I look back at 25 years of Mental Groove Records – 25 years of Swiss music history with Alpenflage / Red Bull Music Academy Radio.
Mental Groove was at the forefront of Switzerland’s burgeoning rave scene in the early nineties, was responsible for some of the earliest Swiss house and techno releases, and became a driving force behind some of the countries most exciting electronic experiments of the past two decades.
Over the course of the past 25 years Mental Groove has released music from a diverse range of artists: from formative releases of now globetrotting superstar Luciano, to the early electronic experiments of Swiss techno pioneers Marco Repetto and Stefan Riesen under their Synectics guise, to the Ethiopia-via-Geneva jazz explorations of The Imperial Tiger Orchestra. Combine those sounds with the shoegaze adventures of Sinner DC, the John Carpenter-esque synth exploitations by Worship, and the Balkan-tinged electro-pop of Kadebostany, and the Mental Groove back catalogue is as rich and varied as you’re likely to find.
Now we listen to 25 tracks from the label’s catalog, and break down the past, present and future of Mental Groove Records’ vivid history.
Sinner DC – The Sonic Boom Mixes
MG096 12″ clear vinyl
Until the collaboration between Sonic Boom & Sinner DC Maps gets released, here are 2 colourfully mind-altering club version by the one & only Pete Kember, more usually known as Sonic Boom, founding member of alternative neo-psychedelia rock band Spacemen 3 – a main influence for the like of My Bloody Valentine or Slowdive & producer of the like MGMT or Panda Bear.
Sinner DC – The Ambient Mixes
MG098 12″ clear vinyl
4 brand new remixes off the album Future That Never Happened. A side is fully filled with German **Freund Der Familie** long & dark +10 minutes haunting dub-techno. Flip on B side to find -20 minutes of mind cooling chills and spine-tingling thrills remixes by Portuguese Pedro Magina, English Lungwah & French Polynesian Zwei Kreise in a pure « I think therefore I ambient » tradition.
Most notably influenced by releases from Neuronium, Clara Mondshine & Bernard Xolotl, Pedro produces ethereal-droning space music that embraces the melodious astral beauty of synth-scapes epics from the 80s.
His new EP « Gecko » perfectly embodies the spirit of envisaging the landscape of the future from a paradoxically nostalgia-entrenched vintage point of view and acts as a bridge to his forthcoming LP.
Limited numbered edition of 35 x 10″ manually pressed by night on 12″ vinyl.
20 copies in black, white or marbled with laser engraving and 15 in white without.
All copies come with big download code.
You can pre-order your physical copy on mentalgroove.bigcartel.com
Also available in digital only via the usual purveyors.
Pedro Magina « 200 Miles Away »
Artist: Pedro Magina
Format: Vinyl / Digital
Release Date 30.09.2013
File under: Ambient / Synth
Currently taking the world by storm with their new album “Pop Collection”, Kadebostany and their visuals allies supermafia vjs unleash the video clip for their striking new hit single, “Jolan”.
Fresh off the success of the singular yet catchy hit single “Walking with a Ghost” and its video, president Kadebostan and his diva Amina jumped into their vintage car and escaped to one of the presidential holiday residences, where the compelling new video for “Jolan” was crafted in that most distinctive Kadebostany atmosphere people have come to recognize and love.
KADEBOSTANY « Pop Collection » is out now on CD & Digital!
Vinyl coming soon