MENTAL ILLNESS began back in 2003 as a weekly night designed to become an outlet for the Data:bass guys to explore other sides of the electronic/turntable spectrum with a real leftfield sensibility. From that, Mental Illness became a subsidiary project of 0474:8455 Recordings, dedicated primarily to turntable/ electronic/sequenced music outside of Drum'n Bass, as a repose and an outlet for DBN to provide an opportunity for affiliated producers to showcase the best of their experiments in other genres.

The first Mental Illness compilation was released in October 2003 featuring 15 local artists on 21 tracks over 77 minutes. There have now been three Mental Illness compilations proper, and two specialist experimental CD's.



With MENTAL ILLNESS we promote diversity as the new purism. The general concept is that beyond the boundaries of genre there can be a genuine appreciation for evocative and provocative tunes wether commercial, experimental, emotional or absurd, across the full spectrum of turntable based genres. The most exciting thing about Mental Illness is the idea of just putting the music out there, no faffing about. Mental Illness puts out unique music from our producers that celebrates a whole different set of musical values.

Send us your demos! Not just electronic but indie stuff or anything weird and wonderful or whatever!

Data:Bass Network / Attn: I have Mental Illness / PO Box 78-104 Grey Lynn

producers, want more info? ask djromantechATgmail.com

SO WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW WITH THE MENTALLY ILL?

In 2006 we dropped Mental Illness 3, which we planned to be the final Mental Illness compilation, but to be honest it's quite unlikely.With the best of Mental Illness now invigorating the new K.urb projects which has kicked off with the "Oceanic Chill" downbeat compilation, we're planning a new CD repackaging the best of the Mental Illness series into a comprehensive retrospective. But dedicated as ever to new electronic music and talent coming up from the depths of the underground, a shabby bunch of home made cd-r's lovingly hand crafted by data:bass and bearing the title "Mental Illness 4" shouldn't be too far away . . .

 

Exstus // Mandala
Romantech // Where's Baby?
Billy Dragon // General Cool
Moods vs. Plus Nueva // Oblivion
Junk Shop Star // Glide
Hazam // Yellow Light
Virginia Flame // Freedom
Monodrama // Dusk
Jason H Long // Te Toto Dub
Dfusion // Birds
Monta // Sharp
Canartic // Magenta sky over detroit
Exstus // Cool as Ice
Antiquity // Return to Antiquity
EMU // The Frog and The Pussy Cat
Wyvil // Mandroid (Romantech Remix)
DJ Manik // Juiced
Mercy Dirt Scheme // Complease
Sonic Stylus // World of Clay
Elements // Varia
Romantech vs Catguts // Small Turtle


 

One last shock treatment from the Mental patient files of the data:bass network sees 23 new ill deliveries tracked down for Mental Illness 3. Featuring Electro, Downbeat, Drum'n Bass it's a tidy package for any punter looking to pick up on some ill dealings. Let's take a look at that tracklist!

Mercy Dirt Scheme // Complease
Further // Left & Right & Wrong
Mu Naut // The Bad Guy
Les Astrals // Celebratory Machines
4.5hz // Get Some Pussy
Emerald Green // In Limbo
SEO // NY on Nov 29 (SEO's Junebug Mix)
The White Line // 2ic
Emu // Homeland
Canartic // Turn on the Blacklight
TB Experience // My ignorance of Dairy
General Practitioner // Haunted House
Catguts // Fake Eyelashes
Manik // Juiced
Skinshed // HV & ALP
Broken Drum Collective // Post War
Romantech vs 4.5hz // Brotha Sista
Detail vs. Organikismness* // Not entitled
DJ Carnage // Nightstalker (Remix)
Eraserhead // Grand Theft Arsehole
Haluciagea // Dark Side of God
13th Halo //Circling Venus
Reality Compound // I Need Myspace

FKA Culprit vs FKA Fiction & Alion

 

MECHANICA OUT THIS DECEMBER NO LIES!

18 acts // 31 tracks

4795 Seconds of Electrotrash, Industrial strength Breakbeat, Drill'n Bass, Glitchcore, Dreamnoise . . . and 1 Hell of a clean up!

"Someone oughta call ya mum . . . an'tell her you'll be late for dinner!"

 

MENTAL ILLNESS 02: BACK IN THE COMMUNITY

He thinks it's her . . . but what she doesn't know . . . is that he wants to . . . but they don't realize . . . because she's already done it . . . and nobody knows how!

This winter laugh again with all your friends from Auckland's's kookiest bunch of underground electronica misfits, as Mental Illness heads back into the community for more adventures that'll have you grabbing for your medication!

Laugh as breaksmeisters Demus, Jamie Newman, Audioslut, Dialator and Million from State of Mind leave you in therapy with their side splitting antics. Cry as Downbeat dalliances from Further & Haze, Tumor, Dr_Lovelazy and dub dealing deliveries from Atomik, RFG, General Practitioner and Azuki, drench the soul with melodious pathos. Be thrilled by the drama of Downlow, Jen-I, Em:U, and Acid Reign.and be flabbergasted as Fats White, Style Over Substance, Black Pantha, Catguts & The Big Bang Theory and Bad Habits give unforgettable performances that will make small children weep with joy.

