SPOTLIGHT 34

22/08/2019 16:51

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

JACQUELINE, CRYSTAL - A PRAYER FOR THE BIRDS (LP/MEGA DODO)

'A Prayer For The Birds' was written by Crystal's partner and musical director Icarus Peel and was inspired by their shared love of nature and the environment. While the album may offer something familiar and dependable, it's another step forward in a musical journey that started some years ago. For this album, Jacqueline is joined by new backing singers Victoria Reyes and Elaine Lightfoot. Victoria also plays exquisite oboe and Lizzy Wayne, who's also played with the Honey Pot, adds flute. Both players and instruments add new colours to a rich pastoral sonic palette. Jacqueline and her band lay down a deep-pile carpet to walk on, a perfectly heated pool to swim in, an adequately logged fireplace to lie in front of. It's a musical gift to the world and a prayer for the birds.

ORESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE - (BLACK) SLIP INTO THE VORTEX (2LP) (LP/SPACE ROCK)

The music on 'Slip Into The Vortex' is of a more progressive and laid back nature, but the journeys and interactions between the musicians are amazing and create a fantastic aural experience where one can get lost and return to find new things with every listen. This is one of the last of the band's early releases that has not been previously released on vinyl. It was the 6th CD (released on Transubstans in 2010) by the Oresund Space Collective. Limited to 100 copies on black vinyl.

SVENSKA PSYKVANNER - THE HAGERSTEN SESSIONS (LP/DRONE ROCK)

"I've worked with three very special artists from Sweden since forming Drone Rock Records; Domboshawa, CB3 and Fanatism. 'The Hägersten Sessions' is the result of members from each of these groups coming together to create something very special indeed. I was fortunate enough to visit Stockholm back in March this year to visit Anders from Domboshawa and, to coincide with my trip, Mikael from Fanatism arranged a gig. Domboshawa was also invited to play but he needed a live backing band to recreate the sounds he produces on record. And so Svenska Psykvänner (Swedish for 'Swedish Psych Friends') was formed. During several practice sessions and rehearsals Anders was joined by Mikael and Jonas from Fanatism, Charlotta from CB3 and Indy from Kungens Män and some amazing jams were laid down and, thankfully, recorded. The end result is incredible which is unsurprising really given the talent involved and I am proud to give 'The Hägersten Sessions' the Drone Rock Records vinyl treatment. I just hope this isn't a one-off." ~Drone Rock Records. Comes on black vinyl.

THOSE FURIOUS FLAMES - HEARTH (LP/VINCEBUS ERUPTUM)

2019 album by the retro-hard-psych rockers Those Furious Flames. A magical blend of hard-rock, hammond sound and psychedelic vibes! It was recorded totally on analogical equipment and sounds really awesome! Limited to 300 copies on orange vinyl in die-cut sleeve.

WAGNER, MIREL - MIREL WAGNER (LP/SVART)

Limited repress on grey vinyl. Stoicly picked, almost trance-inducing acoustic guitar, a voice you wouldn't expect to hear from a 23 year old, and songs that mostly avoid classical folk song structure. Everything is stripped to the bone and maintains a beautiful, strangely fragile tension.

JULES BAND - LITTLE THINGS (CD/SELF RELEASE)

The Jules Band provide a modern sound of rock, blues and soul which is rooted in the music of the '60s and '70s. The 27 years old Nuremberg-based Julia "Jules" Fischer is the center of the band with her soul and powerful vocals and some serious skill and attitude on keys and organ. She is accompanied by Jakob Giese on guitar, Bertram Berger on bass, Christof Stahl on drums and Mercan Kumbolu and Joe McKoy on backing vocals who are all in their mid-thirties. The lineup points in the direction the band has chosen: forming a real band with dedicated and skilled musicians who take part in the process of songwriting and production. The feeling of a band also plays a huge role in live interaction and in the studio, where playing the material live is the way to go. This was put into practice in their 2018 album 'Little Things' where all instruments where recorded simultaneously, using as little overdubs as possible in order to provide an authentic live feeling. Since the beginning of the band in 2016, The Jules Band have played numerous concerts throughout Germany at festivals and smaller venues, captivating their audience and creating great resonance. They have managed to secure spots on local German radio stations as well as stations in France and the UK. Both live and on their 10-track album, The Jules Band showcase catchy and powerful songs, driving riffs, soulful vocal lines and harmonies and virtuosic soloing. You could call the music contemporary krautrock with progressive, bluesy and soulful spices which reminds of the West German rock legend Frumpy during the early '70s with Inga Rumpf on vocals. Only the sound itself seems to be a bit clearer and more transparent as it would have been 45 years ago.

