Mindtours 18: Modular Techno Vol 4 (Steevio)
Following the release of 2015’s Animistas album on Mindtours, Steevio returns with the fourth and final volume in the Modular Techno series after starting the project in 2012.
Initially conceived in 2009 as he moved his studio practice towards a purely outboard, analogue, modular synthesiser set up, the Modular Techno series has charted the development of Steevio’s exploration of this working practice both on record and on stage. The work involved in live appearances across the UK and Europe over the past four years have fed into the creative process, with rehearsals for sets often yielding the material that has ended up on vinyl.
Volume 4 is arguably the darkest instalment in the series to date, dealing in a strict economy of minimalist rhythms and off-key melodic touches while still easily identified as the unmistakable tones and distinctive grooves of Steevio. In the grand tradition of techno as visionary music, the dystopian tone that lingers throughout Modular Techno Vol 4 points to a future of uncertainty, but this is far from nihilistic music; always within the darkness remains a glimmer of hope.
Mindtours 17: Animistas (Steevio)
Mindtours and Freerotation boss Steevio releases his first album for 10 years on his own imprint. The album was recorded live during practice for recent gigs on Steevios modular synthesizer, and is entirely improvised. Animistas follows on from his Modular Techno series, and the recent collaboration with Move D, Juju and Jordash, and Soulphiction (as The High-on-Wye Quintet) on the new Freerotation label, and continues his progression into deeper, jazz tinged techno territory.
Mindtours 16: Modular Techno Vol.3 (Steevio)
The third in the Modular Techno series from live analogue artist and Freerotation organiser Steevio.
After 15 years of producing techno live on hardware, in 2009 Steevio began building a dedicated machine on which he could totally improvise an entire techno performance from a blank canvas. Steevio’s modular is 100% analogue; there is no computer involved, there are no memories to save sounds or sequencing patterns, and everything is improvised in real time..
Mindtours 15: Ten years After (Tom Ellis / Leif / Steevio)
Its ten years since both Tom Ellis and Leif released their first ever vinyl record Mindtours 06, which also featured label boss Steevio. This marked the beginning of Tom and Leifs steadily growing reputation on the international underground house and techno scene, with both artists releasing countless records and tracks on many important labels, and as founders and residents of the much respected Freerotation Festival, all three friends now enjoy worldwide exposure.
Mindtours 14: Modular Techno Vol.2 (Steevio)
All tracks were extracted from Steevio's practice sessions for his live performances at the Freerotation Festival. All sound creation and sequencing was improvised from scratch on his modular synthesizer and recorded in real time.
Steevio pushes the sequencing complexity and harmonic relationships to new levels, whilst maintaining some of the rawness of the first volume.
Mindtours 13: Modular Techno Vol.1 (Steevio)
Modular Techno Vol 1 is four tracks of raw, deep, jazz tinged, freeform, analogue minimal electronics, recorded during practice for Steevio’s live performance at Freerotation2011. All sequencing and sound manipulation was jammed live on Steevio’s purpose built modular synthesizer, without the use of a computer, and without EQ / compression / mastering or any other processing during the recording or at the record cut itself, in a deliberate attempt to capture a live electronic music performance directly to vinyl. (Limited Edition – 300 copies)
Mindtours 12: One Tribe (Various Artists)
Regular Mindtours artists Steevio and Tom Ellis are joined by Tom’s brother Joe for an atmospheric release of funky, deep and organic techno/house. (very few copies left)
Mindtours 11: Beyondness EP (Steevio)
Label boss Steevio provides us with a varied release of funky, minimal, polyrhythmic techno and broken beats.
Mindtours 10: Various Artists
Regulars Tom Ellis and Steevio are accompanied by Japanese producer Katsuya Urushizaki AKA Katzo and Welsh artist Duckett for a very varied release covering an area between funky techno/house, and deep minimal jazzy techno.
Mindtours 09: Rouge Patterns Vol.2 (Steevio)
Steevio brings us the second volume of his Rogue Patterns series of atmospheric minimal broken beats and deep funky techno. (very few copies left)
Mindtours 08: Rogue Patterns (Steevio)
Label boss Steevio’s first volume of minimal broken beats and deep, funky polyrhythmic techno/house with a tinge of jazz.
Mindtours 07: Various Artists
Follow up release to MT06 with Tom Ellis, Leif’ and Steevio being joined by a fledgling Tom Demac for a varied smorgasbord of funky, dubby techno/house and atmospheric brokenbeat techno.
Mindtours 06: Various Artists
Classic release which launched the careers of Leif and Tom Ellis plus a minimal brokenbeat techno offering from Steevio. Leif’s early trademark deep warm funky house and dub techno is accompanied by the deep, tripped out tribal techno of Tom’s Dancing Drum. – (very few copies left)
Mindtours 05: Steevio
Early era Mindtours in an uptempo techno style from Steevio. Deep, tribal and tough but with a jazzy feel.
Mindtours 04: Dusk (Steevio)
Classic early era Steevio release with Echoplex remix. Tough uptempo Detroit techno feel.
Mindtours 03: Steevio
Early Steevio release with Fractal Logic remix.
Mindtours 02: Steevio
Early Steevio release.
Mindtours 01: Steevio
Early Steevio release.