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Comprised of Duncan Stump (Mock) and Nick Woolfson (Toof), the English production outfit have steadily built up a reputation for quirky and melodic disco-fueled house productions, being picked up by both DFA and Mule Musiq for 12-inch singles. However, Stump has been managing his own Tiny Sticks imprint since 2005, releasing tracks and remixes from the likes of Michoacan, Shit Robot, Escort and Telespazio, and it’s through his own label that their long awaited debut album “Tuning Echoes” will be issued.

While fans may associate them with the electronic disco scene that has become popular during the last decade, Stump is eager to distance themselves from being pigeonholed into the genre. “We’ve never been about ‘nu-disco’, whatever that means anyway,” he explains. “Anyone who knows our music will know that we’re a bit all over the place as producers. If we like an idea we run with it, and we’re much more comfortable being eclectic and not pigeonholed. Hopefully the album will help us in our quest for non-categorisation!”

The album may certainly be a shock to those expecting a full-length of instrumental club tracks, as “Tuning Echoes” is a largely vocal affair, with previous collaborator Gavin Gordon and Munich-based singer-songwriter Pollyester providing the record’s respective male and female voices. 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.

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