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LONG DISTANCE DAN: The Dustman Stirs (2017)

LONG DISTANCE DAN:  The Dustman Stirs (2017)The dustman stirs? Oh what – like on Wednesdays when you get rudely awakened by him and his mates? No Dougal. Not exactly. No, this’ll be The Dustman Stirs as in the latest release from that purveyor of psychedelic breaks, Long Distance Dan, not to mention being our man’s follow-up to 2015’s The Other Side Of The Sky EP and his full-length debut. And that’s ‘full-length’ as
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THE SHACKS: This Strange Effect (Vinyl 7″)(2017)

THE SHACKS:  This Strange Effect (Vinyl 7As well as pumping out the true school soul of Lee Fields and Lady Wray and the more psychedelic outpourings of El Michels Affair, Leon Michels and Danny Akalepse’s Big Crown label is also behind psychedelic wunderkinder The Shacks. If you’ve previously caught anything by them, you’ll know that The Shacks’ sound is defined by two things. One is the sweetly whispery vocals of Shannon
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KIND & KINKY ZOO: Released! (2017)

KIND & KINKY ZOO:  Released!Rating: ★★★★★ Who would have thought in the same month that the band with the best name in contemporary funk release an album, the band with the weirdest name in contemporary funk would release an album too? Or that they would both be good. The latter are none other than Switzerland’s Kind & Kinky Zoo and sticking with the weird naming thing, they’ve decided to release
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MNP: Ratto Nero b/w Beard (7″ Vinyl)(2017)

MNP:  Ratto Nero b/w Beard (7Next from the aptly-named Delights label comes this new 45 from Brighton-based psych-funk outfit MNP in the form of the sinister double-header of Ratto Nero and Beard. The first of these provides a pysch-funk soundtrack to being hung up on a meathook and flayed, then having to watch while the perpetrator dons your skin like a bleeding suit. We’ve all been there. Beard on the other hand is
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MARKEY FUNK: Witch Doctor (Vinyl 7″) (2017)

MARKEY FUNK:  Witch Doctor (vinyl 7Look out – Markey Funk’s box of delights is open once again and this time it’s new psych-funk 45 Witch Doctor that slithers out. Working his production voodoo, he crafts initial Delia Derbyshire-esque synth swirls that rapidly give way to a phat drum break apparently recorded by like-minded space traveller Dan Mayo of CRuNCH 22 and then the heavy fuzz guitar kicks in. No
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DUCT TAPE: 13th Floor (2017)

DUCT TAPE:  13th FloorMan – what can’t duct tape do? It’ll hold bits of your car together, hold musical equipment cases together (hell, hold musical instruments together), temporarily patch up a surf board and plug any gaps in your funky psych collection. No really. Or at least Duct Tape a.k.a. Berlin-based psych duo Batsauce and Wynton Kelly Stevenson will. Now on their second album the pair are still all about
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SKINSHAPE feat. AARON PAUL TAYLOR: Inside (2017)

By way of a heads-up that Skinshape‘s new album Life & Love is in the offing (and in fact due on 3 May this year) comes the first single drawn from said LP. Like the material on 2015’s Oracolo, the ethereal Inside continues the psychedelic journey that began on 2014’s self-titled debut and features a soulful vocal turn by Aaron Paul Taylor. It’s less a song than a gloriously warm summer
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HANNAH WILLIAMS & THE AFFIRMATIONS: Dazed & Confused (2016)

dazed-confused-hannah-williams-affirmationsRating: ★★★★★ Travellers down the Led Zeppelin covers highway, are strongly advised to look out for dodgy reggae tracks with even more dodgy names (D’Yer Maker) and any lyrical references to The Lord of the Rings strewn in their path. Given the frequency of the latter, that does make for a dangerous journey. It’s enough to make you arrive at your destination dazed and confused in fact
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BOCO: Running The Mardi Gras/ Smile (2016)

Running The Mardi Gras BocoRating: ★★★★★ Hats off to Big Crown Records who are shortly to save respectable vinyl-buying members of the public the best part of a grand by re-pressing Boco’s super-rare Running The Mardi Gras b/w Smile 45 beloved of funk and northern soul djs alike. Smile is sonic haze of laidback summery psychedelia but what most will really want it for is Running The Mardi Gras. This might
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VARIOUS: DJ FORMAT’s Psych Out (2016)

Psych Out Dj FormatRating: ★★★★★ Like guitar fuzz? Like heavy breaks and bass? Yeah? You must like the same kind of ’60s and early 70s psych rock fuzz as DJ Format – you know – the sort of thing that yields samples like the dope one he used on the Angry Birds track he did with Phill Most Chill the other year. The only problem is he can’t get away with playing it out that often apparently. No? Sad Face! Why not?
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