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V/A - Interphase

Rah
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Posted : Jun 1, 2005 23:03
Compilation: Interphase

Label: Alchemy Records

Year: 2005

Format: CD

Web: http://www.alchemyrecords.co.uk/

Country: U.K

Label Info:
Established in London in May 2001 by DJ Shane Gobi and long time friend Stuart Bates. With the support of DJ Spencer from Australia, and DJ Starspine in South Africa, Alchemy Records reached out to psychedelic dance floors all over the world. Specialising in releasing full-on psychedelic trance, Alchemy Records created a stir within the global underground trance scene with a string of successful CD compilations and album releases

Songs:

01. Freakulizer - The Awakening Process (145 BPM's)
02. Ultravoice - Log On (145 BPM's)
03. Wrecked Machines - Inner Space (144 BPM's)
04. Tristan & Pogo - Smoke The Unicorn (145 BPM's)
05. Protoculture - Dawn Razor (142 BPM's)
06. Rinkadink & Dj Spencer - Spektral Monkey
(Broken Toy Remix) (145 BPM's)
07. Sesto Sento - Abacaxi Fever (146 BPM's)
08. Groundzero - White Lightning (142 BPM's)
09. Pop Stream & Chemical Drive - Sonic Boom (140 BPM's)


My Highlights:

01. Freakulizer - The Awakening Process

‘The awakenening process' has smooth intro to bring us to speed gradually. Emotional piano lines echoing uplifting chords before the kick and bass drop down to start the journey. It feels almost like they were mocking the fluff since there is no wrap-around of the melody in the end. The feel is definitely a bit full-on-ish with good beats and minimum melodies, on top of an echoing drum arrangement with different sounds keeping the rhythm fluid. There are interesting bits of voice samples but they are not very clear to the naked ear on a number of instances. Freakulizer has released songs under Spliff music and Moonstone Records in the past with moderate success. This one is a step in the right direction.


02. Ultravoice - Log On

Avi Levi is back, after having released songs for Com. Pact, Utopia, Spiral Trax and Psytropic records he maintains the pace of the compilation. A strong kick on the lower end, a tuneful assortment of peaking sounds and one-note sprinkles combined with a ‘quack' sound undergoing several layers of progressive distortion. Not much for melodies, except that piece of heaven on the last break and that seems to work just fine.


03. Wrecked Machines - Inner Space

Having released his second album this year Second Thought on Spun records, Gabriel's work extends to Etnicanet, Solstice, Magma, Shiva Space Japan , and Wajanga records amongst others. The result of his work is a combination of tightly sequenced drum and bass, on top of morning melodies and uplifting sonic scenarios. On “inner space” the Brazilian one-man front takes us once again on a sunny path of light melodies and strong pulsating beats. There is this one particular sample I could swear I have heard somewhere else (it is clearly audible between minute 1:47-48). I would like to say it is Vibrasphere on the Limewire days, but who knows for sure. Either way the song is well coordinated fitting Alchemy's definition of ‘funky full-on'.


04. Tristan & Pogo - Smoke The Unicorn

The duo gets together again after having worked on Wingmakers (out last year on Dragonfly records). Besides that collaboration, my only other experience with Pogo would be the “California Sunshine” with Protoculture released on Beaches and Cream last year. So what is in stock this time? You can hear the Tristan backdrop Riffs a-la ‘Cheap & Meaningful' (present in Origin 2 by Nano) chopped and diced plus the Pogo the sound: an energetic mixture of melodic bass lines on top a progressive feel. The song works well if wasn't for the voice samples. I don't know if it is me but the ‘let's take drugs' samples are getting old.


05. Protoculture - Dawn Razor

Another interesting proposal by Nate, representing the other side of South African Psy trance. I am talking about the Nano records kind. Energized, uplifting, magnetic and downright melodic. Protoculture might not be my cup of tea sometimes, but I respect his production, is sharp, crystal clear and never boring. Let's put it this way if you liked “Oceanic” (again Origin 2 ) you might find yourself smiling with the “Dawn Razor”.


06. Rinkadink & Dj Spencer - Spektral Monkey (Broken Toy Rmx)

This kind of incessant drum and bass arrangement for some reason just gets me going. You can feel the Broken Toy contribution to remix and it is downright spanking! I actually find myself mumbling the tuneful noises and the couple of breaks and pick ups reconnect the original tune quite well. By the end it gets a little repetitive and like most tracks of the compilation I find myself enjoying more the beginning. But if it's lively melodies you are yearning, look no further.


07. Sesto Sento - Abacaxi Fever

The bass line intertwines well with the melody. But, besides that I don't enjoy Sesto Sento very much. It's like the Hawaiian Pizza: Some people think is a great combo to have pineapple with the ham. Some people think It's best when eaten separately. I like Matan Kadosh a bit more when he's working in Gataka with Moti… but I don't think it mixes well when you put them together Ferbi boys. But, that's personal taste on the type of music they produce together not on the actual quality of the output.


08. Groundzero - White Lightning

Ground zero is basically Dark Soho with a helping hand of Shane Gobi. The song unfolds well and it remains the layered and complex like it could be expected. When you have four people working on a project, it better sound like 8 hands working. Well there is enough richness in the song to attest this fact. The melodies for the break are bit jaded yet musically it is a respectable song.


