Mall Grab announces debut album ‘What I Breathe’, shares new single, ‘Understand’

By May 5, 2022 Culture, News

Today sees the prolific Australian-born, London-based producer Mall Grab (aka Jordon Alexander), announce his long-awaited debut album What I Breathe. Due for release on August 5th via the label head’s very own Looking For Trouble imprint, the announcement lands alongside a brand new single ‘Understand’ featuring vocals from Brendan Yates – frontman of Baltimore hardcore band, Turnstile. Pre-order the album HERE and watch the BTS video for ‘Understand’ HERE

For What I Breathe, the powerhouse producer reaches within to create the most comprehensive demonstration of his style to date – loudly defining the raw energy that has become synonymous with the Mall Grab moniker. While glances of what Jordon gravitates towards in dance music can be heard in the record label imprints he steers—Looking For Trouble and Steel City Dance Discs—it’s with What I Breathe that he elaborates on and articulates his diverse ear for music. Through collaborations with Brendan Yates of Turnstile, Novelist, D Double E and Nia Archives, the Mall Grab repertoire of emotive electronics is used to traverse his love of hard-to-define energies that exist between genres like Hardcore, Hip-Hop and Pop.

Speaking on the album, Mall Grab explains: “I have been lucky enough to work with some of my favourite artists which have really been the glue that keeps the project coherent. There are a lot of familiar sounds on this album that my listeners and followers have become accustomed to and joined me in the deep dive. Elements of emotional but hard and pumping club music are intertwined with House, Jungle, Rave and Grime. My adopted home city of London has been a huge inspiration to how my music has evolved and progressed, and on What I Breathe I wanted to create a body of work which not only had something for everyone who has been with me the past 6 years, but also those who aren’t yet aware of what I’m about or the music I make.”

Jordon’s long-standing penchant for all things DIY blossoms in tracks like ‘Lost In Harajuku’ and ‘Without The Sun’ which feature his own original lyrics and vocals. As the album twists and weaves from one song to the next, gleaming melodies flare up into club-ready anthems such as ‘Metaphysical’ and ‘Breathing’. The kinetic flow of the music as a whole can be attributed to the many years of cutting his teeth as a DJ, a skill that can be testified by anyone who has witnessed a Mall Grab set.

Even with a stack of very well-received projects already under his belt, What I Breathe can be seen as the first deep breath in and a fierce declaration of what’s to come for Mall Grab.