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  1. The perfect accompaniment to reading Edgar Allan Poe on perversion and Howard Philips Lovecraft on hermeneutic uncertainty and alien horror. Poe's theory of perversion was prophetic and only now are we beginning as a species to grasp its full import as we begin to reap the cruel crop of our bad seeds and benighted sowings. Far from patent leather and whips, Poe basically said that we all have the potential for perverse self-destructiveness, often planted in us in childhood by the constant "no" we heard and had to hear from our parents and peers (you know, kids want to probe everything and stick everything up their orifices...). Plain old ornery self-destructiveness shades into perversion when we go so far into it that the only way to achieve redemption is via full self-slaughter of some variety. That dark turning point is when our addictions, gamblings, lies, cheats, thievings, evasions, procrastinations, etc begin to seriously harm others. No way out but forward go into self-annihilation you might say is Poe's theory. But here comes the kicker: Poe theorised that this dark turning point is programmed into us by the desire of all matter to return to undifferentiation in his proto-science disquisition Eureka! - a work of genius in which he conjoined science and emotional psychology. Once we have messed up our karma, so to speak, by harming others, our body requires cleansing and expiation and the only way to achieve this is by returning to undifferentiation, ie God, ie the whole, which our bodies remember. We need to dismember ourselves to remember unity, and this operates at a subconscious, preconscious, physical level. In other words, it is our bodies which judge us - a classic inversion of our usual cranial narcissism. If we consider rightly of this remarkable and unique deconstruction of our narcissism, we can see that Poe has given us the tool to understand the repeatedly dumbfoundingly inexplicably stupid self-destructiveness of humans - from the mundane level of tail-gating on the highway when it is clearly foolhardy, or procrastinating on that term essay, to spending all our family's savings on gambling, or unleashing appalling orgies of xenophic mass slaughter via weapons of mass destruction. Very few such tools exist in the world and I hail you Edgar Allan Poe for being honest and clever enough to provide us with one. This tool is a key for self-liberation at the deepest level; as another literary genius, Oscar Wilde, put it: "learning to love yourself is the beginning of a life-long romance". If you've managed to read this far, I'm sure you will be glad to hear that I will not be embarking on an exhaustive disquisition about and analysis of H. P. Lovecraft's cosmic materialism, suffice it to say that Lovecraft was influenced by Poe and that reading him is required if you are to explore the full horror of what Proxeeus unleashes on the listener here. If you're a sick puppy like me, you will also need to become intimately acquainted with the scribblings of possessed demons like Clarke Ashton Smith, Aleister Crowley and so on, not to mention the black metal abominations of bands like The Great Old Ones and countless others. Leaving aside the background reading and listening that any researcher into arcane horrors needs to undertake in order to understand this latest Proxeeus album, I am left with an aesthetic question by this worthy inheritor of Xenomorph's dark legacy: is this intense darkpsy album more grimly effective than the Goan horrortrance of At the Mountains of Madness or the black psydub of Celephais? To ask the same question another way, is Proxeeus a multiply talented multigenre artist, or is his true metier in one of the genres? I leave you with that question. ~*~
    3 points
  2. Well to be fair 2023 is 4 weeks old sooo :p
    2 points
  3. Moon Beasts – Unexpected Turn Of Events 2022 Alexandre Cohen & Jerome Lesterps Real Externality La Petite Porte Escaping The Plague Walking A Tightrope Towards The Unknown A silvery ray of darker Goa from Moon Beasts (I'm not too convinced by this name), which features Jerome Lesterps of Proxeeus. The mastering and pressing are solid on this white vinyl issue and the sound is generally excellent (unsurprising since the mastering is from Tim Schuldt). I'm tempted to pronounce some pretentious nonsense about this ep being appropriate to our darker times, but I will avoid that (largely). Real Externality There's Goa psychedelia on offer in the storming track "Real Externality", which has enough sawtooth and 303 madness to get any dancefloor moving to its screeching hectic intensity. Good track. Make that a very good track. I appreciated the vocal sample from Lovecraft, which really set the mood. La Petite Porte "La Petite Porte" has a stomping techno beat and some spooky synth lines; there's a bit of haunted forest flavour in this track, which again features some 303 madness towards the end. A darker track, though it is a bit spoilt by the knees-up faster beat at the very end - it seems that the musicians did not know how to progress or end this track. Basically, I thought it a good track that should carry on for another few minutes and found it ended prematurely. Escaping The Plague The darker vibes continue on "Escaping the Plague", which may be a reference to coronavirus? This track features wailing siren synth work which works well, but again I feel that this track could have been developed further and gone on for longer. Nevertheless, I enjoy the crossover with darkpsy and darkwave/ebm in this track, which does succeed in conjuring an apocalyptic ambience and feeling. Walking A Tightrope Towards The Unknown The last track "Walking a Tightrope Towards the Unknown" is downtempo and has a head-nodding beat that is infectious. There's a "Bladerunner" style moody Moog ripping sound that gives a dystopian quality to this track, but yet again it seems still-born and ends too quickly. Super track nevertheless, probably my favourite on the ep. My take away: one dancefloor stormer and three good tracks that seem unfinished to me. What this suggests is that I was really enjoying the tracks and didn't want them to end! A promising ep and it would be great to see more by these guys, especially if pressed to vinyl, not to mention Proxeeus on vinyl - I would love to see Proxeeus on vinyl! ~*~
    2 points
  4. My interest is psychedelic music. Sometimes it happens to align with neogoa and psytrance, but these days I mostly listen to good music from other genres. A handful of releases from the trance scene caught my attention in 2022: I'm usually not a fan of Youth's work, but he did good in 2022. Oh, and I got in to Ovnimoon's music. Really like it. My best psychedelic downtempo discoveries from non psy labels are: I really see no reason to limit yourself to the traditional psy downtempo labels, there's lots of great psy music out there. Emancipator and Palladin are really amazing. For more uptempo music, last years best discovery was polish Rysy Amelie Lens is still the best Follow her mixes and playlists and you'll discover lots of great stuff. Here are my best banging "melodic" techno discoveries from last year: Joris Voorn also did good in 2002. His best mix being this one: Oh, and Charlotte De Witte is always good https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=charlotte+de+2022
