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Boris
Attention Please

'Attention Please' is the seventeenth studio album from Japanese musical chameleons Boris. The trio are widely known for their constantly shape-shifting style, covering genres as far afield as psychedelia, shoegaze, post-metal, drone and stoner metal often within the same song. Released on the same day as their second 'Heavy Rocks' album, 'Attention Please' is more in the vein of 'New Album' with it's shimmering noise pop and shoegaze stylings than the raw stoner rock of 'Heavy Rocks'. The album is the only Boris record to feature vocals exclusively from lead guitarist Wata.

Bremen
Eclipsed

Bremen are a duo from Sweden. Despite releasing on Blackest Ever Black, they aren’t techno boys: wow! Instead, they play a blackened form of minimal psychedelia, forging a direct link to some foresty nether regions of the mind. Eclipsed is their second for the label, and stretches out over 2 LPs.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Electric Eye
From The Poisonous Tree

Electric Eye are moving fast, with From The Poisonous Tree being their third substantial release in just over a year. Clearly, the eternally forward-driving energy of the Rock is in them. This album is as psychedelic and juicy as ever, though the band also find time to play with some varied rhythms too. Released by Jansen Plateproduksjon.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Joel Gion
Joel Gion

The Brian Jonestown Massacre tambourine batterer Joel Gion returns with another solo album where he marshals a troupe of his talented musician pals to concoct an album of calm and collected psych vibes. Expect sun-glassed and laid back sounds from this master of studied cool. Enormous sideburns essential. 

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Take It From The Man

A double-vinyl re-issue of Take It From The Man!, the third studio album from veteran psychedelic/garage rockers The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Originally released in 1996 on Bomp! - the first of three albums that year alone - and now re-packaged on their current ‘a’ label, the group’s charismatic leader Anton Newcombe has long cited this era as one of his favourites from his band’s lengthy and much-storied history. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (AUK005LP)
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VONO
Dinner Fur 2

Anyone with the slightest interest in 1980s synthwave ought to be acquainted with Vono, a pair of German brothers active in the late seventies and early eighties. Their weapons of choice: dark, danceable beats, simple bass sequences, metallic synth textures and yelped lyrics. Immaculately stylish for their time, and perhaps rather provocative too. One for your 'Best Reissues of 2017 Part 2' list!

Art Zoyd
44 1/2: Live & Unreleased Works

A frankly ludicrous amount of material from French avant-garde outfit Art Zoyd. Eight CDs worth of live recordings between 1972-2004, four CDs worth of studio recordings, their full birthday performance filmed in RIO on DVD, plus another filled with TV performances… all in a single 12xCD+2XDVD+52 page booklet behemoth package, released on Cuneiform Records. Phew. I dare you to tackle the whole thing in one go.

Faust
Just Us

Faust are back to scare the living shit out of us and follow up on the most pressing questions of their career -- like "Why don't you eat carrots?" - with a brand new record. The seasoned krautrock crew plotted, designed, built and tore down three new tracks for j U s t (also known as Just Us, in a confusing court ruling worthy of only this band). This will be weird, I should say.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Om
Advaitic Songs

Advaitic Songs was sludgy two piece Om's fifth album originally released in 2012. For the uninitiated Om are the rhythm section from stoned rockers Sleep and play a minimalist style of doom rock using mainly just bass and drums. Here they add in a few other instruments (cello and flute for example) to create something that is almost religiously deep. Check out Phil's excitable review of the work for further details....or maybe don't.  
  • Artist(s):
  • Om
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Zombie Zombie
Livity

Zombie Zombie return from some time doing film scores and er, music for a circus show, with a fully-fledged studio album in the form of Livity. It's a deep experimental trip as usual for these guys, featuring remarkable combinations: some vintage French prog here, some free-jazz sax blast there, some hip-hop swagger on this track, some krautrock synth-pulse on that. Livity is released by Versatile.

The Bevis Frond
Son Of Walter

Son Of Walter is the 15th album by The Bevis Frond and was originally released in 1996. At this time, Nick Salomon worked alone in his bedroom, head bursting with ideas, desperate to get his refried psychedelia on tape. The album mixes strummy folk-pop, multi-layered harmonies, pysch-pop and epic guitar wig-outs that would make J Mascis blush. Reissue LP and CD on Fire.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Klaus Schulze & Pete Namlook
The Dark Side Of The Moog – Vol. 9-11

