Review: After brushing the dust off their fingers accrued from compiling that excellent Magik Sunrise compilation for Leng, Psychemagik return to their Discotheque Wreckers series for the final installment. Lead track "Balearic Girl" allegedly originates from a super rare Swedish hairspray advert, with the summery vocal hook and heavy bassline augmented by Psychemagik's subtle mastery of dancefloor tweaks. On the flip, "Spiced Oddity" finds the pair in cosmic chug territory and is a sublime way to round out the series, though we hear whispers that a Disco Wreckers CD compiling the series along with two bonus cuts will arrive later this summer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Review: These guys have been flying the flag for quality amongst the disco re-edit community for a while now. This 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 cut 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.
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.
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.
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. Then "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.
Review: Following a long series of EPs dating back to the early 2010s, UK duo Psychemagik step up with their much-anticipated debut album. Opener 'We Can Be One' (featuring Quinn Lamont Duke) is a dreamy Balearic-pop-soul nugget and sets the tone nicely, with the album as a whole veering between Zero 7/Lemon Jelly-style leftfield pop (check out the cinematic 'Chimera', or 'Valley Of Paradise', which is like finding Simon & Garfunkel jamming with Nils Frahm in the chill-out room) and soaring, disco-fied deep house reminiscent of Faze Action (see 'Triumph Of The Gods' or 'Above The Clouds'). It's a little 'polite' at times, but an engaging listen all the same.
Review: Psychemagik's last outing was an unusually wonky and forthright affair - a cosmic club rocker made for sweat-soaked basements and saucer-eyed illegal raves. "We Can Be One" is a much more languid and laidback affair, with Paqua and Phenomenal Handclap Band member Quinn Lamont Luke providing a suitably glassy-eyed, loved-up vocal to match the duo's drowsy, slow motion Balearic pop backing track. Alex Kassian's remix - which, like Psychemagik's original version, is also available in instrumental form - ratchets up the cosmic vibes, placing psychedelic lead lines, swirling chords and Luke's touching vocal above gentle tribal drums and hallucination-inducing effects.
Review: Given that it's called "Ghost Particle", you'd expect Psychemagik's latest original single to be at least a little bit creepy. It isn't, but that's no criticism: in fact, in its original form the warm and woozy cut is a heady shuffle through downtempo synth-pop laden with spacey analogue synthesizer sounds and a glassy eyed lead vocal courtesy of Liam Magill. For those looking for more dancefloor focused thrills, the accompanying Cable Toy Club mix should be just the ticket. Featuring rubbery synth bass, Larry Heard style chords, loose limbed beats and lilting electronic melodies, it's a fine chunk of retro-futurist deep house warmth.
Review: Having spent 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.