Up what’s, ersfuck? Lewcome to the 5th installment of the Entranced Edition of Monday Morning muthafuckin’ Aural Sex! Guess what the fuck we’ll be hearing this week? Can ya? Can you decipher the boundlessly brilliant cleverness I displayed with that title?! Hmm?!?! That’s right, we’ll be hearing the most radio-friendly country jams one could ever scratch one’s nuts or noni to. And in other news, that’s a total fuckin’ lie. We’ve got trance, trance, and more (guess fuckin’ what?) trance! It’s mostly psytrance, progressive and poppier stuff (aka “dance”). I don’t plumb the depths of dance music all too often ‘cause most of it is just another EDM-ish flavor of pop, but there are a few gems scattered across the doody mountain.
As you may have noticed if you checked out the tracklist before you hit play, we’ve got a number of absolute classic tracks on this bitch. I was feelin’ nostalgic, okay? Fuckin’ sue me. We’ve got a bunch of new shit to look forward to, too. Shit that came out within the past month or two. There are also a handful of tracks that I’ve played on past Entranced editions along with some random gems hidden in my old Miscellaneous Fucktacularity editions from late 2014-early 2015. I know I’ve frequently gone on and on about the virtues of discovering new stuff, and it’s absolutely true, but the older stuff that I pick often deserves more than one solitary appearance on a random fuckhead’s podcast that you’ll never listen to.
I should also mention that I ventured into futurepop and synthwave territory for some of these picks. Frankly, I think they’re more alike than different, and that statement applies to music far and wide. It’s all there because it makes someone feel something, and as I’ve frequently said, genres are a fine way to gain an introductory understanding to certain types of music. When you listen to more and more of it, the lines blur, your horizons broaden, and life itself gets more fulfilling. Shit, music is one of the primary reasons I continue to draw breath on this planet, and I’m sure that’s true of many of you perverts, as well. Speaking of which, I have to say a couple more specific things about these tracks:
1. The track, “World Destruction,” by Chemical Mafia is actually a psytrance cover, and Chemical Mafia itself was just sort of a catchall name that Chemical Crew came up with to coincide with a sole compilation release called Mafia… I dunno. The label was full of awesome Israeli psytrance artists, but it’s been defunct since 2008. Anyway, the original World Destruction track came out in 1984, it was done by a group named Time Zone headed by Afrika Bambaataa, and it featured Johnny “Rotten” Lydon on vocals. The original’s been featured on shows like The Sopranos and Mr. Robot, and I think it was in the movie Bio-Dome, too. Awesome shit, awesome lyrics, check that shit the fuck out.
2. “Tears,” by BeForU is a track that I first heard on the rhythm game Dance Dance Revolution. BeForU was a Japanese pop group whose tracks were prominently featured in a slew of rhythm games developed by Bemani including Pop’n Music, Guitar Freaks, Drummania, beatmania, beatmania IIDX, and of course, Dance Dance Revolution. Interestingly enough, BeForU was produced by Naoki Maeda, who also contributed heavily to the Bemani songscape under myriad aliases. Seriously, the dude has like 20 or more at least. Same with his American counterpart, Kyle Ward, but I digress. The Tears track is credited to an artist named EK, which is an alias of Noria Shiraishi, one of the three original members of BeForU. I’ve loved just about every Noria track I’ve heard over the years, and unfortunately it seems that she’s no longer making music, so whatever’s there is all there is. Ah well. Sometimes shit just be like that.
3. The track called Colors (InPhase Mix) by dj TAKA, that’s another track that hardercore fans of the Bemani rhythm games will likely recognize. That remix was done by TaQ, another prominent artist in the Bemani games, though sadly not so much after 2010. It sucks that rhythm games fell so far out of style, ‘cause the music is still just as awesome as when I first heard it. I guess no game developer can sustain themselves solely on the revenue received from purely hardcore fans, and the casual, tourist gamers already had their fun, and they’re over it all now. I think the rhythm game trend suffered from oversaturation of the market, and most people just lost interest after shit got too complex. Again, ah well. Sometimes shit just be like that.
4. DHT, the same one-hit-wonder group who did a cover of the 80s track, “Listen To Your Heart,” by Roxette (which is on this edition, by the fucking way… the cover, not the original), they also did a track called, “Depressed.” That one’s waaaay down on the list, and only bearable for those of you willing to go to a dark place. The track is absolutely beautiful, but the lyrics are haunting, and I can relate far too fuckin’ well. I think it was brave of this group to do a track like that, tackling such serious subject matter on what was otherwise basically just a pop/dance album. Anyway, listen to it if you want. It’s one of my all-time favorites, and it reminds me of a certain someone whom I continue to miss dearly.
5. The track called, “Ievan Polkka,” by Loituma (and remixed by Basshunter) was included ‘cause goddamn, it just puts me in such a great mood. It’s damn near impossible to be depressed during that track ‘cause it’s so fuckin’ goofy and catchy. Most of you probably know it from the Leekspin meme, so you’ll probably dig the fuck and/or shit out of Basshunter’s version. I played it a few years ago on a Pervert Appreciation edition for my buddy Josh from LA. Tacos, tacos, tacos, fuckin’ Runyon Canyon, tacos, tacos, fuckin’ Toyota Prius.
Anyway, that’s about all the jawing I can think to do right now, so I’ma halt so we can commence ze yojne!
01 Black & White - Music Is A Place Of Home (from Frame By Frame) [00:04:24]
02 Impulse Wave - Fall To Dictators (from Find Your Harmony Vol. 1) [00:11:20]
03 Chemical Mafia - World Destruction (Time Zone cover) (from Mafia) [00:14:47]
04 Astral Projection - Humans Will Play For Robots (John Oofleming & Digital Blond Remix) (from The Blissdom EP (11th Anniversary Limited Edition)) [00:20:40]
05 Motorcycle - As The Rush Comes (Gabriel & Dresden Sweeping Strings Remix) (from As The Rush Comes) [00:29:25]
06 Gareth Emery - You’ll Be OK (feat. Annabel) (from You’ll Be OK) [00:39:55]
07 Aurosonic - In Euphoria We Rise (feat. Stine Grove) (Progressive Mix) (from In Euphoria We Rise) [00:43:20]
08 Fatum, Genix, Jaytech, Judah - All In (from All In) [00:51:48]
09 Infected Mushroom - I Wish (Skazi Remix) (from I Wish (Skazi Remix)) [00:55:20]
10 Mauro Picotto - Komodo (On Air Mix) (from Best of Trance Vol. 2) [01:03:08]