Welcome to the Spot Light! Get your weekly fix of avant-garde, psychedelia, kraut, weird psych-folk, space rock, progressive electronic, Peruvian psych, garage psych, acid-rock, rhythm & blues, fuzzed up punk, garage surf, doom, thrash, post-metal, brutal noise, infectious pop, kologo music, and '60s jazz!
First time on vinyl. Comes in gatefold sleeve. Limited to 300 copies on black vinyl. Things don't get any less bizarre on this second album by Höyry-Kone. In fact things were pushed to a higher level. They draw inspiration principally from King Crimson (though probably Haikara too), but branched out enough to make it into Avant Garde. The core of the album consists of a raucous blend of harsh guitars plus violin and cello, complex rhythms interspersed with occasional booming male vocals and quieter sections.
Edition on heavy black vinyl, presented in a reversed cardboard sleeve with artwork from Lulu. Sula Bassana and Komet Lulu from Electric Moon, all the guys from Papir and Mogens Deenfort from Oresund Space Collective got together for an exciting show at the 2014 edition of the well known Roadburn fest in Tilburg, The Netherlands. The recording offers two long tracks, which include all the power and love these six people share in a musical way. Fans of kraut rock and psychedelia should definitely check this out. TRACKS: A1. Powdered Stars (24:36) B1. Blazing Milky Way (22:15)
Here's a reissue of an out of print LP from Stockholm's Spelljammer. If you like your music heavy and slow, there is nothing that quite satisfies the itch the way that Spelljammer does. For fans of Monolord, Conan, Sleep and Electric Wizard. TRACKS: 01. AUNS MOUNTAIN 02. ELECTRIC GROUND 03. SPACE REEFER
SULA BASSANA, a.k.a. German multi-instrumentalist Dave Schmidt, is the guitarist for Electric Moon, drummer in Zone Six, and synth and organ-grinder in Krautzone, And of course he's also known for his solo-albums, offering music that ranges from spacerock to psychedelia to Kraut'ish electronic outings. Though he hardly ever performs live as Sula Bassana, he appeared at the 2014 edition of the Roadburn festival, using that moniker and accompanied by a strong band! This release contains as good as the whole performance, which was very expressive and almost psychotic. This is the LP version, manufactured as an edition of 777 copies on heavy marbled vinyl. TRACKS: 1. Rainstorm (13:05) 2. D-Light (11:59) 3. Dark Days (18:04) 4. Alienfuzz (5:52)
'Ouroboros' is a truly weird psych-folk album, telling the tale (in French) of a giant snake who sends dreams to children, and of a masked queen who wants to kill him. Featuring guitars, mellotron, Moog, piano, organ, sitar and percussion, the album sounds like a lost gem from the late '70s. Released in a limited edition of 100 copies.
Centered on the unfaltering vision of multi-instrumentalist Chad Rauschenberger, WERE-JAGUARS' sophomore album features a renewed line-up. The music continues in a similar heavy lysergic vein as found on the band's debut effort, but with even more depth, darkness and frenzy than ever before. Fusing wicked post-modern metallic crunch with narcotized acid-fretboard tripping, neo-psychedelic spatial meditations, and occasional far-out vocal chanting, this album is a hard-won document of WERE-JAGUARS' quest to explore an otherworldly and multidimensional confluence.
Vinyl reissue of an excellent progressive electronic album, originally released in Italy in 1977. For this LP Leprino merged classical instruments s.a. Spanish guitar, piano and flute with electric guitar sounds, synths and more. This is a limited remastered edition of 500 copies with reproduced artwork. The insert features liners and pix.
An obscured British progressive rock band with slight swamp rock influenced album which is the only album released in 1970. This promised sextet didn't make the chart but the album is surely impressed indeed.
A remastered reissue on CD (limited hand numbered edition of 300), presented in a miniature LP-sleeve and including a booklet and poster. 'A Bailar A Go Go' is a six-track mid-'70s album from Peruvian psych legends Traffic Sound. Included are remixed bonus tracks. The booklet offers info and rare pix.
A long forgotten California based psycehdelic/garage rocker's only album in 1969. Unfortunately the band never made to the chart but later well-received by critics and collectors.
