Welcome to the Spot Light! Here's a selection of psychedelic fuzz, desert rock, 60s garage, doom metal, thrash, kraut, kosmische sounds, folk, dream pop and exotica!
The first-ever 7-inch from Al Simones, the American cult fuzz guitarist who has chosen two of his favourite tracks from his vast back-catalogue for this limited-pressing coloured vinyl 45 (700 copies worldwide). He also designed the sleeve, which is reproduced for the inserted fold-out poster. Al Simones has been described as USA's answer to The Bevis Frond, and there are definite points of similarity in their music, Both are maverick guitarists, following highly individual and wilfully uncommercial journeys through the music industry, wringing unbelievable sounds from their guitars (they once jammed together on a version of Mike Bloomfields East West). TRACKS: 1. Majic Ship (5:50) 2. Seize the Moment (4:54) (Both songs are written by Simones himself).
Listen to 'Majic Ship' HERE.
A box-set of seven 45s from Fruits de Mer Records featuring some of the label's favourite bands reinterpreting songs by some of the best psychedelic rock bands that came out of the USA in the '60s. Monterey, Woodstock and all points East are revisited as The Bevis Frond and The Chemistry Set rub shoulders with Clear Light and Love, Sendelica and The Higher State meet the United States of America and the 13th Floor Elevators... and more. 1. The Bevis Frond play Clear Light 2. The Higher State play 13th Floor Elevators 3. The Chemistry Set play Love 4. Sendelica play the United States of America 5. King Penguin play The Byrds 6. The Gathering Grey play Moby Grape 7. Black Tempest/The Seventh Ring Of Saturn play Spirit/Grateful Dead The singles are all housed in a rather classy card box, including an insert fold-out poster. Edition of 700 units wordwide with the singles pressed on colour vinyl (a subtle mix of red, white and blue).
This 12" pressed on solid white vinyl includes two great remixes by Daniel Avery and Bass Clef with the original LP version of both 'Garden' and fan favorite 'Hundreds'. Includes a download coupon. Inspired by mysticism & noise, Ricardo uses old drum machines, analog equipment and also samples he's been storing since some years to create dirty sounding drums, modulated synth sounds and keeping far away from the more expected and polished sounds most artists use. In a way, his music develops the punk side in electronic music. His other inspiration is definitely esotericism, in the way that music can profoundly touch and transport you in another dimension. Inspired by the deepness of electronic music, his music is very intuitive, the same way Nirvana, Sonic Youth or My Bloody Valentine are with guitars.
Listen to 'Garden' HERE.
Previously available as a cassette only edi-tion on Sky Lantern Records, Mammatus Clouds gets the deluxe vinyl treatment presented in a spined Metallic Gold screen printed sleeve with a 2 sided insert and download code. Kikagaku Moyo (Geometric Patterns) got the inspiration for their name after playing for six hours straight in the darkness at which point they started to see colours and patterns behind their eyelids. Kikagaku Moyo state that with improvisation they can freely explore beyond consciousness as they make 'free music' and you can well imagine this as they take you on a journey through inner space with Mammatus Clouds. Here we are treated to meditative waves of ritualistic music as sitar player Ryu is to the fore on these recordings as the band stretch out to infinity, falling somewhere between the collected works of Bo Anders Perrson, George Harrison's sitar exploits and The Taj Mahal Travellers. 2014 saw Kikagaku Moyo travel to the USA where they played what many declared the best live set at Austin Psych Fest. With releases on cult US labels Beyond, Beyond is Beyond, Captcha Records, Burger Records and Sky Lantern Records Kikagaku Moyo have become the most talked about band of 2014 with all their releases selling out as word of mouth begins to spread on this new cult Japanese band.
Listen to 'Mammatus Clouds' HERE.
Limited edition on superheavy (200-gram), splatter vinyl. Falls Of The Wastelands is the third album by this Polish Stoner band. Palm Desert offers you some awesome Stoner Rock. Influences of Kyuss and Fu Manchu are obvious.
Listen to the full album HERE.
Limited edition on superheavy (200-gram), splatter vinyl. Palm Desert speak the language of stoner and desert rock fluently. Kyuss-era Homme-an tone to the guitar and song structures with flights of epic fancy giving a great and greasy, loose feel to the recordings.
