Boomkat Product Review:
Immersive dose of ‘90s ambient techno nostalgia from HIA, including total classics ’Speedlearn (Empathy Mix)’ and ‘Ketamine Entity (Axiom Mix)’ dusted down and future-proofed in the remastering by Stefan Betke (Pole).
An early pinnacle of work by Brum’s Bobby Bird, ‘Colourform’ found its way onto the shelves of many discerning listeners in the ‘90s thanks to as frothy mix of dubwise ambient dance and melodic electronica primed for post-club melting sessions. 27 years later it still surely serves its purpose as a seductively mellow and dreamy highlight of the AI era which HIA were a vital part of with their sublime contributions to Warp’s seminal compilation series.
Whether it’s acute nostalgia for the original era, or via 2nd, 3rd and 4th hand vicariousness or interest stoked by the likes of Vladimir Ivkovic and waves of young Dutch DJs playing downbeat electronica and slow trance, interest for this era has hardly been higher in eons, and HIA’s debut could hardly be better set for a whole new 2nd life in 2020.