Wrong Headspace is the first vinyl release by N1L, aka Martins Rokis, after ten years of live performances and a split cassette with N.M.O.’s Ruben Patino. Wrong Headspace is flustered techno-house and pulsating electronics that takes in elements of grime and ‘90s jungle along the way. A promising debut.
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8/10 Ant Staff review, 16 September 2015
Rave was all about unity, everyone dancing under one roof but separate scene’s emerged and things got broken up and fragmented, genres coming to their logical conclusion. I can recall the horror on folks faces at our old local techno mecca The Orbit when some Amen breaks started blurting out the speakers. Thankfully I think those days are finally over. Having just reviewed a couple of 12”s that channeled everything from grime, techno, garage and industrial music and now giving this a spin I really get a feeling that there’s this whole wave of producers out there that are unwittingly fixing Rave music back together. Their work defies strict genre, probably upsets purists and seems to me like a natural evolution for things to come back together in new forms. This new music is inclusive, music anyone can get down to and transcend. One Nation Under a Groove and all that. There’s even folks with histories in sound art making beats...
And so I come to the first outing on Lee Gamble’s newly minted UIQ label, which comes from N1L AKA Martins Rokis. Kicking off with ‘Iguana Love Bite’ which throws out a juxtaposition of chill/ manic with a layer of tranquil glacial synth floating around machine gun snares and what I can only describe as a load of wasted Transformers having a big cuddle party. ‘Lonely Is The New Black’ sounds like SND on steroids before the whole thing gets sucked up into a wormhole. ‘Stuck In a Cube’ is like tropical house made by aliens and ‘Wrong Headspace’ sounds like if Force Inc. was reincarnated as Opal Tapes or something.
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