Best Moments of 2016

I wasn’t going to do this but my mate talked me into it. I thought I’d had enough 2016 stuff in here – the top 10 music and the blog about the bad rough year it has been. But here are some good moments that will be remembered as well. We shouldn’t forget the good stuff.

10. Picasso Painting for my mate on her birthday: For my gal’s birthday, I took her to the Tracy Aviary where a macaw parrot named Picasso painted a picture for her. It was super cute and fun to watch. The end product was adorable.

9. Balloon Races in Reno: In September we went to visit my mate’s parents in the Reno-Tahoe area, and watched the balloon races which started before sunrise. 100 Balloons soared up into the sky during mass ascension, which was the grand finale of the show – before that was Dawn patrol and Night Glow.

8. Halloween Costumes: We were “Lions, tigers, and Bears, Oh My!” this year. I was a tiger, and my mate was a lion. I held a bear with a scary mask on that had a poster attached to it that said Oh My! We ran the Haunted Hustle, a fun run at the Sugarhouse Park with zombies and a medal at the end. We dressed up again for a contest at a bar called Gracie’s where the prize was $500, but didn’t win. We also dressed up for the contest at our job but did not win that either. But that is ok, we had a great time dressing up and we looked really awesome!

7. Utah Arts Festival: We went on a Friday to the Utah Arts Festival which was in the summer. A whole large park had been blocked off to create a huge festival with artwork of all kinds, amazin food trucks, performing arts, and concerts. At night we caught Beats Antique. We ate some amazing food and enjoyed looking at all of the art. It was really nice, and a warm day.

6. My mate’s birthday: The day before she turned 33 we went out to this great sushie restaurant where she had some quail eggs and a lot of other stuff that she really loved. I hate teriyaki chicken, which was really good. Then the next day we went to the Tower Theater where they showed indie films, to see “Swiss Army man” which was a really interesting movie. We had a brew afterward. A nice summer hot day.

5. Seeing Family: Though being at my mom’s memorial service was rather sad, I enjoyed seeing a lot of family that I had not seen in many years. I was very touched to see my cousin Jenny out, and my cousin Sara.  I got to see my aunt, and meet my sister’s boyfriend. It was nice being able to socialize with them and see how everyone was. I miss my family often, and this was a good opportunity to see them.

4. Brandi Carlile at Deer Valley: We went to Park City, UT to see Brandi Carlile perform in Deer Valley resort, where, in the winter is a bustling favorite for skiiers. She put on an amazing show as per the usual, having her daughter brought out on stage by her wife, and then having a 9 year old come up and sing along with her. We had a tailgate before the show, with some great food and drink – especially the watermelon rum slushie that my mate made. It was so good I drank all mine down before she had a chance to pour her own.

3. While visiting my mate’s parents this summer, we went kayaking. Her mother had survived cancer and as a present, she got kayaks. We went up to a lake up in the Tahoe area (I did not realize how many lakes are up there!) and took turns in the kayak. It was a nice warm day and I really enjoyed being out on the water with the light breeze lapping at the water while I glided and paddled around. it was serene and enjoyable. I really like kayaking and go whenever I get a chance.

2. The Rodeo: The Days of ’49 Rodeo was in town at the Energy Solutions Arena (Now called Vivint Arena) and we had gotten tickets. It was amazong, and we immediately purchased tickets for the 2nd day. We got to meet a lot of the riders and get autographs. The winner of the barrel racing contest was a 10 year old girl – she was amazing. We had a conversation and picture with the reigning champion the day before. It was a lot of fun.

  1. And the best moment of the year – The spa massage and fun in Park City for my Birthday: My mate treated me to a lovely massage which I enjoyed. I had not ever had a professional massage before so it was pretty cool. We walked around park city and had dinner at High West which is always a good place.

So you see, 2016 had it’s good moments. I would not say that it was the best year I had ever experienced – it in fact may have been the worst. But there are always good moments and bright sides to every storm. And these were the best 10 of them. I’d like to end it on this lovely note, but I have one more blog entry to write. The worst moments of 2016. I had debated to even write it, because I think in my previous blog I explained why I hated 2016, but this will put it into better perspective.

 

Best Psy Albums of 2016

Yes, I know it is early, but here it is anyway. You’ll love it either way.