    2 points
  5. clearly not jerking off enough, with that type of attitude may not find anyone here to do it for you either. signed lurker
    2 points
  6. Happy new year!!! Wir schicken dich ins all is awesome. Here, have two more, old as the street. =))
    2 points
  7. Reddit, Facebook, Discord, etc. are no great substitute for forums, but forums are often poorly moderated, full of weirdos (see above), and pretty much ghost towns, so...mostly I just enjoy music in isolation, and dedicate myself to mixcraft, exploring new music, and refining my collection (updating metadata, completing discographies, etc.). I've been very busy producing high-quality mixes these years, and will be ending 2022 with another 36 hours of content published. All of that can be found on my homepage and the usual places (Mixcloud for HQ audio, SoundCloud for the more social experience). I also got into edits and production these years so I'm constantly churning out new versions of classic tracks for my own use and enjoyment. Not sure what I'll be doing with any of these dozens of projects except including them in some old school mixes when I get around to them. I have another three or four commissioned mixes to complete before I get to that though. As for reviews, I seldom get the sense that many people read them, and I tend to prefer investing my time in making recommendations on my Facebook page rather than writing reviews these days. I also got out of the habit of listening to new releases since I'm already drowning in music. I'll pick up new releases by artists I like but they end up in the listening backlog after being filed, and it sometimes takes years to get to them. Another issue is that albums are slowly becoming a thing of the past... so much of the new music I grow to love are released as singles, or as hidden gems on otherwise bland compilations, which is partly a consequence of being more dance music-oriented. Even so, a bunch of releases from 2022 already caught my ear one way or another: - Beyond Expectation compiled by my friend DJ Solitare - Club Unity, if you don't mind going further afield than just standard psytrance stuff - Filteria - Live With The Lag, but that's an easy one since I'm such a Filteria fan - Techgnosis Vol. 6, but I'm biased (as label co-founder) - Indoor - Reworks, very close to the originals but brought up to modern standards - Chaim - In Trance We Trust, for obvious reasons (I love classic Goa trance + modern progressive house and nu-disco) - Dark Elf - True Darkness, one of the very best pure darkpsy releases I've heard in quite some time My eclectic tastes are showing, ah? Anyway, it was another good year for music, and I'm looking forward to what 2023 brings us!
    2 points
  8. I tried out if this AI can substitute a human in writing reviews of goa/psytrance albums, a bit formulaic and dry, but I'm sure one could fine-tune it until it gets a more human feeling: write me a detailed and long review of the the track Flying Into A Star by Astral Projection: "Flying Into a Star" is a track by Astral Projection, and it is a standout on the group's 1997 album "Dancing Galaxy." The track is a perfect example of the Goa trance sound, with its driving rhythms and uplifting melodies. One of the things that makes "Flying Into a Star" such a great track is its production. The track's spacious, atmospheric production is a perfect match for its trippy themes, and the ethereal synths and otherworldly sound effects really help to transport the listener to another realm. The track's pulsing beat is also noteworthy, as it provides a driving force that is sure to get your feet moving. In terms of melody, "Flying Into a Star" is definitely one of the standout tracks on the album. The track's uplifting melodies are sure to put a smile on your face, and the catchy hooks and infectious rhythms make it a track that is hard to forget. The track's use of unconventional rhythms and experimental sound design also help to set it apart from other tracks in the genre, and make it a standout on the album. Overall, "Flying Into a Star" is a fantastic track that is sure to please fans of Goa trance. Its driving rhythms, uplifting melodies, and immersive, otherworldly soundscapes make it a standout in the genre, and it's a track that is sure to get your feet moving. If you're a fan of trance music, this track is definitely worth checking out. For fun I tried this: I want you to act as if you are a text adventure game. I don’t want you to ever break out of your character, and you must not refer to yourself in any way. If I want to give you instructions outside the context of the game, I will use curly brackets {like this} but otherwise you are to stick to being the text adventure program. The location is the production of the groundbreaking Hallucinogen album Twisted: You find yourself in the midst of the production of Hallucinogen's groundbreaking album "Twisted." You are surrounded by a sea of electronic equipment and the air is thick with the sound of pulsing beats and ethereal synths. look around You see a large mixing console, a rack of synthesizers, and a computer running a digital audio workstation. The room is cluttered with cables and various pieces of musical equipment. In the corner, you spot a pair of headphones hanging from a hook on the wall. examine mixing console The mixing console is a complex piece of equipment with a multitude of buttons, faders, and knobs. It is used to adjust the levels of the various tracks in the song, and to add effects like reverb and delay. You see the tracks for "LSD" and "Shamanix" displayed on the screen, and you can hear the sound of the tracks being fine-tuned in the headphones. examine synthesizers The rack of synthesizers is a collection of electronic instruments that are used to create and manipulate sounds. You see a variety of different synthesizers, each with its own unique set of controls and features. Some of the synthesizers are being used to create the pulsing basslines that are a hallmark of the Goa trance sound, while others are being used to create ethereal pads and sweeping lead melodies. examine computer The computer is running a digital audio workstation, which is a software program that is used to record, edit, and mix music. You see the tracks for "LSD" and "Shamanix" displayed on the screen, and you can see the various audio clips and virtual instruments that are being used to create the songs. examine mixing console The mixing console is a complex piece of equipment with a multitude of buttons, faders, and knobs. It is used to adjust the levels of the various tracks in the song, and to add effects like reverb and delay. You see the tracks for "LSD" and "Shamanix" displayed on the screen, and you can hear the sound of the tracks being fine-tuned in the headphones. 😂
    2 points
  9. Yes, I was guessing money too. The usual And yes, there are more and more new pressing machines being manufactured, including some very good quality Canadian ones. According to the manufacturer, these new presses do not really improve on the best of the old ones, but they apparently have lower defect rates, which is good news.
