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Neomix Volume Two
Finally after so many people bugging me, I've put together another mixtape in the Neoloop series Neomix (I guess I can call it a series now there is a second volume!). Volume Two is as eclectic as the first and covers all the stuff we love on Neoloop.
Tracklisting is as follows:
Psychedelic pioneer Kevin Ayers, a founding member of Soft Machine, died this week. Ayers passed away in his sleep, on February 18 at home in France. He was 68. Ayers collaborated with Brian Eno, John Cale, Nico, Syd Barrett, and many more throughout his distinctive and colourful career. This epic song is the title track of his 1971 solo album Whatevershebringswesing - regarded as one of his most acclaimed albums. it was recorded with Mike Oldfield's guitar accompaniment and Robert Wyatt’s wracked harmonies and would become a template for Ayers subsequent 70s output. It's along track with Ayers superb lyrical style set to the max, a real classic. Cheers Kev!
One of my favourite albums from last year is the debut from Melody's Echo Chamber. Melody Prochet meets Tame Impala's Kevin Parker to make sweet music together. Parker brings the psychedelia and Prochet swoons with a delicate soulful voice. Melody is a classically trained musician from the French countryside who moved to Paris and fell in love with rock. Enter Kevin Parker and the resulting LP is a rock-pop masterpiece. The influences are bold and executed with authenticity, psychedelic Beatles, Tame Impala (naturally), Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, Charlotte Gainsbourg, The Cocteau Twins, Sterolab, the list goes on but this is a great record that conjures it all together to make an enthralling sound. Melody has taken to covering the odd Serge Gainsbourg tune in her live sets too. A perfect pop album, truly Magnifique! Highly Recommended.
Best Tracks: Endless Shore, I follow You, Crystallized, Some Time Alone, Alone
One of the best Late Night Tales compilations for a while, the compilation series that maintains a quality output have chosen the effervescent Friendly Fires, an inspired choice as it turns out. The selection covers many genres as well as uptempo house, obscure indie, disco-funk, art-pop and ambient chill. This tune is a stand-out, fourth track in, anthemic porn-disco Fly Like An Eagle by Dennis Parker. And it's not just the old stuff that makes for an impressive collection, Melody Echo Chamber's Endless Shore is a welcome addition from a great artist. Friendly Fires’ exclusive cover version of the ’78 electronic classic Why Don't You Answer by Eberhard Schoener and Sting sounds like one of their own.
Surprise choice perhaps is Olivia Newton-John's cover of the Elton John classic Love Song from Tumbleweed Connection, an amazing version that I've never heard before. Also includes choice cuts from Cocteau Twins, SBTRKT, Iron Galaxy, Bibio, Stereolab, Slowdive, Joe Simon and Sonna.
Definitely one of the best comps of the year and certainly one of the best Late Night Tales comps ever, no mean feat considering it's on it's thirtieth edition. Highly Recommend.
Also out this month is the Australian psychedelic hypno-groove rockers Tame Impala's 2nd album called Lonerism. The first single Elephant is an obvious launch pad for the LP, but currently this tune is a favourite, I love the accordion hum in the background, the layers of psychedelic guitars cascading through a kaleidoscope of sound. Like a lost Beatles track it's a big highlight on a great album.
Brooklyn band Woods latest album Bend Beyond (Their seventh) is an easy folk-pop jam which I've been enjoying lately. Released last month it's a much more polished sound than previous efforts, it's all Beach Boys harmonies, Simon & Garfunkel melodies and psychedelic wig-outs with sun-dappled guitars.
This LP sounds like it could have been released by a band from California in the seventies, that's definitely not a bad thing. Singer and band leader Jeremy Earl conjures up melting pot influences from that era. Fleeting from the Beach Boys to The Doors via The Byrds with shades of Neil Young it's a pastoral delight.
Like this? Try: Teenage Fanclub, The Doors, The Byrds
Following Dr.John's new LP Locked Down I've been listening to some of his earlier recordings. This track is taken from his debut album - Gris-Gris by Dr. John the night tripper (aka Mac Rebennack) released on Atco Records in 1968.
Dr. John was always fascinated with New Orleans voodoo and Gris-Gris is an interesting hybrid of New Orleans rhythm and blues and psychedelic rock, but failed to chart on it's original release. The LP, which includes the Doc's classic tune Mama Roux has since received the plaudits it deserves. I Walk On Guilded Splinters was also covered in the 1970s by Humble Pie on their album Performance Rockin' the Fillmore, and by Paul Weller on his 1995 album Stanley Road.
