The Top 200 Psybient Artist Albums Of All Time


Over the last 20 years or so, since the early to mid 90s, I have listened to my fair share of albums within the psybient genre of music. Some artists are still with us while others have shone brightly, delivering glimpse of magic before fading away into the deeps of space from whence they came. Over this time, like many of you, I have pondered my firm favorites when it comes to best psybient albums. 

 
Artists such as Shpongle and Ott who helped form the psydub genre and psychill acts such as Carbon Based Lifeforms and Aes Dana feature heavily of course. However as popular as these artists are I think there is always room for some lesser known acts who have released equally fascinating albums. 

The list below comprises of what I believe to be the greatest albums by artists within an all encompassing "psybient" tag i.e psychedelic ambient, psychedelic dub, spacey psychill and genres that flirt about on the edges of those. There are many absolute gems in this list so I highly recommend checking them all out some time. This is a fairly 'loose' list, the main purpose is to get a good big list of best psybient albums to share online.

I'll be updating this list over time so you will see changes over the coming years as worthy albums are released. If you are interested in a list of compilation albums then stay tuned as I'm currently compiling that one and it's looking pretty awesome too.

Finally, I would love to hear back from you - what albums are in your top 10 ? Or is there anything else you could recommend to psybient fans that you think is worth a shout ? Drop a comment below and let us know what you are thinking.

