DIFM - Psionic Geometries Vol 4

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Here is the DIFM PsyChill radio mix for January 2010

DIFM Link : PsyChill


Artist / Track
  • 01. Mystical Sun - Holographic Rain
  • 02. I Awake - New Time Nomads (Bass Edit)
  • 03. Spectrum Vision - Inox
  • 04. Kuba - Monk Dust
  • 05. Slackbaba - Dubterrania
  • 06. Goatika Creative Lab - Air
  • 07. Capsula - Dice Man
  • 08. Daheen - Chillin' In Wonderland
  • 09. Easily Embarrassed - Extraterrestrial Life Forms
  • 10. Outersect - Empty Arrow
  • 11. Ajja - Pearcushion
  • 12. Electrypnose - Entre Palmeras
  • 13. Younger Brother - Weird on a Monday Night
  • 14. Yggdrasil - Headfoam Jack
  • 15. Khooman - Let Me Out
  • 16. Atriohm - Beyond Rituals

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Psychedelic Ambient Mix Download - PsyAmb 24

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This week's psybient mix kicks off with a tune from singer "Cat Von Trap". Cat Von Trapp is a multi-talented vocalist and composer whose solo recordings feature on many ambient compilations (Return to the Source) and whose voice and music featured on the Hollywood blockbuster ''Entrapment'' starring Sean Connery. She has worked with acts Loop Guru , Tim Wheater and Suns of Arqa. Her live work includes sets at the Glastonbury Festival, Return to the Source @ Brixton Academy, Mind, Body and Spirit Festivals in the UK and Australia and Archaeology @ the ICA (an opera which she co-wrote ). I find some of her tunes to be a bit jarring but this one works quite nicely I think. You can find a number of her tunes on the "Ambient Meditations" series that "Return To The Source" released in the mid to late 90's.

shulmanPsychedelic ambient heroes "Shulman" follows next with the beautiful tune "Retroscape" from "Kumharas 6" on "Space Teepee Music". A solid compilation that is well worth following up on. The Shulman project comprises of Yaniv Shulman and Omri Harpaz. It is considered one of the leading groups in the psychedelic chill out and ambient scenes and has performed live at large festivals around the world. Shulman's music is filled with evolving organic layers backed by rich harmonies. With four studio albums and numerous compilation appearances, remixes and production work , Shulman has become a firm favorite of many psybient fans the world over. 

Up next is "Padmasana" with an epic dreamsphere of a tune called "Be Where Now" from their 1999 self-titled debut EP. An absoulte gem of a release. Should be in every psychill collectors inventory. Padmasana is a collaboration between "Gio Makyo" ( "Dakini Records" head honcho ) , Tokyo DJ David Hikari, and the mysterious S. Widi, their "spiritual advisor" from Bali. This album was inspired by misty nights in Ubud and the mind-shattering "oong" mushrooms of Bali. 

The music takes you on a trip through inner and outer space, finally ending up back in the lush, tropical ambiance of Ubud at night.The album features field recordings and live performances recorded in Bali, Tibet, and Tokyo, and varied instrumentation, including: Tibetan mantra, gamelan, Indian frame drum, water drums, bass, assorted Balinese percussion, sampler, cumbus, broken BassStation, Korg Z1, voice, Eventide Harmonizer, tr-303, tabla, and Ubud night insects and frogs. I think it is still available for sale on the Dakini Records website.

"Fredrik Ohr" has a nice sound that reminds one of Bluetech mixed with Ooze and a touch of tribal jazz spice. Wonderful organic robots. Check out his latest CD on "Aleph Zero Records" titled "Falling Through The Earth". Took me a while to get into it but now I can't stop listening to it. Aleph Zero do it again !

"Chilling Goddess" is the CD our next tune comes from , a collaborative effort between "Cell" and "Kali frogz". Cell a.k.a "Alexandre Scheffer" released a great solo CD late last year called "Hanging Masses" which proved to be very popular on chillout charts around the globe. "Kali frogz" are Christophe Fabulet and Eric Brandy from France. Christophe used to play as a chill-out dj for over 10 years and created a radio-show about psytrance and ambient music on a local station. Eric began his music creation journey while working on some old soundtrackers in the end of the 90's. Their taste for electronic music, deep atmospheres and dirty ground-shaking beats led them to create Kali-Frogz. Christophe also has a nice side project "Bobtracker" where he produces a range of ambient and downbeat tunes.

seb taylor"Hibernation" is the latest solo project of Briton "Seb Taylor". Seb is well known in the psychedelic ambient music community for his work in groups "Kaya Project" and "Angel Tears". The groups display a fine mix of electronica and world music instrumentation. Seb's output doesn't stop there however. With around 10 separate solo projects and a number of group efforts, Seb has always kept himself busy producing music across a number of genres. His work on Kaya Project and Angel Tears can also be heard on a number of popular US television programs. Hibernation is more of a electronic based project containing elements of dub, glitch and IDM. It sits nicely in the "Aleph Zero Records" sound range and is highly recommended.

