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  1. Discogs user Maroko left this review on the album release page in 2015:
    https://www.discogs.com/OOOD-You-Think-You-Are/master/497562

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    You know the movie "Crank" with Jason Statham? Remember when Chev Chelios, the lead character, gets juiced by a hit from a defibrillator, speeding his heart rate to the extreme and sending him into an adrenaline daredevil frenzy?
    If you do, "You Think You Are" is the musical equivalent of that experience.

    O.O.O.D. have been around and doing their thing for twenty years now, and while they were always heralded as a highly creative and talented collective, they were always a sword's edge away from delivering a full blown masterpiece. From "ALive" through to "Free Range", all of their albums unleash more quality than you could squeeze out of a kitchen sponge. Yet, somehow, when most representative albums within the realms of psychedelic trance are brought up, O.O.O.D. are frequently left out. Regularly praised upon initial release, with time their full lengths manage to get overshadowed by releases which at the time had more mass appeal, or for various reasons, struck a chord better with the audience.

    That said, "You Think You Are" is that album we all knew knew (hoped) that O.O.O.D. could always deliver, and here it is. Building upon two full decades of active music making and globe touring, this album simply absorbs the finest aspect of modern psy trance and combines it with meticulous production vaults, genuine melody work and a plethora of far out effects that put most to shame. It is pointless to do a detailed track by track review, as in my ears this album does not have a stand out tune. No lead singles here. This entire album is one gargantuan lead single, and that is its greatest achievement. No pigeonholing and style trainspotting here. These four lads dig deeply and expertly combine old schoolish reckless attitude with modern sound design and intricacy. Best of all, is that this album doesn't lose its dance floor friendly purpose for a single second. Where most sacrifice complexity and craftsmanship in order to succumb to current dance podiums, or dive so far deep into contemplative sound structures that they lose track of fun & funk, O.O.O.D. take no prisoners and unload both, densely twisted psychedelia and dance-away-like-nobody's watching beefed-up beats. It has seriously been a while since a psy trance album worked so easily on so many levels.

    Where many veterans got lost in the shuffle, either (un)successfully trying keep up with the ever changing trends and hold their own against a new breed of producers, or worse yet, are completely lost trying to regain former glory, O.O.O.D. keep growing from album to album. Don forget that, after all, this is dance music. When it is this good, and when it transcends styles and trends, coming across this fun despite the fact it's not a goofy full-on album intended to last half of a festival season, you slowly start to appreciate it for the sheer beauty it is.

    If the last few efforts of their were close but no cigar, then this is that masterpiece we've been waiting for. It took a while to get there, but who's complaining? Most artists can only wish to craft ten tracks this good in their entire recording career, and here you ave them laid out across a single plastic surface. You really don't have to be a psy trance nutter to appreciate an album of this caliber. Recommended to all who are into uplifting, powerful and challenging electronic music. What a pleasant ride "You Think You Are" is. The cover art is eye candy as well.
    In my opinion, this is a future classic, and undoubtedly the finest O.O.O.D. album to date. A tour de force of modern psychedelic trance, a celebration of blasting beats and spine tingling audio trickery. A psychedelic joie de vivre .

    Hop on for the ride or you're missing out on something truly special and unique. Yes, I said it, unique.

     


  2. Union Jack - ‘Cactus’ 2017 Remixes [PLATMU96]

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    1. Union Jack ‘Cactus’ (Jonno Brien Remix)

    2. Union Jack ‘Cactus’ (Adam Kent Remix)
    3. Union Jack ‘Cactus’ (OOOD Remix)
    4. Union Jack ‘Cactus’ (Airwave’s Dark and Long Mix)
    5. Union Jack ‘Cactus’ (Quietman Remix)
    6. Union Jack ‘Cactus’ (Original Mix Remastered)

     

    Originally released in 1994, ‘Cactus’ is regarded as one of Union Jack’s finest moments. 23 years on, despite a plethora of requests, no remixes have ever been commissioned…until now.

     

    Irish Techno DJ/Producer and rising star Jonno Brien originally got the ball rolling last year when he sent in his remix out of the blue. It was quite simply too good to be ignored. Carl Cox, who was one of only a handful of DJ’s to be sent the mix, hammered it worldwide and included it as one of his highlights at the Closing Party @ Space, Ibiza.

     

    Adam Kent serves up a driving semi-spangled tech houser.

     

    Psychedelic sorcerers OOOD remain faithful to the prickly original but slam it into the 21st planet and beyond.

     

    Airwave’s Laurent reappears with an extended gloaming exploration into Cactaceae cornucopia.

     

    After a long hiatus, Quietman’s Laurence and Wilf emerge from a shimmering mirage with a sublime slice of desert sunrise.

     

    ‘Cactus - 2017 Remixes’ will be released 12th June 2017 on Beatport. Global release 27th June 2017 on Platipus.

     

    https://www.beatport.com/release/cactus-2017-remixes/2029590

    http://www.junodownload.com/products/union-jack-cactus-2017-remixes/3441490-02/

     

     

     

     

     


  3. So is the fetishisation of specific kick and bass combos or production styles as "proper psytrance".

    I agree.  My recollection is that a good part of the 'bad engineering' issue was due to the fact that many people, if not most, simply didn't know what was actually possible with kick and bass.  The release of X-Dream's 'Radio' reset the standard for many producers because for the first time we were able to hear and understand what was really possible in the low end of a trance track, and what this style of music really needed in order to reach its potential.  Prior to that, trance producers' ears simply weren't trained in that direction because examples that might have been used to reference a proper phat, punchy, defined kick and bass combo simply wasn't there for the most part, until the release of that album.  It took a good few years after its release until most producers gained access to production tools that would let them attain the same levels of quality, because equipment required to get that kind of sound in the analog world was financially out of most people's reach either to buy or to hire. It wasn't until DAWs started coming of age that it became possible for most people to eg. EQ the low end with the precision required.

     

    90s psytrance, compared to most rave music, received a great deal of criticism back then for being too clean and clinical.

    That's true, and this is a journey that goa/psytrance has always been on, as you can see from the fact that the criticism you mention did absolutely nothing to make producers end their quest for the ultimate production quality, particularly in the kick and bass.  Radio was a revelation in this respect, and the reason it had such a great effect on the scene as a whole was because it answered the question that I'm sure pretty much every single producer had been asking themselves since they started making trance, which was "how do I get this sounding as big and punchy and clear and powerful as possible?"


  4. If we, or any other Goa Trance producer in the 1990s, could back then have produced kick and bass combos that sounded as strong, punchy, defined, clear and distinct as those we can make today, we would have jumped at the chance.  This whole fetishisation of amateur sound design and bad audio engineering is utterly ridiculous.


  5. It's a shame that the Spanish national healthcare system he's been paying for with his taxes isn't able to provide him with the treatment he needs. And the same for you, Fabien, since you also had to get private treatment it seems. I wish him all the best in his treatment and recovery.


  6. Get your ass to ZNA next year, please.

    We played live - chillout and main floor - at ZNA last year, but they've told me they don't want us for a live set in 2017.  However it seems that one of us (either Steve or Rama, not me) will probably be DJing in the chill space. TBC.

     

    (lololololol... t-shirts tucked into jeans will never be a good look...)

    argh I know, makes me cringe every time I see that video!

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