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. ”

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-

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

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.

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. ”

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. ”

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:

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”…”

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… ”


Top 10 Psytrance and Psychill of 2013

Ta-Dah! Its finally here, the article I’ve been bragging about. Last year’s 2012 list was psychill only, and all it was was a list with album art. Boring, right? It doesn’t entice anyone to check out the music in the least bit, unless you’re the type of person who looks for music based on album art (we are all guilty of this a few times in our life, right?). So here it is, from #10 to #1, the top psytrance and psychill albums of the year. Let me first say it was VERY difficult choosing. 2013 was a year of amazing music! I think the final list here though accentuates the best of the best. Enjoy.



Agent Kristek – Universe

10. Agent Kritsek – ‘Universe’

Agent Kritsek is Alexandros Maropoulos, who became in love with psytrance music at
12 and began manufacturing sounds around 15 years of age, with  inspiration by various artists
around the scene. His music over the years has matured into this graceful eloquent style of progressive psytrance, which is highly evident in this year’s ‘Universe’, from Sawa Records. From start to finish, the album is polished, full of energy, and at times, deep and intriguing, with its many samples and hearty grooves. Some tunes on this album have you banging to the deep beats, and some tunes have you sitting in the dark dancing alone in the living room to a minimalistic progressive soundscape. It does not disappoint.



9.  Elegy – ‘Imaginarium’

Elegy, otherwise known as Daniel, seeks to effortllessly perfect the phenomenon of
redefining the progressive psytrance genre with his heart felt and intense emotional music
that transforms the dancing audiences all over the world. With ‘Imaginarium’ then, it is no
wonder the album, from Ovnimoon records, rises to the top 10 list. Filled with pulsating rythms, melodies and emotional vibes, this album recognises the deepness within us all, and is able to touch the soul in all the right places.

Into The Light

Into The Light

8. Hypnocousics – ‘Into The Light’

Hypnocoustics is Joe Studt and Benjamin Wood, artists from London who have been
combining their creative efforts into developing a driving and deeply dynamic sound.
“Underpinned by chunky grooves and slamming drums, each arrangement delivers an
epic journey through a mesmeric tapestry of musical ideas and soundscapes” –
[]. I could not have said it better myself. Into The Light focuses on the full-on melodic atmosphere of sound, bringing the listener into a developing story of light and energy. One could imagine dancing to this in the morning on a beach somewhere in a tropical locale.

Vibrations of Life

Vibrations of Life

7. Lyctum – ‘Vibrations of Life’

Lyctum is Dejan Jonanovic, and Vibrations of Life is his 2nd album, detailing the story of planets passing through our solar system. The album has a smooth presence, and presents a stunning example of the polished yet energetic atmosphere that today’s progressive psytrance provides. The tracks on this album are massive, with banging bass and stomping beats to keep you integrated into the sound.

Melodic Pereception

Melodic Pereception

6. Tropical Bleyage – ‘Melodic Perception’

After many EP releases, this Serbian duo have created a timeless example of melodic
full-on that goes beyond the mind’s eye with ‘Melodic Perception’. This shining album
reflects a brilliant light of sound, with sharp beats, smooth samples, and melodies that
would make your heart sing. Typical full-on can at times be over-the-top or downright
cheesy, but Tropical Bleyage fails to provide any such atmosphere in their work. Instead, this album provides the right amount of positive energy. Starting slow and beautiful the album winds itself into full power, made for a hot afternoon’s dance session on the beach, taking a moment to sip on a beverage that has a little pink umbrella in it. Yeah, its that kind of sound. It pulls you in.

Droplets From The Matrix

Droplets From The Matrix

5. Solar Spectrum – ‘Droplets From The Matrix’

As a co-founding member of Rastaliens and sole creator of Braincell, Ralph Freund has been around a while. He pushes the boundaries of everyday progressive psytrance music with his new release ‘Droplets from The Matrix’, on Ovnimoon Records. the album is time-tested, being played at festivals and live acts around the world. Never failing to provide deep enhanced beats and immersive textures, fans enjoy the magical experience of this album. When I first heard it, I was impressed by how deep it goes. Down the rabbit hole, you’ll never turn back.