Next we have a bit of an unusual collaboration that fans of "Shpongle" might get a kick out of. Audio engineering guru "Alan Parsons" ( Beatles, Pink Floyd ) teams up with Simon Posford of Shpongle and Hallucinogen fame and a bit of solo guitar work from David Gilmour of Pink Floyd to produce a very shponglish exploration on the theme of Tunguska. The title stems from an account of a cataclysmic explosion in Siberia in 1906 which conspiracy theorists believe was actually a cover-up for a crashed alien spacecraft landing. You can find this on Alan's compilation titled "A Valid Path" where he joins forces with a number of leading electronic acts of the time. As a member of prog-rock group "The Alan Parsons Project" he achieved world wide fame in the late 70s to mid 80s and perhaps is best known for the 1982 hit single "Eye in The Sky".

Following up next is a long overdue return to the mix by the Poland's mysterious "Swen (Dzoncy) StrOOp" (PsyAmb episode 8) . Apart from having one of the more unusual names around SDS has a great collection of tunes available for download through the free music service "Jamendo". Track down his album "Shortvolution" for something a little more leftfield. Jamendo is a community of free, legal and unlimited music published under Creative Commons licenses. You can quickly and easily search for ambient , psychedelic , dub you name it - great service !

Next we have an awe
some spoken word tune from Australian group "Mimesis". At its most bare, the Mimesis project involved sought after producer/engineer "Simon Polinski" ( "Hesius Dome" , "Ornament" ) and his long-time friend, double bassist David Abiuso, jamming ideas formed over four years apart. Fresh from London, Abiuso spoke excitedly of looping minute fragments from classical pieces; intriguing notes he'd long wished composers had explored further. Curious, Polinski sent him into "the cupboard", a floor-to-ceiling collection of vinyl in his home studio. Before long Gustav Holst, Mozart, choral composer John Taverner and scores more had snippets of their music fed into to Polinski's studio and the seeds of Mimesis's were sewn. 

Colin Berwick ("Big Country"), a Scottish pianist and guitarist with an experimental bent and Steve Kilbey (singer,song writer of rock stars "The Church"), joined to complete the group.Poliniski has been quoted as saying Mimesis is the "greatest ever work I've been involved in." I find when I introduce this album to people that opinions are divided. Personally I think it is brilliant and hope you can enjoy it too. Visit the "Psy-Harmonics" site for more info and listening samples.

zero cultWe pick up the beats a bit again with the next tune by "Zero Cult" (Emil Ilyayev) from his excellent 2009 release "Dreams In Stereo". I'm a big fan of Emil and especially "Dreams in Stereo" which ranked high in my "top 25 psybient albums list" of last year. Emil was born in 1975, in the USSR and now lives in Israel. He started making music in 1994, by forming an electro-acoustic band. In 1997, Emil teamed up with his friend Alex and created a new synth-hard-rock project, called “Legion of Foreigners “. 

They recorded a demo CD and received excellent feedback. In 1999, Emil went his own way and made some club trance / house tunes for his DJ friends, and published his tracks on mp3.com. In early 2002, Emil had been looking for a different musical approach and changed his musical direction by progressing into downtempo music and named his new project “Zero Cult” . He has three CDs available , all of which I certainly recommend . Along with label buddy "Side Liner" , Emil has quickly risen to top of the crop in downtempo chillout music. You can find out lots more about them at "Cosmic Leaf" .

Another leading light on the psychedelic ambient music scene , "Zymosis" , is next with the tune "Architectural" from the album "Bizzaroworld". Another version of the tune can also be found on their great 2008 release "Elements Into Data". Zymosis are Dmitriy Likhachev (aka Dimitro) arranger, keyboardist and composer, Grigory Sobinov (aka Gree Shanti), keyboardist and composer, Alexey Ivchenko (aka Tigra) playing electro & accoustic guitar and Irina Kustovskaya (aka Hvoya) laying her beautiful vocals. Nowadays Dimitro & Gree are also working on goa-trance project "Alienapia", which has seen releases on a number of popular compilations.

