Ravers are flocking to Israel for its incredible psytrance scene. While nothing compares to dancing in the desert, these six tracks give you a taste of the country’s psychedelic wonder.
“Mahadeva” from Trust in Trance 2 by Astral Projection
Trust in Trance and its namesake compilation albums helped cement Israel as a rave capital of the world.
“The Prayer” from Cosmic Experience by Electric Universe
Electric Universe and Spirit Zone Records were early pioneers of psytrance, born out of Germany’s underground trance scene.
“Hit ‘N’ Run” from Total Anarchy by Skazi
This track is atypical of most psytrance, but a favorite nonetheless. Coming from Israel’s punk scene, Skazi blends rock music with raves for a unique, hard-hitting blend.
“L.S.D.” from Twisted by Hallucinogen
Twisted was the first favorite album of many ravers introduced to psytrance in the early 2000s.
“Bust a Move” from Classical Mushroom by Infected Mushroom
Infected Mushroom’s second album is considered a classic of the genre, introducing mainstream audiences to psytrance for the first time.
“Diving Moments of Truth” from Are You Shpongled? by Shpongle
Simon Posford is so good, he’s on this list twice. The previously mentioned Hallucinogen is his dance music persona, but Shpongle is his otherworldly collaboration with Raja Ram, a beautiful marriage of psytrance and ambient music.
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