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  1. Artist: Various Title: Manga Vol. 2 Label: Yabai Records Date: March, 2009 1. Painkiller & Lost & Found - Digitized 2. Digital Talk -Acid Test (Mindcore Remix) 3. B-55 - Miracle Hour 4. Orca - Wire Trip Remix 5. Lost & Found Vs. Frozen Ghost - Rapture 6. Azax Syndrom - Hokuto Shin-Ken 7. Winter Demon - Twisted Image Remix 8. Bliss - Etnix 9. Toxic - The Prayer 2008 Edition "What happened to the portions?" Sometimes you just want to get to the meat. F*ck all that bread nonsense, give me the good stuff! But see, eat like this guy and the airlines will have you paying for two seats. Yabai Records has taken an extended hiatus ( I hear they're going to resurface digitally) and I liked to think of them as Timecode East. Same pumping, dark and melodic psytrance that gets all the neurons firing. The first installment (Review here) was pretty good whereas the final volume (review here) was a flaming sh*t show. Consider this compilation the goldiilocks of the trilogy. Kinda. The true meat is in the middle with acid everywhere; high tempo banging stuff. It's the beginning and the end where things get a little moldy. Painkiller should've never come within 50 feet of Lost & Found and I think based on previous output we knew Azax and Bliss were going to cheese it up. And...they did. Oy vey the build ups and samples! Toxic would answer my prayer if he would cease and desist all construction of this type of music. This is why I said kinda just right. Like the first one some good tracks, but not enough to hunt down a copy.
  2. Artist: Phatmatix Title: The Divine Comedy Label: Yabai Records Date: December, 2008 1. Babylon Circus 2. Labyrinth 3. The Punishment 4. Beyond Reality (Live Mix) 5. The Void 6. Dominator 7. Hominus Nocturna 8. Melodreams 9. In Tenebris Ah I miss music like this. Unfortunately I don't believe he is making music any longer (same with the label sadly) and that is a great loss. Dark, evil, and hard hitting this is what nighttime psytrance should aspire to be. Phatmatix is Stephane Rault and his music is similar to another Frenchman called Concept. This is serial killer clown atmosphere with futuristic implications. That opening downtempo introduction drips with fear. He then launches into minor key acidic madness that continues the pervasive eerieness. This music lives and breathes and like a vengeful spirit it hunts. Grand and thematic in its depravity. I didn't care for his third and ultimately final album Eternalis, but this one and his debut Sorcery nailed it. I'd link to it, but since the label disappeared any of their releases have become quite difficult to locate, leaving one to the Discogs market.
  3. Artist: Dirty Motion Title: Dirt Emotion Label: Yabai Date: 2008 1. Beautiful Fungus 2. Artistic Temperment 3. Out of Place 4. Dogs of War 5. Man Alone 6. Disaster Management 7. Howard Church 8. Control Freak Remix 9. Life Support Technology Blazing son! Ohhh, they don't make 'em like this no more. This is a nasty good bit o business here. A blazing collaboration between Frozen Ghost and Hiyarant and it's a f*cking shame they only made one album. That cover tells you what you are getting into. Dark and melodic with eerie movie samples from the great label Yabai. These guys keep the groove jumping and the kicks pounding. There are leads here that may punish your ears with their metallic leanings and the acid content is off the charts, but isn't that what we love about this music? Deliciously twisted. Unfortunately the label has disappeared and taken all their stock with them. Discogs might be the only route to ownership now. Shame. Every nighttime music fan should own this.
  4. Artist: Various Title: Manga Label: Yabai Records Date: October, 2007 1. Dirty Motion - Daniel 2. Damage - Flipside 3. B-55 - Manga 4. Phatmatix - Don't Get Me Mad 5. Outer Signal & Dapanji - El Diablo 6. Lost & Found - Reflux 7. Azax Syndrom & Shift - How Do You Stop It (Remix) 8. Toxic - Lost In Osaka Remix 9. Tube - Eraze The System "I just need to ask you this...how do you stop it?" This is me racing to the sh*tter after a cup of coffee and a banana. Oh Yabai, where have you gone? In a world where gay people are murdered by other gay people struggling to come to terms with their own identity you are needed now more than ever before. Yabai was a label that was the Asian ying to the South African Timecode yang. Dark full-on with a f*ckton of eerie melodies. Perhaps if you were still around he could've been dancing to music like this instead of shooting people. I'm not blaming Yabai for the recent Orlando, FL massacre, but the world is hurting and we clearly need more great music. And there are some really good tracks from Phatmatix, Lost & Found, and of course the pairing of Shift with Azax. That said all is not rainbows and unicorns. Some tracks are full of stops and starts, cheesy samples, and build ups. I'm looking at you El Diablo and Osaka. Overall a good comp with acidic craziness, but it could've been better. I'd link to it, but Yabai has shut down and the only place to find their stuff is on Discogs for ridiculous prices. Save your money, it ain't worth all that.
