Miles Mitchell is a resident at Boxed, a London party that's also home to Logos, Slackk and Oil Gang, and the gathering partly credited with fomenting the recent wave of experimental grime. Like his counterparts, he's a traditional grime lover who isn't afraid to take the foundations of the genre and build new structures, and his approach might just be the most accessible of all four.
His career launched in earnest around the same time as Butterz, and that label's colourful synth doodles might be a better comparison than the deconstructionist grime of his peers. All four tracks on The Room Where I Belong released on his own Gobstopper label, are touched with that chintzy neon sound, but use it in entirely different ways. "Bowser's Snout," with its whirring 8-bit arpeggios, sounds like early EPROM with added aggression, as heavy kicks match the bassline almost note-for-note.
"The Lion, The Bitch and The Bordeaux" reveals Mitchell's reflective side, stripping down what could otherwise be a big-room dubstep track into a haunting ballad, epic yelps and all. The most Boxed-sounding thing here is "The Man Waits," a track frosted by southern rap synths while one single drum pounds through the still ambience. Finally on "Pipe Dreams," Mitchell takes on Night Slugs-style stutter with camera flashes and spastic percussion. Each track borrows an idea from somewhere else but Mitchell synthesizes them well. This EP should go some way to establishing his name alongside his peers.
Tracklist01. The Man Waits
02. Pipe Dreams
03. The Lion, The Bitch And The Bordeaux
04. Bowser's Snout