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posted a comment on Koxbox. 2 months ago
You made me check 'The Scanner' once more. Had I truly been too critical not giving it a proper chance to sink in? Well... the answer remains no. It really is quite a boring album from the beginning till the end. Frank E's arrangements vary quite a bit ... See full review
posted a review of Koxbox. about 1 year ago
I wonder if my limited English vocabulary allows me to entertain the reader to understand what a colossal and influential group Koxbox has been. Their story seems to have started in 1990 and officially their first released production is the track ... See full review
posted a comment on Hallucinogen - Twisted. about 1 year ago
Fair enough, pre-versions were there in '93 - but that's just being nit-picky as I was merely talking of the actual material (=versions) found on this album. Or is there some info that one of the tracks on this album actually dates back to 93? I think ... See full review
posted a review of Eat Static - Prepare Your Spirit. about 1 year ago
It's funny - 'Abduction' is often regarded as the first Eat Static album and yours truly included thought so back in the days. The reason 'Prepare Your Spirit' perhaps never had such a wide recognition is because the album was initially only released as ... See full review
posted a review of Hallucinogen - Twisted. about 1 year ago
It's quite a task to decipher this immortal album into mere words, but I feel obliged as plus twenty years later this album still gives me the shivers and amazes me with its technical superiority. This album was written I believe mostly in 1995, but some ... See full review
posted a review of X-Dream - This. about 1 year ago
X-Dream, one of the main pioneers of goa/psytrance, has always had a unique knack for crafting tracks that would later be copied (probably don't need to remind what a huge effect the album 'Radio' had back in the days) or, the very least, they would ... See full review
posted a review of Moonweed - Voice Of Jupiter. about 1 year ago
Now it's an unfortunate fact all the things went down as they did with Anjuna Records. But looking back, they released some top shelf material this album being, perhaps, the prime example. Moonweed is one of those artists that for a reason or another, ... See full review
posted a review of Rhythmystec - Cathexis E.P.. about 1 year ago
Rhythmystec must be my favourite old goa act from Oz land. Aussie scene brought some seriously trippy and weird goa trance for us in the 90s, and it that regard this release is no exception. Both of these tracks are very well crafted, they've got a tad ... See full review
posted a review of Semsis - Pile / Host. about 1 year ago
By the time Semsis had released their first and only album 'Letting Go', their sound had already switched to more industrial type of psy/goatrance. Too bad. If they had put out an album in 1996 I'm sure we would be talking about a classic by now. Semsis' ... See full review
posted a review of Ra - Earthcall. over 2 years ago
I've just listened the album. Don't feel like saying much about the music itself but there's something from a producer's point of view that disturbs me here. The mastering is okay/good. It's not unbearably loud and has some dynamics. The other thing, ... See full review
posted a comment on Harry's Laundry - Disco Prickle. over 2 years ago
I received a promo sheet with the cd that tells the following:

"Made up of computer dorks and trained musicians, Harrys Laundry are emerging as one of the more experimental hybrids in electronic music today. Integrating strings and skins with LFOs & ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Psy-Harmonics Volume One. over 3 years ago
This first Psy-Harmonics compilation is great in so many ways. First of, it perfectly captures what the psychedelic scene was all about in 1994. The music inside is not psytrance nor goa, as you'd later come to expect from Psy-Harmonics. It's ... See full review
submitted Bechamel Boyz - Sauce Masculino. over 3 years ago
posted a review of Odd's* - X-Plore Sybernetic Concept "Finger's Memories". over 3 years ago
I've just read that this album is made by some midi-guitar player and not Kris Kylven! He did collaborate on 2 tracks but that's it. The story goes Kris Kylven gave this guitarist the right to use "Odds" as the moniker for this album. Kinda funny trivia ... See full review
posted a review of New Born - Nothing But A Title. over 3 years ago
This a marvelous album! New Born has one of the best melodic ears in our scene and it's wonderful Cronomi gave him a chance for a full double album. He's got a knack for building the tracks patiently, yet making eloquent twists that keep the listener ... See full review
submitted Various - Aural Connection. over 3 years ago
posted a review of Pleiadians - I.F.O. [I.dentified F.lying O.bject]. over 3 years ago
It's somewhat a hard task to write something decent about a release that's pretty much the wet dream of every goa fan. This release spans three full cds, making it a perfect statement what Pleiadians sound was all about circa 1995-1997. Not only you get ... See full review
posted a review of Lionheart Beat - Rietman. over 3 years ago
Who are Lionheart Beat? That I'd certainly like to know. This 12" is a forgotten gem that bears resemblance to Eupsychia or Koxbox stylistically from the same period. Think of the slower tracks on 'The Great Unknown' by Koxbox and you're quite close. The ... See full review
posted a review of Psydrop - Fantasy Seeds. over 3 years ago
In my humble opinion, this album is nothing less than a perfect example how good full-on is done. It's a peculiar thing really - his deput album 'The Miracle Man' under the Psydrop moniker is honestly a bit mediocre, sounds to me like he hadn't acquired ... See full review
posted a review of Eupsychia - Echons. over 3 years ago
I gather this vinyl has gone somewhat under the radar among the old school diggers. Too unfortunate! It carries two tracks that are both balancing between melodic goa and more effect based psytrance, something quite common for the year of 1998.

