Filteria - Heliopolis (Suntrip Records 2006) CD

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Filteria - Heliopolis

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Artist: Filteria (Sweden)
Title: Heliopolis
Format: CD (digipack/jewel case)
Label: Suntrip Records (France/Belgium)
Cat. #: SUNCD04
Distribution: Arabesque
Date: 10 February 2006

Track listing:

01. 08’27†Filteria – Unfiltered (Moon Remix)
02. 09’16†Filteria feat. Red Gravity – Speech Module
03. 10’01†Filteria - Reflected
04. 10’43†Filteria – Mind Expansion (Short Version)
05. 08’57†Filteria - Pyrogen
06. 08’42†Filteria – Rotate To Vibrate
07. 10’05†Crop Circles - Lunar Civilization (Filteria's Higher Remix)
08. 10’31†Filteria – Cloud Kingdom (Solar Fields Remix)

.m3u-playlist: http://tinyurl.com/m2d7s (all tracks!)

Review:

Ἡλίου πόλις

Swedish producer Jannis ‘Filteria’ Tzikas has fast become synonymous with the recent resurrection of modern goa trance. His first album Sky Input released in 2004 was a tornado of fresh air with its highly melodic, multilayered, climactic and cascading goa trance sound, whereas his output on the 2005 Suntrip Records compilation Apsara showed an even deeper, more edgy side to Filteria. And now the second album is ready, with the help of a few outside contributors… I’ve been drooling for this ever since it was announce and now it’s finally time to take another trip down Filteria Lane…

Let me take you thru the tracks…

#01: Filteria – Unfiltered (Moon Remix) [146 BPM]
“Can you tell us anything else about these artefacts? They are a kind of organic technology, limited energy, in other to achieve mobility they have to graft themselves onto another life form!†The opening track picks up right were Sky Input left off, and besides from the Crop Circles remix, this is perhaps the most evident Pleiadians-like track… It’s a huge cornucopia of flaring melodies, raging acid lines and more climaxes than I dare to count… In other words, this is more full-on than 700 Eskimo albums will ever be… Woow, what a start to the album – this is a marvellous track!

#02: Filteria feat. Red Gravity – Speech Module [144 BPM]
This track was made by Jannis in cahoots with some dude called Petrus Leo – and his touch really shines thru here. Somehow this reminds me much more off ancient masters like Transwave, The Infinity Project, Prana and so on… The melodies and the synth lines are less refined, and it appears every single melodic stab has been sugar coated… I never thought I’d heard myself say this, but this is too cheesy and I have a hard time coping with it… Yikes!

#03: Filteria – Reflected [145 BPM]
But luckily Jannis hasn’t lost it completely… Far from it in fact, as this has got to be one of the most interesting tracks here… What we get here is very refined goa trance that is as much as party track is it story telling… The full-on melodies are subtle, yet totally effective and we actually get passages without wall-to-wall screeching… The pitch changes and key changes are effective and I wouldn’t want it any other way… The evolution in this track is brilliant and this has got to be the most mature Filteria track to date… Awesome!

#04: Filteria – Mind Expansion (Short Version) [146 BPM]
Calling this ‘short’ must be the over-statement of the year (The long version is 15 minutes btw!)… Anyway, this is another sure fit party choon reminiscent of the full-on goa era of the nineties… The nostalgia is coming out the woodwork and this tune really takes me back to the golden age… Acid-ridden, driving, emotional goa trance – rich on so many levels… Synth galore! Guaranteed to tear ANY dancefloor apart… Wonderful!

#05: Filteria – Pyrogen [142 BPM]
And if you thought the previous track was old-school, just wait until you hear this… This is like a virtual time machine teleporting you back 10 years… Style wise, this is still very full-on, uplifting, bright goa trance drenched in acid stabs and 303s… And despite the ‘low’ BPM rating, this actually feels like one of the fastest tracks here, and I think it suffers a little from a too chaotic structure… Not a bad track at all, but I could have wished for a little more story telling here… But hey, still a pretty damn tasty choon…

#06: Filteria – Rotate To Vibrate [144 BPM]
The next track seems a little darker… Don’t get me wrong, this is still very much uplifting Filteria trance, but the bass seems just a tad more nocturnal here… Like the last track to be played before the sunrise… Flaring, raging multi-climactic melodies competing for the listeners attention and I can vividly imagine how overwhelming this track must sound under the influence… Not for the faith-hearted, but definitely for me… ;o)

