Time And Space Machine: Taste The Lazer

A track by track guide...
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For more than two decades, Richard Norris spent his life bending electronic music into extravagant, evocative shapes.

Yet when the 21st century finally dawned, the producer found himself pulled back towards his first love. The Time And Space Machine introduced itself in 2009, with a loop hungry, blessed out seven inch which took the ethos of ’67 and blended it with modern studio techniques.

A wander through the infinite corridors of inner space, new album ‘Taste The Lazer’ is a head-spinning, sugar cube absorbing, clocks melting sonic trip. Richard Norris recently compiled a DJ mix exclusively for ClashMusic, exposing some of the roots of his new project.

Now the producer supplies us with a track-by-track guide of his latest creation.



1. Hiding In The Light – an uplifting but reflective opener. I love happy/sad tunes, where you can’t quite pinpoint the emotion and this is one of them. Shades of New Order, Balearia and psych. Features Erol Alkan on guitar. The first time I DJ’ed this out it reduced someone to tears (in a good way…)

2. Black Rainbow – an eight min motorik workout, this is the sound the five-piece T+SM live extravaganza will deliver when it goes on the road this year. Only it’ll be longer and accompanied by a brain frying light show. I’m a big fan of the driving, hypnotic pulse. I’d call it trance if the word hadn’t been so misappropriated… TraA wondnce in a sense of Neu! or the Master Musicians Of Jujuka…music to elevate.

3. Pill Party In India – a song derived from my three-string fretless cigar box guitar, which sounds something between a country slide and a sitar. Wildcat Will lays down a snappy post disco thud while I imagine sunset in Kerala given a new psychedelic slant.

4. Studio 23 - soundtrack to a movie that is yet to exist, all crunching Hammond and spybreak guitars. Another one I can’t wait to attack live.

5. Out Of My Head – one of the more Balearic tunes, nothing to do with Kylie. Airy, spacious dance for an Ibiza state of mind.

6. Threshold – more filmic, panoramic tints and tones here, a bit eastern, again a soundtrack to an as yet imagined widescreen movie adventure. Add your own pictures.

7. Explosions In The Sky – not a tribute to the band of the same name, more a soundtrack to 5th November and the madness that occurs in Lewes, where I live and where this album was recorded. It’s a cross between the Wicker Man, carnival and WW3 on Nov 5th in Lewes, as 100,000 people view 7 bonfire societies parade and battle it out, amidst giant floats of this years’ villains and men dressed as Zulus. Feels like home to me.

8. Magic Mountain – we are moving into the late night/early morning section of the album now, a feel good comedown anthem layered with Mellotron flutes, Hammond and acoustic guitars.

9. Flow River Flow – I recently DJ’ed for the Caught By The River website, from Southwark Bridge on the Thames, as part of the Mayor of London’s festival. For which esteemed spot I dug out over a hundred tracks that featured London and Rivers. This overdose must have seeped into this tune, which was written about a week later. I’m partial to a river song.

10. Good Morning – the end of the night, the beginning of a new day… the three stringed guitar makes an appearance again, as light emerges from darkness and we fight another day. Hopefully not to appear on breakfast TV or cornflake ads any time soon.

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'Taste the Lazer' is out April on Tirk.

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