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PROJECT GEMINI: Path Through The Forest / The Ritual (Vinyl 7″)

PROJECT GEMINI: Path Through The Forest / The Ritual (Vinyl 7Rating: ★★★★★ In what must surely be the monkey’s favourite Delights Records release so far, the label drop Project Gemini’s new 45 – Path Through The Forest. Those familiar with the Delight’s psych-funky output will already suspect this is a path leading to ritual sacrifice at the very least and what should the B-side be called but…The Ritual. Told you. Still, at least the journey is highly groovy
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ALESSANDRO ALESANDRONI: Afro Discoteca – Reworked and Reloved by CALIBRO 35, JOLLY MARE, L.U.C.A. and pAd (Vinyl 12″)

ALESSANDRO ALESANDRONI:  Afro Discoteca - Reworked and Reloved by CALIBRO 35, JOLLY MARE, L.U.C.A. and pAd (Vinyl 12Like afro-beat, cosmic disco and cinematic soundtrack vibes? Have Four Flies Records got a treat in store for you! The Afro Discoteca Reworked and Reloved 12″ has got all three in spades whilst simultaneously providing the sequel to one of those uplifting tales of musical discovery too. Back in 2017, a dusty old tape was found in the vaults of the soundtrack legend Alessandro Alessandroni
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THE HELIOCENTRICS: Burning Wooden Ship

THE HELIOCENTRICS: Burning Wooden ShipBeen missing the Heliocentrics? Your wait is over for here’s Burning Wooden Ship, the first single to be taken from forthcoming album Infinity Of Now due shortly on label Madlib Invazion. And if this single’s anything to go by, the LP promises to be every bit as psych-jazz-funky as you’d expect. A song of several stages, it initially features the haunting tones of songstress Barbora Patkova over
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BIG CROWN RECORDS: Crown Jewels Vol. 1

BIG CROWN RECORDS: Crown Jewels Vol. 1Big Crown’s Crown Jewels are out then. No, not like that – don’t be filthy – the monkey’s talking about new label comp. Crown Jewels Vol. 1 which, you guessed it, showcases the label’s not inconsiderable wealth of talent. Why, it’s a wealth that positively glitters and sparkles! Lee Fields – legendary soul survivor? On it twice – the title track of recent LP It Rains Love and another
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MNP: Chicxulub/ Linus (Vinyl 7″)

It’s October, the ominous shadow of Halloween beckons and MNP deliver the darkness with new slice of psych, Chicxulub, on Markey Funk’s ever-reliable Delights label. Apparently named after the Mexican crater made by a certain dinosaur-extinction causing asteroid, the track certainly spreads its retro-crime soundtrack vibes like an apocalyptic dust cloud. Cue the listener positively
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TRAMP RECORDS: V/A Trip To The Moon

TRAMP RECORDS: V/A Trip To The MoonTramp Records’ new compilation of lunar-themed nuggets, Trip To The Moon, was apparently inspired by the 2016-Nigerian-astronaut-stranded-in-space email scam. You know – the one about how a mission to rescue Abacha Tunde, stranded on a secret Russian space station since 1979, can only be organised by his cousin if some gullible – er – I mean helpful – foreigner will kindly transfer their bank details etc. etc. in return for which they
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AE3: Black Rider

AE3: Black RiderRating: ★★★★★ Bloody hellfire! Stand by for the heavyweight psych-funk-fuzz on AE3 a.k.a Alan Evans Trio’s new single Black Rider. Oh what – Alan Evans – as in the Soullive sticksman? Yes, that Alan Evans. Turns out it’s drummer-man Evans himself on vocals and this is the only vocal track on forthcoming LP The Wild Root. The only vocal track? On the evidence of this, he should have
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THE BAND OF ENLIGHTENMENT REASON & LOVE: Zota Yinne (Vinyl 7″)

THE BAND OF ENLIGHTENMENT REASON & LOVE:  Zota Yinne (Vinyl 7The Band Of Enlightenment Reason & Love eh? The name of the Philophon Records’ house band is certainly one to conjure with, consisting as it does of qualities sorely missing a voice in these benighted times. Luckily the band have been able to transmit positive vibes on their debut 45 via the medium of rootsy instrumental reggae on A-side Zota Yinne and gypsy-psychedelia on flip Starlet Road Filling Station. For added kudos, both cuts
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KIND & KINKY ZOO: Seven Noisettes b/w Poulpe Fiction (Vinyl 7″)

KIND & KINKY ZOO: Seven Noisettes b/w Poulpe Fiction (Vinyl 7Swiss outfit Kind & Kinky Zoo return with a new vinyl 7″ packed full of nutty goodness and juicy instrumental antics in the form of Seven Noisettes b/w Poulpe Fiction. If you caught 2017’s long-awaited LP Released! you’ll know that while this lot are on the funky spectrum, they feel entirely unconstrained by genre boundaries and at any given moment are liable to veer off at jazz or
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THE PUTBACKS: The Ways (with BILAL)

THE PUTBACKS:  The Ways (with BILAL)A fairly heavyweight score for Melbourne’s The Putback’s here on the lead single and title track from their forthcoming album, The Ways, as they’ve only gone and landed neo-soul man Bilal for mic duties. Blimey. Not that this is neo-soul though – far from it. No, The Way finds The Putbacks drive a smouldering path through the darkest realms of psychedelic soul as menacing
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