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Podcast 165 - The Roots of Trance

Dave Mothersole is the guest contributor this week, providing a 2 hour mix which covers the embryonic electronic music scene in Goa during the 80’s. Although the world knows Goa as the epicentre of all things hippy and for the last 15 years, psychedelic trance, the music originated from less expected sources. You can read his excellent article covering this period here.

Featured in the picture above is the mysterious Laurent, who pioneered this scene playing on cassettes with a number of styles including new beat, EBM, Italo and Hi-NRG, often creating his own unique edits.

Dave says

“This mix is a homage to Laurent’s style of DJ’ing in the mid to late 80’s.  All the records in the mix were big Goa hits in the two seasons I was there, with the exception of two tracks from the following year.  Originally I planned to span the entire night, but found it imposible to condense ten hours of music in to two, so I’ve gone instead for just the morning sound, which was always my favourite part anyway.  Where possible I’ve tried to replicate Laurent’s choppy, quick mix style.”



01 Syntech “Discontented” (Hotsound)

02 Nux Nemo “Hiroshima” (Clip)

03 Neon “Voices” (Target)

04 Public Relations “Public Relations” (Another Side)

05 Poesie Noire “Timber – Instrumental” (Antler)

06 Koto “Jabdah – Long Version” (Memory)

07 Laser Dance “Humanoid Invasion” (Hotsound)

08 D’Bop “Dirty Harry – Instrumental” (Subway)

09 Zwischenfall “Flucht” (Les Disques Du Crepuscule)

10 Mark Shreeve “Legion – Razor Mix” (Jive)

11 Bappi Lahiri “Habiba” (Hi-Hat)

12 Alien Sex Fiend “The Impossible Mission” (Plagiarism)

13 Laser Cowboys “Radioactivity – From The Ucraine” (ItaloHeat)

14 Boytronic “Communicate” (Metronome)

15 Psyche “Unveiling The Secret – The Razormaid Mix” (New Rose)

16 Chris & Cosey “Exotika – Remix” (Play It Again Sam)

17 DAF “Program It - Instrumental” (Dean)

18 New Order “True Dub” (Factory)

19 4You “Dragon Beats” (Durium)

20 Cabaret Voltaire “Don’t Argue – Francois Kevorkian & Micheal Hutchinson Mix” (Manhatan)

21 New Design “Some Like It Hot” (MG)

22 Sandy Marton “White Storm In The Jungle” (Ibiza)

23 Jean-Michel Jarre “Zoolookologie” (Polydor)


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great stuff.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterclom

Matt Cogger , where have you been ?
You have just trounced every mix in sight with this one - awesome ; all the drama energy and excitement of those times and music encapsulated here -
I will double dip the chip!

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterblindeye

Great mix and good story behind it! Love mixes with a story. Never thought I would like a "trance mix" this much :)


April 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBR

Great mix, wrote a little blog about it on the internet address stated above.


April 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBaz

This is an incredible mix! Really ties that whole era together for me. Thanks for including the labels, I got a lot of hunting to do now ;)

April 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVolvox

this is amazing - joining the dots big time! full power! :-) edreal

April 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commentered real

Shambo Dave, pure magik.
Starbeam eyes, crystal smiles, red skin, the morning hymns and the universal mind.
Bom Bhole

May 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMango Shade

I want to thank you for the homage!

I am not so mysterious after all! I just stopped playing music in parties after ten continuous years for various reasons and kept low profile (partywise!) ever since...
Some tracks in the mix I think are very soft, but most are great!

May 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaurent

hey laurent,

it's my absolute pleasure.

i'm very keen to speak with you some more about those days. i left my email with gil via a friend who knows him, so if you feel like talking at any point please get in touch. alternatively you can contact me on youtube - i'm davemothersole23 on there.



May 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdave mothersole


May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDave

Hey Dave : )

Started to visit "Goa-Parties" in 92...but in Germany.

Listened to the earlier stuff ages before and got huge flashbacks with your mix.

Thanx a lot!!

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterliquid

clom, br, baz, volvox, er real, mango shade, dave, liquid and laurent - thanks for your comments - really pleased you like the mix.


September 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdave mothersole

wow, amazing mix. amazing songs. thanks for sharing!!

December 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteranonymous

thx! what a great mix.
please give me a time machine .....


August 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdrian

Sooo beautiful to come across this page. Yes, Laurent was the greatest Dj at that time.
I was on all the Goa parties in those years.. Just dancing and enjoing so many nights, from midnight to sunrise! 1985 for the last time. Im wondering how it is now.

October 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbeachan

good memories in between these gems thnx for the chance of hearing them in one file luxury indeed I danced my way through those times so the memory banks are creaking back into action Bom Bolenath

December 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbill

I love this. Even though I wasn't familiar with every track or artist on this list, it represents everything I'm down with, esp Cabaret Voltaire etc. Great stuff... If I could travel time, I know where I'd go.

March 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBill Causer

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