Category: krautrock

Kombynat Robotron – Frohe Zukunft (2023)

“This is the band’s third release to date on Drone Rock following on from their two Dickfehler Studio Sessions albums, both of which became firm favourites of regular DRR customers. Since their last outing on DRR the band may have gone from a four to a three piece outfit but they haven’t lost any of their distinctive heavy Krautrock grooves. In fact, if anything, ‘Frohe Zukunft’ marks an evolution of Kombynat Robotron’s renown love of repetition with even looser Kosmische rhythms, pounding riffs and exploratory guitar jams which send the listener drifting into the Cosmos.”

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London Odense Ensemble – Live at Jaiyede Jazz Festival (2023)

“London Odense Ensemble is a powerhouse quintet that combines forces from the Causa Sui/El Paraiso family tree (Jakob Skøtt, Jonas Munk, Martin Rude) with the vibrant, experimental London jazz scene (Tamar Osborn, Al MacSween). On two studio full-lengths, released in 2022 and 2023, they have explored the confluence of psychedelia, improvisation and cosmic jazz. On this set, recorded at the 2021 edition of Denmark’s Jaiyede Jazz Festival, the energy is cranked up another notch or two. Comprised almost entirely of exclusive material not found on the two studio records these three sonic excursions dive head-on into the fiery side of the group’s sound.”

Night Fishing – Live Bait (2023)

“Comprised of four seasoned Rocky Mountain Road Dogs (members of Call of the Void, Green Druid, Abrams, Muscle Beach), NIGHT FISHING exist to explore the boundaries of improvisation, mood and structure within the realms of heavy, instrumental sound. Waves of fuzzed-out Heavy Psych, hypnotic Krautrock and free-form jazz seamlessly weave together to create a trippy, virtuosic and mind-melting experience that could only be formulated live in the studio within the confines of the moment. NIGHT FISHING is for lovers and will take you where the vibe wants to go.”

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Shem – III (2023)

“Shem is a collective of musicians aiming to perform improvisational sound pieces influenced by a wide range of eras and strains of psychedelic and progressive music. Through combining elements of ambient, drone, psych and space rock into epic, reverb drenched jams, Shem try to reach out beyond the established boundaries of musical conventions to create their own realm of sonic experimentation. Constantly moving and shape-shifting within this realm, their third album sees the German collective explore further the meditative and ritualistic aspects of ambient music, the sonic outbursts of space rock and the atavistic rhythms of Krautrock.”

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London Odense Ensemble – Jaiyede Sessions Vol. 2 (2023)

“The second instalment from London Odense Ensemble digs deeper into the group’s vision of what modern psychedelic jazz should sound like. Cut from the same sessions as Jaiyede Sessions vol. 1, released last summer, vol. 2 presents a more nuanced approach to the material. On this set the ensemble focuses on shorter, layered pieces – travelling from deep spiritual jazz grooves to gorgeous free-flowing minimalism to full-on acid jazz. There’s echo-drenched flutes being absorbed into layers of analog synth pads and guitars, bossa beats and double bass sequences merging with electronics. It’s an intoxicating mélange of sounds and styles, spanning wide temporal and geographical distances.”

Korb & EHAA – From the Mountains to the Oceans (2022)

“‘From the Mountains to the Oceans’ is the culmination of collaborative experimental transatlantic jams between Korb and El Hombre Al Agua. From minimal atmospheric ambience to all out psych rock the album combines a range of analogue synths, electric and acoustic guitars, organ, bass, drums and percussion to create cosmic journeys that evoke evolution and ancient landscapes, the alchemy of elements and timeless tectonics.”

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Kombynat Robotron – Dickfehler Studio Treffen II (2022)

“Get ready for blast off…those German psychonauts, Kombynat Robotron are back on Drone Rock Records with another slab of far-out, cosmic space-rock, ‘Dickfehler Studio Treffen II’… The first Dickfehler Session went down a storm with customers and reviewers alike and this follow-up record continues where volume I left off with more extended krautrocky (if that isn’t a word, it should be!) jams and deep sonic explorations. Like I said, get ready for blast off, and prepare yourself for a psychedelic trip into the depths of the kosmische cosmos.”

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Papir – 7 (2022)

“Many aspects of Papir’s music seem to have much in common with the sea – be it a wilful association by the Copenhagen-based trio or not. Their output moves in waves, sometimes fierce and blustery, sometimes gentle and calming, but always performed with unforced, organic talent. Over the course of their 7 full-length albums, the band sways between psychedelic guitar meltdowns and long atmospheric passages with grace and ease. 7, with its blurred aquatic cover artwork is of course no exception to this rule, and the album is comprised of four long songs that return to calming waters after 2021’s heavier Jams.”

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