SPOTLIGHT 464

26/08/2014 13:00

Welcome to the Spot Light! Enjoy this week's selection of Japanese psychedelia, doom metal from Chile, stoner rock, experimental avant garde, German DIY punk, black metal, synth-pop, African music, Danish jazz, electronic ambient, drone, industrial & more!

 

 

PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE

 

ACID MOTHER TEMPLE ET ROSINA DE PEIRA - LIVE IN TOLOSA (2LP) (LP/BAMBALAM)

Limited 2LP issue. One of the greatest Japanese psychedelic bands meets Rosina de Peira, one of the greatest singers of Occitan traditional music. The music combines acid folk and psychedelia, recorded live in Toulouse (Occitania), France on 15th November, 2012. 

Watch the album teaser HERE.

AT DEVIL DIRT - PLAN B - SIN REVOLUCION NO HAY EVOLUCION (LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACT)

200 copies on 180 gram purple vinyl, gatefold cover, handnumbered. "This Chilean duo seems to escape all normal classifications, let's just say that at times it's bordering on psychedelic doom metal, and at others it could be considered ridiculously fuzzed out stoner rock, give it a little time and you're hit with a track that you could pass off as doom metal all day, whatever you feel like calling it, it's heavier than hell with a groove that slays. While every track is worth your time, my favorite was probably the incredibly catchy title track, 'Sin Revolución No Hay Evolución'. With guitar riffs as dark and fuzzy as my front-side, the song screams Black Sabbath with the initial vocals sounding like they were pulled straight from the 90's grunge scene, but when the chorus kicks in, you wonder when the hell Paul McCartney joined the group. Being a dynamic duo, the only other instrumentation is the drummer, who pounds out his mid-tempo rhythm with a vicious precision. For fans of Kyuss, Exporting White Elephants, Sleep." Review by Skip @ Ride With The Devil.

Stream the full album HERE.

LONELY KAMEL - SHIT CITY (GOLD) (LP/SPINNING GOBLIN)

Limited 200 copies GOLDEN vinyl. This camel is certainly not a lone voice in the wilderness. Especially since LONELY KAMEL indeed sound like a desert, but in truth come from Norway. And obviously traditional Hard Rock can be produced quite exquisitely between fjords and endless forests, which sound nice, meaty and dry. On their fourth album the Norwegians act in the tension between hard rock from the seventies, stoner rock, blues, psychedelic and a dash of doom.

Listen to the album preview HERE.

SIGNS OF THE SILHOUETTE - SPRING GROVE (2LP) (LP/BAMBALAM)

Released as a limited editon double-LP set, this is the fourth album by Signs Of The Silhouette, a psychedelic experimental avant garde underground band from Portugal. The project blends adventurous sound exploration with video art. Musically 'Spring Grove' can be compared to some of the albums from Acid Mothers Temple, etc.

Listen to the album teaser HERE.

STONEHELM - STONEHELM (2LP) (LP/TOTEM CAT)

Ventura California-based Stonehelm's debut is now available as a DOUBLE vinyl issue. And what a debut! Thick and fuzzy doom laden riffs dominate the album with spacey vocals and psychedelic departures. The album was entirely remastered by Kent Stump from Wo Fat.

Listen to ' Hyborian Tale' HERE.

TWINK & THE TECHNICOLOUR DREAM - YOU'VE REACHED FOR THE STARS (LP/GARDEN OF DREAM)

Having played with Tomorrow, The Pretty Things, and The Pink Fairies, John "Twink" Alder will require no introduction to fans of underground rock. This mind-expanding album finds him collaborating with highly regarded Italian psychedelic rockers, The Techicolour Dream. Recorded in Rome, mastered at Abbey Road, its sure to delight all lovers of psychedelic rock. The album is fresh psychedelic folk with acid space referrals from the beginning to the end. A dark edge in some songs is there to keep the whole album mysterious. Twink's great vocals, with Marco Conti's aid, (also on bass) give the ethereal trippy psychedelic tone. Fabio Porretti's electric guitar gives the acid note to the whole album exceptionally, with his acoustic guitar keeping the psychedelic folk element in high standards. Last but not least Luciano Pavia on drums aided and assisted by Twink is completing the whole picture. If I had heard this LP without having any information I wouldn't believe it is something made now. But then again John Alder comes from the beginnings of psychedelic history; in fact he's one of the milestones that never seize to amaze us with his inspiration, with a great choice of collaborators. Review by Michalis Matthaiou. Limited to 500 copies on pink vinyl.

Listen to 'You Reached for the Stars' HERE.

