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VARIOUS: Esterno Notte Vol. 2/ Esterno Notte Jazz/ Esterno Giorno Estate

Library music fiends unite! Four Flies Records have capitalised on the success of their Esterno Notte and Esterno Giorno compilations of rare and unreleased 60s and 70s Italian cinema soundtrack material with three more volumes: Esterno Notte Vol. 2, Esterno Giorno Vol. 2 and Esterno Notte Jazz. Where the original volumes had dug from the RCA Italy vaults, the net is spread wider on
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THE TURBANS: Baba Ganooz b/w Lost My Mind (Vinyl 7″)

The Turbans prove to have their heads well wrapped in psychedelia if new 45 Baba Ganooz b/w Lost My Mind is anything to go by. On the A side syncopated drums emerge from swirling guitars that anyone from Donovan to the Screaming Trees would be proud of and then before you know it the chorus arrives and everything suddenly goes a bit garage rock
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FOLD: Choose Love (2017)

FOLD:  Choose Love (2017)Leeds outfit Fold are never ones to shy away from a progressive message and especially not in an increasingly mean-spirited era. In this case it’s Choose Love, the name of their new psych-trip-hop single which features a loop of the voice of social activist Bell Hooks saying – among other things – ‘Choose love’. Choose love? How sixties. Surely we’ve moved away from all that political
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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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