Frank Ocean released his eagerly anticipated major label debut this week. channel ORANGE takes Ocean into the mainstream on his own merits, showcasing his unique silky electro-soul. Previous notable collaborations with Jay-Z and Kanye West on the excellent Watch the Throne put the spotlight on Ocean's superb Nostalgia-Ultra (Official Mixtape).
The New Orleans-born RnB singer was relatively unknown as a member of the Odd Future collective. So now with channel ORANGE Ocean has arrived in ultra-smooth style, following the epic Pyramids that materialised a few weeks ago Ocean has made an intriguing album that shifts in different directions with dazzling effect. Hip-Hop and Nu-Soul works synonymously with eccentric electro and psychedelic R’n’B grooves. This track Lost has hooked me in straight away, sounding like a young Prince. Ocean's innovative and adventurous approach to music hasn't sounded so good since the musical bravura of prime early-70s Stevie Wonder. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Starfucker's Jackalope (Julius) gets the remix treatment from Vans. Original recording of Julius is on Heaven's Youth - Reptilians Demos. This song has a happy heart, the subdued singing is used as an instrument that snakes through the music with effortless charm. A psychedelic synth-pop tune to help you through a long hot summers night.
Starfucker, also known as STRFKR, is an electronica band from Portland, Oregon formed in 2007, initially started as a solo project for Joshua Hodges.
Grooves like a bastard
Brooklyn's The Men latest long player Open Your Heart is a refreshing burst of melodic leftfield, expansive rock and distortion. Sometimes full on, sometimes it's just weird but always entertaining. It goes from Nirvana grunge to Fucked up's (the band) psychedelic noise via fat Led Zeppelinesque riffarama! It's also has some off kilter alt-country in Candy, a song of beauty. Cube is like an old Dammed song played by Soundgarden that slaps you in the face and nicks your beer leaving you dazed and confused. Title track Open Your Heart sounds like a 2012 version of Ever fallen in love? by The Buzzcocks.
I keep coming back to this album and it's definitely going to feature in the albums of the year come December.
Like this? Try: The Dammed, The Buzzcocks, Soundgarden, Foo Fighters
Sumach Valentine's Gonjasufi follows up his 2010 release A Sufi and a Killer, the album he cut in collaboration Gaslamp Killer with a new mini-album MU.ZZ.LE. This time out he's producing by himself. We still have the same ramshackle dubbed-out beats and off kilter noises that was endearing on the last record. All mashed through the blender with plenty of distortion and feedback, Valentine's reverbed vocals sound as cracked and crazed as ever. Psychedelic soul and rock clamber along together as they twist and twine into complex loops and rhythms. Slow and heavy dub beats swagger with an intense mood like Lee stratch Perry jamming with Captain Beefheart and Tom Waits. Sumach's wife April joins for a couple of tracks adding another texture of sweetness against Valentine's wails.
Nikels and Dimes kicks in with a looping bass drum and kid laughing, ethereal organs pierce through the think atmosphere backing up Valentine's heartfelt vocalizations. A short LP at under 25 minutes but none less rewarding for the persistent listener.
French electronic duo Air have scored a recolored, remastered version of Georges Méliès’ 1902 cinematic landmark Le Voyage Dans La Lune. This track from the new soundtrack that Air have created is suitably retro-futuristic. It's a kind of past relative of Daft Punk's Tron soundtrack. Psychedelic instrumental Sonic Armada features synth heavy cosmic-psych-rock sound that is somewhat of a departure to Air's usual sexy French bachelor-pad music. Another track on this spaced-out soundtrack Seven Stars features vocals from Beach House’s Victoria Legrand.
The album come out tomorrow on iTunes.
Currently enjoying the new debut album from Mickey Moonlight right now, a mad title that completes his band name… Mickey Moonlight and the Time Axis Manipulation Corporation. Kind of like a cross between Jimi Tenor, Sun Ra and Sebastian Tellier, the whole album is a cosmic jam, a mellow space warp into interplanetary music! Close to Everything is a deep house ballad that exudes style and class with a strong vocal from George Lewis Jr. A cool collection a songs, perfect for chilled-out late night grooving. Recommended.
