18 December 2005

Chemical brothers New Year in London

If you are still looking for a New Year's Eve party in London, look no further.
The Chemical brothers will treat friends and family to a festive gig in Turnmills.

Tom & Ed Chemical will be Galvanising the floor with a 3 hour selection of beatz & bleeps to bring in the New Year (like only they can), supported by a motley crew of DJs from UK clubland’s hedonistic fraternity.

Doors open: 8pm-8am. Tickets @ £40.

26 November 2005

Back from the future

Help me out here, but am I the only one that does not appreciate DJ Tsuyoshi's return to the past?

After an exciting start with Return to the Source and Prana and a long and eventful career with Joujouka in dancefloors and fashion-shows worldwide, Tsuyoshi's return to day one is another peculiar move from one of the godfathers of modern psychedelia.

Understandably, the road for the Japanese trance pioneer has not been an easy one since he broke off the psytrance scene in exploration of new sounds and forms.

With all respect due, the latest psy offering from Feedback recordings, Far East Psytrance League 2005, only goes to show that you shouldn't always listen to feedback.

From the noble path of limitless sonic exploration to the latest retro Tsuyoshi track Like P... his music is sitting miles apart. Stone heavy kick and full on guitar riffs that will remind you the early days of Delta vs G.M.S, remixed by Oforia and Tim Schouldt.

There is so much innovation in this track as there is sugar in a lemon.
Acid and sour!

New progressive mp3 download

DJ Kostas A aka Muthafunkster presents Fantasy Land, a new unreleased internet-only free mp3 download.

If you like the slow pace and patient build-up of minimal progressive trance, then you might want to check this out.

Muthafunkster is the progressive trance offspring of Phacelift.

Happy downloading!

20 November 2005

Sasha China Tour

After last year's success in Beijing, Shangai and Guangzhou, DJ Sasha is back in Beijing on his worldwide tour promoting his latest CD Involver.

This year's tour will see the prince of progressive house drop tunes in Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing and Guangzhou from November 4 to 17.

A renowned DJ and production figure in trance and progressive circles, Sasha, from North Wales, became famous in the early 90s for residencies at clubs like Shelly's and the Hacienda. At Renaissance he formed a DJ partnership with John Digweed, which continues to the present day.

For his Beijing appearance, Sasha will take to the decks of Banana on November 5. There will be an open bar all night for all ticket holders.

From China Daily.

06 November 2005

Paul Van Who?

Just kidding.

The results for DJ Mag's 2005 Top 100 DJ's are out. A staggering 123,933 dance music fans voted in DJmag's 2005 Top 100 DJs poll. That's 33,000 more than last year and a true indication that dance music is still a massive global phenomenon.

The truly global reach of DJ culture was once again highlighted with votes coming in from 147 different countries. The USA provided the most votes in 2005, closely followed by the UK, and then Germany.

Trance DJs continued to dominate the higher positions in the Top 10. However the big news is that Paul van Dyk took the crown from Tiesto to take the No.1 position, after the Dutch superstar's three years at the top spot. It's the first time the German trance DJ has been voted No.1 in his career and comes on top of his release earlier this year of Politics of Dancing 2.

This year the progressive house DJ's lead with John Digweed and Deep Dish by jumping two places to No.6 and No.8 respectively. Hernan Cattaneo went to No.7, DJ Vibe rocketed up 40 places and Desyn Masiello, Luke Fair, Martin Garcia, Moshic, Chus & Ceballos and Christian Cambas all made it into the Top 100 for the first time. Interestingly though, all of the Global Underground Nubreed DJs: Danny Howells, Steve Lawler, Lee Burridge and Satoshi Tomiie took falls. Good news for the prog house jocks there no sign of our favourite progressive trance maisters though.

Full list:

01 - Paul Van Dyk
02 - Tiesto
03 - Armin Van Buuren
04 - Sasha
05 - Ferry Corsten
06 - John Digweed
07 - Hernan Cattaneo
08 - Deep Dish
09 - ATB
10 - Carl Cox

11 - Paul Oakenfold -2
12 - Richie Hawtin +32
13 - James Zabiela +2
14 - Christopher Lawrence -7
15 - Judge Jules -1
16 - Marco V NM
17 - Eddie Halliwell +8
18 - Erick Morillo +4
19 - Above & Beyond +20
20 - Sander Kleinenberg -8

21 - Markus Schulz +11
22 - Benny Benassi -4
23 - Sven Vath +11
24 - DJ Dan NM
25 - Danny Howells -5
26 - Infected Mushroom NE
27 - Roger Sanchez +10
28 - Mauro Picotto -1
29 - Gabriel & Dresden +12
30 - Steve Lawler -9

