Higiene Mental

A well kept secret and a clever joke on behalf of the producers and the label alike.

Released by Disko B with artwork by Andy Orel of the Abuse Industries (that also did the early Gigolo covers) on a cowboy theme, the presentation initially made me think I'd encounter electro breaks or techno fun in a humorous concept - I couldn't have been more wrong. It's a cold, dark, downtempo experiment instead, featuring the whole bunch of the NYC-based Instinct/Ambient posse: sonic guerillas like the Prototype 909 members, T.Dupree, J.Selway, etc. with Mika Vainio and Jimi Tenor as extras, in an atypical collaboration centered around Abe Duque's label Rancho Relaxo (hence the name). The music is what you'd expect from these guys, deepspace minimal improvisations mostly (with a few rhythmical deviations), ranging from the ultra-relaxed to the claustrophobic.

If you liked the earlier posted Instinct Ambient compilations, you'll love this one. I know I did. These and similar stuff you'll find here.

Rancho Relaxo Allstars - 1996
Volume 1. Higiene Mental
Info here.

P.S. Check comments for more..

1 comment:

Nightlight said...

Thanks to nazgul, more of Rancho Relaxo Allstars here:

1998 Volume II - Live At Luv Parade
Info: http://www.discogs.com/Rancho-Relaxo-Allstars-Volume-II-Live-At-Luv-Parade/release/42283

2006 The Answer Is Always Yes
Info: http://www.discogs.com/Rancho-Relaxo-Allstars-The-Answer-Is-Always-Yes/release/1395557

Thanx again.