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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.

UFO Över Lappland
UFO Över Lappland

UFO Över Lappland is a somewhat more literal name than it first appear to be (emphasis on the 'somewhat', mind). This group are actually from Lappland, and we understand how witnessing the majesty of the Aurora Borealis day in, day out might lead one to wonder every now and then if they were the work of some extraterrestrial beings. As for the music of this, their debut LP? With a name like that it was always going to be stoner rock.
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Sherpa
Tigris & Euphrates

Blissed-out Sherpa return to psych label Sulatron with Tigris & Euphrates. The Italian band’s second album slows down the pace of their triptastic, Krauty, East-gazing style. Though the melodic style is in a different tradition, they texturally almost come across like slowcore post-rock (Zelienople or Labradford) in the quietest sections.
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Claudio Simonetti's Goblin
Dawn Of The Dead

Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin is a resurrection of Goblin by founding member Simonetti who composed many soundtracks to cult horror films including Deep Red, Suspiria, and George A. Romero’s Dawn Of The Dead. Here is a 40 year anniversary re-release, with the full score as well as live versions and remixes/covers from Autogeddon, kETvECTOR, and Daemonia. Limited LP or CD on Rustblade.

Spiritualized
And Nothing Hurt

The new Spiritualized album really is just the work of one man, Jason Pierce, who wrote and recorded the album on a laptop in a small room in his east London home. Yet Pierce is so meticulous that he found a way of making the record sound like a studio session, and only things bigger than he could get up his stairwell were recorded in a studio. So, it's going to be interesting to hear how a band with such grandiose ideas as Spiritualized sound with such severe constraints on the recording process.  

Windhand
Eternal Return

Virginia rockers Windhand release their fourth LP via Relapse. It’s not often that you hear groups attempt to blend grunge, metal and psych-rock, but Windhand give it a good go on Eternal Return. The heavy riffs of tunes like ‘Grey Garden’ are pitched somewhere between Soundgarden, Sleep and Electric Wizard, while the vocals are equal parts Cobain and Hetfield. They often incorporate some nice melodic guitar playing into the tracks too.
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Love
Revisited

Love Revisited was a rather odd compilation of tracks from the first four Love albums. The Elektra years if you will. I guess it was originally intended as a starter point for those who hadn't already hooked on to the bands exquisite form of folk rock but given the success of Forever Changes it's rather odd to see only three tracks taken from the now legendary album. Still, it's a good place to start and if you don't trust that they did anything else as good as Forever Changes then this is proof to the contrary. 
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Mueller_Roedelius
Imagori II

The second collaborative LP between Christoph H. Müller (Gotan Project) and Hans-Joachim Roedelius (Harmonia, Cluster) drops via Grönland. Much like 2015’s Imagori, Imagori II is a collection of deep, patient downtempo electronica in the !K7/Kompakt mould. Guests include Miss Kenichi and, on ‘La Vie En Bleu’, Müller’s own daughter. Cute.
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Danielson
Snap Outtavit

Despite being known to dress as a tree, Daniel Smith is surely one of America's most underrated musicians. His Danielson Famile and Danielson and Bro Danielson records are wild joyful rides through the back roads of avant indie folk. Recent albums show a newfound maturity gained from being a dad and raising kids and (whisper it) are all the better for it.  
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Various
Follow The Sun

Compiled by Mikey Young (Total Control, Eddy Current Suppression Ring) and Keith Abrahamsson of Anthology Recordings and Mexican Summer, Follow The Sun traces the lesser known rock/pop/folk that came from Australia during the 70s. Ranging from psychedelic to the garage pop it’s a grand voyage of the undiscovered. Comes with download code.

Mirrors For Psychic Warfare
I See What I Became

Bearded, black-clad duo Mirrors for Psychic Warfare - that’s Scott Kelly (Neurosis) and Sanford Parker (Buried at Sea) - return to Neurot Recordings with I See What I Became. In one of the mirrors, no doubt. The pair churn out a fairly wicked concoction of slow, instrumental hardcore doom with a very electronic sound - there’s even sidechaining in there. Beard EDM.

Blackfield
Open Mind - The Best Of Blackfield

Long-serving rockers Blackfield issue a Best Of collection via Kscope. The band draw from a five-album discography for Open Mind, and the fifteen tunes here serve as a neat overview to the body of work Aviv Geffen and former Porcupine Tree member Steven Wilson have built up over the years. Though Blackfield’s music has taken in everything from chamber-pop to trip-hop down the years, all of their stuff has a strong whiff of The Bends/OK Computer-era Radiohead.
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39th & The Nortons
Mourning Waltz

Straight outta Paris come 39th & The Nortons, led by enthusiastic band creator Nick Wheeldon with a mission to resurrect the sixties in sonic form. Specifically, the group are after that lovely overlap between psychedelic guitars and organs, folky songcraft, and symphonic sweep. Mourning Waltz is released by Requiem Pour Un Twister.

