blowfish - puffed up (surreal audio)

traveller Dec 18, 2003

  1. traveller

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    Artist: Blowfish (Graham Wood & Tony Stapleton)

    Title: Puffed Up

    Label: Surreal Audio Recordings

    Release Date: December 2003

    Cat: SURR004CD

    Total Playtime: 76:52

    Genre: Psytrance

    Tracklist:
    01 Intro 00:59
    02 Cycles 06:56
    03 Active Compound 07:53
    04 Liquid Eyes 07:53
    05 Grey Tone 07:32
    06 Movin’ 05:15
    07 Scope 05:46
    08 Fat Controller 05:58
    09 Stoned 07:00
    10 Not The End 05:33
    11 Trumpetfishology 16:07






    Every self respecting trancer should recognize (and praise) the name “Graham Wood†for he was the co-founder of “The Infinity Project†which -as we all know- later morhped into TIP World. Back in the glory days of TIP when psychedelic trance was psychedelic trance and 303 leads were the shit Raja Ram, Simon Posford, Martin Freeland and Graham Wood along with the Total Eclipse gang were right in the middle of it. They are the dinosaurs!

    We all know what Simon, Raja and the others have lately been up to but no ones heard of Graham for quite some time. Well anyways here he is along with Tony Stapleton who apparently is quite known in the UK trance scene.

    As bizarre as it seems they’ve chosen the Finnish Surreal Audio Recordings to release their debut at. The artwork is, I’m looking for a word, ah different. Maybe half of it is done with Paintshop, the other half is hand drawn. The blowfish on the frontcover looks pretty twisted. The expression on its face is quite er, twisted.

    Name your poison. Full on? Progressive? Night? Morning? Downbeat? Ambient? Tech? Minimal? House? Breakbeat? Something else perhaps? Whatever the case as long as it’s electronic I’m pretty sure it's here. What’s the drink you never have? Tasted it once and almost puked, couldn’t even finnish the fucker. Mine is “Bloody Maryâ€. How retarded must you be to come up with such drink. I mean tabasco, pepper and salt, those are ment to be eaten not drinken. Well anyways my poison is here, but so is the Bloody Mary. I’m pretty sure the same thing will apply to you.

    We start from the dancefloor, stay there for six tunes or so, and then slowly find our way to the chill out. As much as say the last tune is a complete paradox of the first tune they still bear some similarities. You can hear that they’ve been made by the same guys in the same studio and the mastering guy has not changed either. The tricks (effects etc), no matter what the track is like, pretty much remain the same. Or well, lets say they play for the same team.

    So in a way it’s a complete journey. I however prefer the second part by a factor of “insert big number hereâ€. Then again I’m a chiller, always been and will always be.

    Atfirst I found this album a huge dissapointment. I guess I was expecting for a breed inbetween “Mystical Experiences†and “The Mystery Of The Yeti†with the whole 2003 mastering thingy. So to say the least my expectations were next to the Moon. That’s how high you have to travell before meeting them. But, well, the music isn’t bad. It’s nothing groudbreaking from another dimension, but it’s not bad either. It’s pretty good actually. Perhaps even a little more. One thing I have to say in favour of Blowfish is that they aren’t trying to be “Astrix†or “GMS†or “X-Dream†or “Hallucinogen†or “Shpongle†or whoever else that might be targeted by the cloners. They’re definetly doing their own thing, and the chilled tunes are fabulous!

    10/10 for the chilled tunes

    7/10 for the album
     
  2. Ozric

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    I totally have to go for that one!
    Seen him kicking off procedures in Samothraki and was waaay amazed by his set!(and Ian Ion's one now that it springs to mind!)
     
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    had the pleasure of playing with graham on sat 27th at the eq and can say he's a true gent and his music was spot on ;-)

    Andrew
     
  4. dj_duodenum

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    i just listened to this all the way through- top stuff.

    nice production, good basslines, very cool chillout tunes.

    i've been reading some very negative reviews, and i can understand if you're expecting oldschool goa or modern full-on. if, however, you choose to ignore your expectations, i think you'll be happy with this mature album.

    on to the "to buy" list it goes....
     
