Splendid Beats Music and Thoughts by Crispy / Leave Trace
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For January 2011’s episode of Psilicon Dreams, my monthly mix for Digitally Imported’s Psychill channel, I decided to honor one of my favorite record lables, Ultimae Records, by crafting a set entirely of music from their vast catalog of powerful and well-crafted electronica. Nearly every episode of Psilicon Dreams has contained a track or two from Ultimae, and after a recent purchase of several of their newer releases, it was an easy choice to just go all in this round. This mix is but a wee sampling of their expansive catalog, so I can’t encourage you enough to do some exploring of your own. You seriously can’t go wrong with anything with their name on it.

And of course, what would a tribute to Ultimae be without a cover in their iconic style. It looks like they’ve changed it up for their most recent releases, but that heavy black letterbox look with abstract photography made for an instantly recognizable CD.

Like what you hear? Let me know! And don’t forget you can grab lots of other mixes from my downloads page. You can also subscribe to the Splendid Beats Podcast and never miss another splendid download!

Tune in every second Saturday at 9am US PST/12pm US EST/5pm UK/18:00 Central Europe to catch the newest episode of Psilicon Dreams.

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Download » Crispy - Psilicon Dreams 13 (January 2011) (1hr 14min, 170MB)

Tracklist ::
01. Sync24 – Memloop [purchase]
02. Solar Fields – Unite [purchase]
03. I Awake – Inferno [purchase]
04. Malik Trey – Sleepy Shadows [purchase]
05. Hol Baumann – Breathe [purchase]
06. H.U.V.A. Network – Indigo Room (Live Version) [purchase]
07. Sundial – Together, We Are? [purchase]
08. Scann-Tec – ASD [purchase]
09. Asura – Erase [purchase]
10. Cell Featuring Aes Dana – Switch Off [purchase]
11. Aes Dana – Heights [purchase]
12. Solar Fields – The Stones Are Not Too Busy [purchase]
13. Asura – Regenesis [purchase]

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On Saturday, December 18, 2010 Digitally Imported’s Psychill channel celebrated Winter Solstice with an all-day event including DJ sets by Morlack, ROX, DJ Shroom, Majah, AuroraX, Mixtress Bloodwing, and me. It was quite a journey of wintery vibes and a pleasure to make a contribution to.

Available here for download is my Winter Solstice set. It begins deep in a sublime soundscape, including the premier of a new ambient track from me (Leave Trace), and moves its way into a perfect solstice inspired psychill groove.

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Download » Crispy - DI.FM Psychill Winter Solistice 2010 (1hr 4min, 146MB)

Tracklist ::
01. Inanitas – Endless Hope [free download]
02. Leave Trace – Hear and Know [unreleased]
03. Solar Fields – Air Song (8 am Version) [purchase]
04. Mad Sheer Khan – Concrete Sunblock [purchase]
05. Tetarise – Great Grief [free download]
06. Perfect Blind – Surfacing [free download]
07. Kalpataru Tree – Prayer [purchase]
08. Aes Dana – Blossom [purchase]
09. Celtic Cross – Schwazz (Until Nothing Can Reach Us Mix) [purchase]
10. Son Kite – On Air (Midival Punditz mix) [purchase]
11. Cell – Body Temperature [purchase]

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Here it is… Psilicon Dreams 12, my monthly mix of psychedelic downtempo electronica for DI.FM’s Psychill channel, for November 2010. This mix marks the beginning of year 2 for Psilicon Dreams. Crazy… I’d have thought that I would have run out of great music to put in these monthly mixes by now, but I keep being amazed by how much awesome stuff is out there. I’ll keep mixing them as long as it keeps being easy to find the good stuff. When that becomes work, though, that’s when I pull the plug.

This month’s mix was inspired by a growing pile of glitchy/scratchy/squishy tunes that just don’t quite fit within the standard psychill cannon, so I decided to explore the outer edges of the genre, and give these tunes their proper moment of glory.

The track highlights are numerous this month. Starting it all off is the Logic Bomb’s opening track from the classic TIP World release, Twelve. I had kind of forgotten about this release, but now that it is back on my radar, I’m sure other tracks from it’s all star line-up of artists will appear in future mixes.

Following that is another piece from Eitan Reiter’s Places I Miss That I Haven’t Been To. I really love this album and will likely end up including most of it in my mixes. It reminds me a lot of the classics of mid-90s, with its melodic arpeggios and straightforward song construction. It definitely takes be back some a great time for electronica, while modernizing the sound.

Then there’s another Sun In Aquarius track from his Liquid Fix EP. For those of you keeping score at home, I do believe that ol’ Sunny has appeared the most times in all of my mixes. I just can’t get enough of his über-deep explorations of psychedelic bass music.