 Rank - Artists - Album
  1. Shpongle - Are You Shpongled ?
  2. Ott - Mir
  3. Carbon Based Lifeforms - World Of Sleepers
  4. Aes Dana - Memory Shell
  5. Hallucinogen - Hallucinogen in Dub
  6. Abakus - That Much Closer To The Sun
  7. ISHQ - Orchid
  8. Ott - Blumenkraft
  9. Shpongle - Ineffable Mysteries from Shpongleland
  10. Drift - Drift
  11. Entheogenic - Entheogenic
  12. Deviant Electronics - Blunt Instruments
  13. Aes Dana - Leylines
  14. Shpongle - Tales of the Inexpressible
  15. Ott - Skylon
  16. Celtic Cross - Hicksville
  17. Tripswitch - Circuit Breaker
  18. Kuba - Through A Lense
  19. Carbon Based Lifeforms - The Path
  20. Alien Soap Opera - Second Wave
  21. Shpongle - Nothing Lasts
  22. Gus Till - Ghosts Of The Earth
  23. Ashirvad - Ashirvad
  24. ISHQ - The Invisible Landscape
  25. Younger Brother - A Flock of Bleeps
  26. Shulman - Soundscapes and Modern Tales
  27. Cell - Hanging Masses
  28. Ooze - Where The Fields Never End
  29. Kuba - How the Future Sounded
  30. The Orb - The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld
  31. Younger Brother - Vaccine Electronic
  32. Yggdrasil - Prose Edda
  33. ISHQ - And Awake
  34. Solar Fields - Blue Moon Station
  35. Subsurfing - Frozen Ants
  36. Bluetech - Elementary Particles / Prima Materia
  37. Dub Trees - Nature Never Did Betray The Heart That Loved Her
  38. Saafi Brothers - Mystic Cigarettes
  39. Solar Fields - Movements
  40. Bluetech - Dreaming Into Being
  41. Hol Bauman - Human
  42. KLF - Chill Out
  43. Carbon Based Lifeforms - Twentythree
  44. Anahata - The Unmade Sound
  45. Desert Dwellers - DownTemple Dub Flames
  46. Digital Mystery Tour - Digital Mystery Tour
  47. Makyo - Purnima
  48. Shulman - In Search of a Meaningful Moment
  49. Don Peyote - Eternal Now
  50. Entheogenic - Spontaneous Illumination
  51. Eat Static - Back to Earth
  52. Kalpatura Tree - Luminosophy
  53. Scann Tec - Facial Memories
  54. Phutureprimitive - Kinetik
  55. Younger Brother - The Last Days Of Gravity
  56. Greg Hunter - Metasurfing
  57. Carbon Based Lifeforms - Interloper
  58. ISHQ - Sama
  59. Kick Bong - A Cup of Tea ?
  60. Zymosis - Elements into Data
  61. Bluetech - Rainforest Reverberation
  62. Outersect - Caldera
  63. Shakatura - Shakatura
  64. 23 degrees - 23 Degrees
  65. Stress Assassin - Within The Office Of Eye And Ear
  66. Shpongle - Museum of Consciousness
  67. Astroppilot - Solar Walk 2
  68. Mental Extensions - Inner Reality
  69. Benji Vaughn - Even Tundra
  70. Shulman - Random Thoughts
  71. Globular - Colours Of The Brainbow
  72. Green Beats - Cosmic Turtle
  73. Zero Cult - Dreams In Stereo
  74. Makyo - Swara Mandala
  75. Kalya Scintila - Open Ancient Eyes
  76. Third Ear Audio - Third Ear Audio
  77. HUVA Network - Ephemeris
  78. Kuba - Bringing It All Back Home
  79. Kliment- The Perpetual Ritual
  80. Green Nuns On Ice - Pan Electric
  81. Pineal - Cauda Pavonis
  82. Androcell - Emotivision
  83. Makyo - Rasa Bhava
  84. Spectralight - Temple of Stars
  85. Entheogenic - Golden Cap
  86. Flooting Grooves - Psydeburns
  87. Globular - Magnitudes of Order
  88. Puff Dragon - Sazanami
  89. Akasha - Into The Web
  90. Manta Ray - Numinous Island
  91. Shulman - Endless Rhythms of the Beatless Heart
  92. Astronaut Ape - Ten Minutes Eternity
  93. Youth - Youth In Dub
  94. Padmasana - Padmasana II
  95. Asura - Code Eternity
  96. Solar Fields - Until We Meet the sky
  97. Healer - Higher Grounds
  98. Kalya Scintilla - Dance the Spiral Never Ending
  99. Kyoto - Skywolf
  100. Ochi Brothers - Ochi Brothers
  101. Androcell - Imbue
  102. Capsula - Synthesis Of Reality
  103. Kaya Project - Desert Phase
  104. OM - Viaje Al Interior
  105. Kaya Project - Walking Through
  106. Sounds From The Ground - Terra Firma
  107. Phutureprimitive - Sub Conscious
  108. Shakatura - Galactivation
  109. Mahaon - The Awakening
  110. Birds of Paradise - Flight Patterns
  111. Dymons - Druids Brew
  112. Elve - Infinite Garden
  113. Makyo - Shringara
  114. Flooting Grooves - Antimony
  115. Matt Coldrick - Music for a Busy Head
  116. Jairamji - Kindred Spirits
  117. Ornament - Bleu
  118. Pitch Black - Rude Mechanicals
  119. Chronos and CJ Catalizer - Quid Est Veritas?
  120. Amuravision - Light Energy Performance
  121. Argaman - My Little Forest
  122. Astropilot - Solar Walk
  123. Globular - Self Fulfilling Prophecy
  124. Vlastur - Interaxion Dub
  125. Daheen - Green Chillies
  126. Kalya Scintilla - Beginnings
  127. Easily Embarrassed - Tales Of The Coin Spinner
  128. Entheogenic - Enthymesis
  129. Unusual Cosmic Process - Aquatic
  130. Galaxy - Science Of Ecstasy
  131. Entheogeic Sound Explorers - Magic Garden
  132. Salmonela Dub - Calming Of The Drunken Monkey
  133. Sinepearl - Cycles Within Cycles Within
  134. GMO vs Dense - Equation
  135. Desert Dwellers - Muladhara Yoga Dub
  136. Pitch Black - Future Proof
  137. Hinkstep - Second Sight
  138. Lauge and Baba Gnohm - Langbortistan
  139. Dense - Exhale
  140. Hesius Dome - The Age Of Steam
  141. ISHQ - Blue Infinity
  142. Kaminanda - Gateways of Consciousness
  143. Kurbeats - Folktronica
  144. Padmasana - Padmasana
  145. Seamoon - Expression Of The Moment
  146. The Peaking Goddess Collective - Organika
  147. Younger Brother - Vaccine
  148. Warp Technique - Make Animals Happy
  149. Don Peyote - Heaven and Earth
  150. Ganja Beats - Paradise and Tranquility
  151. Gus Till - Dub Shadows
  152. Hinkstep - Sunrise From The Treetops
  153. Kaminanda - Ancestors and Guardians
  154. Pan Electric and ISHQ - About Time
  155. Pitch Black - Electric Earth
  156. Saafi Brothers - Midnight's Children
  157. Perpetual Loop - Passage of Sound
  158. Mystery School Ensemble - Mystery School Ensemble
  159. Rena Jones - Echoes
  160. Perpetual Loop - Universal Flow
  161. Hoopy Frood - Psychonaut
  162. Seahorse Transform - Dust form a trip
  163. Radioactive Sandwich - A World Of Delights
  164. Soulacybin - Gratitude
  165. Sync24 - Source
  166. Sysphe - Running up That Hill
  167. Asura - Lost Eden
  168. Distant System - Spiral Empire
  169. Pan Electric - Conscious Pilot
  170. Koan - When The Silence Is Speaking
  171. Kuba - Inside Out
  172. Banco de Gaia - Last Train To Lhasa
  173. Kaminanda - Liminal Spaces
  174. Ren Toudu - Intangible
  175. Waterjuice - Liquid Journeys
  176. Soulacybin - Self Existing Earth
  177. Toires - Oued
  178. Tengri - Shipibo
  179. Sunmonx - Power Salad
  180. Warp Technique - Shaman Lik My Pea
  181. Miditeranian - Gondolieri in Space
  182. Electrocado - The Hass Effect
  183. Galaxy - Everlasting Tone
  184. Krusseldorf - Bohemian Groove
  185. Sundial Aeon - Analysis
  186. Saafi Brothers - Live on the Roadblog
  187. Terra Nine - Strange Craft
  188. One Mighty Atom - Mystery Karaoke
  189. Supersillyus - Interabang
  190. Asura - 360
  191. Slackbaba - Perverting Mankind
  192. Seamoon - Twisted Downbeat Adventure
  193. Tajmahal - Star Circus
  194. Will O the Wisp - Long Sleep Plain
  195. Brujos Bowl - Peace Data
  196. Kuma Mela Experiment - East Of The River Ganges
  197. Master Margerita - The Marginal Rules
  198. Gnomes Of Kush - California Kush
  199. Koan - The Fables Of Belovodye
  200. Shantifax - Delete Automation

