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July 20, 2018 11:39 PM

It's the festival season, and not any festival!

Hello dear Suntrippers...and dear Apsarans :)

As you know we've been carefully baking the Apsara Festival to be held near Sibiu in Romania from August 8th to 12th.
If you still don't have your ticket, please rush on tickets.apsara-festival.com and come to listen to la crème de la crème of Goatrance !!!

In the meantime you can meet us at Boom in the coming days. Celestial Intelligence will be presenting their new album on the mainstage on Wednesday July 25th !

Oh yeah we may have a little surprise ready for those who will attend the Apsara Festival...a good Goa festival in Romania doesn't come without a good Goa allbum from Romania :) The new E-Mantra baby will hit the shelves around September 1st but Apsarans will probably be able to get their hands on it 3 weeks earlier.

If you're jealous, you can always go and listen to the samples.

This is the 4th album for E-Mantra, one of the most famous protagonists of modern goa-trance. For this new fairytale, called "Stapanii Timpului", he was inspired by the ominous legends of his homecountry, Romania. Mantralicious! 

The album starts with "Rusalka", a huge dancefloor stormer with an enormous kick, followed by a darker pure acid 303-stormer: "Ghosts in the Mist". Slowly the album evolves in recognisable E-Mantra territories: darker acidic goa-trance with spooky melodies and massive bass. Tracks like "Ravenmocker", "At The Foothills of Kogaion" & "Typhon's Wrath" will destroy every trancefloor! During the last tracks we hear the first rays of sun again! Blisfull melodies accompanied by another dose of acid-sounds allover! To end this epic story E-Mantra shows his ability for downtempo trance again.

No doubt, when this album hits the speakers, it will make you dance, smile and go crazy! And if you like it, dont forget the other classics by E-Mantra released on Suntrip Records! As usual the mastering is done by Tim Schuldt, for an extra crispy result! 

Posted by: Fabien Mars
Comments: 0
May 10, 2018 11:15 PM

Darker, stronger, here is Morphic Resonance's new album: Perplexity!

There it is!

After two years of hard work , Christian aka Morphic Resonance follows up on his debut album "The City Of Moons" with a darker, more industrial, and yet ultra psychedelic second album called "Perplexity".

 In this sequel you will hear more of his magic! Smashing kicks and basslines, acidic melodies, industrial distortion and a high amount of psychedelic effects will bring you into another dimension!

The beautiful artwork was made by Rodolpho Morais from Brasil and mastering is by Tim Schuldt, another master of industrial influenced psychedelic trance!

Oh, and it has very good reviews on Psynews too :)

Seriously? Go get it !
Bandcamp
Suntrip Records shop

 

 

Regarding the new E-Mantra album we talked about last time, we're progressing: mastering is in progress and we have a mockup to show :)

Extracts are coming very soon !!

 

 

And last but not least, let's talk about the Apsara Festival


We are delighted to see all the support we get, and people coming from a hundred countries!!
We have annouced almost every uptempo artist now, and I'm not sure we can pack more awesome artists in just 5 days !

We'll get to the downtempo artists in the coming weeks :)

We did our best to pack our website with all sorts of useful information.

Now I think it's time I invite you to get your ticket on https://tickets.apsara-festival.com :)
There's also some information page over our phases and their pricings.

As we're deep into the production / schedule / logistics phase, I'm taking the opportunity to call for volunteers ready to help us DURING the event. We know you wanna dance, and won't be asking you to work too much, and there's an incentive too, so why not apply ?

 

Posted by: Fabien Mars
Comments: 1
April 8, 2018 2:19 PM

We were silent but we weren't idle...

Hello Suntrippers !!

Finally Spring is upon us and the first rays of light that are drawing a highway to the summer, the fesitval season and of course our dearestApsara Festival !!!

 

In order to prepare for that, we have some great music for you !!!

First Cristian of Morphic Resonance has spared no effort to give the final touches to his new album "Perplexity" to be released in the very first days of May.

