It has been a busy bunch of months here at Ektoplazm! Last week I ended an unprecedented run: 40 free releases in 40 days. I can’t keep up with that kind of schedule all of the time but it was fun while it lasted! Although a lot of great music was posted in this time it is a lot to process. Here I have collected ten top tracks to share with the aim of introducing you to awesome music you may have overlooked. Track titles link back to the original release; use the streaming audio player to hear them all at once (Flash required):
Laboratory X – Ocean Deep (Element – Water) [Gliese 581C]
This is forest music with incredible storytelling and many excursions into uncharted territory. A pure musical delight!
Overdream – Happy End Of The World [Sonic Tantra Records]
Ultra-psychedelic night music. The approach is almost progressive; tension builds with agonizing subtlety.
Anix Gleo – Steampunk [Sun Station Records]
Strange and creative music from Russia. Dark, melodic, and funky all at once.
Talpa – As U Can Hear [Grotesque Records]
Talpa is one of my favourite producers so charting this track should come as no surprise. Spooky full-on goodness.
Sienis – West Meets East [People Of The Butterflies]
Creative Finnish psytrance bursting with frantic energy.
PsiloCybian – Funny Farm
A solid blend of full-on psytrance and new school Goa with some nice vocal touches.
Elegy – Picture This! [Panzar Produktionz]
Gorgeous progressive psytrance with glistening highs and a pumping groove.
Kained and Able – Pure Deception [Glitchy.Tonic.Records]
Massive track from a massive compilation. Deep digging techtrance with a sinister groove.
Sentna – What’s Wrong With The Planet [Ektoplazm]
Dirty techtrance with grimy leads and a great choice of samples.
Low Rezolution – Platinum Light Activation [Uroboros Records]
Progressive darkness from Brazil. There is something incredibly malevolent about this one.
Project Sketch – Chemicals For Happiness [Arkona Creation]
Chugging progressive psytrance at 128 BPM with some off-kilter samples from Huxley’s Brave New World. Lovely!
Perfect Blind – Shrouding [Omnitropic]
This is the very definition of epic! Silky smooth tribal rhythms and coruscating melodies.
Yes, this is actually a top twelve, not a top ten. With so many good tracks coming out in the last few months I couldn’t limit my selections to just ten!
Photo: High Park cherry blossoms.