The songs on his excellent debut, Cold Mission, could be moody jungle breakdowns shorn of context, left to mark time in a state of infinite suspense. It feels appropriate that Logos took so long to produce an album. This isn’t a quality commonly associated with grime.
Logos - Cold Mission The sounds of classic grime-guns cocking, brusque brass and strings, whip-crack drums-are particularly fashionable in 2013. These are the building blocks that Keysound producer James Parker works with on his debut album, Cold Mission, but he drafts up blueprints rather than full songs. As a grime deconstructionist, he joins the ranks of Jam City and Rabit, but there's something uniquely vapourous about his compositions that turn the style's brutishness inside-out
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For an album so firmly rooted in the sounds of successful club music, Cold Mission is shockingly disconnected from that environment. This has a lot to do with the general makeup of the grime elements at play here. While other 2013 grime releases like Wen's Commotion or Bloom's Maze Temple build cocky rhythms out of negative space and the raw edge of machinery clatters, Logos uses the same elements to create a sound experiment that's almost entirely removed from the rhythmic pinnings of his genre contemporaries. With Cold Mission, Logos smashes the familiar formula to a million pieces and carefully rebuilds it from scratch.
Cold Mission is one of the most intriguing and profound instrumental grime records I’ve heard. Logos substitutes much of the fierceness typically associated with the genre with crystalline elegance. He hints at pirate radio jungle and grime throughout, but the references feel wholly modern rather than throwback or revivalist, in a similar vein to Jam City’s Classical Curves. Cold Mission is also gloriously minimal. A Lynchian eeriness pervades the title track, with high-shine surfaces and ominous New Age-y noises of an environment that sounds at once natural and bizarre. These tracks only slightly mar an incredibly accomplished debut album, one that richly rewards repeated and isolated listening. Logos may take cues from both the fertile instrumental grime scene and a wider spectrum of influences, but he incorporates them into a thrilling sound that’s entirely his own.
Eski is still present on Cold Mission, Logos' debut album, though he has also claimed luminary drum & bass label Metalheadz and drum & bass act 4Hero as influences. He's even more explicit about his reverence in the record's press release: "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. Cold Mission's closest contemporary might be Jam City's Classical Curves album from last year. That record offered a similarly reduced approach, though it was also dotted with steamy boogie and rap inflections; apart from the drum & bass referencing on a track like "Wut It Do" with Mumdance (which also feels close to Baltimore or Jersey club), Logos sticks to a fairly grime-y palette, even sampling vocals from the MCs themselves. But again, the producer usually overcomes his self-imposed trappings.
But this feels secondary to Cold Mission, which, despite its more experimental tendencies, is an album of music for the body first and foremost. Despite this, it’s only half way through, on the Dusk & Blackdown collaboration Alien Shapes where things even coalesce enough to even let you begin to put Cold Mission in the context of music for the club. Although comparisons will inevitably be made with Jam City’s Classical Curves album, (the synth line on Logos’ Ex 101 and Jam City’s Club Thanz are particularly close), Cold Mission is, in its own way, even more extraordinary.
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Featuring – Rabit
Featuring – Dusk + Blackdown
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Featuring – Mumdance
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