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Rave Podcast 100

A special episode

The 100th episode of the monthly radio show. Do I need to say anything else? I was on tour without the Internet, I was sick, I worked, and celebrated my honeymoon, but I didn’t miss a single episode. Feeling proud and thankful.

For such a special occasion, I recorded a two-hour mix with a smooth build-up. Definitely check that out.

Tracklistings

0:00:00 Chris Sterio – Zen (Matter Remix)
0:05:11 Cid Inc – Arcane Thoughts (Original Mix)
0:09:20 Paul Hamilton – Time (Subandrio Remix)
0:14:13 Max Graham – Redemption (Tim Penner Remix)
0:18:51 Rick Pier O’Neil – Throaty (Original Mix)
0:24:02 Pryda – Stay With Me (Original Mix)
0:26:08 Enrico Sangiuliano – Hidden T (Original Mix)
0:30:43 Basil O’Glue – The Mars Project (Original Mix)
0:35:32 John 00 Fleming – We Close Doors (Eeemus’s Black Lodge Remix)
0:40:11 Atmos – Instant Cargo (Original Mix)
0:43:13 Subliminal Codes – Backmasking (Original Mix)
0:46:12 Rnx – Atoms (Extended Mix)
0:49:55 Julio Navas – Organic (Alex Stein Remix)
0:52:56 Christopher Lawrence, John 00 Fleming – Dark On Fire (Insert Name Remix)
0:56:00 Ectima – Human Race (Original Mix)
0:59:20 Ticon – Less Is More (Robert Elster Remix)
1:05:06 Ticon – Stimulant (Original Mix)
1:08:55 Yahel – Deep Feelings (Original Mix)
1:12:00 Arhetip, Zyce – Sons Of The Future (Original Mix)
1:14:49 Daniel Lesden – The Last Of Our Kind (Original Mix)
1:21:14 Future Frequency, Vertical Mode – The Real Reality (Original Mix)
1:25:11 Sonic Entity – Orbital Spin (Original Mix)
1:28:52 Divination – Caper Town (Original Mix)
1:31:52 Yestermorrow – Visions Of The Future (Original Mix)
1:35:07 Daniel Lesden – Structured Chaos (Original Mix)
1:40:11 Flegma – Become One With The Drum (Original Mix)
1:42:30 Arhetip, Nerso – Nada Brahma (Original Mix)
1:46:10 Daniel Lesden – Technological Singularity (Original Mix)
1:51:54 Daniel Lesden, Mechanimal – Confront Reality (Original Mix)
1:56:01 Orkidea – Nana (Waio Remix)
Sep 6   Progressive House   Progressive Psy   Progressive Trance   Psytrance   Rave Podcast   Techno

Rave Podcast 098

Special guest of the month: Datacult

July’s show is quite unusual: as you know I’m a Psytrance music producer, but I also have a love and passion for a deeper side of music which I would like to showcase for you today. I like how the Psytrance labels now embrace that deeper sound as well, as we see more of such music coming out from the names like Nano Records, Iono Music, JOOF, Iboga etcetera, they all seem to realise how fresh it now.

And for the second hour, we have a guest mix from Datacult, a very talented German producer and sound designer.

Tracklistings

0:00:00 R3cycle, Roy Lebens – Hello (Original Mix)
0:05:06 Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic, Rick Pier O’Neil – Obsession (Darin Epsilon Remix)
0:08:24 Eli Spiral – Planet 9 (Original Mix)
0:14:10 All In, MVMB – Sun Electric (Original Mix)
0:18:12 Spektre – Carnival Of Souls (Original Mix)
0:22:30 John 00 Fleming – Floating (Extended Mix)
0:27:17 ID – ID unreleased
0:30:18 Gary Delaney – Little Groovy Plucks (Original Mix)
0:34:05 ID – ID unreleased
0:38:02 Sideform – Web Of Life (Float Remix)
0:40:26 Ascent – Positive Vibes (Original Mix)
0:43:04 Freaked Frequency – Solar (Original Mix)
0:46:57 Whirloop – Salvation Slumberland (Original Mix)
0:52:18 Human Blue – Galactic Fire (Original Mix)
0:57:25 Man With No Name – Teleport (Sabretooth Remix)