The Dark Side Of The Moog Vol. 9 - 11 continues the quite frankly epic archival effort to tunnel through the mass recordings that were made when the legendary Klaus Schulze started working with Pete Namlook in the 90’s using an array of Moog synthesisers. This 5CD box-set is a hell of a trip through the spaceways, and getting this much material allows a stronger insight into the pair’s creative process. On MIG Music.
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Small Faces
Ogdens' Nutgone Flake

Here's a re-issue of the Small Faces classic psych epic Ogden's Nut Gone Flake - a kind of mixture of proto heavy rock and cockney knees up psych pop all narrated by that man who talks gibberish (Stanley Unwin not Steven Morrissey). A completely unique album now re-issued on 180g vinyl using a remaster from 2012. 
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Hookworms
Pearl Mystic

This is the 'classic' debut album Leeds psych man band Hookworms. They purvey a kind of heads down, no nonsense kraut boogie which borrows as much from Neu '3' as it does Status Quo 'On the Level'. Moving way into the modern age, it's the kind of album no Spacemen 3 fan should be without. Heavy psych wibbling for all the family.  
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Pink Floyd
A Delicate Sound Of Thunder

Pink Floyd are just about reaching the end of their latest grand reissue project, remastering and pressing to vinyl the final two releases of the band’s original incarnation. A Delicate Sound Of Thunder is their 1988 live album, featuring a powerful setlist of mid and later-period Floyd classics. Remastered audio on double 180g vinyl.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Alvarius B
Alvarius B vs Abdel Baqy Byro in Cairo

Alvarius B, aka the great Sun City Girl himself Alan Bishop, presents this jumbled-up collaboration with Abdel Baqy Byro (unless this person is simply an invention of Bishop, you never can tell). The city of Cairo is dripping from every pore of this record, via both field recorded snatches of city life and playful guitar sketches. Very flavoursome LP on Nashazphone.

Frank Zappa
Zoot Allures

Frank Zappa’s Zoot Allures (what an incredibly Frank Zappa title for an album) was released in 1976 in the midst of some legal stresses. Frank’s intense guitar stylings are at the centre of the album’s sound, which seems to have learned lessons from heavy metal and applied them to the weird world of Zappa. Reissued to vinyl by Universal.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Witch
Lazy Bones

'Lazy Bones!!', the third record by Zambian garage rockers Witch, trawls through rollicking guitar riffs (with plenty of fuzz action), avid drum fills and sublime vocal harmonies, creating a sound that's joyous and communal whatever genre it ends up slinking into (be it their preference for funk or psych rock). It's being reissued by Now-Again Records, for all to hear.

Siinai
Sykli

Siinai are one of the most interesting contemporary bands coming out of Finland right now, and they just gifted the world with their third album, titled Sykli. The group inhabit the rich tradition of synth-prog-psychedelic music, with arpeggiated electronics mixing with post-rocky instrumental structures, building up some fairly epic tracks for listeners to lose themselves in. Sykli is released by Svart.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Kaukolampi
I

On this meeting of worlds, techno is spiked with various other sources - krautrock, drone, cinematic synthscapes and electronica - to tell a sombre and unnerving story. Kaukolampi here explore a diverse range of moods and sonic environments, whipping the listener into a subdued, but significant hypnosis. 

Jess and the Ancient Ones
The Horse and Other Weird Tales

Jess and the Ancient Ones are a band who play in a firmly vintage mould, where riffs are chunky (and played on both guitars and organs), themes are occulty, and vocals are full-bore powerful. The Horse And Other Weird Tales is their third album, and it presents the fullest version yet of this juicy dark vision. CD and LP editions on Svart.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Apples In Stereo
Her Wallpaper Reverie

Album the third from The Apples in Stereo, first released in 1999. Her Wallpaper Reverie is a relatively quick spin, clocking in at just under half an hour, and is notable for including more brief interludes than fully-fledged songs! But for fans of this delightful band of alt-pop weirdos, that’s got to be a good thing eh? Reissued to vinyl by Yep Roc.

Pink Floyd
A Collection Of Great Dance Songs

Pink Floyd are just about reaching the end of their latest grand reissue project, remastering and pressing to vinyl the final two releases of the band’s original incarnation. A Collection Of Great Dance Songs is their oh-so-ironically-named Best-Of compilation, including alternate versions of various Floyd hits. Remastered audio on 180g vinyl.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Franco Battiato
Pollution

Exciting times: new reissues of essential rare LPs by Franco Battiato, the Italian electroacoustic composer. His trippy experimental approach to music has plenty of advanced sonics going on, but still displays has trace elements of a pop mind hiding in there somewhere as well. Pollution, from 1972, is the second of his major albums, featuring a wild array of sounds and vibes. Vinyl reissue from Superior Viaduct.