Here is the top 10 Best Psy albums of the year. This time I
smooshed the list into best psychill, ambient, and psytrance, because
I couldn’t find 10 of each really. 2015 was a crummy year for
music in the psy electronic world, and this was a little better, but
one of the reasons of the short list was that my computer broke
in September, and I haven’t replaced it. So I’ve been listening to
the music on my phone. Here are the results:

10. The Key – The Light Within The Darkness the-key

The Key is Ovnimoon and Ascent, bringing together their hard banging styles of progressive psytrance. Fine, sharp melody underlaying steady beats and trippy shadows, this album is a great voyage into the mind. From the bandcamp site of BMSS records, “he Key, an innovative vision plucked from the mind of Ovnimoon from Chile, mixes the psychedelic and progressive sounds of the prolific Ascent from Serbia with the powerful emotions that fuel Progressive Psytrance. With pure fine touches of magical ideas that expand through their music into our harmonious universe, Stuardo & Bojan have soared over both distance and borders bound by the profound alchemy of friendship and fellowship. Using brilliant technical precision, The Key steps forth and delivers tight, definitive Psyprog tracks that encapsulate and stay true to the euphoric delirium of that old school Goa sound. ” https://bmssrecords1.bandcamp.com/album/the-light-within-the-darkness

9. Unusual Cosmic Process – Aerial unusual-cosmic-process
** The first album released by Unusual Cosmic Process in 2016,
Aerial, contains some remixes of the acclaimed “Spactrip” album
from the previous year, as well as some new gems. Sparkling
with polished tones as well as some deep psychill-into-
progressive-psytrance vibes, this album is a must-repeat. From
Ovnimoon records bandcamp site: “After many successful
releases of ambient, downtempo and chill creations, Unusual
Cosmic Process presets his all new album titled Arial. Making a
new musical twist on his sound Arial is a jump into the creation
of progressive psytrance crafting a storyline through some
various arcs of the genre. Once again utilizing the power of his
multiple projects, such as Psypheric and Phantom Sentinel there
are new takes of Spacetrip Part 7, Parallel Streams and No
Gravity, plus an amazing prog remix done for E-Mantra’s track
Passing Through. These songs all bring a deep style that drips
heavy with tribal mystic energy, fueling melodies and acidlines
over intelligent percussion and symphonic atmospheres, the
music will creep through every cell of a dancefloor.”

8. Siebzehn – Starship Signals siebzehn
** From Hadra productions comes Starship Signals, the new
album from Siebzehn, a talented psychill producer who shines
on this album with fusing some ambient and subtle psychelic
vibes together. From the label: “In this refreshing release called
Starship Signal, SiebZehN becomes our heart-warming guide in
the course of a radiant ethereal trip in the deep deafening
silence of cosmos and the vastness of the empty space.
Gathering musical influences since his early childhood, he
transforms them into a broad, lush and meditative audio
experience that brands his very unique sonic signature.
If from Chaos the stars are born, SiebZehN definitely is one of
the brightest ones!” https://beatspace-
hadra.bandcamp.com/album/siebzehn-starship-signals-hadra-
productions

7. Dhamika – Endless Horizons dhamika
** This album is full of chillgressive and psychill vibrations that
haunt the mind. This is also worthy of being put onto repeat.
From the label Altar Records: “Dhamika aka Sven Lundgren is
back today to present his second album with Altar Records.
Entitled “Endless Horizons”, the album works in a genre that sits
between downtempo and psychill. While each track is a gem
unto itself, the album is a full experience, which is what you can
say about the best in any genre of music; it’s not just background
or another electronic album in the genre. Sven’s music is like an
ocean wave we longed to dive in and let the crystal clear
glittering pulses of light creating a current that nourishes our life
energy.” https://dhamika.bandcamp.com/album/endless-
horizons-24bits

6. Koan – Condemned koan
** Another amazing release from the always re-invented Koan.
This album is nothing like the acclaimed “When The Silence
Speaks” but is an amazing journey into darkness with
psychedelic chill vibes. Unable to find a description from the
artist or label on this particular album, I’ll just say this dark
psychedeclic album has ambient, garage, and psy influences that
make this a very unique trip. Made in Russia with a few sparse
french vocals, and the bass can’t go wrong here.
https://www.discogs.com/Koan-Condemned/release/9438656

5. Ascendant – Meridian ascendant
** From Synthpaera records comes Ascendant’s 4th album,
Meridian. This is an ambient dream world, brought to light by
flickers of psychedelic chillout and downtempo feeling. From
the bandcamp page: “10,000 years from now. 10,000 light years
from here. A New Land, come of age into a time of abundance,
transcendence and enlightenment. The Age of Earth and Stone,
where… An enlightened man exists alongside post-singularity
machine AI that manifest as floating coils of light. Frozen clouds
are summoned and then flash-melted to provide the planet’s
water, and liquid has memory. A planet where habitats the size,
shape & semblance of mountains hover over large bodies of
water. A planet where enormous belts of sub-orbital forests
scrub the ozone and provide oxygen. A world where gravity
bends, but time does not. A world of alchemical transmutation,
elemental summoning, and abundance. The Age of Earth and
Stone. Meridian. ”
https://synphaera.bandcamp.com/album/meridian

