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Best "Album" of the year 2014 (results and discussions)

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Prime time, this is possibly the most important moment for us in 2015, we have been waiting patiently to receive your votes and then discover together the most interesting and notable albums of the year 2014.

 
In order to bring attention to maximum amount of albums we will share the results partially in facebook, and only in the end it will be posted all together in one post on the website.
 
But i decided to share all together the first half of results here, you guys help us to keep the chill energy flowing in forum and as respect and appreciation i post here for you in priority :) please don't repost on facebook before our official schedule.
 
The preview players will be added a bit later ;)
 
♥ Best "Album" of the year 2014
 1. Kalya Scintilla - Open Ancient Eyes [ Merkaba Records ]
2. Androcell - Imbue [ Altar Records ]
3. Globular - Digging & Building [ Self Released ]
4. Kaya Project - Firedance [ Interchill Records ]
5. Lab's Cloud - Imminent Awakening [ Altar Records ]
6. Entheogenic - Enthymesis [ Universal Symbiosis Records ]
7. Solar Fields - Blue [ Droneform Records ]
8. Solar Fields - Green [ Droneform Records ]
9. Asura - Radio Universe [ Ultimae Records ]
10. Astropilot - Iriy [ Altar Records ]

 

 

 

1. Kalya Scintilla - Open Ancient Eyes [ Self Released ] 
2. Androcell - Imbue [ Altar Records ] 
3. Globular - Digging & Building [ Self Released ] 
4. Kaya Project - Firedance [ Interchill Records ] 
5. Lab's Cloud - Imminent Awakening [ Altar Records ] 
6. Entheogenic - Enthymesis [ Universal Symbiosis Records ] 
7. Solar Fields - Blue [ Droneform Records ] 
8. Solar Fields - Green [ Droneform Records ] 
9. Asura - Radio Universe [ Ultimae Records ] 
10. Astropilot - Iriy [ Altar Records ] 

 

11. Ajja & Cosmosis - The Alien Jams [ Peak Records ]
12. Solar Fields - Red [ Droneform Records ]
13. Tipper - Forward Escape [ Tippermusic ]
14. Bluetech - Cosmic Dubs [ Self Released ]
15. E-Mantra - Echoes From The Void [ Altar Records ]
16. Aes Dana & Miktek - Cut. [ Ultimae Records ]
17. Krusseldorf - Fractal World [ Self Released ]
18. Ott - MMII [ Self Released ]
19. Cabeiri - Self Insider [ Altar Records ]
20. Kaya Project - The Ambient Mixes [ Tribal Shift Records ]
21. Alwoods - Sun Trap Remixes [ Altar Records ]
22. Kaminanda - Liminal Spaces [ Merkaba Music ]
23. Astropilot - Solar Walk III : Event Horizon [ Altar Records ]
24. Bluetech - Spacehop Chronicles Vol 1 [ Self Released ]
25. Astronaut Ape - Flight 420 [ Microcosmos Records ]
26. Desert Dwellers - Seeing Things [ Twisted Records ]
27. Zero Cult - Aleph [ Cosmicleaf Records ]
28. Cosmic Replicant - Mission Infinity [ Altar Records ]
29. Globular - Up The Xylem Elevator - The Remixes [ Self Released ]
 

 

 

11. Ajja & Cosmosis - The Alien Jams [ Peak Records ] 
12. Solar Fields - Red [ Droneform Records ] 
13. Tipper - Forward Escape [ Tippermusic ] 
14. Bluetech - Cosmic Dubs [ Self Released ] 
15. E-Mantra - Echoes From The Void [ Altar Records ] 
16. Aes Dana & Miktek - Cut. [ Ultimae Records ] 
17. Krusseldorf - Fractal World [ Self Released ] 
18. Ott - MMII [ Self Released ] 
19. Cabeiri - Self Insider [ Altar Records ] 
20. Kaya Project - The Ambient Mixes [ Tribal Shift Records ] 
21. Alwoods - Sun Trap Remixes [ Altar Records ] 
22. Kaminanda - Liminal Spaces [ Merkaba Music ] 
23. Astropilot - Solar Walk III : Event Horizon [ Altar Records ] 
24. Bluetech - Spacehop Chronicles Vol 1 [ Self Released ] 
25. Astronaut Ape - Flight 420 [ Microcosmos Records ] 
26. Desert Dwellers - Seeing Things [ Twisted Records ] 
28. Cosmic Replicant - Mission Infinity [ Altar Records ] 
29. Globular - Up The Xylem Elevator - The Remixes [ Self Released ] 

