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Redo    19

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Artist: Ufomatka
Title: Off The Beaten Track Of The Universe
Label: Cronomi Records
Date: June 29, 2018

1. Transition To Hyperspace
2. The City Of Acid Trips
3. Sliders
4. Space Chronicles
5. USS Enterprise
6. Nebula
7. Drifting Across The Universe
8. Voyager-1 (Leaving The Solar System)

This is the first album from Ufomatka aka Alexandr Yemelyanov from Ukraine. I am not familiar with his EP's or his tracks from compilations, so I had no idea what to expect with this album.
The sound here can be described as cybernetic/dark psytrance, similar to artists like UX, Cydonia, Portamento, MFG Genesis era, etc.

1. Transition To Hyperspace: Starts off with a nice memorable bassline, slowly and methodically building upto 2:26, where the song starts taking off. I really like the second half of the song from 4:31 where the layers keep piling up till the outro.

2. The City Of Acid Trips: City? Song title feels out of place compared to the rest of the album. Anyway, we get a nice goa melody in the intro, then around 1:00 the song takes off, no slow building this time. I love the rapid, fast paced sounds here: the percussion, the synths, make it seem like the song is about to erupt. There are a lot of different psychedelic sound effects and subtle melodies on top of a steady rhythm. At 5:22, the song changes up and introduces a melody which could be considered the climax. This song is more aggressive than the previous one.

3. Sliders: I love the electric intro here, probably my favorite on the album. We get a simple, growly lead at 1:58, with other layers and melodies complementing it nicely. At 3:32, the simplistic growly lead takes a backseat, but I find it overstayed it's welcome. At 5:30, the song recovers itself when the climactic melody of the song appears, and then a few complementary melodies.

4. Space Chronicles: This song is similar to the previous one in that there is a simple, repetitive, techno-ish rhythm that overstays its welcome, but the layers and melodies keep it very interesting. I love the progression in this one, and it's subtleness, especially the cool background synth from 3:25-3:38. The climactic melody at 5:36 is fantastic as well. Overall, this song is packed with tons of ideas.

5. USS Enterprise: This one is a midtempo, journey-esque, laidback song, and it is perfection. There really isn't a climax in this song, but things are constantly changing, shifting, evolving with layers coming in and out gently. My favorite track on the album, and the longest song so far (but felt the shortest).

6. Nebula: Another midtempo song, similar to the previous one. Very atmospheric intro, but then it kinda becomes generic goa trance. Things get interesting and less generic at 4:35, and it fully redeems itself in the second half. I like the electric melody at 7:18, reminds me of UX. I felt like this song didn't need to be this long, he could have easily trimmed the first 4 mins.

7. Drifting Across The Universe: Intro really does make it seem like you're drifting. I love the creativity in this one, especially the synth from 2:25-3:18 and 6:16-6:45 which feel funky and free-styli. The dark, gravy boiling sounds at 4:50 reminds me of something from Growly Family GMS. Another great mid-tempo song.

8. Voyager-1 (Leaving The Solar System): A sample about Voyager, and an uplifting intro. Not a fan personally of the first 3 mins. But the song recovers quickly after that. The rest of the song has so much class, so much swagger, and you just don't hear this kind of style and fashion in Goa trance often. Does this guy play saxophone in his spare time?

I thoroughly enjoyed this album from start to finish. The production is great, and I've always preferred this style of cybernetic goa trance over the traditional style. I also like how few samples are present in this album, they are quiet and non intrusive.
The one complaint I have about this album is the lack of variation: similar to MFG's Project Genesis, the album really likes to repeat synths for extended periods of time, which is I guess what the artist wanted based on the promo "His musical flow follows the tradition of the avant garde and psychedelic trance/techno movement". Now I need to listen to his EP's.

4.5/5

https://cronomi.bandcamp.com/album/ufomatka-off-the-beaten-track-of-the-universe

 

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tsotsi    48

Nice review. I agree with some of the tracks not having massive developments but thought that what Alexandr did do worked like a charm. 

Check out his EP 'Altering The Synaptic Controllers' if you want some more unique ufomatka vibes. 

