Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Mystic Lounge 'Magical Dream' Review


Mystic Lounge


Magical Dream


27th November

Mystic Lounge is a collaboration between Berlin based producer Mystic Crock and the UK based dj Liquid Lounge that came to life after a guest appearance by Mystic Crock on Boxfrequency.fm's Chill Out Sessions and 'Magical Dream' is the result.

It commences with a slightly bleak and industrial feel but almost immediately this is joined by a choral voice that stretches over the piece. Soon this is joined by chimes, bells and other ambient pads and the groove begins to bubble slowly to the surface, dropping in and out in appropriate places. Add a few guitar licks, bells and other fx and the overall mood is achieved.

Personally, I found this piece strangely alluring the more I listened and could well see it being a grower given half a chance. I'd certainly be interested in seeing what other material this project unfolds in the future.

Magical Dream is available on Bandcamp only from the 27th of November.


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Mystic Crock -

Thank you for supporting this project…

Track credits -
Written and Produced by Liquid Lounge and Mystic Crock
Mastered by Mystic Crock
Cover artwork by Cat Savery - http://catsaveryartist.wix.com/innersensedart

A short preview is available here

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Suns of Arqa 'All Is Not Lost, All Is Dub:The Remixes' Review

Artist: Suns of Arqa

Title: All Is Not Lost, 

All Is Dub

The Remixes

Label: Liquid 

Sound Design


28th November

The Suns of Arqa's released 'All Is Not Lost, But Where Is It?' On Liquid Sound Design back in April this year. This wasn't a stereotypical S.O.A. release of Carnatic Indian music fused with Rastafarian Niyabinghi drumming but enhanced and focused on the dub elements with Youth, the Orb and Raja Ram on production. Label manager Robin Triskele has drafted in a wealth of talent to dub-the-dub so to speak and add a fresh lease of life to the tracks.

The proceedings kick off with Total Eclipse's version of 'Mother Tongue' which initiates with a tripped out raga fused with NASA samples and fades in and out of some beautifully melodic synth sequences and guitar licks. I must confess I'm not really familiar with Total Eclipse but I like the way they've stepped back and mellowed this track out but retained the original drive of the piece. The Saafi Brothers put their stamp on 'Sadrayama' which again seems to take a step back into a more eastern dub and dropping the squelch of the original.

Following on Kakan Dub Lagan add's his magic to 'Eramus Dub' which retains plenty of old skool reggae dub flavours alongside laid back synths, samples and scratches which he modesty but effectively tweaks I definitely got a soft spot for this one. Tor.Ma In Dub's take on 'The Fool Ascends' begins with a dark atmospheric intro with slow piano bass notes, before the reggae is slowly introduced, gaining volume and then is dubbed out in alluring and dream like fashion along with the eastern instruments and vocals.

Once again it seems like a step back from the initial release with Kuba's version of 'Discordant Dream' with a more dream like quality to the piece and the tribal drumming more of a pitter patter nestled amongst the dub. This theme follows once again somewhat surprisingly with Eat Static on 'The Truth Lies Therein' where you might expect a more full on approach he utilises the poetic spoken word perfectly throughout this frankly excellent eastern dub. The release concludes with Youth's re-mix of 'Pablo's Lament' which if you've brought either of the two previous S.O.A. releases on L.S.D. you will already have if not it's a harmonica fused piece of reggae dub with some interesting twists and turns.

As I mentioned previously this is not a stereo-typical S.O.A. release however, I would imagine most long-term fans of Michael Wadada's Suns of Arqa are fans of dub and will accept this for a S.O.A. in dub release. Personally, I'm definitely taking that view even though the Indian vibes take a back seat and I have to say I actually prefer this re-mix album to the original release.

Reviewed by Woodzee.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Drumspyder 'Sound Sigils' E.P. Review

Artist: Drumspyder

Title: Sound Sigils E.P.

Released: 24th October

Ever since Scott Sterling A.K.A. Drumspyder came to my attention on Dakini Records Tribal Matrix compilations I've been an avid follower of his releases. Scott blends the sounds of the Middle East, Africa and Mediterranean with deep house, bass and dub. However, unlike other acts such as Acid Arab for example who fuse the middle eastern instruments with dance music, Scott actually plays the percussion on his tracks rather than solely using session musicians, samples or drum machines.

This E.P. continues in the same vein as previous releases and as with any other artist some tracks stand out more than others, but overall I feel it's apparent each approach on these tracks whether it's the Arabic psy-bass fusion of 'Fingerbeat' or the accordion dub of 'Spyder Step' the production has matured and he's got the fusions down to a tee. The other thing that appeals to me is although he employs bass it's mostly a subtle use that doesn't over power the melodies in the pieces which I find off-putting in some of the releases in the scene lately.

