SPOTLIGHT 2 & 3

22/01/2018 16:48

 SPOTLIGHT  2&3 of 2018

 

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

TOMORROW - LIVE RECORDINGS: 1967-68 (CD/THINKPINK50TH.C)

16 live tracks of Tomorrow in their prime! Presented in chronological order, this is the first time the complete live output of this legendary UK psych group has been available! The album features Tomorrow's set at the legendary 1967 London psychedelic all-nighter 'Christmas On Earth' where they played alongside Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Syd Barrett's Pink Floyd and more! This set is bookended by Tomorrow's 1967 BBC appearance on the first episode of John Peel's 'Top Gear', and their hard-to-find 1968 appearance on the same show.

TWINK - SOUND OF SILK: DEMOS & RARITIES (CD/THINKPINK50TH.C)

"Crazy daze at Lighting Wizard Studios. I would arrive there in Hornsey after a Pretty Things gig and start experimenting with sounds and songs. Julian Briggs (bass guitar) and I would roll up some temple balls to smoke and then play. The studio was decked out in Afghan rugs on the floor/walls and was exceedingly comfortable. When I left The Pretty Things I moved into the flat upstairs with my girlfriend Silver and Steve Took, until eventually moving to Notting Hill Gate." -John "Twink" Alder, 2017. Recorded in 1969/1970 except tracks 4, 12, and 13. TRACKS: 01. You Reached For The Stars 02. Sound Of Silk 03. You Have Been Chosen 04. 10,000 Words In A Cardboard Box (Alternate Version) 05. The Dream Is Just Beginning 06. Thor 07. Suicide 08. Angel 09. Gandalf's Garden 10. Fluid (Slow Version) 11. Moondog 12. Pink Fairies Story 13. Passing Clouds

NYL - NYL (LP/GOLDEN PAVILION)

NYL's 1976 sole release is curiously still very much under the radar despite it being one of the most intriguing French psychedelic/prog albums from the '70s. The music is highly creative and energetic with a definite space-rock feel in the style of Hawkwind, but also a clear krautrock edge reminiscent of Amon Düül II and Agitation Free. Michel Peteau's guitar is the driving force around which all other elements create a whirlwind of sonic psychedelic infusion veering between loud psychedelia and irreverent pulsating rock groove a la Gong. Features Ariel Kalma (flute and sax), as well as Janick Top (from Magma) and Bernard Lavialle (from Ame Son).

ALTIN GÜN - ON (LP/BONGO JOE)

Debut album by Altin Gün, offering an exciting mix of Turkish folk, psychedelia, funk and rock. Altin Gün was founded by Dutch bass player Jasper Verhulst (a.o. Jacco Gardner's band), who is fascinated by Turkish '70s artists such as Selda, Baris Manço and Erkin Koray. Together with Ben Rider (guitar), Nic Mauskovic (drums), Jungle By Night's energetic percussionist Gino Groeneveld and Turkish musicians Merve Dasdemir and Erdinc Yildiz Ecevit, he revives the spirit of the Turkish '70s scene and also includes influences from western rock.

EL JEFAZO - EL JEFAZO (SKULL COVER) (LP/FORBIDDEN PLACE)

South American void rockers El Jefazo kick in the sonic door with a crusher of an album. This is their debut record, featuring brutal drumming and fuzzed out bass battling with a guitar sound that would make Helios Creed quiver. This is the version with cover art by Andrea Nakasato. Limited to 100 copies purple black splatter vinyl.

GREEN SEAGULL - SCARLET FEVER (LP/MEGA DODO)

Debut album by the England's Green Seagull. Taking their name from a mis-heard Rolling Stones lyric, Green Seagull are the latest band to burst out of London's burgeoning neo-psych scene. Their harmony-laden baroque/freakbeat sound draws upon influences such as The Left Banke, The Kinks, and The Association.

JORDSJO - JORD (LP/PANCROMATIC)

The 2017 cassette release 'Jord' wasn't featured on the double album set, naturally, but it comes to show how much Jordsjo is bound to be a force to reckon with in the prog community. The production seems a bit more polished, but make no doubt about it, the music is the same as before: in the Änglagård, Wobbler, Tusmorke and Sinkadus vein.

LUNAR GRAVE - THE SUNSTRUCK FOREST (LP/CARDINAL FUZZ)

Debut vinyl release from Portland, Oregon's Lunar Grave. Lunar Grave have thrived since 2010 with cassette, CDr and digital releases, all bringing their dynamic kraut-psych infused jams via a vast array of rotating members. They ride high upon the same wave of behemoths like The Myrrors, Carlton Melton, Dead Sea Apes, The Evening Fires and The Cosmic Dead with a rural, lo-fi and experimental element that rarely appears in the heavy psych genre. Only few available, so first, come first served.

