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The Peaking Goddess Collective - Organika -=- Peak Records, Aug. 2007

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Posted : Sep 24, 2007 14:18
The Peaking Goddess Collective - Organika ( Peak, Aug. 2007 )

Track List:
1. Hyperspace
2. Love & Peak
3. Star Peace
4. Secret Fire
5. Rolling
6. Ishtar
7. Being Transformation
8. Arkana (live jam)


Peak Records is a worldwide famous psytrance label, based on Switzerland. I’ve been following their releases, and already reviewed some of them, which I still listen. Step by step Peak built a solid reputation, and nowadays it is almost impossible not have heard about some of their releases, particularly for the ones who appreciate night music. If I’m not mistaken this Peaking Goddess Collective debut is their 13th release, and their second attempt at releasing downtempo/chill out music (the first was Flooting Grooves - Upsyde Downe released in the end of March).

The Mastering was made by Jake Perrine @ RFI/CD.
Artwork, as with most Peak releases, was designed by Ajja & Tanina Munchkina. It’s clean and presents a light pink aura-like vibe, hehe not easy to describe, better for you to check it:
http://212.227.206.198/cgi-bin/zoom.cgi?pea1cd013_b.jpg:CDs/pea/pea1cd013.html:;
The CD itself has part of the artwork printed on it (the sort of tribal that looks like a sun rising in the CD cover), I found it nice when it sparks against the light.

The CD present 8 tunes, all of them performed by The Peaking Goddess Collective (PGC) crew (Ajja on guitars, Daniel Symons on percussion, Moreno Antognini on Bass and Pearce Van Der Merme on the flute, plus all of them tweaking the electronic knobs), and they brought a lot of guests into this project. The result is more than satisfactory, it is a journey that already propitiated blissful home listening experiences for me.

Instead of taking too long speaking about the unspeakable, I’ll recommend every reader to check the samples, because this is the best way to get your own ideas about this colorful and introspective music.

The album begins with Hyperspace, a lovely slow-motion tune. Its elements interact in a synergetic way, complementing each other and making it feels like if the sound is sliding smoothly instead of moving. Pearce’s flute also do its job here, making of this track is a great opener.

Love & Peak (T2) is another great chill tune, which present a deep repetitive bass line around its middle that manipulate the atmosphere creating a huge tension. It’s not bad, on the contrary, it serves perfectly its purpose, but when it’s gone I feel a relief. Good psychedelic stuff inside this one. One of my favorites.

Another comment about these first couple of tracks is that sometimes it sounds like they are psychedelic tunes with instrument solos over it. I don’t find it to be good or bad in itself, just making an observation.

Star Peace (T3) start with good samples:

“I can see lights around…
All the plants around me… there were spirits in the plants… And the small plants were children…”

“Get a better insight into the spirit world… Into the interior world…
Into the grace and madness of this medicine…”

This track presents us the first invited guest, Sandeep Kumar, which adds Tablas, Dholak and Dhol sounds to this track, and I must say he did a good work (as well as all of the PGC crew), some turns just raise my hair. Good track, another favorite.

We take a turn with Secret Fire (T4), starting in a chill way, soon it shows its 108 bpm and its experimental side. It has a good juice inside it; you just have to squeeze it for a while. In spite of being a nice tune, it is not around my favorite here, but fits well into the release making the bridge to the next track, Rolling (T5), which is a progressive tune clocking at 132 bpm. Rolling is not a landmark on the progressive scene, but since it is well fitted, its 132 bpm does not spoil the home listening experience and it sure has its moments. It has more psychedelic elements than a lot of progressive releases this days, nice solo parts, it is long enough to develop properly and present extra tweaking by Samy, another invited guest. The bass lines are well chosen, and along with the flute lines and background elements definitely shake the floor. A very positive addition to the release’s diversity.

Ishtar (T6) brings us back to the chill realms, here we have two special guests, Jovis playing his Didgeridoo and Gaspard Besson taking care of the electronic equipment. The track relies a lot on its bass and samples:

“This is inside, that is outside…
Everything in here is my idea, everything outside is your idea.”

Gaspard also helps in Being Transformation (T7), a track which is built upon the poetry and the electronically manipulated voice of Alex Grey. It is a very psychedelic track, and the sample is used in a way that directs the trip towards an introspective path (at least for me). This is one more favorite of mine.

Closing the album we have one more guest, Tanina Munchkina, who was also responsible for the artwork. It is a very chilling track with poetry inside it. Discrete and beautiful closer.

An interesting thing is that there is some conflicting information on the CD booklet about the guest performers. Tanina Munchkina is called Tanya Innocenti (maybe this is her artist name?) and the back of the booklet lacks information about Jovis, the Didgeridoo player on Ishtar. You know, these are small details that only those with the original stuff can stumble upon, but since it may sound like I’m complaining, let me finish the job: I miss the track times, and why not a nice stick with this awesome artwork on it?