Various
Paul Major: Feel The Music Vol. 1

Paul Major, the man behind the band Endless Boogie, has been collecting and distributing weirdo music rarities for decades now, focusing on those individuals operating from outside the established industry. Feel The Music Vol. 1 compiles twelve favourite cuts from this intriguing catalogue of unique performers, forming a fascinating listen. Out on Anthology Recordings.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
This Is Why You Love Me

The Brian Jonestown Massacre are so popular that they re-issue four track EPs as 'mini' albums and people still rush out and buy them. This Is Why You Love Me is a classic example of how their between album work is just as essential as the full lengthers. As usual the vibe is psychedelic era Rolling Stones with some the Byrds 12 string sting thrown in. 

XAM Duo
XAM Duo

XAM Duo takes one member of Deadwall and matches him up with a Hookworm. Then the pair improvised their way down some infinite komische highways at high speed, producing shimmering electro-psych that stands comfortably apart from the ‘main’ projects of the members. CD / double LP editions on Sonic Cathedral.

Scattered Purgatory
Sua-Hiam-Zun

Taiwanese duo Scattered Purgatory make dense droning musics defined by humidity, ritual, and shared love of ambient and industrial music. Sua-Hiam-Zun is a deep trip through many layers of synthesised textures. Certainly worthy of being your next drone purchase. Vinyl LP release, courtesy of the good people of Guruguru Brain.

Various
Warfaring Strangers: Acid Nightmares

Warfaring Strangers: Acid Nightmares is a compilation of what happened when the 60’s drug dream started to turn dark and demented: rock bands started losing it maaaan, and the good vibes turned heavy. For the listener of course, that means all manner of weird and gnarly fuzz-psych trippiness, and Numero Group have done an excellent job of curating a fine obscure selection from the period. CD and double LP editions, with lovely informative liner notes.
  • Vinyl Double LP (NUM68LPC7)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Psychedelic Witchcraft
Sound Of The Wind

Psychedelic Witchcraft are a heavy stonerish hard doom rock band from Italy with some classic and proggy touches, precisely as their name requires. Sound Of The Wind is grand and crunchy, weighted down with chewy riffs and Virginia Monti’s epic vocal performances. Sound Of The Wind is released by Listenable Records.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Dawn People
The Star Is Your Future

Dawn People's category defying character is no surprise given the wide ranging influences that have fed its creation. Opening with hip-hop tempo beats, jazz flute and distinct Avalanches style plunderphonics, the palette twists and grows over the album, introducing warm synths, loungey grooves and additional madness to the mix.
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  • DFA

Various
Brown Acid: The Fifth Trip

Fifth compilation LP in Lance Barresi and RidingEasy Records’ Brown Acid series, packed with obscure tracks from the 60s and 70s. Including Captain Foam, Mammoth, Zebra and more, The Fifth Trip is another carefully curated selection of heavy psychedelic rock. For Led Zeppelin and The Who fans looking to discover rarities and gain some extra niche knowledge to brag about.

Franco Battiato
Fetus

Exciting times: new reissues of essential rare LPs by Franco Battiato, the Italian electroacoustic composer. His trippy experimental approach to music has plenty of advanced sonics going on, but still displays has trace elements of a pop mind hiding in there somewhere as well. Fetus, released in 1971, is a concept album about genetic engineering (just look at that cover…), that manages to create multiple whole worlds with a flurry of short tracks. Reissued to vinyl by Superior Viaduct.

Franco Battiato
Sulle Corde Di Aries

Exciting times: new reissues of essential rare LPs by Franco Battiato, the Italian electroacoustic composer with a trippy abstract experimental sonic approach that has trace elements of a pop mind hiding in their somewhere. Sulle Corde Di Aries is his 1973 album, and it explores some truly fantastic moods and sounds. Reissued to vinyl by Superior Viaduct.

Perhaps
V

Boston-based sonic voyagers Perhaps build on the promise of their handful of self-released LPs with a long-form suite of psych-out splendour for Riot Season that stretches out for more than half an hour. Sustained rhythms provide a sturdy bed for freewheeling sax, bubbling synths and textural guitar tones that merge into a wholly satisfying, dare we say funky variation on the kosmische tradition.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Heaters
Matterhorn

On their fourth album, Matterhorn, Michigan-based psych-rockers, Heaters have aimed high. They want to trump previous creative successes such as Holy Water Pool and Baptistina with their dynamic and precisely crafted sound. Since the aforementioned Baptistina, Heaters are re-energised by a line-up reshuffle with founding member Andrew Tamlyn leaving to form Fyrrh.