Posted on 9.11.14 by PsyAmb TAG : , | 25 Comments ( ADD NEW COMMENT )

25 comments :

Anonymous said... @ 10 November, 2014

The great thing about lists is everyone has a different 1! I've been enjoying your sets for several years now & really appreciate the time & effort u put into this blog so I don't want to be too critical. The only comment I would like to make is perhaps its a little too early to include releases that r only a month or so old, such as the gus till album u reviewed in ur last post & the sundial aeon album. I actually really like sundial aeon & was a little disappointed that the only album to make the list was the 1 I don't have from july! However there r now so many more artists for me to explore & to find out more about, so thankyou.

Dom said... @ 10 November, 2014

As they say a review or list us just the first line in an argument. Personally I don't care how old an album is before it goes in my top list. Surely everyone knew Nirvana's Nevermind was then the number one album of the 90s when it was released. A brave call to put the new Shpongle so low. I was dissspointed with it too. A few too many half baked songs but it would go in my top 50 maybe. Nice to see abakus up there - fantastic album. Thanks for a great list to file away for a rainy day.

Anonymous said... @ 13 November, 2014

One glaring omission of quintessential psybient, that I'd place very high -Timenvu by MIC, http://altar.bandcamp.com/album/timenvu
.... @Anonymous I don't like the latest gus till either. Wouldn't make a top 500

Anonymous said... @ 13 November, 2014

I love the new Gus Till. It's very "musical". I would also add every Astropilot album

Tobati said... @ 13 November, 2014

miditerranian no 2 - planet hop

Anonymous said... @ 13 November, 2014

Dude you rule !! Bring on the compilation list

P.s OK Computer was the best album of the the 90s Dom

mako said... @ 14 November, 2014

hi - I tip my hat to you. This is a magic collection

Anonymous said... @ 15 November, 2014

Super

Anonymous said... @ 15 November, 2014

"The day turns to night" from Are you shpongled ? Best tune ever !

