Goa Trance – Best Tracks and Albums

Best Goa Trance albums:


Often a release has this one really mindblowing track which stands out from the rest. So while the release doesn’t deserve a place, the track does. This is a list of tracks that stood out in otherwise average releases not covered above.

That’s the list of the best artists, albums, and tracks of my favourite genre Goa Trance! Its a great introduction to the genre. There don’t seem to be any Goa Trance specific lists on the web despite the “Goa sound” being distinct from mainstream trance, hence this list. All feedback is welcome. If you’re new to Goa trance, it may be easier for you to go through this short list first which has a complimentary torrent.

If you feel I’ve missed out any noteworthy tracks, or have any other feedback in mind, don’t hesitate to drop a reply.

Some QnAs on Goa Trance and this guide.

Q. Argh! I’m not going to listen to all this. Give me the top 3 albums! Why can’t you order them so I know what I should listen to first?!
A. Here is a short list of the best Goa tracks.

It’s too difficult to arrange all this stuff in order. I ask you, which is best, Twisted, Trust in Trance or Alien Protein? Or maybe Let’s Turn On, or Cosmology? Because I haven’t the faintest idea. Well, okay, 3 albums you must get before anything else:

  • Hallucinogen – Twisted
  • Astral Projection – Trust in Trance
  • Etnica – Alien Protein

For a general flavour of Goa you can try getting Dragonfly presents: A Voyage into Trance mixed by Paul Oakenfold

Q. What’s the history behind Goa Trance?
A. Goa Trance is a subgenre of trance that originated in Goa, India stemming from the hippie influence. It had its roots in psyrock and the mid-80s electronic music in Europe. Goa Trance was also called “Trance Dance”, hence the names of the Astral Projection and Cosmosis tracks. It slowly morphed into Psychedelic Trance around the turn of the millenium, and today there isn’t much Goa Trance produced.

Here is a map of all the sub genres of psy and goa trance by Anoebis of Psynews. It was originally posted here. You can’t see the whole thing properly so save it to your computer and then open it and zoom into the top left corner which shows Goa and its sub-genres.
Complete map of goa & psy trance

Goa is a small (by Indian standards) state halfway down India’s western coastline and was a Portuguese colony for hundreds of years. It still retains signs of Portuguese influence, evident in the beautiful churches you’ll find there, which makes it distinct from the rest of India. Perhaps this made the Goans more tolerant of hippies. The story is that till the mid-70s hashish was legal and this, coupled with the beautiful beaches and the freedom, attracted the hippies. Anyway, till the early 90s, no one really cared about the drugs. Then it seems the police started cracking down and the scene shifted to other countries while Goa became a magnet for the usual tourist crowd.

Two albums which kicked the scene off were:
Project II Trance from way back in ’93.
Order Odonata Volume 1 from ’94.

The entire scene was managed by foreigners, mostly Europeans and Israelis. The only thing Indian about the scene was the location. You’ll find that all the major Goa artists are from Israel, France, England and Italy. This will be clearer when you look at the list of major Goa labels down a page. It is said that a major reason for the spreading of Goa in Israel were R’n’R visits paid to India by Israeli soldiers after their compulsory military service. For playback, in the late 80s, casette disks were predominately used, replaced by DAT tapes in the 90s. (Vinyl warped in Goa’s heat). The party scene grew through the late 80s into the early 90s as DJs explored the sound, pushing sonic boundaries to give ravers the trippiest experience possible, and out of this desire to explore that experience, through music and parties that built up through the night, came the Goa sound.

Goa churches

Cathedral of St. Cajetan in Old Goa

The “Goa sound” is acid-filled, with the bass comprising of a thumping kick, very melodic and ecstatic without sounding cheesy (!). Goa trance tracks are melodious, but the harmonics are very important too. They start off slowly with a plain melody. Then the kick is added, then synths and the melody becomes faster and faster with the acid notes becoming quicker and closely spaced. The track then rises to a climax, and the dénouement is rather short compared to the track’s length. Goa tracks are generally 8 minutes long and can stretch to 11 minutes in length. They frequently have vocal samples, often from movies, generally referring to aliens, space travel and other “New Agey” themes. For example, Identified Flying Object had theories on space travel on the inside cover.

Goa Gil drew a link between Goa Trance and ancient tribal ceremonies. Goa trance wasn’t just music to get you high, it was supposed to be a mind-altering experience.