To summarise if you're already a fan you won't be disappointed and those who like their Arabic fusions who are unaware of his work delve in you might be pleasantly surprised.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Twelve Albums You Maybe Should Have Brought In 2015

Astropilot – Lost & Found (The Organic Remixes)
 [Altar Records]

Woob – MXV [Bigamoebasounds]

Vakula – A Voyage To Arcturus [Leleka]

Various – Strange-Eyed Constellations [Disco Gecko]

Various – A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble

 (Exploding In Your Mind):

The Wizards of Oz [Warner Music]

Another Fine Day – A Good Place To Be [Interchill]

Adham Shaikh – Basswalla [Black Swan Sounds]

Various – Varja Mind: Meditative Soundscapes [Desert Trax]

Don Peyote – Blue Lotus [Don Peyote Recordings]

Sequentia Legenda – Blue Dream [PWM Dist]

DF Tram – Illegal Lingo [Subatomic]

Various – Moon Rocks Vol 3 [Throne of Blood]

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Liquid Sound Design 'Dakini Mother Tongue' Compilation Review

Artist: Various

Title: Dakini Mother Tongue

Label: Liquid Sound Design

Released: 10th October

Liquid Sound Design was created in 1998 by Youth as a sister label to Dragonfly showcasing the more down-tempo output aimed at post-club listening. Eventually, the management of the label was taken on by Pathaan and is currently in the capable hands of Robin Triskele.

The album commences with the Ozora mix of 'Return To The River Ganges by Celtic Vedic and features a wealth of established talent from the world music scene including legendary dub bassist Jah Wobble and Youth himself. As you may of anticipated the track is a heady exotic fusion of Celtic and Indian vibes easing you in gently before dropping the dubby bass line and introducing Shri's sultry vocals (who some may recognise from previous work with TaTva Kundalini and Gods Robots with Janaka Selecta). This is followed by the Bhanda Dub of 'Amethyst Corrida' by Wadada Youth Mundy which maintains the theme with tribal drums rolling along behind melodic harp strings, flutes, sitars and an orchestral violin break which complements the piece perfectly.

The album then moves away from the eastern mood with the Irresistible Force Dub Mix of Tecktures feat. Mixmaster Morris 'Giant Robots In The Sky' which is frankly a beautiful piece of dubbed out choral ambience. The compilation then switches back to the eastern fusions with Kuba's 'By The Foot Of Your Mountain' which begins with a Ravi Shankar'esque Sitar intro slowly teasing intermittent drum hits before the laid-back dub and Indian vocal takes full effect.

With the general stance of this compilation so far it's no surprise that Youth's Navigator Dub of Suns of Arqa's 'Navigator' is plucked from the previous L.S.D. re-mix E.P. packed full of tribal chants  & flutes that provide the listener with a dubbed out chill before exploding into pounding drums with trance like sequencing sections. The mood switches once again with the Bhanda Dub of Brother Culture vs Youth on 'People Love The Music' a bass heavy dance hall riddim bringing the reggae back into the dubs.

Yet again the style reverts back to the east with Ghostliner's 'Phoenix' an exotic dub with tribal vocal stabs and percussion that's rather fitting to the compilation as a whole. The album closes with the long awaited return of the Dub Trees (Youth, Greg Hunter and Twisted Records Simon Posford) where the Youth vs Cosmic Trigger Dub of 'Future Roots' is a lovely fusion of speaker shaking reggae dub and psybient sounds.

To conclude this is a solid release and continues the quality and style fans of Liquid Sound Design have come to expect. There's a heavy eastern element to the album which made me wonder why they didn't stick with that format throughout the whole release. However, I can answer my own question as the tracks that didn't fit that pigeon hole are too good to leave out.

Reviewed by Woodzee.

**For the chance of winning a Bandcamp redeem code for this release tune into the Chill Out Sessions on Boxfrequency.fm at 20:00 G.M.T. on Sunday the 25th of October and keep your eyes peeled on the facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/1494797440820745/ **


Saturday, 3 October 2015

The Chill Out Sessions 'October Edition'

The Chill Out Sessions returns to Boxfrequency.fm Sunday the 25th of October with another 3 hours of down-tempo & laid back delights. I will be taking a back seat for this broadcast and featuring two guests for your aural pleasure.

