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Artist: Derango (Sweden)

Title: TuMuLT

Format: CD (digipack)

Label: Inpsyde Media (Italy)

Cat. #: IME 010

Distribution: Wirikuta

Date: 20 October 2005


Track listing:


01. 08’40” Deranged

02. 07’50” Confusion Is Next

03. 08’10” Made Out Of Vapour

04. 07’43” Masterdamnit

05. 10’51” All Channels Open

06. 09’58” The Poisonous Square

07. 06’37” Lost Theory

08. 07’54” Fnatt

09. 08’38” We Are All Mad Here (Rmx)


.m3u-playlist: http://tinyurl.com/9fgva (all tracks!)




Surgeon warning: This will fry your brain!


After several delays and some hardcore internet hype, the long-awaited debut album by Swedish forest-trolls Derango (Jens Eriksson & Ola Eriksson) is finally out! Released by the infamous, nocturnal Italian label Inpsyde Media, this album has already caused quite a stir within psytrance circles… And I can totally understand why… Throughout the last year of so, I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing five compilations which featured Derango tracks – and every single track was a stand-out! These Swedish nut-jobs know their shit… I’ve been really looking forward to this album, so let’s get this introduction over with, and move onto the more fun stuff: The music!


Let me take you thru the tracks…


#01: Deranged

Of course we start of with something deranged… This is Derango after all! From the first second the forest feel is very much present here… Birds singing, trolls tripping, acid flowing – more psychedelic FX are added and the track cruises at a comfortable speed… Not too fast, not too slow… Yeah, this is subtle psychedelia… But oh, this is so fucking deep and multi-layered… About half-way thru the track speeds up and goes even deeper underground – drenched in acid! Towards the end it breaks up again and becomes insanely fragmented – good luck trying to mix this on DJs! Haha – awesome style! Kick-ass opening track!


#02: Confusion Is Next

“So, what planet are you from?” Next up – confusion! That’s right – this is a very aptly named track! This is some confusing shit! Some sick, perverted, deranged, insane, alienated shit – and that’s all meant as superlatives mind you! This track pretty much sums up the Derango sound in its entire extrovert, psychedelic glory! Full-power, fast-paced multilayered, eclectic mushroom trance… Like Hux Flux on DMT! Best trip-tool so far… Smashing track!


#03: Made Out Of Vapour

Picture this: Intergalactic space-trolls have taken over the deep, dark Swedish forest now… Psychedelic hornets are all over the place with laser beams attached to their little heads… R2D2 is in there dancing and twirling like a fucking mad droid on dwarf mush… And it’s all happening in slow motion – and warp speed! At the same time! Suddenly there is a tsunami of liquid acid flooding the place – people are electric and shapes and colours are changing before your very eyes… Can you dig it? I can – this is a fucking HUGE track… Immensely deranged!


#04: Masterdamnit

Breakz, bleeps, cuckoo watches, digital water, analogue synths, old school drum programming, fucking crows on PCP, twirling melodies, geo-metric patterns, cut beats, off-key kicks, acid mayhem, electronic farts, robot burps, space drums, troll chanting, power electronics, quantum leaps in time, matter & energy… And that’s describing the first minute only! This is psychedelia madames et monsieurs! Brace yourself!


#05: All Channels Open

Sadly we’re already half way through now – but hey, at least all the channels are open! And thank Hofmann for that! Though drenched in subtle acid, the style here is maybe a little too held back… Supposedly! This is all part of the Derango master plan to take over the world! In all fairness though, I must say that this track is not as good as the previous four… It’s still good though – trippy as fuck, and miles about your standard, alleged psychedelic music… And the last rundown is just fucking impressive! A trippy, though introvert track… Not bad at all, but not among the best here…


#06: The Poisonous Square

“You have to wake up, there's-- What is it? What's wrong? There's something here. Do you see anything? You're probably just dreaming or some…Whoa! There is-- there is something! What the hell is that? What do you see? It's a square. It's just floating. Now there's two - it's multiplying! Maybe that's what a four-dimensional object looks like?…I hate it. It sounds wrong… It's stunning! The math of it - it's a perfect quadrangular oscillation!” I’m fortunate enough to have sampled those alleged poisonous squares – and what a fucking rush that is! Just like this track… The intro is very atmospheric and spooky as hell – seriously this is what it’s all about! Gone are the grim, introvert speculations from the previous track, and we’re left with full-power, in-ya-face psychedelia – Derango style! This track just grabs you by the balls and drags you in… Like those small paper squares! Resistance is futile… This head rush is indefeasible! Don’t fight it… just lean back and enjoy the ride! Perfect track!


