Review: Mugwump “Boutade” via International Feel—File Under Essential Nu Disco / Techno

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Review: Mugwump “Boutade” via International Feel—File Under Essential Techno

Coined by Bill Brewster as the “best dance track of the Noughties,” the 2009 release of Mugwump’s “Boutade” is set for a re-issue on vinyl this summer. A slow motion churner that comes in around 107 BPMs, it separates itself from the too-cool-for-school nu-disco mentality and brings in a sound often associated with the corny side of traditional disco: orchestral violins and percussion. Mugwump’s recipe avoids making cheese soup by adding just enough loops, time stretches, builds and futuristic sounds to compliment the string section and timpani drums.

The result is a retro-disco cut that destroys played out stereotypes and instead creates a modern, ubiquitous nu-disco hit with proven staying power. While the original version is still scorching dancefloors worldwide, there’s and updated 2013 techno version that assimilates the violins in electronic obscurity until they breakthrough in the build at about the halfway point.

Review: Mugwump “Boutade” via International Feel—File Under Essential Techno

In support of the reissue, it’s backed with a new track “God is Gracious” which is a ferocious, raw vintage electro workout that pits smooth pianos with shark-like synth bass. Digital DJs get a bonus with a dub download of the 2013 techno version...

Out June 24th via International Feel Records.

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