MAGIC MIX

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WEEK STARTING 23 Aug

Genre pick of the week Cover of Guild Of The Asbestos Weaver by Alexander Tucker.

Alexander Tucker

Guild Of The Asbestos Weaver

    “Essential listening for anyone who wants to hear why the psychedelic lineage of the past 50 years is fresh and alive” - The Quietus

    Tucker’s boundless and singular vision is on full display in his most immersive and intoxicating music yet. Minimalist motifs are sculpted into deep drone constructions, weaving dense layers of maximalist sound to powerful disorienting effect. The songs occupy a unique territory somewhere between paranormal electronics and cosmosseeking psychedelia, standing as some of Tucker’s heaviest and most hallucinogenic work to date.

    Alexander Tucker is a member of Grumbling Fur, his duo with Daniel O’Sullivan (This Is Not This Heat).

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: I remember seeing Alexander Tucker play about 15 years ago on his own, with a wealth of guitar pedals and even then, he sounded like about 5 people. In this recent, more bombastic iteration you can, at the very least, double that. Huge walls of psychedelic sound and twisting lysergic melody lines and airy drones make for a thoroughly intoxicating and rewarding listen.

    For Fans Of…Temples, Allah-Las, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Khruangbin, David Axelrod et al.

    Ghost Funk Orchestra are a mystery. Plain and simple. Dirty, soulful production, 'verbed and fuzzed out guitars & mysterious vocals that feel like a lost score to a Quentin Tarantino film. The brainchild of one-man producer / musician / arranger Seth Applebaum, GFO is forging new territory and blurring the line between soul and psychedelic, just in time for that BBC3 Woodstock documentary everyone's been banging on about! 


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: Just in time for that BBC3 Woodstock documentary everyone's been banging on about, a modern interpretation of soul and psyche that's sure to excite the hippies. Refracted through a cinematic prism, the track's have a focus and direction which elevates them above other druggy bandwagon hoppers...

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Coloured LP Info: Limited gold vinyl.

    Mojo

    Issue 311 - October 2019

      IN A SPECIAL COLLECTORS’ package, MOJO delivers a Beatles exclusive, a lovingly crafted double-sided Beatle map and a fantastic CD of the year’s best new music so far. The cover story is Abbey Road: a 50th Anniversary guide to the Beatles’ last masterpiece, plus the exclusive inside track on Apple’s expanded, remixed new edition.

      The MOJO Rising 2019 CD brings you the up-and-coming sounds of Amyl & The Sniffers, Fontaines DC, Faye Webster, Jessica Pratt, Black Midi and more.

      And there's big stories with Jethro Tull, The Stranglers, The Waterboys’ Mike Scott and the legendary Jean-Claude Vannier, plus reviews of hot new albums by Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard, Pixies, Bat For Lashes, Liam Gallagher, Caravan, Gruff Rhys, Robbie Robertson, Iggy Pop, Bon Iver, The Cult and Miles Davis. All this and… Dylan & Neil, Laura Nyro, Noddy Holder, that Creation movie and… Creepy John Thomas!

      Motorpsycho

      Angels And Daemons At Play - Reissue

        Long overdue repress of this seminal release from the evergreen Motorpsycho, this is one of their landmark 90s albums. 

        This was their 6th album release from 1997. Far reaching modern psychedelic rock / pop / noise from the masters!!

        This album saw them melding their heavy post-grunge noise prog sound to a more Sonic Youth inspired avant pop sheen to great effect. Songs likes Sideway Spiral / Walking on Water were bombastic pop tunes amongst some of the most proficient and exhilarating instrumentation of the bands career to date.. A highly recommended album!!!

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        2xColoured LP Info: Double 180 gram repress on gold vinyl.

        An African artist, born in Ghana (1945) during the English colonial occupation, Mack Porter moved to the Netherlands and then to Italy in the late 60's where he released four pop and soul-oriented singles for the small Naples label Fans. In 1969 he won the Un disco per l' Europa song contest in Lugano, Switzerland which got him signed to the RiFi label. In 1972 he made a concept album (under the name of Mack Sigis Porter) and this album is the masterpiece that is "Peace on You". After his musical career Porter stayed in Italy and became a stylist under the name Mack Squire.

        "Peace on You" was strongly inspired by psychedelic soul influences and progressive atmospheres, with wild guitar solos (and some Hendrix-like vocals), and even some orchestral arrangements. Mack Porter’s only album (featuring many famous Italian guest musicians) is an acclaimed favorite when it comes to African psychedelic rock. Riddled with long folky introductions, funky strings, soulful organ breaks, soft progressive rock, fuzz guitars…combine all of this with Porters sad bluesy voice and you have a unique sounding record that gets more interesting with repeated and concentrated listening.