    1 point
  10. So, almost at the end of 2022 and we have basically gotten 3 album reviews this year. Even 2021 had at least 27 threads. Also the post count has decreased dramatically from the previous (quite dead as well) years. I know a lot of reviews from 2021 were by a handful of users, same for 2020. Did we stop listening to new albums or don't we just care enough to write about the highlights? How are our members doing? What kind of a year did you guys have (sonically or otherwise)? Any notable albums or tracks from 2022? Let's at least try to have an active thread to have a send off for 2023! I've attached the post counts per month for the past 3 years.
    1 point
  11. Kali Earth Records is extremely stoked to present a massive Forest VA-series to the world. Listen: https://kaliearth.bandcamp.com/album/hoddmime This special HoddKER Mini-VA series project was started in late 2021, and is loosely inspired by the present world and the Norrøn Mythology of Hoddmimes Holt; the Forest where the last humans hid and survived Ragnarok. There will be 3 volumes in each Hodd-theme.. This is Volume 1 of 3 in the 'Hoddmime' saga. releases February 3, 2023 Compiled & Arranged by psytones Mastering by Dr. Spook Artwork by inxti74, Due, & Milan Rakic Cat# KERDiG/CDr/LPx024 Artists: 1. Pnakotic Phantasm 2. Katastrof 3. Karapuã Plot idea; Hoddmime (search for Hoddmimes Holt on the internet): Hoddmime is the Forest -protected by the Mime Troll- where the last humans hid and survived Ragnarok, which is the Norrøn mythology word for apacolypse/armageddon. For this theme it's wished to be as Organic FOREST Psytrance as possible and the thump of the BassKick can not be ,,full-on"/annoying/neighbour complaining - keep it quality - We don't wanna attract wrong entities.. And we don't really do chemicals tho we adore entheogenics, K? ... Keep it Groovy, fat, cool and hopefully Psychedelic /that and more mentioned however, goes through for all 13 VA themes/ -- Also the word mime is to act like, so to mime/mimic the forest. The last humans prefer love over hate, life over death, mystic for sure - spooky or not, humour or serious.. it's all good. Obviously we're tired of war/destruction/hate/horror/greed/corruption/lies/selfishness/cruelty/abuse/deception/hatred, and all that shit .. and there's no need for "DarkPsy" therapy tho some recalling of the past in the track is Ok. What idea you have I'm sure it's a great idea:) No negativity no mindfuck. Fun.. Good vibes. Kudos to the one who manages to insert some transcendent astral sunshine or smth amazing even melodic into the fat track. PS. Hodd a viking word for Forest. Vol. 1: https://kaliearth.bandcamp.com/album/hoddmime (story of Ragnarok ..) + Vol. 2 in the worx: https://on.soundcloud.com/jrVVS Make contact if you want to join one of the 13 Hodd-VA releases. And I'll tell you all about them. PLUR.
    1 point
  12. Dear astronauts, we are postponing the release of VA Liquid Symphony by 2 weeks. The exact release date, without any further delays, will be February 14 on Valentine's Day. Why not. The compilation is 99% ready, we will use these 2 weeks to fix various details that relate to mastering and mixing, as well as launch the CDs for printing. We will also add bonus tracks that will not be included in the CD edition, but will be available on all platforms. Our Patreon subscribers will hear the compilation 2 days before the official release, receive exclusive tracks as a gift, and we will also add the name of each of our patrons to the physical CD. Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/globalsect Listen 10 tracks from VA: https://globalsect.bandcamp.com/album/va-liquid-symphony Welcome to our new site: https://globalsect.org/
    1 point
  13. I've drawn my line in the sand, if I don't get a Pnakotic full length album in the next week I'll start my own pandemic. You're all too busy dancing around Arambol I suppose.
    1 point
  14. Good advice. At the same time we have to understand that we're (pretty much) all part of the system that's messing up the world. We can try and do what little we can to reduce our own impact. But feeling bad about it all is pointless when it's not motivating us to do better. Thanks for the extra recommendations.
    1 point
  15. Astral Projection Let There Be Light (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, EP) SUNCDEP02 Tracks: Filteria–Filtertraces (Astral Projection Remix)10:08 Astral Projection–Let There Be Light (Filteria Remix)8:55 Astral Projection–Enlightened Evolution (Morphic Resonance Remix)10:21 Astral Projection–Another World (2017 Remix)9:21 I'm reviewing the vinyl 12" edition of this fine ep. Really excellent sound on this 12" courtesy of the masterful mastering of Tim Schuldt. A good quality pressing. Filteria–Filtertraces (Astral Projection Remix)10:08 Astral Projection's remix of Filteria's "Filtertraces" sounds so classically AP that Filteria seems neither here nor there - a very sweet epic track that hovers on the edge of the saccharine towards the end, but in the right mood is a bomb. The masters of melody do not fail to deliver. Astral Projection–Let There Be Light (Filteria Remix)8:55 Filteria returns the favour with a remix of "Let There be Light": this is altogether tougher and faster with the bigger bass of nu skool Goa. The lead melody is perhaps a bit forward in the mix, making it strident - this spoils part of this remix, which I can't fully rate. Astral Projection–Enlightened Evolution (Morphic Resonance Remix)10:21 The Morphic Resonance remix of AP's "Enlightened Evolution" doesn't have shrill leads or cheesy modulations, but it can't really be said to add much, if anything, to the original, which I prefer. Two not such great remixes from the nu skool guys then. I notice that neither of them has the perfect sound that Astral manage; their production is just not as subtle. Astral Projection–Another World (2017 Remix)9:21 Then it is the turn of Astral to remix their own track "Another World" from the album of that name. Ahhh, sweet bliss. This is almost indescribably awesome: pure spirituality in aural form. I felt my body dissolving into a sea of pulsating pixels to this track. For me "Dancing Galaxy" and "Another World" are their best albums, and that this track seems to attain another level of beauty in this remix seems miraculous to me. Wow! I'm afraid I have no choice but to conclude that the old school masters showed these Johnny-come-latelies a thing or two. I am not suggesting at all that Filteria and Morphic Resonance are less than very good, but I am suggesting that Astral Projection's production values are on another level of mind-bending subtlety. Two great remixes from Astral Projection, the other two are not as memorable. ~*~
    1 point
  16. Absolutely agree. No value judgements needed for Goa, it has all kinds of shapes. Morphic Resonance blew my mind more than several times through City of Moons. Agree with your estimation of that album.
