The Aubergine That Ate Rangoon (Cherrystones rework) (7:14)
City Of Lagoons (4:57)
City Of Lagoons (Cherrystones rework) (5:07)
Review: A connection that perhaps didn't seem obvious at first but makes sense when you think about it, space rock titans get the niche reissue treatment on Emotional Rescue with Chuggy's ever prolific stable picking two deep cuts from the band's frankly intimidating back catalogue. Originally released in 1976 on "Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music", "The Aubergine That Ate Rangoon" and "City Of Lagoons" are both examples of Hawkwind at their cosmic best, and not afraid to hold down a groove either. Alongside the originals, we're also treated to some wild remix versions from wayfaring astral traveler Cherrystones - lucky for us!
Review: The back catalogue of this mystical and mercurial German collective, numbering Messrs Moebius and Roedelius from Cluster as well as Neu's Michael Rother in their ranks. has always been frustrating only in its brevity, and with that in mind this live material from their heyday is as manna to krautrock enthusiasts - these at once meditative and exploratory voyages through inner space bear all the hallmarks that made their two studio efforts such evergreen portals to a fertile age of experimentation and inspiration, and an inspration to Eno and Bowie amongst a legion of others - Sehr kosmisch, indeed.
Review: Has A Shadow have found themselves lurking iin the psych scene of late, yet this Guadalajara-birthed troupe have a decidedly more sepulchral and sullen approach, stalking an audial graveyard equal parts haunted by the post-punk filigree of Bauhaus, the motorik attack of The Soft Moon, the murky drone of The Sisters Of Mercy and the languorous swirl of Deerhunter. Repetitive and rapturous, 'Sorrow Tomorrow' is a considerable alchemical triumph, with sunglasses-after-dark cool co-existing happily with experimental elan.
Review: If there's a duo who know how to come up with a name, it's Holydrug Couple, and Hyper Super Mega couldn't sound any better. There's a lot of oohing and cooing on this LP, however it's the group's timid and sweet touches that hit home most. There's a friendliness to the music, with "Forever End" the album's undeniable hit number, with echoes of Elton John piano rock (you'll hear it) there to be heard in "Ikebana Telephone Line" too. Further in you'll find the more dreamy, shoegaze-y and 90's pop colours of "I'll Only Say This" and "Easy", to the change in mood that is the urban, danse noir effort "Lucifer's Coat". Take in some more lo-fi synth of "Western Shade" and there's no playing down this album is what Holydrug Couple say it is.