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Icarus Peel
Forget-Me-Not Under Pussy Willow

Icarus Peel is the leader of The Honey Pots, but he has a busy little sideline in solo albums, of which Forget-Me-Not Under Pussy Willow is the fourth. It sounds as old-tyme English as the sleeve art looks, with an eccentric darkness that feels like a twingle in Peel’s eye. 180g vinyl LP release on the Mega Dodo label, limited to 250 copies only.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Mass Datura
Feel Me Human

Mass Datura hereby reveal their first ever physical release, the single Feel Me Human (with previous digital-only single Dream Thief installed on the B-side). Tuneful indie songcraft with the unexpected presence of pedal steel and Mellotron in the mix as well. 7” released by All Types Of Slime Recordings.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Votaries
Psychometry

Votaries sound like a band who fell into a space-drugs wormhole so deep that they’ve emerged with a permanent layer of early-90’s shoegaze-haze draped around every sound they make. On Psychometry they make this work massively to their advantage, with big thick drone-rock tunes to lose oneself in. Released by Wharf Cat Records.

TOY
Clear Shot

They are a strange lot Toy, they never completely blow you away but they are very pleasant to listen to. This is their third album and they recorded it themselves then sent it over to the states for a bit of gloss. It carries on the moody krauty template from previous albums and lead track 'Fast Silver' has some rather moody atmospheres which certainly bode well.   
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  • TOY

Silver Apples
Beacon

The 1997 return of the legendary oscillation-innovators Silver Apples is reissued onto vinyl for the first time ever. Beacon still has the wide-eyed sense of explorative magic that Silver Apples first announced themselves with, even if the rest of music had finally caught up with them by this point. CD / LP reissues on Chicken Coop.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Various
The Reverb Conspiracy Volume 4

The Reverb Conspiracy Volume 4 is a powerful round-up of the vividly flourishing European psych scene, put together by the Fuzz Club label, who certainly know what they’re doing. Twelve tracks, from artists including Soft Walls, The Oscillation, My Invisible Friend and Pretty Lightning, spread over two CDs or two LPs, allowing for some fully-reclined jams. On Fuzz Club.

The Lucid Dream
Compulsion Songs

One of those rare outfits producing music from the depths of the Cumbria, The Lucid Dream are up to their third full-length album. Compulsion Songs has a little of the weirdness you’d expect from such isolation, freely mixing krautrock, dub, garage-noise and plenty more. I was occasionally reminded of Clinic, which is always a good thing. Out on Holy Are You Recordings.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Feral Ohms
Live in San Francisco

Live In San Francisco is the live debut LP from Oakland band Feral Ohms. Sparks fly here as the Californian trio present their brand of raw, animalistic psychedelia in an explosive live setting. Expect rapid tempos, thunderous drums, bellowing vocals and virtuosic riffs. Released as Vinyl LP on the Castle Face label.

My Invisible Friend
My Invisible Friend EP

Glorious! There’s driving noisy rock, hi-fidelity pop joy, speedy krautrock rhythms, and moment of discordant spaciness. Italian trio My Invisible Friend push all this together into long expansive tracks that push the 18 minute mark and fuse the walls of sound of My Bloody Valentine with the pace of Neu!.

Mugstar
Magnetic Seasons

Since 2003 Mugstar have been making their distinctive krautrock influenced psychedelic music. They impressed John Peel and collaborated with Can’s Damo Suzuki. On Magnetic Seasons, on double vinyl LP and CD from Rock Action, they capture the heavy instrumental post-rock sound that they’ve developed through energetic live shows.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Silence
Nine Suns, One Morning

Amounting to the third album of Tokyo-based outfit The Silence is Nice Suns, One Morning. As it shifts across an array of styles and variations of modern rock, the offering prioritises free-flowing improvisation over the cull of safe and easy songwriting - amounting to a highly creative record without restraint.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Embryo
It Do

Christian Burchard has led the ever-changing Dadaist jazz-rock collective Embryo for the best part of fifty years. He has brought his multi-instrumentalist daughter, Marja, on board for his latest venture. It Do gets its name by reversing the phrase ‘Do It’ which was used as a slogan in the sixties by hipster types. The band hail from Munich but have travelled far and wide picking up influences and musicians along the way. In 1970, Embryo played at the Fehmarn open air festival immediately after Jimi Hendrix had left the stage following his last ever live performance.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Axis: Sova
Motor Earth

