FREQ album: strange attractors

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:Smile3: working hard as usual, I just wanted to say what an absolute pleasure it was to buy this :wub: fantastic cd :wub: . Having lost faith in a lot of the progressive releases this year, this has restored it!! We listened to it after Chichime :shrooms: , and oh boy did the hidden layers come out!! It's stunning, and shows the real difference between a good melody and a bad one

Go New Zealand!!! :wow:

sorry not to do a blow by blow account... but you will NOT be disappointed!!
Counting highly on that one!
Prog heaven! :sun:
its fantastic !!!

me likey ! :cool:

now, fingers crossed for the Voov festie !!

FREq – Strange Attractors


Format: CD
Artist: FREq
Title: Strange Atractors
Label: Iboga Records, Denmark
Cat. #: Iboga CD22
Year: 2004

Track listing:

01. 08’42†Carbon-based Lifeform
02. 10’11†Dreambody (Progressive Mix)
03. 08’06†Nurbs
04. 07’58†Strange Attractor
05. 09’09†Spacechanger
06. 08’32†Return to the Masters
07. 08’40†Awaken (Materialize)
08. 05’54†Bliss
09. 08’50†FREqTal (Zero One Edit)


“Full-on is fucking dead as... dead. Progressive, it's coming back in a big fucking way!â€

Oh yes, slightly rewritten Pulp Fiction sample… I know full-on isn’t dead – far from it…In fact, I luv full on! But damn, it’s been a good couple of months for progressive; Son Kite “Coloursâ€, Kooler “Open†and now this… Native-Kiwi-now-Aussie Aran Gallagher has been in the music biz for years making sweet little, progressive gems…And now Danish quality label Iboga Records has the honour of releasing his much awaited album... The hype leading up to this, his debut album release, was immense, so let’s find out if it was worth the hype…

Let me take you thru the tracks…

#01: First up is Carbon-Based Lifeform… A subtle, peaceful intro is quickly interrupted by a “lifeform†sample that is repeated numerous times throughout the track… More FX are added, and off we go… A very smooth, deep progressive bass leads the way of what turns out to be a sweet track! There is something very mellow about this track – The repeated samples and the Gregorian chanting just adds to the mellowness… Smooth!

#02: Kicks off with a sonic manipulated voice sample “dreambodyâ€â€¦ And soon the smooth, smooth FREq groove takes over, slowly developing this into a groove bomb! @ 2.25 there’s a break that continues to put my speakers to the test – it’s just so damn awesome that I have to come back to it again and again… After the super-sweet “climax†that track really takes off and it’s time to drink some magic monkey juice and take a trip to space-land… Superb!

#03: We launch straight into the groove on Nurbs (whatever the hell that is…) …At first it’s darker, heavier repeated beats, but it evolves into a lighter, more joyful piece towards the end… As many ppl have pointed out, FREq is a genius when it comes to having the melodies “communicate†and it really comes on strong in this track… Check it out, it’s so invigorating… Very lovely track, both for the dance floor and for trancing out at home with headphones… Brilliant!

#04: Ahhh, more instant FREq! The groove is present from the get-go on this title-track and you start bobbing your head instantly… Check out the very trippy digital drops + the HUGE build-up/break part @ 2.20 … Damn, I can’t wait until I get to hear that at a party on a big-ass sound system… The crowd will freak out to the phat, phat grooves! This shit is dope!

#05: Time for Spacechanger! After 3 blasting tracks, it’s time to chill out just a little bit… The pace is slower and the overall groove is somewhat more laid-back… But make no mistake about it; this is still very much a progressive trance track… I dig the tribal percussion work and the spaced out children’s samples well-hidden in the background… Nice track!

#06: ‘Return to the Masters’ was on the Iboga compilation “Puzzled†earlier this year, so chances are that you’ve heard it… Well, you should’ve ‘cause it’s a sweet track… Again FREq shows us how to make the different musical pieces ‘communicate’ in an intelligent way… Such a sophisticated use of stereo FX… I just luv how those tribal percussions ‘talk’ to each other… It’s deep, it’s mellow, it’s funky – it’s FREq!

#07: Why waste time with long, boring intros? FREq instantly hits the spot with this spacey tune… There is so much going on in this progressive stomper – the trademark ‘communication’ is again used wisely and the groove is phatter than ever… A succulent beat and the well-placed robot-samples and exquisite melodies just add to the lovely flavour that is Awaken… Yummy!

#08: And now we enter dub country… Strip off the beats, and you are left with FREq in its purest form… Deep, eerie atmospheric ambient with lovely little melodies, laid-back percussion and a sip of tribal world music… Lovely - pass the spliff!

#09: And now for the bonus track, made with Mr. Fractal Glider… Progressive meets psytrance… Oh yes, on this track we get the best of both, and it should convert even the most hardened prog-sceptic… Check out the sweet melodies, the twisted psychedelia and the overall groove created by two of the most talented trance producers on the southern hemisphere! ;o)


Pop-quiz: In which studio was this mastered? High-hat studios or Abbey Road? *sS* You guessed it – this has Son Kite written ALL over it – and that’s without looking in the liner notes! At no time does the BPM exceed 140, but I still can’t stop moving… The production is flawless (as always when Son Kite is turning the knobs), the sound is crispy and the cover is very nice and informative… Kudos to Iboga Records for releasing such a jewel! As mentioned above, this has been a great year for progressive trance and I really think that this album completes the Holy Progressive Trinity with Son Kite “Colours†and Kooler “Openâ€â€¦ If you liked those two, you do not want to be without this one! Stellar release, that was definitely worth the hype!

Damn, I look forward to seeing FREq live next Saturday in Løkken, Denmark… ;o)

Favourites: 1, 2(!), 3(!!), 4(!!), 5, 7(!), 9


External links:
Psyshop: (Audio samples available!)
Saiko Sounds:
Chaos Unlimited:

[Note: For info on the LP version, check out the Iboga website!]
:wow: :wow: :wow: what a great album indeed. Actually it's brilliant, my first proggy cd in ages. It's groovy, funky and typically psy :jump: Another great release from Iboga.

get on it :Wink3:
Only problem is not playing most of the tracks out in one set....... :unsure:
this one great best prog of this year buy far b lines to die for :bananada:
All the sentiments above are just too true :Smile3: If you liek progressive (and probably even if ya don't) buy this CD! :punk:
I hope its as good as they say..
love it! they certanly have a sound of their own. spacechanger is by far my favorite. the atmosphere is so thick i could live inside that tune.