Portuguese producer Moullinex is steadily carving out a solid reputation for funk-filled, disco-soaked house music. Now he's back with a new video for his latest single, "Club Cotton", and it's an ambitious affair. Joining him on the track is a full band consisting of Diogo Sousa on drums, Gui Salgueiro on keys and Gui Tomé Ribeiro on guitars, Manu Ihdra on percussion and André Cameira on flute. As he explains below, what started out as a jam session with friends evolved into the Moullinex band and an 11-minute disco workout, without any real planning. The room-filling vocals come from Dani Zinni who glides effortlessly across the slippery synths, fluid bass lines and some classic vocal samples. It's unclear whether or not this will form part of a wider release — or if we'll be hearing more from the Moullinex band — so for now, just enjoy it for what it is.
"I started it out as a straight house track with a stanky bassline, a homage to my first infatuation with dance music. I then invited Saintard play sax on it, but it sat on a hard drive for some months, as we were touring the live show. Earlier this year I set up live recording sessions with the Moullinex live band (Diogo Sousa on drums, Gui Salgueiro on keys and Gui Tomé Ribeiro on guitars, Manu Ihdra on percussion and André Cameira on flute), so we jammed on it with no plan whatsoever: channeling afrobeats, improvisational jazz and funk.
"I then took these sessions and compiled them into a song, but as the material was so captivating I couldn't make it shorter than 11 minutes. The vocals were later recorded by Dani Zinni — we both feel standing your ground in the face of adversity is itself a form of resistance."
"Club Cotton" drops June 14 via Discotexas. Pre-order it here.