Datacult guest mix

1:02:36 The Key – Tridimensional Abstractions (Datacult Remix)
1:09:12 Sabretooth – Driven (Datacult Remix)
1:14:32 Datacult – Aliyah (Original Mix)
1:20:07 Dark Nebula & Datacult – Beyond That Door (Datacult Remix)
1:25:40 Datacult & Takttrauma – Subspace (Original Mix)
1:31:16 Datacult – Maschine (Original Mix)
1:36:49 Datacult – Schizophrenia (Original Mix)
1:42:51 Datacult – Falcon (Original Mix)
1:48:11 Klopfgeister – Seven Days (Datacult Remix)
1:53:17 Datacult & GMO – Dragon (Original Mix)
2018   Progressive House   Progressive Psy   Progressive Trance   Psytrance   Rave Podcast   Techno

Track of the week: Flow

Today in the track of the week series we have a Chile-based 3 Access & You, and I’m sure Psytrance people know one of its members very well as Ovnimoon. I love the flow on this track.

Artist 3 Access & You
Title Flow (Original Mix)
Release Back To Trance
Label Ovnimoon Records
Year 2014
BPM 128
Key Am
2018   Progressive Trance   Track of the week

Rave Podcast 092

Special guest of the month: One Function

Rave Podcast episode 92 — the first one in 2018 — is available on SoundCloud and iTunes. I hope you guys had a good year too and had great Winter holidays.

Now it’s time to shake things up and listen to some good music. And oh boys and girls, this episode we some awesome music indeed, including Shadow Chronicles which is a new project of Protoculture, Egorythmia, Symphonix, Side Effects, Magnus, James West, and more. A special shout out to Cosmithex, I’m so glad to hear he is coming back after a long break.

And to make things even better, we have a fantastic producer’s guest mix from One Function at the second hour. Enjoy!

Tracklistings

0:00:00 You Are My Salvation — Tired Giant (Cosmithex Remix)
0:05:52 Jaia — Out Of Orbit (Vibrasphere Remix)
0:10:29 Carina — Artemis (Original Mix)
0:14:18 Shadow Chronicles — The Matrix (Original Mix)
0:19:02 Egorythmia — Haunter Of The Dark (Original Mix)
0:22:19 Atomizers & Yestermorrow — Amusement Park (Original Mix)
0:27:00 Side Effects — Deep Dive (Atacama Remix)
0:32:04 Liftshift — Wanderlust (Original Mix)
0:35:17 Phaxe & Morten Granau — Four3two (Symphonix Remix)
0:39:23 Cosmic Tone — Human Life (Original Mix)
0:44:09 Aioaska — Big Ball Of Fire (Gipsy Soul Remix)
0:49:39 Magnus — Forward Command (Magnus 2017 Rework)
0:54:37 Spinal Fusion & James West — Dream Into Reality (Original Mix)

One Function guest mix

1:01:18 One Function – Young Man On Acid (Live Edit)
1:07:05 One Function & Genetrick — Dramatic (Live Edit)
1:12:13 One Function – Engines of Creation (Original Mix)
1:15:53 One Function – Breaking The Silence (Original Mix)
1:19:59 One Function – Deeper Awareness (Original Mix)
1:24:20 One Function – Oneness (Original Mix)
1:29:49 One Function – Ajna (Original Mix)
1:34:23 Ritmo – De Festa (One Function Remix)
1:37:35 Protonica – Reactor (One Function Remix)
1:41:08 One Function – Yantra (Original Mix)
1:46:10 One Function & Replay – Turbulence (Original Mix)
1:49:15 One Function & Artex – Rabbata (Live Edit)
1:53:37 One Function – Back To My Roots (Cholo Remix)
2018   Progressive Psy   Progressive Trance   Psytrance   Rave Podcast

Track of the week: Equilibrium Sense

Relaunch is one of a few artists who has no bad tracks. And I mean it. Pretty much just like Jerome Isma-Ae or Cid Inc, two other heroes of the genre. All originals and remixes he has done are pure gold, I think I have about fifty in my home collection.

Artist Relaunch
Title Equilibrium Sense (Original Mix)
Release Maybe
Label Bonzai Progressive
Year 2017
BPM 126
Key Cm
2017   Progressive House   Progressive Trance   Track of the week

Track of the week: Synthia

Today’s track of the week is a Progressive Trance classic, a deep and atmospheric track from a Slovakian duo Tkac & Haverlik. I can listen to this on repeat for hours.

