<Psytrance> Many moons ago… well actually 10 years ago, back in 2002, Nano Records launched in South Africa as one of a small handful of labels dedicated to producing psytrance. That first release called Emergence was significant for several reasons, the most notable being the production quality standard they were able to achieve at a time when SA psy labels were figuring it all out and also because the label had unearthed what would become SA’s best known trance artist, Protoculture. Fast forward 10 years and many of the music labels both locally and internationally have since dissipated, yet Nano still keeps pumping out quality tuneage. Origin 4 is an apt celebration of their 10 years in the business and equally apt is the fact that label boss, Regan, has compiled this whopping 18 tracker. So does any of this actually matter? Well yes because it’s this very heritage that shines through on the collection of tracks Regan presents to us. Typically Nano in a sunshine, full-on psychedelic kind of way (some recent releases have certainly pushed the envelope of ‘that typical Nano sound’), Origin 4 features such stalwarts as Tristan, Headroom, Broken Toy, Laughing Buddha, The Commercial Hippies, AMD, Zen Mechanics, Avalon and several others. Need I say more? Pure psychedelic daytime groove – the Nano way! Highly Recommended.
Dave Mac co-founded and was the Editor-in-Chief of BPM Magazine for the 10 years it existed. With over 20 years experience in all aspects of the music biz, he continues the legacy online with the dynamic IDM Mag.