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BPM range: 138 — 142
This subgenre organically fits between Progressive Psy and the classic Psychedelic Trance in the BPM range, combining the best elements of these two. It is arguably the most common Psytrance subgenre now that sounds on the festivals all over the world, and in fact, if you hear the word “Psytrance”, it’s most likely referred to this particular subgenre.
Artificials, E-Clip, Lifeforms, Outsiders, Relativ, Sonic Species, StarLab, Vertical Mode
Digital Om Productions, HOMmega Productions, Profound Records, Sacred Technology, TechSafari Records, Transcape Records
BPM range: 135 — 150
The Goa Trance movement was born in the mid 1990’s and pre-defines what is known as modern Psytrance today. Goa Trance music was able to assist dancers in experiencing a collective state of bodily transcendence, similar to that of ancient shamanic dancing rituals, through hypnotic, pulsing melodies and rhythms. As such, it has an energetic beat, often in a standard 4/4 dance rhythm.
A resurgence of New School Goa has taken place since 2003.
Astral Projection, Artifact303, Filteria, Hallucinogen, Man With No Name, Miranda, Ovnimoon, Pleiadians, Transwave
Flying Rhino Records, MDMA Records, Suntrip Records, Timewarp, Twisted Records
BPM range: 145 — 148
Psychedelic is probably the most iconic subgenre of Psytrance music, with driving basslines and futuristic sounds often created using FM synthesis. The style was pioneered in the UK largely driven by London-based labels like Alchemy, Flying Rhino and TIP Records.
Ajja, Avalon, Burn In Noise, Electric Universe, Laughing Buddha, Aphid Moon, Mad Tribe, Tristan, Dickster, Future Frequency,
Alchemy Records, BMSS Records, Bom Shanka Music, Digital Om Productions, Grasshopper Records, Looney Moon Records, Nano Records, TIP Records
BPM range: 134 — 138
Emerging in the mid ’00s in Europe, Progressive Psytrance has quickly expanded to become one of the most common Psytrance subgenres. And it’s very diverse too, featuring a quite wide range of vibes.
Progressive Psy doesn’t utilise one particular type of sound, but rather focuses on the groove, the flow, and how it progresses over time.
Ace Ventura, Atmos, Atacama, Human Blue, Liquid Soul, Mindwave, Protonica, Vibrasphere, Zyce, Son Kite
BPM range: 134 — 140
The Offbeat Psy uses a specific bassline pattern at which a single bass note hits between four-on-the-floor kick drums, hence the name. It is originated from Hamburg, Germany, in the late 00’s.
Tracks in this subgenre often include sampled speech samples processed with the gate or sidechain effects.
Audiomatic, Fabio & Moon, Interactive Noise, Neelix, Unseen Dimensions, Vaishiyas
BPM range: 140 — 148
The Morning Full-On genre has its roots in Israel and is a dynamic, playful, and musical subgenre of Psytrance that appeals to a broader audience because of its positive vibe. Unlike a typical straight Psytrance bassline pattern, the Full-on bassline plays on various notes across a few octaves, creating a special rhythm and melody that way.
The period of 2004–2009 is considered as the “golden age” of Full-on before Progressive Psy took over the global Psy scene.
Astrix, Bizzare Contact, Electro Sun, Ephedrix, DigiCult, System Nipel, Sesto Sento, Wizzy Noise
Agitato Records, Dacru Records, Mainstage Records, United Beats Records, Utopia Records
BPM range: 140 — 152
Twilight Psytrance was pioneered in South African in the mid 2000’s and the can be described for the middle hours between night and day, somewhat melodic but still edgy, often groovier and deeper than the more “mainstream” full-on vibe.
Absolum, Brainwash, CPU, Ex-Gen, Outer Signal, Scorb, Pitch Hikers, Shift, Stereopanic
BPM range: 140 — 155
Dark Psytrance name speaks for itself. This subgenre is dark, cold, and themed with a horror special effects. Sometimes it’s called Cyberdelic, which stands for “cybernetic + psychedelic”, due to a massive amount of artificial sounds, lasers, and other alien sounds. Many Dark Psy producers are hailing from Russia, so you might see this genre referred as a Russian style.
Fungus Funk, Goa Gil, Kindzadza, Ocelot, Penta, Savage Scream, Zik Matutero
Bhooteshwara Records, DejaVu Records, Discovalley Records, Parvati Records, Vertigo Records, Zaikadelic RecordsTRANCE
BPM range: 150 — 160
Forest Psytrance is very similar to Dark Psy in many ways, but it’s less robotic-themed and focuses more on the ambient noises, nature atmosphere. Forest is darker, more psychedelic but with a funky low end bassline and strange trippy effects in the upper register
Derango, Atriohm, Baba Yaga, Deep Brian From Bosis, Distorted Goblin, Taigan Sunsen
Digital Shiva Power, Parvati Records, Sonic Chakras Records, Yggdrasil Records
BPM range: 150 — 220+
Hi-Tech is a Psytrance style strongly influenced by Dark Psytrance, Psycore, and Full-On. Typically fast, unpredictable, highly technical, with a focus on polished beats, clear bass lines, and glitchy sounds designed to reprogram the mind.
