Hyperloop came out of nowhere in 2017 with his In The Loop EP on Truesoul, and now stomps through this driving techno release that bears a resemblance to the type of aggressive but playful march through techno tropes made by vintage Green Velvet. Caj makes an appearance on here too, which I never expected from a Drumcode release but shouldn’t have been surprised about. Hyperloop is actually Stefano Miele, better known in house circles (and once on the cover of this magazine) as Riva Starr, and under the latter name has collaborated with Cajmere probably a half dozen times over the years.
Mentalizm is the newly christened Hyperloop’s Drumcode debut and opens with the pulsating, driving beats of “In Your Mind (Reflections).” “S-Sound” with Green Velvet captures that perfect vintage GV feel – big drums that seem to shake the platter while it’s spinning, bigger-than-life vocals crafted from one part stock “ominous techno sample” and one part b-movie send-up. “Spring On The Battlefield” closes and is an interesting choice: all guns fire to aft and if I were drafted to fight Cyberdyne Systems’ latest terminator models, this would lead the playlist for my non-sentient iPod.
Mentalizm has been out digitally for awhile but some stacks just seem to be filtering out to record stores over the summer. Both versions feature a couple of cool DJ tools on the A-side to play around with.
Hyperloop: Mentalizm (Drumcode)
A1. Hyperloop: “In Your Mind (Reflections)” (7:32)
A2. Hyperloop: “In Your Mind (Reflections)” (DJ Tool) (3:07)
A3. Hyperloop: “S-Sound” (feat Green Velvet – DJ Tool) (2:34)
B1. Hyperloop: “S-Sound” (feat Green Velvet) (7:06)
B2. Hyperloop: “Spring On The Battlefield” (6:38)