SIGNS OF THE SILHOUETTE - SPRING GROVE (CD/BAMBALAM)

Limited CD release in digipack at a special price. This is the fourth album by Signs Of The Silhouette, a psychedelic experimental avant garde underground band from Portugal. The project blends adventurous sound exploration with video art. Musically 'Spring Grove' can be compared to some of the albums from Acid Mothers Temple, etc.

Watch a live video HERE.

 

GARAGE PUNK/ROCK & ROLL

 

I GET MYNZE - BIG WHUP (7"/RED LOUNGE)

This is a 7-incher of blown out, burned up, dumdum TV punk made by Kalamazoo MENSA chapter board members (also Legendary Wings members). Sounds like someone recorded this band in 1983 on a VHS tape, stuck the tape in the basement, flooded the basement, then made a record out of the tapes. With songs so catchy, it doesn't fuckin' matter!

Listen to the single HERE.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

 

NASHEIM - SOLENS VEMOD (GREEN) (LP/NORTHERN SILENCE)

Limited to 350 copies on GREEN vinyl. Vinyl reissue of the debut-album of NASHEIM, 'Solens Vemod'. This is NASHEIM the way it conquered the dark hearts of many fans in the Black Metal underground. All the distinguishing qualities are still there, and if there were any improvements possible in the first place, such as a more powerful production or using a real cello and violin instead of synths, they have been made during the long years of writing and recording this album. There can be no doubt that for many people 'Solens Vemod' will become a close contender for the album of the year 2014, and nothing more needs to be said. Let the music speak for itself!

Stream the album HERE.

ORDER OF ISRAFEL - WISDOM (2LP/GREEN) (LP/SPINNING GOBLIN)

Limited edition 100 copies SWAMP GREEN vinyl. There are bands that are just too big and wide-ranging to fit in a box, like THE ORDER OF ISRAFEL. Tom Sutton (ex-Church Of Misery) and Patrik Andersson Winberg (ex-Doomdogs), two members of the line-up, already have made it in the doom scene, so this is a sure indication that this band will break any speed records. And of course, THE ORDER OF ISRAFEL are rooted in doom, but they shouldn't be reduced to the pure slow-motion sound, because 'Wisdom' is clearly too complex. 'Wisdom' is a record of big gestures and stories and is full of epic beauty and magic. This is not music to be consumed just casually, but a widescreen sound with invitation to dive into tempting and dangerous world. Doom, hard rock, metal, folk - THE ORDER OF ISRAFEL play with many elements and form a compact unit out of it, with songs to never get boring. A mystical and mysterious album.

Listen to the album preview HERE.

PTOSE - THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO P.P. 1979-1982 (+7") (LP/VINYL ON DEMAND)

The adventures of Ptôse (a collective of several artistst including John J. Cabanis, ZZe, Lionel Jarlan and Ericka Irganon) and its label PPP were very rewarding during the rise of the cassette-culture. Though they knew when to call it a day, they never stopped to assist Ericka Irganon who continues her work in the shadows of PPP until today. The output of Ptôse Productions between 1979-'86 was incredible and their label PPP released almost 20 tapes. In 1986, the miraculous Ptôse retired from the scene, still remaining a great mystery, one of its kind, in design, concept and music. After the special 2LP compilation in 2007 which already covered their early tape works and compilation contributions from 1979-83 this is now the second release of this kind. Besides officially released, but ultra-rare, recordings from early tapes it also contains a few unreleased archive recordings and alternative versions. More than half of the recordings of this release were part of a tape release on Ian Dobson's Flowmotion label in 1981 which came in a very limited edition. It was called 'The Official Guide To P.P.' and covered their first five tapes which they released between 1979 and 1981. Together with the Ericka Irganon/J.J. Cabanis split LP released at same time with this release, this is a great opportunity to dig deeper into the universe of Ptôse Productions.

Listen to 'Eat Your Fish' HERE.

SCIMITAR - DOOMSAYER (LP/HYDRO-PHONIC)

Limited to 200 copies CLEAR with white puddle VINYL. After the break-up 2 founding members of Black Pyramid teamed up with new drummer to continue the BLACK PYRAMID legacy moving ahead. Expect the classic Black Pyramid sound with a slightly more upbeat, rocking edge added to the artillery, including an amazing Motorhead cover of Metropolis!

Stream the album HERE.

STEAK - SLAB CITY (GOLD) (LP/SPINNING GOBLIN)

Limited edition 100 copies GOLDEN vinyl with a gatefold sleeve. 'Slab City' sounds like a damp rehearsal room smells; of beer, sweat and honest work. Steak's music is dry yet groovy stoner rock, inspired by genre greats such as Dozer, Freedom Hawk, Fu Manchu and of course the almighty Kyuss. The sound is enriched with spacey influences from the psychedelic Monster Magnet corner.

Listen to the album preview HERE.

