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posted a review of Juno Reactor - The Golden Sun Of The Great East. about 1 month ago
5-stars.

The epic opener is worth the admission alone. Juno Reactor are one of trance-dance musik's greatest acts, with energetic live sets and arguably the strongest album discography from any EDM artist out there. There's a lot of variety, with many ... See full review
posted a review of Dark Whisper - Realms Of Unseen. about 1 month ago
3-stars.

The musik is actually really good: there's variety, many colours, different energies, good drama. The problem is the overuse of speech samples about clichéd psy topics like the cosmos, all-is-one etc to the point where even David Icke and ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Forest Frequencies. about 1 month ago
4-stars.

Interesting darkpsy/forest comp which houses an all-time great track in Oneiromanix's The Bipolar Magician: stunning synth-leads later in the piece with matching bass-work. The motif returns near the end to trippy trancey effect. Belongs in ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Psychedelic Demons. about 1 month ago
3-stars.

Dated guitar sounds (from SUN Project, Miranda & The Delta) being too in-yer-face bring this comp down a notch,making you reach for that skip buttong (unless you like those sounds in goa, then it brings the rating up a notch!). It's saved by ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Pulse (The 2nd Psychedelic Chapter). about 1 month ago
4-stars.

There's quite a bit of good here, plenty decent, a few average and only a couple of landfill tracks. All in all a very good ratio of great/not-great entries. There are rides here that take you places, the kind of 'travelling' which is missing ... See full review
posted a review of Ajja - Spira Mirabilis. about 1 month ago
4-stars.

This has more ambient vibes than anything else despite being mostly 4/4 beats at circa 140bpm. Spira Mirabilis has a really agreeable lush warm soft sound throughout, even with the occasional solo guitar playing, it's all more dream-trance ... See full review
posted a review of Hallucinogenic Horses - The Golden Years - The Very Best Off. about 1 month ago
4-stars.

This is a defacto sequel to Derango's seminal Tumult, seen as the lads have their hands in just about every track's production on this Horses album, curiously called "the very best of" even tho' it's the only release. I'm guessing the "horses" ... See full review
posted a review of Steve Reich - Phases (A Nonesuch Retrospective). about 1 month ago
5-stars.

Incredible value, pretty much all of the best of Steve Reich is here. Worth it for Music for 18 Musicians (a top 10 all-time piece of musik) and Drumming alone, you also get a whole lot more. Fans of modern classical will already know about ... See full review
posted a review of Ra - 9th. about 1 month ago
4-stars.

Ra's 9th has the same issues as the other two Suntrip albums I've reviewed so far (the 3-star Identity Mash & Arcana) in that the song's structures don't go to dramatic places, it plays too safe. But what 9th does well is offer a ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Jitter Glow. about 1 month ago
5-stars.

This comp boast one of the greatest psy-trance pieces ever made: namely the astounding opener from Parus: X-Bilet. It's classical minimal darkpsy, yet busy with so many modes of perfect communication. Parus never hit close to those heights ... See full review
posted a review of Tricky - Maxinquaye. about 1 month ago
5-stars.

Tricky has two 5-star albums in my book: this one and Nearly God. It's a shame his later work got a little too self-indulgent with too much guest-vocalitis. Maxinquaye is so lush, it has a pretty-garden feel that other trip-hop doesn't quite ... See full review
posted a review of Underworld - Second Toughest In The Infants. about 1 month ago
5-stars.

The mid-90's British EDM-scene boasted an embarrassment of riches, and when Born Slippy hit Underworld were very much at the forefront. Their unique style (longform-poetry with techno) matured nicely here, with long proggy numbers, some acid ... See full review
posted a review of Can - Tago Mago. about 1 month ago
5-stars.

Tago Mago shades Can's best album as the experimentations and hypnotic-funk drumming are at their peak. Best piece: Oh Yeah! tho' you'll also have a lot of fun with the trio of longform avant-garde jam experiments.

Ratings guide:
5-stars: ... See full review
posted a review of Einstürzende Neubauten - Halber Mensch. about 1 month ago
5-stars.

Halber Mensch is the most cohesive Einstürzende Neubauten album, and also their darkest at its most sparse. It's very unusual, and so moreish once you're in. A massive improvement over the sometimes quite messy earlier work.

Neubauten have ... See full review
posted a review of Miles Davis - Bitches Brew. about 1 month ago
5-stars.

In my top ten of all time, regardless of genre or era. I've heard it's meant to be a difficult heavy album but personally I was hooked as soon as I first heard the title track motif. Instantly iconic! The whole album is a rollercoaster of ... See full review
posted a review of Miles Davis - Sketches Of Spain. about 1 month ago
5-stars.

Evocative, evocative, evocative. From the first time I heard this I was transported to a place I've never been before, but somehow already knew. Miles Davis normally deals with moods, not places, but here on Sketches of Spain he & Gil Evans ... See full review
posted a review of Philip Glass - DancePieces. about 1 month ago
5-stars.

This is a lovely way to put seminal Glass dance pieces together in one neatly-lengthed album. Eminently listenable. Along with Reich's Music for 18 Musicians and Pärt's Tabula Rasa album, this collection of Dancepieces is as good as ... See full review
posted a review of K.O.B. - Identity Mash. about 1 month ago
3-stars.

Identity Mash has the same issues as the other Suntrip release I reviewed earlier (E-Mantra - Arcana) in that the sound & energy is good for a short while, but the actual musik doesn't go anywhere interesting. It's playing it safe. An example ... See full review
posted a review of Deedrah - Self Oscillation. about 1 month ago
4-stars.

This is a very useful template-goa album to inspire those who are only making albums full of samey-sounding tracks. Deedrah offers slow, medium & fast 4/4 tracks, as well as some breakbeats and quieter moments. There's a consistent style ... See full review
posted a review of Psykovsky - Ksolntsu. about 1 month ago
5-stars.

One of the finest works of music ever made. So much detail going on, many layers of information: emotional, intellectual, abstract, philosophical, avant...truly psychedelic. You can build a reality with the data. The only other album that ... See full review
posted a review of E-Mantra - Arcana. about 1 month ago
3-stars.

Arcana sounds great for a couple of minutes regardless of where you are in the album...problem is the musik doesn't go anywhere. A track can work well as part of a DJ set or as easy background while you do other stuff, but standing on its own ... See full review
posted a review of Dimension 5 - Transdimensional. about 1 month ago
4-stars.

This is high-powered dancefloor energy, like Astral Projection on uppers! It does lack deeper complex melodies or memorable hooks, but the synthlines it does have bring effective colour & spacey energy. There's also no complex song structures ... See full review
posted a review of Red (19) - Audio Drama. about 1 month ago
4-stars.

This went under the radar but it's very good, with nice production & infectious vibes. A step above many samey darkpsy albums.

I first came across Red on the 'Namaste from Russia 2' VA with his excellent White Night, one of the highlights ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Umcherrel 2 - The Backwoods Baize. about 1 month ago
5-stars.

To my ears this is the strongest VA-forest CD out there. Genuinely not a weak track on it (and I'm picky). Much power, nicely psychedelic. The big highlights are Skogarna's epic Earthen with a chunky funky bassline and Goch's airy Plunged ... See full review