Even by the notoriously stargazing standards of early ’80s jazz funk, Potter & Tillman’s sought-after 1982 album Space Rapture is particularly intergalactic.
Here reissued for the first time on vinyl since it slipped out on the duo’s own private press imprint, Poet, the album remains a stunning set of tracks.
While there are plenty of familiar jazz-funk and jazz-fusion tropes throughout – sleazy sax solos, meandering electric piano solos, loose-limbed drumming and occasional freestyle vocals – it’s the mind-altering, spacey way in which these elements are combined that stands out.
The album’s futurist vibe is emphasized further by their decision to employ plenty of spacey analogue synthesizers throughout. It’s this, as much as the quality of the duo’s compositions, which hits home hardest.