COMPILATION MITEK RELEASE: JULY,
2003 REVIEW: SEPTEMBER 18, 2003
present a rarity to you here folks - a compilation which appears to have
been made from the purest of spider-silk. This album is delicate, fragile,
and even melancholic. There are, I am sure, even more better-suited adjectives
which you could also use to describe "Mitek: Process", the latest
album from the fantastic experimental Mitek label - a showcase for all
that is good in Swedish contemporary electronica, but I am loathe to think
of them right now. Blissful electronic melancholia, from the likes of
Minimalistic Sweden with "skm3" is joined with searching vocals
from Sophie Rimheden, in fine form on "Wild at Heart" and warm,
fizzy atmospherics (see Johan Fotmeijer's excellent "There’s
No Purity in Silence") which show an album of virginal, fragile beauty.
We also find Johan Skugge (from Yvonne), Håkan Lidbo, Andreas Tilliander
and many others.
story of this rather special album is rather special also - the 13 artists
presented here all contributed to a soundbank, which they then drew from
to create these tracks - equal opportunities and a sense of "family"
instantly created - and also this pearl of an album! It just goes to show
what can be created from co-operation and collaboration - Mitek’s
head Mikael Stavöstrand has a lot to be thanked for!
Mitek have here an album from a range of up and coming electronic acts,
incorporating a wealth of styles, from already established to never-heard
before. Check the fantastically warped "P-process" by Pfeffenbauer
for this - the sound of the future right now! A sign that shows vibrancy
and experimentation is flourishing in their hands. Listen
to this album alone, in a darkened room, with the curtains wide open.
By the end of the album you will be sure you have communicated with the
is a fine example of a pure, relaxing and deeply touching compilation
of Scandinavian artists at the top of their creativity. Maybe it’s
time lovers of electronic music broadened their horizons and started to
look further north than the UK and the US - there’s more out there
than Warp and Mute you know!