The ... See full review
posted a comment on Hux Flux - Singles Collection. over 4 years ago
I've received wav-quality files from two separate sources, both saying they've ripped the tracks straight from the cd. I analyzed the tracks and they're mp3s. It's an old and unofficial cd - I think the person behind this just took his favourite p2p ... See full review
posted a comment on Morphem - Out Of Focus. over 4 years ago
I heard he passed away some time ago.... :(
posted a comment on Symbiote - Symbiote EP. over 4 years ago
I want to make clear to only have claimed the tracks (especially Phantasmagoria in this case) sounding different, it's not the same as saying there's different/added sounds per se. The difference comes from choosing a certain emphasis on sound levels in ... See full review
posted a review of COP* - Urban Alien. over 4 years ago
COP's Urban Alien is an album that explores techno aspect of psytrance and it excels in doing so. If you look who Children Of Paradise consists of, you can see the members are Jan Müller Of X-Dream and the Gangguru guys. Now, even though Gangguru ever ... See full review
posted a review of Radical Distortion - 12 Dimensions. over 4 years ago
A good, old school-edged album with a lot of analog hardware in use. I know these guys have built a decent studio and invested quite a lot of their times to this project. For that, I'm thankful and seriously appreciate anyone with a little 90s twist to ... See full review
posted a review of Orichalcum - Live. over 4 years ago
Live by Orichalcum is an overlooked dark goa classic. It excels the self titled deput from 1997 by being a tad more menacing and journey-esque, it's a live recording after all. There's a lot of braincandy for the lovers of minuscule details. The music's ... See full review
posted a review of Celestial Intelligence - Perpetual Energy. over 4 years ago
This certainly caught me off guard. I've honestly been a bit on the bored side listening to goa trance of late, the genre's sounded somewhat stagnated and superficial to my ears, like everyone tried too hard ultimately resulting in uneasy, soulless goa. ... See full review
posted a review of Symbiote - Symbiote EP. over 4 years ago
I agree with Articuno here. I also noticed a difference to the original files I've had for some years therefore knowing the two goa tracks here quite well. To my ears Phantasmagoria is weaker than originally even if the sound production is up to date, ... See full review
posted a review of Battle Of The Future Buddhas - Digging Mud. over 4 years ago
Just an awesome compilation, showing us where are the roots of Swedish forest psytrance. I really like the mood of these tracks, they're mostly not as fierce as the stuff on their deput 'Twin Sharkfins'. But the raw production style, gritty dark ... See full review
posted a review of The Pollinator - Clone III. over 4 years ago
A guy called Axel Von Pander team up with X-Dream guys for this single. I guess by looking at the rating here, it's gone somewhat underrated and doesn't seem to hold similar prestige as, for example, couple other singles by Rough & Rush do on Tunnel ... See full review
posted a review of Morphem - Out Of Focus. over 5 years ago
Morphem's deput is, what I gather, somewhat gone under the radar when talking about the great old school albums. Hi has a darker approach, yet it isn't something I'd dare to compare to names like UX or Slide. The vibe on 'Out Of Focus' is reminiscent to ... See full review
posted a review of Etnica - Live In Athens 1996. over 6 years ago
This release is hands down one of the crown achievements in goa trance's history. That's probably one of the reasons the reviews here hardly tell anything else than to buy it and hear for yourself. Perhaps people who are aware of this release won't need ... See full review
posted a review of Sonic Sculpture - Fiesta Paradox EP. over 6 years ago
No release date given. The catalog number nevertheless reveals it's the label's first release. This sounds like it'd been released 4-5 years earlier than the Sonic Chemistry EP, that has more progressive edge and relatively modern sound aesthetics to ... See full review
posted a review of Bypass Unit - Dropz Of Obscure Eclipses. over 7 years ago
Bypass Unit's former output is what I'd call "regular goa" if there's such thing. But the recipe on their 3rd and final album 'Dropz of Obscure Eclipses' is largely different to their fluffier, simple-by-nature previous albums. This is without a shadow ... See full review
posted a review of Juno Reactor - Guardian Angel. over 7 years ago
I tend to disagree with Josephschembri's opinion. I've always loved Razorback! It's got infectious groove in the drum work, the bassline being a great treat as well. The main melody has charming character, it flirts with goa yet sounds relatively unique ... See full review
posted a review of Exuus - Hentai. over 8 years ago
I'm astonished. I'm baffled.
Astonished, as this album exceeded the little expectations I had by light years! It's so freaking good I'm out of words how to describe it for you. There's so much going on, multiple elements intervening at all given seconds, ... See full review
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posted a review of Aavepyörä. over 8 years ago
Kim Åke is of that rare type: He has a totally unique vision on music, a sound no one could copy. The bedrock of his productions is psy/goatrance, yet either of these tags alone would do him unjustice; the sound field is unconventional in comparison to ... See full review
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posted a review of Hiscore. over 9 years ago
Hiscore was a short lived group consisting 5 members. They aren't the most remembered name, quite forgotten in the "old school circles" even, reasons being obviously the lack of productions and secondly, the hard to find nature of their tracks.
Two ... See full review
posted a review of 3000003 / Digitalis - Nutmeg / Repeater. over 9 years ago
Would you believe if I said this was Seb Taylor's finest goa track? Well, for me 'Repeater' sure is his highlight. The basis of this track is a seriously tripped out, kinda swirly (you know what I'm talking about if you listen to his Shakta deput...) ... See full review