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Rotwang    321

Here are the results from the Psynews "Best of 2016" poll:

 

Uptempo

1: Morphic Resonance - The City of Moons (Suntrip Records) 174 points from 22 votes

2: Ultimate Xperience - Lazarus Rising (Neogoa) 138 points from 21 votes

3: Artha - Dream Telepathy (Cronomi Records) 109 points from 16 votes

4: Virtuart - Virtuart & Friends (DAT Records) 99 points from 15 votes

5: Ra - Earthcall (Suntrip Records) 83 points from 13 votes

6=: Various - Mind Rewind³ (DAT Mafia Recordings) 70 points from 12 votes

6=: Chi-A.D. - Earth Crossing (Amakusa Records) 70 points from 10 votes

8: Oforia - Read More... (Zion 604) 69 points from 12 votes

9: Proxeeus - Weird Tales (Goa Madness Records) 65 points from 12 votes

10: Nervasystem - Brainradio (Phantasm Records) 64 points from 11 votes

11: Mindsphere - Mental Triplex - Presence (Suntrip Records) 62 points from 12 votes

12: Sab Kuch Milegator - Kauas Aikain Taa (Ektoplazm) 49 points from 9 votes

13: Various - Analog Trips (DAT Records) 48 points from 8 votes

14: Crossing Mind - Beyond Duality (Suntrip Records) 47 points from 9 votes

15: Veasna - Energy (Neogoa) 38 points from 7 votes

16: Loud - 5 Billion Stars (Nano records) 32 points from 5 votes

17=: Toï Doï - Synaptic Electrophoresis (Suntrip Records) 31 points from 6 votes

17=: Dark Whisper - Realms of Unseen (Alice-D Records) 31 points from 5 votes

19: GoaD - Galactic Aviator (Neogoa) 29 points from 5 votes

20: Ticon - Mirage (Iboga Records) 21 points from 5 votes

21: Ephedra - Flying Over the Universe (Goa Madness Records) 20 points from 5 votes

22: Various - Goa Trance Revolution 2 - Retrofuturism (Goa Trance Music) 19 points from 4 votes

23: Tripswitch - Vagabond (Iboga Records) 17 points from 3 votes

24=: Imba - First Encounter (Suntrip Records) 16 points from 3 votes

24=: Transdriver - Secondary Presence (Impulse Audio Records) 16 points from 2 votes

26=: Vanderson - Visions of Tomorrow (Grooveproject) 14 points from 2 votes

26=: Various - Island of Misfit Grooves (Thaumic Records) 14 points from 2 votes

28: Praktika - Playing the Presets (Trance Bum Productions) 13 points from 3 votes

29: Robert Elster - Still Breathing (JOOF Mantra) 12 points from 3 votes

30=: Lectro Spektral Daze - Full Fractal Vision (Neogoa) 10 points from 3 votes

30=: Agnetivax - Achieving Moksha (Sita Records) 10 points from 2 votes

30=: Overdream ‎ - Miracles on Schedule (Avatar Records) 10 points from 2 votes

30=: E-Mov - Jasmine (Dacru Records) 10 points from 1 vote

30=: Kindzadza - I'd Like You to be a Mind Reader (Osom Music) 10 points from 1 vote

30=: Various - Rumble in the Jungle (Forestdelic Records) 10 points from 1 vote

36=: Various - Kampu (Random Records & The Cure) 9 points from 2 votes

36=: Makida - The Fractal Phenomena (24/7 Media) 9 points from 1 vote

36=: Solid Snake - Return to the Source (Tribal Vision Records) 9 points from 1 vote

