SPOTLIGHT 596

03/07/2017 15:33

SPOTLIGHT 596

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

MCKENNA MENDELSON BLUES - MCKENNA MENDELSON BLUES (LP/PACEMAKER)

Another great album from Canada's legendary Paragon label, a set of super bluesy psych demo tapes from 1968. Lead guitarist Mike McKenna had spent time ('67-'68) in the Ugly Ducklings, and had already developed a 'local hero' tag by playing hard electric blues as a member of the legendary Luke & The Apostles. Together Mike and Joe Mendelson made arrestingly earthy music, which soon attracted bassist Denny Gerrard from the legendary Paupers. The material included on this disc, rough and searing demo material, is arguably even more rare and interesting than that on the classic McKenna Mendelson Mainline's 'Stink' album.

TOMORROW'S GIFT - GOODBYE FUTURE (LP/LONGHAIR)

The second album (1972) by German progressive rock band Tomorrow's Gift featured original members Manfred Rürup and Bernd Kiefer, plus the newly recruited drummer Zabba Lindner, known from Sphinx Tush and various records for the Ken exploitation label (Live Experience Band etc). Produced by the famous Conny Plank, this album sounds better than the highly rated debut-LP. Musically this is more in the progressive jazz-rock vein, with forceful keyboard and bass-interplay, sounding like a Zappa-inspired Canterbury band. This reissue comes with reproduced die-cut artwork.

TWENTY SIXTY SIX AND THEN - REFLECTIONS OF THE FUTURE (2LP) (LP/MISSING VINYL)

An expanded DOUBLE-LP reissue (180-gram vinyl) of the legendary, sole album by a heavy psychedelic krautrock group, originally released by United Artists in 1972. The first platter is an exact repress of the original album, while LP #2 contains all other (previously unissued) material that the group recorded in the early '70s. This edition is limited to 500 sets.

UNIVERS ZERO - HÉRÉSIE (LP/SUB ROSA)

A vinyl-reissue of Universe Zero's second album, originally released in 1979. 'Hérésie' is a classic title in the realm of chamber rock music, featuring heavy use of dissonance and dark, brooding and extremely complex melodies. This remixed version from 2010 comes on orange/gold vinyl and includes an insert.

WHITE HILLS - PULSE (7"/BRONSON RECORDI)

In 2016, White Hills embarked on an experiment they called the 'Covers Project'. The idea was to take some of the members' favourite songs and rework them into something new and unforeseen. This exercise of sorts was used by the guys to examine new ways in looking at their own music, how they compose, and to allow themselves to go down the less traveled avenues that appear within their creative process. The track 'Pulse', originally by The Psychedelic Furs, is one of these experiments. The flip is titled 'VI-X'.

FONTÄN - THE CONVENANZA REMIXES (12"/HÖGA NORD)

Fontän's music has fascinated and captured a choosy audience for over a decade now, and many are those who have, or have wanted to remix their material. This time, in the shape of an ambitious 12-inch EP, many an artist's love for the band's music shines brightly. Fontän had the honour to be remixed by some of the most interesting names in electronic music: Red Axes, Timothy J. Fairplay, Khidja, Mythologen and Pardon Moi give their take on tracks from the duo's 2017 release 'Fontän'.

FVZZ POPVLI - FVZZ POPVLI (BLACK) (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOU)

Awesome psychedelic rock, played by three potheads from Rome. This is the band's self-titled full-length on BLACK VINYL.

 

PYRIT - UFO (REMASTERED) (LP/BOOKMAKER)

The 2017 version with remastered audio, a thick cover and extra goodies inside. Cinematic, profound and absorbing, Pyrit is the solo project of Swiss-German Thomas Kuratli. Originally drawn from his love of electronic music, psychedelia and krautrock, Kuralti creates soundscapes of a deserted concrete-world, full of destruction and loneliness. Navigating between electronic psych, gaunt blues and the soundtrack of a weightless film, he exposes himself by donning the costume of a disenchanted crooner in search of the ultimate slow. This is a split release with Robotic Empire (USA).

SHOOTING GUNS - FLAVOUR COUNTRY (BLACK) (LP/RIDING EASY)

While this Canadian sextet is known for its heavy and saturated sounds, befitting crazed horror-comedy flicks like Netflix hit 'WolfCop', 'Flavour Country' features some of the band's fastest, heaviest and most visceral material to date. Yet, it features some of the band's most atmospheric sounds as well. At times there are slight hints of Ennio Morricone's spaghetti western twang amidst heavy psych under the influence of 'Meddle'-era Pink Floyd, and driving drone reminiscent of Bobby Beausoleil's belladonna laced soundtrack to Kenneth Anger's 'Lucifer Rising'. But for the most part here, Shooting Guns is out for blood, regardless of tempo. Black vinyl version.

SQUIMAOTO - SQUIMAOTO (LP/BAMBALAM)

Makoto Kawabata presents Squimaoto, according to him the best female Japanese trio of the 2000s. The band formed in Kobe in 2003 and plays a blend of psychedelia, noise and shoegaze music. The band's s/t album was produced by Makoto Kawabata.