Listen to the full album HERE.
A double-LP on multi coloured vinyl in a psychedelic gatefold sleeve. This music is available on vinyl for the first time! Here are some precviously un-released radio recordings from radio Tripolis, Greece, together with material from other radio sessions.
Free, improvised and live at the sixth Psychedelic Network Festival in Würzburg, Germany, which took place in November 2013! The musicians responsible for these far out recordings are Nik Turner (flute, saxophone, voice), Dirk Bittner (guitar, percussion, vocals), Tipi Mike (guitar, talk box), Dirk Jan Müller (synthesisers), Paul_Pott (bass, voice) and Dennis Gockel (drums).
Check out the video trailer HERE.
A double-LP on multi coloured vinyl in a gatefold sleeve. This is a live recording made during a concert in Denver, USA, 1967. Acid fuzzy guitars rule among the other instruments. The sound is almost religious and artisanal, gloomy and solar. It reminds the Doors style. It's not by chance: you can dare a juxtaposition and an influence because they shared more than once the stages of some legendary clubs like Avalon Ballrom, Matrix or Retinal Circus in Vancouver. You can taste the USA music counterculture set up in hot garage rehearsals; then stolen and brought to incense and peppermint scented clubs. quote: .."If Blue Cheer made cream cheese outta the air, then these guys musta crystalized the heavens on a good night. Some kind of a mix of Blue Cheer & Big Brother guitars, Country Joe & The Fish style ethereal moves & organ, & occasional Dead-like feedback & vocal insanity, mixed with 60s garage sounds & a nod to the Chambers Brothers. 60s West Coast manna from the vault..."
Limited to 500 copies with insert and reproduced original sleeve. This is the reissue of an ULTRA RARE private garage blues LP from the Los Angeles area that may remind of early Quicksilver Messenger Service, specifically the 1966 pre-Cipollina line-up as heard on those Groucho releases. 'Smokestack Lightning', 'Goin' To New York', 'You Gotta Help Me' and other tracks feature trebly guitars, wailing harmonica, etc. This is one of the rarest 1960s California private LPs with originals virtually non existent and fetching large sums, so this is a welcome reissue!
First ever LP reissue, re-mastered from the original tapes and pressed on 140-gram vinyl. The LP is presented in a beautiful old school tip-on jacket including an insert with rare photos and extensive liner notes. Despite a handful of releases, The Mutual Understanding was not a group in the traditional sense, but rather a connected collective of Toronto-based producers, arrangers, session musicians, and singers, brought together to create musical magic. 'In Wonderland' (1968) is an album that harkens back to a gentler and more innocent time. It also represents the birth of the Canadian music business as well as the role of advertising and television in music. Initially recorded as a broadcast-only release for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), the record simply didn't resonate with the Canadian record buying public upon its release. The swinging 1960s-meets-the-classics feel of 'In Wonderland' wasn't rock and roll enough for younger audiences, yet it was likely too progressive and hip for older jazz aficionados, not finding an audience until being rediscovered by the 1980's and '90s record collector contingent.
Listen to 'Wonderland' HERE.
Originally released in June 1970 and now appearing on CD, 'Tully' is the final release in Chapter's series of Tully reissues. Having formed in late 1968, one year later Tully already was the most hyped band in Australia, feverishly acclaimed for their towering rock dynamics and extended flights of jazz-inspired improvisation. By mid 1970 an album was eagerly awaited, an the resulting debut is one of Australia's most forward-thinking and ambitious records of the era.
Listen to the opening track HERE.
Double gatefold 7-inch set! These are raw 1960 Detroit guitar instrumentals from the Clix and Bel-Mar labels, and super tuff to find rare sides! The deluxe photo-filled gatefold package with extensive liner notes by Mike Hurtt make this a must-have! Two brutal records with brutal sound!
Listen to 'Intensity' HERE.
A south-west slab from the vaults of Yucca Records 1958-1966! On offer is a brutal unissued heavy reverb surf pounder coupled with a rare 1966 blaster! Two great El Paso instrumentals!
A south-west slab from the vaults of Yucca Records 1958-1966! Pounding instrumentals from El Paso teen royalty! The flip is taken from a different session than the LP version!
