SPOTLIGHT 592

02/06/2017 16:50

 SPOTLIGHT 592

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

ABRONIA - OBSIDIAN VISIONS/SHADOWED LANDS (LP/WATER WING)

One can find evidence of a pretty broad array of musical touchstones on Abronia's 'Obsidian Visions/Shadowed Lands': Morricone spaghetti western soundtracks, spiritual free jazz, Tuareg guitar bands of the Sahara, drone metal, '70s krautrock, Ethiopiques, Glenn Branca, outlaw country, various tribal music, '60s psychedelia, and maybe even a little '80s goth. The standard drum set was replaced with an early '70s 30-inch marching drum, which proves to be a proper centerpiece for the guitars, lap steel and saxophone to create mesmerizing and sometimes cacophonous soundscapes.

ARC OF ASCENT - (BLACK) REALMS OF THE METAPHYSICAL (LP/CLOSTRIDIUM)

The third album by New Zealand's psychedelic stoner doom trio ARC OF ASCENT. Crushingly heavy, catchy, psychedelic-eastern styled themes are the foundation. The sitars, keyboards, effects, cosmic solos and those heavy guitars give everything a more direct and intense feeling. Limited to 200 copies on black vinyl.

L'IRA DEL BACCANO - PARADOX HOURGLASS (LP/SUBSOUND)

The third album by these doomadelic, instrumental heavy rockers from Italy. On 'Paradox Hourglass' the band continues its journey through different song structures and colourful realms in which bands s.a. Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd and Hawkwind left their footprints. Add some heavy progressive vibes in the vein of Rush and the freedom of the Grateful Dead, and you'll get the picture.

SQUADRA OMEGA - MATERIA OSCURA (LP/GRANDANGOLO)

The 2017 album by Italian psychedelic, avant-garde, jazz-rock, krautrock, RIO band Squadra Omega contains three tracks that stretch their eyes at the Orient, Africa and into the depths of the cosmos. The album comes in a thick carton cover with a central hole.

ST 37 - I'M NOT GOOD (2LP) (LP/PARIAH CHILD)

"Croaking frogs, chopped up cinematic loops, disturbing druggy cover versions, gentle moments, manic moments, a banjo, hooks more infectious than the plague and all out sensory bliss, this ST 37 album is fucking brilliant! This is the culmination of three decades galactic exploration and the portal into this world of wonderment. Buckle up." ~Yoshiwara Collective #1. Pressed on monochrome vinyl, one black and white LP to match the artwork.

VIBRAVOID - A NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM (3LP) (LP/KRAUTED MIND)

A fantastic TRIPLE-LP release of recordings from Vibravoid's performance at the Film Museum in Düsseldorf on March 25, 2017. The set includes a special tribute to the early work of Pink Floyd.

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK 'N'ROLL

MIXTURE - (BLACK) THE PERFECT RELATIONSHIP (LP/MIXTURE)

Edition on BLACK VINYL. The awaited debut full-length from this already extremely popular Chicago three-piece features guets appearances from a.o. legendary mod/soul singer P.)P. Arnold, Lenny Kaye (The Patti Smith Group and of 'Nuggets' fame), Steve Cradock (Ocean Colour Scene, Paul Weller) and Paul Mertens (wind instruments and string arrangements of the Brian Wilson Band).

VARIOUS - SINNERS BURN IN HELL! VOL. 2 (LP/SHEIK)

A killer release of late '50s and early '60s tracks, compiled from original 45s compiled by DJ Little Boy Blue. A great follow up to volume 1! SIDE 1: 1. Bobby Comstock - Right Hand Man 2. The Cherokees - That's If You Want Me To 3. Rodney & The Blazers - Wrinkles 4. Danny Storm - Say You Do 5. Sandy Nelson - Casbah 6. Bobby Sansom - How's About it, Baby? 7. The Seeds - Daisy Mae 8. Merv Benton - Nervous Breakdown SIDE 2: 1. The Bel-Tones - Little Boy Blue 2. The Bell Notes - Real Wild Child 3. The Hollies - Hey What's Wrong With Me 4. Migil 5 - Don't Wanna Go On Shaking 5. The Venturas - The Corrido Twist 6. Leonard Johnson - The Bug 7. The String Rays - I Gonna Surprise You 8. The Pralins - Jump Run