PETERS, SURYA KRIS - EGO THERAPY (CD/ELECTRIC MAGIC)

Surya Kris Peters is a solo project of Samsara Blues Experiment's Christian Peters, initiated in 2015. 'Ego Therapy' is the sixth full-length album already, and there were also two EPs and a split-release in between. Similar and possibly influential artists: Isao Tomita, Jean-Michel Jarre, Manuel Göttsching & Ashra, Mike Oldfield, John Carpenter, and many more... Limited to 100 copies.

TELESCOPES - STONE TAPE (CD/COLD SPRING)

"The 10th album from The Telescopes is full of wall-to-wall psychedelic drones, swaying chants, trance-inducing shoegaze and "suspended-in-space magnificence." ~Julian Cope. 'Stone Tape' is a concept album inspired by "Stone Tape Theory" (or "residual haunting"), theorized by Thomas Charles Lethbridge in 1961. The archaeologist, parapsychologist and explorer developed the idea that inanimate materials can absorb energy from living beings, and that this mental electrical energy, released during emotional or traumatic events, could somehow be "stored" in such materials and "reproduced" under certain conditions. The hypothesis has been known as "Stone Tape Theory" since the cult 1972 TV screenplay 'Stone Tape' by Nigel Neale. Recorded in Powderhorn Minneapolis, The Vicarage, West Yorkshire and The Experimental Health Unit. Originally released on a limited edition LP by Italian publishing house Yard Press in 2017, this CD edition contains a bonus 14-minute version of the track 'The Living Things', recorded in Switzerland in 2018. Presented in a digipak with new artwork by Stephen Lawrie.

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

MOD CON/MOODY BEACHES - SPLIT LP (LP/BEAST)

Two sides, two bands, both from Melbourne, both all girl bands, both released records on Poison City Records in Australia. Mod Con is led by Erica Dunn (from Tropical Fuck Storm) (vocals and guitar), Sara Retallick (bass) and Raquel Solier (drums). Moody Beaches are a post-punk grunge project featuring members of La Bastard, Hot Wings and millennia teen dreams Sugarfiend.

SEE NO EVILS - OUT OF THE SHADOWS (LP/HEAVY SOUL)

Second album by the Leeds band who are ahead of the game when it come to mixing together a sound that is quite unique: '50s rock'n'roll, '60s psychedelia, '70s new wave riffs, modern problems and tons of angst make the band a top drawer live and with this, the follow up to 2016's 'Inner Voices' should set them up for a tremndous second half of 2019. Eleven tracks that will scare, delight, encourage and eventually see you join The See No Evils in their quest for national recognition...

VELVETTE, LORETTE - DON'T CROWD YOUR MIND (LP/MONO-TONE)

First time ever on LP for this compilation of songs originally on rare 45s and CDs for the ex-Panther Burns and Hellcats member, with guests like Alex Chilton and Mick Collins! Garage blues and raunch'n'roll, originals songs and startling covers - the true Memphis sound, savage and soulful!

VOLKMAN, KIM -& THE WHISKEY PRIESTS- - THE DEVIL WON'T TAKE CHARITY (LP/BEAST)

Kim Volkman has led an interesting musical life. Guitarist with Ian Rilen and the Love Addicts -one of the most underrated, raw and real bands to appear on Australian stages in the last 30 years- he's also had three stints filling his late ex-band leader's bass spot in X. Volkman's played with many lesser-known bands, including his own very good Whiskey Priests. Unlike Justin Bieber, he's never had notable success. That's probably a good thing in Kim's case, on his own admission, it might have killed him. Kim Volkman's childhood was scarred by abuse, he's had a couple of runs of smack addiction. He's been a functioning alcoholic, ridden out a number of car crash relationships and, of course, has lived, eaten and breathed rock and roll. Music's been both his salvation and his downfall, at times. Even being a "rock star" in a relatively small pool (that would be Melbourne) brings pressures to live up to the name. If catharsis is character building, Kim Volkman is one of Australia's most resilient characters.

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

JONES, JORDAN - JORDAN JONES (LP/BELUGA)

Based in Los Angeles, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jordan Jones releases his utterly catchy, power-pop fueled debut-album on vinyl.

MARIANI, DOM -3- - GARAGE SALE COMPENDIUM (LP/SUGARBUSH)

A vinyl-only sampler based on the original CD series from some years ago, this is classic guitar-based power-pop by Aussie garage/power pop legend Dom Mariani. Tracks include killer originals as well as choice cover versions. Beautifully mastered to bring out the power of the recordings and pressed, as ever, on virgin 140 gram vinyl.

VIIKATE - NOUTAJAN VALSSI (LP/SVART)

Reissue of 2000 debut album by this Finnish folkrock/hardrock band. Limited to 400 copies.

