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  1. [DISCLAIMER] I received the .wav files prior to the release from Nectarios for review, but I also ordered my own copy from Arabesque. I encourage you do the same! Track list 01. Martian Arts - Dali Mountains 02. Martian Arts & Eat Static - Giant Locusts 03. Martian Arts & Radical Frequencies - There Is No Time 04. Martian Arts - Assagao 05. Martian Arts - Velos 06. The Rave Commission - Skunk Funk 07. Martian Arts - Discrete Circuit 08. Martian Arts & Ingrained Instincts - Downward Dog 09. Martian Arts - We Get Out Review Full-on music has always been there within the wider psychedelic trance genre, as a bridge between the “lighter” styles of prog, morning and goa; and the “darker” ones: forest, hi-tech, darkpsy. Over the years that sub-genre took a lot of shapes and forms, but the common denominator was constant: fast tempo, hard sounds, sparse - but present - melodic content and focus on short riffs and patterns. For my personal taste, the British brand of full-on - which I always conveniently labelled just as “true psychedelic trance” - was ticking the most boxes: it was full of funky grooves, acid lines, sonic experiments and …humour! Check back the releases of Green Nuns, Cosmosis from their Synergy / Intergalactic years, OOOD / Voice of Cod, early EVP or Sean ‘Process’ Williams sound design to see what I mean. Today’s full-on either borders on darkpsy (e.g. releases from Sangoma, Wildthings, Bom Shanka), gets dangerously close to prog or ‘normal’ melodic trance (e.g. Dacru, Ovnimoon) or turned itself into a homogeneous pulp, with no redeeming character (Nano Rec.). It was refreshing then, to find out that Nectarios Meidanis aka Martian Arts will finally release an album on TIP Records! Those that followed his career, will likely remember him from two free full-lengths on Ektoplazm as Disco Hooligans (with Jordan Bonyo) released in 2009 and 2010 and over the last 6 years numerous collaborations with the likes of Eat Static, Manmademan and others. His sound fills exactly the gap in today's full-on landscape: it's charmingly funky, groovy and contains the right amount of good melodic riffs, to balance the light and the dark. For those in-the-know there’s an additional twist, because Nectarios is a huge fan of analog modular synths and is eagerly incorporating those sounds in his music, making it very alive, fluid, organic and at the same time otherworldly alien and bizarre. Lots of artist try to recreate that sound via digital software, but there's simply no faking it - the sound of electrons flowing through circuits, tamed by analog gates, shaped by self-oscillating filters and orchestrated by voltage-controlled sequencers is like no other. There's chaos and randomness, there's imperfections and there's life. The album doesn't seem to have any main theme or thread, making it more of a collection of dance(able) tunes - some are more melodic, some are slightly more focused on sound experimentations, but all of them are of very high caliber: usually start with beat and ‘chaotic’ analog sequences, leading into some melodic riffs - either in-your-face or very vague, almost subsurface. In contrast to the British artists I mentioned earlier, it's not very acidic and instead relies more on the scratchy, skipping and stuttering sounds and effects to build the tension. It sounds very cybernetic, but because of the analog gear it's also very gentle, smooth and pleasant, unlike a lot of ear-drilling digital-only music out there. The melodic bits are really well done as well - short and concise (it not goa-trance by any means), but add a lot of lushness to the otherwise aggressive music and take advantage of the hardware, i.e. are cleverly modulated over time, emerge organically from the sonic chaos, are chopped up mercilessly, but beautifully. The music is also varied in terms of feeling and texture - after 2-3 listens I could already tell the tracks apart, which nowadays is rare and praiseworthy. Is it perfect? Not quite - sometimes the arrangements do not work to their fullest and the momentum / energy is lost in second half or last third, other times some sounds are not fully in tune with the rest (an inherent beauty and curse of analog circuitry…). But it's really, REALLY damn close! Favourite tracks? Difficult to tell, because they're all very good, but to my taste “There Is No Time”, “Skunk