Review: Originally released on his "Everything Is Connected" EP, Mental Overdrive's synth-string sampling "Monster" gets a re-release fresh for the summer complete with the brand new "Ritual". The former is a real hype-raiser with some very cool old school samples while the latter is a much more penetrative, percussive work out. Complete with a series of trippy acid bubbles, it's a guaranteed headtwister designed purely for late nights and late nights only. Monstrous business, not to be missed!
Review: It's been a while since we last heard from Norwegian dance veteran and weekend situationist Per Martinsen, so it's nice to know he's still making music. Some may consider Everything Is Connected his most impressive work for some time - a four-track onslaught that touches on most of his familiar themes (techno, Norwegian disco, electronica). Lead cut "Time/Mind" offers ragged electronic disco thrills and a great "French Kiss" style stop/start breakdown, whilst "Shinjuku Station" sounds like a contemporary take on early YMO. "One Canada Square" harks back to Martinsen's early days on R&S, before "The Tower" wraps things up in a glistening electronic style. Excellent.
Review: Per Martinsen aka Mental Overdrive has been involved with dance music since the very beginning, and together with colleagues like Bjorn Torkse and Biosphere, laid the foundation for Norway's legendary house / disco scene. Epilogue is his first album in four years, and showcases his freewheeling approach to production. There's the gentle chimes of "Repeat Then Repeat", the sample-heavy, mysterious disco shapes of "Bits" and the chaotic electronic funk of "1st Run" and "Shakes" . Despite making music for almost three decades, Martinsen hasn't lost the adventurous, innovative spirit that saw him pioneer house music in Norway, and the warm electronic groove of "Wormholes" will warm even the most cynical hearts.