SPOTLIGHT 618

08/12/2017 16:24

SPOTLIGHT 618

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

HAUTALA, HEIKKI -& HYVÄT VELJET- - RAUHA JA HARMONIA (LP/FULL CONTACT)

Known for his revered punk ensemble Sokea Piste and an acoustic solo effort called Pyövelin Vaatteet, on this album, this instantly recognizable singer-songwriter from Finland found a new kind of vehicle to manifest his apocalyptic lines. This time Hautala is backed by a solid rock lineup. Country, folk and blues elements fuse their way to the distinctive sound. The atmosphere is both menacing and comforting, and the speed varies from mid-tempo to very very slow.

GYPSY SUN REVIVAL - (BLACK) JOURNEY OUTSIDE OF TIME (LP/NASONI)

Blasting through the airwaves to tickle your auditory senses, comes the sophomore release from these Texas psychedelic pariahs. Take a journey outside of time and experience the weirdness that can only come from an unwavering sense of pushing the possibilities of musical instruments.

KAWABATA, MAKOTO/RICHARD PINHAS/YOSHIDA TATSUYA - TRAX (LP/BAMBALAM)

Richard Pinhas is one of the most atypical French musicians of the last 40 years. His guitar playing sounds a bit like Sonny Sharrock's, with a kind of Sonic Youth treatment applied to it, yet his trademark effects reminiscent of the Heldon years can still be heard. Makoto Kawabata (Acid Mothers Temple) who has been a big follower of Heldon, has also been a longtime friend and partner of Tatsuya Yoshida (Ruins). So, naturally these 3 reunited in 2016 to record a series of fiery improvisations and experimentations. Free noise, blues and psychedelia are all intertwined. Repeated listenings will trigger memories of German psychedelia or even the more recent noise rock or no wave.

MUGSTAR - COLLAPSAR (2LP) (LP/EVIL HOODOO)

As its subtitle 'Skull Scorchers And Neuron Phasers - Singles & Rarities' suggests, 'Collapsar' is a DOUBLE-PLATTER compilation that collects singles and rarities by Liverpool's Mugstar. Taking in pulsating Krautrock, skeletal post-rock, bludgeoning psych and even an idiosyncratic take on the folk classic 'Tam Lin' (made famous by Fairport Convention), this set collates and unearths the hidden chapters of the band's ongoing intergalactic travelogue.

PELTOLA, MARKKU - (BLACK) BUSTER KEATONIN RATSUTILALLA (LP/FULL CONTACT)

Ektro/Full Contact commemorates the 10th anniversary of the beloved musician and actor Markku Peltola's passing by reissuing his debut solo album 'Buster Keatonin Ratsutilalla' (2003). Markku Peltola was a prominent figure in the Finnish cultural scene until his untimely death in 2007. In addition to playing lead roles in various celebrated feature films, such as Aki Kaurismäki's 'The Man Without A Past', Peltola was a key member of the charismatic theatre and rock group Motelli Skronkle. In addition to his active involvement on stage, he was also a hands-on cultural activist and the primus motor behind Tampere's legendary theatre and concert venue Telakka. Meandering in the realm of dreamy, low-key folk, Peltola's magical debut album oscillates solemnly between queer humour and touching melancholy, which has been compared to the film scores of Ry Cooder and Ennio Morricone and the minimalism of Penguin Cafe Orchestra. Limited to 350 copies on black vinyl.

SULA BASSANA - THE NIGHT (CLEAR) (LP/PANCROMATIC)

Limited repress of 300 copies on clear vinyl. 5 tracks (6 to 16 minutes) of mostly instrumental psychedelic spacerock and krautrock! All music composed and played by Sula and one track sung by Colour Haze's Stefan Koglek! Produced by kraut legend Eroc.

WELCOME INSIDE THE BRAIN - CELEBRATE THE DEPRESSION (LP/NASONI)

The first full-length by this psychedelic art rock band from Leipzig. Originally self-released in 2015, this edition is limited to 350 copies on yellow vinyl.