Funk”, “Velos”, “Discrete Circuit” and "Downward Dog" take the cake for being the closest to that old-school trippiness of Cosmosis & Green Nuns, with just perfect balance between sonic experimentation, twisted acid lines, patchwork-y melodic riffs and funk. The (slight) let downs? Probably “Dali Mountains” and “Assagao” for offloading their - otherwise awesome! - stuff a bit too early and then meandering aimlessly until the end (they’d be perfect at 6:00 duration). Similarly, the titular “Giant Locusts” with Eat Static while instantly recognisable from the lumbering, mechanical and droning acid-housey stabs; seems slightly unfocused - neither here nor there. Incidentally, “Parallel World” with Martian Arts on Eat Static’s latest album was top notch, so I'm looking forward to their albums as Strontium Dogs scheduled for release later this year. TL;DR - if, like me, you appreciate creative, analog sound design and are longing for the trippy sound of British psychedelic trance, defined by funky and groovy rhythms, sprinkled with good melodic riffs, acid lines and emergent beauty found in sonic ‘accidents’; then you owe it to yourself to purchase it this instant! Go now!!! Otherwise, take a listen as well - in my book it stands proudly next to the recent(ish) full-on heavyweights like Master Blasters, Hypnocoustics or PsiloCybian. Extra points for the cover - it's beautiful, colorful and charmingly tacky, in the best tradition of TIP Records 4/5 Samples Purchase here https://tiprecords1.bandcamp.com/album/giant-locusts https://www.psyshop.com/shop/CDs/tip/tip1cd819.html http://www.beatspace.com/9998/Tip+World/MARTIAN+ARTS/Giant+Locusts+/detail.aspx
  2. Listen & Download @ https://soundcloud.com/djkahn/the-edge-of-trance-ep-4-ft-martian-arts-and-kahn-nov-7th-2014 Kahn in association with Pulsar Music & Digitally Imported present... ❧ɤ♪ THE EDGE OF TRANCE ♪ɤ❧ (Every 1st Friday of the month @ 11am Pacific Time / 2pm Eastern Time) Listen @ www.di.fm/goapsy Like us @ www.facebook.com/TheEdgeOfTrance Listen after it airs @ http://soundcloud.com/theedgeoftrance The Edge of Trance is a new monthly radio show/podcast presented and hosted by KAHN in association with PULSAR MUSIC & THE DIGITALLY IMPORTED GOA-PSY CHANNEL. The show will air the first Friday of every month @ 11am Pacific Time / 2pm Eastern Time. After it airs, each episode will be available as a FREE download online! The Edge of Trance will showcase the most spectacular and cutting edge Trance music from around the globe; along with the artists who create this music. As the edgier sounds of Trance continue to gain traction in the US as well as abroad, we will take listeners on a journey into the sounds that are driving this revolution in Trance music. The Edge of Trance will feature guest mixes from today's most cutting edge DJs/Artists. Each guest will be carefully selected for their extensive experience in driving, uplifting, and influencing dancefloors locally and abroad. With the current trends in Trance music, The Edge of Trance is currently focusing on sounds including: Progressive and Full-On Psychedelic Trance, Psy-Breaks, and Progressive Techno. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ EPISODE 4 Friday, November 7th, 2014 (11am Pacific Time / 2pm Eastern Time) Listen @ www.di.fm/goapsy ::Featuring:: ≈✺ M A R T I A N _ A R T S ✺≈ (TIP Records, Greece) http://soundcloud.com/martianarts www.facebook.com/martianarts303 ----> Martian Arts is Nectarios Meidanis; half of the legendary act Disco Hooligans. He is a BSc certified audio tech engineer and sound designer aficionado, that loves psychedelic trance. He has an extensive knowledge of synthesis, sequencing, and audio hardware. He infuses his uniqe knowledge and taste for electronics into his productions, making for unique and unearthly unique sounds! He has been releasing music under various projects, on various labels, including, Distinctive Records, Audio Therapy, Dieb Audio, StreetWise, Fabric LIVE, Brighton Breaks, Etnicanet, Ektoplazm and, Neurobiotic Records...to name but a few. More recently Nectarios joined the ranks at the legendary TIP Records; one of the most highly revered labels in the history of Psychedelic Trance music. Nectarios has a diverse background covering many styles of music, and a deep understanding of the dancefloor. Nectarios brings his experience and unique sound to the dancefloor making for deeply