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Ben Penn

Very Important

June 2018, Amsterdam, NL: 12 months ago we concluded a series of experiments with a test subject named Ben Penn. A year on, we decided to repeat this experiment at his Tilburg base. Once again, the results were startling...
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After being provided with a sizeable dose of an enhanced and notably stronger derivative of 4-Ho Met (codenamed ST011), Penn not only reported intense hallucinations but also enhanced music production capabilities. With the aid of electronic instruments and hardware, he worked quickly, producing both his trademark “higher level inter-dimensional funk” and compositions that defied our previous expectations.

During the early stages of his ST011 experience, Penn completely ignored the provided Rhythm Composer and instead crafted a colourful, humid, jazzy and beat-free track entitled “Nix”, which boasted loose and fluid synthesizer motifs. As his hallucinatory experience intensified, Penn giddily tapped out tropical rhythms on the provided beat-making device, smothering them in alien electronics and sticky melodies. When we asked what this devilishly good cut was called, he simply replied: “Not Important”.

As the test went on and the most intense symptoms died down, Penn was much like his old self. Before the ST011 wore off completely, he was able to finish two examples of his trademark “inter-dimensional funk”: the skewed, introspective, bassline-driven wooziness of “Ben” and the mazy, kaleidoscopic goodness of “People”. The latter composition was particularly potent and ear pleasing, suggesting that his ST011 experience had finished on an intense high

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: More synthetic 4/4 funk from Young Marco's entirely psychedelic Safe Trip imprint. This time round, Ben Penn hits us with a vibrating beatless jam, a tropical tonker and a pair of saucer-eyed steamers (check that bassline on "Ben"!). Grab a copy and rock a dance floor.

Clear some space in your setlist, Safe Trip is back with a banger! This time round the Trip's more physical than psychedelic, with label leader Young Marco jetting off for a tour of SA. Infiltrating the local Kwaito and lo-fi house scenes, Marco's nabbed a pair of heaters from the nineties and noughties and given them his personal twist. The first rearranged recording is Madlaks' “Jikovunu”, originally released back in '06. A bright and breezy affair, "Jikovunu" is marked out by bold piano riffs, bustling breakbeats and acid b-lines. According to field agents and festival goers, this version has become widely known as “we dance forever” in reference to its repeated vocal hook.
The second audio missive dates back to 1992 and was originally produced by SA duo hot slot machine. This new rework from Marco emphasises a rolling and futuristic electronic bassline, a shuffling hip-house style rhythm track, classic house elements and a soulful vocal. Packed with positivity, soul and so much groove, this one's every bit as uplifting as your first gary.


STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Marco infiltrates the South African underground for this latest Safe Trip smasher, hitting us with a couple of personalised versions of kwaito and house heaters. The A-side brings breakbeat flair to a lo-fi piano pearl, while the flip offers up gurn-able positivity in a hip house style.

Dazion

Dragon Wave/Vx Ltd

Skipping the completely cryptic sales notes which accompany all Safe Trip 12"s, I'll give you a little audio exposition on this strange groover from Den Hague's Dazion. The A-side slides into tribal territories thanks to tumbling percussion and bubbling electronics, twisted into a hypnotic offering which generally rejects classification. On the flip we have "VX Ltd", a more poignant and melancholic outing, utilising spacey electronic melodies, gently bobbing chords, heart-aching guitar flourishes and a tough but broken rhythm track. 


STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Dazion follows up his hawt hit on Second Circle with a 5D dance floor bomb on Safe Trip. On the A-side techno-tribal percussion dances around a ritualistic riff, while the B-side brings spaced out electro with a hint of melancholy. Music for the 4-HO-5-MEO crew...

New album from Darling on Safe Trip records - Young Marco's psychedelically aligned label based in Amsterdam.

Sonically, it allies itself with Andras Fox, Moon B, Vakula & Dream House - delicately constructed, fathoms deep and with a tantalizing, humanoid palette which, though often electronically powered, prefers dusty retro sound boxes than the most up-to-date, speaker-crushing VST plug-ins.

It's playful in parts, naive in others, but seductive and caressing throughout. It fits perfectly with the Safe Trip ethos - fundamentally creating a rich and stimulating sonic environment in which to journey inwards, outwards and across dimensional barriers. Take the trip!


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: This one took me by surprise. Delicate and serene with big nods to Melbourne's box twiddlers; Darling has conjured up a heart felt, electronically powered album that traverses mood, genre and style effortlessly. A mini-masterpiece!

Wooahh! Outta nowhere comes the third installment of this now cult-adored series. Over the first two volumes, Safe Trip have treated us to the dreamy and heavenly side of Italian house music - and now they're back with another double disc set of cushion soft and cerebrum tickling house music from the Med. 

First press of this new edition, featuring a who's who of Italian talent - Jacy, Optik, Leo Anibaldi, Cosmic Galaxy & Don Carlos to name a few - it really is an allstar cast!




Darling

When She Hates Me / Isle Of Red

Young Marco's psychedelic hub, Safe Trip, returns with another precision dose of dreamy trance dance, perfectly filtrated by frequent flyer Darling. On A-side cut "When She Hates Me" our club chemist puts together shuffling drum patterns, sparkling chords and a circular bassline, augmenting his paradise electronics with glitching arps, tropical idents and steamy pads. The result is a moving and melodic slice of dream house, perfect for deployment when the body's tired and the mind's at its most susceptible. Over on the flip "Isle Of Red" uses laser guided bass, exotic mallets and evocative delays to place us in a distant jungle clearing, bathed in primal rhythms and a cooling mist. 

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Another winner from Safe Trip here as Darling delivers a two tracker of textured and melodic house for the rainforest crew. Expect to hear this in my next Naturist warm up...


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