Shpongle - Ineffable Mysteries From Shpongleland
Psychedelic electronic music pioneers Simon Posford and Raja Ram , AKA Shpongle, have pulled off a mighty coup in co-opting the legendary Storm Thorgerson to design their album artwork which, while not quite on a par with his Pink Floyd outings, certainly gives a flavour of what’s to come. Shpongle essentially represent a hybrid of the ethereal experimentation of Future Sound of London and the bass heavy dub rumblings of The Orb. Opening track ‘Electroplasm’ sets the scene with a vast, sprawling eastern-tinged soundscape before the window shaking bass kicks in on tracks like ‘Nothing is Something Worth Doing’, which sounds like it might be a chapter in a counter-culture self help handbook. Ineffable Mysteries From Shpongleland offers a slightly raucous floatation-tank experience which should prove the perfect escape hatch for the weary city dweller. It is, however, essentially little more than ambient electronica by numbers and, believe me, no ingredient is spared. Indian vocals float into one ear as a Flamenco guitarist tunes up in the other and a Jah Wobble enthusiast keeps everything moving with some interesting basslines. It does what it says on the tin, but I expect you already have a couple of tins tucked away in a forgotten corner of your garage.