TUNGA MOLN - III (LP/HEVISIKE)

This record sees the Swedish heavy blues crew adopt a heavier approach to songwriting and recording. Filled to the brim with heavy riffing, dark lyrical themes and melodic hooks, 'III' pummels and burns its way straight into the heart and soul of the listener. Pressed on silver vinyl and presented in a gatefold sleeve, this edition is limited to 300 copies.

TURN ME ON DEAD MAN - (BLACK) HEAVYMETAL MOTHERSHIP (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOU)

'Heavymetal Mothership' is the fifth release by the San Franciscan heavydelic space rock behemoth known as Turn Me On Dead Man. It is at once incredibly heavy and totally far out psych! Expect evil harmonies for fans of Smashing Pumpkins, Queens Of The Stone Age or Monster Magnet. Edition on BLACK VINYL.

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK'N'ROLL

HUNS (NY) - CONQUER ITHACA, NEW YORK, 1966! (CD/JARGON)

The Huns was the name of a colourful yet short-lived college frat rock/garage band from Ithaca, New York, active between September 1965 and May 1966. The band's debut-album 'Conquer Ithaca, New York, 1966!' had been collecting dust for some 50 years, but now it's finally released as part of Jargon Records' 'Time Capsule' series.

BOBKAT'65 - THIS LONELY ROAD (BLACK) (LP/GET HIP)

Named after a specific guitar model, and inspired by mid-1960s American teenbeat-kiddie garage records, Bobkat'65 from Spain releases its debut-album. With most of the tracks being originals, ranging from moody to '60s punk'ish, this album is wholeheartedly recommended to fans of a.o. The Dovers, Nightcrawlers and Thursday's Children. Limited edition of 200 copies on BLACK VINYL.

KRYNG - GOING NOWHERE (LP/TEEN SOUND)

With a mix of garage-punk, echoes of Nederbeat and power pop these three Dutch guys deliver an instant underground garage classic. 'Going Nowhere' is an awesome LP by a trio featuring members of highly regarded combo's s.a. The Keefmen, The Kik, Mark & The Spies and The No-Goods. The songs are firmly rooted in '60s garage-rock, but you may also discover distant echoes of late '70s punk rock and '90s grunge. Limited to 300 copies, so order fast!

YESTERDAY'S THOUGHTS - PAPER SHIP (LP/MISSING VINYL)

The fourth full-length - and best yet - by this cool garage-psych band from Athens, Greece. On offer are 14 tracks, recorded at the band's own basement studio in glorious mono, and heavily influenced by the best garage-rock sounds from the psychedelic '60s. Limited to 300 copies on 180-gram vinyl.

LE MAMOOTH - BREST BAYWATCH (LP/BEAST)

Le Mamooth, a four piece band hailing from Brest, France, is highly recommended by Looch Vibrato (Magnetix). 'Brest Baywatch' is the band's first LP. On offer are 11 tracks of loud, catchy and high energy garage-punk! TRACKS: 01. So Far So Good 02. Waiting For More 03. Muscle Women 04. The Bug 05. Lunatic 06. Running Out 07. Jacky's Drinking All Day 08. Wine (Is Old Men's Drink) 09. Cocaine 10. Brest Baywatch 11. Ouessant Sheep

SALMON, KIM - E(A)RNEST (LP/HIGH NOON)

'E(a)rnest' is Kim Salmon's first solo-album to only feature the vocal, instrumental and songwriting talents of Kim. 'E(a)rnest' is about the singer and the songs. Others may impress you with their noise through the smoke and lights of the party, but 'E(a)rnest' is for taking home. 'E(a)rnest' is for lounging about with on a crisp spring day, or enjoying in the intimacy of your fireside couch. A final word about 'E(a)rnest': even if you're expecting the unexpected, it won't be what you expect. The album contains a new reading of 'Cool Fire', which was previously performed by the Beasts Of Bourbon.

SKEPTICS (FRANCE) - SKEPTICS (LP/BEAST)

French combo The Skeptics celebrates its sixth anniversary with the fourth album, which is self-titled. Filling the gap between fuzz-punk and heavy garage, this work sounds more contemporary than the band's previous output. This LP, recorded by Lo'Spider, will please both the Spits' fanatics and the early-Dead Meadow lovers. TRACKS: 01. Mole People 02. Cosmic Balance 03. Spare No Time 04. Skin Of Green (Eyes Of Red) 05. Cloud Mountains 06. Space Probe 07. Walking Walls Of Rome 08. Zeeland 09. Go Mental (Ramones)

BRADIPOS IV - SURF SESSION (LP/TEEN SOUND)

The long awaited vinyl version of Italy's The Bradipos IV's 'Surf Session' from 2005. With their almost twenty years of experience, The Bradipos IV can be considered one of the best surf-rock combos around. This classy release includes a full colour insert with a collection of fine pictures of the band taken live and and on tour. Comes with completely new artwork in the style of the classic surf releases on Del-Fi. Limited to 300 copies only, so order fast!

