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My Favorite Things Vol. 2

(Mule Electronic; US: 23 Jun 2009; UK: 8 Jun 2009)

Fans of the Japanese dance label Mule Electronic will be satisfied with My Favorite Things, Vol. 2. The eleven pieces of moody, near-ambient house and techno are a good representation of the label’s sound. Better, they’re previously unreleased. Familiar Mule names like Koss, Lawrence, and Minilogue are all here, simultaneously calming you and daring you to dance. Lawrence’s pretty, flowing “Jill” bodes well for his upcoming album, while Move D’s “Happylock” actually gets funky with a sampled bassline. This compilation provides a nice introduction to a label that successfully toes the line between the ethereal and the dull.

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John Bergstrom has been writing various reviews and features for PopMatters since 2004. He has been a music fanatic at least since he and a couple friends put together The Rock Group Dictionary in third grade (although he now admits that giving Pat Benatar the title of "first good female rocker" was probably a mistake). He has done freelance writing for Trouser Pressonline, Milwaukee's Shepherd Express, and the late Milk magazine and website. He currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife and two kids, both of whom are very good dancers.


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