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    Freaky ChakraBlacklight Fantasy

    Label:Astralwerks – ASW 6232-2
    CD, Mixed
    Style:Trance, Abstract, Experimental


    5Fascist Funk6:18
    6Vector Head5:29
    7Living In The Future5:00
    9Year 20006:48
    12Blacklight Fantasy5:09

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

    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 (3)View All

    Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
    Blacklight Fantasy (2×LP)AstralwerksASW 6232-1US1998
    New Submission
    Blacklight Fantasy (CD, Promo)AstralwerksASW 6232 ADUS1998
    New Submission
    Blacklight Fantasy (2×LP, White Label)AstralwerksASW 6232-1US1998
    WonderSoil's profile picture
    A bit of a mystery to me that this one hasn't been re-released yet. This is a timeless masterpiece of dark, kinky and trippy tekno of an otherwordly kind. Think of an uptempo version of 90's WARP + Kraftwerk + Californian cyberdelic Breakbeats, and you should get an idea. This sound will never get old, mark my words. Daum Bentley could do no wrong in those days.
    Chris_3D's profile picture
    I was watching Terry Gilliam's movie 'Twelve Monkeys' the other night and realised 'Living In The Future' samples Madeleine Stowe's character during the conversation when she first meets James Cole (Bruce Willis) in the prison cell - "You think you're living in the future?"
    funkdified's profile picture
    One of my all time favorite albums. A true techno masterpiece. The world needs more of this. Anyone know where to find some?
    don_amyl's profile picture
    Edited 2 years ago
    A heady mix of techno/electro/in the psychedelic way of San Fran. This is an amazing album that 20 years later sounds very fresh and can stand up with Detroit releases from the same era. I can't tell you how many times l've listened to this over the years. It stands heads and shoulders above the mainly dreary and boring releases that pass for techno now.
    mcrb2000's profile picture
    Edited 4 years ago
    HA! just realized vocal sample on Year 2000 is from the movie Monster Dog with Alice Cooper
    ...or is it???
    unseenforces's profile picture
    Edited 4 years 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's profile picture
    Can't believe it took me so long to discover this. What an amazing album that holds up incredibly well.
    quadrantcross's profile picture
    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's profile picture
    Edited 11 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's profile picture
    Edited 15 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.