The band comprises of an impressive array of artists that include: George Lewis Jr, Marina Gasloina (ex Bonde de Role), Susumu Mukai (Zongamin), Tim Sparke, Suzy Silver, Sandro Perri, Bishi, Lou Hayter (The New Sins & New Young Pony Club), Tahita Bulmer (New Young Pony Club), Anita Blay (TheCocknBullKid), Deborah Howell, Fimber Bravo (20th Century Steel Band), The Fullfat Horns (Jake Painter, Carl Sterling and Robin Harris), Sonny Akpan (The Funkies).
The Golden age of the Apocalypse
Thundercat's début LP The Golden age of the Apocalypse is complete madness, jazz solos, electronic hip-hop, video-game blips, psychedelic wig-outs and unsettling moments that crash and burn in all directions. However there is something that keeps you hooked in a surreal intriguing way. Much like listening to Captain Beefheart's Trout Mask Replica for the first time, you can't quite work out out what you like about it. The complex compositions twist and clash one minute, then sound sweet and soulful the next. Produced by Flying Lotus, it holds a similar vibe to much of the Flying Lotus sound. Each track is like marmite, you love then you hate it, but it changes with every listen. Walkin' is for me the most accessible track here, with an easy going soulful sound matched with some easy listening la la la vocal harmony.
An ambitious LP that is rewardingly glorious with perseverance.
Like this? Try: Jimi Tenor, Flying Lotus
Just discovered La Femme and their excellent EP Le Podium #1
The Paris-based lo-fi surf rockers realised their debut EP at the end of last year, La Femme Ressort (The She Spring) is an eerie tune, reminds me of the Twin Peaks soundtrack. French new wave pop with a sassy edge, the lo-fi production adds to the dark and mysterious sound.
The Stepkids a Connecticut trio of singer/songwriters who make what they call futuristic electro soul, recorded on a reel-to-reel.
I'm definitely feeling their brand of soul! They certainly have the right mix of classic soul, neo soul and psychedelic funk. There is some serious influence of psychedelic-era Temptations, Silver Apples, Sun Ra and Roy Ayers. Thanks to Rach for the heads-up on this one. Check-out the full story on Stonesthrow.com
Spaced-out psychedelics now from Helsinki's Le Corps Mice de Françoise Courtesy of an Andy Weatherall remix. Weatherall's mix totally strips out the pop vocal and loops the guitar riff with a psychedelic sound reminiscent of Beyond the Wizards Sleeve reworkings.
Le Corps Mince de Françoise (known as LCMDF for short) consists of sisters Emma Kemppainen and Mia Kemppainen and Malin Nyqvist.
Swiss jazz guitarist Pierre Cavalli wrote a number of TV themes in France during the 1970s, including this scorching soundtrack to the television show Un soir chez Norris. Uptempo psychedelic guitar funk with echo bass breaks, obscure retro-cool and fairly rare on these shores.
Like this? Try: Jean-Claude Vannier, Piero Umiliani, Armando Trovajoli, David Holmes
Picked up this CD in Earwax record shop in Williamsburg in Brooklyn, although it's got nothing to do with USA. Sarolta Zalatnay (born Charlotte Sacher 1947) is a Hungarian singer from Budapest (better known to her fans as Cini) in her home country Cini is something of the superstar. This track is from a reissue by Finders Keepers Records in 2007. It's full of Kitsch 60's pop music put through a mangle of distorted guitars, heavy percussion and fractured electronics. There are so many breakbeats on here for hip hoppers to pillage from. Like a Serge Gainsbourg penned Eurovision hit with Jimmy Page on guitar together with the Meters as a backing band. Sarolta's vocals soaring above all the Psychodelia.
Like this? Try: Serge Gainsbourg, Maryla Radowics, Marta Kubisova
Could you be, could you be loved!
Probably the maddest version of a Bob Marley tune your ever likely to hear. It's like Major Lazor jamming with LCD Soundsystem at the house of Balkan Beat Box. Taken from Mungolian Jetset's 2009 album - We Gave It All Away...And Now We Are Taking It Back. Mungolian Masterplan is dark and insidious, evolving to produce increasingly distinctive yet completely mind-absorbing beats to underpin a whirling vortex of sonic chaos, psychoacoustic bass warping and lavish and unbridled costumery.
Mungolian Jet Set are Paul "Strangefruit" Nyhus, Knut Sævik, Reidar Skår and feature various collaborations from other artists.
Tame Impala's follow up the wonderful self titled EP with the LP InnerSpeaker, This is another psychedelic slab of stoner rock. Love the melody of this track, it's got a bit of old Kyuss vibes going on there. All the Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin influences are turned up to 11 with added lush harmonies. Good retro style summer soundtrack.
