The Mollan Sessions


Sebastian Mullaert and Marcus Henriksson aka Minilogue and Kuniyuki Takahashi aka Koss present a very special joint collaboration. Kuniyuki's friend Toshiya Kawasaki founded in Tokyo his label Mule Musiq only because he wanted to release Kuniyuki's music in order to spread the message that he is one of the most heartfelt contemporary electronic soul musicians in Japan. That was in 2005, and since then, Mule Musiq has given birth to many different partner labels, and built up a multicolored artist family that also consists of the Swedish duo Minilogue. Minilogue member Sebastian Mullaert feels particularly at home in this warm-hearted clan and has released all his solo works so far in the Far East. The two Swedish boys traveled to Tokyo to meet label head honcho Toshiya and perform and share their creative output with him and Japan. Here they met a lot of Toshiya's friends and among them was also Kuniyuki. Some months later in November 2010, Kuniyuki traveled to Europe for a small tour and the Minilogue guys decided to invite their new buddy to their cozy hometown Malmø to share some more music and creative output with the producer and DJ from Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. Again, it wasn't just an ordinary tourist trip to Scandinavia. This time, they spent five long days and nights together, tightening their friendship in a studio where they jammed without any plan in mind. The result of these sorcerous moments now sees the light of the day with a mostly slow, heartfelt album called The Möllan Sessions -- a record that is made for people who like to fill the room between the notes with their own imagination. Between the sounds of a Rhodes, a Roland TR-808, a Roland SH-101, a Moog Voyager, a Nord lead keyboard, drums, congas, laptops, and lots of other music sources, Minilogue and Koss left enough space for the listeners' individual emotions. Their epic arrangements are practically meditative and everything is enriched with finely-textured stillness, introspection, and calm repose. In-between every now and then, a sweet melody pops up and sometimes a cautious bassline emerges in a pool of free-spirited ideas. This is an album you get drawn into the more you listen -- a symphony of machines and instruments, a blend of contrasting textures -- organic and synthetic, icy and warm, that are hard to pigeonhole due to their true uniqueness.