Review: It goes without saying that Psychemagik's record collection is deeper than your average ocean. Despite the success of their productions, they've largely risen to prominence through their acclaimed compilations, and some stellar re-edits of records so obscure they barely even exist. Diabolical Synthetic Fantasia, a self-released compilation, offers another excuse to show off their crate digging skills. Almost all of the unidentified material featured on this two-disc set (one disc mixed, one unmixed) is unfeasibly brilliant. By and large, it's also rather strange, joining the dots between psyche-funk, weird-out disco, folksy oddness, acid-fried boogie and bizarre rock. It makes for a highly entertaining listen, and a one riotous party. Don't sleep.
Review: Released back in October, Diabolical Synthetic Fantasia was the all new mix CD from the much loved cosmic crate diggers extraordinaire Psychemagik and fully lived up to the standard of previous compilations from the pair, stacked heavy with thick psyche, collector's holy grails and freaked out disco monsters. Fans of Psychemagik and the vinyl format will be pleased to see the lads have pulled six untitled nuggets from the compilation for issue on this impressively green and red splattered 12". A must for those selectors that play the more far out dance establishments!
Review: ** Reissue of the Psychemagik Wang Chung classic ** If you've been following the rise of Cosmic Forest dwellers Psychemagik for more than a minute, you'll be aware of their extremely chunky revision of Wang Chung's 1984 jam "Dancehall Days" which has been teasing new arrivals at their Soundcloud page for more than a year now. It finally gets a vinyl release here, and an official one to boot as Wang Chung vocalist Jack Hues was so impressed with their illicit take he sent them the stems for the official remix you see here. It's very much in line with their original edit but comes replete with that extra beef and on a neat white twelve inch. Another archival killer from the duo in "Beauty And The Bass" lines the flip too.
Review: Regarded diggers and remixers extraordinaire Psychemagik scored one of our favourite compilations of last year with the Leng released Magik Cyrkles, and they return here sporting some much promised original fare on the three pronged excellence of the Lunar Escape 12". All three tracks here were written, recorded and produced by the duo and the results are notably diverse. Lead track "Where Are We?" is a deliriously fun slice of crazed arpeggios and camp Italo leads and it contrasts with the tougher chainsaw business of "Bass Purr". The second hand record business has evidently been good for Psychemagik as "Above The Clouds" sees them make good use of a 17 piece orchestra!
Review: If you've been following the rise of Cosmic Forest dwellers Psychemagik for more than a minute, you'll be aware of their extremely chunky revision of Wang Chung's 1984 jam "Dancehall Days" which has been teasing new arrivals at their Soundcloud page for more than a year now. It finally gets a vinyl release here, and an official one to boot as Wang Chung vocalist Jack Hues was so impressed with their illicit take he sent them the stems for the official remix you see here. It's very much in line with their original edit but comes replete with that extra beef and on a neat white twelve inch. Another archival killer from the duo in "Beauty And The Bass" lines the flip too.
Review: Psychemagik's 2011 mission through space and time, "Valley of Paradise", is treated to re-workings from some of disco and house's leading lights. Rayko begins proceedings with a solid, space climbing disco beat, complete with demanding bass line, creeping guitar loops and shattering synthesisers. The Time & Space Machine mutes the beat and slows the pace, stripping the music and filling the space with glistening sounds. Edits ledge Greg Wilson slows the pace further, creating an almost lethargic remix of the original. The guitar licks drunkenly fall in and out of the music, while emotive strings act as the thread which ties this remix together. Finally, Toby Tobias gives us the infectious elements of disco, but incorporates the warm textures of house.
Review: It's been a while since celebrated crate diggers-turned-re-editors Psychemagik treated us to some sublime scalpel works. Predictably, the two edits showcased here - both of little-known tracks discovered during their dusty-fingered digging missions around the world - are both top notch. A-side "The Trip" is a fine chunk of psychedelic-era druid funk - a veritable pagan ritual full of acid-fried, floor-friendly rock grooves, hallucinogenic flourishes and hazy, hug-a-stranger chorus vocals. Flip for "Sisters of the Moon", a drowsy, loved-up and thoroughly eccentric slice of slow bliss smothered in wavy synths, lilting steel guitar and sumptuous orchestration. It's great to have them back.
