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Mysticism's Dubplate series has got a couple of great drops lined up at the moment and this is one of them - a boule pack from German digidub pioneers TVS aka Trance Vision Steppers. This was a project that never made it out of the studio but still cooked up some brilliant sounds, which in the case of this collection come from their earlier period between 1995 - 1999, all of which land on vinyl for the first time here. Fans of Adrian Sherwood, Dennis Bovell and Mad Professor will be head over heels of these dub delights - they are deep and atmospheric, with lush ambient pads, downtempo vocals and stoner synths next to more twisted rhythms.


Side 1
To All The Children
Oh George

Side 2

Side 3
Trance Vision Steppa
Weekend Steppa

Side 4
ReAction Dub
Und Imma Weita

Foam On A Wave is proud to present the first international issue of this chameleonic, shapeshifting record, from one of Hungary's most prolific musician and film composers, János Másik. At times it calls to mind 23 Skidoo, Talking Heads and The Pop Group, at others it sits in its own corner of the room.

1989 was a revolutionary year. For many in the West the fall of the Berlin Wall marked the Autumn of Nations; the End of History and the triumph of progress. In Hungary, the year saw the Round Table Talks establish a new multi-party democracy and the effective end of communist rule after 40 years - Rendszerváltás; 'regime change'.

It's hard to ignore these cataclysms while listening to Trance Balance. After all, its initial release was on Hungaropop, 'one of the first privately owned, independent labels launched after the liberalization of the market in Warsaw Pact-era Hungary' (we highly recommend delving further into their remarkable catalogue). Is music always an expression of the shifting political landscape? Or does it exist beyond it?

These are all questions that percolate as the needle drops. Freud, a ghost from the Dual-Monarchy, runs in streams through the album sleeve. Trance Balance itself is reminiscent of a trip, transporting the individual through a semi-conscious dreamland. Synthesisers woosh and swirl overhead. The percussion is propulsive. Voices take on the guise of characters, guide-like, beckoning. There are Brechtian interludes where the musical fourth wall is punctured. At points, the listener awakes to playful refrains, bohemian folk song and calypso detours. This is a masterwork of musical surrealism - an act of pure intuition - free and honest. A manifesto in all but words. We'll let you decide how much it has to do with politics.


1. Bantus In The Moon
2. Burlesque
3. Big 7
4. Woods And Metals
5. Domo, Domo
6. Kriti
7. Running
8. Apocalypso
9. Trapped
10. Trini-Daddy
11. Trance Balance

Land Trance

First Séance

    First Seance’ is the debut album by Land Trance, a new collaboration between Liverpool-based experimental musicians Andrew P.M Hunt and Benjamin D. Duvall, originally released via Forest Swords’ Dense Truth label in May 2020. Sharing rehearsal rooms, houses and band-mates for over a decade across Merseyside, the duo developed their respective practices in tandem with each other – Duvall delving into percussive ensemble composition as the founder of the acclaimed Ex-Easter Island Head, Hunt exploring the possibilities of songwriting, synthesis and texture as Dialect (with a release for RVNG - Under~Between - due March 2021) and leader of art rock band Outfit. Working together as Land Trance, they utilise spontaneous electroacoustic improvisation and studio-as-instrument post production to explore the inner and outer reaches of each other’s musical vocabularies.

    Recorded in spaces including a bedroom overlooking Concert Square, the thumping epicentre of Liverpool nightlife, and pieced together in the home studio they share in a converted embassy, tracks here oscillate between vocal-led ecclesiastical yearning (Transcript, Chilean Miners) and ecstatic assemblages of sound (Beach Mystery, A Raft), always suggesting a palpable sense of geography with an allusive sense of place. Using zither, drum machine, music box, dictaphone, synthesiser and melodica amongst other sonic sources, through the course of the album threads of potential narrative and association circle like the rods of a mobile. ‘First Seance’ elevates deceptively simple materials and means with vivid imagination and bold compositional strategies, transcending the intimate scale of bedroom recording and DIY sound creation. It presents a wholly original set of musical environments, and a compelling document of intuition, friendship and artistic curiosity.