Axis:Sova is a project that loves to skulk around in the fuzz and haze of lo-fi production, with gloriously textured results. New release Motor Earth expands outwards into more of a proper band than a bedroom solo project, but that doesn’t mean the sound has straightened itself up: hell no, they’ve stayed gnarly. LP and cassette editions on the God? label.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Glitter Wizard
Hollow Earth Tour

We don’t get enough glam rock coming around these days, so we ought to be grateful for the appearance of Glitter Wizard, who play riff-heavy psychedelic hard rock with a strut in its step. Hollow Earth Tour is their latest explosive missive, and is released as a CD, a black vinyl LP, and if you hurry, a special limited red vinyl LP. On Heavy Psych Sounds.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Silver Apples
Decatur

Silver Apples‘ fifth album The Decatur, which was released in 1998, dispensed with individual tracks and just dived straight into a single-track, 40-minute-plus cosmic odyssey that gets into some pretty weird and wild places. This reissue marks the first time it has ever been pressed to vinyl, with both regular black or white-and-green splatter wax editions available.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog
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  • MCA
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Orange Drop
Stoned In Love

As a heady, melting blend of neo-psych and garage-rock drunk on reverb, The Orange Drop transports listeners back to the summer of love in this edition. Stoned In Love, its 180 gram vinyl limited to only 250 copies worldwide, is the luscious produce of a Philadelphian outfit not nearly at their peak.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Astral Son
Mind's Eye

Near regressive psych from Astral Son, a solo project by Dutch artist Leonardo. Sticking firmly to early Gong and the full blown 70s psych sound roots, no fancy schmancy new age production or instrumentation here, just a goooood and looooong trip. A purist’s delight. CD released on Sulatron Records.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Sherpa
Tanzlinde

Sherpa are an Italian band who manage to be a damn sight more genuinely ‘psychedelic’ than a lot of bands who use the term. That’s probably because they don’t just lean hard on the fuzz pedals: they have eerily soft passages and touches of traditional Eastern musics as well, all impressively combined. Debut album Tanzlinde is out on Sulatron.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Dwarfs of East Agouza
Bes

The Dwarfs of East Agouza is a new trio, formed of Sam Shalabi of Land of Kush, Maurice Louca of Alif, and none other than Alan Bishop of the great Sun City Girls. Recorded in Cairo, Bes is a fantastic set of grooving, psychedelic improvised pieces, North and West African sounds playing a major role. Double CD / double LP on Nawa Recordings.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Antonio Carlos & Jocafi
Mudei De Ideia

The debut album of Antonio Carlos and Jocafi, who managed great success with their psychedelic take on samba and funk music in Brazil in the 70’s. Mudei De Ideia was initially released in 1971 and is reissued now by Mr Bongo, packaged in the psych-haze variation on the sleeve art (much nicer than the more straight-laced variation).

The Wytches
All Your Happy Life

Second album from The Wytches, the darkly psychedelic English rock and roll band. All Your Happy Life manages to sound groovy and guitar-gnarly even while the band seem lashed with despair. All Your Happy Life was recorded and mixed by a Grinderman (in the form of Jim Sclavunos, also a Bad Seed), so it has that dark rock power nailed down. Out on Heavenly.

Syd Arthur
Apricity

Canterbury lads Syd Arthur have been making their interesting post-psychedelic-come-Jazz with an indie accessibility since 2003. Their latest offering Apricity is more accessible than ever, verging on the edge of downright cheeky i’d say. Proggy but with a catchy vocal hook that you’ll be singing for the rest of the day.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Six By Seven
Six.By Seven

So here comes a new record by Six By Seven who have been around for a long time. Longer in fact than most people have been alive. Looks like the band have gone back to basics and recorded without any plug ins or computers in order to try to work in a similar manner to their heroes Neu or Can. If they even achieve half those results this could be an English kraut album worth picking up.  

Kuro
Kuro

Kuro are a duo made up of Lyon-based Agathe Max, and Bristol-based Gareth Turner. Both of whom have more than enough extensive musical knowledge to create the progressive and intuitive record also called Kuro- a dark and deep mix of ambient and psychedelic sounds. This record is available on Vinyl LP and CD.

