Keysound continue to impress with another killer 12″, this time taking some choice cuts of the recent collaboration between Mumdance and Logos to form the ‘Genesis EP’. Few producers have come out with a more exciting take on grime (I’m using that genre reference point fairly loosely here) than the duo in 2013 and this release is decidely timely, providing a welcome taster ahead of Logos’ forthcoming new album due out at the end of the month which if the previews and early reviews are anything to go by is going to be nothing short of jaw dropping.
The EP kicks into life with ‘In Reverse P.I.V’, a refix that flips the original ‘In Reverse’ on its head, to open with the growling reese bass that proved so effective first time round. Gradually, icy cold synths emerge and the tension is ramped up until finally its head-fuck reversed beat springs into life at the two minute mark, pushing, pulling and stumbling about like a drum machine that’s just roofied itself and is trying to deal with the consequences. The original was a standout highlight on Keysound’s ‘This Is How We Roll‘ compilation and the ‘PIV’ version takes it to giddy new heights of weirdness. Swiftly following this, ‘Turrican 2′ starts life as a rolling 909 groove that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Wax record before suddenly switching into a twisted 130bpm take on ‘Pulse X’ albeit but like none you’ve heard before. The dark, factory esq samples that pair use create a sense that you’re hearing the track being built in front of you, with the iconic distorted kicks and clattering percussion created in some mad lab on a post-apocalyptic industrial estate.
Third track ‘Wut It Do’ goes straight for the rave jugular, creating a ballroom/baltimore hybrid of chopped up amen breaks, growling subs and distorted brass stabs. It’s probably the most dance floor friendly track though if truth be told it feels like the weakest offering here if only because if feels like more of a throwback than the others. Final track ‘Truth’ on the other hand, finds Mumdance collaborating with Mao for one of the EP’s standout moments. It’s a strange mixture of jerky, mechanistic percussion set against beaming glacial pads that float in suspended animation above the rhythms below. The contrasting mix of dark and light textures make for one of the most idiosyncratic re-engineerings of early jungle in recent times, as the duo ignore more obvious reference points in favour of a more ethereal approach that hits the nail right on the head.
Essential release. Out now on Keysound Recordings. Pick up a copy here