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ARTIST
TITLE
Flora
FORMAT
CD

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CATALOG #
GOMMA 175CD GOMMA 175CD
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RELEASE DATE
11/6/2012

This is the debut album from Portuguese disco aficionado Luis Clara Gomes aka Moullinex, featuring an array of vocal excellence from Moullinex himself as well as guests Peaches, Iwona Skwarek and Da Chick. Now Gomma looks to one of its existing artists, the highly-talented Moullinex for its next album. Moullinex hails from Portugal but resides part of the year in Munich, Germany. He is a multi-instrumentalist, writer, producer and vocalist and Flora is an insight into his musical world, featuring an uplifting array of sun-drenched melodies and his own heartfelt vocals alongside those of female vocalists Iwona Skwarek (of Rebeka) and Da Chick. Essentially Flora is a disco album, but it is neither a retro pastiche nor a cold, modern imitation of the sound; rather, Gomes has delivered a wonderfully-crafted selection of songs that marry timeless melodies with a deft production touch to create a music work that brims with positivity. From the beautiful opener "Sunflare," which lifts off the LP with a smile, the whole album has a life-affirming tact to it. Tracks like "Let Your Feet (Do the Work)" and the electro disco killer title-track bring a ray of light to the dancefloor and even the melancholically-titled "Take My Pain Away" and "Darkest Night" can do nothing but have you reaching for the sky. The album closes with a superb bonus track, a cover of "Maniac" from the '80s film Flashdance, this time featuring vocals from Peaches. Moullinex's debut has clear influences from Moroder on show, and there are elements of Daft Punk in a number of places, but throughout the album, Gomes very much carves his own sound, creating a musical soundscape that brings together the best of disco, funk, soul and electronica from the last four decades with a defiant look towards the future.