A south-west slab from the vaults of Yucca Records 1958-1966! Explosive guitar driven border town R&B! Classic top deck (later covered by Bobby Fuller) b/w an unissued rocker!
Here's another south-west slab from the vaults of Yucca Records 1958-1966! These are two killer rockers! A frantic unissued top side b/w a tense, brooding sleazer!
Southwest slab from the vaults of Yucca Records 1958 - 1966! Monster El Paso rock and roll! One of the wildest! The flip is an outtake from Fuller's first 45 session.
Zoot Money And His Big Roll Band -featuring among others future Police guitarist Andy Summers- were one of the biggest stage bands of the first mod-era. This LP compiles all the 45 sides released as Zoot Money's Big Roll Band between 1964 and 1966, including some smash dancers like their takes on 'Uncle Willy', 'Jump Back' and the fabulous title track. Also included is an alternate take of their LP track 'It Should've Been Me', previously unreleased in vinyl format. So now here are 16 sweaty mod-jazz / R&B smashes. Limited edition of 500 copies, housed in a nice three back-flapped vintage style sleeve. Comes with remastered sound and an insert with photos and liner notes.
'Lost Treasures From The Vaults Volume Four'. This fourth excursion into the early career of the legendary Kim Fowley rounds up 16 rare productions, compositions and performances, first issued on independent Southern California-based labels. From the crazed vocal hi-jinx of the pre-Rivingtons Crenshaws to the sultry doo-wop of Yolanda & The Naturals to the Zappa-esque lunacy of Vito & The Hands, each and every track bears the unique Fowley stamp! TRACKS: CRENSHAWS - Moonlight In Vermont / NEWMARKS - Goody-Goody Gum Drop / RANGERS - Justine / YOLANDA AND THE NATURALS - My Memories Of You / JACK B. NIMBLE AND THE QUICKS - Like Keyed / FOUR AFTER FIVES - Hello Schoolteacher! / MEMORIES - Little Bitty Girl / BLUE BELLS - Atlantis / RANGERS - Reputation / ALTHEA AND THE MEMORIES - In This Whole Wide World / RANGERS - Mogul Monster / FALLING ANGELS - She's Mine, All Mine / KIM FOWLEY - Pop Art 66 / VITO AND THE HANDS - Vito And The Hands / BELFAST GYPSIES - People Let's Freak Out / BILL WOODS - Story Of Susie.
Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon -as he became known for the trademark pounding drums and pulsating rhythm of his singles- was a Massachusetts native who became a star on the local Boston scene in the late '50s before being "discovered" by the late, great, Dick Clark who got him signed to Philadelphia's Swan Records. Following a string of fairly successful singles, Cannon really hit the big-time with his 1962 classic, 'Palisades Park', the title track of this very album. A tribute to the famous New Jersey amusement park, this classic early '60s rocker was penned by none other than Chuck Berry. As the music critic and legendary rocker, Cub Koda once wrote "Freddy Cannon was a true believer, a rocker to the bone." You need no further evidence of that than this classic LP.
Listen to 'Palisades Park' HERE.
Bunker 66 from Messina, Italy follow the path that was paved by their countrymen Bulldozer, Schizo and Necrodeath to name a few. Edition on black vinyl, presented in a thick sleeve with a cardboard lyric insert.
Black vinyl version. Spiral Shades is a doom metal project formed in 2012, featuring two individuals from different countries. Khushal Bhadra is a guitarist and songwriter from Mumbai in India and Filip Petersen (guitar, bass) hails from Norway. They got to know each other through Youtube and share a common interest in '70s heavy doom/progressive rock music. The result of their friendship is an awesome full length debut in the doomy vein of Sabbath and Pentagram!
Stream 'Illuminati' HERE.
Coloured vinyl version. Spiral Shades is a doom metal project formed in 2012 that is inspired by two individuals from different countries with a common goal of making an album together. Khushal Bhadra a Guitarist, Songwriter from India, Mumbai city and Filip Petersen (Guitarist, Bassist) from Norway, Vennesla got to know each other through Youtube because of their common interest in 70's heavy doom/progressive rock music. Resulting in an awesome full length debut in the realms of Sabbath and Pentagram doom!
Hailing from Southern Germany, 5-piece Stallion deliver an album opf remarkably strong songs. This is the black vinyl edition, including a gatefold sleeve and poster.