A must for all lovers of darkish, ominous, acidic, dirty old school goa-trance!

His first album, "The City of Moons" was voted as the best album of the year 2016 on Psynews, and his Pleiadians Remix mini album on DAT Records gained a lot of attention as well. In this sequel coming exactly two years later, you will hear more of his magic! Smashing kicks and basslines, acidic melodies, industrial distortion and a high amount of psychedelic effects will bring you into another dimension!

The beautiful artwork was made by Rodolpho Morais from Brasil and mastering is by Tim Schuldt, another master of industrial influenced psychedelic trance!

All you have to do now is head straight to the release page and enjoy the 3:30 minute long samples !!!

 

Now you're thinking...since "Perplexity" will be SUNCD49, Suntrip has to be ready to release their celebration SUNCD FIFTY compilation they've been talking about for two years ! Right ?

Well, no. We have a title, we already gathered plenty of awesome tracks, but we want it to be unforgettable so we're going to give it a few extra months.

 

In the meantime we're working on the new E-Mantra album. What was still codename SUNCD51 a few days ago has now a title: "Stapanii Timpului" ("The Masters of Time" in Romanian). Mastering is about to be done and artwork is in progress. More about it (and extracts) will be disclosed soon :)

 

And last but not least let us remind you about the Apsara Festival !

If you kept following us, you are now aware we're definitely not joking. To date, 33 outstanding uptempo live and DJ performances have been announced, and there's still 8 announcements to come including some seriously killer ones in the next 2 weeks !!!!!!

At the same time we're closing the presales Phase 1 soon, and switching to Phase 2 on April 17th. Be sure to buy your ticket now !!!

For all sorts of infos about our festival, besides our facebook page, be sure to check the location, guidelines, parking, camping, facilitiesFAQ and of course line up pages on our official website.

 

Let the Sun shine, and see you soon !!!

Posted by: Fabien Mars
Comments: 0
February 7, 2018 12:25 AM

Get to know Ray Castle works with our new release: "Mystique Of The Metaverse"

One of the most distinguished trail-blazing legends of the nineties Goa movement, Ray Castle, has salvaged his DATs from a rhyzome time capsule stash containing artefacts from a truly revolutionary epoch.

And today we are releasing a retrospective over his most striking works with "Mystique Of The Metaverse".

Mystique Of The Metaverse is a pedigree selection of tracks resulting from mind-melding sessions at the apogee of Goa trance’s ascension as a multivalant style of dance music nuanced in metaphysics and cosmos and psyche. And they have been remastered by Tim Schuldt from the original DAT tapes!

DJ-ing in Goa, India, from the late eighties, Ray was able to translate the ultra word “Goa-state-of-mind” into this numinous music, seminal to psychedelic-intentioned dance music for wilderness settings. 

With "Mystique Of The Metaverse" we hope you to get a glipse of what it used to be when the whole Goa movement started, in this period of crazy exhilarating boundless creativity !

Head to the release page or our bandcamp page and enjoy the music !!

Posted by: Fabien Mars
Comments: 0
January 23, 2018 12:00 PM

The Triquetra debut album "Ecstatic Planet" is released!

You like Crazy, acidic, full power, old school influenced Goa trance which puts dancefloors on fire? Don't search any longer... Suntrip Records just released the debut album of Triquetra!

Instead of a huge promo text, just listen to the samples and buy if you like. Spread the word and thanks for the support!

The release is available on our own shop and of course on bandcamp !

...Oh and the guys are going to play in the Apsara Festival we're organizing too :)

And the mighty twins are not hiding behind their computer, they also use live instruments !!!


 

Posted by: Fabien Mars
Comments: 0
January 5, 2018 3:00 AM

Triquetrappy new year !

Hello Everyone,

The Suntrip Team wishes you a fantastic new year 2018 !

So much has happened in2017...OK let's do a small recap first: We started the year like we promised...

