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  1. ok, I'll put here a list of tracks I've been listenning and enjoying the most this summer in no particular order: Man With No Name - Tarantula (always loved the EMTS album, but almost never payed too much attention to its second half. lately I've decided to change that and listened exclusively to the second half of it, and hey, what a surprise, it's really really good ) Procs - Open Up (from the first YggdraSounds comp. I venture into the dark territory from time to time and this track by Proc is exceptionally well done) Juno Reactor - Return of the Pistolero (I have to be honest, I am not a big fan of Ben's latest stuff, but gosh this new iteration of Pistolero is good. what a master) Hallucinogen - Spiritual Antiseptic (one of the most obscure productions by Simon, still a fantastic track even today) Ka-Sol - Greenbuttskunk (I never really liked the Fairy Tale, but Ghost Story is indeed a very different story. the album flows so well, and this track is just acid madness. love it) JBC Arkadii - Invisible Floating Rays (this is my latest discovery. the whole new album is pretty freaking great, but this track is just bonkers good) MFG - Sunshine (again got to be honest, I hated Project Genesis, too dissonant for my taste, but Sunshine is a goa masterpiece, the only great track on the album IMO) Digicult - Awaken The Dream (just a pretty, fluffy, and a very nostalgic track for me personally) Consept Lightwork - Constant Channeling (master class at goa trance production techniques) Clementz - A Dream About Saturn (from the same comp as the previous track, another mind-boggling new-school track) now when I look at it, this was a great musical summer
  2. Label: Wild Things Records Country: UK Released: April 8, 2019 Style: Psy-Trance Bandcamp Tracklist: 1. Little Green Man 07:26 2. Canabians 07:01 3. Southwild and ZZbing - L<3ve Drugs 07:23 4. Finanigans 07:55 5. The Funk Family 07:11 6. The Flying Toad 07:16 7. Get Real 07:54 8. Southwild & Chris Rich - On The Fly 07:42 9. Brain Needle 06:11 10. No Output 08:06 This is Southwild's third album on Wild Things label, which is the main reason why I've decided to give it a go. This record label has been releasing some awesome stuff in the past, and there is always a high quality standard present in all their realeases. So what is UK Style? I guess different poeple will define it differently, but my guess is that it's something in between Forest and Night Full-on, which probably might not make much sense, but that's how it sounds to me anyway. REVIEW 1. Little Green Man 07:26 Minimalistic and progressive by nature, this is what a UK Style sounds like to me. It does swing towards the darkpsy territory, but only slightly. The opening track is quite simple and totally functional. There are no out of ordinary twists and turns here, it's a psy-trance for the working class. 3/5 2. Canabians 07:01 The second track already has more power from the very beginning. The shifts in sound are edgier this time, although the grindy bassline never changes and stays strictly in the background. I still like it more than the first track. 4/5 3. Southwild and ZZbing - L<3ve Drugs 07:23 Love Drugs truly takes off after the first breakdown, which consists of a vocal sample that ends with hysterical laughter. Then things really hit hard, and that's when I started to pay attention. The last bit of the piece exploits some mean sound effects and everything sort of drowns in it. Really nice. 4/5 4. Finanigans 07:55 I have no idea who Finanigans are, but damn they must be some wicked folks. At about 3 minute mark some heavy synths start crashing into the speakers, and then follows a slinky melodic line, and a really fine one. It's another winner in my book. 4/5 5. The Funk Family 07:11 Track #5 provides the same kind of ride as the opening track, although this one is definitely heavier. All the same. It's a good ol' functional psy-trance. 3/5 6. The Flying Toad 07:16 What a fantastic opening this track has with its delayed snare drums and some other samples that swirl around creating a fascinating effect. Then, a vocal sample interrupts the track and everything goes into frenzy. The last bit of the piece introduces some more weirdness in the form of various sound effects that keep on delivering. 5/5 7. Get Real 07:54 From the get-go this track smashes. It's full of vintage computer or old video game sounds, which can be used to a great effect in psy-trance, and they fit here pretty well. Overall, Get Real is relentless from beginning to end, and there is only one actual breakdown in the last third of the track. It also gets a lot crazier and more intense by the end. 4/5 8. Southwild & Chris Rich - On The Fly 07:42 Here's another hard-hitter! While the previous track used old computer sounds, in this one Southwild plays with distorted vocals. It gets weirder in the second half trying to build up to something, but never really arrives anywhere. Still a very good track. 4/5 9. Brain Needle 06:11 The shortest track on the album is getting ever closer to the contemporary dark psy territory, and unfortunately, it's not very appealing... at least to me. I like creative dark tracks, but this one just seems to repeat the popular trends within the scene, which makes it kinda boring. 3/5 10. No Output 08:06 Freaky is the best word to describe this final piece. While Brain Needle was bordering on darkpsy, this one firmly steps into the swamps of the forest psy. I guess fans of the forest sound will love this one, but I may be wrong haha 3/5 --- Well, this is definitely a Wildthings album, no doubt. It's pretty intense throughout with only a couple of dull tracks. So, if you like Wildthings, this one will not disappoint. Hands down the best track on the album is The Flying Toad. It's not a masterpiece, but it is a solid, solid piece of UK style. A proper banger! 3.7/5
  3. This isn't a bad album, and it does have that early Prodigy-rave kind of style in many tracks. My favorites are Raga, Kinesis, and The Watcher, which is the best track on the album IMO. The rest are ok and totally listenable tracks, if you can tolerate a somewhat outdated style of production.
