On July 22nd Mutant Joe unveils his debut release for Evar, ‘Wrong Way Out’, an EP that twists rap, electro and breaks out of shape with cool malice.
Since his arrival on the scene with a pair of 2019 releases for UK-based label Natural Sciences, the Brisbane-based producer's output has spanned underground trap,gabber, electro, jungle,breaks and various global club mutations, repackaged and delivered with a unique sense of impending threat and unhinged delight.
Mutant Joe repurposes mechanical SFX, stock horror movie samples, feedbacking hardware and crunching percussion to create a dark and theatrical soundworld. Building on his earlier work with underground trap artists like Freddie Dredd and TRiPPJONES, opener ‘Bangin On’ sees Joe revisit his love for dirty-south-indebted electro hybrids, combining fizzing bass and steely beats, plus rhymes courtesy of a close friend, Atlanta rapper Apoc Krysis. ‘Static Effect’ deploys similar Drexciyan influences, its overheating 808s colliding with aquatic machinery and disembodied vocal chops.
‘Eyes Without a Face’ presents a unique take on some classical rave combinations, with rolling, metallic jungle breaks, footwork-esque kicks and tightly layered, redlining hardware. The pace eases off on the ominous and aptly-named ‘The Living Dead’, a low slung, off-kilter breakbeat weapon. The EP closes with a pair of remixes: a twisted dungeon-rave tool by Ukrainian D&B specialist Limewax, and a tightly wound, detailed broken techno workout by EVAR regular Wheez-ie.
‘Wrong Way Out’ offers six wildly different approaches, united by Joe’s mastery of gothic-horror sound design and unique ear for soundtracking end-of-night deviance. It’s a cross-section of the sound Mutant Joe has so quickly made his own: unclassifiable, unrelenting and darkly euphoric.