V/A: A Mere Invention of the Idle Mind II 2xCD Signifier / Mechanismz
This whopping double disc affair has my seal of approval on it’s choice of opener. I have never heard of Tea & Grief before and I prefer compilation albums that throw up an introduction to something new as opposed to the usual artists you expect; either way, the simple dulcet piano and ambient was a welcoming start.
There is little to be said about Access to Arasaka that I have not said before. His consummate professionalism when it comes to sculpting broken rhythms and wired electronics always enthrals and amazes me; and this once again, is no exception, wiping the floor with the following LayerZ. In any other world, ‘Not Right’ would be deemed more than competent, but next to A2A it sounds merely amateurish by comparison.
Other stand out tracks on disc one, come from the ever impressive electronic craft of Marching Dynamics, the glorious pad work of Libido Formandi and the now indie rock influenced 100Blumen (merely for adding some variation to the compilation).
Onto disc two and the re-emergence of Mothboy, with his off kilter harmonies toying with warm bass driven beats and warping electronics. Once again, when you have someone who is recognised for his genius, it raises the bar so much more for anyone else to shine and ‘Switchtape’ just sounds so much more on top of many a track on this album.
I really enjoy ESA, but was let down by an altogether terrible remix of ‘How Pure Would Your Utopia Be?’ by Urusai; and at a guess, something tells me this was submitted just because there was no other outlet for Jamie to release it on.
Hexer shines with an engaging jaunt into drum n’bass territory and along with the closer, ‘In Your Mind’ by Sleep Clinic provides the highlights to disc two, along with Mothboy at number one.
I have never marked many compilations that highly and this will be no exception. As with all releases of this nature there are going to be tracks that appeal where others do not and AMIOTIM follows suit. Effectively there should be something for everyone and in that respect, is the gage that ‘Mere Invention II…’ should be judged on.