SPOTLIGHT 614

10/11/2017 12:40

SPOTLIGHT 614

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

ASTERIX - ASTERIX (LP/LONGHAIR)

Vinyl reissue of the one and only album by this pre-Lucifer's Friend outfit. Cool German psychedelic rock from 1971! These guys were also involved in highly rated exploitation groups/projects s.a. Electric Food, Hell Preachers Inc., Bokaj Retsiem and Pink Mice. This is the first official release of the album on vinyl which also includes 2 bonus tracks from the 7-inch 'Everybody'/'If I Could Fly' (1970), remastered from original tapes from the vaults of Warner Music.

ELIRAN, RON - RON ELIRAN (LP/BLACK GOLD)

Reissue of this psychedelic pop/funk/soul album from Israel, originally released in 1969.

KALACAKRA - CRAWLING TO LHASA (PD) (LP/GARDEN OF DELIG)

Here's a gorgeous PICTURE DISC LP-reissue of a genuine German psych monster, originally released in 1972! Including an 8-page insert, this edition is limited to 1.000 hand-numbered copies.

SHIVER - WALPURGIS (PD) (LP/GARDEN OF DELIG)

The sole LP by Swiss psych/prog legends Walpurgis gets reissued as an astonishing PICTURE DISC LP, featuring the same artwork (by H.R. Giger) as the original 1969 album! Including an 8-page insert, this edition is limited to 1.000 hand-numbered copies.

TAYFUR, FERDI - AKSAM GÜNESI (LP/TÜRKÜOLA)

Reissue of 1981 Türküola album by Ferdi Tayfur. The tracks (dated 1972-1975) were mostly released as singles and were also used on Tayfur's self-titled album from 1974. Tayfur is a well known arabesque singer and composer who uses an extensive amount of western harmony and instruments and in some tracks was even inspired by the golden age of psychedelic rock. A crazy mix of Latin, arabesque, rock and delirious Farfisa organs!

DR. AFTERSHAVE - IN THE DIVING BELL (CD/GARDEN OF DELIG)

Previously unissued recordings from the renamed Missus Beastly! 'Dr. Aftershave' was not just the title of the third album by Missus Beastly, it was also the name the band used for a short while during its latter period, apx. 1980. These tracks were recorded for an intended album that, in spite of interest from a couple of labels, didn't see the light of day til' this CD-release.The material is in an appealing instrumental fusion/jazz rock style, and pretty much continues where Missus Beastly's last album had left off.

EELA CRAIG - VIRGIN OILAND (CD/GARDEN OF DELIG)

A superb 1980 symphonic/progressive art rock album by the highly regarded Austrian band (from Linz), featuring lots of delightful mellotron, gets reissued on CD. This expanded edition comes with two fine bonus tracks, previously available on a rare 7-inch.

EMBRYO - UMSONST UND DRAUßEN: VLOTHO 1977 (CD/GARDEN OF DELIG)

Here's a great release of excellent sounding live recordings, made during the 1977 edition of the 'Umsonst Und Draußen' festival in Vlotho. Embryo's mixture of jazz-rock and world music went down extremely well with the crowd, which is why the band played the festival four times in a row, from 1975 to 1978. TRACKS: 1. Feeling song 2. Intro idea 3. Prisoners 4. Double Time 5. Getalongwithasong 6. Make It Easy

BORRACHO - BORDER CROSSING (BLACK) (7"/H42)

The 2017 single by this three-piece heavy stoner rock band from Washington, DC. Limited to 50 copies on black vinyl.

EARTHRIDE - WITCH GUN (7"/TOTEM CAT)

Earthride are about to burn up the road and deliver the doom on the 'Witch Gun' 7". Their first material since 'Something Wicked' from 2010. Limited to 300 copies on black vinyl.

39TH & THE NORTONS - THE DREAMERS (BLUE SKY/CREAM) (LP/STOLEN BODY)

The once bedroom solo project of the prolific Nick Wheeldon, leader of Os Noctambulos. He now returns with a five piece psychedelic folk group.

