Boomkat Product Review:
Exemplary selections of industrial, ambient, techno, house and electro prototypes sourced from little known compilations on Robert Maycock’s sorely overlooked label, Mindscan Tapes.
Highlighting the solidarity of the tape swapping scene in the late ‘80s to early ‘90s, french label Delodio give a necessary second wind to he remarkable abundance of styles covered in two compilation series, plucking out nuggets from the ‘Beatronics’ and ‘UK Electronics’ sets that, with hindsight, were very much of their time, but also unusually broad-minded for a period when labels often tended to stay in one lane.
Ranging from Pattern Clear’s ambient cushion ‘Dreamscape’ to Dreamcore’s exquisite acid house charge ‘Deep In U,’ and thru to new beat/early techno adjacent bangers ‘Change Fuzz’ by M Nomized, and Teknohadfuk’s ‘sizzler ‘THF 4.1.A’, plus gamelan-esque rhythmelody from Richard Leake, and scuzzy electro kinks from Youth Is Violence (aye, we’ve never heard of any of them either!), it’s a pretty crucial haul for fans of that era’s mutations.
We can only offer our gratitude to the UK dole system of the late ‘80s / early ‘90s for supplying Robert Haycock the means to get this gear out there, even if if did take 30 years to reach our ears.