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Rave Podcast January 2018

Special guest of the month: One Function

Rave Podcast episode 92 — the first one in 2018 — is available on SoundCloud and iTunes. I hope you guys had a good year too and had great Winter holidays.

Now it’s time to shake things up and listen to some good music. And oh boys and girls, this episode we some awesome music indeed, including Shadow Chronicles which is a new project of Protoculture, Egorythmia, Symphonix, Side Effects, Magnus, James West, and more. A special shout out to Cosmithex, I’m so glad to hear he is coming back after a long break.

And to make things even better, we have a fantastic producer’s guest mix from One Function at the second hour. Enjoy!

Tracklistings

0:00:00 You Are My Salvation — Tired Giant (Cosmithex Remix)
0:05:52 Jaia — Out Of Orbit (Vibrasphere Remix)
0:10:29 Carina — Artemis (Original Mix)
0:14:18 Shadow Chronicles — The Matrix (Original Mix)
0:19:02 Egorythmia — Haunter Of The Dark (Original Mix)
0:22:19 Atomizers & Yestermorrow — Amusement Park (Original Mix)
0:27:00 Side Effects — Deep Dive (Atacama Remix)
0:32:04 Liftshift — Wanderlust (Original Mix)
0:35:17 Phaxe & Morten Granau — Four3two (Symphonix Remix)
0:39:23 Cosmic Tone — Human Life (Original Mix)
0:44:09 Aioaska — Big Ball Of Fire (Gipsy Soul Remix)
0:49:39 Magnus — Forward Command (Magnus 2017 Rework)
0:54:37 Spinal Fusion & James West — Dream Into Reality (Original Mix)

One Function guest mix

1:01:18 One Function – Young Man On Acid (Live Edit)
1:07:05 One Function & Genetrick — Dramatic (Live Edit)
1:12:13 One Function – Engines of Creation (Original Mix)
1:15:53 One Function – Breaking The Silence (Original Mix)
1:19:59 One Function – Deeper Awareness (Original Mix)
1:24:20 One Function – Oneness (Original Mix)
1:29:49 One Function – Ajna (Original Mix)
1:34:23 Ritmo – De Festa (One Function Remix)
1:37:35 Protonica – Reactor (One Function Remix)
1:41:08 One Function – Yantra (Original Mix)
1:46:10 One Function & Replay – Turbulence (Original Mix)
1:49:15 One Function & Artex – Rabbata (Live Edit)
1:53:37 One Function – Back To My Roots (Cholo Remix)
Jan 3   Progressive Psy   Progressive Trance   Psytrance   Rave Podcast

Rave Podcast December 2017

Special guests of the month: Titans

December’s Rave Podcast features new music from Waveform, Ilai, Mindwave, Nok, Sideform and more, including a couple of my all-time favourite tracks. And for the second hour we have a 1-hour live set from Titans, a new project from Greece signed on Blue Tunes Records.

Tracklistings

0:00:00 Doppler & Nano Vector – Consciouness (Original Mix)
0:05:38 Waveform – No Rules (Original Mix)
0:11:35 Ilai – Endshift (Original Mix)
0:17:10 GeneTrick & Out Of Range – Evoke The World (Original Mix)
0:22:43 Cathar & System E – Flame Of Consciousness (Original Mix)
0:25:43 Mindwave – Akasha (Original Mix)
0:31:48 Union Jack – Two Full Moons and a Trout (Domestic & Pixel & Freedom Fighters Remix)
0:37:29 Jakaan – Inspiration (Original Mix)
0:41:36 NOK – The Encounter (Original Mix) Unreleased
0:45:23 Sideform – Advanced Civilization (Original Mix)
0:49:02 Sonic Entity – Orbital Spin (Original Mix)
0:53:36 00.db – Lantra (Album Version)

Titans guest mix

0:59:48 Titans – Awaken (Original Mix) Unreleased
1:07:38 Titans – Mojo (Original Mix) Unreleased
1:13:04 Titans – Unleash The Beast (Original Mix)
1:18:26 Titans – Power Dream (Original Mix)
1:24:18 Titans – The Last Pirate (Original Mix) Unreleased
1:27:21 Titans – Inferno (Original Mix)
1:32:47 Titans – Death Star (Original Mix)
1:38:33 Titans – Eternal Vibration (Original Mix)
1:43:56 Titans – Cosmic Mantra (Original Mix)
1:50:54 Titans – Hiverse (Original Mix) Unreleased
1:54:11 Titans & Micky Noise (Original Mix) Unreleased
Dec 6   Progressive Psy   Psytrance   Rave Podcast