Artist Tkac & Haverlik
Title Synthia (Original Mix)
Label Baroque Records
Year 2004
BPM 130
Key G#m
2017   Progressive Trance   Track of the week

Rave Podcast 089

Special guest of the month: Dan Ascherl

This month show includes new releases from Tristate, One Function, Faders, Flowjob, Zyce, and more. And for the second hour we have a guest mix from a JOOF Editions resident, Dan Aschrel.

Speaking of Dan, don’t forget that you can catch me playing in London on October 14th along with Hypnocoustics, Jon Cockle, and today’s Rave Podcast guest — Dan Ascherl.

Tracklistings

0:00:00 Jaia – Electricity (Mindwave Remix)
0:06:19 Flowjob – Leviathan (Original Mix)
0:10:00 Zyce & Zyrus 7 – Transmitter (Original Mix)
0:14:37 Owntrip – Re Create (Original Mix)
0:19:13 Liquid Ace – Neurochemistry (Yestermorrow Remix)
0:24:16 Ranji – Psychedelic Experience (Original Mix)
0:30:55 Timelock & ON3 – Universe Unfold (Original Mix)
0:33:41 Vertex & Norma Project – Rise Of The Flame (Original Mix)
0:38:16 Tristate & Aioaska – Lost In Modulation (Original Mix) Unreleased
0:42:59 Orpheus & Osher – 1998 (Original Mix)
0:47:45 Relativ – Subreality (Original Mix)
0:54:57 Faders & Vertical Mode – Optical Illusion (Original Mix)

Dan Ascherl guest mix

1:00:39 Ivanshee – Iron Wave (Original Mix)
1:05:40 Airwave – The Unfinished (Original Mix)
1:14:01 Andromedha – Perpetuum (Original Mix)
1:19:06 Eeemus – Icarus (Gordey Tsukanov Remix)
1:24:23 Waveform – Intelligent Machines (Original Mix)
1:30:26 Visua – Wanna Dance (Original Mix)
1:36:20 Zen Mechanics, Flegma, Nerso – Flux (Original Mix)
1:44:35 James Monro – Expansion (Original Mix)
1:54:15 Visua – The Time Has Come (Original Mix)
2017   Progressive Psy   Progressive Trance   Psytrance   Rave Podcast

What is Progressive

Or why Progressive Psy tracks you know are probably not Progressive at all

A few days ago I introduced Psytrance Guide and got tons of feedback. Most people are happy with subgenre names, some few are pissed-off. That’s fine.

But what’s interesting is that quite a lot of people were saying that the audio samples I’ve put in the Psytrance subgenre are actually Progressive Psy and not Psytrance. It’s not the first time when I see this misconception, so today I’d like to talk more about this and explain why this is wrong.

What does Progressive mean

First things first, the word “progressive” is an adjective that gives some quality characteristics to the noun. In music, the words like this were introduced to describe a certain mood of the genre, for example:

Deep House
Hard Techno
Uplifting Trance
Progressive Psy

Eventually, these words became part of the genre names, but their original meaning hasn’t changed.

Progressive music gives a sense of progression and slow build-up over time

Talking about progressive specifically, it gives a sense of... well, you guessed it, — progression. Whereas in some other genres you just want to skip forward and finally listen to “that drop”, in Progressive music that sense of progression and immersive building-up is the goal itself. It’s very consistent, often with no climax or big emotional peaks which other genres typically have.

And the difference is not only in aesthetic. In progressive music, a sequence (whether it be a melody or, let’s say, a pad) lasts much longer, sometimes it can go pretty much the entire track duration as the opposite to non-progressive music which typically changes sequences every 16 or 32 bars.

In House and Trance

Before we get into Progressive Psy, let’s take a look at some progressive examples in other genres first.

This is a proper Progressive House:

See how smooth and straightforward these tracks are? If you just scrabble through you might think that nothing really happens in these tracks, it’s just the same loop keep going. But if you listen carefully from start to finish, you’ll notice how one layers builds-up over another, how it all sums up together in a mesmerising experience. This is what Progressive is all about.

Now let’s take a look at more trancy examples:

I intentionally put so different tracks here. As you can hear they vary in tempo and rhythmic patterns, however, each of these tracks has a clear sense of progression and slow build-up over time.