    1 point
  17. We got all the time in the world....Unless you've seen the state of the world, then maybe not so much time. I try not to let the never ending bad decisions of our species get me down. I recently got the MFG Masters of Psytrance album https://mastersofpsytrance.bandcamp.com/album/masters-of-psytrance-vol-2 from back in 2021. Thought it was a new release until writing this post. Very good stuff. I've also had a few stockpiled albums from years back that i haven't listened to yet (Aurora Sidera anyone?) The pandemic years actually got us a lot more music than 2023. Everyone's out in the sunshine now it seems. One 2023 release I can recommend is the Ankrosado album, for sure underrated and maybe even unheard of - https://ankrosado.bandcamp.com/album/inner-space
    1 point
  18. Hey hope I'm not too late to join in this discussion. I can only contribute to the "echo chamber bullsh*t" (or I hope it's more of a deep connection between like-minded souls. Or is that like-souled minds? ) by saying I've also been feeling anxiety, stress and a bit of gloom over the past year - I mean, have you seen the state of the world lately? Those things do tend to make me post less on forums and then when I do post people rarely find the motivation to have much of a discussion with me anymore. Probably for the same kind of reasons. It's OK though, I won't give up posting or reading the forums. I've been meaning to start a thread here discussing underrated Goa for a few months. I'll try and make the effort to write it soon. In terms of the music I had a great year (a great 2 or 3 years in fact) but it's not mainly been from discovering newly released music so much as catching up and filling in the gaps on many years of amazing Goa trance that I totally missed out on the first time around (due to limited funds and limited knowledge of what was out there). Delights like RA (Man, I'm longing for another album), Elysium and MFG. As for new music Ott - Heads is one of the only new albums I can immediately think of that I heard last year. It was OK, good music, but I prefer the style of his earlier stuff. The year before, Artifact303 - From The Stars was good but I found the previous album had more memorable samples and melodies in it that it could use more of next time. I'd need to give both those albums more listens to really make up my mind though. Thanks for all your other suggestions of new music (+1 million for Indoor - wow!). I've got a lot to catch up on again, and that's great!
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  19. People might be starting to learn that an endless supply of music streaming hasn't made them more excited for music but rather some background noise that they don't need to think about. Vinyl feels more real as far as a listening experience goes. I still like digital. But need to force myself to listen to an album through and through without skipping to some other new release halfway through. AP really do nail it in their subtlety you got that right. Filteria and Morphic just seem like the least subtle artists in the genre and aren't known for their delicate touch. You would think you could get some synergy there, a new approach rather than someone else with a soft touch coming to do what AP has already done. But it's hard to move past such a classic sound.
    1 point
  20. Artist: Suduaya TitleL SoulQuest Label: Self Release Date: June 17, 2022 Tracklist:- 1. SoulQuest Opening 2. Mulhadhara 3. Svaddhistana 4. Manipura 5. Anahata 6. SoulQuest Interlude 7. Vishuddha 8. Ajna 9. Sahasrara 10. SoulQuest Closing You gotta love Crowdfunding. It gives us the opportunity to purchase things without any idea of how it’s going to turn out. All based off a singular pitch. Shark tank for the proletariat. And no you don’t get to share in the profits of the product. But you get to share in using the product to drive profits, like the good little workers that we are. Recently while surfing the campaigns for the next pair of dress shoes that feel like sneakers or another pair of the best sounding true wireless earbuds ever I came across a diamond. A sure thing. Ol faithful Suduaya securing funding for his next project before it is released. What an idea. I’ve seen it before with other artists and it’s a great idea. When someone like Louis-David Roquefere does it, it gets even more exciting. So what’re ya going do but back a sure thing. I had more confidence in this than the time I put my life savings in the crypto market in April 2022. A SURE THING Sometimes the only thing safer than the most volatile market ever known to humans is trusting an artist that has never let you down before. In this album you find beautiful introductions. Multi-instrumentalism, jazzy instruments, bassy moments, emotional story lines, cloudy atmospheres, uplifting melodies, tracks that twist and shift direction before you see it coming, rumbling sub-bass, soft delicate melodic tones that feel like they could snap if they were just touched the wrong way, songs overflowing with love and positivity, downtempo hypnotic trance mixed in with hand beaten drums, vocals, flute clicking, you’ll find joy, harmonies of electronic and natural layers Do i need to go on? I’ll go on There are myriads of elements creating symphonic adult only bed-time tales that fine, would also be alright for small children but only small children with a good taste in music, other children can get fwarked. there are gentle moments of eastern string plucking and dense layers of synths sifting over the airwaves like a thick. There is a goddamned interlude, Clapping, clicking, tapping, OH MY GOD I’M SO FUCKING