Various ‎– The Holotropic Mind

Nephilim Records ‎– 23018
CD, Compilation

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1 Kopfuss Resonator Red Sprite
Written-By, Producer – M. Pfurtscheller*, Timothy Färber
2 Von Aum King Louis' Banana Boogie
Engineer – J. Ollila*, U. Gustavsson*Written-By, Producer – DJ Ulf*, Von Aum
3 Little Blue Men Blah Blah Machine
Written-By, Producer – U. Bräutigam*Written-By, Producer, Engineer – J. Ollila*, U. Gustavsson*
4 Amanda* & Miranda Hex-A-Fex
Written-By, Producer – A. Wright*, Miranda
5 Psyko Disko Sikamotto
Engineer – A. Arkin*Written-By, Producer – F. Disko*, S. Psyko*
6 Space Tribe Circle Of Life
Written-By, Producer – O. Wisdom*
7 X.I.S. Slow Mutation
Written-By, Producer – H. Bucholz*, T. Janert*
8 O*Men DJ MBX
Written-By, Producer – P. Bäckman, P. Koskinen*
9 Inipi Raining Acid
Written-By, Producer – C. Steiner

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Graphics: Anubis -

BPM's: 1 - 138 / 2 - 134 / 3 - 142 / 4 - 143 / 5 - 143 / 6 - 144 / 7 - 141 / 8 - 137 / 9 - 92.

Total time: 71:40

All tracks ℗ & © 1998 Nephilim except 1: ℗ by No Limits BMG UFA and 4: ℗ by Silver Publishing
Made in Germany

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Label Code: LC 3437
  • Rights Society: GEMA


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June 21, 2017
Fans of deep scando sounds should find plenty of nice cuts here to thicken up their collections. I personally feel the strongest tracks are from the Finnish and Swedish artists present- Von Aum, Little Blue Men, and O*men. Weird sounds abound and the breaks and change-ups can be a bit more in-your-face than some might like, but there is a lot to enjoy here, especially in full resolution with a great set of speakers or headphones delivering the sound.


May 27, 2010

This is an interesting, although not all that great release. Despite a fair chunk of old school veterans present, most of them don't live up to the expectations, or better yet, to a lot of other work they've released. The first three tracks are all more on the psy than on the goa side: no explosive melodies, no climax driven passages to drive the dance area into a state of trance, but rather steady pulsating, pretty minimal and darkish tunes with tiny little psychedelic sounds and effects randomly arranged on the surface. Think of those dark progressive tracks on Flying Rhino Records' "Second flight: turbulence" and "Fourth flight: velocity" compilations, just not as good. So if that's your thing, right from the start I can say you're ought to like this one more than I did. Because to whatever it is that I like here, you can feel free to add these first three tracks as well. I don't fancy them though.
Miranda and Amanda team up for the first seriously dope tune here, which, just as the previous ones, isn't as melodic or acidic as maybe Miranda's stuff on "Phenomena" or her input in the Ominus project. However, Hex-A-Fex is one of those seriously stomping, bass heavy tracks with just enough juice and effects to make you trip all over the dance floor. Think of some of that pumping, high energy material off Miranda's sophmore album "Real rush". It's kind of similar to that.
To my surprise Psyko Disko offer one of the weaker tracks here. Usually known for their off the chain madness, they lose all the magic beans on the way, delivering a pretty bland and empty tune, introducing an atrociously bad guitar riff towards the end, thus completely ruining an already mediocre piece.
Next up are Space Tribe and X.I.S., with two best tracks on the compilation. Fast, driving, multi layered and acid loaded goa trance from when it could still make my head do a 180 on a regular basis. Both of them are great, relentless and uncontrollable party stompers, with a heavier accent on Slow Mutation, with its massive and long break down, followed by one last furious assault of acid and sinister melodies. The issue with Space Tribe's Circle Of Life is the drum kick. I usually don't complain about the technical and production details, but listen to that track - either it's the kick that's too loud or the bass line needs to be toned down because it tends to create too much 'oomph', thus suffocating the kick.
Whoever O-Men are, "o"-h my god, these "men" should have stayed hidden under a stone. Contributing with what is arguably the worst mid tempo goa trance tune, with a running time of almost ten minutes, they come up with a quirky psychedelic melody that has been applied a thousand times before, on a thousand other track by a thousand artists, way more talented than these guys. As if things weren't bad enough as they are, they drop a vintage Game Boy lead at 06:45, and by that point, if you haven't pressed the stop button, not only are you potentially deaf, you are beyond the point of receiving a second chance.
Inipi end it with a cool dubby, mid tempo tune, with a sufficient amount of nice melodies and effects gently floating around. Plenty of stuff going on, but none of it jumps at you or is over done, so the track is really placating without venturing into the fall asleep in front of the DJ ambience. Nothing extraordinary, but a good way to end a compilation. A chilled out tune, which comes in handy after numbers by X.I.S. and Space Tribe.
Overall, this isn't really worth getting if not for the Hex-A-Fex and Slow Mutation tracks, and I don't even have a clue if those are available elsewhere. Olli Wisdom lives up to his old school self, dropping a great and explosive bomb, but if you've listened to any one of his first three albums, then you know he has avalanches of similarly sounding tunes, just done with far more skill and, uhm, enthusiasm. Final verdict would be not getting this unless everything with a goa trance stamp on it needs to sit on your shelf. However, if there is no other way for you to check out tracks 4 and 7, then to hell with it, go out and buy the damn thing. Last time I checked, wasn't that expensive either, plus the cover art is one of those cool, old Matsuri-like eye treats with symmetric and opposite images split right through the middle. Whatever, I was meant to end it with a classy mathematical theorem, but gave up on it in no time. Maybe you can do better!