Technical Space Composer's Crew
Canaxis 5

Back in the early days of Can, Holger Czukay was involved in a some other groups while also playing in the band. One was the Technical Space Composer’s Crew, a project with Rolf Dammers that was inspired by Czukay’s studies with Karlheinz Stockhausen. Originally released in 1969 - the same year as Can’s debut LP Monster Movie - Canaxis 5 sees the duo expand on the concrete techniques of Stockhausen. Strange radio incantations and static interference flit around Czukay’s bass playing on this eerie record.
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Holger Czukay
Movies

Holger Czukay's classic solo LP Movies from 1979 gets a timely reissue from Grönland and it's a lovely, crisp re-press of the remastered edition the label graced us with two years ago. A future-jazz masterpiece, the record includes the wonderful 'Cool In The Pool' (very welcome!) and the experimental pop-with-synth-workout 'Oh Lord Give Us More Money'. Czukay channels the funk of Chic and the cool of Steely Dan; 'Persian Love' yearns forlornly and the fifteen-minute-plus 'Hollywood Symphony' rollicks along over a rubbery, unstoppable groove.
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Holger Czukay, Jah Wobble, Jaki Liebezeit
Full Circle

Originally dropped in 1982, this meeting of minds now gets a reissue courtesy of Grönland. The minds behind Full Circle would have been quite the super-group at the time of the initial release - Holger Czukay and Jaki Liebezeit were on hiatus from Can, and Jah Wobble had only recently left Public Image Ltd. As one might expect, this is an upstart mixture of Krautrock, dub and groove-punk. Good clean fun.
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Crystal Jacqueline
Live

A live album comprising an unauthorised bootleg from Sonic Rock Solstice Festival 2017, since reclaimed and cleaned up by Jacqueline Crystal and Icarus Peel themselves. Now fit for official release via the band’s frequent collaborators Mega Dodo, it’s a chance to hear their psych-folk ballads in a more raw and vulnerable setting.
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Dunbarrow
Dunbarrow II

RidingEasy (Here Lies Man, Monolord) drop the second LP from Norwegian metalheads Dunbarrow. Dunbarrow II features some cuts of hard rock very much of the Black Sabbath school. Singer Espen Andersen’s Ozzy impression is uncanny at times, and the rest of the group serve up riffs aplenty across the record’s nine tracks.

Flamingods
Kewali Remixed EP

Flamingods follow-up 2017’s Kewali EP with a selection of remixes for the impressive Byrd Out (Andrew Weatherall, Mad Professor, Mosca). Kewali Remixed is a nice and varied triple-threat. Vanishing Twin run with the frenzied psychedelia of the Flamingods sound on their flip of ‘Bhima’, Richard Norris turns in a cosmic bit of acid-disco, and the title track is slowed down to a Balearic lilt by Stealing Sheep.

The Holydrug Couple
Hyper Super Mega

Chilean psychsters The Holydrug Couple return to Sacred Bones for their third LP on the esteemed indie imprint. The band have said all the right things in the run-up to Hyper Super Mega, talking us through their frustration with capitalism and their despair at the oncoming ecological apocalypse as well as name-checking The Beatles and The Beach Boys. This eleven-track record backs up what they've said thus far. All in all it’s quite a bit like Tame Impala.
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Stoned Jesus
Pilgrims

Napalm Records (Skindred, Alestorm) release the fourth LP from Ukrainian group Stoned Jesus. If it wasn’t apparent from their name, this band deal primarily in stoner rock and they’re definitely very pleased that Pilgrims’ second track clocks in at exactly 4:20. Stoned Jesus’ sound is not as skull-shaking as genre titans like Sleep. A lot of their music is relatively lean by the conventions of the genre - moments here could pass for Deftones.

The Primals
All Love Is True Love

The Primals sound exciting. They feature members of Darkest Hour, Dead to Fall and the Explosion and are said to be bringing back the visceral thrill of grunge. Their thrilled record label Southern Lord suggest that fans of Wand, Ty Segall, Nirvana, and Pixies may want to take especially keen interest.  
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The Myrrors
Fuzz Club Session

The Myrrors got their name by putting the word ‘Mirror’ into an online psychedelic band name generator and pluralising it….or so I heard, anyway. The Arizona band, whose sound evokes the desert landscape they call home mixed with Eastern psychedelic rock and expansive instrumentation that includes violins and droned vocals have recorded a three track session for London’s Fuzz Club label. The label are big fans of the band, so invited them over. And Fuzz Club just know. 180g vinyl LP on Fuzz Club.
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Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters
Come & Chutney

From their name, their album title and the fact that Come & Chutney is released on ‘slurry brown’ vinyl, it’s safe to say that the three blokes behind Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters like to laugh. But did you also know that they like to fuzz? They fuzz hard on this LP, recalling Weedeater but with a little more spring in their step. Out on Riff Rock, which is less a label name than a description of what's to come.

