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Mylo's music grabbed my attention the second I heard 'Drop The Pressure' and I was hooked straight away. His debut album is a mixed bag of events with genre hopping tracks and a very unique style.
Who is he:
Scottish electodance wizard Myles MacInnes is Mylo.
On this album:
The bomb that is 'Drop The Pressure' is the highlight. The robotic vocodered vocals over a minimal beat and a deep and resonating bassline that will damage any dancefloor. The track is original, it sounds fresh and it manages to hold the attention from start to finish. Superb.
He tackles a re-working of Kim Carnes' 'Bette Davis Eyes' with 'In My Arms'. This is a radiofriendy, warm sounding synth pop track with a sample to die for. It is inspired and one of the best on here. I found 'Destroy Rock N Roll' hard to get my head around. A lost of eighties pop and rock groups are reeled off over an electodance beat. It doesn't peak, it just progresses and then ends. It is an oddity but again very original.
Aside from the singles, check out the wonderful 'Paris Fourhundred' with the sweeping melody, you will get lost in this one. I also enjoyed 'Valley Of The Dolls' with Mylo delivering the goods with an air of tech-house here.
Different, eclectic and retro, yet retaining a very now sound. A very fine album
I saw an advert for Mylo's album Destroy Rock & Roll. I had heard 'Drop The Pressure' on the radio and although it was quite good, the main thing that attracted me to the album was the title. I hate Rock & Roll, so what could be better?
The album slowly drifts into your consciousness via 'Valley of The Dolls'. It's a gentle melodic track - minimal, with accompaniment of soft humming vocal, just like someone mimicking the tune. To describe it might sound annoying but you couldn't be further from reality it's relaxing and uplifting, you could just lie and listen to it and feel contented. That is, until it strangely ends really abruptly. That's not relaxing! Track 2 is in a similar vein to track 1, so I don't see why Mylo didn't just make the first one slow down or fade into the next as it would have been more effective. However, that's a minor complaint as 'Sunworshipper' is a fluid laid back groove. It's got a big slow beat, but that takes a back seat to the sunny melody, and then the rather unusual vocal loop. This loop will either be highly irritating to you; or it will be catchy and effective. I find it rather weird but it works so well you can't imagine the track without it, so it works well! Nearing the end of the tune there's a gentle breakbeat breakdown. The end of the tune tails of beautifully with an addition to the vocal loop which then leads into 'Muscle Cars'. Listening to this tune I see no rhyme nor reason to the name; but that will be forgiven because this is the first track with a deep and noticeable beat to it. It feels like the end of the introduction and the beginning of the warm up. And warm is definitely a word to describe this: it absolutely personifies summer with its gentle melody and pulsing trance breakdown.
After the fade out of track 3, the intro and warm up are well and truly finished. If you don't know 'Drop The Pressure' by now maybe you're lucky! It's a well produced solid tune but it's been somewhat overplayed by the radio station that I listen to. It's a jerky little electro-vocal driven track that builds with the robotic 'Motherf**ker gonna drop the pressure' vocal until the climatic breakdown. This album is never unnecessarily intense or hard, it'll get your foot tapping but you won't feel the urge to get up and dance; it's just great for sitting and relaxing to (great car music if you're not up for fast music!)
The second release from this album 'In My Arms' couldn't be more different to 'Drop The Pressure'. Mylo must have been devastated hearing two different versions of tunes with the "waiting for a star to fall, carry your heart into my arms, that's where you belong, in my arms baby yeah" come out before his this year. As stand-alone tracks the others are catchier and probably more popular but amidst these chilled out album tracks you can see why Mylo shortened the vocal to simply "in my arms baby yeah". It absolutely kills the cheese factor, so that all you're left with is an unbelieveably euphoric lush trancy track. If you were to dislike this track after the fantastic four track build up to it then this album is possibly lost on you. I still can't fully appreciate this tune on the radio, but on this album it just fits so satisfyingly like the last piece in a jigsaw.
