Rodinia – Asteroid Mix - German Space-Rock Classics

How many articles & mixes have we published related to bands such as The Poets of Rhythm, The Whitefield Brothers or Karl Hector & The Malcouns? If you've been following Paris DJs for some time, the name J. Whitefield should at least ring a bell. He's one of the great musicians/producers of our time, based in Munich, Germany. His latest project is called Rodinia, with saxophonist and keyboardist Johannes Schleiermacher (Woima Collective, International Ducks, Onom Agemo & The Disco Jumpers) they've recorded a first album titled 'Drumside Dreamside', released this fall on Now-Again Records. The album is divided in two parts — one for each side of the vinyl of course — a psychedelic krautrock half followed by a trippy ambient one. A perfect record to lay down in an horizontal dreamy state.

To celebrate this release, he cooked a mix of German space-rock classics, which some of you may already have heard on Now-Again's soundcloud page (here-). Here's the Grant Phabao-mastered version of this mix for you to download, superbly illustrated by French designer Ben Hito.

Rodinia – Asteroid Mix - German Space-Rock Classics
Rodinia - Asteroid Mix (German Space-Rock Classics)
(MP3 Podcast on 2015-11-30

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Tracklisting :
01. Gila - Intro
02. Agitation Free - Haunted Island
(from '2nd' album, 1973 / Vertigo)
03. Missus Beastly - Geisha
(from 'Missus Beastly' album, 1974 / NOVA)
04. Et Cetera - Raga Pt. 2
(from 'Et Cetera' album, 1971 / Global)
05. Gila - Kommunikation
(from 'Gila' album, 1971 / BASF)
06. Missus Beastly - Nothing Again (excerpt)
(from 'Dr. Aftershave And The Mixed-Pickles' album, 1976 / April)
07. Embryo - A Place To Go
(from 'Rocksession' album, 1973 / Brain)
08. Guru Guru - The Meaning Of Meaning
(from 'Hinten' album, 1971 / Ohr)
09. Exmagma - Tango Wolperaiso
(from 'Goldball' album, 1975 / Urus)
10. Annexus Quam - A
(from 'Osmose' album, 1970 / Ohr)
11. Utopia - Utopia No. 1
(from 'Utopia' album, 1973 / United Artists)
12. Ibliss - Drops
(from 'Supernova' album, 1972 / Spiegelei)
Total time : 71mn 08s

Original cover artworks :

Credits :
Compiled by J. Whitefield from original vinyl
Mixed and mastered by Grant Phabao (
Artwork by Ben Hito (

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Info about the Rodinia 'Drumside Dreamside' album :

Rodinia - Drumside Dreamside
(CD/LP) Now-Again NA5132, 2015-09-25

Tracklisting :
01. Intro 02:10
02. Drumside Part 1 06:32
03. Drumside Part 2 04:48
04. Drumside Part 3 04:01
05. Dreamside Part 1 08:30
06. Dreamside Part 2 08:04
07. Outro 02:57

Press Release :
Ambient Krautrock in line with Cluster, Popul Vuh, Tangerine Dream by Jay Whitefield (Poets of Rhythm/Whitefield Brothers/Karl Hector & The Malcouns). Out now!

Now-Again Records has enjoyed a long and creative partnership with Munich-based multi-instrumentalist JJ Whitefield, creative force behind the Poets of Rhythm, Whitefield Brothers and Karl Hector & The Malcouns. Rodinia, his latest project, is quite different than anything that’s come from his oeuvre to date, but follows in the line of the Poets of Rhythm’s great Discern/Define, as it reaches back to Krautrock’s experimental hey day but pushes its boundaries with a post-hip-hop approach.

That’s to say that everything you read in the header above is true, but the ambient sound Whitefield and his Rodinia collaborator – saxophonist and keyboardist Johannes Schleiermacher – reached for found itself morphing over the course of a year. What was originally recorded in a two-day studio lock-in, which found Whitefield and Schleiermacher hooking up “all our vintage synths (Korg MS-20, Moog Prodigy, Roland Juno 60, Jen SX 1000, Korg Polysix), triggering everything with a vintage Korg rhythm box, absorbing some mind altering substances and jamming out,” was later turned into two, side-long suites, with over-dubbed reeds, drums and guitar, and self-made Moroccan field recordings introducing the project on its Drumside.

The result is as winesome and exploratory as those from their forebears, but respectfully distanced from the past’s trappings.
With original artwork by Jason Jagel (DOOM’s Mm Food, Operation DOOMsday).

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