SPOTLIGHT 472

23/10/2014 13:57

Get ready for a brand new Spot Light featuring the latest in psychedelic rock, post-punk, cosmic drone, avant-garde jazz, prog, instrumental, krautrock, ambient, garage, surf, rock'n'roll, punk, hillbilly blues, soul, Motown, funk, noise, stoner, electro-wave and more! 

 

PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE

 

 

CIRCLE - 6000 KM/H (LP/FULL CONTACT)

 

'6000 km/h' is a product line of high quality, multi-channel "live" recordings. The brand name strives to communicate "speed, dynamism and goal-orientedness". The honour of opening the new product line has been given to Ektro records' flagship merchandise CIRCLE, jointly with its sister band oriented to the developing markets, PHARAOH OVERLORD. The pair of albums comprises a mutually complementing conceptual gesamtkunstwerk, the parts of which can, however, also be enjoyed as independent works. CIRCLE's contribution to the '6000 km/h' project was recorded on the band's European tour in spring 2014. Utmost care has been taken to include a top quality selection of most exciting "takes" of the band's psychedelic rock hits, including 'Paniikin Valtias', 'Fish Reflection' and the evergreen 'Se Jonka Nimeä Ei Mainita'. 

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GRAVMASKIN - VOL. 1 (LP/SOUND OF COBRA)

Limited edition of 300 copies on 180 gram white vinyl. Gravmaskin's music might pull instant associations to classic Italian horror soundscapes and dreamy German psychedelia (the band cite Goblin, NEU! and Tangerine Dream as three of their main influences, alongside smoke, freeways and the Swedish nature reserve Hågadalen). But when looking further, descending over it is a funeral mist of something undeniably Scandinavian - that soul stripping melancholia present in Bathory and Bo Hansson alike - and a raw, jangly punk execution giving it groove, nerve and a speed-paced pulse. Successfully forging catchy organ bass rhythms and chord progressions with reverb-drenched guitar layers and freight-train drumming, Gravmaskin has caught the attention and praise of hard rockers, post punks and psychedelic freaks alike. 

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LAMP OF THE UNIVERSE/TRIP HILL - SPLIT LP (BLACK) (LP/CLOSTRIDIUM)

Lamp of the Universe has one long (21:48) track entitled 'Domain Of The Buddah', starting with a cosmic drone and merging into a psych jam with acid guitars, flute, space effects and chanting. Sometime in the middle things calm down and there are some proper vocals and acoustic guitar and then we're away again, jamming into the cosmos, finally ending with the drone again this time with acoustic guitars and synth effects. Trip Hill deliver five tracks of great neo psych. Starting out with some crazy sounds effects we quickly go into a moody '60s styled track with some sitar and tripped out vocals. Amazing. Then we're into an acoustic eastern trance thing with lazy delayed vocals and fuzz guitar. Another moody piece follows, and we end this great trip with another '60s styled track with great vocals, buzzing tremolo guitar and mellow vibe. Edition of 200 handnumbered copies on black 180-gram vinyl in a high-glossy gatefold sleeve.

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LUMERIANS - TRANSMISSIONS FROM TELOS, VOL. III (LP/CARDINAL FUZZ)

Since forming in 2006, Oakland's Lumerians have gained notoriety for their intense performances, stunning live visuals and thematic otherworldly releases. Recorded during explorative sessions in their own studio, Lumerians acknowledge the role that sound and rhythm have always played in transcendent and ecstatic rituals all over the world, from the repetitious drums of tribal animists to the penetrating electronic pulses of neon dance clubs. On 'Transmission From Telos Vol. III' Lumerians deliver some more aural gems. Imagine the electronic pioneers Raymond Scott and Jean Jacques Perrey reinterpreted by the 'Isaac Hayes Movement', shot through with the other-worldliness of Ege Bamyasi. Intergalactic departure music of the first water.

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WHITE CANDLES - MONOLITH (7"/SUNSTONE)

A noteworthy 7-incher from a Philadelphia band sounding like the Kinks backed by Ruth White and White Noise. Limited to 300 copies. It was the wonderful Active Listener site that introduced Sunstone Records to the gentle, sonic vibrations of White Candles - all those records they treasured by bands such as the greatly missed Broadcast and American electronic psych pioneers such as Fifty Foot Hose and Ruth White were echoed in their work, alongside those wonderful BBC Radiophonic albums that they had hoarded over the years not only in their collections, but in the back of their conscious minds. There will be 300 only of these and we anticipate them vanishing rapidly - fans of the ground-breaking Ghost Box label, Daphne Oram, Joe Byrd and his experiments in electronic psychedelia will need this records in their crates.

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PHARAOH OVERLORD - 6000 KM/H (LP/FULL CONTACT)

'6000 km/h' is a product line of high quality, multi-channel "live" recordings. The brand name strives to communicate "speed, dynamism and goal-orientedness". The honour of opening the new product line has been given to Ektro records' flagship merchandise CIRCLE, jointly with its sister band oriented to the developing markets, PHARAOH OVERLORD. The pair of albums comprises a mutually complementing conceptual gesamtkunstwerk, the parts of which can, however, also be enjoyed as independent works. PHARAOH OVERLORD's album 6000 km/h is a recording of the band's show at Turku's H2Ö festival, where they gave the festival audience the most unforgettable summer experience of the year 2014. All the songs on the album are world premieres, including titles such as 'Hei Se Kassi Tänne', 'No Ota Sitten Kolmekymppiä', and 'Onkohan Tää Riisiä'.

