Boomkat Product Review:
The red lights of Hamburg meet the Heated Heads of Glasgow as Rubadub’s Mark ‘Mother’ Maxwell delivers the latest mixtape for V I S, building up quite a reputation for a brilliantly diverse series of mixtapes, among it’s great standalone releases. This one takes us from sub-aquatic ferric drone pieces to what sounds like Industrial Gamelan and back via all sorts of post-wavey madness.
Operational under several aliases including Mother, DJ Feedback, DJ Foodbank and DJ Floorfillers, Mark Maxwell is among the current generation of Scottish DJs thinking well outside the box such as Bake All Caps, Ssofay and the 12th Isle crew. Heavily involved with distribution at Rubadub, Maxwell’s activities extend to running the intermittently active Heated Heads label responsible for those stellar records from Shady P and Shit & Shine.
Like any self-respecting Scottish DJ, Maxwell’s knowledge of techno runs deep - see his LIES podcast from a few years back for evidence - but his musical tastes also encompass more outre concerns too. These are on full display for the latest cassette mix from the V I S label operated by Nina and Good News of Golden Püdel fame.
Maxwell superbly obfuscates the edges of this 90-minute selection, bringing a sense of cohesion to a mix that spans Highlands concréte, droning Gaelic tundras, top shelf ambient and more.