Review: VA – MINDHELMET 01 [HELMET_01]


Truly Madly has been on the scene for a while now, but he’s been fast on the rise in recent years. After uploading a selection of his mixes from the early 2000s to SoundCloud, showcasing his discerning taste in tunes, he became a favourite amongst diggers. Now a familiar face at The Pickle Factory, The Ghost parties, and following his blinding RA podcast last year, it seems fitting that he’s also curating his own label, Mindhelmet, kicking off with a suitably tasteful VA. 

First up on the A1 track ‘Storsley’, with a self-proclaimed ‘nugget’, is Limousine Dream’s bossman, Gene On Earth. A punchy roller in his signature style that gets slightly more twisted as it progresses, but keeps its high energy. With samples reminiscent of 90s rave in the latter half and a cosmic synth here and there, it’s a strong start for the record.

Next up is Kepler, with a wriggly acid tune, aptly named ‘Acid Communications’. Based up in Leeds, Kepler’s been busy recently with releases on Burnski’s labels, Constant Sound and Instinct, and with his 0113 alias producing some distinct garage flavours. This one is a captivating blend of dreamy pads, a bouncy bassline and a glitchy acid breakdown, and has everything you’d expect from the track on a VA put together by Truly Madly. 

On the B1 is Jhobei with ‘Grande Sultry’, a fun-loving track with some eccentric, 80s-esque vocal cuts. The track bounces along, oozing energy and continues the old-school vibes with scratching samples and classic house elements. It’s playful, upbeat and could liven up a dance floor anytime.

Parisian producer Noiro rounds off this release with ‘11 Reasons To’, the most laid-back of the tracks with deep warm synths, a squelching bassline and even some unexpected choral vocals towards the end. An interesting style from one of the lesser-known artists on record and a hint from Truly suggests we may hear more from Noiro later on Mindhelmet. Fingers crossed. 

Available to pre-order and due for release early September.

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