SPOTLIGHT 601

04/08/2017 11:59

SPOTLIGHT 601

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 Ava Gardner and her record player, 1949

PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

KÖCHER, SUZAN - BLOOD RED WINE (10") (10"/UNIQUE)

Deeply rooted in musical worlds that are far older than her 22-year-old self, Suzan Köcher spins a web of irresistible melodies that comfort the soul with their bittersweet charm and mystical spirit. Her music combines psychy folk with wild dusty country and a Judee Sill-like melancholia. In her songs rough and tender acoustic guitars and rumbling drums meet gloomy-baroque mellotron orchestrations, flowing harpsichords, shimmering lap steel and deeply reverbed electric guitars that meander between twang and fuzz. In her lyrics she paints dreamy pictures of lost souls, wild gangsters and love both lost and newly found.

ALRUNE ROD - HEY DU (LP/SHADOKS)

This reissue of a legendary Danish prog/psych album from 1971 is limited to 500 numbered copies on 180-gram vinyl, presented in heavy gatefold sleeve and including a printed inner-sleeve and 2-page insert.

CEMENT - UTMANINGEN (LP/SHADOKS)

This reissue of a Swedish prog/psych album from 1977 is limited to 400 numbered copies on 180-gram vinyl and comes in a heavy sleeve with an insert.

TOADS OF THE SHORT FOREST - MINDMOWER (LP/BELUGA)

Named after a Frank Zappa song, this cool garage-psych combo from Sweden releases its debut-album. This is freakbeat at its best! Cheeky vocals are backed with appealing voices in the choruses, the fuzz guitar and farfisa organ both scream, and there's a pulsating rhythm section.

SCATTERED PURGATORY - SUA-HIAM-ZUN (LP/GURUGURU BRAIN)

Formed in Taipei, Taiwan in 2013, and comprised of Lu Li-Yang and Lu Jiachi, Scattered Purgatory is a name derived from a Taoist ritual which expiates the souls of the innocent from a state in between life and death and then at last, releases them. 'Sua-Hiam-Zun' is based on the duo's original drone metal/psychedelic folk style, but at the same time dives deeper into synthesizer layering and sequencing. While keeping the original ambience, on this recording the duo combines krautrock influences (Popol Vuh and Cluster) with traces of industrial music (f.i. SPK), giving the ancient ethereal vibe a modern sound texture.

MOTHER ENGINE - HANGAR (2LP/BLACK) (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOU)

The third album by the German psychedelic/prog rock band Mother Engine is a real unique piece of music. It's a concept album to show the evolution of the "Mother Engine" (a fictitious spaceship) and its crew as well as the evolution of the musicians themselves (as far as songwriting and DIY recording and production processes are concerned). DOUBLE-LP on BLACK VINYL.

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

CONNECTION - JUST FOR FUN (LP/BELUGA)

With this collection the band pays tribute to its heroes, resulting in respectful cover versions of songs known from a.o. Bob Seger, The Dictators, Rolling Stones, Cheap Trick, Buddy Holly and others.

JP VAN - THE ODD MODD PLOTT (10") (10"/BOOM!)

Legendary Belgian artist and Boom! Records boss JP Van'S 2017 release. JP Van: vocal, guitars, Luc Crabbe: keyboards, percussion, Jan Van, Cat Lean: vocals, Lucky Boot: drums. This 10" includes an extra CD with tracks from the Boom! vaults by The Kingbees, Thee Trouble, The Soapeaters, The Mistreaters and The Before And After. SIDE 1: 1. Prunella 2. I Spy 3. Train To Spain 4. Ipanema 5. Batman And Robin SIDE 2: 1. Wickely Ann 2. Icarus 3. Demystify 4. Lovegods 5. Carnival Of Love (con Edgar Arago Combo) CD: 1. Thee Trouble - Swinging London 2. The Soapeaters - My House Is A Zoo 3. The Kingbees - One Way Out 4. The Mistreaters - Bloodhound 5. The Before And After - Necessary Changes

ROYAL CREAM - BIG WORDS, SMALL TALK (LP/BELUGA)

A 2017 album full of rockin' '70s style powerpop and garage, delivered by a band from Stockholm, Sweden. Royal Cream is a side project of the frontman of Sewergrooves.