This is one of that releases that get stuck inside your CDJs, when it arrives at your mail box you can say goodbye to your CD collection for a couple of weeks.

Please someone post the whole lyrics/poetry on the last two tracks.


Recommendation: I recommend this fine release for all sorts of home listeners, experienced with chill out music or not, this is first-class music to have as background in relaxing moments... Of course DJs will benefit for the diversity here, and some of them I know are already playing this stuff at Festivals here @ Brazil. Also some people will dig the progressive tune, it is really an unusual approach for the dance floor. My best recommendation is for you to check the samples, you’ll understand this review much better after this.

Favorites: 1, 2(!), 3(!), 5(!), 6(!), 7(!), 8.

Listen to the samples and buy it here:
http://www.saikosounds.com/english/display_release.asp?id=6724
http://www.psyshop.com/shop/CDs/pea/pea1cd013.html
http://www.beatspace.com/dettagli/dettaglio.asp?id=3650

Respect!
          .
...Be gentle with the earth...
...Dance like nobody's watching...
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...I don't mind not going to Heaven, as long as they've got Coffee in Hell...
Ka|zer


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Posted : Sep 29, 2007 01:56
Quote:

If I’m not mistaken this Peaking Goddess Collective debut is their 13th release, and their second attempt at releasing downtempo/chill out music (the first was Flooting Grooves - Upsyde Downe released in the end of March).



Their fourth attempt.. VA Chilling Goddess and VA Chillogram were their 1st and 2nd chill releases..

Nice review for this beautiful album. I love the mix of guitar and crunchy sounds. I`m happy when this sounds are in my house Big respect to Peak family

a3k
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Posted : Oct 30, 2007 02:21
ORGANIKA – THE PEAKING GODDESS COLECTIVE

1. Hyperspace 8:40 (xxx BPM)
2. Love & Peak 7:56 (xxx BPM)
3. Star Peace 8:35 (xxx BPM)
4. Secret Fire 6:09 (xxx BPM)
5. Rolling 9:35 (132 BPM)
6. Ishtar 8:04 (xxx BPM)
7. Being Transformation 7:43 (xxx BPM)
8. Arcana 7:12 (xxx BPM)

Organika is the latest release of Peak Records, and what a great pleasure it was to listen/review this CD. This release is another reason why Peak records is a label that needs no introduction and why it keeps being one of the strongest label releasing quality music around the world! Every release is treated like it should be: unique. The music is great and the artwork of the booklet very well conceived like always; in fact a trademark of Peak CD`s.
The Peaking Goddess Collective is formed by four musicians: Ajja S.F. Bleu (one of the members of YAB YUM), Daniel Symons, Moreno Antognini and Pearce Van Der Merwe.

Now to the music:
Track nr. º 1 is Hyperspace; it starts with some flute sounds, which will be a constant throughout the track, and of course always with electronic sounds in the background. Some percussion elements, very discrete, since this track is very smooth; this track flows like water from a fountain, always constant, without ups and downs. This track is amazing, it is excellent for opening this album. The flute sounds are psydelicious - like a leaf to the taste of the wind - and the guitar gives a great complement to the track. Both guitar and flute have their own paper in the track without overwhelming one another.

Love & Peak is track nr. º 2, and this one is a little bit tenser then the previous one, more psychecelic, not so melodical, but more trippy, it starts with some sounds of birds here and there, and some sounds of water hitting the shores of a river, or maybe it is the waves of the sea hitting the sand. At about 3:00 minutes we have an interruption and then when all the sounds appear again we get more dynamism on the music, some sounds of the guitar even remind me some Pink Floyd sounds. Basically this track gets a lot of trippy digital sounds combined together with the analogic instruments that create a nice deep atmosphere.

Star Peace is the 1st collaboration track – it is with Sandeep Kumar (Tablas, Dholak & Dhol), and this one starts with a melancholic atmosphere, the guitar gives more sad sounds and the leads always with that psychedelic sounds on the behind. We get flute sounds at about 3:40 minutes, and even its sounds are more random, once they appear and disappear very fast, other times they are very continuum. The last part of the track, the work on the percussion gives a lot of rhythm to the music; it makes me have the desire to get up of my chair and dance!

