2013 was Jack Mumdance’s year, hands down, with huge releases on Tectonic and Keysound that pummelled the dancefloors across the globe. So whilst you’ll recognise the agitated machine swing of 'Its Peak' on the b-side, with its palette of weird scrapes, dystopian atmospheres and pneumatic drums, you’ll be most surprised by the melodious charms of 'Springtime', a mellifluously hazy tribute to the welcomed warmer months and, perhaps, a hint at a new sound for the producer?
Y'know how Miles Davis used to lean on his keyboards and make a fantastic racket? That's the needling sound that threads itself like barbed wire throughout this spacious, spooked production from Oddissee and yr damn right he knows EXACTLY what he's doing. Great rhymes from the Diamond District trio make this way more than just a Brucie Bonus, more like a boon from the depths of hell and the heights of heaven. Love the way towards the end it all drops down to pure piano and dread. Love the way it feels like it WILL NOT STOP unhinging you. Super stoopid fresh.
It’s true that some of the most innovative recent electronic music has come from outsiders and James Donadio doesn’t fit the typical techno bill. Previously a noise rocker, his loose and fast approach to arranging is refreshing. On one hand there’s the dense drums of ‘Unanswered’, while by contrast ‘Led Up Garden Paths’ is a frazzled, droning affair and ‘This Whole Affair’s So Fucking Unfair’ is a gnarly, broken beat workout, its punishing drums and nausea-inducing subs introducing a level of unease rarely experienced in techno.
This has been out a while, but with all that Christmas/New Year stuff, it got a bit lost in the melee! We thought it would be a shame not to give it a little plug, so here it is: a killer three-track EP from LA duo De Lux, which is laced with infectious and inviting disco-not-disco in the spirit of Talking Heads, Brian Eno and all things DFA. A touch of class.