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Review: Freaky Forest 2016

By Christina Schild

I usually dislike the practice of narrowing something down to a description of five words, but there is something comforting about the condensation when trying to review the experience of Freaky Forest. An experience that takes places annually over the last weekend of November in the Tsitsikamma woods, bringing all sorts of folks out of the woodworks for what is easily becoming South Africa’s best trance party – or at least that’s what the talk on the soft, jiving dance floor was.

So here are the five words I would use to describe Freaky, in some sort of an order – scent, dance, clarity, goodness and beauty.  Well, maybe some more order than I think.

Photo by Jess Rose Hendriksz
Photo by Jess Rose Hendriksz

This year, it was my sense of smell that was particularly heightened at the party – whether from the incense wafting around the dance floor and camp sites as I gallivanted through the treacherous pine forest, the wholesome cooking aromas of the various food stalls and private kitchens and then those earthy, good, natural smells. The scent of pine needles in the air, the mud squelching between my toes on the most fun Sunday I’ve had in a while, or the sweaty reminder from my fellow party-goers that we were in the middle of a forest dancing rhythmically to sublime beats and hadn’t washed in days. Come Sunday morning I think we were mostly all smelling more sweaty than sweet after the particularly mind-buzzing and gloriously lengthy set delivered by High Style, having followed the feet moving magic of both Ben and Jack Source the previous night. For the hi-tech fans, Ben delivered a sneaky track that had many of us grinning from ear to ear! Earlier, we were treated to the grooviness that Cripz and Floating Grooves emulated which got the bums moving until Phillipa came on – bringing the girl power to the floor and easing us into the night time slots. Continue reading Review: Freaky Forest 2016

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Win tickets for Earthdance Cape Town 2016

This year Earthdance International will be celebrating its 20 year anniversary. This year’s theme, Global Shift, signifies the beginning of a new era of deep peace-making and true environmental stewardship. Earthdance is one of many peace organisations, groups and projects that align with the International Day of Peace – 21 September. In this varied field of activist and public service groups, Earthdance combines music, community, social consciousness, support of charities and activism, asserting that peace is as much about living fully and thriving, as it is about protesting war. Continue reading Win tickets for Earthdance Cape Town 2016

New V/A Released by NANO RECORDS: A Taste of South African Psychedelics

Nano Records is proud to present ‘A Taste of South African Psychedelics.’ This special V/A is totally free for your listening pleasure and features 18 tracks (in WAV and MP3) from some of the finest psytrance producers in the country, as well as a PDF booklet showcasing extraordinary visionary artwork. Visit the website to download your copy for free. Also on offer is a limited edition Nano Records double CD from Psyshop. Continue reading New V/A Released by NANO RECORDS: A Taste of South African Psychedelics

Exclusive interview with Disco Volante: Melodies, groove and energy

Disco Volante is made up of Daniel Honor (aka Critical Mass) and Alex Inggs (aka Risky Business). Since inception in 2013, the act has continued to attract psytrance listeners far and near with their high-energy, powered by euphoric beats and melodic undertones. Signed by numerous labels including Global Army Music, PsynOpticz and Nexus Media, Disco Volante knows how to turn up the energy on dance-floors big and small. We’re psyked to welcome this dynamic duo to the line-up of our second collab event with Reboot on the 8th of July, DISCO DISCO, where we will be celebrating the release of their brand new album.

Disco Volante

PSYKED:
Hi guys! To start off let’s talk about your new EP, Clickbait. How long has it been in the making, and what kind of sound can we expect to hear from you guys this time round?  

DISCO VOLANTE:
Yes, we are adding the final touches to our new EP which we are expecting to release next month on Nexus Media. We can’t wait to showcase our fresh, new music! The last EP we released was in January 2015 so it has been quite some time. We have been working for months trying out different sounds and techniques, and our knowledge has grown quite a bit in the studio. Our new EP is definitely going back to our roots – the vision we had when we first started this project 3 years ago [which is] our interpretation of euphoric twilight/ full-on psy trance. You can expect loads of melodies, groove and energy on our new EP. We will be releasing the artwork and final track list during the next week or so.

PSYKED:
Will there be any more releases from Disco Volante coming out this year? 

