* sold out at the label * Musique Pour La Danse is proud to present Spaced Out!, a compilation curated by Belgian artist and producer DJ Athome (Front de Cadeaux) focusing on psychedelic dub, space rock, and early electronica created in the UK’s festival scene between 1986 and 1996. Dredging lost marbles from the trampled grass and mud of the festival scene 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. This loosely organized British musical movement born in the early 80s and gravitating around free festivals in Stonehenge represented a continuation of the psychedelic spirit of the 60s, with altered states of consciousness, dub production techniques, non-Western influences as well as instruments featuring heavily, along with a desire to side-step mainstream venues, labels, and attitudes.
Musically, it took on many forms, from mind-expanding space rock to third eye-opening electronica to shattering psychedelic dub. Visually, the zines, cassettes, LPs, and CDs created by this scene also displayed heavy influences from 60’s psychedelia, updated for the late 80s and early 90s.
This compilation is in equal amounts an introduction for newcomers and a confirmation for those who already know that this was without a doubt one of the trippiest and most compelling psychedelic musical movements of the last decades, notable for its hybridity, its sincerity, and above all its wonderfully life-changing effects for listeners and performers alike.
The compilation is presented in 2LP format, along with a limited edition Riso printed scene which features a foreword by acclaimed philosopher Timothy Morton, along with liner notes by David Borsu, one of the key players of Liège’s musical collectives in the 90s and illustrations by designer Andrew Beltran.