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

BONAPARTE'S - SHINY BATTLES (BLACK) (LP/ROTORELIEF)

A reissue of a 1985 mini-album by cold wave band The Bonaparte's, featuring members of Kan Ji Zai, 23 Skidoo and Baroque Bordello. They were mainly influenced by post-punk/goth bands such as Bauhaus, Play Dead and Killing Joke. This reissue includes six bonus tracks.

PUNK/HARDCORE

CURSE (SWEDEN) - CALCUTTA SUNRISE (LP/BELUGA)

The third album by Swedish punk band The Curse.

VARIOUS - BEACH BLVD (LP/RADIATION)

Named after California State Route 39 (a.k.a. Beach Blvd.), which runs north-south through Orange County, this 1979 compilation (originally released on Posh Boy) is a seminal offering of Orange County punk rock. Featuring tracks from The Simpletones, The Crowd, and Rik L Rik (basically a later incarnation of Negative Trend with Rik on vocals), 'Beach Blvd.' set the stage for the Southern California hc explosion of the 1980s and showed tons of kids from outside the big city, growing up bored and lonely in the suburbs, that they had a voice and an outlet in this nascent rock form. SIDE 1: 1. Simpletones - Kirsty Q 2. Simpletones - I Have A Date 3. Simpletones - Tiger Beat Twist 4. Rik L Rik - Black And Red 5. Rik L Rik - Meat House 6. The Crowd - Suzy Is A Surf Rocker 7. The Crowd - Living In Madrid 8. The Crowd - Trix Are For Kids SIDE 2: 1. The Crowd - Modern Machine 2. The Crowd - New Crew 3. Rik L Rik - I Got Power 4. Rik L Rik - Mercenaries 5. Rik L Rik - Atomic Lawn 6. Simpletones - Don't Bother Me 7. Simpletones - California

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

LA TENE - LA TENE (LP/BONGO JOE)

La Tène is a three-headed beast emanating a single energy. If one detects the resonance of traditional music, saturated repetition, ethereal harmonics or an imagined dance, it is because they coexist in the music of La Tène as a unified framework liberated from its roots. The French-Swiss trio produces a music wherein each influence, however profound, is distilled into patterns-become-themes. There are no points of departure, no arrival lines, no standard verse structures - these fall away as soon as the body receives the first shocks. There are obstacles erected as monuments, familiar unknowns, bits and pieces heard elsewhere, multiple angles, and as many repeated gestures. The LP is released hand in hand with Three : Four Records.

TREPANERINGSRITUALEN - PERFECTION & PERMANENCE (RED) (LP/COLD SPRING)

Limited to 500 copies on blood red vinyl. Trepaneringsritualen explores themes of religion, magick and the hidden realms of consciousness, taking its musical cues from the old school of ritual ambient and death industrial. Rhythmic and seething at times, and oozing forward with a creeping sense of desolation at others, Trepaneringsritualen conjures forth bleak but mesmerizing visions of the end-times.

BRUME & JOHN GRIEVE - NIHIL UNBOUND (LP/ROTORELIEF)

Vegetarians may not like this LP as Brume and Grieve wandered around a meat processing facility with their microphones to record the bloody carnage. Side one presents recordings of the preparation of the flesh within the factory and side two is the eating off the factory floor as the machines and the humans share and discuss their last meal whilst the putrid raw food destroys the diners from within. Essential listening for meat eaters and vegetarians alike. Limited to 49 copies in a handmade cover. The black vinyl is transluscent ruby red when held against a strong light.

DIE FORM - (BLACK) DIE FORM ÷ FINE AUTOMATIC (2LP) (LP/ROTORELIEF)

A double-LP version of the tape from 1982, previously released as two separate albums on Rotorelief. Bonus tracks are included.

