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Album Of The Week: Mall Grab - Growing Pains

Album Of The Week: Mall Grab - Growing Pains

Mollie Denton | Features & Interviews
With the sweetest of sounds coming from the speakers of the Ticket Arena office it would be mighty selfish of us to keep them to ourselves, so we thought we’d let you in on what our staff use to soundtrack a hard day’s work. Now a weekly feature with the intent of bringing your attention to wonderful new sounds every Monday, our Album Of The Week looks at releases from the best in the game, whether fresh new acts about to hit the big time or established artists reminding the world of their continued talent. Simply put, it’s just the best in music that we think you should hear.

Being his third EP of the year, Growing Pains by Mall Grab is out now on his own label, Looking For Trouble. Consisting of four tracks, the thundering EP follows Moogie, that was a combination of Mall Grab and Nite Fleit, as well as a solo EP that was released back in March under his own name, Jordon Alexander.

Describing Growing Pains as “headbanging club music”, Mall Grab has really leaned into a ravey, thumping techno sound that has increasingly appeared more often within his sets in the past year, going from a more toned down, lo-fi sound that was common within his beginning productions. Mall Grab comments on the album, stating that the EP was “Birthed from a number of unfinished projects, somewhere in between grime, broke beat, rave and electro - I wanted to make some shit that bangs in a big or small room.”

No coffee is required today when you are listening to Growing Pains. Also, there is no easing into it - Mall Grab goes straight in. With 90’s sounding synths and pumping breakbeat at the beginning with the first track ‘Sleepless’, another special blend of breakbeat and techno within the second track ‘Eucalyptus’, things may appear to be brought down to a lower level within ‘Growing Pains’, until a rather surprising, heavy bassline is thrown in making the third track an absolute dance floor banger. As for the fourth track ‘Temperature Rising’, Mall Grab was not messing around when he said “headbanging club music”, as this is just it. With heavy synths and a deep and powerful kick, this track is certainly one for peak rave time - whether it be a big or small room.

Get tickets to see Mall Grab at Jika Jika! Festival which takes place at Ebrington Square, Londonderry from Saturday 24th - Sunday 25th August, as well as MADE Festival at Perry Park, Birmingham on Saturday 27th July.
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