Blues Pills
Lady In Gold - Live in Paris

Blues Pills are a Swedish band who play a soulful brand of rock and blues. Their sound lands somewhere between ‘70s Dutch rock masters Shocking Blue and Beth Ditto’s Gossip. Following success in Europe (No.1 in Germany) with their second album, Lady In Gold, they’ve released Lady In Gold -  Live In Paris. This live performance lays out the band’s rock ‘n’ roll credentials for all to see.

Pink Floyd
A Saucerful Of Secrets

A Saucerful of Secrets by Pink Floyd was originally released in 1968. It was the only album to feature both founding member Syd Barrett and newbie David Gilmour. Barrett’s increasingly erratic behaviour became too much of a problem during recording and Gilmour was recruited to replace him. Special attention has been paid to recreating the original packaging for this remastered vinyl reissue.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Brockmann // Bargmann
Licht

'Licht' comes as a somewhat refreshing concept in the world of improvisation. The album eschews the skronk and scree one might expect and instead carves out arcs of colour and expression you might expect from a technicolour psyche dance troupe. Totally entertaining, delightfully restless and unpredictable.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Moebius Schneider
Kunsthalle Düsseldorf

Available on 12” and limited to 500 copies, Bureau B releases the only collaborative effort between Dieter Moebius (1947-2015), and Stefan Schneider; a performance at Düsseldorf Sounds Festival at Kunsthalle Düsseldorf in 2007. Having met only once before the performance to quickly discuss their approach, the material on this record is entirely improvised. Individually, both artists have released some seriously influential electronic music; Moebius as one half of krautrock/ambient duo Cluster, and Schneider as an ex-member of To Rococo Rot, and Kreidler. Expect texture-focused sonic experimentation from two expert German synthesists. 

Becker & Mukai
Eyes

On 'Eyes', Becker and Mukai turn their attention to towards a clean, sparsely populated form of psychedelic techno, pulling in elements of krautrock, ritual music, acid house and electronica. Both producers have numerous other projects, but this collaboration represents them on an exploratory journey together.

Goblin
Notturno

The Notturno soundtrack has been released and re-released time and time again, but this time it's been re-re-re-released but on a limited clear, acid green vinyl and it includes a poster to help fill that Notturno shaped gap on you wall. Ten tracks - three of which are basically exactly the same - available to you on AMS Records. 

Balduin
Bohemian Garden

Balduin of Switzerland continues to study his favourite two decades at leisure, apparently heedless of all current pop fashions. From the title onwards, his new LP Bohemian Garden is a deceptively clever piece of work. Most of the sense of pastiche lies in the vintage production. Balduin’s straight-faced psychedelic songwriting and composition, on the other hand, are hybrids of so many diverse influences from the 1960s and 1970s that specific comparisons leave an incomplete grasp of what’s going on. Friendly and surprisingly varied stuff here.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Shinowa
Snow, Moon, Flowers

Barren land shoegaze from Shinowa, whose 7" showing here is plenty of sad. A smorgasbord of hazy guitar deluge and whispered vocals, their sound has both the expansive of meandering psych rock and the emotional sensitivity of '90s indie pop. An interesting sound that packs movement into a fogged landscape.

Ash Ra Tempel Experience
Live In Melbourne

Supergroup time. Manuel Göttsching, Ariel Pink, Oren Ambarchi, Shags Chamberlain make up Ash Ra Tempel. Here is a recording of their live performance in Melbourne for Supersense Festival. The tracks played comes from the group’s Schwingungen and Seven Up albums. Available as a vinyl LP or CD with extensive liner notes by Mick Glossop & Manuel Göttsching.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

tenebrous LIAR
The Cut

Sludge-tastic, borderline slowcore DIY rock from tenebrous LIAR on their eighth LP, The Cut. Also a photographer known especially for expressive, atmospheric portraiture, Steve Gullick deals with some thoroughly dreary demons this time, coming out a bit like a quiet Have A Nice Life. Ben Edgar (percussion) and Brian Casey (bass) join Gullick’s vocals, guitar, piano and organ.

RMFTM
Fuzz Club Session

RMFTM are the Dutch guys who love both motorik post-krautrock and proper Detroit-style techno! Here on their installment of Fuzz Club’s live-in-the-studio Fuzz Club Session series, the group do not hold back one ounce of their fierce, total-forward-momentum sound, and thank god for that. Powerful 12” on Fuzz Club.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Pearls Before Swine
One Nation Underground

We've had Sergeant Peppers and Their Satanic Majesties Request 50th anniversary specials but now it's time for something much more out there. It's a big re-issue of this legendary psychedelic folk group who in 1967 produced this almost impossible to characterise blend of Donovan style folk whimsy, repetitive minimalism and organ driven punk.       

