Intastella

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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Intastella Discography Tracks

Albums

Intastella Intastella And The Family Of People (Album) MCA Records, MCA Records UK & Europe 1991 Sell This Version
Intastella What You Gonna Do (Album) Whatever... UK 1995 Sell This Version
Intastella Nuphonia (Album) Planet 3 Records Japan 1997 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Intastella Century (Single) MCA Records UK 1991 Sell This Version
Intastella People (Single) MCA Records UK 1991 Sell This Version
Intastella Dream Some Paradise (Single) MCA Records UK 1991 Sell This Version
Intastella Drifter (Single, EP) Planet 3 Records UK 1993 Sell This Version
Intastella Point Hope (Single) Planet 3 Records, China Records UK 1993 Sell This Version
Intastella The Night (Single) Planet 3 Records, China Records UK 1995 Sell This Version
Intastella Grandmaster (Maxi, Single) Whatever..., Whatever... Germany 1996 Sell This Version
Intastella The Past (Somebody Loves You) (Single) Planet 3 Records, China Records Germany 1996 Sell This Version
Intastella Skyscraper (Single) Planet 3 Records UK 1997 Sell This Version
Intastella Soon We'll Fly (Single) Planet 3 Records UK 1997 Sell This Version

Compilations

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