Articles on Mumdance always start by describing his early signing with Mad Decent, his departure from the public eye, his reinvention of his sound, etc. What they fail to mention is the most important fact about the man: he’s fucking crazy. Whether it’s his stellar monthly show on Rinse or his various unhinged productions, Mumdance shows he’s melted down his artistic inhibitions in pursuit of relentless experimentation.
At the forefront of the recent explosion of nu-grime, Mumdance has taken his love of grime to a beautifully wonky place with the “Take Time EP”, out via Rinse.fm‘s label arm this week. The highlight is the spastic and metallic title track, feauring the young and talented Novelist. Novelist deserves huge respect for dropping such quality verses over a beat this mad, he’s definitely a man to watch as grime continues its rise this year.
On Don’t Get Lemon, Mumdance and Spyro fetishize the beautiful sound of the pull-up: vinyl whirls back-and-forth alongside digital chirps and a lo-fi sinogrime breakdown, forming a killer groove worthy of both the headiest and sweatiest dance floors.
Easily the most experimental track on the EP, The Sprawl follows a haunting ambient intro to abrasive digital madness. Clicks, chirps and barks fire in bursts, coalescing into a beat briefly before a fake breakdown fully confuses the ears.