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Tuesday, May 11 2010 | 18:35 Buy this now at GoodToGo (B2B)

It’s interesting how electronic music unearths unlikely stars. Stretching back to Larry Levan and Tom Moulton in the 70’s right through to Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem today, dance music’s most talented have rarely been the all singing, all dancing popstars of the charts. In “Tuning Echoes” we have the debut album from Mock & Toof, 2010’s breakthrough no singing, no dancing act.

For those unaware, Duncan Stump (Mock) & Nick Woolfson (Toof) are two of the UK’s most creative music producers. Having made a name for themselves via 12″ releases on James Murphy’s DFA Recordings (signed off the back of an mp3 they emailed to the labels website!) and their own Tiny Sticks imprint; the pair have forged a reputation for brilliantly off-kilter, disco-fuelled house grooves that are laced with originality. Enough originality in fact to have caught the attention of Hot Chip, Zero 7, Holy Ghost! and Groove Armada who’ve all come calling for their remix services – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Having notched up an impressive amount of releases/remixes in recent years, there’s no denying that Mock & Toof know a thing or two about making people dance, but what does a Mock & Toof LP sound like? You may be surprised …

With one listen to the album, you’ll soon realise where they’re coming from. Boasting nine songs within the thirteen tracks that make up the LP, including the first single “Farewell To Wendo”, “Tuning Echoes” is the sound of two producers coming of age. Citing Roxy Music and David Byrne as major influences, the duo spent over a year in the studio writing and producing material, making sure it sounded exactly how they wanted it.

It’s an album largely focused being a listening experience, but that’s not to say to say Mock & Toof have abandoned their love of the dancefloor. Tracks such as “The Key”, “Underwater”, and “Normans Eyes” all prove this, sure they’re not peak-time club fodder, but it’s the backbone in these songs that will come alive when played loud by the more discerning DJs.

Overall though it’s the vibe created by Mock & Toof that will earn “Tuning Echoes” repeat plays this summer, with the help of Gavin and Pollyester, they’ve created one of the standout soundtracks of 2010 so far.


01. Farewell To Wendo
02. Move Along
03. Day Ken Died
04. From Kashima
05. Shoeshine Boogie
06. The Key
07. Underwater
08. Mr Frown
09. Norman’s Eyes
10. Suppress Your Feelings
11. Lovehearts
12. P2160
13. Take Me Home

The album Mock & ToofTuning Echoes” (Tiny Sticks / M&T Inc.) is going to be released May 28, 2010.

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