Boomkat Product Review:
Young Marco’s Safe Trip shift frames of reference to early-mid ‘90s trance-techno, raking up gems from Paul Van Dyk, Holy Ghost Inc., Spooky, Oliver Lieb and many more after previous sojourns into Italian dream house and Belgian ambient techno
All exactly the kind of sprinkles you’d find in one of Marco’s lauded DJ sets, his forensic curatorial skills here highlight a golden era of dance music in the years after the Chicago/Detroit/NYC house phenomenon fused with prevailing new age currents to form an emergent ‘90s gnosticism. Arguably that spirit would end up mainstream by the end of the decade, and surely lost something in translation with it, but these cuts are all brimming with the optimistic promise and tentative melancholy of the early ‘90s.
There are some all-time classics on board, including Holy Ghost’s fizzy breakbeat trance ace ‘Mad Monks on Zinc’, and Paul van Dyk’s ‘Love Mix’ of Humate’s lip-sniffing peaker ‘Love Stimulation,’ while the rest are of equal quality waiting for their second wind; covering lesser know gems such as Spooky’s lush beat-less arps in ‘Orange Coloured Liquid,’ the offbeat acid traction of Damon Wild and Dan Morgan’s ‘Dionysian Dream Sacrament,’ and the brisk boost of ‘Lonely Casseopaya (Club Mix)’ from Oliver Lieb’s L.S.G. alias.