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE

 

ISOLIERBAND - KEINE GNADE (7"/RED LOUNGE)

Originally issued in 1982, this 7-inch is a very special piece or German Punk DIY Minimal Wave Synth! The A-side, 'Keine Gande' is a mega primitive to the core German Punk song as only Germans can do it in the vain of Canalterror and such. These days it is an in demand Minimal Wave Synth Pusher. Faithfully remastered by Tim Warren.

Listen to the single HERE.

BONE, RICHARD - VAULTED VISIONS (3LP+7") (LP/VINYL ON DEMAND)

'VAULTED VISIONS, FILMWORKS, SYNTH-POP, DEMOS AND EXPERIMENTS 1979-1985'. Richard Bone is an American electronic musician who began his professional musical career creating soundtracks and scores for several off-Broadway companies working in experimental theater. In 1979, he released the single 'Pirate The Islands/Headlines Have It' with his band Bone before joining the new wave band Shox Lumania in 1981. Bone then recorded a solo 7-inch entitled 'Digital Days/Alien Girl' and was subsequently signed to Survival Records in the UK in 1983 where he released several LPs, EPs, singles and contributed to various compilation albums. His 1983 single 'Joy Of Radiation' reached No. 1 on the Hong Kong Dance Charts. This 3LP/7" set on Vinyl-on-Demand gives you an excellent overview to his early filmworks, synth-pop, demos and experiments produced between 1979 and 1985. It is covering his very early tapes ('Quiz Party' and 'Life In Video City') released on Archie Patterson's Eurock label in 1979/'80, his video sountracks from 1981/1982 for the 'Emerging Melodies' video and several porn-movie soundtracks. LP2 and LP3 as well as the 7-inch take a look at the synth-pop tunes he recorded between 1979 and 1984 ('The Rumble Years') and includes several demos and outtakes and sessions of which many are straight out of Richard's archive and therefore previously unearthed and released until today. These LP's also contain most of the tracks released by Orlandomaniacmusic in 2004 on CD ('Untold Tales 1979-1985').

ENDE SHNEAFLIET - THE TRUMPETT YEARS 1981-1983 (5LP) (LP/VINYL ON DEMAND)

Ende Shneafliet formed in Heiloo, The Netherlands, in June 1981. Initially a three piece band called King Ende Shneafliet, featuring a guest drummer -who was early on swapped for a drum machine- the group soon expanded to a five man studio collective that composed and recorded more than 70 tracks in little more than two years time, in always changing combinations of two or three members. Ende Shneafliet released 3 cassette albums on the Trumpett label (also home of The Actor and Doxa Sinistra): 'Animals From Outer Space' (1981), 'Harde Winters Anno 1982' (1982) and 'Symphoy Romant' (1983). They played a live set featuring all previously unheard material for the VPRO radio show Spleen on September 13, 1983, which was released on cassette through Staalplaat in 1988. Shortly after their performance for the VPRO they called it a day. This 5LP box set is the ultimate anthology of their works from 1981-'83 and includes the three officially released tapes plus the live concert and several out-takes, demos and obscurities from the Trumpett-Archive. 

Listeb to 'Session Zeitgeist' HERE.

LANE, MARK - WHO'S REALLY LISTENING? (LP/VINYL ON DEMAND)

In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the release of Mark Lane's seminal work 'Who's Really Listening?', here's a long overdue deluxe extended LP version. Included are a core collection of the five original songs from the 1984 'Idiosyncratics' mini-LP and eight bonus tracks of long out-of-print rarities, previously unavailable on vinyl. Crucial, influential, and historically poignant this work has fueled Mr. Lane's cult status for three decades and is still scrutinized as some of the most important minimal electronic pop ever recorded.

Listen to 'Who's Really Listening' HERE.

MARLOW, ROBERT - BLACKWING SESSIONS/DEMOS 1982/83 (LP/VINYL ON DEMAND)

The historic recordings contained here on the 'Blackwing Sessions' represent a rare and hitherto unreleased insight into early British synth pop. They are the primary demo material for what many consider to be a lost classic from the early 1980s: 'The Peter Pan Effect' by Robert Marlow. The tracks where programmed at co-producer Eric Radcliffe's home in Gravesend in Kent along with Marlow's best friend and synth pop guru Vince Clarke in the spring of 1982. Clarke was the founding force of two internationally successful projects: Depeche Mode and Yazoo.

Listen to 'When Sleep Was Easy' HERE.

