Pump Fiction compiled by Mechanix (Yage Records 2005)
Article posted by TweeKUniT on 4/05/2006 11:05AM
Mechanix has been pumping out his own brand of night music for a very long time, with early releases on doof right up until today- where his association has extended to a number of labels. Pump Fiction is the compilation he has compiled for Swedish Yage Records- it showcases Mechanixâ€™s unique â€œcleanerâ€ sound of night music- blasting, powerful dancefloor music- with an emphasis on high production and a little less on the â€œdarkâ€ vibe as much night music is.
Pump Fiction features artists like Xerox&Illumination, Neuromotor, Hyper Frequencies, Damage, Toxic, Rabdom L, U-men and of course, Mechanix- itâ€™s a tidy and consistant compilation that sticks to a theme well but at the same time has a good variation in tracks. Mechanixâ€™s taste is definitely very defined- pumping basslines, tidy percussion work and a crazy psychedelic melodies- wound together with clean and crisp production.
The compilation opens with the title track by Mechanix- Pump Fiction. A nice poppy bassline with tappy, stabby percussion is what drives this one- its quirky and playful tune, never too intense or serious- would be quite a fun dancefloor track I believe. Definitely manages to keep it at a more minimal level with this one- donâ€™t worry Eldad, this is a compliment from me! One of the nicest tracks on the comp, nice opener!
Xerox&Illumination keep the show going with High Fever. A big and groovy rolling bassline starts off the proceedings, doesnâ€™t take long to take off into full-flight thoughâ€¦ Real windy psychedelic feel with some nice high-tek percussion work, this is one of those tracks that just keeps going up and up- it maybe goes a tad far for me, but maybe Iâ€™m showing my age, haha! â€¦While Iâ€™ve heard better from X&I, definitely fits well on the comp.
I used to listen to a bit of Nueromotor a few years ago- I was quite surprised when I heard this one! His style has changed a bit since I last listenedâ€¦ Reminded me a bit of CPU (must be a French thing). Iâ€™m divided on this track- its got a screetchy high synth line that gets a bit much for my head- although its got a really funky breakdown in the middle and its production work is really tidyâ€¦ I guess Iâ€™ll put it down to taste.
Hyper Frequencies get all ethno/tribal on us- a big chanting vocal and tribal percussions bring the compilation back to a bit more of a organic level (the last few tracks where highly â€œdigitalâ€ kind of feel). Crazy (as expected of Hyper Freq.) off-its head psychedelic kind of vibe, like a tribe of Indians on a bad trip, haha. It got a bit too much for me by the end just listening, I suspect it might be different on the dancefloor though.
Damage comes in storming with Sweet Suffering- up there with my favourites on the cdâ€¦ I can draw a few parallels with Hefty Ouput and this one,if your digging that kind of buzz, youâ€™ll probably get into this oneâ€¦ I am, and I do- driving bass-driven night music with lots of phat drops and percussion fillsâ€¦ Damage has very much stuck to his guns over the yearsâ€¦ Tasty stuff.
Mechanixâ€™s second track on the comp- No Doubt is a bit more heavy and blasting than the first- though, like the first, the music is very well thought-out and produced, it never takes it too â€œover-the-topâ€ like I find many artists in this style do. Every sound has a place and the overall product is a crisply produced dancefloor stomperâ€¦ Eldadâ€™s own brand of cleaner night music is no better shown on this comp than with his own tracksâ€¦.
Toxicâ€™s track Serious Damage takes the cd back into more traditional night music territoryâ€¦ hovering triplet bassline and nice intro lead into a crazy, windy psychedelic midsection- deadly work with the guitar sounds, its really well done. Took a few listens for me this one, but ended up being one of my favourites on the compilation.
Rabdom Lâ€™s Thermal Dispute didnâ€™t take as long to grow on me- its got an immediate appeal, with its chunky and off-kilter bassline and humourous kind of feel. Kind of like a cross between Rinkadink and CPU. I loved where the track was at the start, though Iâ€™m afraid by the midpoint the track had totally lost me- it just got way too crazy with a few too many high end synths for my liking, ear hurting materialâ€¦ Gets back to the deadly bassline by the end though, why couldnâ€™t it have just stayed somewhere around there?
Closing up the compilation is U-Menâ€™s Retro Punk- awesome voice sample at the start to kick off the track, gives way to a big future-electro kind of buzzâ€¦ bassline is really poppy and the track has heaps of cool break downs and effects, a well produced and well thought-out finisher to the cdâ€¦ Nice stuff, Iâ€™ll have to check a bit more out by these guys.
Overall, Eldad has managed to pull off a very smooth and complete sounding compilation- it sticks well to its theme and showcases a little of this manâ€™s long standing experience within the trance industry. Each track fits well into each other- while I didnâ€™t like them all personally I think that fans of this style will no doubt think this is a blasting compilation. The Mechanix â€œcleanâ€ sound of night music is very well showcased here- perhaps no better than by the man himself- his own tracks along with that of Toxic and Damage where my favourite tracks of the comp for meâ€¦ If dark trance gets a bit much for you, but you want something nice and blasting for the night-time dancefloor- this is the compilation for youâ€¦. Check it out.