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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.

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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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