For the mind altering experience some people at these parties were on drugs and their drug of choice was LSD, simply referred to as acid. To know the hows and whys simply listen to the vocal sample in Hallucinogen – LSD or read them here. A sample from the track is
You’re introduced to LSD, an’ it’s not like taking some other drug for instance like marijuana or something, hm, well, you know, it’s altogether a new thing, and you actually can have a religious experience, and, hm, and it can be even more important than reading the bible six times or becoming a pope or something like that, you know…

Goa Trance parties generally started in the late evening and went on all night, ending the next morning, although parties in Goa could go on for days. This gave rise to a phenomenon singular to Goa and also Psychedelic Trance, a track is given a sub-genre by the time of the day it is most suitable for. For example, some tracks will be called “morning”. Another point to keep in mind is that one producer can or will have several seemingly separate projects, which is why its a good idea to use Discogs so you know which albums and projects to connect. For example, Ofer Dikovsky has worked under the monikers of Phreaky, Omputer, Tandu, Indoor, Sound Pollution, Oforia and Pigs in Space!.

Major Goa labels include:

  • UK – Dragonfly, Flying Rhino, Blue Room Released, TIP Records, Phantasm, Celtic, Transient, Return to the Source
  • Japan – Matsuri Productions ,Tokyo Tekno Tribe
  • Australia – Psy-Harmonics
  • Germany – Nephilim, Spirit Zone, High Society, Nova TekkIsrael – Brand New Entertainment (BNE), Trust in Trance, Phonokol
  • The record label that has lead newskool Goa is Suntrip Records (France/Belgium). Avatar Records and DAT Records have re-released many old goa classics, besides Avatar’s “Retrodelic Vibes” series of goa compilations.

NOTE: Acid, as in referring to LSD the drug, and acid as in referring to music are two different things. For LSD click on the link. Acid in music refers to the high frequency, high pitched tweerps, bells, whistles, squeeks, squeals, whooshes etc.

Here’s great album cover from the Flying Rhino release, VA – First Flight
Trippy Cover Art

Q. What happened to Goa?
A. Well, essentially all Goa has been produced in 6 all too short years, 1993-1998 after which the sound became psychedelic. Psychedelic trance is much less melodic, has sharper distinct sounds instead of melodies which flow into each other and is darker. Goa Trance is more organic while psytrance is more mechanical.

A good illustration of the music around the time of transition of Goa into psychedelic trance is Koxbox’s Dragon Tales album and Children of Paradise – Urban Alien. Or, quoting sljiva for this,
For a real contrast between goa and psy I would recommend checking Raja Ram’s two labels: TIP Records and TIP.World. TIP Records were releasing melodic, organic and eastern influenced trance prior to 1998 from artists such as The Infinity Project, Doof and Psychopod, while on the other hand TIP.World is some kind of psy successor of TIP Records and they release this metallic, cold and mechanical type of trance from artists such as Alien Project, 1200 Mics and Logic Bomb.

Another case in point is Etnica. By 2000, it lost 2 members and went the psychedelic way. Essentially all genres need to develop further, artists began to explore and wanted to branch off themselves from the Goa sound. Some produced more listener friendly music, others preferred the dark, more twisted atmospheres of Psytrance.

However, thanks to the efforts of Suntrip Records among others, a new wave of Goa artists have come up in Filteria, Khetzal, Goasia to name a few. I find the newschool Goa artists lean towards the morning or uplifting sound to a greater degree than oldschool artists, this can give the feeling that their tracks have less substance.

I don’t want to give the impression that goa trance is better than psytrance. It’s just that there so much mediocre, run of the mill psy out there that finding good psytrance takes time. You just need to look really hard for it because its hiding underneath a heap of commercial releases.

Q. All Goa sounds the same, with the same acid TB303 sounds!
A. To really understand Goa or Psy Trance for that matter, I’d say you have to dance to it. Goa/Psy Trance party listings are next.

Otherwise it takes time to develop a liking for Goa. Give the tracks a couple of listens and some patience. The sounds will be the same to a new listener but with time you’ll appreciate the different melodies and the acid. Goa Trance is not “fluffy” or “cheesy” so if you’ve started off by listening to that kind of trance, it will take some time to appreciate Goa Trance.

If you’re new to Goa Trance or Acid Trance you could these tracks first:

  • The Light – Dusk – Make sure you get the 8:46 version, not the 3:46 Northen Exposure one.
  • Astral Projection – Mahadeva
  • Blue Planet Coporation – Overbloody Flood
  • Boris Blenn – Rain (California Sunshine Mix)

Q. Goa Trance and Psytrance party/festival listings?
A. Isratrance Party Listings – all world
Isratrance Festival Listings – all world
Psynews Party/Festival Listings – all world
Ektoplazm Event Listings – mostly focused on the States and Canada
Goatrance.de – focused on Germany for the large part
Psyevents – Parties in and around Austria
OzTrance & Australiens – Australia
Psytribe and Psycircle – California
Fractaltribe Listings – North America

Q. Where can I get these tracks and the artist discographies?
A. Dedicated Psy/Goa database at PsyDB
Discographies at www.discogs.com .
Tracks sold online Saikosounds or get them off Soulseek . There is also Psyshop which but people say Saikosounds is better.