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    </div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (dj_duodenum @ Jan 9 2004, 09:46 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> i just listened to this all the way through- top stuff.

    nice production, good basslines, very cool chillout tunes.

    i've been reading some very negative reviews, and i can understand if you're expecting oldschool goa or modern full-on. if, however, you choose to ignore your expectations, i think you'll be happy with this mature album.

    on to the "to buy" list it goes.... [/quote:54d5e7fc8b]
    :dito: :dito:
    Me thinks ppl do not grade it much just because it is different! :no:
    But that's the way i like it! :Grin:
     
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    this is truly a corking cd - not pigeon holeable or even rabbit warrenable as anything in particular it is a quality piece of psychedelic music. there is nothing at all generic about it and while some of the full pace tunes are a bit too plodding for my taste track3 "would you like to know more?" is killer, and the chill tunes are phantastique! esp. the one with the quote - "but i could be anyone! -No. No you couldn't"

    :tongue1:

    ps - look out for an interview with Graham Wood soon on Psyreviews - if you have any qus you would like to ask him then post them here and i'll see what i can do.
     
  7. Ozric

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    CD is wairting for me at the store! :jump:

    Hey Ed! How's everything mate?
    Can ask him the playlist in Samo,no?!
     
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    hey Al :Smile3: i'm pretty good thanks! life continues and me along with it! how's you? been up to much?

    ...i didn't know graham played at samo - but will ask him what tunes he dropped for sure! :Wink3:

    take care mate
     
  9. Ozric

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    Am fine; partying wherever I can & still trying to find a job proper!
    GW played first or second during the opening day (before or after ian ion from koxbox; can't seem to remember).
    Both sets were amongst my favs! :sun:
     
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    ah yea - i have vague memories of seeing his name on the flyer floating back to me!

    so you didn't make it to korea then? never mind i'm sure the psy is better over here! :Wink3:
     
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    </div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (~ed~ @ Jan 22 2004, 07:33 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> ah yea - i have vague memories of seeing his name on the flyer floating back to me!

    so you didn't make it to korea then? never mind i'm sure the psy is better over here! :Wink3: [/quote:7c7e59339c]
    Nah, it was a bit of a let down really...well maybe;don't know but should have stayed in England really! Will start soon a new round of applications and see how it goes! At least I 've decided to avoid the bloody army service for the mo! :Wink3:
    Things are open... (get me a job in Southampton he he!)
     
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    yea right - fuck the army man :no:

    well you could join me in my latest job application - they have loads of vacancies and you get to drive around getting blasted listening to tunes all night.........pizza boy B)
     
  13. Ozric

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    MMM, plenty of sex opportunities there or so they say!! :lol1:
    (I 'll personally do the toping good mam! :smoke: )
     
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    why that's a damn fine tit m'am - er, i mean tip. thank you :Grin:
     
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    </div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (~ed~ @ Jan 22 2004, 07:53 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> why that's a damn fine tit m'am - er, i mean tip. thank you :Grin: [/quote:4b69102272]
    :lol: :lol:

    Works all the time doesn't it?!
     
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    </div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Ozric @ Jan 22 2004, 07:59 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> </div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (~ed~ @ Jan 22 2004, 07:53 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> why that's a damn fine tit m'am - er, i mean tip. thank you  :Grin: [/quote:ec3ec8913a]
    :lol: :lol:

    Works all the time doesn't it?! [/quote:ec3ec8913a]
    especially if she's playing crystal skulls 1 at the time :rolleyes:

    *puts coat on and stumbles off into the rain*

    :lol1:
     
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    She runs after:Excuse me good sir, my CD player is not working, can u fix it over a warm couple of tea then?!

    Am telling you I never get a treatment like this! :no:

    :lolsign:
     
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    any more opnions on this? it keeps getting better IMO. that track "stoned" is classic.
     
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    Garfield psy-punk

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    Thank you all, after reading this, I've bought this CD, without pre-listening! I like this album, it's not "easy-listening-mdma-dance-music"!
    Wow, the more often I listen to puffed up, the more I like it! Take a Trip and have a nice flight! :hehe:
     
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    Nice one Garf!Have to check Kiwa on the same label if you haven't already!

    Album is really engaging!
    Esp tune No 2 is amongst the best ones I 've listened to in a whole while! :punk:
     
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