Mindsphere - Mental Triplex : Mindream (SUNCDLE06)
VA - Inti (SUNCD45)
K.O.B. - Identity Mash (SUNCD46)

...and finally...

Astral Projection - Let There Be Light EP (SUNCDEP02)

   

 

We hope you appreciated the ambient side of Mindsphere, and got a full taste of our new recruits, and new directions from known projects, with Triquetra, Sykespico, Ovnimoon, Morphic Resonance and Celestial Intelligence all featured in "Inti".

In turn, we're a little sad K.O.B. divised the audience more than Filteria. It's underrated in out opinion, as it contains fantastic darker Goa material. Re-listen to it, you'll see...

Naturally Astral Projection kept up to their promises and together with our dear remixers Filteria and Morphic Rsonance, delivered a highly acclaimed piece of joy and enlightenment ! Thanks for all the kind words we received, especially during the Conection Festival when it was just released.

 

After that, nothing... we'd promised a Ray Castle retrospective (Rhythmystec, Insectoid, Masaray...), the Triquetra album, a Connection compilation, the mysterious SUNCD50 compilation. What happened?

Well, first scheduling releases is not an exact science : Triquetra needed a few extra weeks. As for Ray, dubbing a 20+ year old DAT then shipping it from Australia to Europe, before extracting it can sure take some time. The Connection compilation just didn't happen: compiling takes time, organizing a festival too, and it gets complicated when both are at the same time...


...and that's exactly what we're doing right now as we announced the Apsara Festival to be held from August 8th to 12th in Ludos, Romania, on the ex-Transylvaliens land!

We're disclosing the lineup at a rate of 2 artists per week. You can expect a LOT of surprises in the next weeks :)

Oh by the way, presales are open and we're still in Phase 1 and we're applying a "Social" pricing for residents of countries facing complicated economic conditions. We have ambassadors too. Romania is a beautiful country, so why not come and tour once you've danced like there's no tomorrow ?

The most we'd organized before was a week-end event, that's another beast now and obviously a mountain of work when you have to learn and build everything from scratch. Fortunately some of the ex-Transylvaliens guys are helping us a great deal with...everything. Overall we'll do exactly what we've done since 2004: work hard and harder till your ears are filled with blissful music, till your muscles are propelled by energy waves, till happyness blows your mind !

Just a little background information here: the Apsara team is 5 people: Fabien, Jos "Anoebis", and Chris "Ouwe Gouwe" from Suntrip Records; Remus "Hase" and Theo "Mawski" from ex-Transylvaliens; without forgetting Rodolfo Morais, our graphic designer.. Jos and Chris have switched to a 80% work time, their remaining 20% being spent respectively on Communication/Promotion; and the company's legal things + budget/accountancy; while Fabien has decided to spend 100% of his time on Apsara's technical things, presales+ambassadors, plane tickets, flyers, on-site procedures, Suntrip's next releases of course, and a couple of unrelated projects. Remus and Theo, as native Romanians, are dealing with most of the logistics/crew. Everyone took part to the lineup selection! Since we live in 3 different countries, we're thoroughly using so-called "new technologies" to meet up and share documents. All this would have been impossible only 10 years ago.

Naturally we've created a company to make things legal, we have a realistic budget, we've met the mayor in Ludos who's happy to see a festival on his land again, our uptempo stage lineup is 95% confirmed, downtempo stage lineup 50% complete, deco confirmed (it's awesome), security too, toilets/showers agreement in progress, crews definition and procedures/shifts in progress, we're starting to select shops and volunteers, and the presales are ongoing. So you see we're damn serious and commited. Chris and Fabien are even set on learning Romanian!

We were pleased to receive support from a couple of other festival promoters. Hats off guys, thanks for believing in Goa music and in us!


