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  1. It finally arrived! And.. well, what is there to say? This mega triple album fulfill all the excitement and the high expectations I had. It is just about perfect, or more than that! Disc 1 is a journey through the most epic and famous Ubar Tmar hits, wisely reworked, remastered and somehow remixed for this Encyclopedia of Psychedelic Trance. Many of us are familiar with all of them as they have been heard before, both in his albums and in his numerous YouTube videos (official and uploaded by Ubar himself, have a look on YT!). Personal favorites are Transformer Synthesizer, The Prophecy (awesome eastern melodies!!), 3d Heaven (marvelous), Yellow Yoga (dreamy and passionate) and Cosmo Drome (deeeeeeeep and epic closure to a fantastic CD), but ALL the tracks are execellent. 10/10 without any doubts. Disc 2 presents new material and what a blast it is!!! Track 1: the album starts with the phenomenal and unforgettable track that we used to know as RIPMDD but that has now a more appropriate title, Magickal Moments And Deep Light. Truly epic, mind-blowing and generating a spiraling concept into your head. Track 2, Second track,Takeru, it's an excellent remix of a Juno Reactor track and it is better than the original, surely more psychedelic. Track 3, Isis, is deep and entrancing, a bit nostalgic with some sad lines: just great. Track 4, Vitalizer, left me speechless, melodies going crazy, experimental stuff, almost industrial-alike but extremely captivating. Track 5, Hallelujah, it's a very interesting experiment, as I don't think that we heard that word in any psytrance track before and it has an interesting impact on it, contrasted by the distorted guitar sounds that give to this track something mystical, magical and somehow spiritual. Track 6, Mah Nishtanah is another typical Ubar track, wild, mystical and very well produced. I don't know the meaning of the title but is great with its vocoder effected spell into the middle of the track, just about right. Track 7, is Eejyanaika, and I am familiar with this track as it was posted on his soundcloud in various mixes and remixes but this final incarnation is surely the best produced and better sounding version, big thumbs up for the way it was finalized, atmospheric and very good. Track 8, Ono Love, is a chilled experimental track, very deep and magical, I love every second of it. All in all, this CD made me SO freaking happy, I really enjoyed this marvelous trip through the cosmic landscapes that Ubar can create. There is nobody that makes music like you do, I am really moved and so happy about this release. 10/10 Disc 3 the space prawn suite! yay... experimental crazy Ubar at its bestttt! There are intricate complex melodies, strange passages, wicked solutions and definitely an interest in expressing his wildest side. This one has to be heard from start to finish and it is a mental pycho trip, I don't want to describe each track because it is basically one only long track, subdivided in different moments: there is joy, chaos, anger, happiness and all in-within. 10/10 for the crazy ideas and the clever mental atmospheres! THIS is definitely THE ALBUM of the year, nothing can compare to this and nothing can equal it, sorry, that's just too magical and too perfect in every aspect, it has all you may want from psychedelic goa trance. BUY IT, I command you, the artwork is just awesome and the whole package seems to be a magical spell book rather than a musical album. The only side note I can add is that the album is entirely in Japanese and I wish I could read the booklet, but I can't. Hopefully some volunteer will translate it and post it here or somewhere...