TECHNO MENSES/KIMIHIDE KUSAFUKA - REQUIEM IN THE SUN/RE-MUSICK/DEMISE SYMPHONIKA (LP/VINYL ON DEMAND)

This is the first in a series of compilations with a focus on '80s Japanese minimal/synth/wave and electronica. While Japan is well known for the Japanese noise (almost as Germany is known for Neue Deutsche Welle or '70s Kraut), this aspect of the '80s Japanese music culture still seems to be less explored and exposed to the interested listeners. In the early '80s there were several outstanding labels (such as Vanity) releasing great artists/bands such as Sympathy Nervous, Normal Brain, Dada, SAB, Tolerance, Kiiro Radical, DD Records. They released some 200 tapes between 1980-85 with experimental and minimal/synth-projects. This release concentrates on three tape treasures from the Japanese '80s electronic underground. All three were released on the DD Records label in 1983/84. On LP1 you will find Techno Menses' 'Requiem In The Sun' (1984) and on LP2 you will find Kimihide Kusafuka's 'Re-Musick' (1983) ans 'Demise Symphonika' (1983). Techno Menses is for fans of early Human League with a flavour of traditional Japanese march music. Kimihide Kusafuka's 'Re-Musick' is wondeful spaced electronics with beats and rhythms and his 'Demise Symphonika' is a very dark and ambient-like work.

Listen to a track HERE.

VARIOUS - VOD RECORDS PRESENTS 80'S MINIMAL, SYNTH, WAVE 2 (LP/VINYL ON DEMAND)

'VOD RECORDS PRESENTS '80S MINIMAL, SYNTH, WAVE VOLUME II'. 12LP-Box. This box contains the following 9 releases with 12 records which can also be obtained in very limited quantities as separate LP's. ~ Mike Vamp - Omni-Potens/Desperado/Demos 80-84 LP ~ Ericka Irganon/John J. Cabanis - PPP K010/PPP K017 LP ~ Mark Lane - Who's Really Listening? (30th Anniversary) LP ~ Robert Marlow - Blackwing Sessions/Demos 1982/83 LP ~ Malcolm Brown - Recordings 1979-83 LP ~ Ptôse - The Official Guide To P.P. 1979-82 LP+7" ~ Ash Wednesday/T.E. Power/Thealonian Music - 1980-1983 2LP+DVD ~ Sea Of Wires/Chris Jones - Recordings 1980-82 2LP ~ Techno Menses/Kimihide Kusafuka - Requiem In The Sun/Re-Musick/Demise Symphonika 2LP

GARFIELDS BIRTHDAY - YOU ARE HERE (CD/PINK HEDGEHOG)

The crew of Brit-pop band Garfields Birthday was reduced down to two for their previous album. And with no drummer within hitting distance, who better than Alan Strawbridge (Schnauser/The Lucky Bishops) to join brothers Shane and Simon Felton to complete the line-up for their first new album since 2010. 'You Are Here' sees something of a return to the band's youth, when most of their music was released on cassettes - and without a hint of nostalgia or irony! The technology may have changed, but the great tunes and sweet harmonies are still present.

Listen to 'Fancy Dress' HERE.

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

 

SUBURBAN HOMES - SUBURBAN HOME EP (7"/MARKET SQUARE)

The Suburban Homes' s/t release is the fifth record out on Paul Messis' Market Square label and the EP in questin, is the most primitive, angst-ridden punk single to come out of the UK since 1978. Fans of Swell Maps, Rough Trade-era Mekons, The Urinals and a whole host of other DIY punk records will be easily enthralled by The Suburban Homes. Limited to 300 copies, this EP comes in three separate coloured sleeves (white, blue, yellow) plus inserts.

Stream the EP HERE.

ADZ - WHERE WERE YOU? (LP/GUMMOPUNX)

Reissue of a fine 1992 punk album. ADZ was supposed to be kind of a restart for The Adolescents under another name. It includes Adolescents and D.I. members Tony Adolescent (vocals), Rikk Agnew (guitar), Mike Rouse (bass), Casey Royer (drums) and Roger Ramjet (guitar, back up vocals). Edition of 500 LP's.

Listen to the title track HERE.

NAZI DEATH CAMP - SAME SHIT IN A DIFFERENT PACKAGE (LP/RED LOUNGE)

A full-length LP from the ultimate scum punks. The line-up includes members from bands such as the Heartburns, 20 Dollar Whore, Grandma Kickers, Jessie Garon & The Sexorcists, Kakka-ht 77, Kytnsoittajat, Maho Neitsyt, P Kii, Runkku-Radio, Stakeout and Vaasankatu SS.

 

NEOFOLK/DARK FOLK

 

MUSKETS - ALLEGIANCE TO NO CROWN (10") (10"/OLD EUROPA CAFE)

The Muskets is a super-group formed by b9 InViD (Et Nihil, Luftwaffe), Thomas Nola, Erin Powell (Awen) and David E. Williams, plus Andrew King as special guest. The album is limited and handnumbered to 300 copies on red vinyl. The Muskets celebrate the founding of the American nation itself with contemporary versions of battle songs from the period. While untraditional recordings and even performances of these songs are very rare, The Muskets march them into the twenty first century with acoustic psychedelia, noisy martial pop, and choral dark ambience. There is a hymnlike quality to these tunes, whether they express the dread of a loved one "gone for a soldier" or the joy of a last debauch before certain death. Weaving between the tracks like a doddering demented lion, a sour King George III condemns, laments and eventually accepts the triumph of liberty, to the accompaniment of disembodied trumpet and distant drums.