4. Various Artists – Starseed starseed
** Much like Ascendant’s ‘Meridian’, this album jumps into the
ambient/psychill cosmic soundwaves and takes the listener on a
hypnotic voyage. Also on label Synphaera, Ascendant, Germind,
Fourth Dimension, and Chronos are just some of the featured
artists. From the bandcamp page:” Matter spreads through space
like a cosmic code traversing the universe inside solar
windblown motes of space-dust or interwoven into encoded
beams of starlight. Explore this cosmic migration through the
stars and the origins of life, as the artists on STARSEED evoke the
patterns and frequencies of the universe. Every man and woman
is a star. ” https://synphaera.bandcamp.com/album/starseed

3. Sky Technology – Spirituality sky-technology
** Taking a break from goa trance, Sky Technology brings the
melodic layers of goa with a fusion of downtempo psychill vibes
and presents a master blast of a trip. Take the trip of this album,
on repeat, several times. Think “E-Mantra” and you’ll know how
it feels. Beatspace records bandcamp:
https://beatspace-geomagnetic.bandcamp.com/album/sky-
technology-spirituality-tim1cd050

2. Astronaut Ape – Unknown Sector astronaut-ape
** My favorite downtempo artist is back with a new gem of an
album that features a space theme, (what can you expect with a
name like Astronaut Ape?) that takes the listener on a journey
through an entrancing forest of spacetime. From the
Microcosmos records bandcamp: “Microcosmos Records
presents “Unknown Sector”, long-waited chillout album by
Astronaut Ape. Space. Dark, cold and empty void between the
stars. Despite all the space explorations, we still know nothing
about it. What are quasars, actually? How can we travel to
another galaxy? Why the universe is expanding? Are there any
other civilizations or we are alone in the space? We don’t have
the answers yet. But one day humanty will explore the unknown
sector of space! Astronaut Ape is a guy in the orange space suit.
He do ambient and chill-out gigs for last 5 years and got fans on
every continent of planet Earth. Once he became an expert in
proper mood flow at chill space of any size. Try what he has to
offer on his 5th album! Warm cosmic melodies topped up with
radio transmissions, computer noises and slow pulsating
rhythm. They teleport us right into the spaceship. Robots doing
routine tasks, crew members are on their stations, all systems
ready to hyperspace jump. One lonely spaceman looks into the
window… Deep bass patterns, relaxing echoes and sci-fi sounds
lift your emotions to the higher level. This music is inspirational
and relaxing at the same time. Wonder what’s next? Experience
the great music journey in space and time! Welcome to the
“Unknown Sector”…”
http://shop.microcosmosrecords.com/album/unknown-sector

1. Dreaming Cooper – Mysterious Places dreaming-cooper
** Dreaming Cooper comes in at #1, definitely taking the listener
on a hallucinogenic rapture to mysterious places indeed. While
boiling over with psychedelic chillout madness, the album is
subtle and smooth, clean, crisp, and clear. From Altar Records
bandcamp: “After years of silence, Victor Khlyustov aka
Dreaming Cooper is coming back with a full album entitled
“Mysterious Places”. This opus was composed with the blue
color in mind and was made especially for Altar Records.
Comprised in a range of 85-95 bpm with smooth 4/4 beats and a
slight old-school feeling, it’ll be sure to inspire both spiritual
feelings and a deep desire to go outside and look at trees.
Guaranteed to give a very relaxing feel, completely dreamy and
de-stressed… ”
https://dreamingcooper.bandcamp.com/album/mysterious-
places-24bits

A Great Various Artists Album

If you’re into psychill or psybient music, you will just love.. LOVE the new Various Artists album “Starseed”. (https://synphaera.bandcamp.com/album/starseed)It has tracks by the likes of Ascendant, Martin Nonstatic, Germind, Chronos, etc. and it is beautiful.

That reminds me to put in a plug in for soma.fm internet radio with no commercials, and it is free. They rely on donations from people who listen, or from merchandise of theirs that is purchased. They have over 20 stations, I believe, but my favorite, Space Station Soma plays a lot of psychill, psybient, and ambient with beats. Very chill, but very cool because they play a lot of everything. So if you want to check them out, just go to soma.fm and you’ll get to sample every channel they have and pick a favorite like I have. I recommend it.

