Boomkat Product Review:
Survivors of Hawkwind and Killing Joke invoke ancient African and Berlin-skool spirits with little help from Adamski
“Pharaohs From Outer Space is the new collaborative album from legendary saxophonist Nik Turner and the ever-exploring producer known as Youth. This latest effort brings together the chilled out, ambient electronics carefully crafted by Youth, with the the wild and eccentric free jazz stylisations of Nik Turner’s saxophone and flute. The album twists and turns through layers of deep pulsing synths and soaring instrumentation that takes you on a journey through the depths of space, down tunnels of experimentation, and out the other side into another dimension of enticing sonic soundscapes. Featuring collaborations from a whole variety of great musicians, Raja Ram, Jah Wobble, and Adamski. Each one of these musicians bringing something different, and exceptional, helping to heighten the album above and beyond any restrictions that genres might impose.
Nik Turner was one of the founding members of Space Rock pioneers Hawkwind, writing seminal anthems such as 'Master of the Universe', 'Brainstorm', and 'D-rider' as the driving force in the creation of the legend and mythology that created that band's success, to 60's ska 'Skastars'. Nik and Youth met at a Lee Harris (counterculture activist) album launch in portobello road, where they hit it off, and have continued to perform and work together in a myriad of projects, including an all star jam at Youth’s ambient festival, Space Mountain: International Cosmic Arts Lab.
Youth is a multi award winning, legendary music producer, fine artist, poet, songwriter, remixer and bass player of the seminal post-punk band Killing Joke. With a staggering 20 million records sold worldwide, Youth’s career spans over three decades and shows no sign of slowing down. The music he makes has inspired not only the legendary artists he works with, but the next generation of acts who have grown up hearing Youth’s production. He has produced and remixed for a staggeringly large and diverse array of artists including Sir Paul McCartney (The Fireman), Pink Floyd, Yazz, James, Primal Scream, Guns N’ Roses, Blue Pearl, Art of Noise, P.M. Dawn, De La Soul, and U2.”