Various - A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble Vol 1 - Cosmic Space Music (compiled & mixed by the Amorphous Androgynous)

Better known to old ravers as Future Sound of London, The Amorphous Androgynous have put together a mix which is more than aptly described on the tin. A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble Exploding In Your Mind Vol. 1 covers four decades and a wide range of genres. Whether it's folk, jazz or Eastern, the only criteria for inclusion would seem to be that it sounds a bit druggy; although anyone expecting references to the second summer of love had better keep their glowsticks in the drawer. This is more concerned with the spirit of hippydom, even if the likes of The Earlies and Pop Levi weren't around back then.

You could argue that many choices are pretentious, patience-testing or included only on account of obscurity. Does anyone really need a sitar version of I Am The Walrus? How many will last the twelve minutes of Shweta Javeri's Heart of Darkness without hitting the stop button? Mahagon's Divka S Jablky, tedious warbling over a jazz-funk backing, is like someone putting a joint out on your brain, but where would a psychedelic mix be without such crazy experimentation?

That's not to say some stuff here isn't both weird and engaging. Heaven and Earth's Feel the Spirit, surprisingly one of the least known tracks, sounds like Jefferson Airplane (ask your dad) and Mahavishnu Orchestra's You Know, You Know is a decent piece of jazz which was sampled by Massive Attack on One Love. Ian Neal's Kingdom of the Birds (an Air-ish instrumental), The Amorphous Androgynous' The Lovers and The Emperor Machine's Roller Daddy all wouldn't be out of place on a good chill-out compilation.

Still, many will find A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble Exploding In Your Mind Vol. 1 a long and hard trudge for the occasional scrap of enlightenment. One for seasoned space cadets.

Overall

6

out of 10

Last updated: 18/04/2018 21:22:26

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