Despite previously appearing back in 2015, the return of Mutations Festival feels like a brand-new festival. Now an all-dayer in a single venue rather than a multi-venue bash, as well as relocating to Portslade’s Hansen Hall and bringing Small Pond on board as co-promoters, it already felt like a whole new thing entirely. As such, there were certainly some teething problems on the day, such as a lack of facilities for such a large number of people, problems with the screens in the main room and, crucially, running out of pints way before its conclusion. However, there was certainly enough promise to keep Mutations alive long enough to become an annual tradition.
The wood-synth loving electro-rockers Snapped Ankles return with a deliciously alternative covers EP, available only on Record Store Day, 21st April, and only on vinyl.
Emerging from the London performance art scene and allies with the likes of The Comet Is Coming, they’ve just dropped their debut album, a high energy organic-rave that features home made wood synths, bits of hand crafted percussion, plus some old school analogue synth action, as well as your customary drums and bass. Dressed up as a cross between paganistic Christmas monsters and Nordic, their live shows are a wild enticement to get your best party-on whilst the world drags its sorry arse into the abyss. We spoke to Paddy from the band.
There’s a helluva interesting scene coming out of London these days. Built around an organic arts, music and performance community we’ve had, for instance, the likes of the space-techno-jazzers The Comet Is Coming wowing tranced-out believers, and the more groove-based pan-African jazz offerings of Shabaka Hutchings and crew. Then there’s Snapped Ankles, a weird and wonderful concoction that embraces the modern and ancient, don mythological Norse hedge-like attire, and batter their instruments as if in a paganistic rave-up, where both booze and chai tea are flowing freely.