39=: Various - Svemirski Hod (Neogoa) 8 points from 3 votes

39=: Lunar Dawn - Triglav (Neogoa) 8 points from 2 votes

39=: Chyanacid - Book of Changes (Good Dance Recordings) 8 points from 1 vote

39=: Manifold - Digital Sun (Ektoplazm) 8 points from 1 vote

39=: Sideform - Momentum (Iboga Records) 8 points from 1 vote

44=: Astrix - He.art (HOM-Mega Productions) 7 points from 1 vote

44=: Ba'al - Holier Than Thou (Good Dance Recordings) 7 points from 1 vote

44=: JBC Arkadii - White Tiger's Empire (Hado Records) 7 points from 1 vote

44=: Shivattva - The Tales of Harvia (Treetrolla Records) 7 points from 1 vote

44=: Various - Digital Family Vol. 6 (Digital Diamonds) 7 points from 1 vote

44=: Various - Tech Tales 6 (Electric Power Pole Records) 7 points from 1 vote

44=: Various - Uncharted - Volume III (Dacru Records) 7 points from 1 vote

51=: Sionnach - Hyper Blaster (Not On Label) 6 points from 1 vote

51=: Spruce - Bazel (Anomalistic Records) 6 points from 1 vote

51=: Static Movement - Sian (Iono Music) 6 points from 1 vote

51=: Stereofeld - Soul Mirror (Sun Station) 6 points from 1 vote

55=: Nebula Meltdown - Urban Renaissance (Sangoma Records) 5 points from 2 votes

55=: Negans - Danse Macabre (Neogoa) 5 points from 2 votes

55=: Cryomatter - Cryomatter (Ektoplazm) 5 points from 1 vote

55=: Norma Project - Creative Minds (Ovnimoon Records) 5 points from 1 vote

55=: Transdriver - Special Ideatition (Impulse Audio Records) 5 points from 1 vote

55=: Various - Let There Be Light (Zenon Records) 5 points from 1 vote

55=: Various - Supremely Weird (Alice-D Records) 5 points from 1 vote

62=: Gu - Reality is a Hallucination (Insomnia Records) 4 points from 1 vote

62=: Nostromosis - Flight of the Navigator (Timewarp) 4 points from 1 vote

62=: Various - Future Land (Parvati Records & Digital ShivA Power) 4 points from 1 vote

65=: Various - Cascades Of Life (Psynews) 3 points from 1 vote

65=: Various - Metahorizon (TesseracTstudio) 3 points from 1 vote

67=: DNA - Virtual Jungle Remake (Zion 604) 2 points from 1 vote

67=: Ozmali - Transitions EP (Ozmali Records) 2 points from 1 vote

67=: Planetary Assault Systems - Arc Angel (Ostgut Ton) 2 points from 1 vote

67=: Various - Goa Meditation Vol. 1 (Timewarp) 2 points from 1 vote

67=: Various - The Cure (The Cure & Medulla Oblongata) 2 points from 1 vote

67=: Voyager - The Source (Tech Safari Records) 2 points from 1 vote

67=: Xamanist - 7 (Ektoplazm) 2 points from 1 vote

74=: Battle of the Future Buddhas - Everything Remixed (Schlabbaduerst Rekkords) 1 point from 1 vote

74=: Bell Size Park ‎ - Mysticum Tempore Aparatus (The Unreleased Files 1996-2016) (Goa Galaxy) 1 point from 1 vote

74=: Digitalis - Collected Vinyl Breaks (Tribal Shift Records) 1 point from 1 vote

74=: Imba - Impossible Astronaut (Neogoa) 1 point from 1 vote

74=: Sensient - The End of All Things (Zenon Records) 1 point from 1 vote

74=: Various - Zamaneh Sanguine (Good Dance Recordings) 1 point from 1 vote

 

Downtempo

1: Globular - Holobiont (Not On Label) 65 points from 8 votes

2: Perfect Blind - Wanderers (Neogoa & Ae Records) 53 points from 8 votes

3=: Scann-Tec - Unyt (Ultimae Records) 40 points from 7 votes

3=: Aes Dana feat. Miktek - Far & Off (Ultimae Records) 40 points from 5 votes

5=: Dub Trees - Celtic Vedic (LSD - Liquid Sound Design) 28 points from 5 votes

5=: Sky Technology - Spirituality (Timewarp) 28 points from 4 votes

5=: Suduaya - Venus (Altar Records) 28 points from 4 votes

8: Shamanizm Parallelii - Tales from Colored Tepee (Neogoa & Ae Records) 20 points from 3 votes

9: James Murray - Eyes to the Height (Ultimae Records) 19 points from 2 votes

10: Various - Goa Meditation Vol. 1 (Timewarp) 18 points from 2 votes

11: Max Million - Monogramma (Audiomodern) 17 points from 2 votes

12=: Androcell - Creatures (Not On Label) 15 points from 3 votes

12=: Banco de Gaia - The 9th of Nine Hearts (Disco Gecko) 15 points from 2 votes

12=: Profondita - Ciel (Altar Records) 15 points from 2 votes

15: Various - Smörgåsbord Vol. 2: Psiarrhea (Omnitropic & Maia Brasil Records) 14 points from 2 votes

