SPOTLIGHT 605

08/09/2017 12:42

 SPOTLIGHT 605

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FRIEND, TERRY - ANNO DOMINI (LP/TRAMP (UK))

The 2017 album by Terry Friend (of '70s folk band Stonefield Tramp) who, due to an accident, can't play the guitar anymore. 'Anno Donmini' is a rather gentle, mainly acoustic based album of contemporary folkish/country-ish songs. Basically, this doesn't sound a million miles away from the sort of material that Stonefield Tramp used to perform.

DEATH RAYS - THE SHAPE OF THE NIGHT/SHADOWS (7"/MARKET SQUARE)

Debut single from a young British duo. Death Rays arrive with their drone heavy neo-psychedelia, 'The Shape Of The Night' repetitively hits the listener with layers of tremolo guitar, envelope filters and guitar feedback and vocals make may for dark lyricism regarding the ups and downs to modern life. B-side 'Shadows' is a more mellow affair offering the listener down-time from the intense a-side. It sounds similar to a lost Spiritualized track, with hazy drugged out lyrics and softly hushed vocal. The 45 has also been mastered by Sonic Boom. Limited to 300 copies only, housed in hand-numbered riso-graph sleeve including postcard and lyric sheet.

ELECTRIC ORANGE - EOXXV (3LP) (LP/ADANSONIA)

On these six long tracks, recorded during 2013-2017, Electric Orange presents its interpretation of modern, electronically-driven krautrock. This vinyl version of 'EOXXV' comprises three LP's in heavy duty sleeves, packaged in a deluxe slipcase box in leather optics. As usually, the album was mastered by krautrock legend Eroc. The included download code offers an additional bonus track. This edition is limited to 411 sets, with the LP's pressed on 180-gram black/orange vinyl.

GIN LADY - (BLACK) ELECTRIC EARTH (LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACTZ)

Released in a limited run of 150 copies on BLACK VINYL, this is the fourth full-length offering from the Swedish rockers with a soft spot for heavy acts s.a. Alice Cooper, Master's Apprentices, Cream, The Faces and Blue Oyster Cult. The band's sound and style is straight forward and roots oriented, and features catchy melodies that are on par with the best tunes from the heyday of heavy '70s rock.

PENDEJO - (BLACK) CANTOS A LA VIDA (LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACTZ)

Limited edition of 150 copies on BLACK VINYL, packaged in a gatefold sleeve. PENDEJO is a four-piece heavy rock band from the Netherlands, founded by two cousins with backgrounds in Latin America. 'Cantos A La Vida' (2010), the band's first full-length appears on vinyl for the first time. Their music has been described as heavy, addictive, rough and grooving, or as a Spanish critic so eloquently put it: "Heavy rock in Spanish with balls the size of Danny de Vito". What you get here is heavy riffage, pounding drums, right-in-your-face lyrics in urban Spanish that tell the weirdest stories one can imagine, and to top it all off, a screaming trumpet.

BLACK SNAKE MOAN - SPIRITUAL AWAKENING (CD/SELF RELEASE)

The first album by this Italian one-man band experimenting with genres s.a. folk, psychedelic rock and shamanic blues. On his debut we hear Marco Contestabile a.k.a. Black Snake Moan singing and playing the guitar, bassdrum, hi-hat, bells and tambourine.

GIETKOWSKI, KRIS - THREE OF A KIND (2CD) (CD/FRUITS DE MER)

The material of Egg's wonderful first album, re-recorded by a guy called Kris Gietkowski, together with the songs of the debut-albums by The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown AND Atomic Rooster. Is that MAD, OR WHAT?!?!?! Including a couple of extra tracks - or different mixes - thrown in for good measure, this is a limited edition of 300 DOUBLE-CD's.

HACKENSACK - THE FINAL SHUNT (CD/AUDIO ARCHIVES)

Famous for those high-energy live gigs in the early '70s, Hackensack returns with a blistering studio album, the first since 'Up The Hard Way' and one that no self-respecting fan of classic, hard-driving blues-rock should miss. 'The Final Shunt' reunites founder members Nicky Moore, whose snarling, abrasive vocals are renowned worldwide, and Stu Mills, who thumps out a slew of pulverising bass lines to perfection. Called up for duty on lead guitar is Nicky's garrulous son Timmy, bursting with infectious energy and talent, bringing a fresh and tantalizing new edge to Hackensack's direct sound.

