<Psytrance> If you read my interview elsewhere in this magazine with Laughing Buddha you will no doubt realise that he is indeed a stalwart of the psychedelic trance movement whose music dates back as far as the mid 90’s when he was still 1 ½ of Cosmosis [on their debut album release.] Around the same time and soon after he also started to release a steady stream of singles on Tip Records and other leading labels under his Laughing Buddha moniker. Amazingly Sacred Technology is Jez’s first full length album release in all these years. Fittingly he has chosen to release it on one of the few contemporary psytrance labels that still manages to capture that essence of psychedelia in trance, Nano Records. Sacred Technology is a nine track collection of crisp, multi-layered ‘UK full-on’ – yes just like the Israelis or the Nordics or the S’effrican’s, if you know your psytrance you’ll know that certain sounds typify the trance of that country. Laughing Buddha keeps good company with the likes of Tristan, Avalon, Dickster et al with that familiar use of arpeggios filtering in and out, underpinned by a groovy, phat organic bassline and kick to match. What really impress me about Sacred Technology is that there are no generic tunes on the album. Each track tells its own story and really sounds like it was crafted with care; the net result is intelligent, interesting music that does not need to rely on gimmicks to carry it through. In fact I was hard pressed to find one track where he depends on big snare rolls, rising crescendos or massive break-downs/build-ups to carry the tune and whilst Laughing Buddha clearly pays homage to the bygone era of Goa trance, this is current, crackingly beautiful morning psy. Phat, funky full-on tailor made for a psychedelic generation. He’s gonna rock Earthdance this year. I’m sure of that! Great album.
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.