Chris Pell is having a busy year. In between illustrating label art and making the gulliest of bassline as DJ Sharda, he has seen his Murlo alias gather breakneck momentum thanks to his diverse array of leftfield grime-centred instrumentals. Murlo keeps the vibe varied, infusing his tracks with elements from soca, funky and R&B to create a unique sound that has received support from some of the games heaviest selectors including Blackdown, Oneman, Brackles and Slackk.
Most excitingly, Murlo has linked up with Glacial Sound to deliver their imminent second record on November 25th, the much anticipated 'Last Dance' EP. You may have seen Chris's own Last Dance video doing the rounds, a backdrop of regal opulence to suit the quirkiness of the track; sparse handclap percussion and punchy kicks beneath ornate snyth trills and broad violin strokes, like some kind of sleek dancefloor-aimed grime banger from the Baroque era.
If you have caught Oneman lately, you will have heard him battering the living daylights out of 'Robes', using its buoyant carnival rhythms to deadly effect. 'Velvet Wall' is built in a similar vein, with Murlo flipping the eski sound and packing it with snappy rhythms and gliding melodies to form a heavy orchestral-edged cut. To round off the EP, Glacial Sound have enlisted Slackk to twist Velvet Wall into a woozy, sino-grime flavoured beat with a similar aesthetic to some of his recent Minor Triads material, and Robes receives a rough, bassline lead 4x4 treatment from Manchester’s excellent Swing Ting outfit.