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Amorphous Androgynous - A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble: Volume 2

Amorphous Androgynous, A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble Exploding In Your Mind: Volume 2

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 3.5 out of 5

AMORPHOUS Androgynous, the psychedelic rock-tronic supergroup created and produced by the Future Sound Of London, release their second mix CD, A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble Exploding In Your Mind Vol 2 – Pagan Love Vibrations, and duly impress.

In keeping with the critically acclaimed first volume, this second mind-bending trip through four decades of archives also seeks to unearth the future classics of psychedelia in its many guises.

Amorphous Androgynous consists of electronic duo Garry Cobain and Brian Dougans (Future Sound Of London), two men with a knack for discovering and giving new life to the best of the buried and the forgotten, and this second volume digs deeper to take listeners on an exploratory journey through the rich goldmine of weird and wonderful cosmic space music. They connect the hidden past with the future.

Hence, the likes of David Holmes and Oasis run shoulders with Dungen and Hawkwind, with the odd vocal aside from Richard Harris and Kahlil Gibran, to create a highly trippy, even hallucogenic trip into the psychedelic that boasts a massive 44 songs.

There’s plenty to savour, too, from Bo Diddley’s down and dirty funk rock classic Elephant Man to Dan Sebesky’s Eastern influenced, sitar and strings laden Guru-vin, which boasts a cinematic, Darjeeling Limited kind of quality.

Continuing the cinematic vibe, David Holmes serves a welcome reminder of his Ocean’s trilogy work with the lively, upbeat and really quite hip What R We Stealing, while Oasis are as trippy and spaced out (and Indian) as you’re ever likely to hear them on the Monst. Psychedelic Bubble Mix of their recent hit single, Falling Down. It’s actually not as successful as it should have been.

Given the variety, scope and decade-spanning nature of the album, it’s not a surprise that not every track resonates. While the psychedelic nature of each track means that some are more trippy and bizarre than others.

But there are more hits and misses and, if nothing else, this will succeed in expanding your musical horizons, while giving people plenty to talk about if sat around a dinner table hearing each new track drop.

Of our other personal favourites, we also recommend seeking out the likes of album opener Satt Att Se, by Dungen, and Naga Raga, from Dzyan, as well as Ultimate Spinach’s lazy (Ballad of) The Hip Death Goddess and the sitar-laden funky workout that is Sohail Rana’s Soul Sitars.

On CD2, meanwhile, there’s the trippy, hippy retro throwback that is Melanie’s Lay Down (Candles In The Rain), Gunter Kallmann Chor’s original Daydream (which has often been sampled by contemporary artists), Pearls Before Swine’s innocent, playful Oh Dear (Miss Morse) and Amorphous Androgynous’ own The Onion.

For our money, CD1 contains more gems and is the more commercial, less freaky of the two, but it all adds up to a really worthwhile journey.

Download picks: Satt Att Se, Elephant Man, What R We Stealing, Naga Raga, (Ballad of) The Hip Death Goddess, Soul Sitars, Lay Down (Candles In The Rain), Daydream, Oh Dead (Miss Morse), Guru-vin

Track listing:
Disc 1

  1. Dungen – Satt Att Se (Instrumental)
  2. Friends Of Dean Martinez – Dusk
  3. Sunforest – Magician In The Mountain
  4. Ed Askew – Love Is Everyone
  5. Bo Diddley – Elephant Man
  6. The Transpersonals – Silver Star
  7. Electroid 2000 – Moogsters Revenge
  8. Dan Sebesky – Guru-vin
  9. Cranium Pie – Madman Running Through The Fields
  10. Circulus – Orpheus
  11. David Holmes – What R We Stealing
  12. Dzyan – Naga Raga
  13. US69 – 2069 A Spaced Oddity
  14. Jean Claude Vannier – Les Gardes Volent Au Secours Du Roi
  15. Faust – Just A Second (Starts Like That!)
  16. Ultimate Spinach – (Ballad Of) The Hip Death Goddess
  17. Focus – Anonymous II
  18. Oasis – Falling Down (Monst. Psychedelic Bubble Mix Part 4)
  19. Sohail Rana – Soul Sitars
  20. Pentangle – Pentangling
  21. Brightblack Morning Light – Another Reclaimation

Disc 2

  1. Melanie – Lay Down (Candles In The Rain)
  2. Holy Fuck – The Pulse
  3. July – The Way
  4. Cozy Powell – So You Want To Be A Drummer
  5. Animal Collective – Grass
  6. Grover Washington Jr. – Masterpiece
  7. Günter Kallmann Chor – Daydream
  8. Richard Harris/ Kahlil Gibran – Trilogy from “The Prophet”
  9. Amorphous Androgynous – Elysian Feels
  10. Ananda Shankar – Exploration
  11. Mort Garson – Killing Of The Witch
  12. Comus – Diana
  13. Hawkwind – Adjust Me
  14. Rocking Horse People – Lost In The Haze
  15. Shogun Kunitoki – Mulberg
  16. John Williams – Raga Vilasakhani Todi
  17. Jazz Q/Martin Kratochvíl – Toledo
  18. The Edgar Winter Group – Frankenstein
  19. Turzi – Afghanistan
  20. The Settlers – The Lightning Tree
  21. Amorphous Androgynous – The Onion
  22. Pearls Before Swine – Oh Dear (Miss Morse)
  23. Amorphous Androgynous – High Tide On The Sea Of Flesh