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  1. Wow this is certainly garnering some very high praise. BOTFB has been around awhile and most of the time they have been on the abrasive forest side of goa trance. They didn't take you gently into the good night...they strapped you to a rocket and left you kicking and screaming. But this is totally different. It doesn't even sound like old Buddhas! It bounces, has a restrained growl, it crawls with single-minded purpose, and shimmers with a melodic liquidity that I didn't see coming. As the good DoktorG mentioned one of the greatest strengths of this album is his ability to create drama in each track. Let's face it there's a reason goa trance music lengths are usually longer. To bring you along, take you on the journey and open new and unexpected doors without putting its purpose on full display. And it's a success as new leads and arpeggios are introduced, each taking their turn in retelling the story. Everything is crystal clear and as the tracks unfold new surprises await, leaving me with a large grin. From Nothing is a prime example. This is how you let a track breathe and evolve. It builds and builds until the cup runneth over with cascading, entrancing, melodic, shimmering rivulets. It's not perfect, as the last few tracks lose some of that "what's going to happen next quality", but it's certainly damn good. Entrancing really. There is an old school feeling to this endeavor and I can say with utmost confidence that this is my favorite BOTFB album to date.
  2. Artist: James Murray & Francis M. Gri Title: Remote Redux Label: Ultimae Records Date: October, 2019 1. Ma 2. Toma 3. Remote 4. Lontano 5. Redux 6. Toma (Extended) I'm not going to say this is night-night music. But I'm not not going to say it. Cheese and crackers this is the soundtrack to slowly watching your life slip away while a heroin needle juts from your arm. Too dark? Ok, how bout...when I hear music like this I better have cucumber slices on my eyes in a room that smells like lavender while a towel barely covers my private bits. Beatless ambient is one thing, but beatless drone ambient? That's a whole 'nother level. There are only six tracks here, but it's almost an hour of "music" that never gets to the f*cking point. And it took two guys to create this? One guy to press play and the other one on continuous coffee generation? I'm poking fun, but the only way this could be slower is if he stopped it. Ultimae Bandcamp
  3. Artist: Menog Title: The Tribe Remixes Label: Nutek Records Date: October, 2006 1. Upsidedown (Menog Rmx) - Bliss 2. Serius Problem (Menog Rmx) - Shift 3. Techmology V3 (Menog Rmx) - Rinkadink 4. Fusion Reaction (Menog Rmx) - Digital Talk Vs. Azax Syndrom 5. Roop Suhana (Menog Rmx) - Audialize 6. Deleted (Menog Rmx) - CPU 7. Twitched (Menog Rmx) - Space Tribe Vs. Psywalker 8. Music Is My Space (Menog Rmx) - Planet B.E.N. 9. Emotions (Rmx) This is how I feel when Nutek reveals a promising tracklist. I already know their game, they're not fooling me. And I don't care that this is former night-time trance stalwart Daniel Bernardo remixing all these tracks. Because unfortunately at this stage I know what we're going to get. Commercial full-on with no surprises. These remixes are watered down versions of the originals. Well produced surely, but this has that shiny, Nutek hand print all over it. Yeah, there's acid in these tracks and they are powerful full-on beats, but something ain't quite right. Besides the fact that all the tracks sound the same. Best one here is the Serius Problem remix, but that's mainly because it was such a kick ass track to begin with. A covid monkey could make that track great with a spoon and a cast iron skillet. I remember when I reviewed his album previous to this (Musically Speaking) that he was coming very close to the commercial full-on trap he used to avoid. Well it seems he dove head first into that pit. I'm aware that this release is 16 years old, but I'm also cognizant of the fact that Sgt. Pepper is over 50. I'm also over 50. And I'm awesome.
  4. Far be it from me to question one of the icons of the genre here, but I beg to differ. The two Cosmosquad tracks are swirling, pounding, liquid goa adventures that blow the doors off the spacecraft. The fourth and last track kick so much a** you put it on your label's Virtuart release. And the rest of the tracks psychedelic goa trance in the mold of Psychaos (though not the same quality). I also only have this on mp3 (not like it comes up for sale often or ever), but think this music certainly has value. But it used to be about the music, man!
