Review: There are plenty out there - the team behind Dark Entries Records included - who will happily tell you that that Time Actor is one of the finest and most overlooked albums of the 1970s. It was the debut full-length of Richard Wahnfried, an alter ego of pioneering German ambient don and electronic experimentalist Klaus Schulze preserved for collaborative projects. In the case of Time Actor, that collaborator was Arthur Brown (he of "The Crazy World Of..." fame), whose half spoken, half-sung vocals provide a focal point throughout. Musically, the album is deliciously trippy and other-worldly, with Schulze delivering a swathe of fine electronic grooves and bubbly Berlin School soundscapes. This edition also boasts a brilliant bonus track: a 12-minute, 1983 "Afro-cosmic" revision of the title track by Italian Maurizio Delvecchio.
Review: Tom Ware is a Grammy nominated engineer, producer and musician from Omaha, Nebraska. Throughout the '70s and '80s, Ware was the drummer for many bands including Norman & The Rockwells, Toy boat Toy boat Toy boat and Hit N Run. Because of his love for electronics, he had a knack for PA systems which got him an entry level job at a Studio where he would work during the day, play evening gigs then go back there to work on new ideas all night. During these sessions, Ware worked by himself, following his instincts and creating sounds he loved. And this thrill to learn was what resulted in his first solo self-titled album. The album's 10 songs were recorded and mixed in 1983 and self-released in early 1984.
Review: Jane Weaver's sixth solo full-length 'Modern Kosmology' is an evolution in her catalogue, with a strong departure from previously folktronica work. Here, Weaver has eschewed the folk in favour of psychedelic and futuristic kraut-rock, injected with crackling analogue synthesis. Entirely self-produced, there's a tiered feeling to the album's production; the layered and structured instrumentation is mixed with clarity to form a single dense sonic foundation, the headroom above which is cut through with Weaver's pirouetting vocal melodies and delay-laden harmonies. Right from the outset, it's an ear-catching and addictive album which will greatly reward with repeat listens.