Category Archives: The Time & Space Machine

Wizard’s Utopia

For whimsical mood-music that further enhances warm but breezy summer days you can always rely on the French. Whether its the soft focus porno music and midnite drive jazz groove of Karl-Heinz Schäfer’s “Les Gants du Diable” soundtrack, or the Nico-esque melodies plucked from icicle clusters of Brigitte Fontaine, or the rolling and diving strings of Jean Jacques Dexter, there is sometimes nothing finer than strolling through the misty silken corridors of ’70s French psychedelia. Quentin Tarantino picked Christophe’s “Sunny Road to Salina” as the soundtrack to The Bride’s journey from Texas burial to white-trash desert motor-home showdown, and international dj’s Dirty Sound System collect such luminaries together for their best compilation yet, “Dirty French Psychedelics”.

Ilous et Decuyper – Berceuse

“Berceuse” by Ilous et Decuyper is something Quiet Village would surely approve of, with its echo chamber vocal windmills set heavily in the soft grass of the southern French countryside where a farm house is burning backwards and a funeral procession for an angel glides slowly past.

Disc and limited vinyl out 25th May, bon.

Seguing perfectly into tarnished brass Wicker Man territory is the magically fearful work of The Time & Space Machine or Richard Norris, one half of the purple psychedelic paradox known as Beyond the Wizard’s Sleeve, whose second 12″ spans the chasm between The Emperor Machine and the aforementioned Karl-Heinz Schäfer, cramming the gaping space with acidized folk and “Psychomania” home-counties hillbilly rock, all warped by the blazing sun and flinching like a jazz-funk corpse.

The Time & Space Machine – The Trip

“The Trip” is a stand-out with bubbling Tangerine Dream atmospherics on a low heat and chase the blue dragon through the eye of the orchid guitars and panpipes, and a silent Mick Jagger and Anita Pallenberg from “Performance” pirouetting back and forth, fading in and out like a mirage on a star studded black chiffon background.

Second half of Beyond the Wizard’s Sleeve, Erol Alkan (seen here as editor Disco 3000) brings on the electrics with an inspired retake of Supercharge’s strutting electro-italo coke-fuelled love anthem, “I Think I’m Gonna Fall in Love”.

Supercharge – Think I’m Gonna Fall In Love (Disco 3000 Edit)

Keeping the subtle “I Feel Love” bassline, Disco 3000 reduces the vocals and elasticises them so they ping back on themselves and bounce off the curvaceous walls of a glass disco ball where the song resides, clamouring around in a power-ballad vs. Moroder utopia cloud of pink and blue, all the time restrained by a schematic synth effect stuttering like cold rain on a hot robot.

From the 12″ out on Ballerino.

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Mixtape number 2! This one comes from the organic crimson mindscapes of mind-dimension apocalypse, Oneohtrix Point Never and its an hallucinogenic collection of bleeps, new wave and synths.

Oneohtrix Point Never – Superjammers Vol.1: Mirage Against the Machine

Tracklist:::

Eduard Artemiev- Rekkens
Martin Dupont- Just Because
Carlos Maria Trindade – Nuno Canavarro- NC Blu Terra
Model 500- Future
The Shadow Ring- Don’t say no
Claude Larson- Lotus Eater
Doris Norton- Norton Music Research
Vidna Obmana and Asmus Tietchens- 4th Theme
The Cure- Charlotte Sometimes
Absolute Body Control- A Better Way (Sensational Version)
Emerson Lake and Palmer- From the Beginning
Supermax- Ain’t Gonna Feel
Lazy Smoke- Come with the Day

All hail the reanimated flesh


(image supplied by Tommy Boy)

We are not sure whats happened with Lovefingers. The last Daily Fingertrack went up in July and now its September, jeez. Its a shame, we enjoyed that daily dose of wonky synth pyramid disco, those tracks brightened up the day as we meandered through reality, plugged into our iPods, with hallucinatory polygonal shapes floating in and out of our vision, the pavement slabs lighting up as we skipped across them, and the sun forming a layer of mirrored tiles to become the biggest discoball that lit the way for the cars to transform into vogueing robots.

A few months back the Lovefingers camp released Vol.2 of the Black Disco 12″ series, we were slack at reporting this but better late than never, huh? Especially as its the turn of Lee Douglas of Rong Music to take over the editing duties. Listen with full intent as he tweaks and modifies ‘Misa Criolla’ by Fuego – that forgotten classic euro call-and-response laser disco marching song. With a few nips and tucks and repositioning of key sounds, the track forms into a less frantic more propulsive dancefloor melting affair, crystal harps shimmering toward the great Mayan rebirth in 2O12.

Black Disco – Fuego (Lee Douglas Edit)

With approximately 2,013,581 edits of forgotten and well known disco tracks being released over the last year or so, competition has been high, ears have become tired, and beard-strokers have become frustrated/bored. So, its nice when someone spearheads through the gelatinous mass of reproduction and regurgitation like a silver bolt of musical clarity, and Paul Moxie is such a character, his 12″s with the broken horsey on them have never disappointed.

Moxie – Beyond Jupiter

Beyond planet Jupiter is a small moon shrouded in dry ice with a surface of glass and chrome, a place where all the dead legends and heroes go to dance in the central black pyramid discotheque, a hard but courageous life is rewarded with enough synthesised excess that would kill any mere mortal. Icarus works here as a go-go dancer, shooting lasers from his fingers in time to the music, 2000 men and women fainting at every flex of his torso. Once the needle begins its route through the 15th Moxie 12″, a mock labyrinth rises from a pit in the dancefloor and Theseus, with great tremendous and wily wit, hunts the Minotaur in time with the drama strings, proto-house hi-hats and Studio 54 horn sections of ‘Beyond Jupiter’.

Now onto Time & Space Machine, or Richard Norris, one half of psyche Sun warriors Beyond The Wizards Sleeve. ‘Volume One’ sounds like it was recorded in a field just outside of Dunwich where the haystacks burned with crimson flame and the Moon rose to meet with the Sun, clashing violently in plumes of cosmic miasma, seeping torrents of blood from a wound that drenched the earth and soaked into Richard’s synthesisers, fantastic machines built with the technology from Videodrome.

The Time and Space Machine – Buffalo Roam

Taking his cue from the nitetime orgy on the grassy knoll in The Wicker Man, Time & Space machine re-edits ‘Buffalo’ by Writing On The Wall, transporting the cavorting nubians to the sun dried deserts of middle America, Charles Manson wielding a sceptre/sitar combination weapon, on the hunt for Lucifer who he believes to be hidden in the midriff of a young denizen of Summer Isle.

(Plus we think Piccadilly Records have it right when they suggest that parts of Quiet Village’s ‘Gold Rush’ were birthed from the same original record.)