SPOTLIGHT 505

07/07/2015 14:53

Welcome to the Spot Light! Forget your summertime blues with the grooviest tunes available on wax right now: Stoner, garage, psychedelia, rock'n'roll, doom, folk, country, cumbia, cosmic R&B, electronic, new wave, drone, punk, and more. 

PS. Don't forget to take care of your records with the temperatures rising!

 

PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE

 

DEVIL AND THE ALMIGHTY BLUES/HJORTENE - RIVERSIDE/NO FUZZ (7"/BLUES FOR THE RED SUN)

This track follows up the brilliant self-titled stoner/garage debut album from the Norwegians, released in 2015. 'Riverside' is a slow bluesy and melodic tune, in which you can hear the more pop orientated sound of The Devils.

OLD MAN'S WILL - TROUBLED MAN (7"/RIDING EASY)

A 7-inch taster for the 2015 album by Umea rockers Old Man's Will.

SOUNDCLOUD

SHOOTING GUNS - BARNBURNER (7"/RIDING EASY)

Shooting Guns are hard at work fortifying the heavy end of the psychedelic spectrum. Hailing from the subarctic wasteland of Saskatoon, SK, they haunt the foggy moor between Sabbath-styled doom riffery and heavy pulse-riding kraut-rock.

SOUNDCLOUD

AGREN, MORGAN - BATTERIE DELUXE (LP/TRANSUBSTANS)

Morgan Ågren was spotted as an outstanding talent at a young age as he began performing publicly at age seven, and eventually joined forces with ten year old blind keyboardist Mats Öberg in 1981. In 1988, still around their late teens, Morgan and Mats got invited to play with Frank Zappa for a few different projects in the US - just before Zappa passed away. While some of the Zappa influence remains, Morgan and Mats have long since found their own voices. In the mid 90's, they began releasing CDs on Morgan's label Ultimate Audio Entertainment, eventually forming a stable band, which has amazed audiences in Europe, Asia and the USA since 2001. 'Batterie Deluxe' is his first solo album. The listener is invited to a playful journey of electronic sounds, progressive passages and out-of-this-world-moods, where the rhythms are always in focus. Superb music with guest appearances of Mats Öberg, Devin Townsend, Fredrik Thordendal, Neyveli Radhakrishna, Jimmy Ågren, Simon Steensland and Mamadou Sene.

BANDCAMP

BONE MAN - SHAPESHIFTER (LP/PINK TANK)

Limited edition of 300 copies on black vinyl. Bone Man is a psychedelic rock group from Northern Germany. Following a number of EP's and splits, a CD-single, and two LP's, this is the band's 2015 full-length. The music is all about raw fuzz rock, anger, human deficiencies, the spiritual abyss and the inner swamplands. To hell with it!

BANDCAMP

DANAVA - UNONOU (2LP/BLACK) (LP/RIDING EASY)

"They've got an incredible creativity which shines through with all instruments, and the opener and title track is right in your face from the first second with a devastating drum fill and some very weird, yet interesting dual layered guitar riffs which leads into a killer rock anthem. These atypical riffs and melodies are found all through the album, and is the main reason why this is such an exuberant album and a refreshing listening experience. But it doesn't stop there." - Metal Archives

YOUTUBE

KALAMATA - KALAMATA (BLACK) (LP/PINK TANK)

The Hildesheim, Germany based trio KALAMATA performs instrumental psychedelic stoner rock combined with '70s inspired space-rock elements. Driving bass riffs and colourful guitar-patterns emerge on top of a deep rolling rhythm section. This instrumental music will guide you through the night like an LSD-trip while riding a wild cow. EDITION ON BLACK VINYL.

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MOEWN - ACQUA ALTA (BLACK) (LP/PINK TANK)

Limited edition of 100 copies on black vinyl. Moewn is an experimental rock trio from Hamburg, Germany. Based on instrumental jams and using atmospheric guitar sounds, fuzzy basslines and puristic drums, the band creates ambient soundscapes somewhere between post- and progressive rock.

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OLD MAN'S WILL - (BLACK) HARD TIMES - TROUBLED MAN (LP/RIDING EASY)

Real rock'n'roll requires a little bit of mystique, a little bit of swagger, and a little bit of trouble for good measure. Sweden's Old Mans Will possesses all three of those ingredients in spades, and they comingle into a wonderfully inebriating aural concoction on the band's second full-length album, 'Hard Times - Troubled Man'. The quartet delivers a brash, bluesy, and brilliant opus that's the perfect soundtrack for all kinds of trouble.

