Boomkat Product Review:
Mr. Mitch metamorphoses into his techno alias, DJ Cuddles, with a high velocity 4-track introduction tipped if yr into Basement Jaxx, I. Jordan, Planetary Assault Systems
Like many of us, the pandemic lock-down had a big effect on Mr. Mitch, who missed the club dearly and set about making tunes that reminded him of Basement Jaxx and peak time in the dance. They manifested his DJ Cuddles alias, and now on new label Phantom Dance, which promises a series of techno-indebted bangers to come. In pre-pandemic years this shift may have caused more consternation from “the scene”, but with Skepta and Jammer now playing house sets, and techno as the flavour du jour in clubs everywhere, it’s less a surprise in that sense, and more that he’s nailed the sound with a proper peaktime alacrity that’s bound to do damage where it counts.
Coincidentally this writer’s love of this sound was fired back up 48 hours ago by DVS1 and co at Klubnacht, and not gonna lie, ‘Phantom01’ makes me want to be right back in the thick of it. That’s mainly due to the strapping chord-rider ‘Groove Designs’ on an effortless Aril Brikha-meets-Basement Jazz tip, and also the more percussive, ragged ‘Elfor One’, while the flipside is primed for the speedier crew with the nagging, Paul McCartney-sampling electro-trance come-up ‘Phantom Trance’ going like I. Jordan meets BJ, and the bleep techno pounder ‘Rizm’ rounds off like Planetary Assault Systems in full flow at the big house.