoyed a brilliant 2018, tickling our fancy with a cracking debut LP that effortlessly joined the dots between jazz-funk, dub, disco and Afro-funk flavours. To round off the year, their label has decided to sling out this EP of more club-focused reworks. Tornado Wallace steps up first with a wonderfully warm, tactile and groovy version of "The Magnificent Moon" packed with bustling breakbeats, Balearic piano flourished and loved-up chords, before Butter Sessions sort Sleep D brilliantly re-imagines "I'm Blau" as a deliciously percussive slab of pitched-down analogue dub techno. Arguably best of all, though, is Mount Liberation Unlimited's epic flipside take on "The Gloves Don't Take", which offers 11 mesmerizing minutes of chugging dub disco grooves, layered tribal percussion and lashings of spacey jazz-funk synths.
Review: Narrowing down Melbourne band Mildlife's style into a genre is almost impossible, as they bond over the desire to push musical boundaries. No strangers to the local band scene, these four longtime friends have been drawing crowds through an epic journey at intimate venues and festivals for the best part of four years. Developing a dynamic live show centered around wild improvisation, they have left punters itching for their first full length studio album. Their debut entitled Phase captures the spirit of their performances, with six tracks that are a kaleidoscope of jams is the interplanetary path between jazz, funk and disco, The perfect amalgamation of cosmic electronics and soulful acoustic instrumentation.