YOUTUBE

PALACE FEVER - SING ABOUT LOVE, LUNATICS AND SPACESHIPS (LP/UNIQUE)

An album that sounds like a Jim Jarmusch movie, the setting being a stony desert landscape with surreal rock formations, in which a shady diner is visited by strange characters. As far as the music by this German four-piece is concerned, we hear catchy melodies that draw on country, folk, beat, rock'n'roll, twangy pop and subtle weirdness. LP-EDITION.

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RUBY THE HATCHET - AURUM (BLACK) (LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACT)

EDITION ON BLACK VINYL. From Philadelphia, but founded in a New Jersey basement, RUBY THE HATCHET is a five-piece that delivers hard hitting, riff orientated, doomy rock, with psychedelic undertones and seductive songstress Jillian Taylor overlaying a series of bewitching spellbound poetics. 'Aurum' is the 2015 follow-up to the 2012 debut album 'Ouroboros'. It includes both tracks from the single 'The Eliminator'.

BANDCAMP

SONS OF HUNS - (BLACK) WHILE SLEEPING STAY AWAKE (LP/RIDING EASY)

The sophomore slump is for suckers, and the mamas behind Sons of Huns didn't raise no fools. The Portland heavy rock power trio have hauled out the big guns for their stoned-to-the-bone new record (and second full-length for RidingEasy Records), While Sleeping Stay Awake.

BANDCAMP

 

PSYCH/PROG/FOLK

 

ASLAN - PAWS FOR THOUGHT (CD/BIG PINK)

A CD-reissue of this UK Christian underground folk album, originally from 1976. Warm and tender tunes with appealing harmonies! This was the band's first full-length.

YOUTUBE

COPPER NICKEL - COME RUN WITH ME (CD/BIG PINK)

On CD, the sole album by this Hawaiian sunshine pop band, originally from 1971. Dreamy soft/sunshine/haqrmony pop for fans of The Carpenters as well as Free Design. Lovely!

YOUTUBE

SOUTHWIND - READY TO RIDE (CD/BIG PINK)

A CD-reissue of the second album from Southwind, originally released by Blue Thumb in 1970. Compared to the band's debut this effort is less psychedelic, but there's plenty to enjoy for fans of rural country rock.

YOUTUBE

 

GARAGE PUNK/ROCK & ROLL

 

HIGHER STATE - (CONSIDER IT) A DEBT REPAID (7"/13 O'CLOCK)

B/w 'In A World That Just Don't Care'. The Higher State delivers a new top-notch two-sider! Picking up right where the and left off with its last full-length album, the Higher State has dialed back the sound a bit further for an even more stripped-down affair. Both songs, one each written by band members Marty Ratcliffe and Paul Messis, are really shot through the prism of '66 as the group once again amply displays '60s-style garage moves, meshed with folk-punk vibes, whilst as usual adding incisive and thoughtprovoking lyrics to the mix.

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GARAGE/BEAT/PSYCH

 

MADS - 1969 EN CONCIERTO (CD/LION PRODUCTION)

The first (and so far only) live recording of a Peruvian rock band from the 1960's, and therefore of incredible importance to lovers of rock from that exciting scene! Those of you who already have Lion's previous Mads/Molesto release might remember the story of the Mads: early television performances in Peru; the chance sea-side encounter with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards that got the Mads the chance to go to England; Stones' manager Marshall Chess giving the Mads recording time in the Rolling Stones' studio and at Jagger's Stargroves castle. They played the Marquee, the Lyceum, the Roundhouse. They jammed with Steve Winwood and Brian Davison (The Nice). They played with Jeff Beck and Carmine Appice. Molesto's guitar player, Alex Ventura, worked in a clothing boutique alongside Freddie Mercury and Roger Taylor. But before all the craziness in London, the Mads gave a farewell concert for their fans in Peru, on 18 December 1969, at the Auditorio del Colegio Santa Ursula. The recordings on this disc come from that show. One quick listen makes clear that the Mads demonstrated a lot of Jimi Hendrix Experience influence at this stage of their brief career. Still, it's clear straight away why the Stones were impressed, why Dennis Hopper told them during the intermission of this very concert how great they were (he wanted to hook them up with Phil Spector), and why they are legends of Pervian rock. Heavy, hard, and loud. Two bonus tracks come from their sessions at the Stones' studio in London, and are in the same hard-edged vein. Limited to only 200 copies! A glossy 20-page bi-lingual booklet with band history and photos is included.

SOUNDCLOUD

 

PUNK/HC

 

TED DESTROYER - TED DESTROYER (LP/CAMELEON)

Ted Destroyer played energetic and invigorating punk rock. The band's very rare original LP consisted of 10 songs and was originally released in 1983. This reissue comes with a new cover and is limited to 500 copies.

