Peverelist
Jarvik Mindstate


3.5
great

Review

by Adash USER (43 Reviews)
November 18th, 2010 | 14 replies | 3,889 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I say dubstep, you say London. I say try again

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Bristol’s music scene has always played second fiddle to the overwhelming colossus of sound that is London. Yet over the last few years the younger brother has come dangerously close to dethroning London as the UK’s capital of bass mutations; a slew of releases across the dub spectrum have proven that when it comes to forward thinking electronica, Bristol definitely punches above its weight. From Appleblim’s classic Vansan to Joker’s ubiquitous anthem Digidesign, the smaller city has been churning out high quality, intelligent dance music that shakes foundations and challenges all preconceptions of the genre.

Which brings us to Jarvik Mindstate. At first it’s an interesting, if sometimes disjointed, listen. Only after multiple spins does one begin to fully appreciate the shadowy talent hiding behind the dark mists of sound; off kilter beats merge with a whole plethora of dichotomous synths, whilst deep, patiently throbbing basslines swirl underneath. This isn’t your average mans dubstep album; Peverelist himself has gone so far as to state that he doesn’t believe that his music is club material, and for the most part you believe him. Quite simply, Jarvik Mindstate is just too remarkable to be floor filling fodder in some rundown basement; it’s that rare kind of dubstep which requires your full and undivided attention. Whilst bangers like Clunk Click go down a storm when played live, it would be a shameful waste to relegate these songs to the domain of gurning fiends when there is so much depth and intricacy to them.

On an album this rewarding its hard to pick out any particular highlight, but there are a number of moments that leave you scratching your head whilst gyrating. The awkward rhythmic interplay on the title track is especially worthy of note; somehow it manages to stumble along in a glorious drunken stupor for well over seven minutes without collapsing. The even lengthier Infinity is Now is another standout; a whirling dervish of spiralling arpeggios that whine like skipping stones hurled across murky, bass filled ponds. Not your typical dubstep, to say the least.

But then this is precisely what makes Jarvik Mindstate such a satisfying album, and Peverelist such an interesting producer; his uncanny ability to mix both sweet and savoury elements into a thick, atypical musical sauce, add some sonorous spices, then serve it up on a huge steaming dubplate. Exotic ingredients merge seamlessly with benchmark two step elements to make an intensely flavoured, striking and effortlessly delicious dish.

You’ll be clamouring for a second helping.



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Adash
November 18th 2010



1356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

getting my dubstep on in preparation for fabric 55

geng
November 18th 2010



1986 Comments


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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
November 18th 2010



5623 Comments


well written. Have a pos.

I've been searching for dubstep of equal quality with Burial, however i didn't find anything so far.

i will give this a try.

Digging: The 3rd and the Mortal - Painting On Glass

crank
November 18th 2010



332 Comments


Burial's amazing and everything but not the be all and end all he's often portrayed as on this site

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 18th 2010



30320 Comments


I do get a little sick of only hearing people mentioning him/Untrue - like he's so far removed from the genre its just not funny

Great work Adash

Digging: L'Orange - The Orchid Days

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
November 18th 2010



5623 Comments


i only said that because i like Burial.

I don't quite fancy anything else from dubstep, not because there isn't any good dubstep material out there, objectively speaking, but mostly due to personal taste issues.

For example i like Distance a lot, but not as much as Burial.


edit: i'm listening to this right now, this is very good.

Adash
November 18th 2010



1356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cheers ladz

Voivod: One of the few things i can recommend as highly as Burial is Shackleton; I'll put up a review of some Skull Disco shit soon

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 18th 2010



30320 Comments


Shackleton's Fabric should be good

Adash
November 18th 2010



1356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's mostly unreleased stuff so it's kind of reviewable as a new album as well as a mix

agree with you and Crank on Burial, but its a SputnikSympton to rinse one artist to death

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
August 6th 2012



6250 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's a bit too straightforward for my taste, but the sub-bass on these tracks is godly at times.

Digging: Trophy Scars - Holy Vacants

chambered49
August 21st 2012



1727 Comments


jesus christ i love this

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
August 21st 2012



30320 Comments


Yeah, this is good drug music

chambered49
August 21st 2012



1727 Comments


exactly

treeqt.
March 11th 2013



7877 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

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Digging: Ichiko Aoba - 0%



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