Oh yes, another 2017 news you may have missed: I wrote above Chris Ouwe Gouwe is now part of Suntrip Records. We're three guys in the core team now (but we'd be nothign without the many great heplers we have). This was high time: he's one of the Old Is Gold / Trance Dimensions / Fractal Gate parties organizers, and long time Suntrip accountant and advisor, ultra square guy and hardcore Goa addict :) He will keep taking care -officially now- of 604 Bookings on top of what he used to do for us.

Suntrip is growing indeed. Not because we want it, because you want it: more music, more parties, more happiness and love mean more work, more responsibilites. It's a little scary as we're at a point where what used to be a night-time occupation is taking up a significant part of our lives (it's 3am as I'm writing this). Probably means we love it. Ah if only Suntrip could pay our rents...


 

Back to the releases now:

"Ecstatic Planet" is the debut album of one of the most talented goa-trance producers these days: Triquetra! These Belgian twins, Elric & Jurian, are blowing away the scene and played allover the world already, Israel and Japan included! Why? Because their music simply kicks ass! Acidic, uplifting but melodic for all lovers of old school goa-trance! We even heard people making a link with old Cosmosis... Can you handle that? :)

The journey starts with a melodic track, which is supposed to be the Gate to Happiness! Good, because indeed, happiness is imminent: The following tracks are pure blissfull acidic old school goa-trance! A good portion of TB303 & acid sounds, uplifting melodies, old school kicks and an interesting rhythm section! With "Gargantuan Tribes" they take a break from the madness, and show their other side: tribal trance with live didgeridoo and drums! The second part of the album evolves to more typical melodic goa-trance for the morning hours! Many dancefloors already exploded with this music, we hope you will too!

Release date is Janury 22nd, and if you can't hold your breath until then, you better get your hands on the samples on the release page !

 

Aaah this one is a jewel...One of the most distinguished trail-blazing legends of the nineties Goa movement, Ray Castle, has salvaged his DATs from a rhyzome time capsule stash containing artefacts from a truly revolutionary epoch. 

"Mystique Of The Metaverse" is a pedigree selection of tracks resulting from mind-melding sessions at the apogee of Goa trance’s ascension as a multi valiant style of dance music nuanced in metaphysics and cosmos and psyche. And they have been remastered by Tim Schuldt from the original DAT tapes!

DJ-ing in Goa, India, from the late eighties, Ray was able to translate the ultra word “Goa-state-of-mind” into this numinous music, seminal to psychedelic-intentioned dance music for wilderness settings. 

Game changer, Rhthmystec, is testimony to his long-term relationship with Nick Taylor and what was happening in Byron Bay in the mid-nineties.

An artistic catalyser in Japan from the late eighties, he made parties and collaboratively conjured tracks. Time Traveller Of Trance was channeled with Masayuki Kurihara above his family restaurant, to become a Goa masterpiece, now reanimated with JoyfullNative’s stellar remix. 

In the Roland robot kingdom, under the spell the far East, he had visions of a “neuro tribe” with Susumu Yokota and Take Tokuda, out of which came the Sonic Sufi sessions. 

Deep in the Australian bush, together with Nick Spacetree and Mark Turner, he engaged in rituals and field recordings in the company of disembodied spirits and extra-terrestrials. These paranormal, and out of the body, experiences are Insectoid.
 

In the great Suntrip mixup tradition, this SUNCD47 will be released on February 14th, after Triquetra's SUNCD48, and guess what ? I just made the samples available on the release page.

 

Still here ?
OK.
Morphic Resonance's second album, codename SUNCD49 is next. It's almost ready and it will kick your ass in your bedroom as surely as it did at Connection. Expect the massage in April.

Then we have no other choice but to release our "mythic" SUNCD50 compilation during spring before Apsara :)
The concept:

  • CD1: Sunshine Goa
  • CD2: Darker Goa
  • CD3: <surprise-surprise>

We're already selecting tracks but don't hesitate to submit some more promos!


We seriously have no idea of what we'll release in the second semester, we just know several other artists are still working on their new albums: Celestial Intelligence (2nd album), Cosmic Dimension (2nd album), Merr0w (2nd album "Odysseus"), Mindsphere (the 3rd "Mental Triplex")... We sure hope the prospect of seeing you dance at Apsara will give them extra motivation !!!!

