- Blacklight Metropolis

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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 revellers into limitless dimensions of sound with scintillating kaleidoscopic sounds and twisted techno-shamanistic rhythms. Reprising the nocturnal explorations of Moonshadow and In Exile, this expertly mixed collection of mind-bending classics explores the darker side of the genre while journeying through the deepest part of night from 1:30 to 3:30am.

Track List

  1. 01 Slinky Wizard - Sacred Fist Flying Rhino Records, 1997
  2. 02 Orion - Caracol , 1997
  3. 03 Factor - Pol Zirkular 21:3 Records, 1997
  4. 04 Man of the Last 3rd - Mystery Of Imagination , 1997
  5. 05 - Kaguya Hime , 1997
  6. 06 Xenomorph - Telepathic Combat Koyote Records, 1997
  7. 07 Cari Lekebusch - Attitydsknäckaren H. Productions, 1997
  8. 08 The Deviant - Dawn On Epsilon , 1997
  9. 09 - Mindboggler (Part 2) , 1997
  10. 10 Adam Beyer - Compressed Drumcode, 1997
  11. 11 Synchro - Human Oscillator , 1997
  12. 12 Orichalcum - The Egg , 1997
  13. 13 Psychopod - Out of Your Mind , 1997
  14. 14 - Scarab (Snake Thing Remix) Matsuri Productions, 1997
  15. 15 - Hyperactive (Acid Rockers Remix) , 1997
  16. 16 - - Uncle Mavis , 1997
  17. 17 Menis - Fluff Killer Koyote Records, 1997
  18. 18 Xenomorph - Neurotoxin Koyote Records, 1997
  19. 19 Slide - Waking Up to Chaos Transient Records, 1996
  20. 20 Orion - Akeru , 1997
  21. 21 - Life Is... , 1997
  22. 22 Disco Volante - Chameleon (UX Remix) Transient Records, 1996
  23. 23 Kopfuss Resonator & DJ Jörg - Whipbird (Original Mix) Nephilim Records, 1997
  24. 24 Darshan - Tranceformation Flying Rhino Records, 1997
  25. 25 The Visitors - Tiny Little Engines , 1996
  26. 26 Syb Unity Nettwerk - Space Puppy Flying Rhino Records, 1997
  27. 27 Sandman - Natural Born Killer , 1997
  28. 28 Darshan - Duck Phantasm Records, 1997
  29. 29 - Electronic Brainwash , 1997
  30. 30 - Gamma Goblins (Part 2) Twisted Records, 1997
  31. 31 - The Kiddy , 1997
  32. 32 - Scarab (Green Nuns of the Revolution Remix) Matsuri Productions, 1997
  33. 33 - Weird Karma , 1996
  34. 34 Darshan - Mind Merge Flying Rhino Records, 1997
  35. 35 - Space Pussy Twisted Records, 1996
  36. 36 - Conga Fury , 1997

Notes

  • Dedicated to Black Light Activists (BLA), one of Toronto’s pioneering psytrance organizers, and Mark at Metropolis Records, the shop where I bought my first psytrance records.
  • Several of these tunes were only hinted at in the mix: Caracol, Kaguya Hime, Attitydsknäckaren, Compressed, The Egg, Scarab (Snake Thing Remix), and Uncle Mavis. These tracks do not appear in the cue sheet as their inclusion here is only partial.
  • Begins at 140 BPM and ends at 160 BPM.
  • Recorded at Head Shop Studios, Changhua City, Taiwan, with Traktor 1.1.1 and a battered old Korg Nanokontrol.
  • About the artwork: I wanted to keep it retro so I went rummaging around in the archives and found an old photograph originally shot on a film camera and later scanned. It was covered with dust and the resolution wasn’t suitable for modern design work so I pulled it into Adobe Illustrator and converted it into a vector graphic with the trace function. After that I dabbled in Photoshop, blurring some of the lines and tweaking the colour scheme, before setting type in Gota Light, DS Lane, and Borneo. Garish, I know, but that was the style in the 1990s, and the goal here was to be fairly authentic!
  • 29,000 downloads and 34,000 listens as of early 2021.

Styles

Global Goa Party

Global Goa Party is a series of virtual events organized by Marsh at the Goat Ranch, a blog dedicated to old school Goa trance. Each event is broadcast live on web radio, transporting listeners to some point in the past, while challenging DJs to produce a mix suitable for their time slot using only music available at that time. I assembled night-time sets for the years 1996, 1997, and 1999, which are all available here in their uncut, full-length versions.

