SPOTLIGHT 593

12/06/2017 12:57

 SPOTLIGHT 593

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

KEIM, ZACK/SOUTHSIDE AMERICAN - SPLIT SINGLE (BLACK) (7"/GET HIP)

Issued in the Get Hip Folk Series, here are two early demo recordings from two interesting Pittsburgh-based artists. Zack Keim grew up listening to classic records by Bob Dylan and Nick Drake, and also found inspiration from contemporary acts s.a. Fleet Foxes. 'Alice' was the first acoustic song he ever wrote. Southside American began as the solo project of singer-songwriter Benjamin Sweet, but has expanded over the past few years to include an eclectic group of area musicians. The song 'In The Dust' reminds -more or less- of f.i. Nick Drake and Elliot Smith. Edition on BLACK VINYL.

VARIOUS - FOLK & GREAT TUNES FROM SCOTLAND (2CD) (CD/TASAL RECORDS)

2CD compilation of Scottish and Celtic folk music. Tracks by Breabach, Twelfth Day, Paul mcKenna Band, Claire Hastings, Rachel Newton, Iona Fyfe Band, Rura, Shooglenifty, Fara, Tannara, Skerryvore, Rachel Newton, Gary Innes, Manran, Treacherous Orchestra, Elephant Sessions etc.

CRUCIFER - PREMIERE HEURE (CD/CAMELEON)

On CD for the first time (300 copies), this is an album of 1973 recordings by Crucifer, a French progressive band featuring ex-members of the highly regarded '60s beat combo The Rhythm Checkers. As Crucifer, the guys had adapted a style roughly similar to Genesis, Yes and Jethro Tull.

FUCHSIA - SONG (2X7") (7"/FRUITS DE MER)

For this DOUBLE 7-INCH, Fuchsia's main man Tony Durant collected a handful of tracks spanning his entire 50-year career. First up is a 1967 acetate recording from his first recorded band, Louise. Also included are a few brand new and exclusive recordings. This special release comes housed in a silver coloured gatefold sleeve, including an insert that should be of interest to fans of the band. TRACKS: 1. Look At The Sun 2. The Band 3. The Nothing Song 4. Piper At The Gates Of Time 5. Fuchsia Song 6. Box Of Destiny 7. Just Another Song

DRUIDS OF THE GUE CHARETTE/THE ELECTRIC NETTLES - ELECTRIC DRUIDISM SPLIT (LP/BEAST)

Beside their anti-commercial name, Druids Of The Gue Charette offers a superb blend of psychedelic classic rock and modern garage fuzz outings. Most bands either have too much classic rock and not enough modern in them, or vice versa. Nevertheless, Druids Of The Gue Charette somehow found the perfect balance between the two, and it's not 50/5o. The Electric Nettles is nothing less than The Druids' twin band, sounding - of course - equally amazing.

CYANNA MERCURY - ARCHETYPES (CD/CYANNA MERCURY)

NOW ALSO AVAILABLE ON CD! Inspired by a.o. Aphrodite's Child, The Doors, The Beatles, Muddy Waters, The Cult, Danzig, Pink Floyd and Wovenhand, Greek act Cyanna Mercury's debut-album 'Archetypes' is a unique blend of folk, psychedelia and dark pagan rhythms. It's a heart-warming masterpiece from the uprising Greek alternative music scene.

BARBEAU, ANTON - HEAVEN IS IN YOUR MIND (7"/FRUITS DE MER)

This notable solo-artist from Sacramento, by way of Berlin, returns with a 4-track EP featuring three great covers (of songs by Traffic, David Bowie and Big Star) and one tasty original. SIDE 1: 1. Heaven Is In Your Mind (Traffic) 2. Secretion Of The Wafer (Anton Barbeau) SIDE 2: 1. September Gurls (Big Star) 2. Scary Monsters (David Bowie)

POLYFEEN - SILHOUETTER (BLACK) (LP/KOMMUN2)

Limited edition (200 copies) on BLACK VINYL. Here's the 2017 album by Danish '70s prog-psych cult legends Polyfeen, recorded with a (partly) reunited line-up, including two new members. Musically, 'Silhouetter' is comparable to the 1972 recordings as heard on the o.o.p. live-LP 'Langt Ude T Skoven' (issued by Orpheus Records in 2005). In other words: prepare yourself for intense progressive/psychedelic compositions, wrapped up in stoned atmospheres. The material consists of re-recorded oldies as well as newly written songs. The LP is recommended to fans of a.o. Alrune Rod, Rainbow Band and Hurdy Gurdy.