DISCO VOLANTE:
Most definitely. We are writing loads of tracks for compilations on different labels (this is also why our EP has been so delayed). Our next release will be with our good friend DJ Ganeisha’s compilation Science of Music Vol 3. We also have more tracks on the way that will be coming out on other friends’ V/A’s including DJ Guapa Lee on Replicant Records and Chemo Boy through Global Army music. We’ll be announcing more soon. Continue reading Exclusive interview with Disco Volante: Melodies, groove and energy

#WinterVortex: Exclusive interview with Prefix

Prefix is the psychedelic project of John Vichos. Growing up in Johannesburg, then moving to Cape Town in 2014, Prefix was always musically charged. But it was only after DJing genres such as tech house, minimal and techno for a few years that he discovered his love for psytrance and techno could indeed be merged – and so, Prefix was born. His memorable stage presence and versatile style never fails to attract a crowd. This year, he will be making his debut performance at Vortex Trance Adventures – Phoenix Festival 2016.

prefix psytrance

PSYKED:
Hi John! Tell us about your ascent into psytrance – apparently you attended a festival in 2007 and that’s what got the ball rolling?

PREFIX:
To summarize, I had a buddy from Cape Town who I would see during December holidays when I would go travel to the coast from Johannesburg with my family. We would swap the music. Being from Cape Town with its exploding psychedelic culture, most of what he would share with me was psytrance. It became infectious, and eventually I had him take me to my first outdoor which was Earthdance Cape Town in 2007. It was the first time I had ever experienced music and a gathering with such effortless power; it was truly a gathering of tribes. That’s when I got bitten by the bug.

Continue reading #WinterVortex: Exclusive interview with Prefix

How to become a seasoned psytrance veteran

Are you hoping to attend your first-ever trance party in the near future? Maybe you’ve been around the block a couple of times but still don’t feel like you’ve earned your psychedelic colours.  Either way, these handy tips will help you cruise your way to psylebrity stardom in no time. *Please note that this post is satirical.

1. Plan your parties according to whether or not there will be material wristbands.

festival material wristband

Remember that the more wristbands you have, the more experienced and awesome you are. Brownie points if you carefully craft all your wristbands into a belt for your saddle bag.

2. Give unwarranted party advice to strangers.

party advice

This includes telling other festival goers to smile more, or attempting to rile up those whose body aren’t moving fast enough for your liking.

3. Forbid anyone from displaying any kind of grief for the duration of the party.

festival advice

It doesn’t matter what happens, you’ll deal with it later.

4. Offer a deep and meaningful quote about “living in the present” to anyone who asks you for the time.

time is illusion

5. Silently (or not so silently) criticise anyone who disagrees with your substance of choice.

you know nothing

6. Wear something that appropriates someone else’s culture just for the sake of it.

cultural appropriation bindi

And stand by your decision with conviction when people call you out for it. (Disclaimer warning: No, we’re not being serious).

7. Complain about how much better parties used to be in the “good old days.”

good old days

8. Act as the middle man in someone else’s drug deal.

drug deal chronic

You have so many connections. You’re so cool.

9. Critique at least one DJ for being too progressive for your taste.

i am so bored

10. Judge anyone who is wearing shoes.

barefoot earthing

Explain to them what earthing is, and why it’s so important.

11. Show off your tattoos to someone else who also has tattoos.

tattoo show offs

12. Brag about how you know the “organisers.”

I'm so cool

13. Envelop someone in a hug when they’re least expecting it. 

awkward hug

Preferably someone you’ve never met before.

14. Choose one spot on the dance-floor and occupy that spot religiously. Even if that means physically assaulting people who cross your path. 

wild dancing

Just close your eyes and feel the music, man.

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Win double tickets for Jungala Festival 2016

PsynOpticz Records is proud to welcome you back onto the forest floor for one of the season’s most anticipated events, Jungala Festival 2016. Since its inception, Jungala has continued to present its world-class productions without fail. This year’s instalment is no exception with a line-up featuring some of the globe’s hottest psychedelic talent including Ital, Stereo Plug, Eclipse Echoes, Pragmatix, Aho, Obliviant, Diksha, Justin Chaos, Psydeva, Synkronic, Heterogenisis and Nailik – as well as your favourite local acts (full line-up below).

Psyked in the City is giving away two tickets to the event. Keep reading for more info.

trance music South Africa Continue reading Win double tickets for Jungala Festival 2016