Track of the week: Dessert Desert

Human Blue is one of the pioneers who introduced a deeper side of Psytrance to me in the mid 2000’s. It was the “golden era” of Full-on music, so listening something hypnotic was so fresh. Such a shame Mr Dag Wallin no longer in the business, he was a huge inspiration for my own music as well.

Artist Human Blue
Title Dessert Desert (Original Mix)
Release Base Basket Buffet
Label Transient Records
Year 2008
BPM 144
Key Em
Nov 26   Progressive Psy   Psytrance   Track of the week

Rave Podcast November 2017

Special guests of the month: Tristate

Rave Podcast November edition is up online on SoundCloud and iTunes. We’ve got amazing tracks lined-up for today’s show, including Beat Bizarre, Waveform, Flegma, Avalon, an exclusive sneak peek of a brand new track from myself, and many more.

And for the second hour we have a producer’s guest mix from Tristate who just released their debut album. Tristate productions have a top-notch quality, so no surprise their album is rock the charts.

Tracklistings

0:00:00 Beat Bizarre – Dip Switch (Original Mix)
0:04:28 Visua – The Time Has Come (Original Mix)
0:09:23 One Function – Breaking The Silence (Original Mix)
0:13:35 Trance Psyberia – Psyberiada (Original Mix) Unreleased
0:18:04 Antinomy – Cosmic Machines (Original Mix)
0:23:38 Waveform & Aquafeel – Moment To Moment (Original Mix)
0:28:09 Talpa – The Moon (Flegma Remix)
0:31:59 GeneTrick – Being Human (Original Mix)
0:36:15 Astrix – Type 1 (Drukverdeler & Dj Bim Remix)
0:40:51 Shyisma – Cosmic Top Secret (Original Mix)
0:44:32 Atacama & Aho – Shadow (Original Mix)
0:49:41 Vertical Mode – Virtual Object (Genesia Remix)
0:55:10 Daniel Lesden – Existence (Original Mix) Unreleased
1:00:11 Circuit Breakers – Commies (Avalon & Laughing Buddha Remix)

Tristate guest mix

1:05:21 Tristate & Aioaska – Lost In Modulation (Original Mix)
1:13:48 Tristate – End Transmission (Original Mix)
1:20:56 Tristate – Everything You Are (Original Mix)
1:28:15 Zyce & Talpa – Rip & Sweet (Tristate Remix)
1:34:48 Yestermorrow – Quantum Hologram (Tristate Remix)
1:40:32 Tristate – Blackness (Original Mix)
1:47:01 Tristate – Believe It Or Not (Original Mix)
1:53:56 Laserkraft 3D – Nein Mann (Tristate & Aioaska Remix)
2017   Progressive Psy   Psychedelic   Psytrance   Rave Podcast

Track of the week: Goodbye Dubai

Atmos is one of the pioneers of Progressive Psy sound and he still delivers. This track sums up everything I love about this genre: its long progression, atmosphere, and musical components.

Artist Atmos
Title Goodbye Dubai (Original Mix)
Release Hologram
Label Iboga Records
Year 2017
BPM 138
Key G#m
2017   Progressive Psy   Track of the week

Rave Podcast October 2017

Special guest of the month: Dan Ascherl

This month show includes new releases from Tristate, One Function, Faders, Flowjob, Zyce, and more. And for the second hour we have a guest mix from a JOOF Editions resident, Dan Aschrel.

Speaking of Dan, don’t forget that you can catch me playing in London on October 14th along with Hypnocoustics, Jon Cockle, and today’s Rave Podcast guest — Dan Ascherl.

