Richard Norris is without peer. One of Acid House's most restless cavaliers he was hooking up with Genesis P. Orridge over the watershed album 'Jack the Tab' whilst embedding his soul into the dance canon in his own particular and elevated manner.
Friend and collaborator to The Clash's Joe Strummer, former NME journalist, biographer to Paul Oakenfold, remixer as Droyds, scorer of Hollywood films: Norris recently hooked up with rave lord Erol Alkan to unleash a musical project that went airborne: Beyond the Wizards Sleeve.
Anyone scooting about indie disco dance-floors over the last two years can't have failed to heard Beyond the Wizard's Sleeve infectious blend of electro and indie with floor filling hooks.
Norris isnt any stranger to acclaim, since 1998, with his band The Grid he effortlessly dropped numerous singles into the UK Top 10 including 'Swamp Thing'; a fixture in many a juvenile's cassette collections. Including ours.
Now he's back in 2010 with yet another angle and love affair: The Time and Space Machine.
The Time and Space Machine is an outlet for Norris's most flightily cosmic tendencies, anchored with rhythms derived from disco, Krautrock and slo-mo Balearica. “This is the first time I've made an album pretty much on my own”, says Norris of the new, self-titled record, released by Tirk. “Apart from two days laying down drums with ace beatnik drum-lord Wildcat Will and a couple of vocal sessions, this record was pieced together solo over many months in a room beneath a castle in Lewes, Sussex, England. It's a different dynamic making a record on your own, and allowed the record to grow in its own particular way. After years collecting, releasing, writing and thinking about psychedelic music, I've finally put my formative influences onto a set of tunes”.