Innovative, raw and often riotous, Brighton’s Mumdance, aka Jack Adams, is famed for blending grime, funky, garage and electro cuts in a manner that does away with conventional expectations. The same can also be said of Mumdance the producer. With releases on esteemed label giants Mad Decent and Trouble & Bass he’s also tied in with a number on smaller, more genre-specific imprints such as No Hats No Hoods, but all of his releases convey a united message of non-conformance; the kind that he illustrated so well on the Tarathid EP where he collaborated with emcees Trim and Jammer.
As we approach the half way stage of 2012, Adams has been busy setting the tone for his future projects with a new series of podcasts entitled Different Circles that intend to simply chronicle the things he’s been listening to. Although much of his creative work has been saved for the studio ahead of the release of an anticipated debut album Tomas Fraser reached out to him and secured an hour long mix for the SR x Uncle Albert Mixtape series which features a unique peek into some of his recent productions.
Sonic Router: How has 2012 been for you so far?
Mumdance: I’ve been a bit quiet on the releases front because of the album, plus I did a lot of traveling at the start of the year; I went out to Mexico and Brazil and did some writing out there for a Brazillian band. Since then I’ve just been in my room really. I spent all my money on drum machines and synthesizers so I’m just getting my head down and trying to find where I’m going with my music. I’m taking my time, writing lots and concentrating on putting out good stuff essentially.
I have done an EP with LV though and one track from that is out on Hyperdub soon. I’ve actually been doing a few collaborations to keep things rolling – I’ve also been writing with Logos and we’re putting together an EP at the moment. I really like his sound so it’s been enjoyable working with him; we’re writing a grime banger and a couple of other weird ones.
The mix is typically eclectic and samples a real mix of sounds, what was your thinking with regards to putting it together?
Lately with my mixes I’ve been going down the Different Circles route and I tend to start slow and speed up whilst keeping things broad and generally on the right side of weird. I always try to keep people interested and make sure I put out something that’ll transfer to something I’d do in a club too. This mix is generally a taste of what I’m feeling at the moment.
How has your sound been evolving over the past few years? Have your preferences changed at all?
I’m still varying my music and my palette of sounds but maybe not as much as I have done in the past. What I’m trying to do at the moment is write enough so that I can see the direction I want to take – it may seem like it’s a bit all over the place but I’m just looking for a theme. My sound is definitely evolving though; it’s a bit darker but I find it hard to pin point exactly how or why. I just try to keep things interesting for the listener.
What can we expect from the album?
At the moment I’m just writing a lot of instrumentals and currently looking for a vocalist to make their mark – I want to work with one person ideally to give the album it stamp of consistency. Some of it is straight up electronic music and some of its just weird shit because I’m experimenting a lot. There are even bits that sound 90’s jungle and hardcore inspired in terms of samples and the way the sounds interlock. What I have been doing a lot lately too is listening to genre-specific music at the time it started and trying to piece that together in my own way.
I’m looking forward to seeing how it turns out.
1. Logos – Atlanta 96 – Keysound
2. Elgato – Luv Zombie – Hessle
3. Beaumont – Never Love Me – Hotflush
4. Guy Andrews – Hands In Mine – Hotflush
5. Mumdance – Springtime – CDR
6. Mumdance & Logos – In Reverse (pt 1) – CDR
7. L’ombre – South Klingon – Luckybeard
8. CJ Bollard – Pesticide – FFRR
9. Mella Dee – CNTRL – Coyote
10. J Sparrow – Afraid Of Me – CDR
11. Young Dot – Bazooka – White
12. Eastwood & Oddz – Coalition – A.R.M.Y Bullet
13. XTC – Functions On The Low – White
14. Low Deep – Jedi – Colourful State
15. Mumdance – Thugged Out Ecstasy Music – CDR
16. Mumdance & LV – Steak Night – CDR
17. Poosie & Cru-l-t – Hear Me Hear Me – Knightforce
18. Dj Vibes – Obsession (Music So Wonderful) – Asylum
19. Hyper On Experience – Lord Of The Null Lines (Foul Play Rmx) – Moving Shadow
20. Commix – Justified (Spectrasoul rmx) – CDR
21. Nasty Habits – Shadowboxing – 31 Records