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  1. I will be there. Got a job where I work in Nebraska from time-to-time, so managed to rig it so it's a half work trip which helps me fund it. What's the go with the after party?
  2. You absolute legend. Curious to listen. When do we get it?
  3. His new track on the Suntrip VA is killer. Going places.
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    V/A - Analog Visions

    I love hearing these versions from a time when live sets were live, so the version you hear on the night may never quite be heard again. The version of Conflict is trippy in its subtlety early on.
  5. Don't have it in me to write a full review, nor have I listened to it enough, but everyone should know about this. A new album from Lyktum and Nerso. https://sourcecodetransmissions.bandcamp.com/album/consciousness-awakened About 12mnths ago Zen Mechanics (who seems a fair-tempered guy and has never had over-the-top hyperbole in his few social media promos) flagged this as "the closest thing we've had to a modern version of Pleiadians" (almost verbatim). My interest was piqued. Well it's finally here and whilst it's a very different take on spacey trance than the goa legends, it's a slammer. It's at this apex of: Old-school influenced modern psytrance, lots of 303s and the odd spiral melody Proper progressive space trance, albeit uptempo. Beautiful spacey vibes throughout, nice journeys throughout tracks, a genuine tranciness to even though they are dancefloor tracks Modern 138ish prog psy, inc the super sharp production It's funny... The modern psy prog sound has put me right off prog in recent years. Slowed down full-on masquerading as progressive seems to be all you can find. Not only are artists like Vertical Mode carrying their inability to write interesting songs forward from their full-on projects, it's robbing us of proper classic prog trance at parties. But despite having many of those hallmarks, this is a bit different. There's an authenticity to this. It's a lot like Lyktum's solo work, but has an identity of its own. They are modern dancefloor bombs but also speak to goa and also speak to Atmos and co.
  6. Nothing Lasts is my favorite Shpongle. Is it enhanced by the re-master? Or is it simply different? (Or not different at all?)
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    Hallucinogen - Twisted

    You're an Aussie, yeah? I take it you missed his master-classes at Rainbow Serpent 2011 and 2017?
  8. Tents in Portugal are so cheap. Get a decent one at Decathlon for like 30eu that only weighs a few kgs, then you can take it home in your luggage. I will definitely be there. Tickets purchased. Excited for my first ZNA... I wasn't in Europe in 2015, and in 2017 I chose the Eclipse in America instead. At this stage I could be solo or I could have a group of New Zealanders / Indians / Slovenians / Australians with me. Everyone I know who did 2015 said it was one of the all time great parties. Those who did 2017 all said it was very good but not quite as good as 2015. Curious to see how this one pans out.
  9. Here in London the scene is fairly segmented. Organisations have a certain sound and tend to stick to it. There's a crew doing accessible full-on and some prog internationals Another crew running regular nights with locals that's just about all accessible full on (DJ'd pretty poorly too). And another two crews doing mostly darker stuff. Like much of the world, Hi-Tech is mostly dead, but forest and various shades of dark are still big at the right parties. There's a 50%ish overlap with the crowd. Some people are up for anything, others will typically only appear at the one organisation's parties. Goa is non-existent and I have struggled to get sets more than I anticipated. I have learned that to keep the audiences attention here you must have a dominant bassline, no matter what. (I tanked an 11am set playing new school stuff that was melodic and complex and not so heavy on the basslines. I thought people would welcome the change up, but it was quite the opposite.) I can't honestly recommend the scene much here unless you really, really like full on.
  10. In the software development world, this is the bit where those who built the software say "that's not a bug, that's a feature" I agree, it can be pretty out there. I struggle to play this with other music when DJing - even mixed in key and at as-designed tempos, most tracks just stands out weirdly. I'd like to use them more to see people's reactions, but the 40-70 second mix period sounds slightly off no matter what I try.
  11. Impossible to go past The reaction on dancefloors is crazy powerful. I saw Anoebis play it 3 times in 2014 and each time it did a number on the floor.
  12. Morphic Resonance wins this year with his manic journey LP so aptly named 'Perplexity'... Not everyone's cup of tea though. The JBC Arkadii album is fantastic. It really sets the standard for those wanting to modernise goa trance without losing the essence. Timewarp Records have released sooooo much music, but the winner of the many new school goa releases this year is definitely Global Sect's Shambhala. A really strong single disk compilation. The new Smuds album is amazing too. I guess you call it forest, but it's really a broad range of foresty, atmospheric psy that goes weird places without making you uncomfortable. A-Grade song-writing coupled with decent if unspectacular production. I'm a big, big fan. I also quite like the new Archaic LP if you're in to your darker, heavier stuff.
  13. It goes really well live. This is a dancefloor album. Creating a dancefloor experience that sits somewhere between goa trance, modern prog psy, and old school acid techno... It's really unique. The warm basslines keep floors grooving while the music keeps you interested enough but doesn't overload you. I can see why some would think this side of things is underdone, but he's gone for a unique vibe. His set at Shankra Festival was excellent, while his set at Boom (which you can watch here) was a lot of fun and a slightly different journey.
  14. That party in Berlin is meant to be very, very good. Just note that Astral are playing the main room, not the goa floor, so will clash with a goa act.
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