The Russian invasion continues, and for the second time these Moscow primitives hit the Groovie Records hq. Four songs in true Thunderbeats fashion, meaning '60s garagerock in the vein of The Kinks and The Seeds. Featuring fuzz guitars and psychy keyboards galore, the Thunderbeats (not to be confused with the German Rollicks/Shouters-offshoot, or the UK '60s band of the same name) are among the most interesting garage bands around today. TRACKS: A1. Heavily Drunk A2. All Your Love B1. Mr Monkey Comes To Town B2. Up All Night
The 2015 album by Barcelona's cult, legendary '80s neo-garagepop band, recorded just before Alfredo Calonge's passing last year. Superb lyrics as usual, and a nice record with psychedelia, acid-rock, rhythm & blues and even soul in the mix. This vinyl only release comes with a full colour inner sleeve.
A compilation dedicated to French '60s punk, offering 18 FUZZED UP '60s PUNK MOVERS! Think 'BACK FROM THE GRAVE' meets CRUDE ANTI YEYE! TRACKS:: A1. Eric Charden - Amour Limite Zero A2. Peter Flam - Il Ne Faut Pas Pleurer A3. Robert Pico - Le Chien Fidele A4. Philippe Petronce - La Fille A Papa A5. Les Jets - On Est Quatre Copains A6. Jean-Pierre Allane - Jamais Plus A7. Les Dauphins - Serrons Nous La Main A8. Ralph - Frappe A9. Chris - Névralgie Particulère B1. Roger Joiry - A La Porte d'a Côté B2. Jean-Yves Breton - Voilà B3. Les Bowlers - Il Est Trop Tard B4. Les Crifmen - Que De Betises B5. Herbert Léonard - Provocation B6. Sydney - J'Aime Bien La Nature B7. Nicolas Nils - Il Faut Trimer Dur B8. Dany Play Avec Pop Corn - Pourquoi Pas B9. Michel - Les Moutons
This is the album that Link Wray originally offered to the Cadence label in the wake of his groundbreaking debut hit 'Rumble' back in 1958. Even though people loved 'em in Washington, D.C., Link and the boys did not last long on the label. Faster than you can say 'Rumble', everyone was talking about the new threat to the morals of American youth. Their street image seemed to be sharply at odds with Cadence Records formality, so the guys were dropped. Link eventually re-recorded some of the tracks for his next label, Epic, who actually released his debut album. However, these are the original Cadence versions from the original session tapes. Finally on vinyl, Link's debut album the way it was meant to be! TRACKS: A1. Oddball AKA Rumble A2. Pancho Villa A3. Walking With Link A4. Comanche A5. The Swag A6. Raw Hide A7. Dance Contest A8. School Girl A9. Heartbreak Hotel B1. Drag Race B2. Rebel Rouser B3. Patricia B4. The Freeze B5. I'll Be So Good To You B6. Window Shopping B7. Missing Link B8. White Lightnin' B9. Creepy
Garage-surf from Spain! The 'Bondage Side' features 'The Whip' and 'Upsetter'. The flip is called Jungle Side and offers the tracks 'Mokelem-Bewbe' and 'Margarita'.
This excellent Swedish band's second album features six slices (over 48 minutes) of bone crushing, mother fucking DOOM!
'Wildcrash' appears on vinyl for the very first time, in a limited edition of 250 hand-numbered copies! The LP is pressed on black vinyl and includes an inner sleeve with photos and lyrics in the pure thrash metal tradition! 'Infernal Trip', 'Inhuman Slaves' and the title-track will keep you headbanging endlessly!
'Impairment' is the second full album by the Belgium-based post-metal band. Compared to the previous work, 'For Clouds', this double album sounds bigger, with more attention being payed to the electronic patterns. The latter especially is the case with the second CD, which contains only electronic tracks that actually were the foundation for the album. Produced and mixed with Jannes van Rossom behind the controls.
Strictly limited edition of 250 copies on silver vinyl. Housed in a hand made holographic silver rainbow sleeve. Mastered to the heaviest & highest standard. The debut 'Dig The Fuzz Singles' Club release will feature some severely brutal noise conjuring In the form of METALGEARSOLIDMADONNAS. The single will feature 3 exclusive tracks + free download. Heavy space lord motherfuckers from Middle England, featuring the outstanding, raucous lungs of Rhode Island export, Annie, a Janis Joplin/Poly Styrene crossover delivered in orbit. Features members past & present of HERESY, THE X-RAYS, THE CULT OF DOM KELLER, SPECTRUM (Spaceman 3) SPAZZMATICS. These spaced noise contortionists are hungry for heavy!!
