Splendid Beats Music and Thoughts by Crispy / Leave Trace
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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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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!

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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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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!

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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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Here’s the June 2010 installment of Psilicon Dreams, my monthly mix of psychedelic downtempo electronica for DI.FM’s Psychill channel. For this month, I’ve assembled a solid set of psybient masterpieces. Highlights include a brand new cut from Phutureprimitive, a forgotten favorite from Infected Mushroom (that happens to mix perfectly with said Phutureprimitive track), and one of Ott’s best to end the set on a high note.

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Download » Crispy - Psilicon Dreams 8 (June 2010) (1hr 16min, 175MB)

Tracklist ::
01. Lauge & Baba Gnohm – Structures
02. Kick Bong – Pure Love
03. Rena Jones – Helix (EVAC remix)
04. Cell – Risky Nap Under the Blue Tree
05. Androcell – Vital Signs
06. Cord – Zodiac
07. Phutureprimitive – Burn feat. Alyssa Palmer (Phutureprimitive Rmx)
08. Infected Mushroom – Drop Out
09. Liquid Soul – The Ritual (Lenny Ibizarre Remix)
10. Tripswitch – Exiled
11. Entheogenic – Absolute Love
12. Unstable Elements – Seasons
13. Ott – A Shower of Sparks

(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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Huzzah! It’s now even easier to keep on top of my Psilicon Dreams and other various mixes/downloads. The Splendid Beats Podcast is now live. Grab the feed from here, and automagically get my latest mixes as I post them. Ain’t technology grand?

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Here’s the May 2010 installment of Psilicon Dreams, my monthly mix of psychedelic downtempo electronica for DI.FM’s Psychill channel. This mix spends the first half in a deep, mellow vibe, then moves into a dubbed-out groove, and finishes with the lovely heights of Kuba’s “Cruze 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!

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Download » Crispy - Psilicon Dreams 7 (May 2010) (1hr 25min, 195MB)

Tracklist ::
01. The Omm Squad – Lost Land
02. Stress Assassin – Montecristo
03. Krill.Minima – Wie Die Wolken Zieht Auch Der Tag Vorbei
04. Cell – Calling
05. Planet Boelex – Leaving Quietly
06. Tara Putra – Sad Cosmos
07. I Awake – Rebreath
08. Terra Nine – Axiom (The Omm Squad In Dub Remix)
09. Realm – Mad Wandering
10. Mauxuam – After B4
11. Bluetech – Abandon All Cities
12. Warp Technique – Wonderland
13. Ooze – Get It Done
14. Eat Static – Caridwen
15. Lauge & Baba Gnohm – Structures
16. Kuba – Cruze Control

(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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Download :: Leave Trace & John Ames - Live at Kinetic 4 / Chillography 204

This set was recorded live in the in Chillography Downtempo Dinosaur room at Kinetic 4 at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, WA on April 3, 2010. John and I performed under the short-lived name of “A Delicate Moment”, which was quickly killed for being at bit too precious of a name. Band names are hard! Beats and textures by me, Leave Trace, and cello by John Ames.

And here’s some video of the performance:

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Here’s the April 2010 installment of Psilicon Dreams, my monthly mix of psychedelic downtempo electronica for DI.FM’s Psychill channel. For this mix, I spelunked the bassier depths of psychill and finished it off with a couple lovely beatless tracks to help send you off peacefully in to dreamland.

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Download » Crispy - Psilicon Dreams 6 (April 2010) (1hr 28min, 202MB)

Tracklist ::
01. Xerxes – One-Oh-Three (Timeless Edit)
02. Master Margherita – Super Dry
03. Sun In Aquarius – Birds of Prey
04. Androcell – Neurosomatic Circuit (Brain Waves Mix)
05. Ambientium – The Balance
06. Cell – Hanging Masses
07. Kuba – Life’s A Beautiful Beach
08. Squiddhartha – Aight (Balearic Disco Edit)
09. Green Nuns On Ice – The British Are ‘Avin A Laugh
10. Cosmic Fools – Bohemian Atmosphere
11. Solar Fields – The Stones Are Not Too Busy
12. Sync24 – From A to A
13. Evan Bartholomew – Reborn, We Fluctuate And Fade

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Here’s the March 2010 installment of Psilicon Dreams, my monthly mix of psychedelic downtempo electronica for DI.FM’s Psychill channel. For this mix, I crossed all sorts of genre borders and included psybient, IDM, dubstep, downtempo, psydub, glitch, and a dash of ambient and sloa goa. I’m rather fond of this mix as it feels cohesive, yet covers so much psychill ground.

What do you think? Leave a comment with your thoughts on this amount of genre blending in one set.

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Download » Crispy - Psilicon Dreams 5 (March 2010) (1hr 30min, 206MB)

Tracklist ::
I Awake – Journey
Capsula – Salviationa
Chronos & C.J. Catalizer – 4 am
Bad Loop – Pinta
Soliquid – Irreversible
Yggdrasil – Amazing Gnejs
SeaMoon – Pink Elephants
Sun In Aquarius – Riders on the Storm
Heyoka – Bubble
edIT – Laundry
Shulman – Odd Reflections
Vibrasphere – Late Winter Storms
Western Rebel Alliance – Spaniard
Younger Brother – Bedtime Story

(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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