Hallucinogen – Demention [1997]
April 15, 2010

‘There is an area of the mind that could be called unsane, beyond sanity, and yet not insane. Think of a circle with a fine split in it. At one end there’s insanity. You go around the circle to sanity, and on the other end of the circle, close to insanity, but not insanity, is unsanity.’
From ‘The Beyond Within: The Rise and Fall of LSD’ (BBC documentary, 1987)

The first track from Posford’s seminal The Lone Deranger just tears a hole in your speaker and drags your ass into a stroboscopic, infinately colored goa world of snakey synths, evil sweeps and so many layers you just fall. Probably one of the most mature tracks on The Lone Deranger with distinct areas to the arrangement, it feels the closest thing to a chemical journey that you’ll find with your head still attached to your shoulders. Absolutely fantastic.

From Discogs
Starting from with the well known LSD sanity-unsanity sample we slowly delve into the Demented world of Hallucinogen! Squelching acid lines meet the rolling rhythms from Twisted as sounds pop in out, creating, leading and ultimately defining the tunes. Trancespotter and Snarling being perfect examples. Horrorgram adds percussive elements to the stomping mix. Gamma Goblins features seriously twisted levels of sonic manipulation which are intense yet melodic.

The Lone Deranger is a worthy follow up to Twisted and Simon Posford has once again pushed the levels of Psytrance in a new direction by taking the old-school Goa melodies and adding the Psy influenced tech vibes. All of the tracks on this album are gold, just as Twisted. It stands the test of time and gives today’s commercial sounding “psy-trance” a run for their money, 10 years after being released! In my opinion that’s what defines a classic, It sounds just as good as the day I first heard it.

The Infinity Project – Stimuli [1995]
November 19, 2009

Simon Posford does it again with this Psytrance / Progressive stormer. It found itself being caned by Oakie on his legendary Goa Mixes, subsequently appearing on every Fluro mix album and from that point, in just about every trance and progressive house set going. The dark bass keeps the track pounding along, the sprinkling of classic ambience vocals and a face ripping synth riff make it a standout.

From Discogs
Raja Ram, a trained jazz flautist and member of the 1960’s band Quintessence, formed The Infinity Project in 1989 along with Graham Wood. In December of that year they organised their first party and played their first primitive tracks. Over the next few years The Infinity Project started releasing their first material on labels such as Fabulous and Dragonfly Records. Then in 1994, Raja Ram and Graham Wood, along with Ian St. Paul, formed the legendary Goa Trance label TIP Records.

Simon Posford (Hallucinogen), although not a full member of The Infinity Project has co-produced/engineered many of their tracks, and has a long-standing friendship and musical partnership with Raja Ram. Other notable collaborators include Martin Freeland (Man With No Name) and Nick Barber (Doof). By 1998 The Infinity Project had split-up, with Raja Ram and Graham Wood concentrating on their other projects.

Hallucinogen – Orphic Thrench [1995]
November 12, 2009

Dont ask me how I got from True Faith Synth-Pop to Goa trance, ive no idea 🙂 Simon Cosford’s first outing as Hallucinogen and what a fucking album Twisted is. An absolute masterstroke of synth manipulation crammed into 60 minutes of pounding Psytrance beats. I know there’s any number of favourites but this bad boy always keeps me comming back, probably the growling buildup taking you to god knows where by the end of the track. Guaranteed to make me loose it, everytime.

From Discogs
Simon Posfords sound Defines Goa/Psy Trance, although he’s been involved in many other sucessfull projects “Twisted” remains the masterpiece. Faultless dark electronic music it’s the soundtrack to the furthest reaches of your imagination. Sumpremely powerfull, and sounds as fresh now (2006) as it did in 1994. Simon Posford deserves every bit of credit as one of electronic music’s pioneers.
This was a masterpeice when it came out. When the sample in ‘Shamanix’ told us “..the way i feel now, i’m not going to sleep for a year..i’m on fucking fire!” , we all felt it too when that warped acid line ripped in. And LSD..nothing more needs be said about what a great tune that was, and still is. In my opinion, some stuff on here hasn’t dated so well, but if you want to know what was happening in the underground in 1995, look no further than this.