GUITARACULAS - PREACHERS OF THE NIGHT (LP/TRASH WAX)

The second LP from these Russian masters of trash macabre, featuring members of St. Petersburg-based Messer Chups as well as Manchester exile Sasha 'Bassferatu' Skvortsov, and Rockin' Eugene from Moscow. Taking their love of B-movies and '50s rockabilly, and mixing it with a surf sound that owes far more to Link Wray than to Dick Dale, they deliver 12 spine-jangling tunes that will have you checking under the bed and sleeping with the light on!

MESSER FÜR FRAU MÜLLER - BEST (LP/TRASH WAX)

A limited edition reissue of one of the rarest albums by Messer Für Frau Müller, originally from 2012. Here are 11 tracks from the now legendary pre-Messer Chups formation of Oleg Gitarkin and Oleg Kostrow (1996-2008). An eclectic mix of exotica, mondo-electronica, lounge-surf and sampledelic sounds.

PUNK/HARDCORE

LE PRINCE HARRY - SYNTHETIC LOVE (LP/TEENAGE MENOPAU)

The 2017 album by this post-punk, synth-punk and cold-wave trio from Liège, Belgium.

EXPLOITED - PUNK'S NOT DEAD (LP/RADIATION)

Born from working class roots in Edinburgh, Scotland, The Exploited emerged from the punk underground in 1981 with the debut-LP 'Punk's Not Dead', a direct response to the Crass-song 'Punk Is Dead'. The Exploited brought to the early '80s all the fire, speed and attitude of 1977's first wave, but with a street punk/Oi! swagger that was fresh and exciting. Peaking at #20 on the UK charts, 'Punk's Not Dead' was the best selling independent record of 1981. Essential punk history!

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISEROCK

FIZZARUM - FRISSON (LP/ANT-ZEN)

Influenced by various sources like the abstractness of Autechre, Jean-Michel Jarre's synthesizer craftmanship, and even Depeche Mode for its melodic romanticism, Russian project Fizzarum specializes in a very unique fusion of beautiful warm soundscapes, precisely set conceptional beats and expertly-placed digital glitches which they describe as "a reflection on the things we don't have in our reality".

MUSCI, ROBERTO - (BLACK) THE LOA OF MUSIC (2LP) (LP/SOAVE)

'The Loa Of Music' is the debut recording project of Milanese composer and musician Roberto Musci, inspired by Voodoo religion. Recorded in 1983, the project originally covered 80 minutes of music, but only half was released on the original LP. On this double-LP reissue you will find the complete recording session of this phenomenally ambitious masterpiece, taken from the original tapes. Combining field recordings, musique concrète, electronics, synthesis and instrumentation from countless styles from across the globe, the result is nothing short of brilliant and stunningly beautiful.

NÄO - DUEL (LP/ANT-ZEN)

The fourth chapter in the history of the extraordinary French project contains six tracks as well as three magnificent remixes. Basic elements of advanced experimental electronics, industrial, and post- and prog rock are alchemically interlocked in a superb way, which is NÄO's unquestioned trademark.

PLAN KRUUTNTOONE - WAT DOEN DE HANDEN (LP/ESC.REC.)

Uncompromising music from an unconventional trio with (double) bass, drums, electric banjo and guitar. Lyrics taken from Beckett are mixed with pieces for string quartet, with a result ranging dynamically from vulnerable to harsh and repetetive.

