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It's time to vote for your favourite uptempo and downtempo psy albums of 2014. You can vote for up to 10 releases (including albums, compilations, EP's and singles) in each category; your first will be awarded 10 points, your second 9, and so on. Cast your vote by replying to this thread with your votes written in the following format (the label is optional, but if you can be bothered to put it in it will make counting votes easier):

 

Uptempo:

1: Artist - Title (label)

2: Artist - Title (label)

3: Artist - Title (label)

4: Artist - Title (label)

5: Artist - Title (label)

6: Artist - Title (label)

7: Artist - Title (label)

8: Artist - Title (label)

9: Artist - Title (label)

10: Artist - Title (label)

 

Downtempo:

1: Artist - Title (label)

2: Artist - Title (label)

3: Artist - Title (label)

4: Artist - Title (label)

5: Artist - Title (label)

6: Artist - Title (label)

7: Artist - Title (label)

8: Artist - Title (label)

9: Artist - Title (label)

10: Artist - Title (label)

 

You have until the end of February to vote (this is open to negotiation if people want longer). If you change your mind after voting, don't make a new post - just edit your existing post. Also, if you reply to a post in this thread then please remove any votes from the quoted material (I will be copying and pasting the thread into an automatic vote-counting doohickey, so if votes appear twice they may be counted twice).

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Uptempo:   01. Arronax - Crossing The Rubicon (Neogoa) 02. Shakta – Retroscape (Suntrip Records) 03. Moonweed - Voice of Jupiter (Anjuna Records) 04. Omnivox - Fragments Of Evolution (Spacedo

10: V.A.- Blue Sangoma Sounds (Blue Hour Sounds / Sangoma Records)     Very pleasant surprise here, saw this on your list and since it was not familiar I checked it out. I have "Green EP" by Peyo f

I'd like to point out that even if you decide to vote in one category only, you should still mention which one before your list - might be obvious for readers, but not for the automatic vote-counting

You can vote for fewer than ten in each category if you want; that's what I'm going to do, I hardly bought any new psy this year.

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First draft, will be edited :)

 

Uptempo:

1: Omnivox - Fragments Of Evolution (Spacedock)

2: Ephedra - Journey Through My Head (Goa Madness)

3: Shakta - Retroscape (Suntrip)

4: V/A - Flight 604 Chapter II (Zion 604)

5: Dreaml4nd - Dreamland (Dreamland)

6: Morphic Resonance - Chromatic World (Neogoa)

7: Radical Distortion - 12 Dimensions (Zion 604)

8: Goasia - Amphibians On Spacedock (Suntrip)

9: V/A - Celestial Transvibrations (Neogoa)

10: Maiia303 - Sky In Diamonds (Ovnimoon)

 

Downtempo:

1: Invisible Allies - Conversations With Bees (Aleph Zero)

2: Krusseldorf - Fractal World (Not On Label)

3: Asura - Radio Universe (Ultimae)

4: Murya - Triplicity (Touched)

5: Sinepearl - Cycles Within Cycles Within (Interchill)

6: Ishqamatics - Waterbound (...txt)

7: Sundial Aeon - Analysis (Impact Studio)

8: Androcell - Imbue (Altar)

9: Gus Till - Ghosts Of The Earth (Interchill)

10: Ajja & Cosmosis - The Alien Jams (Peak)

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Wow this is going to be a tough one, lots of good stuff and I love a lot of them, plus I haven't listened to some of the newer releases yet at all.

 

Rough Draft

 

Uptempo:

 

1: Psysutra ‎– Gamma Phoenicis (Cronomi Records)

2: V/A - Ten Spins Around The Sun (Suntrip Records)

3: V/A - Three Ohm Three (Anjuna Records)

4: Hardfloor - The Art of Acid (Hardfloor.de)

5: V/A - The Live Remixes (The Hypnotic LFO Room)

6: Dragon Twins ‎– Only For The Wicked (NeoGoa)

7: ON3 - Plateaux EP (Platipus Records)

8: V/A - Flight 604 II (Zion 604)

9: Maiia303 ‎– Sky In Diamonds (Ovnimoon Records)

10: Blue Planet Corporation - Unreleased Old Sounds Series - 1 - Compilation (Self-Released)

 

 

I pretty much haven't listened to anything recent from the past 1-3 months, so I will have to do some catching up with that. I did just uptempo since I don't really listen to much downtempo compared to Uptempo.