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

EYEHATEGOD - IN THE NAME OF SUFFERING (LP/EMETIC)

2017 Repress of long deleted LP on BLACK VINYL. All tracks re-mastered with revised layout and artwork. Eyehategod material prior to the arrival of vocalist/violator Michael Williams is scarce. The band was a significantly different beast. A bunch of Southern burnouts with an offensive name bent on playing painfully slow. Securing the band's embryonic "Garden Dwarf Woman Driver" is like procuring the Holy Grail. A stubborn allegiance to the Melvins, a subtle nod to Southern rock (this should not be lost on any discerning fan) and Williams' harrowing, fragile and drug-addled dedication to art."

EYEHATEGOD - TAKE AS NEEDED FOR PAIN (LP/EMETIC)

2017 Repress of long deleted LP on BLACK VINYL. Newly remastered with revised layout and artwork. Probably the best release of the band's short career, as it's more coherent and listenable than In the Name of Suffering and entirely less broken and alone than Dopesick. However, it is also the band's most potentially offensive, given the unflinching lyrical examination of humanity's dregs, not to mention the DeQuincey-like drug worship scattered about the inlay. Commercial intentions have clearly not been discussed. Characterized by moments of almost heart-stopping climactic intensity and burdening guts-out-on-the-floor honesty, this record boasts a damaging, sickening testament to anti-aesthetic vitriol. Truly unclean.

STEEL MAMMOTH - ATOMIC OBLIVION (LP/FULL CONTACT)

NWOFHM legends Steel Mammoth started a total punk metal war with the previous albums 'Radiation Funeral' and 'Nuclear Rebirth'. The battle plan was to destroy all enemies with two devastating albums, and then deliver the coup de grâce with the soul crushing last part of the trilogy, 'Atomic Oblivion'. Finally it's here, an album of true freedom punk metal boogie NWOFHM spirit filled with incredible joy and infinite sadness at the same time.

MAGMA WAVES - (BLACK) ...AND WHO WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU NOW (2LP) (LP/NARSHARDAA)

Limited to 100 copies on DOUBLE BLACK VINYL, packaged in a gatefold sleeve. Magma Waves is an instrumental post-rock band from Duisburg, Germany and '...And Who Will Take Care Of You Now' is the group's full-length debut. It is a record to drown in. Its powerful, heavy soundwalls go along beautifully with atmospheric post-rock melodies. The seven songs make for 60 minutes of an exciting auditive journey.

 

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

MAINE - V (2LP) (LP/BURNING WITCHES)

Parisian composer Michel Dupay makes a welcome return as Maine with the follow-up to 2016's much lauded 'IV'. All of Maine's equipment is pre-1982. Produced by analogue freak Secondson, Michel once again got the unique opportunity to record his music using equipment that used to belong to Gary Numan.

TELEVISIO - TELEVISIO (LP/FULL CONTACT)

The debut-album of the Finnish avant-electro band Televisio, featuring Ilari Larjosto (Tähtiportti, Jesse etc.) and Jussi Lehtisalo (Circle, Pharaoh Overlord, Steel Mammoth etc.).

SOUNDTRACKS/LOUNGE/CULT ETC

BLAIR, BROOKE & WILL - LIVE CARGO O.S.T. (LP/BLACKEST RAINBO)

The score to Logan Sandler's movie 'Live Cargo' (2016), a dark monochrome thriller weaving together a plot of struggling relationships, child loss and the dark world of human trafficking. For the music the Blair brothers worked closely with director Logan Sandler to capture the tone and texture of a particularly depraved way of life in the Bahamas. Mastered at 45 rpm and pressed on 180-gram seafoam coloured vinyl, the LP is packaged in a UV gloss finished sleeve with a black polylined inner sleeve.