Now we are back to the happy sounds again with Secret Fire, a track with lots of groove. So far, the track with more “movement” in the CD. The 1st 2 minutes are the preparation, after this, one by one; the instruments start to appear till they get all combined. The psychedelic electronic sounds used by the quartet are always so great and so smooth that without being to notice they give such a great vibe to the music. Amazing. And to finalise the track we get once more sounds of water.
Rolling, is the “lady” that follows. A 132 BPM tune, that is a collaboration between Samy and the fantastic four quartet. In Rolling the electronic leads are more alive, and sure leave their mark in this track. The conjugation between the electronic filled with the analogical instruments make this an interesting track, either for a dance floor, a chill out, or to home. It makes it even more interesting, because it has the group sonority adapted into progressive sounds. I liked very much the final part were the guitar seems to appear distorted at the end of the riffs.

Track nr. º 6 – Ishtar – starts with some great didgeridoo sounds, an instrument that I love, I myself have already tried to play it, but you have to control very well the breathing exercise, but I feel fascinated with the sound that comes from it. Jovis makes his collaboration playing the Didgeridoo while Gaspard Besson (the other member of YAB YUM), makes his contribute with the electronics. This track revolves around some melodical parts, very smooth; with some paused moments. I really love the didgeridoo sounds, so this track is very special to me. One of my favourites.

Being Transformation is track n. º 7. It was made by the quartet and Gaspard who makes his second collaboration, while Alex Grey a psychedelic visionary gives his voice & poetry to the track. This tune is an accompaniment to Alex speaking, some wicked and twisted sounds make it awesome. I have found some tracks of this CD more intense and psychedelic than 150 BPM night tunes, you can really trip to this music, and this track is a clear case of it.

Arcana is the last track of this marvellous release. Tanina Munchkina gives voice & poetry in this one. It begins with some beautiful flute and guitar sounds. The percussive elements are also very nice. A simple music, to end this CD perfectly.

To conclude my review I just want to say that this CD is simply amazing! Like my friend Napo (Full_On) stated in his review on IsraTrance Forum, “…This is one of that releases that get stuck inside your CDJs, when it arrives at your mail box you can say goodbye to your CD collection for a couple of weeks…”and indeed it’s true, I just got addicted to this album, and my banging music got some rest. I recommend this CD to all you psychedelic spirits out there. The work on the music is really superb. My congratulations to all the musicians and artists that contributed with their work to this release. Master Margherita made his mix in this CD – all the 8 tracks are continuum, without any interruptions. The mastering was made by Jake Perrine; the graphics and artwork made by Ajja and Tanina Munchkina.
Like I have stated sometimes before: if you are a Peak fan, you shouldn’t miss this release, if you are not, but you like good music – go get it! This CD really transports you to another dimension.
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mk47
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Posted : Oct 30, 2007 14:41
very nice music .. both this and the flooting grooves been stuck in my player for a while now .. top stuff .. highly recommended to everyone who likes music ..whatever your preferred genre might be .. good one peak guys
a3k
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Posted : Oct 31, 2007 22:28
Link to the review on IsraTrance website: http://www.isratrance.com/DiscReviewByTeam.php?show=924           ...
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Posted : Nov 2, 2007 13:01
Great reviews for a great album!!!! here s some more info on the lads:

http://www.mushroom-online.com/v2/index.php?language=english&menu=frequencies&sub=who.is.who&art=108228

          Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life.
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Stregone
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Posted : Nov 3, 2007 13:05
Super Album!

PGC has finally done it

I especially like rolling
MARGHERITA
Master Margherita

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Posted : Nov 9, 2007 15:29
Hello friends, take a look to some reviews from our album organika.


By Psyfex (myspace.com)
What can i say, Organika is one of the finest sonic journeys ever devised.
This is simply incredible music, up there with the best the human race has to offer.
Sublime, and completely perfect in every way!
Keep making music, the world needs more visionary sounds like this!
peace & light


By Verb (psy-forum.co.uk)
So, I picked this up the other day at Startessa, and it's fucking magic! Really excellent stuff, in fact some of the most inspiring music I've heard recently. Absolutely amazing stuff, highly, HIGHLY recommended.



By Dominic (Interchill Rec, Tokyo)
I bought the album in Tokyo as soon as it came out, and I
must say that I have been blown away by the music. The blend between
different instruments is truly innovative and very pleasurable to listen to.
Well done.



By Mahiane (Ultimae Rec, Lyon) for Freeze Magazine (Greece)
Now that is the perfect title for this album for if I was to summarize it in two words I would say organic electronica. It’s filled with live played instruments, guitar, flute, percussions and amazing electronic composition.
The band is composed of four guys wildly getting into their sound and sharing, experimenting with their instruments. And you can hear this magic in the album. A definite mix of genres, I heard ambient, dub, rock, trance influences and I’m sure you’ll add to this list. A very interesting and open album. Dig it!

darkgnome


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Posted : Dec 9, 2007 12:45
Two years of waiting paid off.

It's here and it's everything I hoped for.

Brilliant album           Kimi-tachi wa keikoku sareta!
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