Recording information: 4M2 Studios (07/1994-05/1995).
The 1995 debut album by Mental Overdrive (Norwegian producer Per Martinsen) is somewhat of an unsung classic of mid-'90s techno. Initially released by the artist's own Love OD Communications, the album follows his early hardcore rave singles for Belgian label R&S but seems more cerebral and atmospheric, making it more ideal for home listening or a long drive than the club. R&S single "Disto Disco" makes an appearance, and while it's not quite as disco-influenced as his later releases for labels like Smalltown Supersound and Full Pupp, it definitely displays his knack for distorting the drums similar to the way Mike Paradinas did on his early æ-ziq releases. The track title "Motorcity" acknowledges his obvious debt to Detroit techno, but in terms of overseas artists taking influence from that sound, this album's quality level rivals anything B12 or Speedy J released during that era. ~ Paul Simpson