  4. I'm not sure if Bamboo Forest qualify as not very well know, as they were quite a big deal back in the days but here is one of their coolest tracks, before they went all commercial and cheesy and broke my heart
  5. Label: Self-released Country: US Released: 22 Feb 2019 Style: Downtempo Bandcamp Tracklist: 1. Behold, A White Horse 05:18 2. Dancing On My Own Grave 04:51 3. Ringside At The Parthenon 06:04 4. The Archer 04:35 5. Forgotten Empires Never Forget 05:16 6. The Red Horse 05:12 7. Sword of War (Máchaira) 05:40 8. Reign & Bone 04:45 9. Rumpistol - Eyes Open Wide (Bluetech Remix) [feat. Ane Trolle] 04:03 10. A Blessed Release 04:17 11. The Black Horse 06:04 12. Tipping the Scales 07:16 13. Voice of the Four 06:01 14. The Darkest Year 05:27 15. In / Finite 03:20 16. The Pale Horse 05:08 17. Thalium 05:57 18. Into That Good Night 03:20 19. Unshackled 04:45 20. Fervent Descent 03:27 Here is a ton of new material from Evan Bartholomew, known as Bluetech. There is enough tracks to fit into two albums, but here it is all collected into one neat package. The style of the album is very interesting and will mostly speak to those who like a more electro-oriented stuff. There isn't much in terms of psychedelic music in here, but there are some tracks that would fit in that criteria. Anyway, if you know who Bluetech is, then you also know that he always delivers goods. REVIEW 1. Behold, A White Horse 05:18 What a fine opening track this is. It's very electroey, if I could use that term. It also has a very cool, almost 80's kind of melody. It just sounds so retro to me. Great stuff! 4/5 2. Dancing On My Own Grave 04:51 This next track continues in the same fashion - a slow-paced retro-electro. It's fun and short, and quite good to be honest. 4/5 3. Ringside At The Parthenon 06:04 The style changes in track #3. This time it's more trip-hop than electro, but it's just as good. The synths sound like Mathew Jonson, and since I like Jonson's techno, this track really speaks to me. 4/5 4. The Archer 04:35 It's interesting how all these tracks sort of sound the same, yet still have enough distinguishing details. Once again, this is a slow electro kind of track that has a fun little melody, and unfortunately, a very short running time. I just wish it was twice as long. 4/5 5. Forgotten Empires Never Forget 05:16 Great stuff here once again. Similar style as before. 4/5 6. The Red Horse 05:12 The mood changes in track #6 to a mellower one. But the beats are just as crisp and the synths are just as cool. 4/5 7. Sword of War (Machaira) 05:40 The mellow moods continue with some classy trip-hop beats. This is also the darkest track on the album yet. 4/5 8. Reign & Bone 04:45 Well, Bluetech just keeps on delivering. This is track #8 and it still feels fresh and exciting. Also, now we do get into a more traditional psychill environment here. At least that's how it feels to me. 4/5 9. Rumpistol - Eyes Open Wide (Bluetech Remix) [feat. Ane Trolle] 04:03 A pop song? Yup, a snynth-pop song to be exact. And it's totally fine, could be even considered a hit if it were released back in the 80s. 4/5 10. A Blessed Release 04:17 Well, here's a track that I've expected to hear: a beatless synthcapade, and it's gorgeous. But again, just too short for me. 4/5 11. The Black Horse 06:04 Technically, this would be the start of the second CD, and it is an opening worthy of the gods. Black Horse is one of the most beautiful tracks I've ever heard. It's so dreamy and sincere that I can't believe this track is real. Huge! Black Horse is definitely my favorite horse 5/5 12. Tipping the Scales 07:16 The first proper 4/4 piece. Obviously, it's not fast, but it is tipping more towards the dance genre, hence the title of the track I guess. 4/5 13. Voice of the Four 06:01 A rather subpar track, the first one that I don't really like. There is a bit of dissonance in the melodic structure, and it makes the whole listening experience underwhelming. 2/5 14. The Darkest Year 05:27 Ok, this one's a bit better, but it seems to be another dud. Well, I guess we've just enter the filler territory of the album. 3/5 15. In / Finite 03:20 A short track that strongly reminds me of Help Me by Timo Maas. It's an alright track. 3/5 16. The Pale Horse 05:08 Bluetech returns here to the electro sound of the first half of the album. Again, everything is tied with those gorgeous beats and vintage synths. There is also a little bit of 303 thrown in there, which only adds to the flavor. 