Funk-punk, shake, wiggle and slide as the intricate rhythms are sleekly designed to move, shift, bump and grind. Meanwhile Mark Stewart hits the dancer with his particular angst take on the world, ripping away the shutters to let the bright light in. The world hidden under the pulp of Express/Mail myopia, as he shows naked greed and true mental health hang out together, like Paris Hilton and Charles Saatchi. In between he paints the rainbow colours of a world yet to arrive. Gently unpicking the apparent reality scab he pokes within its centre to bring out a new vision within the fetid mess that is comprised of the wire meshes of the current social world. A man possessing the spectacular mind of a musical Noam Chomsky welded to the artistic vision of Hieronymous Bosch beating out his heart with the breadthe of Raoul Vanageim.
This album, when first played, did not hit any buttons, it lay flat and limp. Spun again, suddenly its hidden tunes, melodies and imagination became charged then jumped up out and whacked me round the ears, like a 3D vision, emerging from a billboard. This is a brilliantine piece of music from the first note to the dying one as it cascades through modernity and the past to bring out a multi toned full scale attack on celebrity, greed, mental health wrapped in a delicious fragility of emotions (letter to hermione).
Building in layers on a fusion between black and white worlds derived from industrial brazier funk, integrating a number of reggae ganja tools; dub phasing, heavy bass, with peppered hints of early Beastie Boys, minus the adolescent misogyny, this penetrates consciousness up to the hilt. Out gushes a life force from the social wound as he bursts the wider window with his musical dagger.
The punk comes through the vocal delivery, direct line back to the Pop Group angst as Mark wrenches the last calls on time. Beautiful in its majestic scream into the nigtht, this drips with an imagination built for the 21st century from the best elements of the 20th.
As well as Chomksy, he incorporates Erich Fromm's "The Sane Society" whatever you have is never enough, you always want more.A politics of envy, greed and hoarding becoming a true mental health issue deeply afflicting the mutli layers of society, replacing the ersat DSM manual wielded by psychiatrists. Those who try to silence people with trauma whilst reaching into their medicinal cabinet.
Real effects lie within the alienation between people, as the competition of all against all, creates atomistic individuals devoid of connection. Each seeks to outdo the other, whilst operating the hidden hand of the market. Meanwhile he has collected together a group of people who are the purveyors of his vision, such is the charisma,
An album that deserves a big arena, to be blasted high into the atmosphere so it soaks into the limbic systems, the bone marrow and the white corpuscles that take the oxygen to the brain. Finally somewhere over the rainbow will then arrive, sooner that we envisaged.