Freaky Chakra
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Lowdown Motivator , 7/10
Freaky Chakra vs. Single Cell Orchestra , 5/10
Blacklight Fantasy , 6/10

At the turn of the millenium, Freaky Chakra (Daum Bentley) was possibly the most popular artist of the San Francisco psychedelic dance scene with his stew of Chicago house, European body music, British techno and acid-rock. Bentley got his start in 1991 and soon became part of a movement that included Miguel Fierro (better know as Single Cell Orchestra), Hardkiss Brothers, Young American Primitive, High Lonesome Sound System, and that came to be known as the West Coast post-rave dance movement. Freaky Chakra's first singles, Trancendental Funk Bump/ Halucifuge (Exist Dance, 1993) and Peace Fixation (Astralwerks, 1994), upped the ante for the entire movement thanks mainly to their wealth of electronic effects.

Besides the singles, the album Lowdown Motivator (Astralwerks, 1995) contains the trippy grooves Budded on Earth to Bloom in Heaven (an eight-minute acid-rock giant with Curve's Toni Halliday impersonating Grace Slick) and Multiphasic Invoculator, as well as the more ambient Goodbye and Tra Vigne. The tracks spiral out of control, soaring over a jungle of manically pulsing synths and sequencers.

The EP March of the Tangent Prone (Astralwerks, 1995) collects some self-remixes.

Trepidations in Love (Astralwerks, 1996) Anthem of the Forgotten (Astralwerks, 1996)

Freaky Chakra vs. Single Cell Orchestra (Astralwerks, 1997) is basically a duo album: the two improvised together and then Bentley edited the sessions.

Downspace (Astralwerks, 1998) and Year 2000 (Astralwerks, 1998) kept the interest high, and the album Blacklight Fantasy (Astralwerks, 1998), perhaps a little too baroque, showed a progression towards a much darker sound.

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