In Psytrance

As we approaching Psytrance territory, let’s take a listen to some older iconic tracks that widely considered as the roots of the Progressive Psy subgenre:

And here is some proper Progressive Psy of the present days:

As you can hear, the production quality certainly get better over the past decade, and Progressive Psy as a subgenre has evolved becoming more dancefloor-focused. But the thing is, it still has the same smooth and straightforward progression just like the older Progressive Psy of the 00’s and just like both Progressive House and Progressive Trance. And that’s the key point.

On a contrast, here is what many people tend to believe Progressive Psy is:

You probably realise by now that this is not Progressive despite it share a similar tempo range and even the same driving bassline. The last track above might be especially tricky because it’s a remix of a Progressive tune, but don’t get confused: that climax by the end clearly puts it out of the Progressive territory.

Psytrance like this usually has much more prominent leads and overall more “occupied” sound spectrum with filtered leads, textures, acid riffs, one-shots, and special effects. Also, Psytrance typically has more beat interruptions, transitions, and breakdowns; one lead can start and in 16 bars after a totally different lead might come instead.

I hope now you see the difference that simply because a track has 136 to 138 BPM it doesn’t automatically put it into Progressive area.

I call everyone to love music regardless of its genre name, but since we have to use some names for our verbal and written communication with each other to describe music, let’s use the right names then.

2017   Progressive House   Progressive Psy   Progressive Trance   Psytrance Guide

Track of the week: The Unfinished

Airwave is truly one of the best Trance music producers alive, every track of him is a musical masterpiece. This track has lush strings but I like that it stays deep, no cheesy hands-up moments here. Pure underground.

Artist Airwave
Title The Unfinished (Original Mix)
Label Bonzai Progressive
Year 2017
BPM 130
Key A#m
2017   Progressive Trance   Track of the week

Rave Podcast 086

Special guest of the month: Tim Bourne

This month’s show features new music from Cosmithex (yes, he’s back!), Vertex, StarLab & Genesia, Dual Resonance, Djantrix, Zatzak & Exolon, and more. And Tim Bourne’s guest mix for the second hour. Enjoy!

Tracklistings

0:00:00 The Digital Blonde – Earth Tone (Original Mix)
0:06:16 Slam Duck – Anxiety Dream (Cosmithex Remix)
0:10:35 Echotek – Kula Chakra (Original Mix)
0:14:23 Tristan, Avalon, Vini Vici – Colors (Original Mix)
0:19:55 Vertex & Interpulse – Galactic Frequency (Original Mix)
0:25:32 Freaked Frequency & Zyce Feat. Modern8 – Perfect Harmony (Original Mix)
0:30:19 Symbolic – Grim Sleeper (Original Mix)
0:35:53 Zen Mechanics & Egorythmia – Dragonfruit (Dual Resonance Remix)
0:41:12 Starlab & Genesia – Access To Consciousness (Original Mix)
0:46:56 Zatzak & Exolon – Out of Order (Original Mix)
0:50:16 Djantrix & Spirit Architect – Vortex (Original Mix)

Tim Bourne guest mix

0:57:35 Tim Bourne – Hadrenaline (Original Mix)
1:01:17 Ace Ventura & Lifeforms – Royal Rumble (Original Mix)
1:07:29 Protoculture – Music Is Forever (Original Mix)
1:11:46 Tim Bourne – Akasha (Original Mix)
1:17:30 Liquid Soul – Cydonia (Original Mix)
1:21:48 Ritmo & Astrix – Ziran (Original Mix)
1:26:28 00.db – Melatron (Original Mix)
1:32:12 Tim Bourne – Creatures Within (Original Mix)
1:38:05 3 Of Life – Be Square (Original Mix)
1:41:52 Morten Granau – Fuzzy Monkey (Invisible Reality Remix)
1:44:32 Ticon – Bird Of Prey (Original Mix)
1:49:13 Ritmo & Sphera – Immediate Moment (Original Mix)
1:51:35 Animato & Freedom Fighters – Nocturnal (Original Mix)
1:53:57 Sphera – Everybody Is Nobody (Original Mix)
2017   Progressive Psy   Progressive Trance   Psychedelic   Psytrance   Rave Podcast
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