  2. Greetings! My brand new Goa trance album "Psychedelic Universe" is up at my bandcamp page! The album contains 9 original tracks with strong psychedelic vibes and hypnotic grooves. Hope you'll enjoy my work! https://fierydawn.bandcamp.com/album/psychedelic-universe
  3. Old topic with news and upates can be found here. As we're getting slowly in seventh year of our existence in Goa trance realms, thanks to you dear people, we achieved another milestone with 750k downloads at Ektoplazm and Bandcamp. That means a lot to all of us and to all artists who released their music with us. In the behalf of our whole team and artists, THANK YOU so much for staying with us that long! <3 Ektoplazm - http://www.ektoplazm.com/profiles/neogoa Bandcamp - http://neogoarecords.bandcamp.com/
  4. Hello Everyone! I used to have a thread here with DAT Records update but well, I have no idea where it has gone, so I thought I could start a new one anyway. I have been extremely busy in the last months because I was working on a lot of things, some of which were properly announced and on some others that are still secret and waiting to be told . Let me start with announcing that finally I have updated the website of DAT: http://www.datrecords.it/ I have added the News where I will always have the 3 latest pages and then there are proper sections for all that I do with the label: Releases, the Mind Rewind saga, the T-shirts (yay!), and the Vinyl crowdfunding, which really needs your help in this final stage. Every other page has been updated as well so to make it look better and v2.0 so please, have a look. Then speaking of releases I am happy to announce this week, on the 4th of April 2014 the 2 newest singles will come out, and how good they are, really! You'd hear soon enough... Virtuart & Symbiote. Then I can tell you that the first VA on DAT will come out in the near future and will be called Analog Dreams, it's part of a trilogy that hopefully will have a release every year. As soon as I receive the last contract signed I will announce the tracklist on another thread and boy you don't wanna miss this one. Then after that there will be a 2CD Album, something really unexpected (not yet IFO guys) but that will be a blasting surprise, I can promise you that... So anyway, be prepared for a lot of old music remastered and never heard before on DAT! Draeke
  5. Acid Destroyers is the new project between Ohm Mind (Belgium) and Laughing Space Devil (Switzerland), who are two producers of Goa Trance since many years. This project began in 2016 in Switzerland before one of the parties at the famous Havanna Club in Altdorf. They meet each other a lot to produce, as the first experiments resulted in already 1 hour of good music. You can expect a lot of acid lines with some twisted trance melody and evil atmosphere. They have released an EP on spacedock records with 3 tracks since the 15.05. https://spacedockrecords.bandcamp.com/album/sddg016-acid-destroyers-monsters-and-mad-man-ep Tracklist : 1. Universal Language - 144BPM 2. Ohm Devil - 148BPM 3. Monsters And Mad Man Stay tuned
  6. Here's a few recent tracks for you... Neck Deep https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9Nz3jt6a14 Gong - Master Builder (Denstrow remake) (demo) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EjvfrO36LA This Machine Pwns n00bs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4TG0_JgO6c
  7. It's finally the time. http://www.arabesquedistribution.com/components/com_artistavenue/media/large_images/datcd012.jpg The triple album of Gangguru is something completely unexpected, a treasure from the past teleported right to the present. This music was preserved on DAT tapes by the band, and a couple of years ago the DAT Records team digitized it and with the help of the producers identified and sorted a multitude of storming Goa Trance tracks. These have been remastered and tested on dancefloors during this period and itís now time to unleash them to the future for everyone to have and enjoy. These tracks are potent DJ tools and were played all over back in the 90s, at least one DJ remembering the band's early productions being played in Goa in 1996. DAT Records is proud to present a spectacular selection of the best of the best from over a hundred tracks that the band produced in the 90s, and we are sure that many will remember these tracks from their partying times and others will delight in hearing these creations for the first time. The tracks have been wonderfully remastered and are ready to be played out loud at events for years to come, so have fun and enjoy the trippy and magical music of Gangguru! Be sure to get your original copy so you can read the incredible story of the band and the behind-the-scenes tales that emerged during an extensive interview. http://www.arabesquedistribution.com/index.php?option=com_artistavenue&task=singleCd&id=3843&Itemid=99999999 Release in September :)! PS: The first track is called Ramawai and not Ramawao, on the artwork of the release the title is correct, not sure why on Arabesque there is this mistake.