#07: Lost Theory

And we’re back to reality… For a brief moment only though! This is perhaps the darkest track here, complete with razor sharp stabbing sounds, high-pitched static and even church bells! Holy fuck, just check out that sick, demented melody… Deranged yes, derailed no! This is seriously complex, multilayered and highly fragmented – forest trance 101! Gnomes, elfs, trolls, pixies – they are all over the place! Just another Saturday night in Malmø, Sweden… Kicking track!


#08: Fnatt

I dunno about Swedish, but in Danish ‘fnat’ means scabies… And yeah, I could see that… This is a rabid bitch of a track! We’re still tripping extremely hard on shrooms here, and this track has nothing on the latest Parvati Records compilation Psy Stories… A very similar style indeed! Fast-paced, experimental, wall-to-wall psychedelic hyper trance… Oh yeah, this is mesmerizing, hypnotic stuff… The light, naïve melody half-way through strikes a notable contrast to the grim, acid-ridden, underground sounds… The Derango guys are once again show-casing their immense skills and outer worldly capability of creating alien music… Sweet track!


#09: We Are All Mad Here (Rmx)

“It was as though I had been here before. I mean, we all have moments of déjà vu but this was ridiculous!” All good things must come to an end – including Derango’s debut album… AFAIK this is a remix to an older tune. Sadly I haven’t heard it, so I can’t really tell you what was changed for this remix… Anyway, this is classic Derango right there – instantly trippy and pretty damn scary! The eerie Jack Nicholson sample from The Shining isn’t exactly making it less scary – oh yes, this is eerie, haunting, spooky stuff… Still very trippy, but with the added spook spice… Boo fucking hoo! I like the tribal drum action going on half-way through… Who would have thought? Another fine track that sadly ends this album…


The ground disappeared from beneath

And all that was solid is air

I tumbled end over end into my nature

And darkness appeared from below

Carrying voices of query, voices of theory

Dark voices, near me

All around and reason is drowned

By the sound of clamour

The pound of the hammer

Is confusion, illusion?

Plunged into shadows and mist

I catch my breath, frightened

But I will not face death still unenlightened!


Welcome to the wonderful world of advanced forest music! Yeah, that Penny Shaw poem seemed just about right when trying to describe the feeling you get from listening to this magnificent album… This kicks the shit out of most I’ve heard this year and is definitely a strong contender for forest trance album of the year… Derango has their very own style, and they stay true to that throughout this album – but still leave room for experimentation… Yeah, this album never gets dull and unlike other off-key albums, I can actually listen to this again and again in one sitting... Or standing… Or trip!


There isn’t a single bad track here – they all stand out in one way or the other… I like pretty much every single minute here, and I’m so relieved that this is something as rare as an album that actually lives up to the hype… The expectations were sky high, but they were met! This is such a mature album – maybe not easily accessible, but eventually rewarding… It’s nothing short of a blast! The cover art by Emil Wennborn is in perfect harmony with the actual music, and all in all this is worth every single penny…


I give this album my warmest recommendations… Fans of highly psychedelic, eclectic forest trance needs to own this album… That’s an order! Get it before it’s deemed illegal! …Enjoy!


Favourites: 1, 2(!), 3(!), 4(!), 6(!!), 7, 8, 9



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External links:

Derango: http://www.derango.tk

Inpsyde Media: http://www.inpsyde-media.com

Discogs: http://www.discogs.com/release/545650

Beatspace: http://tinyurl.com/74x9t

Discobole: http://tinyurl.com/ce2j2

Wirikuta: http://tinyurl.com/a4d3j

Psyshop: http://tinyurl.com/c4yjd

Chaos: http://tinyurl.com/8cybh

Saiko: http://tinyurl.com/bf5e4

Juno: http://tinyurl.com/dtdbf (obviously the wrong cover art…)

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Iiiiii have heard this all befoooooooore.... nothing neeeeew undeeer the suuuunnnn...


Best swedish/half-swedish(?) psy act remains Filteria.


EDIT: Is the title actually spelled like that?

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Some of this album sounds too noisy for my taste. Some tracks sound too similar, like they could have been extensions off other tracks on the same album. Does anyone not feel this way?