ALEX'S HAND - KATATAK (CD/R.A.I.G.)

'KaTaTaK' is the fourth proper studio album by Alex's Hand. All music contained within was primarily written by Nic Barnes, Kellen Mills, and Ben Reece and recorded in 2014-2015 in Berlin within a generally live context with a very small amount of overdubs. Recommended for the real connoisseurs of avant-prog, RIO, jazz-fusion and post-modern experimental musical art.

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

TRANS LUV AIRLINES - SUIKER MIJ./ASIKANVOODOE (7"/DOWN AT THE NIG)

With this single Trans Luv Airlines presents their love for '60s fuzz and garage music. Fly with TLA into a world inhabited by dog catchers, masochrists and half deads, threatened by liars and ego centric talking machines. This 7" single is released in a limited edition of 21 numbered copies only! The cover and inner sleeve of the single are handmade by the band themselves. As they are individually printed manually, no two copies of the cover nor the inner sleeve came out the same. Order fast!!

AMYL & THE SNIFFERS - (BLACK) BIG ATTRACTION & GIDDY UP (LP/HOMELESS)

Amyl & The Sniffers are an Oz punk band (think Coloured Balls, X-Ray Spex) possessed by the spirit of Australian '70s rock. They released their debut-EP, 'Giddy Up' from 2016 (side B on this 12-inch), all in a span of 12 hours. Taking their cues from a diverse bunch of legends including AC/DC, Cosmic Psychos, Dolly Parton and Die Antwoord, they set out to have as much fun as possible. Their second EP, 'Big Attraction', was released in February 2017, kicking off a stellar year for these young punks. Edition on BLACK VINYL.

VINCE RIPPER & THE RODENT SHOW - PLANET SHOCKORAMA (LP/TRASH WAX)

The second full length LP from the duo that is Vince Ripper and Andy Ratfink Wilson (ex-Alien Sex Fiend). This time on a tripped up voyage through space featuring 13 manic tunes which include The B52's classic 'Planet Claire' and a cover of The Cramps' 'Mystery Plane'. An homage to a time of space rockets, alien invasion and B-movie schlock! It's garage punk, it's electro, it's rockabilly... but not as you know it! Housed in a beautifully designed heavyweight sleeve on 180 gram vinyl, limited to 500 copies.

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

KURWS - ALARM (LP/RED WIG)

'Alarm' was recorded with the simultaneous usage of cassette dictaphone, digital recorder and studio mixing console. The result is an album that not only blends post-punk, krautrock, rock in opposition, funk and no wave, but also places all these genres in an unusual context, be it deconstructed or distilled.

API UIZ - PEPLUM (LP/RED WIG)

Experimental post-punk from Bordeaux, in a similar vein as bands like The Ex, Dog Faced Hermans and Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp. Seven tracks, all purely instrumental but with lots of variation, inventiveness and a colourful punk spirit.

PUNK/HARDCORE

COOLHAVEN - RODE PRUIK (10"+COMIC BOOK) (10"/RED WIG)

Rotterdam's Coolhaven performs cover versions of the Rondos and Tändstickorshocks, combining the minimal punk style of the late '70s with a gabber hardcore beat, typical for Rotterdam in the '90s. Limited edition of 300 copies including a 24-page comic book, featuring artwork by Johannes van de Weert, former singer of Rondos.

BEND SINISTER - TAPE2 (BLACK) (LP/HOMELESS)

Slashing, pummeling, deadpan yelling, and other sonic tortures left by the noise punk guerrillas who later became A FRAMES. 'Tape2' is a collection of previously unreleased studio recordings and practice space blastings from 1998-99.

PASMATERS - YOU CAN'T STOP THIS (LP/NE!)