  8. Artist: E-Mantra Title: Stapanii Timpului Record label: Suntrip Records Release date: 25.08.2018 Tracklist: Total runtime: 66 minutes Intro: I dont think he needs an introduction but I'll do it anyway in case you were living in a cave for the past decade. E-Mantra is Emanuel Carpus from Romania and he has been making goa trance since early 2000s. He gained notoriety in the scene with the release of "Arcana" in 2009, and his sound is described as being profound, dark and melodic. I never could get into his music... up until now. The Review: Cover art: First things first- the cover art. It's absolutely and insanely good. I was never as impressed by any cover art as I was by this one. Made by Pieter Pan (lol). 7/7 1. Rusalka: We get thrown right into the fray. No easing into the album. The track starts with ice-cold, echoing, industrious sounds which remind me a lot of Pigs In Space. The track has a great, brooding psy-trancey drive that is contrasted by clear melodic goa effects. The track really peaked my interest for the album because it didn't show off too much and it didn't slack of in catching my attention either. 7/7 2. Ghost In The Mist: One word can describe this track: Alarming! It is notable for being acidic and pretty dark. Reminds me of Morphic Resonance's style a little bit, minus the volatile temperament. We are still in the plains- the track doesn't oscillate much. Steadily cooking you with 303. It is good but not the highlight of the album. 5/7 3. Ravenmocker: Oh man, the flow from @2:45 onward is so good. Has a great rhythm, drive and cooking ability- so much so that I can already imagine the people that are on psychedelics on the dance-floor being deep-fried by this track. In the fourth quarter of the track enter Etnica spaceship beep-boop sounds, followed by crazy screeching acid- culminating into a decent crescendo. 5/7 4. At The Foothills Of Kogaion: Warped voices lead the tempo of the track while the acid builds up around them. We get a little ray of sunshine near the end of the track which is a welcome addition but it is plagued by same repeating vocals and by this point they started annoying me even though I enjoyed them at the start. This feels as the second dance-floor oriented track on this album. 5/7 5. Typhoon's Wrath: Great dance-floor cookage again, very psychedelic but unremarkable. Follows the formula of previous tracks. Does its job. 4/5 6. Rise Of The Dacians: I really enjoyed this one. It's a bit warmer and lighter, and it is a welcome change after the acidic carnage we suffered through before it. Ethereal, echoey, atmospheric melodies in this track are signature E-Mantra. 6/7 7. Terp Muronivid Aivlsa: A highlight of the album. Track isn't as overwhelming as were the middle 3 tracks of the album, but it is still pretty heavy and in the spirit of the album. Feels very well planned and carefully crafted. Flows well and is catchy. @6:25 onward is absolutely brilliant and closes the track on a perfect note and impression. 7/7 8. Amorok Rising From Black Sea: I just love it when an album ends with a down/mid-tempo track, especially when it is as creative as this one is. In the beginning we've got some Koxbox' funky vibe going on. @3:25 it goes very serious and dark again, with these threatening and penetrating alien sounds. Very entrancing and groovy. And then it fades into silence. Great ending to the album. Love it to bits and it is my favorite track on here . 7+/7 Final rating: Great 6/7 You can stream and buy the album on Suntrip Records' bandcamp: https://suntriprecords.bandcamp.com/ Or main site: https://www.suntriprecords.com/release/cat/SUNCD51/
  9. Artist: Ephedra Title: Journey Through My Head Label: Goa Madness Records Date: October, 2014 1. We Are Not Alone 2. Beyond Spaces 3. Crispy Biscuits 4. Souls In Trance 5. The Walk of the Little Green Man 6. Little Molecules 7. Experiments 8. Bubblized 9. Smiling Sun (2013 Edit) Wow. Just...wow. Did anyone see this coming? Goa Madness Records is one of the new kids on the block and this label has had quite the beginning. Their first release was a compilation called Memories From Goa Madness. They played it safe and it was tried and true goa trance. Nah, it was better than that in this reviewer's opinion. So fresh off the success of that release they drop this bomb on us. This is the debut album of Alexandre Cohen and it is beautiful. So many swirling melodies and those acid sounds are verily delicious. Set your phasers to maximum twirling because this is a journey that catches you up and doesn't let go. Twists and turns abound and the sound is terrific. It's a full and rich atmosphere with screeching leads and layers of immeasurable beauty. I'm sorry I don't have anything funny to say or silly gifs to post. This is just a fantastic release and rightly deserves consideration for goa trance album of the year. Superb job my friend. Psyshop Beatspace Mdk