technical, and powerfully psychedelic dance experiences! Inspired by yesterday's riffs, pushing forward in new styles. ≈✺ K A H N ✺≈ (Pulsar Music // Solar Tech, LA) http://soundcloud.com/djKAHN facebook.com/KahnFanpage pulsarmusic.net/ ---> Coming to the dance floor with a diverse background of musical experiences, Kahn conveys a unique vibe of melodic, intelligent, and seductively aggressive beats; framed by pulsating stimulating basslines, and powerful Full-On leads. In his DJ sets, the dancer can expect to hear the only the most modern and technical electric sounds from around the globe with an emphasis on heavy and funky, "Funkadelic," "Hi-Tek," "Full-On" Psytrance and Progressive. Kahn's other musical genre influences include; Techno, Trance, Chill, Electro, Psy Tech, Psy Breaks, Goa Trance, House, Hard Dance, Italo-Disco-House, Rock, Funk, Reggae, and a great many other genres along the way. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ::TRACKLIST:: First Hour: KAHN 01. Cosmosis - Spanish Gypsy (Bliss RMX 02. Cyrus The Virus - Pac Man (XSI RMX) 03. Block Device feat. Franx - Brain Signal 04. U-Recken - Carol Of The Bells 05. Kali - Typology 06. Burn In Noise vs Outsiders - Burning Out 07. Imaginarium - Insider 08. Spinal Fusion - Psychological Effects 09. Xerox & Volcano & Sonic Species - Bring The Noise 10. Sonic Species - Zero (Outsiders RMX) 11. Spirit Architect - Megatron 12. Outside The Universe - All Systems Go Second Hour: MARTIAN ARTS 01. Martian Arts - Message from the Pleiades 02. Martian Arts - VCO Sync 03. Manmademan - Halt Production (Martian Arts RMX) 04. Martian Arts & JP - Rezon8 05. Martian Arts - Grey Area 06. Martian Arts & Black Noise - Cosmic Rattle 07. Manmademan & Martian Arts - Dementia (Martian Arts RMX) 08. Martian Arts - Multiverses 09. Audioform - Daystoners (Martian Arts RMX) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Listen @ www.di.fm/goapsy Listen after it airs @ http://soundcloud.com/theedgeoftrance Every First Friday Monthly @ 11am Pacific Time / 2pm Eastern Time
  3. "Martian Arts is a very exciting new act on Tip Records. It is Nectarios Meidanis from Greece. "Nectar" for short and his fresh take on Psy sounds are like pure audio amber-Nectar! He has been making big waves on the Psy Trance scene underground for the last couple of years and is about to break big on the circuit. His sound is a refreshing blend of analogue and digital and we here at TIP love it. Deep, psychedelic, crunchy, funky. Irresistible. Here we also have another great instalment from ManMadeMan who continue to give Tip plenty of juice of late with their remix. And a rather special bonus track. A Martian Arts mix of a classic by Cosmosis and Shakta called "Supernatural". So good it's worth the admission price alone. Do not miss this belter of an EP. It´s essential! 1. Martian Arts - Chaos Before Order 2. Martian Arts - Chaos Before Order (ManMadeMan Remix) 3. Cosmosis & Shakta - Supernatural (Martian Arts Remix)" https://soundcloud.com/tiprecords/martian-arts-chaos-before
  4. Martian Arts, one of the hottest underground new acts from Greece debut on Tip Records. All the DJ´s in the know have been playing his tracks for the last year. Get onto it now, pleasure guaranteed by TIP Records: https://soundcloud.com/tiprecords/martian-arts-chaos-before#t=0:00
  5. http://www.beatport.com/release/dementia/1195585 "Here we go, Phantasm Psychedelic is back again! This time we are proud to present the EP from the Classic Legendary act MANMADEMAN, (aka Paul & Sonya Uk) vs MARTIAN ARTS (aka Nectarios from Greece). We really don't need any more introduction for such a combination of this 3 psychedelic heads. DEMENTIA EP takes you into a Retrodelic feeling & Unique style. Tree Mind Blowing top notch tracks; Definition: Analog Goa Sounds & Quality Class A Psychedelic music, this is what you can expect for this release! 3 Original stompers, Martian Arts original track Mind over rhythm (super psychedelic groovy feel) plus a rmx from ManMadeMan of it ( psy neo goa stylish)! Allso a super special collaboration between MMM & Martian Arts- Dementia, being the ep name this track is just a unique experience with old school influences, goa feelings & a drive who never let you down in a dancefloor! This is a "A MUST HAVE" release for all the Retrodelic New and Old School Psychedelic lovers! Tune In!"
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