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VA - Imagi:Nations 1: Night (Tipworld)

psyreviews
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Posted : Jun 22, 2005 11:07
Various
Imagi:Nations Part 1: Night
Tipworld (UK)

Psyreviews is trumping this album quite a lot, but only because psyreviews knows that you’re likely to pass it up and not really give it serious consideration. However, Night is a damn fine collection and, when considered together with Day (also reviewed this week) it looks, sounds, and smells even better. Dino’s side project Bullet Proof opens with Bolivia, and right from the start it’s clear that we’re not in pansy territory here. Riffs that sound like Dino and X-Dream’s bastard lovechild ascend all over the place, escalating perfectly and getting harder and harder, until a smooth break takes things in the general direction of funkytown. A nice wobbly preamble later, and that awesome riff comes back in, with more twist, to move it skywards, minor key stylee. Black & White’s Status starts with an awesome, long sample from the start of Fight Club – one of my favourite (and undersampled) films, and therefore I am pretty much immediately sold. Status moved nicely, briging in little melodic spurts and flurries, and hooks itself on a high-end riff that’s admittedly a little too cheesy for some nighttime dancefloors, but whose impact and effectiveness you can’t doubt. Save The Robot’s Painted Dove is nice, a bustling groove that pushes you right along, awash with tasty riffs and noises and packed full of the kind of energy that you associate with a dancefloor suddenly getting twice as busy as it was. It eases up and breaks with a hell of a trick up its sleeve… cheeky samples and stabs from Softcell’s Tainted Love. Cheesy? Actually no, the stabs are used refreshingly sparingly, and other than a stuttered, time stretched “get away” and “oh,” Marc Almond is thankfully absent. In short, it works – and makes a monster tune even more of a monster. Next up is Astrix’s Oranda XI, remixed here by Xerox & Illumination. The original one (which I think came out on Exposure Productions’ Digital Performers CD, which I missed) I’d not realised was Astrix, but have heard played in the UK as well as in Japan and Australia earlier this year. Psyreviews has never really got on with Astrix, but the high-end melody here works a treat. A distorted line plays off a kind of call-and-response with a cleaner, happier one, and this phases in and around Xerox & Illumination’s typical cleverer-than-it-first-sounds production. X Noize’s Anjuna Beach is that Delta As A Child… remix that’s been doing the rounds lately, and (I think) it’s a slightly different version than was released on Utopia recently. It’s more fluid somehow, though still a little too stop-start for my liking. However, if you’ve not heard this before then f*ck me is it a goodun, and f*ck me doesn’t it do the business on the dancefloor. All the best bits you loved about the original, updated by X Noize, with a combination style that sounds nothing like either artist, and it’s still got the best guitar line ever. The delightful, please-do-another-album Logic Bomb continue with their renewed good form with a remix of Marauder, one of the moodier tunes from Unlimited (which, don’t we all feel old, was released three years ago). This remix has pretty much everything you want from the boys with cinematic melodies, smooth production, tweaky psychedelia and that sinister hint that they seem to do so well. It takes a while to build itself up, but when it peaks f*ck me it peaks – a delicious concoction of energy, groove and twist. WSD from Terraformers vs Phonic Request reminds me a lot of the stuff Tip was putting out circa 3D, with a very edgy sound and tricks and traps like white noise, dropped beats, acidhouse pitfalls and… look, it’s just fucking eerie alright? It’s not dark in a “dark psy” sort of way, nothing thrashes you around the room like a dinosaur with a bit of human leg stuck between its teeth. It simply builds up layers and layers of space, then makes noises as though your brain’s being tickled by a feather on a stick. Sandman’s Testers Choice, his first on tip in quite a while, is a fucking corker. I just love the groove here – it’s smooth and funky, there’s space-mission-control samples, three different types of acid, plenty of changes… hang on, isn’t this the Tip we know and love again? Another older act making an appearance here is Johann, responsible for some of my favourite moments in this silly music we all love, whose Same Same But Different is possibly my favourite of the lot. Ballsy, with subdued and perfectly-placed guitar, a frenetic groove and some of the nicest splurges and splodges heard in years. Utter corker. Finally, The Delta remix X Dream’s Intercorporal Stimulator, and what a meanie this one is. Mosr caustic than the original but no less loveable, it’s a gnarly end to a varied and well-planned compilation. Night is definitely the best thing Tip have put their name to in years – I would even go so far as to say that it might be the best thing they’ve released since Beyond Colour.



