Mind Club

Spygroovin'

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Laid-back grooves dominated the Mind Club's debut release. Lead by guitarist and composer Greg Williams, the band works its way through nine tracks of sparse trance. Originally, many of the tracks on Spygroovin' were created by Williams on his computer, using a variety of composition programs. Gradually, he had live musicians replace the elements with instruments, as well as re-recording several tracks entirely. The result is an interesting synthesis of repetitious conceptual ideas that keep themselves pleasantly minimalist. Throughout, there are a few annoyingly one-dimensional samples (mostly of chimes) left on the tracks. Mostly, though, the fusion of live and electronic parts is seamless, creating a refreshing listen. Unfortunately, many of the songs are a little too light feeling, resulting in a bland smooth jazz groove.

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