Boomkat Product Review:
21-track mix CD rammed with exclusive dubplates from Different Circles’ concentric squad inc Rabit, Airhead, Strict Face, Inkke, Yamaneko, Boylan, Shapednoise as well as Mumdance and Logos themselves.
UK rave mongrels Mumdance & Logos lock off a killer 21-track taste of their Different Circles label and experimental club events, pulling together some of the boldest mutations from their worldwide rhizome; including Shapednoise, Fis, Rabit, Yamaneko, Sharp Veins, Inkke, Strict Face and DJ Sinclair in their orbit.
It’s a full frontal statement of intent, rendering their Weightless aesthetic from a gyroscopic multitude of perspectives, tessellating and diffusing classic UK rave and grime contours with a heady upgrade of flashcore gabber, vaporous gamer themes and cinematic synth gestures informed by a growing awareness of textured concrète, acousmatic and computerised dynamics.
Touching down ahead of an eagerly anticipated Weightless Vol.2 compilation early in 2017, the mix pairs a number of modern classics from Vol.1, such as Mumdance, Logos & Rabit’s serpentine zinger Inside The Catacomb and the sweet-lad styles of Inkke’s Ruff Sqwad-esque Love Song, with Logos’ lip-bitingly strong jungle-grime slicer Glass and its shattered Shapednoise mix from DIFF002, plus the head-melting styles of Airhead’s Kazzt and its corresponding remix battery by Mumdance.
But they only account for about a third of the tracklisting, with the rest all practically exclusive or upcoming, if not recently previewed on one of their Rinse FM sessions. We’re talking the likes of Mumdance & Logos’ outstanding balearic inversion Cafe Del Mar and the proper head-floss of Fis’ Angels of the Water Table or Shapednoise’s Deep Core Consciousness, which are all taken from Weightless Vol.2, whilst the rum sorts of Boylan’s destructive Devil Mix for Glass and DJ Sinclair’s Bells (RPG Mix) tend to hardcore grime tastes, whilst Rabit sutures sore wounds with the light-headed sino reverie of More Memories and, if we’re not mistaken, also in a reduced rework of The Sprawl on Submerged Binary with Mumdance.
Basically it’s one of the freshest demonstrations of UK ‘nuum roots and branches that you’ll hear in 2016. But, if you can’t wait to get your hands on a copy, we’d strongly advise clocking Different Circles’ Boiler Room session with Metalheadz OG DJ Storm, plus Mumdance, Logos, and Roly Porter, tonight, 16th November, 19:00-23:00 GMT, and also at Corsica Studios on 26th November for a soundclash with Sam Kerridge’s Contort cohorts.