Jumping a head a few and you’ll get to a new one from Tipper off his absolutely stellar new album Broken Soul Jamboree. Tipper’s brand of hyper produced music is always a cut above most, but his downtempo explorations on this album are really on a whole other level. It’s a shame he doesn’t get more attention in the psychill world, as he’s easily one of the best in the biz.

Out of Tipper comes the opening track from Mr. Projectile’s 2003 release, Sinking. This track really exemplifies the atmospheric and emotional idm that he is so good at creating. This track was a constant in my dj sets when it first came out, and I’m glad to finally get it in a recorded set.

Moving on, I present to you another track from one of my recent favorite releases, Cloudcycle, from Mauxuam and Greg Hunter, with help from Master Margherita, Ishq, and Liguna Lustra. This track is darker than my usual flavor, but it just moves me. The distorted guitar, the perfect head-bobbin’ beat, and all the psychedelic fx make for a killer concoction. More please!

Then to close it all out, and leaving the set on a serious high note, is a track from Nagual Sound Experiment’s epic Invisible Movements release. If you like bass and dub and psychedelia and precision percussion programming, you need this album. I’ve been waiting years for the perfect set to drop this track, and Psilicon Dreams 12 is that set. It’s got an old rave feel, while still keeping all that energy under tight control.

Like what you hear? Let me know! And don’t forget you can grab all off the past Psilicon Dreams mixes from my downloads page. You can also subscribe to the Splendid Beats Podcast and never miss another splendid download!

Tune in every second Saturday at 9am US PST/12pm US EST/5pm UK/18:00 Central Europe to catch the newest episode.

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Download » Crispy - Psilicon Dreams 12 (November 2010) (1hr 13min, 166MB)

Tracklist ::
01. Logic Bomb – A
02. Eitan Reiter – Just Another Night (Part 2)
03. Krusseldorf – Boxing
04. Sun In Aquarius – Enigmatic Vibrations
05. Etnoscope – Floating Feeling [free download]
06. Disia – Phone Knot [free download]
07. Gel-Sol – Glade
08. Warp Technique – Nightbreak (Demba remix)
09. Tipper – Cinder Cone
10. Mr Projectile – You Need
11. Kilowatts – Deliriously
12. Leave Trace – Oh Wow [unreleased]
13. Nalepa – Blue
14. Mauxuam and Greg Hunter – Nimbus [free download]
15. Kalya Scintilla – InLakesh
16. Hibernation – The Littlest Computer
17. Nagual Sound Experiment – Hexorcism

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I recorded the November 2010 installment (episode 12) of Psilicon Dreams last night. This time around, I explored the grittier and glitchier edges of the psychill genre. There are some truly fantastic tracks in the mix, if you are into that sort of vibe. Tune in to DI.FM’s Psychill channel tomorrow (Saturday the 13th) at 9am US PST / 12pm US EST / 5pm UK / 18:00 Central Europe to catch its debut.

I’ll post the set here for download later in the weekend. You can also subscribe to the Splendid Beats podcast to ensure prompt delivery of the mix when I make it available.

More info at http://www.di.fm/calendar/event.php?event=23909.

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Thanks to everyone that participated in my comment post. I love knowing who’s out there digging what I love to do. 🙂 It looks like a Crispy psychill mix won the vote by a long shot, so I’ll be hard a work crafting up something extra special for you all in the coming days. I’ll send an email to all you commenters when the mix is available for download.

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Presenting Psilicon Dreams 11, my monthly mix of psychedelic downtempo electronica for DI.FM’s Psychill channel, for October 2010.

I really like how this mix turned out. Inspiration for the set came from the surprising realization that I had yet to feature Counted by Fünf D in a Psilicon Dreams mix. This track is one of my all-time favorite tunes, and certainly one of the finest pieces of psychill ever produced. So, setting the mood with the smooth, evolving flow of such a fine opening tune, I was extra particular in my selection duties.

Track 2 is a cut from Eitan Reiter’s new solo album, Places I Miss That I Haven’t Been To. I absolutely love this album, expect to hear more from it in future sets.

All tracks in the set are above average, but another particular highlight is All Things Passing by Kalpataru Tree, the title track from most recent self-released EP. It’s only $5… get it! When will a label be smart enough to pick up this guy? Someone in the DI.FM Psychill forum called his sound “cozy” and I couldn’t agree more. Big things are sure to be in his future.

Closing out the set, I’m particularly fond of the Shulman > Shulman > Celtic Cross > Hallucinogen block. It’s just pure psychedelic-chillout bliss. Shulman is a master of the genre, who started off as yet another Shpongle sound-alike, but has progressed into a force all his own. I usually steer away from mixing two tracks by the same artist, but this one couldn’t be avoided. The set commanded it and I who am I to argue with the set? As for Celtic Cross – Jade Gates (Beauty Knows No Pain Mix), I only included the end, ambient portion, as the first half was just a bit too energetic for the set. Don’t be surprised if it shows up in another set, though… it’s a fine piece of music. And it definitely pairs perfectly with Hallucinogen’s Angelic Particles (Remix), the hidden track on his seminal release, Twisted, from 1995. It’s still just as powerful and beautiful today as it was 15 years ago. Holy crap! Can you believe it’s been 15 years?!