BLACK SPACE RIDERS - AMORETUM, VOL. 1 (LP/BLACK SPACE)

Fifth album by the new wave of heavy psychedelic spacerock band Black Space Riders from Germany. This album is interspersed with a flowing groove throughout and an ever-present atmosphere that embraces the listener. Heavy, sometimes proggy, often psychedelic, always engaging and almost catchy and danceable, 'Amoretum Vol. 1' takes us by the hand, shows us the dark side, and then wants to give us the hope back that we so often painfully miss.

CHEW - A FINE ACCOUTREMENT (LP/STOLEN BODY)

Chew emerges deep from within Atlanta, Georgia with a fresh flavor of psych for the masses. The band infuses samplers and analog synth slathered with live instrumentation to dish up a spaced out glimpse into the future. A Fine Accoutrement, the band's second EP, provides a hypnotic soundscape derived from the freak-out trio's 3 year US tour.

DOLCZEK, DUBI - (TOXIC YELLOW) DUBI IN SPACE PART 1 (LP/STOLEN BODY)

'THE EMERALD GAUNTLET' - After his first album 'Dubi Dolczek & The Haunted Lagoon', Dubi began working on his memoirs, opening with his spacetravels as a teenage greaseball. All vinyl copies come with a book with artwork for each track specifically designed by Dubi himself to conjure up pictures of deep space exploration, martini's in far away bars and grey haired babies.

EDGAR'S HAIR - JONATHAN'S DIVE (2LP) (LP/HOOR75)

'Jonathan's Dive' is a 100-minute concept record based on Richard Bach's novel 'Jonathan Livingston Seagull', the famous fable about the seagull who is banned by his peers for wanting to make ying an art form. A symbol of the universal desire for unlimited freedom. In 1974 the book was made into a motion picture, famously adorned with a soundtrack by Neil Diamond, but with 'Jonathan's Dive', Dutch band Edgar's Hair (ex-I$I$, ex-Oak members) transforms the story into a much darker and more erratic epic. An analog musical adventure full of ethnic acoustic instruments and introduced by a multi-colored voice palette in multiple languages.

F/I - SPACE MANTRA (LP/SORCERER)

This classic slice of American space-rock is back on vinyl since nearly 30 years. Milwaukee's F/i have been an ongoing concern since 1981, pioneering a certain brand of experimental rock which encompasses elements of industrial and psychedelic space-rock sounds. Originally a purely electronic outfit heavily influenced by Throbbing Gristle and prolific in the underground tape scene, they made the transition to 'rock band' in the mid '80s, and for many, 1988's 'Space Mantra' remains the high point. With fuzzed guitars, metronomic rhythms, swirling synths and occasionally bucolic forays into blissful acoustics, it's a masterful take on cosmic music during the Reagan years. Ppreviously released on LP by the famed RRRecords label and on CD by Lexicon Devil. Recommended for fans of Hawkwind, Amon Düül, Causa Sui or Cluster. Limited to 500 copies.

HOLLOW EARTH - OUT OF ATLANTIS (BLACK) (LP/KOMMUN2)

On Hollow Earth's 'Out Of Atlantis' influences from 1969-1972-era Deep Purple are combined with some distinctly Canterbury styled moves. Obviously this sort of alchemy works, so in fifty years time this may very well be looked back upon as a full-blown progressive rock masterpiece with solid psychedelic underpinnings. Several years in the making, it is easily the most ambitious release from Kommun2 to date. Limited to 200 copies on black vinyl.

PENFOLD, EDWARD - DENNY ISLE DRIVE (BLACK) (LP/STOLEN BODY)

A long list of collaborators were called upon to help record this album, which included members of the Bloom collective as well as the loosely coined Belvoir House Band. The album was recorded by Dom Mitchison (Malthouse Studios) who co-produced it with Penfold. Comes in gatefold sleeve.

SONIC DAWN - PERCEPTION (LP/SELF RELEASE)

'Perception' is the debut album by The Sonic Dawn from Copenhagen. The sound can be described as a mix between a '68 biker movie soundtrack and the signature Scandinavian psychedelic sound. A coherent album full of twangy guitars, dreamy vocals, sitar and groovy rhythms. Several tracks feature the immensely talented organist Erik 'Errka' Petersson of Siena Root and Dean Allen Foyd. Originally released on Nasoni in 2015.

