Release date : February 27, 2020
Preorder link : https://laforgemusique.bandcamp.com/
A few months after the first instalment of our ‘Crysta Ampullaris’ V.A. series, we’re back for a second volume always with top-tier producers Reims has to offer and the will of showcasing their eclecticism. Good news, our little family has recently extended with the arrival of our dear trance-enthusiast Ayuji, whose first track ever appears at the end of this release.
Slowglide continues his journey through murky soundscapes and mid-tempo explorations, resulting in ‘Ego Death’, a bass-fueled kaleidoscopic trip to strange parcels of the unconscious. Exotic tones, screaming synths and heavy kick bursts progressively make the listener to drown himself into those introspective quicksands with no way out.
Taking inspirations from a large minimal background, Lebird supplied us with a high velocity tune driven by a perfect swing mastery and old school samples chopping. Somewhere between UKG and electro, well-named ‘Venturi’ showcases Lebird’s remarkable skills for dynamic twists and sound design, making it a smart tool to smash a dancefloor.
Terrible child Shonen Bat back at it again with ‘Fastglide’ (odd name choice, innit?), a futuristic high-octane joint that could become the perfect soundtrack for (real) hoverboards competitions to come. Bouncy drum programming, fast gliding bassline and moving synths melt together at some point, leading to a climax of pure euphoria.
Nigm’s offering to our symbolic divinity sounds like a sonic patchwork of reminiscent echoes from ancient lores. Like tales, musical parts are each taking us to different landscapes and eras of a same place, until the world collapses under gods’ distorted kicks and hardcore breakbeats in order for the emerge of a new one.
Lastly, rookie Ayuji’s golden touch provided us with a melodic masterpiece. ‘King Midas’ is a pure celestial gem, celebrating the golden days of early trance with a modern twist. Layers of piano, fairy choirs, glittering synths and crystal tones bring the listener to a total contemplative state as the 909 beats and the bassline grow in intensity. A perfect sunrise tune for sure.
1. Slowglide - Ego Death
2. Lebird - Venturi
3. Shonen Bat - Fastglide
4. Nigm - Hephaïstos
5. Ayuji - King Midas
Artwork by Nigm
Mastering by Lebird
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