messFX
Motherboard


4.0
excellent

Review

by CaliggyJack USER (83 Reviews)
February 2nd, 2017 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Retro styles and his usual antics make MessFX's latest releases one of his best.

MessFX is one of those House artists that seems to get better and better with each release. I saw signs of real potential after No Shame regaled me with it's singular beats, intricate layering, and idiosyncratic tone and rhythm. With Little Star the seeds of greatness were firmly planted. While I still consider Little Star his best work, his latest record Motherboard is not far behind.

Motherboard largely places itself within the timing of the mid 90's House scene. From the uptempos, synth nodes, and almost dreamlike loops of beats and rhythms; the album taps into the exciting age of the mid to late 90's, when the internet was just beginning to grow and the possibilities were endless. One of the biggest examples is in DAEMONS, which starts off with heavy clicking that was prevalent in those old 90's keyboards. One of his finest outings is in DOWNLOAD_FILE" which starts with a heavy base noise as it then begins to include a singular beat that changes the tempo of the song entirely. It is through that seamless transition that any of MessFX's songs can change at the drop of a hat. ZOMBIE_EXECUTE_TROJAN adds a much more modern beat to the album, including hard percussion sequences, random out of rhythm interludes, and his usual "change tempo mid-song" antics.

The beauty in Motherboard lies in how shamelessly gimmicky the whole thing is. The beats are carefully constructed almost as both a tribute to and a parody of 1990's House music; yet MessFX does so not out of malice, but of admiration for the craft itself. In REFORMAT one can almost pinpoint the random tempo and beat changes that was a staple of 90's DJ's who played compilations of their tracks as one whole song. One could almost feel that this retro styling might alienate those who are not fans of that specific era of music. I would say it does not.

To be fair, MessFX crafts Motherboard's sounds with the stylings of the 90's, but does so with the heart of the modern day. Now more than ever, Retro is becoming the dominant style as many artists attempt to replicate and admire bygone eras of music. With this in mind, Motherboard is more relevant than ever. COOKIES is a fine example of the modern talents MessFX possesses, containing heavy echoes with minimalist beats and a short timestamp, staples of modern House music today.

With Motherboard, MessFX finds himself within his prime, achieving some of his most complete, balanced, and realized works. His latest record is brimming with imagination, inventiveness, and heart. Every track has a part to play in Motherboard and, in House music, that is rule #1.



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CaliggyJack
February 1st 2017


2380 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

https://messfx.bandcamp.com/album/motherboard



Check it mates





tis gewd shit

FullOfSounds
February 1st 2017


15770 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice Mercury makes some good music

CaliggyJack
February 1st 2017


2380 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hell yeah.



I didn't know MessFX was Mercury until yesterday I think.

Asdfp277
February 1st 2017


19454 Comments


nessFX - Motherbound

Tyler.
February 1st 2017


16231 Comments


more like motherBORED

MercuryToHell
Contributing Reviewer
February 2nd 2017


1336 Comments


I really like how the 90's feel is coming off man, was totally my brief for the album in truth - I wanted it to sound like a pretty cheesy interpretation of the future, kinda akin to an extended advert for Windows 95!
Thankyou so much for the write-up, honestly any feedback, positive or negative, is appreciated greatly, and the fact that you dug my stuff before knowing it was me really makes me feel validated - not to mention the fact that you think Little Star is my best, because so do I.
Currently a decent way through work on my next record, it's still taking shape but there's a few tracks on there that I think really go above and beyond what I've done before, and I might be laying down vocals for the first time in a while.

CaliggyJack
February 2nd 2017


2380 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No problemo mate, this was a great album!



Can't wait for the new album to be finished. Really dug Ritual!

MercuryToHell
Contributing Reviewer
February 2nd 2017


1336 Comments


Probably looking at around March/April, most of the tunes are there, I just need to get a bit more cohesion as a body of work!

TVC15
February 2nd 2017


9872 Comments


Oh sweet another Caliggy review

Digging: HEALTH - VOL. 4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR

CaliggyJack
February 3rd 2017


2380 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fuck that reminds me I gotta get back to working on my new album.



I've been procrastinating so hard.

MercuryToHell
Contributing Reviewer
February 3rd 2017


1336 Comments


Just been checking out The Coming Sun dude, there's some really sweet stuff on there!

CaliggyJack
February 3rd 2017


2380 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks m8!

BlackMalachite
December 9th 2017


3711 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album still rules.



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