***ZUKANICAN have been described as an unholy hardcore collision between Sun Ra, the Soft Machine and the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Throw in equal measures of Beefheart, Can and Bablicon, and you start to get a feel of what this group are about. Horse Republic is the debut full-length release from the Liverpool-based free jazz/psych/skronk sextet, and follows 2004's debut 10” mini LP E5number. The new album displays a greater range and maturity than its predecessor. Hooting, high-pitched shrieks and low-end grumbles; songless roars and late-nite rituals—Merseyside's best kept secret is well and truly out of the bag. Imported from the UK.