Tegma - Around The World In 80 Minutes (Tribal Vision 2006) CD

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Tegma - Around The World In 80 Minutes



Hi-res cover: front

Artist: Tegma (Sweden)
Title: Around The World In 80 Minutes
Format: CD (jewel case w/10 page color booklet + DJ slip)
Label: Tribal Vision Records (Czech Republic)
Cat. #: TVRCD008
Distribution: Psyshop.net
Date: 27 March 2006

Track listing:

01. 09’41†Our World
02. 08’08†Desert Tale
03. 09’08†El Mariachi
04. 09’26†Tribal Dancer
05. 02’09†Intermezzo
06. 09’11†Drums Of Africa
07. 09’38†A Night In Cairo
08. 10’13†I Wanna Be A Robostar
09. 11’06†Spooked

Review:

Multiple audio orgasms…

Omar Chelly and Jason Orfanidis from Malmø, Sweden have their third album out… The first one, Encoded/Decoded, was released in 2002 by Digital Structures – and despite repeated attempts I never really got into it… The second one though, 002: Avant.Garde, (released by Candyflip in 2005) was an absolute blast, and with its rich, versatile style of hybrid trance it was one of the best albums of 2005… So yeah, I’ve been looking VERY much forward to this, their third album, which is released by one of my fav’e proggy/crossover labels: Tribal Vision from the Czech Republic… This can *only* be good…

Let me take you thru the tracks…

#01: Our World [133 BPM]
“The world is changed, I feel it in the water, I feel it in the air, I smell it in the air!†The opening track was originally supposed to be an ambient intro but turned into a dance tune… What we get here is a typical Tegma hybrid of epic trance with female singing combined with sharp, metallic electro-hisses - rounded up by a very groovy rhythm section… The Galadriel samples from LOTR have been used before, but it doesn’t matter – they fit this gorgeous track perfectly… An amazing track!

#02: Desert Tale [134 BPM]
On a trip to Egypt the guys met a certain Paul El-Younani who introduced them to classic Arabic music and recorded some samples for them… They are used in this track, which is destined to kick up some dancefloor desert dust… Cruising at a comfortable speed, this is ethno-flavoured progressive trance not unlike recent Juno Reactor material… The melodic leads are simply gorgeous and the native chanting sends shivers down my spine… Brilliant!

#03: El Mariachi [134 BPM]
Continuing the trip around the world, the guys turn their focus to Mexico from where inspiration for this tune was found… This track is slightly deeper than its predecessors and the Mexican link isn’t as evident as the African was… In fact, this sounds more Middle Eastern… But who cares, this is more brilliant trance that fuses deep, hypnotic electro-ridden trance with lush world beats + strings and a couple of uplifting, Sasha-like melodic pads… Another distinct Tegma hybrid of VERY high quality… I’m amazed!

#04: Tribal Dancer [135 BPM]
This track is made from a loop which was originally made for a gig in Germany. It proved so nice that it was developed into a full track – and as the title suggest, this starts out as a tribal stomp-fest – and in keeping with the Tegma-dogma it eventually turns into a hard-hitting, fast-paced hybrid of different genres… Electro-soaked world beats with a technoid twist – or something like that! The bassline is maybe a little predictable at times, but generally this is another extremely well-produced piece of audio bliss… There’s never a dull moment and I’m so impressed by the sheer level of progression here. I mean those lyrics and the melancholy strings… Simply amazing! Versatility if there ever was versatility!

#05: Intermezzo
This short transition track was actually the intro to Desert Tale, but the guys decided it was time for a short break… Basically it’s lush tribal vibes and plush ethno world sounds… Very nice and deeply atmospheric… It’s a shame it’s so short though…

#06: Drums Of Africa [136 BPM]
“African music. Try to capture the spirit of African music. African music comes from a much deeper understanding of what music is!†This is a tribute to the ancient drummers of Africa and their impact on music worldwide… Not surprisingly this track has a very impressive array of percussion – it’s packed with drums! Etnoscope meets Safri Duo meets Juno Reactor meets Wizzy Noise meets The Chemical Brothers… The electro influences are still very evident and basically this is a tranced-up stomp-fest of gargantuan dimensions… I cannot even begin to count the layers here…Wow! Un-fucking-believable!

#07: A Night In Cairo [132 BPM]
This is another track that was conceived from a live loop. This one was made for a gig in Russia and eventually turned into this track… After a lengthy intro we’re exposed to a subtle, yet totally kicking bassline that’s accompanied by tribal percussion + more ethnic chanting and acoustic guitars… This sounds like the lost track from Juno Reactor’s Shango album – and that’s meant as a compliment rather than an accusation of plagiarism… Another VERY lush track that sounds more like ‘music’ than ‘electronic music’… Sweet!

#08: I Wanna Be A Robostar [134 BPM]
This track is described as a tribute to the robots, and with Kraftwerk-inspired synth-exploration this is easily the most electric track off the album… Obviously we get a lot of technoid sequencing and electro bits here, but also a lot of organic sounding FX… Organic tech-trance? I think that’s the first time I’ve ever described a track like that, but then again, Tegma is very unique… Totally deep and totally pounding… Hell yeah – rocking out with the robots is a trippy adventure…Oh, and I wanna be a robostar too!