Popera Cosmic
Les Esclaves

Well looky what Finders Keepers have unearthed now: it's only a super-rare classic French psych album! The original 1969 pressing of Popera Cosmic's only LP 'Les Esclaves' (The Slaves) was deleted long ago and fetches silly money regularly enough on-line. Talking of which, it's probably the first record made to now feature in all 3 of Discogs' Rock, Pop and Classical main genre categories. Although that'll need to be fact checked. Anyway, it's a rock-street-theatre-opera, no less and is more than likely ace and at the very least, interesting.
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Various
Convenanza 2018

Are you ready to get really, really psyche-d? In various ways? Well, the artists on the latest compilation from Swedish label Höga Nord hope so. It's Convenanza 2018, after the festival of the same name. It's a pretty varied collection of artists to reflect the fun times; they include: electro supremos Woodleigh Research Facility (Weatherall & Walsh); Glasgow's Komodo Kollektif; the garage psych of The Limiñanas, and more! 
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The Oscillation
U.E.F

Famed world over [citation needed] as both psychlords and punks, it's good to see Demian Castellanos' band The Oscillation back in business. It's their fifth LP and you better believe it when we tell you it comprises two songs, twenty minutes each, leaning in on Castellanos' solo approach to electronica and kosmische. Less groove, more groan, as U.E.F. takes his band to challenging new places.

Sungod
Wave Refraction

Texan label HoloDeck (Marie Davidson, Dylan Cameron) present an LP of freakiness, deakiness and various other -eekinesses from Sungod. Wave Refraction is at that nexus of psych-rock, prog and electro-rock that The Flaming Lips sometimes get close to. That said, where Wayne Coyne et al tend to reign in their Pink Floyd-isms with a deference to songcraft, Sungod head gleefully to the outer-reaches of sound. Cosmic.
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Steve Marriott
Get Down To It

This long awaited career spanning anthology from the late Small Faces leader Steve Marriott contains three decades worth of rarities, unreleased stuff and live recordings. Compiled by the guy who runs the Small Faces fan club this is a treasure trove of rarities perfect for a Sunday Afternoon etc (oh dear). 

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
If I Love You

12” vinyl re-issue of If I Love You?, an EP released by the legendary Brian Jonestown Massacre back in 2001. A seven-track collection, it acted as a bit of a clearing house. The first three tracks on side one are version of songs from Bravery, Repetition & Noise, while the second side houses unused tracks that date right back to the band’s origins in the early Nineties. 

OGOD (Over-Gain Optimal Death)
More Hearing

Some abbreviations are so obscure they need their own parenthesized definition in the same sentence to be understandable, which to me has always seemed a bit excessive. OGOD (Over-Gain Optimal Death) is one of those, but then again they also forewent the demands of grammar in addition to those of concise writing. More Hearing brings more of the noisy hardcore that we’ve come to expect from these prolific Californians. Lots of mids and highs on this one. All in all NB (not bad).
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Spacemen 3
Forged Prescriptions

Spacemen 3’s 1987 LP The Perfect Prescription is rightly showered with praise to this day. The band were in a purple patch at the time they made their sophomore full-length, and new compilation Forged Prescriptions shows just how many great ideas the Spacemen had floating around at the time. This set of demos, alternate versions and previously-unreleased material is a great window on to how one of the all-time great psychedelic rock bands went about their business.
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Amon Duul II
Hijack

Hijack by Amon Duul II is one of their underappreciated classics. They  were famed for such classics of psychedelia and krautrock as 1969's Phallus Dei and 1971's Tanz Der Lemminge. It could be said that they stretched the boundaries of their genre here adding some funky brass, chamber pop strings and samba beats. Ripe for rediscovery! Reissue LP on 8th Records.
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Various
Try A Little Sunshine - The British Psychedelic Sounds of 1969

The high tide of psychedelic music may have happened some two years previously, but by 1969 the scene had become more fragmented: either chart-orientated, manufactured 'bubblegum' pop or it had mutated into heavier, 'serious' rock. The British wave incorporated more eclectic sounds, so 'Sunshine' Psych was born, as heard on new Grapefruit compilation Try A Little Sunshine - The British Psychedelic Sounds of 1969, encompassing 4 hours of tunes from a diverse, colourful and eventful decade end.
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Odeon
Galaxies

Captain’s log, star date 2018-02. We’ve received a transmission from the four-person crew of the vessel Odeon, in the Edizioni Mundo sector. Title Galaxies, it appears to be a series of immaculate references to psychedelic 1970s Italian film soundtracks and 1980s synthpop. It is clearly the work of some serious connoisseurs. We are not yet sure what this fabulous space music means, but we like it.

Various
A Kaleidoscope Of Sounds (Psychedelic & Freakbeat Masterpieces)

A Kaleidoscope Of Sounds (Psychedelic & Freakbeat Masterpieces) is a box set of 7 obscure 7” singles that collectors have been searching and paying ridiculous sums of money for since the ‘60s. The set has been compiled by Phil Smee. It is reckoned that buying the original versions of these singles could set you back the best part of twelve grand! Hmmm….buy this instead. Artists include: Caleb, Fleur De Lys, Kaleidoscope, The Wimple Witch and The Longboatmen.

