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For this charity record, created to raise money for the ongoing devastations left by the 2015 Nepal Earthquake, Sheffield-based label Evil Hoodoo have gathered up a superb line-up of artists from the underground and psych-leaning world to contribute new or previously unreleased material. Featuring the likes of GNOD, Flamingods, Carlton Melton, Sex Swing and Mugstar it’s a record that works as both a real collector’s find, for those who already have an affinity for alternative UK noise, monolithic slabs of death fuzz guitar and grinding, spiralling and droning loops, but also as an excellent opening introduction to that world and some of the genres chief pioneers.

Despite the variety of the 14 artists involved, ‘For Nepal’ still possesses a nice cohesion, too – the album can erupt in depth-charge-like explosions one moment and then be simmered down to a gentle ripple the next, with stretched textures and slowed-down groggy grooves. It’s a constantly shifting, evolving and unpredictable voyage, and all for a good cause.

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