MYRRORS - LUNAR HALO (LP/CARDINAL FUZZ)

'Lunar Halo' saw release in late 2017 on cassette tape via the bands own in house label Organic Music Society. For vinyl the album has been mastered by Chris Hardman and comes with a download code which plays the 30 minute track 'Lunar Halo' as one complete piece. 'Lunar Halo' captures The Myrrors in full circular raga mode, transporting you from the rainy confines of Café Passe In Tucson, Arizona to the free flowing communal progg freakdom of late '60s/early '70s Scandinavia. One extended thirty minute transcendental improvisation cut over two sides of vinyl, as The Myrrors journey through ebbing cosmic shimmer to ecstatic pulsing ritual and Eastern drone, try imagining The Velvet Underground (with Angus Maclise) and Pärson Sound. Far fucking out!

STAHV - STAHV (LP/FORBIDDEN PLACE)

Distant western themes and haunted guitars fade in and out of this spacial masterpiece. The universe is standing still while you are gently hurdled through interdimensional ghost towns that time forgot. Pressed on delicious orange and white swirl vinyl, limited to 200 copies.

DEAD END ALLEY BAND - STORMS (CD/FORBIDDEN PLACE)

Hailing from Lima, Peru The Dead End Alley Band push the envelope to the absolute limit within the modern heavy psych movement. Like a glimpse into the mind of an evil wizard they will confuse and destroy you all at the same time.

FOX MEDICINE - GREETINGS FROM MARS (CD/FORBIDDEN PLACE)

Born of dark matter, this two piece noise unit combines noise, metal and classic rock, with a nod to experimental bubble gum pop. Featuring Neezy Dynamite's sultry (sometimes bratty) vocals and fuzzy, doom laden guitar with Vanny Keeps on primal drums and synth. For fans of Boris, classic metal, Daisy Chainsaw, PJ Harvey, Melvins, Arteaga, Luciferica, T.Rex and doom rock.

LUCIFERICA - LA COSMOGONIA (CD/FORBIDDEN PLACE)

From Buenos Aires, Argentina come Luciferica with a delightfully sludgy offering titled 'La Cosmogonia'. Doom, stoner rock, metal and satan are the core elements here. Sinister instrumentation and progressive rock freak outs come together to create a brutal and mesmerizing sound. Limited to 100 copies.

BLACK RAINBOWS - PANDAEMONIUM (SPLATTER) (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOU)

Edition on SPLATTER VINYL. 'Pandaemonium' is the 2018 full-length by Black Rainbows, and it's the follow-up to 'Stellar Prophecy'. These guys are great representatives of the new wave of stoner-occult riffing à la Black Sabbath, but do things in an even heavier way.

BLACKWATER HOLYLIGHT - BLACKWATER HOLYLIGHT (BLACK) (LP/RIDING EASY)

The notion of 'heavy music' is continuing to expand of late, with many intrepid artists finding new ways to incorporate the power of traditional metal into new music, but without all of its trappings. Enter Portland, OR quartet BlackWater HolyLight to further swirl musical elements into a captivating hybrid of emotional intensity. Heavy psych riffs, gothic drama, folk-rock vibes, garage-sludge and soaring melodies all collide into a satisfying whole with as much contrast as the band's name itself. The band expertly, yet subconsciously, incorporates hints of Chelsea Wolfe, Celebration, Captain Beefheart, The Raincoats, The Stooges, Pink Floyd, Jane's Addiction and more to form their unique brand of dark'n'heavy transcendence.

DRIVE BY WIRE - SPELLBOUND (BLACK) (LP/MINSTREL MUSIC)

On 'Spellbound' Dutch steamy rockers Drive By Wire offer you an intriguing and unique mixture of fuzz-laden heavy rock grooves accompanied by the trippy, hazy vocals of energetic frontwoman Simone Holsbeek. A trip through a desolate desert landscape, the swampy river delta, home to the band, '70s hardrock and psychedelia. Drive By Wire manages to distill these inspirations into a warm organic sound with the urgency of '90s grunge, the contagious riff-driven groove of Queens Of The Stone Age, and delicious hypnotic heavy-ness such as Black Sabbath. For this record they chose to work with producer Guido Aalbers (QOTSA, The Gathering, Muse, Masters Of Reality) because of his ability to capture and convey the thick, organic sound and exhilarating vigor that the band's live performances are so well known for. Limited to 200 copies on black vinyl.

GOOD HAND - BLISSFUL YEARNING (BLACK/+CD) (LP/MINSTREL MUSIC)

The Good Hand's third album 'Blissful Yearning' honors the musical palette of the band as it is today. Their reflective and personal lyrics are the glue between the always challenging, meandering and against-the-grain songs. References? Tastes like the groovy jams of Black Mountain. Hear the experiment of Radiohead and Steven Wilson. Experience the rousing energy of Motorpsycho. Produced by Guido Aalbers and recorded at the GieSound studios. Limited to 200 copies on black vinyl. Includes CD version.

