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19 Mar 12
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Fuzzbox Inc, Justin Miller, Fingerman, Stan Tropic, Juno Recommends Disco, Lou Teti, Get Down Edits, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), B.g. Baarregaard, Future Feelings
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 digital 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. Another archival killer from the duo in "Beauty And The Bass" adorns this release too.
09 Jul 12
Played by: Fuzzbox Inc, Juno Recommends Disco, Jkriv (Deep And Disco/Razor-N-Tape), Martin Brodin, Bufi, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights)
Review: 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 sun blessed take on Joyce's "Aldeia De Ogum" which should come with a Punta Del Esta Approved stamp.
28 Dec 11
Played by: B-Jam, DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), King DJ/Regalia Recordings, Julian Sanza, Homegroove Project, Timewarp, Billy Bogus, Redsoul, Fingerman, Stan Tropic, Golden Fleece, Cloned In Vatican!, Superbreak, Flash Atkins, Chris Coco, Juno Recommends Disco, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), D-Funk, Elly K, Get Down Edits, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Psychemagik
Review: With everyone from Metronomy to Azari & III tapping up Psychemagik for remixes this year, the duo will surely be hot property in 2012, however this release, the second in their series of edit EPs, sees them take the knife to another two lost gems. The name of the amusingly titled "Ass Nation" comes from the presumably misheard lead vocal, which is combined with some low-slung bass guitar, trumpet solo action and heavily delayed guitar licks. "Upskirt" meanwhile is a disco-blues number, whose slow pace is given a rocket fuelled push with some searing, high-octane guitar work, topped off with some cosmically charged sound effects.
07 May 12
Review: Those who believe the current re-edit scene is lacking in quality would be advised to check Psychemagik's excellent Healin' Feelin Edits series. Instead of offering house-friendly versions of familiar favourites, the fast-rising production outfit look far and wide for inspiration, cutting up baggy rock faves, forgotten jams and delightfully Balearic fodder. This third volume features two more quality reinterpretations. First up is "Way Milky", a clav-happy chunk of psychedelic disco-funk that bubbles seductively from start to finish. The baggier "Make It Mellow", meanwhile, is more Balearic than squinting at the morning sunshine after an extended session at Space... and twice as life affirming.
12 Dec 11
Review: 2011 has been a terrific year for the Psychemagik crew, who have provided us with all manner of disco, Balearic and psyechedelic treats - not to mention some slick slo-mo soul in the shape of "Feelin Love". Here they drop a pair of terrific re-edits of unlikely disco jams. First up is "Boogie Drome", a vocoder-heavy country-disco-rock banger than really defies definition. It's gloriously odd, but really rather magic. Flip for "Diamond Star", a thrillingly low-slung chunk of midtempo cosmic rock that recalls such classic 70s/80s disco/rock crossover outfits as the Greg Kihn Band. Proper dancefloor gold for crate-diggin' DJs.
04 Feb 13
11 Feb 13
Played by: Cloned In Vatican!, Superbreak, Juno Recommends Disco, Freddy Love, Ramsey Hercules, Tulioxi
Review: Ever-rising groove merchants Psychemagik continues to summon up the spirits of afro-beat, disco, funk and psychedelia with their impassioned output, and yet again this twelve makes for compelling listening. "Systematic Lover" is a breezy disco affair draped in tripped-out guitar washes and propelled by a stark deep house chord that sounds epic in amidst the archaic surroundings. "Jungle Juice" is slower and raunchier, getting into a Fela Kuti flavour and keeping things detailed and energised throughout; working in the vocals with a dash of harmonica, infinitesimal hits of bongos and some sassy guitar work and taking you right back to the raw old 70s in the process.
05 Sep 11
Played by: Rotciv, Timewarp, Faze Action, Cloned In Vatican!, Lusty Zanzibar, Juno Recommends Disco, Justin Winks (Casio Social Club), Kraak Records Charts September 2011, Fear Of Theydon, Psychemagik
Review: Disco heroes Psychemagik are known for their delightful edits, groove strewn beats and feel-good rhythms, a style which naturally filters through into their self titled label. Valley Of Paradise, their second release on the imprint, opens with the title track, a more downtempo and ambient offering than the disco we usually see from these guys. Splashes of bells, gentle vocal harmonies and light guitars meander through the dreamy arrangement of the first half until an equally mesmerising string arrangement flies through. Up next, "Star Lazer" has a more familiar sound, with heavy disco synths, vocodered vocals and an undeniable groove.
21 May 12
21 Jan 13
Played by: Spec., DJ Drm (Bastard Jazz / Bstrd Boots), Los Charly's Orchestra, Andrew Allsgood (Free Association), Roberto Rodriguez, Juno Recommends Disco, Alessandro Otiz, Dionigi, Cc:disco!, Dirty Mckenzie, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Future Feelings, Philosophy Of Sound, Kono Vidovic, Nu Disco Fever
Review: These guys have been flying the flag for quality amongst the disco re-edit community for a while now. This new two-tracker is being hailed as one of their best yet, with the title track being a lean, super-perky chopped up floor filler with infectious female vocals and a just-go-with-it Euro-rap. The second track is from the other side of the tracks: it's the type of slow n sleazy new wave-disco tune you can imagine in a dark early 80s New York fleapit, where the cast of Liquid Sky hang and dance in a beautifully nonchalant manner.