    1. Regulate 06:43
    2. Beach Mystery 02:45
    3. Chilean Miners 05:21
    4. Transcript 03:55
    5. A Raft 08:23
    6. Velarde 03:12
    7. First Seance 09:40
    8. Yardang 05:04


    En Trance

      Love for Atmosfear was born out of the underground UK dance scene of the early 1980s; from nightclubs, pirate radio shows and soul weekenders. A localised scene that went on to have a global influence.

      The band’s most notable track ‘Dancing in Outer Space’ - included here on the CD version as a bonus - is a certified classic. It was a chart hit in the UK and was also championed Stateside in clubs such as the mythic ‘Paradise Garage’ and ‘The Loft’ by the likes of Larry Levan and David Mancuso. An instantly recognisable anthem that is just as fresh today as it was when it was first released.

      Originally released in 1981 via Elite / MCA records, ‘En Trance’ is a joyous album that arguably represents the pinnacle of the Brit-funk sound. The band consisted of bassist, and keyboardist Lester J. Batchelor, drummer Ray Johnson, guitarist Andy Sojka, saxophonist Stewart Cawthorne, singer and guitarist Tony Antonio and producer Jerry Pike. The album captures the excitement of these exceptional players demonstrating utmost originality in the studio.


      Free Tonight
      Creator’s Dream
      Funk The Rock
      Invasion / Return Of LB
      Dancing In Outer Space
      Alternative II

      Free Tonight
      Creator’s Dream
      Funk The Rock
      Invasion / Return Of LB

      Virginia Trance

      Virginia Trance

        Virginia Trance first LP, the solo project of Scott Ryan Davis (formerly of Images and Psychic Ills), after a self-released 7″ single “Your Guru” presents this debut album following the same loose-jointed, rambling expedition through mercurial guitar and lilting, Neil Young-esque vocals that are joined by steady bass and dynamic percussion. Sounding lighter but groovier, songs with expressive drumming, reverb-dipped vocals, and dewy guitar.

        Ryan-Davis says “The album was recorded and mixed in three sessions during the Summer 2014 - Winter 2015 in Brooklyn, NY with my friend RJ Gordon. I had recently moved back into town after spending time out in Arkansas to be with my now wife. We were in a small town located between Memphis, Tennessee and West Memphis, Arkansas on the Mississippi River. There were soybean fields outside my bedroom windows. The idea for the sessions was to lay down a few songs I had been writing. Everything is loose, rambling, and slightly fried. The album takes cues and titles from recent history. Outside of RJ (who also plays in the bands Baked, Titus Andronicus, etc) I was fortunate to have longtime bassist Jarred Joly playing on a few tracks like Lunar Son, and Booker Stardrum (who also plays his own stuff, in Cloud Becomes Your Hand, etc) on drums for a few tunes includingNew Attitude. So we kept everything stripped down with minimal production and there you go”.


        01 With One Hand
        02 Two Of A Kind
        03 Homer´s Second Love Affair
        04 Side By Side II
        05 New Attitude
        06 Easy
        07 Side By Side I
        08 Lunar Son



          If you’ve kept a keen ear to the underground, you may have noticed a trance revival creeping into the dance floors and darkrooms of late; a post ironic return to the 64 bar breakdowns and peak time key changes of your serotonin drenched youth.....

          So what’s this then? Has Growing Bin gone from groundbreaker to copycat? Dig a little deeper folks, for the Trance is question is Jürgen Petersen, a forgotten cosmic kingpin in tune with true electronic excellence. When Danielle Baldelli wanted to show off his eclectic tastes, which record did he reach for? Petersen’s 1980 LP, ‘Here And Now’ of course. And when John Schaefer put together his essential exploration of New Sounds, who did he describe as Germany’s answer to Eno? Trance, damn right! After blessing the world with a trio of essential electronic LPs between 1979 and 1983, Petersen moved out of the limelight and lived off the grid, collecting his mind expanding music on a series of self-recorded, self-released cassettes, known only to the inner circle of elite European diggers. The sounds found within were unusual, experimental and ecstatic.

          Fusing the organic tones of piano, 12 string guitar and sitar with soothing sine waves and hypnotic synthesis, Petersen harnessed the healing frequencies out there in the cosmos and transfixed the listener with pure otherworldly beauty - ambient music for a new age… Unravelling these rare cassettes for music lovers everywhere, Growing Bin treats us to ‘Tapes’, a five track vision quest for the horizontal travellers and fourth world nomads. Sven can keep his cocoon, we’re off in search of the butterflies...


