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Review: Origin Festival 2014 (Saturday – Sunday)

It’s 9.00 on Saturday morning and after much anticipation, we are on route to Origin Festival. It’s my first time so I can’t contain my excitement. I ask, “are we there yet?” about twenty times.  When we finally arrive at the beautiful Elandskloof in Helderstroom, I’m greeted by an awesome shaded camping spot, the lush forest and a little dam to enjoy later.

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Photo: Aumega Photography.
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We hurriedly pitch our tent, eager to hit the dancefloor. When we enter the jungle-like Beats Stage, Travisto is in the DJ box pumping his melodies. The vibe is infectious; Djs throw lilos into the crowd and everyone is smiling. Then the beat drops and I feel like I’ve finally come home.

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I’m chilling next to the dam with the other party-goers merrily soaking up the sun. Before I know it, the Spanish muso, Elrow‘s on stage for a special session featuring Toni Varga and De La Swing. I’m on the dance-floor jamming beneath the trees; and I’m in love with the festival already.

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Photo: Aumega Photography.

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We head for the Origin Floor, but I’m lured into the Chill Zone. I have a chance to admire Artescape‘s handywork. The décor is unbelievably beautiful (possibly the best I’ve seen all year) and the mountains are a magical backdrop.

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Photo: Aumega Photography.

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Psychedelic paradise calls out to me. I reach the dancefloor just as Bayawaka starts up the music, followed by Ryanosaurus and Renegade. Static Flow takes charge as the sun is setting and I’m in my happy place for sure. The Commercial Hippies ravage the dancefloor at 21.30, playing their killer Lark remix. The crowd’s sent into overdrive.

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Regan is up next. And although I’m loving the vibe, I decide to make a mission towards the Beats Stage again to watch Secret Cinema in action. I marvel at the LED light projections in the oak treas. The visuals are amazing. I bid a silent thank you to The ExtraDimensional Space Agency.

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Photo: Aumega Photography.

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Mid-night draws near and it’s time for Brazilian Digoa to rock the Origin Floor. He’s incredible in the Dj box and his killer set has people talking throughout the event.

All of a sudden, it’s two in the morning and things are getting quite dark. So I take a stroll to see what kind of storm Spekta is cooking up. Moments pass before Pete Bones gets behind the decks and elevates things to a whole new dimension. I’m blown away by his smooth techno style. The atmosphere is friendly and ecstatic, and stompers are responding well to his tracks. But I’m feeling tired, so I jam until my feet give in and decide it’s time for some shut-eye.

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Photo: Aumega Photography.

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I awake the next morning as Dala is finishing up. I hear his majestic tunes in the distance and shun myself for not being on the dancefloor. I grab breakfast on the way, fresh and ready for a Sunday session with Groove Addict.

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It’s a great morning workout, stomping in the sunshine. I almost lose track of time. But when 10.30 eventually rolls around, the excitement is indescribable as LOUD gets onto stage. The dynamic duo is greeted by the cheers of their die-hard fans. LOUD blasts beat after beat. And I am compelled as they play their new Afrika 101 track. I’m certain that this is bliss.

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Soon it’s Headroom‘s turn and HOT DAYUM, his beats are banging! Broken Toy doesn’t disappoint either. He gets behind the decks. spinning his epic Commercial Hippies “Dr. Rocket” remix for the first time, causing chaos on the dancefloor. Just when I think it can’t get any better, LOUD returns to end the party off on the highest of notes.

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I’m enjoying the experience so much, I don’t want it to end. When I finally do head home on Sunday evening, one thought resonates in my mind: “Origin, you know how to party!” Huge thanks to the organisers and everyone who made it happen.
See you all on the other side…

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Photo: Aumega Photography.

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Get psyked: Origin Festival 2014

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There is only one week to go until Origin Festival returns. So get yourself ready for a weekend full of psychedelic music, art and culture. Only 125 km from Cape Town, the lush green Elanskloof venue is home to fresh mountain streams and a magnificent forest open to explore. If a backdrop of towering mountains entices you, Origin is a journey you should embark upon.

