Reviews

Jikooha - Revolution Spaceship

Label: Panorama Records
Format: CD, Album
Country: Japan
Release Date: Aug 2008
Genre: Electronic
Style: Goa Trance

    Track List:
  1. Into the Timewave
  2. Bay Hall Magic
  3. Vega
  4. Super Secret Area 51
  5. Fractal Rock City
  6. Red Road
  7. Omega Point (feat Eiji)
  8. Galaxy Journey
  9. My Revolution and Yours (Filteria's Viva La Revolution Remix)

Jikooha is one of my favorite Goa trance projects. They are in the top 5 for sure. Two Japanese anarcho punk enthusiast on istruments. Outstanding Goa trance expirience. First of all when I've opened CD pack, I pulled out cover to read all the things on it. I saw that inside of cover is picture from Ageha club in Tokyo and that was so great to me cause they choose picture from this club. Especially the club! Lot of great memories...

Ok, lets start:

1. Intro The Timewave
If I didn't know that this was intro, I would actually think that it is a start of whole track with indian motives, because the pad which plays as a main sound in intro totally reminds me on background for melodies with that character. To bad that it finished so fast. I heard the story inside.

2. Bay Hall Magic
Here comes the story very fast! Like pure old school beggining of the track. Loads of 303 leads make me so spiritual. Returns me to great Goa times. The way of expanding background instruments in old school style is so outstanding. Totally acid sound. Next thing I expected are wonderful melodies with uplifting or how producers like to say, "opening cut off", filter on another background 303 instrument which is filled up with classic goa trance melody. And there is an excellent hysteric sound over it. Amazing! Break is filled up with the high sound of synth, with a lot of snares pupmping and the main melody which continues to play during the rest of the track. Magnificent! Totally brings me back. Thank You.

3. Vega
And they continue in the same groove. Acid never dies! I simply love that "angry" leads and bassline, sharp hats and deep kick. Openwide melodies with a lot of reverb on them brought me to a perfect pleasure. I felt that I need an open space for this music, cause this music is made for it, like most of the goa trance production. I was nicely surprised with deep down upcoming short lead that plays a bit wierd theme.
After more acid back in the track, arised more beautiful themes. It sounds like a melodies fight. Especially the part in Goa Trance style where there are so many melodies that can never bore you. And thats the point in the first place!

4. Super Secret Aria 51
Hehehe, Aria 51 is persistent source of ideas for making a good track. Most of the lines in this track can be used as a super original soundtrack for some scene in the movie that tells about "Aria 51". They are so intent and make the atmosphere in song to sound like that. Melodies are incredible. Especially moments of lifting up on octave, higher and higher. Well done guys! Also I must say that in this style of Goa, I totally like when groove comes out from the depth and drives through whole track in the background.

5. Fractal Rock City
At the first moment I tought that this track will slow down the tempo style on album, but after the kick started I realised that this is one of the tricks with slower bassline on faster rhythm. Although the tempo is fast, track still has a slow story. That kind of tempo is the best for initiating guitars in trance.Despite that I mostly dislike guitars in electronic music this is the case when guitar is on the right place and remind me on some Anime soundtrack! Trippy!!! Maybe in this track live drums would fit better then syntetic rhythm. Only thing that I dislike in this track is that the biggest accent is put on higher tones. In one moment everything starts to scream!

6. Red Road
Starts like tribe ritual. Uhuhu I like it! That pad with creepy moments is just like it should be. It fits pretty into a rubber bassline. Also, a laser gun effect is really nice to hear inside. Snare is a bit higher than it should be, but this is just a matter of taste. I know a lot of people who like higher tones in sound. As they say: "Positively irritant sound". Well, I could agree with them totally, just in some sections of track I dont like it that much. Vocal in the track is totally cool. And then, such a wonderful melody starts!!! Pure emotion. Looking for trees, not the walls of clubs. The best thing in Jikooha tracks is that they are using that sharp hat all the time and this is the sound that makes me jump. I give a lot of attention to hi hats in every style of music that I listen. Here, it's just perfect! Also I must notice that in this track, there are many paranoid sounds of leads and this is bingo in this kind of arrangement.

7. Omega Point (Eiji edit)
As I see it, this is a succsessful cooperation. That very first sound remind me on legendary pionires of Goa sound, "Shamanic Tribes on Acid". I must say that these projects have a pretty similiar way of expression in music. Part after the break sounds so powerfull!!! It goes on the way of pure energy. As I already mentioned, I like that kind of "angry" melodies in Jikooha's music. Gives that nocturnal sound to the atmosphere, but still they can play it either when the morning comes or during the night.

8. Galaxy Journey
I expected a real journey and they confirmed that with starting melody and vocal. Over and over again I must mention hi hats in this song... It's just amazing match to the rhythm. Oscillation on octave is also wonderful. I like a lot that changing notes through the theme. Pretty spacey drive! Melodies in this track are totally lovely!

