<Progressive Psytrance> Keen proponents of progressive psytrance will take one look at the line-up on this Various Artists compilation and quite likely start salivating in anticipation. If it’s not enough that this new label, Source Code, is the brainchild of one Wouter Thomassen, yes the psychedelic stalwart known as Zen Mechanics, who has personally selected the tracks, then one listen will affirm one’s expectations. Zen Mechanics has built a reputation for massive, expansive tunes that breathe life into a daytime dancefloor, but this sees him further his vision by drawing from artists, both well established and newer, that all have that stamp of quality. Artists better known for their full-on sound such as Zen himself, Earthling and Dickster mix things up seamlessly with the likes of established progressive acts Ace Ventura, E-Clip and Egorythmia alongside newer, fresh producers Vertical Mode (a prog artist who has made an immediate impact on the scene) as well as Mental Broadcast, Liftshift and Future Frequency, all of whom cut their teeth on faster, more full-on productions before. The result is nine large progressive monsters all grooving with broodiness in the 135-138 IDM range. Transmission Vol. 1 dispels the notion that progressive trance has to be fluffy or overly melodic with a serious edge that will no doubt please purveyors of daytime psychedelia irrespective of whether you are partial to prog or full-on. Quality is quality and this disc is all that with deep, meaningful productions.
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