PsyTrance and Psybient are two sides of the same electronic genre. Wikipedia says that psytrance (also known as Psychedelic Trance or Goa Trance) has "hypnotic arrangements of synthetic rhythms and mesmerizing melodies." It originated in the mid-90s on the beaches of Goa on the Indian subcontinent, but was later popularised in Israel and the UK. It has now progressed into Sweden and Australia where the best of the current psy and progressive artists come from.
Psybient (or psychill), on the other hand, is psytrance without the beats: it's usually ambient or dub but with a new-age feel and often feaures real instruments to complement the electronics.
Spotify was badly under-representing these genres until May 2009. Now, with labels such as Twisted, Iboga, Platipus, and Tribal Vision, electronic psychedelic music has finally arrived on Spotify.
This playlist features some of my favourite tracks from these two diverse and ever-changing genres. The playlist begins with some gentler psy to get you started, then moves into higher-tempo psychedelic and progressive trance, before closing with a selection of chilled psybient tunes to send you back to dreamland.
Shpongle â€“ Dorset Perception
Infected Mushroom â€“ Dancing With Kadafi
Solar Fields â€“ Infection 268-7
Astrix â€“ Beyond The Senses
Astral Projection â€“ Dancing Galaxy
Eat Static â€“ Gulf Breeze
Tristan â€“ Lost & Profound
Prometheus â€“ Mekong Delta
Space Cat â€“ Bit Cruncher
X-Dream â€“ Our Own Happiness
Quadra â€“ Pulverturm 3.0
Future Prophecy â€“ Sound Like A Melody
Timelock â€“ 10,000 Fahrenheit
Day.Din â€“ Domdigga
Perfect Stranger â€“ Morning Blues (Ace Ventua Remix)