SINIGAGLIA, RICCARDO - RIFLESSI (BLACK) (LP/SOAVE)

An album (originally from 1986) created by Futuro Antico's Riccardo Sinigaglia with field recordings, collaged samples, synthesis and instrumentation. Shifting from hypnotic rhythms to radical and displacing structures, it establishes a remarkable link between ancient and non-western music and efforts emerging from studios like Groupe de Recherches Musicales.

META MEAT - METAMEAT (2LP) (LP/ANT-ZEN)

META MEAT is the collaborative project of two electronic musicians and composers who share a deep passion for percussion and rhythms. The duo's joined skills and energies combine real drumming and beats with real stamping and banging as a solid foundation for a vibrant 'duel' battling against twisted virtual synths, samples and machines. Since the electronic sounds are treated as radically as the acoustic percussion, the finished music of META MEAT turns out sounding utterly 'tribal', cruel, merciless, sad and pandemic, but harshly accurate.

PHURPA/MARE DI DIRAC - MISERICORDIA (LP/4IB)

'Misericordia (Turin Session)', recorded in Italy in September 2015, is a collaboration between shamanistic Bon spiritualists Phurpa from Russia and experimental drone and field recordings act Mare Di Dirac from Italy, fronted by Lorenzo Abattoir. The overall album drowns you in a meditative tantric soundscape consisting of Alexey Tegin's deep gutteral vocal vibrations (rgyud-skad) and Lorenzo Abattoir's dark ambient field recordings and sound effects. Organic sounds are produced by bells, gongs, chimes and traditional hand-made instruments created from human bone and animal remains, resonating a background ambience of calm and prayer. Limited to 250 individually numbered copies.

YUNG - YUNG (7"/GEERTRUIDA)

A whirling, noisy racket that will put you into mosh mode in the first 20 seconds, guaranteed or your money back!

METAL/HARDROCK

ANTICHRIST - SINFUL BIRTH (LP/I HATE RECORDS)

Members of POSSESSED, DEATHROW (Germany), MORBID SAINT and MUTILATOR (Brazil) combined their forces to deliver another filthy serving of raw thrash metal on their sophomore album 'Sinful Birth'.

ENTRENCH - (BLACK) THROUGH THE WALLS OF FLESH (LP/I HATE RECORDS)

With 'Through The Walls Of Flesh' Entrench delivers a lethal piece of thrash metal, sure to pierce its way straight to the hearts of both puritans and connoisseurs. Traditional violent sounds, but with a twist of their own. For fans of Possessed, Merciless and Sadus. Edition on BLACK VINYL.

GRUPPO DI IMPROVVISAZIONE NUOVA CONSONANZA - AZIONI/REAZIONI 1967-1969 (5LP/DVD/BOOK) (LP/DIE SCHACHTEL)

To mark the 10th anniversary of its original release, and to finally make it available for vinyl aficionados throughout the world, here's the complete cycle of improvisations (which in fact means 13 additional unreleased pieces) taken from the original master tapes. Lovingly remastered and cut to five black vinyl records, this set comes with a new design and a 64-page LP-sized book in English and Italian, complete with essays, memories from the members of the Group, a new article by Valentina Bertolani about the techniques of the group (based on the enclosed DVD), a chronology and a collection of original reviews by Maurizio Farina. We also get a set of stunning black and white photos of the group playing the glorious Teatro Della Fenice in 1968.

LITTLE BOB & THE LOLLIPOPS - NOBODY BUT YOU (LP/MISSISSIPPI)

A great vinyl retrospective of Little Bob & The Lollipop's discography. Classic Louisiana swamp soul/R&B, recorded in the early to mid 1960's. Included are the popular dance floor fillers 'I Got Loaded' and 'Stop' as well as some real beautiful obscurities. These are ballads and stompers to make life better, presented in an old school "tip on" cover.

ELECTRONIC

COSMIC GROUND - LIVE (2LP) (LP/ADANSONIA)

Cosmic Ground is a project with which Electric Orange's Jan Dirk Muller follows the tracks and traces of original electronic Krautrock pioneers s.a. Klaus Schulze or Tangerine Dream. On stage he's joined by Horst Porkert from Sunhair Records, with this release being the first impressive result. Limited to 350 copies on black/green vinyl.