That's right, dose up on an all-star cast of 22 artists performing 27 tunes over 80 action-packed minutes of hair raising hilarity and eclectronic eccentricity that will leave you seeking professional help!

Because this Winter . . . Mental Illness . . . is . . .

Back in the Community!


 

MENTAL ILLNESS 01:

DJ FICTION : GENERAL PRACTITIONER : 4TUNE ; MILLION : ROMANTECH/HAZE : JAMIE NEWMAN : DR_LOVELAZY : OOSTERDADDY : KYREN : SHUNRYU : SOUNDLAYDEE : STYLE OVER SUBSTANCE : FIDGET : TUMOR

Mental Illness is the third CD compilation from Auckland's Data:bass Network's 0474:8455 Recordings label and the first to be issued under the Mental Illness subsidiary dedicated to electronic and turntable based music outside of format Dance genres. 

Says 0474:8455 Recordings boss Romantech: "The CD is totally ship shape and Bristol fashion : It's 95, you're drinking a Soya Mocca Latte, you've got your Kumara Panini - with a side of pesto - on 100% Recycled Rimu and the Mental Illness Compilation is playing."

Low slung blunted madness is laid down by DJ Fiction, Kyren, Dr Lovelazy and Oosterdaddy with serious vocal talent displayed on vibing tunes from Dfusion, Jamie Newman and Romantech/Haze. State of Mind's Pat Million chips in with a couple of funky breakbeats while General practitoner and 4Tune give us by the book Dub and Deep House. Electro Insanity ensues with Shunryu doing Jarre, Electro Punk wonder woman Soundlaydee, Fidgets trashy breakbeat rererevisitation of Trace's Mutant and New trash art terrorists Style Over Substance featuring MC I'mIanCurtis.

Evil Robot, head of SOS research staff revealed candidly "Our Anthem "The Joy F**k Club" was actually completed in less than an hour using A Roland 303, Drum Machine, Vibrator and an interdimensional portal."
Bandmate Kyle Machlachlan MF explains: "The result is a sexually charged supernatural experiment."

Fruit. Check out the full tracklisting below.

NZ MUSICIAN REVIEW

 

 

REALITY COMPOUND CD-ROM-01 OUT NOW

It's scener than scene. It's hipsterer than a hipster. They're hot and happeining, Reality Compound are coming through screaming "I Need Myspace."

www.myspace.com/realitycompound

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



DJ ROMANTECH presents
OCEANIC CHILL
23 tracks of smooth relaxed grooves

 


 

WHAT? REALITY COMPOUND'S
INFAMOUS MYSPACE

REALITY COMPOUND CD-ROM OUT NOW!

It's scener than scene. It's hipsterer than a hipster. They're hot and happeining, Reality Compound are coming through screaming "I Need Myspace."

SO WHATS ON THE CD-ROM SO FAR?

BULLETINS. STORIES. VIDEO. PICTURES.

AND OVER 7 HOURS OF HIPSTER MUSIC!!!!!

REALITY COMPOUND MP3 STASH
Full album length demo from Style Over Substance vs. The Further featuring all your favourite songs and more!

RADIO REALITY MP3
SHORT CIRCUIT 2 MP3 STASH
NEW ZEALAND MUSIC MP3 STASH
ROMANTECHS MP3 STASH

WHISKEY ON THE ROCKS VIDEO
2 Full E-BOOKS - "Evil Robot" and "RC series 1"


THE NEXT REALITY COMPOUND CD-ROM
Is planned for later in 2006. If you have mp3's, pics, vids or any media you'd like to contribute , , , let us know!

4.5 hertz presents "Avant"
a full 15 tracks of squiggly rave inspired breaks, electro drum'n bass and eclectic beats amidst the acid soaked madness

DON'T FORGET YOU CAN BUY
DATA:BASS / MENTAL ILLNESS / K.URB CD's CHEAPEST HERE OFF US ON
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Further/Catguts/Shunryu "Version" // Full (Downbeat Electronica)

Jamie Newman "Everyday" // Full (Downbeat)

4.5 Hertz "Ride" // Full (Breaks)- EXCLUSIVE!

Kyren "GutFeeling" // Full (Downbeat)

Further/Catguts "Small Turtle" // Full (Ambient)
- EXCLUSIVE!

General Practitioner "Dub of Dubya" // Full (Dub)

Dr_Lovelazy "Demo for Kriseim" // Full (Downbeat Electronica))

Further ft. Haze "Nag Champa" // Full (Downbeat Dub)

Tumor "Distraxux" // Full (Downbeat Electronica)

Dfusion "Birds" // Full (Soulful Downbeat)

Style Over Substance Live @ K rd Ballroom (edit) 30/4/04 (Electro/Synthcore)

Catguts and The Big Bang Theory ft. Haze
"I Don't Want to go into Town With You" // Full (Electronica)

S.O.S. ft. The Mad Hater-Morning Light Remix
// (silly behaviour)

 

 

 

HEY! Special edition Mental Illness @ the Version 1.03 Electro-Sonic Music Festival CD available now . . . see discography for all tracklistings and archives for additional rantings . . .