The 2017 album by the Pula, Croatia-based punk band Pasmaters is a 4-way split release between Ne! Records, Svab, Monte Paradiso Records and Nuclear Chaos.

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

HAINO, KEIJI -& JOHN BUTCHER- - LIGHT NEVER BRIGHT ENOUGH (LP/OTOROKU)

Keiji Haino, one of the foremost exponents of the Japanese avant-garde, always provides a masterclass in constantly shifting improvisation. John Butcher is a saxophonist of rare grace and power, who has expanded the vocabulary of the saxophone far beyond the conventions of jazz and other musics, to encompass a staggering range of multiphonics, overtones, percussive sounds, and electronic feedback. This is the audio documentation of their first UK meeting, recorded live at Cafe Oto in July 2016. Haino's blues drenched guitar entices skittering notes from Butcher's sax playing, as numerous sonic clues unravel over the course of of this unique and compelling journey. Limited to 500 copies.

LUIJK, TIMO -VAN- -& MARK HARWOOD- - VANG CIRCULAR (LP/PENULTIMATE PRE)

'Vang Circular' is the first outing from Timo van Luijk (La Scie Dorée, Af Ursin, Elodie) and Mark Harwood (Penultimate Press, Astor). Employing vibes, mellotron, natural reader, an iron ant, synth, metal pipes, slide guitar and a double bass these audacious souls conjure a wonky musical vision that gently peels away the familiar. The results are a surprising synthesis of these two individuals' somewhat oppositional agendas. From the farthest reaches of the galaxy to the highest celestial plane, the core of this haunted and bewitching release exists as a spectre at the edge of time. Limited to 300 copies.

MIKAMI, KAN/JOHN EDWARDS/ALEX NEILSON - LIVE AT CAFE OTO (LP/OTOROKU)

Since the late '60s Kan Mikami has forcefully carved out a space for himself in the culture as a modernist poet, a raging folk singer, an author, an actor, an engaging TV personality, and one of Japan's most uniquely powerful performers. For most of Mikami's career as a singer, he has performed solo. Just him and his electric guitar against the world, creating jagged A-minor vamps to drive along the surreal wisdom of his lyrics. But he's equally at home in more demanding improvisational contexts such as those provided here by John Edwards on bass and Alex Neilson on drums. Their dense propulsive textures seem to spur on Mikami, his voice arcing powerfully into fragmented spaces, his guitar darting, colliding, shedding jagged and angular splinters of sound. Limited to 500 copies.

ASTOR - ASTOR (CASS/PENULTIMATE PRE)

A self titled diary-esque offering, this collects recordings made in the UK and Europe throughout 2017, from a toilet on a train in France to a piece played on Henning Christiansen's piano on the island of Mon in Denmark. Here we embark on a journey of sound that travels through a vast terrain which holds itself together through the sheer audacity of outre elements and unusual construction. From organ jams to syncopated screams, from absolute beauty to unbridled terror, Astor takes a magnifying glass to reality and unfurls it as an uncanny audio essay. Limited to 100 copies.

PSYCHIC TV - KONDOLE/DEAD CAT (2CD+DVD) (CD/COLD SPRING)

A double-CD and DVD collection, presented in a lavish 8-panel matt digipak with a booklet. The first disc features the complete, long version of 'Dead Cat'. CD no. 2 contains the tracks 'Thee First Part, Thee Whale' (recorded in 1988), a soundtrack to an unmade 23 minute film called 'Kondole (Thee Whale)' by David Lewis and Andy Crabb, 'Thee Second Part, Thee Shadow Creatures' (recorded in 1993) and 'Thee Third Part, Dead Cat' (recorded in 1989), the soundtrack to the film 'Dead Cat' by David Lewis. The DVD features the film 'Dead Cat' (1989). It was never issued on general release and has only recently been uncovered by David Lewis (writer & director) and stars cult film director Derek Jarman, Andrew Tiernan ('The Pianist', '300' etc.) and Genesis P-Orridge (Psychic TV, Throbbing Gristle).

