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Category Archives: Exotica

Danielle Dax – Bed Caves

Entering the interzone with Danielle; off of her 1983 album ‘Pop-Eyes’

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Nurse With Wound — Beetle Crawls Across My Back

Really, really great fan-made video to accompany this NWW track (which made it onto the compilation ‘Automating Volume Three) that totally fits into the bands ‘zone’. The track is a menacing piece of Exotica; all wayward tom’s and creeping dread; that has the wonderful Diana Rogerson on fine, fine form. Rogerson doesn’t seem to get the credit awarded to the likes of Dagmar Krause and Diamanda Galas, but we at The Sentinel feel she sits alongside them both.

Sun Araw – Horse Steppin’

Bleached, beached psyche from Cameron Stallone’s second album, 2008’s ‘Beach Head’

Tipsy – Tuatara

Here’s one from Tipsy’s dizzying foray into loungecore plunderphonics, 1996’s ‘Trip Tease’, and one can almost smell the palm tree’s. Lush, lovely intoxicating stuff.

Scraping Foetus Off The Wheel – Satan Place

Imagine if the netherworld was where surfers went to hang ten on rolling waves of lava to a soundtrack to the demon familiars of the Beach Boys. You can’t? Well, this track from the second half of the 1983 album ‘HOLE’ will help you if you’re struggling.

Stereolab – Whisper Pitch

Gorgeousness and gorgeousity made flesh; from 2006.

Paddy Steer – The Blob

Infectiously groovy stuff from Manchester’s one man Arkestra, Mr. Paddy Steer. From his wonderful, and at times Sun Ra-alike 2014 album ‘Dragons Breath’. Brilliant!

Stereolab – Pack Yr Romantic Mind

Some schmoozing from the Groop’s 1993 Major label effort ‘Transient Random-Noise Bursts with Announcements’.

Garage Monsters – Last Exit To Flognesia

Jimmy Foetus & The Pizz team up for the B-Side of their 1992 Garage Monsters 10″ single. Very much like early Steroid Maximus; with a side helping of latter-day Wiseblood (Jim uses the same sample he does for P.T.T.M).

Uzect Plaush – Violet Cell Edit/Wind From Nowhere/Wetzone Rapture

Here is the first side of the vinyl version of Australian Paul Schütze’s ‘More Beautiful Human Life’ (1994) album, released under his Uzect Plaush moniker. This was ambient music that hinted at the Ambient Techno of acts such as The Orb et al, but had far more in common with John Hassell, as well as’My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts’ by Brian Eno & David Byrne; as well as being a contemporary of David Toop & Max Eastley’s lauded ‘Buried Dreams’ from the same year. This is lovely stuff; and (depending on personal tastes of course) gravitates on the right side of coffee table. Shame the fourth track isn’t here, as ‘The Falling Dream’ is probably the most astonishing track on the album.

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