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.
For a number of years, Wigan’s Joe Oxley has been making a big name for himself under his Tvam moniker. Creating an intoxicating and heady mix of rave and shoegaze from the confines of his bedroom, there seemed little rush to release a debut album. However, at last, Psychic Data arrives, and it confirms Oxley as one of the most interesting artists around at the moment.