Tracklistings

0:00:00 Jaia – Electricity (Mindwave Remix)
0:06:19 Flowjob – Leviathan (Original Mix)
0:10:00 Zyce & Zyrus 7 – Transmitter (Original Mix)
0:14:37 Owntrip – Re Create (Original Mix)
0:19:13 Liquid Ace – Neurochemistry (Yestermorrow Remix)
0:24:16 Ranji – Psychedelic Experience (Original Mix)
0:30:55 Timelock & ON3 – Universe Unfold (Original Mix)
0:33:41 Vertex & Norma Project – Rise Of The Flame (Original Mix)
0:38:16 Tristate & Aioaska – Lost In Modulation (Original Mix) Unreleased
0:42:59 Orpheus & Osher – 1998 (Original Mix)
0:47:45 Relativ – Subreality (Original Mix)
0:54:57 Faders & Vertical Mode – Optical Illusion (Original Mix)

Dan Ascherl guest mix

1:00:39 Ivanshee – Iron Wave (Original Mix)
1:05:40 Airwave – The Unfinished (Original Mix)
1:14:01 Andromedha – Perpetuum (Original Mix)
1:19:06 Eeemus – Icarus (Gordey Tsukanov Remix)
1:24:23 Waveform – Intelligent Machines (Original Mix)
1:30:26 Visua – Wanna Dance (Original Mix)
1:36:20 Zen Mechanics, Flegma, Nerso – Flux (Original Mix)
1:44:35 James Monro – Expansion (Original Mix)
1:54:15 Visua – The Time Has Come (Original Mix)
2017   Progressive Psy   Progressive Trance   Psytrance   Rave Podcast

Track of the week: Salva Divinorum

E-Clip is no doubt one of my favourite artist and a big inspiration to me, his production always innovative. We’ll certainly see more of him later in this blog, but now I’ll post one of his first releases that became iconic.

Love this game of build-ups and drops here, that moment at 4:51 and another one 8 bars later especially.

Artist E-Clip
Title Salva Divinorum (Original Mix)
Release Press Hold
Label Iono Music
Year 2011
BPM 138
Key Fm
2017   Progressive Psy   Psytrance   Track of the week

Rave Podcast September 2017

Special guest of the month: Mechanimal

The first hour of the show features one of my previously recorded DJ sets, and for the second hour we have a privilege to enjoy producer’s guest mix from one of my favourite UK Psy artists, Mechanimal.

Tracklistings

0:00:00 Timelock & Side Effects – Nightwind (Original Mix)
0:02:44 Outsiders & Freedom Fighters – Dust (Original Mix)
0:06:14 Lyctum & Molok – Sharena (Original Mix)
0:11:08 Vini Vici – Veni Vidi Vici (Original Mix)
0:15:29 Senseye – Psychotic Hallucination (Original Mix)
0:17:45 Bouncers – Mood Swings (Original Mix)
0:22:25 Phaxe & Morten Granau – Long Story Short (Osher Remix)
0:24:02 Side Winder – Decay (Original Mix)
0:28:27 Liftshift – Amsterburg (Original Mix)
0:32:37 Deedrah – Sun For The World (Original Mix)
0:35:24 Yahel – Automatic (Relativ Remix)
0:40:01 Coming Soon & Vini Vici – Mad (Original Mix)
0:45:01 Daniel Lesden – Space Form (Original Mix)
0:49:36 Symbolic & Vertical Mode – Moving Forward (Original Mix)
0:54:27 Darma – Fire Source (Original Mix)

Mechanimal guest mix

0:59:54 Mechanimal & Lucas – The Impossible (Original Mix)
1:07:05 Mechanimal & James West – Get Messy (Original Mix)
1:11:31 Mechanimal & Lucas – Incredible (Original Mix)
1:15:58 Mechanimal & Lucas – Advanced Cultures (Original Mix)
1:20:24 Intelligence – Timelab (Contineum & Mechanimal Remix)
1:25:44 Mechanimal & Spectrasonics – Cosmic (Original Mix)
1:30:24 Mechanimal – Magmatism (Original Mix)
1:33:58 Mechanimal – ID (Work In Progress)  Unreleased
1:38:51 Mechanimal & Pan – District Lines (Original Mix)
1:43:48 Mechanimal – Solar Winds (Original Mix)
1:48:41 Mechanimal & Pan – Stay Calm (Work In Progress) Unreleased
1:53:21 Mechanimal & Lucas – Get In Touch (Original Mix)
2017   Full-on   Progressive Psy   Psychedelic   Psytrance   Rave Podcast

Track of the week: Lucid Logic

You probably haven’t heard the names of Fonarev nor Second Sine before, but in Russia, they are well-known producers and DJs. Fonarev has pioneered the Russian Trance scene since the 90’s and considered one of the most influenced DJ, while Second Sine is an upcoming producer with a fantastic production that already proved his skills with releases on credible labels.