MARIJANNAH - TILL MARIJANNAH (LP/PINK TANK)

Marijannah is a stoner/doom metal band from Singapore, made up of members of two of the tiny island's hardest touring bands, Wormrot and The Caulfield Cult. Marijannah combines finest parts of classic doom metal structures with a taste of stoner driven riffing. On top the four guys garnish their massive sound with a good dose of psychedelic rock. Comes on orange vinyl.

MELODY FIELDS - MELODY FIELDS (LP/KOMMUN2)

The music present on this disc is probably best described as a collision of shoegazing pop and Swedish counterculture psychedelia. Imagine Träd, Gräs & Stenar or Goat trying to sound like My Bloody Valentine at their peak. Think now of endless summer nights, infinite access to weed and a 24-7 flying carpet service and you get a glimpse of what is going on here. Melody Fields spring out of Gothenburg and are thus the latest wonder from Sweden's west coast music revolution. The music has been recorded at Studio Parkeringshuset where Hills, Goat and The Movements have made their albums. Among the guest musicians are Holy Wave's Dustin Zozaya on mellotron and Nils Börén on saxophone.

PLOTKIN, JAMES - THE JOY OF DISEASE: DEMOS + REMIXES (LP/BURKA FOR EVERY)

Progression and creativity are keywords regarding James Plotkin's oeuvre. Beginning with the relentless, ever evolving and hallucinating music of OLD, through his many solo records and collaborations, to the surreal heavy-weight sound of Khanate, he's always been bound to be personal. And quality stuff. Proof of quality are these instrumental demos of his landmark album of experimental music 'Joy Of Disease'. Electronic dark psychedelic music to listen carefully at night, these are not half-baked demos. 'The Joy Of Disease: Demos And Remixes' showcases the initial recordings in preparation for the cult-favorite 'Joy Of Disease' album, released in 1995 on John Zorn's Japanese Avant label. These early home-recorded instrumental versions are supplemented by unreleased remixes from Plotkin and co-producer Mick Harris of Napalm Death/Scorn fame. The remixes were done during the original album sessions at Mick Harris Black Box studio in the Custard Factory in Birmingham, UK.

RYMDSTYRELSEN - SPACE IS COLD (BLACK) (LP/KOMMUN2)

For too long Gothenburg has been considered the capital of space rock. Now that this band has entered the frame the cosmic tables will be turned. Rymdstyrelsen comes from Stockholm (some 1235 kilometers south of Esrange Space Center) and will introduce listeners anywhere in the galaxy to the sound of space rock 2.0. "I used to listen to Hawkwind a lot. Space rock is a genre that has always appealed to me, although there are very few true purveyors of this certain kind of music. After hearing Rymdstyrelsen I was flabbergasted. Finally a worthy successor to the Brock/Kilmister/Turner/House/King/Dettmar lineup has been unearthed!" ~Daniel Ekeroth, author of 'Swedish Death Metal'. Limited to 200 copies on black vinyl.

TRAPPIST AFTERLAND - BURROWING TO LIGHT IN THE LAND OF NOD (LP/SUGARBUSH)

Originally released as a CD-R in 2012, now on vinyl, this album by the Australian psychedelic folk band/project will excite fans of Comus, Incredible String Band and even 13th Floor Elevators alike.

TRAPPIST AFTERLAND - ROUND DANCE OF THE CROSS (LP/SUGARBUSH)

Originally released as a CD-R in 2011, now on vinyl, this album by the Australian psychedelic folk band/project will excite fans of Comus, Incredible String Band and even 13th Floor Elevators alike.

O'DONNELL, ALISON - THE ROAD WE KNOW (7"/MEGA DODO)

Alison O'Donnell is the legendary vocalist with acid folk luminaries Mellow Candle, sometime singer with Irish wyrdsters United Bible Studies and England's own acid tinged folk outfit The Owl Service and solo artist in her own right. 'The Road We Know' b/w 'An Empire In Its Glory' were taken from Alison's acclaimed album 'Climb Sheer The Fields Of Peace'. Limited to 250 copies.

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

FAIRIES - GET YOURSELF HOME: THE EARLY YEARS (CD/THINKPINK50TH.C)

The Fairies were a British rhythm and blues band led by drummer John 'Twink' Alder, who recorded three singles between 1964 and 1965. The Fairies split at some date before 1967, Twink having already departed and joined London band The In-Crowd in August 1966. This band evolved into Tomorrow, and from there Twink joined the Pretty Things and the Pink Fairies before launching a solo career.

