New chill-out/downbeat release from Candyflip Records. A couple first reviews below : Candyflip Records in Greece is out with a new album, this time going a relaxed direction. Here we get the debut album by an artist called Kukan Dub Lagan, which is Itay Berger based in Tel Aviv, Israel. This guy has been djing quite a lot around the world, but it seems like he has slowed down a little to make this chill out album. Very positive album title, and Iâ€™m sure some of these tracks will make you happy too. The first track leads us right into a beautiful, floating, atmospheric vibe. We also get a quite happy melody and relaxing, dubby sounds and beats. Chilled psychedelic dub. A nice floating start on the album. Track 2 goes deeper into the dub soundscapes, but keeps a light vibe, with beautiful melodies and sounds. This one sounds more like reggae dub, with reggae inspired voice samples, sounds etc. Track 3 goes back to a more floating vibe again. The sounds we get in these tracks are really beautiful. Here we also get a playful bass, mystic voice samples and some kicking, slow, beats. Track 4 continues the reggae inspired dub. Echoing sounds and voice samples done in a psychedelic way. You also get some smoked out dubby beats and a happy, weird vibe through the entire track. One of my favourite tracks on this album. Track 5 starts in a bit funny way, with some sounds that reminds me of the speakers at an airport or something. Then some heavy, dubby beats start working through the track, going in a very pleasant tempo to the end. Track 6 starts with an even weirder sound and heavier beats. Here we get more reggae influences too, and the beat goes over to an almost danceable down tempo rhythm. In my ears, this track is a bit over the top when it comes to reggae influences and I find the melody in this one a bit simple and nagging. Track 7 has a bit weird start too and sounds a bit like when I played on my Casio keyboard as a child. But, he adds some bass, a down tempo beat and more playful sounds, so the track actually becomes quite enjoyable. Not among my favourites on this album. Track 8 has some really cool, fat beats that remind me a bit of the big beat genre, but this one goes a more dubby direction. You get a tired reggae voice sample in this one too. Another favourite on this album. Dub that make you happy and relaxed. Track 9 goes a bit more experimental. A bit weirder sound picture with a more psychedelic vibe and quite a lot of variation. Track 10 has a bit more dramatic sound, with a relaxed down tempo beat, a floating background and several mystic voice samples etc. The last track on this album goes much more melancholic. Very beautiful sound picture, with great variation of sounds and melodies and totally relaxed down tempo beats. Definitely the best track on this album in my opinion. Kukan Dub Lagan might be a very strange name you have never heard of before, but you should definitely check it out if you want to hear something different. You get a quite unusual style in this album, with mostly dubby tracks going a different direction than most other dub being released around the world. PKS (trance.net, NO) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - First of all, Id like to say that I feel very happy for writing this review. Its been a long waiting album for me and I just received it!! I have to say that I am impressed from the quality of Itays sound and for sure it will be something new in the downbeat/chill scene with these vibes and great ,melodies that Kukan has represented. Now lets move to the review of the tracks # 1 Life Is Nice, nice intro, with some atmospheric sounds nad pads. Together with the drums, we are getting the kukans melodies which are so great and unigue. From the very 1st track we can listen to the quality that this album delivers. Clean and sharp. Good energy in this one. "How long have u been writing electronicaaaaa". # 2 Saiko Dub Some dub vocals with the usual pattern of the dub structure have been combined for this one. What a start bytheway!!! Heavy shit, but with Itays melodies tracks is been kept alive and groovy. # 3 Pink The Floyd, This one starts a bit moody in this one. Some words and then here comes the kick drums with a nice vibe but still keep you down there, not letting your happy side loose. I guess that was the track meant for. 2:30 we face a 4/4 beat with some new sounds and percussions. Always fall of drums and percussions. Some good trippy sounds from the sides just to keep the mind busy. Cool track, very nice indeed. # 4 Roots Of Vibration, Itays melody, with nice fx on some dub lyrics. Nice choppering bro. You feel the vobe coming. Wooow, nice beat and a great show of skills of quality. Liked the guitar sound and the panning effect.. I cant imagine how this will be on a sound system or with headphones!!! What a journey. 3:47 basses coming. I like your basses bro. What a track, for sure one of my favorites from the album. # 5 Gandhi's Kick, Yeah!!! Some phat bass in this one. Delays do such a brilliant work man. Reverb also does a good job, already told u that Dubwise pattern. Good one, nice vibe. It mooved me! # 6 Defence Yourself Jha, Starts with a melody that is combined with some vocals and the bass that gives u the whole meaning of the track. A track that makes u feel that came froma raggae bands studio!!! I love those soundz at 3:00. Which go and go and on and on!!!! # 7 Shay-Yes-I, Again some melodies of Itays!! Yeaahhh! This is what makes u unique my friend. Long intro with some reverbed and delayed percussions and sounds and suddently at 2:37 a 4/4 beat with a kick that came to drive u to the rest of the tracks trip!! What a vibe on the 4th min and on. # 8 No Mon Control!!!, Yes... This one I remember it during its production time. Phat bass, with nice panning and delays. How much I enjoy delays!!! Some melodies again giving u the feeling of the real vibe and driving u towards the jopurney. 1:30 some drums added. A small break to capture the attention. A nice track again with some good energy and use of fxs! I like this sounds mannn Â¡weeee woooouuuÂ¡Â¨Â¡ hehehee So many sounds in one track and still it sounds so clean and crystal. Great man! # 9 Shinzon Romulan, Some scratching to start with. Reverse does a good job hehe... I like it and Im a lover of the OM boyz too What a great feedback they give. I like the mood of this track, make me wanna go a bit back. It reminds me of stuff. At 3:12 huge phat bass comes to shake some headz! Yeah, something like trip-hop-dub this one can be described. # 10 The Sound Of The Sword, Some dark intro that with some melody the darkness all of a suddent became light. It makes me feel like it is a soundtrack of a movie. Yeah man, for sure this track belongs to the soundtrack of a movie, Im sure that someone will use it for a monie or something... Its ooo great. Good one!!! I like it a lot # 11 And last but not least The Bells Of Burma. Intro of a track is the 1/3 of the whole track IMO. And yes itay u have succeded in that section in all of your tracks. Some nice atmosphere with some good pads and melods. Yeah man, this one reminds me trax of some artists that I had them up there in my list. This time, the track came from u man, and u know that I have u up there in my list with all those names that I was admiring (aes dana etc...) And yes, something is coming... wooow what a bassline!!!!! That was my review on this great album, I hope u enjoy it as much as i did, keep the good vibes coming Itay and good luck to your future plans CHP (Isratrance, CY) Check it out at : www.chaosunlimited.co.uk www.amboworld.com www.saikosounds.com www.psyshop.com www.trance-shop.com enjoy!