CD review EMILS BULLS ‘Mixtape’

(7/10) In times of Spotify, Deezer and others mixtapes lost it’s fascination or better, were replaced by anonymous playlists. Actually you don’t even get tapes anymore the way it was in the 80’s when cassettes were the only way to capture music yourself. Mixtapes featured the essence of music you liked and/or were a cheap way to impress your girlfriend. Mixtapes – an individual collection of preferred music.

German Emil Bulls pick-up the idea and created an entire album around it. ‘Mixtape’ features 13 songs that result out of a decision process that started with 300 songs. The 13 tunes on ‘Mixtape’ are the once that survived a heard selection process and remained on the list until the end.

The range of styles on this release is a pretty wide one and not solely connected to Rock and Metal. It’s more of a colourful mix fans get offered with this album. Destiny’s Child’s ‘Survivor’ is transformed into a heavy rock song while Tylor Dayne’s ‘Tell it to My Heart’ stays closer to the original. ‘Jungle Drum’ by Emiliana Torrini works with it beat-focus very well and it’s ‘Rebel Yell’ (Billy Idol) thats stripped down to a melancholic ballad, probably the biggest surprise on ‘Mixtape’.

The idea of ‘Mixtape’ isn’t new and still makes fun. Maybe it’s a nostalgic thing that reminds of days when analog ruled and digital wasn’t even in sight, but I like this release. Summertime music.



  1. Survivor (Destiny’s Child)
  2. Tell it to My Heart (Tylor Dayne)
  3. Mr. Brightside (The Killers)
  4. Grenade (Bruno Mars)
  5. River (eninem feat. Ed Sheeran)
  6. Rebel Yell (Billy Idol)
  7. Jesus He Knows Me (Genesis)
  8. You Should See Me in a Crown (Billie Eilish)
  9. Jungle Drum (Emiliana Torrini)
  10. The Hills (The Weekend)
  11. We Build This City (Starship)
  12. Where is My Mind (Pixies)
  13. Every You Every Me (Placebo)
  14. Kids (MGMT)

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Alternative Rock

Release Date EU: May 24th, 2019



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