09. Pop Stream & Chemical Drive - Sonic Boom

I knew had a slight distaste for Pop Stream and this confirms my opinions. The song is moving, is very musically coherent and it looks like a remix of the latest Billboard top 20's. This one is dying to be played on the clubs where the audience is typically wearing dressy shirts with the obligatory beer can glued to the hand. If you are those people… then smile because this one is great. it reminds me a lot of the spliff music compilations


Overall

The artwork, which is the first thing you come in contact with is amazing and it surely enough made a difference at the time of the purchase. Music wise, I thought it was pretty standard Alchemy compilation, with fluff levels starting to pile on the last songs bit too much for my taste like you could read, but there is couple of note-worthy mentions that should have not been left unnoticed.

The ones that stood out

1, 2, 6, 8

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http://www.saikosounds.com/english/display_release.asp?id=4785

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MonasticSquid
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Posted : Jun 2, 2005 14:28
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On 2005-06-01 23:03, Rah wrote:

08. Groundzero - White Lightning

Ground zero is basically Dark Soho with a helping hand of Shane Gobi..........When you have four people working on a project, it better sound like 8 hands working...."





Ummm... that's not entirely accurate. Dark Soho are now only 2 people, not 3(Rizo & Boxer - Zeev left to follow a new direction)- and GROUND ZERO is a project of Shane Gobi and Rizo - independent of Dark Soho(Boxer is not usually involved with Ground Zero at all).           ---------------------------------------------
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Rah
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Posted : Jun 2, 2005 15:27
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On 2005-06-02 14:28, MonasticSquid wrote:
Quote:

On 2005-06-01 23:03, Rah wrote:

08. Groundzero - White Lightning

Ground zero is basically Dark Soho with a helping hand of Shane Gobi..........When you have four people working on a project, it better sound like 8 hands working...."





Ummm... that's not entirely accurate. Dark Soho are now only 2 people, not 3(Rizo & Boxer - Zeev left to follow a new direction)- and GROUND ZERO is a project of Shane Gobi and Rizo - independent of Dark Soho(Boxer is not usually involved with Ground Zero at all).




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Posted : Jun 8, 2005 03:04
very nice review Rah!
this tracks are great.
Rah
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Posted : Jun 8, 2005 05:57
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On 2005-06-08 03:04, Suvrox wrote:
very nice review Rah!
this tracks are great.



gracias... i took a bit of time reviewing this one. There are a number of interesting tunes, glad someone noticed
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Posted : Jun 8, 2005 21:08
Good review!
Waiting for my copy to arrive!...
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J
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Posted : Jun 8, 2005 22:29
Killer comp!!!!!!
Just can´t stop hearing it!!!

Very good, pumping up music... never stop dancing!!!

Track #6 is just b000bastic!!! Go Rinkadink, go Alchemy!!! xaaaaaama

Yeah!!

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*Karma Cola*
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Posted : Jun 10, 2005 23:06
I have some mixed opinions abt this comp..

I cannot say that there is 1 outstandin track here.. freakulizer is nice and definitely peppy stuff, but teh rest fail to interest me much tho .

The Protoculture is probably my fav, coz im very partial towards Ntae's production and i like his way of puttin together psychedelic music.

Otherwise.. its a nice comp..but sometimes..

Rate it:
6/10           ~*** You can tell By the way i use my walk, Im a woman's man, No time to Talk***~
Rah
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Posted : Jun 11, 2005 06:10
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On 2005-06-10 23:06, *Karma Cola* wrote:
I have some mixed opinions abt this comp..

I cannot say that there is 1 outstandin track here.. freakulizer is nice and definitely peppy stuff, but teh rest fail to interest me much tho .

The Protoculture is probably my fav, coz im very partial towards Ntae's production and i like his way of puttin together psychedelic music.

Otherwise.. its a nice comp..but sometimes..

Rate it:
6/10




i don't rate music by numbers, because who am i to say what is a 10/10 or an 8/10... but if you want to go down that road, i would prob give a similar grade...
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Posted : Jun 12, 2005 06:08
Good comp!           Am i the only one who believes in solipsism?
SIMO


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Posted : Jun 14, 2005 14:53
Another blast for Shane and Alchemy!! This comp for me it will be the soundtrack of the summer...can't wait to listen it outdoor at the summer festivals!! My favourite tracks are Groundzero and Wrecked Machine but all of them work well on the dancefloor.
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Nygma
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Posted : Jun 14, 2005 16:55
very good review, thx to it i bought the cd and i wasn't disappointed.

favorite track is definitely protoculture.... ufff, more please..... ehehehe           www.frakasoundrecords.com
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Shanegobi
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Posted : Jun 28, 2005 20:04
thanks for all the feedback, its always good to hear what people think

all the best from alchemy crew
full_on
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Posted : Jun 28, 2005 23:20
What I think? I think it's a great release!

Freakulizer, Protoculture, Sesto Sento, Groundzero, Pop Stream & Chemical Drive are great!

Shanegobi, I have the original in my hands right now, the remix to Spektral Monkey is very good, but I have a doubt:

In the CD booklet it's written that this track (Spektral Monkey rmx) have 145 bpms and on the back of the CD case it's written it has only 143 bpms... What's right?

Thanks for releasing such diffeerent music! Keep it up!
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Shanegobi
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Posted : Jul 1, 2005 14:15
hey full on

wow, what observation, we checked over this cd so many times, and didnt pick this on up, well do ;)

about th bpm, the correct bpm would be 145, the original version bpm was 143, i think thats where the confusion came in

anyway, happy to hear you like the cd

:-)

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