POP/ROCK

SUPERNOVA 1006 - UNIQUE WORLD (LP/OTHER VOICES)

Supernova 1006 was formed back in 2014 by Andrey Yukhovich and Anton Korchevsky in Khabarovsk. In 2015 Anton left the band and Elizabeth Dolgikh replaced him. Now Supernova 1006 are based in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Their music can be described as a perfect blend between post-punk, cold wave and shoegaze with a slight touch of post-industrial. Perfect for lovers of The Soft Moon, The KVB, Drab Majesty, In Death It Ends or A Place To Bury Strangers.

BABEL 17 - PROCESS (CD/INFRASTITION)

Fifth album of French band Babel 17. Ten tracks (and two bonus), which are more melodic rock oriented. Limited edition of 300 copies in digipack.

BB THREE - LOVE BALLOON (CD/INBETWEENS)

The second album by this Dutch band, following the 2008 debut. Featuring sophisticated arrangements, the songs reveal influences ranging from jazz to soul, and from pop to jazz and funk. The tracklist includes covers of famous songs s.a. 'Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay' and 'Always On My Mind'.

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

CASE, BRIAN - SPIRIT DESIGN (LP/HANDS IN THE DA)

The sophomore solo-record by Brian Case is drastically different from his first opus 'Tense Nature'. Case has added vocals and more beats to his compositions, putting together an album that promises and lends itself to a loud, moving live experience. Although in ways it is more experimental, listeners will find this follow-up more straightforward than his previous work.

FUJI-YUKI - ORIENT (LP/BAMBALAM)

Fuji-Yuki is a Japanese female vocalist known from the ethereal drone-pop duo Sarry. She is influenced by ancient music, Buddhist ritual music, krautrock, progressive rock, noise music and abstract experimental music. Her vocal style is characterized by a quite unusual approach, including minimal phrase repetition and voice droning.

GAKUSEI JIKKEN SHITSU - HEKIZAN (+CD) (LP/BAMBALAM)

A release of electronic experiments and free saxophone outings featuring Ryoko Ono (sax), Hiroki Ono (electronics) and Yuko Oshima (drums). The title 'Hekizan' comes from the poem 'Sanchu-Mondo' by Ri-Haku. The LP includes a CD-version.

ROUGH & WOJTYLA - SIDE R & SIDE W (LP/BAMBALAM)

Drums and electronic music by a French-English duo. This album offers a 1.000-piece jigsaw puzzle to recreate a monochromatic landscape. Drones are supported by a tentative jazz drum beat, and just when you think you have found some stability in the listening, ruptures occur and keep multiplying.

METAL/HARDROCK

BLACKOUT (USA/DOOM) - THE HORSE (BLACK) (LP/RIDING EASY)

NYC-based trio Blackout's take on doom and stoner rock is filled with a gritty, mechanistic heft unlike bands of their ilk from anywhere else. Subsumed within the greasy grooves of 'The Horse' there are echoes of NYC heavy legends like Helmet, Cro-Mags, Judge, Prong and others, not as an intentional homage, but rather a vibe that permeates and inadvertently gives the band a unique power that few can match. Edition on BLACK VINYL.

BRUME (USA) - ROOSTER (2LP/BLACK) (LP/DHU RECORDS)

A very limited edition on BLACK VINYL. First come, first serve! After the 'Donkey' EP from 2015, doom metal outfit BRUME from California releases its first full-length, 'Rooster'. This release marks a giant leap forward in composition, performance and production. Worshipping the purity of the riff, yet with enough psychedelic depth to fashion a very well-rounded and nuanced release, 'Rooster' is a top quality listen from start to finish.

DUNBARROW - DUNBARROW (BLACK) (LP/RIDING EASY)

Summoned to play it the old way in a new age, Norwegian quintet Dunbarrow draws inspiration from freezing winter nights, unpolished demo tapes from the '70s and the Swedish throwback rock from the beginning of the 21st century. The result is Norwegian proto-doom with a back-to-basics sound, with influences ranging from Pentagram to Witchfinder General to Quicksilver Messenger Service. Edition on BLACK VINYL.

SOUNDTRACKS/LOUNGE/CULT ETC

CONFRONTATIONAL - KINGDOM OF NIGHT (LP/BRONSON RECORDI)

The tracks on 'Kingdom Of Night' (the second entry in a trilogy that started with 'A Dance With Shadows') sound darker, deeper and heavier than ever before. There was a deliberate focus on trying to create some classic anthems in the songwriting process - tracks with relentless beats, an emphasis on melody and a really driving chorus.

WORLD/CLASSICAL/SPOKEN WORD

WIMEANACAS CAMBODIAN BAND - WIMEANACAS CAMBODIAN BAND (LP/LITTLE AXE)

Holica and Sovann Yoeun were both working musicians in their native Cambodia when they fled the Khmer Rouge in 1975. Settling in Portland, Oregon they formed Wimeanacas Band which translates to Castle In The Sky. This is a reissue of their second album, originally released on cassette in 1987. An amazing album of Cambodian celebration music, Wimeanacas played weddings, new year parties and community events during their 10/year existence. For this record, the band recorded all original numbers and had grown to a 10-piece ensemble.

 

 

 

 

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