4/5 17. Thalium 05:57 Thalium is very similar to The Pale Horse, right down to the structure and choice of sounds. And it's just as good. 4/5 18. Into That Good Night 03:20 A nice and short interlude track that starts to indicate the end of the album. It has the farewell mood done right. 4/5 19. Unshackled 04:45 This is the last proper track on the album coming before the outro. It's produced in the same slow electro style as most of the tracks before it. The only difference that it has a pretty catchy lead melody. 4/5 20. Fervent Descent 03:27 A very sad and slow beatless outro. A proper finisher for such an overwhelming album. 3/5 --- The Four Horsemen is a remarkable effort from Bluetech. This album is terrific, and almost every track is good. Obviously, the horse tracks are the best, but there are a few others as well that work extremely well. The best track on the album is The Black Horse. It's a very original piece of work, and it's also super catchy. I don't think I've heard anything like that before, at least not from Bluetech himself. So definitely a winner of this album. 4/5
  6. I've mentioned this in the other thread, but here it is again: Cave of Medusa For me it's the ultimate Cosmosis track, the pinnacle of psy-trance.
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    Side Liner - No Vember

    Label: Cosmicleaf Records Country: Greece Released: 15 Feb 2019 Style: Ambient, Downtempo, Trip Hop Bandcamp Tracklist: 1. That Beautiful Somewhere feat Kerensa Stephens (Eguana Piano Remix) 04:50 2. No Vember 08:09 3. 56 07:59 4. Maluns - Bloodline Hunter (Side Liner Remix) 07:49 5. Edge 07:13 6. Cosmic Tone 06:40 7. Denside (with Dense) 06:47 8. Enigma 06:09 9. Dreamer feat Kerensa Stephens (Eguana Piano Remix) 06:32 Side Liner is Nick Miamis, a well established producer from Greece. This is Nick's 16th artist album, just think about it for the moment. This definitely makes him one of the most hard-working producers on the scene right now. At the same time he manages two labels, which deserves nothing but praise. No Vember mostly consists of slow progressive tracks with varying moods. People who are well familiar with Nick's sound will find no surprises here. The production is great as always, and if you're into slower melodic kind of trance, then I urge you to check it out. REVIEW 1. That Beautiful Somewhere feat Kerensa Stephens (Eguana Piano Remix) 04:50 The intro track has very soft and sad vocals. It's a full-fledged song with orchstral strings and piano that could fit the end-credits of a drama movie. It's actually unexpected to hear such a sentimental track in the very beginning of the album, but I can't deny its beauty. 4/5 2. No Vember 08:09 Now this is where the album actually starts for me. No Vember is filled with slow beats and cosmic melodies. This is the music you want to hear in the dusk, when the darkness settles and the stars start to appear in the nightsky. It has a very distinctive atmosphere that is simply unforgettable. No Vember is a fantastic track that warms my heart. 5/5 3. 56 07:59 I have no idea what the title refers to, but I like this track. It's very simple yet charming, and it has a very calming effect on me despite technically being a progressive dance track. 4/5 4. Maluns - Bloodline Hunter (Side Liner Remix) 07:49 This is a rather boring remix by Nick, which doesn't have that same spark as his original productions. It's very minimal in composition, and it left me completely unsatisfied. There is some intriguing bassline work going on in the second half, but it ain't enough. 2/5 5. Edge 07:13 Here's another minimal stomper, and this time it's a bit better than the previous track. It carries over several sweeping, lush sound effects throughout the course of the whole track that reminded me of the early Jean-Michel Jarre productions. This is a nice little number. 3/5 6. Cosmic Tone 06:40 Not much is happening in the first half of the track, but then Nick introduces a gorgeous melody that took me completely by surprise. I really like these pleasant unexpected twists. 3/5 7.Denside (with Dense) 06:47 This track has a very smooth melodic intro, and the beat is a lot softer and slower this time. Sveral new instruments add more flavor to an already excellent track in the second half that instantly hook me. Definitely one of the best tracks on the album. 