MAGIC MIX

psych . krautrock . prog . rock

WEEK STARTING 23 Mar

Genre pick of the week Cover of The Lucid Dream by The Lucid Dream.
Carlisle’s mighty LUCID DREAM follow up 2013’s debut full length “Songs of Lies and Deceit” with a killer second LP for The Great Pop Supplement (vinyl version) and Holy are You? (CD).

Last year was the best and most rewarding so far for the band, a slew of sold out 45s, critically acclaimed live shows (including Liverpool’s Festival of Psychedelia) and huge airtime including two sessions on and for 6music.

Harnessing the trance like drone and feedback drenched psychedelia of the first album- the second set here adds a tip of their cap to the kraut groove of Neu! or Can, for a sumptuous head rush of fx pedal, motorik chaos.

Where the second LP succeeds especially is that amongst the beautifully repetitious groove, the bands’ keen ear for melody and hints at west coast inspired sunshine pop displayed on recent 45s still break through like beams of sunlight- and the element of surprise is keenly felt throughout.

A beautiful set of tunes aired first at live shows throughout the past year, before the recording process began in earnest, the songs were then allowed to grow naturally and it makes for a free flowing listen. timed just right. with no filler….


FORMAT INFORMATION

Ltd LP Info: A tasty half aqua marine / half green wax in super gloss sleeve. A pressing of 750 destined to follow band and label’s previous output and sell out super quick.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Spacegirl & Other Favorites (Reissue)

    Taken from the original vinyl release with the original tracks & re cut at Abbey Road. The Brian Jonestown Massacre is a psychedelic rock band originally from San Francisco, California, led by guitarist/singer Anton Newcombe. Since 1995 The Brian Jonestown Massacre has released numerous albums, first for Bomp! Records, the label which gave them their start, and later for TVT and Tee Pee. BJM has been essential in the development of the modern U.S. garage scene, and many LA and SF musicians got their start playing with Newcombe, including Peter Hayes of The Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

    Charles Howl

    Sir Vices

      Today we introduce Charles Howl, a London-based brit-psyche group with a thrillingly melodic sound.

      Charles Howl release their debut album ‘Sir Vices’ with a dozen tracks that deliver. Comprised of Charles Howl & Bobby Voltaire (both of The Proper Ornaments) they elected to record at Syke Lane's warehouse studio on the outskirts of Leeds, utilizing the foggy and remote atmosphere. Locked away Howl honed his songwriting, and production skills, slowly bringing in a team of friends, including Chris Hicks (Talons) on bass and Wesley Patrick Gonzalez (Let’s Wrestle), who laid down a lead line on track 5 while round for a cup of tea.

      As some of the last children of the ‘80s and with a britpop upbringing, it’s no wonder Charles Howl has produced an album that sounds like The Modern Lovers channeling The Stone Roses while maintaining its contemporary charm. It makes for an album that is outward looking with tight rhythms tying down whirling guitars and lustrous textures bouncing off melodies. 

      Father Murphy, one of the most mysterious and enigmatic musical entities to emerge from Italy in recent years, presents their fifth full-length via The Flenser. This dark psychedelic / industrial cabaret is a religion-themed concept album titled Croce (“Cross” in Italian), one side representing suffering and sacrifice and the flip reflecting what comes after—the end of suffering, resurrection, or perhaps oblivion. The work was recorded by John Dieterich in Albuquerque, NM, and mixed by Greg Saunier.

      From the shadowy atmospheres of Croce spring forth unexpected blurts of impossibly catchy noise pop, at times operatic like some twisted musical detailing the trials and tribulation of the crucifixion. Male and female vocals by Freddie Murphy and Chiara Lee intertwine over distorted blasts of guitar crunch, anchored by stuttering, homebuilt percussion. This sound is textural and nuanced yet noisy and chaotic, carefully sculpted into jagged shards of fragmented pop.

