Darshan

Darshan

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Goa & psy-trance act based in the UK.

Started in 1995 as a duo. Mark Robinson left the project in 1998.
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Darshan Discography

Albums

Darshan Awakening (Album) Flying Rhino Records UK 1998 Sell This Version
Darshan Spectra (Album) Flying Rhino Records UK 1999 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Darshan Give Me Ouch! Records UK 1995 Sell This Version
Darshan Navigator / Duck Phantasm Records UK 1997 Sell This Version
Darshan Warped Dimension / Eco Blip Chaos Unlimited UK 1997 Sell This Version
Darshan Mind Merge / Ephemeral (EP) Flying Rhino Records UK 1997 Sell This Version
Darshan Windchime EP (EP) Flying Rhino Records UK 1998 Sell This Version
PTM27 Darshan Slipstream / Psychokinesis(12") Phantasm Records PTM27 UK 1998 Sell This Version
AFR 026 Darshan Beast EP(12", EP) Flying Rhino Records AFR 026 UK 1998 Sell This Version
Darshan Phased Transition EP (EP) Flying Rhino Records UK 1999 Sell This Version
BFLT 51 Darshan Digital Damage / Freaky Frequency(12") Dragonfly Records BFLT 51 UK 1999 Sell This Version
FR01 4D (3) / Darshan 4D (3) / Darshan - The Ascension EP(2xFile, WAV, EP) Flying Rhino Records FR01 UK 2015

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Hexfire

Hexfire

July 16, 2008
edited over 7 years ago
Darshan was the pioneering dark goa trance duo started in the middle of nineties, consisting of Grant Collins and Mark Robinson. This is one of the most esoteric, obscure and peculiar goa trance groups ever existed. Unlike most of other goa/psychedelic trance artist of that era, Darshan provide unique dark and spacey vibes, full of energy with their tracks. They released a number of EPs, two albums and were featured on various compilations throughout the years.
Sadly, after the millennium the project started its gradual evanescence and since 2002 has had no more output, so project called "Darshan" has virtually disappeared from the scene.

However, in the early 2008 in some compilation called "Echo" appeared a track called "Darshan and Hopi - Freefall". A revive of good old Darshan, you ask? Well, so to speak. To be fair, it wasn't bad at all, at least if you don't look back to their dark goa past. Or his past... because only Grant Collins was credited on that track, without Mark Robinson. But if you try to compare it with the former work of the guys, you'd possibly be a bit disappointed, even though, as I said above, generally it isn't bad.

But the last and the most interesting thing for all the Darshan fans, who - like me - were guessing as to where this project has actually gone will be glad to hear that the driving force is still there. The place to be is [myspace]/skeinmusic. A new(!) project by Grant Collins and... Loren Warn (according to the myspace page, a pianist and vocalist) called Skein started up. Of course, it's no longer goa, nor even psytrance (and thankfully, not its commercial forms ) - it's progressive breakbeat with peculiar darkish 'Darshan' feel you will certainly recognize; it's absolutely worth checking and hearing, mainly if you respect the man, that has been standing behind Darshan like a decade ago.

To sum things up... Well, quite obviously, Darshan won't make a comeback, but it's in no way about its driving force - Grant Collins. Those ones who respected his work in the past should definitely check out his present work. It really *is* worth checking out. There's just one thing which is sad - there's no any info regarding Mark Robinson, the second half of Darshan. The weird thing perhaps is that he's not even been mentioned on Skein myspace page with mention of Darshan, which was a collaboration project.

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