  10. Artist: Tranquility Base Project Title: Strange Theories Ep Label: Timewarp Records Date: September, 2018 1. What Is Reality 2. Time Traveler 3. Bubbles In Space Timewarp Records is a goa trance factory, releasing a whole bunch of material. They cater to those who enjoy digital and physical media. This is a debut Ep from Austrian Alexander Koch and I gotta say it hit me in the sweet spot. This digital ep has three long, winding tracks that have an E-mantra feel. That's 33 minutes of kicking back and putting off today what can be done tomorrow. He shows that he's not in any hurry to unwind and lift you above the clouds. There are sharp 303s, layers aplenty, and smooth transitions into and out of breaks. What is Reality is a track that I will have on repeat for several weeks. All the tracks have a liquid feel to them leaving me very impressed. Great job! Timewarp Bandcamp
  11. New label from Israel, Stereo Society released AUDIO DRUGS on 25th March. Tracks made by Sun Project and X-Dream and Tsuyoshi Suzuki. Please check the Previews on Soundcloud. Download from Beatport: https://www.beatport.com/label/stereo-society/74807
  12. Deck Wizards compiled by Tsuyoshi Suzuki is released from Future Music Records on 22nd March!! 1st release of this series was 1996 as Deck Wizards Core, Title given by John Phantasm and as 2nd one came out 23 years later.. Tsuyoshi Suzuki - Deck Wizards Intro (Original mix) Deck Wizards - By Tsuyoshi - Future Music Records musicshop.iboga.dk/store/view_release?release=1333 FMR62 1. Tsuyoshi Suzuki - Deck Wizards Intro (Original mix) 2. Chakra, Edi Mis - X-File (Vini Vici & Chakra Remix) 3. Transwave - Trashish (Space Cat vs Prastix Remix) 4. Skizologic, Tsuyoshi Suzuki - Back to the Earth (Original mix) 5. On3 - Creatures (Original Mix) 6. UNI, Tsuyoshi Suzuki - Bass on Top (Original Mix) 7. Astral Projection - Time Begun with the Universe (Goken Remix) 8. Sandman - Pathfinder (Original Mix) 9. Originals - Abc (Original Mix) 10. Extra Meaning - Secret Forest (Original Mix) 11. Earth Nation - Alienated (Oforia, Tsuyoshi Suzuki & Dede Cover) Future Music Records is proud to present 'Deck Wizards' compiled by Tsuyoshi Suzuki. Influenced by the 90's style of deep psychedelic music, the VA features 11 reimagined classics with fresh twists. The 'Deck Wizards' series title is used by kind permission of John Phantasm/Phantasm Records. 2019 Future Music Records / Cloud9 Publishing Released by Future Music Records Release date:22 March 2019
  13. Hi everybody Since I discovered Psychedelic Trance, there are approximately 1-2 years I have never ceased to observe what I had observed in the Hardcore scene, Industrial, Rock,...etc : there are so many styles and sub-styles that it becomes a mess to find a way and we sometimes end (or even often) to nonsensical debates about how we will appoint or not appoint, define or not define, this or that music or this or that style. So I decided there are now more than a year to create a doc in PDF form gathering all styles of Psychedelic Trance and their characteristics without making pies of texts to infinity and beyond. It will be a little more than a year (or almost, must take breaks anyway ) to skim all anglophone and francophone forums, searching the most representative artists of every style, and recovering some information and definitions stuffed with spelling mistakes on Wikipedia, clumsy repetitions, discount translations all straight out of the English version of Wikipedia passed under Google Translate, and other calamities, and to correct then to complement them. Obviously, if you find an ugly lack of agreement/spelling well hidden in the bushes, an incomplete definition, or one of your prefered style/artist thatsmasheseverythingbutreallyeverything that is not referenced, feel free to sh*t in my face please let me know, it will be corrected in the shortest possible time if need there. Last update of the PDF: 03.10.2019 at 11:56 p.m. (Paris time) Here is the link for the English version: https://www.dropbox.com/s/x7po6dz18w4e0rm/Psytrance%20(EN).pdf?dl=0 Here is the link for the (original) French version: https://www.dropbox.com/s/eoi1kr5tbnydhul/Psytrance.pdf?dl=0 /!\ The Dropbox online reader doesn't support external and internal links in pdf files anymore, so you must download it and open it with a pdf reader if you want the links to work /!\ Here is the original (French) post on the French forum "trancegoa.org" : https://www.trancegoa.org/forum/trance/40857_mise-a-jour-n50-la-trance-psychedelique-dans-son-integralite Thank you for your attention