SPECTRAL HAZE - (BLACK) TURNING ELECTRIC (LP/TOTEM CAT)

Second full-length by these Norwegian heavy/psych/doom rockers. Spacey, groovy and heavy riffage from the very start up to the end. Totally EPIC! Limited to 300 copies on black vinyl.

TOMAGA - MEMORY IN VIVO EXPOSURE (LP/HANDS IN THE DA)

Whilst London duo Tomaga still use complex layering and harmonic polyrhythms in developing their original approach, this time the sonic tales they have shared are much more cinematic and dreamlike. These visions are locked up into emotionally charged loops to convey the sensation of a dream in which half remembered things become new zones of feeling.

TREES SPEAK - TREES SPEAK (2LP) (LP/CINEDELIC)

Trees Speak is an experimental rock band that transcend mainstream influences by incorporating elements of avant-garde, neo-psychedelic, minimalism, art and electronic music, along with violin-bowed guitar, Theremin and a glut of effect pedals. An ear-bending rush of lush soundscapes. Includes insert, 5x 5" postcards and 2 stickers.

EASTERN SYNDROME - CELT (CD/TRAIL)

Third release in a series of albums by the legendary neo-psychedelic band Eastern Syndrome from Magadan, one of the major sensations in Russian '80s/'90s alternative psychedelic rock. It's a collection of the best and the most memorable tracks from their first two albums, with the addition of rare versions and unique bonus tracks. Connoisseurs can certainly identify the influence of The Talking Heads and King Crimson.

MORPHEUS - RESTLESS DREAMS (CD/GARDEN OF DELIG)

The 2017 full-length (recorded in 2016) by the reunited German band, which already became a popular name in jazz rock/fusion circles as early as in the mid-late '70s. These contemporary tracks were taped with the original line-up, except for the drummer. Featuring all original material, the total running time of the CD is more than 61 minutes.

VARIOUS - TRIPWAVE 2 (CD/TRAIL)

'COLLECTION OF MODERN RUSSIAN PSYCHEDELIC MUSIC' - Besides relatively known acts like Ole Lukkoye, Rada & Ternovnik (Blackthorn) and Polska Radio One, this collection includes tracks by very young artists who express their bright and affecting ideas in the psychedelic genre. TRACKS: 1. Ciolkowska - Below The Grass 2. Rada & Blackthorn - Ethno-Song 3. Bowl Of Knowledge - Ganja Yoga 4. Sonora - Canyon 5. Cosmic Triggers - Syndicate 6. Ole Lukkoye - Dyatly (Edit) 7. Dead Man Tell No Tales - Suicide Trip 8. Kamni - Forest Song 9. Polska Radio One - Shangri-La

ZHAOZE - INTOXICATINGLY LOST (CD/TRAIL)

Zhaoze is from Guangzhou, China. They have built an inimitable sound, blending Chinese classical aesthetics with modern western rock. Most notably, the sound of the guqin (a Chinese traditional instrument) is prevalent through much of the album.

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

REUTERS - E.P. (7"/SEJA)

2017 EP by this bunch of old-school punk inventors who have always practiced the DIY attitude. They call their style 'punkadelic psycho rawk'. Limited to 200 copies.

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

DOG FACED HERMANS - HUMANS FLY (LP/SORCERER)

Reissue of the very first LP by Scotland's Dog Faced Hermans, originally from 1988. It features the two bonus tracks which were only available on the German version at the time. Heavily influenced by no wave, free jazz and Brit post-punk, and aided by an eclectic array of instrumentation and singer Marion Coutts' scorching vocals, this band cut their own musical path. This edition is fully remastered by the band from the original analogue tapes and comes in a limited edition of 600 copies. Recommended for fans of The Ex, Contortions, The Pop Group and The Fall.

