DJ Basilisk - Cytherean Expanse

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Cytherean Expanse is the fifth entry in DJ Basilisk’s Expanse Cycle, an ambitious series of long-form mixes dedicated to sonic world-building and cross-genre experimentation. Four hours and 70 meticulously curated selections await, opening with a hypnotic blend of ambient, downtempo, IDM, electro, and breaks before widening horizons with cosmic disco, acid house, progressive trance, and dub techno, always with a psychedelic touch. There is an earthy and organic aesthetic to many of these selections, wispy echoes of the starlit dance floors and resplendent chill domes of some counter-clock world orbiting on the far side of the sun. Expect to hear genres blended, melodies harmonized, and beats matched as extended, layered mixing transforms diverse source material into a seamless oneness.

Track Listing

  1. 01 NFEREE - Thala Kornarion, 2020
  2. 02 Yuki Conjugate - The Madness Below Auf Abwegen, 2019
  3. 03 Hydrangea - Osmosis I Natch Elements, 2018
  4. 04 Perel - Signum Viridi DFA, 2018
  5. 05 Kyntral - Chant of Movement Natch Records, 2019
  6. 06 Hiro Kone - Scotch Yoke Pt. I & II Dais Records, 2018
  7. 07 Franck Kartell - Renaissance Bass Agenda Recordings, 2014
  8. 08 MetaComplex - Intentional Addiction MetaComplex, 2017
  9. 09 Switchdance & Rina - Give Way Duro, 2021
  10. 10 Khidja - Die Wilde Spirale Hivern Discs, 2017
  11. 11 The Dude of Stratosphear - Ancestors (Ground Remix) Sphearic Records, 2021
  12. 12 Radial Gaze - Focal Savor Fauve Records, 2022
  13. 13 Knopha - Gym A Regret Sound, 2020
  14. 14 The Dude of Stratosphear - Asamas Sphearic Records, 2021
  15. 15 Balam - Noches Salvajes Hard Fist, 2020
  16. 16 Upercent - Malson TAU, 2019
  17. 17 Wolfstream - Gone (Curses' Dangerousity Dub) Rotten City Files, 2017
  18. 18 Autarkic - Strange Alliances (Trikk's Selva Cosmica Dub) DGTL Records, 2018
  19. 19 Aera - Moon Palace Innervisions, 2018
  20. 20 Kuniyuki Takahashi - Newwave Project #7 Mule Musiq, 2017
  21. 21 Sebastian Mazel - Ashes Hypnodisk, 2018
  22. 22 Vontier & Mago - Derrumbes Y Escaleras (Saiko Mix) Duro, 2021
  23. 23 DJ Hell - I Want U (The Hacker Remix) International Deejay Gigolo Records, 2016
  24. 24 Ambien Baby - Mindkiss NAFF, 2020
  25. 25 Sven Väth - Ritual of Life (Adam Port 108 Mix) Cocoon Recordings, 2015
  26. 26 Los Cabra & Christ Burstein & Manuel Sahagun - Yamuna Stil vor Talent, 2019
  27. 27 Third Son & Darlyn Vlys - Zimmer Upon.You Records, 2017
  28. 28 dreamAwaken & O.Chelly - Gryning Techgnosis Records, 2018
  29. 29 SERi - Acid Bubblebath (Wata Igarashi Remix) Acidworx, 2014
  30. 30 Daniel Avery - Need Electric (Album Version) Phantasy Sound, 2013
  31. 31 The Horrors - Something To Remember Me By (Gabe Gurnsey Remix) Wolf Tone, 2019
  32. 32 Lauer - Arumba Cin Cin, 2018
  33. 33 Fairmont - Loose Teeth My Favorite Robot Records, 2016
  34. 34 Cooper Saver - Pacific Visions Internasjonal, 2020
  35. 35 Out of Orbit & Shpongle - No Disco (Red Axes Remix) Shamanic Tales, 2019
  36. 36 808 State - In Yer Face (Bicep Remix) Feel My Bicep, 2016
  37. 37 Hardfloor - Make Acid Great Again Hardfloor, 2017
  38. 38 Nick Höppner & Gonno - Start Trying Ostgut Ton, 2019
  39. 39 Adam Port - I Never Wear Black (Simple Symmetry Remix) Keinemusik, 2017
  40. 40 Bliss Inc. - Innerstate Radiant Love, 2020
  41. 41 Emi Galvan - Timeless The Soundgarden, 2020
  42. 42 Petar Dundov - Before It All Ends Music Man Records, 2016
  43. 43 Guy J - Equinox Bedrock Records, 2015
  44. 44 Mogambo - Dishoom (है) Siamese Twins Records, 2020
  45. 45 Ex-Terrestrial - Portal Vision (Kali) NAFF, 2019
  46. 46 Octo Octa - Who Will I Become 100% Silk, 2013
  47. 47 Lost Desert & Lee Burridge - Welch All Day I Dream, 2019
  48. 48 Mathimidori - Saka Ornaments, 2019
  49. 49 Unknown Cause - Sagene Part 3: Maintenance Tie & Tail, 2019
  50. 50 Om Unit - Circled Om Unit, 2021
  51. 51 Andrew Weatherall - End Times Sound ByrdOut, 2020
  52. 52 Overcast Sound - Devil's Mountain Entropy Records, 2011
  53. 53 Lars Leonhard - Guardian of Crows Lars Leonhard, 2014
  54. 54 Thomas Fehlmann - Neverevernever Kompakt, 2018
  55. 55 Reptant - A Realist's Realistic Reality (Roza's Realism Remix) Kalahari Oyster Cult, 2020
  56. 56 Bunzinelli - Hyperl∞p Cosmic Tones Records, 2019
  57. 57 Bluetech - Ringside at the Parthenon Bluetech, 2016
  58. 58 Kuniyuki Takahashi - Blue Neon Mule Musiq, 2017
  59. 59 Sven Weisemann - Landscape With The Fall of Icarus Delsin, 2015
  60. 60 Simone Bauer - Nereide Sure Thing, 2019
  61. 61 Island People - Ember Raster, 2017
  62. 62 Plaster - Ghost Train Crazy Language, 2016
  63. 63 Yves De Mey - Excursions To Intersections Semantica Records, 2014
  64. 64 Richard Devine - Brux Timesig, 2018
  65. 65 Hypercube - Solvent Field (Nuanæ Remix) Abstrakt Reflections, 2016
  66. 66 Epsilove - In the Palm of Your Hand Hivern Discs, 2020
  67. 67 Vector Trancer - Cilgens Spirit Guide Mirror Zone, 2021
  68. 68 Seph - El Arroyo Del Elfo Dumb-Unit, 2010
  69. 69 Earthen Sea - Outcropping (Javier Marimon Off Track) Huinali Recordings, 2020
  70. 70 Jonny Nash / Lindsay Todd - Todd Mushroom Omelette (And The Now Prevailing Cosmic Anxiety) Island of the Gods, 2018

