Talamasca is in full preparation of his upcoming album 'A Brief History of Goa-Trance'. A special project where he tackles some of the genre's pioneering artists and tracks into a very dance-able contemporary mash up version. As a prelude to what's coming you can now already enjoy his tribute to X-Dream, which he did together with Stryker.
Here's a few words from the man himself about the project:
When I first decided to make my next album a sort of 'history of Goa-Trance, mixing all of my favorite tracks from my favorite projects together, I knew that X-Dream would definitely be a part of it. I also knew that it would be a challenge to do it because they have produced so many amazing tracks throughout the years. It would prove difficult to choose the ones I would mix together. I also knew that it would be challenging because X-Dream is one of those projects that has their own sound, their own vibe, and it is always risky to work with what is considered a 'cult masterpiece of music'. I invited my partner in crime aka Stryker to the studio. He is currently one of the best producers and has been handling my mastering for years.
The list of tracks we have chosen to use:
X-Dream - Children Of The Lost Generation
Possibly their first hit. I remember seeing them live in 1993 at a Gaia party in France. This track was the peak of the party and all parties to come for the next few years!
X-Dream - The Second Room
This is one of the melodies that imprinted itself into my mind for years. It has been an inspiration for some of my own melodies, including Time Simulation.
X-Dream - As A Child I Could Walk On The Ceiling
Another epic and classic Goa hit. Need I say more?
X-Dream - The Frogs
Could be considered their 'iconic sound' from the mix we have made. This was brilliant originally and it has stood the test of time to remain brilliant today. There was no way to avoid having this in the mix.
Johann Bley - Stranded (The Delta Remix)
I remember blasting this remix everywhere I went, every party, everywhere. Even if you are not old enough to have heard the original guitar riff, you know it (for example also Astrix used it in his 'Old Monsters' track).
By the way 'The Delta' is an X-Dream side project from whom we snuck a few elements into this tribute.
X-Dream - Coming Soon
One of their best tracks that we love for the 'stomping sound' and that is why we used it at the full-on part of the tune.
The result is what you can listen to here. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did making it. If you are a life-long X-Dream fan it will be challenging for you to name that song, so to speak. If you are too young to have experienced X-Dream first-hand then this is the perfect introduction to the X-Dream catalogue. And if you like what you hear you can always dig deeper.
X-Dream is an important foundation of Goa-Trance, the root from which my music has grown.
Released on 2017-01-09 Dacru records, DCREP062
More Dacru Records:
Dacru Records is a Belgian psytrance label. The label boosts a strong selection of artists, from major names with a 20 year career under the belt to younger promising talents. The rosters includes names like Electric Universe, U-Recken, Talamasca, DigiCult, Spirit Architect, Tropical Bleyage, Bitkit, E-Mov, Aquila, Chronos, Ephedrix and more. The aim is to release timeless music with a strong emphasis on the psychedelic and melodic.
Besides being a record label Dacru has also been making a name as event promoter with over 60 events since 2001, that’s a whole of a lot of experience that goes into organizing quality events. Some of the party lines include Organic Dreams, Tribal Roots, After Sunrise, Horizons and Nova’s Incident open air.
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