Various

Psychemagik - Ritual Chants

Label Eskimo Genre House Cat no. 541416507964

£15.99

Compiled by Danny McLewin, the renowned record digger of the duo, the 3 discs are carefully programmed and sequenced into 3 themes: Beach, Love and Dance, all of which tenderly demonstrate curious ears with a respectful nod to the past and the future via such touchstones as the pre-new age emanations of Water Sports by Man Parrish, a beautiful tranquil and cascading synth poem which soothes and pulses, and the sublime and haunting God’s Garden by John J. Francis, which hints at a forthcoming new age of thinking. On disc 2 (Love) the semi discordant funk of Zru Vogue’s Do the Zru, reminiscent of a later era Can, laced with thumb piano and an addictive head nod groove finds its place alongside the Gallic seduction of L’Amour Joue Au Violon by Jeanette, a real string-swept lost masterpiece reminiscent of Melody Nelson era Serge Gainsbourg. The booming drum machine mechanics of Hangin’ Out In Space by Tony Wilson does exactly what it says: a galactic deep fried boogie which will have even robots shaking their metalware into the long wee hours, as will the hypnotic Arabic infused brew made by Golden Hands on Take Me Back. While disc 3 (Dance) opens the door to the thick of the night, with phenomenal and unknown cuts such as Love and Happiness by Mansour Sallas and Ennio Morricone’s disco infused hybrid cut ‘Dance On’ adding magic and mysticism to this bountiful line, and high quality floor polishers such as Popcorn Makers Nothing, a sweaty gyrating slice of European sleaze bringing the delightful 3 course meal of Ritual Chants to a close.