SAICOBAB
SAB SE PURANI BAB

Traditional Indian modes hybridise with exuberant contemporary experimentation for this luxurious foil-jacketed double vinyl from Japan four-piece SAICOBAB, courtesy of Thrill Jockey. Here, the band’s debut Sab Se Purani Bab comprises highly unusual, highly groovy combinations of sitar, double bass, various percussion and gamelan and the voice of Boredoms / OOIOO member YoshimiO. Sounding like little else on Earth, these are intercultural encounters of a rather nutty kind.

Six Organs Of Admittance & William Tyler
Parallelogram A La Carte

This is a re-press of the initially limited Three Lobed Parallelogram series in which they paired two musicians together and watched the sparks fly. This one is where guitar pickers Six Organs of Admittance and William Tyler shared some quality studio time. Three unique tracks lavishly presented.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Zone Six
Zone Six

Zone Six’s very first album, self-titled and released in miniature quantities in the late 90’s, here receives a reissue! From the start, Zone Six were all about electronically-enhanced spacerock and the improvisation thereof, and this session reaches some seriously deep and heavy places. This is the rarer first version of Zone Six, without vocals. Reissued by Sulatron.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Strobe
Bunker Sessions

Active from 1990 to 2001, Hertfordshire based band Strobe were renowned as one of the best space/psych rock bands ever. Here we have a previously unreleased album that was recorded in 1994 (around the same time as their 3rd album), recorded in a single session with no overdubs, so as close to “live” and raw as you get.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Slomatics
Futurians Live At Roadburn

Roadburn festival in Tilburg, Holland, really is a crucial place for the gnarlier end of heavy music, and it has been good to see documentation released recently of various bands giving their best to the Roadburn audiences. Here we have Slomatics doing their dense sludgy thing Live At Roadburn 2017, sounding as great as they ever have.

Mountain Movers
Mountain Movers

A little bit melancholic and a little bit thought provoking, s/t. is the latest release from  Mountain Movers. A band that started from a small and quiet affair, that have blossomed into a piece of well earned art on the indie-rock hidden gems wall of fame. A cracking addition to their rapidly growing arsenal of music that is available on Vinyl LP.

Bardo Pond
Under The Pines

Bardo Pond are reliable staples in the world of spacey psychedelic experimental rock music, having been plying their riffy trade for twenty-six years now. Under The Pines is a concise new missive from the band, playing a Bardo Pond version of dream-pop. The kind of album you can really sink into. Released on CD and LP by the Fire label.

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard With Mild High Club
Sketches Of Brunswick East

What is it now???? Leave us alone. Yet another album from King Gizzard but this time with a twist. This one is a collaboration with Stones Throw hipster troupe Mild High Club in which the two bands jam out an exploratory album which is influenced by Ethiopian music, Miles Davis and Tropicalia. Never sit still this lot so when you don't like one album, you can be reassured that there'll be another one along in a minute. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Pete International Airport
Safer With The Wolves...

Pete International Airport is the new solo project from Peter Holmstrom, guitarist for The Dandy Warhols. He has named his project after a Dandy Warhols song of the same name from their 1997 album, The Dandy Warhols Come Down. Safer With The Wolves is being released by A Recordings, the label owned by Anton Newcombe of Norman faves Brian Jonestown Massacre. There are guest appearances from members of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Shins and Black Angels to name a few.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Holy Wave
Fuzz Club Session

Following the release of their 2016 LP, Holy Wave have been taken in by Fuzz Club to create another Fuzz Club Session. The band has moved on from their previous garage rock vibe towards a much more 1960’s psychedelic-rock sort of sound, a great little transition for the band. Available on vinyl LP.

Swedish Death Candy
Swedish Death Candy

Swedish Death Candy are an psychedelic rock band. They are are based in London  but originate from much further afield, with member from South Korea and Italy. Their self titled debut LP follows on from their Liquorice EP which won them great praise from the NME and airplay from Dan P. Carter. LP and CD on Hassle.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Mordecai Smyth
The Mayor of Toytown is Dead

The Mayor Of Toytown Is Dead is the second album from Mordecai Smyth. On his debut album, Sticky Tape and Rust he inhabits the same world as Syd Barrett, Kevin Ayers, Vivian Stanshall and Ivor Cutler writing short, hooky retro-pop songs. Following this, Smyth wanted a change of direction. On The Mayor Of Toytown Is Dead, he stays in the same world but explores prog rock whilst retaining the catchy hooks.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Zodiac
Cosmic Sounds

