‘Out of Context’ is my first release on Rednetic Recordings, and whilst it’s an EP, it could almost be called a mini album with 7 tracks on offer. A slightly different release to many of my previous ones, with a darker mood to it.
LondonMilk – September 5th 2006
“Out Of Context is the latest offering from Mint, AKA Murray Fisher, who also operates as one half of Boltfish Recordings. Collecting five original tracks and two remixes, this EP, Fisher’s first for Rednetic, is another foray into classic electronica territories. Lush melodies, crisp beats, warm soundscapes; Fisher builds impressive formations here, from the moody Coerce, which opens, and Out Of Context, to the feverish electro of Roman Triangle, the rampant melancholy of Russian Doll or the uplifting luminescence of Future Automation. Each track offers a slightly different angle to Fisher’s approach, yet they all integrate perfectly with each other, creating a constant flow of rich electronic soundscapes and ambiences. Mint’s own remix of Coerce reveals a much more dance floor-friendly touch, while Neytoda’s take on Out Of Context gives the track a surprisingly urban feel.
Fisher creates here another fine record, at times hinting at classic Detroit techno, and certainly reminiscent of early Warp or ART releases. Yet, this EP is certainly no painful nostalgic homage. Fisher knows very well how to manipulate classic ideas to make them sound fresh and modern, and he does it here once again with great elegance and disconcerting ease.”
IReallyLoveMusic – August 2006
“As mentioned a while ago elsewhere, following an email from the rednetic label i came across one of the mint tracks on a recent steve lawler mix album. so when the offer to hear more was given, i was rather keen to say the least.
Following in line with my current love for all things ambient and techno (hello dust science), this 7 track mini album (including 2 remixes) is a truly sublime beast that deserves more attention in these days of fickle media friendly dubstep, grime and the dreaded nu-rave micro-genres.
opening the 30 minutes with coerce provides a touch of detroit depth, a slice of dub bass, and twittering beats, setting the pace perfectly. the atmosphere is definitely one of late night drives, neon lit skyscrapers and dark skies, perfect for that much rumoured bladerunner 2 soundtrack. when this highlight is followed by the equally compelling title track, out of context, subtle horror movie distortion effects to the far right of the stereo spectrum sends the necessary goosebumps prickling in all the right places, the unsettling nature of the sonics collide brilliantly with the relaxed nature of the main melody.
Roman triangle ups the tempo but holds back from being a 4-to-the floor monster, instead the mood is still that of technology enhanced paranoia. sci-fi techno underpinned by some old school orbital styled pulsating arpeggios. russian doll has more cinematic synths and mellow moods, giving me flashbacks to some old tangerine dream records that are hidden deep in the archive, and future automation is as lush yet minimal as anything a fan of 90’s warp records could wish for making the tracks 5 minutes familiar, but fresh. fans of novamutes lawrence will be wanting to hear this methinks.
The 2 remixes are slightly more gritty in their beats, with even the presence of a stright up head banging hip hop beat to the title track in its ‘neytoda premier remix’ form, but still retaining the attention to melodic detail these additions are very welcome additions to the record.
A fine fine release, proving man and machine can still create ambient techno that is both forward looking and enjoyable without having to resort to gimmicks and short shelf life possibilities. ”
Textura – June 2006
“Murray Fisher’s Mint electronic tracks, like that of many other Boltfish artists (Fisher co-owns the label), are crisp, cleanly produced, atmospheric, undeniably well-crafted, and perhaps a little too well-behaved. Beyond the commonalities, however, there’s a certain something that separates Mint from his stylistic brethren. Maybe it’s the subtle undercurrent of menace that threads through cuts like “Roman Triangle” on his Rednetic debut that gives it a heft missing from other like-minded releases, or perhaps it’s the compositional finesse he brings to the EP’s five originals. Instead of streaming monochromatically for five minutes, the melancholy electro of “Russian Doll,” for example, unfurls gracefully, slowly creeping towards a climax so delicately handled you could miss it before winding down in an equally-subtle denouement. Oddly, the stately “Future Automation” conjures impressions of barren Eastern European expanses, though that may be no more than an idiosyncratic personal response. Fisher gives his own “Coerce” a ‘Calcified’ overhaul, exchanging the original’s politeness for a considerably more aggressive persona—a direction he should pursue more often. At disc’s end, Neytoda adds hip-hop flavour to an “Out of Context” overhaul that begins promisingly but lazily settles into a too-predictable run-on groove. Even so, Out of Context is a generous collection for an EP plus a decent representation of Mint’s material.”
Etherreal – 18th May 2006
Translated from Original French Review
“After five outings in the first eight months of 2005, we’d gone eight months with no news of MINT, an exceptionally long duration for this particularly prolific artist over the past two years. It is therefore with an unquestionable interest that we find Murray Fisher on top form on CD-R in the eighth release for London label Rednetic Recordings.
On several tracks of this EP (Coerce, Roman Triangle), we finds electronica with half robotic, half 80’s sounds, which this Englishman seems to have chosen since his Frosted Glass EP. The atmosphere appears to be lighter with the title track, with clearer consonances and less marked pulsations, but of the darker aspects are integrated towards the end of the track and come to correct this first impression.
Returning to ethereal moods with Russian Doll, two reverberating synth melodies are put out of balance with a rhythmic, saturated bass for a completely convincing result and probably the most successful track on the disc. Also convincing, Future Automation is however more traditional in style with its keyboard patterns, typical rhythm and quasi-addictive melody.
To finish Out of Context, there are two remixes. Reworking the opening track, MINT pushes Coerce towards more dance territory with the addition of a constant pulsation while the pads have a more metallic feel. Lastly, remixing the title track, Neytoda layers too much rhythm so that it covers the piano notes and takes the colour from the track.”
Electronic Desert – May 2006
“Out of Context” sees Mint debuting on Rednetic Recordings and in that sense the title is grossly misleading, because the seven tracks enclosed on the EP fits Rednetic like snug driving glove. Mint delivers eigth tracks of his trademarked high-quality sounding productions, not lacking much in the beats department and with beautiful warm melodies filled as is usually the case with any given Mint release. The last and seventh track is a hip-hop fuelled remix by the to me unknown Neytoda and it ends the “Out of Context” EP in a somewhat different mood than it was started in. It’s another excellent release on Rednetic and the first and probably not the last deliverance by Mint! ”
Smallfish – APRIL 2006
“Rednetic deliver the goods once again with a classic selection of Electronica from Mint, co-owner of Boltfish Recordings. You get the whole lot here… crispy beats, beautiful production, Electro influences and some wonderfully put together sounds and noises. Generally this is a melodic piece of work through and through but there’s a nice, sinister darkness that sits just in the background with swells of menacing strings cutting through into the mix every now and again. Vintage sounds, you could say, but all the better for it. A wicked release.”