Q. Are there any free Goa releases I can check out?
A. Few I’ve come across:
Golden Vibes I
Golden Vibes II
Pyramidal Trancedence

Q. I wanna know more!
A. Awright, here are some links
Isratrance – Big trance forum with lots of party listings
In-depth article on Goa Trance
Site which chronicles the origin of Goa Trance till its transition into Psytrance
Another article on Goa Trance, shorter and easier read then the other links
Psynews – Meet other people who have good taste ^^ and are into goa/psy
A tryst with Goa Trance
Another article from someone who was there
The first half is a good first hand feel of the party scene in Goa
What is Goa Trance? – History and Development of the scene
An article on the evolution of Goa after 2000 by one of the founders of the Suntrip label.
Road to Goa – Part of how it started in the 60s & 70s
The Rhetoric of Psytrance: Anix Gleo, Astroff, The Fusion, and Martin Cloud – PsyTrance in Russia

There some movies made on the Goa Trance phenomenon
Karahana Ganey Huga [Download] – Movie on the famous party in Israel.
Liquid Crystal Vision – Ok movie if you ignore the hippy mumbo jumbo, has some nice visuals.
Last Hippie Standing – Has Goa Gil in a leading role

Q. I want to hear Goa tracks with Eastern/Oriental/Tribal influences, and those tracks that marked the point where the Goa sound began to form.
A. Eastern/Oriental/Tribal influenced Goa tracks
-Shakta & Moonweed – Micronesia – This one rules them all, with the strains of a beautiful sitar starting the track.
-Shakta – Silicon Trip (album) – Many tracks have an Oriental/Indian feel to them.
Canda – Luxman
-Sundog – Touch the Sun
-Bass Invaders – Nene Naha
-Chi-a.d. – Pathfinder
-Dogma – Sutra Sarma
-Pharagonescia – Pharatropic
-Elysium – Monzoon has this eastern-tribalish atmosphere
-Juno Reactor – Beyond the Infinite
-Juno Reactor – Navras – has a lot of Indian chanting, that complements the atmosphere of the track beautifully.
-Medicine Drum – Supernature
-The Nommos – Amma – The best tribal track I have ever heard. In the climax of the track you will find this crazy, primal female vocal sample \o/
-Juno Reactor – Beyond the Infinite (album) – Similar to Shakta’s Silicon Trip in that you will find many tracks with an Eastern/Indian feel to them.
-Mysterious Wizard – Visions of India

Oldest Goa/Proto-Goa/Goa-ish tracks
-Tangerine Dream – Pheadra (1973)
-KLF – What Time Is Love (Pure Trance Version) (1989)
-Dance 2 Trance – We Came in Peace (1990)
-A.B. Kazes – Out of Space Trance (1989) (album)
-Trilithon – Trance Dance (1991) (album)
-The Overlords – Sundown (Ionizer Mix)
-Megabeat – Twin Beats


In conclusion, I’ve written this from the point of view of introducing someone unfamiliar with Goa Trance to the genre. I hope you liked it, and it helped you get to know the genre. There are many more artists out there like Bypass Unit, Dogma, Electron Wave, Kopfuss Resonator, Kumbh Mela, Kode IV, Lords of Chaos, Metal Spark, Mindsphere, Moksha, Ka-Sol, O.O.O.D, Ololiuqui, Planet B.E.N., Psychaos, Psyko Disko, Quirk, Shakatura, Sandman, Shaolin Wooden Men, Tarsis, Ypsilon 5, Xenomorph that there isn’t really any end to listing albums & artists. Use Discogs to find other projects by artists you like (look up all the projects each individual member was part of, and the projects of members of those projects and so forth and you’ll quickly find a lot of releases to listen to) Psynews.org review section to discover more, Psydb and keep exploring the sound ^_^

75 thoughts on “Goa Trance – Best Tracks and Albums

  1. Q. Not sure if anyone can help, this is abit vauge… I’m looking for an album from around 1999-2001. Starts of light ocean sounds with a dolphin coming in. Then a trance backing comes up and progresses through to heavy trance/dance. Kinda feels rainforesty. The cd was completly yellow and may have been slinky…

  2. Fhma on

    Great intro. Hopefully more people will be imspired and learn to appreciate Goa. I was “caught” in the early nineties.. Been hooked ever since.