Various
Plankton - A Fruits de Mer Collection

A collection of tracks from experimental psych labels Fruits de Mer’s first 12 or so releases, all remastered and put on one CD. Covers of works by Pink Floyd, Brian Eno, and The Bee Gees, by the likes of Vibravoid, Hausfrauen Experiment, and Sidewalk Society. Plus an exclusive live track from The Pretty Things.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Silver Apples
Clinging To A Dream

Who would have thought that in 2016 we'd be seeing a new Silver Apples album and that it would be produced by Graham Sutton (Bark Psychosis etc). But this is the information we have been presented with so we must go with that. Silver Apples surviving member Simeon Coxe (now 97) has recorded all this at his place in Alabama and it has been scrubbed by Sutton in London. I'm not sure what we can expect at this late stage. Their two '60s albums were truly groundbreaking and seem to sound more modern the more today's hip young things are influenced by them.  
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Manuel Göttsching
E2-E4

E2-E4: a classic slab of minimal electronica from Ash Ra Tempel wizard Manuel Göttsching. Absurdly, for such a crucial work, the whole hour-long piece was improvised by Göttsching so he’d have something to listen to on his walkman during a plane journey the next day: the mind boggles. 35th anniversary LP reissue with embossed artwork, on MG.ART.

Trad, Gras och Stenar
Trad, Gras och Stenar

Anthology Recordings reissue material from the definitive lost Swedish prog rock band, Trad, Gras och Stenar. Six vinyl LPs or three CDs of fuzzed out jams and psychedelic rock from the golden-age. This set focuses on the band’s ferocious live performances, but also includes albums from 1971 and 72 at the peak of the bands counterculture freak-out. It also looks phenomenal.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Grumbling Fur
FurFour

We’re big fans of Grumbling Fur here at Norman, have been since the debut LP, Furrier, hit the shelves in 2011 and was followed by the increasingly good Glynnaestra and Preternaturals. Furfour is the latest to the collection and sees the duo continuing their forays into psychedelic synth pop. As ever there’s a simplicity to the songs buried underneath the layers of bulbous synth and catchy pop riffs. It’s infectious and fun. For fans of Moondog, Arthur Russell and Eno.     

Throw Down Bones
Throw Down Bones

Throw Down Bones are a fresh new coldwave duo with a harsh industrial edge to them, and this self-titled record is their debut full-length. It isn’t only cold synthesisers they use however: there is a notable bass guitar heft to the sound, and you sure can shuffle to this. CD and vinyl on Fuzz Club.

Rhyton
Redshift

With members of Pigeons, Stygian Stride and, most notably of all, No Neck Blues Band, we can be fairly confident that Rhyton will show us a real cool time. Redshift features these talented instrumentalists weaving around each other in free-mind improvisations, using Greek and Middle Eastern scales as well as whatever American touches they feel like. Grounded psychedelia on Thrill Jockey.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Ebbot & The Indigo Children
For The Ages To Come

Ebbot Lundberg, seen here peering out from inside a tree, used to run The Soundtrack Of Our Lives, but has since moved onto TV acting and solo work. On For The Ages To Come he has formed a backing band of young guns (the Indigo Children) to help realise his psychedelic pop visions, which are bold and bright and have the feel of immediate classics. Out on Haldern Pop.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Dub Spencer & Trance Hill
Deep Dive Dub

Dub isn’t a genre known for it’s progressive or experimental leanings, but then again Switzerland isn’t really known for it’s contribution to dub. Put together elements of dub, trance like electronics and an edge of theatrics and you get Dub Spencer & Trance Hill. They made a William Burroughs dub album for god’s sake.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Kandodo / McBain
Lost Chants / Last Chance

Fans of the Heads should move quickly for this album of pummelling kraut rock and psych which features one member of US stoner rockers Monster Magnet and no fewer than three members of the Heads. Full of riffs and drones that have been wafted back and forth across the atlantic ocean this is sure to vomit out of our warehouse so be quick especially if you want the white vinyl edition. 
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Jimi Hendrix
Machine Gun: The Fillmore East 12/31/1969 (First Show)

This particular performance at The Fillmore East 12/31/1969 has never previously been fully released, even though it is a rare document of Jimi Hendrix’s Band Of Gypsys. Needless to say, the playing is top of the line from Hendrix and co., and the recording quality, newly mixed by Hendrix’s long-term recording engineer Eddie Kramer, is high-grade. CD / 2LP on Sony.