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AIR CANDA - AIR CANDA (CD/R.A.I.G.)

AIR CANDA is an instrumental four-piece band from Saint Petersburg who describe their music as "new wave of prog-fusion, or post-jazz-rock". They formed in 2009 and made a memorable appearance at the 17th annual SKIF festival in May 2013. The band draws inspiration from the '70s British jazz-rock and prog-rock, avant-garde jazz, classical music, modern American experimental rock, and Japanese math-rock to create intricate, dynamic, and elastic instrumental music of their own. The band's debut self-titled album was finished in late December 2013 but not released on physical discs until now. Recommended for lovers of well composed, complex, lively and eclectic prog-rock-fusion music.

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ANIMA MORTE - UPON DARKENED STAINS (BLACK) (LP/TRANSUBSTANS)

Finally they return with their third album. 'Upon Darkened Stains' is a release which sees the band evolving their dark and moody instrumental songs one step further into the cinematic realm. Rooted in '70s rock music with symphonic and experimental elements. Following deeper and more complex compositions the tense and melancholic atmosphere contrasts strong and thrilling musical motifs. Using real vintage and rare instruments like the mellotron, electric pianos, organs and different stringed instruments they create a thick wall of sound that is very much alive! Recommended to fans of Ennio Morricone, Fabio Frizzi, Goblin and Anglagard. Edition on black vinyl!

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CARLSON, DYLAN -& ROGIER SMAL- - ELEPHANTO BIANCO (BLUE/YELLOW) (LP/TOZTIZOK ZOUNDZ)

Repress on blue/yellow swirled vinyl. Earth's Dylan Carlson teams up with improv drummer/collaborator Rogier Smal for this brilliant full length LP. After releasing the Dylan Carlson/Rogier Smal Split 7" vinyl, Toztizok Zoundz is very pleased to release this full length release of Carlson and Smal playing as a duo. 5 tracks of Carlson's legendary guitar work and Smal's free drumming. Recorded in Manchester on their previous duo tour in October 2013. All recorded in one take, this record is like being right there and listening to these two friends playing urgent music straight from the soul. Personal music for sure! The artwork is a collaboration by painter Helena Sanders (who also did the great artwork for the Carlson/Smal 7") and Simon Fowler who did the artwork for a list of bands that is far too long to mention but contains projects like Boris, Earth, Stephen O'Malley, Cafe Oto etc.

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HALASAN BAZAR - HOW TO BE EVER HAPPY (LP/REQUIEM POUR UN TWISTER)

In 2012 Moon Glyph introduced cassette collectors to Copenhagen's Halasan Bazar and their magnum opus 'How To Be Ever Happy'. Though it feels like yet another discovered relic, like a lost offshoot of Fairport Convention forgotten and gathering decades of dust in storage, 'How To Be Ever Happy' comes from the whittling down of a massive oeuvre written between 2008 and 2010 by Fredrik Rollum Eckhoff. 'How To Be Ever Happy' has now been remastered for a vinyl pressing. "Psykedelisk Merseybeat" ~Dagbladet Information. "A wiry psych-pop fever dream" ~Pitchfork.

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HOWL ENSEMBLE - PROOI (LP/KATZWIJM)

An instrumental powertrio that makes an alloy of black metal, indie pop, krautrock, stoner and jazz. Despite the many influences and complexity they keep the songs transparent and lively. The music is composed with love and without any fear to cross your or their boundaries.

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SCHEINZWERGE - SECOND ALBUM (LP/GREEN BRAIN)

On their second album Scheinzwerge continue where their first album ended: a wild but coherent mix of Kraut, marches, samples, psychedelic pedal steel instruments and singalong refrains. Music for musicians, freaks and vinyl collectors and people who want to get surprised by hearing experiences. Limited to 100 copies.

SHOOTING GUNS - WOLFCOP O.S.T. (LP/ONE WAY STATIC)

For the 'Wolfcop' soundtrack, Shooting Guns unleash 35 minutes of music which blends doom, stoner, psych and ambient based noises with '80s synth heavy atmospheres, providing the perfect feel for what the film is all about. Not many doom/stoner metal bands get the chance to do a movie soundtrack, but Shooting Guns pull this off superbly. The LP is pressed on red and blue marbled vinyl and limited to 1.000 copies worldwide. The LP is packaged in a deluxe gatefold old school tip-on jacket, and features original artwork by Randy Ortiz.

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PSYCH/PROG/FOLK

 

ALICE - ALICE (LP/O-MUSIC)

LP reissue of the 1970 debut from French progressive rock band Alice. Guitars, organ, flutes, saxes, violin and piano all combine to create a stunning album comparable to many early UK progressive albums. One of the first wave of French groups, they have been likened to Traffic, Jethro Tull and Family.