FUNGO BAT - EP (7"/MILKCOW)

Formed by the young talented Sam Verbeek as a bedroom recording project, Fungo Bat now is a fully operating live band that will surprise young and old with their modern garage indie punk rock. Inspired by obscure beat and psychedelica, the guys deliver their hit songs in their own unique style. A style that's tribute to half a decade of rock & roll history, without being anything like a dull retro trip. It's the sound of NOW. The four gems on this little platter show their versatility and ability to rock hard and jam out a catchy psych song as well.

LOLA LOLA - VOODOO MAN/VOODOO WOMAN (7"/SLEAZY)

This single by the Porto band brings us 'Voodoo Man', a catchy rhythm & blues number to enjoy on the radio or the dancefloor, which seduces you from the first listening and quickly makes your body move. Flipping the record, Lola Lola pay tribute to Curtis Knight, with their take on 'Voodoo Woman', a magnificent and heartfelt prayer by a needy soul, which they convey with the rawness innate to great tunes.

DEAD BROTHERS - ANGST (+CD) (LP/VOODOO RHYTHM)

Hundreds of notes by violins and tubas, banjos and Wurlitzers, cisters from Emmental and swiss bagpipes, a positif from the the Vosgian mountains, acid guitars doing calypso and voodoo choirs chanting along mould together in this masterpiece by the legendary Dead Brothers.

TOMMY & THE ROCKETS - LET'S HAVE FUN (IN THE SUMMER SUN) (7"/BELUGA)

Tommy and the Rockets are back with yet another single. It's a bit late because the summer fun has gone for 2017 but we're sure you will still be spinning this next year.

WHY OH WHYS - THE WHY OH WHYS (LP/BELUGA)

Sweden is the land of hit makers The Hives, The Hellacopters and First Aid Kit, just to name a few. Now we have The Why Oh Whys. The Why Oh Whys from a little town south of Stockholm have been making some waves lately with their debut album. Their unique sound is fresh, catchy and full of energy. Their super power rock'n'roll is enough to make any one interested.

YOUNG, FARON - I'M GONNA LIVE SOME BEFORE I DIE (7"/SLEAZY)

This EP collect four fantastic examples of Faron Young's country ways from the mid '50s, when he was one of the most successful young singers in country & western. Some of the greatest studio musicians from the '50s are backing Faron on these tracks, including guitar luminaries as Hank Garland, Chet Atkins and Grady Martin and the whole Nashville A-Team. Country with a feet into rockabilly, that's what you'll find on this EP, so turn up the volume and enjoy! SIDE 1: 1. I'm Gonna Live Some Before I Die 2. You Ain't Lovin' (You Ain't Livin') SIDE 2: 1. Go Back, You Fool 2. Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young

YOUNG, FARON - SNOWBALL (7"/SLEAZY)

On this EP by country singer Faron Young you'll find four great songs, swinging from strong rockabilly sounds to pop and jazz flavoured tunes. You won't find Faron's country roots on these tracks, but anyway, his brief rock'n'roll affaire is highly enjoyable! SIDE 1: 1. I Can't Dance 2. Snowball SIDE 2: 1. Honey Stop! (And Think Of Me) 2. When It Rains It Pours

VARIOUS - VIVA EL ROCK! (LP/SLEAZY)

The perfect gift for kids for introducing them to original '50s rock and roll music! The record contains a game called 'The Rock And Roll Party' plus a CD with all the songs on the LP. All text in Spanish language. SIDE 1: 1. Chuck Berry - Almost Grown 2. Thurston Harris - Little Bitty Pretty One 3. Ruth Brown - This Little Girl's Gone Rockin' 4. Los Locos Del Ritmo - La Chica Alborotada 5. Eddie Cochran - C'mon Everybody 6. Little Richard - She's Got It 7. The Coasters- Yakety Yak SIDE 2: 1. Jerry Lee Lewis - Wild One 2. Los Teen Tops - La Plaga 3. Collins Kids - Hot Rod 4. Buddy Holly - Oh Boy 5. Ricky Nelson - Waiting At School 6. Roy Orbison - Problem Child 7. Los Crazy Boys - Viva El Rock

VARIOUS - WOODY WAGON, VOL. 3 (LP/SLEAZY)

'ONLY DANCEFLOOR KILLERS!!!' - A fantastic compilation of obscure late 1950s and early 1960s rock'n'roll! A dancefloor sweeping A+ release and a recommendation for all you rockers out there! Side 1: 1. Link Eddy Combo - The Man With The Golden Arm 2. Bobby Sherman - Hey Little Girl 3. Chano & The Rialtos - Love Party 4. The Castle Kings - Jeanette 5. Johnny Tolleson - Summer Love 'N Summer Kissin' 6. Sidney Ester - Crying Out Loud 7. Jimmy Slone - The Girl With The Flaxen Hair 8. Don Gant - Don't Ya Even Try SIDE 2: 1. Jerry Wayne - Ten Thousand Miles 2. Mack Allen Smith - Lonely Weekends 3. Roy Orbison - Twinkle Toes 4. Trini Lopez - Fiebre (Fever) 5. Peyto Park - Bad Mouth 6. Bob Ackoff - Come Dance With Me 7. Commanches - Missed Your Lovin' 8. The T-Bones - Rail-Vette