E-Mov The Journey of Pan

E-Mov The Journey of Pan

4. E-Mov – ‘The Journey of Pan’

Coming up to #4 we have Dacru Records’ ‘Journey of Pan’ by E-Mov. According to, “E-Mov’s style can be described as deep, bordering progressive, melodic full on with beautiful ethnic touches throughout.” I wholeheartedly agree. The album picks up with progressive sounds where full-on leaves off, and it intermingles delightfully. E-Mov are Greeks Kostas Daikos And Vangelis Alexandris, who have put in plenty of time on the dancefloors, spinning their music that can be tuned to the full-on or twilight scene of night, or the morning playfulness of the daytime. This album brings tight subtle melodies to the deep richness of progressive psytrance, which makes for an interesting yet beautiful approach to their innovative sound.



3. Psilocybian- ‘Dreamtime’

‘Dreamtime’ is a deeply psychedelic journey that takes you deep into a lucid dream with
its ethereal aspects. Providing a lush adventure into vivid sounds and deep progressive
spaces, it is not an album to be messed with. Sasa Dukic is PsiloCybian, who began
getting into music at the early age of 13. After being introduced to psytrance, he
completed works under many different projects, but the one that stuck with him is
PsiloCybian. This particular release combines his entrancing structures with collaborations with other artists, such as Hotep and Braincell. The solo tracks provide for all the attention to be given to the unique aspects of this amazing driving forcefulness that gently plays with your mind in a child-like way.

Elegy - Anima

Elegy – Anima

2. Elegy – ‘Anima’ EP

I picked this as my 2nd favorite because of the title track, “Anima”. Slowly maturing underbeats eventually splash into one of the most beautiful melodies I’ve heard in progressive psytrance. The emotion the melody evokes is one of mystical wonder and could be used as a back-drop for ‘that part in the movie where the protaganist comes to an important realization’.  As the melody descends, we are treated to pounding progressive beats that slice right through your brain in a soft and smooth sort of way. This leads back into the melody once again, to repeatedly steal away your breath and make you cry. Also melodic are the following tracks, “Northern Skies” and “Into Another Dimension”. If you want psytrance music that makes you FEEL emotional, this is a great one for you to check out.

And # 1 is…

Ascent - Secret Place

Ascent – Secret Place

1. Ascent – Secret Place

Ascent is 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. After releasing what I assumed to be his 1 millionth track of the year, I asked him how the heck he was doing it. He replied that he has been in the studio non-stop – I
guess the music bug bit him! And it sure bit him well. His psychill collaboration with artist Argus
on “Beyond Sight” earns itself a beautiful honorable mention. But the main focus here is ‘Secret Place’, so named due to an actual secret place Bojan has that inspired him to create this masterpeice gem of an album. With insanely pounding percussive beats, this album takes you into a musical journey that none other can. When I first heard the album the track “Maya’s eyes” it  just grabbed me, shook me, and made me dance in the kitchen. I couldn’t stop. Another throbbingly hard-hitting tune is “Jazbina”, a track where I noticed the typical progressive beat pounds you into complete submission and you surrender yourself into the music, letting it take you on a magical journey. I imagine meditating to this album would raise your consciousness and you’d be floating above the pyramids of Egypt eventually. This is the reason for the top spot of the year. If an album inspires you to randomly bust out doing kung-fu in your living room (especially when you do not know how to do kung-fu) then you know you’ve got something special on your hands. Kudos to Ascent, and congratulations for earning the #1 spot, of best Psytrance album of the year.

And now for the Psychill part of our top 10 2013:


Cosmic Replicant Future Memories

Cosmic Replicant Future Memories

10. Cosmic Replicant – ‘Future Memories’

At our #10 spot is Altar Records release ‘Future Memories’ by Cosmic Replicant,
otherwise known as Pavel, from Russia. The album opens with lush soundscapes to ease
you into a calm state of mind, then slowly builds into soothing melodies and
downtempo/ambient beats. My favorite track is “Opening Lotus” with sublime melody and other wordly beats. The fresh psychedelic chill vibrations of this album provoke a soothing
sense of well-being, quickly earning a spot in the top 10.