LE MAT - WALTZ OF THE FOOL (CD/PAISLEY ARCHIVE)

An awaited compilation-CD of early '80s UK psych-revivalists Le Mat. This collection contains early recordings (the debut-single, the track from the well-known 'A Splash Of Colour' compilation, rare demo cuts) as well as 12 tunes that were recorded at a 2010 reunion show. The 12-page booklet features sleeve notes from the band's singer, and a whole array of rare photos and memorabilia.

VOKONIS - THE SUNKEN DJINN (7"/RIPPLE)

Voconis is a power trio with a focus on fuzz riffing and energy. The lyrics are about wars between ancient kingdoms in lost galaxies, legendary swords and diseases of past eras. Taking inspiration from bands such as Black Sabbath, Sleep, The Stooges and Entombed, Vokonis presents its own interpretation of stoner, doom and heavy psych.

SOLAR MUSIC LIBRARY - MOON AMIGO (CDS/SOLAR MUSIC LIB)

Following-up their first eponymous LP, the astral travelers known as Solar Music Library return with four more otherworldly compositions. Heavily inspired by '70s library music, the title track of the EP is probably the funkiest tune in the band's catalogue. The addition of saxophone and trumpet on the first version of the song transforms it into sonic heaven. The cut 'Laser Disaster' is the first Solar Music Library song to feature vocals (by hip-hop vocalist Amira Lacrima).

BOOK OF WYRMS - SCI-FI/FANTASY (CD/TWIN EARTH)

Looking for a great new doom band that brings the heavy and also soothes your mind, body and soul? Then Richmond, Virginia's Book Of Wyrms may be the band for you. The members describe their sound as "Appalachian stoner rock" and "space metal". Those tags alone may be enough to draw listeners into their heady realm of astral dreaming, but the band also claims a diverse set of interests ranging from the occult to cheap beer... and Curtis Mayfield. Now also on CD!

METAL/HARDROCK/STONER

CURSUS - CURSUS (LP/ARTIFICIAL HEAD)

Influenced by the likes of Om, Neurosis, YOB and Ufomammut, and deep in experimentation with different sounds, instruments and drone frequencies, psychedelic sludge band Cursus releases its self-titled debut-album.

MOUNTAIN GOD - BREAD SOLSTICE (LP/ARTIFICIAL HEAD)

Experimenting with raw concoctions of doom and '70s psychedelia, Mountain God's commitment to channeling ill feeling, heavy rock, deep meaning and dark subject matter is unwavering. The band's debut-album 'Bread Solstice' contains a devastating, doom-infused laudation of distorted sludge, ambient noise and stoner rock.

SPACE WITCH - ARCANUM (LP/HEVISIKE)

Limited to 200 copies on BLUE VINYL. Space Witch is a largely instrumental five-piece stoner/doom/metal band from Stoke-On-Trent, England. Utilising electronic effects alongside a powerful combination of riffs and rhythm, 'Arcanum' sees the band explore more progressive, space rock-influenced territory.

UFOMAMMUT - 8 (LP/SUPERNATURAL CA)

Cover picture follows! Ufomammut's eighth full-length '8' offers a continuous flux of music. It's a singular entity which can be defined in micro measurements by its eight satellite songs. Each track expands upon the preceding song, unfolding into an exceedingly dense, malevolent and formidable journey. The result is Ufomammut's most extreme outing yet. A 48-minute venture with zero breathing room!

CRYPTIC BROOD - BRAIN EATER (LP/TERROR FROM HEL)

Limited edition of 400 copies on BLACK VINYL. 'Brain Eater' is the debut full-length by the German old school death metal outfit Cryptic Brood. The material sounds like a skullcrushing mixture of US cult acts such as Autopsy, Incantation, Derketa, Winter and Morta Skuld.

