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Elderberry Shiftglass

by Loop Guru

This is Loop Guru's homage to 1966 in 2006, Psychedelia in the old style. experimental with fruitiness and fun.
Genre: Rock: Psychedelic
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1. Strawberry Girl (5:00)
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2. The United States of Elderberry (3:25)
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3. Soft Fruit Sunday (3:20)
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4. Red Sports Car With Peaches (3:11)
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5. The University of the Third Ear (1:13)
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6. Orange Holes and Beautiful Feathers (2:45)
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7. In Search of the Liquorice Lo-lo (3:08)
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8. Magical Melody Melon Minds (2:40)
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9. Seaweed Suspenders (3:30)
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10. Marshmallow Transplant Man (1:41)
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11. Pineapple Puppets On a Sandy Shore (2:11)
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12. Cryptic Kaleidoscope Crumble (2:49)
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13. A Fistful of Fruit-cake (3:19)
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14. Congenial Atmosphere With Cherry Pies (4:46)
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15. Rubble Bubble, Coil and Stubble (2:57)
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16. Rainbow of Strange Appetites (3:08)
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17. Hundreds and Thousands: a Hip Odyssey (1:24)
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18. Blueberry Mermaid Marmalady (3:31) 
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19. Doughnuts For Da-da (3:45)
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20. Spring (before the Aftertaste) (4:17)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Their long awaited 13th album 'Elderberry Shiftglass' is here. A homage to the psychedelia of 1966 in 2006. This is the Loop Guru's Sgt Peppers, the most complete album to date!

Loop Guru have pushed the exotic musical envelope into the psychedelic larder of sampledelica, entering this space with a smorgasboard of marshmallows, trifle and fruit! You will need your dark glasses for this ride!

Its is a given that Sam Dodson and Jamuud are creative and exploratative musicians and the founders of global music pioneers Loop Guru. This message has been taken world wide with their extensive touring, 6 NME and Melody Maker singles of the week, 5 sessions for the late great John Peel and the first album which charted at no 4 in the indie charts. Loop Guru are dubbed the 'Godfathers of Global Fusion' by Melody Maker, a moniker that has remained with them creating a respectful buzz whenever they perform.

The artists Mickey Hart, Jean Michel Jarre, Pop Will Eat itself, Banco de Gaia, Les Baxter and Youth all invited Loop Guru to add that unique Loop Guru 'je ne sais quoi' into their music for remixes. Two tracks in the film 'Entrapment' and many TV programmes add to their list of commercial prowess and accomplishments.

REVIEWS OF "Elderberry Shiftglass"

DJ Mag
Loop Guru
Elderberry Shiftglass
Elsewhen
Ambient dub psychedelia

Loop Guru were one of the pioneers of ethnodelic dance music in the early '90s, and are still going strong. They retain their psychedelia here, but experiment with prog rock, dreamy downtempo soundscapes, backwards tape loops and bizarre samples. a treat for da heads. Kim O'Connor

Mint track:
'Strawberry Girl'
****
(4 stars out of 5)

MUSICIAN MAGAZINE

PSYCHEDELIC POP

LOOP GURU

ELDERBERRY SHIFTGLASS

Remix masters and soundscape creators Sam Dodson and Jamuud offer a stunning blend of Gerry Anderson pop-a-rama and familiar childlike psychedelia across 20 recordings that capture your heart from the fabulous opener 'Strawberry Girl' to clser 'Spring (before the aftertaste)' . Proudly announcing the inclusion of such elements as "a bicycle bass at picknic", this is a million miles from your standard fare. With tracks often prologued by spooky spoken samples, we soon settle into a world where space-race Telstar acolytes meet in the Twilight zone. Loop Guru highlight the appeal of a very English type of music-making that never loses it's appeal. Highly recommended. www.myspace.com/loopguru

KEITH AMES

VANITY PROJECT (Fanzine - webzinne)

Loop Guru – Elderberry Shiftglass (Elsewhen)
Subtitled Soundcakes From The Universe Next Door, this album sees Loop Guru continue on their ever evolving and mutating trajectory through the guruniverse and landing on an Elderberry smelling planet that is caught in a hazy sixties psychedelic blur. Whilst unmistakably Loop Guru at heart this release sees Muud & Gita embracing warm psychedelic pop and twisting it into new shapes and colours while it swirls away in a dreamlike state; Opener Strawberry Girl is the perfect mix of Loopish beats and twinkling keys before giving way to the Beatles-esque United States Of Elderberry. The trip continues through twenty colourful visions interwoven with spoken samples, bringing to mind those old films of visiting other planets and meeting aliens before they all get down to a hip shaking party filmed in bright
colours and at odd angles, the ladies in mini skirts doing smart moves as the scene fades in and out of focus. This is probably pushing close to the classic Amrita album for being my favourite Loop Guru album; a fun and colourful explosion of groovy sounds and a true love for sounds from the psychedelic era and dare I say a true masterpiece. www.myspace.com/loopguru.

GREBO


YORKSHIRE EVENING POST
Loop Guru
Elderberry Shiftglass

Elderberry Shiftglass (subtitled Soundcakes From The Universe Next Door) is sampling wizards Loop Guru's 13th album and it sees what is, for the duo of Sam Dodson and Jamuud, a major shift in direction. Out goes the focus on world music in favour of a 60's psychedelic theme, a kind of high-tech instrumental reimagining of the hippy, dippy summer of love. Tracks with toungue-in-cheek titles like Soft Fruit Sunday, Cryptic Kaleidoscope Crumble and Blueberry Mermaid Marmalady are multi-layered soundscapes of Beatles' style cellos, swirling organs, breathy girly backing vocals, swinging breakbeats, assorted spacy noises and a plethora of dotty vocal samples that cast a seductive, highly relaxing spell.

