Etnica Group* ‎– The EP



Gollum 5:16
Fingers 4:52
Big Dust In Chapora Fort 6:50

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
BRA 024 Etnica Group* The EP(12", EP) Brainstorm BRA 024 Italy 1994 Sell This Version
BRA 024 Etnica Group* The EP(12", EP, W/Lbl) Brainstorm BRA 024 Italy 1994 Sell This Version
BRA 024, 8018344990798 Etnica Group* The EP(3xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Brainstorm, Brainstorm BRA 024, 8018344990798 Italy 2006


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April 9, 2017
edited 6 months ago
referencing The EP, 12", EP, BRA 024
For me a significant track in the development of Goa trance is "Big Dust in Chapora Fort", an unforgettable number for anyone who went there. It is easy to visualise a gaggle of hippies raising the dust in the fort looking onto the moonbathed silver coast of Goa, the stars high above. Hypnotic, dubby, full of dust, I guess the guys had a good time there, because soon this was their basic soundtrack. Starting with birdsong, a high Goa kick at dub pace, rattling percussion and twisting bass 303, this is blissed out plateau music. Even the piano melody manages to not sound like a piano, and the Italo/trance elements, unlike in the other tracks on the ep, are not so apparent. Moody background minor chords slowly rotating towards the end brings a sweet psychedelic melancholy and cosmic vibe. The linearity, long slow build, melody and cosmiche sensibility of this track mark it out as Goa; Etnica would go on to drop the piano and lay on the layers. But this track could still be played today. ~*~


December 7, 2006
edited over 7 years ago
referencing The EP, 12", EP, BRA 024

Quite an interesting release from the Etnica Group.
The best track for me is Fingers. The track starts off moody and dark. "Hahaha" sample is a funny/awkward add, depends whether jocular themes in goa are enough to prevent your enlightening process heh. Half way through the track a juicy synth-line starts repeating itself all the way till the end. Some of the rawest, simple output from Etnica lab but the nostalgic in me can't get enough!
The track Big Dust In Chapora Fort is also nice. First track from Etnica that I'm aware of to have the sort of "rattling effect" that Etnica later on used on some tracks. Soft piano chords in the track give the track overall trancey, light feel.
This vinyl gives a great idea how rapidly Etnica progressed in their sound, being their first release it flirts to regular trance of its time and just a few elements justify (plus the later history of the group) people to tag this goa. A year later they already made excellent productions such as the Pleiadians vinyl on Symbiosis.