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Boomkat Product Review:
After coolly knocking out some of the most compelling 12"s of 2011, Daniel Martin-McCormick re-routes the dancefloor with the fractal bump of his 'Hive Mind' LP. In case you're unaware, Ital is far from being Daniel's first project - he's been making records for years on Dischord as member of Black Eyes, and as Sex Worker and Mi Ami for NNF - but for our $$$'s, his freshest, most adventurous material appears in this guise. Armed with a copy of logic and a wide-eyed approach to sampling and stylistic appropriation, he's hatched a wonderfully curious and vividly futurist sound, one which dismantles the often staid conventions of dance music and subverts them with refreshingly psychedelic instincts and considered chicanery. 'Hive Mind' is a real trip, a mental mission through the meta-pathways of the internet in a holo-ed-out House-mobile, snagging on ostensibly random Pop(up) hooks and always with that hyperactive flow of information distracting your attentions in myriad directions, yet somehow locked on with a singular sense of purpose: to drive the 'floor to a heightened state of (hyper)reality. At only five tracks long, it's arguably a short album, but it's also perfectly formed. 'Doesn't Matter (If You Love Him)' kicks off with a stuttering Lady Gaga sample diffused into 3D swirls around a mid-tempo disco grind, at once chaotic and sublimely sensual in an incredibly unique fashion. Next, the brief 'Privacy Settings' folds cyberspace and time into an unheimlich black hole of unknown dark pleasures, before giving Detroit beatdown a disorienting dose of NOW on 'First Wave'. But the final tracks are the bets of all, both clocking in at around ten minutes each and manifesting possible ideas about information overload, sci-fi retro-futurism and strange cybernetic multiverses with a psychotomimetic potency. We'd confidently mark this out as potentially one of 2012's most definitive long players. Very highly recommended.