The best of Goa Trance - top artists, albums and tracks
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Trance in its Purest Form
This is a collation of the best tracks and albums of my favourite genre Goa Trance! Its a great introduction to the genre. There don't seem to be any Goa Trance specific lists on the web despite the "Goa sound" being distinct from mainstream trance, so I came up with this. All feedback is welcome though I warn you I'm totally biased in favour of Goa Trance as the best musical genre ever :P NOTE that this is a broad overview to the genre, so I've tried to keep bias out of it and included albums that mayn't be to my taste but are well regarded by others. If you're new to Goa trance, it may be easier for you to go through this short list first which has a complimentary torrent.
If you are a repeat visitor to this page, remember that new additions are always highlighted the way this line is.
If you feel I've missed out any noteworthy tracks, or have any other feedback in mind, don't hesitate to drop a reply.
First some QnAs on Goa Trance and this guide. If you know what Goa is then you can skip to the album list.
Q. Aaaaargh! I'm not going to listen to all this. Give me the 3 top albums! Why can't you put them in best to least best order so I know what I should listen to first?!!
A. Here is a short list of the best Goa tracks.
Its too difficult to arrange all this stuff in order. I ask you, which is best, Twisted, Trust in Trance or Alien Protein? Or maybe Lets Turn On, or Cosmology? Because I haven't the faintest idea. However, I have included some album descriptions which will help you decide what you want to check out first.
Ok, 3 albums you must get before anything else:
Hallucinogen - Twisted
Astral Projection - Trust in Trance
Etnica - Alien Protein
For a general flavour of Goa you can try getting Dragonfly presents: A Voyage into Trance mixed by Paul Oakenfold
Q. Whats the history behind Goa Trance?
A. Goa Trance is a subgenre of trance that originated in Goa, India stemming from the hippie influence. It had its roots in psyrock and the mid-80s electronic music in Europe. Goa Trance was also called "Trance Dance", hence the names of the Astral Projection and Cosmosis tracks. It slowly morphed into Psychedelic Trance around the turn of the millenium, and today there isn't much Goa Trance produced.
Here is a map of all the sub genres of psy and goa trance by Anoebis of Psynews. It was originally posted here. You can't see the whole thing properly so save it to your computer and then open it and zoom into the top left corner which shows Goa and its sub-genres.
Goa is a small (by Indian standards) state halfway down India's western coastline which was a Portugese colony for hundreds of years. It still retains signs of Portugese influence, evident in the beautiful churches you'll find there, which makes it distinct from the rest of India in general. Perhaps this made the Goans more tolerant of hippies. Till the mid-70s hashish was legal and this coupled with the beautiful beaches and the freedom attracted them. Anyway, till the early 90s, no one really cared about the drugs. Then the police started cracking down and the scene shifted to other countries while Goa became a magnet for the usual tourist crowd.
The entire scene was managed by foreigners, mostly Europeans and Israelis. The only thing Indian about the scene was the location. You'll find that all the major Goa artists are from Israel, France, England and Italy. This will be clearer when you look at the list of major Goa labels down a page. It is said that a major reason for the spreading of Goa in Israel were R'n'R visits paid to India by Israeli soldiers after their compulsory military service. For playback, in the late 80s, casette disks were predominately used, replaced by DAT tapes in the 90s. (Vinyl warped in Goa's heat). The party scene grew through the late 80s into the early 90s as DJs explored the sound, pushing sonic boundaries to give ravers the trippiest experience possible, and out of this desire to explore the consciousness, through music and parties that built up through the night, came the Goa sound.
