Sean Johnston – 3 Outer Space Oddities


Following his stunning A Love From Outer Space Electric Elephant/R$N Podcast – Part 1 – last week, Sean ‘Hardway Bros’ Johnston picks 3 Outer Space Oddities for us, complete with youtube-ness for you ears.
If you’ve not already checked the podcast, best rectify that quick smart-ish here

Richard Wahnfried – Time Actor

Richard Wahnfried is an alias of Klaus Schulze – one time member of Tangerine Dream and Ash Ra Tempel and without doubt one of the best exponents of the Moog Synthesizer of all time. The Wahnfried name was used for collaborations and partners in crime included Manuel Gottsching, Michael Schrieve, Arthur Brown and supposedly Carlos Santana. In this particular sonic nugget Schulze lays down a throbbing slow motion synth pulse over which Arthur Brown (I bring you Fire) rambles about the in’s and outs of the space time continuum. The real trance tackle and a bona fide ALFOS classic.

See also Wahnfried’s Tonwelle LP and in a similar vein Michael Moorcock and The Deep Fix’s Time Centre.

Chris & Cosey – This Is Me

Former Throbbing Gristle members Chris Carter & Cosey Fanni Tutti made this in 1981 for their album Heartbeat.Another low velocity electronic pulsation from Mr Carter over which Cosey supplies the quintessential english vocal – but it’s hard to tell if it sounds sexy or scary.

“Can you be so proud of respect you’ve won
When your left hand knows what the right has done”…

Pretty much the blueprint for the entire Cosmic Disco sound.

See also the excellent Pollyester – You are Amen for a modern take on this sound.

The Unknown Cases – Ma Simba Bele

Originally released on Rough Trade in 1983 – this is a low-slung ethno electro groover with tribal chants and and an amazing bass sound. It first came to my attention in the late 80′s during the first wave of Balearic Beats. I’m pretty sure that the ‘Cases were trying hard to be DAF and produced this by accident. None of their other output comes anywhere close but the Adrian Sherwoood mix is worth picking up if you stumble across it.

See also Cultural Vibe – Ma Foom Bey, Code 61 – Drop The Deal, Burundi Black – Burundi Black.

For almost a year Andrew Weatherall & Sean Johnston (Hardway Bros) have been carrying out a monthy experiment in interplanetary audio. The manifesto of their night, A Love From Outer Space is to never knowingly exceed 122bpm. Andrew describes the night as an oasis of slowness in a world of increasing velocity.

Sean Johnston has been DJ’ing since his formative years in the frozen North. Acid House Veteran, Techno Survivor, Hardway Bros, Beard Scientist and Freelance Disco Consultant he has played at some of London’s landmark clubs including The Promised Land, Sabre Sonic, Club UK, Final Frontier, Disco Bloodbath and was one of the founding residents at London Super Club Cable.

ALFOS doing a whole boat party @ Electric Elephant… how good will that be?!!

Part 2 of the ALFOS Electric Elephant/R$N Podcast series coming next week.

The rest of the line-up goes as follows:

Derrick Carter (Classic)
A Love From Outer Space with:
Andrew Weatherall & Sean Johnston
James Pants Live (Stones Throw)
Toddla T
Kyle Hall (Wild Oats)
Horse Meat Disco
Ralph Lawson (20:20 Vision)
Ben Westbeech Live (Brownswood/Strictly Rhythm)
Zed Bias
Bok Bok (Night Slugs)
The Unabombers
The Glimmers
Luke Solomon (Classic)
Clap Rules Live
Down By The Sea with:
Kelvin Andrews (Wonk) & Balearic Mike
Sampha Live
YoYo with:
Seb Chew & Leo Greenslade
Star Slinger Live
Melting Pot with:
Simon Cordiner & Andrew Pirie
Lowlife with:
Bill Brewster, Michael Cook, Namedrop & Benoit
Krysko (The Warehouse Project)
Dom Servini (Wah Wah 45s)
History Clock with:
Nathan Gregory Wilkins (History Clock) & Capracara (DFA/Soul Jazz)
Fabrizio Mammarella
Little Dave (Nightflight)
Billy Scurry
Smooth Sailing Crew
That Amazing Thing! (Francis Wooff)
Balera FM
Simon Strotmann
Highsoul Society
Dave Walker (Piccadilly Records)
DJ Kozmonaut
Phuong Dan
Ged & Darren

Camparis Safari DJs

Electric Elephant is held in a magical wooded peninsula nestled in the ancient coastal village of Petrcane, Croatia, in easy reach of Zadar airport. Situated on the sun-sparkled sea of the Adriatic, Petrcane boasts family-run restaurants, villas by the beach and independently owned small hotels and campsites.

This years festival is longer, better and earlier! Much more than just a festival, its a holiday adventure, an escape, a musical getaway, a meeting of like-minded souls that invokes the original spirit of the unspoilt Ibiza of the 70s and early 80s. Live love dance.

Tickets are available now, priced at 85.00 for the full, five-night shebang and you can get those tickets right here on Ransom Note Tickets

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