Highcosmos, Highko, Terranoise, Psykovsky
BPM range: 130 — 138
Psybreaks or Psychedelic Breaks is a relatively new subgenre that emerged in the late 2000s and is a combination of psychedelic trance and breaks/drum & bass elements. It lacks a kicks and simple 4/4 rhythm in favour of irregular breaks.
Bad Tango, Beatman and Ludmila, Blazer, Broken Eye, Hedflux, MartOpetEr
Broken Robot Recordings, Luminus Music, Neom Recordings, VIM Records
BPM range: 135 — 145
The “Suomi-saundi” is derived from the native name for Finland, the original birthplace of this particular fat, funky, experimental, and freestyle form of psychedelic trance.
Suomisaundi tracks are usually very melodic, including heavy influences from early Goa, tribal beats, and Acid Trance tracks, as well as funky guitar and keyboard loops and sounds from or reminiscent of 80’s.
Aavepyörä, James Reipas, Puoskari, Salakavala, Texas Faggott, Troll Scientists
Exogenic Records, Random Records, Sonic Dragon, Ultiva Records
BPM range: 90 — 120
Psybient is a much slower downtempo genre that often seeks to reach a state of deep relaxation, close to meditation and lucid dreaming. It utilities various elements of Goa Trance and Psychedelic music in general, and typically has a classic Goa kick drum, 303’s sounds, and lush atmospheric pads.
Asura, Astronaut Ape, Cloower Wooma, E-Mantra, Lemonchill, Tarac, Twin Shape
Altar Records, Desert Trax, Microcosmos Records, Mindspring Music, Ultimae Records
Psychedelic Techno is one way to (loosely) label a specific spectrum of electronic dance music. It is characterized by its focus on minimalism, aiming to induce a trance in the listener through shifting, percussive rhythms, and deep, rolling basses.
Psytech is stripped down psytrance where the sounds are much more non-melodic. Another feature is the greater Constance of rhythm that is shared with techno.
Cybered, Freedom Fighters, Hedustma, Ectima, John 00 Fleming, Midimiliz, MVMB, Opsy, Tegma
JOOF Recordings, Horns And Hoofs Entertainment, Iboga Records, Soundmute Recordings
Also known as: Minimal, Deep Psychedelic, Zenonesque
Although this subgenre might be formally called Progressive, it’s typically slower, deeper and less melodic than the Progressive Psy we know today. Tracks of this subgenre build-up slowly, allowing artists to focus more on things like reverb tails, delay effects, little percussion tricks, and other subtle details.
Atmos, Beat Bizarre, Krumelur, Perfect Stranger, Son Kite, Sensient
Echoes Records, Plusquam Records, Uxmal Records, Zenon Records
Pioneered by Juno Reactor and then recently popularised by Vini Vici, Tribal Psy utilises triplets bassline pattern along with some ethnic drums and vocal samples. Some producers overused triplets so much in the recent years, so at some point, having a triplet drop is almost considered as a cliché.
Berg, Juno Reactor, Loud, Omiki, Pop Art, Planet 6, Pura Vida, Vini Vici
Blue Tunes Records, Bounce Recordings, Mainstage Records, X7M Records
Psy Tech-Trance is a product of a clash between Psytrance and a regular Trance worlds. Tracks in this subgenre typically have the Psy bassline, longer uplifting breakdowns, and acidic riffs at the climax. Although some devoted psytrance fans don’t accept this subgenre as a part of the Psy scene and culture, it grows pretty rapidly, especially in the US.
Christopher Lawrence, Harmonic Rush, Jordan Suckley, Sean Tyas, Simon Patterson
Damaged Records, Mental Asylum Records, Perfecto Fluoro, Pharmacy Music, The VII Crew
Chillout music is very similar to Psychill but less psychedelic influenced. Formally speaking, Chillout is a subgenre of electronic music in general, not Psytrance in particular. However, historically it has a deep connection to the Psy scene and today you can hear many Chillout artists playing at the Psytrance festivals.
Carbon Based Lifeforms, Kyoto, Side Liner, Suduaya, Sysyphe, Vibrasphere
Altar Records, Cosmicleaf Records, Hadra Records, Microcosmos Records, Ultimae Records
Nitzhonot is a subgenre that formed from the classic Goa Trance in the mid 90’s in Israel, and it literally means “victories” in Hebrew. It is typically faster than Goa Trance, with high-pitched kick drums and fast-paced oriental melodies. And just like Goa Trance, Nitzhonot considered an underground subgenre among Psytrance as a whole, which is an underground style itself.
Agneton, Cyan, Eyal Barkan, Goalien, Shivax
Ezel-Ebed Records, Krembo Records, Phototropic Records, Sita Records
Psydub ( or sometimes inaccurately Ambient Dub ) is a fusion genre of Electronic music that has its roots in Psychedelic trance, Ambient and Dub music. Incorporated dub elements are melodic basslines, deep reggae roots and producing techniques like dynamically adding extensive echo, reverb, panoramic delay, and occasional dubbing of vocal or instrumental snippets from the original version or other works
Shpongle, Simon Posford, Hallucinogen, Raja Ram
Merkaba Music, Mindspring Music, Altar Records, Mystic Sound Records