Mind Monogram
AM In The PM

After a long gestation period in which Mind Monogram grew from Edgar A. Ruiz’s solo project to a full band with a couple of EPs behind them, the time has finally come for the debut, full-length album of the group. AM In The PM is a strong set of punchy psychy indie, released by the Aagoo label.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Drakkar Nowhere
Drakkar Nowhere

Bringing together members of Phenomenal Handclap Band, Favored Nations, and Dungen by means of an impromptu kitchen jam session Drakkar Nowhere produce proggy and jazzy tinged soul tracks straight from a psychedelic past. Space organs and lazy walking bass lines, timeless pieces where the journey is the destination.

Vibravoid
Wake Up Before You Die

Düsseldorf-ians Vibravoid shake up the modern kraut/psych world a bit by injecting 3- 4 minute pop song sensibility and energy. With sitars and mellotrons galore Wake Up Before You Die brings the sunshine, and The Beatles back. Head on back to 1967 and the summer of love, what is all this white stuff on my sleeve? CD features four bonus live tracks.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Exploded View
Exploded View

Exploded View is the latest project of Anika, the haunted-voiced German artiste. The group is the result of a trip to Mexico, where Anika played shows with a lineup of Mexican musicians who turned out to be great creative partners: they improvised each of these dubby post-punk cuts live in one take only! Debut album on Sacred Bones.

Dead Skeletons
Live In Berlin

Dead Skeletons played the first show of Berlin’s restored SO36, opening proceedings in style with ecstatic psychedelic drone-rock. Live In Berlin is available as a CD, or as a lushly-packaged double vinyl set pressed to coloured wax, wherein the D-side is attractively screen-printed. 1000 copies on Fuzz Club.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Cool Ghouls
Animal Races

Normally I pull out a twenty-sided die before I talk about awesome undead creatures, but San Francisco-based Cool Ghouls are the exception. Their mix between grungy garage and upbeat surf-rock is a catchy cocktails which will appeal to your refined West-Coast pop-rock tastes, especially on the expertly fine-tuned Animal Races, which is released on sweet 180 gram vinyl.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Manuel Gottsching
Inventions For Electric Guitar

Solo outing number one from the Ash Ra Temple / E2-E4 legend Manuel Göttsching. Inventions For Electric Guitar, dating from 1974, pushes the instrument through a tangle of delays and echoes so that these pieces sound very far from solo guitar pieces. As hypnotic as anything Göttsching ever produced. CD / LP reissue on MG.ART.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Luck of Eden Hall
The End Of The Lane

The Luck Of Eden Hall have been flying solidly below the radar of Chicago’s rock scene for two and a half decades now, delighting those in the know with the kind of warm psychedelia we hear on new single The End Of The Lane. The song was inspired by a Neil Gaiman book, and the author kindly contributed a drawing to be used as cover art. A tightly-limited edition of 150 7” copies, released by Mega Dodo.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Morgan Delt
Phase Zero

Morgan Delt follows up his terrific eponymous debut, which was no. 7 in Norman’s Top 50 albums of 2014, with Phase Zero. Delt has now signed with legendary Seattle label Sub Pop but he hasn’t let the Pacific North-West influence dampen his sunny, lo-fi Californian psychedelic rock vision.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Wands
Faces EP

Here come Swedish psych guys the Wands with a 10" on 10" loving label Fuzz Club. Nothing can prepare you for how much the vocals sound like Suede but they match Brett Anderson's whinny with big dark psych rock that reminds us of the Doors. So cosmic that they even have that word in a song title. Swirling atmospheric psych with big solos.   
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Bevis Frond
It Just Is

The Bevis Frond are the indie rock outfit led by Nick Saloman, who have been working away at the edges of the British music scene for decades now. The Fire label are reissuing a number of key Frond releases, including It Just Is, which is actually a Saloman solo release: he plays every single instrument here. CD / 2LP reissue.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Bevis Frond
Sprawl

The Bevis Frond are the indie rock outfit led by Nick Saloman, who have been working away at the edges of the British music scene for decades now. The Fire label are now reissuing a number of key Frond releases. Sprawl is one of the group’s most psychy outings, with some lengthy tracks and a David Tibet guest vocal. Lots of rare material is included on the bonus CD!
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Bevis Frond
Superseeder

The Bevis Frond are the indie rock outfit led by Nick Saloman, who have been working away at the edges of the British music scene for decades now. The Fire label are now reissuing a number of key Frond releases to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the group. 1995’s Superseeder has a fair bit of garage-rock and even quasi-Indian sounds as well as the indie. CD / 2LP reissue.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Fontän
Polar Star EP