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

MONTGOMERY, ROY -& EMMA JOHNSTON- - AFTER NIETZSCHE (LP/AGUIRRE)

After Nietzsche is a response to Nietzsche's assertion in Twilight of the Idols that "Without music, life would be a mistake". Roy Montgomery and Emma Johnston recast this as "Life is a mistake set to music" and they take issue with one of Nietzsche's principal tenets concerning fate. After Nietzsche is in a way the sister-album to last year's Suffuse, where Montgomery composes songs for guest vocalists. Only this time it's in close partnership with Emma Johnston. Montgomery's distinctive, interweaving guitar play is set as background for Emma Johnston's angelic vocals & experimentations. Swimming through the four tracks of the album, it's surprising to notice how different they are. The opening track could have been plucked from one of Montgomery's 80s projects, while the rest of the a-side takes us into more shadowy territory, Realm Of The Senses with it's slow strumming and echoing vocals evokes Grouper (who points to Montgomery as being an influence of her work) and the title track After Nietzsche with dramatic vocals and strings, cleverly builds up to a climax that never happens. The last song clocking in at 21:10 is a post-postmodern duet between the two musicians in a dark philosophical mood.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

WASTED - ELECTRIFIED (LP/DENOMINATION)

Old school heavy metal band Wasted from Denmark releases their third album on Denomination Records. A new lineup was a reality in 2017, and Wasted decided to make a re-recording of their two early albums 'Halloween. The Night Of' from 1984, and 'Final Convulsion' from 1985 with new arrangements on old tracks and a brand new track - which is also the title song on their 2019 album 'Electrified'.

XYSMA - REPULSIVE MORBIDITY (5LP) (LP/SVART)

'A BOXFUL OF FOETAL MUSH 1988-1991' - 5LP box set on black vinyl. Limited edition of 500 copies. Finland's Xysma's chameleon-like career took them from primitive grindcore to stoner fuzz pop over the course of a decade. They are among the early Scandinavian pioneers of not only grinding death metal but death'n'roll and stoner rock as well. The 'Repulsive Morbidity' box set aims to paint a complete picture of Xysma's first period between 1988 and 1991. The journey begins in 1988 with the debut demo when the band still used the name Repulse, and continues with another demo from around the point in early 1989 when the band were just about to become Xysma. The demo period finishes with the official demo 'Swarming Of The Maggots'. Disc two consists of Xysma's EP and mini album releases 'Fata Morgana' and 'Above The Mind Of Morbidity' while the third disc consists of the only album during this early period, 'Yeah'. This limited box set also contains two additional records, with good quality mixing desk recorded live material from the early days and recently unearthed pre-studio rehearsal material recorded before the sessions for 'Yeah' and 'Above The Mind Of Morbidity'. These feature unheard versions and even some material left off the actual records. 'Repulsive Morbidity' was compiled together with the band and comes with a lengthy interview plus liner notes. Apart from the official records, most material on this set has never been available on vinyl or is completely unreleased.

 

JAZZ/AVANTGARDE

MOHOLO, LOUIS -OCTET- - SPIRITS REJOICE! (LP/OTOROKU)

First vinyl reissue of one of the most legendary free jazz records ever produced. Originally released in 1978 on Ogun Recordings, Louis Moholo Octet's 'Spirits Rejoice!' is a high achievement in the movement of the era as it soars beyond oppression with a raucous and spiritually uplifting surge of movement and melody. Featuring Harry Miller, Johnny Dyani, Keith Tippett, Evan Parker, Nick Evans, Radu Malfatti and Kenny Wheeler, this is former Blue Note artist Louis Moholo's first album under his own name and is a classic example of the cross-pollination between South African and British players. Mongezi Feza's 'You Ain't Gonna Know Me Cos You Think You Know Me' alone is enough to make your life a better place.

SPHERE - INSIDE OURSELVES (2LP) (LP/180 PROOF)

Perhaps Larry Nozero's single most-recognizable contribution to popular music is the soprano sax solo on Marvin Gaye's seminal, 'What's Going On,' the title track and tone-setter for one of soul music's most successful, not to mention conceptual, recordings. Like so many talented reedmen before him, Nozero received instruction from Detroit's Teal School of Music, creating common ground with Yusef Lateef, Joe Henderson, and Benny Maupin. Although Nozero flirted with the Strata groundlings briefly in 1964 as a member of Charles Moore's Detroit Contemporary 5, he was soon drafted into the military. A mixed blessing, Nozero took full advantage of the opportunities within the Army Band, which led to several high profile jobs upon his return to Detroit. Despite lengthy engagements with Henry Mancini, Sergio Mendes, and studio work with everyone from Holland-Dozier-Holland to Berry Gordy, Nozero still relished musical freedom of expression, which made him right at home on the Strata roster. While little is known about Sphere as a stand alone group aside from it's contributors Larry Nozero, Eddie Nuccilli, Keith Vreeland, Jimmy Peluso, John Dana and producer Bug Spangler, 'Inside Ourselves' presents the level of quality jazz expected from both One Eighty Proof and Strata Records. Originally released in 1974.

