Øresund Space Collective is a space rock collective that over 50 different musicians have played in from primarily Denmark and Sweden. The band started out jamming in the rehearsal rooms in Copenhagen and Malmö back in 2004 and since then has created 25 records and played all over Europe and even Las Vegas (2016). This album was created in November 2016 and features the following musicians: Magnus (guitar, synths), Hasse (doun douns, bass, talking drum), Dr Space (synths), Jiri (bass), Tim (drums), KG (sitar, guitar, synths), and Jonathan (violin, guitar, bass, farfisa, and others). ‘Reflections…’ is an album side track featuring sitar and violin. ‘ESP’ is a more electronic synth based track to start and later has some heavy guitar. ‘The Oracle’ is the main track of the album, a 40min adventure starting with a synth drone and eastern vibe but then it takes off into space. Features some of the most amazing sitar and very cool violin.
Still known as Dollar Brand at the time of this recording, Abdullah Ibrahim had his first encounter with a large ensemble on African Space Program, and the results are quite successful. Despite a muddy sound quality, this is music built on infectious themes and played with verve by a fine cast of instrumentalists. The first part of "Tintiyana," entirely written, is redolent of Ellington and Mingus, all churning low tones and percussion. When the second portion begins, the mood turns celebratory with a striding, gospel-imbued theme supporting heroic solos from all involved. Several of the musicians on hand were generally involved with the avant-garde end of the jazz spectrum at the time, and their playing is full of bite and a risk-taking nature that greatly enlivens the proceedings.