Swedes Dorisburg and Efraim Kent set the bar high with their first (and hopefully not last) collaboration. A laid-back 4/4 cut with funky low-end syncopations, "Bubbelbad" chugs through caverns of subaquatic reverb, unhurriedly accumulating more percussive density along the way. Its wide-open arrangement is as great for zoning out as it is for mixing. DJ Nobu's broken-beat "Safari" is a trip right from the start, thanks to a long, downward bass slide that undulates beneath all sorts of buzzes and chirps. This singular production is enough to make you wish Nobu would put out more than a track or two per year. Following his dark and moody "Falcon" on Tikita's previous release, IORI returns with "Transparent," a euphoric soundscape whose staccato analog melodies, redolent of classic IDM and ambient techno, intertwine with the coiling textures that have long been the artist's calling card. It's a breath of fresh air that echoes the explorative style of his Cold Radiance LP for Field.
The most crucial draw on Body 2:2 Mind is "Emersione," the vinyl debut of natural/electronic.system., AKA Antonio Giova and Valerio Gomez De Ayala. The Italian DJ duo explore hypnotic, subtly psychedelic techno with their sets, and "Emersione" shows they can also produce such sounds. An exquisite, dreamlike potpourri of winding bass, syncopated drums, melancholy pads and spacey bleeps, the track tops off a gem of a release from Tikita.