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‘Entheogen (Storm)’ is inspired by hallucinogenic 'mad honey' from Nepal

Listen to Bottlesmoker's second single from 'Puraka'

  • Arun Ramanathan
  • 24 February 2023
‘Entheogen (Storm)’ is inspired by hallucinogenic 'mad honey' from Nepal

Leading up to their sixth album, ‘Puraka’, Indonesian electronic-organic outfit Bottlesmoker dropped their second single ‘Entheogen (Storm)’.

Fulfilling our expectation of wild ideas from the plant-music duo, the new single takes inspiration from ‘mad honey’ — the Nepalese honey that can make you hallucinate.

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‘Entheogen (Storm)’ is a fiery follow-up to the album’s first single ‘Tortuga II’, which got its release last October. Written back in 2019, ‘Entheogen (Storm)’ stems from psychedelic musings and research that the pair, Angkuy and Nobie, were heavily inspired by; Angkuy first laid down the track after watching “The Nepalese Honey That Makes People Hallucinate” on Vice, which the duo followed up on through research found in Albert Hoffman’s “Entheogens and the Future of Religion".

Coming in strong with a groove-trenched broken beat, ‘Entheogen (Storm)’ steers into psychedelic realms with bouncy tribal and acid bass, fine usage of East Indonesian percussion, and chopped of vocals in the form of ritual chants. It’s an exploratory slice of audio, which comes as no surprise given the root inspiration behind the single.

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After receiving wild appraisal of their preceding album Konser Plantasia, there’s little room for doubt that ‘Puraka’ will entice us just as equally, if not more.

Bottlesmoker ‘Entheogen (Storm)’ is out now. Have a listen below.

Arun Ramanathan is Mixmag Asia’s Director. Follow him on Instagram.