Mix Mup is due to re-emerge in illustrious fashion with a release on Hinge Finger – get a grip on what to expect with this video for “Bungalow”.
For a producer who has wisely spent the past year developing his sound away from the kind of ephemeral vocal hits like the Brandy bootleg “Getting Me Down” and the Moodymann sampling “What You Do With What You Have”, towards the kind of heads down, no-nonsense techno of his Clone and Black Sun releases, it seems to go against everything he’s been moving towards by revealing a track like “Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage?” on his Boiler Room appearance earlier this year. Lifting a sample from The Fugees’ “How Many Mics”, Blawan constructs a cartoonish nightmare of a track with its tongue firmly in-cheek, combining horror movie screams and strings, relentless 4/4, and rippling industrial stabs that seem suspended in some kind of gelatinous soup. It’s obvious from the public reaction to this track that this is what the majority of Blawan’s fans want, but is it really what’s best for him?
Striking visual concepts were key to our favourite record sleeves from September with a few usual suspects present and correct.
Announced recently in typically non standard terms, Blawan’s debut on the Hinge Finger imprint will arrive next week sporting some brilliant artwork.
Back in 2009 Simon Reynolds derided Joy Orbison’s 2009 breakthrough track “Hyph Mngo” as “moist n’ milky minimalism”, implying that he’d rather be “aving it apeshit” to 16-Bit’s “Chainsaw Calligraphy” than dancing to Orbison’s more polite hybrid of dubstep and garage. If the collision of Reynolds’ beloved hardcore continuum and Orbison’s lighter influences was pronounced in “Hyph Mngo”, it practically slaps you in the face on “Ellipsis”. Originally appearing at the beginning of 2011 via the now standard YouTube rip, the track has become another totemic production which a new wave of young producers are attempting to clone with results that yield ever diminishing returns.
As the first fitful bursts of Spring arrive in London, it’s perhaps no surprise that we’ve plumped for some bright and colourful designs this month to help awake us from our winter slumber.
Many may have been surprised to hear that the first release on Joy Orbison and Will Bankhead’s new Hinge Finger imprint was going to be from Workshop associate Madteo, given Orbison’s recent forays into more abrasive territory with Boddika. However Orbison and Bankhead have had a longstanding admiration for the German imprint, with Kassem Mosse being chosen in 2010 to remix Braiden for Orbison’s Doldrums imprint, and a cassette mix from Mosse being released through Bankhead’s Trilogy Tapes imprint.