Thursday, February 21, 2008

Xtra Special Boogie  

Atmosfear were a British collective that had widespread success in 1979 with their first single "Dancing in Outer Space" The track was a sort of jazzy disco fusion number which has been heavily sampled over the years. The 8 piece band was fronted by mastermind Guitarist/Producer Andy Sojka. By the early 80's they had switched gears towards a more boogie oriented sound and released the 12 inch single "Xtra Special" (featuring guest vocalist Beverly Skeete) on their own Elite label. As is the case with so many of these artists, the band hit their high water mark with this release in 1982 (the peak year for modern soul music) and the results interest me way more than their earlier jazz leaning noodlings. Atmosfear continued on with varying levels of success until Sojka's untimely death in 2000.

mp3: Atmosfear - "Xtra Special"

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4 comments: to “ Xtra Special Boogie

  • February 22, 2008 at 9:34 AM  

    I have been waiting for this one. Can we do an Andy Sojka post now?

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  • January 19, 2009 at 11:52 AM  

    thank you for the post, i have always wanted to know a bit more about Atmosfear, i just know their famous "Dancing in Outer Space"…

    I don't feel the same about this 82 release.
    I find the sound very common and they have been losing their typical sound (the 1 in Dancing…). Here is a more classical slap bass 80's funk groove which I don't feel any particular originality or timeless groovy gimmick.

    I know your love about the 82 era and I understand your feeling about that track. I feel the same about the 75 wah/clavinet funky tracks ;-) I can dig years and years on those sounds.

    Cheers and keep the groove.


  • July 4, 2010 at 8:07 AM  

    Very interesting article. Thanks big to the author.
    I under impression. You good fellows.
    Continue in the same spirit всоё creativity.