Review Summary: Toto… we're not in Kansas anymoreMir
is one of those albums that you knew it was going to hit hard on the first listen, and does it ever. Ott is a psychedelic dub producer most famous for his collaborations with the all-mighty Simon Posford (Shpongle / Hallucinogen), and his 2008 album, Skylon
. His music has been noted for being very relaxing, trippy, foreign, psychedelic and strange. Every song Ott has made feels like a day in the sixties with fumes of smoke coming out from every direction at a Woodstock concert, but there is no music playing; there’s just you and everyone else laying on a giant blanket. His sophomore LP Skylon
was highly regarded as the best thing he’s ever done, and that is a misunderstanding. Sure it’s pretty great and it’s really nice to hear all of the reggae and mystical vocal samples especially on tracks like, Rogue Bagel, but his previous album Blumenkraft
is so much better, and then this album is quite possibly the best thing Ott has ever done. Let’s dive right into the 2011 epic, Mir
The album cover, which appears to be a slug-eyeball-like creature in Ultraworld (The Orb reference), portrays exactly what this album sounds like (and I think we all know what we’re getting ourselves into). The first three songs on here are absolutely perfect taking you to new and exotic worlds through its epic trippy, foreign, fun, relaxing and dubby paradise.
The first track on the album, One Day I Wish To Have This Kind Of Time, starts out promising with a nice ambient intro and then descends into probably one of the greatest dub songs ever written having that very swing, groovy and bouncy Jamaican/ Caribbean feel. The electric organ on the song adds a lot of colour to it and it really just seduces you into a relaxed and euphoric mood. Psychedelic synths and sounds surround the very relatively slow thumping drum beats as the song just barely keeps you from melting. Adrift in Hilbert Space, is the greatest song on the album and quite possibly the greatest dub song ever created with a very brooding, psychedelic and captivating sound and around the 4:20 mark (ironic) it descends into one of the greatest dubstep breakdowns ever created. It shouldn’t be considered dubstep because the overall sound is way to psychedelic, groovy and otherworldly to be calling it that. Your brain will melt and your jaw will drop first time hearing this song; I know mine did, and even still today. The third song on the album, Owl Stretching Time, is a bit different, but it still is amazing. The title is as bizarre and mind-blowing as the song. It features a bit of a more darker, but still fun, mood as it takes on a wild “wompy” and “whooshy” (my kingdom for more suitable onomatopoeias) ride giving the illusion of time actually stretching.
Throughout the rest of the album, the songs pretty much stay like this. There is a strong lack of mystical Middle Eastern / Caribbean vocal samples on this album (there are technically, but they are so heavily modified that it doesn’t sound like it), unlike his other albums. Squirrels and Biscuits is the fourth, weakest and shortest song on the album as it does very well in execution and style, but it sounds like it’s a reflection of stuff Ott has done on the album Blumenkraft
. A Nice Little Place is a relaxing ambient track without beats or anything, but it spirals around your cortex and digs itself into your consciousness and keeps you gasping for more. Mouse Eating Cheese is a faster song on the album, abandoning the slow dub parts of the previous songs and going for a more break beat approach, but it is an amazing song once it picks up and really spirals down your spine around the minute and twenty second mark. Finally the finisher, The Aubergine of the Sun, comes into play as it is probably the most emotional song on the album. It finishes on such a strong note, and is probably the only song to have normal Caribbean vocal samples showcasing that Ott has kept his previous efforts in his heart.
is amazing. There is no other word to describe it as. While Blumenkraft
drags on too long and Skylon
has a hard time staying engaging, this album lays right in the middle. Despite a few setbacks, Mir
is an incredibly fun, dubby, psychedelic and trippy epic near-masterpiece that everyone will at least enjoy to some degree. After listening to this you’ll want to just stay in that position forever and be a slob. It takes you to new worlds and has that massive jungle party effect. A party for your mind; your soul.