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ATMOSFEAR emerged from the ‘Brit‐Funk’ scene along with Light of the World, Incognito, Freeez, Linx, Hi-Tension, Level 42, Central Line, Shakatak and others . . . The timeless 1979 debut single ‘Dancing in Outer Space’, a certified jazz-funk classic from this legendary UK band, sits at the pinnacle of the 1980s underground dance scene. It went on to become a massive global influence. In the USA, the track had huge support from the New York club scene. Venues such as the mythic ‘Studio 54’, ‘Paradise Garage’, and ‘The Loft’ by the likes of Larry Levan and David Mancuso. An instantly recognisable anthem, ‘Dancing in Outer Space’ is just as fresh today as it was when it was first released.
There’s no doubting its influence around the world. The song has been remixed many times by superstar DJ/producers such as Masters at Work (Louie Vega and Kenny ‘Dope’ Gonzales), Francois K, and Dimitri from Paris. UK DJ, Joey Negro cites it as one of his favourite tracks. BBC DJ Pete Tong also credits the band as an important influence on the UK dance scene and awarded Atmosfear his club track of the year for their Latin jazz funk classic ‘Extract’. Co‐founder, principal writer and original bassist Lester ‘LB’ Batchelor was recently invited onto Gilles Peterson’s BBC Radio 6 show to celebrate En Trance on Gilles’s National Album Day.
The 1980 follow up, double ‘A’ sided single “Motivation” / “Extract” helped the band secure a major recording deal with MCA Records which led to the release of their debut album “En Trance” in 1982.
“Motivation” is also considered a massive dance floor tune and was covered by The Bucketheads a.k.a. Kenny Dope in 1995 under the title “I Wanna Know”.
‘LB’ leads his evolutionary band to recreate the excitement and intrigue of Atmosfear’s own brand of intergalactic British Jazz Funk with a completely new recording entitled ‘DIOS:2020’.
This is an extensive experimental re‐work of their iconic seminal-track ‘Dancing in Outer Space’. Pushing their musical envelope with fearless Jazz licks and Funk power with a kaleidoscope of electronic soundscapes that exemplifies their style of Space Funk, while also lending their voice to the environmental challenges that lay ahead for humanity. This new track marks ATMOSFEAR’s re-birth, ‘LB’ says . . . “The launch of DIOS:2020 is not meant to supersede Dancing in Outer Space.
“However it marks a momentous period in my life, to not only honour my original composition, but also to offer fans a new interpretation that is of this millennium. It aims to capture the energy of every band member during our live performances”. “This is how I feel Right Now” The new recording features the talents of ‘LB’ – Bass, Space Bass and Vocoder, Francesco Mendolia
(Incognito) – Drums, Orphy ‘Vibes’ Robinson MBE – Xylosynth, Antonello Filaccio – Keyboards, Dee Byrne – Sax, Kenny Barry – Guitar, Shelley ‘Deeizm’ Debenham – Lead vocals (Rap) and opens up an exciting new chapter to ATMOSFEAR’s musical legacy.
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