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Sudakistan: Caballo Negro

Sweden-based Latin psych blasts off.

These days it’s rare to encounter an album which seems to leap out of the speakers brandishing a genuinely new sound. But that’s what happens on this long-playing debut from Sudakistan; four South American garage-psych freaks who’ve settled in Stockholm and joined forces with a sky-sailing Swedish lead guitarist.

Sudakistan’s pulsating brand of mind-frying mayhem commences with the congas and manic yelps which herald the opening title track, followed by nine jaw-dropping strikes, including early Hawkwind mysterioso rampages, marauding cosmic mind-fucks, big-riffed scorchers and expansively cerebral dream sequences.

Skymning manages to mate Jimi Hendrix’s Third Stone From The Sun ambience, Suicide vocals and amped-up Latin disco, closing an album which sadly arrived too late to make 2015’s best list.

Kris Needs is a British journalist and author, known for writings on music from the 1970s onwards. Previously secretary of the Mott The Hoople fan club, he became editor of ZigZag in 1977 and has written biographies of stars including Primal Scream, Joe Strummer and Keith Richards. He's also written for MOJO, Record Collector, Classic Rock, Prog, Electronic Sound, Vive Le Rock and Shindig!