This week I have a longer two hour psybient mix ready to go for all you fans of longer psychedelic chillout music. This mix kicks off with the brilliant Kuba ( aka Laurence Harvey ) and his track Chiquita from the CD Light Aromas on German label Chillcode Music. Laurence has released four incredible albums over the past 10 years so check him out if you have never heard of him before. Some of you might also remember that stupendous track he did on LSD records Mana Medicine compilation under the name of Grey Beard.
Overdream, a psytrance duo from the Ukraine deliver our next tune from the Mosaic Dream compilation released by Polish label GoaTrance.pl. These guys make some of the best psychill music I've heard in recent times and their psytrance work is also top notch. Their hard work has been rewarded recently with their digital e.p SoundPrints reaching the number one spot on the Ektoplazm.com download charts.
Next up is a group that is a recent discovery to me - Radioactive Sandwich. These two guys have been around for a quite a while as it turns out so I'm not sure why I had not heard of them before as their songs are insane. They have a load of albums to get your teeth into. Highly recommended ! This track comes from my favorite album of the month titled A World Of Earthly Delights. Visit the Radioactive Sandwich website to download it all for free !
Maiia ( aka Alla Vagner ) is a Russian based musician who has been in and around the psychedelic ambient music scene of Moscow for quite some time now. Her early work as a chillout DJ in clubs and festivals has now evolved into an impressive band that features a roster of musicians that contribute their skills towards Alla's musical creations. This tune is from Alla's debut full-length record Sacred Knowledge Of Ancient Civilizations on Altar Records earlier this year.
Another Russian artist that has been impressing everyone of late is the duo Koan. It's no coincidence that these guys feature quite a bit here on the psyamb site. Their tunes have quality written all over them and their latest full length release, The Fables Of Belovodye, is no exception. You can find this track, Flying Cities, and more exquisite Koan music as the Blue Tune Records website.
Following some tracks from Illuminus and Tor.Ma ( from the excellent new Ease Division 4 comp ) we come to a tune of real note. Final Cat by the oddly named Swen (Dzoncy) strOOp, is an absolute psychedelic circus ! I hope and pray this guy comes up with a full length album some time as everything I have heard from him so far has been refreshing new and crazy. Keep it up Swen !! You can find this one also on the Mosaic Dream digital free download compilation. Swen is also a gifted photographer - check out his work here.
After Swen you can hear some tracks from Aedem and another track from Ott's recent heavy hitting release "Mir". Then we get to another tune I'm really diggin' of late, the dubstep inspired work of Phutureprimative's tune Cryogenic Dreams. Actually, the whole alumb from which this is taken has a very dubstep feel to it. Phuturprimative made a name for himself with his debut release SubConscious back in 2004. That albumn was firmly set in the psybient and psydub mold. Some people are sure to be upset by the new Phutureprmitive direction but not I. Sure, there is a lot of dodgy dubstep music around as its popularity exploded but when it is done well and mixed with a enough psychedelic elements it can sound truly epic and that what his new album is. Would love to hear this one live !
Next is a track from the new Entheogenic albumn ( yes they are still around ! ) Gaia Sophia. The album is more of an e.p in a way with just the five tracks. However one track is 27 minutes long ! Remember the days when that wasn't so uncommon ? I really respect Entheogenic for what they have produced here. This is an album where they have gone back to their psychedelic roots and cast of all the disturbing jazzy stuff they tried to do on their last few releases. This is where they do their best work - psychedelic, swirling riffs over stuttering basslines and ethnic percussion. It's not the greatest Entheogenic album, that must be said. It does sound a bit cobbled together . But it seems a step in the right direction.
This mix rounds off with a number of excellent older tunes from the likes of Zero Cult, Warp Technique, Polyploid and Random Robot before we get to another tune from those wacky pranksters Radioactive Sandwich once again. Yes, so nice I played them twice ! You gotta check out their album - and why not at $0 the price is more than right !
Track / Artist
- 01. Chiquitta - Kuba
- 02. An Ancient Temple In The Center Of The Universe - Overdream
- 03. Chongo - Radioactive Sandwich
- 04. Deep In The Forest - Maiia
- 05. Flying Cities - Koan
- 06. Purrts Of Navarone - Illuminus
- 07. Fly By - Tor.Ma
- 08. Final Cat - Swen (Dzoncy) strOOp
- 09. Convolution - Aedem
- 10. Mouse Eating Cheese - Ott
- 11. Cryogenic Dreams - Phutureprimitive
- 12. Love Letters To The Soul - Entheogenic
- 13. Crystal Sun - Taff
- 14. Inside The Urban Ocean - Zero Cult
- 15. History of Dreams - Warp Technique
- 16. Nought Ark - Polyploid
- 17. Select Function - Random Robot
- 18. Elephant Parade - Radioactive Sandwich
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