Anyway back to my point, I first heard Ascendant on Space Station Soma, and now I am in love with those albums. There are three, all on bandcamp, and all are beautiful psybient tracks. (the most recent album is https://synphaera.bandcamp.com/album/meridian)

I highly recommend checking these albums out if you love chill music. Very good stuff. In fact, I am surprised Ascendant isn’t on the Ultimae label!

Music Mode

Has anyone out there used the Music Mode player from last.fm on Windows 10? I am finding that I really like it, although I wish it had 2 things that I really almost require in a music player: The ability to drag and drop files into a playlist, and larger album art. Other than that, this combs your library and you can sort by genre, artist, decade, year, album, etc. Pretty neat.

2016-01-12

Not This Year.

I decided today that I am not going to do a top 10 music this year. It just takes up too much of my time listening to brand new stuff, ad never getting a chance to listen to anything that I already own. I might, at the end of the year, write a brief article on some releases that really caught my attention, but nothing more.

I love music, and I love discovering new artists, albums, tracks. But it consumes my time in doing so. I just went through my Music Mode and found about 50 80’s and 90’s acid albums, many which I haven’t listened to yet. Ain’t nothing like acid techno, I say.

cowgirl

AIMP 3 (And the Media Player Dilemma)

So. I have used Winamp since the year 1999 (I think) to listen to mp3’s that I’d downloaded from such sites as audiosatellite and limewire. Remember those? Over the years Winamp has developed into a more robust media player. It can play videos of all sorts, music files of all types, rip music, even sync your iPod (I had trouble with that part though). The best part, is that through those years, they developed awesome skins. I hope you all know what a skin is. Its a ‘theme’ for your player, to make it look different than the default.

I got a little skin-crazy and downloaded recently, about 25 different ones. I couldn’t decide which I liked better, or what color scheme I wanted. Too many choices. I found foobar2000, another audio music player that had some amazing skins that were customizable. Here is what I needed! I downloaded it and found the default player to be extremely boring, so I downloaded a skin called Spotifoo, which made it look awesome.

Spotifoo:

fly-high

It had everything I had ever wanted in a player. It was robust and amazing to look at. What was I thinking when I got bored again and decided to switch skins? Somehow it wasn’t as easy this time around. You have to download and un-rar the files. Then  insert this file into this folder, that file into that folder, create this folder and put this in there and that in that, etc.. so confusing. Each skin gave different directions. I messed it up. Uninstall. Re-install. Uninstall again. Finally, frustrated, I went back to Winamp.

Now.. the problem here is that Winamp is great, but when it comes to looking at it, all the cPro skins just didn’t have enough room for customization that I would have liked. They were all pretty much the same layout with a few cosmetic differences. I wanted something really awesome to look at, and something more robust and amazing. Enter AIMP3:

myaimp3

Not only are all the skins totally different with some crazy options (mine that I currently use is in the above picture)… they also claim to have the best audio, and DSP built in. And its true, my music sounds amazing in this player!! I think I am finally happy.

Oh and one more thing. On another note… I love music. I love it. I would listen all the time if I could. BUT: I am not one of those stupid nerdy or pretentious FLAC people. I don’t give a flying fuck at a rolling donut if it is “lossless”. The human damn ear can’t tell the difference, did you know? My mate is an aspiring audiologist, and its true. This FLAC trend is absolute nonsense. Some people say they can hear the difference. These people are saying they can hear frequencies that dogs can hear. Give me a break, people.

Ok, stepping off the soap box.

The End.

TOP 10 PSYCHILL AND PSYTRANCE ALBUMS OF 2014!!!!!!

Wow! What a difficulty it was this year coming up with the top 10. Not for
the same reason as last year, where there were SO MANY good contenders
that I couldn’t decide… in fact, for the very opposite reason. 2014 was not
really the best year in psytrance or psychill, I am sad to say. Despite this,
there managed to be 10 (and a couple more) great ones that I have picked
to be on the top 10 this year. One more thing. WordPress is giving me hell here so I apologize if the layout is a little crazy and nonadhesive.

TOP 10 PSYRANCE OF 2014:

# 10 – Ovnimoon & Rigel – Omnipresent Technology – Ovnimoon (progressive)
(bio from last.fm with editing for grammar): Hector Stuardos, known as
Ovnimoon, is one of the frontrunners to precursors of Psy- and Progressive
Trance in Chile. Playing for more than 9 years Ovnimoon spun records on
most of the big events in his country, like Loveparade, Earthdance and
countless gigs nationwide. As producer Ovnimoon provides a wide range of
styles from Chillout to Psytrance and has released already on labels like
Spliff Music, Geomagnetic TV, YSE, Groove Control and even on Warner
Rec. (bio from last.fm): In his early teen years Rigel experimented with
electronic kits, constructing flip-flop circuits, lfos, etc. Once he got his
hands on fast tracker and his first soundcard, the avid juggler Rigel quickly
moved to juggling audio in the computer. Together, Ovnimoon and Rigel
collaborate on an amazing melodic but pulsating progressive album with an
overt nod to classic goa trance. It is very gripping and an exciting, fresh
sound, sure to please.