  1. Moonshadow
  2. In Exile
  3. Blacklight Metropolis

29 Comments

  1. This is a great mix!
    My first exposure to Goa was Trancentral Four: A Trip to Goa mixed by Tsuyoshi Suzuki released in 1996. Having bought the first three in the Trancentral series and loved them, I just picked up the fourth one without hesitation, even though I had never heard of any of the artists on it. I was hooked on Goa from my first listen to that comp.
    It’s hard to believe most of the music on this mix is 18 years old. The tracks are great, the sound is great. I’ve got some of these, but there are some good ones on here that I don’t have.
    Thanks for putting this together.

  2. Awesome Mix! This really was the golden age of psytrance. Unfortunately (since I was way to young) I was introduced to the psytrance scene much later, but always loved the old sound vibe. It saddens me knowing that I will never be able to experience this as you guys did, the very beggining of it. But that sadness is microscopic compared to the joy I get from hearing this mix and seeing the old vibe being ressurected. Thanks Basilisk! 🙂

  3. Absolutely top-notch, Bas, we really couldn’t have asked for a more stellar mix. Thank you, kind sir, for your Herculean effort–the details are not lost, they are appreciated more than you could know. <3

  4. Haven’t heard some of these in years, brings back such incredible memories! Great mix Basilisk!

  5. Awesome! Back to the beginnings of psytrance. I’ll be playing this mix a lot

  6. Muito feliz em saber que o bom e velho som está vivo , são grandes trabalhos de verdadeiros mestres, cientistas, engenheiros do som! Nada disso jamais deve ser esquecido.
    Gratidão!!!

  7. I’ve been listening to this all morning while coding away at work. Had to stop pounding on the keyboard several times and just listen. These classic tracks trigger a barrage of emotions and memories of a time long gone. Great selection of tracks and superbly mixed. Thanks

  8. Great to hear a collection of Goa Gold in mixed form. Thanks Xander!

    So many favourites in this one: Sacred Fist and Telepathic Combat are just brilliant. Space Puppy is one of my all time favs and I have it on a CD from Moonshine Records (Trance Psyberdelic) released in 1995, one year before I officially discovered the Psy/Goa sound in the record shop.

  9. Oops.. that’s odd. Just looked it up, and it came out a year AFTER I got into psy in ’97. I think I’m suffering from trance head Alzheimer’s 😛

  10. Thanks a million for taking the time, thought and effort in putting this mix together Bas – much, much appreciated indeed! – A lot of absolute classics on there! Looking forward to getting the headphones on – and turning the volume right up! (And through my sound-system / mixer, when my upstairs neighbour is out!)
    Hope you’re keeping well dude – Best Wishes from Ireland 😀

  11. I have all your classic mixes put on the site. It transport’s me back to 1995-2000 psy party days in Pune. Those were the days and the sounds, which will never come back again. Feel’s great that I was part of the experience.

    Great effort DJ Basilisk! Best wishes from Poona!

  12. Great mix. And I believe it’s definitely on the verge of goa and psytrance (I tend to draw the line between goa, sounding in the vein of Pleiadians, BPC, Dimension 5, Chi-AD, Asia 2001, etc and the likes of Green Nuns). Very dark and twisted mix. It was pleasant to hear Darshan, my favourite oldschool goa act, as well as other darker projects (early Xenomorph, Orichalcum/The Deviant, Cydonia, Orion and many others).
    Great job on making it thematic from beginning to end.

  13. Really Nice track Billy, GOtta go back too it!
    how is Raja Ram Rothfeild and Graham WOOD doing?

  14. Awesome Mix.
    I got into Psy Trance listening when I started listening to early Infected Mushroom, SFX (1985-89 Astral Projection) MFG, and the Muses Rapt.
    It was nice to rekindle the sounds from Goa’s golden years. When I listen to these tracks in makes me think of my now obsolete and/or difficult to find collection. Surprised that California Sunshine, MFG, Man with no Name and Shiva Space Technology didn’t make the list.

  15. What is the track that starts at ~42:20? I dont think you’ve listed them chronologically so thats why Im having trouble finding it. Please help

  16. Allen künstler/rinnen DJ’s hier einmal mein größten Respekt entgegenbringe
    Ich befinde mich nicht mehr auf dieser Welt Dank euch allen von dem boden gerissen eingesogen wie in ein black hole nach dem ich zuvor zitternd und bebend bis zu zum Planeten kern durch tanz-te den Grooves und Beat’s folgend Thanks forever auch Ektoplazm grüsst euch

    >DJ frontback<

  17. Alle guten Dinge sind goa grins nein auch drei

    Allen künstler/rinnen DJ’s hier einmal mein größten Respekt entgegenbringe
    Ich befinde mich nicht mehr auf dieser Welt Dank euch allen von dem boden gerissen eingesogen wie in ein black hole nach dem ich zuvor zitternd und bebend bis zu zum Planeten kern durch tanz-te den Grooves und Beat’s folgend Thanks forever auch Ektoplzm grüsst euch

    DJ frontback<
    allen Android Tastatur Entwickler hört Goa kommt in unsere Welt uw.

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