Flora by Moullinex – Gomma
German based label Gomma are synonymous with the smooth deep disco sound and their latest album release is still standing up to that undeniably solid reputation. In the limelight this time is Portuguese maestro Moullinex. A well-versed producer, musician and writer Moullinex has releases on seasoned labels such as Eskimo, Kitsune and DiscoTexas with his modern interpretation of disco receiving worldwide acclaim.
So, through the glare of the glitter ball Moullinex’s studio album “Flora” emerges. The first thing that is evident is the authenticism. Every production is well crafted, impressive and drenched with vintage synths. It is easy to see there’s a real talented musician sitting behind the desk because of the distinct human touch interwoven into each track. The album is kicked off with “Sunflare”, a track bathed in sunshine. There’s vintage drums, live hat grooves, 80’s toms and a slick bass guitar rhythm that gives a head nod to Alan Braxes – Intro. Other stand out tracks are “Take my pain away” a beautiful disco production that has all the hallmarks of Giorgio Moroder with Moullinex’s production values upheld. Next up under the glitter ball is “Déjà vu” – A thoughtful lighthearted disco track. The one thing that stands out here is the mesmerizing vocal and THAT bass-line. Not only does it have unquestionable groove but it’s a testament to the production skill to get close to the magic of Daft Punk, which it does. As the album progresses there are undoubtedly impressive tracks such as “keep you close” and “To be clear” both retaining the authentic late 70’s disco feel but with trademark modern Nu Disco touches. The highlight of the album is saved until the later stages entitled “Tear Club”. Its special conga rhythms, hypnotic slap guitar bass and a summer vocal that cannot help but make you smile. Its big, exciting, effortlessly funky and probably the most commercially appealing of the whole album.
“Flora” is an album of pure deep disco funk for sandy shores. It’s modern and nostalgic, fresh without feeling familiar. The sound sources throughout the entire album are second to none, yet it’s crafted and shaped in a way that is indelible to his originality. This is potentially the best deep disco album of the year.