Where are the melodies??? :huh: There are hardly any! Give me something to lift me up (or even down) out of the percussion, basslines, and layers of scratchy/trippy sounds. I do like parts here and there. If you are really into Derango, you may find this good or great. I don't know, because this album sounds different from their previous dark psytrance.


I've enjoyed some of their singles on comps. I think by post-poning this album's release so many times, it made it seem more than it really is. Like where is the emotional punch? I realize the music is stomping and powerful and relenetless and all, but where is the feeling? The Magic so to speak? I looked forward to this release for around 6 months! I also think that this album was arguably the most hyped [and/or] anticipated psytrance album of 2005. Alas, it doesn't seem to be bad, and it doesn't seem to be great either. There are few stand out track(s) that seem to have character sounding different; few parts that "hook" me at all.


I personally find some tracks too noisy and repetitive, with lots of twisted, harsh sounds around strong percussion, kickdrum, and basslines, but I've heard stuff like this [in different styles] before. It isn't new. It would be great if they sounded more clear and coherent... and focused their efforts and talant on their best work (track 6, wicked melodies elevate the track to VERY catchy and give the listener a rush)


If there was one track I had to pick, one that stood out, it's The Poisonous Square. That track is more juicy, catchy, animated, and exciting, especially when the MELODIES come in! I was looking forward to hearing more songs like THAT one! Many other tracks just seem not interesting or exciting at all to me in comparison. I feel this album needs more of those intense, take-off, wild, -- [stand-out] tracks. It NEEDS KILLER TRACKS!, (notice how listeners have listed FEW tracks that stand out for them!) not just the Derango style on a debut album. I realize it's rough, tough, and heavy, and many people like the crazy style... that's cool, but improve your work so that the noisy parts are more clear at being psychedelic and fun, exactly like parts of the album are, until certain catchy parts get washed away or lost in all the crazy sounds.


The tracks start to sound the same after a while, with all the psychedelic and rough sounds around the kickdrum and bassline. We've basically all heard similar stuff before, and track 6 is more sweet sounding. On hearing it ... I was like, "Wow! Where are the other more arresting songs like this one?!?! Don't just do forest or whatever-you-call-it psytrance. Take risks. Be more than [basically] as many crazy sounds you can squeeze in around a kickdrum! Do something different and more creative and catchy. If even one-third of this album was as fun and enjoyable as track 6 ... I'd have bought it by now! I hope the next album is better and doesn't alienate those who love those wicked melodies and rhythm that Derango is so great at, and involves lift off, climaxes, ambience, atmosphere, more character, clarity in sound, etc.. that seem rare, few and far between on this album.

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Well well, finally it arrived :) I would actually wanted an album of the 2004 material, since it was more of my style. At first glance this seems really chaotic, going nowhere 160mph, but after some more listening I started to find out the magic in this.

Never heard nothing like it before :)

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I love this :)


Took me some time as well, but when I got to know the tracks... jeeez. Magical indeed.


There are some moments in this album that really touch me. The ending melodies of for example track 3 and 6... beautiful. This is what I personally miss in a lot of in my oppinion overrated goa. Interesting how people percept music differently :P


About track 5 - I think it's among the best on this album :) I simply LOVE those basslines, especially at the start when the kick is not really that apparent. And then those sort of subtle melodies around the start/mid... lovely stuff :D


10/10 for me :)

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fullon techno...  :huh: you remind me of some guyz that think anything with a beat is the same... i put derango and then put skazi and then i put hallucinogen and they see no fucking difference.


I think we all know people like that :rolleyes::D

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Artist: Derango


Album: Tumult


Label: Inpsyde Media


Year: 2005


Format: CD



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1. Deranged [147 BPM]

2. Confusion Is Next [148]

3. Made Out of Vapour [149]

4. Masterdamnit [150]

5. All Channels Open [148]

6. The Poisonous Square [148]

7. Lost Theory [148]

8. Fnatt [146]

9. We're All Mad Here (Rmx) [145]




What's this about


At the end of the day the Eriksson boys are just a bunch of romantics. Literally, the whole idea of let's get back to nature... in a radioactive-green, cold and mossy forest, lost somewhere in Sweden. The great majority of the sane world might not call it an ideal vacation spot.


In retrospect, they popped my third eye out! The album is tall-glass of effects and samples spilling out synth's with a degree of alchemy. An aural overload with all the finesse of a blind hairdresser equipped with a broad-sword. The simplest breakdown I can give you: accompaniment for a really shibby dew, descending down the rabbit-hole by the tree.



