A collaboration with Joe Muggs and Richie Rundle, the new label will explore the same aesthetic as Middleton's classic mix.
The label is named after Middleton's eclectic three-disc mix from 2002, which today enjoys a kind of classic status. Aesthetically, it follows in the same vein as that release, exploring spacey sounds that are garage-inspired but largely genre-defying. Middleton explains it this way:
"[I] was very much into the 2-Step/UKG sound (MJ Cole/Zed Bias/Oris Jay/Steve Gurley) and religiously attended the very early days of FWD>> at Velvet Rooms/Plastic People for inspiration, celebration and dancing to the newest syncopations and bass lines. And right now head over heels in love with the production progress I've been hearing over last few years in the evolution and blurring of styles across Bass Music/Grime/Electronica/IDM/Detroit Techno...Post-Dubstep!?!"
Middleton has two partners in the project: Joe Muggs, a music journalist with regular contributions to The Wire and curator of Ministry of Sound's Adventures In Dubstep & Beyond compilations, and Richie Rundle, a stalwart of UK club culture and member of the Slugrave collective who co-ran the Beat Hotel stage at Glastonbury (he was also Middleton's flatmate at one point).
The label's first release is a mini-compilation featuring a gaggle of artists who specialize in the blurred styles Middleton mentioned, from hitherto unknown artists like Jabru and Sapience to more established names like Distal and VVV. You can hear samples of the EP right here. Muggs has confirmed that SOTC002 will feature Geiom, DJ Distance, Blacksmif and Universal Solution. Sound of the Cosmos will also host a stage and boat party at Dimensions Festival to coincide with the release of their first EP.
01. Silkie, Distal & Mite - Something Wrong With Daisy
02. Jabru - Glass Floor (Dub)
03. VVV - Arrival
04. Forgold - Sleep Cycle
05. Sapience - Nocturnal
Sound of the Cosmos will release SOTC 001 in September 2012.