  14. Greetings! After many months of hard work, here it is a preview of my new upcoming Goa/Psy trance album.
  15. Artist : JaraLuca Album: Fata Morgana Label: Goa Madness Records Release date: October 12, 2017 Tracks: 01 Artha - Mahabharta (JaraLuca Remix) 02 JaraLuca - Solar Spectrum 03 JaraLuca - 604 Caliber 04 JaraLuca - Acidic Goacamole 05 JaraLuca - Just A Little Madness 06 JaraLuca - Fata Morgana 07 JaraLuca - Equilibrium 08 Lectro Spektral Daze - Quite A Trip (JaraLuca Remix) 09 JaraLuca - One Day In Cosmos If you count the number of reviews in this 2017 section, it is scarce if you compare it to earlier years. Some say it hasn't been a good year for goa, but I think a lot of quality albums and releases have seen the light of day this year. We had the unexpected and amazing Hypnoxock album (still have to comment there) that came out of nowhere and many others. Next in line, but certainly not least, hell no!, is JaraLuca from Poland. Fata Morgana is JaraLuca's 2nd artist album, released on Goa Madness records, which is catching up big time. His first album was Perpetuum Mobile of which I remember star tracks such as Existence, Minds Circus and Insomnia. The rest I have forgotten, sorry to say. But here we have Fata Morgana. With beautiful artwork. Every track oozes goa from start to finish. The opening track is easy, nothing too phrenetic. An easy start, but no peak timer. Second up we have Solar Spectrum which gradually takes it up a notch but doesn't quite explode. Goa is there, but it's not immersive. Anyway, we are warmed up. These two tracks are solid! Brace yourselves, because play time is over and JaraLuca unleashes all his devils from now on. 604 caliber, Acidic Goacamole (haha, what a title man!), Just a little madness and Fata Morgana are crafted near perfection. I find myself in a whole different universe while listening to these goa monsters. Always changing, acidic, energetic,... just the way you expect them to go. This is the real deal here. Beautiful sounds, very clear but most importantly a story to go crazy on! Equilibrium could have been a bit crazier and daring, but it's still solid goa. A remix is supposed to take a track to a whole new level or to use a different approach. Exactly what JaraLuca does to Lektro Spectral Daze's "Quite A Trip". A remix so good it already ended up on LSD's latest album in 2016. Better than the original if you ask me. Wider, spacier, better. The, almost obligatory, downtempo closing track fulfils my satisfaction as my mind can come to ease in a decent yet hypnotic way. What an outstanding job by JaraLuca! He has grown so much in production and story telling. This album makes me smile all the way because it is such crazy good smashing goa trance. How do you make this stellar music? It remains a mystery to me! I'm having so much fun listening to it and that's what it's all about. I can't wait to see him live one day in Belgium. Amazing music. What an effort! I salute you, Mr. JaraLuca. Buy links: Goa Madness Records bandcamp Psyshop
  16. Triquetra - Ecstatic Planet 1.Gate to Happiness 08:45 2.Stormbringer 08:31 3.No Unexpected Errors 07:50 4.Homonculus 08:57 5.Gargantuan Tribes (Live) 08:24 6.Starbirth 08:26 7.Psychic Dissonance 08:30 8.Chosen By The Gods 08:36 9.Helios 09:01 Fresh. It is the word I'd use to describe Ecstatic Planet. What this album avoids pretty well is using useless and predictable melodies and instead opts for absolutely vivid and odd sound design. It doesn't really follow the footsteps of modern post-2000 goa where all tracks share same intensity and melody structures, but instead it feels like it's molded from the same clay that Goa originally was. It sounds weird and at all times varied, aside from the screeching acid lines that might be a little over-abundant. It is highly danceable while remaining an interesting listen at home. You could throw tracks from this album to any compilation from the 90s and you'd have a hard time saying it's not from it. There is a clear ravey and unexpectingly alien sound to everything you hear. The highpoints of this album are fantastic(Gate To Happiness, No Unexpected Errors, Homonculus, Starbirth). There are moments that will undoubtetly wreck the dancefloors with their unconventional sounds. Homonculus is a perfect example of the album not conforming to the mainstream goa sound, it's just so weird. There is a melody at 2:00 that just sounds like your auditory nerves just went into overdrive. The tracks that fall a little short from the highpoints generally have too much repetition and can sound even a little bit aimless. Just about every track brings something new to the table for this album, and while it's not perfect, like some tracks engulf too much of the aforementioned problems, it has qualities that full albums don't always have - Variance. The Tracks sound different from another! the only real repetitous sound in this album is the typical screeching acid lines that I mentioned before. If you skip albums released lately you will find the sound is quite homogenous, I didn't really feel the same here. Absolutely not what I expected! I hope that it'll stand the test of time!
