Psychemagik could become archivists

The UK duo Psychemagik (read here other news) are on the road to becoming real archivist by the looks of things.

The duo have been collecting some priceless pieces of music and selling their records to Soulwax and The Chemical Brothers.

According to group member Danny McLewin Soulwax is always looking for things to work with and are also very much into archives. The group has an extensive collection of styles of mixes and Psychemagik themselves are collectors of various styles of music.

Among their favourites? Italo, psych disco, and music from Bollywood. Electro is also in the bag.

And McLewin admits that he would like to become an archivist himself somewhere down the line if they collect enough records with great help from the Internet.

He has collected works from David Axelrod and Kenny Rankin. He has bought as many as seven of Rankin’s records.

“It really comes down to money”, says McLewin. “There have been albums I’ve spent years looking for and then when I find them it’s been overwhelming because you’ve been looking for so long”.

“I wouldn’t merit a record having more value because it’s rare, though. People do that but a dollar bin record is just as valid”.


Sister Bliss goes “Faithless” again

Sister Bliss has released her first solo album in a decade, more than two years after her former band Faithless retired. The album’s first single is Ain’t There and features vocals by rapper Fem El.

Faithless said adieu in 2011 with a farewell performance at London‘s Brixton Academy in April in a show that was beamed live around the world. The band was one of the biggest selling dance-music bands of all time.

Classically-trained musician Sister Bliss in the time since the band retired has relaunched the Junkdog label and hosts a syndicated radio show on Ministry of Sound Radio.

The DJ admits that moving away from the band has helped her find more time for things such as running her record label and collaborating with other artists.

And Sister Bliss says she uses the programme to showcase deeper underground house music including Psychemagik, Disclosure, and Visionquest as well as EDM music from Eric Prydz, EDX, and Jakwob.

Bliss and the Faithless crew reunited for a live set at Electric Brixton nightclub in London in May. The gig was in aid of Crystal Palace‘s youth club.