MCCANN, JAMES - GOTTA LOTTA MOVE BOOM! (LP/BEAST)

James McCann's 2017 album with The New Vindictives, 'Gotta Lotta Move-Boom!', sees him return to the punk rock roots that inspired him as a teenager. Featuring a co-write with Penny Ikinger ('I Can Control Your Mind') and a cover of Spencer P Jones' 'Life In Jail', 'Gotta Love Move-Boom!' ofers nine doses of punk-spiked rock'n'roll guaranteed to kick you into excitement. This is a record awash with the punk attitude of the Sex Pistols, the rhythmic brutality of Feedtime and the leather-clad rock'n'roll passion of Motörhead.

KING KHAN & THE GRIS GRIS - MURDERBURGERS (LP/KHANNIBALISM)

King Khan, master of psychedelic R&B, used all of his magic to reunite one of his all-time favourite bands, The Gris Gris from Oakland, California, to back him up on this long player. This album shows a more singer-songwriter side to King Khan, while mixing in his classic garage punk swagger and many more subtle influences here and there. You can taste a lot of Stooges, screaming saxes in full Steve MacKay style, pounding pianos, some Bakersfield California Country swing, some haunting desert sunset vibes and, most of all, the classic rock'n'soul that has shaped King Khan's genuine signature sound. The resulting gumbo is as tasty as ever!

SABA LOU - PLANET ENIGMA (LP/KHANNIBALISM)

Berlin-based Saba Lou recorded her debut album 'Planet Enigma' in early 2017 at the age of fifteen. RYAN SAMBOL of THE STRANGE BOYS makes a guest appearance on 'Our Fate'. ERIN WOOD from THE SPITS also sings back ups and provides some space synth on 'Planet Enigma'. Also appearing are AMABELLE ANJUM KHAN, COCO KHAN and her father, KING KHAN.

DOMESTIC BUMBLEBEES - MATHILDA/SUMMER NIGHT (7"/SLEAZY)

A cool 7-inch by the '50s-style blues/rock'n'roll trio from Stockholm, Sweden.

PLOMB - UNITY (7"/RELAXOMATIC VIBRATOR)

Plomb is a punk/post-punk band from Paris, which started in the summer of 2016. Plomb plays cold and straight to the point punk songs, influenced by the speed of punk bands à la Crass or Flux Of Pink Indians, and the atmosphere of post-punk bands such as Crisis or Division Four.

TRIAL BY FIRE - 1982 (BLACK) (LP/ALONA'S DREAM)

The lost and unreleased 1982 LP by Trial By Fire. When Chicago punk legends Strike Under broke up in 1981, three of the four members went on to form Trial By Fire. They were one of the first Chicago bands to play thrash style hardcore and quickly became scene favorites, especially among the younger allages set. Far from being a by-the-numbers hardcore group, Trial By Fire's sound bore a heavy Stranglers and post-punk influence as well. They created a unique repertoire which sits alongside the best of the Effigies, Strike Under and Naked Raygun. In fact, when bassist/vocalist Pierre Kezdy later joined Naked Raygun, he brought along their classic 'Rocks Of Sweden' with him. Includes full color insert with rare photos and detailed liner notes.

HEXIS - XII (10"+CD) (10"/DIVISION)

Fierce, relentless, uncompromising, dangerous and wicked is the best way to describe the hc-rooted sound of black metal unit Hexis. This EP is the real deal if you're searching for pure darkness. 'XII' is highly recommended if you like Mayhem, Kickback, This Gift Is A Curse, Rorcal, etc. A free CD-version is included.

UNFOLD - BANSHEE O BEAST (LP/DIVISION)

With the release of the album 'Banshee O Beast', Unfold continues to make way for some of the darkest sounds within extreme music. The pioneers of the European post-metal/hc scene, in which they're regarded as one of the most influential and creative bands, deliver a dark and devastating record of rare quality. More direct than 'Cosmogon' (2011), the profile of this album is clearly more driven, with faster tempos, an overall uglier attitude and an omnipresent sense of urgency.