  17. This is a 125 bpm, deep psychedelic track... hope you'll enjoy! 12
  18. If you like my music and want to buy it - https://fierydawn.bandcamp.com/
  19. My remix of a magical track from Astral Projection. https://soundcloud.com/fiery-dawn/astral-projection-aurora-borealis-fiery-dawn-remix Enjoy!
  20. Artist: Goatma Title: Sword In The Darkness Label: Neogoa Date: December, 2015 1. Sword In The Darkness 2. Cosmic Consciousness 3. Spiritual Chanting 4. Shabatayom As a final farewell to 2015 Neogoa presents a short 4 track EP by GoAtma or as the Google likes to call him...Goatman. His real name is Eylon Kadish and I cannot comment on whether like the fine gentleman above he likes to steal socks and take them to his snowy homeland. Doubtful. Pretty sure I could count the number of snowblowers in Israel on one hand. They have more important things to worry about over there. That's terrorism. First I'll say this is pretty powerful. Driving the whole way through as he weaves between goa and some more uplifting style. That said it's all pretty homogeneous. The first track doesn't have a lot of variety and I found myself getting bored with it pretty quickly. Cosmic Consciousness sounds a lot like the title track even if it is a little more aggressive. The final bit of that one is like an explosion so I liked it a lot. Spiritual Chanting sounds like it could be Cosmic Consciousness Part Deux. Only now with more chanting. Which brings me back to the homogeneous point. Another thing I noticed is that the sound palette is fairly limited and that really takes away from the listening experience. Kinda like I could step away from it and come back at a later point and not feel like I missed anything. Or every episode of Friends. So you guys didn't even know one black person? In NYC? Riiiiiight. Shabatayom is the one track that I feel comes closest to it's inner Nitzho without throwing bowls of cheese at the listener. The EP itself isn't bad at all, but in a time when we have heard it all the shortcomings I've mentioned don't allow it to distinguish itself. Free at Ektoplazm
  21. Greetings! My new Goa trance album Cosmic Soundforms is up at my bandcamp page for sale. https://fierydawn.bandcamp.com/album/cosmic-soundforms I hope you'll enjoy my music! If you'll like my music, I will really appreciate your support!