    • Karan on

      Thanks! Yes, I hope more people discover the music and it doesn’t fade away.

  3. Oh my brotha you missed some seriously good goa albums not many know about. If you heard them you would easily cry tears of joy

  4. Tony Wright on

    where can I buy tracks by Pleiadeans and Filteria?I am having a lot of difficulty getting them and I don’t have iTunes

    • Karan on

      I have the following tracks by Prana on the list. Anything I’m missing? I have heard the albums Cyclone and Geomantik but didn’t think they were good enough to include in their entirety.

      Prana – Voyager III (Voodoo Remix)
      Prana – Message for Eastedge
      Prana – Boundless
      Prana & Athena – Future Space Travellers

  5. You should check out ektoplazm.com they have hundreds of albums all free & legal to download on MP3, FLAC & WAV formats including all CD artwork. They have all tastes of Psychedelic/Goa trance all in studio quality. If you can’t find anything on this site you like, you must be completely deaf. Enjoy

  6. Nice job, I’m going to checkout all, I love so much this genre since a few years ago, sometimes is just hard to find good stuff without being distracted by psyshit.

    (Btw Amas is in my top 5 of all time)

  7. Search on

    This blog is perfect…..have been listening to and collecting goa trance since ’95….started off with audio cassettes to MD to DAT for a short bit then to CD and then finally mp3. Thought i was part of a dying/dead breed….the recommendations on this blog are great…..

  8. Search on

    there’s an old goa track that started off with a guy saying ‘we must be in heaven man’ and later ‘there’s always a little bit of heaven in a disaster area’ from woodstock….dunno what that track is called but to me it captured the scene mid to late 90’s….almost like an anthem….

    • Googling reveals the track is Total Eclipse – A Little Bit of Heaven :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rOyPLehg5k Thanks for the rec — I’m going to give this one a few listens. Glad you liked you liked the recommendations. I don’t think goa will die — at least I hope not! My guess is that it’ll always have a small but dedicated fan base.

  9. Search on

    Thanks for the link….tried a sound match but found no matches….feel stupid for not trying google to begin with….

  10. Swaroop on

    Hey Karan,
    Love the list , but you seemed to miss on Midi Miliz- Non Standards, kinda leans on a more hardeer trance , but then again. Peace :)

  11. Swaroop on

    Been hooked onto Goan Trance for quite sometime and gotta admit,its the best , feels a lot that Trance was at its peak and enjoyed its best years during the 90’s. By the way, BPC is so way ahead of its time, has to be the stone layer for Prog Trance.

  12. psy D on

    very good and informational article can you suggest some sites where i can find some very good
    Goa trance

    • Karan on

      Ektoplazm.com has a lot of good, free goa and psytrance. You can get newskool goa and some older releases from labels like Suntrip.

  13. Swaroop on

    Hey Karan, Goa still has me in its cuckold I suppose :) , no matter which genre I meander to i always end up coming back to it. By the way, I don’t suppose Chi A.D(what an artist!!) is underrated, I found him rather easily that too brimming with rave reviews in forum, but OOOD( gem of a find.) I think these guys are the most underrated artist in Goa/PsyTrance . Their full-on songs are so intelligent that they put even our present artist to shame.

  14. Sludge on

    Great list. Found some good stuff I hadn’t heard before, cheers! but you forgot to mention Hux Flux, i’m sure ;) (especially their earlier stuff from 1998 or so to 2003).

  15. kasheq on

    Thx for this list. I’ve started in the 90’s from Astral Projection and Doof. Then Transwave and Etnica. Do you listen this one? Z To A ‎– Next Stop Oblivion

    • Karan on

      Those artists are great. Astral Projection and Etnica especially have produced so much quality music. I did listen to Next Stop Oblivion but it didn’t make the list.

      • Swaroop on

        What do you think of the artist, Human Blue? Try giving a listen to the song “Travelling”.

  16. Benjamin Geerinck on

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I couldn’t remember the artist and title of one of my favorite songs ever, Subcouds – on red.
    To bad spotify only has the phlatline rmx :)

    Still i’m looking for one more song. I can only describe it as a women screaming at the end, and then the song explodes with these screams. Anyone?

    • Karan on

      Nothing like finding the track you were looking for. The Subcouds – On Red track is pretty great. I will give the Pergamon track some listens.