30. Circular - Moon Pool [ Ultimae Records ]
31. Desert Dwellers - Union (Whitebear Remixes) [ Desert Trax ]
32. Grouch - Organik Mechanic Part 2 [ Enig'matik Records ]
33. stereOMantra - Projections [ Free-Spirit Records ]
34. Ascendant - Source Transmission [ Self Released ]
35. Akasha Experience - Lostwithiel [ Shanti Planti ]
36. Desert Dwellers - Luminous Axiom [ Desert Trax ]
37. GMO vs. Dense - Equation [ Altar Records ]
38. Kaya Project - Firedance EP [ Interchill Records ]
39. Whitebear - Transmute | Release [ Shanti Planti ]
40. Desert Dwellers - Nomadic Ecstatic: The Wandering Remixes Vol. 1 [ Black Swan Sounds ]
41. Invisible Allies (Bluetech & Kilowatts) - Conversations With Bees [ Aleph Zero Records ]
42. Ascendant - Outlets Of The Sky [ Self Released ]
43. Astropilot - Live At Atmasphera360 [ Altar Records ]
44. Balance - Stopped Time [ Maia Brasil Records ]
45. Desert Dwellers - Nomadic Ecstatic: The Wandering Remixes Vol. 2 [ Black Swan Sounds ]
46. Flooting Grooves - Antimony [ Self Released ]
47. Kick Bong - A Waking Dream [ Cosmicleaf Records ]
48. Radioactive Sandwich - Mirage Remixed [ Self Released ]
49. GMO & Dense - Shell And Seal [ Cosmicleaf Records ]
 

 

 

30. Circular - Moon Pool [ Ultimae Records ] 
31. Desert Dwellers - Union (Whitebear Remixes) [ Desert Trax ] 
32. Grouch - Organik Mechanic Part 2 [ Enig'matik Records ] 
33. stereOMantra - Projections [ Free-Spirit Records ] https://soundcloud.com/stereomantra/stereomantra-projections-full
34. Ascendant - Source Transmission [ Self Released ] [bandcamp_sm]2049188462/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/artwork=small/transparent=true/" seamless>
35. Akasha Experience - Lostwithiel [ Shanti Planti ] 
36. Desert Dwellers - Luminous Axiom [ Desert Trax ] 
37. GMO vs. Dense - Equation [ Altar Records ] 
38. Kaya Project - Firedance EP [ Interchill Records ] 
39. Whitebear - Transmute | Release [ Shanti Planti ] 
40. Desert Dwellers - Nomadic Ecstatic: The Wandering Remixes Vol. 1 [ Black Swan Sounds ] 
41. Invisible Allies (Bluetech & Kilowatts) - Conversations With Bees [ Aleph Zero Records ] 
42. Ascendant - Outlets Of The Sky [ Self Released ] 
43. Astropilot - Live At Atmasphera360 [ Altar Records ] 
44. Balance - Stopped Time [ Maia Brasil Records ] 
45. Desert Dwellers - Nomadic Ecstatic: The Wandering Remixes Vol. 2 [ Black Swan Sounds ] 
46. Flooting Grooves - Antimony [ Self Released ] 
47. Kick Bong - A Waking Dream [ Cosmicleaf Records ] 
48. Radioactive Sandwich - Mirage Remixed [ Self Released ] 
49. GMO & Dense - Shell And Seal [ Cosmicleaf Records ] 

 
 