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1. Bolivia - BULLET PROOF
2. Status - BLACK AND WHITE
3. Painted Dove - SAVE THE ROBOT
4. Oranda XI (Xerox and Illumination rmx)- ASTRIX
5. Anjuna Beach - X-NOISE
6. Marauder (rmx) - LOGIC BOMB
7. W.S.D. - PHONIC REQUEST VS TERRAFORMERS
8. Testers Choice - SANDMAN
9. Same Same But Different - JOHANN
10. Intercorporal Stimulator (The Delta 2005 rmx) - X-DREAM

          


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Moksa
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Posted : Jun 22, 2005 20:49
Can somebody please explain to me why this is considered "night" music?? There are some good tracks on here, and overall its a great comp, but definately not ALL for the night! There is way too much fluff going around!!

I think the title is a little deceiving.

Only a few qualify for the night (IMO tracks 5,7,9**,10).



a3k
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Posted : Jun 23, 2005 13:57
maybe is their vision like night music should b?           ...
Moksa
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Posted : Jun 23, 2005 16:46
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On 2005-06-23 13:57, a3k wrote:
maybe is their vision like night music should b?




Thats a good point!
This is what you would expect a "night" compilation from TIP to sound like.
Psyfrog


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Posted : Jun 24, 2005 19:32
i love that cd its a nice collection of tunes....

the black&white track is a killer one.....

8,5.....

boom jose
Alex Boshke
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Posted : Jun 24, 2005 21:09
this compilation is actually reminds the old true TIP spirit from 10 years ago and The Delta remix of InterCorporal Rocks! Check the other remix on Boshke Beats"Chronika ch.2" pretty night music as well!
Cheers
psyreviews
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Posted : Jun 24, 2005 23:36
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On 2005-06-24 21:09, Alex Boshke wrote:
the old true TIP spirit from 10 years ago


spot on !!           


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kin beat
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Posted : Jun 25, 2005 05:44
cant take it out of car.......
is so goood.. and yeah i think thats TIPrecs vision of what a night music should be like and i m diggin it.           www.instagram.com/ckloro
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J
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Posted : Jun 25, 2005 06:28
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On 2005-06-24 19:32, Psyfrog wrote:
i love that cd its a nice collection of tunes....

the black&white track is a killer one.....

8,5.....

boom jose




It really rox...
It's from the "Fight Club" movie... when he's telling how to xplode the bildlings...
Track 3 from Save The Robot is also a master of piece... any info about this project??

Very hot comp... nothing Night on it... but great stuff... Tip's way... but very nice comp...a review is on the way!!!

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Posted : Jun 28, 2005 16:34
Very good compilation with great vibes.
Oranda rmx it's great and also the Black and White track.
Super compilation from TiP           [b]osobuko/b]
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Posted : Jul 2, 2005 10:12
good review but i think better u should write by apart opinion for each track .. ..my eyes going blind when i will read this review tnx..plz change ur type writing reveiw and my opinion for this compilation is all name of these artist in here is legend of psytrance and so this rls will be go0d and i like it very recomended
moondancer
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Posted : Jul 3, 2005 16:55

1. Bolivia - BULLET PROOF
2. Status - BLACK AND WHITE
3. Painted Dove - SAVE THE ROBOT
4. Oranda XI (Xerox and Illumination rmx)- ASTRIX
5. Anjuna Beach - X-NOISE
6. Marauder (rmx) - LOGIC BOMB
7. W.S.D. - PHONIC REQUEST VS TERRAFORMERS
8. Testers Choice - SANDMAN
9. Same Same But Different - JOHANN
10. Intercorporal Stimulator (The Delta 2005 rmx) - X-DREAM


I really can't understand this label... OK, so they decided to promote uninvolving mediocre full-on rather than their ultra-quality releases that established their reputation. Given that in today's scene anyone who DOESN'T make full-on is set aside I could understand them. But why tarnish the memory of such long-lasting quality series of comps by filling them with this crap? They already did it with the colour series, the Stashbag series... so how bout the Nations series?

This will surely spark up your interest for 2 things: it revives a series of comps that were considered "instant classics" at the time and you will also notice the return of long-lost names in the goatrance scene like Logic Bomb , Johann and Sandman . So you'll probably pick this up hoping for some glimpse to the "good old days". And you will be utterly dissapointed once again.

Do not get fooled by the name "Part 1 : Night". It doesn't have anything nightish in it, it's morning full-on all the way save a few exceptions.

So then, on to some track-to-track commenting:
Bullet Proof is a Dino Psaras side-project. It delivers his usual blend of energetic full-on, good for the dancefloor but not really a quality track IMO.

