In Exile is a special mix composed by Basilisk for Global Goa Party 2, a virtual party organized by Marsh at the Goat Ranch, a flashpoint for old school Goa trance fandom. The concept is simple enough: gather up a bunch of seasoned old school veterans and have them mix up a full night of music just as if it were some point in the not-so-distant past. The first event—for which I produced Moonshadow—landed us 1999.
This time we travel back to the year 1996, smack dab in the middle of the Golden Age of Goa trance. Bill Clinton is in the White House, Boris Yeltsin is in the Kremlin, the reigning human chess champion is defeated by a computer for the first time, and tantalizing evidence of life on other worlds captures headlines around the world. I am merely 15 years old, not yet fully initiated into the world of psychedelic trance, although the groundwork is already laid by my adolescent fascination with industrial music, cyberpunk fiction, and early dial-up BBSes. One of the aims of the Global Goa Party project is to provide an experience for those of us who did not have the good fortune to attend psytrance parties back in the day—myself included! (I first heard DJ Nivoc play Goa trance in April of 1996 but had no idea what was going on at the time.) For the 2:00am to 3:30am time slot I did my best to build from a hypnotizing introduction to a seething, storming climax, taking care to end on a high note.
- The Infinity Project feat. Paul Jackson – Cybertropic [TIP Records] (1995)
- Voodoo People – Drop the Bomb (Hint) [TIP Records] (1995)
- Slinky Wizard – Wizard [Flying Rhino Records] (1994)
- Koxbox – Loads of Flow (Cwithe’s “Molecular” Mix) [Harthouse] (1995)
- Rotortype – I Come in Peace (Hint) [Planet Rhythm Records] (1995)
- Etnica – Astral Way [Blue Room Released] (1995)
- N.D.M.A. – Vitan (Hint) [Sub Terranean] (1996)
- Morphem – Magma [Tunnel Records] (1996)
- Cygnus X – Kinderlied (Hint) [Eye Q Records] (1995)
- Crop Circles – Full Mental Jackpot [Auracle Records] (1996)
- Hallucinogen – Soothsayer (The Lysurgeon Warning Remix feat. Raja Ram & DJ Andre) [TIP Records] (1996)
- Phreaky – Tornado [Dragonfly Records] (1996)
- Four Carry Nuts – Weird Egg [3rd Ear] (1996)
- Green House Effect – Spawn [Melodia Records] (1995)
- Cydonia – Screaming Darkness [Blue Room Released] (1996)
- Transwave – The Rezwalker (Black Thunder Mix) [Matsuri Productions] (1995)
- UX – Life Support Technology [Dragonfly Records] (1996)
- Koxbox – Stratosfear [Blue Room Released] (1996)
- Hallucinogen – Trancespotter [Flying Rhino Records] (1996)
- X-Dream – Panic in Paradise [TIP Records] (1996)
- Deviant Electronics – Catharsis [Helix Records] (1997)
- Cosmosis – Howling at the Moon [Transient Records] (1996)
- Laughing Buddha – Karma [TIP Records] (1997)
- Infernal Machine – The Loin King [Twisted Records] (1996)
- Paragliders – Paraglide [Superstition Records] (1993)
- Working on this mix while travelling in Thailand was extraordinarily difficult, and I faced numerous hardships in having it prepared in time for the big radio broadcast, but I managed to pull it off while in a self-imposed exile—hence the title.
- It was recorded in a sparsely-furnished jungle cabin just outside Thong Sala on the island of Koh Phangan with a pair of headphones (no monitors or other speakers), my humble Dell Latitude D620 laptop, a first generation Korg Nanokontrol, and Traktor 1.1.1.
- The photograph on the cover depicts the ferry’s wake as it returns to the Thai mainland. It is a fitting image for this project—which is a nostalgic look back at a time in music history now long gone.
- Without realizing it I included a pitched-up version of The Loin King taken from this 2CD release. It’s been so long since I heard the original version on vinyl that I didn’t recognize the discrepancy. Unfortunately it doesn’t appear to have been digitally released anywhere else, so it’ll have to do.
- A few alternatives that didn’t make the cut (taken from extensive notes taken in pre-production): Transwave – Code S9; Pleiadians – Jungle Trax; Elysium – Master of the Rainforest; Psychaos – Psychaos; and Chakra – Hallucinator.
- This mix begins at 138 BPM and finishes at around 155 BPM so it’s quite a climb!
- Phreaky’s Tornado has long been one of my favourite tracks. What I didn’t realize until putting this mix together is that it jumps from around 139 to 145 BPM at the breakdown.
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