Logos presents Cold Mission. Photo by: Keysound Recordings
PHOTO BY Keysound Recordings

Logos presents Cold Mission


Author Mathias Haegglund in Music for Evlear
Published Sat. 2nd of Nov 2013 URL Bookmark

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. This is Cold Mission from Logos.


“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. In his own words…

“The title ‘Cold Mission’ is a nod to 4Hero - it was one of their aliases - and that whole era of London retro futuristic music” explains Logos. “It’s also a reference to Digital's ‘Special Mission’ and 'Mission Accomplished’, both form part of a run of paranoid late ‘90s jungle masterpieces the equal of Tricky or Massive Attack.”

“I'm interested in tracing the links between classic Metalheadz productions and early grime, especially the more angular stuff Slimzee played, but integrated in to a roughly 130bpm club context.  A lot of the album is informed by nostalgia for pirate radio grime and the sense of loss I feel for that period - 2002 felt like a much simpler time.”

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.”

Logos - Cold Mission
Release date 18th November 2013
Label Keysound Recordings

01. Ex 101
02. Statis Jam
03. Surface Area (Main Mix)
04. Swarming ft. Rabit
05. Seawolf
06. Alien Shapes ft. Dusk & Blackdown
07. Menace
08. Cold Mission
09. E3 Night Flight
10. Wut It Do ft. Mumdance (Album Mix)
11. Atlanta 96 (Limitless Mix)

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