1. The Race For Space 2. Sputnik 3. Gagarin 4. Fire In The Cockpit 5. E.V.A. 6. The Other Side 7. Valentina 8. Go! 9. Tomorrow
Release Date: February 2015 Label: Test Card Recordings Tracks To Notice: Sputnik, Gagarin, Go!
Two years after the pretty imaginative and quite good debut ‘Inform-Educate-Entertain‘ the London duo strikes back with their second album. This time they’re using the samples, spoken word narrative and some of their own music to take us back in the period of the Cold War and the race between USA and USSR for conquering space. One of their most characteristic tracks from their first album, ‘Everest’, gives way to the likes of ‘Sputnik‘ and ‘Gagarin‘, two of the best songs in ‘The Race For Space‘, which they recorded once again in cooperation with the British Film Institute.
Using a few notes or riffs as the background of narrations they create something that sounds like a documentary, which seems reasonable considering that most of this spoken word parts are usually taken from various documentaries. Their sound is closer to electronic music more than anything else having even some specks of house music as in ‘Sputnik‘, but they’re also playing a bit of guitar, or trombones, like in ‘Gagarin‘. It’s not an amazing music album you’d expect to listen to such, but it should rather be valued as a compilation of sounds and words, some minutes of which form nice little songs. What they’re doing is interesting and they’re definitely skilled in combining their music with a phrase of some narrator, check ‘Go!‘ for example.