RELAXED BY THIS MUSIC! How are you not supposed to be put into a state of bliss by it, how are you supposed to not find yourself surrounded by a calm sense of understanding towards the pains of the universe. Are you a demon? Are you a demon from hell? Is that what you are? Well I’m not because I paid for the extra tier on indiegogo that said “Not a demon from hell” it’s cheap and easy not be a demon and damn it feels good. Audio mastering has been done by Aes Dana which simply means high quality resolution and depth given to each track. I've listened to this on cheap plastic true wireless headphones and a high iem. It works either way but the higher the end the higher the pay off. I don't know how many chakras I have. But each one is vibrating to a higher plane as tracks like Manipura rumble away. The perfect track for flying through clouds or crossing the Bifröst. It feels good to listen to this album from start to finish, it feels good to skip around randomly, it feels good to force your friends who like heavy metal to listen to Sahasrara as you lecture them on the Baghavad Ghita like they’ve committed a hate crime. It feels good to fall asleep to Ajna as you’re driving on a busy highway. And it would feel good to fall asleep to Soulquest Closing if it didn’t mean that album had ended and there were no more beautifully dreamy tunes to soak every single one of your clavicles in. That actually, that feels bad. But it's 17 minutes long and I love a long goodbye. Hey whats this button do? Repeat album continuously? IT FEELS GOOD TO LISTEN TO SOMETHING SO GOOD. Life, aint so bad. https://suduaya.bandcamp.com/album/soulquest-album-2022
    1 point
  21. I'm grateful to Tsotsi for alerting me to this new psychill album from Suduaya, an artist I haven't listened to before. This is certainly thoughtfully arranged music, with carefully crafted mellower and slightly more intense sections. I particularly appreciated some of the twitchy guitar and the clicky percussion. I may, however, be one of those curmudgeonly heavy metal types that Tsotsi wants to recite the Bhagavad Gita to as he lectures them on their shrivelled hearts and overly analytical craniality because my cheese alert, admittedly often on high alert, goes into the red on this album - most notably when the sax utters its nasal sonorities on track two or when the predictable vapourous silky synth textures float by on nearly every track. Yep, I was thinking Cafe Del Mar, Buddha Bar, Om Lounge level cheesecore - lay it on thick - quattro formaggio. There's barely a minor chord on the whole album and the melodies are often nursery rhymeish. Call me a Scrooge if you wish, but to me a soul quest that does not involve facing, if not delving deeply into, the dark side barely merits the title Soul Quest. Indeed, for me a work of art needs to have salt and pepper, light and dark. The pitch black is as banal, uninteresting, and lonely as the purely light; it is contrast that makes for energy, propulsion, and intrigue. Even leaving aside this persnickety criticism, which I freely admit may be my bias, I do not think this stacks up with the classics of our beloved genre. It comes off as lightweight and superficial compared to anything by Shpongle, Entheogenic, OTT, Androcell, Carbon Based Lifeforms, etc. This is music for the yoga studio, the incense and crystal shops, the airport, and the lift in a Dubai skyscraper. As such, it is a triumph. ~*~
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  22. Tickets for Apsara 2023 are for sale since yesterday. I'll probably buy mine the coming days. Dimension 5 has been announced already and it's one of the projects I'm eager to catch. Questions: Is there any provision for the people that donated their tickets afrer 2020's cancellation? I donated 2 and I'm pretty sure @Stafaan (member of this board) also donated his. It has been stated on FB that a discount wasn't possible but I guess some other token of apreciation could be offered. ~90 eur (I think that's around how much the ticket cost in 2020) isn't a huge amount but it's not insignificant either. Anyway, that's my question. As for the fest: I have a traumatic experience at that location from 2014 SUN fest, when it was raining heavily for a big part of the fest and I had problems with my car because of the mud. I hope the weather is better this time. The location is convenient and it has hosted much bigger fests in the past so I'm confident the organisation of the fest will be straightforward and without problems. I'll fly to Budapest a few days before the fest and do some touristy stuff (like I usually do with fest). Ryanair has cheap plane tickets from many Euro destinations.
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  23. Proto times was a very eclectic mix of tracks from far and wide I was too young to be there for those times. I have been reading into the history a little more and it is very interesting indeed. That is me on the beach😎 long ago. Goa always reminded me a little of being on Mars cause of the red earth/rock. No where quite like it. It must have been breath taking to have turned up there in the late 70's early 80's. Empty, lush and wild, a beautiful paradise. There is something about the place, beautiful, bright, timeless and temporary at the same time, enigmatic, also a touch of sadness is there in the air, maybe a sense of being temporary, slightly scary and remote. Never forgotten once felt. I think this might have been Arambol, Vagator or even Anjuna, that little house might give it away though from the past. Maybe coastal erosion and development makes it difficult to identify places.
