The Race For Space

Public Service Broadcasting - The Race For Space
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Based on 12 reviews
2015 Ratings: #558 / 771
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Based on 33 ratings
2015 Ratings: #256
February 23, 2015 / Release Date
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Drowned in Sound
Make no bones about it, this is a beautiful record, which tells a story of ambition, tragedy and triumph using a palette of vintage electronica, swelling strings, ethereal voices and some properly funky drumming.
The 405

It's still flawed but, with a focus more on events than themes, The Race for Space as a whole feels more focused and confident in itself than Inform-Educate-Entertain, leading to some memorable moments.

Tiny Mix Tapes
Contrary to their debut, its historical samples and retro stylings combine to substantial effect, lending it greater relevance and meaning than it would have possessed without either element.
The Skinny

The Race for Space is a paradox; compositionally the same, but with a greater sense of occasion and urgency, and for that reason, it feels like a progression, but only a slight one at that.

The album's worst fault is inconsistency, but apart from that there is not much wrong. The duo have been much more ambitious in their second outing and as such can be forgiven for not quite hitting the mark at times.
The band’s use of instrumentation hasn’t really changed course in the last two years, but each sample is perfectly placed and so potent that the guitars etc serve only to emphasise those fuzzy sepia audio nuggets.
Time Out London
‘The Race for Space’ easily one-ups the duo’s fun but patchy debut. Somewhere out in space, though, they’ve lost the novelty factor.
Not to sure about this seems like a bit of a gimmick. I like but also dont.
this gets me going, it excites me, control go! econ go! lift off go! 🚀🚀🚀
(valentina is unfortunately a weak song)
this album is like a child looking at nasa youtube videos and finding it all to be very cool
best songs are e.v.a., gagarin and go!
It's time travel for those of us young enough to recall all the hoopla associated with the race to space. Part nostalgia, part art... Sound bites aside, the electronic shading and inventive construction of this CD makes for a great listen even if only occasionally. [smiles]... One mustn't forget the Sputnik. Cuban Missile Crisis or the spectacular lunar landing. On the later, was it a real moon landing or an invention of a provocative Hollywood in cahoots with NASA?
This works for me on some levels, and i think the project as whole is brilliant and quite well executed. When that is said, there simply aren't enough memorable tracks on here for me.

Memorable moments: The Race for Space, Gagarin.
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#24/Rough Trade
#42/Piccadilly Records

Track List

  1. The Race For Space
  2. Sputnik
  3. Gagarin
  4. Fire In The Cockpit
  5. E.V.A.
  6. The Other Side
  7. Valentina [ft. Smoke Fairies]
  8. Go!
  9. Tomorrow
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