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Yab-Yum - Nocturnal Emissions (Peak Records 2006) CD

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Posted : Jan 5, 2007 01:42
Yab-Yum – Nocturnal Emissions

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Artist: Yab-Yum (Switzerland)
Title: Nocturnal Emissions
Format: CD (digipack)
Label: Peak Records (Switzerland)
Cat. #: PR011
Distribution: Arabesque
Date: December 2006

Track listing:

01. 07’41” Multiball
02. 07’04” Wou
03. 07’18” Labium
04. 08’42” Mind My Nipples
05. 07’21” Nocturnal Emissions
06. 07’53” Complaint
07. 07’32” Yodel
08. 08’17” Conjoint Twin Myslexia
09. 06’54” Disconnected
10. 07’48” Dr Ruthless

.m3u-playlist: (all tracks!)


Swissmade precision psytrance

After (what seems like) years of waiting and tons of internet hype, the debut album from Yab-Yum is finally a reality… Rooted deep in the Swiss Alps, Yab-Yum is the love-child of Swiss Peaksters Ajja S.F. Leu & Gaspard Besson. Since their first compilation track on Peaking In Tongues (Peak Records/2004) I’ve been a big fan of their raging mad psychedelia and I have followed the guys closely ever since… Every single track I’ve heard from their hands has been absolutely amazing and this is probably my most eagerly awaited debut album in 2006… Time to unleash those Nocturnal Emissions

Let me take you thru the tracks…

#01: Multiball [147 BPM]
We kick things into Yab-Yum mode with a smooth, subtle psytrance groover in the good old Peak tradition… This is the Mountain Dew of psytrance… Refreshing, misty, sweet, tasty and totally addictive… Squeaky synths, irregular rhythms, spiralling acid and wiggle-your-ass qualities… Not an epic smash, but good old-fashioned wholesome psy… Burp!

#02: Wou [147 BPM]
As with all Peak releases, we drift seamlessly into the next track – ensuring a smoother flow. On this opus, the guys dig out the old acid-machine and engage in some serious tweaking and knob-adjustment… Twirling, yet subtle acid-lines, alien sounds, driving psychedelic passages and nifty little melodies which are bubbling with life… Very shroomy and thus perfect for home listening despite the hefty BPM count. Nice!

#03: Labium [147 BPM]
The trip takes on a broader spectre next, and the beats are sharper, the acid-lines more dominant and the more dancefloor-orientated… The digital tribalism works like a charm and I really like the balance between the rich percussion and the seemingly enormous amount of acid… Smoky, rhythm-intense psytrance… Sweet!

#04: Mind My Nipples [148 BPM]
“Look, if I must change my ways at least let me do it my way – with technology. It’s time we tried my latest invention, the Mind Manipulation-O-Matic. It extracts unwanted thoughts and desires. I haven't tested it yet, but it should be perfectly safe. Just a bit of harmless brain alteration, that's all!” As the BPM count rises, the mood gets darker… This is the deepest, murkiest track thus far – without ever crossing over into boring, pretentious ‘darkpsy’. The acid is still flowing freely, the bass is kicking steadily and most important – the classic humorous Yab-Yum touch is all over the place. It’s a good laugh as much as it’s a trip-tool and a dancefloor bombshell. Awesome!

#05: Nocturnal Emissions [146 BPM]
“Good old-fashioned LSD in original and minty fresh flavours…You know, today’s world is almost frightingly complex. That’s why I use good old-fashioned LSD […] There’s a whole world inside my head underneath your spore!” The title track carries on in a very shroomy fashion with even crazier pitch-bends and even more deranged acid-leads… Think Derango meets Drumatik vs. Phyx – or something to that extend. Acid-soaked, funny and immensely trippy psychedelic trance… I’m totally digging it! =)

#06: Complaint [148 BPM]
“This is just a little something to keep you compliant. The usual dose for this sort of thing is two, three hundred milligrams, but I think with a big, strapping hybrid like yourself… Take it up to a couple of thousand!” After a sample from Blade: Trinity this track catapults us right into space with razorsharp synths, galloping rhythms and of course more flaring acid… The rhythm structure is interesting, the breakdown will send shock-waves thru the trancefloors and basically this track is all about havin’ it large (!)… Pure dancefloor napalm. Wikkid!

#07: Yodel [150 BPM]
And this is where it gets REALLY hardcore… The bassline is galloping away at an incredible, almost incomprehensible pace… But unlike dark, horror-trance this actually maintains a trippy edge making it somewhat enjoyable… Thumbs up for the very atmospheric, spooky and otherworldly atmosphere created here… But overall this is just too fast and too cluttering for my liking. Yikes!

#08: Conjoint Twin Myslexia [148 BPM]
“What I really wanna say is... Well, this may sound odd coming from a woman with a foetus sticking out of her head, but... You're all a bunch of freaks!” Remember that South Park episode with the woman with the dead foetus on her face? Conjoint twin myslexia is a rare medical condition which involves one half of Siamese twins passing away at birth, thus permanently attaching the corpse to the other one's head – and now it’s passed down in the psytrance annals as a wicked Yab-Yum track too… This is still a very fast track, though luckily not as hectic as the previous one… The marching rhythms are seasoned with a ton of oddball quirks, twists, turns and general mayhem… Pretty good track, though the track has way too many South Park samples… Something that got boring real fast back when PsySex first did it back in 2000. Ah well, several passages of this track still kicks ass!