COBO, MARIO - ALMERIA GONE GUY (7"/SLEAZY)

This is Mario Cobo doing what he does best: very cool, classic rock and roll. Four superb rocking cuts including one instrumental. SIDE 1: 1. Almeria Gone Guy 2. More Than Water SIDE 2: 1. Noche Americana 2. From Underground

JONES, LOBO - HAUNT MY HEART/BABY PLEASE TELL ME WHY (7"/SLEAZY)

Debut release from Elliot 'Lobo' Jones. He coupled his original track 'Haunt My Heart' with the Gene Summers song 'Baby Please Tell Me Why'.

LENZ, KIM - PERCOLATE/I'LL FIND YOU (7"/SLEAZY)

The first vinyl single from the album 'Slowly Speeding'. 'Slowly Speeding' weaves a rich, dark, western gothic, love story, with Lenz drawing from a myriad of American music and storytelling influences and manifesting her best songwriting yet.

MIKE TEARDOP TRIO - HANGIN' AROUND/STAY TRUE BABY (7"/SLEAZY)

This Swedish trio has allready created a buzz for themselves on the rockabilly scene. With a driving slap-bass, harmonies and a touch of good ol' country music in there somewhere, they have formed a sound not present in many bands today.

MILLER, BABE - THE 10 TEARS OF... (LP/SLEAZY)

2017 album by the king of Detroit rockabilly/honky tonk.

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

GARBAGE MAN - TOBACCO BONG RIPS (7"/FORBIDDEN PLACE)

Midwest noise rockers Garbage Man are out for blood with this blistering release on Forbidden Place Records. Five grinding tracks from these young freak rockers. Limited to 150 copies on beautiful red and blue splatter vinyl in hand-silkscreened covers. For fans of Hammerhead, Cows, Guzzard and '90s noise rock.

BUZZ RODEO - SPORTS (LP/FORBIDDEN PLACE)

German noise technicians Buzz Rodeo's first sonic masterpiece 'Sports' from 2015 re-released for the first time on a US label. An absolute must have for vinyl fetishists and fans of modern noise. This trio is influenced by art rock from the '80s and '90s as well as modern math rock, noise, and the avant-garde. For fans of Shellac, Cop Shoot Cop, Drive Like Jehu, etc. Limited edition of 150 copies on gold vinyl.

BRINSLEY SCHWARZ - LIVE FAVOURITES (LP/VOGON)

Red vinyl version. Brinsley Schwarz released a string of great pub rock albums in the early 1970s, which never achieved the success they deserved. Recognition came after the group's split, when Nick Lowe and Ian Gomm both scored UK and US hits, and Bob Andrews and name giver Brinsley Schwarz joined Graham Parker & The Rumour. 'Live Favourites' was recorded just after the band recorded its Dave Edmunds produced swansong 'New Favourites'.

TRAFFIC - WHERE THE POPPIES GROW (CD/VOGON)

Historic radio sessions from 1967. Tracks 1-9: BBC radio sessions. Tracks 10-16: live radio broadcast Radiohuset, Stockholm. TRACKS: 01. Paper Sun 02. A House For Everyone 03. Coloured Rain 04. Dear Mr. Fantasy 05. Smiling Phases 06. Heaven Is In Your Mind 07. Dealer 08. No Face, No Name, No Number 09. Hope They Never Find Me Here 10. Giving To You 11. Smiling Phases 12. Coloured Rain 13. Hole In My Shoe 14. Feelin' Good 15. Paper Sun 16. Dear Mr Fantasy

ARVIDSON & BUTTERFLIES - BLANK SEASON (7"/BELUGA)

These guys have to be one of the best pop bands in Sweden today. If you are a fan of Teenage Fanclub or Matthew Sweet then you should really check out this record.

WIND ATLAS - AN EDIBLE BODY (LP/BURKA FOR EVERY)

Wind Atlas' third record builds a new space for the band to experiment and play with new sounds and electronic rhythms. Strangely, 'An Edible Body' is the band's most experimental album and at the same time the most accessible.

