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ghost mutt artIn a 2011 interview with Knowledge Magazine, Ghost Mutt refers to the process of falling backwards into hip hop and R&B, a process that is likely relevant to many of our readers. Instead of listening to new jack swing in its heyday (he was 10 years old after all), the Brighton-based producer took a roundabout route that involved deconstructing two step and garage tracks and searching out their sample sources. He took a similar approach to hip hop, ingesting Four Tet’s Madvillain remixes before delving into the vast remainder of the genre. This deconstruction-based approach is readily apparent in Ghost Mutt’s music today, a rollicking, technicolor fun fest that touches on dozens of genre motifs without ever settling on one. A member of the eclectic Donky Pitch party crew/label, he makes music (ostensibly) for club play alongside producers like Slugabed and Lockah, bouncing between trans-Atlantic reference points with the confidence of someone who fully understands the material he’s regurgitating, but doesn’t have the patience to focus on any singular sound.

“3310” is the standout track from Ghost Mutt’s recent Rumble Pak EP (his third on Donky Pitch) and encapsulates his kaleidoscopic approach to music better than any track he’s previously released. You’ll hear Lex Luger’s signature build up, a bed spring sample and reverberating bass drum hits. You’ll recognize a brief Lil Wayne sample and the extensive use of vocals from Blackstreet’s “U Blow My Mind”. The track starts, stutters and stops, contrasting wildly percolating melodies on top of each other in reckless fashion. In the end, the only coherent components of the song are the heavily pitched down vocal  asking “what’s all the commotion about?”. It’s a beautiful mess that works not because of the chaos of its individual components, but despite it.

Despite touching on an unspeakable number of styles and genres, Ghost Mutt’s Astral Plane mix actually comes off as more cohesive than his individual productions. There’s no point in listing off the names involved as Astral Plane readers will likely recognize many of them, but in effect, the mix trapezes itself across the modern club landscape, involving a number of producers who also invoke a scatter-blast ethos in their music. After running through the mix’s 60 minutes, you won’t remember where you began and likely won’t have any semblance of an idea of where you finished. It’s discombobulated entertainment that is beyond definition and summarizes Ghost Mutt and Donky Pitch’s anti-monolith attitude. Stream/download the mix below and hit the jump for a look at the track list.

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Ghost Mutt is an enigma in our books, often brilliant, but seemingly without the ability to put forth a cohesive release. The Sasquatch and Sweat Mode EPs both had their highlights, but neither performs especially well as an individual document. On November 18, the Brighton-based producer will attempt to prove us wrong with his second EP on Donky Pitch, titled Rumble Pak. Sonic kin of producers like Jimmy Edgar and Lockah (who’s also released on Donky Pitch), Ghost Mutt takes a manic, maximalist approach to funk, hip hop and Joker’s purple realm of dubstep, melding the three into an intensely fun experience. Take “3010”, our first taste of Rumble Pak. It’s a commanding, synth-oriented track that has too many elements to count. There’s that chord progression reminiscent of Lex Luger, pounding, off-kilter kick drums, bright synth washes and a number of female vocal samples. There are bed spring, kiss and male soul samples. It’s a beautiful, captivating mess reminiscent of Rustie’s best work. Stream “3310” below and look out for the EP on the 18th.

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Last month, Dummy Mag’s Adam Harper wrote an extensive piece outlining what he calls the “neon” sound of the UK, demonstrated by labels like LuckyMe, Keysound and Numbers and characterized by bright synth work, loads of syncopation and a generally progressive spirit. Harper also touches on Bristol-based label Donky Pitch, which plays house for a globally focused cadre of talented producers, ranging from London’s ARP 101 to Seattle’s based kingpin Keyboard Kid. This month, the label reached the rather momentous 10 release landmark and are celebrating with a free compilation cleverly titled We Didn’t Think We’d Make It This Far Vol. 1. If you’re a Donky Pitch fanboy (like ourselves), you’ll recognize a good deal of already released material (10 tracks in all) that has come to epitomize the DP sound. There are also eight unreleased songs available including Ghost Mutt’s hyper rework of that one Kendrick Lamar song with the awful video filmed in a field “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe”. If Donky Pitch is a new entity for your ear holes, We Didn’t Think We’d Make It This Far Vol. 1 is a perfect introduction and if you’re already in the know’s know, well, show some damn support anyways.