31 - Blank & Jones 7
32 - Yoji Biomehanika +1
33 - Chris Liebing -10
34 - Danny Tenaglia +6
35 - Nick Warren +8
36 - Dave Clarke +1
37 - James Holden -1
38 - Mario Piu RE
39 - David Guetta NE
40 - DJ Vibe +40

41 - Kai Tracid +28
42 - Bad Boy Bill -7
43 - Tall Paul 24
44 - Tiga NE
45 - DJ Yahel NE
46 - Andy Moor NE
47 - Ricardo Villalobos NE
48 - Ricky Stone NE
49 - Pete Tong -3
50 - Martin Garcia NE

51 - Frank T.R.A.X NE
52 - Timo Maas RE
53 - Laurent Garnier -8
54 - Desyn Masiello NE
55 - Victor Calderone +11
56 - Lisa Lashes -26
57 - Johan Gielen -29
58 - Matt Hardwick +1
59 - Misstress Barbara -10
60 - Fergie -2

61 - Armand Van Helden +23
62 - Michel De Hey +3
63 - Fatboy Slim -12
64 - Jeff Mills -17
65 - DJ Rush -2
66 - The Flash Brothers +5
67 - Adam Beyer -17
68 - Donald Glaude RE
69 - Dave Seaman -12
70 - Andy C -44

71 - Chus & Ceballos NE
72 - John '00' Fleming -20
73 - Satoshi Tomiie -25
74 - DJ Tatana NE
75 - Astrix NE
76 - Lee Burridge -20
77 - M.I.K.E. (Push) -15
78 - Lady Dana -49
79 - Umek -22
80 - Nic Fanciulli +8

81 - Rank 1 +10
82 - BT +10
83 - Anne Savage -4
84 - Luke Fair NE
85 - Plump DJs -32
86 - Miss Kittin -10
87 - Felix Da Housecat -14
88 - Christian Cambas NE
89 - Scott Project RE
90 - Cosmic Gate -9

91 - Matt Darey NE
92 - DJ Sammy NE
93 - Proteus -3
94 - DJ Luna -33
95 - Moshic NE
96 - Max Graham -32
97 - DJ Amadeus NE
98 - Gigi D'Agostino RE
99 - Marco Bailey -3
100 - Magda NE

23 October 2005

Bitshift Live in Kiel

BitShift are Till Schauder and Tommy Exner.
After a while of producing and Djing, they created their unique style of music which is a combination of different influences from electronic music.

They appear alongside Sangeet (Spirit Zone), Burner (Beat Head), Symos, Neo and Solid on the 3rd of December in Kiel, Germany.

For more info click here.

15 October 2005

Flow celebrates birthday

Flow records celebrated its 5th year in progressive psytrance with a new compilation and a party in Lisbon on the 8th of October. Some great new tracks from Expander, Echotek, Filur, Yotopia, D-Tector and Tranan.

Two tracks really stand out. First comes Bad Behind from Antix with the expected full production and warm sounds from the Kiwi maisters.

Towards the end of the compilation Swiss progressives XV Kilist & Rocco come back with a monster of a progressive trance track called Sex, Drugs and Robbydogs. It has been a while I heard one of their new tracks and I have to say that I am really impressed, to put it mildly. Can't get it out of my head. Must listen, must play!

Happy birthday

08 October 2005

Nervine records Groove control

This new compilation by Nervine records feaures some really good tracks from both new and more established progressive trance acts.
The tracks that really stand out come from Beckers, Robert and a stormer from Thomas Penton. His unmistakable production with a deep melodic bass groove makes his track the best of this comp and one that will be featured extensively in DJ sets this year. Other contributors include The Fanky Badgers, Fitalic, Nokas, Gift and Space Safari.

Worth buying!

03 October 2005

DJ Magazine Top 100 DJ's competition 2005

Top notch DJ Magazine has just launched its new Top 100 DJ's for 2005 worldwide competition.
This is your chance to vote for your favourite DJ's in 2005 and make a difference!

If you give them your mobile number they will text you the results as they are announced!

Happy voting!

24 September 2005

Son Kite online

Son Kite have during the years established themselves as one of the most established live artists in the trance scene, always developing their music and always searching for new ways to make interesting performances on stage.
In December 2003 they recorded a live set at Venus Fort in Tokyo released on a DVD (Son Kite live in Tokyo) in the end of 2004. The DVD was a part of the concept release Colours. If you like the live set we highly recommend you to check out the DVD so you can listen to the music and watch the gig on your television at the same time. On the DVD you can find extra material, such as visuals, music videos and documentaries.

