Various ‎– Infinite Excursions 2 (Sonic Hallucinations)

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1 Excess Head Sneaky Malone
Written-By – G.Wood*
6:54
2 Visible Sound Shapeshifter
Written-By – Bansi, R.Rothfield*, S.Rothfield*
8:17
3 The Infinity Project Another Planet
Written-By – G.Wood*, R. Rothfield*
8:40
4 GMS The Dub That Never Was
Flute – Yashi*Written-By – Bans*, Riktam
9:27
5 Doof The Tower And The Star
Written-By – N.Barber*
7:42
6 Green Nuns Of The Revolution Skazey Haze
Written-By – R. Trevor*, M. Coldrick*
7:26
7 Harmonix (2) Quagmire
Written-By – Bansi, S.Rothfield*
6:43
8 Nitin Sawhney Streets
Written-By, Producer – Nitin Sawhney
3:54
9 Shpongle Behind Closed Eyelids
Flute – R.Rothfield*Synth, Engineer, Programmed By, Arranged By – S. Posford*Written-By – R. Rothfield*, S. Posford*
12:51

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"Get unglued and unfasten your safety belts. This is Phrenological escapology into the imagination where future infinite psy-kick journeys are navigated by technoshamic sonic manipulators who tweak us into place...where nothing matters anymore...

An abode of peace, beauty, tranquility, power, and mystery. We suspend our disbelief and enter the cryptic coded sound garden of super chill'd...virtual jungles, chocolate houses, marshmallow walls, cloud machines, language pills, bio robotics...soundage for ombient realms, hammock harmonies and the relax calm-balm of electro geometry.
This is the nectar we've been waiting for."

1) Recorded at TIP Studio, December 96 (A 10 Kilo release)
2) Recorded at Tripswitch Studios, Somerset, UK, Summer 97
3) Edit from forthcoming EP. Recorded at Brenski's TIP Studio, London, November 96. Voice sample comes from the movie 'The Day The Earth Stood Still' (1951)
4) Recorded at Tri-Ball Studio, Ibiza September 97.
5) Recorded at Doof Studios, Summer 97
6) Recorded at GNOR Studio, December 96
7) Recorded at Tripswitch Studios, Somerset, UK, Summer 97
8) ℗ & © 1996 Outcaste Records
9) Recorded at Hallucinogen's Dorset Sound Laboratory, Summer 97

Big thanks to Frank Arkright for the cut. The Master-ing.

℗ & © 1997 TIP Records (except track 8)

Dedicated to:
Rubba's - Baba's : Laymen - Shamen
Musicians - Magicians : Hipsters - Tripsters
Israeliens - Australiens : Prancers - Trancers
Seekers - Tweakers : Mabels - Labels
Nothing Suck Seeds Like a Parrot...

Artist on track 4: GMS on back cover, Growling Mad Scientists in booklet.

Mastering info: Frank Arkright on the cover, Docdata on matrix.
The barcode was later reused on Assassi:Nations - The Killers!.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (text): 5 032531 000155
  • Barcode (string): 5032531000155
  • Matrix / Runout (Outer Ring): TIPCD15 · MASTERED BY DOCDATA
  • Matrix / Runout (Inner Ring): A23

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Joseph_S

July 29, 2008

This is the most elusive and mysterious release from T I P Records. For some reason it’s amazingly rare. But let’s see what’s hidden inside this disc.

For me, the best thing about this compilation is the artwork! It’s by far one of the best I have seen. The front cover folds out into five panels showing a cross-section of what would be a full poster. It’s a shame though how it was released in a black CD tray rather than a clear one!

Now let’s turn to the most important thing, the music. Part one was released in 1996 subtitled “Softer Psychedelic Sounds”, but in reality it’s part 2 which would deserve this title (by today’s standards though) While on volume 1 six out of eight tracks were 4/4, on volume 2 we have only 1 or 2 tracks which have a 4/4 beat, all others float between dub, breaks and ambient.

The first 3 tracks are my favourite. They are much reminiscent of the first album by the Infinity Project in 1995 “Mystical Experiences”, and is no surprise seeing the members of T. I. P. involved in them. Following is a track by G. M. S. It starts off very quietly until the enchanting flute by Yashi (Yashu) starts playing in and out. Doof is responsible for track 5. This is a dubby, breaky track which he released again on his second and last album “It’s About Time” in 2000 with some new tweaks.

Following are no one less than the old acidheads Green Nuns. Soft music was never the order of the day in their books, so this is the only chance to listen something chillier from them. Not that I have lot of dub/ambient etc in my collection, but this is by far the only track I heard of this kind: a fusion between psychedelia and reggae! Track 7 is different from all. It has a deep 4/4 beat and a very eerie atmosphere created by some scary sounds reminding me of Sandman in some parts. It’s very dark and repetitive and lacks melody at all. Track 8 is the only track which I don’t seem to like. It’s from an artist and a label which have nothing to do with psychedelia. It’s a breakbeat track with a male vocal chanting. It’s not bad; it just doesn’t fit with the rest, and certainly not after the track before. And it’s short. I think compilation would have been better without it and if track 7 jumped directly into track 9, “Behind Closed Eyelids”. Now; we’re talking history. We all know that this was the second official Shpongle track to be released and which also appeared on their historic “Are You Shpongled?” album in 1998. The album version is around 22 seconds shorter though.

To be fair, most tracks here are nothing to scream about. Except of course for the well known ender, and for the fact that the rest of the songs here are exclusive (except for 8) there’s nothing absolutely remarkable about the music. For the sake of completing the TIP Records collection it’s a must have, other than that there’s nothing essential in here.

Still I have to know why this is so scarce!