Twelve pieces of Zodiac signed music remastered from the 1967 record Cosmic Sounds by The Zodiac reissued on ‘Rhino’. A complete mash of psychedelic rock and that aims to show off the music of the time with little hints of British and American culture sparkling through: notice the sitar for example. Available on Vinyl LP.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

ORB
Naturality

ORB land on your stereo from Australia, routed via California by John Dwyer’s superb Castle Face label. Naturality is some very fine mind-warped psychedelic heavy goodness, able to drop down deep and stonery but also capable of sharpening things up for some tighter action. Well worth the attention of all sorts of psych-heads.
  • Artist(s):
  • ORB
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats
Vol. 1

Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats are a band so firmly dedicated to their heavy rock history that they originally released Vol. 1 on the exact forty year anniversary of the first Black Sabbath album, on Friday the 13th of February in 2010. Seven years later, that limited CDr release has been upgraded to a fully remastered CD and vinyl reissue, on the Rise Above label!

Emma De Angelis
Emma De Angelis

Finders Keepers continue to unroot the finest forgotten tunes. Emma de Angelis was an Italian library composer and musician who created music for TV and film alongside some of the Italian greats; Alessandro Alessandroni, Ennio Morricone and her brothers, Guido and Maurizio de Angelis. These are the only tracks she made before becoming a full time visual artist and they are gems for anyone interested in that Italian ‘70s groove.

Various
Deeply Vale Festival 40th Anniversary Weekend

Organised in Bury in the late 1970s, the Deeply Vale festivals were the sort of popular musical gathering that people of a certain age use as leverage to say that all subsequent culture was crap. Sometimes those people get together to relive the good old days, just as they did for a Deeply Vale 40th anniversary event in 2016. This DVD/book/thing chronicles to the minutest detail what all those ageing hippies got up to that weekend. It contains twelve hours of material, from a reunion set from Gong to interviews with paid-up members of the Deeply Vale fanclub like Graham Massey from 808 State. Tubular, man.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

BaBa ZuLa
XX

In 2016 the wonderful Baba Zula celebrated 20 years of existence, in which they expanded their reputation, becoming forerunners in contemporary psychedelia and deserving an esteemed place in Turkish music history. Spanning two discs of career defining moments, the new one traces a vast and suitably colourful journey through their history with electrifying live and unreleased gems sitting alongside studio tracks and an alternative version of "Bir Sana Bir De Bana", one of the band’s best hits. Explorers looking to take themselves on a sonic and historic journey with the masters of the Istanbul freak sound are in the right place.

Julian Cope
Rite At Ya

Rite At Ya is a collection of 4 monumental cosmic jams from the Arch Drude, Julian Cope. It’s the 5th in the series of Rite albums, which he began putting out in the early ‘90s. The music contained here dates from 1993 to the present day. This will swallow you whole and spit you back out. A thoroughly worthwhile experience after trudging through the daily grind. CD only on Head Heritage.

Ufomammut
8

Unrelenting doomlords Ufomammut cut to the excruciatingly slow chase by naming their record 8 and leaving it there. It's eight tracks, each a self-contained sludge treatise of its own, coming together to prove them the master of creating suffocatingly heavy environments. Forty-eight minutes of crushing their listeners like bugs from a band who've been in the business nearly twenty years.

Green Seagull
Scarlet / They Just Don’t Know

Green Seagull (who feature members of Hidden Masters and New Electric Ride) are a band in love with the psychedelically-coloured, brightly-baroque, jangle-pop sound of the late 1960’s, and they’ve done their damnedest to channel the vibes of that music here on their debut single. The Scarlet / They Just Don’t Know 7” is released by Mega Dodo Recordings.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Bong
We Are, We Were And We Will Have Been

‘We Are, We Were And We Will Have Been’ continues irregular tonal experimentalist Bong’s disturbingly solemn delivery of prolonged, mesmerising drone. The record comprises of two twenty minute journeys into the sonic wasteland that is Bong’s melting glacial world as the listener is swept away through the power of residual distortion and ethereal synths.

Sula Bassana
Organ Accumulator

Bangs, whirrs and everything else on display here. The decade-deep Krautrocker conjures John Carpenter, Neu!, Massive Attack and the rest on this set of slow burners. ‘Nebelschwaden’ sounds a bit like Vangelis. CD edition on Sulatron comes in a 100% recycled sleeve and features tracks from the previously-vinyl-only Disappear. The wax is splatter vinyl pressed in an edition of 500 copies on Deep Distance.

Paperhaus
Are These The Questions That We Need To Ask?