The "Goa sound" is acid-filled, with the bass comprising of a thumping kick, very melliflous, mysterious and ecstatic and manages all of the above without sounding cheesy (!). Goa trance tracks are melodious, but the harmonics are very important too. You could say the tracks mimic the effect of a drug. They start off slowly with a plain melody. Then the kick is added, then synths and the melody becomes faster and faster with the acid notes becoming quicker and closely spaced. The track then rises to a entrancing climax, and the dénoument is rather short compared to the track's length. Goa tracks are generally 8 minutes long and can stretch to 11 minutes in length. Goa tracks frequently have vocal samples, often from movies, generally referring to aliens, space travel and other "New Agey" themes. For example, Identified Flying Object had theories on space travel on the inside cover.
Goa Gil drew a link between Goa Trance and ancient tribal ceremonies. Goa trance wasn't just music to get you high, it was supposed to be a mind-altering experience.
Cathedral of St. Cajetan in Old Goa
For the mind altering experience some people at these parties were on drugs and their drug of choice was LSD, simply referred to as acid. To know the hows and whys simply listen to the vocal sample in Hallucinogen - LSD or read them here. A sample from the track is
"You're introduced to LSD, an' it's not like taking some other drug for instance like marijuana or something, hm, well, you know, it's altogether a new thing, and you actually can have a religious experience, and, hm, and it can be even more important than reading the bible six times or becoming a pope or something like that, you know... "
Goa Trance parties generally started in the late evening and went on all night, ending the next morning, although parties in Goa could go on for days. This gave rise to a phenomenon singular to Goa and also Psychedelic Trance, a track is sometimes sub-genrefied by the time of the day it is most suitable for. For example, some tracks will be called "morning". Another point to keep in mind is that one producer can or will have several seemingly separate projects, which is why its a good idea to use Discogs so you know which albums and projects to connect. For example, Ofer Dikovsky has worked under the monikers of Phreaky, Omputer, Tandu, Indoor, Sound Pollution, Oforia and Pigs in Space!! Quite something.
Major Goa labels include
UK - Dragonfly, Flying Rhino, Blue Room Released, TIP Records, Phantasm, Celtic, Transient, Return to the Source
Japan - Matsuri Productions ,Tokyo Tekno Tribe
Australia - Psy-Harmonics
Germany - Nephilim, Spirit Zone, High Society, Nova Tekk
Israel - Brand New Entertainment (BNE), Trust in Trance, Phonokol
The record label that has lead newskool Goa is Suntrip Records (France/Belgium). Avatar Records has re-released many old goa classics, besides their "Retrodelic Vibes" series of goa compilations.
NOTE: Acid, as in referring to LSD the drug , and acid as in referring to music are two different things. For LSD click on the link. Acid in music refers to the high frequency, high pitched tweerps, bells, whistles, squeeks, squeals, whooshes etc which generally warp your mind, give you the feeling that your brain is 20 light years away in space and depending on your imagination make you think of aliens/space/ancient tribal ceremonies....you get the general idea.
Acid Trance should make you see stuff like this =P Cover Art from the Flying Rhino release, VA - First Flight
Q. What happened to Goa?
A. Well, essentially all Goa has been produced in 6 all too short years, 1993-1998 after which the sound became psychedelic. Psychedelic trance is much less melodic, has sharper distinct sounds instead of melodies which flow into each other and is darker. Goa Trance is more organic while psytrance is more mechanical.
A good illustration of the transition of Goa into psychedelic trance is Koxbox's Dragon Tales album and Children of Paradise - Urban Alien.
Or, quoting sljiva for this,
"For a real contrast between goa and psy I would recommend checking Raja Ram's two labels: TIP Records and TIP.World. TIP Records were releasing melodic, organic and eastern influenced trance prior to 1998 from artists such as The Infinity Project, Doof and Psychopod, while on the other hand TIP.World is some kind of psy successor of TIP Records and they release this metallic, cold and mechanical type of trance from artists such as Alien Project, 1200 Mics and Logic Bomb."
Another case in point is Etnica. By 2000, it lost 2 members and went the psychedelic way. Essentially all genres need to develop further, artists began to explore and wanted to branch off themselves from the Goa sound. Some produced more listener friendly music, others preferred the dark, twisted atmospheres of Psytrance.
