Psyche Out

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The only artist present on both How to Kill the DJ, Pt. 2 and Psyche Out is the Stranglers, the least fitting representatives for either mix. The Stranglers are known more for inciting brawls than packing dancefloors, and neither one of the band's contributions exceeds a minute. Despite the flimsy but noticeable connection, Psyche Out is an extremely different animal compared to the helter-skelter How to Kill the DJ, focusing on the mind-altering qualities that often run through strains of jazz, rock, soul, disco, and purely electronic dance music. This imagines a utopian venue where Larry Heard opens for the Temptations, where Arthur Russell and Herbie Hancock meet to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The only artist present on both How to Kill the DJ, Pt. 2 and Psyche Out is the Stranglers, the least fitting representatives for either mix. The Stranglers are known more for inciting brawls than packing dancefloors, and neither one of the band's contributions exceeds a minute. Despite the flimsy but noticeable connection, Psyche Out is an extremely different animal compared to the helter-skelter How to Kill the DJ, focusing on the mind-altering qualities that often run through strains of jazz, rock, soul, disco, and purely electronic dance music. This imagines a utopian venue where Larry Heard opens for the Temptations, where Arthur Russell and Herbie Hancock meet to exchange ideas, where Syd Barrett and Ron Hardy are equally revered. The Optimo duo is less quick to switch tracks and tacks, so the ride is a lot smoother here than it is on How to Kill the DJ, with the inclusions often given a few minutes to air out. The blends are often long and discreet enough to the point where you occasionally have to be on the ball in order to pinpoint where one track begins and another ends. Acid Test's "Test One" and Simple Minds' "Theme for Great Cities" overlap enough to be considered a mash-up; this is the headiest moment in the mix, like feeling claustrophobic in an empty stadium or secluded in a cramped sweat box. When placed in this kind of atmosphere, the tracks rarely known for hallucinatory effect manage to take on new shapes -- even Dinosaur's giddily loose "Kiss Me Again" sounds as if its wobbliness is being tripled, and something as rigid and cyclical as the Carl Craig mix of Throbbing Gristle's "Hot on the Heels of Love" comes off slightly gelatinous. While Psyche Out couldn't have been as much of a strain to put together as How to Kill the DJ, its unique concept and ideal realization makes it equally admirable and enjoyable.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/10/2005
  • Label: Eskimo
  • EAN: 5414165013341
  • Catalog Number: 501334
  • Sales rank: 138,436

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gravitation Arch of 10 - Vapourspace (0:42)
  2. 2 Hash Cake '77 - Hawkwind (3:58)
  3. 3 Oscillations - Silver Apples (2:18)
  4. 4 Rise (3:18)
  5. 5 Durch Die Nacht - Justus Köhncke (5:37)
  6. 6 Acid Thunder - Fast Eddie (3:10)
  7. 7 He's Gonna Take You Home (To This House) (1:03)
  8. 8 Raindance - Herbie Hancock (0:59)
  9. 9 Mad Jack - Sweet Exorcist (1:04)
  10. 10 Life Support System (1:44)
  11. 11 Hot on the Heels of Love - Throbbing Gristle (3:27)
  12. 12 Game from Planet Onchet - Hole in One (5:46)
  13. 13 Bear Cage - The Stranglers (0:39)
  14. 14 Washing Machine - Mr. Fingers (3:01)
  15. 15 Walking Through Heaven - Chris & Cosey (4:34)
  16. 16 Walk the Night (3:32)
  17. 17 Test One/Theme from Great Cities - Acid Test (3:33)
  18. 18 Yeah You (0:47)
  19. 19 The Sublime Moment (3:33)
  20. 20 Papa Was a Rollin' Stone - The Temptations (4:54)
  21. 21 Carousel (2:41)
  22. 22 Kiss Me Again - Dinosaur L (8:15)
  23. 23 Time Has Come Today - The Chambers Brothers (4:19)
  24. 24 Johnny Cash - Sons and Daughters (3:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Optimo Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Arthur Russell Composer
Dave Brock Composer
Barrett Strong Composer
Richard H. Kirk Composer
Norman Whitfield Composer
Joseph Chambers Composer
Andy King Composer
L. Heard Composer
Sons and Daughters Composer
B.D. Irwin Composer
Gavin Russom Composer
Delia Gonzalez Composer
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