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THE PICCADILLY RECORDS COMPILATION OF THE YEAR 2013.
Having wowed critics and crate-diggers alike with 2012's acclaimed "Magik Cyrkles" compilation, Psychemagik are now ready to unleash the follow-up, "Magik Sunrise", on Paul Murphy and Simon Purnell's Leng label.
Bristling with psychedelic, cosmic and curiously Balearic oddities hand-picked from the depths of their vast record collections, "Magik Sunrise" is, if anything, even more inspired that its predecessor.
For "Magik Sunrise", the Kent-based duo has dug even deeper into the dusty corners of their record vault, deep in the Cosmic Forest. The result is another inspired, 15-track collection that gleefully skips between all manner of forgotten gems and little-known nuggets, occasionally stopping to acclaim an otherwise unknown track or artist.
Off-kilter African reggae (Max Adioa) nestles side by side with eyes-closed deep-jazz funk (Rob Mehl, George Oban), while the stoned, Balearic prog rock of Jeff Liberman jostles for position with the Steve Miller Band-on-valium goodness of Fox's "The Juggler". Then there's the Roxy Music-ish grooves of Joey Newman, the drifting new age ambience of Iasos (whose "Formentera Sunset Clouds", from the 1975 album "Inter-Dimensional Music", is a highlight) and the folksy bliss of Yves Simon.
Artists originally ignored first time round, such as Daniel Mathieu, Cherubin, Susana Estrada and Steve & Teresa, are given a place in the spotlight. In fact, Leng spent a considerable amount of time tracking down each artist, allowing them to tell their stories, give the inside history of each track and relive their musical adventures - however previously obscure or overlooked. Their wares, from misty-eyed acoustic rock to slowed-down blue-eyed soul, sound sublime in Psychemagik's new setting.
As ever with Leng and Claremont 56, much attention has been paid to the artwork and packaging. Long-time Psychemagik collaborator, acclaimed illustrator Luke Insect, once again handles design duties. His illustration - part pagan, part medieval alchemy, part prog rock revivalism - effortlessly matches the wide-eyed mood of Psychemagik's brilliant selections.
Patrick says: To the clandestine online community of bearded middle aged men Psychemagik's digging credentials were already well evidenced through countless online mixes of obscure French pop, Middle Eastern disco and rare private press country. Their reputation grew with last year's magnificent ‘Magik Cyrkles’, which took us on a journey through a kaleidoscope of psychedelic funk and interplanetary disco and plenty of you came along for the ride. Indeed, that heady brew of nocturnal diversions rightfully earned itself a place in the top five comps last year and this time round Psychemagik FC have kicked on from the Champions League places and brought the title home.
If ‘Magik Cyrkles’ was born in the swelter of an exotic discotheque, clouded in the sweetly perfumed air, then ‘Magik Sunrise’ is the soundtrack to the morning after. The spiritual synths of the recently rediscovered sonic shaman Iasos gently bring you round on the white sand of a Mediterranean beach before Daniel Mathieu's optimistic pop kicks things off in earnest. What unfolds over the next hour or so is a delightful collection of lost gems that could each have been a classic in a parallel universe. From the allegorical groove of Rob Mehl's "House On The Rock", the world weary soul of Walter Hawkins' "Metropolis" and the soft rock bombast of Joey Newman's "The One You Love" to the bouncing reggae of Max Adioa, Danny and Tom never misstep. Jazz-funk instrumentals chime harmoniously with the bossa nova flutter of a Hawaiian press 45 as the duo keep on leading you down new and interesting avenues. The beauty of this collection is that it gifts you with so many new discoveries, whether it's Andy's virtuoso skills with an air bass or the painful fact that a Spanish girl will slap you if you ask her what "Gozame Ya" means. Despite our many musical differences (and Martin's innate distrust of anything too noodley) ‘Magik Sunrise’ has had us all grinning and grooving this year and it's been a pleasure to bask in its warmth.
01. Iasos - Formentera Sunset Clouds
02. Daniel Mathieu - C'Etait UnBeau Dimanche
03. Fox - The Juggler
04. Walter Hawkins - Metropolis
05. Steve & Teresa - Catching A Wave
06. Cherubin - Sunrise
07. Yves Simon - Raconte-Toi
08. Susana Estrada - ¡Gózame Ya!
09. Joey Newman - The One You Love
10. Rob Mehl - House On The Rock
11. George Oban - Basshoven
12. Y. Rioland & M. Goldfeder - Tension
13. Jeff Liberman - Transformation
14. David Astri - Safe And Sound
15. Max Adioa - Toubab Bilé (Instrumental Version)
Mix CD Tracklisting:
01. Iasos - Intro
02. Iasos - Formentera Sunset Clouds
03. Daniel Mathieu - C'Etait UnBeau Dimanche
04. Fox - The Juggler
05. Walter Hawkins - Metropolis
06. Steve & Teresa - Catching A Wave
07. Cherubin - Sunrise
08. Yves Simon - Raconte-Toi
09. Susana Estrada - ¡Gózame Ya!
10. Joey Newman - The One You Love
11. Rob Mehl - House On The Rock
12. George Oban - Basshoven
13. Y. Rioland & M. Goldfeder - Tension
14. Jeff Liberman - Transformation
15. David Astri - Safe And Sound
16. Max Adioa - Toubab Bilé (Instrumental Version)
A1. Iasos - Formentera Sunset Clouds
A2. Daniel Mathieu - C’Etait Un Beau Dimanche
A3. Fox - The Juggler
B1. Walter Hawkins - Metropolis
B2. Steve & Teresa - Catching A Wave
B3. Cherubin – Sunrise
B4. Yves Simon - Raconte-Toi
C1. Susana Estrada - ¡Gózame Ya!
C2. Joey Newman - The One You Love
C3. Rob Mehl - House On The Rock
C4. George Oban - Basshoven
D1. Y. Rioland & M. Goldfeder – Tension
D2. Jeff Liberman - Transformation
D3. David Astri - Safe And Sound
D4. Max Adioa - Toubab Bilé (Instrumental Version)