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Myrryrs Feel U EP

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Discobelle records are a mixed bag, in more ways than one. Truly, there's no 'Discobelle sound.' Nearly every record the blog-cum-label drops jumps from one entry-level producer to another and one forward-thinking, club-friendly subgenre to the next, but you can safely assume none of them will be out-and-out stinkers. That's not to say they're all stellar, though. Brenmar's At It Again EP might very well top Discobelle's discography, but releases like the hyperactive Turned On Vol. 1 compilation offer far more duds than not. Qualitatively, the label's latest record, a six-track EP called Feel U by anonymous tunesmith Myrryrs, exists just about equidistant from either of those poles.

Of the three original productions and three remixes that make up the Feel U EP, maybe two are outstanding, two are passable, and two are forgettable at best. The biggest obstacle between the listener and full enjoyment of Myrryrs music is its pace. Both the title track, "Feel U," and "C?U?M" wallow in mid-tempos, and neither have anything remotely exciting going on to make up for its sluggish pace. The music isn't bad per se; it's sort of like a not-so-syrupy, not-so-deep Holy Other. But isn't this supposed to be club music? "Without U" comes out ahead of the previous two, thanks to a more fully realized soundscape made of deep synth pads, skittering 808 rhythms, catchy vocal snippets, and just enough random sound effects to keep things unique.

Save for Teki Latex & Bambounou's version of "Feel U," which is almost completely ruined by an unwieldy "rap" repeated ad nauseum, the remixes on Myrryrs' EP tend to outshine the originals. LA DJ/producer Samo Sound Boy makes the best use of the title track's synths and vocal samples on his energetic, percussive rework, and Clicks & Whistles delivers a strangely emotive, bass-centric take on the track that would be perfect for segueing into mellower territories during your next late-night DJ set. The Feel U EP isn't exactly a misstep in Discobelle's growing discography, but there have certainly been better releases from the Swedish imprint.