Modes Of Thought

Release date: June 2, 2017
Cat No: 126D-01
Barcode: 600116060112
9,20 €
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DJ and producer, co-founder of the legendary London club night Lost, Steve Bicknell returns to the fray with a brilliant new 12”, ‘modes of thought’. Comprising three full tracks and six locked grooves, the record represents the debut release on Bicknell’s brand new label, 6dimensions. A tireless creator, promoter and organiser, Bicknell has remained deeply engaged within an underground electronic music scene he has helped shape and inspire since the early ‘90s. Hosting a seminal series of cutting-edge club nights, running a number of labels, working as DJ, producer and remixer, he has functioned as both a visionary vital connector and creative participant progressing techno in the UK and abroad through a forward-thinking and rigorously uncompromising attitude. In ‘91, Steve co-founded LOST, one of the UK’s longest-running and most respected underground techno events, which saw the UK debuts of some of dance music’s most uncompromising and inventive creators (Jeff Mills, Richie Hawtin, Basic Channel, Robert Hood, etc), alongside regulars of the calibre of Juan Atkins, Derrick May, Laurent Garnier, Luke Slater, The Black Dog, and Autechre. Utterly unique, Lost was meticulously curated with a rock-solid conceptual underpinning, marked by consistently incredible line-ups, exclusive performances and live collaborations, and stripping everything back to bare brick walls and concrete, letting nothing detract from the music. In ‘93, Steve co-founded Cosmic records to release his own material as well as that from Jay Denham, Robert Hood, Juan Atkins, DJ Funk and DJ Rush. As a DJ, he has played at clubs and events across the world. As a producer he has recorded under both his own name and several aliases (The Evader, Kim Bilir, S.B. Project), and has remixed tracks for Joey Beltram, Luke Slater, Plastikman, DJ Rush, Hauschka, The Advent, Planetary Assault Systems and many more. Steve has also produced soundtracks for Arts Council theatre productions and for documentaries. Throughout his career, Steve has retained a true groundedness, with everything he’s stood behind being indelibly marked by a progressive and uncompromising attitude. Sticking firm to ideals and principles, he has remained connected to the roots of techno, eschewing the mainstream to follow an unswerving, singular vision, guided by a deep and enduring devotion to the music that inspires him and a desire to present it in the purest way possible. Stepping out here with new material and a new venture, Bicknell’s trademark raw, minimal aesthetics and conceptual underpinning have clearly been retained. He describes new release ‘Modes of Thought’ as being founded upon “the awareness of thought processes, understanding the connection between the heart and the brain through vibrations that are created via the blood-stream.” Essential floor gear, ‘modes of thought’ introduces three tracks of taught, lean minimal techno before handing creativity over to the DJ with the inclusion of 6 locked groove loops. Lean and precise, with a beautifully controlled palette, wide dynamics and rich level of sonic detail, the record flies out of the blocks with the pumping ‘harmonious balance’, described by its creator as a “reflection on hatred and furthering an understanding of hate and how acceptance induces balance”. Continuing to unpack the work, ‘The Moment I Stopped’ is described as “a realisation of the importance of self-preservation to balance yourself in order to take care of others close to you”; whilst on the flip, ‘messenger molecules’ depicts “the flow of blood and how it feeds the brain of feelings through coded information”. Outlining the concept behind the new label, Bicknell describes 6dimensions as an exploration into balance and imbalance of the human mind’s natural make-up, Love, Fear, Joy, Hatred, Boredom and sexuality. Envisioning it in terms of a wider platform than a mere label, 6dimensions has been set up as “an outlet for creatives, a platform for expression without boundaries, presented and revisited in various creative mediums whether that be music, installations, events, audio stories, soundscapes, field recordings, visual art, performance, etc.” It will be a place where “each creative can question their own or other's dimensions, focus on balance and imbalance, question the conscious and subconscious, fully immerse themselves to create from within by following feelings rather than the mind, evading what can be known as misguided teachings.” Bicknell has been inspired by the writings on Calm Down Mind - “All human minds operate under 6 dimensions – Love, Fear, Joy, Hatred, Boredom and Sexuality. These 6 dimensions are present in all human minds, and its natural make-up also determines the ‘intensity’ of some of these dimensions. It’s not possible to ever ‘erase’ one of these dimensions totally from the mind, and people who are trying to do so are usually just suppressing their mind and this form of suppression only leads to inner resistance, which manifests as suffering of some form or other. For example, a lot of people who misunderstand spiritual teachings (or get conditioned by misguided teachings) start trying to suppress certain dimensions in the mind, usually the dimensions of hatred, fear and sexuality, which causes them to wage a constant battle with their mind, sometimes for a lifetime. When you ‘consciously’ (though an understanding of our wholeness and ‘being nature’) understand that the mind is the mind, and you stop trying to impose a ‘divine’ nature on it, you will no longer be in opposition to your mind’s natural make-up and thus allow for a harmonious physical experience.” (Calm Down Mind / Available on 12" vinyl and digital download, ‘modes of thought’ is a fantastic opening statement for this new venture, which is clearly something to keep your eyes on. Future releases lined up on 6imensions will include releases from Metro Skim, The Evader, as well as more material from Bicknell himself, and further collaborations to be confirmed.