 
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Photo: Aumega Photography.

 
Party-goers can expect only the best selection of psychedelic music, incredible international acts and outstanding production. The ExtraDimensional Space Agency has come all the way from the UK to create an LED show unlike anything Cape Town has seen before. Origin admits that this is their biggest lighting installation yet. This is great news for the night-owls among us.

 
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But the sunshine-loving stompers need not fret; Artescape will once again be bringing the festival to life in the Psychadelic Temple with top-class décor to aid an incredibly sensory experience on the dancefloor. And if the eye-candy Artescape created at Rezonance is any indication, we can expect nothing short of perfection.

 
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However important the visual elements are, the music remains the main attraction. Back-to-back acts from top-class Djs on not one, but two dancefloors ensures that there’s something for everyone, no matter what your taste is.

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On the Origin Floor, you can expect only the best psychedelic trance from groundbreaking international acts such as LOUD from Israel, Groove Addict from India, Ryanosaurus from Australia and DJ Digoa from Brazil. But let’s not forget our beloved locals Headroom, Broken Toy, The Commercial Hippies, Sad Paradise and Portal (to name a few) who will be bringing their beautiful beats into the mix.

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If you prefer something more laid-back, Origin’s Beats Stage is the place to be. Situated amongst the trees and right alongside the river and pool, it is there you can enjoy everything from funky techno to tech house to psybass and chillstep. Prepare your ears for the melodies of Secret Cinema from the Netherlands, and enjoy a special Origin session featuring Elrow from Spain in conjunction with Marc MayaToni Varga and De La Swing. One thing you can be sure of are the captivating tunes that will serenade the crowd all the way through.

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And to lure creative and contemplative souls, the Visionary Art Gallery will be open to marvel. Featuring acclaimed artists from South Africa and beyond, this is a fine opportunity to take a gander at authentic artistic talent, mid-party. The works of Aumega, Ed Babb, Oliver Barnett, Andriod Jones and Amanda Sage will be exhibited at the gallery.

There are only a few more days to go and quite frankly, we can’t wait.
Click here to buy your ticket online to avoid missing out.

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The DJ low-down.

Just to tantalise your taste-buds, here is the inside-scoop on one of the headlining acts for Origin 2014: LOUD.

Who are the brains behind such banging beats, you ask? Meet Israeli-born Kobi Toledano and Eitan Reiter. Together they’ve been producing original electronic music since 2006, blending old school elements with cutting-edge, new sounds. These guys don’t just adhere to formulas, they pave their musical way with originality and enthusiasm.

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Having collaborated with the likes of Union Jack, Hallucinogen, Son Kite, Astrix, Perfect Stranger, Shulman, Prometheus, Ace Ventura, Domestic and Shulman, LOUD has earned the respect of many lading musicians and producers.
When it comes to their beats, they share one simple philosophy: Play it LOUD!

Catch them live in the flesh at Origin this weekend. Find the lineup here.

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The following video is am 8-minute long documentary compiled by LOUD featuring a range of festivals they performed at during their summer tour in 2012, including Boom Festival and Ozora Festival.

 

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Listen to more on Soundcloud: LOUD.

 

See you at Origin!

 

 

PLAYLIST: Top 10 Local Psy Tracks

To celebrate the fact that Psyked in the City just reached 100 likes on Facebook, I put together a little something for you guys to blast at full volume.
Here are my Top 10 Favourite local tracks right now.
Just listen to all the psy talent we have in the Mother City.

10.

deliriant nexusFind Deliriant on Facebook. The name of this track doesn’t disappoint, it’s definitely high in energy! Things really kick off at around 0.40.

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protocultureFind Protoculture on Facebook. I like how fresh his tracks always sound, would be perfect for a morning stomp. And did you know he ranked in the DJ Mag’s TOP 100? Well done, SA.
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solar axisFind Solar Axis on Facebook, AKA the all talented Bruce Abrahamse. His pendulum remix with a psy twist is magic to my ears.

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Find Rubix Qube on Facebook. Loving the sounds of this one. BANGING.

