25 August 2011
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Mixtape: Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Ruban Nielson lifts the lid on a treasure chest of psychedelic rarities

Photography Gary Manhine

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When Ruban Nielson’s Unknown Mortal Orchestra project emerged blinking into the light earlier this year, we were seriously impressed with how the native New Zealander managed to blend psychedelic, funk and hip hop styles into a sloppy-yet-seamless whole. The self-titled debut which followed in July was among the most joyful this year, and now Ruban has kindly curated a mix doffing its cap towards some of the inspirations behind the record, exclusively for The Stool Pigeon. A veritable treasure trove of peculiar, backwoods psych it is, too, mixing songs from cult artists back home (The Clean, Tall Dwarfs, Gordons et al) with tracks from further afield (The French Church’s ‘Slapneck 1943’, Michel Polnareff’s bonkers ‘Tout Tout Pour Ma Cherie’ which wouldn’t sound out of place on an episode of ‘Tim & Eric’s Awesome Show’). Enjoy…

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra Stool Pigeon Mix by The Stool Pigeon on Mixcloud

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