However, thanks to the efforts of Suntrip Records among others, a new wave of Goa artists have come up in Filteria, Khetzal, Goasia to name a few. I find the newschool Goa artists lean towards the morning or uplifting sound to a greater degree than oldschool artists, this can give the feeling that their tracks have less substance.
I don't want to give the impression that goa trance is better than psytrance. Its just that there so much mediocre, run of the mill psy out there that finding good psytrance takes time. You just need to look really hard for it because its hiding underneath a heap of commercial releases.
Q. All Goa sounds the same, with the same acid TB303 sounds!
A. To really understand Goa or Psy Trance for that matter, I'd say you have to dance to it. Goa/Psy Trance party listings are next.
Otherwise it takes time to develop a liking for Goa. Give the tracks a couple of listens and some patience. The sounds will be the same to a new listener but with time you'll appreciate the different melodies and the acid. Goa Trance is not "fluffy" or "cheesy" so if you've started off by listening to that kind of trance, it will take some time to appreciate Goa Trance.
If you're new to Goa Trance or Acid Trance you could these tracks first:
The Light - Dusk - Make sure you get the 8:46 version, not the 3:46 Northen Exposure one.
Astral Projection - Mahadeva
Blue Planet Coporation - Overbloody Flood
Boris Blenn - Rain (California Sunshine Mix)
Q. Goa Trance and Psytrance party/festival listings?
A. Isratrance Party Listings - all world
Isratrance Festival Listings - all world
Psynews Party/Festival Listings - all world
Ektoplazm Event Listings - mostly focused on the States and Canada
Goatrance.de - focused on Germany for the large part
Psyevents - Parties in and around Austria
OzTrance & Australiens - Australia
Psytribe and Psycircle - California
Q. Where can I get these tracks and the artist discographies?
A. Dedicated Psy/Goa database at PsyDB
Discographies at www.discogs.com .
Tracks sold online Saikosounds or get them off Soulseek . There is also Psyshop which but people say Saikosounds is better.
Q. I wanna know more!
A. Awright, here are some links :)
Isratrance - Big trance forum with lots of party listings
In-depth article on Goa Trance
Site which chronicles the origin of Goa Trance till its transition into Psytrance
Another article on Goa Trance, shorter and easier read then the other links
Psynews - Meet other people who have good taste ^^ and are into goa/psy
A tryst with Goa Trance
Another article from someone who was there
The first half is a good first hand feel of the party scene in Goa
What is Goa Trance? - History and Development of the scene
An article on the evolution of Goa after 2000 by one of the founders of the Suntrip label.
Road to Goa - Part of how it started in the 60s & 70s
The Rhetoric of Psytrance: Anix Gleo, Astroff, The Fusion, and Martin Cloud - PsyTrance in Russia
There some movies made on the Goa Trance phenomenon
Karahana Ganey Huga [Download] - Movie on the famous party in Israel.
Liquid Crystal Vision - Ok movie if you ignore the hippy mumbo jumbo, has some nice visuals.
Last Hippie Standing - Has Goa Gil in a leading role :P
Q. I want to hear Goa tracks with Eastern/Oriental/Tribal influences, and those tracks that marked the point where the Goa sound began to form.
A. Eastern/Oriental/Tribal influenced Goa tracks
-Shakta & Moonweed - Micronesia - This one rules them all, with the strains of a beautiful sitar starting the track.
-Shakta - Silicon Trip (album) - Many tracks have an Oriental/Indian feel to them.
-Canda - Luxman
-Sundog - Touch the Sun
-Bass Invaders - Nene Naha
-Chi-a.d. - Pathfinder
-Dogma - Sutra Sarma
-Pharagonescia - Pharatropic
-Elysium - Monzoon has this eastern-tribalish atmosphere
-Juno Reactor - Beyond the Infinite
-Juno Reactor - Navras - has a lot of Indian chanting, that complements the atmosphere of the track beautifully.