Paperhaus produce lively melodic psychedelic rock from the very capital of America itself, Washington DC. Are These The Questions We Need To Ask isn’t quite from the same world as the busy current gnarly garage-psych scene (there is an actual naah-naah-nah-nah melodic chorus on this album), leaving the way clear to airier songwriting. Released by Misra.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Harsh Toke / Joy / Sacri Monti
Burnout

Here's a great 3 way split from some heavyweight stoner monsters, available on either triple coloured 7" vinyl or the regular humble CD this compilation features Harsh Toke, Joy and Sacri Monti taking on classic cover versions from rocks dusty underworld, Harsh Toke doing Roky Erickson (sweet!), Joy doing Road's 'Spaceship Earth' (oh man!) and Sacri Monti tackling Rooster's 'Sleeping For Years' (dude!).
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Ulver
ATGCLVLSSCAP

Experimental collective, and occasional Sunn O))) collaborators, Ulver have created an intense new record edited from 12 live performances. ATGCLVLSSCAP relies less on sheer brutal heaviness and instead uses the group’s subtle rock and electronic improvisation.  Editing these performances in the studio has allowed them to create something grand and dense. Available on double vinyl LP and CD.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Zephyr Bones
Secret Place

The Zephyr Bones are a part-Chilean, part-Catalonian band who make blurry psych rock and dream pop that they have labelled ‘beach wave’. Now based in Barcelona, the birthplace of the band’s rhythm section, they have set up their own recording studio there. This all lends itself to the debut album, Secret Place, being one of an intimate and personal nature.

JuJu
Our Mother Was A Plant

Hot on the heels of their 2016 debut LP, Gioele Valenti’s JuJu are back with eight more wacky tracks. As well as plenty of the classic psych-rock subject matter - man’s relationship with nature, shamanism, that sort of thing - Our Mother Was A Plant also touches plenty on the refugee crisis currently having repercussions in Valenti’s native Sicily. Musically we have kraut, garage, drone and pretty much everything else thrown into the mix.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Ranch Ghost
Sugar and Milk / Soot

Third Man Records' Blue Room Sessions series continues with this, it's fourth instalment recorded in a single take direct to vinyl. Nashville's Ranch Ghost were casually accompanying The Today Show's feature on vinyl with their garage psych mess when Jack White's ears pricked up and bam, here those catchy tunes are on wax. Or so the story goes.

Rodinia
Ex Anima

Rodinia continues JJ Whitefield's exploration of krautrock themes by pulling himself away from the lure of lengthy ambient vacuums, instead focusing on shorter songs a la Neu or Harmonia, so expect greater focus & condensed atmosphere this time around. With Now-Again curating and art by Jason Jagel (of DOOM cover fame), this is sure to be a gem that'll hypnotise for many trips to come.

White Manna
Bleeding Eyes

The times really are good for modern psych rock fans at the moment, with bands like White Manna turning out quality records on a regular basis. Bleeding Eyes is a potent set of tune-in drop-out heaviness, with fierce rhythmic drive and wah-wahed riffage throughout its eight tracks. The album is released on CD and LP through the combined efforts of Cardinal Fuzz and Agitated.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Snapped Ankles
Come Play The Trees

Snapped Ankles are a London group making their full-length debut right here and right now on The Leaf Label. The band apparently love to play shows while dressed up as trees, but you can’t really hear the foliage on these recordings. You’ll have to make do with chunky-funky synthesiser lines and fuzzy guitar melodies instead. Come Play The Trees is released by The Leaf Label.

Klaus Dinger & preJapandorf
2000!

We’ve never previously had an opportunity to hear this work by the late legendary Neu! drummer Klaus Dinger, which the motorik pioneer recorded with preJapandorf, a collection of various musicians. 2000! continues Klaus’s journeys into the infinity of sound, driven by that immortal ecstatic beat. Credit to Gronland for letting us hear this at last.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Acid Baby Jesus
Lilac Days

Greek garage-rockers Acid Baby Jesus return from Athens after 3 years with their 3rd album, Lilac Days. The four-piece manage to distil warm, fuzzy 60s psych-pop and infuse mystic Eastern folkology with the dirt and grit of classic rock 'n roll -- these guys love the likes of The Stooges as much as Ravi Shankar. Well, so do we. 180-gram vinyl LP, or CD, from those Fuzz Club rapscallions.

Moebius Story Leidecker
Familiar

Familiar is the result of what sounds like a gorgeous couple of days of recording in a remote chalet studio by Dieter Moebius (Cluster, Harmonia), Jon Leidecker (Wobbly and also of Negativland and Tim Story. The three electronic tinklers improvised these materials together, and the distilled results are fabulous. Familiar is released by Bureau B.

