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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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GIULIANO SORGINI: Mad Town/ Ultima Caccia (Vinyl 7″)

GIULIANO SORGHINI: Mad Town/ Ultima Cacchia (Vinyl 7Rating: ★★★★★ If you dig psych-funk, you’ll think all your Christmases have come at once with this single that lifts the two funkiest cuts off Giuliano Sorgini’s OST album for 1974 Italian TV flick Zoo Folle. It’s the first time ever these two tracks have been on 45 and they have been remastered from the original tapes. First up is Mad Town, a sinuous flute-led instrumental that gradually builds in
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SIMFONYX: Der Maulwurf/ Eolomea

SIMFONYX:  Der Maulwurf/ EolomeaIt might be coming up for Christmas but here’s a glimpse of what the new year holds in store from Markey Funk’s Delights label – a SimfOnyx 45 entitled Der Maulwurf b/w Eolomea. The former track delivers crunchy retro sci-fi-isms that take their cue from East German cinema.  In practice, this means a staccato kick/snare drum pattern foregrounded due to sparse additional layers of
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LONGDISTANCE DAN: Lunar Activity EP

LONGDISTANCE DAN:  Lunar Activity EPSay ‘hello stranger’ to Long Distance Dan (or should that be LongDistanceDan?) who returns to Earth with more of his customary way out sound from way out on latest drop the Lunar Activity EP.  Boasting six tracks a logo from Kid Acne and cover art by Sun Moth, the EP was both written and produced by Dan and kicks off with Riding Lightning featuring an appropriately crunchy drum break and lashings of
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