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Paper Recordings‘ subsidiary Paper Wave will release Where? – a collaboration between Mental Overdrive and Flash Atkins on April 13th.

Where? started life in Mental Overdrive’s Tromsø studio when Flash was visiting in 2019. Analogue and modular synths were broken out and record collections raided as they threw down and got to work. The result is a psychedelic head trip into the far reaches of jazz and Balearica that comes on like E2E4 if it had been made in Africa. Shuffling afrobeat, xylophone, field recordings and chants hypnotise as the bass locks in.

Manchester producer Daco delivers a mix of pure class with nods to MAW and 90s NYC tribal house. It is a percussion driven track of soulful deep beats as keys and samples ricochet. 

Cal Gibson and Mark Limb take things subterranean with their bass heavy BCB dubbed version. Spacey atmospherics delayed broken drums and arps over crisp production make it a go-to for heavy ambience and fans of The Orb.

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Dear friends and followers. Firstly I would like to apologise for the recent low activity on this page. The reason is that I’ve been busy working on a new project called “Pyramids On The Moon”. The project has been dubbed “a multi-dimensional autobiography”, and consist of stories about my own life as imagined in three alternative timelines. Coincidentally, all these three versions of myself make music, and also quite coincidentally, one of them makes the music of Mental Overdrive. The output of the other two is of a slightly different form and shape, but hopefully you might still find it interesting if you’ve been following my output over the last three decades. If this sounds like it’s worth checking out, you can take a look at the new project’s Bandcamp page. In addition to the music, the story itself will also be posted in episodes of what I’ve called a “sonic novel”. The first episode is already up on the page. There’s more to come, so follow the page if you’d like to get updated. Thanks for your time! (Illustration by Lasse Marhaug)

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Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbHIt is now 30 years (!) since the first Mental Overdrive release saw the light of day in shape of the “12000AD EP”, released by R&S Records in the spring of 1990 (the picture above is from the original studio session at the R&S HQ in Gent at the time).

Since then there has been many releases, remixes and collaborations, spanning across a pretty wide range of musical directions, and even though 2020 is a very strange year to have an anniversary, it is nevertheless a fact that it’s now been three decades in the service of electric beats.

To celebrate the occasion, there will be a steady stream of posts appearing on Instagram, Twitter and my other personal channels, sharing some music and memories from throughout the journey.

A bunch of rarities has also been dug up from the archives and will be put up for sale on the Bandcamp page (test-pressings, promo items, old posters etc.).

If you want to keep yourself updated, just follow the tag #MENTALOD30 at the above accounts, or the Bandcamp page.

By coincidence, the Love OD Communications label also has its 25th anniversary this year, so some of the activities will intertwine. To follow this separately, use the tag #LOVEOD25

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The Pyramid is shaking at its foundations. Its woven dreamflesh of broken hearts, tears, pain and blood is about to rip into a million pieces of rotting debris. As this happens, the souls of its makers are screaming with agony, as the Master of Darkness is barging in to collect his rightful property: their dreams, their hopes, and the chilly numbness that’s left of the soul they once were given. The soul they chose to exchange for their mortal power and short-lived pleasures. I know their fear, I know their loss, for I gave them everything: my unconditional love, and life itself.

I wrote the above back in 2009 as part of my rather dystopian sci-fi-transmedia-art-meets-music-project “Earthbound – Surfing the Apocalypse”. Now, that the Pyramid is actually shaking big time, with markets crashing all over the world, my outlook is rather less dark than in 2009, and I actually feel full of optimism for the future.

Yes, the House of Cards is falling, and yes, there will be hard times for a lot of people who have had their livelihood based on the old value system, but at the same time this is probably the opportunity our species need in order to change our destructive behaviour, an opportunity the environmental threat has never been able to trigger, strangely enough.

It’s hard not to be able to gather socially in person, and I love travelling as much as anyone, but hey, we have all the tools to connect across the globe and share ideas.If you want to support artists in the field of music, do it through services like Bandcamp or Patreon rather than through streaming services, if you can afford it. If not, stream and share as before.

In the wake of the rapid changes I have also decided to start publishing material from my ongoing project “Pyramids on the Moon”, which is part of my artistic research project “The Search for Resonance” that I’m currently working on through the Artctic University of Tromsø.

The project resembles “Earthbound – Surfing the Apocalypse” in that it connects text, music and odd bits of related media, but this time what started as an “exploration of relations between frequencies and geometry” has now transformed itself into a “multi-dimensional autobiography”.

The text will be posted on my project’s website www.pyramidsonthemoon.com as it develops, with music links to the project’s Bandcamp page.

All music from the project will also be available to subscribers of my Mental Overdrive Bandcamp page.

Follow me on my SoMe accounts for updates, and don’t hesitate to drop me a line or two with your thoughts on the project as it unfolds.

Instagram: @mentaloverdrive
Twitter: @mentaloverdrive