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Astral Projection "Let There be Light" EP


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Astral Projection Let There Be Light

(12", 33 ⅓ RPM, EP) SUNCDEP02

Tracks:

Filteria–Filtertraces (Astral Projection Remix)10:08

Astral Projection–Let There Be Light (Filteria Remix)8:55

Astral Projection–Enlightened Evolution (Morphic Resonance Remix)10:21

Astral Projection–Another World (2017 Remix)9:21

 

I'm reviewing the vinyl 12" edition of this fine ep. Really excellent sound on this 12" courtesy of the masterful mastering of Tim Schuldt. A good quality pressing.
 

Filteria–Filtertraces (Astral Projection Remix)10:08

Astral Projection's remix of Filteria's "Filtertraces" sounds so classically AP that Filteria seems neither here nor there - a very sweet epic track that hovers on the edge of the saccharine towards the end, but in the right mood is a bomb. The masters of melody do not fail to deliver.

 

Astral Projection–Let There Be Light (Filteria Remix)8:55

Filteria returns the favour with a remix of "Let There be Light": this is altogether tougher and faster with the bigger bass of nu skool Goa. The lead melody is perhaps a bit forward in the mix, making it strident - this spoils part of this remix, which I can't fully rate.

 

Astral Projection–Enlightened Evolution (Morphic Resonance Remix)10:21

The Morphic Resonance remix of AP's "Enlightened Evolution" doesn't have shrill leads or cheesy modulations, but it can't really be said to add much, if anything, to the original, which I prefer. Two not such great remixes from the nu skool guys then. I notice that neither of them has the perfect sound that Astral manage; their production is just not as subtle.

 

Astral Projection–Another World (2017 Remix)9:21

Then it is the turn of Astral to remix their own track "Another World" from the album of that name. Ahhh, sweet bliss. This is almost indescribably awesome: pure spirituality in aural form. I felt my body dissolving into a sea of pulsating pixels to this track. For me "Dancing Galaxy" and "Another World" are their best albums, and that this track seems to attain another level of beauty in this remix seems miraculous to me. Wow!


I'm afraid I have no choice but to conclude that the old school masters showed these Johnny-come-latelies a thing or two. I am not suggesting at all that Filteria and Morphic Resonance are less than very good, but I am suggesting that Astral Projection's production values are on another level of mind-bending subtlety. Two great remixes from Astral Projection, the other two are not as memorable. ~*~

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@DoktorGSpeaking of vinyls as you reviewed this EP in the vinyl format, I read yesterday in the news that 2022 was a record year for vinyl sales in the United States. Even higher sales than in the early 90s. I wonder if this has been reflected in the sales of Goa/Psy vinyls as well? Perhaps all the Goa/Psy vinyl collectors and labels who continued to push the format were actually ahead of the curve rather than backwards-striving? :D What should we push next, maybe a Minidisc or DAT-revival? ;) 

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3 hours ago, Magus Knight said:

@DoktorGSpeaking of vinyls as you reviewed this EP in the vinyl format, I read yesterday in the news that 2022 was a record year for vinyl sales in the United States. Even higher sales than in the early 90s. I wonder if this has been reflected in the sales of Goa/Psy vinyls as well? Perhaps all the Goa/Psy vinyl collectors and labels who continued to push the format were actually ahead of the curve rather than backwards-striving? :D What should we push next, maybe a Minidisc or DAT-revival? ;) 

The thing about physical media is that it is just so much more memorable, not to mention literally tangible, than the anonymity of the giant digital akashic library in cyberspace. Yes, it is less green, but if it is good art that is being pressed, then that is not such a problem. What we don't need is trees being cut down for airport novels, if you catch my drift. I personally prefer the sound of analogue, even if the original recording is digital - it has a visceral warmth that speaks to my body directly. Goa trance sounds amazing on vinyl, provided you have a top hifi - mo psychedelic! 

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People might be starting to learn that an endless supply of music streaming hasn't made them more excited for music but rather some background noise that they don't need to think about. Vinyl feels more real as far as a listening experience goes. I still like digital. But need to force myself to listen to an album through and through without skipping to some other new release halfway through. 

AP really do nail it in their subtlety you got that right. Filteria and Morphic just seem like the least subtle artists in the genre and aren't known for their delicate touch. You would think you could get some synergy there, a new approach rather than someone else with a soft touch coming to do what AP has already done. 

But it's hard to move past such a classic sound.

 

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