Listen to 'Allegiance to No Crown' HERE.

SONNE HAGAL - OCKERWASSER (+CD) (LP/LUFTSCHUTZ ENTE)

Sonne Hagal return with the album 'Ockerwasser - A Symphony Of Sorrowful Songs', which will soon be known as the band's undisputed masterwork. The album is characterised by daedal music compositions, interwoven melodies, and enchanting harmonies. Folk, jazz, and experimental music go hand in hand here, creating sonic dreamscapes that beckon spirits. The foundation of 'Ockerwasser' is the ever present acoustic guitar, of which the sound is enhanced with violin, trumpet, percussion, bass, and intelligently placed electronics. There are guest appearances from an international array of artists, including Kim Larsen (Of The Wand And The Moon), Ericah Hagle (Unto Ashes), Leithana (Ordo Equitum Solis), Bo Rande and Matthias Krause (Vurgart). This LP version includes a free CD and is presented with altered artwork and a printed inner sleeve.

Listen to 'Ockerwasser medley' HERE.

AWEN - GRIM KING OF THE GHOSTS (CD/OLD EUROPA CAFE)

The second album from Awen, five years in the making, stands as a sonic dedication to the ties that bind this world to the spectral.The album is rooted in the concept of the Grim Grey King, which forms a binding tie throughout with interpretations and translations of the opening poem featured in Swedish, German and Italian - cropping up like standing stones along the path of the listener's progress. The 'King' of the album's namesake encompasses not only the sinister martial aspects of Woden, Gwyn ap Nudd and the endless Wild Hunt, but also the notion of a more abstract and cold custodian of the souls of melancholy lovers lost, their desperate palliations sought through suicide. From dense percussion evocative of megalithic rites to the Arcadian chords of acoustic strings, the whole is tethered throughout by the howling tension of hungry ghosts and conducted by the commanding voice of Erin Powell. 'Grim King Of The Ghosts' is a synthesis of the ancient and the contemporary, with the heartfelt acoustic cover of 'Seeker' by Fire + Ice and modern interpretations of traditional songs from the British Isles such as 'Grim King Of The Ghosts', 'Cradle Spell', and 'Sons Of Exiles' shifting like glimpses through a stygian mist into the tonal terrors of 'Grym Grå Kung', 'Bitter Augur' and 'Il Re Grigio Cupo'. This world and That, Then and Now, are One. Featuring guests b9 InVid (Et Nihil / Luftwaffe), Gaya Donadio (ANTIchildLEAGUE / Six Comm), and Freya Aswynn (by virtue of a recorded personal rune reading for Erin Powell).

Watch a live video HERE.

SONNE HAGAL - OCKERWASSER (CD/LUFTSCHUTZ ENTE)

Sonne Hagal return with the album 'Ockerwasser - A Symphony Of Sorrowful Songs', which will soon be known as the band's undisputed masterwork. The album is characterised by daedal music compositions, interwoven melodies, and enchanting harmonies. Folk, jazz, and experimental music go hand in hand here, creating sonic dreamscapes that beckon spirits. The foundation of 'Ockerwasser' is the ever present acoustic guitar, of which the sound is enhanced with violin, trumpet, percussion, bass, and intelligently placed electronics. There are guest appearances from an international array of artists, including Kim Larsen (Of The Wand And The Moon), Ericah Hagle (Unto Ashes), Leithana (Ordo Equitum Solis), Bo Rande and Matthias Krause (Vurgart).

 

GOSPEL

 

VARIOUS - HIGHER GROUND, VOL. 1 (10") (10"/STAG-O-LEE)

The first EP in a series of wild gospel, mainly from the '50s and early '60s, compiled by Duke Jens-O-Matic of Jim Jam Gems fame, who is also responsible for the artwork. The record comes in a brown cardboard cover with holes for the label. Front is screen-printed in gold. Limited and numbered to 500 copies! Available on 10-inch vinyl only. SIDE 1: 1. Voices Of Jordon - It's Getting Late 2. Juanita Johnson - There Is A God Somewhere 3. Blind Boys Of Alabama - Satisfied With My Jesus 4. Sister Wynona Carr - The Ball Game SIDE 2: 1. Happyland Singers - Here Am I 2. Chosen Gospel Singers - Stay With Me Jesus 3. The Gospelaires - C'mon 4. Swan Silvertones - End Of My Journey

 

AFRO/BEAT/DESERT BLUES

 

BEBEY, FRANCIS - PSYCHEDELIC SANZA 1982-1984 (2LP) (LP/BORN BAD)

2LP set with printed innersleeve containing inside story written by Francis Bebey's son on how he got to learn about this special African instrument Sanza. Guitar player, singer, composer, writer Francis Bebey (1929-2001) takes a trip back here to the roots of his African music, playing sanza (the instrument on the picture), flutes and drums on this album. Although, exploring these traditional patterns allows him to produce universal sounds, which was one of Francis Bebey's aspirations.

