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100th Monkey & TristanDesert Music E.P Part 1

Label:Matsuri Productions – MP 05
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, EP
Style:Goa Trance


AAGobi Desert9:15

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  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, 4 & 6 sideways): MP 005 A1 DAMONT 4 6 JA
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Desert Music E.P Part 1 (12", Test Pressing)Matsuri ProductionsMP05UK1995


  • doctorg's avatar
    Edited 9 months ago
    Really excellent ep from Tristan and ever-reliable Andy Guthrie. I particularly like the neo-classical "strings" at the start of "Spiritus" and the head-nodding main melody, though the rhythm work also is notable as usual from Guthrie. "Gobi Desert" makes a decent stab at being a tone poem evoking said desert; I like the simulated hawk cries at the beginning, and the long, running melody line through this minimalist track. Recommended. ~*~
    • chimushi's avatar
      Although this EP gets some great reviews, I found both tracks to be just okay. The first track Spiritus was interesting up to 4 minutes and then, for me, at 4 minutes, it falls apart and breaks the spell. Gobi Desert is the better produced track of the 2 tracks. It has a 2 minute intro, which i like and carries on with a decent momentum until 7 minutes, when the track essentially loses its momentum, wasting the final 2 minutes of this 9 minute track. I don't know if I will purchase this. You want to like it, but honestly, these 2 tracks are lacking something essential.
      • andiji's avatar
        Due to a mistake on the original vinyl label, there is some confusion about these two track's titles and producers. So, for the record: Spiritus has the 'orchestral' start and was written and produced by Andy Guthrie (aka 100th Monkey) in Andy's studio and mixed at Tsuyoshi's studio. Gobi Desert has the owl sample in the first drop. It was written by Andy and Tristan in Tristan's studio. 'Spiritus' is currently available from Beatport and Junodownload under the wrong title. And just to let you know, I have never received a penny from any downloads of this track. A previously unreleased mix of Spiritus is currently available thru Zion 604 Records. Cheers, Andy Guthrie
        • lemmiwinks's avatar
          Edited 15 years ago
          Yet another golden oldie to look out for... This is one of the very first releases by one of the best goatrance labels ever IMO Matsuri records, and it has the debuts of Tristan and Andy Guthrie (better known for his Medicine Drum project). A-side is a really explosive track, the typical this is so intense that I feel like pulling my hair out feeling that only old goatrance tracks manage to give you. The B-side is less good, but it's certainly not a downer, simply that Spiritus is so explosive it kind of shades the b-side...
          • draeke's avatar
            Edited 15 years ago
            Side A: Spiritus is the track you look for, it's a mindblowing, incredibly mad, psychoactive psychodelic mindexpanding delirant tune!! And I needn't say more, definetely a killer from the very first second, layers over layers, mystical vibes and all mixed together in a wonderful melting pot. Excellent
            Side B: Compared to side A, it really sux!! no idea why they decided to release such different tunes on the same ep. It has nothing special, it is rather boring and dull, probably thanks to Tristan. It is simple and lacks a lot of elements, for it to be called a true goa track. It is rather progressive and breakbeat alike in the percussion, something little nice toward the middle but nothing worth, i would never play this on a set I guess.

            Side A deserves a monstrous attention, excellent track
            • goanoah's avatar
              Edited 18 years ago
              As the third release from Matsuri, this is a gem of a record. Written by heavyweights Tristan Cooke and Andy Guthrie, this is a rare devotion to the desert trance movement, which may have sort of morphgenesized into Goa. You can especially hear Tristan's influence in the Gobi Desert track. Guthrie is no stranger to the psychedelic realm. He recorded with Prana, Funkopath and Medecine drum. Guthrie could be more of the driving force as 100th Monkey; Tristan as the infectiously repetitious appendage. This is a beautiful, weird record.