PUNK/HARDCORE

NASHGUL - CARCAVA (LP/TU PA TU TU PA)

The second album by Spanish grindcore band Nashgul consists of 14 tracks, 31 crushing minutes of no-rest-total-blast old school grindcore with additional guest vocals from Ryo Yamada (Guevnna, ex-Coffins). Artwork by the band's very own Luis Sendón (Brutal Truth, Macabre, Looking For An Answer). This is a must have for fans of Repulsion, Nasum, Terrorizer, Insect Warfare, Machetazo, Looking For An Answer. European edition on black vinyl. Comes with A2 fold-out poster and lyrics sheet.

RAXOLA - GUTS OUT (LP/SELF RELEASE)

The 2017 album by the legendary Belgian punk band Raxola, featuring South African hip-hop MC Mingus Mkubukeli on two tracks.

RAXOLA - GUTS OUT (CD/SELF RELEASE)

The 2017 album by the legendary Belgian punk band Raxola, featuring South African hip-hop MC Mingus Mkubukeli on two tracks.

MARY'S KIDS - DON'T BACK DOWN (7"/BELUGA)

Second single in a set of four before their next album. Limited to 200 copies.

KLITZ - ROCKING THE MEMPHIS UNDERGROUND 1978-1980 (LP/MONO-TONE)

All girl band from Memphis who happened to be Alex Chilton's protégés; primal, loose rock'n'roll à la Chilton/Dickinson/Tav Falco in a wild and primitive no wave/DIY punk style. Whether you like Charlie Feathers or Kleenex, The Cramps or Lydia Lunch, you will adore the Klitz' the unadulterated sound of the Memphis underground! One side studio, one side live, both sides frantic, chaotic and electrifying!

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

INVISIBLE CHURCH & MARIE DAVIDSON - WHATEVER MAKES YOU FEEL SAFE (12"/YEREVAN TAPES)

First collaboration between Canada's Marie Davidson and Invisible Church with three keening excursions into bombed out darkroom electronics featuring cymbals played by Theo Parrish. RIYL Mika Vainio, Tropic of Cancer, Theo Parrish, Vangelis, Cocteau Twins.

MACELLERIA MOBILE DI MEZZANOTTE - HIVER NOIR (BLACK/+CD) (LP/SUBSOUND)

More soundscapes by this Italian noir-jazz-industrial project. A long trip in the heart of Black Winter.

TOOP, DAVID -& PAUL BURWELL- - SUTTLE SCULPTURE (LP/SUB ROSA)

Never released before recordings from Logos Foundation live sessions in Brussels on May 7, 1977. Paul Burwell: percussion, whistles, David Toop: flutes, home-made reeds, whistle. The Logos Foundation is Belgium Flanders' unique professional organisation for the promotion of new music and audio-related arts by means of new music production, concerts, performances, composition, technological research and other activities related to contemporary music. This organisation has been founded in 1968 by Godfried-Willem Raes.

BILLONE, PIERLUIGI - MANI PERFORMED BY TOM DE COCK (2CD) (CD/SUB ROSA)

Pierluigi Billone (1960) is an Italian composer known for works which often 'reinvent' the performance techniques of the instruments involved. Performer Tom De Cock (1982) received his masters degree in percussion at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, as well as a masters degree in contemporary music at the HFMDK Frankfurt am Main, Germany. CD1: 1. Mani.Gonxha (2012) For 2 Tibetan Bowls (18:29) 2. Mani.Matta (2008) For Marimba, 2 Log Drums, Woodblock, China gong (18:46) 3. Mani.Mono (2007) For Springdrum (20:42) CD2: 1. Mani.Dike (2012) For 2 Tibetan Singing Bowls, Chinese Opera Gong, Low Thai Gong (27:48) 2. Mani.De Leonardis (2004) For 4 Automobile Springs And Glass (16:22)

FEIGIN, MISHA -& LUKAS SIMONIS- - THE SQUAT (CD/Z6)

Guitarists Lukas Simonis and Misha Feigin are seasoned improvisers coming together across the punk-hippie generational divide. Lukas has his musical and cultural roots in punk rock. His playing incorporates high energy noise, uncompromising directness, and refreshing ingenuity. Using electric guitar with numerous pedals and effects, Lucas skillfully creates a multiplicity of textural and harmonic possibilities. His phrasing is exact, minimal and expressive. Feigin spent his formative years on the fringe of the Moscow hippie scene practicing the art of annoying authorities. Coming from a classical background, Feigin does not use electronics, instead exploring the sonic potential of his instrument - a classical guitar. He is constantly searching for unorthodox ways to create fresh sounds, new harmonics and overtones. At the same time, his playing tends to be melodic and meditative. Feigin is also a poet and writer. Metaphysics and wry humor coexist in his texts, which are integral to the Simonis/Feigin performance.