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Final, I guess.

 

Uptempo:

1: Goch - Sphere of Influence (Hypnotica Records)

2: Cybered - Acid Box (Horns and Hoofs Entertainment)

3: Gojja - Eggshell Marmalade (Sanaton Records / Lost Theory Records)

4: VA - Beyond the Tuubi (Sound Kitchen Records)

5: Psyshastra - Through the Forest (Backflip Records)

 

Downtempo:

1: Audioglider - Accidental Beauty (Section Records)

2: Ajja & Cosmosis - The Alien Jams (Peak Records)

3: Point - Flatpad (Digital Diamonds)

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Uptempo:

 

1: V/A - Ten Spins Around the Sun (Suntrip)
2: V/A - Moon Ritual (Amakusa)
3: E-Mantra - Nemesis (Suntrip)
4: Astral Projection - Goa Classics Remixed (TIP)
5: Shakta - Retroscape (Suntrip)
6: Moonweed - Voice of Jupiter (Anjuna)
7: V/A - Three OM Three (Anjuna)
8: Deviant Electronics - Green Room (Zion604)
9: Lunarave - Do You Know Who You Are (Hadra)
10: V/A - Analog Dreams (DAT)

Downtempo:

1: Cosmic Replicant - Soul of the Universe (Ektoplazm)
2: E-Mantra - Echoes from the Void (Altar)

3: Astronaut Ape - Flight 420 (Microcosmos)

4: Androcell - Imbue (Altar)

5: GMO vs. Dense - Equation (Altar)

6: Ajja & Cosmosis - The Alien Jams (Peak)

7: Globular - Digging & Building (Ektoplazm)

8: V/A - Floating Spirals 2 (Altar)

 

but to be honest the three top downtempo albums are equally good (and surprisingly similar in style) this time. cosmic replicant is better than e-mantra which is better than astronaut ape which is better than cosmic replicant ;)

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Uptempo :

 

01 : Lunarave - Do You Know Who You Are (Hadra)

02 : E-Mantra - Nemesis (Suntrip Records)

03 : Ephedra - Journey Through My Head (Goa Madness Records)

04 : Astral Projection - Goa Classics Remixed (TIP)

05 : Cactus Arising - Star Storm (Timewarp Records)

06 : Ajna - Search For The Divine (Ovnimoon Records)

07 : Nanoplex - The Billion Dollar Brain (Flow Records)

08 : VA - Ten Spins Around The Sun (Suntrip Records)

09 : Shakta - Retroscape (Suntrip Records)

10 : VA - Orientation 6 (Dacru Records)

 

 

Downtempo :

 

01 : Circular - Moon Pool (Ultimae Records)

02 : Koan - The Way Of One (Blue Tunes Recording)

03 : Androcell - Inbue (Altar Records)

04 : Asura - Radio Universe (Ultimae Records)

05 : Beatfarmer - Eye of the Storm (Ovnimoon Records)

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I will probably update this post as I have yet to check out some stuff from 2014, but these are the preliminary results:

 

Uptempo:
1: VA - Ten Spins Around The Sun (Suntrip Records)
2: Shakta - Retroscape (Suntrip Records)
3: VA - Flight 604 Chapter II (Zion604)
4: VA - Moon Ritual (Amakusa Records)
5: VA - Analog Dreams (DAT Records)
6: Deviant Electronics - Green Room (Zion604)
7: E-Mantra - Nemesis (Suntrip Records)
8: VA - ThreeOhmThree (Anjuna Records)
9: VA - Epoch Of The Terrans (Suntrip Records)
10: Ephedra - Journey Through My Head (Goa Madness Records)

Downtempo:

Haven't listened enough downtempo in 2014 :(

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As usual, I've hardly heard anything released last year, especially new music.