ALICE - ARRETEZ LE MONDE (LP/O-MUSIC)

Reissue of the second album by the French prog influenced pop group. You may expect mellow dreamy atomspheres, dramatic upbeat sections with some obvious psych influences in places, some orchestration, some flute, and strong tracks tracks. Originally dating from 1972.

LONDON DRI - WESTERN SKIES: LOS ANGELES PSYCHEDELIC 1967-69 (CD/BREAK-A-WAY)

In August 1967 LA-based group The London Dri recorded what would be their only 45-rpm single. 'Life In Your Hand', an original song written by guitarist Bruce Thomas, was backed by 'Dona, Dona', a re-working of a Jewish folk song with a new arrangement by the group. Released on the Yobo label, the two songs represented the entire released output by the combo. For years, if recalled at all, The London Dri would be remembered for that lone single. Between their 1965 formation and their disbandment in 1970, however -and in between hundreds of performances and even a movie appearance- The London Dri recorded several other songs that, had they been released, would certainly have earned the group a more prominent standing today among Hollywood rock groups of the era. One of the most remarkable tracks is 'This Is Life', practically the London Dri's version of the Caretakers Of Deception's legendary garage/psych classic 'X+Y=13'. 'The Other Side Of Soul' and 'Western Skies' are both melodic period westcoast rock pieces with excellent psychedelic guitar playing. 'Hurry', 'Wanting To Know You' and 'Sorry' are all from The Misunderstood school of sound and show some clear shades of UK freakbeat/psych bands such as The Game, Mike Stuart Span or The Attack. The only cover version is a 5-minute+ rendition of Big Brother & The Holding Company's 'Combinations'. London Dri had it all, from garage-rock to classic US psychedelic to UK styled mod/psych. Finally here's the band's entire legacy; 11 killer tracks in the distinctive London Dri style. Included is a detailed 8-page booklet with history by Mike Dugo and pics.

MAHOGANY BRAIN - (BLACK) WITH (JUNK-SAUCEPAN) WHEN (SPOON-TRIGGER) (LP/SOUFFLE CONTINU)

Second in a series of ten reissues of the cult French underground Futura label. Recorded in December 1970, 'With (Junk-Saucepan) When (Spoon-Trigger)' is the first album by Mahogany Brain, led by street poet/underground film maker Michel Bulteau and Patrick Geoffrois. It shares the same raw aesthetics with the Velvet Underground and offers 12 savage and unhinged songs of distorted guitars with crude lyrics. Fully licenced by Gerard Terrones, this is the first official vinyl reissue of this French underground classic. Limited edition of 700 copies on black vinyl in 350 gram sleeve with obi strip.

NIEMEN - STRANGE IS THIS WORLD (LP/GREEN TREE)

'Strange Is This World' is the first English-language album by Polish rock artist Niemen. With a backing band including the members of SBB, 'Strange Is This World' is a wild trip through spacey, psychedelic territory. Niemen's vocal performance reminds of psychedelic greats like Arthur Brown. The end result is a fascinating and original collaboration between some of the great names of Polish '70s prog which will be of interest to all fans of the trippier end of the genre. Originally released in 1972.

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NIEMEN, CZESLAW - RUSSISCHE LIEDER (LP/GREEN TREE)

On this album Niemen performs 10 Russian folk songs, all arranged and performed by himself. He plays several instruments and overlays vocal tracks to achieve an effect of transcribing the original material into contemporary setting. Although almost completely detached from his usual prog and jazz-rock output, this is a fascinating album, especially due to the fact that the musical treatment is highly original and unusual. Originally released in 1973.

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PHOENIX (ROMANIA) - MUGUR DE FLUIER (LP/O-MUSIC)

The excellent and now very sought-after second album by the best Romanian rock band ever was released in 1974 on the Electrecord state label. Phoenix perfectly blended local, archaic folk music with nostalgic ballads and European progressive rock.

RED NOISE - SARCELLES-LOCHERES (BLACK) (LP/SOUFFLE CONTINU)

First in a series of ten reissues of the cult French underground Futura label. Fully licenced by Gerard Terrones, this is the first official vinyl reissue of 'Sarcelles-Lochères', the unique album of French underground heroes Red Noise led by Patrick Vian. It is a unique blend of free jazz and rock with highly political and satyrical lyrics. The highlight of the album 'Sarcelles C'est L'Avenir' is an epic journey into proto noise territories which prefigures the decades of sonic experiences to come. Limited edition of 700 copies on black vinyl in 350 gram sleeve with obi strip.

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SEMOOL - ESSAIS (BLACK) (LP/SOUFFLE CONTINU)

Third in a series of ten reissues of the cult French underground Futura label. Semool were the trio of Philippe Martineau, Olivier Cauquil and Rémy Dédé Dreano. They recorded 'Essais' between 1969 and 1971. This is a foggy lo-fi psychedelic alien trip with echoes of Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath drowned in oceans of heavy delay and acid guitars. This high quality reissue is fully licenced by Gerard Terrones. "Absolute masterpiece released through Futura label" ~Mutant Sounds. "This is what might have happened if an absinthe-laden Pink Floyd had cut a session for Actuel/BYG! Dare I say essential?" ~John Gibson - Other Music. Limited edition of 700 copies on black vinyl in 350 gram sleeve with obi strip.

