Freaky Chakra ‎– Blacklight Fantasy

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Astralwerks ‎– ASW 6232-2
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CD
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Tracklist

1 Downspace 7:45
2 Automatic 4:47
3 What? 4:18
4 Thing 5:58
5 Fascist Funk 6:18
6 Vector Head 5:29
7 Living In The Future 5:00
8 Dreams 7:34
9 Year 2000 6:48
10 Hyperspace 7:53
11 Platform 6:55
12 Blacklight Fantasy 5:09

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Credits

  • Written-By, Producer, Mixed By [Digitally Blended]Daum Bentley

Notes

Mixed

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 0 1704-66232-2 3
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L043
  • Mould SID Code: ifpi 1633
  • Matrix / Runout: ASW06232 1-1-1
  • Rights Society: BMI

Other Versions (2 of 2) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ASW 6232 AD Freaky Chakra Blacklight Fantasy(CD, Promo) Astralwerks ASW 6232 AD US 1998 Sell This Version
ASW 6232-1 Freaky Chakra Blacklight Fantasy(2xLP) Astralwerks ASW 6232-1 US 1998 Sell This Version

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dopplerfm

dopplerfm

April 30, 2017
edited 2 months ago
Amazing album. Will suit any range of electronic fan, from electro to techno to ambient to IDM. The real spirit that Daum captures is something quite unique but is definitively a cross between electro and minimalist techno. He very well knows the tropes and nuances of both and puts them on display with an alarmingly heady and otherworldy feel that could only come from San Francisco. It is truly weird, very tripped out and amazingly spiritual and connected. Speaking heavily on Blacklight Fantasy, which I think is his Tour De Force, the textural aspects of the album are very IDM founded but labor in an electro context, creating something that could be worthy of the Schematic catalog or very easily a Warp or Rephlex forerunner. I believe his albums and EPs were criminally overlooked in a broader sense, but we knew them only too well in San Francisco and the greater US. At the great risk of sounding like a sub 18 year old druggie, I have to concede that this music is mind numbingly good on LSD and other hallucinogens...almost as if it were made for such an influenced listener. This is only because of the serious attention paid to very dense and exotic landscapes that Daum puts to work in each and every track. At their foundation, clinical electro from a Kraftwerkian heritage and minimal techno with Detroit lineage tracing to Sharevari rule the day..funky with a streak of pure dark on it's back. Within all these gems, alien landscapes and ambient excursion litter the forefront along with thick and heady analogue leads. And finally on top is indeed a transcendental funk that perfectly encapsulates the efforts and makes them palletable for worthy dancers seeking a spiritual trip but also wanting just straight up funk to move to all night. More, more and more is all I can say/request: Daum, please!
Adam420

Adam420

June 29, 2016

Can't believe it took me so long to discover this. What an amazing album that holds up incredibly well.
quadrantcross

quadrantcross

May 6, 2011
I recently pulled out this album again, and the praise here is justified. What makes this album age well is its minimalist palette. Freaky Chakra mixes each track into the next like a DJ mix, demonstrating his programming ability with the conventions of deep tech-house, deep minimal trance, techno and electro. Though it sounds like FC is drifting along with dreamy sounds, this is a very tightly produced, well-executed series of tracks that do not contain long or overtly repetitive sections. High production value, for its time, underscores the album's longetivity. Much like work by FSOL, it contains within itself the sonic keys to its own understanding. I've started DJing these tracks out, and they play well with modern (2011) deep minimalism. This speaks to FC indeed being quite ahead of his time.
elektronisches

elektronisches

October 15, 2007
edited over 7 years ago

The first time I heard this CD, it just bent my world in a serious way. Like B12's Time Traveller, Blacklight Fantasy creates a cohesive atmosphere across the songs that is so otherworldly you just marvel that anybody could have imagined it. Moreover, it's so distinctly different from Lowdown Motivator that I had to wonder if it was the same people in the group. Instant classic.
Bestevus

Bestevus

October 25, 2006
edited over 10 years ago
This is a hugely underrated album, although the term is far too often thrown around. The album, taken as a whole, is a long and strange series of tracks full of disorienting beats and breaks accompanied by synthetics that are no less than gratuitous, and rightfully so. It could surely be considered a concept album, but it's just so odd, I couldn't quite tell you what the concept might be. Each movement is primarily dance-oriented, and stands on its own for the most part, but the album as a whole is certainly more than the sum of its parts. Everything seems to fit and...and at this point I feel like I'm dragging this out, probably because I feel that a lot should be said about the album, Blacklight Fantasy. It's simply incredible, an album that has always stood out for me even more than it did for the ones who had just happened to be playing it that day. I could understand how this album was passed up by so many people, because it isn't your most accessible joyride. In fact, it's a very dark and uncomfortable piece of music, almost morbid. Very worthy or consideration/reconsideration, but don't expect to get the warm and fuzzies. Whatever was on his mind when he made this, he sure as hell wasn't in a garden.
mudslut23

mudslut23

August 26, 2003
Fascist Funk! What a great title and song! Freaky Chakra blew me away with this album. I own the first album but wasn't really liking it. This just sealed it for me. Permanently in my collection!!
Logan-5

Logan-5

June 6, 2003

I'm surprised this hasn't been rated higher. Listening to this album takes me to an entirely different place, and Freaky Chakra was way out ahead of himself with this album as compared with his earlier output which hasn't aged as well (writing this in 2003). He combines elements of electro, dark acid, house and techno with a flare for manipulating those little hairs deep inside your ears. The album flows the way you'd expect a great 70's prog rock album to get deeper and take turns, and progressive house finally started to catch up to his sonic inventiveness around 2001.