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Drawing upon the UK electronic music of his youth, Mumdance (along with collaborators Logos and Mao) was inspired by grime, hardcore, and shoegaze but never beholden to it. From its wall-of-sound intro to its maximalist finale, Twists & Turns is a powerhouse set of glass-breaking percussion, sub-bass rumble, backmasked synths and more. With instrumental grime the order of the day, it was a treat to hear Mumdance return to the scene, refreshed and revitalized. [FACT]UK producer/DJ Mumdance returned last year with the free Twists & Turns mixtape which made FACT's year end list, which the above review is from. He's not slowing down at all, with plans to follow it up with two releases in the near future. First, he'll put out the Take Time EP on June 16 via new label home Rinse, and soon after he'll release a B2B mix with Pinch on June 30 via Pinch's Tectonic label. Stream Take Time's grime title track featuring MC Novelist, along with the tracklist from his mix with Pinch, below. A full stream of Twists & Turns is below as well.
Mumdance is also about to kick off a tour in NYC this week. As part of the Red Bull Music Academy, he plays the Lit City Trax party on Friday (5/30) at The Westway with DJ Marfox, DJ Deeon, DJ Manny B2B RP Boo, J-Cush, UNiiQU3 B2B Tiga and Durban. Tickets for that are still available. Flyer below. You can also listen to the mix Mumdance made for Friday's event.
Mumdance returns to NYC in the summer for the first day of Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on June 28 with A/JUS/TED, Dimitri From Paris, Pantha du Prince (live) and DJ Spoko. Tickets for Warm Up are on sale now. Later that night, he plays another NYC show at TriBeCa Studios. All of his dates are listed below.
Mumdance isn't the only one playing the Lit City Trax party on Friday returning for Warm Up. Label boss J-Cush also plays July 5 with DJ EZ, Todd Edwards, Champion and Jam City; UNiiQU3 also plays July 26 with Cashmere Cat, Total Freedom, GoldLink (live), and Suicideyear; and DJ Marfox plays August 30 with Benji B, Dam-Funk (live), Tessela, Dutch E Germ and Avalon Emerson. Tickets for all of those are on sale too.
Portugal's DJ Marfox, who makes his US debut at the RBMA show this Friday, put out his first release for Lit City Trax, the Lucky Punch EP, this week. You can check out four trax from that below. Here's what Tiny Mix Tapes had to say about it in their 4/5 star review:
Lucky Punch borrows extensively from beat-driven, high-impact kuduro and slower, tarraxinha-flecked house, conjuring a berserk, crowded image of the physical setting this music draws from while forcing an inevitably kinetic response on playback. These six belting tracks combine the metallic hammering of industry ("Noise") with a flagrant, yet punishing jamboree of chimes, percussion, and hand claps ("Banda 52") -- it's the intoxicating grip of an urban carnival; life, work, and dance, fastened together and presented as a singular, essential rhythm. Each beat underscores the reputation that both Príncipe and Lit City Trax are forging as labels conscious of local dance scenes and the potential they have in broader contexts, without forgoing any of the maneuvers that tie these tunes to the places where their roots were formulated.The list of Mumdance dates, and all streams, below...
Mumdance - "Take Time" feat. Novelist
Take Time Tracklist:
1. Take Time ft Novelist
2. The Sprawl
3. Don't Get Lemon ft Spyro
4. Take Time (Instrumental)
Pinch B2B Mumdance Tracklist:
01. Logos - Savanna Overlord
02. Alex Coulton - Sinners
03. Pinch - Obsession (The Possession)
04. Pinch - Obsession (The Possession) (Shed remix)
05. Mumdance - The Sprawl
06. Pinch - Down
07. El-B - Buck & Bury (Ziro remix)
08. Nurve - Wrong Number
09. Mumdance - Doom
10. Mumdance & Logos - Legion (VIPinch Mix)
11. Pinch & Mumdance - Noctis
12. Asusu - Velez (A Made Up Sound Remix 2)
13. Pinch & Mumdance - Whiplash
14. Mumdance & Logos - Bagleys (Reese Tool)
15. Pinch & Mumdance - Double Barreled Turbo Mitz
16. Mumdance & Logos - Move Your Body
17. Ipman - Ghostrunner
18. Pinch & Mumdance - Lucid Dreaming
19. Logos - No Skyline
Mumdance - Twists & Turns Full Album
DJ Marfox - "Beat and Break"
DJ Marfox - "Terra Batida"
DJ Marfox - "Banda 52"
DJ Marfox - "Noise"