BEAUSOLEIL, BOBBY - LUCIFER RISING O.S.T. (4CD) (CD/AJNA OFFENSIVE)

A complete anthology of the recordings made for the 'Lucifer Rising' motion picture soundtrack by BOBBY BEAUSOLEIL with THE FREEDOM ORCHESTRA and THE MAGICK POWERHOUSE OF OZ. This fully authorized and definitive release includes remastered recordings spanning 11 years, from the '67 recording to the Tracy Prison recordings of '78. Half of the 'Lucifer Rising' material consists of never-before-heard sessions personally selected by Bobby BeauSoleil. The CD comes with two posters and a 24-page booklet in a heavy duty box.

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GARAGE PUNK/ROCK & ROLL

 

CHILDISH, BILLY -& THE SPARTAN DREGGS- - TIDDY NUN/FEN RAFT SPIDER (7"/SQUOODGE)

This 7" comes in 10 different colours. Each version is handnumbered and limited to less than 50 copies. Only randomly available.

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VARIOUS - A FRENCH TRIBUTE TO JAY REATARD (LP/TEENAGE HATE)

'A French Tribute To Jay Reatard' is an album with 14 bands which cover JAY REATARD (RIP 1980-2010). Tracks: Side A: 01 VON PARIAHS - My Family 02 KAP BAMBINO - Blood Visions 03 UNCOMMONMENFROMMARS - Oh It's Such A Shame 04 REBELS OF TIJUANA - Si Divine (You Get No Love) 05 MENSCH - My Reality 06 CHEVEU - My Shadow 07 ZERO - JR Tennessee Stomp Side B: 01 THE MAGNETIX - You Fell In 02 NED - Destructo Comet 03 MYCIAA - Faking It 04 JC SATAN - Get Nervous 05 DIDIER WAMPAS & BIKINI MACHINE - Tiny Little Home 06 THE LIMINANAS - An Ugly Death 07 H.BURNS - No Time

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GARAGE/BEAT/PSYCH/MOD

 

MAGGIE'S MARSHMALLOWS - (BLACK) COME ALONG/BORN LOSER (7"/GET HIP)

Straight out of Prague, Czech Republic, the debut single by teenage garage-punk trio The Maggie's Marshmallows features a fantastic A-side original thick with the gritty, moody, fuzzed-out, in-your-face sound of vintage '60s garage rock. The B-Side is a very apt cover of Murphy And The Mobs 1966 punk nugget 'Born Loser'. This limited edition is presented on black vinyl and comes housed inside a beautiful full-colour picture sleeve.

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VARIOUS - CALIFORNIA NUGGETS (CD/VALLEY GROWN)

Limited to 500 copies. This CD covers the great '60s rock bands from California's Central Valley. The bands flourished in communities such as Fresno (a 1960's musical hub in the center of the state with a population over 500,000) and its surrounding cities (Merced, Modesto, Delano, Lemoore, Hanford, Visalia, Tulare, and Bakersfield). All cities were located within two hours of Fresno. This CD comes with a detailed 24-page booklet telling the bands' histories and presenting cool unseen pics. TRACKS: 01. Green Onions - The Brymers 02. Sacrifice - The Brymers 03. Annie Ya Ya - Jim Doval & The Gauchos 04. Time - John Covert & The Crystal Image 05. Goodbye - The Road Runners 06. Acid - Cantbury Fair 07. Kill The Cobra - Bently Road 08. Don't Do It Some More - The Cindermen 09. Don't Shoot Me Down - The Brogues 10. Robot Walk - Pat & Lolly Vegas 11. Lost Innocense - The Buddhas 12. The Ostrich People - The Chocolate Tunnel 13. Be a Caveman - The Avengers 14. Goodnight My Love - The Emeralds 15. Latin Twist - Al Garcia & The Rhythm Kings 16. The World - The Stepping Stones 17. Only By Your Own - The De-Fenders 18. Have You Been Alive - The Sedate Sunshine Colony 19. Please Be My Love Tonight - The Charades 20. Two Wheels Are Better Than Four - Jim Waller & The Deltas 21. Ogaloo - Hayward Lee & The Mauraders 22. Friday Night Prom - Jeannie Sanders 23. Ring Around Your Neck - Bobby & The Rialtos 24. Remember When - The Brymers 25. Phone Call To The Iceman - The Brymers 

LIBERTY BELL - THOUGHTS & VISIONS 1967-69 (LP/BREAK-A-WAY)

Corpus Christie, Texas 1967 - the town is a hotbed for young music groups. One of the local bands to cause attention is called The Zulus. The group plays local gigs, enjoys a certain popularity and a record deal is overdue. Carl Becker, co-owner of J-Beck Records, who had already managed the Zakary Thaks, offers the band a contract for his newly established Cee-Bee Label. On Beckers suggestion the band changes their name to LIBERTY BELL and in 1967 their debut 45 'The Nazz Are Blue' b/w 'Big Boss Men' gets released. The name Liberty Bell is indissoluble wedded with other self penned devasting garage recordings such as 'That's How It Will Be', 'For What You Lack' or the unreleased 'I Can See'. In 1968 lead singer Ronnie Tanner leaves the band and gets replaced by former Zakary Thaks lead singer Chris Gerniottis. The change in line-up and the arising spirit of time gives a more psychedelic edge to the band's sound and leads to another load of classic Gerniottis written scorching fuzz recordings such as 'Reality Is The Only Answer', 'Recognition' or 'Look For Tomorrow'. For the first time in 25 years, the music of the Liberty Bell is available again on vinyl. Brillant Five-Star-Texas-Garage-Punk - always and ever! 

