SPOTLIGHT 571

09/01/2017 15:34

Welcome to the Spot Light! Get your weekly dose of new music below!

 

PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE

 

YURI GAGARIN - SEA OF DUST (10"/BLACK) (10"/SOUND EFFECT)

Now on 10-inch vinyl, playing at 45rpm, this is a reissue of the band's 2015 7-inch 'Sea Of Dust'. Yuri Gagarin's music blends several genres into one driving force that has garnered the band a wide fan appeal in shoegaze, psychedelic/space rock, progressive rock and heavy rock circles. Limited edition of 350 copies on BLACK VINYL.

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3RD EAR EXPERIENCE - (BLACK) STONES OF A FEATHER (2LP) (LP/SPACE ROCK)

Limited edition (195 sets) on BLACK VINYL! Double-LP in a hand-numbered gatefold sleeve. The 3rd Ear Experience's fourth album is a curious mixture of the reckless abandonment of Cream circa 1967, Ornette Coleman's free jazz, Krautrock and fuzzy Sabbathian stoner riffs.

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DEVIL AND THE ALMIGHTY BLUES - II (LP/BLUES FOR THE RED SUN)

The long awaited follow-up to the band's acclaimed self-titled debut-album, once again revealing influences that range from the original American blues to the contemporary desert scene. Compared to the debut, this second full-length offering is slightly heavier and quite a bit groovier.

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FROZEN PLANET.... 1969 - (BLACK) ELECTRIC SMOKEHOUSE (LP/HEADSPIN)

A sonic journey through various scenes. Shifting between dreamy soundscapes and heavy psych. Totally improvised. A spaced-out, experimental, jammy affair! Limited to 100 copies on black vinyl.

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SHERPA - TANZLINDE (LP/SULATRON)

'Tanzlinde' is the debut album of the neo-psych band Sherpa from Abruzzo, Italy. The band got inspired by their mountains up to eastern cultures and ancient singings, and the result is a debut album which is psychedelic in the meaning of bursting the borders of musical genres. You hear influences of psychedelia and Krautrock, in the direction of Popol Vuh and Robert Wyatt, but also eastern cultures' traditional music. There are also hints of indie or even some slightly pop music influences. 

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SULA BASSANA - ORGAN ACCUMULATOR (LP/DEEP DISTANCE)

Although 'Organ Accumulator' reveals a more relaxed side of Sula Bassana, this work is still rooted in the kosmische ground of motorik grooves, ambient trance and pulsing electronics. The result is an absolute must for fans of Schulze, Tangerine Dream and Cluster, as well as latter day heroes like Panabrite, JD Emmanuel, Cosmic Ground, Expo '70, etc. Sula Bassana is pretty much the solo outlet for Electric Moon and Zone Six's Dave Schmidt, who wrote, recorded and produced everything himself. The LP is pressed on splatter wax and comes with a gorgeous sleeve by Lulu Artwork. This one-off pressing is destined to sell out super quickly, so hurry up!

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PSYCH/PROG/FOLK

 

J.K.S. - UNIVERSE BEYOND UNIVERSE (LP/ROYAL FOULUP)

Jorma Saarikangas is a Finnish musician and poet from Lahti. He used to record these weird, experimental and psychedelic soundscapes in the '70s at home using primitive gear and has been releasing these previously unheard home-recordings on limited edition vinyl issues since 2004. This fourth and final(?) part in the series was recorded between 1974 and 1976 after the 'Ancient' trilogy. The album contains mostly cosmic synth experiments, but you also get some spoken word, a strange manipulated howling voice, vocals and a little bit of guitar. The best release in this series is very psychedelic and odd. Limited to 250 copies.

NECROMANDUS - NECROTHOLOGY (LP/AUDIO ARCHIVES)

Managed and produced by Tony Iommi, Necromandus taped an album and a single for the Vertigo label in 1973, which didn't materialize at the time. Fortunately those studio recordings are now available on this LP, together with some archival demo and live tracks from 1971 and '72. Necromandus created a stunningly unique and dark sound featuring twisted vocals, exquisite guitar work and a powerful rhythm section. Pressed on 180-gram vinyl in an edition of 260 numbered copies, the LP comes with detailed notes and a double-sided glossy insert.

 

GARAGE/BEAT/PSYCH/MOD

 

CREATION FACTORY - LET ME GO/YOU GOT IT (7"/MARKET SQUARE)

This debut 45rpm release by Los Angeles-based garage-psych group The Creation Factory features a ferocious, fuzzed out slice of psych-punk backed with a super groovy freakout instrumental. The band was formed by Shane Stotsenberg and Iggy Gonzalez, who are also members of neo-psych group The Mystic Braves. This release, limited to 341 copies, is housed in an authentic '60s style paper-sleeve and includes a hand-numbered card insert.