Alexander Tucker
Don't Look Away

Don’t Look Away completes the trio of LPs that the Grumbling Fur's Alexander Tucker started with 2011’s Dorwytch. It’s a record of whimsical, finely-crafted, Brian Eno-esque pop. Factory Floor's Nik Void guests on the hypnotic, droning 'Gloops Void (Give It Up)'. This one's out via Thrill Jockey.

The Telescopes
Stone Tape

6 more tracks of distorted noise and out there shoegaze from Stephen Lawrie's now pretty legendary thirty year old project. This time it's a bunch of racket and improvisation exploring 'Stone Tape Theory whereby inanimate objects can absorb energy from living beings. 'Scuse me while I go shout at my sausages.  

Me and My Kites
Is it Real or is it Made?

Second album from Me and My Kites, a flighty collection of songs that breeze past the listener so laden with summer that you could catch hayfever. Is It Real Or Is It Made? was recorded in Norway, and there is, from time to time, an audibly Scandinavian touch to the vocals. LP released by Porcelain Records.

Lumerians
Call Of The Void

The Void has clearly called up Lumerians and just told ‘em to keep on doing what they’re doing, man. The Californian space-rockers have heeded said Call Of The Void and turned in another psychedelic smorgasbord, this time getting the people at Fuzz Club (King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard, Night Beats) to do the heavy lifting. Krautrock, free jazz, drone, Zamrock - they’re all neatly assimilated into this stylishly unkempt LP.
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Ved
Omikron

Ved is a vast, ever changing musical collective which began as a solo project for Mattias Nihlén. As you probably guessed from ‘collective’, on Omikron the group make a varied prog rock that borrows from electronic music, German kosmische sounds and the stranger reference points of Surf and Looney Tunes cartoons.
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Bernard Estardy
Space Oddities 1970-1982

Bernard Estardy had one of the most influential careers in French pop. From his studio the late producer helped shape the sounds of artists including Francoise Hardy and Claude Francois. As well as working behind the scenes for singers he was always tinkering at the controls and made many solo records of experimental Library pop throughout the second half of the 20th Century. Space Oddities 1970-1982 sees Born Bad Records (La Femme, Francis Bebey) collate a few choice nuggets from Estardy’s extensive body of oddities.

Les Big Byrd
A Little More Numb

Stockholm’s PNKSLM Recordings (Thee MVP’s, Beach Skulls) drop - surprise, surprise - a new psych-rock record. This one is a 7” that comes courtesy of Les Big Byrd, an old friend of the label. Both tunes on A Little More Numb are the more of the sort of pleasant Krauty psychedelia that characterised last year's ‘Two Man Gang’ single for PNKSLM. Only 400 copies available.
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Spectrum
Highs, Lows, and Heavenly Blows

That title is just … wow. Ok. Highs, Lows And Heavenly Blows (hi mum) originally dropped in 1994 and now gets a reissue via Medical Records (Pram, Martin Jenkins). The main protagonist in Spectrum is ex-Spacemen 3 member Sonic Boom, and the influence of that group’s gnarled psychedelic fantasia is very much on display here. These trippy soundscapes meet in the middle of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Orb and Screamadelica-era Primal Scream.
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Animal Collective
Tangerine Reef

2018 is the International Year of the Reef, a project which aims to bring attention to the beauty of our friends beneath the waves as well as the massive amount of harm humanity has caused them. To commemorate it Animal Collective will produce their second audiovisual album Tangerine Reef (the first was ODDSAC) in collaboration with Coral Morphologic. It's an obvious pairing, coral reefs are colourful, psychedelic, and most importantly, animals.

Yawning Man
The Revolt Against Tired Noises

Active for over thirty years, Palm Desert, California-based stoner rock trio Yawning Man didn’t begin releasing albums till 2005. So here’s just their sixth full-length, boasting a beautiful cover painting of a rather formidable rabbit and chock-full of thick, mainly instrumental melodic scuzz. When vocals do appear they’re on songs such as ‘Catamaran’, a new version of an old favourite covered by KYUSS as far back as ‘95.
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Boris / Joe Volk
Split


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Samara Lubelski
Flickers At The Station

Samara Lubelski is an experimental musician with plenty of credentials in the world of avant-garde improvisation and suchlike, but here on Flickers At The Station she brings her musicianship and songwriting into the service of highly listenable psychedelic pop music, with the kind of lush mystique of some of the best sixties beat combos. LP on Drawing Room Records.

Genesis
Nursery Cryme

Nursery Crime was the third Genesis album and was originally released in 1971. It was notable for being the first to feature guitarist Steve Hackett and some drummer bloke named Phil Collins. Their inclusion completed what many fans believe to be the classic Genesis line-up. 180g vinyl LP on Virgin/EMI.