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

BONGRIPPER - (CLEAR) SATAN WORSHIPPING DOOM (2LP) (LP/GREAT BARRIER)

Repress of 200 copies on clear vinyl of their 2010 album. This album has only four tracks, each instrumental and each spanning more than ten-minutes in length. Harsh, epic and menacing! Unlike the drug-obsessed sludge of previous Bongripper releases, this one truly is an ode to satanism.

BONGRIPPER - HATE ASHBURY (2LP/CLEAR BROWN) (LP/GREAT BARRIER)

Presented as a double LP on transparant sunglass-brown vinyl, this is a reissue of Bongripper's 2008 album 'Hate Ashbury'. The music on 'Hate Ashbury' is a genuinely impressive blend of just about all the experimental heavy elements one can imagine. Limited to 200 copies.

HIGH REEPER - HIGH REEPER (BLACK) (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOU)

High Reeper's self-titled debut is an unapologetic punch to the face for fans of early '70s proto-metal. The sound and smell of leather, weed, boozing, gambling and death permeate the record from start to finish. The nine tracks run from uptempo straight ahead rock, to slowed down, heavy, early doom. Edition on BLACK VINYL.

[ B O L T ] - ( 0 4 ) (CD/NARSHARDAA)

'( 0 4 )' is the debut full length by [ B O L T ]. In comparison to their earlier output the sound is more propulsive and structured. Emerging out of oppressive silence and ending up in ecstatic noise and drone, [ B O L T ] create waving sounds and crushing riffs. The trio presents a set in between the genres of drone, doom and metal. Limited to 500 copies.

REGGAE/DUB/SKA/ROCKSTEADY

BRISSETT, BUNNY/ROCKERS ALL STARS - BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY/DUB (7"/ONLYROOTS)

Reissue of early '80s female roots tune. This is the original 1981 version. Later issues contain a different digital recut of this tune.

CHARLO/NATTY ALL STARS - LOCKS LION/DUB LION (7"/ONLYROOTS)

Reissue of this rare '70s Pablo Prodruction recorded at Black Ark Studio.

WAKELAND, JENNIFER (SIS JAM) - STRONGER/VERSION (7"/ONLYROOTS)

Reissue of '90s digital tune produced by Augustus Pablo.

JUDGE DREAD - DREADMANIA (IT'S ALL IN THE MIND) (LP/RADIATION ROOTS)

'Dreadmania (It's All In The Mind)' is Judge Dread's first album, originally released by Trojan Records in 1972, and it's a confirmed ska and skinhead reggae classic. He was the king of the double entendre, his clever wordplay and wit a revelation for the staid British. But he also captured the imagination of Jamaicans. Dread wrapped his rude lyrics within perfect reggae backdrops, with many of his songs built around classic Jamaican rhythms, adding further authenticity to his sound. This is a welcome reissue. SIDE 1: 1. All In The Mind 2. Big Six 3. Deception 4. Dr. Kitch 5. Oh! She Is A Big Girl Now 6. Mary Ann SIDE 2: 1. Big Seven 2. Ding-A-Ling 3. Donkey Dick 4. The Biggest Bean You've Ever Seen 5. The Blue Cross Code 6. Dread's Almanack

SOUNDTRACKS/LOUNGE/CULT ETC

ALESSANDRONI, ALESSANDRO - LOST & FOUND (+CD) (LP/FOUR FLIES)

A collection of previously unreleased soundtrack cuts and library treasures from the Italian Maestro. This edition is limited to 500 copies, pressed on 180-GRAM VINYL and including a free CD-version.

FRANCO, GIANNI - IO, EMMANUELLE (LP/FOUR FLIES)

Reissued on vinyl is Gianni Ferrio's r'n'b and avant-garde induced score to the 1969 erotic movie. This is a limited edition of 400 copies on 180-gram vinyl.

 

 

 

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