V/A Namaskar (Indica Music)
Label: Indica Music http://www.indicamusic.com
Compiled by: Josko & Eduardo
Release Date: Nov 2004
Total playtime: 75:34
01 Cell - Zaz 10:06
02 Yucatan - Aero 07:07
03 Tikal - Canicule 08:08
04 Altom - Plasma (Shaker Edit) 06:15
05 Tripswitch - Viscous 07:19
06 Scene - Angel 09:32
07 Tikal - Mind Control 09:48
08 Vibrasphere - Peace Of Mind 07:56
09 Cell - Explicit Rotative Movement 09:23
When someone joins his hands and says Namaskar, he actually says in humility, â€œI bow to God in you; I love you and I respect you, as there is no one like you.â€ The joining of hands symbolizes the idea that in the meeting of two persons, the Self actually meets itself. Today itâ€™s a respectful way of saying hello in India. Yes, in India. If you say it anywhere else youâ€™re but a pathetic hippie and a drug addict. Looking forward in finding a horse head at your bed?
So Namaskar, my name is Mr. Traveller and Iâ€™m here to tell you about this album. Iâ€™m your friend. You may trust me. We at Traveller incorporatedÂ© promote releases we find good and on the other hand bitch about releases we donâ€™t. Everything we say or write canâ€™t and may not be used against us at the moderator section.
Cell (Alex Scheffer) Iâ€™m afraid to say Iâ€™m not too familiar with. Canâ€™t even place that last name to any particular country although it does give you a hint of the German language, does it not? It all starts with a sound, which isnâ€™t that unusual approach. I mean letâ€™s face it, most if not all albums do. So no points from originality from there. Then to the song. Itâ€™s a female voice and she goes like this â€œAaaeeeeh, oooohâ€. And repeats it a good ten times. Itâ€™s elegant in some minimalistic way. Hints of electronic music are all around, but the organic counter part is doing strong as well. The part that is to follow is something Iâ€™ve been enjoying quite much lately. But it quite isnâ€™t the time for that just yet for the sample is to be repeated one more time. And just around the corner at the four minute mark the bass is finally in. And where exactly have I heard this sample before? Some tune on Ottâ€™s Blumenkraft perhaps? And thatâ€™s not all for also the structure, or perhaps itâ€™s the bass but still thereâ€™s something quite Ottish to this all. The first few times I wasnâ€™t too enthusiastic about this tune. Itâ€™s not like there was anything wrong with it, more like there was really nothing into it, which of course would indeed come out as there was something wrong with it. But hey, opinions change, now Iâ€™m rather fond of it. The beats are chilled and broken. Chilled break beats would be another way to put it.
Yucatan (Yann Henaff) peninsula I can point out from a map but the artist Iâ€™m again not that familiar with. Guitar, bass the beat and the bleeps are all there before you can say â€œOh no, thatâ€™s the 3rd tune from GMS this week!â€ 3 times in a row. Thereâ€™s definetly more edge to the beat in this one and same does apply to the bass too. Thereâ€™s also a new element here which would be the groove. Before I pretty much ignored this tune for I found it to be faulty the same way as the previous. Then it hit me. Maybe Indica Music isnâ€™t after the most mad, twisted, evil druggish mind- and reality bending compilation out there? Maybe, just maybe instead they just simply wanted to release a quality ambient collection, something for the chilled tribes, something for the hammock people. Not all music has to be mind-altering you know? I canâ€™t point out any real influeces of India on this one. The tune before this had those vocals and the string instrument thingy I took as Indian. This is more like something you could actually hear there, at some beach cafÃ© perhaps? This tune is something you might find from those CafÃ© Del Mar compilations.
This one (Canicule) Iâ€™m proud to say Iâ€™ve actually heard before. It was included on Tikalâ€™s â€œRitual Cycleâ€ album which was released about 3, 6 or 9 months ago. Itâ€™s still by the way holding the â€œfull on album of the yearâ€ title in my book. I didnâ€™t see the Indian connection before but now itâ€™s ah so clear. Here we explore the more full onnish ambient approach with the sort of rolling bass line and itâ€™s all good. Then we get the solid 4x4. I call this style Alien Project ambient for the first time I heard something like this was on â€œThe Mystery of the 13 Crystal Skullsâ€ 1st track, 1st Revelation Part 1. Not that surprising that a few months later a man called Astrix came up with a few very, very similar tunes, talking about copy&paste. The groove isnâ€™t left behind, more like boosted really. Tikal is shaping up to be my favorite full on artist. Thereâ€™s a sample about â€œUnidentified Flying Objectsâ€ which I personally wouldnâ€™t have included in the track, but hey maybe some still enjoy those, personally Iâ€™ve had enough. This is a perfect continuum to the previous track and it sure seems like Namaskar isnâ€™t that chilled compilation after all.
I didnâ€™t get a hard on about the Altom album. Some say itâ€™s a good release while others tend to disagree. Personally I just choose to shut up for umm, Neurobiotic records is an Italian label and talking about horse heads and umm anyways what I was saying is that his tune was on that album, only this is the â€œshaker editâ€. Continuing where Tikal left weâ€™re still doing the full on ambient thing. Thereâ€™s a kick, thereâ€™s a bass line and the BPM counter is on the red. At 02:45 it sounds like weâ€™re going to some full on orgasm climax with the ever increasing counter, a good 30 seconds later itâ€™s off the charts. Then suddenly weâ€™re back in the ambient, thank god. Youâ€™re not supposed to include full on tunes on ambient compilations you know. Then again tricks like that are a lot of fun. Sort of like the first tune on Hallucinogen In Dub. Those damn clock hands are ticking faster than in the original and then they just shut up and the dub is leashed. Only here thereâ€™s no dub, more like break beats on top of a hypnotic bass line and then thereâ€™s the guitar as well. But where are the shakers?
