V​/​A :: Frequencies Of The Mind III (Mindtrick)

Oozing with subdued electrical patches and driving rhythms, there’s plenty to digest as FM3 jets to the top of our 2016 list—an intoxicating, surreal musical plateau reaching the far recesses of the mind.

V/A :: Frequencies Of The Mind III (Mindtrick)

Rotterdam, Holland-based Mindtrick, known for the their expansive bass, beats and far-off sonic retreats, hits hard with their third installment in the Frequencies of the Mind series. There seems to be plenty of space between the lines here as volume three rides alongside the proverbial edge.

HE3Dless does wonders with “Sold,” a slow-motion, broken-beat anthem full of crystalline rhythm, low-end wobble and emotive tugging. Suboctane maneuvers in a similar light on “Shooting Stars.” Eusebeia’s “In The Cut” is a subtle vocal stream of consciousness as Aeon Waves’ “Gaia” takes us on an intergalactic orbit around the solar system. You’ll be hard-pressed not to find exquisite beauty in this compilation. Atiq takes on a noisier, mysterious industrial landscape, Legiac remixes Funckarma in a minuscule 3-minute foray into abstract, hazy ambient iridescence. Delete shifts their signature UK-garage sound and filters it through a downbeat, jazz field as EVS leads us into disarray with a stretched-out bass line, crackles and faraway windstorm. Darker IDM-industrial glitch takes shape by artists such as Huron and Tangent, their prowess imploding and overarching. “Live At the Nocturnus” by The Thing With Five Eyes moves its instrumental leftfield jazz pulse slowly but surely—the resulting early Amon Tobin’eque mood is tantalizing and magnetic.

Oozing with subdued electrical patches and driving rhythms, there’s plenty to digest as FM3 jets to the top of our 2016 list—an intoxicating, surreal musical plateau reaching the far recesses of the mind.

Frequencies Of The Mind III is available on Mindtrick.

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