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
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
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
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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