 

GARAGE PUNK/ROCK & ROLL

 

CHROME REVERSE - THEY WANNA FIGHT! (LP/MAG WHEELS)

Here's the awaited debut-album by Chrome Reverse, featuring Lili and Iwan from the No-Talents.

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HOYLES, JOHN - NIGHT FLIGHT (LP/CRUSHER)

An interesting and diverse solo-album, recorded by an Englishman (known from the bands Witchcraft and Spiders) backed by Swedish musicians. The material reveals influences from '77 punk rock, garagerock, psychedelia, folk-pop and more.

SUNSHINE REVERBERATION - (BLACK) SUNSHINE REVERBERATION (LP/WESTERGAARD)

Founded in late 2014 in Tromso, Norway, Sunshine Reverberation is a garage-band that doesn't shy away from psychedelic leanings, kraut moves and appealing, dreamy melodies. If you like King Gizzard, Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees and White Fence, or old(er) bands s.a. Iggy & The Stooges and The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, this is for you! Edition on BLACK VINYL.

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

 

MARY BELL - MARY BELL (LP/DANGER)

The debut-album by a Parisian punk/post-punk band that sounds like Bikini Kill meets Dischord Records. Recommended if you like Acid Drops, Skinned Teen, Action Pact! or Son Skull.

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE

 

CLICK CLICK - DEMOS 1982 (LP/VINYL ON DEMAND)

Is it possible to play post-punk without guitars, and without sounding like some cheesy electro-pop outfit? Of course! Electro/EBM pioneers Click Click, featuring brothers Derek and Adrian Smith, had a plan, a place to experiment and a direction. Recorded in Luton, UK in 1982, this LP offers six demo tracks built upon the foundations of acoustic drums, synthesised bass and manipulated melodies, with stunning result.

 

SOUL/FUNK/R&B

 

SOMUSUNDARAM, RAMASANDIRAN - SKINNY WOMAN (BLACK) (LP/CINEDELIC)

The first ever reissue of the only solo album (1974) by Ramasandiran Somusundaram, an Indian percussionist living in Italy who was a member of post-Garybaldy band Bambibanda E Melodie, Maya and New Trolls Atomic System. 'Skinny Woman', recorded with musicians of the New Trolls, mixes hard-funk and rock with the incisive and extraordinarily rhythmic side of Indian music, all wrapped in an exploito feel. This reissue is pressed as a limited edition of 400 copies on BLACK VINYL, includes a bonus track and a digital download.

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WORLD MUSIC/ETHNIC

 

BEZOS, KOSTAS -& THE WHITE BIRDS- - KOSTAS BEZOS & THE WHITE BIRDS (+CD) (LP/MISSISSIPPI)

The first-ever compilation of Xabagies, the nearly forgotten Hawaiian-influenced music of 1930s Greece, focused on the compositions of Kostas Bezos and his ensemble The White Birds. A world-class slide guitarist, political cartoonist and sleepless Bohemian, Kostas Bezos created some of the most unique music of any era: surrealist guitar portraits blending Athens and Honolulu, haunting tropical serenades, wild acoustic orchestras and heartbreaking steel guitar duets. Included are a 28-page booklet with extensive notes by Tony Klein and Dimitri Kourtis, unpublished photographs, lyrics, obituaries and a bonus CD containing 18 additional tracks. Mastered from original 78s, this release is limited to 1.000 copies.

QINAWI, METQAL - METQAL QINAWI (LP/AKENATON)

Metqal Quenawi, born in 1929 in Luxor, Egypt, (also known as a.o. Met'qal, Metaqal Kinawi Metaqal and Awlad Metqal, and active with his Metaqal Rebab Ensemble), developed a style based on folk traditions from southern Egypt. Recovering the traditions of the Said (the southern region around Luxor), Metqal was brought up with the customs of the Fellahin (agricultural labourers who passed on the age-old traditions of Egypt) he mastered the rebab, an violin-like, Bedouin instrument made out of coconut shell, wood and animal skin that's played with a horse hair bow. His many recordings from the '70s and '80s (relesed on various cassettes) disseminated and rescued in the '70s and '80s made Metqal into a key reference in Egyptian music. Thanks to this LP, pressed in an edition of 500 copies, Metqal's music is now also available to western audiences.

 

EXPERIMENTAL/SOUND ART

 

BOURBONESE QUALK - ARCHIVE 1980-1986 (4LP) (LP/VINYL ON DEMAND)

Band member and composer Simon Crab compiled 80 of his favourite Bourbonese Qualk tracks for this 4LP set. The selected pieces were taken from the group's early, industrial-tinged and experimental period (the first ultra limited tapes from 1980 and 1981 such as 'Us', 'Cast Loose Red Net' or 'Half Erased') and the more beat-orientated compilation contributions of the mid '80s. The box also contains 20 previously unearthed and unreleased recordings from the same period.