For the artwork, it’s a celebration of the iterations my psy-babe hase been through over the year. Next month’s set will be the start of year 2 for Psilicon Dreams, so I figure that’s a good time to start with a new cover art theme.

Like what you hear? Let me know! And don’t forget you can grab all off the past Psilicon Dreams mixes from my downloads page. You can also subscribe to the Splendid Beats Podcast and never miss another splendid download!

Tune in every second Saturday at 9am US PST/12pm US EST/5pm UK/18:00 Central Europe to catch the newest episode.

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Download » Crispy - Psilicon Dreams 11 (October 2010) (1hr 20min, 183MB)

Tracklist ::
01. Fünf D – Counted
02. Eitan Reiter – See What I See, Hear What I Hear
03. Phasephour – Tetraphobia
04. Tor.ma In Dub – Higher
05. Kalpataru Tree – All Things Passing
06. Chronos & C.J. Catalizer – Spiral Clouds
07. Entheogenic – Level One
08. Freq – Aisha
09. Shulman – After Silence
10. Shulman – Staring at the Abyss
11. Celtic Cross – Jade Gates (Beauty Knows No Pain Mix)
12. Hallucinogen – Angelic Particles (Remix)

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I want to try a bit of an experiment to see who’s reading my blog. I know you are out there based on my webstats, but I know little else.

So let’s try this…. I will create an exclusive mix for everyone that comments on this post by October 31, 2010. In your comment, at the very least, tell me where in the world you are reading from and the kind of mix you’d prefer (Crispy chill, Crispy dance, or Leave Trace chill). After the 31st, I’ll tally the votes and mix a special set in the most requested style, then send out a special download URL for that set. It’s important that you use a valid email address in the comment form so I can get a hold of you.

This mix will never be posted for general download, so get in on the action and comment away!

I’m looking forward to knowing who’s out there. 🙂

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Now available for download is Psilicon Dreams 10, my monthly mix of psychedelic downtempo electronica for DI.FM’s Psychill channel, for September 2010. When I was sorting music for this month’s mix, I realized that I had two very solid themes running… energetic-and-melodic and super-deep-and-heady. Normally, I’d pick one or the other to flesh out a complete set, but this being the 10th mix in the series, I thought I’d work with both just for gits and shiggles. That makes number 10 a very bi-polar ride through the extremes of the psychill universe, with the first half representing the melodic side, before spelunking the hypnotic depths.

Like what you hear? Let me know! And don’t forget you can grab all off the past Psilicon Dreams mixes from my downloads page. You can also subscribe to the Splendid Beats Podcast and never miss another splendid download!

Tune in every second Saturday at 9am US PST/12pm US EST/5pm UK/18:00 Central Europe to catch the newest episode.

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Download » Crispy - Psilicon Dreams 10 (September 2010) (1hr 48min, 247MB)

Tracklist ::
01. Kuba – Keep Walking (feat. Michele Adamson)
02. Bluetech & Shulman – Midnight Bloom
03. LOUD – Beautiful Day (dub)
04. Bird of Prey – Electron Bridge (Twin Planets Mix) ftr. Tim Conrardy
05. Simon G – Night Shore Walk
06. Entheogenic – Ground Luminosity
07. Etnica – Funkadelica
08. Capsula – Myth
09. Evan Marc and Steve Hillage – Resurface (Phidelity Remix)
10. Aes Dana – Oxyd
11. The Omm Squad – Treasure Hunter
12. Deadbeat – Fixed Elections
13. Sun In Aquarius – The Deep Blue
14. Pitch Black featuring Tracy Z – Please Leave Quietly
15. Mauxuam and Greg Hunter – Morning Glory
16. Kalpataru Tree – Chasing Rainbows

(When possible, I link out to any free net releases that I’ve used in the set. If you like what you hear, follow the linked tracks, download them, and support the artists with your love!)

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The September 2010 installment (episode 10) of Psilicon Dreams has been locked and loaded. This bi-polar mix explores both the energetic-and-melodic and the deep-and-heady ends of the psychill spectrum. Tune in to DI.FM’s Psychill channel tomorrow (Saturday the 11th) at 9am US PST / 12pm US EST / 5pm UK / 18:00 Central Europe to catch its debut.

I’ll post the set here for download later in the weekend. You can also subscribe to the Splendid Beats podcast to ensure prompt delivery of the mix when I make it available.

More info at http://www.di.fm/calendar/event.php?event=22790.