  17. Sludge on

    Yeah, keep ’em coming ;) I remembered another two who deserve to be on this list. Pretty much every track on these two albums is an absolute pleasure to listen to IMO.
    Power Source – Cosmic Wave – 1999 &
    Deviant Electronics – Brainwashing Is Childs Play – 1997 (his other two full-length albums, Green Room and Blunt Instruments are equally amazing! Whereas Green Room is a bit more mellow than Brainwashing but still firmly within the goa trance genre, Blunt Instruments is more ambient / downtempo drum&bass / breakbeats).

      • Karan on

        I assume the albums to listen to are “The Holographic Paradigm” and “The Inner Shift”? I will listen to them. Thank you for the recommendation.

      • Karan on

        I listened to some Crossing Mind but could not find anything that should be included. Psy Crise and Hypnotropic came closest.

  18. Swaroop on

    What do you think of the artist, Human Blue? For starters try giving “Travelling” a listen.

  19. Dude5722 on

    Thank you for this awesome, insightful site! I have just discovered Goa and Trance and I can’t get enough. I’m hooked! I have started off with Ra and am now onto Astral Projection and haven’t found a bad song yet! My goal is to hear all the recommended songs you mention. Keep up the awesome site my friend!

    • Yes, there’s so much good music. Astral Projection had a lot of really great output, such as Mahadeva, and Kabalah. Keep listening!

  20. I have loved goa trance for many years, but it takes so long to learn about it. Now this post opens a new dimension to me, you have it all in here bro! There is a huge work involved in making this extraordinary post! I couldn’t be more grateful. Muchas gracias amigo mio :)

    • Karan on

      The thanks is to all the people who recommended good goa trance to me, and to forums like psynews.org :) Also, it looks like you’ve traveled a lot. I’ve been to Bagan, Angkor, and India. That part of the world is great to experience. Good travels!

  21. Wim on

    Hi Everyone,

    First of all, nice blog! Really, i’ve found a lost track thx to you!
    I’m just like most ppl here a huge fan of goatrance music,
    and i’ve got this one song with a thunder/lightning strike as intro…
    Is there anyone who might know wich song i’m talking about?

    • Karan on

      Thanks! Is it California Sunshine – Rain?



      Nothing like finding lost tracks :)

      • Wim VH on

        thx for the fast reply,
        But no its not california sunshine..the sound in the intro is more like what you hear in this vid
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6p86Kp6tDE
        And yes, nothing like finding lost tracks, that feeling is awesome.
        I will keep searching for it, somewhere i’ve got the track on cd, and i i find it, I’ll let u know here.
        but my cd collection… is a mess :)

  22. Great contribution. I hope you guys can help me with some album I’m looking for ages. It must have been around 2000, I’d say ’97-2001. I clearly remember the overall tone of the release, it was not a very fast one. I’d reckon below 130bmp and very organic, almost tribal sort of. There were a lot of jungle sounds, birds, apes, sound of rivers – very naturalistic and organic goa music. The beat was all the way through very hypnotic and instrumental mostly. The cover was of drawn nature..possibly edited digitally, but very much looking like a drawing. It had an aztech/mayan flair with different ornamentals and depictions oriented square-wise. That’s about it..ah yes I picked that record up in some swiss music store and lost it at sonmme point. Would be freaking amazing if someone could help me with this xD

      • Lu ki on

        Hey Karan, thanks 4 reply! Shpongle is a good waypoint..alltough I’m certain, that it was smth different. The track that is closest to what I’m searching is probably “Divine moments of truth”..
        I’m excited if we can find out more. Is there any repository where I could browse particular ambient goa..discogs?

        • Swaroop on

          Is it Boris Blenn-Paradise Connection? Album cover is one of my favourites, people forming a circle around Psilocybe taken from the Mayan culture

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  24. Taylor on

    Ive been searching for a trance dance CD and I got at a random venue at a music festival in Sacramento, CA around 2001. I was young and I just can’t remember. It was the first “techno” music I had ever heard and it blew me away haha…
    Blue CD in color and I could have swore it had the words voyage or journey in the title. I remember high pitched female vocals.. Any ideas? Please help me, Ive been hunting for years

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  26. borut on

    i have been listening to goatrance since 90s and never been on any party. For me this music refers to sitting,precise listening and meditating.I actually like every kind of mind altering things(also psychedelics) and i do not need to move to achive that effect. So I found goa trance exclusively as very mind triping genre, not as dance genre-this may sound weird, but it is like it is. I listen to a lot of different psychedelic music, but goa has a special place in my heart. What about artist called Three state logic? It had two amazing tracks, Secret not for a long and Chromium Dioxide. New school goa has two very perspective artist-Cosmic Dimension, and Celestial Intelligence.Haven`t heard such a mind altering goa for a long time.

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