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Mushroom Record’s relatively new electronic imprint Soothsayer continues to impress with their latest release coming from mysterious Sydney-based musician Love Deluxe.

His latest, ‘Silk Mirage’, combines the best of old-school disco with a vibrant, complex modern approach in a similar way that Mylo did in the early naughties.

‘Silk Mirage’ sees lo-fi synths and dreamy pad work rub shoulders with distorted bubbling synths and drums for a complex yet utterly infectious groove that’ll just keep you coming back for more.

The creative team behind the artistic direction for Love Deluxe is Lost Art, aka Chris Hopkins and Axel Moline, who have led major campaigns for XL Recordings (inc. the last Avalanches record), Apple Music and MTV.

Commenting on Love Deluxe’s rich retro aesthetic, the duo said: “When Soothsayer first shared the Love Deluxe demos with us, what stood out was that it was hard to place a time period on the music. For all we knew, it was created 10 years ago, 20 years ago, or yesterday.

“I think for that reason they reminded us of some of the classic magazines we love that also seem to defy time – like Photo, Twen, Eros, Nova, Absolu. Their fashion sensibilities also felt a fit to Love Deluxe’s general smoothness.

“Working backwards, we reached out to photographer Hans Feurer, who’d been contributing to many of the aforementioned magazines since the 1960’s. It was a real thrill to work with his imagery. We worked with assorted archives including Associated Press and British Movietone to obtain the footage, with much back and forth, but it was well worth the wait”.

Andrew Rafter

Andrew Rafter is the editor and founder of Harder Blogger Faster.