Molecular Transformation - PsyAmb 80

This weeks mix is a blend of deep psybient music showcasing some of the best of past and present. We begin with AtTyYa - one of the most promising new producers of the last year. This track, Circularium, was exclusively produced for the LostInSound compilation Spring2015. It perfectly demonstrates why AtTyYa has attracted much attention of late. It has the layered subtle dub vibe reminiscent of the music on the old Native State Records compilations, a touch of Bluetech and a more modern psyglitch approach. 

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This is then followed by a track from the recent Album Of The Week "Elements" by Master Minded on Merkaba Music. A top album, it's full of shamanic tribal ambient explorations that will take you on an inner journey of self discovery.

After that we get into "Dub Memble"  - a cool tune from ESR. This is an old track from 2002 from the compilation "Electronic Children". Pretty interesting comp so track it down if you get the chance. It was the only comp, the only record at all actually, that the label Bamba Records produced ! The ESR guys ( Gareth Green and Charles Norton ) were mostly active around the early 2000s and came back again around 2011 under a different name with a a couple of dub electronica inspired albums.

PsyAmb blog regulars Desert Dwellers make an appearance again with a remix of Adham Shaikh's tune "Desert Dub". As you would expect it's top drawer stuff from Desert Dwellers once again as they put another tune through the DD magic remix box. They can do no wrong. 

Following on then we have arguably my favorite track from this mix - "The Mission" by Mazea. This tune is trippy I'll give you that but what really does it for me, what really canoodles my noodle, that bassline ! What a cracker ! Find it on another recent Album Of The Week - Uxmill Chill Vol 01 or pick it up on Mazea full length - "When Waves Collide" from last year. 

After yet another Desert Dwellers track featuring some lovely vocals by Ixchel Prisma we have the rolling bass and menacing headiness of "The Fuzz" by Membrain from Pure Perception Records compilation "Equinox pt. 11". So as not to let your head fully explode I then smooth things out a little with a classic track from Don Peyote off his debut 1999 album "Are You Peyoted ?".  I was blown away the first time I heard this on a big speaker stack. It still holds up quite well today too !

Speaking of classic gems. Up next is a track you may have missed. Waterjuice were pioneers of the psybient scene and paved they way for many young American producers to follow. The group was a duo formed by Cyril Kollock and Bruce (Raven) Tupling. They released three albums over a period of eight years beginning in 2000. Bruce has since moved onto to 3D design/sculpture while Cyril now goes by name Cyril Noir and electrifies the dancefloor with his unique blend of dance music infused with speakeasy swing riffs ! This track, "Something Else", really is just that !

Suns Of Arqa follow on next. SOA are one of the oldest groups you are likely to hear within the psybient world. Formed in 1979 their music is a blend of electronic ambiance, dub and world music. They have a new album out on Martin Glover's resurrected label Liquid Sound Design titled "All Is Not Lost, But Where Is It ?". Hopefully this will the first of many great releases from this highly respected label. I are up everything they released on their first incarnation. 

Following some far left side of the brain psychedelic shenanigans from Kurbeats and Swen Stroop ( wish he would release another album !! ) we have a track from one of last years best little EPs - "Mind Altering Beans". SyBins is a psychedelic project from Israel, founded by Roy Madmoni and Tuval Shiloah. In a recent interview the guys listed their favorite musics - OTT, Simon Posford, Saffi Brothers, X Dream and Seb Tayloe to name a few. I like their style !

Our final track is from another Israel based act, Yestegan chaY, who as it so happens is collaborating with SyBins at the moment. So I thought it might be nice to mix the two acts together - seems to transition pretty well too. Could it be a sign of something amazing to come from this collaboration perhaps ?

Hope you enjoy the mix guys. I've kept it a little shorter to give me time to get it done. I'm working on trying to lift my drawing game so that's taking up a fair chunk of my time these days. Fear not though as I'll never stop mixing ;>

Cheers ...