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  24. Goatrance =/= genre/sound, but an (electronic) avant garde musical state of mind 💕 😉 - with loads of funk, rock'n roll and sexy vibes... Could resist 😛
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  25. OUT NOW on BANDCAMP We are very proud to present this brand new EP by our resident artist Ephedra! After a couple of collaboration releases, Alex is now back in full force with 5 carefully crafted pieces of music! With this new release, you can expect a good amount of floating & euphoric melodies but also a couple of more mysterious & darker moments. Each track has his own character & storyline joining smoothly together to create a complete experience. We hope you will enjoy the ride. The madness continues! Preview: Tracklist: 1: Deep Nothingness 2: Unidentified Feelings 3: Acid Headache 4: Glowing Stars Highway 5: Right To The Soul Artwork by: Pieter Pan Mastering by: Cassio Centurion Release date: 18th January 2023
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  26. Latest news Cosmonauts, we are finishing work on a new massive Liquid Symphony compilation and publishing samples of several tracks for you. https://soundcloud.com/globalsect/va-liquid-symphony-samples At the moment, our main task is to successfully complete the agreements for the release of two remixes of old school legends: Etnica - Intense Visitation (Centavra Project Rmx) Man With No Name - Teleport (Atlantis Rmx) Cross your fingers for us and support us on Bandcamp if you get the chance: https://globalsect.bandcamp.com/album/va-liquid-symphony We also plan to add bonus tracks, which will not be released in CD format, but will be available in digital on all platforms, so our customers will get a nice bonus when ordering a compilation. Thank you for your attention, very soon we will return to you with fresh news
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  27. Solar Fields - Movements will be available again on 24/02 in two new vinyl colors. Solid silver vinyl or "color-in-color" effect (light blue in dark blue). https://sidereal.bigcartel.com/product/solar-fields-movements-2lp-2023-repress-preorder
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  28. I'm still very much lurking to all that happens in the goa music scene. Filteria's new stuff is the highlight for me. Great and entertaining as usual. I love listening to it in my car. Centavra looked promising but in the end I found it rather dull. Similar sounds by Median Project are of much higher quality and better story telling. I'm very glad that the parties came back without restrictions. Space Safari was crazy and the last Old Is Gold had me dancing till 8 am. Next one is 18th of march in Belgium, A Trip Into Goa Trance with Anoebis, Triquetra, BOTFB, Ohm Mind and Etnica. I mean, seriously? How good can a goa party get? During the whole corona period and also last year things were kinda hectic in the health care. Slowly it made me tired and anxious. I don't know, it kinda rolled over me. I'm more innerly stressed than before. We also have some home renovations and such. You know, real life things that stress you out in the long run. Each his or her own issues. As for the forum and internet stuffs, I've gotten lazy. A party here and there and listening to great music to chill or to get energy. That's my involvement right now. I still come back to psynews regularly, but just to read. I know it's very hyprocritical. There's less to read if no one posts anymore (myself included). But hey let's not get too dramatic. Things will clear up in the future. It's just been, and it still is, a weird time no one anticipated.
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  29. Pleased to present the latest EP from MAJØRA "Secret of Sands" That will transport you to a parallel universe Available now on all digital platforms BEATPORT SPOTIFY #Majøra #GOAPSYRECORDS #psytrance #music #edmmusic
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  30. Recently I came across Ben Watkins' entry about the fact that 2023 is special for Juno Reactor. Well, this year marks the 30th anniversary of the release of the first album, "Transmissions". Therefore, reissues of all releases are planned (I hope also on vinyl). And there will also be a new album! Below are details of release plans for this year. It looks rich.
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  31. I share this old and gold, proto...
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  32. Just for a little fun, I have been to Goa many times fortunately but I still have trouble identifying some of the party places, many images were probably late 80's early 90's.. one example is the image on this video, we can clearly see it is unmistakeably Goa.. that rocky outcrop going into the sea (I had a quick look on google earth to try and identify them but could not be certain) I do wonder where exactly that nice palm tree clearing might be. I am sure some respected old timer will know these places and shed some light on where these places are. I imagine the landscape changes season on season and many such places may even have been built on with hotels etc. My best guess would be somewhere south of what I know to be that big super popular restaurant on the beach of Anjuna but I could be wrong. A couple of images attached from 2001 and 2022 - may have been that spot ?
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  33. Found this little potential gem from 2020. Haven't listened yet but what a surprise to have another Double Dragon release. https://doubledragon2.bandcamp.com/album/equilibrium
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  34. Humble apologies for raining on anyone's parade, but Equilibrium is a compilation of previously released tracks: Tracks 1,2, 3 & 7 were originally released on "Transparent" on CD and vinyl on Plusquam Records in 2001 Tracks 4 & 5 were originally released on vinyl on Spirit Zone Recordings in 2002 Tracks 6 & 8 were originally released on vinyl on Spiral Trax International in 2001 Remastered and compiled in 2020 All tracks © and ℗ Steve Good 2020 The good news is that I have all these tracks on vinyl and I can attest to their phenomenal quality. I still rate Double Dragon's first album Continuum as Steve Good's best album (it is for sure the most psychedelic and most Goan), but Transparent is also great, albeit more on the progressive tip. One of the remarkable things about this second album is the superb production and recording quality, something which also stands out in the equally fine "Tin Drum" and "Cabin Fever" eps from that same time. Seriously good quality releases these - favourites for me for many years and sounding unbelievably good on a quality hifi. ~*~
