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Parasomniac

Parasomniac features a deep and dreamy blend of house, techno, and trance designed to hypnotize and enchant. This set was completely unscripted, as usual, but some of the selections and transitions may seem a bit dodgy—I was totally dead on my feet that night, somewhere between waking and dreaming, and only barely managed to pull this one off.

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Forbidden Harvest

This mix contains a deep and scintillating blend of house, techno, and trance music performed live on the Dadu Plateau in Taichung for the Mid-Autumn Festival in 2016. Dadu Plateau guards the approach to much of central Taiwan and is home to many abandoned Japanese and KMT military installations, hence the name.

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Heat Sync

Heat Sync opens on a deep and moody note before heading off into darker territory with tough and brawny psychedelic techno and trance, bringing the dance floor to a boil. As with all my sets performed live, this one was completely unscripted.

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Subterranean Sounds

Deep and mysterious Subterranean Sounds from the underground, smoothly flowing from dark and dreamy to warm and melodic by the very end. Rooted in progressive house but informed by deep house and progressive techno, this short recording from Synaptic FX covers a lot of territory without losing the plot.

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Under Control

Under Control is a free-wheeling two hour mix of deep, dark, and moody house with more upbeat, punchy, and melodic progressive techno. After experimenting with a more house-oriented direction this performance represented a convergence of influences, reuniting this project with elements more typically associated with DJ Basilisk.

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Earthfest 2015

DJ Basilisk serves up a sizzling blend of neotrance, melodic techno, and progressive psytrance with Earthfest 2015, recorded live in the mountains of central Taiwan. This set showcases a lot of material from the Ektoplazm web site, particularly from the Digital Diamonds netlabel, as well as three unreleased tunes destined for release on Ben Rama’s newly-minted imprint,…

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Reunion

DJ Basilisk presents Reunion, a three hour-long studio mix based on his homecoming set at Solstice 2015, a unique community gathering in middle Ontario. Time slots at this event are typically limited to one hour, a thorny challenge given his usual propensity for long-form programming. After returning from the event DJ Basilisk reconstructed the set from memory, blending new selections…

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Blacklight Metropolis

Blacklight Metropolis is DJ Basilisk’s contribution to the fifth edition of Global Goa Party, a virtual event organized by Marsh at the Goatranch to simulate an entire night of music from the early years of the psychedelic trance movement. This time around the year is 1997 and the golden age of Goa trance is in full swing, blasting…

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You Have to Be Futuristic

People are unconscious and you have to use your art as a shock machine to wake them up. Some people are too far gone. They’ll just keep asking, ‘Is it real? Is it real?’ That’s dwanky. That’s a word we have in South Africa, ‘dwanky’. It’s like lame. ‘Is it real?’ Dwanky. You have to be futuristic and…

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S2 Translation: An Early Work of Protein Music

One of my hobbies is musical archaeology: sifting through the archives in search of obscure, overlooked tracks from a bygone era. This virtual crate digging occasionally turns up intriguing results, including one recent find by The Shamen, a popular late 1980s/early 1990s electronica act unjustly known for some rather cheesy hit songs. Unbeknownst to me, they burst their own…