 

Uptempo:

1: Deviant Electronics - Green Room (Zion604)

2: Cybernetika - Solar Nexus (Ektoplazm)

3: E-Mantra - Nemesis (Suntrip)

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Uptempo:

 

01. Radical distortion - 12 Dimensions (Zion 604)

02. Moonweed – Voice of Jupiter (Anjuna Records)

03. V/A - Ten Spins Around The Sun (Suntrip Records)

04. Ephedra - Journey Through My Head (Goa Madness Records)

05. Astral Projection - Goa Classics Remixed (TIP)

06. V/A - Flight 604 Chapter II (Anjuna Records)

07. Shakta - Retroscape (Suntrip Records)

08. Mindflex - Genetic Pattern (Goa Records)

09. Morphic Resonance - Chromatic World (Neogoa)

10. Goasia - Amphibians on Spacedock (Suntrip Records)

 

Downtempo

 

01. Astronaut Ape – Flight 420 (Microcosmos Records)

02. E-Mantra – Echoes From The Void (Altar Records)

03. Asura – Radio Universe (Ultimae Records)

04. Androcell – Imbue (Altar Records)

05. Sundial Aeon – Analysis (Impact Records)

06. Koan - The Way Of One (Blue Tunes Recordings)

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Uptempo:

 

01. Arronax - Crossing The Rubicon (Neogoa)

02. Shakta – Retroscape (Suntrip Records)

03. Moonweed - Voice of Jupiter (Anjuna Records)

04. Omnivox - Fragments Of Evolution (Spacedock Records)

05. Ephedra - Journey Through My Head (Goa Madness Records)

06. E-Mantra - Nemesis (Suntrip Records)

07. Ajna - Search For The Divine (Ovnimoon Records)

08. Omegahertz - Spacewalker (Space Baby Records)

09. Minomar – Oriba Tiwa Project (Goalogique Records)

10. Fiery Dawn ‎– Cosmic Ascension (Timewarp)

 

 

Downtempo:

 

01. Androcell - Imbue (Altar Records)

02. Asura - Radio Universe (Ultimae Records)

03. Ajja & Cosmosis - The Alien Jams (Peak Records)

04. E-Mantra - Echoes From The Void (Suntrip Records)

05. Krusseldorf - Fractal World (Self-released)

06. Solar Quest - Core (Electronic Soundscapes Records)

07. Kick Bong & Squazoid - Ethnic Vision (Cosmicleaf Records)

08. Master Minded - Heart And Soul (Merkaba Music)

09. Beatfarmer - Eye of the Storm (Ovnimoon Records)

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Should we count Radical Distortion as 2014 or 2015? I think the official CD release date is in 2015. As far as I know, there's no digital release per se, but you could get the files from Bandcamp as preorder bonus already in 2014. It's debatable whether this counts as a release or just early access.

 

I'd include it in my 2015 list (if any) according to the CD date, but splitting its votes over two different polls wouldn't be exactly fair. Any suggestions?

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Many of the best 2014 albums are actually re-releases of older material, but here's my list:

 

UPTEMPO

 

1 - Moonweed - Voice Of Jupiter

2 - VA - Moon Ritual

3 - Shakta - Retroscape

4 - Omnivox - Fragments Of Evolution

5 - Ovnimoon & Rigel - Omnipresent Technology

6 - Morphic Resonance - Chromatic World

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Should we count Radical Distortion as 2014 or 2015? I think the official CD release date is in 2015. As far as I know, there's no digital release per se, but you could get the files from Bandcamp as preorder bonus already in 2014. It's debatable whether this counts as a release or just early access.

 

I'd include it in my 2015 list (if any) according to the CD date, but splitting its votes over two different polls wouldn't be exactly fair. Any suggestions?

I was wondering the same thing. Official release date is 15.1.2015 so I'd count it as a 2015 release even if preorders started at the end of december.

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I was wondering the same thing. Official release date is 15.1.2015 so I'd count it as a 2015 release even if preorders started at the end of december.

