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

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!

 

 

 

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.

PSYTRANCE 2013:

#10

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.

Imaginarium

Imaginarium

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” –
[http://www.last.fm/music/Hypnocoustics]. 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 psyshop.com, “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.

PsiloCybian-Dreamtime

PsiloCybian-Dreamtime

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:

PSYCHILL 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 ektoplazm.com.

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 ektoplazm.com.

tengri

tengri

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.

http://psyshop.com

http://ektoplazm.com

http://beatport.com

http://bandcamp.com

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.

 

Top 10 Psychill of 2012

Here is a link to last year’s Top 10 psychill/ambient/downtempo list, which is hardly extensive. This year I am posting reviews, album covers, as well as a few youtube videos. Its going to be a lot better.

 

Psychill and Psytrance Top 10 of 2013… coming soon. (Like, on Dec 31st).

Just a warning: Every year I do a top 10 of each genre, psychill and psytrance for releases that came out in that particular year. This one will be obviously for 2013. I am still going through and making final touches (yes I know its only October, but others can be added and subtracted accordingly).

So here is a little tiny teaser of some of my favorites:

and…