5-star review by Planet Mosh HERE.
HARDROCK & METAL
Reissue of their 1986 full-length. Edition on black vinyl, including a thick cardboard cover, lyric sheet and poster.
Reissue of their 1988 full-length. Edition on black vinyl, including a thick cardboard cover, lyric sheet and poster.
Classic Canadian thrash from 1986, now reissued on double black vinyl. Includes original mixes, unedited rough mixes. Comes with an insert and poster.
Listen to 'Strappado' HERE.
Limited to 500 copies on solid white vinyl. Keluar, based in Berlin, is a duo who's music consists of the electronic sounds of Sid Lamar and the voice and words of Zoè Zanias. Their debut EP, 'Ennoea', was released by Desire Records in July 2013, and was followed by a European tour spanning from London to Athens, Greece. This is their second EP.
Check out the title track HERE.
On 'No Emotions Catered For', Theme's fifth album, the improv rock of their previous collaborative work (with Jean-Hervé Peron of Faust and Zsolt Sores) give way to something that, whilst still drawing from these realms, is more disposed to organic electronics, cut-ups, live instruments, loops and, once again, often equally cut-up vocals that play with words as much as concepts and vague ideas. Comprising six cuts that have been worked on for over two years, this album sees Theme devoting themselves to movement and change, or the overt idea of never wishing to stay in one place. Uneasy and restless, yet still remaining hypnotic and charged with a hint of psychedelic terror, it can draw you in to a world that is Theme's most fully realised yet.
Listen to the album sampler HERE.
This 12" pressed on solid white vinyl includes two great remixes by Daniel Avery and Bass Clef with the original LP version of both 'Garden' and fan's favorite 'Hundreds'. Includes a download coupon. Inspired by mysticism & noise, Ricardo uses old drum machines, analog equipment and also samples he's been storing since some years to create dirty sounding drums, modulated synth sounds and keeping far away from the more expected and polished sounds most artists use. In a way, his music develops the punk side in electronic music. His other inspiration is definitely esotericism, in the way that music can profoundly touch and transport you in another dimension. Inspired by the deepness of electronic music, his music is very intuitive, the same way Nirvana, Sonic Youth or My Bloody Valentine are with guitars.
Listen to 'Hundreds' HERE.
A luxury vinyl reissue of this rare 1974 private pressing. Cool long electronic experiments, two long tracks, one on each side. Recorded in one take and offering an astounding combination of synth drones, wordless vocals, ambiental electric organ and ethereal guitar arpeggios. An outstanding work that moves away of the more classical kraut/kosmische sounds to walk darker paths, yet retaining some early Kluster reminiscences. Limited to only 500 copies. Remastered sound and featuring an insert with liner notes.
Melbourne folk auteur Laura Jean returns with this self-titled collection, her most intimate and affecting album yet. 'Laura Jean' follows up 2011's 'A Fool Who'll', her acclaimed excursion into rock dynamics (described by Rolling Stone as "an uncompromising triumph"). For her s/t album, Laura traveled to the UK to record with producer John Parish, renowned for his career-spanning collaborations with PJ Harvey, as well as his work with Goldfrapp, M Ward and many others.
Check out the video for 'First Love Song' HERE.
Limited to 300 copies on solid white vinyl. Includes download coupon. 'Fractured Holy Symmetry' is a gorgeous remix album full of re-worked tracks from 'A Film', including remixes from Soft Metals, Bestial Mouths, Diane Halls, and more, plus six new tracks. Often described as dream-pop or indietronica, the music of Jesse Ruins is soft, subtle and ethereal. From the electro-pop of 'Soft Metal's remix to the wall-of-noisy sound of 'Bestial Mouth's version, these re-workngs bring new life and breath to the tracks.
Reissue of the first solo-LP from Ariel Kalma, recorded in 1975. After a long journey to India where he learnt the basics of modal music and singing, Ariel was inspired by the fusion of ancient and modern ways of playing music in the 70s with saxophone, ethnic instruments, effects, electric instruments and electronic filters. Kalma is also known for have played on albums by other French experimental artists like Delired Chameleon Family, Nyl, Heldon... Nowadays the original private press LP is very rare and hard to find. Some copies came with a hand drawn cover and some in printed form. This reissue reproduces the original printed sleeve, has sound from the original tapes, includes two bonus tracks and an insert featuring liner notes and photos. Limited edition of only 500 copies.
