Cold Mission [VINYL]
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Cold Mission is the debut album from east London-based producer Logos: it features fellow producers Mumdance, Dusk + Blackdown and Rabit. That Logos is member of two emerging underground collectives new school grime specialists Boxed and the Keysound Recordings' 130bpm family it gives you a rough sense of his whereabouts. At the first flickers of the album intro Ex101, you begin to sense the scope and scale of Logos' Mission. His modus operandi is twin strike of connection and disconnection: he lurks in the spaces between places, both literally - down badly lit Eastend back streets and figuratively, swerving between established musical nodes with the mission of finding new ones. It's suspended in the tension between then, now and what's to come. In simpler terms: Logos is a junglist but this is not a jungle album. He's a grime head but this is not a grime long player. This is an excursion in the dissolutions of forms and edges; of the elongation of patterns into repetitive plateaus of intensity. The album bristles with tension: for the Cold... component it is like he dissolved the intros of a thousand darkside jungle 12"s and dripped them into his analog hardware. The album features Keysound Recordings label bosses Dusk + Blackdown on the UKG exoskeleton Alien Shapes, while eski excursionist Rabit collaborates on Swarming. In 2013 Logos has formed a fruitful production partnership with Mumdance and their hyper-intense Wut It Do features on the album, following their anthemic but paradoxical Keysound releases In Reverse and In Reverse PIV . Logos's 2012 Kowloon EP was recently lauded by Fact Magazine as year zero and the catalyst for a talented new wave of grime-inspired producers. Alongside artists like Beneath, Wen, Visionist, E.m.m.a., Moleskin and Etch, Logos forms part of a new wave sonically exploring the 130bpm space and finding life and creativity again in edgy London retro futuristic music. Listen: http://snd.sc/1hQFLeb
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This album takes influences from a number of sources, and as has been pointed out by many before, it bears a striking resemblance to Jam City's Classical Curves, especially in terms of the timbres and techniques used (more so than even Jam City's more recent productions). However, Cold Mission is much more ambient and bare bones. There are no pounding beats, no funky hooks, and as the title implies, much less warmth. The drums are more disjointed, there is more space in between the beats, the silences are emphasised. Personally, I prefer Classical Curves, but I also generally prefer Night Slugs to Keysound, and to reference Harry Partch, the corporeal over the abstract.
I'd say that James Parker (Logos) is successful in achieving a very specific sound, and even though he displays his influences clearly, the album retains a contemporary sound. Still as a first full length release it is a quality effort and I hope Logos gets the chance to progress and refine his sound on a second LP.