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VA - The Secret of the 13 Crystal Skullls (TIP World)

IsraTrance Senior Member

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Posted : Feb 1, 2003 17:55
1.Eat Static - The 1st Revelation
2.CyberBabas - The 2nd revelation
3.Alien Project - The 3rd Revelation
4.Astrix - The 4th Rvelation
5.Talamasca - The 5th Revelation
6.1200 Mics - The 6th Revelation
7.Shpongle - The 7th Revelation

not really review.. Just what I think about this cd.

seem Astrix has create new style "Ambient Nitzhonot"

Talamasca with good full on track (not that I like it, But im sure u are) anyway.. its like the Absolum track in the last part, Its should'nt be here ! too full on.

Alien P... the same story like Talamasca. but here he put 2 min "intro", That it will sound special..

About ther others... Eat Static is nice one, Cyberbabas is good track, I like it.
1200 and Shpongle are the best here for sure.

bottom line - The last Crystal Skulls was MUCH better !

p.s, wtf with those samples ?? They took the same samples from the last part and made it the most ugly it can be (like the robot sound in fruity loops)

it wasn't worth waiting 14 months IMO

          ..."Be yourself, let your conscience guide you...
Follow your heart, not the people around you"
IsraTrance Senior Member

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Posted : Feb 1, 2003 18:28
Since the process of writing those ”details over everything” reviews is pretty boring task and I as a reviewer don’t really feel like I’m truly expressing myself while writing them, nor do I feel like I manage utterly to capture the inner core of the album’s spirit I felt like it was a time for a new, different approach. This time I will not fail =)

So here’s the background info

Artist: V/A
Album: The secret of the thirteen crystal skulls
Label: Tip. World

Track 1. And so it beginns. It being somekind of distant, but approaching heavenly wave. Simple, soft, yet interesting kick intervines the intro. A little later some other bits of data are thrown in. Track keeps on being undancable, which is just fine for me, since I find this the true essence of music. It’s clearly made to sound good, not just to work good on the dancefloor. Suddenly familiar sample from “The Mystery Of The Thirteen Crystal Skulls” is thrown in, another follows a few seconds later. Then it’s time to dance. Kick becomes strong, finger picked guitar is doing the rest. A flute? A little later the bassline backs everything up. Stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp. STOP! Just for a little while, cause this is the part. The Part? Yes! It’s the part! Still following me? Guess not, well you might, once you listen to it. Then that “hey this is actually psychedelic” thingy hits me. Well, the track sure is 100% joy. The hidden complexity is just beautiful and only highly concentrated mind will find it. Being high just might also do the trick, though it’s not necessary.

Track 2. It’s the 80’s. That’s what the beginning makes me feel like. True 80’s synth pop beginning. Then something, that tries to, yet in my opinion fails to, recreate the psychedelic athmosphere is mixed in. Will the psychedelic athmosphere be gone for good? Doubt it. At 2 minute mark it feels like that monster “bpm + bassline” combination is about to hit us. Suprisingly, it’s not as monstrous as expected. Still a few minutes later it feels like something huge is about to come. Oh, then, somewhere I realize what it’s all about. Once again, it’s not made for dance floor, but it’s the incarnation of psychedelia, that many though was gone for ever. Beautiful flute ends the track.

Track 3. Everything goes nicely, until a certain sample can be heard. A sample that has absolutely nothing to do with the theme of this compilation. I just wonder why the hell there’s a sample about LSD in this track? Do LSD and Crystal Skulls have something incommon? I don’t think so! Well this track fits this compilation like a dick fits a male’s ass, it’s just simply wrong! Big mistake by Tip World to include this track!

Track 4. After the huge dissapointment of track 3 I was expecting this one to be even worse. Why? Cause I’m just prejudice on Astrix’s material and felt so strong on track 3. So anyways, this morning when I was waiting for my bus at the bus stop around 7 o’clock in the mornining. It’s –22 degrees celsius, and I’m not even noticing the coldness. So this track is playing, and yes I admit, I assumed there was no way in hell that somebody would see me, I mean jesus christ, 7 o’clock saturday morning. So I was sort of like dancing. Actually more like 50% dancing and 50% standing, actually more than likely looking really cool. Shakeing a little, moving my hands, cigarette on my right hand, feeling so good, music playing really loud. So then I turn. There’s this maybe 50 yo dude behind me. He said something like “you sure seem to enjoy your music”, and I’m like “yep”, and blushing. So then this bizarre thing happens, there’s a sample “now that’s not supposed to happen”. Smiled because of this the whole day. This track is awesome. It’s pretty much made in the same style than 1st Revelation in “The Mystery of The Thirteen Crystal Skulls”. The ending is really fast though, atfirst I found it cheesy because of the fast bmp, but then realozed, that it just had to be like that.

Track 5. Listen to the beginning carefully. Sounds familiar? Yes, indeed! “Activate self destruct”. And so, the stomping beginns. Very Talamasca feeling, but no wait, something is different. When I started my “trance isn’t dead after all thread” this was the track that was playing at the time I made my discovery. I don’t know, this track just somehow has that 5-years-back-goa-feeling-thingy. Superb!

Track 6. Well here we go again. A perfect track! That voice, it’s so twisted I don’t even know if it’s a man or a woman. And that bassline! And that synth! And that atmosphere! Even the kick is nice! Nicey Nice, don’t know what to say..