Per-song break-down


1. Deranged *

Deranged is a month's worth of shock-treat packed in 9 minutes. The only thing that makes sense here is the twisted-short pads lifting off into unknown directions. It stars slow with a nice set of stick and drum action, running through Halloween-time tonal adventures. It Kindly takes your hand through the journey of mirrors past the point of no return.



2. Confusion Is Next *

Serious chin rubbing stupefaction of striking mystique. Infinitely lost in eight minutes of baffling lines, rumbling, bubbling and whirling on top of a very chaotic panorama. Loaded with all the goodness necessary to startle even the most experienced travelers. Dancing or pondering you will find yourself most entertained.



3. Made Out of Vapour

You are made out of vapor mostly… never… so this is obviously a very abstract concept. Bee's and exhalations jiggle the speakers escorting the vapour samples from left to right. Rhythms change constantly through an equally transient shrilling of liquefied effects and gated melodies announcing, its sudden demise.



4. Masterdamnit *

Besides having the coolest name ever, the mega curse is lovingly dedicated to the merry-prankster for spiking your drink... god knows how long ago. The bell-hook by the start is great, hinting a steady builder with all the craftmanship they have shown in the past. It's not only the bass gaining speed, but the surroundings progressing through waves of hypnotism escalating in intensity, unfolding like a rug that gets thicker by the yard. An overflow of fractal textures, unsound and tasty by all measures, especially by the end.



5. All Channels Open *

The fifth chapter is oddly enough a quick return to more wispy melodic teases, chanting bits and galloping pounders, before it dissolves in your ears. The pace slows down a bit by the mid section, reaching new peaks of random tonal abstractions.



6. The Poisonous Square *

The kick does a crescendo in a thick layer of reverbs, as the voices are consumed in effects before it gets going. Once it does everything is delayed in fizzy chirps of sonic mist, clouding the speakers with haunting melodies. It hooks carrying through all the eeriness of the green forest, in the front-cover of the album. It's great, makes me feel all warm inside...



7. Lost Theory

Besides a beat it's mostly bells, bird chirps, and the other million-and-one layers of interaction, crammed together like sardines in a can. Languidly twisting and bouncing in its own juice, shaking their tails to the metal-tin surface... trying to escape from the hole they got themselves into.



8. Fnatt *

The beat is paced with that unhinged groove factor swelling in the kicks, amongst the virtuoso dissonance, that personally sets them apart from the rest. There is a higher portion of pads with a very unique Derango quality like is the norm here. Bubbling squelches reach higher proportions. It takes a few sharp woobly edge's but it carries through.



9. We're All Mad Here (Rmx)*

The drumalism returns with those slinky grooves I enjoy so much… slower, paced and well trippy. The ability for tuning and piling artifices that zoom, quack, bubble, splat, slam, sputter and Derango knows what else... flows down in random order reaching magnanimous proportions. It seems there is a method to their madness. They got the idea in previous tracks balancing the crazy factor and it works on this one.


* Favourites.*



All and all

As far as i'm concerned they delivered the goods. I don't think two tracks sound alike here and its clear the boys have cooked up their very own unique style, but I beleive the progression of their sound has not reached the peak yet. Confidence is high.


Overall this is in deed a Tumult of electric forest, Jens and Ola decided to pile on nine tracks to redefine the concept of dementia. All music has its place and time, so if you're having trouble placing Derango in your schedule, is best to simply let it go. If you have grown tired of everything else and yearn for a beating, tune in your psychelic intuition because it gets wild. If these qualities bring a smile to your face instead of the cringes, then welcome home…



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* ( I tried the more than one * per song, but it dosen't really look consistent with previous reviews, and i don't really feel like going back and revising them, so i'm giving up the idea... )



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dude, let it go. post a review and get it over with.


Cinos review:


It sucks, it is not goa, it is not a product of S.Posford and friends, my taste is elite... and ive heard it all before.




Anyway, Tumult is exactly what i expected... intense, chaotic and multi-layered stuff... takes tons of listens to figure out what is going on in the forest. The bubbling sounds in Fnatt drive me insane though, very intense moment!..


Edit: Great variaty in very DEEP basslines as wel!

Edit 2: Did you notice they used that little 'melodic line' from their track "welkin" (found on V.A. - Boldly audio)? it's very hidden, pitched down and demented, but you can hear it at: 1:47.. you can hear it twice.. :D


Edit 3: I was talking about the song Fnatt...

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