4/5 8. Enigma 06:09 I guess the title of the track refrences the 90's New Age band Enigma, because the beats are terribly similar to what Michael Cretu had been using back in the days. As for the track itself it's a decent chill-out piece with no particularly strong lead melody, but some nice atmospheric sounds are present, so all-in-all it's pretty nice for what it is and does. 3/5 9. Dreamer feat Kerensa Stephens (Eguana Piano Remix) 06:32 The sad piano and Kerensa Stephens' vocals return in the final track. It's very similar in mood to the opening track, and it's just as beautiful... 4/5 --- There are no terribly complicated productions on the album, most of the tracks are rather simple and most of them achieve everything they need to be. This is not the best album Side Liner has produced, but it's totally decent and it deserves to be heard. The best track on the album is the title track No Vember. It has an excellent melody that immediately sets that special mood. I wish there were more bright tracks like that on the album, but Im still happy with the experience. 3.5/5
  8. Label: Biijah Records Country: Guatemala Released: 08 Feb 2019 Style: Psy-Trance Bandcamp Tracklist: 1. Ritualtool - RustyBass 08:18 2. Propagul - Alien Seeds 08:44 3. Full Face - Coconutrees 07:00 4. Mubali - Fu, Interrupted 07:26 5. Smuds - Turn A Sphere Inside Out 07:33 6. Ohmpapa - Mutchi Swutchi 08:48 7. Shivattva - Samurai Lifestyle 07:45 8. NoizeBug - Underground Religion 10:37 9. Scope vs PsyVader - Bluemoon 07:54 Biijah Records, although a relatively unknown label from Guatemala, is a long-running imprint that has been releasing some fantastic darkpsy material since 2010. This is the second compilation titled Alien Seeds that gathers some very talented producers that deliver real goods. It takes a lot to make me enjoy darkpsy, as it isn't my favorote branch of psy-trance, but Alien Seeds 2 has some amazing productions and I've eventually decided to write a full track-by-track review. REVIEW 1. Ritualtool - RustyBass 08:18 The opening track of the compilation is quite good. In the first half it plays with some spooky voices, and then switches gears to more traditional psy-tools. What I like about it is that it always stays subdued, which kind of works here pretty well. 4/5 2. Propagul - Alien Seeds 08:44 It takes some time before Propagul puts something edible on the table, but even then this track tends to get a bit dull. I like some of the parts though. 3/5 3. Full Face - Coconutrees 07:00 Here's an unusual number. The track follows an unconventional structure and is in a constant flux. The way its built makes it really interesting, because you never know what's coming next. Usually, I don't like tracks that have no clear path, but in this rare case it works in the favor of the piece. 4/5 4. Mubali - Fu, Interrupted 07:26 "Who the hell is interrupting my Kung Fu?" - the phrase that literally interrupts the track in the middle after a strong start. Then, it sort of rejects everything that it had built and throws everything out the window opting for a different path. The mood changes in the second half, it gets more disturbing, but no less interesting. Mubali is a well-known name in the darkpsy scene, so I'm not suprised to hear another great piece from him. 4/5 5. Smuds - Turn A Sphere Inside Out 07:33 Ooh, love the beats on this one, chunky and metallic. No really, the rhythm drives this whole track, and it's really amazing. The bassline changes throughout as well, and the rest of the track is set up in such a way that it complements the kick and the bass. This is a fascinating piece of psychedelic music. 5/5 6. Ohmpapa - Mutchi Swutchi 08:48 There are glimpses of fun in this track, but not by much. 2/5 7. Shivattva - Samurai Lifestyle 07:45 This track is teasing me with good moments, but never reveals itself entirely for me to enjoy it properly. 2/5 8. NoizeBug - Underground Religion Underground Religion starts with a hindu chant, which reminded me of EU's The Prayer. I'm not sure if it's the same one, but it really sets a certain mood for a track. It gets really freaky by the middle point, and I'm not sure I like everything that I hear. It's a 50/50 for me, so I'll go with the rounded up score on this one. 3/5 9. Scope vs PsyVader - Bluemoon 07:54 The last piece is quite unusual in a good way. the second half sounds especially cool and original with its prominent sound effects and melodic snippets. Overall, a great finisher to a solid compilation. 4/5 --- Alien Seeds 2 is by far the best darkpsy compilation that I've heard recently. It's got tracks with different levels of intensity, and there are some real gems here. Not all the tracks worked for me, but most did and that's more than enough for me. The best piece on the compilation is Smuds "Turn A Sphere Inside Out." I like tracks that work both in your bedroom and on the dancefloor, and that's what Smuds achieves here with excellence. 3.5/5