Track 7. This is the thing I’ve been waiting for a long long time, a new track by Shpongle. A new track by the skygods, which all the samples in this album keep on referring to =). So, it’s all there, perfect bassline (I really mean perfect). Perfect percussions, perfect absofuckinglutely tight guitar solo, perfect flute, perfect synths, perfect everything! So they did it again? A new door to perfection? Nope! Why o why did they have to make this one a stomper too? Just like in the last Skulls sompilation, the beginning is perfection, then suddenly everything goes down. Well this time the ending isn’t that monotone, but more like a great classic Hallucinogen track, it’s actually fucking fabulous, but I want my Shpongle chilled, not stomped!

going to improve this review once I feel like it, maybe tomorrow..
final verdict will also follow later.. can't judge the album after a few spins.. gotta dig deeper..
          "The dinosaurs became extinct because they didn't have a space program."
- Larry Niven
IsraTrance Senior Member

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Posted : Feb 1, 2003 18:37
nice review buddy           ..."Be yourself, let your conscience guide you...
Follow your heart, not the people around you"
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Posted : Feb 1, 2003 20:04
yes, great review! can't wait to hear this... Talamasca's 5th Revelation is a great track
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Posted : Feb 1, 2003 20:46
great review man
Gilad Refael
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Posted : Feb 2, 2003 15:16
traveler: dude, you got a problem with bmp??!?
both revelations by shpongle are amazing! and the stomping parts just make it less boring imho

sputer: i disagree, great compilation and really worth waiting.
here's my lame attempt for a review:

1. amazing! great stuff from eat static. at first the tracks starts easy and flowing but yet, beaty ambient. after a while the stomping starts and the track gets more amazing
2. it starts nice and groovy, a little goaish (which is good) but still, with fresh sound. this track could be good but i feel that they didn't have material for 9:30 mins so they just filled up and passed the time - so the track is starting to lose point after a while.
3. no connection to the compilation, this only sounds like a sequal to AP's 2 albums from 2002 (not a compliment at all!).
4. now this is cool the start is great especially in the car where the speakers are all around the me, those panning effects are awsome. i was really surprised by astrix i thought this will be another "freestlye cafe" which i didn't really like. after some time, you get into the groove of the track even tho its kinda astrix-full-on. all in all, great funky piece
5. alright now i'm sure: i don't like talamasca music the production is nice and the track sounds profesional yet a little old school but, as i said: not my style
6. wow that's great stuff. full on music but it sure fits in this compilation. actually i don't really know what to say. just listen and enjoy
7. perfection. it starts as a nice shponglelic tune, very relaxed and cool. then comes a nice hallucinogen-ish part with great soundwork.

favs: 1,4,6,7 all in all, a must.           REHAB is for quitters
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Posted : Feb 2, 2003 18:07
Is this released?

How come everyone in this forum has at least half of the tracks featured in this compilation?           Toodaloo Motherfuckers!!!!!
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Posted : Feb 2, 2003 18:13
Really good review traveller, as always. Very funny story with the Astrix track

About this album, what I've heard so far, it seems just as good as the first one.           Ut ameris, amabilis esto.
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Posted : Feb 2, 2003 20:48
a very nice review by fr the tracks i enjoyed listening to all except one...A.P - 3rd revelation...with simply no connection with the 13 crystal skulls...n the track sounds like his earlier albums...n the same track ws released on Electronic High Alien project - L S D....? looks like T.I.P...made a big mistake..?           Anche Bamba.....Heroes don cume easy......!
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Posted : Feb 2, 2003 22:27
yep           ..."Be yourself, let your conscience guide you...
Follow your heart, not the people around you"
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Posted : Feb 4, 2003 08:33
here we go again
pretty nice compilation , even I expect for more...
the quality is high for the standard most of the tracks.
BUT the whole compil get boring very fast. don't know but I couldn't find it interesting after three listenings.

some tracks work good on the dance floor with great sound! but still not something that will make the crowd scream for it..imo
bottom line a bit boring , but very very high quality ! there are no many compilation with such a great quality and such a great concept!

non favorites ,the compil wasn't interesting my ears (specialy because of the expectation from those artists) ,but still very good material!
7.5/10 . pretty good purchase contemporarily.

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Posted : Feb 4, 2003 14:40
nice review. i want to hear this cd!!!           BOOM 2006
"the journey is the reward"
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Posted : Feb 4, 2003 15:15
hmmm i expected a bit more since the strenght of the first skulls, all in all a nice compilation, as said b4 here some trax don't really belong in this line up, feels like they just put on for filling, the alien project track is imo a pure ripp's the same track as on solstice electronic high 3 only with another intro how stupid do they think we are?? and it's not the firsts time that artists release the same track under a different name..a shame. My fav's are the eat static, 1200 mics and offcourse the shpongle trax.
Let's hope that Tip will get back on track soon...            ...the mind is like a doesn't work unless it's open...
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Posted : Feb 5, 2003 18:35
i too expected a bit more... but its a good a compilation anyway
the best here are Eat Static And Shpongle!           .ONE.
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Posted : Feb 10, 2003 21:48
as traveller saying....Astrix track is amazing
shpongle is a one hell of a killer guy that no word can explain this man.....!

great cd ! 8.5 / 10 (because its got melodic full-on inside hehehe )

BooM !
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