 

SURF/HOTROD/INSTRUMENTAL

 

KRONTJONG DEVILS - ACTION! (10") (10"/KURIOSA)

'Action!' is a wicked set of ten full throttled reverb infested dance stompers! Garage surf frat punk mayhem at its wildest on a cool 10-inch vinyl platter. The fabulous Krontjong Devils from the Dutch North coast return after their great 'En Garde' LP with ten killer recordings featuring eight smokin'revved up instros and two rockin'vocal tracks, including a classic from the Devils' idol Freddy "Action" Cannon! These devils always are where the action is!

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EL RAY - EVIL MERMAID (LP/GREEN COOKIE)

Includes unlimited streaming of 'The Evil Mermaid' (10") via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more. Kick ass surf! Tracklisting: A1. Those Damn Kids A2. Three Kinds of Meat A3. The Peep Show A4. El Raynia (r alles) B1. Denker B2. Justin Case B3. Double Penetration

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ROCK'N'ROLL/PSYCHOBILLY

 

RICKY ROCKET & THE PHANTOMS - GET PHANTOMIZED (7"/SLEAZY)

A red hot rock'n'roll release. The tracks are 'Dance Baby' and 'Mexicali'.

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YOUNG, SHAUN -& THE TEXAS BLUE DOTS- - SHE GOT SOMETHING (7"/SLEAZY)

A cool 4-track EP! SIDE A: 1. She Got Something 2. Wandering Ways SIDE B: 1. I'll Try To Forget 2. Monkey's Uncle

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R&R/ROCKABILLY

 

MONTEZ, CHRIS - LET'S DANCE (LP/RUMBLE)

With its driving, infectious beat, it's no wonder The Ramones chose to cover Chris Montez early rock'n'roll classic 'Let's Dance' on their debut album. Though he was always more popular in the UK, this California born Latino rocker remains influential on both sides of the Atlantic, and beyond. Montez was so popular in the UK that he had The Beatles opening for HIM on tour. He no doubt influenced their early rock and roll aspirations and remains a legend to this day. His debut album, with 12 early rock classics, is available again on LP for the first time in years.

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PUNK/HC

 

DEEP WOUND - DEEP WOUND (7"/ARMAGEDDON)

Reissue of a great slab of snotty US punkrock from 1982. Drummer J. MASCIS and guitarist LOU BARLOW went on to further greatness by forming the seminal indie rock band DINOSAUR JR., and bassist SCOTT HELLAND played in the OUTPATIENTS until their breakup in 1995. The Deep Wound material is all amazing and essential.

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ANTI-PASTI - THE LAST CALL (LP/RADIATION)

Formed in Derbyshire, in early 1978 by vocalist Martin Roper and guitarist Dugi Bell, Anti-Pasti were one of the big names of the 1980-1982 wave of UK punk, lagging only slightly behind The Exploited, GBH, and Discharge in terms of sales and leather-jacketed endorsements. Their debut album, which reached #31 on the UK charts, was originally released on the Rondelet label in 1981. That classic LP is faithfully reproduced here on vinyl with the addition of four bonus tracks from their first single, 1980s 'Four Sore Points'. A milestone in UK political punk!

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BARBED WIRE - THE AGE THAT DIDN'T CARE (LP/RADIATION)

Originally out on the highly collectable Oi! Records label (run by OPPRESSED's frontman and S.H.A.R.P. ideologist Roddy Moreno) in 1986, 'The Age That Didn't Care' was the only full length by Scottish punks/skinheads BARBED WIRE who split in 1988, before achieving their present cult status among punk collectors around the world. Due to those rough, angry and shouted vocals with mad-at-the-world lyrics in glorious three-chord form, BARBED WIRE is one of the best hidden treasures of '80s UK punk-rock.

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G.B.H. - LIVE AT THE ACE BRIXTON 1983 (LP/RADIATION)

Early pioneers of British hc and undisputed punk icons, G.B.H.'s early studio recordings were never able to do justice to the sheer violence of their live shows. Originally used for the soundtrack to a legendary Jettisoundz release on VHS, this raw 1983 recording is definitely not for the audiophile, but gives you an idea of what punk exactly was in London, 1983. 'Maniac', 'Sick Boy', 'Self Destruct', 'Give Me Fire', and more of their classics are played at the speed of light in front of an out-of-control crowd at the Brixton Academy March, 9th 1983.