      A-side closer “In Solitude” is an appropriately dour slab of murky miserablism that sounds like a slow sonic death, a haunting dirge that dissolves into that ineffable space between the record’s two sides; the netherworld, the afterlife, Purgatory. But Father Murphy erupts from this stygian blackness with the second half of Croce—the light to the A-side’s dark. “Long May We Continue” retains a doom-like approach at first, stringing a field of metallic shimmer and junkyard percussion together into a spare framework over which dramatic male vocals soar. The female counterpart responds like some demonic Greek chorus, delivering a sense of warmth. Finale “They Won’t Hurt You” is all majestic pipe organ, a stirring and stately court music, lush and lovely and epic, the sound of rebirth: redemptive and restorative, a return from the beyond, arisen from the grave, ascended into the heavens, the sounds drifting upwards, beyond the galaxy, the universe, into the unknowable infinity.

      “… a fascinating listen… an unapologetic venture into head music and contains some powerful compositions. It’s steeped in a sense of reverence, but one that looks below, rather than expecting anything from above.” —Drowned In Sound.

      “The oddball psychedelic chamber pop the Italian duo exhales will creep you out with drones, lullabies, and anguished vocals all competing for frontrunner spot in your next nightmare. Perfect.” —Terrorizer.


      Richie Havens

      Mixed Bag - 180g Vinyl Mono Edition

      “Freedom.” The very mention of the song conjures images of Richie Havens at Woodstock, fiercely strumming his guitar and lost in an improvisational moment of creation. An intensely engaging performer, Havens honed his craft in the clubs and cafes of Greenwich Village, just over the bridge from his native Brooklyn. Painter, poet and multi-instrumentalist, Havens immersed himself in the Village’s beatnik culture just as the nascent folk scene began to develop. Connecting with uber-manager Albert Grossman, then guiding the careers of Bob Dylan and Peter, Paul and Mary, Havens rose to the top tier of the international folk movement.

      Signed to Verve Forecast, Havens released his first album, Mixed Bag, in August of 1967. The intriguing LP gathered songs from Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Dylan, Lennon/McCartney as well as two self-penned compositions and one co-written with future acting star Lou Gossett, Jr. The album’s instrumentation featured Havens on sitar and acoustic guitar played in his unique style, thumb chording songs in open D tuning. Soaring above it all was his commanding baritone, a voice that injected gravitas into every song, bringing the lyrics to vivid life. A stunning debut, it climbed both the pop and jazz Billboard charts.

      Sundazed Music presents this vital album in its rare mono version, sourced from the original Verve masters, and pressed on lush 180g vinyl. Cue it up and hear the glorious sound of artistic freedom pouring from your speakers.

      Richie Havens

      Something Else Again - 180g Vinyl Mono Edition

      “Freedom”. The very mention of the song conjures images of Richie Havens at Woodstock, fiercely strumming his guitar and lost in an improvisational moment of creation. An intensely engaging performer, Havens honed his craft in the clubs and cafes of Greenwich Village, just over the bridge from his native Brooklyn. Painter, poet and multi-instrumentalist, Havens immersed himself in the Village’s beatnik culture just as the nascent folk scene began to develop. Connecting with uber-manager Albert Grossman, then guiding the careers of Bob Dylan and Peter, Paul and Mary, Havens rose to the top tier of the international folk movement.

      Havens followed up his album debut 'Mixed Bag' a year later with 'Something Else Again'. The cover portrait found Havens clad in dashiki and wearing beads while playing a sitar, looking like a standard bearer for the counterculture. The songs’ subject matter followed that direction as well, dealing primarily with social issues rather than relationships. It was another charting record for Havens, reaching #184 on Billboard’s Pop Albums. More than mere albums, Mixed Bag and Something Else Again: were signposts for a rapidly changing culture, leading the way to a more enlightened existence.

      Sundazed Music presents this vital album in its rare mono version, sourced from the original Verve masters, and pressed on lush 180g vinyl. Cue it up and hear the glorious sound of artistic freedom pouring from your speakers.

      Hawkwind

      This Is Your Captain Speaking… Your Captain Is Dead: The Albums & Singles 1970-1974

        This brand new Hawkwind box set, encapsulates the band from 1970 – 1974, beginning right at the start with the band’s first self-titled album in 1970 and chronicles 4 years across 7 live and studio albums. Also included is a bonus disc of singles, featuring their iconic track Silver Machine. 