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zeziaFind Zezia on Facebook. A cool remix of an Ace Ventura track. Liking it, a lot. Especially around 4.00.

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disco volanteFind Disco Volante on Facebook. I know that technically this is more of a mix than a track but I simply couldn’t leave it off my list.

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headroomFind HEADROOM on Facebook. Two of my favourite men, Headroom and Danalog. This track never gets old.

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feedbackFind Feedback on Facebook, AKA DEAN FUEL. So upbeat, so grooving.

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broken toyFind Broken Toy on Facebook. This Headroom remix is off the hoooook!

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stereotypeFind Stereo-type on Facebook. God damn, these guys are good! How bouncy is this? Definitely deserves to be number 1 today!

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LISTEN to: Astrix- Sex Styles

So basically, this track gives me multiple eargasms EVEYRYTIME I listen to it!
Astrix you bloody psy legend, you.

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Photo: Udit Nebhoria.

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Listen and enjoy. Perfect weekend vibes.

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 I really feel that we need to BRING ASTRIX BACK TO SOUTH AFRICA!


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Avi Shmailov- aka ASTRIX.

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FREE Download ASTRIX –   Trance For The Nation set.

Review: Labyrinth ALIVE.

On Saturday night I had the privilege of attending Labyrinth ALIVE.  As usual, the event was hosted at Trinity, which just so happens to be my all-time favourite place to stomp indoors.
So, what is there to love about  Labyrinth the end of the day? Aren’t all trance parties the same?

The answer is NO! Ask anyone who has attended a Labyrinth event; I’m positive they’ll agree, they are always extremely well organised, awesomely decorated and feature some of the best local and international psy artists to hit Cape Town. Although the queue at the door was rather long, once I entered the venue I knew that it was worth the wait. The music was pumping at full-force, people were getting wild and the visuals… Well, I think the photographs speak for themselves.

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Pics by Scott Rennie Photo.

As promised, party-goers were visually enticed with tanatalisingly trippy decor and stage design by LumiNOS Decor and Myles Design, as well as a live VJ display from Frank Latter Visuals.

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This time around, I was lucky enough to jam my feet off to Sub6,
the Israeli psy sensation all the way from Tele Viv.
His set articulated everything the event stood for, total liveliness and upbeat energy.

Sub6 LIVE @ Trinity.

Photo: Sub6 LIVE.

Find him on Facebook.
Follow him on Soundcloud. 

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Download his latest album Future Kids Material here.
 
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The killer lineup also included DJs: Danalog, Stereotype, Feedback and HEADROOM and an insane closing set from Deliriant. The dancefloor was vibrant and buzzing with stomping feet, swaying hips and many smiling faces, all the way through.
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Thanks to all who were involved, it was a definite success.
Psyked for the next one!
Special thanks to Labyrinth and HYPE MEDIA!
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View all the photo’s from the event here.
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Did you miss out on the fun or do you just want to excite your ears one more time?
Whatever the reason, listen to the DJs here.


A personal favourite.

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MID-WEEK PSYK: Equinox Experience TONIGHT

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Some of us just can’t wait until weekend. But that’s okay. Escape on the progressive express tonight with Equinox Experience. Destination: Psychedelica.

Who said you have to wait until Friday?
Wednesday nights at Fiction always help ease the mid-week blues.

What’s the cost?

FREE before 10 p.m (so get there early) and only R50 thereafter.
Doors open at 9.

Drink specials?

Until 10.

Why does everyone love the Equinox Experience?

Some say because of the kick-ass sound system or the 21-and-over policy to keep the kiddiewinks out. Others come for the “hot trance betties” and free entrance. But, let’s get real. What we really come for is a good jam, a mind-blowing stomping experience to help you detach from the day-to-day bullsh*t.

Close your eyes and lose yourself in the music.

THE LINE-UP?
(10-07-2013)

22:00  Nekst

00:00 Humerous

01:30  SiLo

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Find out all the details HERE.

Get Psyked with Equinox Experience.

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Listen to SiLo on Soundcloud.


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Listen to Humerous  on Soundcloud.

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View the pics from last Equinox Wednesday HERE.

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