Making En Trance – The untold story of Brit-funk pioneers Atmosfear

Image result for Making En Trance – The untold story of Brit-funk pioneers AtmosfearAn unsung originator of the Brit-funk movement, Atmosfear’s Lester J. Batchelor paints a compelling picture of the soul clubs, record shops and jazz dance scene in early ’80s London.

The creation of communities is a necessity rather than a consequence of living in London, and as such, musicians have tended to gravitate towards one another, particularly in genres that invite collaboration.

As a result, much has been made recently about the tight-knit nature the jazz scene in recent years, where artists not only play in each others bands but are also friends, and in some cases grew up together.

Similarly, back in the late ’70s and ’80s, an early iteration of that movement was forming around clubs like Watford Baileys, Bobby McGees, Global Village and Crackers, where Soul Boys would go to dance and hang out.

There, musicians and friends gained a musical education that would flourish with the emergence of Brit-funk, a typically hybrid music that strung together influences from jazz, fusion, disco, dub and cosmic electronics in the only way London knows how.

Across the city (Incognito were North London boys, Central Line came from East London, naturally), bands emerged whose music captured a moment at home and would become staples on legendary dance floors like Paradise Garage and the Loft in New York.

Among them was Atmosfear, fronted by Lester Batchelor and signed to Andy Sojka’s trailblazing Elite Records label, whose ‘Dancing In Outer Space’ was one of the era’s defining tracks.

With the reissue of their 1981 album En Trance out now via Mr Bongo, we spoke to Lester Batchelor about the world in which this uniquely London form of music emerged.


UP Prisoners Seen Ordering Liquor, Making Threat Calls In Viral Video

UP Prisoners Seen Ordering Liquor, Making Threat Calls In Viral Video

Those suspended include senior jail superintendent and three jail warders.

Lucknow: A video showing Raebareli jail inmates having drinks inside a barrack went viral on social media today, prompting the Uttar Pradesh government to suspend six officials, including a senior jail superintendent.

The video also showed one of the inmates ordering liquor using a mobile phone, and another threatening someone on the phone for money.

After local TV news channels telecast the footage, authorities swung into action and shifted the four inmates to other jails.

An FIR has been lodged against them under various sections of the IPC and Prisons act, Principal Secretary Home Arvind Kumar said. He said after the video came to light, the jail premises was checked by the administration and the local authorities. Four mobiles and a SIM card were recovered.

Those suspended included senior jail superintendent Pramod Kumar Shukla and three jail warders, he said.



Deepika and Ranveer’s Wedding Photos are Making Bollywood Stars Want to Get Married too!

Karan Johar, Sonakshi Sinha, and several other B-Town celebs now want to get married after seeing Deepika-Ranveer’s wedding photographs and we can totally understand why.

After keeping their fans and Bollywood colleagues waiting for a week, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh blessed us with photos from what seemed like a dreamy wedding.

On Tuesday, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh took to their respective social media accounts and shared photos from their Sangeet-Mehendi-Shaadi ceremonies which were held in Italy’s Lake Como earlier this week

In the pictures, the power-couple seems to had a lot of fun. From Deepika dancing to the tunes of Bollywood numbers to Ranveer having a gala time with the guests, the pictures are pure gold.

(Image credits: Deepika Padukone / Instagram | Ranveer Singh / Facebook)

With such gorgeous pictures on display, Deepika and Ranveer’s posts were flooded with congratulatory messages from their celeb friends and fans worldwide.

Karan Johar cannot wait to get married now.