50. PsiloCybian - Unfold Oneself Into Endlessness [ BMSS Records ]
51. Radioactive Sandwich - Survival [ Tech Safari Records ]
52. Side Liner - Lives Left Behind [ Cosmicleaf Records ]
53. Stefan Torto - Cosmopolis [ Cosmicleaf Records ]
54. Sygnals - Enter Light [ Sonic Loom ]
55. Sync24 - Everything Will Be OK [ Leftfield Records ]
56. Tripswitch - Propulsion EP [ Section Records ]
57. Astropilot - The Mist EP [ Altar Records ]
58. Banco De Gaia - Rewritten Histories Vol. 3 2002-2013 [ Disco Gecko Recordings ]
59. Bogtrotter - Catawompus [ Shanti Planti ]
60. Chronos - Spiritus [ Mystic Sound Records ]
61. Gus Till - Ghosts Of The Earth [ Interchill Records ]
62. Ishq - Sunflower [ Virtual ]
63. Koan - The Way Of One [ Blue Tunes Records ]
64. Makyo - Jasmine [ Dakini Records ]
65. Maluns - Afterburner Trilogy [ Cosmicleaf Records ]
66. Soulacybin - Gratitude [ Merkaba Music ]
67. Waveshaper (Greg Hunter & Hataken) - Empty Path [ Mutantra Recordings ]
68. Wolfen Technologies - Golden Fractals [ Shanti Planti ]
69. Bogtrotter - Jamais Vu [ Self Released ]
70. Cosmic Replicant - Soul Of The Universe [ Ektoplazm ]
71. Makyo - Purnima Remixed [ Dakini Records ]
72. Maluns - Temporal Extent [ Cosmicleaf Records ]
73. Nibana - Ask The Universe [ Maia Brasil Records ]
74. Radioactive Sandwich - The Wisdom Of The Eight Buffalo [ Self Released ]
75. Side Liner - Calm Before The Storm EP [ Cosmicleaf Records ]

 

50. PsiloCybian - Unfold Oneself Into Endlessness [ BMSS Records ] 
51. Radioactive Sandwich - Survival [ Tech Safari Records ] 
52. Side Liner - Lives Left Behind [ Cosmicleaf Records ] 
53. Stefan Torto - Cosmopolis [ Cosmicleaf Records ] 
54. Sygnals - Enter Light [ Sonic Loom ] 
55. Sync24 - Everything Will Be OK [ Leftfield Records ] 
56. Tripswitch - Propulsion EP [ Section Records ] 
57. Astropilot - The Mist EP [ Altar Records ] 
58. Banco De Gaia - Rewritten Histories Vol. 3 2002-2013 [ Disco Gecko Recordings ] 
59. Bogtrotter - Catawompus [ Shanti Planti ] 
60. Chronos - Spiritus [ Mystic Sound Records ] 
61. Gus Till - Ghosts Of The Earth [ Interchill Records ] 
62. Ishq - Sunflower [ Virtual ] 
63. Koan - The Way Of One [ Blue Tunes Records ]
64. Makyo - Jasmine [ Dakini Records ] 
65. Maluns - Afterburner Trilogy [ Cosmicleaf Records ] 
66. Soulacybin - Gratitude [ Merkaba Music ] 
67. Waveshaper (Greg Hunter & Hataken) - Empty Path [ Mutantra Recordings ] 
68. Wolfen Technologies - Golden Fractals [ Shanti Planti ] 
69. Bogtrotter - Jamais Vu [ Self Released ] 
70. Cosmic Replicant - Soul Of The Universe [ Ektoplazm ] http://www.ektoplazm.com/free-music/cosmic-replicant-soul-of-the-universe
71. Makyo - Purnima Remixed [ Dakini Records ] 
72. Maluns - Temporal Extent [ Cosmicleaf Records ] 
73. Nibana - Ask The Universe [ Maia Brasil Records ] 
74. Radioactive Sandwich - The Wisdom Of The Eight Buffalo [ Self Released ] 
75. Side Liner - Calm Before The Storm EP [ Cosmicleaf Records ] 

 