-Medicine Drum - Supernature
-The Nommos - Amma - The best tribal track I have ever heard. In the climax of the track you will find this crazy, primal female vocal sample \o/
-Juno Reactor - Beyond the Infinite (album) - Similar to Shakta's Silicon Trip in that you will find many tracks with an Eastern/Indian feel to them.
-Mysterious Wizard - Visions of India
Oldest Goa/Proto-Goa/Goa-ish tracks
-Tangerine Dream - Pheadra (1973)
-KLF - What Time Is Love (Pure Trance Version) (1989)
-Dance 2 Trance - We Came in Peace (1990)
-A.B. Kazes - Out of Space Trance (1989) (album)
-Trilithon - Trance Dance (1991) (album)
-The Overlords - Sundown (Ionizer Mix)
Q. So what do you think of Goa Trance?"
A. I think that after writing this long article, I'm entitled to my 2 cents =] Goa Trance simply blew my mind when I first heard it. It instantly appealed to me, caught me and said "BOOM!!". Mainstream trance is fine but it doesn't take trance to its highest and fullest level. Music cannot go higher than Goa, nor can any other genre take you to the places Goa does. Its a different feeling altogether. For sheer soaring psychedelia, nothing beats Goa, its as simple as that!
First, the best Goa albums. In these all albums every track is good, and at least half of them are simply great.
Format is [Artist] - [Album] - [Year] - [Notable Tracks] followed by remarks if any on the following lines.
The first link is to the listing on www.discogs.com and the subsequent ones to the YouTube videos.
Asia 2001 - Live - 1996 -  - Rakshas
Good stuff, and the 2 remixes from MFG round if off well.
Asia 2001 - Ra - 1996
--->I find that Asia 2001 is difficult to appreciate during home listening., and almost all his tracks seem to be meant for parties. Keeping this in mind, he has some great fast, trippy tracks.
Astral Projection - Trust in Trance - 1996 -  - Kabalah,  - People Can Fly,  - Aurora Borealis
Well to be honest, there isn't any point in listing notable tracks, the whole album is a work of art. If you don't like this, don't bother going any further. The wonderful acid notes, the beautiful buildups and ecstatic melodies will give you a real high.
Astral Projection - Dancing Galaxy - 1997 -  - Dancing Galaxy
Astral Projection - Another World - 1999 -  - Nilaya,  - Another World,  - Searching for UFOs
--->Israeli trance at its best, Astral Projection is arguably the best known Goa Trance project with its joyful, morning sound. Their unique style - uplifting and light Goa Trance - takes what is already a beautiful genre and makes it so uplifting that you actually feel like you're flying.
Bell Size Park - The Truth is There - 1996 -  - Aqua Darkness,  - Horizons
Still a bit divided or including the entire album or just the good tracks. Definitely one or two fillers. However on the whole the entire album is trance that fills your head, takes it's own and allows you gratefully sink into it's grooves.
California Sunshine - Imperia - 1997
--->California Sunshine are known for a happy,uplifting sound, though some of their tracks get formulaic. Nonetheless, if you like the uplifting, morning sound, you should try them.
Chi-a.d. - Virtual Spirit - 1997 -  - Healing Magic,  - Astral Warrior,  - Paranormal Activity (Spooky)
This one is one of the best Goa albums ever, consistent throughout. If you want to nitpick, sometimes the vocal samples are used too frequently, but otherwise its a great piece of work.
Chi-a.d. - Earth Crossing
--->Chi-a.d. is I think the most underservedly underappreciated artist in Goa...his tracks are very good, full of innovation and highly recommended! Perhaps they could build faster though.
