Space Disco

The invasion was surprisingly peaceful. Instead of taking over planet earth like so many sci-fi movies had predicted, the foreign invaders behaved totally cooperative. Out of the blue thousands arrived. Noboby knew where they came from, so it wasn’t possible to send them back home. And as they weren’t willing to leave with their own means of transportation, asylum was granted.

The alien beings looked a bit like the Droids out of Star Wars, all silvery and clumsy. They integrated quickly into society just how immigrants are expected to. They learned to speak in the human tongue and started working dayjobs. Some of them even had artistic aspirations. A group of painters established a school the critics would call Cosmic Cubism. Others directed movies that reinvented extinct genres like Planetary Romance and Space Western.

Their musicians brought innovative ideas with them too. They created a music that sounded just like disco from outer space. As the Space Disco craze took its course, the extraterrestrial bands soon found human imitators like Space and The Rockets. But it wasn’t a human band that landed the first number one hit of the genre. It was the alien combo Droïds with their single (Do You Have) The Force.

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Sui generis

It’s inexplicable how such spellbinding hauntology as practiced by Ole Lukkøye could emerge from St. Petersburg in the early ninties. Of course, after the dissolution of the Soviet Union the Russian underground imbibed Western influences like a sponge and new age and club music were experimenting with shamanism and tribalism at the time. But still, we can’t help but wonder about the occult distinctiveness of Taaroa and its psychic video.

 

Ole Lukkøye’s debut album Zapara, released on the pioneering Russian label AnTorp in 1993, was the starting point to a psychedelic journey that continues until today. The band recorded another five albums in regular intervals, establishing its trademark blend of electronica and world music. After a hiatus of ten years, Ole Lukkøye returned to the scene earlier this year with their new album Dyatly.

Full Moon Mix: tendenziell experimentell

Dieter moved to the Moon Lagoon one year ago. When we asked him why he left busy Berlin for our quiet bay, he said he just needed a break. His stay didn’t seem to be temporary though, because one day a container arrived. It had nothing in it but records. Tons of records. His collection turned out to be a feast for our hungry ears.

Occasionally, Dieter gives us lectures on the masters of the Berlin School and introduces us to the secrets of krautrock. On our last visit he promised us a mixtape to stir our summer holiday daydreaming. And here it is. Assembling records from a time span of five decades, this seamless montage of sounds slowly unravels the evolution of German experimentalism from past to present.

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1. Deuter – Babylon, Allegro 138A
(D, Kuckuck 1971)

2. Tangerine Dream – 3AM At The Border Of The Marsh From Okefenokee
(Stratosfear, Virgin 1976)

3. Günter Schickert – Wanderer
(Überfällig, Sky 1979)

4. Rüdiger Lorenz – New Atlantis
(Invisible Voices, Syncord 1983)

5. E.M.A.K. – Monolog
(E.M.A.K 3, Originalton West 1985)

6. C-Schulz – Star
(10. Hose Horn, Entenpfuhl 1991)

7. Kreidler – Il Sogno Di Una Cosa
(Appearance In The Park, Kiff SM 1998)

8. Tied & Tickled Trio – Memory Dub
(Observing Systems, Morr Music 2003)

9. Kammerflimmer Kollektief – In Transition (Version)
(Wildling, Staubgold 2010)

Tendenziellexperimentell