Wizened house cadets of a sure age will probably have hazy reminiscences of the stridently psychedelic free competition scene that erupted in Hawkwind’s illustrious wake on the finish of the 70s.
Numerous, anarchic and nearly definitely below the affect of unlawful medication, it was a scene that casually evaded the mainstream radar, whereas producing a substantial amount of joyously out-there and obtuse music alongside the best way.
Compiled in collaboration with Dave Brock himself, This Was Your Future hurls many of the motion’s key gamers into the combination, throughout three discs of wildly vibrant experimental rock and electronica. The overwhelming majority of it has aged exceptionally effectively, maybe as a result of timeless nature of Hawkwind’s repetitive, mind-expanding blueprint, but additionally as a result of many of those bands had been spectacularly unhinged.
Veterans of this defiantly eccentric sonic world will probably recall Ozric Tentacles, Poisoned Electrick Head, Solar Dial and Omnia Opera, all of whom are represented through immersive deep cuts.
However this nostalgic splurge is relatively extra notable for the inclusion of obscure, pot-addled gems like Boris And His Bolshi Balalaika’s wonky acid-prog odyssey Toadstool Soup, Kava Kava’s dreamy however skewed Poke, and Sons Of Salina’s epic and oddly transferring pomp-psych joint Gamoto Manopano.
With loads of Hawkwind-adjacent content material on supply – Sonic Assassins, Hawklords, Psychedelic Warriors et al – and one balls-out, noisy reminder that the much-maligned Dumpy’s Rusty Nuts had been truly fairly nice, these three hours quantity to an interesting snapshot in time and a glowing commercial for cultural non-conformity.