9. My Revolution and Yours
This is the best track on album. Excellent bassline and melodies, like on the whole album, of course. Its real cyber punk track! Guitar works awesome to! Many sound effects and twisted melodies are making confusing atmosphere! That is actually what works the most in this track. This drive reminds me on "Wierrd Eggs" style by Four Cary Nuts. Twisted moments in goa trance are always welcome. The end of the track is also superb, 'cause all that sanity is stopped so suddenly and it just plays one lead for a couple of seconds to calm down crew 'till the total end.
Respect!


I can say for sure that this is totally well done job. One of the greatest releases in 2008. Its real honor to say that music like this existe even today. From all goa projects today I think that this project is one that keeps whole old elements in music. Inheritors of Mantra, Shamanic tribes, Alien Mutation, etc...

One more time, Respect and see you at the party!!!

Lara

The Delta - Minusman

Label: Nachtstrom Schallplatten
Format: CD, Album
Country: Germany
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Electronic
Style: Techno, Electro, Industrial

    Track List:
  1. Schmerzverstärker
  2. Minusman
  3. Evernet
  4. Nightmares & Dreamscapes (Backstream)
  5. Triple Distilled vs Fuzzion - Midnight Circulation (The Delta Remix)
  6. Overpressure (Remix)
  7. The Machines
  8. As a Child I Could Walk on the Ceiling (Two In One Remix)
  9. Dustbuster
  10. Warp (Megamix)
  11. Nightmares & Dreamscapes
  12. H.O.B + Fat Cat

To be honest, I couldn’t wait to hear some new stuff that Marcus prepared for The Delta project, but now I must admit that I had some doubts that album will see the daylight since he involved himself in many different projects. And in the end, all that waiting for new album didn’t seem so long because all these years I enjoyed his creations for other projects, so I didn’t feel the need to hear something new.
After hearing his new crafty sound I felt great happiness and I must give a big “Thank You” to Nachtstrom Schallplatten label for this great pleasure and to Japanese publisher Wonkavator who made this CD release possible.

1. Schmerzverstarker
Miniature filtered sounds that are wriggleing throughout ambient effects indicate visually the whole atmosphere like some dark and deeply buried underground object. Then, it slowly turns into distorted rhythm that is typical to this project and the energy of track starts! Many effects that are more like “underwater” and increasing of reverb give accent to occurence and rise the atmosphere tension in the track. I am totally delighted with bass line. Like a sound of some grinding machine or something like that. Pretty nice surprise is an old analog sample that wriggled through the track for a moment. I am talking about the sample that is like some kind of laser simulation or similiar and is being used in 80’s on radio stations for jingles. Snare seems to be recorded with some kind of concrete block, LOL. It is extremly strong and powerful moment that contributes to rhythm such an amazing industrial infulence !!! At the end, effect that reminds on sound of ferquency test is a bulls eye!! He could turn it up a little more to tremble our eardrums to the pain limit, LoL.

2. Minusman
The leading track on album! OUCH! What a bloody break beat! Someone is going to break a neck in the club. I’m not sure about you, but I’m shaking in front of these sounds. Tracks like this deserve reverence. Probably that is why I get crazy on industrial sounds. Pad which literally simulates the speech of monster computer in my head is a definition of this track and I believe of whole album. In my oppinion it even overpowers the destorted kick which seemed to be the strongest in the track, but after the pad that I’m talking about. There are as many filters as you want. Well, this kind of music is simply born for filters. Slightly to say – MAGNIFICENT TRACK!!

3. Minusman Rmx
If there was no pause between these two tracks, I could swear that the same track is going on, just with a little varied character. Of course, later I’ve noticed that track is renamed into Minusman Rmx, so everything is clear now. Ok, you can ask me now which beat is more massive and bigger amongst these two tracks?? The answer is: I don’t know!! Both tracks made me feel like my head is peering out of cement! I’d rather hear this in a club then win a BINGO on lottery. I swear! This sound changes a molecules structure in my body! Outstanding sound and heaviness. First-class production (nothing new for this project). I would love to find more words to describe how I feel about whole this “Delta story”, but I'm afraid that someone will think that I have some serious mental distractions and will mix up my emotions with dope, so in further text I will only use "earth" phrases.

4. Nightmares & Dreamscapes (Backstream)
We continue in the same rhythm, but this time we are moving to flat rhythm which tempo only apparently slowes down the thickest hat I have ever heard on this world. I think that I could start crying from this quantity of sound in one place. Dramatically tonality and colours, pads definitely manipulate with the listeners tension. So many delays and reverbs, distortion and highly peaked middle tones on effects. And the beat is like harvester, grinding and grinding! It is a sound term of unrealized dream of mankind - "Perpetum Mobile". Respect!!

5. Midnight Circulator Rmx
And after the 20 minutes of introduction in downtempo/break-beat style, story starts to speed up. How many times this fantastic rhythm is going to be repeated? Great! Things that keep my concentration for this type of projects, despite the rhythm which is essential in the form of movable strip, are elements such as pads that are showing emotions even when the music is hard and agressive. This can`t be experienced even on the most floating melodies in any kind of electronic music. And not to mention the moments like this disordered irritating sound that I would like never to stop and where, after his end, whole machinery starts to play. Definetly, if they ever decide to record a video, the right thing would be a symphonic orchestra that will play grinders, stamping machines, rack cutting machines and all other stuff. This is something what I call "singing machines". Who says that mechanics don`t have emotions!? I can already imagine potential DJ's that are playing this style in sets and their argueing on the parties regarding who will play this track.