A fine reissue of their first 7-inch from 1977. Limited to just 300 copies!
A fine reissue of their now legendary second 7-inch from 1979. Limited to just 300 copies!
The debut-album by Newcastle, UK based noise mongers Foot Hair. Their self-titled debut album reduces the sonics of f.i. Brainbombs and Upsidedown Cross into an unforgiving mash of dirge. It's simple, raw and extremely powerful stuff. Rarely do bands manage to create such a cacophony of hedonistic terror whilst simultaneously projecting a sense of abject absolute apathy and nihilism. An absolute must for fans of Brainbombs, Upsidedown Cross, Kilslug, Drunks With Guns etc. The line-up includes members of Haikai No Ku and Obey.
Containing oddball garage rock, classic songwriting and infectious pop , Keith John Adams' 'Roughhousing' is a fun, chaotic record with tracks that have already been played by a host of 6 music DJs. "Good wholesome fun from start to finish. This is honest, open and catchy music" ~WHISPERIN' AND HOLLERIN'. "Great non-programatic pop" ~THE WIRE. "A slightly punkish but very pop poet, whose instantly appealing songs fair crackle with positivity" ~THE LIST. Fans of Jonathan Richman, Violent Femmes and The Kinks will not be disappointed.
On their 2015 full-length this Portuguese outfit has switched from math-rock to synth- and electro rock. Remarkable!
The work of Oscar Silva, prolific musician based in Lisbon, Portugal (also a member of Papaya and I Had Plans) is the direct result of foreplay with his Casio, his pedals and his experimental trips. 'Badlav' was entirely composed by Oscar and his accomplice Ana Miró (Sequin), whose voice also is present in this release. Conceptually, 'Badlav' consists of four songs that represent the four phases of the world in the Hindu philosophy, starting from the beginning of life until its collapse. And then everything all over again, it represents a non-ending cycle.
Vinyl version. The first ever reissue for wild and outlandish 1970s LA pre-punk icons Smokey. Featuring cameos from James Williamson of the Stooges, Randy Rhoads of Quiet Riot/Ozzy Osbourne and members of the Motels, King Crimson, David Bowie's Tin Machine, Suburban Lawns a,m.o., the Smokey story has to be heard to be believed. John "Smokey" Condon was a bewitchingly beautiful Baltimore transplant and EJ Emmons was a budding record producer from New Jersey. Released in 1974, the band's first single 'Leather' b/w 'Miss Ray' wasn't just openly gay, it was exultantly, unapologetically gay, examining front-on the newly-liberated leather and drag scenes thriving in America's urban centres. Smokey formed S&M Records, with a logo featuring a muscular arm encased in studded cuffs, and "S&M" tattooed on the bulging bicep. They went on to selfrelease five singles that span pre-punk, stoner jams, disco, synth-punk and more, all stamped with Smokey's fearless candour. The 1976 single and compilation title track 'How Far Will You Go...?' features guitar from EJs studio buddy James Williamson, fresh from his adventures recording Raw Power with Iggy & the Stooges in London with David Bowie. The live band played almost weekly at Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco, with a band featuring 14 year old future Quiet Riot-ers Randy Rhoads and Kelly Garni. Then there's the raft of unreleased recordings, including a 9-minute disco workout entitled 'Piss Slave', and two versions of 'Million Dollar Babies'.
This Brilliant soft rock act's 2nd album based on nice orchestration and mellow vocal harmony. Highly recommended for pop psychedelic & soft rock enthusiasts!
Fat City was a short lived folk rock act consists of Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert released two nice albums in the early 70's. This 2nd and the last album on Paramount Records has nicely mixed pop, rock and folk music. First time on CD.
The keyboardist of Sir Douglas Quintet, Wayne Talbert released three solo albums before he joined the Quintet. 'Lord Have Mercy On My Funk Soul' is his 2nd album released in 1969 full of gruff voice back up with heavy swamp rock similar to his other two solo albums. First release on CD!