Listen to 'Sanza Tristesse' HERE.

 

EXPERIMENTAL/SOUND ART

 

BROWN, MALCOLM - RECORDINGS 1979/83 (LP/VINYL ON DEMAND)

Malcolm Brown is a British electronics/minimal synth artist active since the late '70s and known for his collaboration works with Robert Lawrence (Dada Computer/Quick-Stab Products) as well as his early '80s project Operations: Brutal and his experimental cassette label Trench Music Kore and the highly sought after tape releases of Andy Wilson's RBE (Dub Flack) and the compilation 'From A Trench' with the very well known artists like Lustmord, David Jackman, Gordon Hope (of the Flowmotion and A-Mission labels), Nurse With Wound, Fote and many more. This release is concentrating on his darker/colder minimal/synth-focussed electronica works comparable to some of the well known Dada Computer by R. Lawrence (Quick Stab Products) and Mark Philipps (MAP-Tapes).

Listen to 'Personal Recordings' HERE.

IRGANON, ERICKA/JOHN J. CABANIS - PPP K010/PPP K017 (LP/VINYL ON DEMAND)

Ericka Irganon and John J. Cabanis were substantial core members of the famous tape label collective PPP (Ptôse Production Présente) and its bandproject/embodiment Ptôse. The tracks of Ericka Irganon on this LP were recorded in the early '80s and originally issued on two limited tapes, released by PPP. The tracks by John C. Cabanis were re-recorded during the recording-sessions of Ptôse.

VAMP, MIKE - OMNI-POTENS/DESPERADO/DEMOS (LP/VINYL ON DEMAND)

German producer Mike Vamp (a.k.a. Mike Pagliosa) was an active member of the early '80s Berlin punk, new wave and experimental scene. He played gigs at the famous SO36 and released a tape as well as a 7-inch. In the early '80s, West-Berlin's subculture was dominated by the Geniale Dilletanten and bands like Einstürzende Neubauten, Malaria, Die Tödliche Doris, Sprung Aus Den Wolken, as wel as artists like Nick Cave using the spirit of the city for their recordings (as David Bowie did in the '70s). In contrast to most of the musicians in Berlin, Mike crafted melodic pop tunes, although in his own way. He tinkered with a 303, a 606, a guitar, kettle drums and a 4-track recorder on his tracks which always had a cozy warm, but still new wave-feeling.

Listen to Mike Vamp HERE.

WEDNESDAY, ASH/T.E. POWER/THEALONIAN MUSIC - 1980-1983 (2LP+DVD) (LP/VINYL ON DEMAND)

Ash Wednesday (who worked a lot with Einstürzende Neubauten) approached the '80s with considerable enthusiasm. He had previously 'combined experimental analogue synthesizer textures with punk/rock rhythms' in the seminal Australian groups JAB and Models. Also important was a collaboration with his ingenious compatriot T.E. Power, named Thealonian Music. The concept was to generate music of a spontaneous nature, with the rhythmic foundation being provided by a programmable drum machine, sequence and synthesizer combination. An independent cassette titled 'Project X Chromosome X' was released in 1982, but a second cassette titled 'Syno Cat' was compiled but never released. Another independent three track cassette was released under the name Modern Jazz, it was often referred to as 'The Black Tape' due to it's totally black appearance. VOD Records are pleased to include all five songs on this release. Also included is the Modern Jazz song, 'Radio Scream', recorded for the compilation album, 'The Signal To Noise Set'. Ash is overjoyed that Vinyl On Demand has agreed to share this selection of songs with you. There is magic within Thealonian Music and Modern Jazz which has shaped his subsequent musical adventures.

ANARCOCKS - DESERT ROSE (CD/OLD EUROPA CAFE)

"And I ask my lovers "Do you know where the Desert Roses bloom and grow?". Following the disband of Black Sun Productions in 2012, Massimo & Pierce are releasing their first album as Anarcocks. Exposing the fictional character of teenage Johnny as he joins the underground revolutionary army of the Wild Boys, 'Desert Rose' is the first installation in a trilogy called 'europArabia'. An aural investigating of the intertwine between west and east, north and south, militance and desire. The original lyrics in Italian were written by Massimo Villani over a period of twenty years. Pierce created the two parts cinematic cut-up and fond-in soundscape drowning inspiration from Bedouin chants, Marrakech porn and the epical soundtracks of Middle Eastern vintage films. Massimo & Pierce are also well known for being part of the Coil collective especially during their live shows.

