SPOTLIGHT 7/18

16/02/2018 15:46

 SPOTLIGHT 7/18

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

SATIN WHALE - LOST MANKIND (LP/LONGHAIR)

The first official vinyl reissue of the second album by German progressive/symphonic band Satin Whale. Including contributions from American singer Ken Taylor, 'Lost Mankind' is an essential piece of German mid-'70s rock. The album was originally released by Telefunken/Decca's subsidiary Nova in 1975.

WARLORD (UK) - WARLORD (LP/AUDIO ARCHIVES)

Rare mid '70s downer-rock by south London based godless degenerates Warlord, featuring the tortured vocals of wildman singer Richard Roffey and eerie organ of leader Ivan Coutts. Soaked in a maelstrom of dark imagery, this underground band's drug-crazed ravings are propelled by the hard-riffing guitar of pre-Stallion axeman John Alexander. From the Sabbath style headbanger 'Face Of The Sun' to the concluding witch burning ceremony of 'The Ring', echoing early Black Widow, Warlord's frantic sound is both gripping and unnerving. Also included is a pre-Warlord track, 'To The Devil A Daughter' by the Coutts led outfit The Blacksmiths plus detailed band history. Limited to just 300 numbered copies on heavy 180 gram vinyl.

CASTELLANOS, DEMIAN - THE KYVU TAPES, VOL. II (LP/CARDINAL FUZZ)

Demian Castellanos is best known as the driving force behind The Oscillation, a band who are quite rightly held in the highest of regards by fans and peers alike. While The Oscillation tracks are usually based on song structures Demian's solo work is far more free form and woozy with compositions based around mind-altering drones and tones. With electric guitar, e-bow, saxophone, clarinet, phase flanger and tremolo among a wide range of instruments and effects Demian has fused kosmische abstraction and the pulsation of minimalist composition to a more contemporary left field psych element epitomized by artists like Pete Kember (Spectrum/E.A.R.) and all captured on a Tascam Portastudio. Recorded between 1990 and 1998 this is the second and last part of 'The KYVU Tapes' where Demian has combed through many tapes he recorded and stored in that period and has selected these tracks of tone floats - both ambient and meditative for you to get blissfully lost in. Limited pressing of 200 copies in an Op Art sleeve printed with a high gloss finish to really help mess with your inner third eye.

HOLLOW HEARTS - ANNABELLE (LP/WESTERGAARD)

Hollow Hearts is an urban country band from northern Norway. Their music is both traditional and innovative: roots and Americana music is mixed with elements from blues, rock, pop and folk. The sound is natural, organic and mainly string-based. The four young musicians have impressive instrumental skills, and their musical interaction and harmonies are breathtaking. This is Americana performed in a traditional manner, while still being unpredictable and exciting to listen to.

KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD - POLYGONDWANALAND (UK) (LP/STOLEN BODY)

UK edition on the Stolen Body label. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard's highly-awaited 12th album pushes the boundaries of their jazz and psychedelic rock even further beyond the edge of the universe. Limited edition of 500 copies on splatter vinyl.

RIVER CULT - HALCYON DAZE (LP/NASONI)

Rooted in late '60s psychedelia and more recent stoner rock, 'Halcyon Days' is the first full-length by a heavy sounding trio from Brooklyn. The album moves fluidly through a range of emotions but still holds together as a cohesive whole, refusing to be burdened by a single genre. This edition is limited to 300 copies on 180-GRAM COLOURED VINYL.

STONERROR - STONERROR (LP/PURPLE ZONE)

This album is full of different emotions, different tempos, sometimes trippy, sometimes catchy with captivating vocals, magnified by an evil guitar-bass-drums trio. Desertrock at its best and highest quality stoner from Poland! "For fans of Kyuss, Dozer, Fu Manchu, Greenleaf... and damn, what a bitchin' bassline this record has. Not your usual stoner rock fare. Stonerror have definitely put a lot of thought and craftsmanship into this one. Give ear." ~doomedandstoned.com

SUNSHINE REVERBERATION - HIVE MIND (LP/WESTERGAARD)

Sunshine Reverberation is a quatuor heavily influenced by garagepunk, psychedelia and krautrock creating a sonic space similar to artists like King Gizzard, Oh Sees, The Groundhogs and White Fence. Sunshine Reverberation are calm, controlled and dreamy before they suddenly launch into noisy, fuzzy punk workouts. They are indeed a four-headed hydra: grinding, wringing and twisting every drop of acid out of rock'n'roll's rotting corpse.

