Intastella

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Intastella, featuring three former members of indie-funk group Laugh and fronted by vocalist Stella Grundy, had a blissful retro-futurist electronic and pop sound close to Saint Etienne, Andrew Weatherall and One Dove. Their sonic aesthetic revolved around groove-based, densely layered psychedelic jams, which featured slightly ethereal vocals from Miss Grundy, acid house-influenced bleeps, shuffling danceable beats, deep basslines, and rhythmic funk guitar. The style of the music is partly sunshiny 1967 UK psychedelic rock (The Beatles), airy 1970s soul-funk, and late-1980s acid house and electronic club music with its Ecstasy-dueled drug euphoria. The name of the group is a clever combination of "interstellar" and "into Stella", and the group was active under this name from 1990 to 1997. In 1990, months after forming, they toured as the support act with World Of Twist, followed soon thereafter by a tour opening for Charlatans. The first Intastella song, "Fresh", was co-written by World Of Twist's Tony Ogden, but was never released. Intastella saw themselves as "post-baggy" in that their music and style was an intentionally colorful and vibrantly positive reaction to the creeping dour stodginess of the slowly fading "baggy" scene. The group's debut single, "Dream Some Paradise", released in May 1991, was intended to "get people dancing with a bit of style" (said Spencer Birtwistle) and, in the words of Stella Grundy: "We want to bring a bit of dancing back. I know people say you can dance to anything, but you can't really do any of the cool moves to acid". Like the Happy Mondays, Intastella had a member ("Little Anthony") whose responsibilities were solely dancing onstage.

Members: Stella Grundy (vocals), Martin Wright (guitar, keyboards), Martin Mittler (bass, guitar, keyboards), Spencer Birtwistle (drums, keyboards), Lil' Anthony aka Anthony Green (dancing), Ian Bendelow aka Bendy (guitar, bass)
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Albums

MCAC 10422, MCC 10422 Intastella - Intastella And The Family Of People album art Intastella Intastella And The Family Of People (Album) MCA Records, MCA Records MCAC 10422, MCC 10422 UK & Europe 1991 Sell This Version
Saturn 1 MC Intastella - What You Gonna Do album art Intastella What You Gonna Do (Album) Whatever... Saturn 1 MC UK 1995 Sell This Version
SCCA-1 Intastella - Nuphonia album art Intastella Nuphonia (Album) Planet 3 Records SCCA-1 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
NQU014CD Intastella - The Rise And Fall Of A Northern Dubstar album art Intastella featuring Jah Wobble Intastella featuring Jah Wobble - The Rise And Fall Of A Northern Dubstar (Album) Northern Quarter NQU014CD UK 2017 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

MCS 1559 Intastella - People album art Intastella People (Single) MCA Records MCS 1559 UK 1991 Sell This Version
MCSXD 1520 Intastella - Dream Some Paradise album art Intastella Dream Some Paradise (Single) MCA Records MCSXD 1520 UK 1991 Sell This Version
WMCS 1585, WMCSX 1585, WMCST 1585 Intastella - Century album art Intastella Century (Single) MCA Records WMCS 1585, WMCSX 1585, WMCST 1585 UK 1991 Sell This Version
GXYTDJ 2002 Intastella - Point Hope album art Intastella Point Hope (Single) Planet 3 Records, China Records GXYTDJ 2002 UK 1993 Sell This Version
GXY TR 2001 Intastella - Drifter album art Intastella Drifter (Single, EP) Planet 3 Records GXY TR 2001 UK 1993 Sell This Version
GXY2005CD Intastella - The Night album art Intastella The Night (Single) Planet 3 Records, China Records GXY2005CD UK 1995 Sell This Version
0097905 WHE, edel 0098225WHE Intastella - Grandmaster album art Intastella Grandmaster (Maxi, Single) Whatever..., Whatever... 0097905 WHE, edel 0098225WHE Germany 1996 Sell This Version
0098365WHE Intastella - The Past (Somebody Loves You) album art Intastella The Past (Somebody Loves You) (Single) Planet 3 Records, China Records 0098365WHE Germany 1996 Sell This Version
GXY 2017 CD1 Intastella - Soon We'll Fly album art Intastella Soon We'll Fly (Single) Planet 3 Records GXY 2017 CD1 UK 1997 Sell This Version
ORBIT 14 Intastella - Skyscraper album art Intastella Skyscraper (Single) Planet 3 Records ORBIT 14 UK 1997 Sell This Version

Compilations

CMEDD588 Intastella - Intastella Overdrive album art Intastella Intastella Overdrive(2xCD, Comp, Sli) Castle Music CMEDD588 UK 2002 Sell This Version