  5. Artist: Various Title: Manga Vol. 3 Label: Yabai Records Date: September, 2011 1. A long time ago - Phatmatix 2. U.F.O - B-55 3. Clean page panic - Damage and Orca 4. Dude Rude - Bliss Vs. Brave 5. The Moment - A-Team 6. Freaky Boyz - Mesmerizer 7. A man on acid - Azax Vs. Bliss 8. Dangerous - Brain Hunters 9. Final Line - Toxic There are certain labels that you follow without question. For me, it's Suntrip for goa trance, Iono and TesseracT Studio for progressive, Ultimae for chill, and Timecode, Nexus Media, and 3D Vision for the twilight genre. Oh and don't forget Yabai Records. This label is responsible for some of the best twilight compilations as well as the stuff from Frozen Ghost, Phatmatix, and the Manga series. You know that whatever they release it's going to be quality. Well, the last Damage album sucked sweaty goat dick but even God made the platipus. I mean, not to question his unquestionable authority, but....what the f*ck was that? So yeah, Yabai has earned some credibility from me. Think of it like this. Know how in the US the bunny tries to steal the Trix cereal but he is always thwarted? Well Yabai has been a label with such strong releases it's a different story here. "That's my motherf*ckin' Trix!" Therefore it was with great happiness that I heard of the 3rd installment of the Manga series was on the way. Here come the people who know how to get the job done with dark, atmospheric, twilight music. Except this sucks. Good early but then the wheels came off. Let me show you how I got there. A Long Time Ago- It seems like a long time ago that we have heard from Stephane Rault. His two studio albums Sorcery and The Divine Comedy are benchmarks for me in the twilight genre. Fast, atmospheric, and melodically dark. Here he is channeling his inner French Renaissance with classical strings mixed with electronica. It's groovy no question and he uses great sounds to maximal effect. The break is an evolving entity as he twists voices and the end shines with an even funkier groove. I enjoyed it once I got past it not being a dark symphonic tale and took it for what it was. A good time. UFO- This Japanese duo have been twilight music staples and fixtures on Yabai compilations. They bring a rumbling bass line and loud effects with which to melt your brain. It's pretty layered with tons of sounds giving the track some thickness. No real melody to focus on, but that's all right as it's a driving straight ahead track. Clear Page Panic- "I'm gonna ask you a bunch of questions...and I want to have them answered immediately." Firstly, where does harmless office fun end and sexual harassment begin, eh governator? "No Herman Cain, No! No! Very bad!" The acid work is superb and this relentless track will have them dancing in the streets for sure. It's a pure power track that is the unquestionable gem of the compilation. Dude Rude- Hey a Bliss sighting! Welcome back, I hope you enjoyed your vacation from making quality music and are ready to get back to work. I mean, did you hear Looney Bin? I haven't seen someone fall that fast since Tiger Woods bagged all those hoes. I believe Brave is an alias of B-55. This is a quirky track that is full-on all the way. Build up? Yes, of course. Cornball sample? Absolutely. And right about here the tide started to turn. Guess he's still on vacation. The Moment- "And this is the moment the entire world has been waiting for." Yep. The McRib is back. You know they have a McRib locator so you can go online to find it. I'll give you a hint f*cknuts it's at McDonalds. I know, I know...they're hard to find. So much wrong here, where should I start? First, there is only one A-Team. B.A. Baracus would be turning over in his grave. If he were dead. I think I saw him pimping a gold chain on QVC. Poor name choice aside, this one had some good musical moments with a screaming lead and a nice break, but all of that was undone with the painful build-ups and guitar. Freaky Boyz- Let's leave the "z's" to the hardcore gangsters like N.W.A. And Chris Brown. Yeah, that'll help album sales. Yabai I don't know if you've had some layoffs due to the poor economy, but clearly the quality control guy needs some more re-certification. This doesn't even sound like stuff you would release. Full-on, build up. I was listening to this around Halloween and well... Look at him...he's in such pain. Why would you do this? A Man On Acid- Let's not even get into the discussion of how far Azax has fallen. Common knowledge that I feel has been well documented. But since you continue to align yourself with psytrance poison Bliss you only have yourself to blame. Think of a bland scoop of vanilla ice cream, in a plain white bowl, served in a purely white room with white furniture. Now repeat it for the rest of your life and you will have this track. Dangerous- Brain Hunters is Alfonso Zambrano and I think he tried to set the build-up record in one track. If you keep building up, the track never reaches its peak. Musically there were some strong bits but not enough to combat the avalanche of crap that rained down from up high. Finish Line- And then we have this. The only thing Toxic is his music as he fell off the psytrance wagon and got run over by all the oncoming traffic long ago. I'ts intense, I'll give him that. I also like the kick drum + guitar + cymbal stab. But the problem with beating a horse to death is that you're left in the middle of nowhere with no f*cking way to get home. The sample is screaming at you, the build ups were excoriating, and...for God's sake I'm thinking about taking up those chicks on their threesome offer... "No...No! Look what you drove me to!!!!! Damn you! Damn you to Hell!!!!" Oh Yabai, I expect so much more from you. Generic and incredibly annoying full-on loaded with painful build-ups without any of the dark, storytelling atmosphere that you're known for. What happened that you would ruin this once proud series of psytrance? Are you mad at me? Was it something I did? Tell me what it is and I'll change it. Look...I still like this label and think they can come back from this. But like the beginning of the Lion King you never got to see... Oops. http://www.psyshop.c.../yab1cd021.html http://www.beatspace...l+3/detail.aspx http://www.goastore....roducts_id=4577 Mdk
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