games for may – fruits de mer / mega dodo psych festival

‘Games for May – Fruits de Mer / Mega Dodo….’ 

We mentioned Magic Bus loosely / deliberately a little earlier because sometime September they’ll be releasing a 7 inch – in fact the very same track mentioned along with newly minted offerings from nick nicely, vibravoid and tir na nOg, the latter of whom you can see should you happily to find yourself near the vicinity of Putney’s Half Moon tomorrow and fancy groovy sounds, tasty beers and convivial company not to mention all round good cheer – oh and a record bag stuffed full of CD’s and a freebie 7 inch to boot just for paying the entrance fee and turning up and the chance to grab yourselves limited editions by Tir na nOg, tor peders and happenings aplenty, then may we suggest you shuffle up and check out the Fruits de Mer and Mega Dodo co-hosted first festival of the year, ‘games for May’. The goodie bag includes 9 – yes nine free CD’s – some mentioned below – the rest we’ve omitted will be getting mentions later in the week – but as far as the list goes there are releases here featuring the blue giant zeta puppies – which as it happens we mentioned a while back here –

…a head spin sampler tthat includes cuts from the likes of the luck of eden hall, sula and bassana and will z who I suspect will be featuring shortly here…..also a specially pressed CD of pre Past Tense groove while they were still playing as Pipe…..something rather sublime by the Portraits, a lost nugget from Cary Grace and a CD set by the much admired ZX+ – plus a Games for May 7 inch featuring the bands performing at the event and all manner of games, stickers and inserts and various lobbed in gubbins…..for full event details – see the link at the foot of this……


Among the CD treats you’ll find inside your bulging ‘Games for May’ freebie sack an absolute killer compilation from Stylus Music entitled ‘a collection of spellbinding instrumentals from the sixties’ – essentially a 30 track twang-a-ramic feast of bad boogie strut gouged ju-ju that features a whole host of lost nuggets from pops neglected backwaters which had we had the time we’d love nothing more than giving mention to them all individually. One or two familiar names stare out of the grooves like the smoking chill dipped ‘the supernatural’ by John Mayall and the bluesbreakers, the Dakotas found here doing a wigged out shuffle courtesy off ‘oyeh’ and Jack Parnell whose experimental and zany ‘white suit samba’ is clearly the work of fried genius. Trekking through the grooves there’s plenty of gems to be had such as the Baron’s uber cool comic strip superhero groove ‘whirlwind’, while for those well attuned to in the arts of old school TV theme covers will do well to check out ox populares’ version of ‘out of limits’ done in a very wig flipped Stingray styled stylee while the adored ‘randall and hopkirk (deceased)’ incidental (one of the finest themes to grace a TV show) is summarily given the lush sweeping majestic treatment by Norrie Paramor and his orchestra from a rare Polydor single from 1970. Somewhere else there’s the mysteriously woozy dream dipped ‘journey into the fourth dimension’ by London studio group who were rumoured to feature Basil Kirchin in their celebrated ranks and released a plethora of library lounge soundtracks for de wolfe in the 60’s. a particular ‘shout out’ goes to Fay Craig’s ‘mirage’ – a deeply disorientating slab of Meek-esque strangeness featuring ghostly fairground carousels, b movie mysticisms and a spy school shakedown. Link and Dale enthusiasts will do well to fast forward to impala’s twang-a-hula ‘pueblo / experiment in terror’ while clearly winning hands down the vote for best named band goes to mandrake paddle steamer whose ‘carmen’ is equally freaked. Also worth hooking up to are the secrets quite sublimely mellowed Shadows on chill pills ‘the enchanted sea 2006’ and don shinn’s ‘pits of darkness’ – the latter is just off the radar. On a final note – for those of you into the smaller details of matters we’ve just noticed that the CD sleeve incidentally comes replete with red underlined spell check errors – we know a lot about those here – ha ha.  


Here are a selection of wiggy treats from some of the featured personnel…..


London studio group…



Don shinn and the soul agents…who we believe featured a very young Rod Stewart if reports are to be believed…



Wynder k frog doing a killer kooky version of ‘green door’…..


The graham bond organisation…..



Co-hosts of the Games for May happening Mega Dodo have been quietly creating a buzz on the psych loving underground these last few years, home of sky picnic, Icarus peel, mordecai smyth and of course Crystal Jacqueline and the Honey Pot (Mega Dodo’s own Jane Weaver) – her version of the Stones’ ‘play with fire’ is just something else and finds it recast as a haunting and enchanting mysterio draped in Doors-ian shadow plays which without playing down the worth of the sets other cuts just stands head and shoulders as the most vital listening moment here. The label has admirably curated a bespoke back catalogue flavoured in strange 60’s florals, lysergic pastorals and woozy kaleidoscopia. ‘Dodo Skin Music’ is a mind warping 43 minute stereo show of sorts that finds guest presenter Neil Nixon of miskin radio rooting through the labels enviable archives for a prize picking shop window taster of the aural attractions lying hidden within. Amid this mercurial mix lurks the warping Walrus machinations of Strange Turn’s trip-a-delic ‘pink litmus paper shirt’ and the ethereal out there ghostly mirages of the Green Question Marks quite sublime re-tooling of the Hollies ‘pegasus’. Octopus Syng’s quite simply unreal ‘you are every poem’ is pure Donovan while Sky Picnic are your bona fide 60’s children of the sun emerging from the darkening shadow lines of that decades fracturing in to crystal clear lysergic light formed from an equal measuring of Barrett and Jefferson. Mordecai Smyth has been known to occasion the Mega Dodo playlists with psych treats aplenty that owe much to Tomorrow as proven on ‘sinister cyclist’ and erstwhile Tomorrow-er Keith West per ‘plastic people’ albeit here cut with the abstract impishness of Anthony Newley while his sparring partner from a recent ‘barnburner’ face off Icarus Peel can be found here doing hazily glazed homages to label mater Crystal Jacqueline. Its left then to Mark and the Clouds to close the curtains of this defining box of treats with ‘Goddess of Desire’ for a spot of wig flipped mid 60’s soul shimmered beat cool – over and (far) out.


More wigged flipped psychotropia comes courtesy of an hour long plus radio set specially cobbled together with rare 60’s essences, frazzled happening flashbacks and a whole dollop of groovy sounds by Marrs Bonfire entitled ‘sounds of the smart set’ which you can hear weekly fixes of on Friday’s via BayFM 106.4. This mix specially curated for the ‘games for May’ soiree finds the Bonfire one cutting and pasting b-movie trailers, comedic interludes – a nice Stanley Unwin welcome comes at the start of the festivities – and wired and wyrd advertising jingles amid grooving grooves that are peppered by a fried and frazzled fairground ride of toons by the likes of Floyd (Barrett in situ of course), shadows of the Knight, the luck of eden hall, the Zep, Manfred mann, tv personalities, the end, the litter, the pacemakers with of course Gerry and something quite incredible from the previously unknown to us Instant Flight. Head frying stuff.


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