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Interkosmos
Hypnotizer

Interkosmos are a band who dearly long to be in outer space: specifically, space as conceptualised by 1960’s sci-fi films. How to get there? Through acid and psychedelic guitars of course! This album has been circulated online for some years, but this is the first proper (non-CDr) release, adding a bonus track for good measure. 500 CD copies on Sulatron.
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Various
German Rock Scene - Clash Of Ages

The German Rock Scene compilation is largely the results of a trawl through the back catalogue of the Bacillus record label, a premium source of back-in-the-day psychedelic prog rock from Germany. The Clash Of Ages aspect of the title comes from disc 2, which complements the archival stuff with modern bands in a similar vein. Totally out sounds man.
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Orchestra Of Spheres
Brothers and Sisters of The Black Lagoon

Orchestra of Spheres are a motley band of New Zealand psychedelics with a love for vibrant costumes that you can somehow hear in the music. Brothers And Sisters Of The Black Lagoon sees them continue their third-eye journey, although never losing their grounding in limber grooves. Out on the Fire label.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Nonagon Infinity

Not only is Nonagon Infinity a berserk, psychedelic piece of prog-metal, but it is the fourth album this Australian band have released in a year and a half. This vinyl LP or CD from King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard borrows the sound of 70s hard-rock but connects it with their distinctive improvisational sound.
  • Vinyl LP (HVNLP127)
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Mystery Lights
The Mystery Lights

The Mystery Lights see themselves at the vanguard of the New York City music scene, bucking the apparent trend of “no good NYC bands”. They buck this trend with high energy guitar rock-and-or-roll, tight and fast and a wee built soulful when they want to be. Their self-titled debut full-length is out on WICK Records.

Cloud Becomes Your Hand
Rest In Fleas

Cloud Becomes Your Hand are a New York band so adept at playing their instruments that they can afford to have fun with it. Tightly interlocking rhythmic-melodic patterns power forwards with plenty of colourful touches thrown in: cartoonish vocal interjections, surprising samples, MIDI percussion. But Rest In Fleas sounds great, a big ball of bright energy. Out on Northern Spy.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Whyte Horses
Pop Or Not

Whyte Horses are a Manchester project helmed by Dom Thomas of Finders Keepers, who is all about exploring global vinyl archives to find unheard wonders. That feeds into the band, whose sound combines an implausibly wide array of genres into an energetic melange that just about seems to work. Pop Or Not is out on CRC Music.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Contact
Zero Moment

First full-length recording from Contact, the pairing of A.E. Paterra, who has played with Majeure and Zombi, and the film composer Paul Lawler. That heritage is audible in the music, which has the magical cosmic-synth feel of so many 1980’s movies. Zero Moment is released by Temporary Residence.

Various
Cosmic Machine: The Sequel LP

A wide range of exciting experimental music is represented on Cosmic Machine’s The Sequel, which compiles some choice pieces of French space-jams from the 70’s and 80’s. Not many of the artists will be familiar to the average listener (Moon Birds? Arpadys?), but a few spins will reveal their forward-looking groove wonder. On Because Music.

Earthless / Harsh Toke
Acid Crusher / Mount Swan

Earthless and Harsh Toke are both super-heavy, super-stoner style bands, perfectly suited to complementing one another on this split release. They also both contain pro-skaters, but I don’t know if you’ll be able to hear that aspect. Acid Crusher / Mount Swan is, of course, only for the sludgiest psych-heads among you: embrace it. Out on Tee Pee.
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Proud Peasant
Cosmic Sound

Texas band Proud Peasant are deep into their progressive rock, and know how to snap straight into the highest grade of old-school keyboard-led deep cuts. Here they show off their credentials with impeccable covers of Manfred Mann’s Earth Band and Eloy. Coloured vinyl 7” in a gatefold sleeve, on Fruits De Mer.
  • Vinyl 7" (Crustacean 70)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Claudio Cataldi
Here She Comes Now

It’s no slight on the songwriting skills of Claudio Cataldi to say that his cover of The Velvet Underground’s Here She Comes Now is the highlight of this EP: you just can’t beat that classic Lou Reed tune, and Cataldi lays it out with just the right amount of swagger and distortion. 3 of his original tunes also feature. Coloured vinyl 7” on Regal Crabamophone.
  • Vinyl 7" (winkle 22)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Electric Eye
Different Sun