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NEWTOWN NEUROTICS - BEGGARS CAN BE CHOOSERS (LP/RADIATION)

The first album by seminal political power punk trio Newtown Neurotics, 'Beggars Can Be Choosers', hit no. 6 in the UK independent charts in 1983. Formed in 1979 by vocalist and guitarist Steve Drewett, whose socialist-flavoured lyrics -never overbearing- have been grouped with those of Easterhouse, Billy Bragg or the Housemartins, the Neurotics sounded like a synthesis of everything cool in the first wave of punk: from The Ramones to The Clash to mid-period Undertones; sharp-edged, but still fun-sounding, with great hooks and melodies and socially aware lyrics. Criminally underrated Ramones-influenced political pop-punk. Titles like 'Living With Unemployment' and 'Get Up And Fight' speak for themselves. A must!

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PETER & THE TEST TUBE BABIES - THE PUNK SINGLES COLLECTION (LP/RADIATION)

Formed in 1978 in the smalltown of Peacehaven by Del Strangefish and Pete Bywaters, Peter & The Test Tube Babies have been one of the most representative and longest running UK OI! bands ever. Unlike most bands of this ilk, their line-up remained pretty stable through the years, mostly thanks to Peter and Del never giving up the ghost. This unique collection gathers together the A and B sides from the Test Tubes early, most successful years starting with their 1982 debut single on the legendary No Future label, up to their later hits on Jungle and Trapper Records ending 1985. This essential collection provides a close look at the bands peak, and includes the UK Indie Chart hits 'Banned From The Pubs' (#10), 'Run Like Hell' (#2), 'Zombie Creeping Flesh' (#2), 'Blown Out Again' (#40), 'Wimpeez' (#8) and 'Keys Of The City' (#14).

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COUNTRY/AMERICANA/BLUEGRASS

 

DR. BONTEMPI'S SNAKE OIL COMPANY - DIXIE FRIED/WHO DO YOU LOVE? (7"/SQUOODGE)

Dr. Bontempi's Snake Oil Company sells snake oil - and serves finest hillbilly blues stomp and western swing. Limited to 350 handnumbered copies on black wax.

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SOUL/FUNK/R&B

 

PRICE, BANNY - YOU LOVE ME PRETTY BABY/MONKEY SEE-MONKEY DO (7"/ROCAFORT)

A 7-inch by New Orleans guitarist and singer Banny Price. He only did two 45s, which now sell for big money, so Rocafort put out the best of the two on their 45. Side A is a killer R&B track.

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BROWN, JAMES - PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE (LP/RUMBLE)

VINYL REISSUE! In a career filled with hits, legends, and countless high points, 1959's 'Please Please Please' may very well be the highest point of all. The debut album from James Brown & His Famous Flames comprised all his charting singles up to that point as well as many a classic B-side. If the legendary title track weren't enough, the album also features the #1 single 'Try Me' and 14 more of Brown's early R&B faves. An absolutely essential album for anyone with a soul.

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MIRACLES - HI, WE'RE THE MIRACLES (LP/RUMBLE)

Vinyl reissue! 1961's 'Hi, We're The Miracles' was groundbreaking in many ways. It was the very first LP released by the Motown label, it included the very first rendition of one of the Motor City's most famous and enduring tunes, 'Money (That's What I Want)', and it was the very first long-playing introduction to the smooth and totally inimitable style of one William "Smokey" Robinson, Jr.

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SLINGSHOTS - IS THIS SOUL? (LP/ROCAFORT)

Slingshots is a contemporary funk and soul band from Barcelona. This is their debut album. The line-up is: Fran Palmero - bass, Aleix Sinteman - all keys & backing vocals, George Hurricane - guitars & backing vocals, Marc Mena - trumpet, Roger Fullosoul - vocals & tambourine, Sergi Franch - baritone sax, Edu Neto - drums.

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WELLS, MARY - THE ONE WHO REALLY LOVES YOU (LP/RUMBLE)

Vinyl reissue. Buzzing with electricity, Detroit must have been quite the place in 1962. Motown was taking off and that was thanks, in no small part, to Mary Wells. Her first singles and debut-LP had found massive success but it was this, her second long player, that really put her on the map. With a handful of tracks written by Mr. Miracle himself, Smokey Robinson, including the smash hit title track (which reached #2 R&B, and #8 on the Hot 100), 'The One Who Really Loves You' is as emblematic of the Motown Sound as an album can get. Pure class.

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AFRO/BEAT/DESERT BLUES

 

RAIL BAND - SEX MACHINE/MASSARÉ MOUSSO (7"/ROCAFORT)

In its 1970's prime, the Buffet Hôtel de la Gare de Bamako used to mix a broad and diverse clientele of Bamako's fine society and hookers, Western, Chinese, Russian and Arab businessmen with diplomats and African entrepreneurs. Rail Band's music became the exciting soundtrack of modern Mali, blossoming like a big bright bouquet of tropical flowers. In its heyday, the orchestra pretty much defined by itself the idea of afro-pop. Musicians such as singer Salif Keita, singer Mory Kanté, guitar player Djélimady Tounkara and the late bandleader and sax player Tidiani Koné all graduated from the Rail Band before turning to more or less successful solo careers. The Rail Band got started in October 1969 as a regular orchestra in the railway station premises. Directly inspired by James Brown's funk achievements, 'Sex Machine' belongs to the band's legend, an incredible cover which is both heroic and mesmerizing. It is a pure slice of raw and spicy Malian funk, one of those "straight to your face" songs with a devastating outcome, courtesy of Mamadou Bagayoko's heavy drums and Cheick's Traoré sturdy guitar bass playing. Alfred Coulibaly's vox organ adds up to the hypnotic mood of the song. Looking for the Rail Band's trails these days, one has to stop by the old Buffet Hôtel de la Gare in downtown Bamako in order to feel the countless, panoramic and moving memories of this unrivalled musical golden age and this masterful orchestra.