YOUTUBE

 

COUNTRY/AMERICANA/BLUEGRASS

 

DR. BONTEMPI'S SNAKE OIL COMPANY - DR. BONTEMPI'S SNAKE OIL COMPANY (LP/SQUOODGE)

An old fashioned western swing and hillbilly affair with an authentic sound, presented by Mr. Marcel Bontempi. Limited to 350 copies and pressed on 180-gram black vinyl. The LP includes a download card and artwork by Marcel Bontempi himself.

YOUTUBE

 

POP/ROCK

 

GAS WORKS - GAS WORKS (CD/BIG PINK)

A CD-reissue of the sole album by Gas Works, a UK duo featuring John Brown and Mick Draper. This work from 1973 is highly recommended to fans of Medicine Head and comparable British '70s rock and folk music.

SPLINTER - THE PLACE I LOVE (CD/BIG PINK)

CD-reissue of the UK duo's 1974 album, produced by George Harrison and featuring guest musicians s.a. Klaus Voorman, Mel Collins, Billy Preston, Gary Wright and Jim Keltner.

YOUTUBE

 

ELECTRONIC MUSIC

 

DAS DING - TRIFFID FARM/WE CAN REBUILD HIM (7"/SEJA)

A fine 7-inch from this Rotterdam based artist, who maintained a low profile during the past years. Now he re-emerges with two tracks that are suitable for the dancefloor as well as the intimacy of the living room. Only 250 copies pressed!

BANDCAMP

IMIAFAN & DARIO SERAVAL - AGAINST THE WALLS (LP/SEJA)

Slovakian act ImiAFan and Slovenian musician Dario Seraval (of Borghesia) already worked together a number of years ago, when Dario contributed to ImiAFan's 'Neurozone' album. Now they joined forces for this mini-album. The lyrics, coming from a.o. East European punk bands GRC and Berlinski Zid, are combined with synthesizer outbursts and make for a record that's both wonderful and danceable.

BANDCAMP

 

EXPERIMENTAL/SOUND ART

 

TANZ MEIN HERZ - TERRITORY (12"/STANDARD IN-FI)

A 12-inch album that plays at 45rpm. Edition of 300 copies with an airbrushed, spraypainted and silkscreened thick folder cover and stamped labels. Comes with Ricoh printed interview. This is the debut record by this band featuring members of Toad, France, Sourdure and Abat, They use double bass, lapsteel, bagpipes, guitar, violin, percussions to create far-out instrumental drone music with a great sound.

YOUTUBE

 

GOTHIC/DARKWAVE/ELECTRO

 

FATAL CASUALTIES - PSALM (LP/SEJA)

Exactly two years after Fatal Casualties released the highly acclaimed album 'Paria' the band from Stockholm, Sweden is back with its second full-length, 'Psalm'. featuring rich percussion and melodies, this work sounds slightly brighter than the previous output from Stefan Ljungdahl and Ivan Hirvonen. Limited to 300 copies on vinyl.

YOUTUBE

VENIN CARMIN - GLAM IS GONE (LP/SEJA)

'Glam Is Gone' is the debut-LP of French multi-instrumentalist Venin Carmin, who wrote all the songs and lyrics, and played all instruments herself. Her main influences are '80s new-wave and post-punk, but she adds a remarkable modern twist and plenty of variety.

YOUTUBE

 

INDUSTRIAL/DARK AMBIENT

 

ATOMINE ELEKTRINE - ELEMENTAL SEVERANCE (REDUX VERSION) (2CD) (CD/OLD EUROPA CAFE)

A re-release of ATOMINE ELEKTRINE's much acclaimed debut album from 1995. Labelled as 'new-age-sacro-trance' at the time, 'Elemental Severance' actually shows a wide spectrum of electronic styles resulting in a hybrid, yet cohesive masterwork. Ingredients range from trancey rhythms and dreamy, sacral ambiences to occasional male/female choirs, melancholic melodies and well inserted samples. This expanded double disc redux version of 'Elemental Severance' was carefully re-recorded and mixed for a more enhanced and contemporary experience. The extensive extra material, taken from the same recording sessions as 'Elemental Severance', has in part been reduxed else transfered from original master recordings. Atomine Elektrine is a side project of Peter Andersson, the mastermind behind the dark ambient industrial project Raison D'être.

YOUTUBE

CARNERA - STRATEGIA DELLA TENSIONE (CD/OLD EUROPA CAFE)

The debut release from this side project of members from the Italian act Siegfried. The CD contains super post-industrial, really beating, martial and powerful sounds with a touch of pop.