Nice job to Cronomi for releasing a new album and keeping it fresh. 

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On ‎9‎/‎10‎/‎2018 at 2:46 AM, Redo said:

Now I need to listen to his EP's.

Never heard of the guy before,but I like the Album very much.

On ‎9‎/‎10‎/‎2018 at 7:37 PM, tsotsi said:

Check out his EP 'Altering The Synaptic Controllers'

The same high quality.Highly recommended!

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Trance2MoveU    354

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Artist: Ufomatka
Title: Off The Beaten Track Of The Universe
Label: Cronomi Records
Date: June 29, 2018

1. Transition To Hyperspace
2. The City Of Acid Trips
3. Sliders
4. Space Chronicles
5. USS Enterprise
6. Nebula
7. Drifting Across The Universe
8. Voyager-1 (Leaving The Solar System)

 

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With a thunderous explosion, Arby's has fired the first shot with it's new fast food/porn promotion.

 

With other labels releasing goa trance at a seemingly frenzied pace it's easy to forget about Cronomi.  An average of a release a year is not going to allow the label bigwigs to quit their job at Arby's at any time soon.

That chocolate penis ain't gonna make itself, am I right guys?

And while their brand of goa trance is not usually my favorite (except for M-Run, Portamento, and Erta Ale...those are some of the best goa trance ever!  Wanna fight about it?) they are certainly not afraid to step out of the safe goa comfort zone.  UFOmatka is Ukrainian  Alexandr Yemelyanov who has released several tracks of face melting goa trance that had the masses clamoring for an album release.  And fresh of the night shift Cronomi delivers with his debut album.  And a couple of sammiches and a pack of curly fries. 

A few notes...

The opener is a dull dirge that falls flat.  There I said it.  With his track record this was surprising and disappointing.  He makes up for it with The City of Acid Trips and it's liquid fire.  Sliders isn't bad and has a nice climax, but doesn't offer a lot of variety.  Same with Space Chronicles.  Liked it and thought it was decent, but we can get that anywhere.  I liked the Enterprise song the best and thought the closing Voyager was average downtempo goa.  

Sure there are tracks that hit harder, but he seems to develop his psychedelic goa rather than hand it to you on a silver platter.  Sometimes that hits and sometimes it misses.  Sometimes he gets lost in the weeds and sometimes it evolves into a very good experience.  He certainly didn't make a straight forward goa album and several tracks seemed to waste valuable minutes getting to where they were going.  In the end it's not a very exciting album and at this point in his career though I would say that his compilation tracks are better than his debut.

 

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Aspartic    60

I really like the album. It's new goa, but indeed very different from what we know now as new school goa.
It's almost techy goa. Not all tracks have the same quality. That's true.
But I can really dive into this sound and let go.

Admitted, also for me, his compilation tracks are more my thing than the album.
But I had to buy it. It has something special. :)

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gfp1    24

admittedly, my first few listens of this album i was disappointed but after readjusting my expectations i find it to be quite enjoyable.

a lot of goa can be too intense if i just want to have something on in the background. the screeching assault of noises and non-stop nature all blend together and i feel kind of claustrophobic and anxious after about 20 minutes. goa is great if i want to close my eyes and analyze the complexities but not so much if it's accompanying a task.

but this ufomatka album is really warm and easy to digest as a soundtrack to my life. there is nothing abrasive about it, it makes an effort to be distinctive without being turgid. is music best enjoyed by carefully dissecting each part or are we meant to just feel the vibes? ufomatka has created an album full of good vibes, no thinking needed, just let it ride out. it maintains the goa sensibilities with a refined, less is more approach.

 

 

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pdinklag    76

Hah, I'm loving this album, very refereshing sound! :D Interesting how it goes from pretty fast to pretty slow, yet keeps the pace somehow.

Drifting Across The Universe got to be my favorite on here, it has a really nice drive and something strangely funky in it. And I love funky! More bonus points achieved for that splendid psy-chill outro track!

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wtftruck    0

I love this album! Very refreshing with a modern take on goa thats not full on melodic madness, but indeed as others before me mentioned: carefully engineered psychedelia with high attention to detail. Big ups

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