LA DONNA INVISIBLE - GIALLO OSCURO, VOL. 1 (LP/BONGO JOE)

'LE STELLE CADENTE' - PART 1! On the surface, 'Giallo Oscuro' is a pop-oriented project dedicated to Italian love songs from the '60s. It's a homage to the music of those "maestri" who have forever changed both pop and cinematic music: Bruno Nicolai, Egisto Macchi, Alessandro Alessandroni, Gruppo Di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza and Ennio Morricone, just to name a few. The sounds that emerge from this golden age are a combination of splendor, grace, lascivity, eroticism, joy, sadness and psychedelia.

LA DONNA INVISIBLE - GIALLO OSCURO, VOL. 2 (LP/BONGO JOE)

'LE STELLE (DE)CADENTE' - PART 2! On the surface, 'Giallo Oscuro' is a pop-oriented project dedicated to Italian love songs from the '60s. It's a homage to the music of those "maestri" who have forever changed both pop and cinematic music: Bruno Nicolai, Egisto Macchi, Alessandro Alessandroni, Gruppo Di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza and Ennio Morricone, just to name a few. The sounds that emerge from this golden age are a combination of splendor, grace, lascivity, eroticism, joy, sadness and psychedelia.

MORRICONE YOUTH - SUNRISE: A SONG OF TWO HUMANS (LP/COUNTRY CLUB)

The original live re-score composed and performed by Morricone Youth to F.W. Murnau's 1927 silent film 'Sunrise: A Song Of Two Humans'. Limited to 500 copies on sunrise orange vinyl.

PATTON, MIKE - CRANK: HIGH VOLTAGE O.S.T. (2LP) (LP/ENJOY THE RIDE)

'Crank: High Voltage' is the first soundtrack that Patton composed and performed. The soundtrack is a is a non-stop thrill ride. Even if one hasn't seen the film the energy expressed throughout can be felt, thanks to Patton's phenomenal work. This run is limited to 500 copies on solid yellow vinyl.

ZIMMER, HANS - TRUE ROMANCE O.S.T. (+7") (LP/ENJOY THE RIDE)

Recorded on a budget for only nine musicians (after being told the plans for a full orchestra had to be scrapped for financial reasons), Hans Zimmer's 'True Romance' score features percussion instruments like xylophones and marimbas to create innocent noise, a reflection of the lead characters -Alabama and Clarence Worley- in the violently dark comedy written by Quentin Tarantino. This release comes on gunmetal grey coloured 12-inch vinyl and a purple Cadillac coloured 7-inch. The set is presented in an embossed gatefold jacket (original art by Steven Wild) with spot gloss.

WAKEMAN, RICK - THE BURNING O.S.T. (LP/ONE WAY STATIC)

The iconic score for a slasher-classic, composed and performed by Rick Wakeman, an English composer, keyboardist, songwriter, author and actor that actually needs little introduction. He is best known as a member of the progressive rock band YES and for his solo albums released in the 1970s. The repress comes on black vinyl, limited to 200 copies. Comes with obi.

WASSERMANN, PETER J. & DANIELA - (BLACK) DESERT LOVERS O.S.T. (+VIBRATOR) (LP/VINYL OF AUSTRI)

A previously unreleased minimal synth, ambient, drone, wave soundtrack produced by the people behind Schaltkreis Wassermann, a Swiss cult psychedelic minimal synth band that was active during the early '80s, leading to the music for the 1985 porn movie 'Desert Lovers' a.k.a. 'Heiße Liebe Im Wüstenland' and 'Love In Paradise' (original title). The LP includes a download with bonus tracks, fold out poster and, yes, a vibrator. This edition on BLACK VINYL is extremely limited, so don't sleep!

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

NGOZI FAMILY FT. CHRIS ZEBBY TEMBO - HEAVY CONNECTION (LP/SHADOKS)

A reissue (Limited to 500 numbered copies) of a highly rated 1978 Zamrock album featuring the mighty Ngozi Family, pressed on 180-gram vinyl and packaged in a heavy sleeve. A 2-page insert is included.

 

 

 

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