Notes

  • Conceived, designed, mixed, and mastered by DJ Basilisk in Taipei, Taiwan, and Vancouver, Canada, from August to September 2022.
  • Recorded in several sessions using Traktor 3 and a Korg Nanokontrol.
  • Mastered in Ableton Live using TDR Nova and LoudMax; wave surgery conducted with Audacity.
  • Source material for the artwork includes public domain imagery by Tanaka Juuyoh (3D rendering).
  • This mix accreted around Give Way, which immediately caught my ear and demanded further airplay.
  • After the kinetic excesses of Saturnine Expanse I was interested in keeping this one deep and weird.
  • Some conscious effort was made to include more selections from around East and Southeast Asia.
  • As with Tellurian Expanse this mix rewinds the tape to the early 1990s and plays it forward again, working with the hazy assortment of genres that later gave birth to Goa trance.
  • Artist trivia: Sebastian Mazel (AKA Sébastien Masurel) is the brother of Gabriel Masurel (AKA Blue Planet Corporation). He is credited on the classic Alidade, released on Blue Planet (1999), but has released almost no music on his own.
  • Have you ever thought how much Shpongle owes a debt of gratitude to Yello? Including a little bit of Shponglese in this mix made that connection for me.
  • Major keys aren’t too common in underground dance music but I made good use of them around the transition from Innerstate to Timeless.
  • More artist trivia for psytrance fans: Unknown Cause (Magnus Støren Wedén) was formerly known for his forest music project, Fragletrollet.
  • Andrew Weatherall’s End Times Sound was released posthumously. It is a rather bleak and mournful tune and really one of his best, in my opinion. At this point in the mix the story has turned and we are headed downward, beginning a confrontion reality as it unravels.
  • Guardian of Crows was included partly due to the ambient environment. Crows are everywhere in Vancouver, and this song immediately resonated when I considered where to take the mix.
  • Excursions To Intersections marks another turning point in the mix, the dissolution of all that was known and familiar.

Time Periods

Series: The Expanse Cycle

The Expanse Cycle features long mixes exploring diverse styles centered on individual musical worlds, but also including other sounds in their outer haloes. Every mix in this series is programmed with long introductions and comedowns, building from silence and eventually returning to the void.

  1. Hermetic Expanse
  2. Radiant Expanse
  3. Tellurian Expanse
  4. Saturnine Expanse
  5. Cytherean Expanse
  6. Celestial Expanse

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