Mumdance was, despite releasing on a wide range of labels, closely associated with Mad Decent and collaborating with local musicians in Mexico and Brazil. As a DJ, his sets with Jammer were about as far from deep as it’s possible to imagine. Pinch, meanwhile, was in full swing as a figurehead of Bristol’s dubstep scene, taking the aesthetic of future-facing drum’n’bass and the precision of techno and applying them to deep dubstep, both with his own productions and through his label Tectonic.
In 2014, however, it makes total sense. Mumdance still divides his time between several labels, but has established alliances with Keysound (who released his Logos’ Genesis EP), the Boxed clubnight (he regularly attends and DJs at the night, and has contributed to their compilations) and Tectonic. Pinch, meanwhile, has spoken regularly about craving the rush of the new that he found in Metalheadz and related labels in the mid-’90s, and you sense that the shocking, roller coaster club music of Mumdance, Logos and others has scratched that itch with more satisfaction that Pinch has experienced in some time.
To toast Pinch b2b Mumdance, the duo’s new banger-heavy mix CD for Tectonic, we asked them for a selection of, well, just that: total no-holds-barred bangers. Pinch, naturally, went in at the deep end, while Mumdance is currently experiencing a rap revelation and lets his new-found love for Durk, Keef and the rest of it splatter all over the page.
Pinch’s Five Best Deep Bangers
I’m going to pick five of the best ‘deep bangers’, ’cause I think that’s far more appropriate coming from me. Here are mine, in chronological order…
Basic Channel – ‘Phylyps Trak II/II (Basic Channel)
One of the all-time classic techno tracks for me – possibly one of my all-time favourite tracks, full stop. This makes all dub techno of the last 15 years look weak and childish in comparison!
LTJ Bukem – ‘Atlantis’ (Good Looking Records)
Before he went a bit too drifty and dreamy, Bukem killed it with this deep jungle anthem, sampling Detroit’s legendary Surkit for that unforgettable riff that now makes more sense to me at 165bpm than 125bpm!
Groove Chronicles – ‘Stone Cold’ (Groove Chronicles)
The UK garage tune for me! I had an old ’97 Heatless Crew Mission FM session recorded with it on – caned hundreds of times over – and this was always my standout favourite track. Bought it on vinyl years back but someone nicked it…
Digital & Spirit – ‘Phantom Force’ (Phantom Audio)
Original stone cold drum’n’bass at its best – rolling and uncompromising from start to finish, just how I like it. “Dun Dun, Da Dun Da Dun”. Killer.
Kode9 – ‘Black Sun’ (Hyperdub)
Took me a minute to really get the greatness of this track. Kode9 reinventing the wheel once again on this now-classic dark, broken house masterpiece.
Mumdance’s Five Rap Bangers of the Moment
I’ve been touring in America over the last month and have been lucky enough to hang out with a load of knowledgeable people who have been opening my mind to a lot of new rap music.
Shout Out Cashmere Cat, John Twells and Them Flavours Chicago.
Sicko Mobb feat. Lil Durk – ‘Masarati’
This has been the soundtrack to my trip. I really didn’t like Sicko Mobb the first few times, but after spending some time in Chicago the bop sound has really grown on me. I’ve had their Super Saiyan mixtape on repeat for the past few weeks. #turnup
The Guys – ‘Flee’
Another bop tune. To my mind a lot of the bop stuff feels like it has sonic parallels with Soca, it’s just really fun party music. I love all the stuff by The Guys, but this one is my favourite.
Young Thug feat. Zuse – ‘Treasure’
Both Young Thug and Zuse absolutely obliterate this beat – powerful flows.
Chief Keef – ‘How It Go’
This one was on the radio loads when we were driving around Chicago and it just got stuck in my head for days. Big track.
BeatKing – ‘Stunt N***a’
The hook of this track is great ’cause it’s almost the most stereotypical modern rap lyrics ever, but that’s equally why it works so well.