ECHOES OF SILENCE - TENSION (LP/SELF RELEASE)

Released on vinyl, this is the fourth album by Echoes Of Silence, a post-punk/gothic band from Rome, Italy. The line-up is comprised of Filippo Biagioni Gazzoli, Paolo Maccaroni, Roberto Acquafredda and Andrea Orlandi.

BLUNT, DEAN -& JOANNE ROBERTSON- - WAHALLA (LP/TEXTILE)

Produced in 2014, 'Wahalla' is a result of the collaboration between Dean Blunt (Hype Williams, Babyfather, Blue Iverson) and visual/folk artist Joanne Robertson. Originally released on social media (Mediafire/YouTube) in early 2017, 'Wahalla' is now available for the first time on a physical format.

VIKTOR, KNUD - AMBIANCES/IMAGES (2LP) (LP/INSTITUT FOR DANSK LYDARKÆLOGI)

This reissue presents Knud Viktor's only two vinyl releases, 'Images' and 'Ambiances', which both were released in 1972 on the French label L'Oiseau Musicien. Knud Viktor (1924-2013) was a Danish recordist and sound artist, a pioneer of phonography and sound ecology. He spent most of his life trying to capture the tiny sound of animals and the sound of erosion on the rocks of Régalon (Lubéron, France), where he lived for almost 40 years. Viktor's methodology of work involved long periods of deep listening before placing his microphones at the right point of ear. This edition is limited to 300 DOUBLE-LP's.

COMMON EIDER, KING EIDER - SHRINES FOR THE UNWANTED, RESPITE... (CD/COLD SPRING)

...FOR THE CAST ASIDE' - The triumphant reawakening of San Francisco's masters of behemoth ritualistic darkness. Within 'Shrines For The Unwanted, Respite For The Cast Aside', bone, antler and voice produce connective threads between the worlds, as guitar and percussion punctuate shifts in mood. Voices call to the spirits, and the spirits call back in return. Recorded in 2016 during four private, collective only rituals, the pieces pull the listener through the darkest and most overgrown trails of the blackest forest. Monumental and horizonless ritualistic black ambience. Vocal visitations by A.C. Way of Sutekh Hexen.

SARIN - PSYCHIC STRESS (LP/BURKA FOR EVERYBODY)

The music of Iranian-born Emad Dabiri, aka SRIN is full of explosive, militaristic beats and icy synth patterns. It seethes with an urgency and severity that reflects its '80s old school industrial predecessors, while also perfectly suited to the current ominous atmosphere of dark techno dance floors. Originally released as a tape in a limited edition of 50 copies on X-Img. The songs have been mixed again, some synth lines recorded again and were mastered for vinyl and digital versions in Sountess studio. The record includes also an Unhuman remix of the song 'Total War'. Limited to 400 copies.

TREPANERINGSRITUALEN - KAINSKULT (BLACK) (LP/TESCO ORGANISATION)

'Kainskult' keeps all the basic building blocks of 'Perfection & Permanence': the tribal drumming, the atavistic propulsion, the clattering metal percussion, and the abysmal growls. But somehow it reaches a new level of intensity, both sonically and lyrically. Assisted by Alone in the Hollow Garden, Antti Litmanen, Fredrik Bergström, Peter Bjärgö, Thomas Bojden, DE·TA·US·TO·AS, David S. Herreras, Daniel Hofmann, Michael Idehall, Idlu Lili Regulus, Kim Solve, Kim Larsen, Lina Baby Doll, Nordvargr, Joachim Nordwall, Nÿland II, Aaron B. Turner, and Veil of Light. Limited to 250 copies on black vinyl.

 

VARIOUS - VISIONS OF DARKNESS IN IRANIAN... (CD/COLD SPRING)

