SPOTLIGHT 611

20/10/2017 12:49

SPOTLIGHT 611

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

KOCHER, SUZAN - MOON BORDEAUX (LP/UNIQUE)

Suzan Köcher's music could be called psychedelic folk-rock with one leg in the '60s and one leg in the here and now. Her melody-loving songs sound as if Dusty Springfield, Serge Gainbourg and Joni Mitchell were locked in some French basement recording room of the Rolling Stones to write the soundtrack for an unreleased Tarantino-movie. Carried by Suzan's beautiful unagitated voice the 12 songs on her debut-album spread a rough brightness. The gloomy baroque mellotron-orchestration is placed on rumbling drums, a melodic beat-bass and tender to raspy twang-, fuzz- and acoustic guitars. From time to time one can hear an ancient synthesizer jerking or an old harmonium whimpering.

PLEASE - 1968-1969 (CD/LION/ACME)

Superb and historic collection of 1968-1969 UK psych, featuring members of BULLDOG BREED, who later went on to making the 'Made In England' psych album in 1969, and members of T2 who went on to making the 'It'll All Work Out In Boomland' LP in 1970. Includes the original killer demo version of 'No More White Horses'.

GREEN SEAGULL - (I USED TO DREAM IN) BLACK AND WHITE (7"/MEGA DODO)

If you thought their last waxing was fab hang onto your kaftans because '(I Used To Dream In) Black And White' is a pop gem that recalls late-'60s baroque psychedelia and 12-string jangle. Think Simon and Garfunkel meet Chad and Jeremy. A hazy shade of autumn that could have stepped straight out of a misty San Francisco night. B/w 'Not Like You And Me'.

62 MILES FROM SPACE - TIME SHIFTS (12"/MEGA DODO)

62 Miles From Space is a two-piece virtual music project founded in Moscow consisting of Neil Davidson (samples, programming) and Roman Kutnov (guitar, vocals). The fact that they lived in the same city is purely a coincidence however. Their music lives entirely on the internet and now on vinyl. They don't jam, they don't play live and mostly use virtual instruments, and their collaboration is centered around e-mail. As the name 62 Miles From Space suggests, their music doesn't correspond to a particular time or place of creation.

OCHER, MARY - THE FAUST STUDIO RECORDINGS (10") (10"/SING A SONG FIG)

Eight killer tracks by Berlin's psychedelic pop craftswoman Mary Ocher, including a cover of Robbie Basho's 'Blue Crystal Fire'. Recorded by Irmler from Faust in Faust's studio in Berlin.

BANSHEE - CAW! (LP/BANSHEE)

First album by this band from Boston, MA, feturing members of hardcore punk bands Male Nurses, Bombers and The Combat Zone. This is wild psychedelic punk influenced by stuff like The Stooges, The MC5 and The 13th Floor Elevators.

COWBOYS & ALIENS - (BLACK) A TRIP TO THE STONEHENGE COLONY (LP/OFF THE RECORD)

Limited to 200 copies on black vinyl. For the first time on vinyl comes this iconic debut album (originally from 2000) by Belgian stonerrock legends Cowboys & Aliens. Often stated as "groove rock" and a superb combination of the old classic bands, Led Zeppelin, Thin Lizzy and some of the more modern pioneers such as QOTSA and Monster Magnet.

NEBULA - DOS E.P.'S (BLACK) (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOU)

Guitarist Eddie Glass and drummer Ruben Romano formed Nebula in 1997 after breaking away from desert rock pioneers Fu Manchu, eventually recruiting bassist Mark Abshire. This power trio specializes in feedback-drenched heavy rock, incorporating liberal doses of Black Sabbath riffery, psychedelia, and space rock. 'Dos E.P.'s' includes the material originally released on 1999's 'Sun Creature' and the Nebula/Lowrider split.

NEBULA - LET IT BURN (BLACK) (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOU)

Guitarist Eddie Glass and drummer Ruben Romano formed Nebula in 1997 after breaking away from desert rock pioneers Fu Manchu, eventually recruiting bassist Mark Abshire. This power trio specializes in feedback-drenched heavy rock, incorporating liberal doses of Black Sabbath riffery, psychedelia, and space rock. 'Let It Burn' was originally released on Tee Pee in 1998.

NEBULA - TO THE CENTER (BLACK) (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOU)

Guitarist Eddie Glass and drummer Ruben Romano formed Nebula in 1997 after breaking away from desert rock pioneers Fu Manchu, eventually recruiting bassist Mark Abshire. This power trio specializes in feedback-drenched heavy rock, incorporating liberal doses of Black Sabbath riffery, psychedelia, and space rock. 'To The Center' was produced by Jack Endino and Nebula, and was originally released on Sub Pop in 1999.

