Review: Twisted's Grid launches a new series dedicated to the deeper, introspective moments in life with five seriously respected artists at the dials. DJ Limited continues to show how versatile he is with the clanking, wobbling, slurring "To Be The First", man of the moment Need For Mirrors gets his slinky step on with "Such A Thing" while Damage Report gets his dancehall neck brace on with the hardest, snare-snapping jam of the set "Took You So Long". Elsewhere Dexcell add pace and grit to Mutated Forms' space-hopping bleep shock out "Duct Tape" and Raz brings down the curtains with a hurricane snare rattler that's laced with bone-chilling textures and rises. One for the heads...
Review: It's about time! Last spotted on Spearhead flexing their still-awesome debut album Holograms, Tallinn/Birmingham duo Mutated Forms deliver their largest body of work in two years. Is it worth the wait? You bet your last tiny little piece it is. "Flashbacks" is a woozy steppy cut that stutters and jumps with the unpredictability you'd expect from the longstanding duo, "Grow" is brings the soulful feels with a honeyed vocal, lilting keys and a pure growler bassline. "Avoid & Ignore" manages not only to fuse big housey disco synths with grubby bass and clam-tight two-step but its title also provides a handy self help message on how to keep enemies at bay. Finally "Narcissist" closes the deal with a classic string-soaked whirlwind nod to the power liquid golden days of 2005. Now that's what we call a flashback.
Review: Falling between the dubstep, drum step and D&B schools of thought, this one will appeal to all bass heads. Estonian outfit Mutated Forms have been causing a ruckus with their latest release on Grid. "Wastegash" is all The Clangers style bleeps, grinding, grating b-line and low-slung swagger, growling along with cheeky chirpiness and dancefloor panache. Accompanying this is effervescent sounds of "Duct Taped" - a tense, hissing intro full of menacing atmospherics, followed by a chopped up vocal-led passage and high pitched swooning synths. A cool and classy release from Mutated Forms.
Review: Having signed to Twisted Individual's Grid Recordings, Mutated Forms come fresh from their superb track with Jenna G "Last Time", teaming up with Hospital poster boy Netsky for another superb entrée to this three track EP. European Jazz singer Sofia Rubina adds a smoky soulfulness to the rattling breaks and warm, lustrous b-line. In the next track, ephemeral "Chasing Dreams" takes things on a more downtempo tip, with breathy cooing vocal and trance-like murmuring synths. Finishing up with "Jazz About You", Mutated Forms display their versatility as they step up with a more moody, Soul:R style venture. A quality release all round.
Review: It's the tune that simply won't quit: Mutated Forms' breakthrough stuttering halftime jam "Wastegash" enjoys two brand new remixes: DJ Limited adds a sassy swung triplet drum and maintains the rifle-like gutter groans of the OG bassline while Freek pushes the original grizzle to the background and adds a whole new level of clanger prang weirdness. Just when you thought the original was timeless and The Upbeats remix couldn't be topped, along come these. Get wasted.
Review: Most discerning D&B fans have been anticipating this one for years now but it's safe to say few of us had any idea just how soulful and widescreen Mutated Forms' debut album would be. From the soft-touch pianos and yearning vocal sample of opener "We Belong" it's clear the Estonian duo mean business. Highlights hang off every corner like casually baggy threads; the cosmic flutters of "Alright", the rising hype build and deep throat bass and halftime drums of "Amazonica", the overwhelming exuberance of the horns on "Revelations", the 22nd century R&B of "Heaven Sent", the list goes on. Both as singular tracks for DJs and as a whole body of work, this album really does confirm everything we've suspected of Mutated Forms for years. Exceptional.
Review: Sin and Estonian outfit Mutated Forms team up for a release on BCee's acclaimed Spearhead imprint, where liquid funk reigns supreme. "Talk To Me" is all melancholy piano keys, crisp, rolling percussion and hazy, swaying rhythms, falling into the drop with dignity and elegance. Instrumentals and booming subs add depth to the palette. The accompanying "Right Now" builds from a minimal intro, into a stripped back roller, with tense, ticking beats, woodblock rattles and warping b-line below. Top notch stuff on a deeper tip here.