Fontan are a neo-psych band from Sweden. On Polar Star EP they begin in the vein of Barrett-era Pink Floyd before taking us on a journey through Philip Glass-style polyrhythms, assured guitar work, breakbeat disco and haunting harmonies and organ. Elsewhere the EP is has melancholy with global influence from California to Bhutan and life-affirming sounds fused in outer-space. The EP respectfully takes its influences and breaks new ground with them.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Ghost Wave
Radio Norfolk

They’ve called their album Radio Norfolk, but Ghost Wave are from New Zealand: so much so that they are releasing on legendary Kiwi imprint Flying Nun! Turns out they love the psychedelic sound Britain produced in the 1960’s, and have melded that with a few other choice influences to make this heady, jangling sound. A neat second album, mastered by Spacemen 3’s Sonic Boom.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Woods
City Sun Eater In The River of Light

City Sun Eater In The River of Light is the ninth LP by Woods, the American alt-folk-rock troupe with a psychedelic, even jazzy approach to their sound. As only their second recording made in a ‘proper’ studio, the sound is crisp and clear, but not lacking in the oddness either. The album is available on whatever format best takes your fancy: CD, cassette tape, or gatefold-packaged LP. On Woodsist.

Gonjasufi
Callus

The new Gonjasufi LP is pretty bleak and heavy: the sleeve art makes it look like a black metal record, and the tone of Callus isn’t far off that, even if it is expressed through totally different sounds. Gonjasufi’s voice sounds pained and angry, and the whole texture of Callus sounds digitally sound-blasted. In other words, it is extremely effective at broadcasting a powerful atmosphere. Out on Warp.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog
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SPR!
Mental Health

Albert Sjöstam and Christoffer Fransson are a duo based in Gothenburg who call themselves SPR, which is an abbreviation of Skills for Psychological Recovery, which is sort of a type of therapy or something. So it would make sense that this record is called Mental Health then. Psychotic episode inducing limited white vinyl. 
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Salem's Pot
Watch Me Kill You

Watch Me Kill You is an LP for which demand far outstripped supply: it’s been impossible to get hold of for quite some time. Fortunately, the Riding Easy label has now relented, opening up access to this astonishingly heavy material once more. 2 side-long jams, wreathed in weed smoke and amp vibrations. Orange and purple splatter vinyl.

Sonic Jesus
Sonic Jesus EP

Indies only coloured vinyl re-issue EP from Italy's psychedelic noisemeisters Sonic Jesus. Originally released in 2010, it sold out almost instantly. Heavy, droney, shoe-gazey psych rock at its finest. Debut album 'Neither Virtue nor Anger' got some great critical attention and this is just as loud. 
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Camera
Phantom Of Liberty

If you are a fan of the 70s kraut thump of the likes of Neu and early Kraftwerk then Camera could well be the band for you. These Germans (natch) have a propulsive drummer in the shape of the aptly named Michael Drummer and add in lots of bleeps and bloops and fizzing early computer sounds. They have a manic energy too that suggests they could be well suited to soundtracking some terrifying pursuit video game.  
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

exmagician
Scan The Blue

exmagician thrown together a heady swirl of influences and sources for new album Scan The Blue. Field recordings and synthesisers all play their part in adding flavour to the sturdy garage rock tunes that propel the record. Songs of “hope, trust and revenge” the band assure us. Released by Bella Union.

Octopus Syng
Hollow Ghost / Rochelle Salt

Octopus Syng are a band deeply in love with all the different kinds of psychedelic music, from the heavy distorted stuff to the acid-on-a-summer-afternoon acoustic stuff. It all comes together on new album Hollow Ghost / Rochelle Salt, a strangely-surreal set of darkly groovy tunes. CD and blue vinyl editions, on Mega Dodo.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

RMFTM
Subversive II: Splendor Of The Wicked

Part 2 in a promised trilogy of albums from Radar Men From The Moon (or RMFTM if you are in a hurry). Subversive II: Splendor Of The Wicked starts off with a steady droning, but soon surprises with a big groovy motorik-party beat. And from there, we’re off into a psychedelic melange of heavy proportions: once the momentum is up, this album rides and rides. On Fuzz Club.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Mark Stoermer
Dark Arts

Mark Stoermer will mostly be known for his bass playing in indie-synth-pop band The Killers. But Dark Arts is a follow up from his 2011 solo debut. Having always been a vocal lover of Pink Floyd and The Beatles, Stoermer has delved into that psychedelic experimentation, and approached songs as individual pieces to great effect for this cinematic record.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Tamam Shud
Evolution

The original 60’s-70’s Taman Shud band were at least as much surfers as they were musicians: Evolution was recorded as the soundtrack to the surfing film of the same name. Apparently they projected the movie in the studio and then jammed along to it: the resulting funky hard-garage rock is full of life and joy and good times. This reissue on Anthology Recordings includes a 16 page booklet.

