Belgian producer & DJ, Mugwump performs an about-face with a new sound and live show with his band and unveils the first track lifted from his second album ‘Drape’, due for imminent release.
Mugwump returns with a new blend of contemporary dance and post-punk for the single No Trepidation, which is lifted from the imminent ‘Drape’ album – out April 13/May 05). Here the young performer/choreographer Mercedes Dassy transposes fragments of I-Clit – her debut sold-out solo performance – in between improvised transcendences. No Trepidation is a fast-paced post-punk/electronic hybrid and a punch in the face of conformity, formatting and self-censorship.
I-Clit’s modern, feminist manifest melts perfectly into No Trepidation, a song about the domestication of the arts, written and sung by Geoffroy Mugwump…both pieces share many common themes: emancipation, oppression, domination, exploitation, censorship, struggle and weakness.
Mercedes Dassy delivers a stunning solo performance, magnificently arranged around lights, images and music. Watch No Trepidation via YouTube below.
Mugwump’s album ‘Drape’ will be released via Subfield:!K7 on 13 April / May 05 with International live showcases in London, Paris, Berlin, and Belgian festival appearance at Stoemp, Swim With The Current and Dour.
The result of nine months locked up with musicians Stephane Fedele (bass), Thomas Stadnicki (guitars), Lukas Melville (drums) and a series of live shows in Belgium, second album ‘Drape’ fuses the electronic with an occasionally heavy rock feel and outstanding lyrics, all topped off with a French-Belgian-tinged vocal and lyrical topicality. Music-wise it spans a breadth of influences from the Interzone between Post-Punk, Indie Pop, Psych & Noise while Geoffroy Mugwump lays down conscious, parlando-style, lyrics over nine songs ”soundtracking our torments in the Age of Laissez-Faire and Aestheticisation”.
‘Drape’ is the follow-up to 2015’s debut studio album ‘Unspell’, which boasted many guest vocalists, garnered media plaudits across the board internationally and was supported with live appearances at Benelux, French, UK and Dutch festivals & venues.
Taking it further and morphing into a full live band with new members, Mugwump released the ‘Metempsycho EP’ in November 2016 on which Geoffroy made his singing debut. Driven by this live band experience, Mugwump’s new album ‘Drape’ is set to be released in April 2018.
Borrowing his name from a character from William Burroughs’ novel Naked Lunch, Mugwump is an elusive presence, a reputation preceded by infamous DJ residencies at Belgian clubs and a long-standing recording relation with Cologne’s Kompakt records, ongoing DJ support from Andrew Weatherall as well as a large catalogue of electronic ‘disco-techno’ records, released on leading labels R&S, Gigolo, Cocoon, Endless Flight, Eskimo, Permanent Vacation or International Feel.
Mugwump is also well known for running the Leftorium clubnight in Brussels where like-minded DJ guests such as Ivan Smagghe, Andrew Weatherall, Superpitcher, Matias Aguayo, Optimo, Prins Thomas, Sascha Funke, Gerd Janson, Ata or Roman Flügel share decks leftorium.be
In addition, Mugwump runs his own Subfield label, together with indie powerhouse !K7 and continues to break the mould of his genre-defying output, straddling the divide between indie and electronic.
In between DJ dates in Belgium, France & Spain, he undertakes electronic remixes (The Eyes Of Others, Ulysses, Soldout, La Jungle, Marie Warnant, Rotten City, Ruf Dug, CEEYS) and has released his latest DJ compilation, Moving House 2017 (exclusives from major electronic artists Andrew Weatherall, Tuff City Kids or Roman Flügel , Christian S. , Cage & Aviary, Duncan Gray and Belgians Front De Cadeaux, Arbeid Adelt & DC Salas)
He has recently joined the DJ roaster of Belgian National radio PURE/RTBF for a monthly show.
Release party with an extended live set of LP songs plus surprise covers, oldies and DJ sets @ Beursschouwburg, Brussels on Saturday April 14 2018.