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.”
1. Ex 101
2. Stasis Jam
3. Surface Area
4. Swarming (ft Rabit)
6. Alien Shapes (ft Dusk & Blackdown)
7. Menace 8. Cold Mission
9. Night Flight
10. Wut It Do (ft Mumdance)
11. Atlanta 96 (Limitless Mix)