OlliO said... @ 15 November, 2014

Krill.minima ‎– Nautica should be on everyone's list ;>

GreenSpirit said... @ 16 November, 2014

My top ten


entheogenic - entheogenic
bluetech - elementary particles
celtic cross - hicksville
shpongle - are you shpongled
shulman - soundscapes and modern tales
yggdrasil - prose edda
hallucinogen - hallucinogen in dub
phutureprimitive - subconscious
cbl - world of sleepers
mental extensions - inner reality




Anonymous said... @ 29 November, 2014

2 entries for Phutureprimitive-Kinetik at 54 and 81? No.135, Equation is a GMO vs Dense release and 140. Exhale a Dense release

Anonymous said... @ 03 December, 2014

Check out the new soulacybin - crunchy and tasty

Anonymous said... @ 28 January, 2015

Shpongleddddd. Hard choice between first and second album

Grass said... @ 19 February, 2015

greetings!!
hard choose
but it would be something like:

Entheogenic
Androcel
Green Beats
Ott
Celtic Cross
Chronos
Bluetech
Desert Dwellers
Yggdrasil
Ashirvad

Anonymous said... @ 24 April, 2015

Very nice list, agree on a lot of it :))
Top 10 is pretty close to my top 10.

But....

Zymosis - Between two Points is higly recommended. (Top 10)

im pretty sure you will agree on this ;)

Anonymous said... @ 08 May, 2015

Asura should be way, way higher. Just saying. #190?

Anonymous said... @ 13 May, 2015

Great list !

The only album that is missing for me is

Taruna - Beyond The Event Horizon

You should definitely check out this album. Would be one of my top 5.

Anonymous said... @ 19 June, 2015

Thank you for sharing your lifetime collection of Psybient Treasures !
I have already made some Wonderful Discoveries from your list ..
Alien Soap Opera - Second Wave .. So Perfect ) Thank You

Anonymous said... @ 31 July, 2015

Thanks very much, you rock!!

chrispatten said... @ 30 August, 2015

Thanks for putting this together, this is awesome. I definitely have some listening I got to get to, going to be great checking these out. I am a big fan of the reggae-centric ones, so if anyone knows any good "psybient reggae dub" albums let me know. These two are my favorite:

Dub Resistance-World Receiver
John Browns Body- JBB in Dub.

Also, were you really that disappointed in Museum of Consciousness? I thought it was dope.

PS- I am kind of in the process of discovering the psybient genre and I never knew how to describe the type of music I was listening to when people asked. I love the name psybient and you mentioned up at the top "psychill". That is rich, will definitely be using that from here on out when asked to describe Shpongle and Ott and those of the like.

Psyamb said... @ 30 August, 2015

Hi Chris

Thanks for the comments. Museum Of Consciousness felt a little under baked to me. Too many songs seemed to just stop suddenly without the gradual fades or interweaving of tracks we hear on older Shpongle works. If you dubby sounds check out the artists listed in my dub mixes ( see the archive page and scroll down to the mixes listed as psydub ). Thanks for tuning in mate.

Ilko Sarafski said... @ 02 October, 2015

Gorgeous list. I've been there with you brother... so many years, so many albums. What I think you would love, is the Human Blue - Diskovery Channel (2005) album. Perhaps you know it but for some reason it's not on the list. I checked only one album from your list, as I know every single one of rest. And I have them all too, so thank for this one. :)

Anonymous said... @ 29 October, 2015

Nice list :)

two highly recommended artist/albums with the level off skill off shongle!!

Definitly try argaman and be amazed by his awesome tim burton styled music with very high quality production!!

Argaman - My little Forest
Argaman - Living in a Bubble

Zymosis - Between two points

Anonymous said... @ 29 October, 2015

Argaman is in the list at 121. I would rate it higher myself.

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