This sophomore effort from Electric Eye picks up where their 2013 debut Pick-up, Lift-up, Space, Time started. Different Sun is a raucous album of psychedelic hard rock which updates the prog they love. Sitar solos? Check. Reversed guitars? Check. Distorted organs? Check. Jansen Plateproduksjon have pressed the album on double vinyl LP.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Astral Son
Silver Moon

Astral Son’s album Silver Moon is, obviously, a psychedelic rock album (only metal has clearer genre signifiers). It’s a pretty premium one though, with the 60’s variety of psych evidently preferred: lots of dreamy vocals and shiny, colourful textures. Perfect for dropping out on a summer afternoon. CD release on Sulatron.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Honey Pot
To The Edge of The World and Beyond

The Honey Pot are total 60’s lovers, their music being full of flaring psychedelic guitar riffs and the exact kind of vocals that were prominent at that time. Though they come from the West Country, they sound San Francisco through and through. To The Edge Of The World And Beyond is out on Mega Dodo.
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Various
Brown Acid: The Second Trip

As the name might signal, Brown Acid: The Second Trip draws its sounds from the post-Woodstock era of psychy American rock. The aim here is to pull out obscure tracks and bands missed by stardom and previous compilations, and the results are fabulous and atmospheric. How could they remain so rare for so long? On RidingEasy.

Purson
Desire's Magic Theatre

Purson are described by their leader Rosalie Cunningham (formerly of Ipso Facto) as “vaudeville carny psych”, so you know that this will be a fun listen. Desire’s Magic Theatre is in fact a rock opera in classic overblown proggy style, the band plunging into dramatic, cabaret-worthy territory. Released by Spinefarm.
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Fumaca Preta
Fumaca Preta

This is an experiment started by Figueira, a Portuguese-Venezuelan producer and percussionist who invited some mates to the studio he shoehorned on the back of his house. They had a right old laugh making some digi-dub jams, pulsing acidy electronics and psych guitar workouts.   

Bixio, Frizzi, Tempera
Magnetic Systems

The trio of Bixio, Frizzi, Tempera share a huge amount of talent between them, being involved in a large amount of the amazing film music that came out of Italy in the 1970’s. The tracks compiled on Magnetic Systems were recorded with the commercial instrumental pop market in mind, and are frankly wild: gaudy synths are everywhere, and the whole thing has has a happy-groovy psych-disco vibe. Out on Finders Keepers.

Cavern of Anti-Matter
void beats/invocation trex

Cavern of Anti-Matter is a new group led by Tim Gane of Stereolab! void beats / invocation trex has the classic gorgeous motorik vibe that Stereolab alumni do so well, sucking you into its world. Guest appearances from Bradford Cox of Deerhunter and Sonic Boom of Spacemen 3: quite a line-up eh? CD or triple LP on Duophonic.

GNOD
Mirror

More new music from the ever-adventurous Gnod, in the form of 3 stretched-out tracks. Politically-generated rage was the key to the creation of the tracks on Mirror, and the ferocious momentum and bruised anger they carry will prove infectious. Both vinyl and CD versions are packed in mirrorboard sleeves, and the CD / download code includes a Raikes Parade remix.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Maya
Synthezoid Heartbreak / Distant Visions

It’s hard to believe that this funky, sci-fi boogie came out in 1975. Maya’s Synthezoid Heartbreak and Distant Visions are long-lost pieces of psychedelic hard rock, complete with frazzled solos and sleazy synth bass. With this vinyl 7” reissue the Touch Sensitive label want to reacquaint us with these searing sounds.

Dead Rabbits
The Ticket That Exploded

This is the debut album of British band Dead Rabbits, first released in 2013 and now back in circulation courtesy of Fuzz Club. True to the label, The Ticket That Exploded is full of hazed fuzz-rock: bleak lyrics seek comfort in warm organ drones and throbbing rhythms. The LP edition of this reissue is limited to 500 copies only.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Le Super Homard
Maple Key

Le Super Homard are a three-piece electronic pop band. They were formed by Christophe Vaillant, who was previously in ‘60s-style beat group Pony Taylor. The lineup is completed by Vaillant’s brother, Olivier and Pandora Burgess.  They wear their influences, such as Stereolab and French pop artist Medhi Zannad, on their sleeves. Maple Key should appeal to fans of Stereolab, Broadcast and the solo work of Gruff Rhys.

