Muffin has been at the very top of my ‘artists to watch’ list since I first heard “Beach Road” back in February. He’s also been near the top of my ‘to be blogged’ playlist on iTunes since I heard Astronaut Candy this summer. Muffin is my secret weapon when I DJ and he’s my go-to guy when I need some extra epic motivation music. His tunes are like cocaine for emotions, they amplify whatever you’re feeling 1000x. They can take you pretty much wherever you want to go. I would rank him as one one of our genre’s great hopes for 2011. We’ve got a couple of originals and a brand new remix to share today.
Muffin – Astronaut Candy
“Astronaut Candy” starts off with a pan swirling synth pad that most Frenchman would drool over. As the chords filter towards the inevitable bass drop, its hard not to picture someone like Alan Braxe behind the keys. Only the French touch legends make stuff that sounds like this… Muffin, is not French though. The 20 year old Aussie just borrows from the French, adding his own brand of Aussie Touch. His greatest asset is his ability to keep things simple. He isnt the kind of producer that hits you over the head with complex production skills. He writes beautiful chords and executes buildups flawlessly.
To say “Astronaut Candy” is epic is a vast understatement. You wouldn’t be doing the song justice if you didn’t take the time to put on some good headphones, close your eyes, and let the song dictate what happens next. For me, when the song finally drops at 0:48, I feel like I’ve just jumped off a cliff. The remaining three and half minutes are a prolonged swan dive towards the water. The wind, the waves, horizon, all crystal clear; slowed down into a cinematic experience that literally makes my stomach drop a little.
Around 2:45, when the final drop breaks, its like hitting the water. His Chimes-ian lead synth soaring to new heights. It gives me shivers in the same way the cold water would. Music can be so purifying right?! Listen to this song when you need to forget, or when you need a jolt, or when you just need to feel something. I can promise you’ll get something out of it.
Radio INK – Physical (Muffin Remix)
Given how late we are on writing about him, it came as a nice surprise yesterday when Muffin’s brand new remix of Radio INK in my inbox. I can’t say this song ties me up emotionally like “Astronaut Candy” does, but I’m amazed at the amount of energy that Muffin packs into this mix. Radio INK’s ode to pure lust is well suited to a frantic, almost confused remix. Its as if this was written to be the soundtrack to the wildest night you can imagine. Have you ever been out, made new friends, and somehow ended up on an adventure that couldn’t have been scripted better? This song is the soundtrack to that night.
I don’t want your baby. I don’t want your surname. I don’t even want to be your girl. I just want your physical.
“Physical” is right! Bordering on a jumbled mess of synths, the songs structure itself almost feels like an intense tryst in some back alley. Somehow all of the parts find their way together and the result is an energetic ball of physical energy. We’ve all felt it before, and you’ve got to give Muffin credit for capturing that moment so well.
To finish this off, grab my other favorite of his originals, “Seagulls”. He channels Lifelike to the core and pulls it off with a bit of Aussie Touch. The biting, driving bass puts you on train tracks that wont let you off until the last snare.
Muffin – Seagulls
In the wake of Evan’s post on Madeon, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to write about Muffin. Not to speak negatively about Madeon at all, who I think is quite the talent, but I think Muffin is an equal talent receiving much less praise. Its interesting to observe the blog elite wrap their hands around a new artist and anoint them as the next thing while other artists, often more talented, struggle on in relative anonymity. Muffin deserves all of the praise we can give him. If he can deliver some more Astronaut Candy, we’ll be all set in 2011.
As a last quick aside. I’ll take this opportunity to announce that we’ve been re-accepted to the Hype Machine aggregator. We’d love for all of you guys to head there and subscribe to our feed so that you can always keep up with our latest posts. We can always use the support from you guys!
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Written by – Josh (Binary)