METRO RIDERS - EUROPE BY NIGHT (LP/POSSIBLE MOTIVE)

'Europe By Night' is the gripping and intoxicating debut-album by Stockholm-based Metro Riders (real name Henrik Stelzer). Employing outdated software and now obsolete analogue recording equipment, Metro Riders conjures a suspenseful and gloomy, true to the era re-imagining of lost sounds. A real labour of love, 'Europe By Night' encompasses a very niche palette, inspired by a.o. the prophetic visions of John Carpenter, the warbled world of Troma films, Italian horror flicks, Euro-crime, the cybernetic sewers of The Skaters, and vintage German experimental electro-pop pioneers s.a. Kluster, Harmonia, NEU!, etc.

SOUNDTRACKS/LOUNGE/CULT

DE MASI, FRANCESCO - (BLACK) 7 HYDEN PARK - LA CASA MALADETTA O.S.T. (LP/SUB OST)

The disturbing soundtrack of the film directed by Alberto De Martino in 1985 and composed by Francesco De Masi, author and Roman arranger already famous for classical b-movie soundtracks such as 'Lo Squartatore Di New York' ('The New York Ripper') and 'Fuga Dal Bronx' ('Escape From The Bronx'). For a long time associated with 'genre cinema', the man had an innate passion for primitive electronics. A long suite divided into 14 movements that best describe the climate of tension and the upcoming deadlines of the featured film, a gothic thriller in the orbit of meta-horror. Edition on BLACK VINYL.

MICALIZZI, FRANCO - ITALIA A MANO ARMATA O.S.T (LP/SPETTRO)

Composer, arranger and orchestra leader Micalizzi has contributed more to the birth and development of what has come to be known as pulp music than anyone else in Italy. This score from 1976 (here reissued on wax) features an amazing band, spacey grooves, some jazz atmospheres, timeless brass-crescendos, the charm of '70s funk and the untameable talent of the maestro!

MICALIZZI, FRANCO - NAPOLI VIOLENTA O.S.T. (LP/SPETTRO)

The original soundtrack of the 1976 cult movie 'Napoli Violenta', composed by Maestro Franco Micalizzi, sees a deserved reissue. On offer are more than 50 minutes of instrumental and vocal music, including 'A Man Before Your Time' performed by Bulldog and 'Tira 'A Rezza Oj Piscatore' by the soloist Raul. This is a genius score by the Maestro in which funk and folk are brilliantly orchestrated.

PREGADIO, ROBERTO -& FRANCO MICALIZZI- - IL PISTOLERO DELL'AVE MARIA O.S.T. (LP/SPETTRO LIBRARY)

Presented on vinyl, here's the awesome score of one of the most ambitious spaghetti westerns ever, 'The Forgotten Pistolero' a.k.a. 'Il Pistolero Dell'Ave Maria' from 1969.

AFRO-BEAT

AFOUS D'AFOUS - TENERE (LP/SAHEL SOUNDS)

Afous D'Afous is a 6-piece Tuareg-rock outfit from Southern Algeria. Their independent album features classic rock aesthetics, soulful ballads and polished uptempo driving electric guitar rhythms. There's a myriad of global influences ranging from pitch bending North African synths, reverbed drenched dub, and even Indian tabla music! 'Tenere' is one of the most complex studio albums from any Tuareg guitar band to date. Limited edition packaged in old school 3-colour offset sleeves.

MAFULENI, JACOB -& GARY GRITNESS- - BATANZIDO (LP/NYAMI NYAMI)

After a successful first collaboration for a 12-inch in 2016, Zimbabwean mbira maestro Jacob Mafuleni and percussionist/singer Martha Thom teamed up once again with French electro-funk producer Gary Gritness, this time for an album recorded in Paris during the last Redbull Music Academy Festival.

 

 

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