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Astronasty

by Busby

A slickly self-produced, science themed Electronica album focusing on two major styles, Vocal Progressive Trance and Hip Hop influenced Electronica.
Genre: Electronic: Progressive Trance
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1. Astronasty pt. 1
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2. Slime Passage
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3. Another Timeline
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4. Manipulation
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5. Into a Sun (feat. Rebecca Reinhardt)
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6. Last Requests
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7. Rumination
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8. Lung Cancer
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9. Talk Like That
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10. Freetime
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11. Carried Downstream
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12. Astronasty pt. 2
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The album “Astronasty” was written, produced, edited, and mastered by David John (DJ) Busby. Exceptions are Track 09, Talk Like That, originally performed by The Presets, and Track 10, Freetime, originally performed by Kenna.
Thanks so much to all of my listeners, for their continued support!
Track 01: Astronasty pt. 1
Science themed intro. Sounds like Stephen Hawking with a British accent.

Track 02: Slime Passage
Hip hop influenced electronica. This song introduces one of the two main subgenres of this album. With a focus on bassline, it's almost dubstep. It packs a punch, which is why it kicks off the album.

Track 03: Another Timeline
Science themed progressive trance with vocals. The placement of this song introduces the other subgenre featured in the album.

Track 04: Manipulation
Feeling almost like a combo of styles from tracks 02 and 03, a mildly hip hop influenced beat and progressive trance synthwork makes this DnB'ish track solidify the feel of the album. This song is different in that it doesn't use a verse-chorus-verse style song structure.

Track 05: Into a Sun (feat. Rebecca Reinhardt)
A revisit of Another Timeline's style. Science themed progressive trance, with female vocals this time.

Track 06: Last Requests
A trip hop instrumental. A turn to the more calm, moodier, darker feel.

Track 07: Rumination
A little more uplifting in mood than the previous track, but still moody. The structure of this short song is more repetitive, and makes the mind wander a bit, demanding less attention. This is placed here as a breakdown or breather in the album as a whole.

Track 08: Lung Cancer
A haunting melody with a sad, wistful feel. The xylophone brings to mind childhood. The cough sample on top of the xylophone, along with the title of the song, is intended to make the listener think of his/her own mortality. A Glitch Hop track, instead of hectic editing with tons of inserted samples, the intense variation of effects applied here makes the track demand a lot of your attention. There is brighter high end here than in the album thus far.

Track 09: Talk Like That (Originally by The Presets)
Progressive trance with vocals, but here with more of an electropop feel. The attention demanded by the previous track sets the listener up to pay more attention now to Talk Like That, probably the strongest track on the album. This, the first of two cover songs, has the brightest high end shine of them all.

Track 10: Freetime (Originally by Kenna)
A blend of hip hop influenced electronica and trance. I'm a big fan of Kenna. The two layers of kick drums in here make the beat hit hard. I've cut the song structure short a bit due to this being an instrumental.

Track 11: Carried Downstream
Winding down a bit, this bass heavy house track has synthwork akin to the rest of the album. The mood is mellow contentment.

Track 12: Astronasty pt. 2
This track uses track 01, cut up and fit into a beat, as if Stephen Hawking is rapping. The silly ad libs will hopefully make you smile. This song bookends the album and allows for a cool transition when your media player finishes the album and wraps around to the beginning.



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Jason Randall Smith, ReviewYou

Busby - "Astronasty" Review by Jason Randall Smith, ReviewYou
Virginia-based producer David John Busby has dabbled in various subgenres of electronic music. His debut album, Slime Man, ran the gamut from trip-hop and house to drum and bass. Inspired by his love for science, Astronasty is his follow-up release with progressive trance and hip-hop infused electronic styles. Trance and hip-hop are seldom heard at the same parties, let alone on the same album, but Busby has a way of switching back and forth between the two that makes sense. It never feels forced, nor does it feel like diversity just for the sake of it. There’s a natural balance between these different styles that reveals itself within the sequencing of this album.

After the Stephen Hawking-styled voice box intro of “Astronasty pt. 1,” the hip-hop beats come storming in with “Slime Passage.” The bass line is just plain ferocious, threatening to split subwoofers in half while the drum programming invokes head banging to the point of whiplash. This is directly followed by the high-energy dance cut “Another Timeline.” Although progressive trance has often proven to be a rhythmic contradiction in terms over the years, Busby is able to squeeze the best qualities out of this subgenre, even with vocals immersed in Auto-Tune. In fact, the effect enhances the aural quality of the vocals on “Another Timeline” rather than cover up singing imperfections.

This song structure is revisited and improved upon on “Into A Sun.” Busby’s take on vocally-driven progressive trance brings the work of Paul van Dyk or DJ Tïesto to mind, but executed with more conviction and precision. Rebecca Reinhardt’s vocal performance is draped in Auto-Tune as well, but is by no means constrained by it. She is able to convey her emotions with stunning clarity, especially on the phrasing during the chorus. It’s hard not to emphasize with her as she sings the following lyrics: “Maybe it’s in the way that you’re thinking about me that makes you feel the way you feel / Maybe it’s in my [brain] when I visualize you that makes you seem so unreal.”

One of the strongest tracks on the album just happens to be a cover of a Presets tune, “Talk Like That.” Busby breaks out the electro for this one, crafting a dirty and distorted bass line that works its way throughout the song. Light percussion accents pop up on either side of the bass line along with the strategically placed background utterances of “uh-oh.” Vocally aggressive in delivery, there is something delightfully sleazy about the opening line: “My, how you’ve grown! I think I’ll call you on the telephone and tell you all the things that I’ve been missing.” Prior to this and musically on the other side of the fence is “Lung Cancer,” perhaps the most surprising and bittersweet tune on Astronasty. A series of nervous buzzes and glitches comprise the song’s down tempo rhythm while a repeated cough serves as a reminder of life’s fragility. A looped guitar strum plays against the cough, perhaps a sign of hope in the face of life-changing news.

The album comes full circle on “Astronasty pt. 2” as the voice box chatter from part one is chopped up to fit the backing beat with some humorous results (“All the ladies, come on make some noise. Stephen Hawking is my homeboy.”). At a running time of only 36 minutes, Astronasty is a brisk trip through Busby’s sound that confirms his abilities as a producer and demonstrates his knack for creating both infectious pop songs and hard-edged dance music. Anyone that can make progressive trance and hip-hop instrumentals sit side by side on the same album without a hint of irony is deserving of worldwide recognition on some level.


Review by Jason Randall Smith, ReviewYou
Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)