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DJ Basilisk’s Essential Selections

The Early Years 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Top Ten Hall of Fame

Welcome to my “essential selections” project, a vast archive of music that I find interesting, noteworthy, or otherwise recommendable. The main focus of this project is psychedelic trance but you will also come across an assortment of downtempo, progressive, and techno releases. The scope is the entire history of the movement, from the dawn of psytrance history straight up to the modern day. I do not pretend that this is a definitive or authoritative list of all-time classics–it is simply a list of releases that reflect my taste in music–nothing more and nothing less. Expect my selections to change over time as I discover new music and reconsider the old. At the present time there are approximately 500 releases in the archive.

The idea for this project grew out of thousands of discussions I’ve been involved in over the years, particularly on Psynews (formerly goatrance.free.fr), Isratrance, the Goa / Psytrance Group at Discogs, TRiP (pre-2000), channel #goa on EFNet, and the 604 and CGT mailing lists. Recommendations are the basic currency of exchange in online communities like these. This project is essentially the sum of all the recommendations I might make on message forums, mailing lists, and so on. May these recommendations lead you to new and pleasant musical discoveries!

For the quick overview, check out the Hall of Fame (for lack of a better name), a list of what I think might be the top 5 releases for any given year. Take it with a grain of salt.

I welcome comment and feedback on this project; the whole point is to generate some discussion. Forms are available at the bottom of the page for each year; feel free to reminisce, lend support, criticize my choices (no outright abuse though, please!), or suggest a few of your own. Thanks for visiting!

DJ Basilisk, Toronto, Canada, 2008

The Early Years 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Top Ten Hall of Fame