Lo-Fidelity Allstars ‎– How To Operate With A Blown Mind

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BigBeat25

BigBeat25

December 5, 2017
referencing How To Operate With A Blown Mind, CD, Album, BRASSIC8CD

In spite of being under the Skint label, this CD is not 100% big beat. It's far too experimental.
The first time I discovered "Battleflag", I was blown away and I decided to get "How To Operate With A Blown Mind", but after many listenings it definitely will never entirely live up my expectations. This is the only continuous GODLIKE track.
But, still, there are some good moments out there. First of all, both "Warming Up A Brain Farm" and "Kool Roc Bass" have solid beats. Unfortunately, I have to say that I don't like the vocals. I think they're inappropriate here.
Moreover, the song "Lazer Sheep Dip Funk" has a crazy atmosphere which is very enjoyable. On the contrary, calmer songs like "Will I Get Out Of Jail" bring a more trip-hop oriented feel which ain't unpleasant.
However, for most of the rest, you have to wait several minutes until you hear something very interesting. I especially think about the eponym track.

To sum up, the first release of Lo Fi Allstars is really not bad, nevertheless I won't recommend it since the disappointment was too big.
It's just my personal point of view of course, but the vocals really ruin it at times (it however gets better through the record).
Undoubtedly not quality big beat. Rather a mix between BB, techno and experimental. From Skint, you better have to check Fatboy Slim (obviously ^^), Cut La Roc and Space Raiders.
But if you want the best of big beat, dig The Crystal Method, The Prodigy, The Chems, Junkie XL, Freestylers or Overseer. There's so much gems to discover, so good luck in your research.
ucci

ucci

July 25, 2015
referencing How To Operate With A Blown Mind, 2xLP, Album, BRASSIC8LP
All stars taking over. This was one of those indie-dance crossover type things that dare whisper it *transcends boundaries*. A marketing nightmare and just that little bit too out there for the mainstream. A record to put on and remember how a group got away with calling themselves Wrekked Train and Albino Priest. It's like a band of ecstacy taking football hooligans making music during Euro 1996 after being up for two days drinking Stella but the curtains are open and their influences range from Kraftwerk to Miles Davis. Pigeon hole at your worst box thinker, for a brief time the Allstars took over a little part of my amorphous brain. One to cherish.
Dr.Rubberfunk

Dr.Rubberfunk

August 28, 2011
referencing How To Operate With A Blown Mind, 2xLP, Album, BRASSIC8LP

This was the first record I got a sleevenote credit on. Using my award winning model making skills (1st place, North Kent Model Exhibition 1986) I built one of the model trucks featured on the front cover. Can we get a Model Maker role in the credit list please? :)
the_architech

the_architech

December 5, 2007
referencing How To Operate With A Blown Mind, CD, Album, CK 69654

I was very disappointed with this cd. I've previously bought their On The Floor At The Boutique set, which was eclectic and fastastic, and also their album, Don't Be Afraid Of Love, which is great. This really falls short though. One of the guys tries singing or doing voice-overs and fails miserably through a lot of the tracks. Plus none of them really grab me and say, "Hey, that's interesting". They're all boring. I never get rid of cds, but this might qualify.
AllyKarate

AllyKarate

May 11, 2006
edited over 13 years ago
referencing How To Operate With A Blown Mind, 2xLP, Album, BRASSIC8LP
Yeah, I think the only reason the Lo-Fi's were put in with the big beat thing was because they were on Skint, which I suppose is understandable seeing as they were the definitive big beat label. Thing is, they never had much in common with the likes of Fatboy Slim or Cut La Roc apart from the obvious hip hop influences. This album confirms that with a hugh range of moods and styles from the bombastic opener 'Warming Up The Brainfarm', the electro funk of 'Battle Flag' and the claustrophobic title track to name a few. An unheralded gem!
radio-activity

radio-activity

May 26, 2004
referencing How To Operate With A Blown Mind, 2xLP, Album, BRASSIC8LP

This is not one of those boring cliché bigbeat releases! Tracks range from filthy, heavy, sleazy P-funk (Will I Get Out Of Jail) to stomping filtered vocoderdisco (Lazer Sheep Dip Funk)and even a goosepimpling beautiful Hammond-driven loungy yet pitchdark ballad (Nightime Story)...This one definitely survived the hype!
gardy

gardy

October 15, 2001
edited over 17 years ago
referencing How To Operate With A Blown Mind, CD, Album, BRASSIC8CD
IT may be old still its right up there with fatboy slim and say bombfunk mc's. Also they are on the forces of nature soundtrack i discovered lately :P