Track / Artist  
  • 01     Circularium  -  AtYyA
  • 02     Earth - The Goiden Teacher - Master Minded
  • 03     Dub Mumble  -  ESR
  • 04     Desert Dub (Desert Dwellers Dub Remix)  - Adham Shaikh
  • 05     The Mission  -  Mazea
  • 06     You Can See Forever  -  Desert Dwellers
  • 07     The Fuzz  -  Membrain   
  • 08     Guru From Ipanema  -  Don Peyote
  • 09     Something Else  -  Waterjuice
  • 10     Discordant Dawn  -  Suns Of Arqa
  • 11     Mono/Poly Wants a Cracker  -  Kurbeats
  • 12     Brainsplitting  -  Swen Dzoncy Stroop
  • 13     Mediterranean Stinkbush  -  SyBins   
  • 14     ElectroEthnica  -  Yestegan chaY
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Posted on 26.5.15 by PsyAmb TAG : | 0 Comments ( ADD NEW COMMENT )

Simon Posford App - Review

Simon Posford ( Hallucinogen, Shpongle, Younger Brother ) recently released his official self titled smartphone App. Is it any good I hear you ask - let's take a look under the hood.

The app is available for iOS and Android and comes with a free 7 day trial where you get access to all content before deciding if you want to continue with a monthly subscription.

simon posford app screen

As far as content goes it's pretty great - you get access to all past Hallucinogen, Shpongle and Younger Brother albums, streamed live events, a centralized place for all his social media output ( Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube ) and a handy lively fan wall where users can leave messages for each other and talk about all things Posford related. There are also exclusive videos, an events calendar ( tour schedule ) and an online shop for his various merchandise. Perhaps the most attractive point of the app is access to previously unreleased songs as exclusive content. That's right - there are tunes in the app that you have never heard before !

The app runs pretty smooth on my iPhone - a clunky old 4s by the way. It did crash once while doing something but I'm guessing that was because I had a ton of other apps running concurrently. There was also a video that refused to play for me but that seems to be sorted out now with a re-upload.

The most polemical point about the app would have to be the exclusive music content. At the time of writing there are a number of previously unreleased Hallucinogen and Purple Om ( another Posford moniker ) tracks available for download. You can download these as part of the free 7 day trial too. Obviously once your trail period is up you no longer have access to the songs unless you choose to become an active subscriber. 

The problem for some people is that this content ( and other musical content ) is locked into the app. This means if you want to hear the new songs on your high end sound system speakers then you are out of luck unless you have a high end sound system with smartphone dock. I can understand Simon's approach here - it's obviously a way to get people to pay for a subscription.  

I don't have a problem with paying for a subscription - it's pretty cheap at 240 yen ( about $2 US ) a month. I agree it would be great to hear the tunes on a better sound system though, rather than my iPhone. One fan on the wall mentioned an idea about giving people who pay for content a code that allows them to download it outside the app in WAV/FLAC format. This also seems reasonable to me but you have to appreciate that once things hit the web proper they are instantly open to pirating which gives the app less appeal.

I've current payed for the next month of content. So for now I'm happy to see how far my monthly subscription will go - if there is enough new content each month to make it worth the money I'm more than happy to continue paying. The way I look at it is that a subscription can also be seen as sponsoring an artist you appreciate.

How are the tunes ? The new tunes are indeed good. I was certainly surprised to see new old Purple Om tracks. My favorite would have to be the latest one - "On The Runners (Dub)". In case your are wondering if there are any new Hallucinogen tracks in there well, yes there are two previously unreleased hallucinogen tracks. Both are downtempo affairs though so fans waiting for more "Hallucinogen in Trance" will have to keep waiting for now. 

Another exciting feature is access to live recordings from past shows such as the 2 hours of Live In Seattle ( Shpongletron 3.1 ) show from this year and the awesome Hallucinogen live in Paris from 1996. This stuff is gold and as someone who likes to play long Shpongle sessions while doing art it is a real bevy of inspirational brain food. I just discovered the Seattle show is actually available on YouTube - not sure if it was released previous to the app or not. It seems to be an unofficial upload though.

Another feature I really like is the exclusive video content. It's  got some great goodies in there. I really like the way it takes you behind the scenes on tour and also a look around his house as he shows off his old DAT collection ( possible more future contet for the app ? ), studio, general live setup, improvised "name the tune" sessions on piano and more.

Overall it's a big thumbs up from me and I recommend it for fans of any of Simon Posford's catalog. 

- easy access live streams
- access to new unreleased music
- access to back catalog
- behind the scenes videos
- chat with other fans
- regular updates from Simon Posford

- locked content in music section may upset some
- silences music playing from iPhone music app
- streaming can be a bit pixelated but hopefully will improve with future streams

Posted on 3.5.15 by PsyAmb TAG : | 0 Comments ( ADD NEW COMMENT )