Various
WIZZZ French psychorama 1966-1970 Volume 1

Born Bad Records (Hunx And His Punx, The Magnetix) have the pleasure of reissuing this 2001 compilation. Originally put out as a joint venture between Delabel, Michalon Vibrations and Musiques Hybrides, Wizzz! (Psychorama Français 66-71) has been referred to as a sort of Gallic answer to Nuggets. Any of you out there partial to a bit chansons or ye-ye should give Wizzz! a go.

Sidewalk Society
The Action / Bowie covers

Sidewalk Society love to play covers, and they especially love to play cover songs drawn from the absurdly fruitful time and place of the UK in the 60’s and early 70’s. This 7” does indeed include covers of The Action and David Bowie (two by each), performed in such a way that the music really does sound like it's pouring out of a vintage Abbey Road studio session. Coloured vinyl 7” on Fruits de Mer.
  • Vinyl 7" (crustacean 73)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Various
The Fruits de Mer Records Guide to The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy

The Fruits de Mer Records label pays curious tribute to the Douglas Adams TV series The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy with 3 different takes on the main theme. Blue Giant Zeta Puppies, Astralasia and Icarus Peel all work their magic on the 7”, which comes packaged with a CDs-worth of remixes and bonus material (including an extra version by Quantum Surf Rocket Garage Dolls).
  • Vinyl 7" (crustacean 74)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Pink Floyd
The Early Years 1965 - 1972

Pink Floyd were never ones to do anything by halves and in typical fashion they seem to have come up with the most preposterous bpx set of all time. This 27 disc box set includes all manner of items but only one disc represents the Syd Barrett era  -the rest concentrates on those 'difficult' post Barrett years before they settled on their signature sound. Still, with DVDs full of rare footage and 7" replicas of early singles this will appeal to the Floyd obsessive. A much cheaper 2CD set is also available and if 'Scream Thy Last Scream' isn't here in it's Syd Barrett glory I indeed will scream.     
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Magic Trick
Other Man's Blues

Singer songwriter Tim Cohen lives on a ranch with horses but when he gets away from all that he plays remarkably grand sounding pop noir with pals from Aislers Set and Beach House. Sounding on first play not unlike Gene Clark's 'No Other' this opus could appeal to fans of Fleet Foxes, Father John Misty, Ennio Morricone and Nick Cave. 
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Various
Galactic Zoo Dossier #10

What a lovely thing: the 10th edition of the Galactic Zoo Dossier zine! Hand-illustrated artwork makes every page beautiful, and you’ll learn a lot from 16 interviews with cool people like Michael Chapman, Arthur Brown and Shirley Collins! The zine also comes with trading cards (wow!) and a cassette tape mixtape! Circulated via Drag City.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Boogarins
Manual

Boogarins are a psychedelic pop / rock group from Brazil who sing mostly in Portuguese. Manual is their second full-length record, and its eleven tracks feel at once grounded (by a rhythm section who propel everything forward) and about to drift away (elevated by the airy vocals and guitars). Released by the Other Music label.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Captain Beefheart
Live at Knebworth 1975

Although Beefheart was in something of a creative slump mid '70s, he returned to Knebworth each year to perform his avant boogie blues. Here he seems to stick to a tried and tested setlist of freakout favourites which must have delighted any hippies still hanging on as well as proto new wavers waiting for punk to come along. Comes on orange wax and is a re-press of the RSD16 item thus banging another nail into the coffin of Record Store Day. 
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Various
Electri_city 2

If you ever feel you’ve had enough of your Kraftwerk albums (as if..), for the the time being anyway, Gronland have put together this excellent compilation showcasing the Dusseldorf electronic scene from the 70s and 80s. Featuring tracks from neu!, wolfgang flür, daf, wolfgang riechmann, and so many more. Crucial.

