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Sun Ra & His Myth-Science Solar Arkestra
Lost Ark Series Vol 1 & 2

Art Yard have put both volumes of their Lost Arkestra volumes into one package. Two 10” including several live recordings from rare and hard to find performances including Along Came Ra from 1983, two unreleased tracks from Sun Ra’s Disco 3000 tapes from their 1978 concert in Milan, as well...view item »

Al Chem
Weird Fiction

First full-length album from Al Chem, whose take on dub music is filtered through many layers of hazy electronics to become something else. Weird Fiction feels woozy and pressurised, like the mix could seep apart at any moment, a vibe that makes for enticing listening. Deep atmosphere stuff, released by Art Yard....view item »

Sun Ra and Solar Arkestra
On Jupiter

This is a mini album, and it immediately followed Languidity. Made for Sun Ra's Philadelphia jazz imprint, Saturn (incidentally, the planet that was Sun Ra's home, true believers), this album was Sun Ra's brilliant stab at funk. If Languidity was Sun Ra's dance album, this is most certainly his funk album. The definite highlight is "UFO", which ...view item »

Pat Patrick & The Baritone Saxophone Retinue
Sound Advice

Here’s a super rare one for you: a side-project from Sun Ra Arkestra member Pat Patrick. For his one and only record as a bandleader, Pat assembled The Baritone Saxophone Retinue, emphasising the larger horn for once. Sound Advice is at once a recognisable part of...view item »

Sun Ra and His Solar Arkestra
I Roam The Cosmos

A gorgeous live album from Sun Ra, everyone’s very favourite purveyor of cosmic space jazz. I Roam The Cosmos finds Ra and his Solar Arkestra in a fairly smooth and relaxed mode, with a spoken-word piece delivered by June Tyson at the centre of affairs. Yet anothe...view item »

Salah Ragab and The Cairo Jazz Band
A Tribute To Sun Ra / Latino In Cairo

By total coincidence I’m wearing Sun Ra on my T-shirt today and I’ve wound up with this 7” tribute to the great man on my review pile. I haven’t come across Salah Ragab and the Cairo Jazz Band before but this was recorded in the early ‘70s and sounds pretty much how you would expect - ...view item »

Sun Ra & His Band From Outer Space
Space Aura

Closing up my review marathon for this week is this delightful 10" from late, great jazz magician Sun Ra. It's totally enjoyable stuff, classic Ra if you will. These seem to be live recordings but were it not for the presence of applause between tracks I would not have guessed that because they're beautifully recorded.  ...view item »