SMYTH, MORDECAI - THE MAYOR OF TOYTOWN IS DEAD (LP/MEGA DODO)

Mordecai Smyth's 2017 album still contains hooks aplenty - accessible and challenging in the best tradition of progressive rock. Mordecai prefers it to be known as "regressive rock." He's also called upon the assistance of a wide pool of talents. Among them is Dave Lambert (Strawbs, The Fire) who contributes lead guitar to the album's opening and closing tracks.

SULA BASSANA - THE APE REGARDS HIS TAIL O.S.T. (2LP) (LP/PANCROMATIC)

Sula Bassana's first soundtrack album features 60 minutes of totally spaced out and minimalistic music for the sci-fi feature-film 'The Ape Regards His Tail', directed by Michael Yates. The music was made with synthesizers, string ensembles, mellotron, organ, e-guitar and e-piano. It shows the mellow and relaxed, but also deep, dark and melancholic side of Sula Bassana. Wide and floating soundscapes combined with deep melodies and spaced out sounds. Close your eyes and watch a movie inside your head, constructed by those tunes and your mind. Three-sided double LP, limited to 500 copies on clear vinyl.

VIBRAVOID - MUSHROOM MANTRAS (LP/STONED KARMA)

Vibravoid are still on their mission for peace and present their next album 'Mushroom Mantras' barely 10 months after the masterpiece 'Wake Up Before You Die'. What Vibravoid already indicated with songs like 'The Tascam Mantra' or 'Three Minutes For A Free Tibet' on their debut album '2001', is continued on 'Mushroom Mantras'. All songs of the album are concepted as a mantra and form a musical overall art work.

WIBG - WINNIE & THE NIHILIST (LP/EXAG')

In their current state of designed perpetual flux WIBG has found some serious footing. Since 2012 Justin Fowler, Dan Galucki have consistently churned out shimmering, spasmodic psych rock of an exceptional degree. Since joined by Nathan Moore and Cory Gray in 2016, the crew has found a sort of chaotic cohesion. Many tours across the United States and Europe with the likes of FUZZ, Built to Spill and countless other groups of questionable individuals have left WIBG wise, weathered and thankful for the opportunity to shred. On tip toes and with bloody hands WIBG creates something more than songs. Their singular style is an organic cacophony of scattered metallic sway and lascivious throbbing that will leave you writhing and shaking into the wee hours.

HALL, NATHAN -& THE SINISTER LOCALS- - EFFIGIES (2CD) (CD/HIP REPLACEMENT)

This is the debut solo album by Soft Hearted Scientists frontman Nathan Hall, ably assisted by the shadowy figures known as The Sinister Locals - a possibly disreputable but undeniably talented bunch of people. Musically the songs are a blend of modern fearful psychedelia, electronica, chamber pop, haunted folk and godless prayers. Acoustic and electric guitars blend with vintage keyboards, piano and electronic underwater/outer space/nature sound effects, to add colour and texture. With added sleigh bells.

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

DROOGS - YOUNG GUN (CD/PLUG N SOCKET)

2017 album by US psychedelic garage rockers. When you hear singer Ric Albin, you still hear The MC5, The Yardbirds, Howlin' Wolf, The Seeds, The Kingsmen, Pebbles/Nuggets groups, and everyone else whose every lyric meant no-nonsense (yet cool) business. Includes a cover of The Seeds' 'Out Of The Question'.

BRODIE, DAM -& THE GRIEVING WIDOWS- - MY FRIEND THE MURDER (LP/BEAST)

Performed with a sparseness of instrumentation, Brodie has created a classic Australian rock'n'roll record, lyrically channelling the troubled obsessions of people whose felings of love have turned into hate, with disastrous consequences for all involved.

ROCK'N'BORDES - ES LA VIDA (10") (10"/SLEAZY)

Original demos for Rock'n'Bordes' third album 'Al Mal Tiempo Buena Cara', that were recorded for Virus Records in 1991. The label was a failed experiment realized by RCA/BMG and La Fabrica Magnetica.

VINCENT, GENE - TEMPTATION BABY (10") (10"/SLEAZY)

'THE COMPLETE COLUMBIA SINGLES' - On these British singles Gene made impressive performances, at least as finest as his top recordings on Capitol. Contains rare photos on the inner sleeve. SIDE 1: 1. Temptation Baby 2. Where Have You Been All My Life 3. Humpity Dumpity 4. La-Den-Da-Den-Da-Da SIDE 2: 1. Love'em And Leave'em Kinda Guy 2. The Beginning Of The End 3. Private Detective 4. You're My Sunshine Bonus track: Gene Vincent & The British Blue Caps - Temptation - Live It Up film acetate track, recorded by Joe Meek)

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

DIVA (SWITZERLAND) - SOL (LP/DIVISION)

Neuchatel, Switzerland's dIVA's music is borrowing much from smooth dream-pop and throbbing trip-hop. Some incursions into the dark-folk and drone burned territories make the final mixture a formidable composite of efficiency, irremediably causing total fascination and immediate adhesion. Recommended if you like Portishead, Mogwai, Eddy Vedder, Chelsea Wolfe, Tricky.