  5. Artist: Bioscape Title: Living Connection Label: Gliese 581cz Date: March, 2014 1. Mountaintop Meditation (66 BPM) 2. Shaolin Cosmos (60 BPM) 3. Not All Who Wander Are Lost (95 BPM) 4. Underwater Bliss (75 BPM) 5. Explore The Night (90 BPM) 6. Biological Harmonies (90 BPM) 7. Everyday Places & Natural Spaces (75 BPM) 8. Amphibian Dreams (90 BPM) 9. Nature Essence (80 BPM) 10. Storm Comfort (80 BPM) 11. Creation Dub (72 BPM) 12. Living Connection (75 BPM) Reason number 572 why music is better than a baloney sandwich: just because it's old doesn't mean it goes bad. This is Andrew Dyche from Atlanta, GA who is in the business of creating downtempo and ambient chill music for your morning cup of coffee. And business is good. Even though Ektoplazm is undergoing what seems to be an eternal rebirth the links are still active, with plenty of music to discover and sample. This was Andrew's debut and as he navigates between the styles of downtempo music I can't help but be overcome with a sense of calm. Deeply relaxing and well produced music which soothes jangled nerves. The production sounds great and it's physically impossible to be stressed when listening to this. Most tracks are medium in length so they don't fall into the pitfall of overlong repetition. And while that is a selling point (clearly not selling if it's free) he doesn't reinvent the wheel. And that's ok. The dubby bass is prevalent in almost all the tracks, but the star of the show is all the music around that bass. The whole vibe is about slowing things down and seeing all the life in its myriad of forms which surround us, Frogs, birds, insects...The connection. There is some filler and he seems stuck in an algorithm with the way the tracks are constructed. A whole album of similar tracks at this tempo lends itself to becoming becoming background music. A pretty decent album that you can put on and relax. Maybe you're down for a nap or it's that first cup in the morning. Ektoplazm
  6. Trance2MoveU

    Biot - Saturation

    This is a bit of a weird one. It's rough and raw, without lush melodies, but dark and atmospheric. Fully psychedelic. The first shot across the goa bow comes during Plastronix and its liquidity is delicious. I certainly wouldn't call this minimal. Far from it. There is a heavy techno influence throughout the album which was common on the back side of the golden age of goa trance. Not a classic by any stretch of the imagination, but a pretty good tech-trance/goa album.
  7. Artist: Blissed Title: Rites of Passage Label: Classic Goa Trax Date: May, 2020 1. Into The Light (Sirius Mix) 2. Illumination 3. Mind Mirror 4. Into The Light (Auraural Mix) 5. T II 6. Starseed 7. Ki 8. Protozoa Here is a release from the Suntrip Records sublabel that brings hard to find or obscure music from the past in high quality digital format. This album is an example of an artist I've never heard of so for that I'm grateful. Always good to open the mind. It's the first project of Prana members and Sonic Sufi and the music can be described as proto-goa or early goa trance without the swirling melodies. More of a stripped down style. The building blocks of what would be to come. If you are into that more bare bones approach when it comes to your goa trance then you will enjoy this. The goa we all love had to start somewhere and this is an early part of that foundation. While more on the minimal side there are still some interesting passages to be found here. It's also easy to see the genesis of the Prana sound. Alas this type of "goa trance" isn't for me. It's techno roots and simple production has me yearning for more lush and layered productions. Most of the tracks don't evolve much and I tend to lose focus. Perhaps it's undiagnosed ADHD. File this under interesting historically, but not all releases are home runs. Classic Goa Trax Bandcamp
  8. Artist: Various Title: Ultravision V3 Label: Ultravision Records Date: July, 2012 1. Amplify - Future Shock (Brain Hunters Rmx) 2. Orca - Turtles From the Abyss 3. Bussy - Hard Frequency 4. Technodrome Vs. Panayota - Fallenstar 5. Double R.E.L. - Sound Shock 6. Magneto - Technical Problem 7. Iliuchina Vs. D.N.I. & Nature Disaster - Perfect Match 8. Sychonaut Vs. Systematix - Liquid Mess 9. Remove - Inside 10. Alienn Vs. Klacid - Infinity Questions Once upon a time I actually paid for this. I've been going thru my collection and trying to drop the dead weight and heavenly black Jesus does this qualify. There is nothing like some really good night-time psy. And this is nothing like some really good night-time psy. Stops and starts and insanely long buildups that cosplays at night-time full-on. There is nothing here with which to sink one's teeth. Shallow and headache inducing loudness as if there was a contest to see who could make a track with the most annoying sounds. Machine gun kick drum abuse is rampant along with way too much preset fellatio. If I wanted to hear R. Lee Ermey I would've watch Full Metal Jacket again. Besides a tidal wave of shame I believe I actually experienced physical pain after listening to Sound Shock. Double R.E.L...aren't you embarrassed? It's like looking at an elementary school photo complete with bowl cut, birth control glasses, and a gi-normous urine stain on the front of your pants that the f*cking school photographer didn't think was worth a mention before he took the shot. That sh*t is forever. The one saving grace on this album is a good old-fashioned acidic face melter by Remove. The last third is f*cking filthy. Aside from that, think of it as a public service I don't link to this disaster.
