This week, we take a look at the latest release from Om Unit’s Cosmic Bridge Records. It comes in the captivating and exhilarating form of a four-track EP from Parisian based producer Germain Bigou, better known as Moresounds. Mutation Experts is a twenty minute excursion through dub, jungle and drum & bass. Bigou’s records slot somewhere between Machinedrum’s scattergun percussion and Deep Medi’s futuristic dub releases, however his biggest influence hails from Kingston, Jamaica. He speaks of the pioneering artistry of King Tubby, with the same reverence and adulation that many hip-hop artists would reserve for J Dilla. In fact, his website declares, with unbridled confidence, that, “Moresounds is a proud student of Tubby.” The way in which he cuts between ideas, on arresting opener ‘Ting N Tings,’ is reminiscent of Tubby’s trailblazing techniques yet Moresounds has cultivated his own forward-thinking electronic sound.
This record is characterised by snarling sub bass and shimmering top end, merged together with Parisian swagger and a deft touch. ‘Ting N Tings’ sets us up perfectly, a restless statement of intent that grabs the listener by the scruff off the neck and refuses to let go. Sounds dive in and out of the musical collage, like Ashley Young inside the penalty area, to create just shy of 6 precious minutes of agitated footwork and jungle. Completing side A is the title track, it boasts a furious groove and a sultry female vocal sample. As well as the repeated fragment of spoken word which exclaims the titular refrain, giving it an almost extra-terrestrial feel.
Side B is ushered in by ‘Ruff Times,’ a barrage of familiar sounds repackaged with consummate skill. ‘Positive Yourself’ is, possibly, the most unique track on the record. Various percussive sounds and the usual dubbed out bass rattle the speakers, as if to herald the arrival of another avalanche of rapid rhythms. Instead we are greeted by the soothing strains of: an acoustic guitar, electric piano, trumpet and a flute that resembles birdsong. A gorgeous way to end the record. Despite the heavy bass, each track comes with a bounce and lightness of touch that separates this piece of work as unique and noteworthy.
If you are intrigued to discover more great music coming out of the French capital, then check out Benji B’s excellent Paris Special.