It wouldn’t really be accurate to say that we’ve been waiting a long time for a Stephen Mallinder solo LP. This is because the Cabaret Voltaire man’s last (and previously only) album Pow-Wow came out a full 37 years ago, way back in 1982, and as such most of us had stopped holding out for a follow-up. Now we’re pleased to tell you that 1) there is one, 2) it’s called Um Dada and 3) it’s good. This is a record of sprightly oddball techno-tronica that’s not dissimilar to Mouse On Mars or Matmos. Um Dada is out via Dais (Drab Majesty, SRSQ). Please note that the CD release contains two tracks that don't appear on the vinyl editions.

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Um Dada by Stephen Mallinder
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8/10 Ant 09 October 2019

I swear to God if I have to read another press blurb giving it the big “dark music for troubled times” spiel I’m gonna pop my eyeballs out the sockets with a rusty teaspoon. When the mess that is planet earth gets me down, I want music to lift my spirits - some joy and some actual fun. Look no further than PROPER house music - there is no better place than being absolutely lost in the groove. Although I don’t really listen to much contemporary house music at all - in 2019 it feels like such a well-worn template that it takes some real imagination to invigorate it.

Stephen Mallinder (Cabaret Voltaire / Wrangler etc.) is a man that possesses such vision - he’s created some of the freshest, colourful and original house mutations I’ve heard in some time. The very essence and simplicity of classic Chicago and early UK house are at the core of the album but it's far from retro or an exercise in nostalgia. Mr Mallinder’s musical DNA and personality is all over these tracks - his long-standing Dada influence is applied and executed with finesse - adding a peculiar and sometimes absurd slant to the tracks without sacrificing body moving functionality.

Littered throughout the infectious machine grooves are cut and paste vocal snippets that add a unique, quirky dimension. This is apparent from the off with the opening track ‘Working (You Are)’ with its playful loops. It’s tricky to pick highlights as each of the tracks (seven on the vinyl / nine on CD/digital) has its own distinctive character. The elastic, rubbery acid funk of ‘It’s Not Me’ is highly contagious while the gently purring bassline of the title cut is sublime. The joyous electrofunk vibes of ‘Satellite’ complete with cosmic vocoder vox hit the sweet spot, while ‘Colour’ hypnotizes with a dash of Lil Louis ‘French Kiss’ flavour and trippy pitched down vocal.

‘Um Dada’ isn’t an album that immediately floored me - it’s subtle magic has gradually seduced me and now won't let go.

10/10 Walter Customer rating (no review), 14th November 2019



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