        London's Honest Jon's deliver something mind expanding, other worldly and frankly fantastic here, bringing together Turkey's foremost supergroup and the master of minimal techno on a beautifully packaged double pack. Side A introduces us to the Insanlar sound with "Kime Ne", psychedelic, arabic and exotic music which fuses the organic and synthetic into a deep desert trance. The brainchild of Baris K, Cem Yildiz and Hogir, Insanlar is a modern fusion of Baldelli's cosmic sound and the psychedlic folk and disco of Erkin Koray, Derdiyoklar and a host of other musical visionaries from Istanbul's past. The expansive track sees the musician glide through frazzled solos and brain twisting drones over a stripped back machine beat before dropping into prophetic words from 16th and 17th century Turkish poets. It's simply sublime. Over on the flipside, Ricardo Villalobos delivers the first of his two mixes, upping the tempo, concocting one of those percolating rhythms he's made his own, and distilling the original ingredients into tense and terse snatches of esoteric sound which perfectly compliment his loose machine funk. On the other vinyl, Ricardo delivers his second mix, a deep and dislocated minimal techno version with all manner of sonic artefacts scattered freely throughout the course of the track. I've got a sneakying suspicion that this is gonna blow plenty of minds late on in his sets. 

        Kill West

        Kill West EP

          The first record by (and debut release for Drone Rock Records) Buenos Aires-based experimental, garage, rock & roll band, Kill West.

          Formed in bandleader Franco Beceiro’s garage in late 2012 with friends Joel Menazzi on bass, Martin Valentini on guitar, and brothers Nicolas and Mario Miele on drums and keys.

          With the self-release of their first, eponymously titled EP in 2014, a dirty rumbling wall of attitude introduces us to Kill West. Yes there’s a bit of surf-rock going on in there, there’s a fair bit of doom & drone, and there’s a great sense of speed. These Argentinian reverb merchants have taken some quite diverse elements and put them together in a quite refreshing way.


          FORMAT INFORMATION

          Mini LP Info: Limited to just 250 copies and pressed on red & black split-coloured vinyl.

          The Ossie Layne Show

          Barcelona '69

            The Ossie Layne Show "Barcelona 69‟ EP is the latest vinyl release to become part of the Acid Jazz Records‟ Rare Mod Series.

            This very rare 4-track 33rpm vinyl 7” featuring ‘Ian Dury and the Blockheads’ bass player Norman Watt-Roy and his brother Garth, led by band leader Ossie Layne.

            The EP‟s tracks deliver the classic 60‟s Soul and Funk sound that Acid Jazz Records and the Rare Mod Series are famous for.

            The EP features a version of Rod Stewarts "Rock My Plimsoll‟ and Sly and The Family Stones classic “Sing A Simple Song”.

            A collectors‟ item for those who collect the Rare Mod Series

            An interesting item for Ian Dury and the Blockheads fans.

            Suited to the 60s Soul and Funk audiences

            Very rare recordings.

            Al Lover

            Cave Ritual

              Al Lover is a producer from San Francisco, but there’s more layers to his wall of sound than meets the ear. Over the last few years he has gained much notoriety for his melding of contemporary and past garage and psychedelic rock into spaced out abrasive beats. Often compared to producers like Edan, J-dilla and Gaslamp Killer, Al gravitates towards a sound composed of crunchy drums, shaky percussion, chopped samples and layers of textured effects building on the psychedelic music of the past and present.

              His first release through Stolen Body Records will come out on January 26th and is called Cave Ritual.


              FORMAT INFORMATION

              Ltd LP Info: REISSUE ON BLACK VINYL!

              Pan is the first solo effort from Jonas Munk released in his own name. Jonas Munk is a musician and producer from Odense, Denmark who has been active in a wide range of musical styles for the past decade. In the European psych-rock community he is mostly known as the guitarplayer in the respected stoner/jazz/krautrock-outfit Causa Sui as well as related projects such as Chicago Odense Ensemble, a joint session project featuring members of Causa Sui, Chicago Underground Collective and Tortoise, which resulted in a 2LP released in 2011.

              Outside of these circles Munk is best known as a producer of electronic music, most recently with a full-length collaboration with German synthmeister Ulrich Schnauss. Munk also holds a masters degree in philosophy with a thesis on music and consciousness. Pan simultaneously betrays his connections to the European stoner-rock community and the world of electronic ambient music – this album combines ideas from both worlds, while the result really doesn't belong in neither of them. With Pan's motoric analog synthesizer patterns and its warm, fuzzy drones the influence from 1970's German synthesizer- and new age music, such as early Kraftwerk, Ashra and Popol Vuh, is apparent from the first note. But there's also definite traits of American styles running through this album – from the flowing optimism of Alice Coltrane and Terry Riley to the modern-day psychedelia of Comets on Fire and Bardo Pond. While large parts of Pan has been programmed on electronic equipment there's a jam-like quality emanating from album's seven tracks.

