Clash Premiere: MixHell – The Way

Disco bliss with a Sepultura connection...

Is it time to disco again? Bring your platforms and flares, as this exclusive track from MixHell will get you grooving from side to side.

‘The Way’ shows off the Brazilian dance-fusion electro group’s funkiest 80s tricks echoing an early Hot Chip record, even. Started by Iggor Cavalera – the former drummer of heavy metal band, Sepultura – and his wife Laima Leyton, the duo have now developed a full live band and are back with a new album.

Differing to their previous rock-influenced tracks, ‘The Way’ begins with exasperated vocals from Leyton and somewhat envisions Donna Summer below a spinning glitter ball, as the synth bass twinges. Percussion bounces in and out, likely due to Cavalera’s expertise background and who has most recently upgraded from staffing the decks to drumming live sets for MixHell.

Even the presence of Igor has drawn many Sepultura fans to MixHell live shows, converting metalheads to club ravers. MixHell’s aim to reignite the passion for disco-punk and old school hip-hop is seen in their ability to use background samples on the dancefloor whilst also shifting genres into a more contemporary setting.

With the combination of Cavalera and Leyton’s blend of old and new, MPC samplers, CDJs, mixers, synths and drum machines that create a versatile and engaging listen. The addition of new member Max Blum has allowed the husband-wife duo to experiment further with MixHell’s sound and developing an organic live performance. This day, the band are taking it to the next level and ‘The Way’ is a snippet of more under their sleeve so stand up, move and reminisce those disco electronic days with MixHell.

Listen to it now.

Words by Jojo Khor

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MixHell's debut album 'Space' will be released on June 3rd via Sunday Best. The band will play London's Hoxton Bar & Kitchen on May 13th (supporting C.S.S.) before performing at Camden Rocks on June 1st.

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