 

JAZZ/AVANT GARDE

 

DOLPHY, ERIC - IN EUROPE (LP/BE! JAZZ)

Limited to 500 copies. Without a single doubt Eric Dolphy counts among the most important and influential musicians in modern jazz. His work is still admired today for its non-compromising individuality. Recorded live in Copenhagen and featuring the cream of Danish jazz musicians, this album is one of the really great early 60's classics. Originally released in 1962.

THELIN, EJE -QUINTET- - AT THE GERMAN JAZZ FESTIVAL (LP/BE! JAZZ)

Limited to 500 copies. Between 1961 and 1965 Eje Thelin formed his first own group with which he toured across Europe. In 1964 he performed in Copenhagen with George Russell. From the late '60s to the mid '70s he played with Joachim Kuhn and John Surman and turned to free jazz. This album became a legend, mostly due to the cooperation with ground breaking Belgian artist Joel Vandroogenbroeck, who had played with big names such as Rene Thomas, Bobby Jasper, Barney Wilen and Zoot Simms. In 1968, while sopending time in Switzerland, Vandroogenbroeck formed the experimental rock band Brainticket. This LP, now reissued with remastered sound, was recorded in 1964 at the German Jazz Festival in Frankfurt.

 

ELECTRONICA

 

SEA OF WIRES/CHRIS JONES - RECORDINGS 80-82 (2LP) (LP/VINYL ON DEMAND)

The Sea Of Wires were formed by Chris Jones and Tony "T" Murphy, both dedicated Hawkwind fans and followers of the German electronic scene (Tangerine Dream, Ash Ra Tempel, Popol Vuh, Harmonia, Cluster....). Quite some British artists at that time (like Ian Boddy, Carl Matthews, Paul Nagle, Ron Berry or Colin Potter) used elements of the German 'Kosmische Kraut Musik' in their compositions. LP1: The Sea of Wires - 'Indivdually Screened' (1980), 'An Endless Rainy Day' (from 'Snatch 2', 1981), 'Seascape'. LP2: Chris Jones - 'Diversions' (1981), The Sea Of Wires - 'Beyond The Edge Of Tomorrow' (1982)

Listen to 'Robot Dance' HERE.

VANDROOGENBROECK, JOEL - MEDITATIONS, VOL. 1 (LP/AGUIRRE)

Limited edition of 500 copies. Drawings by Nathalie Vandroogenbroeck. The story continues... Following his first solo effort 'Biomechanoid' (1980), an outstanding dark electronic ambient album, Aguirre now presents both volumes of Joël Vandroogenbroeck's 'Meditations' albums, originally dating from the early '80s. On these library albums the emphasis lies on his flute talents, paired with some great Moog sounds and mellow pre-new age ambience. After all these years both volumes still stand like true genre monuments, showcasing Joël's talent to create wonderful library music. If you're looking for comparisons, think Klaus Schulze, Harmonia, J.D. Emmanuel and Joanna Brouk. As the founder, flautist, harpist, sitar player and keyboardist of the seminal acid-fried Swiss psych outfit Brainticket, Belgian-born (in 1940) Vandroogenbroeck, guided the group's three main (and collectable) releases in the early '70s. Fans of Brainticket, as well as library music in general, will cherish these albums.

Listen to 'Sand N' Wind' HERE.

VANDROOGENBROECK, JOEL - MEDITATIONS, VOL. 2 (LP/AGUIRRE)

Limited edition of 500 copies. Drawings by Nathalie Vandroogenbroeck. The story continues... Following his first solo effort 'Biomechanoid' (1980), an outstanding dark electronic ambient album, Aguirre now presents both volumes of Joël Vandroogenbroeck's 'Meditations' albums, originally dating from the early '80s. On these library albums the emphasis lies on his flute talents, paired with some great Moog sounds and mellow pre-new age ambience. After all these years both volumes still stand like true genre monuments, showcasing Joël's talent to create wonderful library music. If you're looking for comparisons, think Klaus Schulze, Harmonia, J.D. Emmanuel and Joanna Brouk. As the founder, flautist, harpist, sitar player and keyboardist of the seminal acid-fried Swiss psych outfit Brainticket, Belgian-born (in 1940) Vandroogenbroeck, guided the group's three main (and collectable) releases in the early '70s. Fans of Brainticket, as well as library music in general, will cherish these albums.

