Psytrance Ultimate Guide To Subgenre



Goa Trance

Also known as: Goa, 604 Psy

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.

Notable Artists

Astral Projection,  Artifact303FilteriaHallucinogenMan With No NameMirandaOvnimoonPleiadiansTranswave

Notable Labels

Flying Rhino RecordsMDMA RecordsSuntrip RecordsTimewarpTwisted Records


Also known as: Psychedelic Trance

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.

Notable artists

Artificials, E-Clip, Lifeforms, Outsiders, RelativSonic SpeciesStarLabVertical Mode

Notable labels

Digital Om ProductionsHOMmega ProductionsProfound RecordsSacred TechnologyTechSafari RecordsTranscape Records


Also known as: Uptempo Psy

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.

Notable artists

Ajja, Avalon, Burn In Noise, Electric Universe, Laughing Buddha, Aphid Moon, Mad Tribe, Tristan, Dickster, Future Frequency

Notable labels

Alchemy Records, BMSS Records, Bom Shanka Music, Digital Om Productions, Grasshopper Records, Looney Moon Records, Nano RecordsTIP Records


Also known as: PsyProg, Progressive, Minimal Psy

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.

Notable artists

Ace Ventura, Atacama, Human Blue, Liquid Soul, Mindwave, Protonica, Vibrasphere, ZyceAtmos, Beat Bizarre, Krumelur, Perfect Stranger, Son Kite

Notable labels

Digital Nature Records, Iono Music, TesseracTstudio, Sourcecode Transmissions, Yellow Sunshine Explosion


Also known as: The Offbeat, Progressive Trance, Hamburg Psy

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.

Notable artists

Audiomatic, Phaxe, Fabio & Moon, Interactive Noise, Neelix, Unseen Dimensions, Vaishiyas

Notable labels

432 Records, Audioload Music, Spin Twist Records

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Also known as: Morning / Daytime Full-On, Israeli Full-On

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.

Notable artists

Astrix, Bizzare Contact, Electro Sun, Ephedrix, DigiCult, System Nipel, Sesto Sento, Wizzy Noise

Notable labels

Agitato Records, Dacru Records, Mainstage Records, United Beats Records, Utopia Records


Also known as: South African Twilight

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.

Notable artists

Pitch Hikers, Shift, Deliriant, Twisted System, Brethren, Sick Addiction, Tryambaka

Notable labels

Nexus Media, Timecode Records, MMD Records, Phonix Record


Also known as: Cyberdelic, Alien Psy

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.

Notable artists

Fungus FunkGoa GilKindzadzaOcelot, Penta, Savage Scream, Zik Matutero

Notable labels

Bhooteshwara RecordsDejaVu RecordsDiscovalley RecordsParvati Records, Vertigo Records, Zaikadelic RecordsTRANCE


Also known as: Forest Psychedelic, Scandinavian Dark Psy

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

Notable artists

Derango, Arjuna, Atriohm, Atriohm, Baba Yaga, Deep Brian From Bosis

Notable labels

Digital Shiva Power, Parvati Records, Sonic Chakras Records, Yggdrasil Records


Also known as: Hitek Psy, Psycore

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.

Notable artists

Highcosmos, Highko, Terranoise, Psykovsky

Notable labels

Kamino RecordsOVNI Records


Also known as: Psychedelic Breaks

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.

Notable artists

Bad Tango, Beatman and Ludmila, Blazer, Broken Eye, Hedflux, MartOpetEr

Notable labels

Broken Robot Recordings, Luminus Music, Neom Recordings, VIM Records


Also known as: Suomisaundi, Finnish Psy

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.

Notable artists

Aavepyörä, James Reipas, Puoskari, Salakavala, Texas Faggott, Troll Scientists

Notable labels

Exogenic Records, Random Records, Sonic Dragon, Ultiva Records


Also known as: Psychill

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.

Notable artists

Ephemeral Mists, Shpongle, Entheogenic, Ott, E-Mantra, Carbon Based Lifeforms, Vibrasphere

Notable labels

Altar Records, Merkaba Music, Shanti Planti, Desert Trax, Sofa Beats


Also known as:  Psytechno, Psytech
BPM range: 130 — 150

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.

Notable artists

Midi Miliz, Metalogic, X-Dream (2002 era), The Delta, Opsis, Cold Project

Notable labels

Boshke Beats, Iboga Records, Horns And Hoofs


Also known as:  Ambient Dub
BPM range: 70 — 95

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

Notable artists

Shpongle,  Simon PosfordHallucinogenRaja Ram 

Notable labels

Merkaba Music, Mindspring Music, Altar Records, Mystic Sound Records