Have a sweet sweet year 2018 and see you on the dancefloor!

Posted by: Fabien Mars
Comments: 1
December 17, 2017 9:56 PM

Apsara Festival presales open!

Oww we've been through one of the most intense weeks of our lives!

As announced earlier we're working on two splendid releases: the Triquetra debut and a retrospective of Ray Castle & Collaborators (Insectoid, Rhythmystec). We'll make a spearate post about them in a couple of days, with extracts and pictures !


But right now we want to share some very good news : we are now opening the Apsara Festival 2018 presales:

http://tickets.apsara-festival.com
Just in time for Christmas presents, right ?

They will also be available through our ambassadors from mid-January 2018.

Pricing strategy: We decided to work with 2 different prices, as not everyone has the same economic situation. We have "social" countries and we have "mainstream" countries. Like this we try to make sure everyone is able to make it to this pure goa-trance event!

The phases are as follows:

  • Early Birds: 17 dec 2017 - 16 jan 2018 - LIMITED
    Social prices: 50€ - Mainstream prices: 90€
  • Phase 1: 17 jan 2018 - 16 apr 2018 - LESS LIMITED (but still limited)
    Social prices: 70€ - Mainstream prices: 110€
  • Phase 2: 17 apr 2018 - 03 aug 2018 - UNLIMITED
    Social prices: 80€ - Mainstream prices: 120€
  • At the door - TICKETS AT THE DOOR WILL BE AVAILABLE!
    Social prices: 100€ - Mainstream prices: 140€

If all tickets in a phase are sold, the next phase automatically starts.

 

"Social" countries : We're offering tickets at a lower price exclusively for people in countries with more demanding economic situations. Pay attention, we will check your living address at the gates (eg: take a bill with you). "Social pricing" countries are:

  • Europe: Most of Central and Eastern Europe: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia And Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Turkey, Ukraine
  • Africa: All countries
  • Middle East: All countries except Israel, Oman, Qatar & United Arab Emirates
  • Asia & Pacific: All countries except Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Australia & New Zealand
  • Caribbean, Central and South America: All countries except Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico

 

Accepted payment means: VISA, Mastercard, Maestro/Bancontact, Carte Bleue, Paypal

 

Kids: Children can enter the festival for free up to their 13th birthday.

 

Ambassadors: for some people and in some countries it is NOT easy to have a bank card, or pay via paypal. For those countries, we have ambassadors as well. With them you can pay cash or on their local account. The ambassadors only start to work at Phase 1, so the 17th of january. We will have ambassadors in: Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Israel, and several central/eastern European countries. The list will be disclosed in the first days of January.

 

That's it for today, we'll leave you to your festival christmas preparations, see you very soon ! :)

Posted by: Fabien Mars
Comments: 0
December 16, 2017 5:46 PM

Boom Ambassador presale start: December 19th

As you may know, Suntrip Records has been granted the priviledge to be a Boom Ambassador for Belgium and Luxembourg for the 4th time!

The amount of tickets is limited but we cried and managed to get 190...then yesterday Boom granted us 60 extra, totaling 250 tickets, which is a pretty neat recognition that Boom likes Belgium, Belgium likes Boom, and Belgium knows how to party, yeah !!!

Ambassador tickets will be available on the 19th of December. To make it a pleasant experience for everyone, here are a few guidelines: 

  • Advanced reservations cannot be made via Boom Ambassadors. Tickets will be available on a first serve basis.
  • If you're a resident of Belgium or Luxembourg, you can make a request from midnight on the 19th, but we'll only read/answer them from 9AM.
  • You can contact us by email: boom@suntriprecords.com or +33 6 95 95 85 11 (yes this is a French number) or Facebook
  • Tickets won't be on our online shop, experience showed us it's better to work from person to person.
  • No need to drive to our door either, all tickets are electronic (so you can download the ticket as a printable PDF)
  • Regular Phase 2 ticket : 195€ + 7€ ticketing platform fee => 202€ per ticket.
  • We accept bank transfers and paypal
  • Infos we'll request from you: first/last name, birthdate, country of birth, gender, ID/passport number, email
  • All tickets are personal and non-transferable.
  • Remember: a Boom ambassador is also the right person to ask specific questions about Boom, especially if you have special needs.