SOPHIA (SWEDEN) - (BLACK) THIS YEAR GIVE A SHARE TO SOPHIA (7"/LICHTERKLANG)

Sixteen years after their 'Death, Dumb And Blind' 7", that has become a highly sought after rarity, Sophia release their follow up! The two tracks show a slightly different side of Sophia, being more aggressive and brutal than anything else released in the past few years in between by the project of Peter Bjärgö (Arcana). Black vinyl version, limited to 100 copies.

SATANISMO CALIBRO 9 - OV DEATH (CD/OLD EUROPA CAFE)

'Ov Death' is a new chapter in SC9 research beyond flesh and bones, and marks a little (r)evolution in the band's sound. 'Ov Death' features fruitful collaborations with Eraldo Bernocchi (Sigillum S), Mashiko Okubo (Linekraft/Cazzokraft) and Heru (Mystical Fullmoon). 43 minutes of pureness and truth: bleak, obscure, infernal industrial, including some unexpected cinematic sounds.

O PARADIS - TIERRA EMBRUJADA (CD/OLD EUROPA CAFE)

Another unique album by the "Catalunyan" singer. The album is even more unique, thanks to the guest appearance of a long 'lost' musician: Jürgen Weber of legendary (and suddenly disappeared) act Novy Svet. After a long silence Jürgen composed one track for this album and is offering lead vocals on 2 more songs! Split release with Singapore-based label 4iB.

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

TRUTH AND JANEY - TOPEKA JAM (2LP) (LP/ROCKADROME)

Excavated from the archives of a long-time roadie and brought back from the brink of disintegration comes this double album set featuring live material recorded during several nights in Topeka, Kansas circa 1974. Truth and Janey are captured here in raw form doing what they did best, stretching out into extended jam sessions featuring heavy guitar action from Billy Janey, booming fuzz bass from Steve Bock, held together by Denis Bunce locked in the zone behind his drum kit. 'Midnight Horsemen,' originally released as as 3-minute single in 1972, is featured here as a side-long 22-minute jam and is a prime example of vintage Truth and Janey. Also included are several previously unreleased songs which have not been heard in over 40 years, as well as early versions of 'Down The Road' and 'My Mind,' from their 1976 underground hard rock classic debut album 'No Rest For The Wicked.' SIDE 1: 1. Midnight Horsemen (22:34) SIDE 2: 1. Help Me (6:53) 2. Country Fever (6:08) 3. My Mind (7:17) SIDE 3: 1. Trains Must Roll (19:54) SIDE 4: 1. Cut And Dried (4:44) 2. Down The Road (4:51) 3. Around And Around (4:29)

DIRGE - ALMA|BALTICA (LP/DIVISION)

Born from the will to deepen the most ambient side of Dirge's signature, 'Alma|Baltica' recreates the bleak and monolithic band's shadow-play in its more atmospheric and abstract version. By working on spaces, resonances, repetitions as well as textures and effects, Dirge shows here its ghostly avatar made of analogic keys, rippling guitars, enfolding electronics, mesmerizing loops and echoing rhythms. For fans of Tribes Of Neurot, Earth, Godspeed! You Black Emperor, Asva or Sunn O))).

NEIGE MORTE - TRINNNT (LP/DIVISION)

On this third album Neige Morte displays its more punishing songs ever. Filthy, relentless and truly insalubrious, their music is clearly not for every ears. Frontal blastbeats attack, gloomy and abstract parts, inhuman screams, everything is here reunited to give birth to your worst nightmare. The sound is as raw as it gets, the drums are furiously insane, the riffs are the incarnation of despair and depravity. This is black metal at its uttermost punishing level.

ABYSMAL GRIEF - BLASPHEMA SECTA (CD/TERROR FROM HEL)

Italian dark sound masters Abysmal Grief uncover their dusty coffin to reveal the 5th album of their haunted career. More gloomy than ever, Abysmal Grief has crafted 6 long tracks that will cast the listener into a misty void of cracked tombstones. The sound of a violin, that will be featured in another track too, is the prelude to the impending horror: sulphorous riffs and menacing vocals perfectly intertwine with lugubrious keyboard that will haunt you along this sepulchral doom metal.

INTO COFFIN - THE MAJESTIC SUPREMACY OF COSMIC CHAOS (CD/TERROR FROM HEL)

"Monolithic" is the main adjective to properly describe Into Coffin's doom death metal.'The Majestic Supremacy Of Cosmic Chaos' contain slow, heavy bulldozing riffs pairing with the pummelling drumming that create an uncomfortable tension right before the whole thing ruthlessly fall in an abominable ride into the somber blackness. Atmospheric yet relentlessly oppressive, these long two tracks portrays a step further for the German trio, marking their doom death with terror and hopelessness. For fans of Winter and Disembowelment.

