The musician duo of Simon Posford and Benji Vaughan are possibly the most influential people in the psychedelic trance music genre. The British musicians work together in the electronic act Younger Brother which started off as a one-off effort to write a song for charity but took off thanks to the immense success of the collaboration.
Posford had achieved a great deal of success as the act Hallucinogen and his type of psytrance music was inspired by the psychedelic rave party scene in Goa and other places. His studio albums Twisted, The Lone Deranger, and In Dub, have been extremely popular. He has also released a number of influential and popular singles over the years such as Alpha Centauri, LSD, Angelic Particles / Soothsayer, and Pipeworm. Interestingly, Posford, although an avowed member of the psychedelic scene, doesn’t ever perform except when he is sober because he uses extremely complex computer systems to create his signature style of music.
Vaughan is another successful musician who has helped define the psychedelic trance scene in the United Kingdom. He is best known for his solo effort, Prometheus, which stands out for its singular approach to this genre of music. However, he has also been associated with many other acts. Throughout it all, his music has always been characterized for its excellent production quality. Vaughan tends to use pieces of equipment rarely employed by musicians today because they are considered clunky or glitchy. However, the deliberate use of vintage equipment gives his music an unmatched sound that fans of this genre have appreciated very much. His music is superbly suited for dancing and his albums released as Prometheus, Robot-O-Chan, Corridor of Mirrors, and Spike retain their freshness and appeal. He released his first solo album Even Tundra in 2013 to very appreciative reviews.
Posford, along with Simon Holtom founded recording label Twisted Records that has had quite a large impact on the psytrance music scene. The biggest acts featured on the Twisted label are Posford’s own Hallucinogen and Vaughan’s Prometheus in addition to their collaboration Younger Brother. Another act associated with it is Shpongle.
Younger Brother has been one of the most outstanding acts in the genre of psychadelic trance music. Both Posford and Vaughan bring their unique approach to music to this act and their collaboration is in actuality very seamless. It goes without saying that their individual contributions give Younger Brother a sound that helps it stand apart from other musical acts. Their combined musical output is extremely varied as is evident from the sound of their albums starting from A Flock of Bleeps, and including The Last Days of Gravity and Vaccine Electronic. Listeners have said that the last album has hints of Pink Floyd.
It will be interesting to see what the future holds in store for Posford and Vaughan given that the latter is devoting a great deal of time and effort to his solo musical acts. What’s clear is that they will continue to influence the psychedelic music scene for quite some time to come.