Genre: Alternative / Electronica / Psychedelic
Location London, Please select your region., United Kingdom
Profile Views: 30233
Last Login: 4/19/2012
Member Since 4/12/2006
Record Label Fragments
Type of Label Indie
BioMat Anthony and Martin Jenkins first met at the infamous Milo Studios in Shoreditch during the mid 90s. Sharing a passion for music right across the spectrum via Mat's DJing and Martin's incurable desire for tinkering with machines over the next few years they released a variety of EPs together on Fragments. The debut Stratus single Uplink was a joint release with Fragments and Pussyfoot in 2000. They've remixed Serge Gainsbourg's L'Hotel Particulier along with re-works of the music of Calexico, Lambchop, Skye, Howie Beck, Japanese minimalists Honolulu and Soft Machine's Kevin Ayers. Their debut album Fear of Magnetism was a labour of love, combining classic pop sensibilities and fragile electronica with touches of psychedelia, alt. country and a smear of garage rock. They have a love for the vintage productions of Brian Wilson and David Axelrod but although they have an affection for the past they aren't living there... Pop isn't a dirty word to Stratus but in their mini symphonies they take the alternative route, always searching for something elusive and sometimes finding it - like hooking up with Canadian troubadour Howie Beck and the legendary Asha Puthli. They are also release stuff as Optimus (with Pete Herbert), putting out tracks on Hi-phen, Eskimo's Suicide imprint and remixing the likes of Minimal Compact, Arbeid Adelt, Kylie, Playgroup and Brennan Green.
MembersMat Anthony / Martin Jenkins
InfluencesWe like... !!!, Ali Farka Toure, Andy Bey, Arcade Fire, Arvo Pärt, Asha Puthli, Beach Boys, Beatles, Black Dog, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Boards of Canada, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Brian Eno, Calexico, Carl Craig, Cat Stevens, Charles Stepney, Chicken Lips, Cortney Tidwell, David Axelrod, Devendra Banhart, DFA, Edu Lobo, ESG, The Flaming Lips, Gang Of Four, Georges Delerue, Grace Jones, Gram Parsons, Grandaddy, Jacques Brel, Jeff Buckley, J.J. Cale, Joe Meek, John Coltrane, Johnny Cash, Joy Division, Kelly Polar, King Biscuit Time, The Kinks, Kraftwerk, Lee Hazlewood, Led Zeppelin, Lindstrom, Mercury Rev, Merz, Metro Area, Michel Legrand, Miles Davis, Muddy Waters, My Bloody Valentine, Nancy Sinatra, Neil Young, New Young Pony Club, Nick Drake, Nina Simone, Pink Floyd, Pixies, Prins Thomas, Radiohead, Raymond Carver, Reverso 68, Richard Hawley, Roland Kirk, Rotary Connection, Ry Cooder, Scott Walker, Screaming Jay Hawkins, Serge Gainsbourg, Seelenluft, Sigur Ros, Silver Apples, Simian, Skye, Spiritualized, Small Faces, The Specials, Stereolab, Stooges, Susumu Yokota, Taj Mahal, Terry Callier, Tim Hardin, Ulrich Schnauss, Vangelis... that'll do for now...