EKPYROSIS - ASPHYXIATING DEVOTION (LP/TERROR FROM HEL)

The debut full-length by Italian underground metal band Ekpyrosis. The album is a solid, pounding, uncompromising and hateful serving of death metal. Massive yet razor-sharp guitar riffs, feral growling vocals and thundering drumming is what this debut album is all about. The Italian troop hurls its lethal manifesto under the rotten guise named as 'Asphyxiating Devotion'. The fast and more doomy parts are well balanced, while the songs draw influences from Incantation, Deicide, Demigod and Immolation

NECROMUTILATOR - RIPPING BLASPHEMY (LP/TERROR FROM HEL)

Limited edition on BLACK VINYL, with a silkscreened print on the B-Side. A delivery of evil death metal from Italy, perfect to drink, smoke and to worship Satan to.

DEALER - BILLIONARE BOYS CLUB (LP/WICKED WORLD)

Dealer from Oakland, CA delivers a ferocious cocktail of heavy metal, punk, grunge and rock'n'roll. Sorely shredding its way through discordant moments of pre-punk history, the band stalked the grooves of Black Flag's 'Slip It In' and the riffs of Voivod's 'Killing Technology'. This LP-edition is limited to 500 copies on BLACK VINYL.

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK'N'ROLL

PIKE, TRAVIS -& THE BRATTLE STREET EAST - WATCH OUT WOMAN/THE WAY THAT I NEED YOU (7"/STATE)

This double A-side release features two amazing, previously unissued, garage killers from Boston's living legend Travis Pike and his '60s backing band The Brattle Street East! Though never before issued on vinyl, these cuts (from 1966) did appear in the Pike Productions movie 'Feelin Good'. The (restored mono) audio was sourced direct from the film.

IDLE TALK - AGAINST IT ALL/JUST ANOTHER DAY (7"/DETOUR)

This 7-inch by the Brighton-based quartet features a cool soul-affected freakbeat tune on Side 1, and on the flip a more trippy outing.

RHUM RUNNERS - KICK THE GONG (LP/DOGHOUSE & BONE)

The last time we heard from these French sailing troubadours, they had drunk all their rations and had fouled anchor outside of Tonkin. Word is they have now washed into the dry seas of Mesopotamia, doing the only thing they can: create that mash-up of rock'n'roll with a splash of the exotic! Take a trip with these fantastic musicians as they have created a unique sound that's as fresh as the South Atlantic trade winds. Anchors away! SIDE 1: 1. Caracas Part 1 2. Harbour Fever 3. Toss Him Some! 4. Chop Chop 5. Nefertiti 6. Unsinkable Sam SIDE 2: 1. Contrabandist Inventory 2. Tortuga 3. Pensa Goes West 4. Chimpanzee Frenzy 5. Kick The Gong 6. Caracas Part 2

SIDEWALK SOCIETY - STRANGE ROADS (LP/FRUITS DE MER)

In 2016 California's Sidewalk Society released a 4-track EP (on Fruits De Mer) featuring covers of songs by The Action and David Bowie. Now the band delivers a full album of Action-covers. In fact, what we get are all the tracks from The Action's 'Rolled Gold' collection, recreated with love, flair, style and a whole load more love. A free promo-CD is included! TRACKS: 01. Come Around 02. Something To Say 03. Love Is All 04. Icarus 05. Strange Roads 06. Things You Cannot See 07. Brain 08. Look At The View 09. Climbing Up The Wall 10. Really Doesn't Matter 11. I'm A Stranger 12. Little Boy 13. Follow Me 14. In My Dream

TT SYNDICATE - TT SYNDICATE (CD/SLEAZY)

With this self-titled album, the TT Syndicate steps forward big time into the direction of early '60s rhythm'n'blues, with the addition of a solid stash of early soul.