SATAN'S SCOURGE - THREADS OF SUBCONSIOUS TORMENT (CD/TERROR FROM HEL)

'Threads Of Subconscious Torment' from Colombia's evil entity The Satan's Scourge was originally released in 2016. This ode to evil comprise 10 tracks (an Impaled Nazarene and Bathory cover included) of uncompromising and unmerciful death/black metal in the best South American tradition. Manic thrashing riffs, detonating drum and hateful vocals drives the listener in the urge to start a brawl.

DAWN (AUSTRALIA) - DAWN E.P. (BONE/OXBLOOD/BLACK) (LP/DHU RECORDS)

Highly limited release on bone/oxblood/black splatter vinyl. First come, first serve! Drenched in a languid, dream-like haze, Sydney's Dawn have an EP of pure alchemy forged gold on their hands. Rhythmic shades of OM in places, bursts of phasered fuzz in others, and ice cool vocals fading in and out of the misty riffs and splashing cymbals. In terms of pace Dawn keep it in low gear throughout, which will no doubt very much appeal to all fans of the tune low, play slow gravity inducing mantra.

DOOMSTRESS/SPARROWMILK - SPLIT LP (GREEN/PINK) (LP/DHU RECORDS)

Highly limited release on green/pink vinyl. First come, first serve! Texas crushers Doomstress team up with Cleveland's Sparrowmilk to bring you a bonafide ripper of a split guaranteed to take the listener on a journey full of doom, despair and the darkened depths of the human mind.

BLUES/COUNTRY/OLDIES

FORSYTHE, SLIM - THE BALLAD OF PUNXSUTAWNEY PHIL (7"/GET HIP FOLK SE)

Just in time for Groundhog Day, Get Hip Folk Series presents a double helping of Allegheny Co. Americana, courtesy of the inimitable Steel City storyteller Slim Forsythe with a little help from Pittsburgh country crooner Molly Alphabet. B/w 'Down On My Knees At Nieds Hotel Again'. RIYL Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Jimmie Rodgers. Limited to 500 copies on grey marbled vinyl.

JAZZ/AVANTGARDE

GONSALVES, BRAZ - DEVAPRIYA (10") (10"/OVULAR)

Braz Gonsalves is an Indian jazz musician (soprano and alto saxophone, clarinet). He is considered one of the great saxophonists of India and one of the outstanding musicians of contemporary jazz in Goa. He first worked as an entertainment musician, before he became one of the pioneers of Indo jazz rock and 1970 recorded the album 'Raga Rock' in Calcutta. The Indian government sent him to numerous international jazz festivals. Among others, he played with Charlie Byrd, Eddie Daniels, Sadao Watanabe or Paul Gonsalves, but also with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Zakir Hussain, Trilok Gurtu, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Shankar Mahadevan and Siva Mani.

SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/R&B/GOSPEL

ANDRÉ M - KENZY'S CHOICE/DAP'N'DIP (7"/CROCODILE)

Crocodile Records start 2018 with a couple of rip roaring, dance floor fillers from André M, a man whose brand of funky Hammond grooves have been described as "Booker T and the MGs meets Lalo Schifrin". A total departure from previous Crocodile releases, this record is aimed at the thriving mod/'60s aficionados across Europe and the rest of the world. Recommended if you like Booker T, Earl Van Dyke, The James Taylor Quartet, New Mastersounds and '70s film soundtracks. Limited to 300 copies in a company sleeve. All on black vinyl.

DAVIS, BETTY - NASTY GAL (LP/LIGHT IN THE AT)

After cutting two notorious discs for the Just Sunshine label ('Betty Davis' and 'They Say I'm Different'), soul/funk legend Betty Davis released her unapologetically uncompromising, self-referential 1975 album 'Nasty Gal'. This reissue comes with remastered sound (from the original tapes) and includes an 8-page booklet with liner notes by John Ballon, plus rare studio and stage photographs. The LP is housed in a deluxe gatefold Stoughton tip-on jacket.

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

VÄSTKLÄNKEN - MOEBEL/AUTOBABA (7"/HÖGA NORD)

The first release by the solo-project of Gothenburg-based Jerker Jarold, best known as a founding member of psychedelic outfit Uran GBG. The music is a mixture of dub, ambient and techno in which few, but tasteful components build the sound.

DANCE/TECHNO/HOUSE/HIPHOP

BIRD OF PARADISE - SMOKING HOLIDAY EP (12"/HÖGA NORD)

An eclectic 4-track EP, fit for the dancefloor, and revealing traces of grime, ambient, trance and techno.

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

CAMARAO - THE IMAGINARY SOUNDTRACK TO A... (LP/ANALOG AFRICA)

...BRAZILIAN WESTERN MOVIE 1964-1974' - On this 16-track compilation you can enjoy the dancefloor forró rhythms from Pernambuco, Brazil by accordionist Reginaldo Alves Ferreira, better known as Camarao or Maestro Camarao. 

 

 

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