              The album reflects the idea of giving up rationality and control with the purpose of letting the music flow towards it own ends. The compositional ideas are incredibly simple while still carrying a certain depth. Soundwise Pan is all about analog machines, 30+ year old synthesizers, detuned guitars and heavily cranked vacuum tube amplifiers weaving together in fuzzy, pulsating glory. The title Pan refers to the ancient Greek word meaning all or everything.


              FORMAT INFORMATION

              LP Info: Repress.

              Piccadilly Records

              Mono Colour Print - Black Tote Bag

                One colour 'mono' print (white) of the Piccadilly Records logo on a black tote bag.


                Primal Scream

                Give Out But Don't Give Up - 180g Vinyl Edition

                'Give Out But Don't Give Up' (1994) is the fourth studio album by Primal Scream. It is the follow-up to their breakthrough album 'Screamadelica'. Whereas 'Screamadelica' was primarily a blissed-out psychedelic album, 'Give Out But Don't Give Up' is influenced by southern rock, blues and southern soul, and 'Sticky Fingers' era Rolling Stones.

                Produced by southern soul legend Tom Dowd and Black Crowes co-conspiritor George Drakoulias, with Funkadelic's George Clinton coming along for the ride, the set includes classics such as 'Rocks', '(I'm Gonna) Cry Myself Blind' and the Denise Johnson-sung 'Free'




                STAFF COMMENTS

                Andy says: Hip shakers 'n' heart breakers!

                Sula Bassana

                Kosmonauts

                  A monster of a new album form German psych / kraut orbiters Sula Bassana.

                  A departure from the epic (fully sold out) back catalogue of previous releases, this treads an alternate path to the stars, consisting of 4 sides of wax comprising 8 killer cuts of pulsing, trancelike electronics. A kosmische blend of motorik grooves and ambient trance…

                  The “band” is pretty much a solo project for Electric Moon / Zone Six’s Dave Schmidt- who wrote, recorded and produced everything himself on synths, sequencers and drum machines; with track titles decided upon as tip of the hat to some of Dave’s Sci-Fi, B-movie heroes.

                  The double LP set here extends upon the long sold Sulatron CD, by including 3 additional cuts unique to this vinyl pressing and comes dressed in the most beautiful ‘Lulu Artwork’ sleeve, across 2 colours of vinyl. An absolute must for all fans of Schulze, T.Dream, areas of the Cluster canon and latter day heroes like Panabrite, JD Emmanuel, Expo 70 etc….

                  A very limited pressing of 500 with most already pre-sold in mainland Europe so do move quickly. A Zone Six full length also appears later in the year on Deep Distance.

                  The Who

                  A Quick One

                    Marking the 50th anniversary of The Who, Universal re-release their studio albums, all remastered and pressed on 180g heavyweight vinyl.

                    The Who

                    My Generation

                      Marking the 50th anniversary of The Who, Universal re-release their studio albums, all remastered and pressed on 180g heavyweight vinyl.

                      The Who

                      The Who By Numbers

                        Marking the 50th anniversary of The Who, Universal re-release their studio albums, all remastered and pressed on 180g heavyweight vinyl.

                        The Who

                        The Who Hits 50

                          “All the hits, picks, mixes and misses!” ~ Pete Townshend 2014

                          The Who

                          The Who Sell Out

                            Marking the 50th anniversary of The Who, Universal re-release their studio albums, all remastered and pressed on 180g heavyweight vinyl.

                            The Who

                            Who Are You

                              Marking the 50th anniversary of The Who, Universal re-release their studio albums, all remastered and pressed on 180g heavyweight vinyl.

                              The Who

                              Who's Next

                                Marking the 50th anniversary of The Who, Universal re-release their studio albums, all remastered and pressed on 180g heavyweight vinyl.

