The project now includes Traxx, Beau Wanzer and Steve Summers.
Mutant Beat Dance will release a self-titled album via Rush Hour in spring.
The 25-track, 200-minute album has been in the works since 2015 and will be released by the Dutch label as a “record album booklet” with six records of varying formats—namely a 12-inch, 10-inch and 7-inch. The group’s founding members, Traxx and Beau Wanzer, brought Steve Summers into the fold for the band’s debut LP. Rush Hour says the record includes “funky grooves, industrial soundscapes, nu age dancehouze, prototype disco dub, Detroit dirge, cryptic ankle bitter anthems and even a punk cover collaborating with members of LCD Soundsystem.”
Traxx, real name Melvin Oliphant, recently provided DJ support for LCD on a North American tour. Wanzer has been prolific in recent years, releasing a steady stream of albums and singles. Letkiewicz, who has recently joined Wanzer and Oliphant as a Chicago resident, released three Steve Summers 12-inches last year. Mutant Beat Dance’s new album follows EPs for Discos Capablanca, Rong Music, L.I.E.S. and Rush Hour.