Our penultimate
track today is "Wormhole" by Dutch duo "Easily Embarrassed". You can find this tune on EE's 2009 "Planet Discovery" CD. A fairly solid album with a couple of excellent tunes. I kind of like the way they mix in a bit chip tune type sounds. Psychedelic warbling super mario appregios etc.

knights who say niFinally we have a bit of an odd psybient tune I created a few years back. This is an extended remix version of an "Astrix" tune called "Beyond The Senses". I decided to rename it "Beyond the Senseless" due to the my use of a few choice Monty Python samples. Enjoy. Thats it for this week. Tune in , turn on , chill out.

Artist - Track
  • 01. Cat Von Trapp - Reaper Girl
  • 02. Shulman - Retroscape
  • 03. Padmasana - Be Where Now
  • 04. Frederik Ohr - Message
  • 05. Cell vs Kalifrogz - Hawaii Transit
  • 06. Hibernation - Embers
  • 07. Parsons,Posford,Gilmour - Return To Tunguska
  • 08. Mimesis - The Beginning
  • 09. Swen (Dzoncy) strOOp - Uroboros
  • 10. Zero Cult - Seclusion
  • 11. Zymosis - Architectural
  • 12. Easily Embarrassed - Wormhole
  • 13. Astrix - Beyond the Senses ( PsyAmb "Beyond the Senseless" mix )
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World Ambient Mix Download - PsyAmb 23

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Today's mix is a collection of ambient world music with a garnish of psychedelia. We kick off with "Sandstorm Dreaming" by "Terra Ambient". Terra Ambient is the solo project of award-winning American producer Jeff Kowal. Jeff's latest release , 2009's "Wanderlust" , is a deep tribal ambient dream-scape that it a real pleasure to listen to from start to finish. More info can be found at the Terra Ambient website and label "Lotuspike". Lotuspike is also home to some "Darshan Ambient" releases which I also highly recommend.

Next up is "Palyrria" with a tune from the"Chillogram" compilation of 2005 which was recently featured as album of the week here on PsyAmb. Palyriia began in Greece in 1996 as a dance music oriented band. They slowly evolved from that starting point into a five member world music ensemble. Their work displays a sophisticated mix of electronic sounds and traditional ethnic and Mediterranean instruments.

After Palyrria we have "Lemon Tree"with the tune "Spirit" from "Organic Records" 2006 release , "Psymeditation 2". I don't know much about "Lemon Tree" myself. They have another track released on the first Psymediation compilation. Apart from that I haven't heard much else. If anyone knows more please drop me a mail or post some details here on the blog.

Following that we have a track from Denmark's "
Søvnigt Sind". This is from the compilation album "Amber : Gold of the North" which was released through internet label "Zealotry Music". Zealotry is dedicated to releasing free music from Danish ambient and chillout producers. If you enjoy this track then visit the Zealotry sight where you can download a full length Søvnigt Sind album. There is also a new compilation called "Tanmaurk" available for download.makyo"Makyo" is next with the track "Takshaka" from the 2001 album "Yakshini". Makyo a.k.a Giovanni Fazio who writes all the music, and plays most of it , went through a long musical evolution before arriving in Makyo. In the early 80s he spent time in Kyoto, Japan studying zen by day and playing in hardcore punk bands by night. 

In the late 80s he travelled to Taipei and Boston, playing in psychedelic Branca-influenced guitar ensembles, releasing through the mail-art/cassette underground, and dj-ing a free-style radio show on WZBC.
Since 1993, Gio has been a regular dj on Tokyo's club scene, appearing mostly in chill-out rooms, and appearing with the likes of Mixmaster Morris, The Orb's Alex Patterson, Ken Ishii, Haruomi Hosono, Tsuyoshi, Underworld, Solar Quest, and more.

Gio is also label manager of Tokyo's "Dakini Records" , one of the longest running and most respected ambient world music labels around. Mayko's own music is an intelligent, trance inducing collection of ethnoambient masterpeices. With four highly respected studio albums , a number of classic EPs and countless compilation appearances , Gio has become a huge favorite of ambient trance and world music lovers all over the world. My personal favorite is his "Suzhou River" EP from 2001 released through "Uplink Records". This was produced as a soundtrack to film maker You Lee's movie of the same name.

"Ishtar" by "The Peaking Goddess Collective" is a slow moving river of mellow ethno psychedelic groove that is really what TPGC is all about. I'm a huge fan of TPGC and have talked about them enough in the past here on PsyAmb so check back to episode 16 for a bit of an intro to the wonderful world of these aural psychonaughts.

