Screaming divas, ethereal pads, and the smooth rush of TR-909 hi hats – ’90s nostalgia is back in full force, and with it an entirely new wave of retro-futuristic house music. Urulu is one of those artists at the forefront of that movement.
With evocative and emotive productions showcasing a stripped back, classic feel, Urulu’s sounds are a throwback to the lost generation of smoother groove-makers. Resident Advisor best describes him as someone with “an impressively complete grasp of what makes a classic house cut.“
The LA based, but London-relocated Taylor Freels is well versed in finding a track’s sweet spot. Urulu’s dynamic arrangement instantly struck a chord with peers and fans alike with his sophomore EP “SINCERELY ’91,” on German heavyweight imprint Exploited Records. With subsequent releases on Dirt Crew (DE), Needwant (UK), as well as releasing on his tastemaker imprint Amadeus Records, Urulu utilizes a combination of cerebral, haunting vocal samples, all while infusing luscious deep chords and low-slung basslines. His forthcoming releases include the anticipated release on the forward-thinking label Manucci’s Mistress and a second helping on Jacques Renault’s Let’s Play House (US).
The man himself prefers not to be bogged down with sticking to one genre/sub-genre; each release, remix or edit makes a clear statement: this is unashamedly soulful, infectious, warm house music in it’s rawest and purest form.
This year’s schedule will be just as fully booked with releases and gigs as the previous. The first quarter of the mix consists of new tracks by Urulu himself, all yet to be released on Shabby Doll Records and Let’s Play House. He can be found at upcoming gigs at Chalet Berlin, War House in Moscow, London’s Dance Tunnel and the infamous Sonar Festival. We have to wait a little more until he’s in Holland again, on the 8th of June at Ruis Festival in Venlo.