Where to begin? Christian Denis (aka Mr. Moods) is yet another netlabel heavy-hitter with a great backlog of beats to his name. For those not awfully familiar with his work, browsing Bandcamp would be a good place to start. His latest releases are singles, “Existence” and “Some Other Time,” the latter featuring a vocalist who goes by the moniker MarLikNun. For this review, I’d like to focus on his latest full-length album, titled The Strings of Life.
Mr. Moods’ music is, well, moody… pensive, meditative. His influences aren’t hard to pin down: one can definitely hear nods to DJ Shadow or Krush, and his compositions are very consistent. In fact, maybe they’re a bit too consistent… track 11, “Trapped,” leaves me feeling just that. By the time I’ve gone mid way through the album, the arrangements become overly-predictable, leaving me feeling as though I’m listening to a chopped-up DJ mix instead of an 18-song LP. However, when I’ve reached “Istanbul,” I’m back in the groove again and carried through to the end quite nicely. What might make this album more interesting would be a decision to either make it shorter, cutting out some of the more redundant bits, or present it as a continuous composition, like a “live” mix focusing on the more unique sounds or arrangements overall. Nevertheless, The Strings of Life, as well as a great deal of Mr. Moods’ music, is very well put together and recommended listening.
Link to Release Page: The Strings of Life, by Mr. Moods