Outer Spaced Edition: Spacerocks, Spacebomb House Band, The Heliocentrics, Starbirthed & Orions Belte

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Spacerocks: Colours EP

This is the 300th version of the Weekly RecommNeds, literally thousands of maybe-new-to-you recommendations over the years. I hope you’ve discovered something awesome along the way. What better way to celebrate than a set of new(ish) albums that leave terra firma and go to infinity and beyond. We’ll start with Spacerocks, the side project of Steven Webster/Higamos Hogamos. Colours came out back in the spring and is a braintripper’s delight of analog synthesizer explorations of the deep cosmos. This one covers a lot of space in only four tracks, satisfying, but also leaves you wishing there was more, cause it’s that good.

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Spacebomb House Band: The Best Played Lands

I can’t do a space-themed set and not include the Spacebomb House Band. The funky bunch from Richmond has been churning out their library series for a while now – this is volume IX, hard to believe! – and each one is a groover’s dream. I think this release, The Best Played Lands, may be one of the best ones yet. Just a very deep and addictive pocket perfect for zero gravity dance parties or just star gazing if that’s your thing. Dig it, friends, a must-listen as always.

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The Heliocentrics: Telemetric Sounds

While we’ve got our funky space suits on, let’s check out the latest and greatest from UK collective The Heliocentrics. The earth may revolve around the sun, but on Telemetric Sounds, the Heliocentrics are the center of gravity, pulling all sorts of genres into their orbit. Funk meets psychedelic on a Sun Ra rocket ship to the planet Venus and this is one spaceflight you won’t want to miss. Just out last Friday and already making a deep impression. Seriously, you’re going to want to listen to this one.

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Starbirthed: In Alignment

Alright, our spacecraft seems to have left orbit and is now floating weightlessly out into open deep space. Perfect time to put on In Alignment, the brand new release from Starbirthed. Each track is linked to a sign of the zodiac, each one charting the energy of a corner of the cosmos. The duo induces mental weightlessness with untethered ambient that barely feels like anything at all. It’s spiritual and relaxing and soul-refreshing. For when you need to take it down a notch. Trust me.

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Orions Belte: 600m per minute

O.k., for the last rec, let’s go right over the event horizon. Orions Belte are a trio from Oslo and they’ve been dripping singles and this EP out over the course of the year and each one is enough to have you saying ‘who the heck are these guys?’ They’re groovy and charming and altogether addictively fun. Check out 600m per minute and their other releases and I think you’ll immediately join me in wondering when more is coming. Even over just a handful of tracks, they’re too hard to sum up in a few sentences. These guys might just be your new favorite band, but check it out yourself and see if you think I’m right. Well worth the trip to the outer reaches of the galaxy, that’s for sure. As always, thanks for reading … here’s to the next 300!

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