Ovnimoon and Rigel

#9 -Burn In Noise – Beyond Known Space – alchemy – (psytrance)

(bio from last.fm): Burn in Noise (Gustavo Manfroni Amaral de Souza) was
born in Brazil. He was brought up dedicating his time and interest
completely to music. He’s been playing the guitar since his early days. He
played in 2 rock bands, up to the day when, during a trip to London, got in
touch with the psychedelic trance music. The interest in electronic music
grew fast and, in the end of 1999, started buying softwares for producing
music. This album, Beyond Known Space, really shows off some heavy
pounding progressive with highly evolved goa aspects that leave the listener
tripping through time. Put this album on, lay back, close your eyes, and
float away.

burn in noise

#8 – Hypnoise – Dimensional Shifting – antu (psytrance)

Hypnoise is a psytrance project formed by Juan Fontoira and Jaime Camara.

(bio from Maharetta Records): Based in Spain ,they join forces to create a new hypnotic nature sound marked by thick bass lines and psychedelic synths to make a groovy atmosphere that makes dancefloors burn.

Dimensional shifting has a very progressive melodic sound with some goa
elements that really balance along the fine line between the goa sound and
the progressive sound that is currently popular these days. It does an
excellent job however, and really takes the listener on an expansive
journey.

hypnoise

# 7 – Moonweed – Voice of Jupiter – anjuna – (goa)
(bio from Anjuna Records): MoonWeed started making music back in 1991
after discovering the London Acid House party scene in 1988.
Loving the squelchy acid sound he soon discovered where that noise came
from and sourced a TB-303 and some other essential analogue gear. Voice
of Jupiter features 10 classic goa trance tracks that really bring the tried
and true sound back to the forefront. This is true goa trance. It sounds as
though it was picked up right from where 1996 left off. It has that really
intense acid sound that is highly regarded amongst us fans of the old-
school.

 

moonweed

 

# 6 – Ephedra – Journey Through My Head – goa madness (goa)

Ephedra is Goa trance producer Alexandre Cohen from Belgium. (bio from
Suntrip Records): Alex musical trip started around 15 years ago when he
discovered electronic music.
He began slowly to buy dj equipment and started to play progressive trance
for his own pleasure.
After some years training with the decks he got intrested in many others
electronic styles like techno, house, electro and began to play in small
student parties.
After some time he discovered Goa trance / psytrance while he was at a
festival in Belgium. He was so impressed that he directly felt in love with
that music.
Some times later he began to play in small oldskool goa parties and started
to produce his own music. Journey Through My Head brings the classic old-
school goa vibe, rather than the new neo-goa style that is popping up in
droves. This album is highly psychedelic, with melodic twists and turns that
leave you entranced.

 

 

 

ephedra

 

#5 – Ascent – Nature Creations – Ovnimoon (progressive)
Bojan Stojiljkovic, from Serbia, a super friendly and kind fellow, who came
from a family with musical roots. He dabbled in rock bands, and then
became a DJ spinning psytrance. He began producing progressive psytrance
and psychill music in 2010. He has released several albums and EP’s as well
as collaborations with other artists. This album does not display as much pounding forceful beats as his previous album from 2013, but is still very pulsating and with rythmic melodies to keep you engrossed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wa0wOs7ET5U                              ascent
#4  – Electric Universe- 20 (goa to neo-goa& fullon) – dacru

Electric Universe is Boris Blenn, goa & psychedelic trance producer from
Germany. The album “20” includes 20 tracks, spanning from 20 years of goa
music starting from 1994 and finally culminating in some psychedelic full-on.
The album flows liquidly into the styles, showing the slow development over
time into the modern shape of the psychedelic full-on genre.

Electric universe

 

 

#3 -Cold Project – Noctilucent -Occulta records (dark prog)

(bio from last.fm): Cold project is Ian Jukes AKA G.E.M_37 (1978) and Ivan
Steyn AKA Sense (1978). Both hail from completely different musical
backgrounds, but both have a common interest in dark electronic dance
music produced in early 2000’s from the likes of Son Kite, Tegma and Ticon
and many more of the forest trance Scandinavian producers. Cold Project
came to be in late 2005, with a will to create something dark and different
within the local South African scene, and a goal to create music which
bridges the ever growing gap between progressive and full on trance. With
Noctilucent they really bring the dark progressive genre to a mechanical and
mind bending deep atmosphere.

