Various – Variables II (Mordant Music MM048 – 2011)

Rating: 8/10

Mordant Music is a renegade of today’s electronic music and does not cease experimenting with rhythms and melodies for thrilling interpretations. One can imagine Mordant coming up with a new act like Rollerskating Bankers With Pink Hats to conquer the world. Don’t get me wrong – they are no clowns. But Mordant gives a twisted angle to their productions, ranging from hauntological songs to dub and punk-influenced tracks.

Indeed a crazy company of various artists here. In “Soldier (reMMix)”, Autre Ne Veut has mashed up pop-chart-feel for a weird and catchy tune to be sung along. Hectic synth piece called “ASDIC” by Baron Mordant himself is a gremlin disco hommage to Aram Khachaturian’s “Sabre Dance”. Ekoplekz’s psychedelic “Organite” carries the textures of progressive rock and in “Thermodub” the same suspect drives a large mutated dub soundsystem along the alleys of funkstep. After that, Sii’s bassy “Condor MoMent” has some drama of Italian 70’s police flicks and electronic strings in “#6 (Magic & DreaMs Edit)” by Some Truths conclude the EP of leftfield sounds. As always, happy to have a new Mordant.

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