Sun Electric ‎– Via Nostra

Apollo ‎– AMB 8950 CD
CD, Album

Tracklist Hide Credits

1 Tee 4:21
2 Fried Ed 5:47
3 Things You Like To Hear
Dulcimer, Voice – Dorothy Carter
4 Tortuga 6:29
5 The Long Walk 4:41
6 Blue LED 6:22
7 Emanon 4:45
8 Bonga 4:35
9 Entresol 2:25
10 7:07 4:18
11 El Trauco 4:30
12 Sierra 5:52

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Initial copies came with outer slipcase

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5411659905021
  • Matrix / Runout: [DADC AUSTRIA logo] A0100244216-0101 14 A0
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L554
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 94D9
  • Rights Society: SABAM/BIEM

Other Versions (3 of 3) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
AICT 69 Sun Electric Via Nostra(CD, Album) SMEJ Associated Records AICT 69 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
AMB 8950 LP, AMB 8950 Sun Electric Via Nostra(2xLP, Album) Apollo, Apollo AMB 8950 LP, AMB 8950 Belgium 1998 Sell This Version
AMB 8950 CD PROMO Sun Electric Via Nostra(CD, Album, Promo) Apollo AMB 8950 CD PROMO Belgium 1998 Sell This Version


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July 16, 2012

VIA NOSTRA sees Sun Electric dive into a free-jazzy new direction, from the "Tee" to the breaks of "Fried Ed." They don't abandon their chill-out tendencies, as with "Things You Like To Hear," but the bass on "Tortuga" makes it absolutely clear where their groove is headed; indeed, "Blue LED" makes the bass even funkier. Even the electric tones of "Emanon" carry the suggestion of jazz with them, while "El Trauco" brings in some dub reverberations. There's still a moment of tech-related brightness with "7:07," which plays with a near-acid tone (something that'll be reprised on "Sierra"), but it's the playfulness of "Bonga" that stands out the most, a bobbing joyousness. Alas, VIA NOSTRA would be Sun Electric's last album proper, but with the release of LOST & FOUND, we can at least see where they would go with this sound.

February 9, 2005
edited over 13 years ago
I guess it's quite simple: if this album had been released on another label by another artist it would have been rated 5/5 by most listeners. Fact is that by the time Via Nostra was released on Apollo/R&S both labels were in ‘full decay’ according to the die-hard fans.

I have the impression that some people don't understand that labels evolve by exploring and releasing 'new' kinds of music. Apollo and R&S are a typical example here. Being pioneers - mainly in rudimentary techno and early '90 ambient types - both seem to be stigmatised by a public that didn't want to accept their 'side street move'.

Perhaps, this Sun Electric album is not like any other stuff they did before but objectively it's a damn good album, featuring drum & bass, future jazz, ambient, perfectly woven into a brilliant trip. Each track is top quality, both technically as well as musically.

I know we shouldn't discuss tastes but shouldn't we give new directions a chance too? R&S/Apollo took risks by changing their winning formula and I have always appreciated that.

Some post-'96 releases might be disappointing but don't focus on those only. There are still a few beauties to discover, e.g. this Sun Electric album as well as Dynamoe & Afronaught ...