Next up is Palyrria once again , this time a collaboration with Peak Records' "Ajja" and "Master Margherita" , both members of TPGC. The more I do these mixes the more I realize just how often Peak Records' artists seem find their way into the set each week. I think this must be reflective of just how solid the label is - there doesn't seem to be any filler on any of their releases. Quite amazing really. Ajja is an eclectic and multi-talented Swiss artist who channels his creativity through parallel careers as musician/producer/dj, Peak Records label manager, graphic artist and tattoo artist. Master Margherita is a musician also based in Switzerland. Since 1988, he has been very active in the european music scene where his first steps were as a bass player in various rock bands. In 1994 he started composing tracks which mixed and matched live instruments with all sorts of electronic ”devices“. This experimentation saw a change of musical direction for him which evolved into the bass infused enthno dub he is known for today.

"Slackbaba" is next with a tune from the "Liquid Records" compilation "Soul Vibration 2" - an awesome compilation by the way. I think it will be one of the biggest release of the year. A melting pot of fluid grooves and swirling psychedelic melodies, blended with a healthy dose of dubby phatness and a touch of the ethnic, Slackbaba’s music draws the listener through a labyrinth of pulsing rhythms and mind-altering sonic states. I'm eagerly awaiting the release of Slackbaba's latest CD "Perverting Mankind" which is due out next month and promises to be a genre-bending mix of psychedelic ambient and funky psytrance killers.

shakaturaFollowing Slackbaba is "Solar Cell" from American "Shakatura" ( Galen Butler ). Bay Area producer and DJ Shakatura creates a lush and positive fusion of dubbed-over breaks, tribal house, and world rhythms. I have had the pleasure of catching a number of Galen's sets over the years and they have never disappointed. The guy has so much talent dripping from his fingers. This tune comes from his second full length CD , 2003's "Galactivation". One of my"all time favorite releases. You may have run across some of his tracks on "Ceiba Records" compilation a number of years back. Ceiba introduced me and thousands of others to a lot of great artists through those classic compilations. From the looks of the Ceiba website they are still active but seem to be more as a fashion and jewelry outlet the days. As for Galen , I haven't seen much from him either these last few years. Lets hope he still has it in him to produce some more great tunes and another awesome Shakatura CD. There is also a nice little interview with Galen over at "Tripzine" that was conducted back in 2002.

After Shakatura we have "Alien Soap Opera" with "Artifical Dream" from the 2001 release "Second Wave" on "Melt 2000 Records". Alien Soap Opera (ASO) was formed in Cairo, Egypt by "Amir Abdel Magid" and "Greg Hunter". In the summer of 1993, Hunter was in Cairo recording an album with the influential punk band Killing Joke, and he met Magid, who was recording in the same studio. The day before Hunter was due to leave Egypt he went to the studio, where Magid asked him to do a mix of a track that evening. He agreed to do it, the mix went well, and in the morning Magid and Hunter decided to form a band which they later named Alien Soap Opera.

Check back to PsyAmb episode 14 for more info on Greg and the various groups he has been involved in over the years. Magid is a musician/producer/arranger famous throughout the Middle East for his Kanoon (Egyptian Harp) playing, his recordings, and his live performances. He is a familiar sight on Arabic TV, and he regularly tours with his orchestra throughout the world. Second Wave quickly became something of a collectors item for a while as it was almost impossible to get hold of back in the day. Fortunately, thanks to the likes of iTunes and Amazon it is far more available today. Highly recommended. Also check out "Frozen Ants" by another of Greg's collaborations "Subsurfing". Subsurfing were around a few years before ASO however they carried a similar sound I think.

Rounding things off today is a nice long ambient bedtime lullaby from "Jairamji". Jairamji released just the once CD , "Kindred Spirits" back in 2003 on "Dakini Records". The album was a success on the world music stage and tracks from it often appeared in the sets I played at that time. Their music is emotional and poetic and never slips into that cheesy side of world music that the world was awash with in the early 2000's. Reflective, meditative and a true delight.

That's it once again for another episode of PsyAmb . I hope you enjoy the mix. Oh , before I forget , a few listeners have sent me some tunes of late so I'm looking to do a listener's mix in the near future. If you would like any of your own tunes to be included and promoted here please get in contact and I'll do my best to add you in. Cheers for now ...
Artist - Track
  • 01. Terra Ambient - Sandstorm dreaming
  • 02. Palyrria - Nilos Dub Desert Mix
  • 03. Lemon Tree - Spirit
  • 04. Sonigt Sind - Small Tribe Celebrating Life
  • 05. Makyo - Takshaka
  • 06. The Peaking Goddess Collective - Ishtar
  • 07. Palyrria vs Ajja and Master Margherita - Askia (Tzoura remix)
  • 08. Slackbaba - Tsenstak
  • 09. Shakatura - Solar Cell
  • 10. Alien Soap Opera - Artificial Dream
  • 11. Jairamji - Stabilizing In Chaos

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