Cosmosis - Cosmology - 1996 - the entire album - , , , , , , , , 
Afterglow is great ambient goa and Key to the Innerverse is the best Symphonic Goa Trance track you'll find. It really screams at the end. And the rest is very fast, trippy music, no track will disappoint, its guaranteed to give you that epic feeling. Cosmosis can venture into hard acid territory at times. For example, from 2:00 to 3:50 of Gift of the Gods the acid line is reminiscent of Higher State of Conciousness .
Darshan - Awakening - 1998
Another good Dark Goa release.
Dimension 5 - Transdimensional - 1997 -  - Antidote,  - Flow
This has some fast, pulsating Goa melodies, but is less complicated and more uplifting then say IFO. If you loved this album be sure to check out the Magick Universe album made by the same people under the moniker Hunab Ku.
E-Mantra - Arcana - 2009
Newskool Goa - floating.complex.intense.dreamy.layers melding together.very much in the oldskool vein of things.
Electric Universe - One Love - 1995 - the entire album -  - One Love,  - Out of Time,  - Orange Night,  - Galaxia,  - Equilibrio,  - Electronic Pulsation,  - Virtual Landscape,  - Visiting Venus,  - Nexus
This entire album is consistent, quality Goa, especially Electronic Pulsation and Virtual Landscape. Electronic Pulsation approaches Etnica in excellence.
Etnica - The Italian EP - 1995 - [A] - Fractal Gates, [B1] - Chemical Trance, [B2] - Acid Shell
All 3 tracks on this EP are great, and as the names suggest trippy stuff.
Etnica - The Juggling Alchemists Under The Black Light - 1995 -  - Moon Influence,  - Spheric Koncept
Etnica - Alien Protein - 1996 -  - Chakra Active 8,  - Starship 101
This is one of the best Goa albums of all time, its transcends the whole sensation of listening to music and makes turns it into an entirely different experience all together.
Etnica - Equator - 1999 -  - Be On Go,  - History
If you're looking for downbeat, ambient and slower Goa which stil retains all its elements, this is for you.
---> Etnica is my favorite Goa project. Their music is on a deeper level, profound and full of meaning. It is truely transcendent. It takes a lot of listening to appreciate it, but its more than worth it :D. To be honest, you can't go wrong with any pre-2000 Etnica track. They are just so good. And this isn't my opinion, ask anyone who's into Goa.
Goa Gil - Forest of the Saints - 1998 - Bamboo Forest - Sadhu
Goa Gil - Ceiba - 1998
When it comes to Goa, you're going to bump into Goa Gil sooner or later, he was huge in the initial Goa Trance scene. So I thought I'd put down a few of his mixes over here.
Green Nuns of the Revolution - Rock Bitch Mafia
--->GNOR are a kind of "funky" Goa mixed in with hard acid.
Hallucinogen - Twisted - the entire album - , , , , , , , , [Hidden Track]
The most famous Goa album ever. Hypnotic, fluid, trippy, twisting...the definitive Goa album and "LSD" the definitive Goa track. If I had to pick one Goa album everyone on Earth must hear, I'd pick this. This album will overwhelm your senses, LSD is beautiful, lilting and the layers all meld together to make it a journey though sound. Shamanix has a very recognisable vocal sample,
"The way I feel, I don't expect to go to sleep for a year, I'm on f... fire!!" Exactly the way you would feel if you were on LSD and were listening to it.
When you hear Solstice, keep listening after it ends, after about 5 minutes or so of silence, you hear some ambient Goa sounds, this is the ambient version of a track called "Angelic Particles". I highly recommend getting the original too.
--->Hallucinogen is a project by Simon Posford, and his sound is very twisted and effortless, spinning out rhythms and melodies with ease.
(The) Infinity Project - Mystical Experiences -  - The Answer
Mystical Experiences isn't just another New Age-ey name, they mean it! This is ambient Goa, but of a different kind than Shpongle, more Eastern and mystical. The Answer is one of the best tracks ever.
--->The Infinity Project was a collaboration between Simon Posford and Raja Ram who also plays the flute on some of the tracks.
