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?
It's deep, reflective techno on offer this time from the consistent Echovolt label. Ignore the Reflektor's pacy rework of the title track and head instead for the sun-kissed, sublime grooves of 'WA4.Sun' and 'Da3w.U'.
Move D's ongoing collaboration with Juju & Jordash yields more out-there grooves. Like previous MMH material, this release is the result of improvised jamming, and all of the tracks have a spontaneous, raw feeling. 'Avalanche' features the sound of the wind screeching through a forest over a primitive drum beat, while 'Don't Cry For Me Argentina (No Compromise Mix)' sees ghostly Moog lines run over a stripped-back rhythm. The most impressive track to come from the trio's live jams is 'Riptide', where spaced-out acid lines arc and ride over a trippy, modulated rhythm.
Some people seem able to make any rushed session sound like one of the most vital things ever and that fast and loose approach pays dividends for Helix, as his three-track 12” for Templar Sound as DJ Vague showcases.