By: Ginny Yang
Mylo unleashed a sonic attack on U.K. clubs with his recording debut, Destroy Rock & Roll. The up-and-coming DJ/producer channeled the weaving synths and funky stylings of Royksopp, Moby, and the Orb through his home computer on the 2004 release, which is now available on U.S. shores. Despite its aggressive title, the album — packed with chilled-out grooves and sublime techno beats — is just as appropriate for bedroom lounging as it is for dancefloor battles.
The disc is a mix of ambient trip-hop and humorous references to ’80s-era guilty pleasures. “In My Arms” irreverently boasts a clip of Kim Carnes’ “Bette Davis Eyes,” while the title cut features a sample of a preacher denouncing artists ranging from Michael Jackson to Men at Work. “Musclecar Reform Reprise” is a seductive tribute to Camaros, Chevelles, and Caminos. However, the Scottish artist champions a simpler form of transportation in the escapist refrain of “Sunwhorshippers.” “I’d had the college / I’d had the earning the money,” announces the chorus. “I decided I was gonna find a new way of life / And so I took off on my bicycle.”
Born Myles MacInnes, the club maestro was on his way to receiving a Ph.D in philosophy at UCLA before dropping out to pursue music full-time. While remixing tunes by the Scissor Sisters, the Killers, and Kylie Minogue, the DJ released Destroy Rock & Roll on Breastfed label, which he partly owns. The album’s influences vary from the filtered funk of Daft Punk (“Drop the Pressure”) to the party anthems of Prince (“Guilty of Love”). While the war to slay rock wages on, Mylo’s light and airy brand of electronica has already taken a life of its own.
Mylo had planned a U.S. tour in support of Destroy Rock & Roll, but had to cancel all appearances due to a virus that caused him temporary hearing loss. No new dates have been announced.