76. Spundose - A Sacred Space [ Street Ritual ]
77. Sundial Aeon - Analysis [ Impact Studio Records ]
78. Sync24 - Eadgyth [ Leftfield Records ]
79. Ascendant - New Land EP [ Self Released ]
80. Chronos - We Are One [ Mystic Sound Records ]
81. Cygna - Opus Ena (Remastered) [ Ultimae Records ]
82. DubCOliNG - Elevate [ Street Ritual ]
83. Etnica - Etnica In Dub [ Etnicanet Records ]
84. Germind - Antimatter [ Cosmicleaf Records ]
85. Ishq - Blue Infinity [ Virtual ]
86. Kilowatts - Seven Succulents [ Self Released ]
87. Koan - Big Blue Mix [ Blue Tunes Records ]
88. Master Minded - Heart And Soul [ Merkaba Music ]
89. Oxaka - Nagaden EP [ Cymatic Lab ]
90. Saafi Brothers - Live On The Roadblog [ Iboga Records ]
91. Sephira - Monkey Tales [ BMSS Records ]
92. Side Liner - Ambidramatic [ Cosmicleaf Records ]
93. Sinepearl - Cycles Within Cycles Within [ Interchill Records ]
94. Soulacybin - Funkerpump [ Self Released ]
95. stereOMantra - Magic Garden [ Self Released ]
96. Yarn - Magic Planet [ Psylife Records ]
97. Beatfarmer - Eye Of The Storm [ Ovnimoon Records ]
98. Bioscape - Living Connection [ Gliese 581C Records ]
99. Crystal Vibe - Change Is The Only Constant [ Altar Records ]
100. Cydelix - Ithaca EP [ Cosmicleaf Records ]
101. Dense - New Speak [ Cosmicleaf Records ]
102. Desert Dwellers - The Gathering Remixes [ Desert Trax ]
103. Erothyme - Circadia [ Self Released ]
104. I Awake - Tierra EP [ Ultimae Records ]
105. Iacchus - Frogspawn [ Mystic Sound Records ]
106. Ishqamatics - Waterbound [ Txt Recordings ]
107. Kuba - Distant Reflections [ Self Released ]
108. Radioactive Sandwich - One/Two [ Self Released ]
109. Son Kite - Colours Remixed [ Echoes Records ]
110. Zero Cult & Kerensa Stephens - Stars (The Remixes) [ Cosmicleaf Records ]
111. Dhamika - Jeeva EP [ Uxmal Records ]
 

 

76. Spundose - A Sacred Space [ Street Ritual ] 
77. Sundial Aeon - Analysis [ Impact Studio Records ] 
78. Sync24 - Eadgyth [ Leftfield Records ] 
79. Ascendant - New Land EP [ Self Released ] 
80. Chronos - We Are One [ Mystic Sound Records ] 
81. Cygna - Opus Ena (Remastered) [ Ultimae Records ] 
82. DubCOliNG - Elevate [ Street Ritual ] 
83. Etnica - Etnica In Dub [ Etnicanet Records ] 
84. Germind - Antimatter [ Cosmicleaf Records ] 
85. Ishq - Blue Infinity [ Virtual ] 
86. Kilowatts - Seven Succulents [ Self Released ] 
87. Koan - Big Blue Mix [ Blue Tunes Records ] https://pro.beatport.com/release/big-blue-mix/1329603
88. Master Minded - Heart And Soul [ Merkaba Music ] 
89. Oxaka - Nagaden EP [ Cymatic Lab ] 
90. Saafi Brothers - Live On The Roadblog [ Iboga Records ] 
91. Sephira - Monkey Tales [ BMSS Records ] 
92. Side Liner - Ambidramatic [ Cosmicleaf Records ] 
93. Sinepearl - Cycles Within Cycles Within [ Interchill Records ] 
94. Soulacybin - Funkerpump [ Self Released ] 
95. stereOMantra - Magic Garden [ Self Released ] 
96. Yarn - Magic Planet [ Psylife Records ] 
97. Beatfarmer - Eye Of The Storm [ Ovnimoon Records ] 
98. Bioscape - Living Connection [ Gliese 581C Records ] 
99. Crystal Vibe - Change Is The Only Constant [ Altar Records ] 
100. Cydelix - Ithaca EP [ Cosmicleaf Records ] 
101. Dense - New Speak [ Cosmicleaf Records ]
102. Desert Dwellers - The Gathering Remixes [ Desert Trax ]
103. Erothyme - Circadia [ Self Released ]
104. I Awake - Tierra EP [ Ultimae Records ]
105. Iacchus - Frogspawn [ Mystic Sound Records ]
106. Ishqamatics - Waterbound [ Txt Recordings ]
107. Kuba - Distant Reflections [ Self Released ]
108. Radioactive Sandwich - One/Two [ Self Released ]
109. Son Kite - Colours Remixed [ Echoes Records ]
110. Zero Cult & Kerensa Stephens - Stars (The Remixes) [ Cosmicleaf Records ]
111. Dhamika - Jeeva EP [ Uxmal Records ]