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

MOURNING AFTER - THE TENTH CENTURY (LP/HEAVY SOUL)

Garage legends from Sheffield, the mighty Mourning After are back again with more of the same agitated, organ-crazed, psychedelic grooviness that we have come to expect of a band that have put out 13 singles since 1993, but strangely only two albums. Heavy Soul! Records is excited, scared and enthralled to release the third long-player. Twelve original tracks in all, the recent Heavy Soul! single 'Get Wrong Off Me' included and a sound that is unique in the UK for it's sheer authenticity. Also, checkout that eye-catching artwork supplied by renown Sheffield artist Martin F. Bedford.

ON AND ONS - WELCOME ABOARD (LP/CITADEL)

'Welcome Aboard', the second album by these Australian garage rock/powerpoppers, is produced by band members Glenn and Clyde and mixed once again by Dennis Wilson of early '70s Australian band Khavas Jute. The album features 12 songs that follow and expand upon the guitar-driven sound of the previous disc with vocal harmonies abounding. The band is aided and abetted by a number of guests including Richard Lane (ex-Stems) on organ, and Murray Cook (ex-The Wiggles) on Fender 12-string.

ARCHIE & THE BUNKERS - THE TRAVELER/LOOKING (7"/NORTON)

Cleveland's incredible two-teen goon squad delivers a double A-sider recorded in Detroit with Jim Diamond-- making for a midwest tour de force that cannot be beat. THE TRAVELER is the longest 45 side ever on Norton and superlative to the last drop- lush dread ballad (whazzat? it's the BEST!) that suggests Screamin Jay Hawkins fronting the Zombies. Flip is killer two minute rocker deluxe.

RAMBLERS - RAMBLIN' BACK TO THE GRAVE (7"/TRASH WAX)

Legendary garage punk recorded in the mid '80s and pressed in the mid '90s. A true classic that finally gets released after more than 30 years. A handful of promo copies got into circulation at the time and are considered a holy grail to collectors. The flipside 'Rainy Days' is a previously unheard track which could easily be mistaken for The Seeds. Real '60s style garage punk at its very best.

J.C. SATAN - CENTAUR DESIRE (LP/BORN BAD)

As we know, first times are always the most powerful: the shattering rush of revelation can only be experienced once. After that it's all an inevitable, exhausting quest for repetition, a feverish search for the original shock, and pointless reiteration and accumulation poisoned by consciousness, analysis and age: and such a sensation keeps fading as we experience it. 2018's garage band #1001 will look and sound the same as the preceding one, and leave you wondering -half-sorry, half-dismayed- how on earth listening to the Sonics and the Standells could electrify you back in the days. Likewise, you can count on the fingers of one hand the bands you've loved up until their 5th album like J.C. Satàn - almost ten years after falling in love. We all already know dudes who have "seen them too much", heard them too much and stopped expecting anything from them anymore. Except that those folks are in for a big-time surprise, as the Satàn crew did not deliver a 5th album just for the hell of it, just to justify their next tour: they got together to seek the rare fuel, the miraculous current able to galvanize our sleeping senses, the electroshock forcing us to revive the urgent impression of being alive. 'Centaur Desire' has something of a new first-time record.

PACK A.D. - DOLLHOUSE (LP/CORNFLAKES ZOO)

The Pack A.D. aren't ones to wait. When their songs kick off, you're immediately met with a one-two punch of searing guitar riffs and pulverizing drums, a signature symbiosis of raucous garage-rock that singer/guitarist Becky Black and drummer Maya Miller have perfected over the past decade. With 'Dollhouse', the band is eager to follow up 2017's critically-acclaimed 'Positive Thinking' with urgent thoughts on the current climate of the world.

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

ORCHESTRE TOUT PUISSANT MARCEL DUCHAMP - SAUVAGE FORMES (LP/BONGO JOE)

The 2018 full-length by the acclaimed Swiss post-rock orchestra. Recorded at Real World Studio in England, and once again produced by John Parish, the eight tracks are as beautiful as they are adventurous.

PUNK/HARDCORE

NUMBER ONES - ANOTHER SIDE OF THE NUMBER ONES (7"/STATIC SHOCK)

Three years since their debut LP, Dublin's The Number Ones return with a four track EP that confirms them as kings of power pop.

BETA BLOCKERS - STIFF PRESCRIPTION (LP/STATIC SHOCK)

One of the faces of Sheffield and Leeds punk (though members also keep busy in The Flex, No Form, Whipping Post and Community), Beta Blockers are here with their debut 12". What do they sound like? They sound like Die Kreuzen fucking about with the Screamers, or maybe Black Flag smashing gurners with Neubauten, or how about Stooges getting punished by the Gallagher brothers, maybe even all of those at the same time. Seven songs in eighteen minutes, housed in a heavyweight sleeve featuring artwork from Keegan Dakkar Lomanto. Limited to 300 copies, all on white vinyl and with download.

