So much love for trance in all its forms. As a kid I got into the cheese trance stuff (Tune Up!, best of liquid dreams, alice deejay, various anthems), then Above and Beyond and Anjunabeats / Armin Van Buuren, then I got into the whole blog house / electro house scene. Last year I started digging around the roots of trance starting in Goa in the 80s and 90s and absolutely fell in love with what I found.
That dreamy hypnotic sound they zoned in on, finding it in all sorts of genres, is so unique and powerful. Eventually producers caught on and started making music in this style. The sound has a lot more in common with modern techno than what trance became. It also reminds me a lot of whats going on in the burner deep house scene, and the headier techno scenes. Around 1995 producers narrowed in on that supersaw hands up anthemic style, and the genre started to change dramatically. I like what it became too, but it’s a real shame that it came at the cost of the more delicate sound that dominated previously.
Celestial Object Goa 1983 -
Celestial Object Goa 90-92 -
Celestial Object Goa 94 -
Here’s a playlist of stuff I tracked down circa 90-95 -
I’ll buy just about any dance record made in the UK, US, Italy, or Germany between 89-94. Works like a charm.
I am finally seeing this sound come to prominence again in lo fi, techno, deep house, and experimental dance music and couldn’t be more excited.