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Artifacts & Uranium – Pancosmology (2022)

“Pancosmology was recorded during the Summer/Autumn of 2021 and is the second collaboration between Mike Vest (Bong, Blown Out, 11 Paranoias) and Fred Laird (Earthling Society, Taras Bulba, Empty House). More song structured than the kosmische vibes of the first A&U LP, ‘Pancosmology’ is a Smorgasbord of sonic attack and lonesome desert twang. Here the ghosts of Ron Ashton and Takashi Mizutani are raised in Vest’s stereo delayed guitar attack and the Dub and Eno-esque soundscapes inspiring Laird’s dream like synth textures and echoed keys. Seekers looking for the sounds of The Stooges, Lez Rallizes Denudes, CAN, Chrome, Barn Owl and other noise refuseniks will find plenty in these sonic grooves.”

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Black Holes Are Cannibals – Surfacer (2022)

“BHAC are a collective with a varying line-up and each time they record all the music is improvised as they let their collective and innate abilities guide them, but what does bind them are the touchstones of Drone and Minimalism that runs through the music they create or just plain HEAVY. Call them Drone Metal or Psychedelic it matters not as the music created is an immersive, all consuming and thought-provoking transcendental listening experience that awaits those brave enough to take the ride with BHAC.”

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Carlton Melton – Microwavelengths (2022)

“Recorded after the band’s mostly ambient Hidden Lights EP and a year before the next proper full-length Mind Minerals, the fellas got together for a smoldering Northern California jam session… The results of that rock and roll heatwave can now be heard on Microwavelengths, a 5-track excursion into free form psych, hazy drones, and all out fuzz freakouts that sound as if Hendrix’ Experience were hipped to Krautrock in some kind time/space conundrum before Krautrock was a thing.”

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Flower-Corsano Duo – The Halcyon (2022)

“Since 2007’s brilliant “The Radiant Mirror”, Flower-Corsano Duo have occupied an idiosyncratic space in the musical spectrum. Who else exactly is looking to build a power duo from improv drums and electrified shahi baaja sounds? The duo don’t release much either, so a new set from them is always worth a peek, and on this one Corsano sounds more energetic than ever, working his kit in tides rather than rhythms, leaving Flower to fire shards of harmonic noise from his instrument. The album is assembled from recordings captured in Leeds, Edinburgh and Bristol, and hearing the occasional scream of delight as Corsano spirals into a wormhole or Flower ascends into the heavens just adds to the hyperactive delight. What do u call it? We’ve no idea, but it’s fucking great.”

Frozen Planet….1969 – Not From 1969 (2022)

“More wild jams. Not from 1969 but from the 21st century! With their tenth album Frozen Planet…. 1969 wish to remind us they are not from all the way back in time, and perhaps you’ll believe they are not living in the past either. A modern-day jam band who have chosen a name that contains the magical year of 1969! Three tracks make up the contents of ‘Not From 1969’. Diamond Dust starts it all off with some Middle-Eastern vibes keeping suspense and intensity throughout, with just a nice amount of reverb. All this before a trip through the Strangelands begins. Track two, ‘Strangelands’ rolls along smoothly. Not too harsh and not too mellow, it provides the bridge to the epic final track ‘Dissolver’. The usual workout of guitar effects driven along by the usual powerhouse bass and drums. Another solid collection of jams from this Australian trio.”

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Kandodo4 – Burning the (Kandl) (2022)

“kandodo was invited to play at the 2015 Roadburn Festival as part of The Heads residency. Robert Hampson from Loop/MAIN was also going to be at the festival and so it seemed a good opportunity for him to join kandodo for this gig along with Wayne and Hugo from The Heads (who are also the Loop rhythm section as well as part of kandodo). Rehearsals were set up in Bristol and the gig in Roadburn was a couple of nights later and that is the recordings gathered here for “Burning The (Kandl)”… So get ready for a total immersive trip through a psychedelic vortex . A glorious head nodding voyage into inner space where the vast churning of fuzzy guitars / keys / bass and drums phase in and out of focus with your inner core.”

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Rude Skøtt Osborn Trio – The Virtue of Temperance (2022)

“An improvisation rippling across time and space, merging a river of constantly in flux head-on improv, as well as making room for floating harmonies and studio-wizardry. Playful, experimental and explorative, the trio ventures into a free wash of exotica drenched in deep modal jazz-vibes – with splashes of something more futuristic and modern. But contrary to what the title suggests, there are also roaring waves of energy, sizzling funky grooves to complement the ambient undercurrent. It’s a record akin to the library music of the 60’s and 70’s and an ode to the willful river of experimental moderation. Far in.”

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