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ADAM GIBBONS: Manhunt EP

If you’ve been scouring the interweb for when the next instalment of Adam ‘Lack Of Afro’ Gibbons’ soundtrack-to-a-film-that-doesn’t-exist, your target is in the open – for the Manhunt EP is out now.  It follows The Here We Go EP and constitutes the second part of what will be the Last Bastion LP when it drops on red vinyl in the summer. Those who caught the first one will be
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DJ FORMAT: Devil’s Workshop

DJ FORMAT:  Devil's WorkshopRating: ★★★★★ If ‘the devil makes work for idle hands’ then the pandemic has been nothing less than a veritable ‘devil’s workshop’ – so be glad at least two of the hands in question belonged to DJ Format who has summoned forth a suitably prodigious creative opus in the form of his new album entitled, naturally, Devil’s Workshop. Which
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SHAWN LEE’S PING PONG ORCHESTRA: Rocket Ship

Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra heads into outer space(funk) on new single Rocket Ship with little more than one heavy drum break, a simple bassline and falsetto vocals. True, there are a plethora of psychedelic FX and a number of occasional other instruments but they never overwhelm that central trinity. Oh – and it turns out the whole thing is written by Shawn Lee
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SAPRIA: Strain b/w Initiation (Vinyl 7″)

SAPRIA:  Strain b/w Initiation (Vinyl 7Rating: ★★★★★ If one label has become practically a byword for quality psych-funk and library-style music over the last few years, it’s Markey Funk’s Delights Records, so it’s always a pleasure to hear what’s next. And what’s next is new 45 Strain b/w Initiation. It’s the debut release from latest Delights signing Sapria – a project born out of a 2018 studio session and featuring an Israeli-German
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GHOST FUNK ORCHESTRA: Asphalt Homeland

GHOST FUNK ORCHESTRA: Asphalt HomelandPrepare to get spaced out with the Ghost Funk Orchestra on new single Asphalt Homeland. And while its name conjures a location characterised by a thick and gloopy construction product, the single itself is a light and ethereal slice of cinematic psych-soul.  The GFO project began as the brainchild of composer and multi-instrumentalist Seth Applebaum and has now
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EL MICHELS AFFAIR: Yeti Season LP

Yeti SeasonRating: ★★★★★ You knew, when El Michels Affair released tripped-out Eastern pysch-funk 45 Unathi b/w Zaharila all the way back in 2018, that there was a whole LP of this sort of stuff on the way. You just didn’t realise that it was going to be the album after the next album (which turned out to be last year’s Adult Themes) that they released.  Indeed, not only did you have to wait until the
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LUVMENAUTS: Extravehicular Activity EP

LUVMENAUTS:  Extravehicular Activity EPRating: ★★★★★ Toronto-based Luvmenauts engage in some Extravehicular Activity for their latest EP and you’ll be glad they did since this involves a six-track instrumental journey through all their favourite retro influences. The four-piece outfit venture down the seemingly never more popular ‘create a soundtrack for films that never existed,’ rabbit-hole having been inspired by library music
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GROUP MODULAR: Time Masters

GROUP MODULAR: Time MastersRating: ★★★★★ It might have been eight years since debut album The Mystery Of Mordy Laye but Group Modular are finally back with another album-length configuration of sci-fi, psych-funk adventures in the shape of Time Masters. I say ‘finally back’ – there’s a good chance that with the creative juices flowing the band had become utterly oblivious to quaint linear notions of time
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KIND & KINKY ZOO: Soif, Chameau, Pinot b/w Eau Chaude (VOODOOCUTS remix) (Vinyl 7″)

Rating: ★★★★★ Sounding none the worse for having undertaken a recent, crazy-ass, Japanese mini-tour, Switzerland’s Kind & Kinky Zoo turn once again to what they do best – providing discerning punters with monster psych-soul business.  A-side Soif, Chameau, Pinot for example, will give you the shivers emerging, as it does, from fuzzy retro-synth-bass pulses. It then
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LITTLE BARRIE & MALCOLM CATTO: After After

LITTLE BARRIE & MALCOLM CATTO: After AfterBlimey, MB was still active on Myspace and Blogger the last time the monkey covered any Little Barrie material! That notwithstanding, here’s this, a.k.a. new single After After – a fuzzed-out, psych-soul affair from the band that sounds like an instro-jam by Curtis Knight & The Butlers featuring a young guitarist by the name of James Hendrix. Not that that’s any cause for complaint
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