        It was rumored that this rare and expensive album (original copies tend to go for silly money on the second-hand market) only came out on a handful of promo copies, but the sad truth is that it simply received no promotion at all and sold in minimal quantities.


        FORMAT INFORMATION

        Deluxe LP Info: Deluxe 180g vinyl edition.
        Black Vinyl Edition.
        Limited to 500 copies, comes with obi strip.

        Singapore Sling

        Killer Classics

          Discordant, claustrophobic and unforgiving, Icelandic psych-rock heavyweights Singapore Sling – the project of Reykjavík-based noisenik Henrik Björnsson – have been conjuring their own scuzzy nihilistic anthems for nearly two decades and have picked-up a cult-like following along the way. Two years on from the Kill Kill Kill (Songs About Nothing) LP, the band are now back with their tenth full-length, Killer Classics. An eleven-track collection of macabre rock’n’roll scuzz, Killer Classics sees Singapore Sling return on top form. Throughout its running time, the record pools together the primal gusto of The Stooges paired with a (un)healthy smattering of Mary Chain fuzz-pedal belligerence and Suicide-esque proto-punk.

          More than the sum of their influences, though, each song is delivered with the same trademark charm – or perhaps, lack of – that the band have been cultivating since Henrik founded the project back in 2000. Outlining his mission statement for the record, Henrik says: “The last record [‘Kill Kill Kill’] was about music. This one is about songs. The title of the record is ‘Killer Classics’ because that is what I set out to make: Killer Classics. Just simple, catchy rock’n´roll songs. As rock’n’roll songs should be. Of course.” The album borne out of a particularly challenging period in his life, which he wound up channelling into the new material, he goes on to explain: “Before I recorded this new album I had many frustrating months where I didn’t have the time, space or peace of mind to write and record. When I was finally able to do that again I had to let all that frustration out and I did that by making a lot of noise and saying fuck a lot.” 

          Undercover Lovers (Psychemagik)

          Undercover Lovers Vol.1

          The first of 2 salvos from the wizards of re-editing - Psychemagik.
          Part 1 is a selection of far-flung and undiscovered lysergic renderings of some 'well-known' pop & dance classics.
          These aren't your common dime a dozen covers either, these are straight killer, bizarro rearrangements that will have you scratching your head in wonder, and hitting the discotheque dance-floor in equal measure. As always, the Psychemagik boys strive to bring you that heat, reworking from only the prime source material sourced from their regular global jaunts and epic record trades in far-flung places. Welcome to the soundtrack to a funky alternative dimension where things seem somewhat familiar, but perhaps a little off.... in the best way! Pure sonic trips all over this one. Dig it! Answers on a postcard please!

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Matt says: Two new volumes of sought out, editted-up rare goodness from Brothers Psych. The Magik is laid bare across the cutting table as the delectable duo ditch the obvious for the unusual, sure to appeal to fans of their Light Sounds Dark series...

          Various Artists

          Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

            The soundtrack for Quentin Tarantino’s heavily anticipated music-laden film Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood/

            Personally curated by Tarantino himself, the soundtrack is a love letter to the music of 1960s-era Hollywood. The Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood soundtrack features over 20 standout tracks from artists such as Paul Revere & The Raiders, Deep Purple, and Neil Diamond, as well as vintage radio advertisements, creating a true time capsule of a golden era of filmmaking.

            Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. The ninth film from the writer-director features a large ensemble cast and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age. Written and Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Produced by David Heyman, Shannon McIntosh and Quentin Tarantino. Georgia Kacandes, YU Dong and Jeffrey Chan serve as executive producers. The film also stars Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate plus Al Pacino, Emile Hirsch, Timothy Olyphant, Dakota Fanning, Bruce Dern, Lena Dunham, and more.



            FORMAT INFORMATION

            Coloured LP Info: Indies exclusive limited double translucent orange coloured vinyl in a gatefold sleeve. Includes a (folded) 24" x 36" art poster.


            This Sunday (August 25) we are down @ThePilcrowPub next to the CIS building celebrating the launch of our new beer… https://t.co/ng2LNvz2SY
            Fri 23rd - 3:22
            Our very own Ryan here looking very happy with his new @HorsebeachBand album ‘The Unforgiven Current’ which is out… https://t.co/5hvcgSqC3w
            Fri 23rd - 1:02
            Coloured vinyl from Ghost Funk Orchestra, Tropical Fuck Storm aka @tfs_theband Augustus Pablo Meets King Tubby and… https://t.co/gwcS9ATOYT
            Fri 23rd - 12:56
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