YOUTUBE

 

JAZZ/AVANT GARDE

 

SUN RA - EARLY SINGLES 1955-1962 (2LP) (LP/BLACK ROOSTER)

Sun Ra started his own label El Saturn (or Saturn) in 1957 in order to release his own recordings, as well as those featuring his Arkestra backing local R&B and doo-wop groups. Though the genres showcased on this release are more pop than the world has come to expect from Sun Ra, the vibe and feel is purely cosmic, producing some of the wildest, strangest R&B ever created on this side of the sun. This DOUBLE-LP compiles Saturn singles and rare early Sun Ra recordings in different forms/group settings including the Cosmic Rays, the Qualities, Sun Ra and his Myth-Science Arkestra, and more from 1955-1962. A must have for all true Sun Ra collectors, this is a comprehensive retrospective on the early days of this legendary music guru packed into a monstrous double LP. SIDE A: A1. The Nu Sounds - A Foggy Day A2. The Cosmic Rays - Daddy's Gonna Tell You No Lie A3. The Cosmic Rays - Dreaming A4. The Cosmic Rays - Daddy's Gonna Tell You No Lie (Alternate Version) A5. The Cosmic Rays/Le Sun Ra And His Arkestra - Bye Bye A6. The Cosmic Rays/Le Sun Ra And His Arkestra - Somebody's In Love A7. Le Sun Ra And His Arkestra - Medicine For A Nightmare A8. Le Sun Ra And His Arkestra - Saturn A9. Le Sun Ra And His Arkestra - Supersonic Jazz SIDE B: B1. The Qualities - Happy New Year To You! B2. The Qualities - It's Christmas Time B3. Yochanan - Muck Muck (Matt Matt) B4. Yochanan - Hot Skillet Mama B5. Le Sun Ra And His Arkestra - Great Balls Of Fire B6. Le Sun Ra And His Arkestra - Hours After B7. Juanita Rogers/Lynn Hollings - Teenager's Letter Of Promises (featuring Mr. V's Five Joys) SIDE C: C1. Juanita Rogers - I'm So Glad You Love Me (featuring Mr. V's Five Joys) C2. Yochanan/Sun Ra And The Arkestra - The Sun One C3. Yochanan/Sun Ra And The Arkestra - The Sun Man Speaks C4. Yochanan/Sun Ra And The Arkestra - The Sun Man Speaks (Alternate Version) C5. Sun Ra And His Astro Infinity Arkestra - October C6. Sun Ra And His Astro Infinity Arkestra - Adventure In Space SIDE D: D1. Yochanan/Sun Ra And The Arkestra - Message To Earthman D2. Yochanan/Sun Ra And The Arkestra - Message To Earthman (Alternate Version) D3. Sun Ra And The Arkestra - State Street D4. Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra - The Blue Set D5. Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra - Big City Blues D6. Little Mack - Tell Her To Come On Home D7. Little Mack - I'm Making Believe

YOUTUBE

 

LATIN/BRAZILIAN/CUMBIA

 

VARIOUS - AYAHUASCA: CUMBIA PSICODÉLICAS, VOL. 1 (CD/LION PRODUCTION)

A stunning collection -which took more than fifteen years to put together- of tracks that combine cumbia with psychedelic rock. Starting in the late 1960's, there was a boom of tropical music in Peru, both in Lima and the provinces. The music called Cumbia Peruana merged this tropical sound with that of psychedelic rock. Peculiar aspects of traditional Colombian cumbia were mixed with electric (often fuzz) guitar, played over native Andean and jungle rhythms; this combination provoked an explosion of original musical styles: an instrument to lead the way, usually from the introduction of the song; over this, hypnotic layers of keyboards or guitar with wah wah, and simple bass-lines; to top it off, syncopated rhythms from percussion instruments such as bongos, congas, huiros, cymbals, timbales, among others, often played at breakneck speed, to drive the song forward. Extremely limited mini-LP sleeve disc with 20-page bi-lingual, glossy, color booklet enclosed with photos and some background info on the bands and the development of the Cumbias Psicodélicas sound. Limited to only 200 copies! TRACKS: 01. Vacilando En Ayahuasca - Juaneco Y Su Combo 02. Las Oleadas - Ranil Y Su Conjunto 03. Selva Ardiente - Grupo Armonia De Pucallpa 04. Cuarto Oscuro - Los Zheros 05. El Judio - Los Charles De Huaral 06. La Negrita - Los Blancaguay 07. La Pastita - Juaneco Y Su Combo 08. Negra Toma Cachina - Los Telstar's 09. Señor Brujo - Los Radiantes 10. Mulata - Conjunto Miel 11. Simple De Santa Fe - Grupo Santa Fe 12. El Arbol - El Comienzo 13. Kashanga - El Opio 14. Bongocero - Los Telstar's 15. Sueno Magico - The Black Cats 16. Soul Finger - Los Escaramujos 17. Marihuana - Los Darlings De Huanuco 18. Je T'aime Noi Non Plus - Santanita

SOUNDCLOUD

 

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Elder & Mos Generator European tour June - August

 

Will Z. German shows - 5-7 August

 

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Utrecht 19 - 22 November

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