Jaïa - Blue Energy - 1998 -  - Sommeil Paradoxal,  - Maï Maï ,  - After the Rain
This is excellent uplifting, light, melodic Goa. Mai Mai is the best track on it, and Sommeil Paradox and After the Rain are good ambient tracks. You also get a hidden track at the end of After the Rain.
Juno Reactor - Beyond the Infinite - 1995 -  - Guardian Angel,  - Ice Cube,  - Samurai
--->Juno Reactor incorporates a whole lot of tribal influences and drumming sometimes making for very "heavy" tracks. The group is also known for its work on the Matrix soundtracks.
Khetzal - Corolle - 2005
New school Goa trance.
Message from God - The Prophecy - 1996 -  - Hynotized
Message from God - Project Genesis - 1998 -  - Intelligent Machine,  - Project Genesis,  - On Mars
On Mars is a beautiful track, there is no discernible rhythm because MFG has managed to blend together the different tonal layers so well, that there appears to be a continuous stream of rhythm.
--->Commonly abbreviated as MFG. Project Genesis is dark and may be considered psychedelic.
Paradise Connection - Paradise Connection - 1995 -  - Longbaceglider on Solstice,  - Jeboa Electrogarden,  - Source of Emotion
A Boris Blenn production, the first 4 tracks aren't bad, but the last 3 above-mentioned tracks are simply lovely, you can simply put them on, close your eyes and float away ^_^ Source of Emotion is just heaven, 20 minutes of bliss.
(The) Pleiadians - Identified Flying Object - 1997 - the entire album - , , , , , , 
The album is great. No, scratch that because this album cannot be described. Its up there with Twisted as the best Goa or Psy trance album of all time!! You just have to get this! I particularly liked Maia, Taygeta and Alcyone. Maia has such an eerie ending with a sinister choir that it makes you think you're at the climax of an ancient shamanic tribal ritual.
--->The Pleiadians are a project formed by Etnica with the same band members and the same sound. These tracks are extremely fast and trippy. The difference between Etnica and Pleiadians is the name, and that Pleidians stuff is faster and trippier while Etnica is more laid back and melodic.
Shakta - Silicon Trip - 1997 -  - Neuromancer,  - Spiritual Beings in Physical Bodies
High quality Goa throughout, none of the tracks will disappoint. There are an incredible variety of sounds in this album, keeping each track fresh even with repeat listens. Spiritual Beings in Physical Bodies is the awesomest, yummiest, trippiest, acid-ey, crunchalicious, mindtripping track ever.
Shakta - The Enlightened Ape - 1999
--->Shakta is one of the lesser known Goa artists bus has a very distinctive sound and is one of my favourites. The range of the psychdelic sounds he dishes out will have you marvelling.
Shpongle - Are you Shpongled? - 1998 -  - Shpongle Falls,  - Divine Moments of Truth
--->Again, Simon Posford at his best, this time collaborating with Raja Ram to produce some great ambient Goa. Shpongle is really the gold standard for ambient Goa.
Ubar Tmar - Fusion - 1997 -  - A Trip to Taketori
Haha, psychedelic madness, Ubar Tmar throws all sorts of stuff at you. Heck he introduces something new every 4 beats. Good stuff if you're tired of the usual goa albums and want something fresh.
Zodiac Youth - Devil's Circus - 1997 -  - Atoms (Angelfish Mix),  - Fast Forward the Future (Voodoo People Mix)
A very interesting album, with a variety of styles since each track is a mix by a well-known group. The Voodoo People remix of Fast Forward the Future has some awesome acid sounds. Don't miss the hidden ambient track, which rounds off the album after the last track.
Often a release has this one really mindblowing track which stands out from the rest. So while the release doesn't deserve a place, the track does. THis is a list of tracks that stood out in otherwise average releases not covered above.