Black & White deliver one of the most striking examples of just how uninvolving full-on can be. Yes this is as typical a full-on clone as full-on clones can be... nuff said

Save the Robot (wierd name huh?) continue the awful trend of remixing crappy 80s tracks. As the trackname hints, this is a remix of Soft Cell - Tainted Love . The whole structure REALLY reminds me that of Eskimo - Popcorn : beautifull dreamy melody at the beginning and the end and a hint to the original here and there. Actually the end result is quite nice. The hints to the original are very discrete and limit themselves to a climax around minute 3:00. And rest assured, there's no singing in here

then Astrix delivers some pretty nice full-on... nothing groundbreaking but one of the better tracks of this comp. Some nice melodies and a very involving loud bassline near the end. Definatley good for some stomping if not anytyhing else

X-Noise delivers some darkish atmospheres (actually this is basically a full-on remix of The Delta - As a Child I could Walk on the Ceiling ) . Nice for stomping at a party but again, I can't really call this quality... Although I must say that it's interesting to hear a crossblend between "the Delta sound" and full-on

on with the revival of Logic Bomb and a remix of Marauder ... err to tell you the truth I never was a big fan of these guys in spite all the positive critical aclaims. And this track is no exception... maybe you'll like it if you're into Logic Bomb... and yes, the full-on basline is there...

Terraformers Vs Phonic Request are next with a more tribal track (there's a djembé in there and a sound that resembles a didgeridoo). This is the oddest track here, it also has almost no melodies, sounds like some techtrance with a full-on bassline. But I don't like it h34r:

now on the comeback of... Sandman !!! Hey it's been a while... Sadly though whereas he was worldwide known for his unconventionality this time around he gives us some plain full-on. Ah well all my cherished oldschool artists ended up going down the drain and this is no exception Interestingly enough this track sounds more like Dino Psaras than Sandman...

then yet another comeback: Johann . Actually this is the darkest track here, he delivers once again his crossblend with industrial, there are some very dark guitar melodies reminding me of Tim Schuldt's style. This one's definatley the most refershing track on the comp. Well I guess not ALL oldschool artists went down the drain after all

And then the comp ends with a remix of Intercorporal Stimulator . This one fits in like a square peg would fit into a round hole... Whereas the whole comp is filled of full-on and melodies all of a sudden we end up with some dark gritty techtrance... you can't stop wondering just why did they decide to put this track in here? anyway it brings us the trademark dark mechanical atmosphere. Nice but The Delta has made better tracks before...

Conclusion OK, so this isn't as big a failiure as the conituation of the colour or stashbag series and shows that even TIP World can still deliver some quality tunes. Sure, most of it is nowadays full-on but there also are some pretty impressive gems in there which make buying this comp worthwhile IMO. 8/10

fave tracks: 3, 4, 9(!!)           “I think I've discovered the secret of life - you just hang around until you get used to it.”

Charles M. Schulz
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Posted : Jul 3, 2005 20:24
Quickie review... sounds like this is indeed a higher quality standard from the new TIP. Bulletproof is all right, kinda too cheesy like most of Dino's new work. Dislike Black & White and this is nothing new. Painted Dove is a great remix, tasteful enough to appeal. Astrix gets a nice remix treatment and I'm surprised to enjoy both the original as well as this version. X-Noise do a disservice to a great old classic and it's sad TIP bought into it. SAD. Logic Bomb bring out what has got to be their best tune in YEARS, wow! The n00bs on next don't really grab me. Sandman perplexes me here - not at all what I was expecting, not sure what to think of it just yet. Johann's work is pretty cool, think this will grow on me - certainly sounds dark and retro... and then there's The Delta's remix of Intercorporal Stimulator. BRILLIANT. Worth the price of admission! They didn't fuck with it too much... just put a nice modern polish on an already excellent track, finishing off the album with what I'd say is the only real night tune here.

No doubt there is some of the usual TIP World CRAP on here but the good outweighs the bad for the first time since... since... since... ah hell, I have NO idea. YEARS. It's probably just a fluke though... well, I hope not. TIP was my favourite label once upon a time... but they're going to have to dig deeper than this to begin to earn my respect once again.
Purple
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Posted : Jul 5, 2005 20:51
forgive them lord for they know not what they say - make some of your own tunes and make em sell like hot cakes if you think you're hard enuf, instead of knocking people's hard work which actually is fkin rocking IMO........
And yes, I co wrote the Bullet Proof (Dino and me) trax, for there are many.... and Painted Dove is a rip off of the Bullet Proof track 'Tainted Love' on 'we speak alien' ltd. vinyl, because it rox..... now, where's the positive crew gone???? C'mon guys, stop being so critical and just go out and have fun????/???? no? yes? Surely a matter of opinion... and someone's livelyhood...
Basilisk
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Posted : Jul 5, 2005 22:29
Everyone has the right to have an opinion here - it's a reviews forum. If all reviews were positive they would be useless. You can't expect trance fans of the world to like whatever you come up with, all the time.

Much more could be said here, of course... but this could grow needlessly heated. If your basic thesis here is that bad words spoken about any trance release harm the livelyhood of the artists making the music, then I suggest you take that to the general forum as a topic and see where that gets you.
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