Psychemagik Presents ‘Magik Sunrise’

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Over the years I’ve met all types in my two decade trawl through the choppy seas of dance music. From those souls who never quite made it back from Ibiza, the hoards of house producing opportunists in the nineties (and they’re back!), the misguided clubbers who gave their lives to the nocturnal utopianism of dance music only to become penniless depressives… The list is at once sad and telling, sometimes funny and irreverent. There is, however, another breed: a breed I like to call the true school.

Danny McLewin and Tom Coveney (Psychemagik) are true schoolers. Crate diggers, collectors, producers, DJs and true believers. I don’t really know Tom, but Dan is one of those guys who conveys a warmth and enthusiasm that belies how long he’s been in the game. Dan used to tour the globe sourcing rarities for client producers whilst amassing an enviably openminded, mind-blowing collection for himself. It seems almost inevitable that the Kent-based Psychemagik would hook up with Paul ‘Mudd’ Murphy (Claremont 56) and Simon Purnell of Leng to release this incredible comp, the sequel to their critically acclaimed (and instantly sold out) ‘Magik Cyrkles’ compilation. I say that because Paul Murphy’s Claremont 56 is THE go-to label for connoisseur compilations of rare and wondrous music.

Off-kilter African reggae (Max Adioa) nestles side by side with eyes-closed deep-jazz funk (Rob Mehl, George Oban), while the stoned, Balearic prog rock of Jeff Liberman jostles for position with the Steve Miller Band-on-valium goodness of Fox’s “The Juggler”. Then there’s the Roxy Music-esque grooves of Joey Newman, the drifting new age ambience of Iasos (whose “Formentera Sunset Clouds”, from the 1975 album “Inter-Dimensional Music”, is a highlight) and the folksy bliss of Yves Simon.

Artists originally ignored first time round, such as Daniel Mathieu, Cherubin, Susana Estrada and Steve & Teresa, are given a place in the spotlight. In fact, Leng spent a considerable amount of time tracking down each artist, allowing them to tell their stories, give the inside history of each track and relive their musical adventures – however previously obscure or overlooked.

I bought this on CD and vinyl- it’s that sensational. To my tastes it’s substantially more enjoyable than Magik Cyrkles (which is no slouch) and is probably hands down the best underground comp since Matthew Burgess and Jolyon Green’s Originals 4 collection for Claremont 56. Buy buy buy!


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