 

INDUSTRIAL/DARK AMBIENT

 

DARK MATTER - HOW COLD IS THE SUN (CD/CRYO CHAMBER)

'How Cold Is The Sun' presents a journey to the deepest black. Indeed, this is a highly unsettling album from German artist Ann Jachec. Her nightmarish soundscapes easily seep into the psyche of the listener. Both disturbing and beautiful, this is dark ambient that constantly morphs and surprises the listener. Comes in a nicely designed 6-panel ekopak.

Stream the full album HERE.

RAISON D'ETRE - METAMORPHYSES (EXPANDED EDITION) (2CD) (CD/OLD EUROPA CAFE)

The expanded double CD edition of 'Metamorphyses' contains the original album remastered according to the K-14 level standard. Additonally, two previosuly unreleased early sketches from the 'Metamorphyses' session has been added to the first disc. The second disc contains a selection of previously unreleased live recordings from performances made between 2006-2008 in Sofia, Gent, Salzburg, Alkmaar and Budapest. Comes in a 6-panel digipak with original art by Kati Astraeir. Transformation is the key to the psyche. It unlocks the hidden domains inside us and finds the paths to inner wisdom. 'Metamorphyses' is a journey into the deep inner self; a drama of the sublime and trancendental transformation of the psyche through a katabasis ritual presented in six transitional stages slowly moving towards completion. 'Metamorphyses' is the key to the psyche. Hypnotic, introspective and yet more difficult. Being the seventh full-lenght album from Raison d'être, 'Metamorphyses' is in many aspects different from previous works by Peter Andersson. The organic flow and the use of drones has been extended, creating a varied output of both calm/meditative and harsh/intense sound structures. The transformation in sound is also present in the perceived emotions. Demanding, tempting and deceptive are only a few elements that characterize the ordeal the listener has to withstand.

Listen to 'Metamorphyses' HERE.

VARIOUS - CTHULHU: A CRYO CHAMBER COLLABORATION (CD/CRYO CHAMBER)

This album was recorded and produced by dark ambient artists s.a. Alt3r3d Stat3, Alphaxone, Aseptic Void, Atrium Carceri, Cryobiosis, Halgrath, Neizvestija, Ugasanie, Mystified, Asbaar, Dark Matterm and Sjellos. The CD comes in a nicely designed a 6-page ekopak. TRACKLIST: 01. Cthulhu (79:42)

VARIOUS - TREATMENT OF THE DEAD (CD/COLD SPRING)

This nice-price CD sampler of Cold Spring's current/forthcoming releases features 14 tracks of industrial, dark ambient, ritual, Japanese noise, drone, power electronics, doom, and death industrial. Delve into the world of Cold Spring! Sealed card slip. TRACKS: 1. SOL - This Bitter Earth (Where Suns Come To Die CSR186CD) 2. MERZBOW - Rice Cake (Nezumimochi CSR200P/CD) 3. TROUM - Ater (Syzygie CSR183CD) 4. TREPANERINGSRITUALEN - The Seventh Man (Perfection & Permanence CDR198CD/LP) 5. BURIAL HEX - Fantasie (In Psychic Defense CSR197CD) 6. TUNNELS OF AH - Shattering The Black Crone + (Lost Corridors CSR184CD) 7. SHIFT - Circling Raptor (Altamont Rising CSR195CD) 8. MESEKTET - Burial Of The Sun (Towards A Bleak Sun CSR191CD) 9. SKULLFLOWER - Dazed Nymph In The N.O.X. (Draconis CSR190CD) 10. IRON FIST OF THE SUN - Born Of Snake (Yield CSR196CD) 11. KHOST - Amoral Apathy Suppression (Copper Lock Hell CSR202CD) 12. Z'EV - Terra (A Handful Of Elements CSR182CD) 13. COIL/NINE INCH NAILS - Gave Up (Open My Eyes) (Recoiled CDR193CD/LP/P) 14. SUTEKH HEXEN - The Voice: The Void

 

SHOWS

 

Blues Pills (Nuclear Blast)

10/10 Desert Fest, Antwerpen (BE)

13/10 Doornroosje, Nijmegen

 

Kadavar (Nuclear Blast)

10/10 Desertfest, Antwerpen (BE) 

25/10 Into The Void, Leeuwarden

21/11 Speedfest, Eindhoven

 

HorisontSpiders and Vidunder (Crusher)

31/10 - Antwerp, Trix (BE)

01/11 - JC Elektra, Sliedrecht 

19/11 - Decadence, Gent (BE)

21/11 - W2, Den Bosch 

 

Sleaford Mods (Harbinger Sound)

15/11 De Kreun, Kortrijk (BE)

21/11 Doornroosje, Nijmegen

22/11 Melkweg, Amsterdam

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