Mumdance & Logos – ‘Genesis’ (Keysound Recordings)

For those who’ve paid close attention to the weird and wonderful exploratory new sounds emanating from instrumental grime’s sonic boom this year, Mumdance and Logos arguably provide the most interesting of the lot. The duo, who both incidentally orchestrate their own grime-focused club nights in the capital, (Boxed / Different Circles), have carefully manufactured a sound so ridiculously original and quite frankly, barmy as f***, that it’s hard to know where to start.

Logos’ uncanny ability to make his music revel in it’s sparsity, ‘less is more’ could quite easily be a cliched mission statement, is met with Mumdance’s passion for hands on, no-holds-barred sonic experimentation – a meeting of minds that Keysound were more than keen to harness. Their debut collaborative offering for the label is the four-track ‘Genesis’ EP and it’s as bold, crazy and outrageous as you’d expect.

Of course, Keysound had given us a taste of what was to come on their ‘This Is How We Roll’ compilation earlier this year with Mumdance & Logos combining on the genius ‘In Reverse’ and Genesis begins on familiar footing. A VIP, or aptly put PIV, version kicks things off here and like us, will probably leave you questioning what on earth you’ve ever listened to before. A bewildering melee of noise, it crashes backwards and forwards like waves battering a seafront, as booming, razor sharp bass hits collide with vocals and drums in what is certainly no ordinary VIP cut.

Once you’ve got over the masterful PIV, the EP continues apace with ‘Turrican 2’ bringing the goods again although this time as an off-kilter, 8-bar grime-meets-funk-at-130 kinda banger, darting in and out of rhythmic drum patterns that are intercepted by doses of trademark pulse-style bass. Drums are again a stand out feature on ‘Wut It Do (12” Mix)’, which fuses junglist rhythms with the jump up, face-crunching havoc of Baltimore club smashers like KW Griff’s ‘Bring In The Katz’, whilst final track ‘Truth’ sees Logos step aside as Mumdance and Mao join forces to bring things to a close on a softer note. Ironically, it is only here that we see the sparsity and moreover, the concept of space, fully embraced on the EP as bass takes a back seat and synths come to the fore amidst periods of dreamy, beat-less calm.

Admittedly it’s a tricky to digest at first, but the biggest compliment we can pay Genesis is that we’ve no idea, nor care for that matter, where it fits. Of course grime is a reference point, but Mumdance & Logos have eluded the pitfalls of genre by building their sound from a blank, but very inspired canvas. Quality stuff.

Released on Keysound Recordings November 4th; vinyl and digital formats.

Tomas Fraser

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