#07: Crop Circles - Lunar Civilization (Filteria's Higher Remix) [147 BPM]
“Personally, I'm convinced that there must be many, many higher civilizations in this enormous and incredibly ancient universe of ours!†It’s no secret that Jannis has drawn heavily on Pleiadians for inspiration – and after the success of his first album, he even visited the EtnicaNet studios on Ibiza and created music… I’m guessing it’s that Etnica-link, that carved the opportunity for Jannis to remix one of the most timeless goa classics ever; Lunar Civilization by Crop Circles (Pleiadians + Lotus Omega). Messing with such a nostalgic track would usually be considered sacrilege, but if anyone could pull it off, it’s Jannis… The original track does sound a little dated after nine years, but with this remix Jannis has managed to update it with 2006 production techniques… And it sounds fresher than ever! A rich, colourful, kaleidoscopic testament to the fact that goa trance will never fade… Never!

#08: Filteria – Cloud Kingdom (Solar Fields Remix) [95 BPM]
And now for something completely new in Filteria terminology: A downbeat remix… Made by fellow Swede Magnus Birgersson, who is one of my fav’e Ultimae chill-out producers… And he sure doesn’t let me down here, with this electro-magnetic downbeat piece… It’s a hybrid of digital and organic sounds, which sends the mind wandering thru the cloud kingdom… Epic, static and totally peaceful… Magical!

My main gripe with Sky Input was the intensity level… When I reviewed it, I used an analogy from the American Beauty movie; ‘Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world I feel like I can't take it, like my heart's going to cave in!’… Basically, that’s still true… This *is* a very intense album it can be very overwhelming… But by now, you should know what you’re getting into when listening to a Filteria album… And with that in mind, this album is a little masterpiece in its own right…

It’s not exactly a quantum leap since the first album, but Jannis has indeed matured his sound in many aspects… Especially when it comes to story telling and structural improvements… Picking the best among the two albums is not an easy task, but if you point a gun at me, I’d say Heliopolis is slightly better… But they are both gargantuan albums in their own right!

The cover art by Ukiro is by far the coolest I’ve seen so far on Suntrip Records, and it pays homage to the classic Matsuri covers… It’s beautiful! All in all, this is an amazing album – there are no bad tracks here, and there are a handful of instant classics that kicks the shit out of everything full-on released since Sky Input… A benchmark album that will crack smiles in several years to come! It gets my highest recommendations! …Enjoy!

Favourites: 1(!!), 3(!!!), 4(!!), 5, 6, 7(!!), 8

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External links:
Filteria: http://www.filteria.com
Suntrip Records: http://www.suntriprecords.com
Discogs: http://www.discogs.com/release/600081
TranceShop: http://tinyurl.com/n9h6h
Beatspace: http://tinyurl.com/lvosw
Discobole: http://tinyurl.com/ov7jn
Psyshop: http://tinyurl.com/pnp3s
Chaos: http://tinyurl.com/pvyrk
Saiko: http://tinyurl.com/rg3su
Ajuca: http://tinyurl.com/r8r55
Juno: http://tinyurl.com/ngqu9
 

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My main gripe with Sky Input was the intensity level… When I reviewed it, I used an analogy from the American Beauty movie; ‘Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world I feel like I can't take it, like my heart's going to cave in!’… Basically, that’s still true… This *is* a very intense album it can be very overwhelming… But by now, you should know what you’re getting into when listening to a Filteria album… And with that in mind, this album is a little masterpiece in its own right…

It’s not exactly a quantum leap since the first album, but Jannis has indeed matured his sound in many aspects… Especially when it comes to story telling and structural improvements… Picking the best among the two albums is not an easy task, but if you point a gun at me, I’d say Heliopolis is slightly better… But they are both gargantuan albums in their own right!

Nice words...Indeed,great album but I like more the first :iwink:
 

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hmmmmm . . . . . .im not sure about this one yet. Although there are a couple of tracks that i do really like im not convinced by the rest, and the same goes for sky input. Sorry to say it but the tracks all sound the same, especially the melodies, he doesn't seem to have moved on in any way from the first album. He has obviously found a very specific method in his production that he loves to use but personally i think he neeeds to reflect a little and mix up and explore different approaches to production especially the structure of the tracks . . . . . .im bored of this album. Positive alchemists compilation - now theres a good collection of melodic trance with a 90's goa touch to it. Who knows maybe its one of those that grows on you and then you evbentually have a revelation and decide that its amazing. But i can't see that happening

thumbs half way down for me on this one
 
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