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So you may be asking yourself, what on earth is Goa and Psytrance? Well, to accuractly tell you, I need to give you a short history lesson.
Back in the 1980s, in none other than Goa, India, there was a surge of soldiers which wanted to take a nice vacation, however, what they found was an emmerging hippie culture, centered around driving beats and psychadelic sounds. Kind of how America had their 60s counter culture, Goa began to hold massive parties centred around this “goa” sound. As the sound began to mature, it started to take on the sound you hear today, but because much of the early music were on DAT tapes, much of the earliest music is lost forever.
So fast forward a decade or so and the goa sound begins to leave India into neighboring countries such as Israel, and other places such as the Netherlands. A lot of people eventually started calling the sound, psytrance, as it wasn’t coming from goa anymore, and needed a global term. Names aside, this is some of the best psychadelic music you can get your ears on. Pounding 4/4 beats, soul crushing basslines, mind alterning synths, bringing it all together to give a really wild ride.
The following is just a short collection of 15 artists worth checking out. By no means are these the “best”, as everyone has their own tastes, but this should give you a great start if you plan to learn more about goa/psytrance.
I chose Artifakt because they offer up a very rich, forest sounding psytrance. Here is their track “The Magus”
Tristan made his mark on the scene with his amazing album “Audiodrome”. This album had tons of great samples, while holding an older sound, but also delivering on cutting edge psychedelia.
13. Eat Static
Eat Static has been around a really, really long time. I couldn’t help but mention them…
12. Electric Universe
I really love Electric Universe. I think it’s because they use a lot of 303 synths (actually that’s the main reason) but a lot of their songs are just sooo good.
Legends in the genre. X-Dream has basically helped shape the entire sound of Psytrance in my opinion.
CPC is amazingly dark. Yes, there are different subgenres of goa/psy. If you don’t want to get technical, don’t worry, because it’s all awesome:
Take a spacesynth (awesome genre, check it out) artist, and then make the transition to goa. This stuff is so old that it’s hard to pinpoint the influence.
8. Dark Soho
Ah, Dark Soho. So. Good. AHH! Their sound is so heavy, crunchy, warm, and cold. You need to hear this…
Talamasca, imo, is starting to get a bit meh, however, some of their earlier works were a real treat, such as their album “Zodiac”. They do a lot of buttrock goa.
6. The Delta
The Delta is just wicked. It feels like you’re getting attacked and hugged at the same time (weird, I know)
Uh oh, we’re in the top 5. Chi-AD definitely takes it for me. Melodic, sweeping basslines and synths.
4. Infected Mushroom
I have mixed emotion about Infected Mushroom, but I won’t go into it. Anyway, their first album was absolutely amazing.
Doof is the man! His two albums are true albums that define the genre.
2. Astral Projection
How could you have a list without Astral Projection yeh? There’s too much from them not to warrant a video, but I’m going with this one for you:
Last but not least. Who’d you expect? Simon of course. Hallucinogen. Ugh. Just saying the name brings back great memories of festivals past. You’ve probably heard this already somewhere, but it’s always amazing:
So there we have it. 15 videos from 15 great artists.
As I said before, this is by no means the “best” of the best. I just wanted to give you a little taste in this beautiful genre of music. Now go out there and listen!
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