Heron Oblivion
Heron Oblivion

Heron Oblivion are a new group, assembled from members of a remarkable selection of bands: Comets On Fire, Howlin’ Rain and Six Organs Of Admittance are all represented, and Meg Baird leads the proceedings. This self-titled debut has a classic 60’s psychedelic sound, Baird’s voice setting the tone. 
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Comets On Fire
Blue Cathedral

Comets on Fire are a Californian group who play a noisy and heavy take on psychedelic rock. There's also a heavy dose of blues and stoner rock here on their third album 'Blue Cathedral' too. Their sound is similar to outfits like Dead Meadow, Bardo Pond and Colour Haze and they feature a member of Heron Oblivion. You may have even seen them feature on the ace documentary 'Such Hawks Such Hounds', a feature length film documenting the heavier and weirder end of psychedelia, metal and drone rock. 
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Drug Cult
Drug Cult

Debut outing from members of Sun Of Man and Megaritual under their new guise - Drug Cult. Hazy and very very heavy indeed, this is a huge dose of psychedelics through an Electric Wizard filter. Fuzzed riffs that is a must for fans of Baba Naga and the likes. CD, LP and Limited Deluxe CD on ritual Productions.

Various
The Self Preservation Society

Throwback artisans ECC Records have spent three years curating this compilation. They’ve taken standards from The Best Era For Music - ‘Sunshine Of Your Love’, ‘White Rabbit’, ‘Kashmir’ and so forth - and got a load of young pretenders to ‘update them’, so to speak. The result is thirty-four tracks that’ll please your uncle. Comes in a nice triple-gatefold package.

Carl Weingarten
Living In The Distant Present

Carl Weingarten is a long underrated ambient slide guitarist. Hopefully, this reissue of his 1985 album, Living in The Distant Present, can change that. His music is deeply meditative, and will be comfortingly familiar to fans of new age music. Most impressively, Weingarten manages to find the ambient slide guitar equivalent of shredding. 

Negro
Clase media

Valencia’s Fernando Junquera, performing as Negro, is a solo guitarist whose mastery of his instrument allows his music to smoothly encompass a world of sounds, from American primitive to Tortoise-tinged post-rock to deep Loren Connors style ambience. Clase media is the third Negro solo album, and it is out on the La Castanya label.

Benny Trokan
Gone / Turn Back You Fool

Gone/Turn Back is Benny Trokan’s first solo outing. He has previously played bass with The Jay Vons, Reigning Sound and Lee Field’s Expressions. Here he offers up two songs, one an electric twelve-string led west coast psych strummer and one that’s is more difficult to pin down to one genre, but is delivered with a raw ‘60s teen beat swagger. 7” single on Wick.
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O’Seis
Suicida / Apocalipse

No, this isn’t the latest incarnation of (Thee) Oh Sees. In fact, it’s a previous incarnation of Os Mutantes. Three of those who would go on to form OM - Rita Lee and the Baptista brothers - were members of O’Seis. 1966 single Suicida/Apocalipse was the group's only release, but both tracks fizz with energy and spark. Neatly prefaces the tropicalia/psych-rock explosion that OM would spearhead a few years later.

Gulp
All Good Wishes

Gulp are comprised of Super Furry Animals Guto Pryce alongside Lindsey Leven and Gid Goundrey and have become rather expert at making psychedelic mini kraut gems which have a certain pop nous to them that recalls both their parent band and the likes of Stereolab. The band have an inventive and free flowing way of making music that ensure that they blend disparate influences into a sound all their own.  

OHHMS
Exist

OOHMS are here with their second album which should be a right favourite in our office.  They make heavy heavy prog with nods way back to the '70s likes of Pink Floyd and the Soft Machine and the more bang up to date the Mars Volta. Tin hat time for those too fainthearted for wiggly, wibbly progressive rock. 

Pink Floyd
A Foot In The Door (The Best Of Pink Floyd)

A rather strange 'best of' Pink Floyd that veers around their career including all their big hits and classic songs and a few lesser known album tracks as well. This has been long out of print and has now been remastered 2018 style. If you are at all curious as to what the fuss was about then this is a good place to quickly get a grip on their career. 
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Warp Transmission
Process Ultra

The second release from Finland’s premier fuzzed out pych troop Warp Transmission, this time they went all out, stepping away from rehearsal recordings and bring a fully produced behemoth in the form of Process Ultra. Mastered by a master - John McBain (Monster Magnet, Hater, Queens Of the Stone Age) these walls of amp crushing fuzz are closing in, and you’re gonna love it.
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Koolaid (Holy Sunshine!)
Koolaid (Holy Sunshine!)

Koolaid (Holy Sunshine!) by Koolaid (Holy Sunshine!) (some may know them as Koolaid, others may know them as Holy Sunshine!) is your true hippie go-to should you wish to relive your younger days as a progressive peace promoter. This record is available on vinyl LP and CD, and is released on K.Ultrax. 

