Jikooha - Revolution Spaceship
Label: Panorama Records
Format: CD, Album
Release Date: Aug 2008
Style: Goa Trance
- Track List:
- Into the Timewave
- Bay Hall Magic
- Super Secret Area 51
- Fractal Rock City
- Red Road
- Omega Point (feat Eiji)
- Galaxy Journey
- 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.
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.
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!!!