By Allyson Bills
One of the lesser-known reunited bands of the so-called 90’s music revival, Space, has been quietly been working on music since 2011. The Liverpool, England quintet, which formed in 1993, is comprised of original members Tommy Scott (vocals and guitar), Franny Griffiths (keys), along with newer members Phil Hartley (bass), Ryan Clarke (vintage keys) and Allan Jones (drums). Space released Attack of the Mutant 50ft Kebab in 2014, and has been on a roll ever since. In getting ready for their UK fall-winter tour, Space has decided to release a two-song single in order to tide the fans over until the next tour.
Space goes back to their Latin-flavored roots for “Strange World,” something that wasn’t showcased on Attack of the Mutant 50ft Kebab. The 3:35-minute song begins with bumping sound of the keyboards, something you would hear at a night club, which quickly changes into soothing female-back harmonies layered with mid-tempo drums. Space also encompasses a saxophone into “Strange World,” which keeps the song fresh and memorable. “Strange World” is a smooth jam, which is perfect for a night out a quiet bar.
The surprising addition to this two-track single is one of Space’s older song, “Female of the Species,” which was initially released on their 1996 debut album, Spiders. Typically with single releases, bands tend to focus on the new tracks while they are working on recording a full-length album. This song received considerable international attention, and was actually included in the end credits for Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. “Female of the Species,” based on a Rudyard Kipling poem of the same name, was actually written for Scott’s late father who always despised his son’s musical tastes. This song has a very electronic Mariachi vibe with lovely pianos at the 2:49 mark. “Female of the Species” is a very catchy tune that will have you always singing, “How can heaven hold a place for me?” Despite this being a wonderful song, it’s just a filler track for purposes of the “Strange World” release.
For those who come to know and love Space, “Strange World” is a song worth adding to your collection. However, if you already own “Female of the Species,” then it’s unnecessary to re-purchase, and take your hard-earned dollars elsewhere.