Various
Brown Acid: The Third Trip

Named after a bad batch of LSD that circulated at 1969's Woodstock Festival, Brown Acid: The Third Trip is the third in a series of critically acclaimed compilation albums by RidingEasy records. Featuring rare/unreleased tracks from bands like Factory, Grand Theft and Chook, this Vinyl LP is a unique journey through a world of hard-hitting psychadelic rock and metal.

Crimen
Silent Animals

The latest freaky tome to be released by Fuzz Club is the debut LP by Italian trio Crimen. Despite Silent Animals being their first crack at a full-length the group have been together over a decade at this point, and the well-worn chemistry between the three of them is a boon for the band. Music-wise we veer between poles of Wooden Shjips-y slinks (‘Flahzz’) and electro-punk-tinged garage-rock numbers (‘Six Weeks’).

Ultra Satan
Freedom Rock / Anti-Clock

Gothenburg’s Höga Nord Rekords (Andrew Weatherall, Dungeon Acid) drop their second 7” by Ultra Satan. The follow-up to ‘USA’/‘USB’ sees the maverick artist streamline his approach without losing any of his potency. It’s still cosmic, psychedelic post-Kraut, but this is more kinetic and propulsive. It’s thrilling for it, too - ‘Anti-Clock’ sounds like the very best bits of David Byrne and Brian Eno’s My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts.
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Hanterhir
The Saving Of Cadan

Hanterhir is by all accounts a massive project of musicians, oddballs and hangers-on, who hung out together in the deep Cornish countryside to make this outsized record. The Saving Of Cadan was a mammoth undertaking which brings together strands of freak rock, post-punk, hip-hop, electronica, psych-folk and more in the cohesive yet sprawling smorgasbord spanning 3 LPs or 2 CDs. From those equally expansive folk at Easy Action records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Butterfield Blues Band
East-West

Paul Butterfield put the blues into blues harp. In the ‘60s, if you wanted harmonica-led blues music, then you listened to The Butterfield Blues Band. The US combo first made their mark in 1963, but it was their 1966 LP East-West that really caught people’s ears. The band featured guitarist Mike Bloomfield, who has also played with some singer/songwriter called Bob Dylan. Jerome Arnold played bass - his blues credentials stand up to some scrutiny having also played with Howlin’ Wolf as do the credentials for drummer Billy Davenport who can claim to have played with Willie Dixon, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and Otis Rush. 180g LP on Music On Vinyl.

Cosmic Invention
Help Your Satori Mind

Masaki Batoh was more than a decade deep into his time with Ghost when he formed Cosmic Invention. Intended as a fun and carefree endeavour to contrast with the intensity of his commitments with Ghost, Batoh and his group made one LP, 1997’s Help Your Satori Mind. More than twenty years on and Drag City are issuing the album on wax for the first time. It’s a nice hybrid of classic psych- and hard-rock styles - the guitar parts on ‘Blue Link Sky Was Falling’ are particularly lovely. This re-release also marks the first time that ‘Long Jamming’ has appeared on the record.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Kano
Runes

The first thing to say about this is that it’s not by the grime legend Kano. In fact, Runes is about as far away from ‘P’s And Q’s’ as it’s possible to get. Originally released in 1986 under the names of both Kano and Don Campbell - again, nothing to do with the Lover’s Rock singer - Runes is a spare, haunting record that teeters on the border between New Age music and ritual/dark ambient. Re-released by Subliminal Sounds.

Various
Static Fruit

Fruits de Mer and Static Caravan are two boutique labels with long-term vision and a deep engagement with their chosen fields of music. Here they share wax for the first time, each putting forward two acts: Art Of The Memory Palace and Cheval Sombre from the Caravan, Jack Ellister and The Insektlife Cycle from the Fruits. 7” of Static Fruit!
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Earth Girl Helen Brown
Four Satellites Vol. 1

Four Satellites comprises of selected tracks from Earth Girl Helen Brown’s four EPs released through Empty Cellar Records through 2017 and 2018, each one named and themed by the planets Mars, Saturn, Venus and mercury. The ludicrous lineup of collaborators for this project includes Bart Davenport, Ty Segall, Tim Cohen and many others.

Us and Them
When I Was Walking

Having put out a lilting psychish-folkish album with Mega Dodo Records in 2015, Swedish duo Us and Them return to the label with a lilting psychish-folkish double-A. I’m going to take a punt and guess that they’ve lifted their name from the Pink Floyd song. 7”. Sleeves are hand-numbered so it’s a good job they’re only making 150 of them because any more would likely mean cramping for the numberer in question.
  • Vinyl 7" (MEGA5)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Thousand Foot Whale Claw
Black Hole Party

While it may be based in the heart of Texas, there’s neither much yee- nor -haw! to the releases of Holodeck Records. Indeed, the Austin label tends towards 80s-flavoured techno and synthwave tracks from the likes of Marie Davidson and S U R V I V E. They stick to their guns on the latest LP from Holodeck inner-circle members Thousand Foot Whale Claw. Black Hole Party is a record of retro thrills that wouldn’t sound out place soundtracking a scene from Stranger Things.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Blacklab
Under The Strawberry Moon

Winners of my favourite album art for the year, please say hello to Blacklab, an Osaka local band who make barely decipherable evil. With a few of the layers in their musical trifle consisting of fuzzy texture, they top everything off with a big helping of doom. The lo-fi production and noisy carelessness that sums up Under the Strawberry Moon is indicative of their unflinching, uncompromising attitude. Cool. 