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  35. Various – Suntrip Classix Vol. 1 - Titan Suntrip Records – SUNCDLP04 Country:Belgium Released:Oct 1, 2022 Tracklist A1 Psylent Buddhi – Moksha Written-By, Producer – Kasper Weensgaard 11:49 A2 Triquetra – Forget About The Earth Written-By, Producer – Elric Reinartz, Jurian Reinart 7:01 B1 Ra – Crossing Planet Written-By, Producer – Christer Borge-Lunde, Lars W. Lind 11:09 B2 Clementz – Spirit Dance Written-By, Producer – Hans Henrik Clementz 6:14 C1 Shakta – It Was Not Human Written-By, Producer – Seb Taylor 7:38 C2 Celestial Intelligence – Celestial Beings Written-By, Producer – Branislav Dimkovski, Dalibor Anastasovski 8:55 D1 Goasia – Love & Peace Written-By, Producer – Balint Tihamer, Vladislav Radulovic 8:16 D2 Mindsphere – Tears Of Goddess Written-By, Producer – Ali Akgun 8:10 A1 Psylent Buddhi – Moksha Quite an intense and busy track with very good production values - sounds stunning on vinyl with pan-potted sounds flying around the room. There is a super rhythmic sensibility in this track and it builds and builds. Decent track that does not stay static for long and has good story telling structure but feels a little short and could have more melodic interest. A2 Triquetra – Forget About The Earth I love Triquetra's old school acid and fun sensibility; very retro and reminds us not to take our genre too siriously. Kinda Eat Static outlook. This track is typical of their style and features an acid bass 303 that sounds very reminiscent of Josh Wink's classic "Higher State of Consciousness" from 1995. Fun, bouncy, silly, delightful, what is not to like? I don't like this track so much when I'm grumpy - it is a bit too repetitive and simplistic in its "aving it" rave attitude, but could kick up some dust on the dancefloors. Not my favourite Triquetra track, but fun all the same. B1 Ra – Crossing Planet Ra is one of my favourite Goa artists and I freely admit that I am not very objective about his work; I love it all! Is there a more floaty artist than Ra, better able to summon up transcendental Kailash feelings? Maybe Martin Cooper aka Asia 2001 (rip )? This track does not deviate from Ra's transcendental vibe and does not disappoint this listener. I read some nit-pickers going on about how Ra's high hats are too linear - pffft! Forget about the nay-sayers, this is pure luxury in aural form. Those delicate psy synths and minor key Eastern melodies - delicious! A 9/10 track for me - I'm only subtracting a point because it stopped when I wanted it to carry on forever. B2 Clementz – Spirit Dance Clementz comes with another floating, bubbling track with uplifting vibe courtesy of Hindu-style vocals. This track has an hypnotic simple bassline that I really like and overall the synth work is super with fairy tale melodies and a gentle feeling. Very, very nice. My only criticism is that it is rather short and could have been further developed. 8 out of 10 from this listener. C1 Shakta – It Was Not Human Shakta breaks the gentle upliftment with his signature breakbeats. Slam dunk da funk - Shakta is another one of my all time favourite artists and he brings the acid funk here full of rattling percussion, gurning attitude, and alien gonzo whackiness. Predictably good stuff, I love it that Shakta has not changed his style at all; this track could easily be from Silicon Trip. C2 Celestial Intelligence – Celestial Beings We return to gentler vibes with Celestial Intelligence and this track meanders along pleasingly, but lacks distinction and memorability. D1 Goasia – Love & Peace Goasia's "Love & Peace" is a bit tougher and features some big ascending arpeggios that uplift us beyond the head-nodding stomping rhythm. Good stuff. D2 Mindsphere – Tears Of Goddess Suntrip saved the best for last - a stunning track from Mindsphere closes out the compilation. "Tears of Goddess" walks the proverbial Razor's Edge between driving rhythm, acidic heaviness and fragile beauty. Spiritual bliss - excellent work. So is this compilation of "Goa Classix" Titanic, or does it sink? Well, needless to say, it hardly ends up at the bottom of the ocean in a hubristic disaster. Nevertheless, for me it is not as successful as the excellent Gamma Draconis because it doesn't have as many great tracks on it. Ra and Mindsphere bring the magic here; Shakta, Clementz and Goasia are good; the other tracks are not quite in the same league. I also have a question about the flow of the album; I'm not sure that the acidic Triquetra and Shakta tracks fit in amongst the more ethereal tracks of the rest of the album, not that I think that a compilation has to be uniform at all. Nevertheless, a worthy compilation that is highly enjoyable and sounds fabulous on vinyl - Tim Schuldt's masterful mastering is as reliable as ever. Chalk up another success to the ever-reliable Suntrip Records. ~*~
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  36. Nice one, I see some modern era classics in there for sure as well as some I've never heard before, which is always a good thing, to be surprised. Goasia, Ra and Mindsphere on the same compilation indeed makes it a very compelling taste/sampler of modern Goa Trance. I like this concept of best of/taste of as it was done as well once upon a time by the Distance, Destination and Dragonfly labels. These types of compilations can serve as a good introduction to the genre as well for the newly aquainted into the heavenly aural delights of sparkling Goa Trance. I really love Mindsphere's track, it has a very hellenic or indeed anatolic aura. Makes me think of ancient mysteries.
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  37. What a bunch of bs Congrats to everyone having kids? Fuck that noise. What about congrats to all those who didn't kill themselves this year already. Bunch of echo chamber bullshit. Let me bring in the new year to all you lame fucks, by saying I hope you have a horrible year, all your kids get sick, and everyone you love die early how about that. That's the last time I login. Matter of fact ban me. You can all jerk eachother off as far as I'm concerned. Well not all of you, there's some good guys in here. You know who you are. The rest can suck deez nuts. Happy New year and go fuck yourselves.