Sequentia Legendia draws inspiration from Berlin School Music where Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream immediately spring to mind in his original compositions. His music has featured on the compilation album 'A Tribute to Edgar Frose' and recently released his debut album 'Blue Dream' on the French electronic label PWM

Praise for Blue Dream

Sylvain Lupari: 'Three monuments of EM with variations on the same theme. Blue Dream is to the 2010's what Mirage was in the 80's'

Stefan Schulz: 'Blue Dream von Sequentia Legendia ist für mich kosmische Musik'

Phillippe Vallin: 'Sequentia Legenda un nouveau garant de la grand tradition cosmique'

For those who are unaware Robin is now label head and DJ for Liquid Sound Design Records and also label DJ for Merkaba Music. Having been involved in the music industry over 2 decades ... she has also been at the helm of the PR/Consulting agency Triskele Management since 2003, providing PR, marketing and consulting solutions to the scene’s top events, artists and labels. Since that time, she’s played a pivotal role in the promotion of more than 250 music releases.

Additionally Robin has graced the decks of chillout rooms at festivals and club nights in England, Greece, Belgium, Finland, Panama, USA, Mexico, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Turkey, Italy, Germany and Hungary. Sharing the stage with the likes of Tripswitch, Kaya Project, Pitch Black, Banco de Gaia, Ozric Tentacles, The Orb, Akasha, Bluetech, Juno Reactor, Brujo’s Bowl, Gaudi, International Observer, Quanta, Entheogenic and numerous other widely respected artists.

Past broadcasts including artists such as Mystic Crock, Ascendant, Don Peyote, Templehedz, Globular, Tripswitch and many more are available on the Sun is Shining and Liquid Lounge Mixcloud and Hearthis profiles.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Desert Dwellers 'The Great Mystery Remixes Part One' Review


The Desert Dwellers


The Great Mystery

Remixes Pt. 1


Desert Trax


21st September

Earlier this year the Desert Dwellers released 'The Great Mystery' which they consider to be their most diverse to date. To celebrate they embarked on a re-mix project of established and up-and-coming artists from across the globe with the intention of being just as diverse. The second part will be released in late October with contributions from Emancipator, Whitebear, Sixis, Mystral, Supersillyus, Halfred, Master Minded and many others.

Moving back to the release in question they begin with Liquid Stranger a producer whose releases are just as diverse, but whether he's focusing on dub-step, reggae or chill you can be sure there's plenty of low frequency bass. His take on 'Wings of Waves' is light and summery with flutes and chimes and subtle yet effective use of speaker shattering bass. Following on from the enticing opener is Gaudi's take on 'Our Dream World' where he's clearly put his knowledge of vintage synthesizers and gadgets to get this ethnic dub chugging along nicely. If you're not suitably impressed by the re-mix talent employed so far they're not slipping with Kaminanda joining the throng and taking on 'View of Laniakea' which he's kept down-tempo and melodic utilising the chorus and strings at times some of the fx tease and fool you it's going to go mental and then he pulls back at the last second.

At this point I'm guessing the album moves to the up-and-coming (well at least for me as it's an artist I'm unaware of) with the Tribone Re-Stomp of the title track. It's an interesting style slightly harsher than it's predecessors with an electro feel to the bass line, plenty of psychedelic twists before the atmospheric breakdown where the emphasis is placed on manipulating the Arabic vocals and strings while the final section pulls it altogether. I'm not overly familiar with Twin Shape either and their Lost Tribe re-work of 'The Sacrament' fuses spacey synths and harmonic voices with psy-bass and synthetic dialogue. Following on Acid Crunk pioneer An-Ten-Nae offers an alternative take of 'View of Lanaikea' where he masterfully manipulates the vocals and strings over intermittent choppy breaks.

Once again we move into the up-and-coming territory with AtYya's take on 'Birds Over Sand Dunes' slower and more minimal than the original echoing the vocal samples with a series of looped sequences and gated vocals sections which are pleasant in places but it didn't grip me overall. Land Switcher move back to the realms of psy-bass with their take on 'I Dropped It' with plenty of rapid loop sequences and drum rolls over the dubby main body they still manage to keep an overall down-tempo feel to the piece. While Drumspyder keeps us firmly placed in the east with his trademark doumbek infused alternative to 'Our Dream World' although much lighter than Gaudi's in places it still chugs along nicely in the appropriate sections.

Govinda deliver what I would describe as a minimal psy-bass take on 'Crossing Beyond' and once again maintain the eastern feel of the piece throughout. Finally, we're back were we started with the Hibernation alternative to 'Wings of Waves' a light and harmonious rug thrown over a slow and bass-heavy floor.

Reviewed by Woodzee.