Over the past few months, I’ve been looking kinda hard for some good psytrance. It’s not simple because my only references are those fanous names from goa trance in the late 90s and early 2000s, and as everyone knows the scene changed A LOT after that which is probably the reason I got disconnected for so long.
I even bought blindly a couple of recent records after reading randomnly some reviews, notably earthling - hyper nature, AMD - big fish, tristan - chemisphere, etc, which are from what seems to be the 2 hot labels for psytrance today, neurobiotic and nano records. These albums may all be very impressive in terms of production techniques, and they may be not too bad musically they still don’t carry me away as much as the older goa trance albums.
I like the power and energy of the new psytrance, compared to the older stuffs, but what I don’t like their monotony, lack of creativity in song structures, melodies etc..It also seems that before, most of goa trance albums would be like a story, with a concept or idea behind it that would tie all the songs together, today most albums(at the least the ones I’ve listened to) sound like a random collection of high calibre production tracks aimed for the dancefloor and packaged into an album.
The most recent(well from 2005 so not that recent!) psytrance tracks that blew my mind away were actually from twisted records, in the compilation uunsual suspect 2, tristan - lost and profound and audio chemists - long long arms. I think these tracks combined perfectly the energy and production of the modern psytrance with psychedelism and dreamy soundscape of older goa trance.
With the amount of psytrance being produced these days and the popularity the style has gained recently i just can’t believe that there aren’t some gems somewhere…
So anybody thinks the same? Or knows or heard something great? something that stands out from the mainstream? Know a particular promising label?