Dieter Moebius
Nurton

Dieter Moebius, the recently-deceased member of Cluster and Harmonia and one of the founding fathers of komische, recorded Nurton late in his career, in 2006. It finds him allowing the dreamy smoothness of a lot of his work to impacted on by noisy occurrences and jarring textures: even a beat! Reissued by Bureau B on CD and, for the first time, vinyl.

Jerusalem In My Heart
If He Dies, If If If If If If

Radwan Ghazi Moumneh has had a long relationship with Constellation, Montreal's banner-label for post-rock and any experimental music that grows from its roots. He's produced records for post-punkers Ought and avant-jazz artist Matana Roberts, made albums with folk-warper Eric Chenaux, and he also makes records under the moniker Jerusalem In My Heart. Mo7it Al-Mo7it, his debut record, collated stuttering electronics with improvised buzuk playing. His new record, the gorgeous If He Dies, If If If If If If, sees the two aspects of his sound interact more formally, while also incorporating field recordings of the Lebanese ocean and steadfast flute drone.

Spiritualized
Songs In A&E

Songs In A&E is Spiritualized’s 2008 record, themed around some intense mortality fears following on from Jason Pierce’s life-threatening time in hospital. Plays well into classic Pierce themes: lots of God, lots of Devil, and lots of drugs. The reissue, from Sanctuary, is on CD or an attractive white vinyl 2LP set.
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Fumaca Preta
Impuros Fanaticos

Second full-length album from Fumaça Preta, the experimentally-inclined Spanish-language group. Recorded in locations as diverse as a Spanish desert and the border of Venezuela and Brazil, Impuros Fanaticos is as heavy as it is groovy as it is frenzied: a busy blur of sound that recalls Zun Zun Egui to these ears. Released by the Soundway label.

Holy Wave
Freaks of Nurture

Here we have the third album proper (following some singles and b-sides compilations) from Holy Wave, a Texan gang much enamoured with surf and psych music. On Freaks Of Nature they like to lean back and let the songs drift forwards, the guitar haze and the vocal harmonies merging into a warm drone. Released by Reveal.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

White Hills
No Game To Play

300mics re-press the debut of psychedelic rockers White Hills. No Game To Play is an essential introduction to the hypnotic and transcendental hard rock they have pioneered since the early 2000s. Their rough and repetitive sound is equal parts NYC scuzz and krautrock minimalism. Limited to 1000 copies; 200 in milky clear and blood red wax (which are sold out at source) and 800 in black.
  • Vinyl LP (DOS-002)
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  • Last copy
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Qluster
Echtzeit

Qluster is the third formation of minimal kosmische pioneers Kluster and Cluster. Original member Hans-Joachim Roedelius brings the group’s techno-futurism actually into the future, sharpening the rich synthesizer compositions of the original group with the newest technology. Echtzeit focuses on extended, improvised electronic and ambient music.

Yeti Lane
L’Aurore

Labels Sonic Cathedral and Clapping Music have joined forces to bring the new album from Yeti Lane to vinyl LP and CD. For L’Aurore the psych duo built up their ideas for the album through a series of free-form improvisations with their pals, and thankfully their friends include Damo Suzuki and Anton Newcombe, from The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Delicate synthesizers blend with acid-fried guitar that could be an extended Neil Young solo.

Bronze
Live In San Francisco

Bronze’s playful electro-drone sounds great in the studio, but live is where their ferocious sound really makes sense. So thankfully Castle Face release Live In San Francisco, where the band’s unhinged blend of drone, primitive electronics and radiophonic pop are truly let loose. Available on CD and vinyl LP.

Radar Men From The Moon
Echo Forever

Echo Forever was the first studio album from Netherlands based psych bullies Radar Men From The Moon. It was a chance for them to throw literally everything into the melting pot including kraut-rock, shoegaze, psych and space rock. Initially hard to find, it was subsequently re-issued by Fuzz Club in this edition of 700 copies - the label being the perfect home for this kind of psych scrawl. 
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Venus Sleeps
Dead Sun Worship

Dead Sun Worship is yr traditional heavy sack of doom, the first record from Dublin’s Venus Sleeps. A touch of Ozzy Osbourne enters into the vocals, lending the whole affair a classic feel. The name of the record label, Heavy Earth Records, sets up a nice triumvirate of planets and stars too. 300 copies on orange vinyl.

