Two for the price of one! The Goat Ranch presents two Darshan single-artist mixes from guest DJ AztroNaut: full, dark, brooding Goa trance with enough energy to split atoms.
I remember quite vividly Darshan’s Awakening album release. I was already a Darshan fan due to tracks like Windchime and Ephemeral, but when this album was unleashed upon the psychedelic trance underground, I gained a new respect for the Grant Collins/Mark Robinson duo that had assembled such an emotive, cohesive piece of music. It was melodic, sure, but it was dark, driving, and full of an incredible pulsating psychedelic energy.
Compiled and mixed by AztroNaut in the spring of 2000 using 2 Pioneer CDJs, here are two Darshan single-artist mixes sure to please the old-school Goa trance fan.
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02 Sun Probe
05 New World
08 Digital Damage
09 Lunar Sunrise
10 The Beast
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03 Rapid Flight
08 Morphic Resonance
10 Black Magic
12 Mind Merge
AztroNaut gives us a some insight into himself and these mixes:
I am now 40 years old and have loved Goa trance since ’98. I also love progressive house and death metal + some rock. I’ve done artist mixes and other concept mixes for 13 years, and still counting. I haven’t been spinning “officially” for the last decade due to various reasons, but I’m happy to carry on at home.
Darshan was a project I fell in love with in ’98 and once I started DJing, I had a desire to mix my favourite tracks from them. Not that many tracks were licensed back then, so in order to fully dig Darshan I had to collect all tracks on minidisc, and the idea of a mix was born. This was my third artist mix recorded to minidisc. These types of mixes with only one artist weren’t something I could flag high since most people care to hear different [artists in a mix]. Therefore, along with others, this was stored on MD which only recently have been revisited. Nothing but volume adjustments have been done with the mixes as I feel they still are as good as I could possibly make them (the only transition I’m not satisfied with is Duck & Black Magic).
I’ve recorded more artist mixes than anything else, and I’m happy to do them since not that many choose the same. The challenge is at least on a level with mixes of unlimited choices; artist mixes have a very limited amount of tracks and possibilities from which to pick – it still has to sound natural and carry a nice flow.
Whether you like Darshan already or have newly discovered them, here’s your chance to listen to the best of their collection in two parts.
A stunning effort exhibited in both, AztroNaut – thank you!