A.B. Didgeridoo Oblivion - Vortex
Alienapia - Dharmakaya
Analog Pussy - Go Wacko
Excellent track. From the Psycho Bitch From Hell album which I liked initially but didn't hold up on repeat listens.
Astral Projection - Mahadeva
This tracks needs no introduction, its on every top trance tracks list you'll find. Etymological note: Maha means Great or Mighty and Deva means God in Sanskrit. This is one example of the India influence in Goa Trance.
Astral Projection - Liquid Sun
Astral Projection - Solid Electronics
This is one of my faves, and exemplifies how a light, euphoric Goa track should start.
Ayahuasca - Ayahuascan Chant
Now, this track may be personal preference but I love this! The notes hit just the right chord with me and will take you away, as if through a cosmic journey.
Battle of the Future Buddhas - Tigerhill
Battle of the Future Buddhas - Lord of Dance
Battle of the Future Buddhas - Marsmellow (Meditation Mix)
All from the Twin Sharkfins album, which is good dark forest goa.
Boris Blenn - Rain (California Sunshine Remix)
A great track, melodic and uplifting...you really feel like its raining, and nature is all around you.
Blue Planet Corporation - Overbloody Flood (8 minute version)
Blue Planet Corporation - Juno Satellite
Canda - Luxman
A harmonious blend of Indian mysticism and Goa melodies :)
Chakra & Edi Mis - Liquid Troll
Charm - Brain Structure
Chi-a.d. - Eye Am the I
The best Chi-a.d. track ever!
Chi-a.d. - Biocandy
Chi-a.d. - Pathfinder
Chi-a.d. - The Flame of Eternal Life
Cosmic Silence - Psy Spirit
Cydonia - Animals
Darshan - Warped Dimension
Deedrah - Essential
Doc Von Ooze feat. Boney Arse - Jerking Knobs (Microsurgery Mix)
Edi Mis - The Big Glory
Nothing too complicated, a simple track with aesthetically placed notes.
Endora - Joy
Etnica - Tribute
Four Carry Nuts - Nuts Without Sugar
Genetic - Transmission
Genetic - Floor
Goasia - Reach New Land
Goasia - Yin and Yang
Hallucinogen - Angelic Particles
Hypno - SR111 Flight
Imperial Project - Parallel World
Imperial Project - Acts of Violence
Both from the Remote Viewing album, which is pretty good :)
Juno Reactor - High Energy Protons
Juno Reactor - Acid Moon
Juno Reactor - Conga Fury
Juno Reactor - Pistolero (MWNN remix)
Kopfuss Resonator and DJ Jörg - Whipbird
Crazy, high frequency acid.
Krumelur - A Glass of Milk
Mama Indica - Radioactive Rain
Hard acid Goa! Yeah!!
Manmademan - Drama
Man With No Name - Teleport
This track is one of the most famous Goa Trance tracks ever produced. Man With No Name at his best!
Mary Jane - Kairo
Mary Jane - Inuendo
Moodsyne - Frogs Breath
Mushroomman - Dreamer
Mushroomman - Crystadelic
Mindsphere - Perception
MWNN presents Yogi Bear and Grey One - Big Trouble in Outer Space
N.D.M.A. - Vitan
On the surface there is nothing special about this track, but at the end of it, you feel so good.
Neuwerk - Outland
Noma - Another Time
An entrancing 10 minute long ambient tracks that gives you a real release.
The Nommos - Amma
The Nommos is a project by Goa Gil and his wife Ariane which fuses tribal drumming and Goa. Amma really evokes a kind of New-Age tribal atmosphere and will send chills up your spine.
Planet B.E.N. - Screwdriver
Planet B.E.N. - Trippy Future Garden
If you like Planet B.E.N. slow, trippy builds and journey tracks then I recommend you try out the rest of the Trippy Future Garden album.