Hawkwind
The Machine Stops

Hawkwind have been labeled with every type of forward-thinking rock music, from prog and space-rock, to krautrock and psych. On The Machine Stops, the band expand even further, incorporating more electronic elements for a grand concept album retelling a sci-fi classic. It’s nice and heavy too.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Dieter Moebius
Blotch

In honour of the recently-departed Dieter Moebius of Cluster, Bureau B are now reissuing his 4 most recent solo albums. 1999’s Blotch is a set of electronic compositions that loop loops upon loops, resulting in some fine hypnotic semi-ambient atmospheres. Available on CD or, for the first time, on vinyl.

Wall of Death
Loveland

Wall of Death’s band name clashes pleasantly with their album title Loveland doesn’t it? The album title seems to have it here, with the record fitting comfortably into the warm and bright side of psych-rock as opposed to the crushing death-fuzz side. In fact, Loveland is a lush, gorgeous thing. Released on the Innovative Leisure label.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Holy Wave
The Evil Has Landed Part II

Holy Wave are a hashed-up psych-rock gang from Austin, Texas. The Evil Has Landed Part II is a nice little bridge of a record, combining B-sides from the previous album Relax with demo versions from the forthcoming one. Pressed to clear 10” vinyl on Reverberation Appreciation Society in an edition of 1000 copies.

Flavor Crystals
The Shiver of The Flavor Crystals

Flavor Crystals are 1 decade and 4 albums into their career, which means that The Shiver Of The Flavor Crystals sounds exactly as the band means it to: a wispy, gorgeous psych-rock ride. Featuring guest appearances from members of The Telescopes and The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Double LP on MPLS Ltd.

Quilt
Plaza

Quilt craft a careful, sensitive set of tracks here on Plaza, working in the mould of luscious, string-section-augmented, folk-pop-rock. It sounds like the output of some relaxed 1970’s Californians, in the best way possible. The band’s third album, Plaza is released by Mexican Summer, with an indie-store-exclusive option of clear vinyl.

The Doors
L.A. Woman

LA Woman was the sixth and final studio album The Doors. Jim Morrison died shortly after its release in 1971. The band split with long-time producer Paul A. Rothchild leaving engineer Bruce Botnick to co-produce with the band. Along with the jazzy blues rock of the title track it features Love Her Madly, Been Down So Long and Riders On The Storm.

Salem's Pot
The Vampire Strikes Back

The Vampire Strikes Back is a seemingly B-movie-inspired slice of garagey rock from Swedish psychedelic dudes Salem’s Pot. The band’s own original tune on the A-side is backed up with a cover of Dead Moon on the flip of this 7” single. Released on the RidingEasy label in a limited edition.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Six Organs of Admittance
Hexadic II

Ben Chasny continues to draw on his self-devised quasi-mystic system of charts and cards to produce Hexadic II, a totally different Six Organs Of Admittance album to Hexadic. These pieces focus on acoustic instruments, exploring space and sound in inscrutable ways. Released as a vinyl LP or as a cassette, on Drag City.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Doug Tuttle
It Calls On Me

It Calls On Me is the second solo album by Doug Tuttle. It follows on from his 2013 eponymous debut and his work with New Hampshire psych-rock outfit Mmoss, a band who shared members with Woods. On It Calls On Me, Tuttle leaves behind the anxious, unrequited love themes of his debut and concentrates on delivering some delicious, hazy psych-pop. Available as limited indies only coloured vinyl, standard vinyl and CD, on Trouble In Mind.

Rangda
The Heretic's Bargain

All I know is that it’s heavy...Rangda’s surreal The Heretic’s Bargain incorporates surf guitar, free-improv shronk and all type of post-rock weirdness. Chris Corsano, Sir Richard Bishop and Ben Chasny have now completely nailed the dynamics in their raw guitar and drums trio. Drag City are putting this out on vinyl LP and CD.

Lightstorm
Creation

Just take a good, long look at the sleeve art for Creation. You now have a decent sense of the Lightstorm aesthetic: authentic 1970’s hippies on a spiritual space-journey. Most of the material gathered here was originally released on a small scale, so it is satisfying to see these oddities compiled and made available by Drag City.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Nicklas Sorensen
Solo

Nicklas Sørensen, of Papir, strikes out on his own for the first time, with Solo (each track is also named Solo). Given the chance to just sit down with his guitar and make it happen, he follows some wonderful minimal patterns, establishing a healthy ambient feel for this listener. Released by El Paraiso Records.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

All Them Witches
Dying Surfer Meets His Maker

Having released much of their previous material themselves, All Them Witches are putting their latest psych-rock epic through the New West label. Locking themselves away in a Tennessee cabin for 5 days, they’ve emerged with Dying Surfer Meets His Maker as a result. Whilst there is a definite groove; switching between soft vocals over picked guitars and Hawkwind esque bass driven peaks, there is a palpable sombreness to this record.

Chuck Johnson
Velvet Arc

Chuck Johnson is an american guitarist who has honed his sound and perfected his modernist American fingerpicking style over two albums: 2013’s Crows In The Basilica and 2015’s Blue Moon Boulder. His latest offering, Velvet Arc, sees him returning to areas he traversed in bands such as Idyll Swords and Spatula. He has surrounded himself with musicians of a similar mind to help create his vision. The album opens with Americana-infused raga guitar and shows why Johnson is a famed fingerpicker throughout.

Desert Mountain Tribe
Either That Or The Moon

Acid scorched psych rock from the London based Desert Mountain Tribe. Either That Or The Moon sees them combing slow riffing, heavily reverb lead guitar and snotty, swaggering vocals. Their dense, jam-band sound reminds us a little of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Pressed to 180 gram vinyl LP and CD by Membran.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

XIXA
Bloodline

Raucous, psychedelic rock from XIXA. On Bloodline the group cite West African desert blues and raw Latin music. So, the percussion borrows from cumbia sounds, whilst the organs and heavy guitar come from 1970s hard rock. The final result is playful, tripped out rock available on CD and vinyl LP (which kindly also includes the CD).
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Spacin'
Total Freedom

Spacin’ make a super loose, stripped-back rock ‘n roll and on Total Freedom they get even more minimal. The motorik drumming and angular guitar are clearly inspired by The Velvet Underground, but the band also bring a trippy southern groove that locks into extended jams. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Richie/Agitated.

K-X-P
III Part 2

Another installment in K-X-P’s continuing quest to produce a catalogue high-grade, minimally-titled, rhythmically-intense synth-kraut albums. III Pt. 2 follows up on last year’s III Pt. 1, and was recorded in the same sessions. Another dark and immersive ride from these Finns. CD release on Svart.

Kvartetten Som Sprangde
Kattvals


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Bitchin Bajas and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
Epic Jammers and Fortunate Little Ditties

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy is back, and he’s brought some pals along too. Bitchin Bajas make an experimental din of synthesizers and horns and together they make Epic Jammers and Fortunate Little Ditties a strange and fascinating collaboration. This vinyl LP, CD or cassette is a gleeful combination of minimalism and lyricism.

Mamuthones
Symphony for the Devil

Mamuthones kick off their cover version of The Rolling Stones’ classic ‘Sympathy For The Devil’ with a distinctly LCD Soundsystem-esque drum machine / synth combo. It’s certainly a new direction for the hardy old tune, but in fact it works rather well, especially when it settles into a choir of ‘woo-woos’ over komische drift. Plus remixes from Howling Owl and Giant Swan.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Baumann / Koek
Baumann / Koek

Bureau B reissue Baumann/Koek’s self-titled 1978 kosmische synth workout on vinyl LP and CD. ‘Reissue’ doesn’t do justice to the label’s discovery of this dense and psychedelic drone album, which was originally pressed to only 1000 copies. The glistening arpeggios and drum machines were so far ahead of time, that now they deserve to be considered alongside contemporaries such as Klaus Schulze and Dieter Moebius.

Christian Bland & The Revelators / Chris Catalena & The Native Americans
Split EP

Christian Bland is a member of The Black Angels, but here he heads out with backing band The Revelators. Their woozy psych takes up one side of this Split EP, the other being taken by Chris Catalena & The Native Americans, who also washes us in the cleansing psychedelic waters. Blue vinyl 10”, on Reverberation Appreciation Society.