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

VARIOUS - CRONICA TECNICA (2LP) (LP/GEOMETRIK)

'COMPILATION OF INDUSTRIAL & NOISE FROM MADRID (1981-1991)' - During the '80s, in Spain, as in many other countries all around the world, tons of electronic music cassettes appeared, often unipersonal, where the artist himself became the editor and distributor of his works. This was DIY at its purest. The appearance of the multitrack recorder and cassette duplicators helped the emergence of this phenomenon that became an international underground movement. This is a compilation of themes from this scene recorded between 1981 and 1991, most of which were originally published on cassette, and which focused mainly on industrial, noise and experimental music. Includes an 8 page A4 booklet with information, images, photos and two exclusive texts in Spanish and English by Francisco Felipe (La Otra Cara De Un Jardín) and Andrés Noarbe (Esplendor Geométrico manager). SIDE 1: 1. Orfeon Gagarin - Not Is Possible Landing 2. Orfeon Gagarin - Gulag 3. Uvegraf - 10.000 Visiones Del Dr. Catroviejo 4. Funeral Souvenir - Místenkovy Vuz/Hydrant SIDE 2: 1. Miguel A. Ruiz - Entre Séres Térmicos 2. Funeral Souvenir - Es Wird Zerbrechen 3. Miguel A. Ruiz - Excerpt from "SNIP" Original Soundtrack 4. Técnica Material - Union Carbide 5. Orfeon Gagarin - Kedrmusik III SIDE 3: 1. Uvegraf - Refractiva Ocular Expto Nº1 2. Funeral Souvenir - Feria Del Flanger 3. Miguel A. Ruiz - Brain Velocity 4. Funeral Souvenir - Succo Di Gravidanza SIDE 4: 1. Técnica Material - Túnel 2. Funeral Souvenir - Kaninchen Und Wein 3. La Otra Cara De Un Jardín - La Otra Cara De Un Jardín 4. Luis Mesa - Hot Wheels 5. La Otra Cara De Un Jardín - Ein Mensch Muss Ein Instrument spielen

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

EARTH WITCH - OUT OF THE SHALLOW (LP/CURSED TONGUE)

Gritty chased vocals, throbbing pulsating doom and righteous heavy blues... It is all there on 'Out Of The Shallow' by the illustrious Illinois trio Earth Witch. The perfect amalgam of something stoner, classic metal and every bit of heaviness they could get their hands on. Limited to 400 copies on black vinyl.

EMPTINESS - NOTHING BUT THE WHOLE (LP/BABYLON DOOM CU)

Since 1998, Belgian death squad Emptiness has show its ability to write surprising material with diversity and set a real identity, pushing boundaries far beyond traditional black/death metal music. Emptiness sound like they're conducting an evil ritual. Very dark, atmospheric and eerie. Reissue on clear vinyl. This album was originally released in 2014 on Dark Descent Records.

MINIPONY - IMAGO (BLACK) (LP/SUBSOUND)

Minipony is an experimental metal project, influenced by math, breakcore and Latin music which mixes polyrhythmic structures with minimalist guitar riffs, and female growls. The group consists of Amadeus Galiano (electric guitars) and Emilia Moncayo (vox/sampling/noise) and is based in Ecuador.

OMEGA MACHINE - THE END THAT COMES WITH THE OMEGA MACHINE (LP/SUBSOUND)

A bit Godflesh, a bit Ministry, a bit Skinny Puppy, a bit Pitchshifter, somewhat Fudge Tunnel-like, and somewhat also like Prong or Helmet, Omega Machine from Turin, northern Italy, is the industrial/mechanical death machine brainchild of two freaks known as Kaizer Blasted Kosmos on guitar and synths, and Nebular Sub-Terror on bass. With 'The End That Comes With the Omega Machine', the duo have created a white noise wall of soulless and cold as ice guitars, of pounding and obsessive drum machine destruction, and of anti/post-human atmospheres that conjure the darkest side of sci-fi and dystopian arts and literature. If you like the darker side of industrial metal then look no further!

ZOLLE - INFESTA (LP/SUBSOUND)

Zolle are a heavy rock guitar and drums duo. They play powerful, heavy, direct, positive. Sometimes negative. 'Infesta' is their third album, recorded by Giulio Ragno Favero (Il Teatro Degli Orrori, OvO, MoRkObOt).

SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/R&B/GOSPEL

FRAT - SHAKE IT LOOSE (7"/EVERLAND)

Limited edition of 250 copies! The Frat (aka The Frat Band, Autofrat) was a short lived electro funk outfit under the leadership of songwriter and producer Jeffrey Singleton. Jeffrey is best known as producer/writer on the excellent O.T. Sykes - 'First Love' LP from 1981. Little is known about his own group apart from the band containing members Joe White, Ted White, Brigette Travis, Hugh Gray, Carlett Martin, Robert Singleton and Joey White. Only a handful of original copies of this excellent 7" single are known to have survived which makes this reissue a true and most welcome feast for funk, boogie and electro fans. The music is licensed directly from original owner Jeffrey Singleton and is deliciously remastered from the best possible sources available.

ELECTRONIC MUSIC/AMBIENT/D’N’B/TRIPHOP

NEUTRAL ZONE - HOGOFOGO (LP/SALVATION)

Award-winning Swiss producer (of Klaus Johann Grobe a.o.) and electro-innovator David Langhard aka Neutral Zone play organically crafted krautrock on an array of vintage analogue equipment. They align the metro pulse of Klaus Dinger and Kraftwerk's calculators to more biological factors. This one is for fans of Kraftwerk, Devo, Klaus Johann Grobe, OMD, Curd Duca, Stereolab, Talk Talk, Perrey and Kingsley and Delia Derbyshire.

ADAMENNON & LUCIANO LAMANNA - IRIS (12"/SOUTERRAINE.ORG)

A nightmare inspired by the vision of Dario Argento's 'Suspiria', or a dark soundtrack for a movie just imagined in a couple of visionary minds. 'Iris' is the first release on Souterraine.org by Luciano Lamanna and Adamennon, two eclectic musicians, improvisation lovers as well as experimenters. Mixed at the Subsound Studio by Luciano Lamanna and mastered by Andrea Merlini, 'Iris' takes you one step from the abyss.

BALANCE - RIO NEGRO (LP/MULTIPLE)

Endorsed by a powerful Eurorack synthesizer, this Roman duo debuts on Multiple with its second vinyl release. 'Rio Negro' sows tribal beats, drones, acid and industrial straight from the concrete jungle. Written and performed by Luciano Lamanna and Davide Ricci.

THISQUIETARMY/THANK YOU FOR SMOKING - SUBSOUND SPLIT SERIES #7 (LP/SUBSOUND)

Canadian solo drone guitarist THISQUIETARMY crossed paths with the Sardinian postrockers THANK U FOR SMOKING. In the spirit of creating a real collaboration for the Subsound Split series rather than a singular split album, TQA and TUFS decided to connect the dots by exchanging demos and playing on each other's tracks to transform both their distinctive style of post-music into a fresh, merged sound entity.

AFRO-BEAT/FUNK & PSYCH/DESERT BLUES/ETHIOPIQUES

KALKABA, HAMAD -& THE GOLDEN SOUNDS- - HAMAD KALKABA & THE GOLDEN SOUNDS 1974-1975 (LP/ANALOG AFRICA)

Neglected for decades by all but the most devoted collectors of Afro music, 'Hamad Kalkaba And The Golden Sounds' at long last gathers together the complete body of work of one of Cameroon's forgotten geniuses, which consists of 6 tracks on 3 7-inches only. These are raw classics with fuzzed-out bass and pin-sharp horns, built upon the unshakable foundation of Northern Cameroon's mightiest rhythm: the Gandjal.

ATAMINA - SYCOPHANTIC FRIENDS (CD/MAKKUM)

Atamina, or actually we should say Dr. Professor Atamina, is one of the protagonists of the new wave of Kologo Power, a music scene that hails from Ghana's North East Region, that spread all over Ghana after King Ayisoba's number one kologo hit song 'I Want To See You My Father', and is now conquering the whole world. Atamina is the smart guy, with tongue-in-cheek social-critical lyrics, pulling away the carpet under the feet of West Africa's new developing bourgeoisies. There is a strong link to the Delta blues with it's story-telling but Atamina might as well be called the Sleaford Mods of West Africa with his stripped beats and obnoxious rants.

 

 

 

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