Shakta ‎– The Enlightened Ape

Dragonfly Records ‎– BFLCD 35
CD, Album


1 The Future Is Now 7:10
2 Human Life 6:41
3 Spaceflowers (Dirty Guitar Mix) 7:04
4 Of The Essence 6:41
5 Zevel Boy 6:40
6 Between Worlds 7:07
7 Life Circles (Samsara Mix) 6:18
8 The Enlightened Ape 6:41
9 Brainwash Nation 7:52



Recorded and edited at Foxglove Studios.
Mastered by Dado @ Question Mark Studios, Paris.
Graphics made in Psiberia.

Total time: 62:18

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (String): 5025055800356
  • Barcode (Text): 5 025055 800356
  • Matrix / Runout: IMPRESS BFLCD35 01 6
  • Mastering SID Code (Mirrorred): IFPI L136
  • Mould SID Code (Etched in matrix area): IFPI 0486
  • Other (Etched in matrix area): MADE IN UK BY PMDC

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
NTD 90317-22 Shakta The Enlightened Ape(CD, Album) Dragonfly Records NTD 90317-22 Germany 1999 Sell This Version


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May 27, 2013

Why is so underrated?
Fuck...this is the best shit EVER :)


July 16, 2011

This is a very different style than the earlier Shakta or Somaton releases, but definitely one of the classics, even just going by the overall immense sci-fi/alien atmosphere. This is one of the last plain great releases from a known artist on the old school territory. The very only track I'm not too keen on, and don't even think fits the album very well, is the last downtempo track. It's just a tad too mellow, if it weren't so dubby I feel it could have worked better here. On the other hand rest of this album is quite the whole. Between Worlds, The Enlightened Ape, The Future Is Now, Zevel Boy and Spaceflowers are just acid stormers, innovative, epic. To get a track example under a microscope, Spaceflowers starts off with loads of alien atmosphere and proceeds to establish a story with incredibly well picked samples from the cult classic horror movie, Invasion Of The Body snatchers. It is intelligently composed, a ton of wet acid farts, large bassline and tiny alien details and reverbs fill up the sonic voyage. It also introduces something that is quite looked frown upon in goatrance, a guitar. I would honestly have excepted it to be a fine mess but this is Seb Taylor we're talking about here, it works, and it works incredibly well, bringing the music this growly dark atmosphere. The outro just perfects this track by sending you off with a magnificent sample "I've never excepted metal ships." The others are as well rounded as Spaceflowers, no doubt. Human Life, Of The Essence and Life Circles, on the other hand, are more trying to create very intense and vivid imaginary through slower tempo, very thought-out atmospheres and stories.

Very imaginative/psychedelic atmospheres and production is to be found here. It seems Seb tried to tell more of a story with this album and did that with staggering success. Silicon Trip is more of typical goatrance release, not really establishing too much storytelling, but it was wickedly good dancefloor material and more psychedelic. To give some outside perspective, I could say this second Shakta album is to the first one like Pleiadians FOL was to IFO. The style changed quite a bit, but the quality didn't really go anywhere. I find this album a bit underrated because of this. Sure, it's hard to follow up the beloved Silicon Trip, but this man knows what he is doing and this album is the proof.

And a thing to note, according to a user on psynews, this album was ready in promo-form back in march 1998 already. So I guess this could be considered as a 98 release.