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The Rectifiers blew me away a few years ago with a remix album named 'Levy'. I dug it out the other week and it tripped me out again so what a surprise to find the guys are back with a new CD on Sensory Projects called 'Playtime for John Mountain' For me they're the true successors to Simian, the underrated Manchester psych-pop clan who fizzled out to become a cheesy electro disco act. Twinkling p ...

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Playtime For John Mountain by The Rectifiers
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8/10 Brian Staff review, 21 August 2008
The Rectifiers blew me away a few years ago with a remix album named 'Levy'. I dug it out the other week and it tripped me out again so what a surprise to find the guys are back with a new CD on Sensory Projects called 'Playtime for John Mountain' For me they're the true successors to Simian, the underrated Manchester psych-pop clan who fizzled out to become a cheesy electro disco act. Twinkling post Beach Boys melodies mingle with understated piano, lazy drums, string samples, brushed guitars, the vocals merely blissed lullabies and all dusted with kaleidoscopic electronic flourishes. It's nothing new (really doesn't NEED to be!), loads of times this sound has been attempted by lesser bands but these guys make such a warm, cinematic woozy sound and the songs breath all over your ears softly, caressing you, melting the days woes. It's a cup of tea after a hard day's work album for when you get home that'll get you in the mood to cook some delicious food (or maybe just indulge in something naughty be it narcotic or sexual!) It also shares it's patronage of classic bygone harmonies with the Elephant 6 brethren, that whole pastoral 60's vibe thoroughly dusted off for the modern age. Brilliant, inventive & timeless soul stirring pop!


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