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GHOST FUNK ORCHESTRA: Scatter

GHOST FUNK ORCHESTRA: ScatterTurns out it’ll be time for Ghost Funk Orchestra’s third studio LP in October and before that, here’s the first single, Scatter. A vocal cut, this one offers by turns smokey and shimmery soul-jazz theatrics that, say, Doris (of ‘Beatmaker’ fame) might have been pleased with back in the day, albeit with a heavy psych bridge in the second half. Cue surreal mod-film stylings on a video
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GROUP MODULAR: Per Aspera Ad Astra (Vinyl 7″)

GROUP MODULAR: Per Aspera/ Ad Astra If you like your psych-funk to be retro-futurist, not to mention chunky, you’d better believe Group Modular have got you covered. Why?  Because Markey Funk and Mule Driver’s outfit is back and damn if new 45 Per Aspera b/w Ad Astra isn’t a double beast. A-side Per Aspera opens with a hefty drum break emerging from ominous synth reverberations. As the track continues, additional percussion and
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WAX MACHINE: Springtime / Canto De Iemanja

WAX MACHINE: Springtime / Canto De IemanjaIt might, technically, be a very early summer release but Springtime is funky as well as folksy-psychedelic on Wax Machine’s new double A-side single ahead of the release of their self-produced Hermit’s Grove LP. I say ‘double A-side’, but it doesn’t look like this one’s taking physical form as a single so the other ‘side’ is basically a simultaneous digital release covering Vinicius De
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EL MICHELS AFFAIR: Kahbi

EL MICHELS AFFAIR: KahbiCinematic soul crew, El Michels Affair, return to the Turkish funk and Bollywood influenced territory of their Yeti Season LP with new one-off single Kahbi. Once again, the band get label mate Piya Malik of 79.5 on vocals and she supplies precisely the requisite amount of exotic promise you’d expect from such a drop. It would seem (at least currently) that this one is just a digital
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SURPRISE CHEF: Spring’s Theme (Vinyl 7″)

Actually the flip-side to the previously covered Velodrome on Surprise Chef’s forthcoming 45, Spring’s Theme is arguably the monkey’s preferred track of the two. That title Spring’s Theme though – an ode to the season of regeneration? Or is ‘Spring’ a character in a retro crime flick of the band’s imagining? It could pretty much function as both but either way – don’t
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WAX MACHINE: Guardians Of Eden

WAX MACHINE:  Guardians Of EdenThe rise of the new psychedelia continues with a new single from Wax Machine – Guardians Of Eden. The brain child of Lau Ro (born in Brazil, raised in Italy and the UK), the track draws from sixties West Coast fare as well as tropicalia and – with those vocals done tremolo style like Donovan on Hurdy Gurdy Man – a bit of sixties UK folk psych as well. Check the band image that
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THE IN SOUND COMPANY: Silk And Gunpowder/Our Tin Can Rocket (Vinyl 7″)

THE IN SOUND COMPANY: Silk And GunpowderThe latest addition to the mounting body of superb psychedelia coming out of Markey Funk’s Delights label is this new vinyl 7″ from The In Sound Company – and you know that ‘in sound’ is ‘wayyyy out’. The single is another collab. between Markey himself and RPS Surfers’ Shay Landa (like last year’s Oregano single ) with Silk And Gunpowder as the A-side. This turns out to be a
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KIND & KINKY ZOO: Swamp

Rating: ★★★★★ If you like your psych-funk heavy and have been paying attention over the last decade and more, you’ll have clocked Swiss outfit Kind & Kinky Zoo who’ve been maintaining a tight line in monster grooves with added flute fireworks. As far as releases used to go, they once were pretty much knights of the occasional table but of late, it seems, the monkey’s not the only one who
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LES DYNAMITES: Pop Oud#2 b/w No Oud (RADIO TRIP dub mix)

Oud Les Dynamites Radio TripRating: ★★★★★ There’s a massive treat for fans of funky psychedelia right here on Les Dynamites’ new vinyl 7″ Pop Oud#2, especially if you like your grooves full of eastern promise. The track foregrounds the instrument of the title over an uptempo funky drum break and a parping bassline resulting in something that brings things get about as close as they can get to psych-funky
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DIASONICS: Origin Of Forms

Did somebody say ‘Hussar funk’? Well, actually Diasonics themselves did though it’s as good a term as any to describe the fresh blend of super crisp and funky drum breaks that they couple with Eastern-tinged cinematic and psychedelic sounds. If you caught previous singles Gurami and Deviants, you’ll know exactly what the monkey’s on about and while both of those are on the Origin
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