...CONTEMPORARY MUSIC' - In a country where youth culture has been heavily restricted for so long, it's significant when a cultural form such as this has an opportunity to reach a wider audience - aided by the abstract nature of dark ambient, drone and noise. In comparison, the dance music scene has a harder time taking root in Iran due to the illegality of men and women dancing in public together. However, the growth of the experimental electronic scene is going to be about more than a mere novelty reaction to a political paradigm shift. CD1: 01. Saint Abdullah - Unforgotten Promises 02. Xerxes The Dark - Longing To Return 03. S.S.M.P - The Blue Chasm 04. Alphaxone - A Dystopia 05. Limen - Wherefore The Worm Universe 06. Ali Phi - Condition.III 07. Reza Solatipour - Surviving The Darkness 08. Nojan - Revolution 09. Hossein RangChi - Mute 10. Narcissa Kasrai - Articulation 11. Rhonchus - Graph CD2: 01. DSM - Nowruz 02. idft - DT 03. Nyctalllz - Daeva 04. Poo Yar - Buried Alive 05. Anunnaki Signal - Father 06. Soheil Soheili - Laboratory 07. XSIX - Lost 08. Crows In The Rain - ... (For A Film) 09. Downtown Of Hong Kong - Downtown Valley 10. Mehdi Behbudi & Vahide Sistaani - Tehr

ELECTRIC DRAGON - COVENANT (BLACK) (LP/NEUROPA)

Electric Dragon, from England is a darksynth project by Ian Mullinger, former rhythm guitarist with famed death/doom metal band Vallenfyre. Obsessed by Italian horror movies and soundtracks by Goblin, Claudio Simonetti, and Fabio Frizzi, he has experimented with electronica since the days of the C64 and cites SID-chip composer Rob Hubbard as a firm favourite. All of this, and the vibe of soundtracks like 'Splatterhouse' and 'Castlevania', are distilled into Electric Dragon's blend of pounding darksynth, twisted outrun and metal-infused mayhem.

GLOOM INFLUX - FIRST LP (BLACK) (LP/NEUROPA)

Gloom Influx delivers a positive blend of electronic music and metal, in the form of dark synthwave. High-octane and energizing tracks like 'Entropy' and 'Anodizer' go alongside slower, darker pieces like 'Obsidiane' and 'Metropolis'. The album has been mastered by well-known French synthwave producer Volkor X.

GRIMRIK - (BLACK) DIE MAUERN DER NACHT (LP/NEUROPA)

Rooted in black metal, Grimrik (Berlin, Germany) bends its side genre "Dungeon Synth" to the max and delivers an atmospheric journey across time and space, perfectly integrating various influences like Berlin School, synthwave and dark ambient. This album is to be considered as a whole otherworldly trip, constantly climbing towards an unexpected climax and leaving you behind in a state of relaxation and enlightenment.

HOLOGRAM TEEN - BETWEEN THE FUNK AND THE FEAR (LP/POLYTECHNIC YOUTH)

Morgane Lhote's first outing (since her Stereolab days), with her ace project Hologram Teen. On offer are 11 killer, ofeten whacked out tracks, inspired by a multitude of key figures from varying genres. One can f.i. sense elements of the soundtracks of Goblin and John Carpenter, 1970s French disco and psychedelic Brazilian rock, Congolese soukous, and the string arrangements of François de Roubaix and Jean-Claude Vannier.

KANAAN, FATEN - PLEIADE HEX 6 (LP/POLYTECHNIC YOUTH)

The second full-length from Brooklyn-based Faten Kanaan. Loosely inspired by medieval canons/rounds and Baroque structures, the album hovers between ambient electronic experimentations and semi-classical traditions. This wonderful record is sure to sell out real quick.

SAVON TRANCHAND - SYMÉTRIE (LP/LE TURC MECANIQUE)

What we have here is a serving of minimal wave-electro, sung in French with a Brigitte Fontaine-like touch, more or less in the vein of Violence Conjugale or X Ray Pop. This LP-edition is limited to 300 copies.

VOLKOR X - THIS MEANS WAR (BLACK) (LP/NEUROPA)

After having garnered much praise in the synth scene through its first web offerings, Volkor X -by means of this first full-length- pushes his way up through the top where the likes of Perturbator, Gost or Carpenter Brut stand. 'This Means War' offers more than 45 minutes of uchronic prophecy, where Sylvain Coudret from Soilwork makes a guest -and explosive- appearance, and where cosmic evil lurks in every corner. This actually means war!

CAMPBELL, CARL - ZION DUB (LP/CARL'S RECORDS)

A reissue of a classic 1978 dub album produced by Carl Campbell and co-featuring The Revolutionaries including Sly & Robbie.

