Logos comes out of nowhere with an insane long player for Keysounds. This is some of the most inspiring, future-looking techno manipulation we’ve heard since Jam City blew ears up with the still jarring Classical Curves. And really, Curves, is just about the only foil that comes to mind when toying around with Cold Mission conceptually. The isolated, perfectly sculpted sounds take me back to the JG Ballard-tinged streets of sex and magic that Jam City toured me through so long ago. But still, something tastes different…
It could be that Logos opts for the more overtly psychedelic at every point that Jam City would choose restrained, blunt sonic objects. This allows for engagement at a different level. Logos wraps listeners up into a meditative headspace at points, like the blissful “E3 Night Flight” or the creepy “Swarming,” which features labelmate Rabit.
Cold Mission really holds its own when it operates both inside and outside of Eski Grime and ‘Step cliches. This occurs during an awe-inspiring 1-2-3 punch right in the middle of the disc. “Sea Wolf” and “Alien Shapes” replace the generic guts of UK electronic movements with space, allowing object fetish comparable to Oneohtrix Point Never. “Menace” furthers the method more successfully, operating on a level that is sinisterly approachable, like a surgical, club-aware distant cousin to the Modern Love crew. Logos’ sound is their own, though – can’t wait to see where it goes next.
Stream some samples of Cold Mission below and track it down here.