Boomkat Product Review:
More killer chopped & screwed Goa trance from Parisian shamans Alexis Le Tan and Joakim aka Full Circle, gathering another set of cult, world-beating slow burners for Good Morning Tapes, following in a vein of their prized 2020 sets 'Trip To Knowhere' and 'From Knowhere’.
Putting the sort of screwed acid-dub-trance tekkers found on their 12”s into an idealised mixtape context for the second time, ’Back To Nowhere’ sets the tempo gauge to circa 100bpm for an effortless flow of retro-futurism equally applicable to chill out rooms, beaches, and gouching on the rug. No doubt fans of Vladimir Ivkovic’s elegant downbeat pacing, vintage Mixmaster Morris vibes or Caspar Pound’s Electronic Dub classic will be in their element right here.
For 65 blissed minutes the tape carries bobbing bodies and floating minds on a prevailing breeze of buoyant bass and ticklish machine rhythm, all rent with webs of FX and seamlessly glyding between grooves in a manner that betrays Le Tan & Joakim’s fine honed DJ nous. The A-side is definitely more dub-wise, late evening/early morning style, but the B-side intensifies the pressure without escalating the pace, gently squeezing your pineal with more layered arps and psych guitar and synth pads that hark to Ozric Tentacles via Andrew Weatherall, à la styles collected on the upcoming DJ Athome presents Spaced Out compilation of early UK chillout music.
Don’t fight the feeling!