See you on tuesday !

Posted by: Fabien Mars
Comments: 1
November 2, 2017 11:37 PM

Enter...The Apsara Festival

Apsara, the nymphs of the dance, and of course, our second CD and a milestone of the new goa-trance wave
After 13 years providing music, organizing Suntrip & Old is Gold / Fractal Gate events, Suntrip presents something unique:

The Apsara Festival!

A festival, for goa-trance loving people with a psychedelic mindset!

Our vision is and was always the same: bring all facets of goa-trance to you! And there is no better way to do it than on a festival! What can you expect by us? A beautiful natural surrounding... A valley inside a forest where you can camp! And of course, the best music you can imagine! We make sure you will hear tons of your favourite artists. Some unique, some more well known, some old school, some modern! Ranging from pure melodic goa, to darker night acid-trance! From early forest influenced music to pure euphoria! Each music has its moment, and we'll make sure all lovers of this kind of music will reach bliss!

So, more to the point info:
Where: Ludoş, near Sibiu, Romania
When: wednesday 8 till sunday 12th of August 2018
Prices: depending on the country where you live, but cheap compared to today's festival standards
Presale: starting the 1st of January
 

Line up: There will be two dance floors: the "Main Valley Floor" and the "Ambient Forest"
We will make sure you have some very unique names and will announce more names every week! Those who know Suntrip and the Old is Gold / Fractal Gate parties also know we won't disappoint you!

Here are the first names:

Encens / Ominus / Aeternum (Day Live + Night Live)
Koyote Records / UK

 

Battle of the Future Buddhas (Live & DJ-set)
Schlabbaduerst RekKords / Sweden

 

Cydonia / Semsis (Live)
Blue Room + Atomic / UK

 

Filteria (Live) + K.O.B. (live)
Suntrip Records / Sweden

 

Mindsphere (Live)
Suntrip Records / Turkey

 

Wait for updates, much more news will reach all of you soon!

Oh, and here's the event on Facebook !

Posted by: Fabien Mars
Comments: 0
October 29, 2017 10:33 PM

Yes, we will be Boom Ambassador again !

Hello

This is with great pleasure that we can announce that Suntrip Records is going to be a Boom Ambassador for Belgium for the 4th time!

As you may already know, the amount of tickets is limited and the Boom ticketing platform suffered a cyber attack when it was aopen a few weeks ago. So you may be tempted to contact us "just in case"...
But don't panic: Boom is currently assessing how/when to restart their online sales and they will notify the community 48 hours in advance.

We advise you to regularly check their news https://www.boomfestival.org/boom2018/news/boom-news/

and also subscribe to their newsletter: https://www.boomfestival.org/boom2018/

 

Regarding our role as the Belgian Boom Ambassador, here's a few guidelines Boom gave us:

  • Information about Boom Festival Ambassadors will be published on the festival website in November.  
  • Ambassador tickets will be available on the 19th of December.
  • Advanced reservations cannot be made via Boom Ambassadors. Tickets will be available on a first serve basis.
  • All tickets are personal and non-transferable.
  • Regular Price Ticket  - 195€

 

If you are a Belgian citizen and already have questions (no reservation list please),  you may contact us on boom@suntriprecords.com or +33 6 95 95 85 11 (speaks: EN/FR/ES - yes this is a French number, the Ambassador's job was already handled by Suntrip's frenchman when he was still living in Belgium...)

 

Other contacts at Boom's central office:

 

See you soon !

Posted by: Fabien Mars
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