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VERCKYS & L'ORCHESTRE VÉVÉ - CONGOLESE FUNK, AFROBEAT AND PSYCHEDELIC RUMBA (LP/ANALOG AFRICA)

CONGOLESE FUNK, AFROBEAT AND PSYCHEDELIC RUMBA 1969-1978'. Wonderful and exciting sounds from Kinshasha's turbulent '70s dancefloors and nightclubs, the epicenter of the Congolese Rumba craze. Encouraged by the fantastic productions of the Ngoma label, vibrant radio waves had been spreading the Congo sound from Leopoldville all over the continent, becoming the country's No.1 export. One of the most important musicians in this movement was VERCKYS. Following his stint with the group Franco's O.K. Jazz, in the late '60s, he founded ORCHESTRE VÉVÉ with the aim of reinventing and modernising the Congolese sound. Blending the ever influential prowess of James Brown with Congolese Merengue, Rumba and Soukous, Verckys stripped away the conventional approach that O.K. Jazz had pioneered, allowing his saxophone-laced melodies to dominate. This exciting release, here on double-LP, compiles highlights from recorded history of Verckys & LOrchestre Vévé, spanning the period 1969-1978.

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VOICES OF DARKNESS - VOICES OF DARKNESS (LP/SUPERFLY)

The long-awaited reissue of a legendary Nigerian psych-funk LP from the '70s, featuring the vocalist of ASIKO ROCK GROUP! This record is so rare in its original format that only a handful of copies are known to exist. The LP is filled with energetic Afro Funk nuggets s.a. 'Mota Ginya' or 'We're Gonna Make It'. This is a beautiful quality repress on 180-gram vinyl, presented with paste on covers made in Japan. Limited to 1.000 copies only!

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ROCK/POP/WAVE

 

RIBBONS OF EUPHORIA - RIBBONS OF EUPHORIA (LP/D DROP)

Ribbons of Euphoria is a relatively new band, which, whilst keeping blues-rock as a basis, is flirting with psychedelic and progressive elements, thus composing a beautiful musical combination, which has the immediacy of the - good - old times. The band aims to defend rock music and its stylistic culture, thus rendering it existent in a world that considers it lost for ever. Unrepentantly nostalgic of the '60s and '70s, Ribbons include their own compositions from their first album in their repertoire, before its official release, but also many covers of well-known songs, which are performed with precision and respect to the sound and style of that era. 

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SWEET RELEASE OF DEATH - BULB (LP/KATZWIJM)

An LP by a sweet, yet dark, yet melancholic, yet new-wave' ish, yet noise pop trio.

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METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

 

IRATA/SOLAR HALOS - SPLIT 10" (RED) (10"/CRIMSONEYE)

Limited to 200 copies on translucent red vinyl. Both bands offer spacey psychedelic rock/metal to lose your entire mind to. Irata's 'Semjase' is a hard rocking blast of psychedelic space rock/stoner metal with sludgy undertones. Elements of Torche and Kylesa at times being launched into outer-space can be heard. Solar Halos continue their great sound of psych space rock riffs which they perfected on their debut album. It's the louder of the two tracks as it starts with a heavy thumping riff to startle the senses to. This is a superb 10" single showcasing two similar bands with stunning riffs of their own to conquer the world with.

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SUTEKH HEXEN - BECOME (CD/COLD SPRING)

First CD edition of Sutekh Hexen's critically acclaimed reel-to-reel/12" 'Become', along with an exclusive bonus track, 'Vestibule', serving as an extraordinary junction in the listening experience. 'Become' centres on vortex, repetition, and inducing trance-like states. The release serves to bridge the gap between 'Behind The Throne' and 'Monument Of Decay'. Adorned with stunning artwork and layout by Kevin Gan Yuen and source photography by Patricia Cram. Mastered by James Plotkin. Digipak. "One of the heaviest, and most elusive, records of the last few years and a must for diehards" (tinymixtapes.com). "If Burzum set the template for metal as ambient music, Sutekh Hexen rattles any semblance of musicality and goes full on with noise" (Pitchfork). 

WEBSITE - FACEBOOK - SOUNDCLOUD

BASK (USA) - AMERICAN HOLLOW (LP/CRIMSONEYE)

With roots in Americana, stoner metal and post-rock, Bask is turning out their own brand of doom. Psychedelic, heavy, and scenic songs weave through sections of driving riffs, thundering percussion, loose grooves and glimmering guitar. All topped with vocals that conjure spirits of old country crooners. That's all you need to know.