16=: Kaminanda - The Infinite Breath (Merkaba Music) 11 points from 2 votes

16=: SiebZehN - Starship Signals (Hadra Records) 11 points from 2 votes

18=: Bioscape - Shaping Seasons (Not On Label) 10 points from 1 vote

18=: Flooting Grooves - Monosodium Flootamate (Blue Hour Sounds) 10 points from 1 vote

18=: Motion Drive - Chill Out Realms (Iono Music) 10 points from 1 vote

18=: Wakhan - Mystical Encounter With Yourself (Liquid Seed Recordings) 10 points from 1 vote

22=: Khooman - Upheaval (Darkapuggla) 9 points from 1 vote

22=: Mindex - ReFocused (Merkaba Music) 9 points from 1 vote

22=: Various - Transmigration (Silent Existence) 9 points from 1 vote

25=: Various - Society of Inner Light (LSD - Liquid Sound Design) 8 points from 2 votes

25=: Arkeyetexture - Lago De Sonhos (Big Wave Records) 8 points from 1 vote

25=: Astral Travel Agency - Digital Spirits (Not On Label) 8 points from 1 vote

25=: Hedflux - Soul Science (Luminus Music) 8 points from 1 vote

25=: HuuHaa - Starizona (GreenTree Records) 8 points from 1 vote

25=: Kalya Scintilla - Listen to the Trees (Merkaba Music) 8 points from 1 vote

25=: Keemiyo - A Mystical Journey (Altar Records) 8 points from 1 vote

25=: Mac Mavis - Cassettes 1993-94 (Random Records) 8 points from 1 vote

25=: Mystic Crock - Addicted (Blue Tunes Chillout) 8 points from 1 vote

25=: Pitch Black - Filtered Senses (Dubmission Records) 8 points from 1 vote

35=: Abakus - Departure (Modus Recording) 7 points from 1 vote

35=: Segue - Over the Mountains (Silent Season) 7 points from 1 vote

35=: The Bhaktas - Modified (Altar Records) 7 points from 1 vote

35=: Various - Cascades Of Life (Psynews) 7 points from 1 vote

35=: Wåveshåper - Electro Glyph (µtantra) 7 points from 1 vote

40=: Carbon Based Lifeforms - ALT:01 (Leftfield Records) 6 points from 1 vote

40=: False Identity - The Pond Where I Belong (The Beats Bizarre) 6 points from 1 vote

40=: Noraus - Type 1 Civilization (Microcosmos Records) 6 points from 1 vote

40=: Supersillyus - Charade (Gravitas Recordings) 6 points from 1 vote

40=: Ultimate Xperience - Lazarus Rising (Neogoa) 6 points from 1 vote

45=: Koan - Placidity (Blue Tunes Chillout) 5 points from 1 vote

45=: Organic Dreamers - The Timeless Machine (Not On Label) 5 points from 1 vote

45=: Ra - Earthcall (Suntrip Records) 5 points from 1 vote

45=: The Flying Mars - Vibradimensional Experience (Altar Records) 5 points from 1 vote

45=: Transient - Ebb & Flow (Noisy Vagabond) 5 points from 1 vote

50=: Astronaut Ape - Unknown Sector (Microcosmos Records) 4 points from 1 vote

50=: Kausemus - Aer Absurdum (Not On Label) 4 points from 1 vote

50=: The Bhaktas - Manipulated (Altar Records) 4 points from 1 vote

53=: Chronos - Keep in your Heart (Mystic Sound Records) 3 points from 1 vote

53=: Various - Schlabbaduerst 008 (Schlabbaduerst Rekkords) 3 points from 1 vote

55: Amos - Illusions of Tomorrow (Ovnimoon Records) 2 points from 1 vote

56=: ELEA - Oniros (Altar Records) 1 point from 1 vote

56=: Seamoon - Crystal Language (Merkaba Music) 1 point from 1 vote

 

Thanks to everyone who voted, and congratulations to the artists.

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Starkraver    858

Hmm! Interesting. Thanks rotwang.

Sad Oopie's album didn't make it to top10, it definitely deserves to be in it though :)

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Meltwater    12

Kind of surprised Alter Ego by JOOF didn't get a vote.

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mars    138

NICCEEEE !!!

Thanks for all the work. Thanks for those talented artists for all this great music !

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Paul Eye    427

The City Of Moons took a well deserved #1.

The downtempo section is a sad affair indeed, barely any votes this year, oh well.

