Mindscape – Rat Pack EP [Eatbrain]
Posted by Adam on 9th December 2013
The Hungarian madman known as Mindscape brings his trademark sound to the masses with “Rat Pack EP” – the latest offering on EATBRAIN, the label from the mind of Jade. Under the creative direction of this neurofunk innovator, Eatbrain has presided over countless releases by drum & bass’s finest since the label’s inception in 2011. 2013 alone has seen Eatbrain work in conjunction with the likes of Telekinesis, Concord Dawn, Coppa, 2Shy, NickBee, and Teddy Killerz, while continuing to expand into a widely supported movement within drum & bass culture. Continuing the streak of quality, Mindscape joins the fold with his first solo EP on Eatbrain – Rat Pack EP.
The producer has been a close ally of the imprint since it’s inception, having worked with Jade on tracks like ‘Banshee’ (Citrus Recordings), ‘Orion’ (Commercial Suicide), and Mindscape’s own infamous remix of Jade’s ‘Venom’ (EATBRAIN002). With “Rat Pack EP”, Mindscape delivers his finely tuned artistic vision to Eatbrain; grungy, innovative, riot-starting drum & bass music.
‘Rat Pack’ immediately sets the vibe with satisfying plucked keys atop pattering drums and ominous atmosphere. Mindscape doesn’t wait for listeners to get comfortable before unleashing two hulking bassline punches on the downbeat, setting the stage for the remainder of the tune. The intro draws to a close, and equally distorted bassline counterparts come into focus. ‘Rat Pack’ gets serious as aggressive drums converge with riotous vocal snippets to create a potently anarchic concoction. Melodic components descend downward, with a sense of hopelessness. A descent into madness, no doubt.
Mindscape provides no-nonsense dancefloor vibes with ‘Brightness’. Quickly stepping things up during the intro, ‘Brightness’ continues to gain momentum as new elements are brought to the forefront. A hefty bassline swings back and forth as the drum programming intensifies, kicking things into full force. Synth stabs converge with an unruly cowbell to increase the pulse rate. Faint vocal-like pads stretch into the breakdown, strangely mystical and bordering upon uplifting, before crashing back down to earth with another heavyweight drop. Mindscape delivers a pure dancefloor bomb with ‘Brightness’.
The musical talents of Mindscape collide with those of Brazillian producer BTK in the eponymous ‘Road Rage’. BTK has seen a meteoric rise to prominence over the past few years as he’s continued to push the boundaries drum & bass, merging the genre’s organic urban sensibility with his own local flavor. A perfect match for Mindscape’s unmistakably dirty sound. ‘Road Rage’ wastes no time building the energy from the outset, air-like soundscapes surrounding crisp drums, faint eerie pads, and rude vocal samples cut-to-pieces with BTK’s usual flare. The energy comes to a head as the duo goes in hard with raucous sub-bass, surgically precise drums and percussion, and a stabbing, chaotic reece. Variations in percussion and atmosphere are subtle and calculated; the result cannot be understated. Dynamic, ruthless vibes from Mindscape and BTK. ‘Road Rage’ promises to put listeners at risk of bodily injury.
With a sense of impending terror and danger, ‘Space & Time’ sets the vibe with ominous dialogue and the ambiance of swarming insects. An imposing distorted bassline soon takes center stage, raising the pressure before bursting into a turbulent dance of high energy rhythms and pulsating bass vibrations. Like a mad scientist on the brink of insanity, dancefloors will remain on their toes throughout this potent neurofunk heater.