6. Overpressure Rmx
International train for Neverland!! Sit back and enjoy. Full techno pleasure! Many hats, cymbals rides, filters that increase rhytmh and visualy symbolize it, as I already said at the beginning, endless journey by train. If the track was fast it would be roller coaster, but that is not the point here. WOW, what a sudden end of the song.

7. The Machines
Let's go! More pure techno to come! In the backround there is a sound as a siren from a distanced train, which is for this occasion pulled down to the last segment. Drive is not over. Rhythm slightly reminds me of older Deltas’ track “A+B”. And then, of course, CUT OFF untill the end to give a panel for THE GREATEST MELODY EVER!!! It blows my head off. Here is one more proof for those who don`t believe that mechanics can CRY!! Magnificent break with even better uplifiting moment which definitely plays the drill. Great break with simulation of stopping gramophone vinyl. That is an excellent stroke. It is very repeatedly used in techno tracks, but still not that often, so it is very interesting. UUUU. Must say that this emotional sequence with soft leads and falls on sound distortion reminds me to Manibus release "Distorted roads". Definitely, that is the story. That style! My style! Pefrection!

8. As a Child I Could Walk on the Ceiling Rmx (Two In One)
Remix of very well known hit that, in my oppinion, even people who are not listeners of electronic music heared for. Progressive moment. Great! Very good and carefully chosen style for remixing. I like it a lot. After a well-known slogan it passes into the psychedelic story and leaves room for DJ sets that are rather in Psy Trance style then techno bits. Positive matter in this remix is that the track got real refreshment and also that people again have a great track which we all liked! So, despite the interleaving of this two styles in track, which really heats my hart, I would more like that the track followed on the story from the beginning, to the slogan and transition to the agressive moment, known as "roasting". Otherwise, the "Two in One" in brackets I could interpret as a division of the track on two styles, couldn't I?

9. Dustbuster
Lets go back to the sound of industry.
I will not hold on to this track for too much, cause I think this is one of those tracks that are here only to fill up the album. Now, many of you would, I can guarantee, got this wrong, like I spit at the track or whatever. Infact, that is not true! I like this song, of course, but this is in my opinion, one of those tracks which are time-out between spent ideas. I really don`t know how to say this to sound better or more rationally. I can try to say it like this: If I was a DJ, I would use this kind of track in my set for switching between the two "volcanos" of songs. In case that i don`t like this track, I won't even put it into my set. So I like it. Just track is here to give a little chill to crowd of this high-light moments, to keep them in the rythm, good mood and to prepare them for next real rush of tsunami waves!!! And if I wasn't clear now, I really don`t have idea how to explain it differently.

10. Warp (Megamix)
AAAAAAAA this is what I was talking about and you didn`t trust me. Here is a rush close behind! Like I already knew. Damn it, what a rhythm. This sample that plays the melody of locusts run wild, blows my mind. What a breaks, man!! Ok, you probably realize that I'm writing this at the same time while I listen to this track, but I'll try to reach this arrangement as far as i can.
Great theme of the song. Lead melodies over the synth that plays the pad are totaly unusual for this project, but it fits into the best place ever! And now, it comes that robo sound which slightly reminds me of a vocator, but in fact I didn`t like it. Somehow with this robo sound track sounds commercialized. It turnes into the happy rave moments. That part would be a good motivation for Soumi artists, cause such material in that style is the best. This is some other story, so this part is not one of my favourite, but luckily, it didn't last too long.

11. Nightmares & Dreamscapes
Breakbeat moments from the 4th track. It sounds very good. I would put this in some kind of intro or outro on an album. It is great for the beginning or at the end of release.

12. H.O.B. (+ bonus track)
LOL 
He will definitely be a very good composer of movie music. Innovation of James Bond or something similar. It is really an innovation, cause that rhythm in backround is not here just like that and for sure it is not a product of tams and congas, it is a product of clear synthetic. According to the movie criteria, harmony of all instruments has a great set up. Leastwise, it is how it sounds from my laymen view on film composition. Very interesting bonus material despite unusual number of tracks that we got on only one album.


What to say at the end of this story? Great product that marks year 2008 as one of the best in last decade for techno-trance sounds and projects. And especially one of the most productive in last years, as this sound came to parallel with extermination of White Bears. Luckily, in artists there is awaking of some nostalgy or desire for this sound. I hope that we will one day hear Spirallianz, Boo Reka, PPS, Opsis, Authentik, Three Point Turn, Tromesa and similar projects which formerly impounded attention of fans. And one more thing: one of the smallest minus to this album is that tracks are too short, for my criteria. They are too short for this kind of expression. Thats all. Keep it on originals!!!

Lara