I'M THE SUPERVISOR
YOYO, BNE, BORDER RELEASE:
OCTOBER 6, 2004 REVIEW: OCTOBER
Don't worry. You are not the only
one who keeps struggling with the
vast spectrum of categorisations within
the genre commonly known as "trance".
We all know the "mainstream"
type, with bands like Scooter and
the seemingly factory-made eurodisco
clones that are still out there, refusing
to turn over and die. Then there is
the ever popular psychedelic branch,
where Israeli Astral Projection have,
quite rightfully, I might add, held
on to the crown for nearly ten years
now. Their particular brand of Goa-styled
trance has mesmerised an entire underground
world of club freaks.
Now, Infected Mushroom is an entirely
different story altogether. Like Astral
Projection, this is a duo. From Israel.
But my God, do they manage do tweak
out some disturbingly catchy machine
collages from their underground studio
lair. Listening to "I'm the Supervisor"
is like trying to spot the murderer
in a well written, intelligent film
plot. There's just no way of knowing
what the next track will sound like.
The title track is a drum boosted,
twisted plethora of strangeness, with
some Prodigy-styled vocals thrown
in. The following "Ratio Shmatio"
(great title, by the way) is more
straight forward instrumental progressive
trance (the genre mostly associated
with the band), ending in style through
a gorgeous pounding melody line. The
next tracks serves up some ragga flavoured
vocals paired with the band's own
shouting and a distant female voice.
All on a foundation of merciless club
beats. This nauseating variation continues
throughout the entire album, and leaves
me gasping for air, trying to understand.
I honestly don't know what the hell
Infected Mushroom did to me with "I'm
the Supervisor", but it left
me wanting more, even after taking
in more than a well balanced dose
of the band.
So be warned. But more importantly,