BROTZMANN/SCHLIPPENBACH/BENNINK - FIFTY YEARS AFTER... (CD/TROST)

'LIVE AT THE LILA EULE 2018'- For the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the legendary 'Machine Gun' recordings at the Lila Eule in Bremen, Peter Brötzmann put together a trio with the Berlin pianist and composer Alexander von Schlippenbach and the percussionist Han Bennink, who already sat on the drums 50 years ago. They were so pleased with the music, that they decided to release it and continue to play gigs as the trio.

KODIAN TRIO - III (CD/TROST)

Kodian Trio's 3rd studio album - aptly titled 'III' - and their second for Trost Records, was recorded in one intense live session at the White Noise studio in The Netherlands during a day-off on a European tour. The shared experiences of the road, studio, travel evinces a group sound which is constantly shifting, solidifying, and disappearing completely - true to the essence of free improvisation. On this album the trio shows the core strength as a unit gained from their live experiences, and a band in top shape. Yet within the turmoil there is also a sense of joy, and most importantly a perfect dialogue. Kodian Trio is a band that combines free jazz aesthetics with modern experimentation. Andrew Lisle - drums, Dirk Serries - electric guitar, Colin Webster - alto sax.

THRENODY - A PARADIGM OF SUSPICION (CD/TROST)

Threnody is the unmissable force from three prominent improvising musicians; Martin Küchen (saxophone), Johan Bertling (bass) and Steve Noble (drums). Previously established as a trio formation under their full names, the trio has released their first album 'Threnody, At The Gates' on Trost records in 2017 and now call themselves Threnody.

 

SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/R&B/GOSPEL

VARIOUS - COLD WAR ON THE ROCKS (LP/SVART)

'DISCO AND ELECTRONIC MUSIC FROM FINLAND 1980-1991' - Cold War On The Rocks presents 20 tracks from the history of Finnish disco and early electronic music. The journey goes from orchestral disco to experimental electronic sounds and back. It includes lone 7" singles from relatively unknown performers, interesting album cuts from artists who are better known in completely different musical genres, and also a few electronic artists whose work is rather underrated. Includes tracks by Jori Sivoinen, Mika Sundqvist, Taiska, Esa, Biba, Ira, Jarmo Juhani, Saigon, Mad Lindell and many more.

 

ELECTRONIC MUSIC/AMBIENT/D’N’B/TRIPHOP

O SAMULI A - YELLOW ALERT (LP/SVART)

O Samuli A is operating from Meriha, Helsinki. Cuckoo lo-fi aesthetics, DIY spirit and crooked language skills. Made with Internet MC Micro speech browser based speech synthesizer, the classic analog synthesizers, Nintendo Gameboy and battery powered dubbing siren based on a toy sound circuit. Dumbient, chipstep, bleeps and $tyles, anystep, O-funk, or happy-nordic-acid microgreens, if you need any genre classification.

 

DANCE/TECHNO/HOUSE/HIPHOP

RITARIKUNTA - SANAT TAVARAA VASTAAN (2LP) (LP/SVART)

Reissue of 2001 album by this Finnish hiphop group. For the first time on vinyl. Includes a few bonus tracks.

 

AFRO-BEAT/FUNK & PSYCH/DESERT BLUES/ETHIOPIQUES

SANI, MAMMAN - LA MUSIQUE ELECTRONIQUE DU NIGER (LP/SAHEL SOUNDS)

Mamman Sani Abdoulaye, a legendary name amongst Niger's avant garde, presents a singularly unique recording of minimalist organ music from the Sahara. Dreamy and hypnotic, the sound is unlike anything coming out of West Africa before or since, closer in effect to early electronic experiments of Kraftwerk. Recorded in 1981 at the National Radio in Niger, shortly after Mamman discovered an old Italian organ, the album was a spontaneous production, recorded in two takes. It was released on cassette but was a commercial failure, and only a handful were sold. The recordings, however, were a success, and became the themes to the National radio for the subsequent 30 years, securing Mamman's place in the foundation of Nigerien music. Rediscovered in a cassette archive in Niger and digitized on a portable recorder, 'La Musique Electronique Du Niger' was reissued in 2013 on limited vinyl. Now restored and remastered from the original tape material by Jessica Thompson.

 

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