DIGITAL DANCE - DIGITAL DANCE 002 (LP/SUB ROSA)

After the album 'Total Erasement' that includes the more 'professional' studio recordings of the band, this new record is the re-release of their last cassette tape, reflecting another side of their work and the beginnings of what was to come. Not only songs but more experimental music, a work based on improvisation up to change parts of the musicians (e.g., guitarist on the drums and vice versa, reviving the very beginnings of the band). The sound was remodelled and mastered in 2017.

PUNK/HARDCORE

PUNKENSTEIN - OH, DU SCHÖNE MAID! (7"/INCOGNITO)

Reissue of a rare KBD classic from 1981, including the hits 'Smash The System', 'Damage The Rules' and 'No School'. Features members of legendary Deutschpunk bands such as Napalm, Razors, Kotzbrocken, SS Ultrabrutal and Screamer just to name a few. Comes with original artwork picture sleeve plus inlay with complete band story. Wild and pure Hamburg punk rock!

VARIOUS - STUTTGARD BRENNT VOR LANGEWEILE (2LP) (LP/INCOGNITO)

Compilation showcasing the early punk/new wave-underground of the Stuttgart-area. Many tracks for the first time on vinyl. Comes in gatefold sleeve with printed innersleeves with band-stories, line-ups and photos. Edition of 800 copies. SIDE 1: 1. Dreimalcurrywurstundpommes - Lieb' Mich Nicht 2. Die Sache - Genau 3. NDL - Wir Sind Die Beatles Von Morgen 4. K.G.B. - Eckstein 5. Anabiose - Wartezimmer 6. Heute Frühling 7. Der Künftige Musikant - Ich Bin Zu Weit Weg Für Dich 8. F.A.K. - Langeweile 9. Familie Hesselbach - Jeden Morgen Jeden Tag 10. Jalta & Die Teilung Europas - Schlaffer Sack 11. Frauen Und Technik - Höfliche Terroristen SIDE 2: 1. Abenteuer Unter Wasser - Guter Junge, Schlechte Welt 2. The Nothing - Suburb Gangs 3. Ätzer 81 - Stuttgart Kaputtgart 4. Name - Dr. Sommer 5. Triebtäter - Bullen 6. Normahl - Stammheim 7. Herbärds - Arbeitslos 8. Die Fliehenden Ägypter - Ich Bin Nicht Normal 9. The Problem - Out Of Dirt 10. Chaos Z - Abmarsch SIDE 3: 1. Frauenklinik - Euglena 2. X-Cess - Großstadt 3. Zimt - Eiscafé 4. Autofick - Eva Braun & Loki Schmidt 5. Luigi Nicoletti - Deutschland 6. Stragula - Hässlich 7. Z.S.K.A. - Tanzt 8. Strahler 80 - Disco Pogo 9. Gäste Aus Ungarn - Hippie Punks 10. Vermin - Hate & War 11. Maria Köhler - Dreck 12. ABC - Niemand Nimmt Mich Richtig Ernst 13. Die Mütter - Ne Mark 14. Professor Sauerbruch Und Das Krankenhaus Am Rande Der Stadt - Die Geschlossene 15. Grosspy (Z7) - Wem's Nicht Gefällt... SIDE 4: 1. Teflon Fonfara & Maik Glemser - Geiles Stuttgart 2. Fritz Blitz - Ein Platz In Deinem Herzen 3. Garagenband - Der Kleine Grüne Stuhl 4. Verblender - Tatlin 5. Die Alten - Mitternacht 6. Partner Der Welt - TV Serie (Fortsetzung Folgt) 7. Pascal - Rendez-Vouz Europe 8. Fuckin Gute Bürgerband - Sauerkraut

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

CELEPHAIS - GREY DAWN, QUAINT GARDENS (LP/ORDO VIATORUM)

On their debut album, Celephaïs takes the listener on a trip into the distant lands of the mind. The album contains six long tracks, each of which tell a different story. Think of opium induced daydreaming, Celephaïs is here to hold hands so you feel safe enough to delve deeper into dissociation. The presented advanced synthesizer works display earthly undertones of dirt, hypnotizing noises, drumming sounds of distant rituals as well as ringing crystals. Comes with a special artwork as insert. Celephaïs are Ian Martin (known for several releases on various labels as Enfant Terrible, Pinkman, Bunker, Diametric, etc) and Jeroen Holthuis (also known as Onont Kombar from OV001, as well as DJ Down The Rabbit Hole and a co-owner of Ordo Viatorum).