Here's a cheap double-CD label sampler (2015) featuring 35 tracks by artists like Ochre Room, Ylja, Svavar Knutur, Henry Girls, Good Omens, Kati Salo, Gudrid Hansdottir, Var, A Voix Bass, Kedem Ensemble, Eläkeläiset, Bube Dame König, Gankino Circus, Sutcliffe, Andres Thor, Marga Muzike, Jodelfisch, etc.
'First Trees' is the third album by Homemade Empire, the moniker of Dutch musician Bart de Kroon. Compared to its predecessors, the mesmerizing 'A Brilliant Window Niche' (2010) and 'Defenestration' (2012), this record ventures into undiscovered sonic territories. Recorded partly with Bram Nigten, drummer from noisenik oufit Wolvon, 'First Trees' boasts noisy passages that suddenly erupt from the otherwise tranquil music. Guests include Pien Feith, Annelotte de Graaf (Amber Arcades) and long standing accomplice Ellen Evers (The Puddle Parade).
A hymn to hopelessness, an ode to embittered souls. This dark and immersive platter will lead you to the largely stretched meadows, that are not green but dry. Very dry. Although grittier in sound than its predecessor, the band plays more dynamic than before and this 2015 album delivers a kind of Denver sound from the Lowlands. The sermons of Nick Cave and David Eugene Edwards are never too far away, just like the haunting spheres of Calexico and the lonesome Townes Van Zandt. Alternative folk with raven dark rock-edge!
B/w 'Who Knows Tomorrow?'. There is a big Frafra community in Kumasi, the second city of Ghana and capitol of the Ashanti region. The Frafra come from the North East Region of Ghana and next to their own Frafra language, batakari dress and hunting rituals, they are known for their kologo music and in the Kumasi region Ayuune Sule is the main kologo star. The most famous kologo player these days in the whole of Ghana and abroad is King Ayisoba. When he scored his hit song 'I Want To See You My Father' Ayuune Sule was the first to follow King Ayisoba on his tours through the country to support him and to join his band playing the sinyaka (a kalebas filled with hard berries that sounds like a giant maracas and is hit and thrown up between two hands). From 2008 Ayuune Sule also joined King Ayisoba on his various trips through Europe and it was on the five week tour in 2013 when he started to sing and play the song 'What A Man Can Do...', with large parts of the audiences in Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, France, Sweden, Norway and more going crazy. Backing vocals by Ineke Duivenvoorde (intro), Asane Mba and King Ayisoba.
Prince Buju (real name Aduko Saabo) is a Kologo musician from the north of Ghana. He has a rough and direct voice which he uses to sing emotionally charged songs. These deal with loss and disaster, war and hatred, and with people who should realize that, if they want to have a happier life, they should change their ways. With only two strings and one grinding voice he cuts through borders and languages and reaches out to the rest of the world. Many of the songs on We Are In War were previously released on casette in Ghana. Though Prince Buju is a dedicated rastafarian, his music -as a style- has little to do with roots reggae. If you enjoyed the Makkum release of King Ayisoba, you'll love this one too! This is LP-EDITION!
The 'European Jazz Sounds' series, that started around 1960 with legendary albums by the Michael Naura Quintet, Tubby Hayes or Max Greger, sees a welcome revival! This first volume presents the early recordings of the renowned Joki Freund Quintet from the late 1950s. German saxophonist and arranger Joki Freund played with Jutta Hipp in the mid-'50s, before forming his own Joki Freund Quintet. During the late '50s they played various European festivals, together with visiting American musicians s.a. Donald Byrd, Arthur Taylor, and Doug Watkins. The group got famous for their John Coltrane-influenced masterpiece 'Yogi Jazz' in 1963. This music comes perfectly restorated and remastered for the first time in 55 years. Listen to this record like never before! Limited to 500 copies.
Krzysztof Komeda was a Polish film music composer and jazz pianist. He wrote the scores for Roman Polanski's films 'Rosemary's Baby', 'The Feartless Vampire Killers', 'Knife In The Water' and 'Cul-De-Sac'. Komeda's album 'Astigmatic' (1965) is widely regarded as one of the most important European jazz albums. This reissue is limited to 500 copies.
LP version, limited to 250 copies. This work by Orgasmo Sonore features great Library tunes from the likes of Bruno Nicolai, Giuliano Sorgini, Alessandro Alessandroni, Piero Umiliani, Lesiman, Les Baxter, Jacky Giordano and many others.
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