DJ Basilisk – Blacklight Metropolis

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Blacklight Metropolis is Basilisk’s contribution to the fifth edition of Global Goa Party, a virtual event organized by Marsh at the Goatranch to simulate an entire night of music from the early years of the psychedelic trance movement. This time around the year is 1997 and the golden age of Goa trance is in full swing, blasting revellers into limitless dimensions of sound with scintillating kaleidoscopic sounds and twisted techno-shamanistic rhythms. Reprising the nocturnal explorations of Moonshadow and In Exile, this expertly mixed collection of mind-bending classics explores the darker side of the genre while journeying through the deepest part of night from 1:30 to 3:30am.

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Tracklist

  1. Slinky Wizard – Sacred Fist [Flying Rhino Records] (1997)
  2. Orion – Caracol (Hint) [Symbiosis Records] (1997)
  3. Factor – Pol Zirkular [21:3 Records] (1997)
  4. Man of the Last 3rd – Mystery of Imagination [POF Music] (1997)
  5. Juno Reactor – Kaguya Hime (Hint) [Blue Room Released] (1997)
  6. Xenomorph – Telepathic Combat [Koyote Records] (1997)
  7. Cari Lekebusch – Attitydsknäckaren (Hint) [H. Productions] (1997)
  8. The Deviant – Dawn on Epsilon [TIP Records] (1997)
  9. The Infinity Project – Mindboggler (Part 2) [TIP Records] (1997)
  10. Adam Beyer – Compressed (Hint) [Drumcode] (1997)
  11. Synchro – Human Oscillator [TIP Records] (1997)
  12. Orichalcum – The Egg (Hint) [TIP Records] (1997)
  13. Psychopod – Out of Your Mind [TIP Records] (1997)
  14. Prana – Scarab (Snake Thing Remix) (Hint) [Matsuri Productions] (1997)
  15. The Infinity Project – Hyperactive (Acid Rockers Remix) [TIP Records] (1997)
  16. Z – Uncle Mavis (Hint) [TIP Records] (1997)
  17. Menis – Fluff Killer [Koyote Records] (1997)
  18. Xenomorph – Neurotoxin [Koyote Records] (1997)
  19. Slide – Waking Up to Chaos [Transient Records] (1996)
  20. Orion – Akeru [Symbiosis Records] (1997)
  21. Koxbox – Life Is… [Blue Room Released] (1997)
  22. Disco Volante – Chameleon (UX Remix) [Transient Records] (1996)
  23. Kopfuss Resonator & DJ Jörg – Whipbird (Original Mix) [Nephilim Records] (1997)
  24. Darshan – Tranceformation [Flying Rhino Records] (1997)
  25. The Visitors – Tiny Little Engines [Psy-Harmonics] (1996)
  26. Syb Unity Nettwerk – Space Puppy [Flying Rhino Records] (1997)
  27. Sandman – Natural Born Killer [TIP Records] (1997)
  28. Darshan – Duck [Phantasm Records] (1997)
  29. Koxbox – Electronic Brainwash [Blue Room Released] (1997)
  30. Hallucinogen – Gamma Goblins (Part 2) [Twisted Records] (1997)
  31. Cydonia – The Kiddy [Blue Room Released] (1997)
  32. Prana – Scarab (Green Nuns of the Revolution Remix) [Matsuri Productions] (1997)
  33. Doof – Weird Karma [TIP Records] (1996)
  34. Darshan – Mind Merge [Flying Rhino Records] (1997)
  35. Hallucinogen – Space Pussy [Twisted Records] (1996)
  36. Juno Reactor – Conga Fury [Blue Room Released] (1997)

Notes

  • Dedicated to Black Light Activists (BLA), one of Toronto’s pioneering psytrance organizers, and Mark at Metropolis Records, the shop where I bought my first psytrance records.
  • Recorded at Head Shop Studios, Changhua City, Taiwan, with Traktor 1.1.1 and a battered old Korg Nanokontrol.
  • About the artwork: I wanted to keep it retro so I went rummaging around in the archives and found an old photograph originally shot on a film camera and later scanned. It was covered with dust and the resolution wasn’t suitable for modern design work so I pulled it into Adobe Illustrator and converted it into a vector graphic with the trace function. After that I dabbled in Photoshop, blurring some of the lines and tweaking the colour scheme, before setting type in Gota Light, DS Lane, and Borneo. Garish, I know, but that was the style in the 1990s, and the goal here was to be fairly authentic!
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