Hontatedori
Konata Kanata

Hontatedori is comprised of Tokyo-based musical trio Taku Unami, Moé Kamura and Tetuzi Akiyama. Although certainly recognised as individual performers of some stature, ‘Konata Kanata’ is nevertheless their sophomore album following 2013's self-titled debut LP. The record generously gives us more of Kamura's endearingly fragile voice, planted between the twin crystalline sound-worlds of Unami and Akiyama's explorative guitars. Around the edges of the tapestry you might discover a fringe thread of subtle funk, chilled psychedelia or refracted film score. LP only, on the Blue Chopsticks label; David Grubbs' Drag City affiliate.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Weeed
This

Now This is more like it. Portland’s Weeed return with another dispatch of long-form Black Sabbath worship. Four lengthy jams on this LP which combine all manner of stonerisms - psych, Kraut, noise, metal, even a little gnawa - without ever bringing things on too heavy. Plenty of fun to be had here, especially if you like Goat, Wooden Shjips and so on.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Big Blood
Operate Spaceship Earth Properly

Psych/folk crackpots Big Blood return with Operate Spaceship Earth Properly. Thematically it explores science fact and fiction, and the blurring in between. Imagine the ‘70s acid folk of Comus combined with some heavy riffage, then send that to planet weirdo and you’re part way there. LP on Feeding Tube Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Rolling Stones
Their Satanic Majesties Request - 50th Anniversary Edition

Following the hullabaloo about the 50th Anniversary edition of the Beatles 'Sgt Pepper's...' we now get a bespoke four disc re-vamp of their great rivals the Rolling Stones similarly ambitious Their Satanic Majesties Request. This was the album in which they experimented with psychedelia, sound effects and unconventional song structures. Bonkers and groundbreaking. 

Bart De Paepe
Pagus Wasiae

Bart De Paepe’s debut album for Belgian label Beyond Beyond Is Beyond, Pagus Wasiae, channels Tangerine Dream, Cluster, Taj Mahal Travellers and the most ethereal works of Pink Floyd. His dynamic use of synths, guitars and understated beats creates an album that you can wrap yourself up in and forget about the world outside. LP on Beyond Beyond Is Beyond.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Sun Araw
Guarda In Alto (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Sun Araw, king of the deep-space psych-dub herbal drone, turns his lysergic attentions to the film Guarda In Alto, a parallel-universe fantasia directed by Fulvio Risuleo. Here we get large dose of avant-house and computer music as well as our usually scheduled Araw programming, with great success. Guarda In Alto stretches luxuriantly across three sides of vinyl (with an etching on the fourth), or a CD.

Beautify Junkyards
The Invisible World of Beautify Junkyards

The third LP for Lisbon hypnagogicists Beautify Junkyards sees the group sticking to the rose-tinted music that landed them on Ghost Box in the first place. The Invisible World of Beautify Junkyards brings together English acid folk stylings, Brazilian tropicalia, Iberian psych and the German Kosmische to create a style that sounds suspended in space and time. Stereolab and Os Mutantes come to mind, but Beautify Junkyards are out on their own with this one.

Three Dimensional Tanx
A Compulsion For Propulsion

Favoured by the Spacemen 3 and one-time backers of Damo Suzuki, Lancastrian group Three Dimensional Tanx clearly know their onions when it come to psych-rock. Their fifth LP A Compulsion For Propulsion incorporates elements of garage, fuzz, Kraut and other things of that ilk across fifteen mostly-short, mostly-sharp tunes. Can, Devo, Neu!, you know the drill.

White Manna
Pan

White Manna are fuzzing out again! Time to dive into Pan, their newest record, filled with distorted psych rock. Mixed by Phil Manley, the album is packed with raw energy. Cruise through the ancient forest of Northern California while sounds distort into colors and light. Released on vinyl in a bunch of colors!
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Frank Zappa
Chunga's Revenge

A typically straight-laced affair from Frank Zappa here. First pressed in 1970, Chunga’s Revenge marks the beardy weirdy’s first album with a Mothers Of Invention lineup that included former Turtles Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman. Musically it’s … well, it’s Frank Zappa, so it’s more a case of bands sounding like him rather than the other way round. This reissue is the first vinyl release of the LP for three decades.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Culto Al Qondor
Templos

