35 Park Road, Baker Street, NW1 6XT | Map
7:00 | £9 | Sold out
THE SPACE LADY began her odyssey on the streets of San Francisco in the late 70s, playing versions of contemporary pop music an accordion and dressed flamboyantly, transmitting messages of peace and harmony. Following the theft of her accordion, The Space Lady invested in a then-new Casio keyboard, birthing an otherworldly new dimension to popular song that has captured the imaginations of the underground and its lead exponents ever since, with the likes of John Maus, Erol Alkan and Kutmah being devotees. Of her early street sets, only one recording was made, self-released originally on cassette and then transferred to a homemade CD.
"The Space Lady's Greatest Hits" released last year through Night School features the best of these recordings - mostly covers but with some originals - pressed on vinyl for the first time and features archival photographs and liner notes from The Space Lady herself. "Greatest Hits" contains The Space Lady's personal favourites; her haunting take on The Electric Prunes' "I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)," a frantic "Ballroom Blitz" amidst other reconstructed pop music. Following on from this wonderful release The Space Lady has begun writing new material and travelling the world to present her message outside the United States for the first time.
JIN & DAUN are a Swedish duo specialising in their own style of music they call Kurdish Electronic Meditation. They record their long-form songs at home via improvised jams, preferring to keep the music free without guidelines. The spirit of Klaus Schulze looms large and the music created has a touch of the progressive electronics you'd expect from Germany in the 70's. The darkness of Spectrum and the warped atmospheres of The Orb seep through too. So far they have one tape out on the Zeon Light Kassett, and a split release with artist Benjamin Syra is areadying for Sorgenfri Inspelningar. They've previously opened for bands like White Hills and Raajmahal, and soon they will play in Berlin and at the Copenhagen Psych Fest.
ED SCHRADER'S MUSIC BEAT
Wednesday 7 May
184 Camden High Street, Camden, NW1 8QP | Map
7:30 | £13 | Sold out