Listen to part 1 HERE.
In March 2013 BlackboxRed travelled to France for the recording of their debut album. This was done in a studio in a 17th century mansion in France. The acoustics of the old house played a big part in the overall sound of the album. At a certain point the weather conditions were so extreme that the band was snowbound, completely shut off from the outside world, which resulted in a loud, grandiose, sometimes spooky atmosphere in the songs. The album is produced and recorded by Chris Hamilton, a good friend and hero of the band, with his travelling studio called EEK! Recordings.
Stream the full album HERE.
Suave synth-pop songsmith Geoffrey OConnor returns with his second solo album 'Fan Fiction'. Previously known as the frontman for euphoric pop quartet Crayon Fields, Geoffrey stepped out from behind his guitar in 2011 with the seductive pop noir of his solo album 'Vanity Is Forever'. Musically 'Fan Fiction' is more upfront, with bolder tempos and brighter beats. As usual, Geoffrey plays every instrument, aside from a little piano (courtesy of Sparkadia's Alexander Burnett) and backing vocals from longterm collaborator Jessica Venables (Jessica Says), and Gerald Wells (Montero).
Check out the trailer HERE.
'Dreadmania (It's All In The Mind)' is Judge Dread's (nee Alexander Hughes) very first album, originally released by Trojan Records in 1972, and is a confirmed ska and skinhead reggae classic. The least likely of reggae stars, the white, Brixton raised Dread had previously served as a club bouncer (where he met Derrick Morgan and Prince Buster), wrestler, bodyguard, DJ, and debt collector for Trojan Records, before hitting it big in 1972 with 'Big Six' - inspired by Prince Buster's classic 'Big 5' - which reached number 11 on the UK chart and sold nearly a half a million copies. On the back of that hit, and its follow up 'Big Seven', the label quickly assembled an album to cash in on their success, and its title, 'Dreadmania', aptly summed up the state of the nation, as Judge Dread fever gripped the island. Of course, the two hits were included within, as was 'Oh She Is a Big Girl Now,' which was subsequently spun off as a single, and 'Dr. Kitch,' which later reappeared as a B-side. Appropriately enough, the Chuck Berry hit 'Ding A Ling' was covered, and just in case there were any remaining doubts about the album's contents, there's even a track titled 'Donkey Dick.' "It's all in the mind, it's all in the mind, the rudeness, it's all in the mind," the Judge ruled on the opening track. Perhaps, but Dread could make even a nun blush. He was the king of the double entendre, his clever wordplay and wit a revelation for the staid British. But he also captured the imagination of Jamaicans. Dread wrapped his rude lyrics within perfect reggae backdrops, with many of his songs built around classic Jamaican rhythms, adding further authenticity to his sound.
Luigi Porto is a studied film composer and sound designer with so far 15 feature films and a large number of short films and documentaries for Italian, American and Canadian productions under his belt. This is the soundtrack for Romano Scavolini's epic experimental movie 'L'Apocalisse Delle Scimmie' (release date late 2014).
Check out the album teaser HERE.
EXOTICA/INCR. STR. MUSIC
The second volume of the 'Voodoo Party' series compiles original 78s from the 1930s, '40s and '50s. Most of them are by Cuban artists (although Mexican, Spanish and American acts are also featured) who released wild and mysterious Afro-Cuban tracks which could be considered the origin of the genre known as exotica, popularized in the '50s in a more sophisticated and sweetened manner by artists such as Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman. If you need something new to listen to after you've worn out yer 'Las Vegas Grind' and 'Jungle Exotica' records, then this is for YOU! This platter will liven up any party!
Delaney Davidson (Voodoo Rhythm)
1/8 Patronaat, Haarlem
2/8 Tivoli de Helling, Utrecht
Kadavar (Nuclear Blast)
10/10 Desertfest, Antwerpen (BE)
25/10 Into The Void, Leeuwarden
21/11 Speedfest, Eindhoven
Sleaford Mods (Harbinger Sound)
16/08 Lowlands, Biddinghuizen
15/11 De Kreun, Kortrijk (BE)
21/11 Doornroosje, Nijmegen
22/11 Melkweg, Amsterdam
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