Big News: Mutated Forms are no longer a trio.
Bigger News: They have an album lined up and ready to drop very soon.
Even Bigger News: It’s going to be some of their most accomplished and forward-thinking material to date.
Fresh from a brief hiatus away from drum & bass, the Estonian duo are making a return to their first love and are hungrier than ever.
“As a lot of people know, we recently took a year away from drum & bass to focus on our side-project as Undercut, trying out different genres and experimenting with different sounds,” explains Artjom, half of the duo. “That project was good fun but recently we’ve found ourselves missing drum & bass quite a lot, so we’re happy to be making a return.”
News of an album is music to the ears of everyone who has followed Mutated Forms on their musical journey so far, and indeed everyone who has a penchant for high quality drum & bass.
The album, which is nearing completion, has given them their best ever opportunity to really prove themselves and they’re relishing the opportunity.
If your appetite isn’t whetted enough already, here are three reasons to ensure your hype-o-meters are revved up another notch or two.
It’s receiving full backing and support from Blu Mar Ten…
“Ever since Chris from Blu Mar Ten signed Crowlin to his label we’ve been in contact quite a bit. Every time we sent him music towards the end of last year he asked us why we weren’t doing an album and we always brushed over the question, not really entertaining the idea. This was a fairly regular occurrence up until we started to take his comments more seriously and the idea started to become a reality.
We met up with Chris the day after a Spearhead night back in October and had a really good chat about music. In that conversation he asked us if we were where we really wanted to be and we began to question whether we actually were. That was the moment we realised it was finally time for us to make something substantial and the moment we realised that an album was in fact the best thing for us. Chris gave us a huge kick up the ass and we definitely wouldn’t be making this album if it wasn’t for him. It’s great to have someone with such significance behind the project.”
It’s going to feature a range of different styles and tempos…
“It’s no secret that we like to experiment with our sound quite a lot. On the album there are a few half-time tracks as well as a half-time jungle tune and maybe some slower, darker ones. We’re still working hard to get some of it finished but with the album we really want to show diversity in our sound. That’s what we’ve always been about.
When we first emerged on the scene we were known as jump up producers, believe it or not! If you listen to what we produce now, and what we’ve produced in between, it gives you an idea of how our sound is constantly changing and evolving. To be honest that’s probably worked against us over the years as nobody is really sure how to describe us and nobody knows what to expect from us!”
This is probably a good time to mention our recent change from a three to a two, as a few people have been asking about it.
It’s the combined effort of a longstanding friendship…
“Zub and I met each other way back in nursery and we’ve been best mates since the age of three. Our first encounter was an interesting one, though; I asked him if he wanted to swap his chocolate for my apple and he punched me in the face! Luckily that hasn’t happened since… We work really well as a duo; I’ll work on part of a track and then send it over to Zub who will then work on it some more and that process continues until we finish it. We’ve worked really hard on this album and it definitely makes it easier being such good friends.
This is probably a good time to mention our recent change from a three to a two, as a few people have been asking about it. At the beginning of February we mutually agreed with Alex, who made up the trio, that it was best for him to leave the group. Zub and I are based in the UK and he’s based in Estonia which made it really hard to work together and confused lots of people, so we decided it was best for all involved.”