Boomkat Product Review:
Dredging lost marbles from the trampled grass and mud of the festival scene circa 1986-1996, Spaced Out’ is a superb exploration of the UK scene that laid the groundwork for and paralleled the ‘90s rave movement
Scanning trax by titans of the scene such as Ozric Tentacles, Eat Static, and Magic Mushroom Band, Belgium’s DJ Athome yields a necessary primer on the sound of psychedelic dub, space rock, and early electronica that soundtracked a now near-mythical UK pastime. Much maligned over the intervening years, and commonly side-eyed by more mainstream types, this sound was the bridge between ’60s hippies, ‘70s psych-rockers, and their Crusty offspring who extended their principles into the free party scene of the ‘90s, which, to be fair, is still extant on the mainland continent, and even still in UK, although you’re less likely to hear this kind of gear nowadays. The sound effectively balances a sense of eldritch atavism with a new age consciousness, hybridising styles at will and always with a purpose - to induce altered states of mind and ween people off the teet of populism.
Depending your tolerance for acid, or people who have done a lot of acid, ‘DJ Athome presents Spaced Out’ will either be manna or muck. Many moons ago we might have fallen in the latter category, but the picks here are really piquing our interests and got us hankering for a mushy brew, especially the roiling swerve of ‘Secret Names’ by the Tentacles, and the mesmerising space rock chug of The Ullulators’ ‘Zulu Proons,’ with Magic Mushroom Band’s erogenous exploration ‘Squatter In The House’ neatly primed to slot into DJ sets beside PWOG cuts, and ‘Music is Magic’ delivering a classy dose of 303-like action ripe to entice disciples of the mage, Vladimir Ivkovic, while Extremadura’s ‘Epsilon’ may do the same for John T. Gast fans.