Review: You have to hand it to Psychemagik. The duo is renowned for their crate-digging skills, as showcased on the various must-have compilations they've curated for Leng and Eskimo Recordings. Those digging skills come to the fore on their re-edit releases, too. In truth, few would be able to name the source material for "Gotta Hold On Me", an undulating, dubbed-out chunk of peak-time disco-soul built around spacey synth-bass, rising horn lines - judiciously smothered in space echo - and impassioned male vocals. Flipside "Wildman" is equally impressive, with jammed out electric piano solos doing their best to raise the temperature in cahoots with a Dinosaur style leftfield disco groove.
Triumph Of The Gods (feat Renate Staal Nygard) (5:42)
La Paix Est Une Fleur (5:33)
Something To Believe (feat Holly Go Lightly) (3:49)
Review: Psychemagik teased their debut album earlier this year with the smooth crossover single "We Can Be One", which opens up this hotly anticipated long player from the widely adored duo. There's plenty of pop leanings to this record, but of course shot through with the dreamy lilt of psychedelia and deep-digging Balearic charm that has defined Psychemagik from the beginning. At times it gets more bombastic, as on "Ghost Particle" with Liam Magill, and there's a cheeky party track or two (just check "Above The Clouds"), but the main focus here is on rich songwriting with a heavy emphasis on warm synth tones. Existing Psychemagik fans will be happy, but this record should equally land them a new legion of admirers as they take another step forward in their evolution.
Review: ** Psychemagik classic repress alert ** Ah yes, "For Your Love", the 1978 Euro Disco classic from Chilly hasn't that been re/edited by at least 78% of Soundcloud's disco edit community? Correct - it's actually second only to the gazillion marketing tools presented as a remix that are helping to power forward the career of Lana Del Rey. Psychemagik are yet to remix Lana Del Lips so we can forgive them for adding to the slew of edits of Chilly's Yardbirds cover version already released. As it stands the Psychemagik version of "For Your Love" is a commendable revision which beefs up the low end and extends everything beyond the ten minute mark. Much better is the sub blessed take on Joyce's "Aldeia De Ogum" which should come with a Punta Del Esta Approved stamp.
Review: Having spent much of the last couple of years focusing on re-edits and crate digging compilations, Psychemagik return to the realm of original production. Featuring the woozy vocals of Navid Izadi, "Mink & Shoes" sounds like the kind of wonky, heavily electronic house roller that you'd expect to find on Crosstown Rebels or Hot Creations, albeit with a little Freaks style bumpin' eccentricity mixed in. It's accompanied by a decidedly trippy, undulating late night dub from Psychemagik themselves, while Mexican producer Yoan Lokier gets busy on the flip. Her version is feels more trippy, with intoxicated, new wave influenced synths taking pride of place amongst a glam-style triple-beat drum pattern. It brings out the wonkiness of Izadi's vocal, which is certainly no bad thing.
Red Ken - "Big Love" (Big Four Letter Word mix) (6:17)
Review: Psychemagik love Fleetwood Mac. Their love is so enduring that the dusty fingered editors/DJs/revered record collectors have gone so far as to found Fleetmac Wood, a club night dedicated to the work of Fleetwood, Nicks, McVie and the various other manifestations, where anything goes so long as it's Fleetwood Mac related. Their remix of "Dreams" has been getting playtime at the night - and by other well regarded DJs - and finally makes an appearance on this limited 12". What's immediately noticeable about the Crystal Visions Remix of "Dreams" is how much they add to the track without messing with the original's essence - it's also a lot more inventive than Psychemagik's 2009 edit of "Everywhere" which shows how far they've come in three years. Flip over for a great extension of Juno's favourite Mac moment "Big Love" from AOR Disco's Red Ken.