  9. This continues to hold up as a masterful sci-fi listening experience. It is just constantly evolving, using all the tools in the ambient, downtempo, progressive arsenal. And it does it seamlessly. Majestic Feeling and Planet Zoo is a perfect example. Cosmic Dessert is sublime. I know Infection 268-7 draws ire, but it has a fantastic ambient 1st half and a solid progressive trance finish. Off topic, but...how high was I when I wrote this review? You guys shoulda staged an intervention.
  10. When you release albums like Anno Domini, Infinitism, and Earth Crossing the bar is super high. This brief 4 track EP sounds like none of those and that's ok. Gone are the anthemic goa sounds and in its place is a more stripped down psytrance framework. Darker I suppose, but nothing memorable at all.
  11. Artist: Andromeda Title: Amiga Label: Classic Goa Trax Date: March, 2021 1. Lifeform 2. Impact 3. Coma 4. Amiga 5. Ask No Questions 6. Aurora 7. Crystal Kingdoms 8. Noc Samobójców Just when you think that the goa labels have mined all the jewels from the massive trance mountains along comes Suntrip's digital only label with a true gem from the goa hotspot of Poland. This is Przemyslaw Tkaczyk and don't let the lack of vowels fool you. The gentleman is hitting all the right notes from track one. Twisted 303's swirl and percolate with high intensity. Coma is a sinister mood and Ask No Questions has a blistering climax. The whole thing is a powerful foray into rhythm and melody. The only downsides for me was the downtempo "ish" closer. Not my bag, but that is just personal preference. The sound is crystal clear mastered by Kobi Harosh who has been working with this label as of late. Great job by all involved. Bandcamp
  12. This is an album that you either believe to be a classic foray into psychedelic goa trance or... "Dudes made 3 or 4 great tracks and now they're pillars of the genre? WTAF?" I'm in the latter category clearly an unpopular position. And that's ok. I like uncomfortable positions. First the classics...Pyramid is a darkly atmospheric track full of liquid toxicity. It bubbles and seethes like an alien parasite searching for its next unwitting host. As great as this track is, I think even it went on too long. V.T.O.L is another moody, alien masterpiece that contains zero dull moments and a kick a** climax. Elektron Bender has a shimmery quality to it and that fluttering arpeggio that has become instantly recognizable. You can actually feel the track inhaling and exhaling during the break. Delicious. The rest are decent tracks, good even, but hardly the stuff of legend. The psychedelic quality is appreciated, but it lacks any evolution and sounds a little dated. Now, if you replace tracks like Skinflint and Chug with say...The Joker from the Boyd in the Void comp and Tribal Sunrise mix from Rumour Records Goa Trance Volume 2 then perhaps this album would deserve a lot of the acclaim it seems to warrant. Outside of that, I would say this album could do with some reworks or even remixes by today's artists, like Morphic Resonance, Trinodia, Celestial Intelligence, Cosmic Dimension, Katedra...Now that is something I would gladly pay for.
  13. Still a great disc. I mean download cause, well...as of right now one is being sold for $240! I would say the only part of this album I cannot stand is the key change in Flamicogyre. It's just one of those parts in a song that hits me like the laugh from the Nanny. Or the entire Spiritual Healing song from The Muses Rapt
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