Non Fiction - Prolog - The Next Generation
Oforia - Timelessness
Pan - Adios Amoeba
Pharagoonescia - Pharatropic
Paradise Connection - Synthadelic Glide
Perfect Rainbow - Dream on Dreamer
Perfect Rainbow - Exotic Eye
Prana - Voyager III (Voodoo Remix)
Prana - Message for Eastedge
Prana - Boundless
Prana & Athena - Future Space Travellers
Quirk - Robatised
Ra - Gates of Tiptareth
Ra is an ex-Dimension 5 member and this track is a lilting, carry-you-away ambient trancer. This was released on VA - Twist Dreams from Suntrip.
Radiotrance - Plasma
Sandman - Tripulogic
I was pleasantly surprised to hear the innovative bassline for a track made in '96.
Section X - Galaxian
SETI Project - Pain of Anxiety
Shakatura - All Hallows Morning
Shakta & Moonweed - Micronesia
Shakta & Ping Pong - Between the Nothing
Shakta - The Future is Now
Sheyba - Into the 4th Dimension
Slinky Wizard - Supernatural
Solar Plexus - Solarplanet
Solar Plexus - The Landing (Epilogue)
These tracks are from their Images of the Fifth Dimension album, which is good, but not good enough to make it to the album list.
Soluna - Dancing Spirit
Sound Pollution - Where
After you hear this, you'll feel that as far as trance goes, this track is "just right"
Space Elves - Anjuna Beach
Stanley Shanti & the Chillum Wallahs - Placid
Subcouds - On Red
Sundog - Shatterbox
Sundog - Touch the Sun
Talamasca - Believe
Technossomy - Elektron Bender
Technossomy - High Density
Technossomy - Pyramid
Technossomy - V.T.O.L.
The Overlords - Sundown (Ionizer Mix)
Great track, it was released when Goa was in its formative years.
The Light - Dusk
Make sure you get the 8:46 long version, not the shorter 3:46 version on NE. The first half of the track is ok, but the second half is really good.
The Muses Rapt - Spiritual Healing
Total Eclipse - Total Eclipse
Found on VA - Project II Trance way back in '93.
Total Eclipse- Sound Is Solid (both Original and Simon Posford's Remix)
Total Eclipse - Transparent Mind
Total Eclipse - Can't Do That
Total Eclipse - Far Beyond Speech
Transwave - Land of Freedom
Transwave - Rezwalker (Black Thunder Mix)
Takes a bit to get started but its good after that.
Trilithon - Trance Dance
An absolute gem from way back in '91, pure acid bliss. Exemplifies the transition between new beat and goa.
Tufáan - Probe (Green Nuns of the Revolution Mix)
Unconscious Collective - Fluorostani Trancendance
This track is rather funky, so if you like GNOR, you should like this one
Underhead - Orojuna
Witchcraft - Magic Frequencies
This track sends shivers up my spine. Witchcraft is Chakra and Sandman.
Zen Paradox - The Light At the End
A floating ambient track, check out the rest of the EP, of the same name, it appears on if you like the track.
Zirrex - Enter the Psychedelic
In conclusion, I've written this from the point of view of introducing someone unfamiliar with Goa Trance to the genre. I hope you liked it, and it helped you get to know the genre. There are many more artists out there like Bypass Unit, Dogma, Electron Wave, Kopfuss Resonator, Kumbh Mela, Kode IV, Lords of Chaos, Metal Spark, Mindsphere, Moksha, Ka-Sol, O.O.O.D, Ololiuqui, Planet B.E.N., Psychaos, Psyko Disko, Quirk, Shakatura, Sandman, Shaolin Wooden Men, Tarsis, Ypsilon 5, Xenomorph that there isn't really any end to listing albums & artists. Use Discogs to find other projects by artists you like (look up all the projects each individual member was part of, and the projects of members of those projects and so forth and you'll quickly find a lot of releases to listen to) Psynews.org review section to discover more, Psydb and keep exploring the sound ^_^