Dreaming Into being

Dreaming Into being

9. Bluetech – “Dreaming Into Being”

Bluetech is Evan Marc, a psychill/downtempo producer currently living in Hawaii, USA. His music focuses on the melodic side with a slightly mechanical aspect of electronic, which zaps electric chill vibes into your blood stream and sends it to your brain. In this particular album however, he changes his tune (no pun intended) to the more subtle, calming ambient atmospheres, giving way to subtle melody and rarely a beat. The album, its concept related to the meaning and formation of dreams personal to Bluetech, provokes an ethereal and mystical aspect to the album.

When the Silence Is...

When the Silence Is…

8. Koan – “When the Silence is…”

Koan are Daniel Roeth & Vladimir Sedov from Russia. ‘When the Silence is…” is a re-release from 2009, of the album ‘When The Silence is Speaking”, with added mixes, but it is so great I had to include it in the best of 2013. The album features some pretty heavy psychill beats with beautiful melody and psychedelic samples. Some of the tunes remind me of something you’d hear in an Ibiza chill club while others, pure psychedelica, make you feel like breathing in the fresh morning air on a mountain top.

Gnomes of Kush

Gnomes of Kush

7. Gomes of Kush – ‘California Kush’

Tony d’Oporto, The Gnome, is a Southern California, USA electronic dub downtempo musician currently living in Mexico, who began his foray into the scene in the early 1990’s. This downtempo album features subtle dub basslines with matching melodies and beats that provide the listener a glimpse of what it must be like to be living a chilled life out on the beaches of southern California and Mexico. The perfect soundtrack for a roadtrip to the ocean, ‘California Kush’ is pleasing to the ear, and the chilled grooves are pleasing to the psyche.

Slackbaba - Ask

Slackbaba – Ask

6. Slackbaba – ‘Ask’

Trying to describe Slackbaba’s sound was throwing me for a loop. It is edgy with some gritty beats, psychedelic basslines and mid-tempo grooves. But that leaves too much up to the imaginination, so according to his myspace music page at one time, I quote, “A melting pot of fluid grooves and swirling psychedelic melodies, blended with a healthy dose of dubby phatness and a touch of the ethnic.” That sounds more like it! ‘Ask’ is a detailed and finely tuned journey into the land of slightly ethnic dub basslines with a hint of acid psychedelic, and melodic piano. Good for a night time chill dancefloor, I can imagine these basslines making my heart skip a beat. Title track “Ask” and “Waterfall Serpent” are gems.

Four Oak Trees EP

Four Oak Trees EP

5. Ascent and Argus – ‘Four Oak Trees’

Ascent is once again back in the top 10, this time with a chillout compilatiion with Argus, also a producer from Serbia. Their sound on this album could be described as mystical and deep, making the listener attuned to nature with soft, gentle liquid pads and melody mixed with downtempo chilled out beats that enhance the completely entrancing  ethereal sounds.

Aurora by Tentura

Aurora by Tentura

4. Tentura – ‘Aurora’ EP

Tentura is Alexander Pidgornyi and Stanislav Yastremsky from the Ukraine. After releasing many chill albums they signed onto Sentimony records to release ‘Aurora’, a truly remarkable psychill album. With some driving deep-trance beats and highly formative melodies, (my favorite track of ‘Melting’ is a good example of this), the album moves the listener from danceable vibe to psychill grooves fit for swaying back and forth to. It is worth a mention that this album is available for free download from

Oort Cloud

Oort Cloud

3. Phobium – ‘Oort Cloud’

Phobium is Norweigan producer Henning Ottesen. The album ‘Oort cloud’ is a lush ambient work of space and deep trance music, that brings to mind outer space travel through the immense Oort Cloud that surrounds our solar system, where comets are born. Peaceful soundscapes underline this album, transitioning smoothly between space ambient and more mid-tempo deep grooves that soothe the soul. Look for the track ‘The cloud at a Distance’. This album is free on



2. Tengri – ‘Shipibo’ EP

Tengri is Leo Golcev from Macedonia, also a founding member of Atriohm.
Tengri is a new downtempo project that masterfully creates rich psychedelic and tribal
soundscapes that leave the listener feeling like they are breathing fresh air from a
beautiful meadow. The Shipibo EP which was released November 14, (and artfully
mastered by Vincent Villius of Aes Dana) combines all the chilled elements one could
possibly need in 4 rich and beautiful tracks. The track “Chasing the Sun” is a favorite.

