1. Have a Nice Flight (150bpm)
2. Don't Be a Puppet (148bpm)
3. New Type of Drug (147bpm)
4. Blank Page (150bpm)
5. Crowd Control (150bpm)
6. Voyage (149bpm)
7. Damage Check (149bpm)
8. Icon Freak (149bpm)
9. Goodbye Sanity (147bpm)
Not Tested On Animals is the second release of Zaikadelic Records, an independent record label from Tel-Aviv. The 1st one was Neverending Story and their “goal is to support electronic psychedelic music on planet earth, discover and promote more young and talented artists with original psychedelic sound“. Avi and Shalom are two nut brothers also from Israel, aging 30 and 27, respectively. Their 1st encounter with psychedelic music was in the year 1993, and they remember a nice cd from that time: Goa Trax. Later they got influenced by the house music from the 90´s and by the words of one of the duo “after a while we let go of trance music and was more connected with the house music of the late 90´s”, but like people used to say, “who knows, never forgets”, and the love for psychedelic music returned in 2001, and 5 years later they present us Not Tested On Animals, their debut album, that took 5 months to create.
A great thing from this album is that, we can’t, with all certain, say that this music is night or day orientated. The mixture and texture of sounds on this album is so varied, that it goes well, during the day, or during the night but always with powerful sounds to keep the crowd entertained.
We start our voyage in the perspective of this duo, what is to “Have a Nice Flight”, and a nice flight in this album is! We have lots of variations of bass line, acid lines all the way, rolling drums, intelligent psychedelic sounds, well built tracks and some funny noises like puppet sounds.
My favourite tracks are n. º1, this one a really visit card from the two brothers. Track n. º 2, with some nice samples from puppets and it seems it is the noise of rubber ducks, but hey, I can be wrong . Track n. º 4, Blank Page, more aggressive style to leave your head craving for more. Crowd Control is also a very good track and it seems a different version than the one this guys had available on the IsraTrance Forum, when they were giving the 1st steps of introducing themselves into the psychedelic world, with some oriental sounds on the mixture. Tracks n. º 6 and 7 share the same orientation: dancefloor madness. And to finalize the last track is maybe the more night directioned, some screaming, I believe from the movie “Sin City”, because we have the famous “he made me watch” sample and creepy sounds, but always pumping style.
To end this review, this is a great introduction album from the two brothers, that had already a previous released track in Geomagnetic.tv label “how to get by in the U.S.” that showed the direction this guys wanted, to make you dance and leave your head floating. They bring a different approach into the psychedelic world, like I have stated before, by the selection of sounds not being entirely dedicated either to night or day. You want an album to keep the crowd pumping; this is certainly one of them.