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JOURNEY - Through The Mirror (Free-Spirit Records)

Out on digital Beatport exclusive download from the 20.09.2011
Out on CD from the 23.09.2011

General digital download from any cybershop from the 20.10.2011

Track Listing:

1. Through The Mirror - (142 bpm)
2. Tron - Help Is On The Way - Journey rmx - (145 bpm)
3. Deeksha (144 bpm)
4. Psychedelic Fusion vs Rastaliens - (145 bpm)
5. Spirit Molecule - (144 bpm)
6. Phonik Trip vs Holophonik - (145 bpm)
7. Monkey Sees, Monkey Do - (145 bpm)
8. The Ripple Effect Part II - (144 bpm)
9. Physical Reaction vs Monastic Squid - (143 bpm)
10. Brake Paddle vs Alexampt & Mononegro - (90 bpm)

Genre: Psy Trance
Cat No: FRS0021CD

Worldwide distribution by
Arabesque Distribution, London - UK
www.arebesque.co.uk
&
INgrooves, San Franciso, CA - USA
www.INgrooves.com

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JOURNEY's second Album 'Through The Mirror'

Howdy music lovers, welcome to a special edition of What Does Free Spirit Records Have New For You? Regular readers will know that Free Spirit Records is London based psy-trance label that has been bringing us aural wonderment through umpteen releases (too many for this humble journalist to accurately recall) from around the globe and across the spectrum. And the reason why this a special edition of WDFSRHNFY? Because it heralds the return of Jay OM’s other half, the producer Journey, and the release of his second full-length album – Through the Mirror.
Jay OM/Journey have been doing it tough over the winter months, foisting their immeasurable talents upon the natives of southern Africa. Winning great acclaim and fostering many a friendship. Prior to this though he could be found squirreling away in his North London studio channelling his creativity to create the ten tunes that make up this latest offering all the whilst trying to avoid the concerns that come with following up the success of The Man Who Sold Time, his 2009 debut album.
The album feature some killer collaborations including artists such as Tron, Rastaliens, Holophonik, Monastic Squid and finishing with a superb downtempo track with Alexampt and Mononegro.

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Journey is Giampiero 'Jay' Mastino born in Italy and now resides in London. His earliest psychedelic-rock influences were forged playing guitar in local bars in Milan and his romance with the decks began in the late 80's whilst working for a local radio station where he was given the opportunity to spin his first record.

This love firmly in place the move to London followed in 1998. In 1999 he started djing professionally as Jay OM and since then has been rocking the crowds at many of the biggest venues in London as well as outdoor parties in the UK, Europe, South America & South Africa.

In 2003 he studied Sound Engineering and Music Technology and began solo production under the name Journey. In 2009 started a progressive project under the name Omsphere and in 2011 a collaboration project with Ralph K under the name Crocodile Rangers

In 2004, he conceived the vision of a network of like-minded artists in the psy-trance and ambient genres, all working to promote themselves and each other under one banner. Thus the Free-Spirit label was born... Originally intended to focus on artist management, the label's skyrocketing success combined with the enthusiasm of Jay, the artists, and fans enabled Free-Spirit to outgrow its horizons. Free-Spirit continues to build a collective of artists and djs from around the globe, aiming to create and provide access to a combined set of resources not available to them as individuals, making it just a little easier for all to concentrate on what they truly love, which is the music!

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:: Booking Opportunities ::

We are always looking for quality promoters and production crews worldwide to host Free Spirit CD Release Parties and also Free Spirit Records Label parties. If you are interested, please contact bridget@free-spiritrecords.com at Free Spirit to discuss what’s on offer.

www.free-spiritrecords.com
info@free-spiritrecords.com

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Journey :: Through the Mirror (Free-Spirit Records) REVIEW: Steve Morley

 

Out on Exclusive Beatport Digital 20/09/2011, CD Release 23/09/2011 and General Digital Release 20/10/2011

 

The long awaited second album from Journey called ‘Through The Mirror’ has finally landed, with a big bang, not caused by heavy handed viral promotion or hype but by pure quality of the music. This is another big release for Free-Spirit Records and I applaud them for not taking the easy route but offering this album on CD as well as download. To me - this shows huge belief and commitment towards the artists they work with and the music they release.

 

Every single track on the album (10 in total) show great progression from the first album and prove that with the right combination of musical talent, passion and hard work you can achieve amazing results. Not only do I rate the artistic content of the album highly, but I’m equally impressed with the production quality. Too often this part on the road to completing an album comes up short and results in listening fatigue for the listener. No such thing however - when it comes to Journey aka Jay OM! H! e clearly understands how important clarity, dynamic range and spatial perception is in music.

As I really like all the tracks on offer it was difficult to single some favourites out, but here we go;

 

‘Psychedelic Fusion’ (Journey vs Rastaliens) – A low Bass line supported with a firm but not too punchy kick drum takes you right away in the darker territories of Psy trance. Great drive and innovative sound design complete the sonic picture in a successful bid to create a form of ordered chaos, which is impossible to resist resulting in the brain ordering your body to move. As the track progresses and melodic passages slip in, a state of total trance is upon you.

 

‘Spirit Molecule’– The balance between groove and leads is just right, quickly taking your mind from wherever it was at the start of the track straight into orbit. Many travelling sounds, in essence extremely simple but so effective, right ! away capture your attention without being intrusive. The arran! gement i s well thought out and the mix very well executed - making it a perfect track for any dance floor.

 

‘Monkey Sees, Monkey Do ‘– A perfect demonstration of restraint in building a track and what effect this can have! This track moves and grooves from start to finish and builds up and down throughout with care and attention to detail. At times the feel of the track changes from progressive to full on trance and back, adding to the perception that you are on a very long deep journey of the galaxy.

 

All in all Journey has created a timeless album here which I’m sure will be stuck in many people’s audio players for a long time. It certainly deserves a lot of attention and recognition! The album is out on the 20th September for download and 23rd September on CD so treat yourself and get a copy!

 

(Review by Steve Morley)

 

Track Listing

 

Through The Mirror - (142 bpm)

Tron - Help Is On The Way - Journey rmx - (145 bpm)

Deeksha (144 bpm)

Psychedelic Fusion vs Rastaliens - (145 bpm)

Spirit Molecule - (144 bpm)

Phonik Trip vs Holophonik - (145 bpm)

Monkey Sees, Monkey Do - (145 bpm)

The Ripple Effect Part II - (144 bpm)

Physical Reaction vs Monastic Squid - (143 bpm)

Brake Paddle vs Alexampt & Mononegro - (90 bpm)

 

Genre: Psychedelic Trance

Cat No: FSR0021CD

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