Mumdance steps up to deliver a blazing mix for FABRICLIVE, set for release on 16th March.
After bursting into the spotlight in 2008 with two world tours and numerous heavyweight productions and remixes, Mumdance took a two-year hiatus after finding himself increasingly disillusioned with the scene and sound with which he had become associated. He returned in 2013 with a new, more self-assured style, releasing on labels such as Rinse, Tectonic and Keysound Recordings while collaborating with other forward-thinking artists such as Logos (with whom he is also set to release the club-oriented ‘Proto’ project this February) and Spyro. 2014’s anthem ‘Take Time’ with South London’s hot property Novelist was followed by the duo signing to XL Recordings.
Mumdance is no stranger to the rooms of fabric: “I have been lucky enough to play for fabric for near on 7 years now & it’s always been one of my favourite venues to both DJ at and go to as a raver. I think my first show was 2007/8, they have always consistently booked me and supported me. To be programming room 2 where I have spent hours and hours and hours sweating in the middle of the dance floor or standing in the corner nodding my head is a huge honour.”
The majority of the mix was commissioned especially and is exclusive to the CD: “I wanted my FABRICLIVE mix to represent what I would play in fabric and also what you might hear on my Rinse FM show, essentially collecting as many of my favourite producers into one place and presenting it a coherent manner. I wanted to reflect my past & present, as well as peering into the future. I’ve made a conscious decision to focus on interesting rhythms and drum arrangements, moving away from more conventional 4×4 drum patterns. Although some of the selection might be challenging in places for some listeners, in my own personal experience it’s not the most immediate music which has the greatest longevity, it’s the music which you really have to build a relationship with before you get the most out of it which ends up being closest to your heart. Overall I wanted this to be a mix which people would return to.”
FABRICLIVE 80 opens with previously unheard weightless sonics from the likes of Shapednoise, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma and Sculpture, taking a brief detour to early bleep with Sweet Exorcist, before settling into Mite’s ‘Cemetery Séance’. The piercing sounds of Logos’ ‘Glass’ (forthcoming on Mumdance’s Different Circles label) juxtaposes perfectly with Tectonic boss Pinch’s potent ‘Water Bomb’ and forthcoming dubs from Untold and Acre. The middle section of the mix acts as a short production showcase from Mumdance himself; three striking collaborations with Logos feature (‘In Reverse PIV’ is of particular note).
The mix enters weightlessness again with tracks from Helm, Wanda Group and Strict Face before Mumdance, Logos & Rabit’s ‘Inside The Catacomb’ acts as a statement of intent for the mix. Two surprise pieces of dancefloor fire emerge next: an exclusive VIP “fabric” treatment of Novelist x Mumdance’s collaboration ‘1 Sec’ and Riko’s version of ‘Take Time’ – an in-demand dub of 2014 in its own right. The final section of the mix jumps back in time to the early 2000’s with ‘Coalition’ from Eastwood & Oddz and Jon E Cash’s ‘Kamikaze’. Mumdance rounds off his FABRICLIVE mix with some uplifting tracks from the hardcore era that shaped his early musical tastes, by Bass Selective, Fat Controller, Jimmy J & Cru-l-t. The cyclical piano stabs of Ramos & Supreme’s stellar ‘The Journey’ are peaks in a mix that effortlessly summarises a unique musical mind.
Mumdance launches FABRICLIVE 80 at fabric on Friday 10th April with Pinch, Novelist & Riko Dan, Randall (90-92 Hardcore Set), Logos and CJ Yaxley B2B Temple. More info at http://fabriclondon.com/club/listing/1062.
01. Shapednoise – Travels In The Universe Of The Soul [unreleased] 02. @c – Ninety-Nine (Remix for Mumdance) [unreleased] 03. Jefre Cantu-Ledesma – Untitled [unreleased] 04. Fis – Branch Light [unreleased] 05. Sculpture – Fabrication II [unreleased] 06. Sweet Exorcist – Testsix (Toneappella) [Warp] 07. Mite – Cemetery Seance [Embassy] 08. Logos – Glass [forthcoming Different Circles] 09. Pinch – Water Bomb [forthcoming Tectonic] 10. Untold – Doff (VIP) [unreleased] 11. Acre – No Signal [unreleased] 12. Mumdance & Logos – Hall Of Mirrors [forthcoming Tectonic] 13. Mumdance & Logos – In Reverse PIV [Keysound] 14. Mumdance & Logos – Cold [forthcoming Tectonic] 15. Helm – Outerzone [unreleased] 16. Wanda Group – Piano In The Corner Of The Room [unreleased] 17. Strict Face – Rushed [unreleased] 18. Mumdance, Logos & Rabit – Inside The Catacomb [Different Circles] 19. Inkke – Choong (Devil Mix) [unreleased] 20. Novelist x Mumdance – 1 Sec (FABRICLIVE VIP) [XL exclusive] 21. Mumdance feat. Riko – Take Time VIP [Rinse exclusive] 22. Eastwood & Oddz – Coalition [A.R.M.Y Bullet] 23. Jon E Cash – Kamikaze [Black Ops] 24. Bass Selective – Blow Out Part II [SOUR] 25. Fat Controller – In Complete Darkness [Uphoria] 26. Jimmy J & Cru-l-t – Six Days [Remix Records] 27. Ramos & Supreme – The Journey Part 1 [Hectic]