Mukqs is the solo moniker of Maxwell Allison, co-founder and resident visual artist of the Chicago-based experimental label Hausu Mountain.
Along with the label's other operator, Doug Kaplan, Allison is a member of psychedelic groups Good Willsmith, the Big Ship, and the Earth Is a Man. As with the majority of the work produced by these groups, Allison's work as Mukqs is improvised, but instead of leaning toward guitar-based experimental rock, Mukqs is entirely electronic. Allison records directly to cassette in real time with no overdubs, using samplers, drum machines, loopers, and other electronics. His collage-like music matches his distinctive visual art aesthetic: dense, surreal, colorful, and heavily influenced by video games and Japanese culture. While mostly issuing music on cassette, one of Mukqs' most accomplished efforts, 11,666,666,666,666,666,666, was released on vinyl in 2017.
Mukqs made its recorded debut in 2013 with the first volume of Hausu Mountain's Mugen split cassette series (the other side was occupied by Kaplan, aka MrDougDoug). Please Can You Keep My Secret was released by Patient Sounds Intl. in 2014, and two digital mixes appeared in 2015. Several Mukqs releases arrived in 2016, including split tapes with DJWWWW and Constellation Botsu, as well as solo cassettes on Hausu Mountain and Apothecary Compositions. A tape for the Mexican label Umor Rex appeared in 2017, followed by the project's first vinyl LP, 11,666,666,666,666,666,666. Issued by Magas' Midwich Productions label, the album was a surprising venture into spacious electro. Following cassettes on Doom Trip and Unifactor Tapes, Mukqs teamed up with Chicago street rapper Sharkula on a 2019 Hausu Mountain release titled Prune City. ~ Paul Simpson, Rovi