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Click here for big image Artist: SynSUN Album: Sounds Of Cosmic Lifeforms Label: Phototropic Records Style: Goa Trance Tracklist: Quazar (08:29) Space Sirens (08:34) Fight Fire With Fire (07:33) Gagarinz Trip (06:33) Medusa (05:17) Psy Hit (06:45) Protoplasma (07:45) The New Creation (2011 Mix) (07:43) First time I saw on facebook announcement for a new SynSUN remastered album on Phototropic, I wasn't that much hyped and excited about it, mostly because I'm not a big fan of previous SynSUN's re-issues on austrian based Goa trance label - Phototropic. However I decided to give a chance to Sounds Of Cosmic Lifeforms and I'm so glad that I did. First positive thing that I noticed is super-crystal clear sound and I really enjoyed listening this one on my soundspeakers (and unfortunaley I can't say same thing for 70% of Goa trance music that can be found online) so kudos to Digitoxin (Phototropic Records owner) for very solid work with mastering. Album kicks off with Quazar and it's solid Astral Projection inspired tune with interesting melody around 6th minute mark, nothing super-spectacular but overall pretty much good track for morning hours. Space Sirens got more mystique atmosphere and track overall sounds much more darker and in-your-face, however I disliked too much of heeeeya-heeeeya oriental male vocals. Third track got same name as legendary opener from Metallica's Ride The Ligthening (Fight Fire With Fire), at the very first minute we can hear nice acid wobbles with guitar riffs in background, with nice build-up but it doesn't lead anywhere. Next one is Gagarinz Trip and it's true goa trance beast, powerful drum-kick with swirling melodies and effects in background are just sweet as hell, love every second of it, especially after 5th minute - nice Filteria/Pleiadians melodic build-up for a perfect peak and ending. So far this one is pure winner. Medusa is the name of next track and it starts pretty much simple and not-so-much innovative and I got feeling that this one is more like some work in progress track, not happy about it. Luckly, next track Psy Hit starts nicely and right after 2nd minute mark we got epic melody in background, it just perfectly describes the title of album, pure interstellar trance ride through Cosmos. Pity, ending of track is a bit harsh, but hey, after Medusa this one was superb. By the way, who came with such a awful name Psy Hit? Lucky number 7 is Protoplasma, nice party track with straight-forward attitude, nothing super-special, nice goa trance groove with solid synth-work. Last track is The New Creation (2011 Mix) and it got same mystique atmosphere like Space Sirens from the beginning of this CD. This one got also heavy usage of Trance-Dance or Ionized-a-like melodic parts and actually I like it a lot (not saying that we got copycats, just that I like that melodic feeling in the track), anyways, super track for ending of this *I must say short* 60-minutes album. Conclusion - Very nice goa trance album with some lovely tracks like: Gagarinz Trip (III), Quazar (II), The New Creation (2011 Mix) (II) and some not so lovely: Medusa & Fight Fire With Fire. It will probably find it's place in homes of many old/newschool goa trance addicts, especially because we are talking about SynSUN and they aren't some obscure project, they got impressive discography, no matter the fact that I personaly dislike the most of it, especially their recent full-on stuff. Just to mention that I find this cover artwork ugly as hell and I don't like it at all, orginal version looks just epic. For previews or orders you can check out Psyshop or Phototropic Records website.
illumiNaughty Chapter XXVI 'Welcome to our Circus' 9 February 2013 - Manchester (Venue TBC) The next installment of illumiNaughty is already unfolding! A night of circus-themed carnivalesque awaits, a bass-heavy night of musical theatrics with its own contemporary twist! A multi-room funhouse brimming with all manner of artistic experimentation, 'Welcome to our Circus' will be a guaranteed beat-feast of musical mastery; world-class psytrance, breaks and electro all under one roof. After selling out Sankeys for the Halloween takeover, the show must go on! With multiple rooms and oodles of artistic eye candy, this chapter will be the most ambitious yet! As well as our trademark illumiNaughty room, we'll be keeping everybody on their dancing toes by bringing back the illumiNasty - a space dedicated to twisted beats and bass-heavy breaks. ROOM ONE - ILLUMINAUGHTY (Psytrance) SynSUN (Planet BEN / B2B) Micky Noise (Joof Records) Dejavoo (Transient Records) + much more.... ROOM TWO - ILLUMINASTY (Breaks / Psybreaks / Electro) Monk3ylogic (Liquid Recs / Broken Recs / Broken Robot Recs) Unconscious Mind(s) (Psychoactive Records) Katty Grooves (Broken Records) + much more... | Performers | Decor | Lasers | Acrobatics | 3-D Mapping | Market | Graffiti | Visuals | Fire Dancers | Magicians | Light Show | and much more.... PRODUCTION: Visual Architects Contact: Goblins@illumiNaughty.co.uk http://www.illumiNaughty.eu FULL LINE-UP AND VENUE DETAILS coming soon....