White Hills / RMFTM
Split Single No. 8

A very limited vinyl 10” split from the Fuzz Club label. Split Single No. 8 sees RMFTM contributing a psychedelic piece of industrial-drone full of colossal guitars and hazy textures, whilst White Hills give us a stoner epic of blues riffs and dizzying feedback. This is modern avant-rock at its finest.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Chris Robinson Brotherhood
Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel

Chris Robinson Brotherhood is exactly the kind of name that an old-school classic California rock band should have. The Brotherhood recorded Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel near the Pacific ocean, and a loose and easy feel permeates these semi-improvised tracks. Laid-back-groovy and a little bit psychedelic. Out on Silver Arrow.

Hedvig Mollestad Trio
Black Stabat Mater

Hedvig Mollestad is properly trained in jazz music, but when working with her Trio, she pushes into darkly funky territory that is more influenced by heavy psychedelic rock. It’s a place that her gnarly guitar chops sit very comfortably, and on new studio album Black Stabat Mater, her sound is outright flaring. On Rune Grammofon.

Salem's Pot
Pronounce This!

You can’t really see the faces of Salem’s Pot under their masks on that sleeve art, but they can see you… It's the perfect image for this Swedish gang of splatter-horror movie obsessives: a spooky threat but with a rich undertow of campy fun. That vibe flows through the hard-acid-rock of Pronouce This!, a funtime throwback to heavy guitar times of old. On RidingEasy.

Lola Colt
Twist Through The Fire

Film noir-inspired grooves from London six-piece Lola Colt. Hypnotic beats and big woozy guitars weave menacingly around singer Gun Overbye's haunting and poetic lyrics, creating a psychedelic and mesmerising soundscape. This lovely thing is available to pre-order now, on limited ghostly white vinyl. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Tim Maia
Nobody Can Live Forever: The Existential Soul Of Tim Maia

Tim Maia has a lot of cultural caché in his native Brazil, but his profile in the English-speaking world could do with a little boost: enter Luaka Bop. The David Byrne-affiliated label have compiled 15 highlights from Maia’s extremely soulful career. Nobody Can Live Forever: The Existential Soul of Tim Maia is available on CD or double LP.

Rafi Bookstaber
Late Summer

Late Summer sounds like a meet-in-the-middle between old, mellow guitar troubadour-isms and out-there underground rural psych in the vein of MV & EE. Rafi Bookstaber plays analogue-treated guitar in a way that makes it feel almost liquid, effortlessly shaping a mental picture of a deep melancholy woodland. Released by Woods’ label Woodsist.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Kayo Dot
Plastic House On Base Of Sky

Toby Driver's avant-metal crew Kayo Dot continue to fly in the face of expectations, if any remain, with the wonderfully titled Plastic House On Base of Sky. If you recall, they've sounded comparatively whimsical in their latter years, with the humour-tinted extreme metal epic Hubardo paving the way for the electronic-tinged Coffins on Io -- this record could be seen as a direct sequel to that one, using analog synths to implode weird and frictioned compositions. Imagine if Toby Driver wanted to make one of those untamed synth records from the '70s. Alright! 
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Various
The Rough Guide To A World Of Psychedelia

A bargain priced album showcasing global psychedelic right through from the '60s to the present day. Big representation from Latin America on here but also stuff from Africa and India all carefully selected to give you an overview off how the genre combined with politics and rebellion to create mind bending music.   

Bart
Holomew

Toronto’s Bart present their debut album, wittily entitled Holomew. Their prog-pop is full of saxophones and 70’s-esque soft-rock touches, and this is no bad thing. The album is pressed to vinyl and served up in a sleeve that has been printed entirely using visually-arresting foil stamping and embossing techniques. On Idee Fixe.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Witch
Lukombo Vibes

Never forget the sound of Zamrock, Zambia’s 1970’s response to the rock’n’prog boom going on in the Anglocentric world. Bands like Witch took those styles and filtered them through immense funk and Afro rhythms for something particularly special. Lukombo Vibes is their 1976 fourth album, now remastered and reissued by Now-Again.

The Myrrors
Entranced Earth

Join The Myrrors for another trip into the outer cosmic psych-ways: they know a good short-cut. Entranced Earth, their third album is plenty spaced-out, although without the sonic flab one sometimes encounters on sets like these: The Myrrors are laser-focused on reaching those peaks. On Beyond Beyond Is Beyond.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Bevis Frond
Any Gas Faster

The Bevis Frond were an indie band in the classic mould, releasing their earnest, slightly scrappy rock action on an array of small labels. The time has come for some reissues: here we have 1990’s Any Gas Faster, a particularly psych-tinged record, and the first Bevis Frond album to be recorded in a proper studio. CD / double LP on the Fire label, bolstered by some bonus live tracks.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Bevis Frond
London Stone