The Bombay Royale
Run Kitty Run

The Bombay Royale keep on mining their exciting territory of choice: synthy pop and surfy rock that takes inspiration from the rich world of vintage Bollywood. Run Kitty Run is cool and soulful and full of Hindi and Bengali language lyricism. This third album of theirs was conceived as a soundtrack to some non-existent Space-Western film. On Hope Street Recordings.

Public Psyche
No New Violence

It is our happy duty to report to you that the band Rape Blossoms are now going by the better name of Public Psyche, and it is under that name that they present to you their third album, No New Violence. The vibes are murky but slick, with underslung basslines, howling guitars and slippery synths creating some very post post-punk. Out on Hypertension.

Ka Baird
Sapropelic Pycnic

You might recognise Ka Baird’s sounds from Spires That In The Sunset Rise, but here she lets her musical style stand alone. Flute and extended vocal techniques are used, looped, processed and layered into mystic pieces of avant-world-folk. Sapropelic Pycnic indeed. Released by good old Drag City.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Fumio Miyashita
Live On The Boffomundo Show

Fumio Miyashita, captured live in performance for the public access TV show Boffomundo in 1979. Miyashita was a spacey synthesiser maestro and the leader of The Far East Family Band, and his kosmische-ambient sounds, made with a healthy array of synths and keyboards, are perfectly represented here, so dig in! Released by Drag City.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Koyo
Koyo

In our very own city of Leeds, come the five piece indie rock group Koyo and their self-titled debut record. A ten track album that almost brings together that melancholic sound of the 80's but with a modern and contemporary twist. Available on double black Vinyl LP, a limited red and blue coloured double Vinyl LP or CD, and is released on 88 Watt. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Daniel Wylie's Cosmic Rough Riders
Scenery For Dreamers

I can't quite figure out the history here. Daniel Wylie was in Cosmic Rough Riders then he left to pursue a solo career while they carried on without him but now it seems Cosmic Rough Riders are his. Go figure. Anyway he's back with several slabs of spangling guitar pop with nods to Teenage Fanclub and Big Star.  

PIKACYU*MAKOTO
Galaxilympics

Pikacyu*Makoto is the super-powered pairing of Acid Mothers Temple’s Makoto Kawabata and Afriampo’s Pikacyu, together whisking up a lovely suite of technicolour dream-psych on drums, guitar, synth and vocals. Galaxilympics is a really fun and happy listen, recommended for fans of both good times and cosmic Japanese music. On Upset The Rhythm.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Various
The Reverb Conspiracy Volume 3

Some bygone righteousness on The Reverb Conspiracy Volume 3. Another top draw compilation from those cats at Fuzz Club, with four sides of pure mysticism. One for the serious revivalist, full of tripped out acidic guitars, spirit cleansing drones, horns, drums and all the requirements needed for enlightenment. Sounds of the past and the future, with east meeting west. Out on double LP and CD from Fuzz Club.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Underground Youth
Delirium

Psychedelic shape-shifters the Underground Youth release a hundred thousand records a year so it's important they keep things fresh; with this repress of 2011's Delirium that's actually achieved by going back to their original sound, a low-key and slow-cooked psych rock with hints of blues and stoned-out space worship. Recommended to fans of the Spacemen 3 and mister Brian Jonestown Massacre.

El Goodo
By Order Of The Moose

Ah El Goodo. Named of course after the Big Star song, El Goodo are a Welsh six piece who blend all manner of '60s influences particularly spaghetti westerns to create a form of nostalgic,cinematic pop that references Super Furry Animals, Lee Hazlewood, Love and Ennio Morricone. Twangy and promising.  

Beaches
Second Of Spring

Australian four piece psych-rock band Beachers return with their third full length album. Woozy and hypnotic post-punk meets psychedelic pop, Second Of Spring brings crunching motorik drive, hazy vocals and psyched out guitars and cheeky synths. Great to drive into the sun to. Double album on LP and CD on Chapter Music.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Spacemen 3
Dreamweapon

Dreamweapon by Spacemen 3 documents the time they played live in the foyer of Watermans Art Centre in Brentford at a screening of the Wim Wenders film Wings of Desire. The audience didn’t care for it too much but the 45 minute set of droning guitars will sure please fans of the band. This reissue includes outtakes from 1987 that were recorded in the lead up to the making of the Playing With Fire album. Double LP and CD, which comes in a fancy 6 panel card sleeve that the press release feels the need to tell us is shrink wrapped!
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog