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Al Lover
Cave Ritual Redux

Al Lover takes the splice-tastic production techniques of a hip-hop beatmaker and applies them to the sonic domain of psych-rock, creating an interesting effect. His Cave Ritual LP last year was much enjoyed, but apparently Lover thought he could do better, as he’s decided to Redux it with an even newer approach. On Stolen Body.
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Purple Image
Purple Image

*Extremely John Lydon voice* Purple Imaaa-aaaaaage! Purple Imaaa-aaaaaage! Of course, this LP actually has nothing to do with The Artist Formerly Known As Johnny. It’s actually a rare 1970 funk-rock record from Cleveland, Ohio band Purple Image. As one could probably guess from the title there’s more than a bit of Hendrix to this one. This reissue comes courtesy of Tidal Waves Music.

Cobalt Chapel
Variants

Cecilia Fage and Jarrod Gosling make up Cobalt Chapel, a psych-folk-rock duo who have played with Matt Berry, I Monster and Regal Worm. Variants is a collection of tracks from their debut album, Impossible Dream, that have been remixed, rearranged, re-imagined - y’know, variants on the original recordings. CD on K Love.

TOY
Happy In The Hollow

Here come TOY with their fourth album but their first for the Tough Love label. Like previous work it touches on the cornerstones of post-punk, kraut-rock, electronica and folk but this time comes with a directness perhaps missing from earlier work. Recorded both at their home studios and with ace producer Dan Carey, this propulsive record could be their most realised yet.    
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  • TOY
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Papir
V

Copenhagen's Papir are a skilful, youthful three-piece practiced at semi-improvisational psych. V has C Brøchmann on complicated drumming, N Sørensen's fuzz guitar channeling his love of ancient rock and Manuel Göttsching; and C. B. Clausen’s bass covering a wide sound palette. An hypnotic noise recalling Can or electric Miles. Cosmic drones, man. Mixed by John McEntire. 2x 180g LP with download code or double CD format, on Stickman.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Cosmic Dead
Eccie Bam Yas, E?

The Cosmic Dead can always be relied upon to go mad with it, pushing the full weight of their Scottishness into their mind-expanding psychedelic rock. However, Eccie Bam Yas, E? sees them going mad in a different direction to usual, eschewing most of the noisey power for a fully-spaced out improvised set. Delivered, via the usual amazing titles, as an LP from Monorail Music.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Pride
Pride

Highly influential recorder, producer and composer David Axelrod teamed up with offspring Michael for this rather obscure project. Nooney Rickett’s mournful voice dances over Axelrod & Son Ltd.’s arrangements of faintly Latin-tinged, 1970s West-coast psych; all elegantly sun-baked, throat-parched and artfully dreary.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Writhing Squares
Out Of The Ether

Writhing Squares put out their second LP ‘Out of The Ether’ via Trouble In Mind following a debut on Siltbreeze - a label known for underground legends like Harry Pussy, The Shadow Ring and The Dead C. Writhing Squares sound here has this churning psyche quality, topped off with spaced-out guitar fuzzery and squawks of sax. It’s a satisfying fusion of various underground strands, from the squelchier end of industrial to Hawkind-esque jam rituals.   

Dark Fog
Make You Believe

Dark Fog’s music is like a fog that’s so thick it feels like soup. Defying genre and classification, Make You Believe is murky, noisy, with high-pitched vocals leaking in through the cracks in the wall of sound. Endless riffs and frenetic drums, sometimes parting ways to leave room for a tiny moment of respite, kick out the floor and leave you falling. 
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

10,000 Russos
Fuzz Club Session

10,000 Russos, a Portuguese band, offer up a live-in-the-studio session for release on the Fuzz Club label. The band are playing songs here, but they aren’t too hung up on song structure: loooooong droning intros are very welcome here. 10,000 Russos’ Fuzz Club Session is pressed to heavyweight 180g vinyl.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Psychic TV
Alienist

Genesis P-Orridge and Co. return with their follow up to 2014’s Snakes. Features two haunting (as only PTV know how to be) originals as well as continuing their weird-ening of classic songs with reappropriations of “Jump Into The Fire” by Harry Nilsson and The Creation’s “How Does It Feel To Feel”.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Ilyas Ahmed
Closer to Stranger

Ilyas Ahmed does business with the excellent MIE once again regarding his new LP Closer to Stranger. A distinctive guitarist associated with American primitive as well as ‘New Weird America’ when it prevailed in the 2000s, this new offering finds Ahmed’s sound a tad cleaner and his style a little closer to Americana and indie. Hearing his eminently expressive voice and instrumentation under these conditions is all sorts of fab.

BEAK / KAEB
Split EP

This ‘double B-side’ EP is a split between Bristol three piece BEAK (Geoff Barrow (Portishead) with Billy Fuller (Fuzz Against Junk) and Matt Williams (Team Brick) and themselves, in the form of their alter ego KAEB (an ever revolving expansion on the original line up). Featuring two tracks from each incarnation including a track featuring vocal contributions from California rapper/producer Jonwayne.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Darkside
Complete Studio Masters

The Darkside emerged in Rugby from the ashes of Spacemen 3, led by Pete "Bassman" Bain. They weren't a million miles away from their parent band, though more upbeat and conventional, less minimal and monomaniacal, with more reflections of sixties psychedelia. They released a pair of albums and a smattering of singles and EPs In the early nineties. All of these are contained on this five-disc box, rounded out with various stray tracks and rarities. 
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Bevis Frond
We’re Your Friends, Man

The Bevis Frond, constantly led by nice man and excellent songwriter Nick Saloman, release their umpteenth (and then some) album, We’re Your Friends Man. With guitar chops that match Neil Young, J Mascis and Jimi Hendrix and melodies that give The Beatles a run for their money, there’ll always be something to warm your heart or get you jumping around like an excited child on one of their albums. 2LP and CD on Fire.
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Sunflare
ON

Portuguese punk anyone? Well, it's the meanest, fuzziest type there is. Sunflare's debut on Cardinal Fuzz is a scorcher! It is riotous noise bouncing off itself and swirling cymbals over pedal delayed riffs, all totally free form. ON is turned on alright - and ranked up to the top too.    
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Khana Bierbood
Strangers From The Far East

Khana Bierbood are Thai band who came up with their blend ‘60s surf, ‘70s garage rock and traditional sounds after hours of jamming together. Their name, which translates into English as Strange Brew, gives further clues to their influences. The band have been together since 2012, but Strangers From The Far East is their first album. Fans of Thee Oh Sees, Dengue Fever and La Luz would be encouraged to give this a listen. LP and CD on Guruguru Brain.

Bong
Live At Roadburn 2010, 2012, 2014

Roadburn is Tilburg's premier festival of metal and the noise that exists adjacent to it. I'm pretty sure we had one of these live records from them when Gnod were doing their drone ritual business over there, and now we get one from Bong, the band so stoked on being stoned that their drummer puts his head down on his kit when they're doing the more Sunn O))) inspired bits. As slow and steady as you could possibly have a doom metal band, they're arguably at their best when playing out, so I'd say this is a good compromise for anyone who can't be bothered to leave their house.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Brian Jonestown Massacre
Dropping Bombs On The Sun (UFO Paycheck)

Here is the third single to be taken from the new Brian Jonestown Massacre album Don’t Get Lost, to be released in February. Dropping Bombs On The Sun (UFO Paycheck) is a typical Jonestown cut, featuring vocals from Tess Parks. The B-side also features saxophone from Pete Fraser. 10” pink vinyl single, released on Anton Newcombe’s ‘a’ Recordings.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Donovan
Barabajagal

Barabajagal was Donovan’s 7th album. It finds the Scottish folk/pop singer/songwriter in a rockier than usual frame of mind. The title track featured Jeff Beck on guitar and laid down a bluesy/psych-rock groove, with Superlungs (My Supergirl) and the exploratory psychedelia of Atlantis providing some of Donovan’s best moments. The album was produced by Mickie Most and was originally released in 1969. Reissue LP on The State51 Conspiracy.

Trummor & Orgel
Indivisibility

The press release describes this one as sounding like Stereolab covering sixties lounge pop and, well, that about nails it, really. Absolutely delicious drum ‘n’ organ combos from appropriately named Uppsala, Sweden duo Trummor & Orgel. The pair have sought to make indivisible the lines - such as they can be perceived on record - between human and machine, synthetic and organic and other such binaries.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Masaki Batoh
Nowhere

Ghost founder Masaki Batoh drops his fourth solo LP via Drag City. Nowhere is a record of trippy folk songs. The delicately picked guitars here come laced with reverb and delay, and Batoh’s wistful lyrics reflect on ageing and memory. The Beatles, Incredible String Band and John Martyn all spring immediately to mind.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Chemistry Set
Firefly

It's 30 years of The Chemistry Set and they are still rocking out with some heavy, classic '60s psych with Firefly, released on Fruits de Mer as a 7" single. It's a heavy track that woozes into psych perfume before hammering itself home. It is backed by the gentler Sail Away.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Babe Rainbow
Double Rainbow

These Australian wizards have been produced by a King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard which hopefully gives us some indication of where they are coming from musically. Indeed their breakout single was entitled “Secret Enchanted Broccoli Forest" which sounds rather like something the Wizard might have come up with. They like the Incredible String Band and riding the surf so this could be fun.  
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Spacemen 3
The Perfect Prescription

Reissue of Spacemen 3's second album, which was a wide eyed clash of droning guitar fuzz, psychedelic avant-garage propulsion and heady atmosphere. The line up shift had given rise to an evolved sound, allowing for more space to breathe, casting those shimmering tremolos further out into the stratosphere.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

KO KO MO
Technicolor Life

If I know one thing it's that KO KO MO are a rock band. Yes yes and Technicolor Life is their debut album. A garage rock two piece in the vein of The Black Keys and The White Stripes their music is driven by their kinetic energy that gives every riff and every fill an overwhelming might. Released on Les Disques en Chantier.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

All Them Witches
ATW

The fifth LP from All Them Witches (God I hate that name) surfaces on New West (Caroline Rose, The Devil Makes Three). ATW - Does it count as a self-titled record if it’s just the initials? - finds the Nashville trio smooshing Southern rock and metal stylings together in trademark fashion. Riffs galore. It’s like Mastodon.

Trad, Gras och Stenar
Djungelns Lag

First released in 1971, and reissued as part of an Anthology Recordings project, Djungelns Lag is a live recording of this Swedish psychedelic rock collective. Trad, Gras och Stenar make a free-form progressive hard rock that has become the stuff of legend. The Anthology label are making this recording available again with new material and stunning packaging.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

King Crimson
Islands

Here we are with King Crimson reissue LP no. 6 on DGM/Panegyric. Capturing Fripp & co at their most fiery, 1971's 'Islands' features heavy use of the saxophone of Mel Collins, heralding in the group's more dissonant era as a departure from their earlier bombast. All the reissue luxuries are present here - 200 gram vinyl, original sleeve print and an MP3 code for Fripp's own digital copy of the album. I'm sure he won't mind you nicking them.
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  • DGM
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Dire Wolves
Paradisiacal Mind

Did you hear that Dire Straits and Chris Rea are recording an album together? That’s the start of an old joke, and let’s hope that it never, ever becomes a reality. One thing for sure is that they wouldn’t call themselves Dire Wolves because that name is already taken by this bunch of friendly ladies and men from California who play what they describe as ‘hazy lazy spacehead music’. So hazy and lazy in fact that they can’t even remember if Paradisiacal Mind is their 10th or 12th album. LP on Cardinal Fuzz.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Levitation
Never Odd Or Even

Here is a nice neat clean-up release from Levitation, who existed for a relatively brief time in the early 90’s, but whose second album Meanwhile Gardens was never released until recently. There wasn’t, however, enough space to include everything, so the three lost tracks are now getting their own vinyl release, as Never Odd Or Even, on Flashback.

Goblin
Profondo Rosso (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Having unsuccessfully reached out to composer Giorgio Gaslini and prog-rock stars Pink Floyd, filmmaker Dario Argento found Goblin to make the score for his 1975 film Deep Red (or Profondo Rosso in Italian). This beautiful 2xLP re-issue comes a gatefold cover with spot metallic ink, and is limited to 500 copies.

Sunn Trio
Fayrus

OK, first thing’s first: Sunn Trio is nothing to do with Sunn O))), so bad luck if you were after some drone metal. But hold up! Fans of out-there music might well love this LP by Joel Robinson’s group Sunn Trio too, being as it is a desert-hazed trip of experimental, Arab-influenced wild sound. Fayrus is, appropriately, released by the Unrock label.

Various
Best Of Pink Floyd (Redux)

In news that will surely interest our resident Floyd obsessive Ian, Magic Eye records have invited some of the best heavy psych fans from across the globe to interpret their favourite songs by Pink Floyd. Howling Giant, Creepers, Red Mesa, Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard, Domkraft are just some of the names taking part. 
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Weedpecker
II

You may already be up to your third ear in III, the latest offering by Warszawa rockers Weedpecker. Yet Toronto’s Stickman Records are still keen to remind you that before III came I and II, so here’s a reissue of the latter. This music is exactly what you think music by a band named Weedpecker sounds like.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Old Mexico
Old Mexico

Old Mexico is a collaboration between Dead Meadow’s Jason Simon, Dave Mihaly, leader of L.A. spirit jazz ensemble Dave Mihaly & Shimmering Leaves and Trans Van Santos. Simon produced and directed the project which sees him picking raga motifs as Trans Van Santos channels Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir through his guitar work on the stoned dusty desert exploration. LP on Cardinal Fuzz.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Hilma Nikolaisen
Mjusic

Norwegian guitarist and singer Hilma Nikolaisen follows up her 2016 debut, Puzzler, with Mjusic, spelled like you’ve just mashed the keyboard with your palm and been lucky. The album’s name comes from a punk band she formed as a kid. Her music is not too far removed from that of her brother, Emil’s band, Serena-Maneesh - with whom she also plays - indie rock with psychedelic overtones. LP and CD on Fysisk Format.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Richard Pinhas
East West

Here we have the fourth solo album by Richard Pinhas of Heldon, notable in part for being his only album released on a major label. That means that Mr. Pinhas had some larger resources at his disposal, and also that he scaled back the track-lengths to pop song levels (though the sounds are all Pinhas baby). Reissued now by Bureau B.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Holger Czukay
Radio Wave Surfer

Holger Czukay, core member of the perennially loved German experimental group Can, went on to be a productive maker of weird and wonderful pop. Among his solo albums is Radio Wave Surfer, a delightful 1991 release that was all recorded live, in studios and at concerts, with only one stereo mic: none of that Can studio trickery here! Reissued now by Grönland.

Gong Gong Gong
Siren / Something's Happening

Chinese psychedelic blues anyone? Good. Here we have Siren / Something’s Happening by Beijing duo Gong Gong Gong. The pair take in influences from Bo Diddley, The Monks and the psychedelic sounds of West Africa and South-East Asia and filter them through striking guitar, propulsive bass and snare cracks. 7” on Wharf Cat Records.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Günter Schickert
Nachtfalter

Gunter Schickert initially learned the trumpet before making the guitar hsi axe of choice. This led to free jazz and echo guitar experimentation. His debut album, Samtvogel, was released in the mid-seventies. It earned him comparisons to Syd Barrett’s Pink Floyd and is highly regarded in the world of Krautrock. It’s 1980 follow-up, Überfällig, was where his signature echo guitar sound really took hold. He has being releasing albums steadily ever since. Nachtfalter, his latest, once again showcases his echo guitar sound.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Can
Can

Mute brought back more Can than any krautrock fan could possibly handle with the 'Can Vinyl Box', which featured seventeen Can records reissued in one bundle; now each record is stepping out on its own. The self-titled 'Can' is the band's eleventh record, released in 1978 and unfamiliar to most. Like 'Out of Reach', little of the music, if any at all, is attributed to the band's founding member Holger Czukay, who stepped back in the writing and composing department. 
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  • Can
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band
Part One

West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band formed with very clear goals in mind (just look at that utilitarian descriptive name), and they achieved them, even if they did not achieve fame. Lovely psychedelic music with Pacific breezes and vintage '60s flare. 'Part One' was originally released back in 1967 on Reprise Records and now comes back around so you can get groovy, baby.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Jacco Gardner
Somnium

Jacco Gardner has made a few albums of swirling psychedelia in recent years but here he tries something different with an all instrumental album inspired by the first science fiction novel (of the same name as the album), written in 1608 by Johannes Kepler. Gardner hopes the lack of a human voice allows the album to be a deep immersive listen, a visionary experience for the listener.  
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Honey Pot
Lisa Dreams

The Honey Pot are that rarest of things: an actual band from the rural West Country! Here they preview the vibe of their forthcoming second album Inside The Whale with this exclusive, non-album single. Lisa Dreams is a bright and melodic: funky and psychedelic in that special 1960’s way. 7” on Mega Dodo.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Jakob Skøtt
Instrumentality

Recorded after the presumably rather scary experience of leaking brain fluid, here’s Causa Sui drummer and Dane Jakob Skøtt’s latest for El Paraiso. Mainly the sounds of drums and synths, it’s riffy, jazzy, groovy and electro-y with jerking polyrhythms, muscular production and a nice cover designed by the chap himself.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Baby Grandmothers
Merkurius

Merkurius is only the second album by pioneering Swedish psych-rock band, Baby Grandmothers. The band have been active since the mid ‘60s, in one guise or another, and supported acts such as The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Now they’re back on record to show that they’ve still got what they’ve always had. LP is limited to 1000 copies, CD limited to 500 copies on Subliminal Sounds.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Klaus Johann Grobe
Du bist so symmetrisc

In case anyone was wondering, this is a group not a man (like a Swiss version of Danny Wilson I guess). They play the sort of mixture of pulsing kraut inspired electronics and wild psych moves that you will enjoy if you like people like Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Cavern of Anti Matter. They throw a few dance moves and mutant funk in too. Let's kraut boogie. 
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Woven Skull
Woven Skull

Irish instrumental psych-folkers Woven Skull return with a self-titled piece for Birmingham’s Oaken Palace. This particular deal with the environmentalist label is dedicated to the Eurasian red squirrel, which faces extinction in the UK and Ireland within a decade. Fab droning, minimal improvised excursions into bucolic expressions and slightly dreary tensions.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Cowboy Flying Saucer / Magoo
Heavily Sedated NOW! / Sons And Daughters Of Disaster

After a seven year break, Magoo are back. This time they’re sharing a 7” with London band, Cowboy Flying Saucer. Magoo’s experimental DIY ethic with pop sensibilities saw them being picked up by Chemikal Underground Records in the late ‘90s before moving to pastures new. As a teaser for their first album in 7 years, Magoo offer up a a twisted slice of cosmic rock with 'Sons And Daughters Of Disaster' whilst Cowboy Flying Saucer contribute the motorik/arty/punky track 'Heavily Sedated NOW!' 7” on Sparrowhawk.

Dr. John
Gris Gris (Original MONO Mix)

Gris Gris was the debut album by Dr. John, originally released in 1968. A mystical swamp-thing of a record, Dr. John mixes blues, psychedelia and proto-funk. It is arguably his finest work. Contains his masterpiece I Walk On Gilded Splinters. Reissue of the original mono mix, sourced from the master tapes on Jackpot.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Yama Warashi
Boiled Moon

Those of you still mourning the loss of the excellent Zun Zun Egui may be able to plug the gap with Yama Warashi, a group formed from the ashes of ZZN by keyboardist Yoshino Shigihara. Boiled Moon is the project’s sophomore LP. The tunes here are not dissimilar from the frenetic post-punk-prog of Shigihara's old band, though the psych and folk influences kick harder. This one's out via Small Pond (The Physics House Band, Cleft).
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Lucid Dream
Actualisation

The Lucid Dream put their bad luck (their gear was all stolen in Paris in 2017) firmly behind them with fourth album Actualisation, a record that could not have come to be without some great fan support. The album works some big acid house vibes into the group’s general big psychedelia, as well as some delightful dub business too. Released by Holy Are You Recordings.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Shooting Guns
Nosferatu Live Score

Everybody's favourite creeping creep has been given a dark doom-psych soundtrack by The Shooting Guns. 'Nosferatu Live Score' was recorded in 2016 in the band's native Saskatoon in the Canadian prairies. It's a suitably dark and brooding soundtrack that feels strikingly modern yet in keeping with the 1922 classic film.  
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Nick Oliveri
N.O. Hits At All Vol. 5

Desert rock expert Nick Oliveri rakes back through his busy musical history for the N.O. Hits At All series: for volume five, it's all about songs with Nick’s vocals on, with tracks (both released and unreleased) from bands like Mondo Generator and The Situationalists featured. Released, with incredibly garish cover art, by the appropriate label Heavy Psych Sounds.

Various
Brown Acid: The Seventh Trip

RidingEasy present another compilation of their carefully curated vintage hard rock obscurities! Brown Acid: The Seventh Trip (which surely ought to be the most powerful yet!) contains ten cuts from ten bands who were hard-chugging away in the seventies to the attention of almost no-one, all fully-licensed and from analogue sources.

Simon Finn
Pass The Distance

Pass The Distance by Simon Finn was originally released in 1970 and is a defining album in the history of psychedelic folk. It pushes the oddball leanings of Skip Spence and Pearls Before Swine to a new level of weird. One song only exists because one of his flatmates wrote down his mescaline-fuelled meanderings so he was able to remember them.  Finn is backed on the album by famous David Toop and Paul Burwell, two experts in free-improvising.

Spacemen 3
For All The Fucked-up Children Of This World We Give You Spacemen 3

Before going on to forming Spiritualized, Jason Pierce worked with Peter Kember (Sonic Boom/Spectrum) as Spacemen 3. Here we have a the first reissue since it’s original release in 1995. This album is of the first recording session they did together in 1984, over a decade before it’s release and shows their sparse, psychedelic rock in its formative years.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Liminanas
I’ve Got Trouble In Mind Vol 2 (7-inch and Rare Stuff 2015 / 2018)

I've Got Trouble in Mind Vol. 2 is the sequel to 2014's Vol. 1. Here France's The Limiñanas offer a selection of unreleased tracks, rarities and more. It also features a remix by Anton Newcombe of the Peter Hook featuring 'The Gift'. For anyone who enjoys their combination of shoegaze, psych and being French.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Camera
Emotional Detox

Berlin-based Krautrockers Camera drop their fourth full-length record courtesy of Bureau B (Die Wilde Jagd, Faust). Emotional Detox finds the group using the Motorik groove as a base from which they can incorporate elements of synth-pop, psych-rock and dream-pop. All in all this LP is a pleasant listen full of groove and melody.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Wargirl
Wargirl

Someone in California named Matt Wignall judged that the usual male-dominated band lineups leave a little to be desired, started own band with ethnically- and gender-diverse members - including two drummers. That band answers to the name Wargirl and is already being described as ‘garage funk’. It’s damn good garage funk n’all, I don’t mind telling you.

Geld
Perfect Texture

London’s Static Shock Records serves up some full-on hardcore psych-punk from Melbourne. It’s fearsome four-piece Geld, in hot pursuit of that Perfect Texture. They've a satisfying sound here, with furious yapping-dog vocals, cathartically filthy distortion on everything, wet pedal effects and occasionally quite cheesy lead guitar.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Octopus Syng
Victorian Wonders

The members of Finnish group Octopus Syng may be nearing middle age now, but their advancing years haven’t caused them to lose too much of their enthusiasm for the childlike wonders of psychedelic rock. Latest LP Victorian Wonders is another exercise in primal psychotherapy from Jaire Pätäri et al. The sweet, simple lilts of numbers such as ‘Sunday’s Jackdaws’ and ‘One Day At The Amusement Park’ recall Syd Barrett.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Straight Arrows
On Top!

Agitated Records (The Icarus Line, Bed Wettin’ Bad Boys) drop an LP of scuzzy garage rock from the home of scuzzy rock - Australia. Straight Arrows are from Sydney, which as Aussie cities go isn’t at the top of the pecking order when it comes to garage-punk bands, but on On Top! the group turn in a collection of ramshackle rockers that will do their pals in Melbourne proud.

Various
Running The Voodoo Down Vol. 2 - Explorations In Psychrockfunksouljazz 1965-77

Overlaps of jazz and rock music have often been abominable, but the precise area explored by Running The Voodoo Down is the particularly rich seam of, well, ‘psychrockfunksouljazz’. That’s the sixties-seventies sweet-spot where black musicians used all available means to create super-powerful, soulful, rhythmic music. Includes Isaac Hayes, John Coltrane and Sonny Sharrock.

Tess Parks & Anton Newcombe
Tess Parks & Anton Newcombe

Though only one of them features on the cover, this is the second collaboration between husky chanteuse Tess Parks and never knowingly not soaking wet Brian Jonestown Massacre leader Anton Newcombe.  Expect slow moving druggy melodies and something that sounds a bit like Hope Sandoval fronting the Brian Jonestown Massacre. A sound that surely is only a good thing. 

The Smoking Trees
The Adventure Continues

On The Adventure Continues, Los Angeles’ The Smoking Trees (these days down to just a single smoking tree known as Sir Psych) continue their trippy adventure on the mouth-watering Burger Records. Expect relatively blazed, introspective and calm tunes all written, mixed and produced by the knight himself.

Two Medicine
Astropsychosis

Peaceful psychedelic rock is a genre underrepresented in between all the endless distorted guitar solos we get to listen to here at Norman HQ. Two Medicine, created by Paul Alexander from indie/psych rockers Midlake, are taking a much more poppy approach to psychedelia. Named after a part of Glacier National Park, the album flaunts a romantic sound, something of an appreciation of quiet, peace, and natural beauty.

Orchestra Of Spheres
Mirror

Orchestra Of Spheres hail from New Zealand and make a kind of funk-pop-rock-afro sound not too far removed from pioneers of such sounds Talking Heads. Mirror is their fourth album for Fire Records and sees them expanding on their sound with orchestral elements and tape experiments. They are pretty way out, and it seems that they are moving further in that direction too. Alexander Tucker of Grumbling Fur and Robert Scott of legendary NZ bands The Bats and The Clean are among their celebrity fans. LP and CD on Fire Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Modern Cosmology
Summer Long

Astonishingly this collaboration between Stereolab chanteuse Letitia Sadier and Brazilian band Mombojo has almost exactly the same name as the title of the recent Jane Weaver album. I mean, it’s unbelievable isn’t it? How does that happen?  Anyway this should be a nice small album of  bossa-nova, pop, and psychedelia for summer. 

Genesis
Trespass

Trespass was the second album by Genesis, originally released in 1970. This album featured the pre-Phil Collins original line-up with Anthony Phillips and John Mayhew in place on guitar and drums respectively. Standout track The Knife is widely regarded as one of the best songs from the band’s early period. Reissue 180g vinyl LP on Virgin/EMI.

Heaters
Suspended Youth

An album a year? No problem. Consider it done. Here’s Grand Rapids, Michigan psych/garage quartet Heaters, now on their fourth LP since 2015. Still, a lot happens in four years and the lyrics throughout newun Suspended Youth seem to reflect an increasing awareness of the passage of time. Sorry to report, band of twentysomethings, but it only gets worse!
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Causa Sui
Free Ride

Free Ride by Causa Sui is a modern psych-rock classic that has been out of print for ten years out of the eleven that it’s been alive. It was the second album by the Danish outfit who feature Jonas Munk, who remastered this for reissue, among their ranks. The album rocks like a lorry full of bricks in a similar way to Blue Cheer, Black Sabbath, Mudhoney and Kyuss but also showcases the more contemplative side of psychedelia on the title track.  Double vinyl LP or CD with 20-minute live bonus track on El Paraiso Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Cave
Release

Who's up for some B-sides and loose ends? Hopefully, Cave fans: these kraut-psychers released their colourful new record 'Threace' last year, and they're following it up with a record of unfinished ideas that didn't have anywhere in particular to go. 'Release' brings together tunes that didn't quite fit on anything else the band has cooked up thus far, which, for Caves, is an exciting prospect: it's the sound of a chaotic band letting go of a hundred ideas at once. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Perhaps
Hexagon

The Bandcamp for Riot Season claims that the label doesn’t have a signature style, but this blurb writer would beg to differ. Not in a bad way, mind - the label’s releases are often characterised by an air of darkside psychedelia a class apart from many other heavy psych labels. Perhaps’ Hexagon LP, with its two side-long blasts of frenzied Krautrock, slots in nicely to a RS roster that includes The Cosmic Dead and Hey Colossus.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
IC-01 Hanoi

Here’s an unexpected release: Whilst recording their recent LP ‘Sex & Food’, Unknown Mortal Orchestra found themselves regularly jamming with local musicians at Phu Sa Studios in Hanoi. With fuzzy guitars and sporadic saxophone, it’s an instrumental exploration of the jazz, fusion and avant-garde which usually remain at the fringes of their sound. 'IC-01 Hanoi' is an insight into a specific time for Unknown Mortal Orchestra; an unexpected mish-mash of jam sessions featuring frontman Ruban Nielson’s father, and local Vietnamese musicians in the capital of Vietnam.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Small Faces
Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake (50th Anniversary Edition)

They’re back. After fifty long years, they’re back. Those tiny men with the Small Faces. Their 1968 LP ‘Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake doesn’t need an introduction. The Record With The Title That Is Bad sold truckloads on release and topped the charts for over a month. It contains the extremely popular and supremely irritating ‘Lazy Sunday’ and a load of other psych-rock fluff. These 50th anniversary editions have been remastered because that’s what you do nowadays.

BEAK>
>>>

Beak’s third album, >>>, follows on from > and >>. Does this show a lot or very little imagination when it comes to naming albums? Anyway, the classy electronic three-piece who are led by Portishead’s Geoff Barrow have taken another step forward and their sound grows along with the stages they’re invited to play on. LP and CD on Invada.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Moontribe
Moontribe

Rippling rhythms and deft descents into deep zones of satisfaction from Moontribe via Tel-Aviv’s Middle Eastern curio reissue label Fortuna Records. And a beautiful sleeve to boot. Who, what, when and why is Moontribe? While no answers to those are forthcoming, a load of splendidly absorbing sounds certainly are.

Medicine Boy
Lower

Berlin-based Cape Town duo Medicine Boy are now members of London’s Fuzz Club - just in time for their second LP! This one’s called Lower and positively brims with tension. When not actually tipping over into angsty, swirling noise-pop, the songs often sit anxiously right on the edge, ready to go.

Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam
Blackout Cowboy

Robert Pollard is referenced in the press release for the new album by Birmingham's Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam. They say it is because they’re comparing the band’s prolific nature to his, but I think the real reason is that the band have taken their name from a yet to be released Guided By Voices album. They don’t sound much like Guided By Voices, however. They are an indie rock band who seemingly never turn the fi up past mid, though, but with a bit more of an in-your-face attitude. Blackout Cowboy is their latest offering. LP on By The Time It Gets Dark.

Paternoster
Die Ersten Tage (The First Days)

Rare Austrian prog-providers Paternoster only ever released one album, but there is more to their story than that! They also made a soundtrack to a ‘hippie sci-fi’ film called Die Ersten Tage in 1971, which was never released on record… Until now! This presentation of the soundtrack additionally adds in demos from their debut album, also incredibly rare. A crucial addition to Paternoster history.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Charalambides
Charalambides: Tom and Christina Carter

Though Tom and Christina Carter have enjoyed long and varied solo careers, they are also known for their long running acid-fried improvisational duo Charalambides. You'd think from the title that this was a 'best of' of some sort but no this is a new studio album, delving deeper into their hypnotic world. Recorded over two sessions with no overdubs this is sure to be a fascinating take on the duo at work.      

Cave
Allways

Heady funkadelia jammers Cave are back, so come a-diving into their… rock chamber. Once again on Drag City, the nowadays quintet put this one together after a world tour and it’s quite a melting pot of giddy grooves. There’s electric bass, acid bass, gentle crescendos, muzak vocals, lots and lots of guitar and lots and lots of funk.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Univers Zero
Ceux Du Dehors

Ceux Du Dehors was the third album by Belgian prog band Univers Zero. The album is heavily influenced by American horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, whose short story, The Outsider (Ceux Du Dehors translates as Those From Outside) was read by each band member immediately before recording the album. The band’s sound has been likened to a darker version of that produced by classical minimalists Steve Reich and Philip Glass. Limited edition clear/red vinyl LP on Sub Rosa.

Rhys Bloodjoy
Love Is A Fucked Up Goddess (Parts II & I)

Noisy Manchester enfant terrible Rhys Bloodjoy has finally smashed together his first two noisy EPs: Love Is a Fucked Up Goddess: Parts I & II, sold out on cassette (50 copies each). But not anymore! Expect thick, thumping beats and painfully distorted guitars and vocals. The psychedelia here well buried underneath 6 feet of noise, revealing itself occasionally to the close listener.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Mountain Movers
Pink Skies

I thought the album art was a number of lollipops, it isn't. It's a number of trees that look like lollipops. Yes there is a pretty big difference. Pink Skies is the latest record by Mountain Movers and is available on a limited pink vinyl LP (that you're only going to get from indie stores) and on black vinyl LP. Released on Trouble In Mind. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Kris Gietkowski
Symmetric Communication

Full-on prog action from Kris Gietkowski! If you are a fan of the band Egg, then you’ve got to hear this, as Kris took their early material as his inspiration for Symmetric Communication. No trendy nonsense, just beautiful progressive rock fun. This is a joint release between Fruits de Mer and Strange Fish: a perfect match-up if ever there was one.
  • Vinyl LP (strange fish fourteen)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Movion
Blank

Brighton’s Drone Rock Records continues to live up to its name by releasing music associated with a) one or more drones and b) rock. This time it’s instrumental trio Movion of Turin, Italy, stirring up a batch of psychedelic and slightly droney post-rock with the thrillingly-titled Blank. Better than naming it after the album track ‘Stereo Individuals’, I suppose.
  • Vinyl LP (DRR019)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition

Les Big Byrd
Iran Iraq IKEA

The second LP from Stockholm rockers Les Big Byrd drops courtesy of the reliable PNKSLM Records (Miss World, Shit Girlfriend). Not sure who let them call this one Iran Iraq IKEA (Banksy, perhaps?), but either way this is a record of psych-y, hypnagog-y indie-garage. There are some lovely harmonies here that give tracks like ‘A Little More Numb’ a bit of an Ariel Pink/The War On Drugs feel.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Holger Czukay
Der Osten Ist Rot

Holger Czukay, core member of the crucial German experimental group Can, went on to produce a considerable quantity of weird and wonderful pop. Der Osten ist Rot (‘The East is Red’ as indeed it was in those days) is his fourth solo album, dating from 1984, and it is awash with humour, grooves, and all-round subversive life energy. Reissued by the Grönland label.

Holger Czukay
Rome Remains Rome

Holger Czukay, core member of the crucial German experimental group Can, also created weird and wonderful pop / krautrock music of his own. On 1987’s Rome Remains Rome, he has assistance not only from Can drummer Jaki Leibezeit, but also from Public Image Limited etc.’s Jah Wobble, plus a well-dropped sample of Pope John Paul II on one track. Fun stuff! Reissued on Grönland.

Groundhogs
Blues Obituary

Groundhog Day: Bill Murray’s opportunity for self-discovery repeated every day. Groundhogs Day: the same British album reissued on one format or another at least once every decade. Happy Groundhogs Day! Someone out there is determined for this band to remain in circulation, and with their prodigiously early take on psychedelic blues, you can hear why. This latest iteration also includes a few extras.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Kikagaku Moyo
Masana Temples

Rejoicing tears fill my eyes as the greatest psych rock band of our generation return from holiday. They put out a mini-LP a while ago but it simply wasn't enough, so on Masana Temples they go full blast again, continuing to mix and match stoner churn with ethereal distortion, anachronistic folk music and that ol' repetitive Krautrock stuff. All over the place but always captivating, Kikagaku Moyo do something inexplicable that others like them don't.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Boris
Live at Third Man Records

Last year the long-running Tokyo heavy rockers marked the ten year anniversary of their landmark stoner opus PINK by playing it in full and at massive volume at Nashville’s Third Man Records. Happily, the Blue Room is kitted out with a snazzy analogue recording setup, so the set was committed to (actual) tape. This limited Black Friday LP release features five tracks from that night (and a companion release of Earth’s support set is also available).

Exploded View
Obey

It's the Sacred Bones! Live from Brooklyn this time we've Exploded View, a band formed of members based in Mexico City and Berlin. On Obey they investigate the role of authority not just in our lives, but within the band itself. They do so with a rock'n'roll drenched in noise and sludge, stumbling forward but never falling down.