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Shakta - The Enlightened Ape

 

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Artist: Shakta

Title: The Enlightened Ape

Label: Dragonfly

Date: 1999

 

Track listing:

 

01. 07'10" The Future Is Now

02. 05'41" Human Life

03. 07'04" Spaceflowers (Dirty Guitar Mix)

04. 06'42" Of The Essence

05. 07'25" Zevel Boy

06. 07'14" Between Worlds

07. 07'20" Life Circles (Samsara Mix)

08. 08'04" The Enlightened Ape

09. 08'36" Brainwash Nation

 

Review:

 

Well ... Tracks 1, 3 and 5 are pretty good, but the other tracks are not

fantastic ... and Track 9 is not good at all ...

I don't have the first Shakta's album, Silicon Trip, but I've been told it was

better ...

Rating : 5/10

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Guest Silonc   
Guest Silonc

Guys, i loved this album for me the Best of the Year. It's funny, because my

favorite tracks are 2,4,5,8. For me the album is a masterpiece, what sound and

what power...so pure!!!!! Rating 9/10

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Guest psytrancer   
Guest psytrancer

This is one of those albums...

sometimes I think its average and uninspired, and sometimes I think its cool.

But I think generally it's just average. I listen to it once a month, maybe

I.M. have spoiled me. Maybe I'm infected. Haaaaa ha ha haaaaa ah ah

haaaaaaa......................shit.

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Guest [Anonymous]   
Guest [Anonymous]

Another fine release by Seb. This one is less melodic and

cheesy than "Silicon Trip" and at the same time one can hear that he has tried

to experiment a little with

rhythms and things, withing his style and without going over to another one.. I

like it sharply.

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Guest Tequila   
Guest Tequila

This alum is particular because...first, I found it unoriginal, with nothing

particular, but the more U listen to it, the more U like it.

That's why I'm listening a lot to it.

great.

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Guest Ubik   
Guest Ubik

Less good than Silicon Trip, which is excellent, but still very good. All

tracks but 9 are good, tracks 1,3,5,8 are excellent.

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Guest Kvin2000   
Guest Kvin2000

Great album. Has Somewhat of a tribal ambiant feeling to it. Almost all tracks

are good. My favorites are 1,2,4 and 8.

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Guest Stathis_gti   
Guest Stathis_gti

Very different from his previous album "silicon trip".In my opinion is much

better.No stupid melodies here and more tribal...8,5/10

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freak51    3

I hate electric guitars too. Please, the guitar is not an instrument anymore;

it's an effect. Use it judiciously or not at all! [says the Grumpy old

goa-head.] In my day, we had the 303 and the 909 and filter matrices that's

the way it was and we LIKED it! We LOOOOVVED it! Anyway, this is still an

excellent record, if only for the production values. Just when your mind

starts to think "what trick or sound would work really well here?", sure

enough he uses it. Between Worlds is a fantastic track [well, until he

shovels the guitar into it].

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Guest X - Dreamer in NYC   
Guest X - Dreamer in NYC

This album was bought just because there was nothing to buy and I needed

something new to hear and man I made the right choice. This album is very dark

and fast just the way it should be. Shakta you have made my week. 8/10

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Guest Gollum[at]nybro[dot]dk   
Guest Gollum[at]nybro[dot]dk

First time I heard this album I was pretty disappointed after Silicon trip, but

you get to like this one too. I don't know why, but that track 9 ... I can't

hear it enough, really lazy =) ... 7/10

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Guest aagnes_stian[at]hotmail[dot]com   
Guest aagnes_stian[at]hotmail[dot]com

i think this is a fucking great album and all the ones who think this is shit

can fuck of. i like the whole album. they are sort of like the moods im

having. I got it last year and i still listen to it about three times a week.

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Guest Per Sterud   
Guest Per Sterud

Very good album. Shakta's sense of layering, rhythmically and melodically, is

masterful and rich. This album spoke to me. I'd give it 9/10, subtracting a

point for awkward recording on Track 1.

