Various - Mumdance & Logos Present Different Circles

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  • Mumdance & Logos Present Different Circles is a 51-minute mix from the two London-based producers' fledgling label, and for the first third or so, you wouldn't necessarily be able to tell if any other artists were involved. Mumdance's frenetic "Bleep Stasis" slides down its lurching, glitchy coil into the swell of Airhead's "Kazzt." Then comes Mumdance's remix of the track, folding the mix in on itself, followed by the label heads' collaborative "FFS," a hulking line of synths, whistles and claps that ends with a pitched-down moan, "Come on, maaaate." In effect, Mumdance and Logos have absorbed their label's roster into a composed piece of music in its own right. Across 21 tracks, 13 of which are previously unreleased, Different Circles features the likes of Fis, Yamaneko, DJ Sinclair and Shapednoise, among others. After appearing on the 2014 compilation Weightless Volume 1, Inkke, Strict Face and Rabit return. They're clustered together in the mix's second half: Innke's hiccupping video game synths are bound to the disrupted ambient of Yamaneko's "Shadow Temple Early" and the noisy drone of Fis's "Angels Of The Water Table." Different Circles moves from its signature "weightless" sound—sparing in its use of any one sustainable rhythm—to an almost tactile sense of space. The acceleration starts with a rare lull in the mix, from Mumdance & Logos' "Cafe Del Mar" to Rabit's "More Memories." A tuneful echo of what sounds like the clipped notes of a hydraulophone blends with the distorted melody of Mumdance's "Cirrus." Strict Face's "Python Crossing" doubles down on the harsher elements, serving as an almost imperceptible bridge into Mumdance, Logos & Rabit's "Inside The Catacomb." During that stretch, the inconsistent rhythms and sounds split and scatter, often fracturing again into alluring melody. Skittering over a panting synth sweep, "Inside The Catacomb" combines beats, samples and FX that embody the overall sound Different Circles. With little interest in steady rhythms, Mumdance and Logos focus on textures, dissecting and recomposing dance music's familiar sounds into warped reconstructions.
  • Tracklist
      01. Mumdance - Bleep Stasis 02. Airhead - Kazzt 03. Airhead - Kazzt (Mumdance Remix) 04. Mumdance & Logos - FFS 05. Logos - Glass 06. Mumdance - Path Of The Seer 07. Mumdance & Rabit - Submerged Binary 08. Mumdance & Logos - Cafe Del Mar 09. Rabit - More Memories 10. Mumdance - Cirrus 11. Strict Face - Python Crossing 12. Mumdance, Logos & Rabit - Inside The Catacomb 13. Inkke - Pioneer 14. Logos - Glass (Boylan Devil Mix) 15. Inkke - Love Song 16. DJ Sinclair - Bells (RPG Mix) 17. Yamaneko - Shadow Temple Early 18. Shapednoise - Deep Core Consciousness 19. Fis - Angels Of The Water Table 20. Logos - Glass (Shapednoise Remix) 21. Sharp Veins - Already Bones