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    Lauge - Dawn

    Label: Iboga Records Country: Denmark Released: 01 Feb 2019 Style: Downtempo, Psy-Trance, Progressive Trance Bandcamp Tracklist: 1. Undercurrent 08:29 2. Northbound 10:13 3. Taiga 08:40 4. Wider Horizons (Album edit) 10:42 5. Kamchatka 08:49 6. Juvenile 09:38 7. Wandering Off... 10:21 8. Cassiopeia 07:12 Lauge is Henrik Laugesen, an ambient producer from Denmark. This is his first psy-prog album for Iboga, and it's pretty darn good. The melodies are lush and those basslines are thick. It's not surprising, as Iboga is always the mark of high quality. Of course, there are some boring releases in the Iboga's catalog, but fortunately, Dawn by Lauge is far from being boring. REVIEW 1. Undercurrent 08:29 Slow beats merge with epic melodies in this opening track. Sounds very promising and inspiring. It's a strong start and I can already feel that this album is going to be quite a journey. 4/5 2. Northbound 10:13 I'm sure this will sound like a cliche, but listening to this track makes you feel like floating in the sky. It's super airy and dreamy. But it does get a bit more intense closer to the middle. The breakdown in the middle introduces some very gentle, almost transparent strings that add extra dimension to the melodic element of the track. As a result, the entire second half sounds really beautiful. If there is progressive heaven, this is it. 5/5 3. Taiga 08:40 Here is another slow builder. But unfortunately it doesn't build up to anything significant. This is quite a subpar track in comparison to the first two openers. 3/5 4. Wider Horizons (Album edit) 10:42 The beginning of the track feels really tight and engaging. Then, some fine synths enter the scene and launch the track into the stratosphere. The first breakdown happens at around 6 minutes just to let the listener take a breath. But then it hits once again reminding you just how powerful this whole piece can be. Definitely one of the best tracks on the album. 5/5 5. Kamchatka 08:49 I love how this track starts. Super mysterious with deep voices, very dramatic. Too bad there is no interesting progression to follow. I'm a bit disappointed, because that intro was incredible. Oh well... 3/5 6. Juvenile 09:38 So many producers these days have the tendency to put filler tracks in their albums, and Juvenile is the definition of a filler. It's not bad enough to completely dismiss it, but it also isn't good enough to put it in high regard. Although, I have to say that the second part has something interesting going on, it's still not enough to rate it more than an above average track. 3/5 7. Wandering Off... 10:21 A this point I just needed something good. And my wish came true. Wandering Off is a gorgeous piece of music with a fascinating melody and progression. Lauge gives enough time for a listener to soak in every single tone shift, and I am really grateful for that. This is a feel-good track of the album. 4/5 8. Cassiopeia 07:12 The closing track of the album is a very fine chill-out piece. It is nothing extraordinary, but it works well and finishes things off in a classic way. 4/5 --- Dawn by Lauge is a very strong progressive album with some amazing tracks. There are a few filler tracks as well, but what album these days doesn't have them. The best tracks on the album are Northbound and Wider Horizons. These two stand out from the rest due to their sheer emotional power. Of course, I wish that all tracks would have such an effect on me, but that's probably not possible. I just know that I will be listening to those two many times and never get tired. 4/5
  10. I have to say that I really enjoyed this album. Almost all tracks have something exciting to offer, and the only one that didn't work for me was Inner Motion. The two best tracks for me are Illusions of Life, a terrific track that combines slow breaks with psy melodies, and Soul Ocean, which is pure old school goa at its best. Giorgi is definitely a very talented producer and I'll be looking forward to more music from him in the future.
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