Ten Years in Trance

Late April of 2006 marks a full decade since my first experience of trance. Ten years ago I attended my first electronic music event: a party thrown by Syrous, one of Toronto’s early large-scale rave production organizations. The party was held in a huge warehouse complex in the industrial wastelands of the west end. Three…

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- Heliocentric

Heliocentric is the sound of summer: sixteen upbeat tracks smoothly mixed into a journey that softly builds from thoughtful grooves toward an energetic peak. The introduction is purposefully sedate, though Cosma’s song rapidly catalyses the emotional power of the developing storyline. The mix keeps on pumping steadily until Jaïa’s From Tokyo, when a funky tribal…

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- Mystic Revelation

Mystic Revelation is a curious blend of contrasts, uniting the forces of dark and light in a driven melodic journey. Ninja’s Show Time kicks it off, immediately involving the listener in a deep fusion of full-on energy and balanced atmospheric sounds. The slightly Gothic character of the mix becomes apparent by the time Dark Soho’s…

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- Replicant Redux

Replicant Redux is a tribute to the grim futuristic mood of tech noir, an artistic style of literature and film best known from the movie Blade Runner. The flow of the set is programmed like a descent into dark realms of the imagination, beginning with a series of synthetic progressive grooves. From here, increasingly mechanical…

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EAC Tips and Tricks

EAC or Exact Audio Copy is a very handy tool for music fans. Every time I receive an order of new CDs, the very first thing I do is rip and burn two copies of every CD–one for the backup spool, and one for the binder that I bring out to gigs. Making backups and…

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Echölab - Real Delay

Echölab is a collaboration between two Swedish trance veterans: Tomasz Balicki (Atmos) and Henrik Jonsson (Stress Assassin). They first worked together on the Overlap album released on Flying Rhino Records back in 2001. This record appears to be their last; the project has been inactive ever since.

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- Nocturnal Wanderlust

Nocturnal Wanderlust is a thoughtfully orchestrated journey through the deeper realms of psychedelic trance with special emphasis on showcasing a smooth and sublime progressive style. Conceptually, the story line unfolds as a descent into the inner world of dreams, reaching a hypnotic state of trance near the heart of the mix with Noma’s tranquil Avoid…

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- Voyager

Recorded in 2004, Voyager was conceived as a journey through several different styles of psychedelic trance: funky, technoid, dark, full-on, progressive, and morning. My goal was to move fluidly through the many realms of sound popular at the time, keeping it lively and upbeat while capturing something of the psytrance zeitgeist. The title is a…