#09: Spooked [130 BPM]
The final tune is another piece that started out as a loop and eventually turned into a full track with the inclusion of 80es style drums… And yeah, this is retro-trance which will instantly teleport you 20 years back in time… Analogue Tegmafied synthpop! Edgy, daring and totally funky… Maybe not the best track here, but what it lacks in dance ability it makes up for in uniqueness… Audio wizardry! And before you know it, the journey is over – ending in exactly like it started… The album come full circle much like Son Kite’s Colours album… Lovely!

Holy fucking shanti on a pogo stick! The world is changed! Indeed it is! This magnificent, majestic, grandiose album is definitely going to stir up the trance world… Trust me on this one – this is going to be huuuuuuge!

This is easily the best progressive album I’ve heard in 2006! Every single track rocks my socks off and there are literally hundreds of goosebump-moments here… A magnificent journey of epic proportions! Musically it’s a VERY diverse and VERY mature album which proved to be the perfect platform for showcasing the endless talent of Omar and Jason. The production is among the best I’ve heard in years and both the cover art + the informative booklet will serve as benchmarks for future releases… Labels take notice – this is how it’s done! Once again Tribal Vision Records distance themselves from most other labels – this is quality all the way! Eat your hearts out mp3 pirates – this package is miles above the sastisfaction a downloaded version can ever bring… It’s simply amazing!

With the reduced BPMs and the added focus on non-trance elements, this album is a radical departure from 002: Avant.Garde and as such it’s more similar to Encoded/Decoded… I absolutely loved 002: Avant.Garde but this is even better… Wow! A very, very strong contender for album of the year! An instant classic and an essential purchase for any serious trance head… Get this, or get left out… Enjoy!

Favourites: 1(!!), 2(!), 3(!), 4(!), 6(!!), 7, 8(!)

DeathPosture


External links:
Tegma: http://www.tegmatekk.com
Tribal Vision: http://www.tribalvision.cz
Discogs: http://www.discogs.com/release/653829
Saiko Sounds: http://tinyurl.com/qxwj7
Beatspace: http://tinyurl.com/o8kr5
Psyshop: http://tinyurl.com/musgk
Wirikuta: http://tinyurl.com/rqbb9
Chaos: http://tinyurl.com/s7upq
 

Geoff3

Direct DJ
Man, now I want this even more, thanks for the review DP....

Sits and waits for Chaos to stock!!! :Wink3:
 

jamez_23

Blah
Drat Mafia said:
i'm glad this is getting good reviews, i have had 'pretty' high hopes for it...where's my credit card

Its wicked ...... lots of world music overtones with a seriously stomping psy prog backbone. The production is stunning.

I'm loving it ..... great to listen to at home and there a few killlarrrffghghhhghghg dancefloors track in there too ...... 111111!
 

Ozric

Hoofaloof
can't wait!

but have to say debut was the beef!
 

Jon Kenobi

So uncivilised
DeathPosture said:
Wow! A very, very strong contender for album of the year! An instant classic and an essential purchase for any serious trance head… Get this, or get left out…

I wouldn't go that far DP. Yes its very well produced and there are a couple of nice moments on it but album of the year I'd say not, particularly for serious trance heads. Not a patch on Vibrasphere as far as I'm concerned
 

Dragongurl

zooming blue
HHmmmm.....just lovely! Quality tunes ppl, please give it a listen! Beautifully tribal & very smart sound.
 

TEGMA .............Playing Live in London 26th May........
Tegma are Omar Chelly and Jason Orfanidis, both born and bred in Swedish town Malmoe.
In 1994 Jason discovered psy trance. However for Omar, this music didn’t seem too interesting, he was more into hip-hop and world music. Although he had been listening to some electronica like Jean Michel Jarre, Kraftwerk and Vangelis it was a bit hard to swallow psy. Later on, at the end of 1997 only after Jason forgot some cd’s at Omar’s house, was he sucked in by the psychedelic groove.

In 1998, Omar got hold of the program Reason and started experimenting with it. This later resulted in their first common project called Epsilon,

After a year of messing around with Reason, and learning the basics from it they both decided it was time to buy some hardware.
They first bought the Yamaha Rm1x and later on a Novation Nova, with these two and a simple pc running Cubase they continued producing under the Epsilon name for a couple of months.
However in the beginning of 2000 they instantly fell in love with the new wave of progressive and minimal psytrance and felt, like all of us dedicated prog heads, that this was the thing they were looking for.
So the result was the death of Epsilon and the birth of Tegma!

In June 2000, Omar and Jason produced their first 3-track demo and sent it out to a couple of labels, with positive feedback and a signing of one of the tracks, things started to look good for Tegma and this resulted in more hard work.
Since then things have gone quite well, releasing on over 20 cd compilations on various labels around the world, Including the Dream Temple compilation (Myth of an Angel) a couple of twelve inches and two albums, the latter of which has been one of 2006 best selling progressive psy trance cds, “Around the world in 80 minutes”. Here, they have perfected their deep tribal bass lines and natural musical flair.

Tegma have performed their live act in many parts of the world, far places such as Japan, Brazil and Mexico among many others…appearing on the line up of all major psy trance festivals.

These guys have reached the top of the league in progressive psy. They are true musicians who have incorporated, like all the artists we bring, true groove and excitement in their live performance. Anyone in possession of the last album will understand.
(Other projects are with Homer N Lazon project which had some releases in the U.K., and Omar also producing his solo project O’Chelly with a couple of releases on some cd compilations.)
 
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