DescriptionARTIST: TOMMY MUNDELL TITLE: LIFE E.P. LABEL: SONIC HEAVY RECORDS CATALOG: SH003 FORMAT: RELEASED: 01 JULY 2013
TRACK LISTING: 1. LIFE 2. ALWAYS IN MOTION 3. DEEP INSIDE YOU KNOW
UK label, Sonic Heavy Records formed earlier this year with a view to releasing music full of emotional content from a myriad of passionate artists, without being limited by genre. Launching with Mark Archer's excellent 'Triangle EP', the label now turns to Tommy Mundell, whose 'Life EP' comprises 3 tracks of deep experimental House.
Growing up in Portsmouth, England, Tommy Mundell first began playing at events organised with like-minded friends before advancing onto bigger club bookings alongside names like Josh Wink and Mr C. Drawing on diverse influences from his parents' music collection, to early Rave, Jungle and the progression of House, Mundell has gradually developed his own evolving electronic style, evoking the best of dance culture history, while remaining defined and innovative.
The opening, 'Life' is a rich marimba based melodic hit, with a solid bounce and percussion that lures you into the dance, holding your attention while driving forward and evolving. Its subtle, measured breakdowns and effects push a wooden pattern into a metallic timbre to hypnotic effect. A classic summer rhythm and perfect journey opener.
The second track, 'Always in Motion', does exactly what it says on the tin. Growling baseline notes and voice-like pads work in unison, introducing a Vince Watson-esque slow rise arpeggio and intertwining melody. This whole breakdown emerges with beautiful timing like an audio sunrise.
Final track, 'Deep Inside You Know' is a cool thumper that plays retro Garage stabs and warm drums through melody lines and dub effects. Fizzing and pumping its way through familiar yet haunting notes, it's perfect food for any underground connoisseur.