Digicult ‎– Out Of This World

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Dacru Records ‎– DCRCD005
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1 Digicult Star Travel 7:12
2 Digicult vs. U-Recken Days In Space
Written-By, Producer – Yaniv Ben Ari*
6:56
3 Digicult Out Of This World 6:38
4 Digicult Red Planet 6:36
5 Digicult Cosmic Company 6:25
6 Digicult Awaken The Dream 6:27
7 Digicult Magic 6:29
8 Digicult Icarus One 6:25
9 Digicult vs. Fatali The Return
Written-By, Producer – Eitan Carmi
6:36

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Written & produced @ DigiCult Studio, Ghent - Belgium.
Front cover artwork @ Vision-Afar.Com
Worldwide distribution by Wirikuta Distribution.
Packaged in a slipcase.

Bpm's: 1 - 145 / 2 - 144 / 3 - 146 / 4 - 146 / 5 - 146 / 6 - 146 / 7 - 147 / 8 - 146 / 9 - 140.

(P) & (C) Dacru Records 2008

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  • Barcode: 9 120014 351880

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oldworldandroid

oldworldandroid

August 28, 2012
The Return is one of my favorite tracks of all time. A beautiful example of progressive psy. I recommend it to everyone.
SockPuppetMilitia

SockPuppetMilitia

April 17, 2009
While the last reviewer felt the lyric samples detracted from the album, I personally enjoyed them... perhaps because I was raised on the alien conspiracy theory stuff, and the X Files, so this sort of theme appeals to my nostalgic side. Plus, mingled into a live set with songs about LSD, and expanding one's mind, this adds balance to what would otherwise be a very drug-oriented style of music. The music here may follow a bit of the expected phrasing & instrumentation common to Full On, that doesn't mean it's generic, or that you should pass it by.
While you may not want to listen to songs that all have a similar flavour and attitude, as this album tends to lean toward, for a DJ set, tracks like this are great... high intensity and energetic melodies will pull people onto the dancefloor.
It's also good for exercising to!
stub004

stub004

October 20, 2008

The first thing that struck me about the release was the artwork; fantastic! The image above doesn't quite do it justice. Inside the cover is no different, with a clever sketch of an audio waveform clearly saying "Out Of This World".

The title is apt because each and every song is themed around space, aliens, interstellar travel and the like, right from the cosmic tones of the opening, Star Travel, to the last track, The "Return", featuring Fatali. While I admit a deep love for "themed" albums, I feel that this one went a bit over the top. Every track contains a copious amount of "space" vocal samples, with a vast majority being taken from American documentaries, the speakers clearly being geeky astrophysicists or the like. This I didn't enjoy at all. It's good for samples to have a certain mystery or strangeness surrounding them, and these satisfy neither criterion.

Also grating is the sheer over-usage of samples - every song has one. Like huge emotional breakdowns in epic trance, these feel like they are more there because they "had" to be rather than for actual artistic merit.

On the upside, most of the snippets seem relatively unique, though the nice female "we are now charging..." sample heard in Domestic's "Limited Addiction" rears its head again. However, samples aside, this is a generally pleasing album.

It's more trance than psychedelic, with the "rolling" bass lines being the only real link to the psychedelic scene. I think this is a good transition album for someone wanting to make the jump between the two.

The opening track has a distinct "cosmic" Euro feel to it, not unlike PPK - "Resurrection" (cringe!). However, rather than use a cheesy hook and weak percussion as PPK did, Digicult takes it up a notch, adding a delicious bass line, minimal hi-hats and loads of gorgeous melody in various forms; string plucks, synth stabs and raucous arps. It would be incorrect to call the album "formulaic", but all the tracks are cut from much the same stuff as this. The lead sounds are engaging, mostly eventuating in medium-intensity builds and bass drops, though it's clear that the producers are wary of making things too epic, and the energy is maintained right from start to finish as a result.

Some different flavours can be heard in tracks six and seven, my favourite two on the album, with "Awaken The Dream" having a faintly Indian feel to it in the second half, a nice nod to the roots of the genre and a great dancy track to boot.

Following this is "Magic", which dedicated psy heads will no doubt hate with a passion, but which I think is pretty cool. Infected Mushroom have copped a lot of flak for trying to combine guitars with psy, and I think in most cases it has been warranted, but Digicult have done a good job here in my opinion, using 80's style guitars that sound like they've been lifted from a sitcom's opening theme.

All in all, a nicely rounded album with perhaps lacks depth, but makes up for it with consistency and doesn't take itself too seriously. Digicult won't win any accolades for inventiveness or originality, but that doesn't mean this album isn't worth listening to. On the contrary, it's highly enjoyable if you can get your head past the annoying samples.