                                Various Artists

                                A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble (Exploding In Your Mind) - The Wizards Of Oz - Compiled & Mixed By The Amorphous Androgynous

                                35 track 2 hour mix psychedelicized by the Amorphous Androgynous - including tracks Russell Morris, Tame Impala, The Missing Links, Cybotron, Doug Jerebine, Sunset Strip, Leong Lau, Melissa, Ash Grunwald, Rob Thomsett, Kongress, Sons Of The Vegetal Mother, Pond, Krozier & The Generator, SJC Powell, Rob Thomsett, Air, Flake, Rainbow Generator, Doug Jerebine, Iain McIntyre's A Warning, Doug Ashdown, Rob Thomsett, Pip Proud, Hiroshi and Claudia, Tyrnaround, Steve Maxwell Von Braund, Madder Lake, Railroad Gin, Mandu and Kanguru.

                                ‘The Wizards Of Oz’ is devoted exclusively to the rich heritage of cosmic space music of our Antipodean brothers and sisters and in common with previous volumes traces the lineage from the sixties to the present day with sonic delights from every decade in between.

                                Once again the Amorphous Androgynous show themselves dab hands at unearthing the absurd, the obscure and the downright wonder filled from over four decades. The tracks are expertly woven and mashed together to form a trip as enjoyable as it is both enlightening and educational. As has always been their want they reappraise what the 'psychedelic' might mean in the present day adopting the role of the DJ in the process rather than as band or producers / remixers as has been known, showing that a new 'psychedelia' exists as much in the surprising juxtaposition of style and variety of song as it does in the individual songs themselves.

                                Unlike previous volumes 'The Wizards Of Oz' majorly features music and bands that the Amorphous Androgynous had never previously heard (though some like Tame Impala rose meteorically within the album's two year inception) and as the collection evolved the question that arose with increasing regularity was 'How and why have we not heard this before?!" and then 'if this band had been from the UK or the USA would they have been unheard and unknown?" The answer to this was a resounding no so an almost political fervor was born to bring the treasure of ‘The Wizards Of Oz' forth so that ‘A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble’ could continue its ongoing legacy to reinvigorate the psychedelic potential of both now and future generations by bringing and tracing the timeless psychedelic music through the years together in order to activate future revolutions of cosmic space music.


                                Strut continue their acclaimed ’Next Stop Soweto’ series as they return to the rich archives of South African music to spotlight the fertile era of the late 70s and early ’80s. Tightly controlled by oppressive Apartheid laws, South Africa’s music scene had nevertheless progressed into myriad new directions, embracing funk, soul, rock and disco.

                                The era marked a crossroads for the country’s black musicians. While domestic stars of mbaqanga like Mahotella Queens had temporarily disbanded during the onslaught of disco, younger artists like TY Boys and Elias Maluleke embraced and progressed the style in new ways, adding punk and disco touches to the familiar bassline swing.

                                Imported US R&B and the powerful socio-political message of the Afro-American soul stars, championed by pioneering producers like Hamilton Nzimande in South Africa since the 60s, continued to be a powerful force. Influenced by bands as diverse as War, Edwin Starr and Yes, as well as producers like Norman Whitfield, South African collectives including Xoliso, Marumo and Kabana new soul and rock directions, led by Zulu lyrics, township harmonies and top level musicianship.

                                For all South African musicians during this time, it was a considerable struggle to operate. Following the Soweto Uprising in 76, bands would play live shows despite live performance restrictions with freedom of gathering strictly curtailed and curfews imposed. The Radio Bantu group of stations were among the few media outlets for black musicians to get their music heard. For most, music was no way to make a living and many musicians were forced to hold down other jobs.

                                Despite the harsh conditions, the period documented in ’Next Stop Soweto 4’ was a hugely important one for South African music, setting the stage for the ’world music’ explosion of the 1980s when South African artists like the reformed Mahotella Queens, Hugh Masekela and Ladysmith Black Mambazo would find a global crossover audience and Western artists like Malcolm McLaren and Paul Simon with his infamous ’Graceland’ project would embrace the sounds of the townships.

                                As with all previous volumes, ’Next Stop Soweto 4’ is compiled by Duncan Brooker. It is released on 1CD / 2LP featuring sleeve notes by author Francis Gooding along with artist interviews, rare photos and sleeve artwork.



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