Leon Thomas is a real cult hero nowadays, this is one of his biggest tunes and an absolute epic! The percussion is outstanding. This track appears on the Blues And The Soulful Truth LP, and also on his anthology collection. Thomas is known for his work with Pharoah Sanders, particularly the 1969 classic song The Creator Has a Master Plan from Sanders' Karma album, well worth checking out. Thomas has a most distinctive vocal style, he often breaks out into yodeling in the middle of a vocal. Mad as a box of frogs and truly unique, sadly no longer with us, he died in 1999 from heart failure, I'm sure he shaped his mind to die.
The instrumental post-rockers Holy Fuck will follow-up their widely acclaimed LP (2007) with Latin, the band's third album and it's a lot leaner and funkier and less aggressive than its predecessors. This is the first single and first track to be leaked in to blogsville. Sounds very much like a Fuck Button's older brother with intensive grooves that build with emotion and complexities that could fall apart at any moment. A bastard relentless maelstrom of live guitars and techno -informed drum patterns that pound out a unique and utterly compelling sound.
Like this? Try: Fuck Buttons, Broken Social Scene, Wooden Shjips
Fucking love this shit! Some old school Rock'n'Roll style riffage, tearing it up. The tempo changes from a speedy start in to a low-slung dirty groove, and it grooves like a psychedelic hypno-groove bastard! It's two years old this track from the bands self titled EP, although it could have been recorded in the seventies, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple spring to mind. Tame Impala are Kevin Parker, Dom Simper and Jay Watson from Australia, and they are starting to get a little bit of hype over here in the UK.
Like This? Try: Wooden Shjips, Kyuss, Fu Manchu, Black Sabbath
Part.1 of Neoloop's Contact triplicate:
This is Wooden Shjips version of the late great Serge Gainsbourg's Contact, Serge's 1967 version featured the beautiful Brigitte Bardot. San Francisco's Wooden Shjips take the tune on stoner rock, trance-inducing psychedelic journey, extending it into an epic 8.23 minutes and stripping it back to the bare essentials. Taken from the bands Vol. 2 LP, the second compilation of hard-to-find Wooden Shjips tracks made up of the band's Sub Pop and Mexican Summer singles and other rare tracks.
Like This? Try: The Doors, Tame Impala, Beyond the Wizards Sleeve
Caribou's fourth LP Swim is well worth investigating, Dan Snaith's sound is all the more psychedelic on this latest offering. The first track released from this LP was the fantastically infectious Odessa which sets the bench mark high. After a good listen from start to finish on a few long train journeys the whole album hangs together very well as a complete listing experience, and it's quite difficult at first to distinguish tracks that stand out more than others as the quality is of a high standard throughout. Leave House does have a mesmerising groove that sucks you further in with every listen, it's like your at space disco in a freaky eighties sci-fi movie. The Album is due for release 20 April, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Like This? Try: Manitoba, LCD Soundsystem, Modeselektor, Moderat
Neon Indian aka Alan Polomo releases a new single this week available free on Green label sound. Sleep Paralysist, a collaboration with Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear, was recorded in Brooklyn at Taylor’s Terrible Studios. While it includes all the blips, clicks and bleeps with lush psychedelic, indie synth-pop melodies featured on Neon Indian's critically acclaimed début album Psychic Chasms, it has a clearer production sound about it - The Chris Taylor influence perhaps. If you can't sleep, whack this on and enter into the neon dreamland.
Like This? Try: Grizzley Bear, Four Tet, Memory Tapes, Beach House
Leftfield sunshine-pop with slice of cheese, sprinkle in Hawaiian coconut and stir in sugar-sweet harmonies and a soaring orchestra and add a hint of psychedelic-era Beatles to make Auckland CBD.
Chant Darling is the 2nd album from Lawrence Arabia, the alter-ego of New Zealand's James Milne, but his first released in the UK. He's currently touring the UK with Beach House, see his MySpace page for details.
Like This Try: Beck, Bertrand Bergalat, Don Air, Divine Comedy
To follow the last post below of Millionyoung's dreamy remix of Memoryhouse's To The Light House here is a track from Florida's Millionyoung's own E.P. called Sunndreamm. Cascading guitars pouring out psychedelic pop from the heart of the sun, a warming delight in the cold hard winter we are currently experiencing. Made to soundtrack your next trip to the beach, sit back relax in your hammock while sipping on a Pina Colada as you peer over your shades at a cloudless sky. Hammock is a happy mesmerising feel-good tune to get you in the mood for the sunshine.