The Rhubarb Triangle
67 Guilford Street (I Feel Alright) / She’s A Demon

The Rhubarb Triangle is a an area between three towns in West Yorkshire famous for producing rhubarb….or in this case they are an experimental acid punk band based in London who are highly rated by Shindig! magazine. 67 Guilford Street (I Feel Alright) / She’s A Demon is their new single. It was recorded to reel-to-reel tape using only analogue equipment. Released as a limited edition of 300 double coloured flexi-discs.
  • Vinyl 7" (RHUB02)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition

Baron
Torpor

Baron are a British rock group who cast their gaze back to an earlier age of rock music, where a fascination with myth and mysticism crept around the edges of a lot of bands. Torpor is all about old time, old places, magic: plus thick guitar riffs and organ vamps. Released on the Svart label on CD and LP.

All Them Witches
Lightning At The Door

All Them Witches are a heavy-jamming psych-rock unit, able to brew up mighty, bluesy riff-monsters in no time at all. Studio album Lightning At The Door was first released last year. This is a brand new repress courtesy of New West.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Hey Colossus
In Black And Gold

Hey Colossus and Rocket Recordings seem like such a natural fit, I was surprised to see this was their first release together. Hey Colossus’ furious in-the-red psych-noise-rock has been going down well for years, and In Black And Gold contains plenty of that sound, but it also has a few tracks that aren’t caked in amplified mud. Interesting...

Singapore Sling
Psych Fuck

Icelandic group Singapore Sling pin their flag quite firmly to the mask with this title and that sleeve art: Psych Fuck emblazed in giant capital letters. There’s more to this record than a garagey torrent however: the group have a great feel for dark, simmering, Suicide-esque vibes. Out on the Fuzz Club label.

The Orange Revival
Futurecent

The Orange Revival make psychedelic, droning blues rock. Futurecent is a slab of acid-soaked fuzz, buzz and thump that recalls The Stooges and Brian Jonestown Massacre. To add more authenticity to their sound Sonic Boom of Spacemen 3 and Spectrum remixed the single Saturation which preceded the release of the album.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Indian Jewelry
Doing Easy

Doing Easy is the eighth album by the duo of Indian Jewelry, containing more fine blasts of their trademark style: psych-rock, but informed by the aesthetics of noise. Which is to say, everything is beautifully overcranked into distortion. Edition of 1000 copies on orange vinyl, on Reverberation Appreciation Society.
  • Vinyl LP (RVRB0251)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard
Noeth Ac Anoeth

If you are going to form a stoner doom outfit, you might as well go all the way right? Hence this band from Wales, who’ve titled themselves Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard. Noeth Ac Anoeth fits just three large numbers into 50 minutes, stretching out their heaviness. Jessica Ball’s vocals set them apart somewhat though. 300 copies only of the transparent frosted vinyl edition.

Natural Snow Buildings
Terror's Horns

Very exciting times as a brand new Natural Snow Buildings announce a new record on Ba Da Bing! Terror's Horns is a relatively brief excursion for the duo, and is a little less droney than most past efforts. The vocals can recall bleak English folk, but the music is a wonderful, multi-faceted blur. Gorgeous stuff.

Holy Sons
Decline of The West Vol. I & II

Holy Sons is the solo project of Emil Aros, whose work you’ll know from the heavy drum parts on Om and Grails albums. On Decline of The West Vol. I & II, he plays every single instrument, ending up with an impressive and highly varied set of of songs. This reissue features 7 extra songs from the same sessions. Gatefold double LP on Partisan.

Krokofant
Krokofant II

Krokofant are as gnarled and hard as you’d expect the implied combination of a crocodile and an elephant to be. They take a guitar / drums / saxophone trio format and drive it into improvised territory, although it must be said that they settle very comfortably into hard rock forms 9 times out of 10. Second album Krokofant II is out on Rune Grammofon.

Al Lover
Zodiak Versions

Al Lover is a San Francisco-based producer. In recent times he has been exploring the links between psychedelic music. On Zodiak Versions he combines what he believes to be the two defining styles of underground music: Jamaican dub reggae and ‘70s krautrock. What we have here then, is rumbling dub bass lines and motorik beats awash with analogue synths. LA band Burnt Ones added some guitar and drone textures to the album. There are elements of Lover’s previous work here, but it also sees him embracing drone as a potential future direction.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Telescopes
Splashdown: The Complete Recordings 1990-1992

Early business from The Telescopes. Splashdown compiles all four of their Creation EP’s, a never-before-released theoretical fifth EP, their whole second album, some cover versions from compilations, and a previously unreleased Peel Session! Good lord! This comprehensive package can be yours for a very reasonable price, on Cherry Red.