The Bevis Frond were an indie band in the classic mould, releasing their earnest, slightly scrappy rock action on an array of small labels. The time has come for some reissues: here we have London Stone, recorded in 1991 but not released until 2005, bolstered by a set of bonus tracks (demos and rarities). CD / double LP on the Fire label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Monarch
Two Isles

Monarch have been hanging out in sunny San Diego for so long now that they can’t help but sound lounged-out and relaxed. Their debut album Two Isles is a psych-tinged, slightly-stoned rock record that feels in no hurry to go anywhere too soon: each song is comfortable just doing it’s cool groovy thing. It’s enough to make you jealous of all these Californians… On El Paraiso Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Paperhead
Africa (Live)

A part of the Third Man Live series from Jack White’s Third Man Records we have a live 7” of the song “Africa” by The Paperhead which is backed with an unreleased track titled “Little Kid Blues”. This is some heavy blues with some banging drums and strong vocals. The press release calls it a “future-classic” but it could easily have been a classic from the past.

Khun Narin
II

Khun Narin is a Thai musician who received a bit of Western attention thanks to Youtube. With his Electric Phin Band, he plays a fairly excellent form of psychedelia, with long, spaced-out jams that centre on the phin, a kind of lute. II contains original tunes in addition to a few covers of Thai pop songs. Released by Innovative Leisure.

H.U.M
Trinity Way

H.U.M. is a deeply psychedelic project sprung from the minds and souls of Gnod associate Mark Wagner and Zamzamrec label chieftains Olmo and Heloise. If you know these space-cats from their other work, you’ll know to expect a deep trip from Trinity Way, and this LP in no way disappoints. Released by Rocket Recordings.

Landing
Third Sight

Connecticut's Landing have been making rural psychedelia for over twenty years but without reaching Flying Saucer Attack like levels of adoration. Those in the know appreciate this band for its ability to distil fuzzed up driftings and blissed out folk that could be compared to prime movers Bardo Pond and Windy and Carl. 

Girl Sweat
Bad Happenings

Who needs garage-rock when you can have garage-noise? If it’s messy, blasted-out fun-time vibes you want, go straight for Girl Sweat, who utilises a lap steel, some synths and drum machines, and some howled / hollered vocals, all squeezed through stacks of distortion and echo. Bad Happenings is the debut full-length, and it’s out on Box Records.

Pink Floyd
More

More is the soundtrack to the Barbet Schroeder film of the same name. It was released in 1969 between the albums A Saucerful of Secrets and Ummagumma. The album featured acoustic folk ballads which the band would reprise on other albums and some heavy rock that wasn’t particularly representative of the band’s sound.

CCR Headcleaner
Tear Down The Wall

CCR Headcleaner play the kind of psychedelic music that seems to have just about crossed over into genuinely demented territory: this shit sounds fucked up. Tear Down The Wall, which comes complete with some highly-spirited sleeve art, is their third album proper, thrown aggressively out into the world by In The Red.

Sleeping Beauties
Sleeping Beauties

If you’re expecting a babble of beautiful girls then the slouching, hairy blokes which make up Sleeping Beauties may leave you disappointed. The music on their eponymous LP however, is sure to please with its full on rock, primal guitar and slight psychedelia, think 13th Floor Elevators meets a bit of punk.   

Tross
The Walrus EP

Tross is a project of former Spacemen 3 bassist Pete Bain, who has also gone under the name of Pete Bassman. True to his personal heritage, The Walrus EP is a on tripped-out, spaced-up psychedelic vibe, chugging onwards into the rainbow infinity. Pressed to picture disc (yes, with that image) on Hoga Nord.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Peter J Smyth
Black Smoke

Peter J. Smyth has probably already transported you and your third eye into cosmic psych-realms in the past as part or Mugstar, but this solo album takes a rather different tack. Black Smoke relies on acoustic, not electric guitars, and clean finger-picking rather than distorted riffing. What a powerful multi-talented musician! Red vinyl on God Unknown.

The Claypool Lennon Delirium
Monolith of Phobos

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Die Krupps
Stahlwerkrequiem

Stahlwerkrequium is a resurrection of the spirit of the 1981 Die Krupps album Stahlwerksinfonie, a thick grind of industrial rock (‘Stahlwerk’ translates to ‘Steelworks’). But better yet, this time the band has 2 key members of Faust on-board, guaranteeing a beautifully monolithic sound. Out on Bureau B.