There are few artists out there who manage to be both this entertainly playful and satisfyingly listenable
ELSEWHEN RECORDS


Here's a couple of reviews of "Bathtime"

BILLBORD

Loop Guru
Bathtime With Loop Guru
Producers: Jamuud and Saam

When the instrumental credits listed in the cd booklet include "quantum physics," "insect manipulation," and "luminous wetlook," you know you're in for an unusual listening experience. But the abnormal is de rigueur for British ethno-techno group Loop Guru, Bathtime With Loop Guru follows the sample happy grooves and stolen themes of previous outings. The band, now reduced to a duo of Jamuud and Saam (aka Dave Muddyman and Sam Dodson, respectively), freely samples sitars and mellotrons, Kraftwork rhythms and gamelan cycles-all collaged into delirious, dub trippy grooves, Loop Guru really would have been happy as a 60's psychedelic band, hanging out between Frank Zappa and Pink Floyd, but forged a few years too late. Yet it has adapted to the technology and tone of the day, mixing sly humor into its most chilled and sensual album to date.-John Dilliberto

UNCUT
Latest offering from post-rave ethnological adventurers
"Bathtime"

It's typical of their cheery nature but Bathtime With Loop Guru is a bit of a debilitatingly flip title. Don't be put off. This ranks up there with their best work. Beneath their mock- Hare Krishna trappings and big cyclical rhythms, LG are a scholarly duo who's vast, eclectic musical knowledge, ranging from Gamelan to avant-garde, lends the LP a wealth of nuances and citrus twists.
From the samples of Edgar Varese's Poeme Electronique on "Today" to the brass band strains of "Spring", this is a fine reminder that Loop Guru are still around and still in their prime.
David Stubbs - Uncut Magazine. ****


Reviews


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goodguy/GOOD

time warp fantasy
Great sound all the way through. Really captures the true spirit of psychedelic music and gives it a modern twist. High order melody and archetecture. Fantastic concept and delivery. This makes me want to throw a theme party.

Jah Buddha

Pure sunshine on a CD
From the first 5 secs I knew I was in for a treat. This is a wonderful CD. 20 very varied tracks in one continuous mix that some how just works perfectly. A 21st century psychedelic album that brings to mind so many good things. From Kevin Ayres to Stereo Lab passing through the Beatles and Pierre Henry. It's arty enough for the students and dancey enough for the party crowd but overall it's like your own sunny day that you can put on when it rains. Loop Guru must have spent a lot of time working on this as this sort of quality and originality doesn't come easy.

marissa

Wow, totally cool!
They stand out as being really really good.
Keep going. I am becoming a fan.

articious kiwi lemonous

delicious desert for saccharin swimmers
this is total exaggerated excellence for muudman and sam!!!!!! "congenial atmosphere with cherry pies" and "doughnuts for dada" are sugar serenades for your cerebellum. all the arrangements with the snippets and narratives make this a complete masterpiece! check out loops acknowledgments on the cd notes and you will cherish this berry, berry musical theme of magical mastery. marie-agathe is a fantastic addition! no alcohol or drugs required. make sure to wear a large bib and start consumption. thanks cd baby for bringing this to us early.

Melody

Fantastic , so good to have loop guru back
Loop guru has spoilt us once again : ) well worth waiting 3 years for , havnt got it out of my head since listening to it on repeat for the last 3 days so thank you loop guru for bringing the 60's back to life with your particular flavour of sounds.
Brilliant : )
Melody ~

The Pendulum Swings

Grand Amazing
How times change. For years after its many release s Loop Guru' Has Always been in the Here and Now and in the Present and Future never was held up as a sort of musical Millennium Dome, vainglorious for 80s and 90s Sheik World Mystic, prima facie evidence of the terrible havoc of changing times has never kept the Guru's back this being what can wreak all other groups. Loop Guru is not just merely on a great, but an entire era. More recently, however, it has been difficult not to gaze upon them with a wistful eye. Mainstream music has learned its lesson rather too well! Loop Guru has reined in its excesses, kept on the rails, done its level best not to offend our sensibilities. The result has been an overwhelming glut of nice singer-songwriters . Never to worry they have not missed their true calling. The Muse notwithstanding, the biggest sellers on the top 20 album chart are just different shades of drab. With things as they are, is it any wonder the Guru's wind excess of Oasis' Grand Amazing!

~TT~

The Pendulum Swings

Grand Amazing
How times change. For years after its many release's Loop Guru' Has Always been in the Here and Now our Present and Future never was held up as a sort of musical Millennium Dome, vainglorious for 80s and 90s Sheik World Mystic, prima facie evidence of the terrible havoc of changing times has never kept the Guru's back this being what can wreak all other groups. Loop Guru is not just merely on a great, but an entire era. More recently, however, it has been difficult not to gaze upon them in amazement . Mainstream music has learned its lesson rather too well! Loop Guru has reined in its excesses, kept on the rails, done its level best not to offend our sensibilities. The result has been an overwhelming stream of awsome music . Never to worry they have not missed their true calling. The Muse notwithstanding, the biggest sellers on the top 20 album chart are just different shades of drab. With things as they are, is it any wonder the Guru's wind excess of Oasis' Grand Amazing Loop Guru!

~TT~

Loop Guru Fan

A lot of genius mixed with annoying samples
I would have loved this cd except for the annoying movie samples. They are really distracting. The music is amazing, every track is gorgeous. But those movie and other dialogue samples are very annoying and ruin what would be a perfect cd.