The Global Frequency – Mime Radio International Compilation

(released in 1999)

THE STORY:
This compilation was released by the folks in Canada who run Mime Radio. A mass email was sent out asking artists to submit ideas for the comp title. I was proud when my suggestion was selected.

TRACKLIST:
Stroll- Before Sunrise
Serena- Walking Slowly
Stop Motion- Pure
Void IX- Let Me Breathe
Force Vomit- Incubus
Mitstar- Telescope Song
The Secession Movement- Long Story
From the Waves- Mountian Side
Modstar- Glorious Statue
Sioux Hoss- An Excursion
No Shirts- Don’t Come Any Closer
Underaged- I May
Jeremy Gloff- Able to Move
Hudson’s Hope- Birds
Her Birthday Suit- Love or Fate

CREDITS:
(from the promo press packet) “The Global Frequency will prove to be one of the most diverse compilations ever to be released to an independent label. This CD features 15 different bands, from three different countries (US, Canada & Singapore) covering almost every current musical genre including punk, rolk, blues, funk, rap, jazz, alternative, hardcore, as well as many others. A true social document of the international music scene at the turn of the millenium”

REVIEWS:

-from The Scissors
-published in July 1999

Unlike MTV’s Alternative Nation, which doesn’t do justice to its title, The Global Frequency would be more suitable for the name. Culling bands from Singapore, Canada and The States, the compilation comprises of efforts by indie bands or even closet musicians of different musical backgrounds which makes listening to it a bumpy ride.

Sound quality aside, the music in this compilation cross genres from techno ( Stop Motion) to punk ( Secession Movement) to blues ( No Shirts) to rap ( Sioux Hoss) to industrial (Mitsar).

It is evident that some bands are in its infancy stage and are heavily influenced by big acts. Examples include Modstar, a Singapore band which is a Suede duplicate with its androgynous vocals and groovy synth. Stop Motion is another synth outfit that can be mistaken for Depeche Mode. Angst ridden Jimi Hendrix blues rock is evident in ‘Mountain Side’ by From The Waves. Fiona Apple manifests itself in Serena’s Walking Slowly.

Some bands have however evolved their own sound. One of them is Singapore’s homegrown Force Vomit. The surf punk trio experiments with pauses in ‘Incubus’, creating a sound never heard before. A commendable effort. Mitsar from Quebec, Canada is another band that emerges from the crop with Telescope Son. This is instrumental industrial punk with an unpredictable soundscape. The one that reveals the most potential has to be Jeremy Gloff who is based in Florida. In ‘Able To Move’ he uses his clear and nasal voice to belt out an infectious pop song accompanied by solely guitar and piano. Hudson’s Hope’s Lulu Songs is hauntingly a Blake Chan shadow which is morose and cold, doubled with the repetitive background synth music gives one the chill that stays in your mind even when it is over.

There are downsides to the CD as well. Some songs don’t seem to fit. Her Birthday Suit’s Love or Fate is a synth soap ballad which comes across as monotonous and boring. Sioux Hoss’s An Excursion is an interesting rap rock song but clocks too short.

Complaints aside, this is a CD worth getting. Ask yourself this simple question: How many CDs compilation can you find that will give you that truly raw and underground sound without compromising the quality?

-from The Wire Web

Though a bit rough at times, a great under taking has brought the sounds and styles from around the world, to give us a quick glimpse into the netherworlds of the alternative music scene. This disc also features the talents of Serena and a track from local goths Void IX. Available around town or through the mail, a good capsule of the day.

-by Adam Md Yusop
-courtesy of AudioLoad.com

What do late-night discussions and email do to two people from different walks of life but shared the same tastes as were their dreams of bringing their music friends to something better than they had? A CD compilation of 15 international bands. Kudos go out to Damon de Szegheo, head honcho of Canada’s independent label Mime Radio, and our very own Vinita Ramani for releasing this one hell of a gem that is The Global Frequency.

Stirring performances are elicited from Void IX, Stop Motion, Serena, Force Vomit, The Secession Movement and the dreamy state of Her Birthday Suit. Listening to a track by Hudson’s Hope reminded this writer of a heavily-criticised 1982 B-grade film, Yor – The Hunter From The Future. This low-budget Turkish and Italian collaboration melded science fiction, pre-history and unintentional comedy into a uniquely entertaining brew. It’s a corny movie but it exuded a certain charm. The same can be said of The Global Frequency.
Note: The Global Frequency is available at Roxy Records (Funan The IT Mall) and selected record stores; and for US$12 from The Mime Radio Recording Company, 265 Burnham Street, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada K 9H 1T 2. Or email mradio@pipcom.com.