Monday, March 14, 2011

SOTD: Hedflux - Mindcell

We did a SOTD recently to help along local boys
Enough Weapons in their attempt to snatch the award for Best Song 2011.

Sadly they never made it, but we have to say that losing to this particular Hedflux track is no shame at all! Psy-Breaks is fast on the up and we at MTTM are all for it!

Not much in explaining what Psy-Breaks is other than Psy influenced Breaks really, have a listen to the track though and make your up own description.

Harnessing the rational to illuminate the transcendental, Steve Young aka Hedflux is synthesising a gleaming new event-horizon of controlled, pulsating energy across dancefloors worldwide. Unifying chunky tech-funk with refined psychedelia, the result is a stylistic hybrid that whips together laser precision engineering, liquid tight grooves and a visceral, rampaging energy.

His seminal 2010 track Mindcell found a strong resonance in the collective, spending 10 weeks at the top of the Beatport breaks chart, becoming the 3rd top selling breaks track of the year and scooping the coveted “Best Track” award at the 2011 Breakspoll International Breakbeat Awards. Exemplifying the Hedflux sound, Mindcell delivers distinctive tough beats, molten basslines and an evolving stratum of resonant synth sorcery, illuminating expansive crystalline spaces in the frequency domain while remaining firmly rooted to the dancefloor.

Starting as a DJ at the tender age of 15, Steve honed his music production skills in parallel with an academic interest in physics and mathematics. This life long obsession with truth led to obtaining a PhD in quantum physics in 2004, but left him intellectually disoriented, with an unraveling faith in the traditional scientific worldview. Five subsequent years of unsatisfying employment inspired him to pour ever more love and energy into music and spiritual growth, finally summoning the courage to let go of the corporate world, pursue his creative ambitions full-time and trust in the consequences.

Within the first year of that fateful decision, Hedflux turned out remixes for legendary tech funk labels Lot49 and U&A, as well as the chart-smashing originals Revolve and Rhythm Prism on Broken Robot Records. Armed with these plus a ground-breaking collection of unreleased exclusives, Steve organised a tour of Australia and New Zealand in January 2011 and played no fewer than 8 highly successful gigs over a three week period, including a peak time performance to around 10,000 people at the awesome Rainbow Serpent Festival.

Steve returned from Oz to 3 Breakspoll nominations for “Best New Producer”, “Best New DJ” and “Best Track”, with Broken Robot receiving nominations for “Best Label” and “Best New Label”. Winning the Best Track award against competition from the Stanton Warriors, Elite Force and Noisia, Hedflux has become forever associated with some of the most influential artists in the breaks scene.

His pioneering psychedelic tech-funk has sparked a flame in a new generation of sublimely talented producers who are now stepping up to elevate the sound to a fresh level of universality. And as the aftershocks of his monumental Australasian tour oscillate vividly across borders, more and more cultures are grooving to the infectious sonic geometries of this alchemical music.

Steve can also be found writing on the subject of science and spirituality for the critically acclaimed LSD Magazine, documenting his spiritual and intellectual journey with soul-bearing honesty and open mindedness. With big opportunities and even bigger intentions for the future, you can be sure to expect powerful manifestations from this unique and inspiring artist.

Hedflux - Mindcell by BrokenRobot

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