Review: Known for his work on the Illegal Alien label, Norbak now debuts on Dynamic Reflection with this dense, murky record. "Marah 1" starts proceedings with a dense, filtered arrangement that is underpinned by spaced out beats. It's intense but still has a somewhat esoteric undercurrent. On "Marah 2", Norbak picks up the pace for a more clubby, rolling workout that resounds to sweeping filters as well as pin prick bleeps that weave in and out of the arrangement. The Dutch label has commissioned remixes of both tracks. Farceb turns the first "Marah" into a hypnotic, tunnelling version, led by heavy kicks, while Moddullar's take on the second "Marah" is more lithe and atmospheric, working the original version's textures into a deep, break beat arrangement.
Review: Norbak aka Artur Moreira has already released on sister label Warm Up, and he makes his debut on MindTrip with a fittingly dark and alluring EP. It opens with the skeletal, stepping "Frente", which is engulfed in eerie textures, before picking up the pace for the snaking, club-friendly groove of "Occino". On "Parasite", he further ups the ante with a tough, driving techno groove that's underpinned by razor-sharp percussion and deliciously hypnotic drones. Rounding off this darkly hypnotic affair is the title track, a peak time banger, with visceral kicks underpinning noisy electronic swirls and bursts of militaristic percussion.
Review: The fourth instalment in MindTrip's Mutable Minds series gets off to a hypnotic start as cold tones unravel over a sleek metallic rhythm on Translate & Pulso's "Moriarty". Kike Pravda's "Heat" is much more visceral, with wave upon wave of noisy electronics paired up with a barrelling, murky groove. Changing tact and shifting tempo again is Norbak's "Avadhuta"; while spacey filters lend the arrangement a cavernous feeling, there is no mistaking the power of its driving, steely drums and percussion. Vohkinne's "Active Radio" is in many ways, the most conventional track, but its rolling, loopy groove benefits from the type of tripped out hypnotic layers that have become MindTrip's stock in trade.