If I had to describe Minnesota’s production style in one word it would be experimental. It’s no wonder that every year Minnesota puts out an hour-long mix to honor Bicycle Day on April 19th.
Albert Hofmann was a scientist who worked in a laboratory’s pharmaceutical chemical department in Switzerland. In 1943, while resynthesizing Lysergic Acid Diethylamide to study its uses to create a respiratory and circulatory stimulant, Hoffman accidentally absorbed a small amount of the chemical through his fingertips and revealed it’s powerful effects. Unsure of what exactly may have happened, a few days later on April 19th he experimented on himself to understand it more. After an hour he began to feel the effects and decided he needed to go home. Albert then got on his bike to make the 2.5-mile journey home, thus the name Bicycle Day was born. For decades, LSD was studied for a variety of uses like aiding in therapeutic addiction recovery until it was labeled a Schedule 1 substance in the ’60s.
You may be asking yourself, “Why the lengthy history lesson? I thought this was about music?” Well, these mixes are that story revived through sound. Minnesota’s Bicycle Day mixes are an experiment from start to finish. They are packed with remixes, originals, and his personal selects from artists that create a ride just as wild as Albert Hoffman’s bike ride home in 1943; instead of LSD, in this case, music is the drug. You could hear anything from Dubstep to Freeform, to Rap, to Drum’n’Bass, circling back to more trippy experimental Bass music. You will stumble upon tunes you’ve never heard before and will find yourself in the middle of a euphoric jam session. Known for his experimental sound, it suits Minnesota to create a mix that’s beginning, journey, and destination is a mystery yearning to be explored.
On theme with exploration and mystery, there has never been an announcement of the mix’s arrival until April 19th where Minnesota hops on Twitter and blesses our news feeds with the musical journey. So it would make sense that there hasn’t been much said about the 2020 Bicycle Day Mix except for a single reply Tweet to a confused voyager.
Take a listen to Minnesota’s Bicycle Day mixes and strap in for a ride like you’ve never embarked upon before. If you enjoy them, be sure to catch Minnesota on his Exit/Reality tour in a city near you!
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