#09: Disconnected [150 BPM]
“Thinking can be beautiful. Thinking can be profound, pure, clever, essence, so well articulated as to astound. Yet we can remember that we are not these ideas. We do not possess them, and they need not possess us!” The last upbeat track is another raging-fast, relentless destroyer… It starts off kinda mellow, but soon evolves into a proper beast… But this time it works much better for me – I’m totally soaked in by this epic blast riddled with Taoism… It makes for a very interesting mix and this is one of the few 150 BPM tracks I thoroughly enjoy… Cool! And remember kids… We are not God!

#10: Dr Ruthless [80 BPM]
Last track usually means freestyle – and this is no exception. This is Gasp & Ajja messing around in their studio stoned out of their minds… Weird, eerie and somewhat evil dub… Grotesque, murky and totally deep… Kinda like that sound you have inside your head whilst tripping your nuts off… Spooky spiritualism… Very interesting, trippy and unique - and a fine way to end the album.

In my book Peak Records equals quality. I’ve liked every single release from these Swiss nutters. And this 12th release, the debut album from Yab-Yum, is another quality release. My expectations prior this were huge – and for the most part they were met. Flow wise this album works like a charm – it’s one continuous, slightly mixed trip which ensures a safe passage from start to finish. There are not bad tracks and lots of really great, stand-out tracks. Gaspard & Ajja are still my heroes.

With that being said, I must also say that a few of the tracks weren’t as amazing as I’d hoped for… Especially some of the faster ones, but I’m kinda picky when it comes to psytrance above the 150 BPM mark. I just had an Utopian dream, that maybe every single track would make me cream my pants. That wasn’t quite the case here – but we got close and for that I’m grateful.

The cover art is lovely as always with Peak Records – and Yab-Yum’s humorous take on psytrance shines thru nicely on the front cover with the guys trapped in their laptops. All in all, this is yet another solid Peak release – well up to par with the back catalogue. Recommended to anyone who’ve ever fell in love with a Yab-Yum track… I know we’re loads scattered around the world… We’re the Yab-Yum Army – and it’s gonna take a nation of millions to stop us! Enjoy!

Favourites: 2, 3, 4(!!), 5(!!), 6(!), 9


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IsraTrance Junior Member

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Posted : Jan 5, 2007 06:24
congratulations !!!!

Finally its out the long awaited album
from the best swiss folk&yodel band

what can i say i relaly like your work from day one on
and still really like the dust devil track

i just played two tracks on new years here in san francisco and what can i say ...
Yodel & Disconnected are two dancefloor monsters
guaranted to kick some dust in the air

all the best to the peak crew keep on rocking
the swiss alps

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Posted : Jan 5, 2007 08:34
super stuff , all tracks are brilliant ..
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Posted : Jan 5, 2007 17:43
Thanks for reviewing this DP!

WOW!! I haven't heard tracks this sick in a very long time, especially #6! My favorite tracks are 1(!), 2, 3, 5, 6(!!!), 8(!) & 9(!)

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Posted : Jan 5, 2007 19:15
top release...psychedelic sound onslaught and good humour involved..great!

honest review from the posture as ever;)

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Posted : Jan 5, 2007 23:17
Thanx for nice review DeathPosture

This is one of my favorite albums,thanx YAB YUM

Big respect to this Project.Cheers
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Posted : Jan 6, 2007 15:51
Awesome Music !

Keep eye on this Project

Im not surprised because PEAK is a fantastic label with killah artists in

thnx for this album ajja and gaspard !

          Hallucinated Neighbour / Silent Existence
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Posted : Jan 8, 2007 04:51
Cannot stop listening to this.
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Posted : Jan 8, 2007 12:02
Nice stuff!
I really like how energetic the tracks are, and how they evolve.
Nice rolling basslines as well!

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Posted : Jan 9, 2007 03:35
the album is good and will work on the dance floor.
really nice clean sound. but one thing is bothering me, all the tracks with the low basslines have some ringing frequency that is just driving me nuts after a while.

track 1, 3 ( very loud ringing frequency) ,7.

over all nice work. nice dark underground sound.
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Posted : Jan 9, 2007 19:55

I love this album, always play track in my sets from it and people really enjoy!

Nice4 production and groovy psychedelik sound!

Good job Ajja & Gaspard!

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Posted : Jan 15, 2007 00:41
all i can say is that this album is a masterpiece!!!
love           "Be the change you want to see in the world!"

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Posted : Jan 19, 2007 20:01
i was nicely surprised when i listen yab yum
good work you give here ,this sound is clean ,lot of ideas,nice story,and much psychedelic
IsraTrance Junior Member

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Posted : Jan 22, 2007 02:13
great release... yodels my fav great energy..

i hope someone books these guys on east coast!
Hyper Frequencies

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Posted : Jan 22, 2007 10:14
goooooooood album here!!
I like a lot of track inside....
congrat brother's!!

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