An astonishing 19 years after the first ‘phase’ of this project by Sunray was released, Music For The Dreamachine - Phase II arrives. Now the head of Polytechnic Youth, former Earworm boss Dom released the original in 2000, and finishes the job on his current label. Darker and more visceral than the first iteration, it boasts the hallmarks of Pete ‘Sonic Boom’ Kember’ on production. 

Limited Vinyl 12" £11.99 PY83

Silver coloured vinyl 12" EP on Polytechnic Youth incl. Sonic Boom remix. Edition of 300 copies.

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Music for the Dreamachine - Phase II by Sunray
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7/10 Will 30 July 2019

19 years ago, times were pretty good. The turn of the millennium had inspired people with new hope, Radiohead had stopped messing around with guitars and released what is still probably their best album 'Kid A', politicians were secretly awful rather than publicly awful, and my late-capitalist dread was dormant. As well as all these milestones, an electronic musician called Sunray released 'Phase I' of his 'Music for the Dreamachine' project. Nineteen years later, in this the year of our lord 2019, Sunray has finally released 'Phase II'. It's a bleak, baleful work comprising one short, Throbbing Gristle-y bassline repeated for fifteen minutes and surrounded by grumbling, squalling electronic textures. On this project, Sunray was aided by Sonic Boom, aka Pete Kember from Spacemen 3, on production duties. You can hear the hypnotic, spacious elements of Spacemen 3 coming through on Side A but even more so on Side B which contains Sonic Boom's remix. The remix is less formless than the original, carried along by a motorik rhythm and ticking synth arpeggios. Nineteen years is a long time to wait but it was probably worth it. 


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