Well, I was not sure and didn't want it to go unsung. So instead of that my number ten now is Fiery Dawn :)

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I was wondering the same thing. Official release date is 15.1.2015 so I'd count it as a 2015 release even if preorders started at the end of december.

This is the title of the label post at the announcement forum:

Zion 604 | Radical distortion's New studio album ( 2014 )

 

Also http://www.discogs.com/Radical-Distortion-12-Dimensions/master/783974

 

I included this release in the 2014 list, as i purchased mine in 2014. Also stated at Radical's facebook, the album was released in December 2014, but the CDs are going to be shipped on 15 January 2015. Am i wrong to assume that it is a 2014 release?

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Should we count Radical Distortion as 2014 or 2015? I think the official CD release date is in 2015. As far as I know, there's no digital release per se, but you could get the files from Bandcamp as preorder bonus already in 2014. It's debatable whether this counts as a release or just early access.

I'm happy to let voters decide things like this for themselves. Vote for it in both polls if you want. In previous years the same album has been voted for in both uptempo and downtempo categories and I don't have a problem with that; this kind of borderline case is similar.

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Uptempo:

1: Shakta - Retroscape (Suntrip)

2: Morphic Resonance - Chromatic World (Neogoa)

3: V/A - Realization (Tantrumm)

4: Antagon - Belief Engine (Damaru)

5: Ephedra - Journey Through My Head (Goa Madness)

6: Android Spirit - Synthetic Organism (Timecode)

7: Select Project - Jar Ptica (Osom)

8: V/A - Misty Grove (DopeDeer)

9: Ghreg On Earth - Photon Grimoires (Mindfull)

10: V/A - Reboot Part 3 (Mechanik)

 

Downtempo:

1: Mark Harris - The Angry Child (n5MD)

2: Asura - Radio Universe (Ultimae)

3: Sinepearl - Cycles Within Cycles Within (Interchill)

4: Psyfactor - Retro Scientific (Sentimony)

5: Nimon - The King Is Dead (Ant-Zen)

6: Circular - Moon Pool (Ultimae)

7: OM - Viaje Al Interior (Ovnimoon)

8: Northcape - Glasshouse (Sun Sea Sky Productions)

9: Displacer & Nimon - House Of The Dying Sun (Hymen)

10: V/A - Passages (Ultimae)

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Uptempo:

 

01. Astral Projection - Goa Classics Remixed (TIP)

02. E-Mantra - Nemesis (Suntrip Records)

03. V/A - Ten Spins Around The Sun (Suntrip Records)

04. Tesla Principle - Forbidden Knowledge (Geomagnetic)

05. Elegy - Inside (Ovnimoon)

 

 

Downtempo:

 

01. Sygnals - Eternal Light (Sonic Loom) <3

 

02. OM - Viaje Al Interior (Ovnimoon)

03. Asura - Radio Universe (Ultimae)

04. E-Mantra - Echoes From The Void (Altar Records)

05. Entheogenic - Enthymesis (Universal Symbiosis Records)

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Ok, I have a final list. Ambient, I limited to 5 releases as I had only 20, and they were clearly standouts!

 

Uptempo

 

1. Shakta - Retroscape (Suntrip Records)

2. VA - Ten Spins Around the Sun (Suntrip Records)

3. Astral Projection - Goa Classics Remixed

4. E-Mantra - Nemesis (Suntrip Records)

5. VA - Moon Ritual (Amakusa Records)

6. Goch - Sphere of Influence (Hypnotica Records)

7. VA - Epoch of the Terrans (Suntrip/Neogoa)

8. Ephedra - Journey Through My head (Goa Madness Records)

9. VA - Three Om Three (Anjuna Records)

10. VA - Analog Dreams (DAT Records)

 

 

Downtempo/Ambient

 

1. Sinepearl - Cycles Within Cycles Within (Interchill Records)

2. Om - Viaje Al Interior (Ovnimoon Records)

3. E-Mantra - Echoes From the Void (Altar Records)

4. Circular - Moon pool (Ultimae Records)

5. Asura - Radio Universe (Ultimae Records)

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