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ASTRAL SOCIAL CLUB - Happy Horse

Astral Social Club is the current project of Neil Campbell, formerly of the Vibracathedral Orchestra, Sunroof!, The A Band and many more which has given tremendous impact and influences throughout the 2000s to numerous audience and artists. Campbell has been active since the early 80s, and The Wire magazine has said that, along with his friends Richard Youngs and Matthew Bower, he provided the map co-ordinates for much of what passed for a post-punk UK underground during most of the 80s and 90s". With Astral Social Club, Campbell continues his quest to produce a truly vast 21st century psychedelic music, using alien electronics, overloaded strings, loop disorientation and rhythmic grids often more readily associated with the far end of dance music. "HAPPY HORSE" is a 7-piece, hour-long suite focussing on the more ecstatic, dilated side of ASCs music. Kicking off with a reworked version of the super-limited "Skelp" 7", the propulsive beats and tone float is ceaseless, in the manner of a DJ mix tape from some parallel universe. Sure, there are huge tracts of techno thud underpinning many of the tracks, as on "Horse Cortex" (a distant cousin to "Clarion super-cortex" from the acclaimed ASC/ALog split 12" on fat-cat records), but they dont mind sliding into delerious inaudibility when the free-flying celestial sonics really get into their stride. Although Astral Social Club is largely a solo project, "Happy Horse" includes sonic input from regular ASC collaborators John Clyde-Evans, Phil Smith, Paul Walsh and Stewart Keith." -Happy Prince

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After nearly a decade of false starts, multiple game plans veering off the rails, and a handful of shattered hopes and/or dreams, the odyssey is finally complete—the new Fusetron site is here.

This is the first phase of a multipart rollout that will span the next few months: the currently browsable stock includes miscellaneous new releases from the past 8+ months (we have a lot of catching up to do), plus approximately a third of our backstock. Note that we’ve reduced/slashed prices on many titles and will continue to do so in order to make room for new stock. We’ll also be expanding / tweaking / improving / debugging the site itself (for example, we still have work to do on the automated international postage system, not to mention the inevitable inventory discrepancies that come with transferring an ancient and massive database to a new system).

Over the next few months, as we take inventory, clean house, and delve into our storage, we will be uploading thousands of additional items, gradually, on a near-daily basis. This will include the majority of the LPs, as well as many titles, in all formats, once thought long-gone. Many currently “sold out” items are likely to resurface.

Finally, once our general backstock is up (probably in the next two or three months) we’ll begin making our extensive stockpile of rarities available online for the first time: tons of random out-of-print titles, "deadstock," warehouse finds, secondhand collectibles, etc., accumulated over the past few decades.

Frequent/returning customers will be getting early access to these items. Details to follow on how this will work (a priority mailing list? a 'frequent flyer'-like program?), but it will not be based on dollars spent. We want to reward those who consistently support us, especially in the discogs marketplace era (to those who show up trying to poach five copies of a one-off rarity, and nothing else, ever… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ).

So—we suggest you take some time to dig through the site—even we’ve been surprised by what’s been turning up, and there’s much more to come.



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