FLACKOFF - FLACKOFF EP (7"/INFLAMMABLE MAT)

An obscure English 3-track punk EP, originally dating back to 1980, gets reissued on vinyl, including a 4-page insert featuring an old fanzine interview plus photos. This energetic, female-fronted unit was active in Lemington Spa. Only 300 copies pressed!

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

ZU/MATS GUSTAFSSON - HOW TO RAISE AN OX (LP/TROST)

The long running intense jazz/noise-core band ZU from Italy teams up with viking-saxophonist extraordinaire Gustafsson! This album was originally released on CD in 2005.

FLOWERS & FIRE - FIRE/DISBELIEF (7"/INFLAMMABLE MAT)

Two tracks of brooding goth-tinged post-punk, bringing to mind early '80s UK names s.a. Death Cult and Chameleons. The band is based in Vancouver BC, Canada.

PUISSANCE - LET THE STATE COLLAPSE (3CD/DIGIBOOK) (CD/INFINITE FOG)

Long awaited release from this legendary Swedish industrial band! After 6 longplay albums, in many respects defining the genre, the time has come for the solid 3CD collection of all the band's unreleased and rare music. Absolutely everything from early demo-tapes, 7"s, splits, live-sessions, archives and besides. This is Puissance in their own unique, inimitable style. The 3CD is placed in hardcover digibook with an informative booklet.

BLUES/COUNTRY/OLDIES

DRAKE, PETE - THE FABULOUS STEEL GUITAR SOUND OF PETE DRAKE (LP/MODERN HARMONIC)

Modern Harmonic is proud to begin its exploration of the vast and eccentric Starday catalog with classic steel guitar instrumental long players. The sound of Nashville nightlife, circa 1962! Steel guitar pioneer Pete Drake slides and glides through a glimpse of what Music City instro sounds were like mid-century - the kinds you might hear at any neon-draped honky tonk-including everything from sexy-swing to country-cool. From the original Starday masters, pressed on colored vinyl!

MCAULIFF, LEON - SWINGIN' WESTERN STRINGS OF LEON MCAULIFF (LP/MODERN HARMONIC)

Legendary Hall of Famer Leon McAuliff's long-lost 1962 platter of delicious rural-route steel guitar and twin fiddle sounds, mixed with a frenetic, rockin' country band on cuts - a southern stew steeped in the Houston native's Texas roots! Includes the hit single 'Faded Love.' From the original Starday masters, pressed on colored vinyl.

WIGGINS, 'LITTLE' ROY - THE FABULOUS STEEL GUITAR ARTISTRY OF... (LP/MODERN HARMONIC)

Pedal steel virtuoso 'Little' Roy Wiggins presents a collection of Hawaiian-themed instrumentals, showcasing his tone, touch and approach in the guise of a tour through the islands, circa 1964! Includes dreamy, drifting meditations and hot, driving cuts perfectly suited for serving alongside your next Tahitian Mahana! From the original Starday masters, pressed on colored vinyl.

JAZZ/AVANTGARDE

GARCIA, DICK - MESSAGE FROM GARCIA (LP/MODERN HARMONIC)

Jazz guitar autodidact and 1956 Downbeat Critics Poll Winner Dick Garcia struts his stuff while the likes of Bill Evans, Gene Quill, and John Drew try to keep up! The combination of Bird, Christian and his own personality meld here in Dick's own swinging style, delivering repertoire so diverse it required three different backing bands! Comes on icy light blue translucent vinyl. Originally released in 1956.

VARIOUS - JAZZ FOR HI-FI LOVERS (LP/MODERN HARMONIC)

A smart set of fine beat-era jazz, beautifully programed and compiled for the hi-fi in your home! Includes some of the top players of the era, Zoot Sims, Paul Quinichette, Gene Roland, and others, in selections suited for a swingin' starlit session! Don't miss Garcia and Quill's 'If I'm Lucky (I'll Be The One),' one of the most exquisite alto sax ballads ever captured on tape. Taken from the original mono reels and pressed on clear vinyl. SIDE 1: 1. Paul Quinchette - Start Here 2. Dick Garcia & Gene Quill - If I'm Lucky 3. Randy Weston - Loose Wig 4. Mat Mathews - Not So Sleepy SIDE 2: 1. Les Modes - Catch Her 2. Alex Smith - Darn That Dream 3. Zoot Sims - Bye Ya 4. Gene Roland Octet - Suitcase

SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/R&B/GOSPEL

VARIOUS - THE MASSIVE ATTACK OF THE LIZARDS CHA CHA (10") (10"/DOGHOUSE & BONE)