This collaboration floats in between Progressive Psy and the regular Trance worlds, and this why I like it so much.

Artist Fonarev & Second Sine
Title Lucid Logic (Original Mix)
Label JOOF Mantra
Year 2016
BPM 136
Key Gm
2017   Progressive Psy   Track of the week   Trance

What is Progressive

Or why Progressive Psy tracks you know are probably not Progressive at all

A few days ago I introduced Psytrance Guide and got tons of feedback. Most people are happy with subgenre names, some few are pissed-off. That’s fine.

But what’s interesting is that quite a lot of people were saying that the audio samples I’ve put in the Psytrance subgenre are actually Progressive Psy and not Psytrance. It’s not the first time when I see this misconception, so today I’d like to talk more about this and explain why this is wrong.

What does Progressive mean

First things first, the word “progressive” is an adjective that gives some quality characteristics to the noun. In music, the words like this were introduced to describe a certain mood of the genre, for example:

Deep House
Hard Techno
Uplifting Trance
Progressive Psy

Eventually, these words became part of the genre names, but their original meaning hasn’t changed.

Progressive music gives a sense of progression and slow build-up over time

Talking about progressive specifically, it gives a sense of... well, you guessed it, — progression. Whereas in some other genres you just want to skip forward and finally listen to “that drop”, in Progressive music that sense of progression and immersive building-up is the goal itself. It’s very consistent, often with no climax or big emotional peaks which other genres typically have.

And the difference is not only in aesthetic. In progressive music, a sequence (whether it be a melody or, let’s say, a pad) lasts much longer, sometimes it can go pretty much the entire track duration as the opposite to non-progressive music which typically changes sequences every 16 or 32 bars.

In House and Trance

Before we get into Progressive Psy, let’s take a look at some progressive examples in other genres first.

This is a proper Progressive House:

See how smooth and straightforward these tracks are? If you just scrabble through you might think that nothing really happens in these tracks, it’s just the same loop keep going. But if you listen carefully from start to finish, you’ll notice how one layers builds-up over another, how it all sums up together in a mesmerising experience. This is what Progressive is all about.

Now let’s take a look at more trancy examples:

I intentionally put so different tracks here. As you can hear they vary in tempo and rhythmic patterns, however, each of these tracks has a clear sense of progression and slow build-up over time.

In Psytrance

As we approaching Psytrance territory, let’s take a listen to some older iconic tracks that widely considered as the roots of the Progressive Psy subgenre:

And here is some proper Progressive Psy of the present days:

As you can hear, the production quality certainly get better over the past decade, and Progressive Psy as a subgenre has evolved becoming more dancefloor-focused. But the thing is, it still has the same smooth and straightforward progression just like the older Progressive Psy of the 00’s and just like both Progressive House and Progressive Trance. And that’s the key point.

On a contrast, here is what many people tend to believe Progressive Psy is:

You probably realise by now that this is not Progressive despite it share a similar tempo range and even the same driving bassline. The last track above might be especially tricky because it’s a remix of a Progressive tune, but don’t get confused: that climax by the end clearly puts it out of the Progressive territory.

Psytrance like this usually has much more prominent leads and overall more “occupied” sound spectrum with filtered leads, textures, acid riffs, one-shots, and special effects. Also, Psytrance typically has more beat interruptions, transitions, and breakdowns; one lead can start and in 16 bars after a totally different lead might come instead.

I hope now you see the difference that simply because a track has 136 to 138 BPM it doesn’t automatically put it into Progressive area.

I call everyone to love music regardless of its genre name, but since we have to use some names for our verbal and written communication with each other to describe music, let’s use the right names then.

2017   Progressive House   Progressive Psy   Progressive Trance   Psytrance Guide
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