Album review

Intastella - Intastella Overdrive

Intastella, featuring ex-members of funk-punks Laugh and fronted by glamour-puss Stella Grundy, were slightly too late for baggy and, consequently, fell quickly. Yet their blissful astral funk was often closer to Andy Weatherall or One Dove, despite often being lumped together with nu-glam merchants World Of Twist. For all their meandering groove jams, the multi-faceted bleeps and wah-wah guitars are delicately interwoven. All that's missing are immediate pop thrills. A cover of Northern soul classic "The Night" and swan-song single "Soon We'll Fly", though, come close.

Rating: 3 / 10


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