Direct from the real south, Central and South America that is, the esteemed producers at Doghouse and Bone Records are warming our cold hearts with a blast of exotica. Prado! Cugat! Puente! Uno...dos...tres...mambo! SIDE 1: 1. The Brand New Cha-Cha-Cha - Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra 2. Besame Mucho - Jet Harris 3. Doin' The Cha Cha Cha - Don Julian & The Meadowlarks 4. Dance With Me - The El Torros 5. Bossa Nova Casanova - Kay Starr & The Jimmie Haskel Orchestra 6. Walk On The Wild Side - Marilyn Brown SIDE 2: 1. Let's Cha-Cha - Tito Puente & His Orchestra 2. Why Not Cha-Cha-Cha - Jerry Hanson 3. Corazon De Melon - Rosemary Clooney & Perez Prado 4. Cha-Cha Charlie - Rita Raines 5. Because I'm Here With You - Margee Robinson 6. Sway - Rosemary Clooney & Perez Prado

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

['RAMP] - SYNCHRONIZE OR DIE (2LP) (LP/ADANSONIA)

After a longer creative break, German electronic music performer Stephen Parsick presents the tenth album of his musical enterprise, ['ramp], in order to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the very first ['ramp] concert in 1997. While the music Parsick releases under his own name gravitates more towards experimental drone and dark ambient music, ['ramp] is more firmly rooted in Berlin's electronic subculture of the 1970s. Drawing heavily from the use of old-fashioned step sequencers, vintage synthesisers from the days of yore, classic analogue keyboards, as well as Mellotron and Rhodes piano, Parsick creates mesmerizing music without employing MIDI, let alone computers. Handmade electronic music by one of Germany's biggest vintage synthesiser enthusiasts, originally released on Parsick's own label doombient.music, now available on audiophile 12" double vinyl in collaboration with Adansonia Records. The album contains a download code that offers an additional bonus track. Limited to 250 copies on orange/black marbled vinyl.

ESTARDY, BERNARD - SPACE ODDITIES 1970-1982 (LP/BORN BAD)

A master of the mixing board, from the late '60s until the '90s Bernard Estardy was the wizard of French musical recordings. As head of CBE studios, he shaped everything from Gérard Manset's concept albums to Claude François' hit singles, Françoise Hardy's delicate tear-jerkers and Michel Sardou's soul-stirrers. This "giant" had his hand in the whole range of mainstream French music by making his studio a veritable playground for experimentation. His legendary album 'La Formule Du Baron,' released in 1969, and the eight LPs of production music he made between 1974 and 1978 for Tele Music are vivid proof. SIDE 1: 1. Artifice Percussion 2. Cha Tatch Ka 3. Asiatic Dream 4. Pussy Ring 5. Implacable Ring 6. Super Angoisse 7. Phasing Round 8. Sexy Soxy SIDE 2: 1. Gang Train 2. Rallye Du Diable 3. Percussionnistement Votre 4. Emeute à Tokyo 5. Coeur Polaire 6. Pussy Cacatoes 7. Angoisse Au Coeur 8. Marionnettes Club

SCHULZE, KLAUS - LA VIE ELECTRONIQUE, VOL. 1.1 (2LP) (LP/ONE WAY STATIC)

Now available for the first time on vinyl, One Way Static Records presents the SECOND volume in their archival series 'La Vie Electronique'. This volume (1.1) focuses on the years 1970-1972 and is spread over two glorious LPs containing 78+ minutes of Klaus Schulze rarities. This deluxe vinyl set also comes with an insert containing extensive liner notes. Limited tom 700 copies on black vinyl. TRACKS: 1. Mit Jungen Augen 2. Es Ist Abend 3. Ob Es Regnet 4. Heißer Tag 5. Study For Brian Eno 6. Fuzzy Logic 7. Hasten Slowly 8. Feed Your Head 9. Electric Dream

SOUNDTRACKS/LOUNGE/CULT ETC

VARIOUS - MUSIC FROM PLANET EARTH, VOL. 3 (10") (10"/STAG-O-LEE)

Third in a series of three 10"s! Each 10" comes with a signed and numbered 24x24 cm screenprint of the front cover drawn by well-known artist Marcel Bontempi! SIDE 1: 1. T Minus Ten 2. Rose DuBats - Signals From Saturn 3. Dave Diddle Day - Blue Moon Baby 4. Jean-Jacques Perrey - In First Orbit 5. Les Baxter - The Other Side Of The Moon 6. Russ Garcia - Monsters Of Jupiter 7. Gale Storm - Dark Moon 8. Minus Point Zero Eight SIDE 2: 1. The Girl From Mars 2. Butch Paulson - Man From Mars 3. Gene Vincent - Spaceship To Mars 4. Frosty & The Diamonds - Destination Mars 5. Sun Ra Arkestra - The Next Stop Mars (abridged) 6. Space-Men - Martian Chant 7. Marty - Marty On The Planet Mars

 

 

 

 

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