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  38. Tbf and in retrospect, the way Fullon is/ was slandered on this forum was so unnecesary and quite childish. It's just music... in general this forum has always been wayyyy too echo-chamber-ish for my taste, although it obviously had its good parts else I wouldn't have stuck around (for example the review section helped me discover some great music). Sorry for the salty post and hope everyone is having a great day <3
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  39. First of all, happy holidays guys, i hope you are all doing well. 😎 Congrats to all new parents 💪💜 I've been busy with real life (hardcore mode) for last 2 years and even we managed to put out The Purge by Lunar Dawn this year, honestly I've lost the drive for Goa music in general (yeah, The Purge isn't a Goa album), around pre-Covid pandemics. Recently, when it comes to psytrance, I'm more into full-on/Israeli stuff. Heck, I did a DJ set first time since 2011 this December in local club. And it was fun. 😋 My old Facebook profile (with shitload of contacts around the globe) is passe for some time now, so I'm thinking about getting rid of this incognito one too. I'm getting old, and it's not like it was back in the heydays of early goa-groups and pages. Besides that, i'm enjoying some weird trap music too, extreme metal as usual and spending my time on NBA fantasy apps. Funny thing, this might be the first post ever on Psynews that I posted from mobile phone. Weird times. Overall, still checking Psynews when I can, not the music that much, but always happy to see some old-farts around here. Take care guys 🤘💜
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  40. Would love to love them but they lost me after Classical :(
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  41. what's that you say there sonny?? i have acute earing that ancient plastic crap is doing just fine, they have been kicked, thrown at dark psy dj's, and thrown in the air for real breaks and still look like they come out of the box, unlike the fry your brain cordless i rubbish you AI kids listen to and throw away for the latest upgrade, in the mean time i get to spend the money you spend on crappy chinese parallel imports on real whiskey whitlin on the porch
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  42. Yep. It's up there with my favourite albums of all time Interesting to note is that Aleah did have a bit of a psy scene / downtempo connection, doing vocals for artists like Xerxes and Omnimotion. And curiously enough she collaborated with Simon Posford and George Barker in 1999:
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  43. The second Goa album from Artifact 303 piqued my interest as I enjoyed the first album, so here's my review after quite a few listens. When I first got "Back to Space" back in 2011, I was initially underwhelmed. It seemed not to be the best of both worlds, but to fall between two stools. On the one hand, it had the manic, sometimes indigestible, layerism of nu skool Goa that throws everything including the kitchen sink at the listener. On the other hand, it seemed to be a fairly straightforward copy of Astral Projection that wasn't original enough to justify its existence. So ran my initial thoughts. But over time, "Back to Space" sank into my consciousness and I started to enjoy it for its delicate melodies. It does have the weakness of a certain breathless quality that would benefit from pruning the endless pretty layers and more attention to spacing and pacing, but there are some great melodies on that album. 10 years later and Peter Zsolt brings us another Goa artifact: "From the Stars". One thing is for sure, his basic template has not changed at all: this is still highly layeristic nu skool with a strong Astral Projection type melodic flavour. This brings both the joy in some fantastic melodies, and the limitation of a certain relentless breathlessness and prettiness, at least to this listener. What is a bit new is that there is a bit more full-on dancefloor influence on the sounds, especially early on in the album, and the album as a whole is less spacey as a result. Moreover, this album reminded me less of Astral Projection than the first; this new record reminded me of Oforia. For me, the album doesn't start that well. I find "Apex" is a bit too nitzhonot for me, especially in the main melody and then the modulation of that melody that plays from the 5.20 point. All a bit too hands in the air ravey for me. "Astral Traveler" goes a bit deeper with more complex modulations of the main melody, though that main melody is again fairly cheesy and some of the synth stabs sound a bit predictably 80s. It sent me to Laughing Buddha's 1998 "Astral Traveller" track, but I am not too sure there is an obvious influence (I much preferred the altogether tougher psychedelia of Laughing Buddha btw). "Dreamland" starts better for me with a kinetic, bouncy rhythm section and then when the melodies kick in they are a bit lower in frequency and more swirly - nice deeper track than the first two (and I can't help but think of the great Asia 2001 album which has the same title). "Solar Warden" has strong claims to be the best track on the album, going a bit more acidic and darker than the earlier tracks and gaining some heft and gravitas in the process. I like this track which has some super cool unpredictable transitions, like the staggered sounds at 4.30. "Unidentified" keeps up the trajectory into slightly harder sounds and has a gorgeous weirdo forest-style melody at 2.15 with all the mystery and intrigue that one might find in Battle of the Future Buddhas, for instance. Really cool background drones towards the end of this track. Another good track, though I think it might have done more with that forest melody! With "Summer Storm" Artifact 303 continues the journey towards darker sounds - the album is quite carefully structured in that way. Nice sawing bass synths with a grinding quality at the start of the track. I'm not too convinced by the main melody at the 5.30 mark as it has a bit of old school hard house flavour - hard to describe - a certain hysteria that can grate in the wrong mood. I'm being over-picky here as I like this track, but I also don't like the vocal repeating "summer storm" towards the end. "Open Your Eyes" has an excellent rhythm section with really nice climbing and angular melodies, especially the main one at the 5 minute mark and onwards. I like this track almost as much as "Solar Warden". "Secret Space" is a kinda subdued, almost interior, track. However, it builds gradually and imperceptibly towards a helluva melodic climax that is truly psychedelic and trippy. I like this one. "The Divine Plan" heads back into more chintzy, uplifting territory. The sample works for me and helps lift the track into an overtly cosmic dimension. Lots of background noises, drones, swooshes and plinky plonks to dig into here. Yeah, I like this one too as it stays just this side of cheesy. "Wisdom Bringers" is the obligatory chill out track at the end of the album. This one goes way too plasticky for me with the synth sounds chosen for the main melody. I found this a weak psychill track. So for me this album does not start out so well with too much full-on psytrance/nitzho flavour for my tastes. Luckily it improves after this and is carefully and tastefully structured after track two. For me, "Solar Warden" is the track, though I enjoyed "Unidentified", "Open Your Eyes", "Secret Space" and "The Divine Plan" almost as much. I don't think this album is as good as the first one, primarily due to an occasionally malfunctional quality control filter, but it has some very good tracks. I kinda feel that the next album will be make or break for Artifact 303. More experimentalism away from the dancefloor will be key in my view. ~*~
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  44. So...after being nothing short of mesmerized by Aleah's posthumously released solo album this year, I then discovered she also was the vocalist for the Finnish/Swedish band Trees Of Eternity. Dark, beautiful, tragic, haunting, and a dozen related adjctives of praise for this album https://treesofeternity.bandcamp.com/album/hour-of-the-nightingale
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  46. I gave up on this vinyl. Fortunately, I was able to get my money back.
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