Ever since Mosca crashed into the electronic-music world in early 2010 with his debut single—which just happened to be the first record from Night Slugs and contained our favorite track of last year—a few things have become evident about the London producer. One: he's not particularly prolific, as "Done Me Wrong" b/w "Bax" is only his third single in nearly two years. Two: he's a bit of a shape-shifter, with seemingly every track and remix in his discography delving into a new sound, or tempo, or both. Three: he's incredibly talented.
While Mosca's Square One EP on Night Slugs offered mutant bass music that incorporated elements of hip-hop, house, grime, techno, and drum & bass, and follow-up "Tilt Shift" was a futuristic, deliberately paced bhangra-hip-hop hybrid, "Done Me Wrong" and "Bax" might be his most straightforward tracks yet, as both delve headlong into classic 2-step garage. On the surface, the songs aren't terribly different from one another, as both find Mosca expertly revisiting the late-'90s/early-'00s sound, complete with chopped-up diva vocals, infectiously swinging drum patterns, and darting basslines. "Bax" is the tune DJs have been salivating over in recent months, and it's not hard to understand why, as it's the more upfront track with its jazzy chords, classic garage melody, and undeniably tough bassline. "Done Me Wrong" is slightly more laid back, riding along at a slower tempo and relying more on the track's soulful vocal and rolling snares to carry the day. It's less immediate, but just as good.
In 2011, electronic music is moving faster than ever, and the demand for producers to constantly turn out new material must be incredibly daunting. In one sense, Mosca has selected a risky path by taking it slow, as several months of inactivity—particularly in the world of UK bass—can quickly prompt questions of "whatever happened to that guy?" and also lead to unfairly high expectations when a new release finally does drop. Yet Mosca continues to move at his own pace and consistently answer the call, as his discography to date is remarkly dud-free. That he's done this while also making an effort to repeatedly experiment with new sounds and styles is even more impressive, which is a big part of why Mosca is one of the most exciting UK producers at work today.