Mixing up experimental noise, jazz, ambient soundscapes with pastoral psychedelic folk music, Berkshire musicians Richard Bentley, Roy Goss & Alan Gubby have created an enthralling debut album.
For every hint of floral British countryside, there is a healthy amount of electronics and dark undertones, giving “Revbjelde” a unique sound. Breathing modern life into medieval folk madness. Very British, magical and mythical, very Radiophonic workshop, and most importantly, very enjoyable.
Pre-order your copy now from Buried Treasure bandcamp now.
Fans of library music, jazz, beat heavy funk with a tinge of psych, then the new album from The Beta Club is without a doubt for you! “Earth 2.2 – The Golden Age Of Man” is released in March but for now you can wet your appetite with 3 killer tracks and pre-order the album. You know it makes sense!
SPACE PATROL (“Raumpatrouille – Die phantastischen Abenteuer des Raumschiffes Orion”) was the first German science fiction television series. Its seven episodes were broadcast by ARD TV, the first episode being aired on September 17th of 1966. Being a huge success with audience ratings up to 56%, the series acquired a distinct cult status in Germany and worldwide.
Peter Thomas composed and recorded the original score, which has become a soundtrack classic and collector’s item among rare groove afficionados since its original release on Philips. The music, floating between avantgarde jazz, big band beat and spaced-out psychedelia, set a new benchmark in the history of film music and science fiction scores and became one of Thomas’ best known works. The title theme is the first known piece of music in pop history to feature a vocoder, a device that until then had exclusively been used for voice encoding in military warfare. Peter Thomas borrowed a device from the Siemens factory to process his voice for the recording of the countdown.
The composer remembers: “When producing the score, I had complete creative freedom. No one had ever been into space, so no one would dare to tell me how the music should sound like.”
Now, 50 years on, The Mighty Mocambos teamed up with the legendary musical mastermind a recorded an up to date, truly global and funky 2016 version in tribute of the original theme. “Space Patrol (Raumpatrouille)” is the only official recording of the track released for this anniversary and authorized by Peter Thomas, who even plays on it himself. To give this 50 years version a new twist, the specially formed Mocambo Astronautic Sound Orchestra adds steel band orchestration to the massive brass and funky rhythm section.
Orion 2016 is available as a 7inch single in a deluxe picture sleeve on Mocambo Records and as a digital download on Légère Recordings.
The Dandelion Set is a new collaboration between Glyn ‘Bigga’ Bush (Lightning Head, Rockers Hi Fi) and PK Chown (James Beige, Mr Liquorice). Their debut album ” A Thousand Strands” is a heady mix of krautrock, library music, psychedelic folk, electronica and more and even features cult hero Alan Moore on vocals!
In places the album captures the whimsical psychedelia of Syd Barrett era Pink Floyd, but easily takes darker turns, leading into sparse, unnerving, dystopian landscapes, then quickly flashing back to more groovier sounds.
“A Thousand Strands” is a must for anyone with an interest in early electronica, freaked out library music and funky beats. Released on CD, LP, cassette and download each with a unique combination of tracks, this is well worth picking up. Out April 22nd on Buried Treasure Records, keep your ears and eyes open!
Check out the awesome new album from Giallo Point, “Vito Ferro”. These are super funky hip hop beats of the highest order. Imagine all your favourite library records, films scores and 70’s cop shows all rolled nicely together to create some super smooth, head nodding hip hop. That’s Giallo Points sound to a tee.
He’s got breaks for all occasions and crates for days and any other crate digging phrase you’d like to mention.
This album is a must for all beats, instrumental hip hop, library, funk fans and it will only cost you £3!
The Delaware Road is a psychological thriller & an audio-visual treat for fans of archived electronica, far out jazz & haunted folk grooves. Loosely based on the lives of influential, electronic musicians Delia Derbyshire & John Baker, it’s a fictional tale of obsession with sound, sex & occultism, exploring the highs & lows of the lead characters brilliant but troubled careers.
The album features 19 tracks from leading acts within the British electronic, tape, spoken word, jazz, folk & prog world.
The compilation is available now on limited edition gatefold CD and digital via Buried Treasure.
Rodinia is the latest project from JJ Whitefield, the man behind Poets Of Rhythm, Whitefield Brothers and Karl Hector & The Malcouns.
This time round Whitefield has taken inspiration from Krautrock and the more experimental side of post-hip hop funk.
Whitefield,along with collaborator, saxophonist and keyboardist Johannes
Schleiermacher have created an ambient, drum filled suite of music covering two sides of an album.
“all our vintage synths triggering everying with a vintage Korg rhythm box, absorbing some mind altering substances and jamming out.” is how the two put it themselves.
This is a definite must for all fans of Whitefields previous projects, even if it is on the more experimental side of things, there is still plenty of funk and heavy beats in the mix.
But it now from Now Again Records.
Markey Funk returns with his first solo album in 7 years. “Instinct: A Study on Tension, Fear and Anxiety” is an excellent mix of of dark, cinematic, psychedelic, library influenced music, keeping some funk in the mix, as DJ Food puts it, “it’s the sinister kind of Miles’ electric period or Morricone’s Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza.”
This is a must for any fans of horror soundtracks, or just dark brooding, experimental beats.
Released on Dec 17th pre-order the album on vinyl, CD and digital along with an exclusive mixtape now!
The Sorcerers have released their excellent self-titled debut album on ATA Records. Taking influences from Ethiopiques ethiojazz as well as the soundtracks to the European horror films of the 60s and 70s, The Sorcerers seamlessly blend these disparate elements into one cohesive package.
This is raw, heavy instrumental funk music, on a par with the likes of The Heliocentrics, The Natural Yoghurt Band and so on. Their sound is more introspective than full on party, but this doesn’t mean they don’t know how to let loose.
“The Sorcerers” is definitely one of the best modern funk albums we have heard this year and urge you all to check it out. It is available now on limited LP, CD and digital along with a limited edition silk screen poster.