One of the greatest things about this album is that Mylo never seems to stick with the same ideas or tried and tested formulae. It's always changing. So this is the point at which he pulls out all the stops with the heavily breaks-driven slightly faster paced (but by no means fast) 'Guilty of Love'. From the beginning this features a frantic string riff, which makes you feel a bit weird after being so relaxed by 'In My Arms'. Weird in a good way you understand! And Mylo doesn't even pursue just one idea in each tune. This tune suddenly twists into a melodic trance-fest when you least expect it, and then back into the frantic strings. I can't help but think this album just wouldn't work on 'shuffle' mode of your CD player. Each track has been strategically placed to take up where the last one left off. 'Paris Four Hundred' may very well sound familiar to you. been effectively used in many a Channel Four advertising campaign. And the great thing is that it's such an amazing tune that the fact it's been on an advert doesn't even ruin it for me. It's a twisted swirling electro-trance cut up vocal (Mylo likes these, as do I!) affair with even with hint of a guitar thrown in for good measure (but it's not like a Rock & Roll guitar, of course )
And talking of Rock & Roll, next up is the title track 'Destroy Rock & Roll', and boy, is this weird! It starts with an American man reeling off name after name of big name music stars. The melody fades in slowly in the background then the beat comes in on an offbeat which catches you off guard, and that's what this tune is all about. The underlying tune is a repetitive funky loop, which complements the odd vocal which just goes onnnnn and on but there's just something which is just so good about it! Although it's not particularly noticeable, the backing track is always changing, which is why this apparently repetitive tune doesn't get boring. It climaxes with a cut up vocal, which gets gradually more and more cut up and faded out, to the point that the tune just drops into another heavy loop.
'Rikki' begins with Mylo's now trademark cut up vocal effect; but for me this is the highlight of the track. I feel the album takes a bit of a dip here as I don't enjoy the overly funky beats or the cut up vocal going through the entire track. To me, it's overkill. 'Otto's Journey' doesn't do much to regain my interest lost during the last track. This has also been used on Channel Four adverts, but this time I find it's to the detriment of the tune. If I had heard this before the adverts I'm sure it would have been more inspiring. It's a funky little tune with a light melody, interspersed clapping and a piano interlude for good measure! It definitely adds to the whole vibe of the album, it's just unfortunate I've heard it too much already.
Thankfully after this slight lull in interest it's back to the gentle uplifting groove that has made itself a home on this album. 'Zenophile', like a few of the other tracks, would not be an outstanding stand-alone single to me, but as a part of the Mylo jigsaw, it's just right. Funky, electro, melodic and uplifting; it just belongs. And it just keeps getting better. 'Need You Tonight' is quite possibly my favourite track - the slightly crackly undertones, as if it's an old 12" being played to you on an old record player from times gone by, it's a slow emotional affair topped by a beautiful female vocal. One notable thing about Mylo is that he knows how to pick fantastic vocals - and not only that - he doesn't give it away all at once. He often samples a small loop for the majority of the tune, and then uncovers the real gem part way through. This tune has a blissful vocal singing, "This game you play" over and over, until it progesses into, "This game you play. Playing with my heart". It might sound cheesy to read but if you hear it, it's just so striking that it really tugs at the heart strings!
And finally, 'Emotion 98.6', the perfect closing track. It's a soft melodic instrumental, like its namesake it is packed with emotion (what's the 98.6 all about though?) This tune feeds off of all the emotions built up throughout the album. It just wouldn't be the same at the beginning or plonked next to an upbeat tune in the middle. It's Mylo's little goodbye track, and at the risk of sounding silly: the melodies, instruments, strings and chords he uses almost sound like he's marking the end of an era. The tune takes a turn in the middle for an alternative mellowed out section, which makes the return of the original emotion charged melody all the more powerful until it fades out at the end.
I hadn't heard of Mylo until hearing Drop The Pressure on the radio, so I wasn't really expecting much, and OH MY GOD I am surprised. I've never really been a fan of artist albums as I always felt they were just the accompaniment to their 2 or 3 singles that they wanted to cash in on. But this couldn't be further from the truth in Mylo's case.
'Drop The Pressure' fits well on the album but it's by no means a track that stands above and beyond the others. This is not an album that you could skip through 20 seconds of each track and know it's a good album: it's a journey. It would be great as background music because there are no obtrusive vocals or tracks that 'need' to be played particularly loud - but likewise it's also a great album for sitting and listening to properly (although it sounds better if you're driving or doing something mundane at the same time).
The first time I listened to this it was sunny and I was driving along in the car. It is perfect summer chillout music as it's uplifting and makes you feel happy but it could never be described as cheesy.
The only possible negative comment I could give is that I don't think the album could produce the same amount of emotion each time you played it. I think that if you played this twice in the same day you'd tire of it. It's a brilliant original piece of work so ration yourself and you'll appreciate it more! At the end of this album I tend to feel slightly disappointed because I want to hear very similar music but nothing I own is at all like this, it's all hard fast and upbeat.
It's funky electro-driven chilled out original dance music at its best - and if you're thinking "oh what, like Daft Punk?" Forget that rubbish! This is in a league of its own.
£8.99 from Amazon.co.uk
carly_pussycat - dooyoo UK ©
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Valley of the Dolls
4 Drop the Pressure
5 In My Arms
6 Guilty of Love
7 Paris Four Hundred
8 Destroy Rock & Roll
10 Otto's Journey
11 Musclecar (Reform Reprise)
13 Need You Tonite