And that brings us to #1…

Ten Minutes Eternity

Ten Minutes Eternity

1. Astronaut Ape – ‘Ten Minutes Eternity’

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. Coming full blast into 2013 he presents ‘Ten Minutes Eternity’, a lot more than 10 minutes of sheer psychedelic chill perfection. From the beginning, you are treated to a fully immersive and involving trip into an emotional and surreal brain melt of cosmic joy. A favorite of mine is the track “iWorld 2.0” with a sample at the beginning of a NOAA maritime weather announcement (from Washington State and Oregon, USA – my neck of the woods!) that bookends the track into a slowly evolving sentimental and touching dream. Oleg omits nothing in this album, combining finely tuned skill, deep feeling, and psychedelic wonder. The album includes a full mix as well, without the gaps in tracks so you can hear it as it was intended – one amazing journey. I will include a youtube of the full album for your listening pleasure – and to prove what I am saying is real.

Well that does it for the top 10 in Psytrance and Psychill. Feel free to support the artists. I will provide some general links where you may find these albums, but I recommend a more specific search as not all of these sites may have them.

An honorable mention goes out of Shpongle and their Museum of Consciousness album. It fell short of the mark with me, and it gets the “Thank you for trying” award. I listened to it so many times and nothing stood out for me. I cannot recall a single track from that album.

Please also feel free to leave me a comment with your thoughts and opinions. I encourage you to listen to each youtube track and feel the music. I spent almost every single day in 2013 listening and analyzing music to provide what I felt would be an example of the best around. So I hope you enjoy.


More about the Top 10 of 2013.

Someone close to me thought I should be more specific and go in-depth about our top 10’s of 2013 as far as music goes. Also, someone said pictures do better in blogs than blogs without pictures. So I will find the most random pictures and put them in this post, to show my support for that statement.

Raccoon Photographer

Anyway, ok so the top 10 albums of 2013. Obviously as I stated before I am handling the snob side of the deal. Psychill and Psytrance. To my mate this is pure snobbery, because these are the only 2 genres I really listen to. Oh sure I listen to a lot of Dave Matthews Band and Minus The Bear, but I can’t really call them music I “mostly listen to” otherwise my collection of 311 hours of psytrance and 305 hours of psychill go to waste. Wait, is that all? I thought I had more than that. Hmm..



So here is how it works. On my end of things, I write down all the artists in the 2 aforementioned genres that had albums that came out in 2013. I then start listening to them at random. All willy-nilly, and such. And then I decide what I like, and put it into a group:” Yes.” Or “Maybe” or “no way in hades”. Then I listen more to the maybe group and put them into “Yes.” or a new group “Nah”. Then I listen to “Yes” a million times to decide which are top 10 material.


Now, my mate’s top 10 will be presented here:  on December 31, or maybe January 1, depending on how she decides to do things. Her method is way more intense. I don’t think I could do what she does. Not with her type of music anyway. She listens to *everything*. I mean, rock, pop, country, jazzy, punk, and everything in between. She is amazing. Anyway.

She first listens to artists from the beginning of the year to the end, and removes songs from her playlist that she does not like. Then when she gets to the very end, she will count how many songs on each album are still on her playlist, and whichever the top albums are with songs she didn’t hate and remove, then those go on the list. then things get tricky from there, and she has to figure out which is the best from 1-10.


So you see, when we both come out with our top 10 lists, they will be phenomenal music that you will need to check out and enjoy because a lot of work went into determining the best of the best.

Wish us luck, we’re going to need it!

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Did you enjoy the pictures? Let me know. if so, I may just add pictures of my entries (that are actually relevant to the writing this time).



P.S. Should I also do a worst of 2013 top 10?? Who would love it? Tell me!