A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble


Say what you want about the corruption factor of remixes, undubbed versions and the like, the concept of the DJ mash up phenomenon hits a new height on the 2008 double CD release of A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble - Vol 1 Cosmic Space Music from Amorphous Androgynous—a psychedelic cosmic rock group comprised of Gaz Cobain and Brian Dougans, aka the seminal electronic duo, Future Sound of London. A mammoth double CD, compiled and mixed by their latest project called The Amorphous Androgynous, the set features stellar cover art with tons of notes that, depending on your age, you’ll have to scan at least 300 dpi to read! That incredible artwork aside, the DJ here melds and merges vintage original tracks from heavyweights like Donovan, Miles Davis, German art-rockers Can, U.K. folk legends Pentangle, David Axelrod, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Tim Buckley, Hawkwind and other heavyweights with a ton of less well known yet equally effective bands and artists that no one knows like Mountain Machine, Ian Neal, Cobain and Dougans—with each of the later represented by some brilliant original instrumental rock music. Instro freaks will also be in heaven with the original classic cover of “I Am The Walrus” by Lord Sitar and then again there’s a cover of “Wichita Lineman” by Friends Of Dean Martinez. There’s tons of amazing tracks here, over 40 with most that hit a groove that truly represents a merger of rock with the free jazz of people like Miles Davis and beyond. Blending vocal rock straight out of the summer of love with daring experimental jazz sounds yields some mighty strange fruit on this 21st century psych rock classic. The set is perhaps best summed up in the liner notes as a reinterpretation of psychedelic music, tracing the dots from its birth in 1967 to the present—a DJ trip through over 4 decades of genre busting, sonically diverse music.


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