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antic604    496

The City Of Moons took a well deserved #1.

The downtempo section is a sad affair indeed, barely any votes this year, oh well.

 

No new Ott, Shulman or Shpongle will do that :P

 

For me, I bought a lot of downtempo / chill stuff last year, but 95% was released prior to 2016 and not strictly psy-chill, so I indeed struggled with voting in this category.

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Starkraver    858

I had bought the latest Segue and shaded explorer. Not sure if they would fit here

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psytones    68

No new Ott, Shulman or Shpongle will do that :P

Then this WINNER album becomes the irony of your joke! *an album of residdent evil scenarier in its story telling.. A concept album. I played the whole album in my old appartment in the middle of a capital city. Doing that, playing a full album out the window (backyard, but still) for sure makes you concider how good the album actually is heard from many varieble ears. Why? I was testing a bluetooth soundsystem I was promised would last 5 hours full power. It didnt. It lasted about 2 hours. Good sound thouugh, impressive. It was Onyx Studios 3

 

 

Buy it here for support: https://globular.bandcamp.com/album/holobiont

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Anu Katariina    326

Sometimes I think, ponder over, why I am active in psynews. This kind of polls are one of the main reasons: I have my vote :) Thanks to @ psynews and also @Rotwang for doing this!

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psytones    68

Thats a very nice review Antic:) - the first half of it was better then the last (I think the overall homage to OTT/Shpongle is nice and respectful, and all the singing and chanting (that i agree is a tad too much according to personal taste) is cute/charming and feels local and meaningfull to the artist/town..), but still on. Here's x-ing that you will write a good (questionable?) review of IM's new soup. Man, that Manipulator .. I bet the whole album is just full of singing. 

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Jon Cocco    72

The City Of Moons took a well deserved #1.

The downtempo section is a sad affair indeed, barely any votes this year, oh well.

I'm glad it won. I was back-and-forth between UX and Morphic Resonance, and ended up leaving UX at #1. I enjoyed both so much.

Tastes are different of course. For me, Morphic Resonance was huge. Suntrip never released anything close to the dark/sleek edginess, and grandiose-ness (dark goa wise) as City of Moons IMO. Kudos to the artist and Suntrip for making (and getting out there) this radical gem. Here's hoping the second tops the first (no weaker songs!) and is the magnum opus it has potential to be. No rush! 

 

I would have added Max Million - Monogramma to my downtempo if I knew about it earlier. This is great moody stuff (attached). Just wow, bring on the LP or sequel LP.  Beautiful work.

Link: https://youtu.be/ZMrdhxjk8AA

 

Also, thank you for taking the time to count the votes and so compile the Best of 2016 results! :)

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antic604    496

Here's x-ing that you will write a good (questionable?) review of IM's new soup. Man, that Manipulator .. I bet the whole album is just full of singing.

 

I actually like the album a lot and there's very little "singing". Stylistically it's between "Classical Mushroom" and "B.P.Empire", obviously more advanced technically - if one doesn't mind glitch / dub-step stuff - and is strong musically, in the way that only they know how to do. The combination of technical proficiency, touching emotional musical parts and ...keeping Duvdev under wraps really pays of and I hope they'll continue down that path.

 

Also, I find it weird that people have issues with singing in their music, as e.g. "Dracul" had that terrible "Na na, na na na na nahhh..." part, which is 100x more annoying than anything on the new album :P

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psytones    68

There is a difference between singing, and hymning. ----- That Dracul comment tells me you've not had so much fun in your life. Thats a terrible comment to an awesome section (imho). 

https://youtu.be/ynBgM795efo?t=4m44s

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All the comments around makes me really wanna get a hold of The Citiy of Moons soon. Btw. 

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antic604    496

There is a difference between singing, and hymning. ----- That Dracul comment tells me you've not had so much fun in your life. Thats a terrible comment to an awesome section (imho).  

 

Jumping to conclusions much? Personally I prefer singing to hymning / chanting, because I associate the latter with drunk college bros or soccer hooligans and their primitive 'fun' which admittedly I didn't had much of ;):P

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psytones    68

Yeah :D Dracul is totally fun drunk (shrooms or not) hanging over eachother shoulders waving arms "singing", cheering. Ive maybe had too much fun :P Getting more ,,boring" though, no worries. Peace'n Love. e. Im sorry about your chant"" asscosiation btw.  I get your collage hooligan referance/vibe.. but thats not where that track or section was, or is for me. 


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