Abstract Mutation

Abstract Mutation – ‘Expert Loner’

29 August 2013

So, apparently the mix Abstract Mutation did for us this week was less about corporate aesthetics and more a banal reference to the Trojan infecting James Grant’s software while making it. Still, there’s much to be said for the move to mundanity many artist’s share in trying to dodge pop appropriation and the insidious nature of commodification.

Plus, if it weren’t for the need to escape said eventuality, Grant wouldn’t be such an ‘Expert Loner’ and be able to make the kind of murky dream state that is the homonymous first free-to-download track to be released from his Fake Keygen EP, out now on 1080P. Either way, it’s a far cry from the wreck head joyride of his Remote Admin mix.

Download both, listen consecutively and have a stroke. **

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Abstract Mutation, ‘Remote Admin’ mix

26 August 2013

An hour+ long mix from Australian-based New Zealander Abstract Mutation. Also known as Spelunks@soakingwet and label owner James Grant of Vinyl on Tapes, there’s a sense of the loaded dilettante to his oeuvre, hence the sleepless 6am comedown of this up all night mix. Innocuously titled Remote Admin and accompanied by visuals echoing the dull glare of a stairwell from any global central business district, Grant’s is the muffled cry of artists everywhere.

Because, with the likes of Katy Perry taking on the gaudy Tumblr aesethtic of chrome finish text and thrift store style for her latest album ROAR, it’s only natural no one else would want to do that anymore. Hence, keeping up the corporate aesthetic in a futile attempt to fend off the creep of Capital before it doubtless catches up, completing some weird loop as a painful reminder that product is the universal language.

Abstract Mutation’s Fake Keygen is out on 1080P tomorrow, August 27. You can listen and download his mix below. **

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