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EL MICHELS AFFAIR: Life Of Pablo

EL MICHELS AFFAIR: Life Of PabloAnd the third single to be lifted from El Michels Affair’s imminent new studio LP, Adult Themes, is Life Of Pablo. “Like a trip through the birth canal…[it says here]…Life of Pablo takes us on quite a ride.”  Yes – well – we’ve all been there. The start makes you feel a bit queasy though, beginning, as it does, with what the PR also describes as the cry of a newborn. Is it the reminder of sleepless
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ON THE SPOT TRIO: Hefe

ON THE SPOT TRIO: HefeIt’s amazing what you can find time to do during lockdown. In On The Spot Trio’s case once such thing is finally releasing a track they recorded six years ago – Hefe – which, it turns out, isn’t just your favourite Instagram filter. This guitar n Hammond-drenched affair presents the sunnier side of funky psychedelia and was recorded by the band in 2014 at the Iron Wax Studio of Soulive drummer Alan Evans – perhaps unsurprisingly
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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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