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A sizzling psychedelic music trio, playing modes of expanding themes, trance grooves and cosmic trips. Former members of Gong, Lights In A Fat City and Karmakanix meet in an essence of trance-formational entertainment journey musics. Intrepid travellers flying space funk, Random Access Grooves. Post-organic contrapunctual lines and Deep Float.
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|Steve Higgins.||(KarmaKanix) Guitars, vocals and synth.|
|Mike Howlett.||(Gong) Bass, vocals and switch-doctoring|
|Eddie Sayer.||(ex-Lights in a Fat City): Drums, percussion|
|Theo Travis.||(Cipher, Gong): Guest saxes & flutes [1, 3]|
All songs by Higgins, Howlett & Sayer, except 1 & 3 by Higgins, Howlett, Sayer & Travis
"what a blissful CD...!!! I just can't stop playing it. To me the best Gong-related item since OK Friends. Hope you're selling much of them to allow the musicians to give us a continuation to this delight. This should be sold in drugstores to recover all depressive people on Earth..." ;o)
"motoring music for the scottish highlands..."
This CD-R of very well recorded space-funk psychedelic grooves by Mike and mates is a most welcome addition to what is going on around the Gong multiverse these days. If you like what he does at the heart of Gong and want to be in at the very beginning of something new then here it is.
Guitarist Steve Higgins spirals out with the best of them and drummer Eddy locks into the groove with Mike as if he's always been there. Add the bonus of Gong's Theo Travis guesting some of the tracks and the whole thing really starts to cook. It has some of the sensibilities of 'Shamal' era Gong but with the smooth funkability of the 2001 Gong touring line-up. You are going to be very plesantly surprised by the wealth of good music here.
It's so good that the musicians can get their current work (some of this was recorded in July!) straight out to you cutting out all the various middle men.
The history of Thandoy goes back to 1975 where guitarist Steve Higgins and drummer Rob Bougie played their first gig in the glade at Glastonbury festival. By the following summer they had met up with bass man Giles and started playing the free festival circuit. In 1978 the band headed to France and Spain returning in the spring of 79. Rob and Giles went off on their own journey and Steve landed with the bus in Bristol Gardens London where he met bass man Subs and drummer Richard Lanchester, they were joined by Eric on electric viola and later that summer by Shanks on congas and dancer Corrine. The band continued to play the free festivals. In 1981, Rob returned on drums with Twink and Maz on synths and this was the start of Karmakanix.
In 2001 Steve was introduced to Mike Howlett through producer John Leckie, and after a jam at Mike’s birthday party House of Thandoy emerged, they were later joined by drummer Eddy Sayer, and made one album HOT 1 which features Theo Travis on flute and sax. In 2003 Steve Cassidy started playing drums with the band which continues as the present line up.
|Steve Higgins.||(KarmaKanix) Guitar, vocal.|
|Mike Howlett.||(Gong) Bass and switch-doctoring|
|Steve Cassidy.||(Here and Now): Drums, percussion|