EARLY B - GHOST BUSTERS (LP/PATATE)

A vinyl reissue of this rare DJ album from 1985, originally released on Black Solidarity. The LP was produced by Garrick Robertson, Ossie Thomas and Triston Palmer and mixed by Scientist.

LOS CAMAROES - RESURRECTION LOS (LP/ANALOG AFRICA)

The electrifying final album (originally from 1979) by Cameroon's legendary outfit Los Camaroes, now available on LP for the first time outside of Africa. Recorded live to two track at the Mango Bar in Yaoundé, 'Resurrection Los' marked the last collaboration between bandleader Jean Gabari and groundbreaking guitarist Messi Martin. This deluxe reissue comes with notes on the history of the band by original keyboardist Mbambo "Johnny Cosmos" Simon, plus interviews with producer Nicolas Mongué and engineer Emmanuel Guyssot.

FREE JAZZ WORKSHOP - INTER FRÉQUENCES (LP/SOUFFLE CONTINU)

The Free Jazz Workshop was founded back in 1967, but the first album, 'Inter Fréquences', didn't appeared 'til 1973. Right from this first album it was clear that the group would function as a collective with no designated leader. The legacy and influence of American free jazz can be heard throughout, including influences s.a. Albert and Don Ayler, Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, Cecil Taylor, Gary Peacock, Barre Phillips, Sunny Murray, Milford Graves and the Art Ensemble Of Chicago. 'Inter Fréquences' definitely is one the masterpieces of French (and European!) free jazz. This reissue is limited to 700 copies, coming with an obi.

WORKSHOP DE LYON - LA CHASSE DE SHIRAH SHARIBAD (LP/SOUFFLE CONTINU)

The Free Jazz Workshop became the Workshop De Lyon in 1975, due to the arrival of clarinetist-saxophonist Louis Sclavis. Still a source of joy, this lyrically feverish second album maintains a narrative dimension, while subtle textures develope through the contrasting collective improvisations. This reissue is limited to 700 copies, coming with an obi.

WORKSHOP DE LYON - TIENS! LES BOURGEONS ECLATENT... (LP/SOUFFLE CONTINU)

Here's a vinyl-reissue of the third album by the Workshop De Lyon, originally issued in 1978. This work perfectly showcases how the group sounded around the time of its release, revealing a certain universal dignity which tips its hat to influences s.a. Albert Ayler and The Art Ensemble Of Chicago, transfigured with a new and exciting aesthetic approach. Irresistible! This edition is limited to 500 copies, presented with an obi.

BOYCE, R.L. -& THE THUNDER BAND- - LIVE FROM THE CIRCLE BAR (CD/GO APE)

"Are you ready to Boogie?" Sherena Boyce asks the lucky crowd on that rainy night in New Orleans. It was Mardi Gras, but Como, MS blues legend R.L. Boyce was in the Circle Bar and with the support of Paul Artigues and Todd Mathews, on loan from the Thunder Band, he settled in and grooved an incredible set of down-home, hypnotic hill country blues. This is unfiltered R.L. Boyce at his very best. No guest stars. No hot leads. No slide guitar. All boogie!

KIMBROUGH, ROBERT -& SR. BLUESCONNECTION- - LIVE FROM THE HUT (CD/GO APE)

Looking for real, raw electric blues only a hot summer night at a juke joint in the deep south can deliver? This is it: Robert Kimbrough, Sr. BluesConnection and friends recorded live at the Hut in Holly Springs, MS. On a sweltering night in late June 2016, this joint opened its door to a few dozen lucky individuals who partied, danced and grooved to an amazing collection of contemporary blues musicians. Prepare yourself for Cotton Patch Blues by the originators, the Kimbrough family. This disc presents Juniors family and friends carrying on the tradition of all night long jamming north Mississippi is famous for.

JONES, GEORGE - ALONG CAME YOU/FEELING SINGLE, SEEING DOUBLE (7"/SLEAZY)

Two fine tracks by the country legend, reissued on 7-inch.

79RS GANG - DEAD AND GONE/WRONG PART OF TOWN (7"/SINKING CITY)

The coming together of two of the big Mardi Gras Indian crews in New Orleans: the 9th Ward Hunter Gang and the Black Eagles Gang. This absolutely perfect 7" consists of just heavy percussion and chanting on two killer tracks.

 

 

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