V/A :: Mindfield (Psychonavigation)

Like passing through the past two-decades of ambient, techno, electronica, noise, IDM and any other possible sub-genre, Keith Downey (label boss) has inadvertently retraced the foundations of the scene and given it a fresh new face. Like an archeological discovery, ancient electrical artifacts are now presented with a 2011 spin, creating for a new trajectory of what’s to come. Win a copy of this compilation!

V/A 'Mindfield'

[Release page] Labels like Warp began the electronic listening music campaign back in the mid-90’s with their highly-effective Artificial Intelligence series. DeFocus treadled a similar groove in the early 2000’s with Did You See? which crossed the lines between cooled melodica and Detroit-inspiring interludes. Neo Ouija kept with a constant signature around the same time as they unveiled their Cottage Industries series; a smattering of electronics filled with brightly polished outtakes on precision bleeps and tweaks. But just as Artificial Intelligence had a visual and audible appeal, Psychonavigation have compiled a parallel assortment of music spanning wider fields. Not solely composed of peaceful sonic bubbles and dusty ambiences, Mindfield stretches genres to a state of deformation, and recomposes them for a broader audience to consume. Similar to the releases mentioned above, each of these sonic escapades reveal an exciting chance to get back to the root of it all. Prime quality electronics pinpointing each step of the way; its spotlighted artists are original sculptors of this century. And although folks like The Black Dog, Scanner, Spacetime Continuum and The Future Sound of London have been long at it, they still manage to spark just enough inspiration to get the ball rolling.

Pyschonavigation’s press release, perhaps the best descriptor for this massive package of music, easily guides its fans to Mindfield‘s hidden audio treasures. Like passing through the past two-decades of ambient, techno, electronica, noise, IDM and any other possible sub-genre, Keith Downey (label boss) has inadvertently retraced the foundations of the scene and given it a fresh new face. Like an archeological discovery, ancient electrical artifacts are now presented with a 2011 spin creating a new trajectory of what’s to come.

A quick glance at the tracklisting reveals that some homework was done to draw listeners towards Psychonavigation’s audible canvass. Featuring a vast reaching scope, artists include Zombie Computer, Robert Leiner, David Morley, Karol Gwóźdź, Anodyne, Sense, Norken, Boxcutter (to name a few). Raw experiments in electronics with a knack for touching the ears, heart and mind has each of these fragments creating identities worth seeking further. Kudos to Psychonavigation for trudging a pathway for these artists to expand their horizons while keeping a centered focus on style.

Win a copy of Mindfield by filling out the comment field below with your thoughts about this compilation, any of its artists or Psychonavigation! Only three available for igloomag.com readers.

Minefield is out now on Pyschonavigation. [Release page]

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14 Comments

  1. Paul says:

    I remember the ‘Psychokinesis’ compilation. Used to play tracks from that pretty regularly on my radio program at the time. Looking forward to this one.

  2. Josh Bratton says:

    Interesting collective of artists on a label that I’ve seen grow over the years.

  3. Sebastian says:

    Of the aforementioned artists I only have listened to Zombie Computer yet, in my opinion they have created something new, something fascinating. I’m looking forward to dig deeper into the field of electronic music by means of this compilation.

  4. dhex says:

    as indie rock continues to mine the 1980s, i think we’re well past the time for a 90s nostalgia trip for the e-music set. being a huge fan of 90s idm and related “leftfield electronica”, i can think of worse things.

  5. Chris K. says:

    Such label compilations were and always will be a great way of introducing interesting artists to a hopefully wide audience. I have quite often discovered great artists through such compilations.
    And any compilation that features anything by The Future Sound Of London is already an interesting compilation in itself. Looking forward to Mindfields.

  6. Stas says:

    Oh, sorry that i not good speak on English…((
    I think that it will be one of classic compilations of psychonaut culture. I glad to see Spacetime Continuum & FSOL on this CD. But sorry there no tracks from The Orb and Coil. Maybe it is just my personal opinion, but i think if we had all these artists (Spacetime Continuum, FSOL, The Orb, Coil and oth.) on one release it would be 100% one of the best of psycho-electronic compilations.

  7. Thomas says:

    Looking forward to hearing this compilation! It’s good to see contributions from the more established veterans (FSOL, Scanner, Spacetime Continuum) and some newer artists.

  8. Eric says:

    Excellent to see Anodyne grace this comp. His recent Empires EP on Combat recordings is amazing. Listen to it here: http://www.combatrecordings.com/weaponry/combat-29-anodyne-empires-ep

    Kudos to Psychonavigation for including David Morely, Spacetime Continuum, Future Sound of London, Scanner, and Norken. These artists have been around for many years and have greatly contributed to the electronic music scene. Hopefully their name recognition will entice the curious to this compilation.

  9. seems a intersthing one, i like the ideas of back and forth, old sounds, old stuff but rebuild for now and tomorrow! Great mixtures of sounds and idea for sure!

  10. manny says:

    I’ve just got into electronic music and have only heard a few of these artists. I would love to find something new to listen to and this looks like a great start.

  11. Sotiris Laskaris says:

    Good to see that FSOL have a new track. Or is it old?

  12. Ross Baker says:

    The FSOL track is a newie from their Environments sessions. Follows their transformation into an electronic/modern classical crossover group of recent years, lovely track.

  13. rob seanor says:

    i love sense and boxcutter, this should be a good one!

  14. Thierry says:

    i just obviously want to win this sweet looking yummy cd!

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