Download their set here. (Please note that it is one year old)

15 September 2005

Danish Delight

Iboga records has just announced all it's upcoming releases for the end of the year.
Emok and Jeppe have been up to no good all summer, as usual :)

Most importanlty I hear that they have formed a new distribution channel called Two Hands. With Iboga, Digital Structures, Sofa Beats and Tropical Beats signing up this might mean an end to the distribution problems faced by one too many labels in the progressive trance and progressive psytrance scene.
Well done guys, may the force be with you.

Here is the list of great releases coming up:
September – IbogaCD32 - Phony Oprhants – It Cetra:
October – IbogaCD33 - Set: 6 – Compiled by FREq
October - SofaBeats02 – Oliver Jones Album
November – IbogaCD34 – Antix & Phony Oprhants remixes

Oh, don't forget the competition

11 September 2005

International Songwriting Competition

Dance/Electronica Category

ISC is now accepting entries for 2005 - so enter your songs now!
One of the largest and most prestigious songwriting competitions in the world, ISC offers entrants a chance to win over $100,000 in cash and prizes, including an Overall Grand Prize package of $10,000 (US) in cash and $20,000 in merchandise. ISC is open to both amateur and professional songwriters, and all Dance/Electronica musicians and songwriters are invited to submit their songs.

ISC provides the perfect opportunity for bands, artists, and songwriters looking to gain more exposure and have their songs heard by some of the most influential members of the music industry. "We've always been impressed with the talented songwriters who participate in the ISC. This is a great A&R source to find new artists." - Monte Lipman (President, Universal Records)

Entries are judged by influential Dance/Electronica artists and industry professionals, including Peter Hook (New Order), Patrick Moxey (President, Ultra Records) and Cory Robbins (Founder/President, Robbins Entertainment). Past judges have included Paul Oakenfold, Scott Kirkland (Crystal Method), and more. ISC accepts entries in all sub-genres of Dance/Electronica ranging from Trance, Techno, Breakbeats to IDM and more.

The complete panel of ISC 2005 judges includes:
Peter Hook (New Order); Cory Robbins (Founder/President, Robbins Entertainment); Patrick Moxey (President, Ultra Records/You Records/Sequence Records/Escondida Music/Empire Mgmt.); Tom Waits; Sonny Rollins; Loretta Lynn; John Scofield; Macy Gray; Joss Stone; Amy Ray (Indigo Girls); Charlie Musselwhite; Darryl McDaniels (Run D.M.C.); LeAnn Rimes; Isaac Brock (Modest Mouse); Jeff Stinco (Simple Plan); Steve Vai; Benji Madden (Good Charlotte); The Donnas; BeBe Winans; MercyMe; Monte Lipman (President of Universal Records); Keith Wozencroft ( President, Capitol Music UK); Glen Barros (CEO/President, Concord Records); Tara Griggs-Magee (Executive VP of Gospel/Urban Music, Sony Records); Cameron Strang (President, New West Records); Dan Storper (President of Putumayo World Music); Michael McDonald (President, ATO Records); Alexandra Patsavas (Owner, The Chop Shop Music Supervision - credits include The OC, Grey's Anatomy, Without A Trace, Carnivale, Rescue Me); Darrale Jones (VP A&R Urban, Atlantic Records); Chris Parr (VP Music Programming & Talent Relations, CMT); Barbara Sedun (VP Creative, EMI Music Publishing Canada); Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President of Alligator Records); Leib Ostrow (CEO of Music For Little People), Thomas Brooman (Co-Founder/Artistic Director, WOMAD); Emily Wittmann (Vice-President, Nick Records); and Danny Epstein (Music Supervisor, Sesame Street/Sesame Workshop).

ISC categories include: Dance/Electronica; R&B/Hip- Hop; Gospel/Christian; Blues; Jazz; Pop/Top 40; Rock; Country; AAA/Roots/Americana; Folk/Singer-Songwriter; Instrumental; World Music; Children's Music; Performance; Lyrics Only; and Teen (18 yrs. old or younger)

ISC sponsors include: Epiphone, Berklee College Of Music, L.R. Baggs, Alphabet Arm Design, FYE, Fishman Tranducers, ADK Microphones, Tascam, Sam Ash Music Stores, Moog Music, Hear Technologies, Music Registry, Mediaguide, ArtistMonitor, Disc Makers, Sibelius, Planetary Group, Onlinegigs.com, and Sonicbids .

Enter the ISC online or download an entry form to mail in your entry.

28 August 2005

Klein and Zenker

are getting down dirty anb funky on the new 12" from Mutteki called 'Humidity'. All three tracks have a tasty funky-acid character and although not the easiest to fit in a set, they do a pretty good job of exciting the eardrums.

check it out if you get the chance.