Like This Try: Air France, Memoryhouse, Neon Indian
Some Phenomenal Psychedelic funk for you right now, The Phenomenal Handclap Band from New York City that includes members of TV ON THE RADIO, Jon Spencer (from the Blues Explosion!), the Amy Winehouse band, and a few hot Lower East Side and Brooklyn kids. Big up the Latin Soulful vibes add a bit of Psychedelic AfroSoul and Funk, hell yeah! Add in Disco legend Anthony Mansfield to remix it up and your done!
This lot are playing at Cargo in London next month!
Psychedelic bongo rock with sitars and guitars from Denmark, sounds like Jesus and Mary Chain remixed by Beyond the Wizards Sleeve. But this is all the work of one man, Tobias Winberg an unsigned from Denmark
Like this try: Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, Velvet Underground
Sun Airway's Oh, Naoko is blissfully uplifting tune full of texture and layers of lush sounds supporting more soaring harmonies. Philadelphia's Sun Airway's should go far if they make more tunes like this.
The fabulous Neon Indian gives fellow Brooklynites Au Revoir Simone's tune a real psychedelic make-over, taken from their Another Likely story EP released last month. Neon synth's and pounding beats are pulled through the Indian echo chamber, love this.
Like this try: Neon Indian, Little Dragon, Ladytron
Psychedelic euphoria, spine-tingling magic.
Brother Sport is the third single taken from Animal Collective's universally acclaimed album, Merriweather Post Pavilion. A real stand out track from the album, scaling to euphoric proportions! Available on 10" and is backed with a live version of a brand new track 'bleeding' (live) recorded recently at big sur in california. Open up your, open up your, Open up your throat, And let the all of that time, All of that time, all of that time go! Animal Collective is a band originally from Baltimore, Maryland, currently based in New York City. Animal Collective consists of Avey Tare (David Portner), Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), Deakin, or Deacon as spelled on Strawberry Jam (Josh Dibb), and Geologist (Brian Weitz).
Like This Try: Grizzly Bear, Panda Bear, Atlas Sound
Dark psychedelia, freaky folk, bonkers bongos, wayward beats and wandering melodies and insane voices… this is The Witch And The Robot. Taken from their debut album 'On Safari' (released last month), possibly one of the strangest new acts you’ll encounter this year. They are from the Lake District, sounds like they spend most of their time in the woods dancing around a big fire!
More warped 80's Synth's, hazy vocals, sun baked home-made, lo-fi laid-back psychedelic pop.
Last month Neoloop featured the original and addictive Deadbeat Summer, the first single release from Neon Indian's debut album Psychic Chasms. Now the album is due for a November release (Not sure what the UK release date is?).
This track has all the hallmarks of the first single, as does the whole album. I'm expecting big things from this band.
Dystopia - Midnight Juggernauts last album from 2007 was one of my albums of that year, so I've very happy to hear about a new forthcoming album for 2009. This is the first single, which is quite a departure from the previous sound. At the start the drums kick in, like I Am The Resurrection from the Stone Roses, with added sound effects. That beat continues throughout the whole track, with crazy organs and outer space atmospherics until it all goes a bit pink floyd with beach boy harmonies. Epic stuff!
Like this try - Justice, Pink Floyd
Psychedelic swirling rhythms on a hot sunny day.
Over the top squelches and a continuous looping riff sucks you in to the kaleidoscopic chasm of Neon Indian. Expect big things from Neon Indian, from Brookyln/Austin, Texas. New album Psychic Chasms available from 13 October.
Great cover artwork too!
Beyond the wizards Sleeve should have some new tunes out very soon. In the mean time we'll have to keep playing their debut (Ark 1) to death. I can't get enough of them. Very hard to get hold of nowadays, this is a great companion for the Meanderthals Desire Lines album. Also check out the Re-Animations Vol.1 B.T.W.S excellent remix compilation.
Laid back scandinavian psychedelic trip.
Surely one of the albums of the year so far, this stunning album is full of epic tunes that carry the listener off to another world in the depth of your mind. If you like Beyond the Wizards Sleeve you'll love this... go lose yourself! go buy the the album - Desire Lines.
Meanderthals are Rune Lindbæk, Dan Tyler, Conrad McDonnell (Idjut Boys)