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Interesting. I voted for some of those. Hopefully I'll see my favourite of last year, Crystal Vibe's Change Is the Only Constant in the first ten. Also hoping for Cosmic Replicant's Mission Infinity and Lab's Cloud's Imminent Awakening to be in the first twenty. :)

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That's a really diverse selection. I've just realised how popular psydub and bass music are. Thanks for your efforts and making this poll a reality Gagarin. I admit I'm a bit lazy to check this myself, but what are the most popular labels based on the results? Is it even "self-released"? If so this establishes a new trend, at least as far as the music discussed in this forum is concerned.

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That's a really diverse selection. I've just realised how popular psydub and bass music are. Thanks for your efforts and making this poll a reality Gagarin. I admit I'm a bit lazy to check this myself, but what are the most popular labels based on the results? Is it even "self-released"? If so this establishes a new trend, at least as far as the music discussed in this forum is concerned.

 

Hey Yannis, 

 

it was very challening to make it all happen, but i am happy to achieve what was planned. Bass music sounds really interesting and both Kalya Scintilla and Desert Dwellers are definetely is pushing in forward.

 

There are indeed many Self Released music in psydowntempo noawadays. There are around 20 of Self Released records in the poll results, but there are still many lapens. For instance the most represented labels in this chart are: Altar Records with 12 releases, Cosmicleaf Records with 13 and Ultimae Records with 5. 

 

On monday we will publish on www.psybient.org the easy to use table and you will be able to sort releases by label :)

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Thanks for organizing the poll. The first spots are well deserved.

 

I'm impressed by the quantity as well as the quality of these albums. Many of these albums are offered for free by the artists on Ekto or bandcamp or elsewhere. I guess that's quite an interesting side of the general philosophy behind all this.

 

Self-release and self funding (such as Culprate [he deserves to be on the list], or Ott) are quite interesting example of what we can do with the internet. The independence that emerges from this is amazing.

 

Didn't know lab's cloud, will listen to that.

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I'm impressed by the quantity as well as the quality of these albums. Many of these albums are offered for free by the artists on Ekto or bandcamp or elsewhere. I guess that's quite an interesting side of the general philosophy behind all this.

 

Self-release and self funding (such as Culprate [he deserves to be on the list], or Ott) are quite interesting example of what we can do with the internet. The independence that emerges from this is amazing.

 

 

when i see the number of people who purchased some great albums is depressing..... some really good albums have 3-5 purchases.....

maybe there are many people who purchase on bandcamp but don't have a public profile.

 

when i will be release my album my thinking will probably be following:

- if is sell 5-10 copy of my album and gain 50-100 euros

versus

- give 500-1000 free downloads

 

so, i would probably go for free download....

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when i see the number of people who purchased some great albums is depressing..... some really good albums have 3-5 purchases.....

maybe there are many people who purchase on bandcamp but don't have a public profile.

 

when i will be release my album my thinking will probably be following:

- if is sell 5-10 copy of my album and gain 50-100 euros

versus

- give 500-1000 free downloads

 

so, i would probably go for free download....

 

Yeah maybe that's why there are so many free albums. Is it expensive (apart timewise) to make an album? I know it depends :-). But would you have a range? I guess it's different to finance the Culprate album which is acoustic / electronic and a pure electronic album. I may be entirely wrong, don't hesitate to correct me.

 

It's a good way to make your music known as well.

 

I do buy free music, by giving donations when I can (proof! https://bandcamp.com/nicolaspaget ).

 

How do artists make money (except from the big shots)? Is it enough to make a living to give sets during festivals and parties?

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when i see the number of people who purchased some great albums is depressing..... some really good albums have 3-5 purchases.....

maybe there are many people who purchase on bandcamp but don't have a public profile.

 

when i will be release my album my thinking will probably be following:

- if is sell 5-10 copy of my album and gain 50-100 euros

versus

- give 500-1000 free downloads

 

so, i would probably go for free download....

 

 

It's a sad state that few actually buy the music. However, those who do buy will most likely pay money even for the free albums (at least I do). If the music is good enough to download and use then the least I can do is pay for it.

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