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United Kingdom (1996 – present)

The core members of Shpongle are Simon Posford and Raja Ram from the United Kingdom, along with many collaborators and guest musicians. Ott is also credited on all albums.

Their sound is a mix of mainly eastern ethnic samples and western contemporary psychedelic synth music. Posford is responsible for the synth and studio work while Raja Ram contributes with flute arrangements. They are both responsible for the visionary input. According to one interview, they commonly visualize the music together before and during the creation process.

Shpongle’s first tune, Vapour Rumours, was released on TIP Records’ Infinite Excursions compilation in 1996. Their debut album, Are You Shpongled?, was released 1998 on Twisted Records. The high sound quality, successful mix of samples, instruments and synths along with the story and progress of the music through the album made it one of the most cutting edge releases of that time. Are You Shpongled? and Twisted Records’ first downtempo compilation, Eclipse, made a huge impact on the psychedelic trance scene in 1998.

Simon Posford is also known for his solo productions as Hallucinogen and as driving force of the label Twisted Records UK. He is also part of Dub Trees (with Youth and Dubsahara), Celtic Cross (with Youth) and Younger Brother (with Prometheus).

Raja Ram is also a member of 1200 Micrograms (with GMS) and The Infinity Project (with Graham Wood, Anjee Sian and other contributors/collaborators). He was also founder of the / group of the ’60s/’70s Quintessence.

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  • Malyarok

    Это божественно. БОЖЕСТВЕННО СУКА

    9 Jan 12:11am Reply
  • lesinlondon

    Sooooo amazing! Love!

    7 Jan 8:55pm Reply
  • Zosoman123

    Finally going to get to see Shpongle on this upcoming tour. Been a long time coming...

    28 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Grycho

    I have no idea why, but for the longest time I held off listening to these guys because for some reason the whole psychedelic shtick came off as pretentious to me, and I was under the impression that they'd be the sort of band that takes themselves way too seriously. I could not have been more wrong. I'm impressed that they actually managed to pull off making ambient music fun!

    20 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Wekscha

    Fucking shit! Хуже только русский шансон.

    16 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Wekscha

    Хуйня.

    16 Dec 2014 Reply
  • josefaflores

    Chile pleasee

    15 Dec 2014 Reply
  • linkologia

    Great and psychodelic :)

    4 Dec 2014 Reply
  • AlexMetallist

    Finally found some out of the ordinary electronic music, after a whole lot of searching (thanks to RYM). Shpongle and Carbon-based Lifeforms are really good artists.

    27 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    v Precisely why I go to outdoor concerts almost exclusively...might be trickier, but I was at a festival with Gojira recently at least. I'll opt out of it and just listen to two Shpongle albums or so that night through some studio headphones, Simon Posford is a great producer.

    26 Nov 2014 Reply
  • justfetus

    yeah, there will be lots of alcohol/weed smell. cmon, that's pretty much every concert nowadays.

    26 Nov 2014 Reply
  • The_Star_Rover

    Clean music religion. Love it.

    25 Nov 2014 Reply
  • The_Star_Rover

    Very beautiful, melodic, relaxing , fantastic & fun to listen to. All of their tunes are top notch!! [2]

    25 Nov 2014 Reply
  • terrait

    I'd expect that most of the people attending their concerts indulge in psychedelic activities such as using psychedelic drugs and the smoking of weed

    25 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    v Is it not a good place to find out? I can't think of anywhere better to ask.

    25 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Blaine_The_Mono

    Yeah, because last.fm is a relevant source of that kind of information. Come to your senses.

    23 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    So the Shpongletron 3.1 is coming here in February, but I have a question: how many of their fans are heavy drug users? I'm in the odd positions of loving psychedelic art while being straight edge and would rather not have to be around heavy smoke during their performance. The venue at least has outdoor smoking, so it won't be like the last show where I had to leave before the bands I came for due to strong alcohol/cigarette odor causing physical illness...just need to know in advance.

    22 Nov 2014 Reply
  • MarkyHbomb

    Very beautiful, melodic, relaxing , fantastic & fun to listen to. All of their tunes are top notch!!

    16 Nov 2014 Reply
  • xLoveAmerican

    acid

    3 Nov 2014 Reply
  • noblesoldiers

    фул нирвана 14

    31 Oct 2014 Reply
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