Cold project

 

#2 – Psysex – Mind Penetration – Hadra (progressive)

Psysex is an Israeli psychedelic trance project.
Formed by Udi Sternberg (a.k.a Dj Goblin) and Yoni Oshrat. Two close
friends started working together in 1998 under the name Children of the
Doc, a few months later Psysex was created. In 2006, Yoni left the project
and started to write his own music under the names Ace Ventura and
Schatsi. Udi is still making music by the name Psysex. The album Mind
Penetration is slightly zenonesque progressive, with highly addictive
psychedelic undertones that envelopes the listener in a world of enjoyment.

psysex

 

 

#1 – Pulsar and Thaihanu – Uplifting Minds – goarecords (progressive) 2013*
Though this album was actually released in December of 2013, I didn’t get
my hands on a copy until January, so I am counting this as 2014, because
lets face it, most people listen to December’s music in the next year to
come. For this reason I had to include it. Aside from that, this was an album
I simply could not ‘put down’ so to speak. Pulsating beats, rhythmic and stylish. I do not usually like samples or talking in my music (which, unfortunately, is common in psychedelic electronic music), however the samples were so very well executed and worked into the tracks that they actually accented them instead of took away from them. This album showcased a very different vibe and ingenuity that you don’t normally see in the progressive scene these days. Very awesome album. As a result, It is #1 and I am pleased to present it to you.

pulsar and thaihanu

There were a few more exceptional albums that didn’t quite make the cut but were very impressive and I urge you to check them out as well:

Liquid Sound & Pulsar – Liquid Pulses – power house –
(psytrance)

Labyr1nth – Nirvana Network – ovnimoon (progressive)

That Does it for the psytrance of the year (and one from late 2013 that I included as my #1)

 

TOP 10 PSYCHILL ALBUMS OF 2014

# 10 -Androcell – Imbue – altar (psydub)

Androcell is Tyler Smith who releases his 4th album here on Altar records.
This centers on some dubby deep sounds, at times very psychedelic and
funky. Tyler likes to fully enrich and embody his music with a hint of mysticism, and it really is an impressive work of art.

androcell

# 9 – Psyrius – Sorry Pluto – uxmal (psychill)

Psyrius is a psychill producer born in 1988. His album Sorry Pluto climbed up
the Beatport charts this year, and its no wonder why. Slightly space ambient
building up to some mellow psychill with psychedelic twists really got heads
turning this year. This album is space ambient and then also mellow psychill with a slight
psychedelic twist in some songs.

psyrius

# 8 -Sattyananda – Mind Expansion

(bio from last.fm): SATTYANANDA a.k.a Nikhel Kumar Mahajan, born in
1979… was expressing his inner experiences through abstract art forms. At
the age of 16 Nikhel was introduced to the world of computers where he
found his thoughts and ideas coming to life. Nikhel is a student of graphic
design and a qualified Sound Engineer. This album is pretty upbeat and has
some very psychedelic and chunky ahrd-pounding beats, with bass to match.

sattyananda

 

# 7 – Asura – Radio Universe – ultimae (psybient/ambient)

This album seemed to take a long time in the making. I remember hearing about it in early 2013 and it wasn’t released until the 4th quarter of 2014. We were all beginning to wonder what Charles Farwell was up to. Well… he was up to making a very ambitious album – a departure, too, from his last few albums which centered on the 4/4 psychill-progressive (or deep trance as some call it). This instead starts out as space ambient with minimal IDM-style beats, and slowly wanders into a more textured territory, giving a large nod to a sort-of Solar Fields style of sound. This album is pretty flawless, and inspired.

asura

 

# 6 – Sundial Aeon – Analysis – impact (psychill)

(bio from last.fm): In 2005 Sundial was formed in Poland by the creative
ideas of Aural Planet artists Radoslaw Kochman (Raiden), Daniel Lulkowski
(hoyden space) and two other musicians, Jaroslaw Jacek (GiKu) and Patryk
Gegniewicz (revisq) from the electronic act Itoa. In the autumn of 2006
Vladislav Isaev (Scann-Tec) joined Sundial as a full time musician and band
DJ. Sundial Aeon music is already used in many projects like games,
multimedia presentations, websites, tv and radio jingles.

sundial aeon

 

 

