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Aspartic    60


Title: Shambhala
Label: Global Sect Music
Date: October 2018
Format : CD and Digital


1. Fiery Dawn - Magic Mirror 07:31
2. Skarma - Cianendeon ( Median Project Remix ) 08:53
3. Goasia - Hidden Waves 06:46
4. Median Project - Heaven and Earth (Omneon rmx) 08:10
5. Zopmanika - Namaskara Mantra II 08:58
6. Сentavra Project - Shambhala 09:18
7. Median Project - Scarab 07:26
8. Mindsphere - Floating in a Widescreen 12:11
9. Astrancer - Neighbor 10:14


DJ Adept's latest offering from Russia. Here we GO!
For those who follow Global Sect music, you know what to expect.

And they deliver more than that. Shambala is the bulls eye shot of Goa anno 2018.

Opener is a down to mid-tempo track by Fiery Dawn. It has a nice groove, but I find it out of place on a compilation that is otherwise filled with space fuel.
But ok, it gets you in the mood slowly.
And then we're off for a goa rollercoaster without any disappointing tracks. Really, they are all fantastic!

Median Project is back with a stunning remix of Skarma to crack the goa case open. Sweet melodies!
Goasia in full force with a rolling bassline without pauses.
Omneon takes on a remix of Median Project. Heaven and Earth gets a more acidic and raw facelift. Dance muttha's!
I took an aromatic bath while listening to Zopmanika's belter Namaskara Mantra II. Good lord, kamasutra, India, spiritual lifting, and all that! It does it so well.

Then we're off to space with Centavra's title track Shambhala. What great mixing in this track. Wonderful goa. Up and down we modulate.
This disc is unstoppable, man.
Median Project slams with his very own Scarab. This man only produces quality tracks nowadays. Scorching acid and goa synths flowing around from left to right. Amazing.
And then, Mindsphere! Mindsphere treats us with a 12min(!) long goa odyssey. The lengths fits the quality. It's so good. A pleasure for the ears.
His arpeggio's are back, and they are hot!
And look who's back? Astrancer!
Astrancer blesses us with the last track. He takes down the energy from the cd a notch, so we can all have a smooth comeback to earth in style.
Great melodic easy listener.

Conclusion: Don't hesitate to get this one! From start to finish this is what modern Goa is all about. Talented artists with a wealth of inspiration and skills. Goa lives!!

Buy link (CD and Digital)

Global Sect bandcamp

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Padmapani    357

agreed. it starts out ok with fiery dawn, but gets better with track 2 and stays that way until the end. we get a new goasia track (long time no hear, and i'm glad this one is better than the last ones released), solid tracks from mindsphere, centavra and median project. astrancer (again, long time no hear) fits very well onto here. he often likes to dance on both sides of the cheese border, but stays well on the right side this time. the surprise here is zopmanika (which i had filed under "average goa trance" up to now) with a modern bassline, well crafted melodies and of course the mantra samples in the end. if you're looking for a tasteful transition from "big room psytrance" (the stuff with mantra/eastern-singing samples, kick/bass and not much else) to goa this is your track.

as criticism you could say that it's yet another typical global sect compilation and you'd be right. but just as with the latest e-mantra, i will gladly listen to a lot of music in a style i like. so, all in all, this is nothing groundbreaking but instead more of a good thing. if you enjoyed previous global sect compilations you will enjoy this one too. it's a bit shorter, but to compensate there are no filler tracks here.

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Jaza    29

This one is a gem. Admittedly it's hard to compare a 4 CD VA with 1 CD... But I think it trumps Terraformer in quality.

Yes, it sits right in the Global Sect comfort zone, but this is mostly proper top quality modern psytrance.

The Zopmanika, Centavra and Median Project tracks are all bombs. The Omneon remix of Median is very worthwhile too.

The Goasia and Astrancer contributions are also very worthy. The Mindsphere one drags on for me - I love >10 min tracks but this one doesn't quite grab me - but it deserves its place on the CD. In the end it's only really the first track from Fiery Dawn that doesn't grab me.

An absolute bargain at the price. Well played again Global Sect.

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Aspartic    60

Exactly. One disc full of gems without fillers seems way better than a 4CD with mixed gems and fillers.
WIth only 9 tracks I can focus more on each track and listen to them again and again. That's harder with 40 tracks.
This is a quality release with real goa stormers.

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