Mind Modem – Introgressive – (Agriglyph)

Posted in Reviews 2002 by - June 09, 2002

 

This folks hails from California, a place I love not just for its liberal attitudes, quality herbs, sunshine but also for its open-minded mixed bag hotchpotch of different cultures and ways of life. Which is represented in this album.

Mind Modem are Agriglyph founder Brian Saitzyk and Burning Man mashup veteran Jon Mark, and their style has it all – there are elements of house from both sides of the Atlantic, a bit of tribal, and a healthy dose of psychedelia creating a very individual and addictive musical blend. Uprise has held-back psychedelic runs and highly emotive melodies, chained together by a tribal house backbone that manages to create a laid back and pensive feel.

Overlap is healthy dancefloor-mashing techno, and the busy morphing textures of The Visionary make for speaker-melting nighttime mayhem. Eccentric is a brooding and swirly tune, with filtered gated snarl-driven lines falling in and out of sonic reality. Remember sounds like it was straight from Burning Man and captures the chaos-frenzy degenerate vibe of a few thousand motorcycle nutters blazing about the place, and the rising, kundalini-like lead line is a delight as it boils up over the surface.

Semiotic is a busy technoid roller with heavy snares and textured rubs aplenty, though its overly tech-bashes might make it a little too sweaty for most trance sets.

Finally Your Highness brings the album to an end in epic style, a ten minutes-plus shakedown with a bubbling acidised bassline, a huge breakdown with cascading 303’s to keep the purists happy, morphing into an extended acid rollercoaster for a delightfully extended final run.

Quality stuff, and with plenty of individuality and versatility on display this is well worth checking out.

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