NEEDLE EXCHANGE 042: An Exclusive Mix By … Prince Rama

[Photo by Michael Collins]

Words and Mix by Taraka Larson of Prince Rama

What the hell is psychedelic music? When I ask people to explain this term for me, it seems to always reference back to a sort relationship between music and a “psychedelic experience” of sorts, which I also don’t know much about because I’ve never actually taken psychedelic drugs. So I probably am not the best person to make a “psych mix.”

But what I have made is a “psyched mix,” because although I’ve never had a ‘psychedelic’ experience, I’ve had plenty of ‘psyched’ experiences, a.k.a. moments where music has been directly linked to putting me in an out of body space of feeling especially psyched on life, so here lies the sonic artifacts of those altered states…

Prince Rama, Needle Exchange 42:
1. Vision of Sunshine, “Vision of Sunshine”
2. Peace In, “Pyramid of the Sun in the Heavens”
3. Ennio Morricone, “The Big Gundown”
4. Catherine Ribeiro & Alpes, “Jusqu’a Ce Que La Force De T’aimer Me Manque”
5. The Moody Blues, “House of Four Doors”
6. Selda, “Yaz Gazeteci Yaz”
7. The Clientele, “Rain”
8. Os Mutantes, “Panis Et Circenses”
9. The Trees Community, “The Parable of the Mustard Seed”
10. Ananda Shankar, “Dance Indra”
11. Nico, “All That Is My Own”
12. Bobby Brown, “I Must Be Born”
13. Scott Fitzgerald, “Dark Continent”
14. Teeth Mountain, “Black Jerusalem”
15. Psychic Ills, “I Knew My Name”