"IF IN THE CHURCH OF PSYTRANCE CROWD IS A FLOCK, MUSICIANS ARE GODS AND DJS ARE PRIESTS. THEN RECORDS LABELS SIMPLY PUBLISHING THE BIBLES...” Acid Eric, Goa, 1997
Twenty five years ago, in early 90-s, when Goa Trance was the music for chosen and DAT tapes were the audio weapons, DJs popularity and level was depending on his own collection of unreleased tracks and connections with musicians. Each track was traced, hunted down and kept really well, because at that time it was impossible to get music otherwise but only in daily long recording sessions. Why it was so hard race? The answer is easy- at that time no one could just go in the shop or online web store and buy or download the music.
No record labels were releasing Psychedelic Goa Trance till 1993. The first pure Psychedelic trance label was Dragonfly Records, formed by the artist and trance producer Martin "Youth" Glover in Brixton, London. Raja Ram and Graham Wood first produced here as The Infinity Project. Simon Posfor later released his legendary album, Twisted as Hallucinogen on Dragonfly. First top artists of those times were released on that label-Total Eclipse, Mandra Gora, Man With No Name, Prana, Ayahuasca, Slinky Wizard and Doof.
At this point the scene was growing rapidly and many new labels were created. Return To The Source, a party collective first appeared. Raja Ram and Graham Wood went on to found their own label, called TIP Records (now TIP World). Tsuyoshi Suzuki worked with John Perloff to create the Matsuri Productions label. Flying Rhino Records was established by James Monro, Dominic Lamb and George Barker (Slinky Wizard). Simon Berry founded Platipus Records, John Ford opened his Phantasm Records and Paul Oakenfold’s Perfecto Fluoro Records releases were on the top of UK charts. Blue Room Released also used to be one of the most important and unusual labels in the Psychedelic trance genre. Some of the most well-known artists today were signed and had their work distributed on that label. Transient records had peak sales in the middle of 90-s.
Israeli first labels Trust in Trance and Phonokol made a massive breakthrough with their local artists and particular music direction, spreading their names around the World- Astral Projection , MFG, Xerox , California Sunshine.
The German label Spirit Zone Records opened up in 1994 signing on many foreign artists such as K.U.R.O, Etnica and Har-El Prussky. It was also the home label of many German artists such as Electric Universe, Star Sounds Orchestra and S.U.N. Project.
Anyway, looking back in history we can say that it was much easier to feel confident in Trance Sea. Every of this very few label was very known between Trance heads on the planet, had its own reputation, every release was a wanted Hit, and the standards of Psychedelic vibes and quality of music were very high and demanding. Only really good and professional musicians had their own albums, and we can say – That were the times!
Coming back in reality of 2014 we can admit that everything has been completely changed. At least 50 labels appeared and disappeared after few releases since 1993. And around hundred and even more present their production on different quality levels. In the end of 90-s when for some reason Psychedelic Goa Trance started its division into subgenres such as Full on, Dark, Progressive, Suomi, Hi Tech, Forest, etc. many labels took their own directions, also internet gave wide possibilities for promotion and establishment in media and we can say figural, the cake is divided now.
The only thing is, that inside each piece of cake there is massive presence of different partials- tasty and not. Each subgenre as per our research has at least 20 labels with regular releases, and not all of them deserve your attention. How to identify your Cherry on the top of the Cake?
Just read this Sunday Freak edition, where we will present you six best labels of 2014 that you can absolutely trust. We consider them as the leading force of each genre of trance that we call PSYCHEDELIC.