The View From The Lab #5 March 2017

a1880464568_10“Fate Outsmarts Desire”

Welcome one, welcome all !

Some excellent news everyone ! After what seems like a very protracted birth, we’re finally ready to announce our new release – Fate Outsmarts Desire by the very fabulous Kaprekar’s Constant.

The core of the band are songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Al Nicholson and Nick Jefferson, who have written together for many years but formed this project 18 months ago. However, playing a major part on the album are legendary Van Der Graaf Generator sax and flute maestro David Jackson, here united with his daughter Dorie Jackson (Francis Dunnery) who provides stunning vocals throughout the album. Drums come from former Level 42 man Phil Gould.

Musically, the band’s melodic sensibilities, epic arrangements and love of historical subject matter place them squarely in the same area of Prog as Big Big Train and Genesis, indeed fans of the former band should find much to love here, while David Jackson’s inspirational sax and the mix of male and female vocals on offer mean that there are enough differences to set this remarkable band apart.

The album comes in a variety of formats to suit every pocket and every mood.



Are you sitting comfortably ? Then I’ll begin:-

DOWNLOAD – The complete Kaprekar’s download experience. The full album, in a format of your choosing, together with a bonus single “Call It A Memory” exclusive to this format.

CD – The perfectly formed CD version, in a vinyl style gatefold sleeve and 12pp booklet.

LP – A 3 track vinyl version of the album featuring the signature songs “Blue Bird” and “Houdini – King of Cards” in a superb gatefold sleeve displaying the original fine art painting of the artist Sean Jefferson in glorious detail across the inner span.

Mastered at Abbey Road by the legendary Sean Magee (RUSH) for a true vinyl lovers experience .

Supplied with a set of art cards.

LTD CLUB EDITION – Our famous Uranium Club “Club Edition” version of Fate Outsmarts Desire. You get:-

The CD in replica vinyl gatefold packaging
A set of 4 art cards
A set of badges
A signed David Jackson music chart and notation for his parts in the classic track “Houdini – King Of Cards”
A colouring sheet detailing “The History Of Prog”

All housed in a custom box, hand assembled for your pleasure here in the UK.

Strictly limited to just 50 pieces worldwide

CD/LP BUNDLE – A bundle of Kaprekar’s Constant joy ! The must-have vinyl version, in full colour gatefold sleeve, joins forces with the smaller, but perfectly formed CD version, also in a gatefold sleeve and 12pp booklet.

But wait, there’s more ! All pre-orders Include digital pre-order of Fate Outsmarts Desire. You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released. PLUS All pre-orders come with an invite to the Album Launch Party taking place at The Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford on 10 March 2017 which will feature a playback of the album and a live performance by the band feat: David Jackson, Phil Gould, Dorie Jackson, Bill Jefferson, Mike Westergaard, Al Nicholson, Nick Jefferson and Paul Gunn

T&C’s – Offer closes 08 March 2017. Numbers limited. Entry by ticket only – No ticket, No Entry. Uranium Club will email invites to purchasers before the event which you will need to print off and bring with you.


We hope you really enjoy the new album. The band have worked incredibly hard to make it the best work they can and no expense has been spared with the quality and details.

We’re really interested to hear any feedback from you and ideas about what you want to see from Uranium Club. You can write to us directly at

Also let us know if you come across any bands and artists who you think are worth a look – as we know, the best recommendations come through word of mouth.

Cheers for now.