# 5 – Psyfactor – Retroscientific – sentimony (psychill)

Psyfactor is Dmitri Korablin from Moscow, Russia. I chose this album to be
in the top 10 because it was very psychedelic and a very easy listen. That being said, I did have to give this album a few listens in order to cement its place in the top 5 of the best of the best this year. It might in some places sound like your typical relaxing psychill, but it doesn’t depart from the PSY aspect of the chill, in any way. Prepare to be surprised at the little twists and hints (zest?) in these tracks.

psyfactor

 

# 4 –  Cosmic Replicant – Mission Infinity – altar (psychill)

Paul Shirshin aka Cosmic Replicant returns with his 3rd release on Altar
Records. Another album was released in 2014, but I found this album to be
the strongest work that really pulled me in. Very chill, almost ambient at
times, but with really gripping melodies.

cosmic replicant

 

 

 

# 3 – Unusual Cosmic Process – Aquatic – uxmal (psychill)

(bio from last.fm): Runar Кristinsson began to produce his music in 2006. In
2000 year he started to work as a DJ in Night Club “JOS” in Mykolaiv city
under a nickname Armando Valencia. But soon he realized that composing
music brings him more pleasure that just being a DJ. He started doing this
in 2006. Aquatic is an album that really reaches for the outskirts of
psychedelic ethereal mystery, with its unique sounds that pull the listener
in. I found all of the tracks on this album to be strong, which is why it ended
up at #4#.

 

unusual cosmic process

# 2 – E-Mantra – Echoes From The Void – altar (psychill/goa)

(bio from last.fm): E-Mantra is a project started in 2000 by Emanuel from
Constanta, the city-port of The Black Sea, Romania.
He started during the highschool to play with PC music software. He was
influenced by acid, techno,trance but his representative style is goa-trance
,psybient, downtempo. After several releases on Altar records with both goa
and psychill styles, E-mantra within the past few months has released a
sort-of hybrid album, with both goa and psychill. I included it in the psychill
section because the amount of those types of tracks outweigh the amount
of goa. Goa heavily influences even the psychedelic chillout tracks though,
which make for an excellent trip out of your mind. Some of my favorite
tracks on this album are the ones that have heavy almost hip-hop chunky
beats. It manages to still keep its chill vibe but really make your head bob
as you listen.

e-mantra

 

# 1 – Astronaut Ape – Flight 420 – Microcosmos (deep trance/psychill)

Astronaut Ape is Oleg Belousoff from Russia. He began producing club music
in 2005 and later discovered the blissful art of psychill and ambient music.
He perfected his craft with the album ‘The Mirror’, from 2012. In 2013 he fostered the amazing (and probably my #1 favorite album of ALL TIME EVER) Ten Minutes Eternity, which was also #1 on my chart that year. I didn’t think an artist could do that again… go #1 twice. But Oleg is a master! This deeply entrancing and involving piece of work features a slightly more trancy sound all the while incorporating the chill aspect very nicely. With its flying/airplane theme, it all flows together quite nicely. This is definitely an album to be reckoned with, and as such, it is no doubt it landed as the top album in psychill of the year. Congratulations to Oleg!!

astronaut ape

 

That’s it for the top 10 Psytrance and Psychill of 2014. It really was a heck of a time trying to come up with enough albums to make it, but eventually I found them, and I think they are truly represented in the best placement on the list. I urge you to watch/listen to the Youtube videos I provided, and if you like what you hear and would like to purchase these albums, I have provided some links below to help get you started. These artists worked very hard.

http://psyshop.com

http://beatport.com

http://bandcamp.com

 

Thank you to all the artists for putting out some excellent work, and thank you to the listeners and readers! I do expect some feedback, please leave comments!

 

 

 

Asura – [Radio Universe] Ultimae Records

So for almost 2 years me and other fans of Charles Farwell,  otherwise known as Asura, have been awaiting this near-beatlesss ambient project called Radio Universe. I remember hearing about it often in 2013. i couldn’t figure out why it was taking so long. I’d hear about other artists starting an album and maybe 3-4 months later it would be available on bandcamp. This one was a long time coming. And I got my copy and am relieved and pleased to say it is a great work of art.

Asura’s usual vibe given to both Ultimae and Altar records has been psychill/psygressive chillout with 4×4 beats. In Radio Universe, Asura breaks down those 4×4 walls and almost beatless ambient music ensues. It is pure space, atmosphere, and relaxation. Spoiler: It will be most likely on the top 10 psychill of 2014. This year’s psychill is actually including some ambient too – the genres are closely related so I figured it would work out.

http://ultimae.bandcamp.com/album/radio-universe only 5 Euros (sorry, I don’t have that symbol for euros on my American keyboard — also can someone tell me how in the world celsius temperature system works?!?!).

 

The preview video is right here. It was created by another Ultimae star, and one of my favorite artists, Solar Fields.

