Release Date: Jul 29, 2014
Record label: Smalltown Supersound
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Neo-Psychedelia, Garage Rock Revival, Space Rock
English musician Harvey Bassett (aka DJ Harvey) has earned a rep as the DJ world's answer to Keith Richards. Whatever the genre - punk, Balearic, weirdo disco, house - he serves it up with an aura of greasily mustachioed sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll hedonism. Wildest Dreams is a psychedelic rock album in the vein of such classic British acts as Cream and Pink Floyd, but tuned for a hallucinatory road trip along southern California freeways.
Packaged in Sasha Tessio's explicit homage to the cover of Randy California's 1972 solo debut Kapt. Kopter and the (Fabulous) Twirly Birds, Wildest Dreams involves Harvey W. Bassett (aka DJ Harvey) supported by three members of Orgone: keyboardist Dan Hastie, bassist Ethan Phillips, and guitarist Sergio Rios. Bassett, who plays guitar, the drums, and sings, wrote and produced it all.
Harvey Bassett has a knack for being in the right place at the right time. He was in New York for the birth of hip-hop and in England for the second Summer Of Love. His first 7-inch was played by John Peel in the late '70s. His Sarcastic Study mixes and Black Cock edits had an indelible influence on a new generation of cosmic DJs.
Wildest Dreams — Wildest Dreams (Smalltown Supersound)An artist who has been on the scene for long enough to watch a generation pass before them is going feel a mid-life tug to explore the music that predates their own career. In the case of DJ Harvey’s rock band Wildest Dreams, the pull between his life in dance music and what we get on this platter is distant, over the horizon, even. Like a lot of first generation UK DJs, he followed a New Order-ish path from post-punk to club music.