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"Fountain transmitter medications"
Year:  2014
Country:  UK
Label:  VHF Records
Format:  LP
Tracks:  8
Time:  100 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:       Abstract         Experimental

























A boggling and super-fun 100+ minutes from Neil Campbell’s Astral Social Club, Fountain Transmitter Medications delivers the head-on collision of classic UK electronic styles, electric grit and the future.  The LP starts with a set of tight chuggers, the high-end racket of “Infinity Thug” ripping through the speakers before closing the side with the loping “Grisly Terroir.” Side two is comprised of the 20-minute epic “Diamonds in the Dreich,” a mid-tempo journey of Throbbing Gristle-ish lurch-pulse and disembodied voices, giving way after ten minutes to an organ-interlude which accelerates into a full-on rock jam loaded with scathing guitar slashing. It’s unlike anything else in the Astral Social Club catalog.  The CD (“side three”) offers three lengthy explorations of key facets of the overall Astral Social concept, where Campbell really stretches out and lets the tape run—the rushing sound effects and buried rock of “Sun Still God,” the bristling electric juddering of “Erotic Meditation,” and the blown-out space-rock (!) of “Squeegee Anthem #3".
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"Magic smile"
Year:  2012
Country:  Scotland,  UK
City:  Glasgow
Artist:  Neil Campbell
Label:  Nature Bliss
Format:  CD
Tracks:  8
Time:  57 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:        Noise         Psychedelia
























In the long musical career of Neil Campbell, there is this project called "Astral Social Club", which is until 2013 where focused much of his creativity. It started in 2004 and has so far published... 36 abums! more than 10 ep's and several tracks on compilations. I mean, this man is truly making machine music, noise or as you please call. And best of "Astral Social Club" is that no disk pools in a single style. Never give space to boredom because he does rabaciones of noise, experimental, techno, field recordings, ambient, rhythmic noise, electronic music, drone, etc.. etc. All these styles are here together in this "Magic Smile", all styles mentioned together, yes, but with harmony and order, placed with great taste and lots artistic instinct. Says the press that Neil Campbell played an important role in the development of the POST / PUNK British early 80s with his band THE WIRE. It is possible, of course. But (personal and subjective opinion) "Astral" I do not perceive sounds near punk or new wave, but rather to the psychedelia of the 60's: color, optimism, space sounds, lysergic acid, etc.. The album can be heard for free on Bandcamp and Soundcloud, so we recommend this work to anyone who wants to hear different things.  8 / 10 
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"octuplex"
Year:  2009
Country:  UK
City:  Glasgow
Label:  VHF
Format:  CD
Tracks:  4
Time:  27 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:      Experimental        Rhythmic







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"Two slabs"
Year:  2005
Country:  Scotland,  UK
City:  Glasgow
Artist:  Neil Campbell
Label:  Astral social club
Format:  CD
Tracks:  8
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:        Experimental






















CD with identifying sticker, packaged with an outsized card stock insert, in a clear plastic envelope.
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NEIL CAMPBELL + JOHN OLSON
"Live fall 1999"
Year:  2000
Country:  UK , US
Label:  American Tapes
Format:  cassette
Edition:  20 copies
Tracks:  5
Time:  50 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:        Abstract        Noise






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