 

 

 

 

The Labor Dave Weekend has passed.

Ahhh… yes. Labor Dave Weekend went mostly well. We got to the concert Friday afternoon around noon and went into the venue around 3pm to check out the merchandise and see what else was going on. A few bands played on a side stage, which we didn’t really stay and watch for too long. We had pre-gamed with our own food and bev during the tailgating fun before going in.

Brandi came on around 6 and was amazing. We held up our “Raise Hell Brandi” song, and they played it right then. They played some covers and a few chill songs but mostly they rocked it and I think non-Brandi fans were impressed. During the Dave Matthews Band concert (actually right at the beginning) the seats had filled in more, and there were some real douche bags all around us. Blowing smoke in our faces, pushing us (so that we were no longer in front of our own seats) etc. So when it came time for the guys to get on stage I flaked out on holding the sign for Dave Matthews Band because the jerks behind us were bitching. And I got anxious and pulled it down, and the rest of the night kind of sucked because my mate was mad at me for that.The concert was pretty good though, although I wish they’d have played Crush (our song) while we were not having an issue.

We drove to our secret spot and slept in the car afterward. We woke up about 8am the next morning and after my mate ran her mile down the road and I tried pooping (no success) we drove over to Entiat by way of Quincy and Wenatchee. I used to live in Entiat, it is a town of 1100 people, although I don’t think that accounts for all the people who live in ‘county’ territory upriver and in Ardenvior. So there’s probably more. A lot has changed since I’d lived there… my old house is gone and they had torn down the apple orchard that was in the front yard. Now there is just a trailor (the kind pulled behind a truck) that someone is living in. Sad.

We visited an old junior high/high school friend of mine that I had seen 2 years earlier when we went camping in Entiat way upriver. She had a mirgraine and along with her 2 daughters, her 2 nephews stayed over. So it was a full house. We chatted and got caught up watching ‘Criminal Minds’ – good show! And took a nap. It was nice having a day to recover from the previous night. My friend made Spaghetti for dinner which was really good, and then after a while we all went to bed.

We  left for a while the next day to go shopping in Wenatchee (a half hour drive away) and first went to famous footwear, where my mate found an EXCELLENT pair of running (actually, triathlon) shoes, and I found some really nice flip flops.

After that we marched over to Old Navy, which I hadn’t been in for a long long time. I purchased a Seattle Seahawks shirt (yeahhhhhh!! The season opener against the Packers last night was awesome, the LOB was in full force and Beast Mode was amazing).My mate bought a cool new running outfit. They days are getting cooler so we’re back to running the treadmill. Also, this is due to timing because of her classes.

Later that day we came back to my friend’s place and hung out for a while again before saying our goodbyes. She has a really adorable kitten named Castiel, and an overweight pitbull named Dozer. It was good to see her and her family. I must say she is a pretty darn good mom.She’s only 1 year older than me and I could never imagining kids yet. I’m 35. Yikes.

Anyway that afternoon we arrived back at the Gorge, tailgated a bit, and went into the venue. We got some more merch and checked out our seats. 7 rows back (not including the pit of course). Wow! Amazing view. So close to the stage. Of course once the show got started, the tallest man alive and his amazon of a female companion were directly in front of us. This always happens. I am 5’3″ and my mate is 5’2″ so being tall and in front of us is just a given. But this guy was like 6’4″. Jesus. Anyway..

The people around us this time were pretty cool, less douchey. For the most part. We held up our signs and I saw Brandi point to us while holding up our “Raise Hell brandi” sign, and they played the song. Woohoo! She had a really good set and there were more people there on Sunday to watch her.

Dave Matthews Band had a great 9 song acoustic opening set with a fantastic Tripping Billies. They came out a half hour later for their electric set and just tore it up. We got The Stone during the encore, with the crowd singing the Elvis song “Fools Rush In” during the slow part, as Dave used to do in the old Dave & Tim shows back in ’99. It was pretty cool.

We got home that morning later, at about 2am. My mate drove straight home. It would’ve only taken 2 hours and 30 minutes, but we were stuck for some reason, in the parking lot not moving, for about 20 minutes and then the GPS (as well as apparently everyone else’s) took us on a weird way back to the freeway..

We relaxed on Monday and now are back in the full swing of things. My mate has school and work, I am at work, things are starting up. Summer feels over.. even the weather thinks so. Its been in the upper 60’s low 70’s. It even rained a few days. Whaaaaaaaat!

But this weekend should be in the 80’s again… maybe we will have an indian summer for the harvest season. That would be nice. I don’t want to do a corn maize in 50 degrees.

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