Mushrooms Project – Dirty Bolas/Sunset Ballad
Three years on from the release of the critically acclaimed debut album, Undergrass, Mushrooms Project return to Leng with a two-track taster for their forthcoming follow-up full-length.
In the intervening years, Giorgio Giri and Marco Lentano have hardly been slacking, further exploring their unique blend of glistening Balearica, dubbed-out disco, Italian Afro-cosmic and psychedelic nu-disco via EPs for Horn Wax, Uber and Hell Yeah! Recordings.
Their latest two-track missive is undoubtedly amongst the Italian duo’s strongest work to date. The A-side boasts “Dirty Bolas”, an effortlessly summery groover destined to soundtrack sultry evenings and sun-baked afternoons. Its’ rolling, percussive funk groove and undulating electric bassline keep the action moving, but it’s the tumbling guitar solos, toasty keys, humid electronics and atmospheric field recordings that catch the ear.
Flip the 12” for “Sunset Ballad”, a near ten-minute epic that more than lives up to its’ name. Soft, delay-laden acoustic guitar passages and yearning electric piano flourishes set the tone, before the Parma-based production duo gradually up the pressure via a shuffling groove, whispering acid lines and quietly bubbling synthesizers. It’s undeniably rich and life affirming, but best appreciated while lying flat on your back.
Dirty Bolas will be featured on the duo’s second album ‘Rivea Corymbosa’, which is slated for release in the final quarter of 2016.
For now, you’ll have to make do with these two slices of seductive, sun-bright brilliance.