Revisiting some of the year’s biggest tracks in techno, Nicole Moudaber’s MOOD Records presents ‘Best of MOOD 2018,’ mixed by label favorite Carlo Ruetz. Available for digital download December 21 and featuring artwork from mixed media fine artist, Peter Max-Jakobsen, the release comes as only the second compilation from the MOOD Records imprint after surpassing a milestone 50 releases in 2017. Delivering the stomping four track ‘Stormer’ EP this past June — which saw plays from the likes of Adam Beyer and Anja Schneider — Nicole Moudaber taps fast rising star Carlo Ruetz for the label compilation. Highlighting MOOD Records original tracks from Fur Coat, POPOF, Stephan Hinz, and remixes for Moby, Nicole Moudaber and Carl Cox, the 12-track compilation represents the label’s leading take on dance music.
“Carlo Ruetz is a hard working talent from Germany that I’ve had my eyes on for many years; his releases can truly do no wrong. We welcomed him to the MOOD family with his ‘Stormer’ EP in June and he also joined me at MoodZONE at BPM Portugal earlier this year. So naturally I’ve selected him to help me compile and mix the ‘Best of MOOD 2018’ because I knew he would deliver an impressive mix showing his dedication to the craft,” said Nicole Moudaber.
Opening with Wigbert’s “Moonlight,” the nine minute acid saga builds until the rattling percussive beat of Stephan Hinz’s “Conspiracies” takes the lead. Teaming up for their MOOD Records debut, Italian techno maestros ANNA V & M.I.T.A., transport listeners to another dimension with the warping sounds of “Through The Wormhole” followed by the minimal, yet transforming motif from SUDO’s “Abstract.” As the first of his two tracks on the compilation, Carlo Ruetz’s “Surrender” sets the perfect stage for the Truncate peak-hour remix of Nicole Moudaber and Carl Cox’s classic number, “See You Next Tuesday.” Turning to a remix from the MOOD Records label boss herself, Nicole Moudaber crafts a spellbinding, ambient techno atmosphere with her innovative take on Moby’s “Like A Motherless Child” before the compilation goes into overdrive with Venezuelan duo Fur Coat’s “Spiral” and “Alone In The Dark” from POPOF. The intensity continues with Stephan Hinz’s “Fearless” with its synth hook throughout fading into Sly Faux’s mesmerizing “This Made You.” Rounding out the mix with another of his tracks, Carlo Ruetz stays true to MOOD Records’ dark sound with “Silence.”
It has been another landmark year for the dance music brand Nicole Moudaber conceived nearly six years ago. Continually expanding its influence on today’s biggest names and tomorrow’s future stars, the imprint regularly stands tall in the vast techno-sphere. With her experience as a promoter, Nicole Moudaber’s brand has evolved into event concept takeovers with MoodRAW, which included an iteration at this year’s Official Movement Closing Party and a recent sold out night with Dubfire b3b Nicole Moudaber b3b Paco Osuna at Avant Gardner in Brooklyn. Also taking off on the international festival circuit, her MoodZONE stage takeovers have landed to the forefront of dance music with slots at EDC: Orlando and The BPM Festival: Portugal. After launching her award-winning Mixcloud radio show In The Mood in 2014, Nicole now commands an army of 20 million listeners weekly in 80 countries.
Never one to slow down, Moudaber, who fronts the cover of DJ Mag North America’s December issue, will close out the year in Los Angeles on December 28 at Avalon, MoodRAW in Miami on December 29, New Year’s Eve 2019 at Montréal’s Stereo before diving into 2019 on Holy Ship! January 5-9 with her Holy MOOD stage takeover.