Tripswitch was once remixed by the dub maestro Ott so whatever Nick Brennan comes up with has to be if not groundbreaking then at least very, very good. The BPM remains high. The sound is soft but the style is not. Itâ€™s not full on and itâ€™s definitely not ambient. Itâ€™s more like clubby trance or something. Then thereâ€™s a break which yells â€œitâ€™ll changeâ€ and indeed it changes. It changes into even more clubby trance. Call me a weirdo but when Iâ€™m promised ambient I expect to hear it. Seems to me like this release is going to miss the people itâ€™s trying to reach. And who are they then? If thereâ€™s someone out there who thinks ambient is for pussies but at the same time is sort of tired of full on full on and would love to experience a bit softer side to it, this would so be it! Now Iâ€™m not saying this is bad music, only bad marketing.
Scene (Fabrizio Greco) is yet another new artist. A new artist to me at least. He has to be Italian, at least to me that name shouts Italia. If you ever heard that Mr. Oozo tune with the furry yellow animal thingy music video then youâ€™ve already got a pretty good picture what the bass is like in this one. If you managed to dodge it consider yourself lucky. However it wasnâ€™t the ultra fat bass that sucked in the track, but well letâ€™s not get into that. This is actually quite trippy tune. Thatâ€™s mainly thanks to the weird noises which come in plenty. The song is definitely going somewhere. As if it has a story to tell. Thatâ€™s at least how I hear it. Iâ€™m eager to hear more of this, very much so. Thereâ€™s a pattern to the track which remains if not exactly then at least almost the same the whole track. The biggest player would be the bass. It for one remains unchanged. On the other hand all those beeps and other disoriented noises do evolve, while they remain pretty much the same. Actually they change quite much all the time but the transition is always smooth. Just like the track.
â€œExpand your mind, Expand your mind, Expand your mind.â€ Thatâ€™s what heâ€™s whispering, only thereâ€™s also echo to it. It feels so Tikal from second one. Once the bass enters (00:40) Iâ€™m so back in Ritual Cycle. Maybe this is a tune that never made it to the album? Tikal has a very grand majestic style, not in the mayhem way but the structure, or well I donâ€™t know how to put it. Itâ€™s there to hear. Again this is everything but ambient but I gave up that idea a long time ago. Ah, horns, very much like in that tune â€œHorn Travelâ€ on Ritual Cycle. Thereâ€™s also a sample from Fear & Loathing, only it actually works, itâ€™s not just thrown in but more like hidden beneath. You know when youâ€™ve got a image of something good, like for example say Friends telly show. You know itâ€™s funny, and even if you see a crappy joke you still find it funny, after all itâ€™s in the Friends, it canâ€™t be bad. Maybe Iâ€™ve developed that kind of fetish to Tikal. I donâ€™t know. What I do know is that I fooking love this. I love this even more than Swedish men love other men or the Czech ice hockey players love their mullets. I definitely see myself listening to this for a long time. In fact the first few times this disc was occupying the holy territory of my flat this was the only tune that was playing. I just couldnâ€™t have enough of it.
Vibrasphere has a loyal fan base. I surely see the talent in tunes like Manzanilla but still they never made me a screaming teen girl. And talking about Manzanilla this tune has very similar beginning. That is if I remember correctly. Around 02:30 the hope is still high. You know like in Manzanilla it took a long, long time for that majestic bass to enter the game. At four minute mark you get anxious. Is this it? Arenâ€™t they doing their thing? How dare they try something new! Your mind is screaming â€œFRAUD!â€. Then you take another listen and hear the beauty. Itâ€™s all good. Itâ€™s all good.
Cell kicked the compilation in motion and now heâ€™s back to close the circle. If the name of the tune â€œExplicit Rotative Movementâ€ suggests anything it would be something like â€œYouâ€™re in for a pretty repeative minimalistic ride". Itâ€™s just like in the previous tune, youâ€™re expecting a sudden change which never comes. However thereâ€™s no question why this is the last tune. It sounds so, well last tune. Itâ€™s telling you that the trip is over. There is a solid kick here, and the rotative movement is in rotation. Thereâ€™s some emotion to this. The coolest thing would be the final spoken sample. Man thatâ€™s so uber phat!
This would be about 40 minutes of chilled full on and another 40 minutes of ambient. The brightest gem would be the Tikal tune and the weak point doesnâ€™t really exist. You know if you ask me, bad ambient compilations donâ€™t really exist. I mean theyâ€™re always good, itâ€™s just the way it is. Then on the other hand it takes so fucking much for an ambient compilation to be somehow above it all,a groundbreaking or something. Not even the Backroom Beats or any Interchill compilation for that matter make it to the â€œabove it all categoryâ€. In fact the last I can think of would be Spaceship Of Imagination from TIP. And that was quite a few years ago, then again this is only my explicit opinion. So in short, donâ€™t expect this release to change your world or alter your universe or mind or something like that. Just expect to enjoy it. Thatâ€™s something itâ€™ll definitely not fail to accomplish. Not if your taste is any good.