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AMBIENT

 

BUDD, HAROLD/ERALDO BERNOCCHI - MUSIC FOR FRAGMENTS FROM THE INSIDE (2LP) (LP/SUB ROSA)

A 'classic' from Sub Rosa's catalogue, never released on vinyl before. An astonishing piano player drifts on beats and scapes. Recorded during a magic night in the courtyard of a Siena Renaissance Italian Palazzio where the lightness of HAROLD BUDD meets ERALDO BERNOCCHI deep electronics. Beats and bass, drones and scapes ties together harmonically to meet one of the most emotionally involving piano player/composer. 

 

INDUSTRIAL/DARK AMBIENT

 

MERZBOW - NEZUMIMOCHI (PD+CD) (LP/COLD SPRING)

The 200th release on the British Cold Spring label. The 2014 studio album by the King of Japanoise - MERZBOW. The album comes on a stunning picture disc vinyl and CD pack (not available separately). However, both formats contain exclusive and completely different tracks; the CD isn't simply a copy of the vinyl. Over 90 minutes of crunchy, intense noise, complex structures, and hypnotic samples, all with that special Merzbow touch. Recorded this summer, the album is limited to 500 copies.

 

EXPERIMENTAL/SOUND ART 

 

DAVIES, RHODRI - AN AIR SWEPT CLEAN OF ALL DISTANCE (LP/ALT.VINYL)

Limited edition of 500 copies of which 250 are only available in the 'Pedwar' 4LP box. Pressed on 180 gram vinyl and housed in a hand-screenprinted sleeve with custom artwork by Jean Luc Guionnet. Includes insert essay by David Toop.

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DAVIES, RHODRI - PEDWAR (4LP BOX) (LP/ALT.VINYL)

This archive box includes remastered LP and DL versions of 'Trem' (2002), 'Over Shadows' (2007), 'Wound Response' (2012), the 2014 LP 'An Air Swept Clean Of All Distance', flyers, posters, essays etc. Limited edition of 250 copies. Definitive solo career retrospective of this seminal improvisational harpist. The records housed in hand-screenprinted heavy card sleeves with commissioned artwork by Jean Luc Guionnet. All housed in a custom made card archive box hand-numbered by the artist.

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PTOSE - IGNOBLES LIMACES (LP/REPLICA)

Early electro-wave-experimental sounds with lots of primitive electronics, drum machines and funny voices, all obviously influenced The Residents as well as by groups like Tuxedomoon, Der Plan, Pyrolater etc., yet being unmistakably French. his music probably resonates even stronger today, in these post-post times, than back then.

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YOUNGS, RICHARD - RED ALPHABET IN THE SNOW (LP/PRESERVED SOUND)

Recorded in Krakow and Glasgow, winter 2013-14. Richard Youngs: acoustic guitar, banjo, cifteli, classical guitars, electric bass guitar, electric lead guitars, electric violin, epinette des vosges, shakers, sitar, swanee whistle, tambourine, triangle, 12 string guitar, ukulele, voice.

BANDCAMP

ZOVIET*FRANCE & FOSSIL AEROSOL MINING PROJECT - PATINA POOLING (2LP BOX) (LP/ALT.VINYL)

A Transatlantic call and response. A true collaboration between artists on the basis of a long standing relationship and trust. This is the sound of artists coming together on a combined work that is both evocative of their individual releases to date and yet wholly apart. Each edition contains an insert and a swatch of synthetic fabric that has been damaged by water, smoke and UV light; taken from a burnt out warehouse in the US Midwest in June, 1987.

SOUNDCLOUD - FACEBOOK

 

LOUNGE/EASY TUNE/LIBRARY

 

MANY LOVES SKA JAZZ - DREAMLIKE (LP/CINEDELIC)

Many Loves Ska-Jazz is a musical project born in 2013 in Lecce, Italy. Many Loves Ska-Jazz is the meeting point and hybridization of the "many loves" and musical languages and they create a rich and varied organic sound, all "made in Salento." This ambitious orchestral project wants to revive the atmosphere of 60s Jamaican music, opening them up for scenarios of strong contamination from jazz, often veering towards funk, dixieland, and tropical music, with references to the great Italian soundtrack composers.

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LATIN/BRAZILIAN/CUMBIA

 

RIGHI, ZITO -& E SUE CONJUNTO- - ALUCINOLANDIA (LP/SUPERFLY)

Beautiful high-quality Japanese reissue of the ultra rare original Brazilian Groove holy grail LP, featuring Sonia Santos. Though it includes the killer tracks 'Berimbau' and 'Poema Ritmico Do Malandro', the whole LP is a very unique piece of Samba Rock! Stricty limited to 1.000 copies! 

YOUTUBE

 

D'N'B/BREAKCORE/DUBSTEP

 

TONIKOM - SEEKING THE LOST MIND (CD/HYMEN)

A delightful, personal collection of aural explorations of Rachel Maloney's inner self and covering a wide range of electronic music of its very own. This album is a perfect, self-contained blend of IDM, breakbeat and ambient dub including occasional sidesteps into conterminal territories like trance-influenced techno, complementing the core structure of Tonikom.

 

SHOWS

 

Kadavar (Nuclear Blast)

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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