  22. Greetings! This is a preview of my new upcoming Goa trance album Hope you will enjoy my music! Any feedback welcome!
  23. Label: Mystic Sound Records Country: Russia Released: 19 Jan 2019 Style: Goa Trance, Psy-Trance Bandcamp Tracklist: 1. Long Awaited Journey 07:56 2. Levels Of Imagination 07:56 3. Goasana (Album Version) 06:10 4. Beyond Borders Of Mind 06:37 5. Temple Of Sound 08:08 6. Calling The Tribe 06:43 7. Explorer Of The Fantasy Worlds 06:42 8. Connection With The Great Spirit 06:20 9. Sun Of Anjuna 07:30 10. Electric Particles (Album Version) 05:10 Maiia303 is the project of a young Russian lady Alla Vagner. This is her second album. The first one was released at Ovnimoon Records in 2014. I am not familiar with the sound of Maiia, so this is a new territory for me. The album delves into the newschool Goa trance sound and with a great success I must say. Most of the tracks here use the acid 303 sounds in some rather creative ways, but there is a heavy dose of classic Goa synth melodies, too. So let's have a closer inspection of what this album can offer. REVIEW 1. Long Awaited Journey 07:56 The opening track starts in a rather uneventful manner and gradually gains intensity with more and more sounds being introduced. The first breakdown hints on the lead melody, but doesn't reveal it. You know it's coming, but the artist keeps you waiting and maintains just enough pressure before the second breakdown. Unfortunately, there is no real payoff in the end. It's a good intro track, but no more than that. 3/5 2. Levels Of Imagination 07:56 The second track immediately shows that it has more drive than the first one. Around 2 minute mark the track explodes with a screaming 303, which is followed by the first breakdown. I really wish that part was a bit longer, but after some time the 303 returns in a slightly different form, which changes throughout. I quite enjoy this track. It's a proper dancefloor material, and it's actually interesting to listen to. 4/5 3. Goasana (Album Version) 06:10 I've noticed at this point that Maiia tends to start her tracks in a similar fashion. We have the already familiar 303 here, which is then replaced with a classic Goa melody and a murky vocal chant. The track intensifies in the second part and even gets a bit dark, but then a light and beautiful melody strikes out of nowhere. It's a neat combination, and I really like when producers combine dark and light elements in a track. This is another solid production from Maiia. 4/5 4. Beyond Borders Of Mind 06:37 Track #4 starts in a very dramatic fashion. It's a slight change of pace from the previous three tracks, which is nice. The dramatic theme follows through until the very middle of the track. Too bad the track doesn't go anywhere from there. There are some effects here and there, but in general it's quite dull. I'm not a fan of this track, but it ain't terribly bad either. 3/5 5. Temple Of Sound 08:08 The central track of the album starts with some chugging beats and bassy sounds. The intensity gradually rises with some fine synths that make the whole track sound very appealing. During the first breakdown Maiia introduces a chopped up vocal sample that helps build the pressure even more. The last third of the track brings back some 303 once again. Then, the track ends without any actual payoff, which is a bit disappointing as the first part of the track was really promising. Oh well, it was still enjoyable. 4/5 6. Calling The Tribe 06:43 I'm not sure what Maiia does differently on this one, but the production feels really mellow this time around. It's a classical Goa track with high BPM, and yet it feels really chilly. Probably it has something to do with the melody or the bassline. I still can't put my finger on it. It's definitely a distinctive track, and I really like that bassline. 4/5 7. Explorer Of The Fantasy Worlds 06:42 Finally, a track that I could really appreciate. I've been a bit underwhelmed by the first half of the album, but Maiia really shows some skills here. All elements of the track are dynamic and exciting. It's almost 7 minutes long, but I couldn't tell. This is definitely the winner of the album for me. 5/5 8. Connection With The Great Spirit 06:20 Track #8 packs some punch from the get-go, which is a nice change of pace after a series of really moody pieces. DJs should really take note of this one. It's made for firing up dancefloors! I'm happy to add another excellent Goa track to my collection. 5/5 9. Sun Of Anjuna 07:30 After two extremely well-made tracks comes another great piece with a slightly aggressive synth work. I really like the breakdown that comes after. It sets the mood for something very mysterious and almost menacing. Then, a brighter melody enters and shakes things up. This is another excellent track by Maiia. It has the dynamics and the energy similar to track #7, which I liked a lot. 5/5 10. Electric Particles (Album Version) 05:10 The final track is much shorter and clearly an edited version of a very good piece of work. I'm not sure why Maiia decided to cram all her best stuff at the bottom of the album, but that's how it is. This track is obviously very good but ends abruptly. So due to its short running time I have to cut the rating, too. 4/5 --- The first half of the album put me off a bit, since it was really mellow and it kinda dragged a bit too much for my liking. Somewhere in the middle of the album I got worried that I might not end up liking it. However, the second half saves the whole thing and that's where the best tracks are concentrated. Tracks 7, 8, 9 are the best. If you care to listen to Maiia at all, but don't have more than 20 minutes, this would be a perfect trifecta. The entire album rests on these three pieces. And the overall rating is: 4/5 Levels of Imagination is a very solid newschool Goa album with some great tracks made for both your bedroom and local dancefloors.
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