MIXTURE - (BLACK) THE PERFECT RELATIONSHIP (LP/PINK FRUIT RECO)

Edition on BLACK VINYL limited to 200 copies. THE MIXTURE has the power of The Stooges "Fun House" and the soul of Marvin Gaye"! The awaited debut from Chicago psychedelic soul band THE MIXTURE features guest 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).

DOUBLE CHEESE - SUMMERIZZ (LP/BEAST)

Debut album by Double Cheese from La Rochelle, France. The project tends towards garage, dark, pop and catchy rhythms. Using voluntarily the stereotypes that are specific to this garage scene.

HIPBONE SLIM -& THE KNEETREMBLERS - TREMBLIN' THE BLUES (LP/BEAST)

Hipbone Slim and The Kneetremblers are a most prolific and versatile musical combination. Prolific in that they have previously recorded and released ten albums of highly regarded, critically acclaimed, greatly sought-after and collectable music. Versatil in that they are able to perform music in many style, such as rock'n'roll, surf, beat, rockabilly, zydeco and of course both blues and rhythm and blues. Whatever the musical genre in which the Kneetremblers choose to play, at the heart of their music is always the blues!

LA BASTARD - TROUBLE (LP/BEAST)

Picture Nancy Sinatra jamming with Dick Dale and The Gun Club at the best party of the year. If you can conjure up such an exciting and eclectic mix of '50s rock'n'roll, '60s surf and '80s punk attitude, you'll get an idea of the sound of Melbourne-based four-piece La Bastard.

HIPSHAKES - LISTENING/OUTSIDE LINES (BLACK) (7"/CROCODILE)

Here are two more bangers from Bakewell's garage-punkers The Hipshakes. One channels grunge, the other proto metal before both segue into pumping garage pop belter. These tunes are as catchy as you could wish, so open the windows and crank up the volume. Housed in the Crocodile company sleeve, this 7-inch is pressed on BLACK VINYL.

VARIOUS - WE ARE THE... ROCKERS!! VOL. 1 (LP/SLEAZY)

'16 EARLY '60S REAL ROCK & ROLL KILLERS' - Though rock'n'roll during the '60s got hugely overshadowed by Beatle-mania, there were still artists who made some seriously ass kickin' music in genuine '50s fashion. SIDE 1: 1. Big Daddy G - Big Berry (Boss Man Guitar) 2. Davey Bee & The Sonics - Linda Lee 3. Baker Knight - Apple Dandy 4. The Firing Squad - Bull Moose 5. Vic Vickers - Action Speaks Louder Than World 6. Mike Harris - Come Along With Me 7. The Velvets - Wild Little Willie 8. Two Don's - Funny Honey SIDE 2: 1. Artie Sullivan With The Rhythm Beats - It's Time 2. Bob Fryfogle - Six Feet Under 3. Bobby Swanson & The Sonics - Twisting My Baby 4. Steve Alaimo & The Red Coats - She's My Baby 5. Vickie Diaz - Your Mamma Said No 6. Phil Beasley & Charlie Brown With The Country Rhythm Boys - Good Gosh Gal 7. Dickie Loader & The Blue Jeans - Teen Machine 8. Sandford Clark - It's Nothing To Me

CAVALERO, PIKE - BOPPIN' & JIVIN' WITH... (7"/SLEAZY)

The third EP by Spain's favourite rockin' star. SIDE 1: 1. Twinkle, Twinkle (Pretty Star) 2. Here I Am SIDE 2: 1. Love Engine 2. Cavalero Stomp

KING D & THE ROYALS OF RHYTHM/THE NEW! ATTENTION! - SPLIT 10" (10"/SLEAZY)

Although King D & The Royals Of Rhythm are mainly '50s inspired, and The New! Attention! is more '60s oriented, both outfits are fronted by Mario David. This 10-inch features tracks from both groups.