Mark McGuire
Beyond Belief

Former Emeralds guitar supremo Mark McGuire stretches out his range here on Beyond Belief, throwing in wild synth and drum machine patterns, piano, and even vocals as well as his guitar. This is a major piece of work, an all-consuming epic that stretches near to 80 minutes. The vinyl is limited to independent stores and pressed to lovely orange swirl wax.

Verma
Mul.apin

Psychedelic rock from Chicago. Verma were apparently so inspired by the ancient Babylonian map of the cosmos named the Mul.apin that they used to it guide their compositional process; even if that mainly translates to “make space-rock”. It did also lead them to give double titles to each track here as well though. On Trouble In Mind.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Bernd Kistenmacher
Wake Up In The Sun

Bernd Kistenmacher grew up a little too late to roll with the Tangerine Dreams and the Klaus Schulzes of the German electronic music world, but he didn’t let that stop him: he just got hold of the same sorts of analogue synthesisers and got involved, ignoring the digital 80’s world around him. Wake Up In The Sun was first released in 1987, now reissued by Bureau B.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Mini Album Thingy Wingy

Mini Album Thingy Wingy features seven new tracks by The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Anton Newcombe recorded the songs over the last year in his Berlin studio. Initially influenced by The Rolling Stones’ psychedelic phase, Newcombe has been incorporating ‘90s shoegaze, middle eastern and Brazilian influences into later recordings. On 10” red double vinyl with exclusive artwork (for the fans!), Clear vinyl 12” LP and CD.

Jess and The Ancient Ones
Second Psychedelic Coming: The Aquarius Tapes

Jess and the Ancient Ones make a surf and metal-tinged psychedelic rock sound and mix it with themes of an occultish nature. The Second Psychedelic Coming: The Aquarius Tapes is the Finnish band’s second full-length album and follows on from 2011’s self-titled debut and 2013’s Astral Sabat EP.

TRAAMS
Modern Dancing

The sound of TRAAMS is the sound of a few friends rollicking through some tuneful post-punk numbers. Modern Dancing cuts straight into action and doesn’t let up much over the course of eleven tracks. Pristinely produced by MJ of Hookworms, this second TRAAMS record is available as CD or limited orange coloured vinyl.

Rodinia
Drumside / Dreamside

Rodinia have put together a wonderful rhythm-fest here for this LP. The two members started off with a jam on a stack of synth equipment, and later on added drums and other instruments. It feels like every aspect of the sound-field is in some way rhythmic, yet also a little ambient in texture. Drumside / Dreamside is released by now Again.

Bernd Kistenmacher
Head-visions

Bernd Kistenmacher grew up a little too late to roll with the Tangerine Dreams and the Klaus Schulzes of the German electronic music world, but he didn’t let that stop him: he just got hold of the same sorts of analogue synthesisers and got involved, ignoring the digital 80’s world around him. Debut album Head-Visions was initially released in 1986, and is now reissued by Bureau B.

Zeus B. Held
Vinyl Collection

Vinyl Collection compiles a stack of material taken from the three solo albums of Zeus B. Held, a German synth-head. With a background in prog, Held’s solo trips are fairly ornate, but there are also disco-like tracks, really weird tracks, and even a Beatles cover! 180g coloured vinyl in a stunningly ugly sleeve, from Medical Records.

Maserati
Rehumanizer

Maserati are all about that motorik, about the need to drive forwards no matter what the sound. Reuhmanizer mixes krautrock’s classic rhythmic instinct with chugging guitars and other ‘classic rock’ elements. The results are as much of a space fantasy as the one depicted on the cover. Out on Temporary Residence.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Harmonia
Documents 1975

Unfortunately (and inadvertently) timed to coincide with the death of core member Dieter Moebius, here is a set of previously unreleased recordings by Harmonia. Documents 1975 has live and studio tracks never before heard by the komische-loving public, all bounced down to cassette tape. On Grönland.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Evil Acidhead
In The Name Of All That Is Unholy

Shockingly, given the name, this isn’t the kind of psychedelia that lounges bucolically in sunny pastoral scenes. No no, Evil Acidhead is much more of a bad-trip kind of project, which In The Name Of All That Is Unholy captures perfectly. 80’s cassette reissued as coloured (red or green) vinyl with a free poster on Agitated.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Velvet Underground
Loaded: Reloaded 45th Anniversary Edition

A comprehensive reissue package of The Velvet Underground’s album Loaded, which has been Reloaded for its 45th anniversary. The record has been remastered in stereo and in mono, and two live shows from the time are also presented. And lots of demoes and rarities. And an audio DVD with different mixes. That’s 6 whole discs people!