HALL, MAX - ABSTRACTITHICA (LP/EVIL HOODOO)

'Abstractithica' is the debut album for Max Hall. It came about while travelling around the world, also in and around the UK, using nothing but a stereo field recorder, gathering sounds, atmosphere's and conversations, noises, anything that vibrated the airwaves over a period of 4 years. Experimentation then ensued in the studio for about a year, putting all these gathered recordings into a collage of atmospheric sounds to create "40 minutes of beautifully sculpted field recordings", and the result is a mind bending mixture of recognisable and alien sounds that will drag the listener into a dream like state, confusing the brain and wondering at times what actually happened over the last 42 minutes. Not like anything you've heard before, this is a truly unique, one off record. Limited to 250 copies.

POTTER, COLIN - THE ABOMINABLE SLOWMAN (LP/ABSTRAKCE)

After working for 20 years on this album, Colin Potter finally releases 'The Abominable Slowman', an LP that dives into many different codes (soundtrack, experimental, ambient, electronic psychedelia, contemporary, drone...), but among all is characterized by the surprise of the unexpected. Beautifully disturbing, it could be the perfect soundtrack for a David Lynch movie. The LP is presented in a letterpress-printed grey cardboard cover with a die cut.

COLOSSLOTH - HEATHEN NEEDLES (CD/COLD SPRING)

On his second album, Colossloth continues his esoteric sonic crusade of volatile yet absorbing audio textures. Cold electronica, with swathes of rhythmic power noise and industrial harshness, tempered with penetrating song structures.

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

SMALL CROWD - THE SMALL CROWD (LP/SING A SONG FIG)

A heavenly mix of dancey electronical music with classical string quartet. Adventurous and beautiful. Listeners have tried to compare The Small Crowd to artists like Nicolas Jaar, Jon Hopkins, Kornel Kovacz, Vitalic and The Avalanches. Artwork by US artist Noah Lyon.

VENTRE DE BICHE - 333, MI-HOMME, MI-BETE (LP/TEENAGE MENOPAU)

Highly awaited second album by Luca Retraite's solo project Ventre De Biche. French minimal synth with a punk attitude.

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

CISSOKHO, LAMINE - KORA+1 (LP/SING A SONG FIG)

Being praised by Toumani Diabaté and curating his own Kora festival in Senegal in April 2018, now is the time for others to discover Lamine Cissokho. Currently living in the south of Sweden, he was approached by producer Karl Jonas Winqvist, who suggested to record an instrumental album, inspired by the Charlie Haden album 'Closeness' (on which Haden made instrumental duets with friends and musicians like Alice Coltrane and Keith Jarrett). Cisshoko collaborated with his favourite Swedish musicians (Lisa Langbacka, Iiris Viljanen, Emil Skogh, Tomas Hallonsten, Abdou Cisshoko and Liliana Zavala) for duets with kora and synths, accordion, Latin percussion etc.

VARIOUS: WORLD, CLASSICAL, SPOKEN WORDS ETC.

VARIOUS - GENERAL ZHAO ZI LONG, ON HORSEBACK... (LP/FIRE SHEEP)

...SAVES HIS MASTER ALL BY HIMSELF' - An otherworldly compilation of Chinese operas and folk songs from old scratchy 78RPM records, featuring such legendary early/mid-20th century artists as Mei Lan Fang, Bai Ju Rong, Fong Yim Fun and many more. Limited to 250 copies. SIDE 1: 1. Mei Lan Fang - Ba Hwang Bia Gei (Emperor Ba Hwang Bid Farewell To His Concubine) 2. Zhong Zheng Shun Xiang Ban - Teochew Opera 3. Xiao Hong Xin - Cantonese Recording 4. Bai Ju Rong - Clipper1016a 5. Fukien Opera - Regal50002c 6. Bai Ju Rong - Oriental5028a SIDE 2: 1. Old Choy Bo Fung Troupe - Teochew Opera 2. Cantonese Opera - Columbia57700G 3. Lao Gek Chuong Hiang - Tio Mou Seng Tong Sok (Man Trapped In Snow) 4. Amoy Opera From Fujian - Instrumental 5. Ho Fei Fan & Fong Yim Fun - Romantic Song & Buddha Sutra 6. Lai Chui Hsa & Li Yan Ping - General Zhao Zi Long, On Horseback, Saves His Master All By Himself

 

 

 

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