VARIOUS - MEXICAN CASSETTE CULTURE (6LP) (LP/VINYL ON DEMAND)

'RECORDINGS 1977-1982' - This box set offers a great selection of material from the highly adventurous electronic and experimental scene in Mexico as it existed during the late '70s and first half of the '80s. The set includes recordings of artists/acts such as Aristeo, Via Lactea & Carlos Alvarado, Hilozoizmo, Decibel, Oxomaxoma with Arturo Romo, Jose Alvarez and Miguel A. Ruiz, Voldarepet with Arturo Meza, Juan Wolfang Cruz, and Marco A. Godinez. LP's 1 & 2: Via Lactea LP 3: Carlos Alvarado/Decibel/Hilozoizmo LP 4: Oxomaxoma LP 5: Aristeo LP 6: Voladepet

 

INDUSTRIAL/DARK AMBIENT

 

ESPLENDOR GEOMETRICO - FLUIDA MEKANIKO (2LP) (LP/GEOMETRIK)

The 2016 album by these influential Spanish industrial pioneers of pulsating, hypnotic and tribal rhythms. They continue the line developed since 'Pulsión' (2009), but there also are references to their most harsh and noisy sound of the '90s. Limited to 700 copies.

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HITCHCOCK, STEVE - SHEET TAPE REGISTERED BLACK 1977-1979 (LP/VINYL ON DEMAND)

Steve Hitchcock (currently known as Ferrara Brain Pan) began experimenting with music and art as a student in early 1977 at San Diego university, where he published five issues of a Neo-Dada art zine called 'Cabaret Voltaire'. In those days he corresponded with Genesis P-Orridge and Cosey Fanni Tutti of COUM Transmissions and Throbbing Gristle, which is how he became involved with early industrial music. He created the experimental solo recordings on this LP in 1979, using shortwave radio, a tv set, a turntable, metal percussion and found sounds. The tracks can be classified as early industrial music with elements of humor that might evoke comparisons to H.N.A.S. or Nurse With Wound.

LAIBACH - LIVE IN HELL AT V2 (LP/VINYL ON DEMAND)

This LP, recorded at a great show in 's-Hertogenbosch in The Netherlands, was originally released on tape in 1985, and reissued on red vinyl in 2010 as an additional sixth album to the 'Gesamtkunstwerk' box set. In case you missed out on either opportunity, now you can complete you tape collection or your 'Gesamtkunstwerk' box set, or you can simply enjoy the album as a separate title.

RICE, BOYD/NON - ARCHIVAL RARITIES 1975-1981 (5LP) (LP/VINYL ON DEMAND)

Presented on five LP's, the 'Archival Rarities' release represents what can be seen as a lost chapter in the early history of Boyd Rice and NON. Most of these tracks haven't been heard in 35 or 40 years and were as good as forgotten even by the artist. A few of these cuts were only recently rediscovered after having gone missing for several decades. The lion's share of this material is being released here for the very first (and perhaps last) time ever. So now you can find out why early critics considered NON to be the loudest, noisiest and most minimal group ever to perform at a rock venue.

TREPANERINGSRITUALEN - DEATHWARD, TO THE WOMB (LP/COLD SPRING)

A reissue of Trepaneringsritualen's 10-inch on Release The Bats (2012) and cassette on Black Horizons and Merzbild. Appended to the six original songs as a download is a specially commissioned 13-minute ritual work entitled 'I Remember When I Was God', attributed to Teeraal Rum Pheynix.

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TURMAN, ROBERT - SOLO WORKS 1976-1979 (LP/VINYL ON DEMAND)

Experimental musician and composer Robert Turman started recording music at an early age, using guitar, tape, vinyl records and whatever instruments were available. Robert first rose to prominence as part of NON, collaborating with Boyd Rice on the classic 1979 single 'Mode Of Infection', before leaving to pursue his own solo vision of music and noise. Collected here are some of his earliest recordings that still remained unreleased until now.

 

ELECTRONIC MUSIC

 

MYTHOLOGEN - MYTHOLOGEN (LP/HÖGA NORD)

Mythologen continues building on the foundations that Pistol Disco and Alexander Palmestål's other band Iberia laid. The songs on this album are the perfect combination of the fragility and melancholy of Iberia and Pistol Disco's monotony and drive. Underneath layers of dreamy, free floating synthesizers and restrained yet steady drumbeats lie muffled melodies waiting for air to be let in. File under techno, electronic, experimental, big beat, acid house, leftfield... Limited to 300 copies on black vinyl.

 

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