When the end of year album lists are drawn up this December, watch out for the savvy ones who catch wind of Mildlife. They might not have been as zeitgeisty as bands like Khruangbin, Unkown Mortal Orchestra, Sudan Archives and Kamasi Washington but boy did they put their best foot forward with Phase. For the Melbourne audiences who have been privileged to their live shows for some years, it was about time. For the rest of us, we’re still catching up with this kaleidoscopic blend of 70s psychedelic, jazz and funk.
Tactically released before their maiden Europe tour this September is a remix EP that shifts them from the stage to the club. Also on Research Records, the A&Ring across the three tracks is as you’d expect from a label part run by Maryos from Butter Sessions: imaginative interpretations, covering a range of styles that retain an overall unity and open the band up to new audiences.
Following Tornado Wallace and Sleep D’s efforts, Mount Liberation Unlimited almost double the album finisher to an 11 minute disco-house joy ride. Tom and Janzon’s live jam approach to arrangement syncs perfectly to the Tame Impala-esque psychedlics of ‘The Gloves Don’t Bite’, kitted out with a drum freak out and an imagined Swedish-English duet between Tom and Kevin McDowell. Quirky, fun and best enjoyed with a canyon backdrop surrounded by trees.
Mildlife Remixed is out 17th Aug – buy from Bandcamp. Catch the band on a European tour this September in Sicily (6th-9th), Manchester (10th), Leeds (11th), Birmingham (12th), Liverpool (14th), Angers (17th), Paris (18th), London (19th) and Brighton (21st).