Apparently beaming in from space using their self-professed “galactic soul” and “lunar funkadelia,” the Diaphanoids zapped in to the later-2000s cosmic disco revival with spaced-out aplomb. The Italian duo of Andrea Bellentani and Simon Maccari carried its own large mixture of analog Krautspace noises onto Chicken Lip area member Steve Kotey’s Keep Funk label in 2008 using the critically acclaimed debut record Astral Weekends. The hallucinatory Moog-drenched record referenced from ’70s soundtracks to kitschy sci-fi, as tune titles such as for example “Whoops! Wrong Globe” and “Get away from Martius 42” would playfully recommend. The pair evidently used 50 classic synthesizers — including one which previously belonged to previous Tangerine Fantasy member and synth wizard Klaus Schulze — to generate the dreamy and retro-mekanik atmosphere that prevails therefore prominently for the record. In addition, performances on many compilations, including People in the Sky’s 2009 Disco Kosmische, Vol. 1 and Nang’s 2010 Seaside Periods, Vol. 1, further showcased the Diaphanoids as cosmic purveyors of the synth kind.