Dance N Dust Double D

I have been going through the new Dance N Dust comp titled Double D.
Shaman, El Zisco, Itaitaiko and Treshold Productions are doing a pretty good job. There are some tracks in there though, that really don't cut it for me.
The highlight of some trully strange choices is 'Doors To Dream' from Remote Access which - and excuse my french here - is something of a 1997 mega-track, 8 years late.

keep it real

14 August 2005

New progressive trance comp by Sinn-Tec

I just heard a preview of the new Sinn-Tec compilation titled "Intense Activity" and it sounds like something to watch out for. Its compiled by DJ Laureth from Plusquam. My favourite track is Tribal feeling by Rodrigo Carreira.

You can have a preview here.

Firefox - Progressive browsing

A new day a new mission. If you haven't come across the best browser on the web it's about time to do so. But downloading it, using it and loving it, is not enough.

Help spread the word. Open an account and tell others what a wonderful browser this is.

Get Firefox!

Get Firefox!

10 August 2005

07 August 2005


"What's in a name? Neo-full-on is the new vibe bubbling in the gulf between progressive trance and the slower, less-saturated side of full-on psychedelic. Or is it actually the frothy crest of a new wave in progressive? At the moment, there's not much of it out there, so it's difficult to tell. But if the name helps people get over the general knee-jerk rejection against "progressive," then all the better. And why not? This part of the electronica shore has been virtually abandoned since the turn of the century, when full-on artists moved up the beach in pursuit of higher speed, fidelity and musical kicks."

I found this in Japan Times. Are people really that scared about calling progressive trance music what it is? Progressive that is. Is the word progressive that scary? Possibly so, for all those who love to hang on to the past...

25 July 2005

Download unreleased tracks

A new download section has been added to the Phacelift website. The page features a preview of the new track "Rythm Selector" fresh from the Disco Deaf studios.
More downloads from all the other projects to come soon...

18 July 2005

They don't only grow sheep in New Zealand

They also produce some kick ass progressive trance and serve it with a great website.

I am talking about Antix and their superb flash offering at www.antixmusic.co.nz. Check out the video section. Some very cool stuff from the maisters of progressive in kiwi land.

Nice one chaps

15 July 2005

Son Kite website

If you haven't already checked the Son Kite website then do it now. Apart from the beautiful backgrounds they have a fantastic picture section where you will find many usual suspects like the Iboga gang.


03 July 2005

Open Directory

I am very happy and proud to announce that I became an editor of dmoz the Open Directory Project that is dedicated in creating and categorising a rich comprehensive database of all the useful internet resources. I am going to be editing the psychedelic trance category so any of you with great websites drop me an email to review your website.

For more information on the dmoz Open Directory Project click here

28 June 2005

Magus remixes compilation review

I spotted the first review for the Magus remixes compilation. Here is what it says about Egoes out - Phacelift rmx

"The song is a bit faster than his earlier works and let me tell you, it works quite well. Like it could be expected the production is complex, tightly orchestrated and bumpin’ alright. I have not heard the original version as I mentioned, but I can feel the older leads hinting some aspects of the original production."

Post by RAH on psynews.org and sonic-energy.net

20 June 2005

Candyflip going proAgressive

The world has gone sane. Candyflip records is going all progressive?
I always considered Candyflip a progressive label, despite the fact that the sound they were outputting was not always progressive. To my delight though, my spies inform me that the guys are rethinking the unthinkable...going all the way.
I do not expect this to be a quick transition, it is however a move to the right direction.

Magus remixes out now

You can now preview all the Magus tracks in Psyshop. Please notice that Phacelift has been misspelled as Facelift. Many of their tracks are also available on the Magus Youtube channel.

Watch out for news on the new album.

19 June 2005

New Igneous Sauria album on the rocks

Very reliable sources tell me that Christos is preparing a new Igneous Sauria album. A release date has not been set as the album is still in progress, however September will see a string of releases from the Headstick stable, possibly including the label's first compilation.
Watch this space for more news...

17 June 2005

Headstick releases 'Magus remixes' comp

Phacelift is back with a deep but hard retrospective remix of a Magus track titled 'Egoes out' initially released by Flow records. The track is part of the 'Magus remixes' compilation, brought to you by Headstick recordings.The artist list remixing some of Magus' best tracks features Man Made Man, Bigwigs, Genetic Spin, Sensient, Phacelift, La Baaz, Dj Seth, Bar Code and Chris' own Igneous Sauria.
Should hit the record stores in a few days. For those of you who are old 'Magus' fans, you shall not be disappointed. This is potent hard stuff, full on psychedelic trance with a twist.

Progressive art

"Progressive art can assist people to learn not only about the objective forces at work in the society in which they live, but also about the intensely social character of their interior lives. Ultimately, it can propel people toward social emancipation."
Salvador Dali