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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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GARAGE FLOWERS: Diggers Anthem (Shout It Out) (2015)

Diggers Anthem Garage FlowersIf you’ve ever wondered what material a certain Manchester band might have come up with in the mid-(or should I say ‘mod’) to-psychedelic half of the sixties – now’s your chance to find out. Step forward the Garage Flowers who deliver what they refer to as music, “to get girls wigglin and boys a diddlin.” Diggers Anthem (Shout It Out) is a
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SKINSHAPE: Mandala (2015)

Mandala SkinshapeMandala is Will ‘Skinshape’ Dorey’s new single and while it might be named after an ancient eastern symbol for the universe it’s actually a sprawling, vaguely Morricone-esque slice of psychedelic instrumental hip-hop that comes on like every sonic reference you’ve ever heard to spaghetti westerns all wrapped up with sixties west coast psychedelia. You know – a bit like The Heads Of
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CALIBRO 35 vs BEASTIE BOYS: Sabotaggio (2015) Free download

Sabotaggio Calibro 35 Beastie BoysI bet you can’t guess what this is. No it’s not a mirage – Italian mod-crime-funkers Calibro 35 have appropriated the acapella from one of the Beasties’ most notorious tracks – a certain shouty guitar-fest on Ill Communication (which harked back to a whole album of shouty guitar-fests on Licensed To Ill) and created their own edgy psych-funk backing track. Some might view that as
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BOCA 45 feat. STEPHANIE MCKAY: Mr Big Sun (2015)

Mr Big Sun Boca 45Rating: ★★★★★ I’ve just heard Boca 45‘s new LP and it goes large. This is the lead single and it goes large too. It’s right there in the name: Mr Big Sun. Big. Like the sun. A great big psychedelic funk-rock sun that finds Stephanie McKay‘s whispery but urgent vocal barely restrained over voodoo percussion that builds and builds until she lets rip over a Zep/ Purple type riff. And then it
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BIG BOSS MAN: Last Man On Earth (single)(2014)

Last Man On Earth Big Boss Man(Album review HERE)
60s psych-beat-funk combo Big Boss Man return on 1 September to re-assert their authority over all things modly with fourth full-length LP, Last Man On Earth. In the meantime you’ll just have to, “Say hello, say hel-lo,” (not like Leslie Phillips) to the second single and title track, Last Man On Earth. “He doesn’t know that he’s not alone”, sings Dusty-esque guest vocalist Princess Freesia over
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