Nine Invisibles - Soundbombing. 2000 Delerium.
About a year ago we featured an excellent space rock / festival band called Ship of Fools. Nine Invisibles is Ver 2.0 of Ship of Fools. I had picked up Nine Invisibles' debut "Pureheadspace" not long after it was released in 1997, but "Soundbombing" was an album that never made it to these shores back then. In fact, other than money maker Porcupine Tree, this album was the last hurrah for the great UK psych label. By this time, almost all CD's on Delerium had an electronica/techno angle to their sound - and quite frankly I think they lost their core audience because of it.
So when The Laser's Edge managed to secure a copy recently, I jumped on it. What separates Nine Invisibles from your garden variety techno dance act is the synergy of having a multitude of people involved, along with the occasional use of analog instruments (guitar, bass, flute, etc...). In this way I'm reminded of another space rock band that incorporated techno into their music late in their career: Mandragora on their final release, "Pollen".