          1. Purification
          2. Belial (Edit)
          3. Wintergarden
          4. Ambiente
          5. Ikarus 

          Olafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm

          Trance Frendz

            Having been available exclusively as the second disc to 2015's 'Collaborative Works', Ólafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm's improvised audio recordings 'Trance Frendz', taken from their 45-minute studio film of the same name, have been given their own vinyl release – out March 4th, 2016.

            Prior to a string of collaborative Erased Tapes releases, which include 2012's 'Stare' 10” and last year’s 'Life Story Love and Glory' 7” and 'Loon' 12” – compiled on the 'Collaborative Works' 2-CD set, Ólafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm spent many hours together in their studios across Berlin and Reykjavik. Both have carved out genre-defying musical careers and formed unique live shows, creating a fan base loyal to their prolific output.

            During a session at Durton Studio in Berlin last summer, Nils and Ólafur invited Alexander Schneider and his camera to document it. The recording continued long after the first take, stretching out into the next day until, eventually, several new improvisations had been recorded in 8 hours with no overdubs or edits. The unexpected nature in which these pieces had been created was reminiscent of their first on-stage improvisation many years ago. It became immediately clear how special these songs were.

            "At the end of the night we had all this music that sounded unfamiliar even to us, loudly asking to be included in this collection.”

            Originally made available as a 45-minute film on their joint website ( last September, 'Trance Frendz' is now available on vinyl. Press for their 'Collaborative Works':

            'A particularly joyous wash of slinky percussion and juddering layers' (8/10) – Clash

            'An enchanting listen. The bar for a Lads' Night In has just been raised a few notches' (7/10) – Drowned In Sound. 

            ‘This is music for slowing down the pace of modern life... An immersive listening experience is guaranteed, while we must hope Frahm and Arnalds go on ‘holiday’ together more in future, and don’t forget to take their musical instruments.’ ★★★★ – MusicOMH. 

            'A collection of gorgeously intimate piano compositions and eye-opening synth pieces, each never aggressive but always powerfully poignant' (8/10) – Under The Radar.

            'What Collaborative Works offers is something strange: a shared world created by two mad geniuses. Long may Arnalds and Frahm tinker' (8/10) – PopMatters.

            'Collaborative Works further proves just how natural a fit Ólafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm are together' – Resident Advisor. 

            TRACK LISTING

            A1. 20:17
            A2. 21:05
            A3. 23:17
            B1. 23:52
            B2. 00:26
            B3. 01:41
            B4. 03:06

            The second release on Passive Aggressive Tapes is a compilation of the year's hottest trance anth... Erm, I mean, the return of Transpire, Bliss (the one that remixed for Denkitribe), C.T.A.N, and a former member of The New Post Colonials. Transpire experiment with techno which descends into chaotic drones on "Conscious Headshot". The two Bliss tunes explore dark minimalism with tinges of hope for something brighter. Hyrax delivers a hard hitting chainsaw-to-the-soul piece of noise music. The soothing, reverb-coated vocals and guitar on "Standard Carousel" drive you into the abstract world of Circa Cologne. And last but not least, C.D.T.M blur the genre lines with a dark piece of experimental techno which evaporates into deep drones, sour synths and choppy breaks.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Matt says: Excellent DIY tape comp of some hi-end audio abuse. Combined with ghosts of warehouse parties from the past, this is brilliant post-rave music, sitting beside labels like Death Of Rave and Blackest Ever Black. Great stuff.

            TRACK LISTING

            Passive Side:
            1. Transpire - Concious Headshot
            2. Bliss - Artificial Window
            3. Hyrax - Don't Tell Me I'm Good

            Aggreesive Side:
            1. Bliss - Ambience (CTAN Mix)
            2. Circa Cologne - Standard Carousel
            3. CDTM - Problems (Revisited)

            Jean-Paul Bourelly

            Trance Atlantic (Boom Bop II)

              Jean-Paul Bourelly is widely regarded as one of the most gifted electric guitarists in Europe today. On the evidence of "Trance Atlantic" it's easy to see why. Along with drummer Dennis Chambers and sax player Vincent Henry he rips into a set of high eneregy jazz fusion tracks that bite and never let go.

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