Jean-Claude Vannier
L'Enfant Assassin Des Mouches

Über-rare in original pressing form (and relatively rare by now in its first Finders Keepers reissue edition), L’Enfant Assassin Des Mouches is a cult wonder. Super-fresh sounding French odd-rock / odd-pop from the 1960’s, with the mastermind Jean-Claude Vannier utilising proggish jamming and soaring choral singing to great effect. 10th anniversary Finders Keepers reissue.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Silence
Hark The Silence

Hark The Silence is the second record by The Silence, a Japanese combo. Following on from their debut, the band have decided to say ‘fuck the songs!’ and delve into weighty instrumental madness as often as possible. They get so into it that the record stretches across 2 LPs. On Drag City.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Heaters
Holy Water Pool

The Heaters are keen to let you know that they are big fans of ‘60s surf bands. However, it’s not something you’d necessarily know from their Holy Water Pool album. In parts it is reminiscent of Pink Floyd and any surf influences are heavily wrapped in swirling, epic indie rock. Available on vinyl LP and CD.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Richard Pinhas
Chronolyse

Chronolyse was first released in 1977 (but only in France), as a sideline to Richard Pinhas’ activities in Heldon, the synth-prog experimentalists whose reputation is growing ever stronger. This is an LP of properly exploratory proportions, Moog arpeggios expanding everywhere. White vinyl reissue from Cuneiform.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Shifting Sands
Cosmic Radio Station

Things are still popping in Dunedin, New Zealand: the latest group to follow the example set by The Verlaines and the like are Shifting Sands, who play an indie-rock that is at once beautifully pop and buried under a layer of fuzz. Cosmic Radio Station is produced in such a way that the instruments slide together into one gorgeous haze: lovely.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Trader Horne
Morning Way

Morning Way, the only album ever made by Trader Horne, is considered a major (and majorly unappreciated) example of 1970’s British psychedelic folk. First of all, just look at that cover art! The music is similarly colourful, varied, and wonderfully odd. Reissued by Earth Recordings on CD or red coloured vinyl.

Minami Deutsch
Minami Deutsch

Beware: krautrock is on its way back. And this time, it’s coming from Japan. None-to-subtly indicating their inclinations in their nomenclature, Minami Deutsch combine Japanese thoroughness with German thoroughness. The result is a hypnotically straightforward debut, with tireless drum(computer)s carrying distorted vocals and wavy bass lines.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Jimi Hendrix
The Cry Of Love

A repressing of the first Jimi Hendrix record to be released after his death, 'The Cry of Love' shows off the guitarist going deep into his extensive guitar lexicon, performing as if with some sort of prescience of his instrument. The record initially came out in 1971 and was affectionately released by Hendrix's old collaborators: Eddie Kramer and Mitch Mitchell are both important figures in the sequencing and producing departments. It's re-released here thanks to Legacy. There's a studio version of "Star Spangled Banner" on here, so phew for that.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

MV & EE
Alpine Frequency

Alpine Frequency by MV & EE has been likened to a pair of Neil Young’s patched-up jeans, suggesting that, unlike their previous work, it is a collage of sound. A patchwork quilt of sounds brought together to make a sprawling double LP. They mix psychedelia, appalachian folk and aspects of indian music to make their sound. As ever, the Vermont-based duo are joined by a cast of hangers-on that this time include PG Six, Mick Flower and Rafi Bookstaber, to name a few.

Wand
1000 Days

Three full-length albums in little over a year, that sounds like magic. Wand have kept on rolling, and their new album 1000 Days is their newest trick. With playful vocals accompanying entrancing beats, the album takes off where they left off. And by the time you're done listening, their fourth album should be just about finished!
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Golden Void
Berkana

Album number two from psych rock adventurers Golden Void. Heavy riffs are, of course, at the beating core of this band’s music, but they don’t leave it there. Berkana throws plenty of additional atmospherics into the mix too, filling out tracks with keyboards and the like. Out on Thrill Jockey as a CD or as an LP.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog