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FACT mix 473: Mr. Mitch

FACT mix 473: Mr. Mitch



Mr. Mitch loves drama.Not in person, of course: the Gobstopper Records founder and part of the quartet behind crucial grime night Boxed is pretty soft-spoken, with the odd late night tweet about Appletons Rum about as outrageous as he gets. But musically, he’s full of the stuff, and his debut album Parallel Memories, released today on Planet Mu, is spectacular in its sadness.For all the talk of a grime resurgence this last 18 months, to tie Mitch in with a revival sells him short. His Gobstopper label was an outpost for high-quality grime records (Deset, Moony) in the so-called doldrums of 2009-2011, and Bloom’s ‘Quartz’, released on the label in 2012, was a crucial reference point for the dismantled grime of producers like Rabit and Mumdance.As grime has regained its traction, Mitch has continued to look left as others look right, creating quiet anthems with his ‘Peace Dubs’ – a series of melancholic edits made in reaction to last Summer’