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Guest [Anonymous]   
Guest [Anonymous]

fuck all of you,brainwash nation is a we must get so fucking

stoned and maybee die track ....ooops im beginning to feel it in my

head....................haaaaaaaaaaaaaaahaahahahaha.KACKA

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Guest AlexG   
Guest AlexG

wow, some of the rudest reviews on the whole site seem to be gathered around

this album! whats wrong with you people? fuck this, fuck that, cant you see it

doesnt change nothing? just say if you like the music or not, everything else

keep to yourself. now, about the cd: verry nice! from all of seb taylor's

projects (shakta, somaton, digitalis), this is my favorite album. all tracks

are very good, and have that seb taylor feel you cant mistake for anything

else. my very favorite, though, is "the enlightened ape": sooo powerful, the

arrengement makes me go crazy every time. also very nice are "the future's

now", "human life", "between worlds", and "brainwash nation": ooh, that

bassline is soo sweet. load your brain with grass and just suspend time with

that one dub bassline =) 9/10

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DeathPosture    15

Very good album... My fav'e tracks are 1 + 8... Gets a solid 8/10 on my chart!

Bom shankar!

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Guest aagnes_stian[at]hotmail[dot]com   
Guest aagnes_stian[at]hotmail[dot]com

Ok. I was a little bit rude. It is just that i got mad when there was not so

many good rewiews about the record.

So sorry for that. My personal opinion about this record is that it is great.

Fast psyked but funky in a small way. Enligthed ape is the record that got me

into psytrance. All because there was a link to dragonfly records. by the way.

I still listen to it. Rating 9/10

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Guest AlexG   
Guest AlexG

hey freaks, new shakta album is coming SOON =) the word on the interstallar

psychoactive communications channel is that its gonna blow us all away! cant

wait! =)

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bomble    0

I was more than a little annoyed at the release of this album - not because I

don't like it (I haven't really listened to it properly) but because I had my

hands on a full track promo-copy in (yes) March 1998. I am not a DJ - this

was in a record shop - so I expected to see it on the shelf with a nice cover

and everything within a couple of months...... but it didn't appear for

another 18 months !! By that time I had lost interest in waiting, particularly

when all the trance press (Dream Creation etc.) had adverts running saying

things like 'and Dragonfly have rushed to put forward the release date of this

all-new album.....'

 

I can't say I was too pleased about this ! I appreciate that there has to be

some delay between production and release, so Seb could do live sets etc.....

but 18 months ! Maybe someday I'll give it another chance .... but there are

other things out there I haven't heard yet....

 

bomble

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Guest rx7style   
Guest rx7style

This album is really neat. Different style, and I like things that digress

from the norm. I really like Zevel Boy -- really busts my sound system up!

You can dance to this, chill to this, whatever! Buy it. 9/10

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Guest fheierli[at]mails[dot]ch   
Guest fheierli[at]mails[dot]ch

It's a very good album. Shakta is now one of my favourite artists. His sound is

powerfull, melodic and very trippy. In fact of this, Enlightened Ape is one of

my favourite albums. The best tracks in my opinion are 3,5,8,9. Rating: 9/10

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Guest junkee[at]female[dot]ru   
Guest junkee[at]female[dot]ru

very cool... lovely tracks: all...

the best: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 :))))))

fantastic beginning in "the future is now" - really prepares your mind... still

listen this album during the year... real psychedelica...

 

sorry for bad english... hi from russia:))...

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Guest clark_303   
Guest clark_303

At first, this didn't impress me that much but after about 10 listens it starts

to get better and better. It's groovy and also hypnotic and. The basslines are

great and the acidlines/melodies are Shakta's typical sound but I love it so

it's just perfect...The tracks are pretty much alike(except the last track

which is dub) but all are still great. Actually, everything is the way it

should be, beats are varied, even tribal, melodies and sound effects bring the

goa/scifi-atmosphere and vocal samples will brainwash you in the end. =) My

favorite tracks are Human Life, Zevel Boy and Enlightened Ape. -Clargoa

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seraph    14

Very good album.....Not as good as SILICON TRIP but still very powerful

itself...Shakta changed a bit, from INdia oriented from the first one to more

cyber, european style...All songs are good but especially THE FUTURE IS

NOW,SPACEFLOWERS, OF THE ESSENCE, ZEVEL BOY, BETWWEN WORLDS...

8.5/10

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