POP/ROCK

FOUCHET, SERGE -& ELECTRIC SOUND ORCHESTRA- - LE HARKI (CD/MAGIC RECORDS)

Serge Fouchet : Le Harki - Les romantiques bont disparu - La maison heureuse - Demande moi - Je crois aux chansons damour - Il pleut sur notre dimanche - On saimera toujours à Vensise - Libert - La vie de James Dean - Summer Love - Si tu as de la tendresse - Avec des mots de tous les jours - Aujourdhui tout est beau - Il sappelait bleu - Le Harki (play-back) Serge Fouchet & Electric Sound Orchestra (instrumental) : Un air de banjo (Washington Square) - Blackbird - Day Tripper - Penny Lane - The Word - Man In A Pin Stripped Suite - Geronimo - With A Hmm Hmm On My Knee - Kon Tiki - Apache.

ELECTRONIC/AMBIENT

LINDSTROM, MATS - BELGRADE (7"/IDEAL)

Limited edition of 111 hand-numbered copies on GOLD COLOURED VINYL. This material was recorded live at the Belgrade Of Light festival in 2009.

ANT ORANGE - ARKUPE (12"/KARAOKE KALK)

'Arkupe' is a prime slice of laid-back beats and bass-heavy jazz breaks. With each track oozing soulfulness, this 12-inch is loaded with some of the mellowest vibes you're likely to hear.

EXPERIMENTAL/INDUSTRIAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK

MUELLIE MESS & THE HAPPY BIRDS - CROSSING THE RED SEA WITH MUELLIE MESS... (12"/ATELIER)

...AND THE HAPPY BIRDS' - With two acid-like house tracks on the flip side, Muellie Mess, founder of 100 Records, presents an unbelievable symphony for end times as well as its antidote.

KNOB, THE FINGER & THE IT, THE - ASTRO CAMPING (LP/MAKIPHON)

An interesting experimental release from the Knob, The Finger & The It, based on recordings from the years 2012-2016.

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

'The Loa Of Music' is the Voodoo-inspired debut recording project of Milanese composer and musician Roberto Musci, inspired by Voodoo religion. Dating back to 1983, the project originally covered 80 minutes of music, though 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. Limited edition of 100 DOUBLE-LP's on CLEAR VINYL.

SINIGAGLIA, RICCARDO - RIFLESSI (CLEAR) (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, this work establishes a remarkable link between ancient and non-western music and efforts emerging from studios like Groupe de Recherches Musicales. Limited to 100 copies on clear vinyl.

COUNTRY

WILLIAMS, HANK - I'M A LONG GONE DADDY (6X7") (7"/SLEAZY)

This collection of six 7-inches offers 24 songs recorded between 1947 and 1952, when Fred Rose was responsible for the studio backings. During this stage Hank's music kept a special point of rawness and spontaneity in the way it was performed, and this was key for his songs to touch people in a truly sincere way. SIDE 1: 1. Calling You 2. Pan American SIDE 2: 1. Move It On Over 2. I Saw The Light SIDE 3: 1. Six More Miles (To The Graveyard) 2. I'm Satisfied With You SIDE 4: 1. Rootie Tootie 2. I Can't Get You Off My Mind SIDE 5: 1. I'm A Long Gone Daddy 2. The Blues Come Around SIDE 6: 1. I'll Be A Bachelor Till I Die 2. Lovesick Blues SIDE 7: 1. Lost Highway 2. Honky Tonk Blues (1949 Take) SIDE 8: 1. Mind Your Own Business 2. You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave) SIDE 9: 1. I Just Don't Like This Kind Of Livin' 2. My Buckets Got A Hole In It (Alt. Take) SIDE 10: 1. Long Gone Lonesome Blues 2. Why Don't You Love Me SIDE 11: 1. Alone And Forsaken (Demo) 2. (I'm Gonna) Sing, Sing, Sing (Demo) SIDE 12: 1. Weary Blues From Waitin' (Demo) 2. Honky Tonkin' (Live)

AFRO-BEAT -FUNK-PSYCH/DESERT BLUES/

DAMILY - VERY AOMBY (LP/BONGO JOE)

Here's an interesting release by a band from Madagaskar. Featuring giddy guitar playing, galloping rhythms and joyous atmospheres, Damily's modern-traditional style, called Tsapiki, represents the island's most popular and exciting musical form. The LP is presented in a silk-screened cover, including a 2-page insert. 'Very Aomby' was previously issued on CD in 2015.

 

 

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