After a brief stint in the mid-2000s under the name Qondor, members of Peruvian psych-rock groups La Ira de Dios and Serpentina Satelite reform as Culto al Qondor and drop an LP on Drone Rock Records (GNOB, Stupid Cosmonaut). Templos contains four lengthy exercises in drone rock (who’d have thought, eh?) and rhythm-driven psych. It’s a cut above your average delays-and-drums affair - the beat work particularly interesting, bringing to mind a  combination of Neu! and Cankun.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

RF Shannon
Trickster Blues

The 2017 debut LP from RF Shannon gets a UK release via Fuzz Club (Sonic Jesus, The Underground Youth). Band leader Shane Renfro has come up with eight evocative psych-pop cuts for Trickster Blues which will appeal to those of a Tame Impala/Whitney disposition. The songs are expertly crafted and nicely captured. Perfect summertime listening.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Motorpsycho
Roadwork Vol. 3

Roadwork Vol.3 by Norwegian psychedelic prog rockers, Motorpsycho captures the band stretching themselves to magnificent lengths, adding improvisation to create fantastic versions of classics such as Hogwash and STG. The material was recorded at Amsterdam’s Paradiso Club in 2002 and was previously only available as part of the Haircuts DVD. This has been remastered for vinyl by Helge Sten. LP and CD on Rune Grammafon.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Blown Out
Sun Rot

Blown Out fans, here’s a chance to reacquaint yourselves with the band’s origins: Sun Rot, their first ever release, is now getting a vinyl reissue, four years and three sold-out cassette runs since Sun Rot’s initial release. The band’s spacey music is already epic here, even through the early lo-fi edges that pleasingly colour the sound. Reissued by Riot Season.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Träden
Träden

Well, what have we here? Nothing other than a brand-new *double* album from Träden no less, formerly known of course as Träd Gräs och Stenar. Their truncation from 'Trees, Grass and Stones' to merely 'The Trees' has done nothing to lessen or dampen the edges of their sound. Simply self-titled 'Träden' this latest sprawling opus takes in the various, awesome spectacles of mossy, serene nature, the woods etc., and was stitched together from chugging jam sessions, hard graft and not a little perspiration. Earthy, trance-inducing, patchouli-scented psych-rock. Naturally. 2xLP in a limited edition, gatefold sleeve -- or on CD -- on Subliminal Sounds.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Ray Barbee
Tiara For Computer

The Tiara For Computer, the latest LP from Ray Barbee, we find the skater, photographer and most importantly (for our purposes) musician playing around with synths. Along with a band including John Herndon (Tortoise) Barbee has created a weird, fun record that skirts between instrumental synth-pop, Krauty-psych and slightly techy, slightly Afro-funky workouts. Think The Physics House Band, Battles, Zammuto, that sort of thing.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The 4th Movement
The 4th Movement

The recent revival of interest in 1970s Detroit proto-punk trio Death has lead to a re-release for an album the brothers Hackney made under the name The 4th Movement. Originally self-distributed in 1980, The 4th Movement sees the group retain the fuzzed hard-rock sound of Death but narrow their lyrical focus to one thing - our saviour Jesus Christ. This new pressing comes courtesy of Drag City.

Wargirl
Arbolita

New Cali group Wargirl debut with an impressive five-track EP. Arbolita is a tremendous New-Wave record that blends a classic punk energy with dub, Motown, disco, psych-rock and other sounds. Blondie, The Slits and The B-52’s all spring to mind - in particular ‘Little Girl’ sounds like a nu-school take on a cut from Parallel Lines.

Tobias Petersson
Amon Duul II and the Birth of Krautrock 1968-1972

If you’re a fan of Krautrock you no doubt can wax lyrical about its heavy germanic electronic brilliance. Amon Düül II were at the forefront of the movement, and this book from Tobias Peterson contains everything you need to know about the band and the sound that could only have been birthed in a German still divided by Cold War tension and misery. Hardcover book, 160 pages.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Various
(The Microcosm): Visionary Music of Continental Europe, 1970-1986

Acting as a sequel to Light in the Attic’s I Am The Center, The Microcosm delves further into experimental new age electronic compositions from the 70s and 80s. Mapping a peaceful yet strange world between prog, psych and ambient electronica. With pieces from Vangelis, Roedelius, Ash Ra Tempel, Popol Vuh, Bernard Xolotl, Robert Julian Horky and Enno Velthuys.

Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention
Burnt Weeny Sandwich

Often closer to idiot than genius on the genius/idiot spectrum, Frank Zappa nonetheless had both an incredible moustache and a career which spanned all kinds of styles and mediums. This 1970 album has been lovingly restored by the Zappa family trust who are slowly re-issuing his large and sprawling back catalogue. At the time of release the album was actually a posthumous Mothers of Invention record after Zappa dissolved the band and is comprised of studio and live elements.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Cavern of Anti-Matter
Hormone Lemonade

Tim Gane's Cavern Of Anti-Matter return with their third studio album continuing their journey into the bowels of kraut rock by way of modular synths and homemade drum machines. Hormone Lemonade still has the loose improvised feel that will be familiar to those in awe of their previous offerings.