SPOTLIGHT 8/18

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

BURIED FEATHER - BURIED FEATHER (LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACT)

Limited to 150 copies in a gatefold sleeve. Reissue of Buried feather's self titled debut album, originally from 2013. For the first time on vinyl. A woozy, atmospheric affair with a sound built on fuzzy drone and swirling keyboards and often drawing comparisons with Dead Meadow, Spacemen 3 and Moon Duo.

ELECTRIC MOON - LIVE AT EPPLEHAUS (2LP) (LP/PANCROMATIC)

This concert was recorded when Electric Moon came back from Duna Jam in Italy. It was the second Electric Moon gig. During the soundcheck Lulu came up with the riff for the song 'Doomsday Machine' which was used in the concert, so this is the first played and recorded version of that song, which later became the title track of the band's second album. Limited to 600 copies on solid yellow and black mixed vinyl. Originally released as limited to 100 pieces CD-R on Sulatron in 2010.

GNOB - ELECTRIC DREAM DEMON (LP/DRONE ROCK)

Nine ear-shredding tracks encompassing elements of eastern-influenced psych, stoner-rock and super heavy riffs. This album really captures the power of this East London-based band's live performances. The album has been given the mastering treatment by John McBain who is known from his work in Monster Magnet and with Carlton Melton and Kandodo.

IAH - IAH (BLACK) (LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACT)

Limited to 100 copies on black vinyl. IAH is an instrumental stoner/psych rock band from Argentina that creates heavy spaced-out sounds. Though the sound reveals elements of Karma To Burn, Colour Haze and some other influential instrumental rock bands, IAH brings its own sounds to the table. Expect four heavy tracks that drift between blissful post-rock to heavier stoner metal riffs, with an underlying amount of fuzz waiting to be heard.

MISSISSIPPI BONES - 2600 AD (BLACK) (LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACT)

Limited to 100 copies on black vinyl. Soul, blues and southern rock have never been combined with heavy riffing and catchy melodies like this. The 12 songs on there sophomore full-length rattle and crash with incredible energy, enthusiasm, and elegance. Just sheer raucous rock'n'roll pleasure, a fierceness of execution, and a keen sense of joy.

MONSTERNAUT - ENTER THE STORM (BLACK) (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOU)

Monsternaut's 'Enter The Storm' is a 12 track getaway in the Finnish tundra. The band's second album follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, this time heavier then before. The album is filled with familiar Fu Manchu influences marinaded in trash and sludge grooves. If you like simple groovy heavy stoner, you will like this.

SNOWCHILD - AGE OF CHANGE (BLACK) (LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACT)

Limited to 100 copies on black vinyl. The Wichita fuzzers Snowchild managed to birth a debut album that comes on like a churning maelstrom of sound, and continues to punch listeners in the face with a heavy sound that mimics the stoner rock of yore, but is also undeniably their own. Snowchild throw stoner, psych, blues and hard rock into a big melting pot, chuck in a big dollop of groove and serve it molten hot. This tastes like Sabbath, Pallbearer and has hints of Cream.

UGLY KINGS - (BLACK) DARKNESS IS MY HOME (LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACT)

Limited to 100 copies on black vinyl. The Ugly Kings from Melbourne, Australia are four powerhouse blues rockers drawing influences from an eclectic and dynamic musical background. They offer a powerful injection of energy and emotion to the modern rock scene, formulating what can only be described as power blues. The catchy riffs and foot stomping rhythm lay the foundations for the deep reaching and soulful emotive vocals. This is for fans of The Doors, Jack White, Black Sabbath, The Black Keys, Royal Blood and Rival Sons.

WHITE HILLS & DER BLUTHARSCH - DESIRE (LP/VAN RECORDS)

'Desire' is a collaboration between psychedelic rockers White Hills and Austrian experimental musician Der Blutharsch And The Infinite Church Of The Leading Hand, who began as a dark ambient project before morphing into a psychedelic rock band. The one-sided album is rich with lush textures, fuzzy guitars and ethereal vocals. The composition of the five songs found on 'Desire' is meandering and calm, less straightforward than the riff-driven guitar rock of both artists' normal output. Comes on 180 gram red/lilac vinyl.

VARIOUS - HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS RECORDS SAMPLER, VOL. III (CD/HEAVY PSYCH SOU)

Here's the third chapter of the mighty 'Heavy Psych Sounds Records' sampler. These tracks were taken from the label's releases from 2017 and 2018. TRACKS: 01. Avon - Red Barn 02. Black Rainbows - High To Hell 03. Deadsmoke - Emperor Of Shame 04. Fvzz Popvli - Lost In Time 05. High Reeper - Die Slow 06. House Of Broken Promises - Toranado 07. Killer Boogie - Atomic Race 08. Monsternaut - Landslide 09. Mother Engine - Tokamak 10. Nebula - Between Time 11. Nick Oliveri (Kyuss Lives) - Kyuss Dies 12. The Freeks - American Lightning 13. The Lords Of Altamont - Going Downtown 14. Tons - 99 Weed Balloons 15. Turn Me On Dead Man - Vimana 16. Wedge - Lucid

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

DES LIONS POUR DES LIONS - DERVICHE SAFARI (LP/MAAULA)

This French band bridges the gap between Luis Mariano, Tom Waits, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and King Krule. A mix of rock, African and Indian music, blues, noise music and jazz. More info later.

HUMMINGBIRDS - HUMMINGBIRDS (LP/BLANK)

Some people make a mark, they make an impression, they leave a lasting legacy from which others gain joy and inspiration. Simon Holmes was one of those people. In person and in music, the founding guitarist of revered Australian band The Hummingbirds did all those things and more, creating a body of work which sings down the years with shining guitar pop brilliance, forging a path from the then hitherto completely underground music scene of Sydney in the late '80s/'90s to a national and indeed international presence.

TRIXIE & THE TRAINWRECKS - 3 CHEERS TO NOTHING (LP/VOODOO RHYTHM)

'3 Cheers To Nothing' sums up the last 18 years of the San Francisco born, Berlin based Trixie Trainwreck in exile, taking you along on her personal adventures and inner struggles with the ghosts of yesterday's past, angels, demons, and everything in between. The sound is just as unexpected as the rest. We call it Trainwreck Blues!

VARIOUS - BC 35 (+7") (LP/BRONSON RECORDI)

'BC 35' refers to the weekend of performances and resulting album making the 35 year anniversary of BC Studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Musicians were invited to participate by Martin Bisi, and were assembled by Genevieve Fernworthy into improv ensembles -in the instances where no group had already selforganised- with particular attention to production logistics, and respect for sonic-dynamic possibility. There were also some long-awaited reunions. Recorded with a live audience comprised of sound pioneers, social deviants, and studio fans, these tracks were mixed and edited with care over several month by Martin Bisi and by veterans of the studio throughout the decades. TRACKS: 01. Nowhere Near The Rainbow - Bob Bert (Sonic Youth, Pussy Galore, Lydia Lunch), Martin Bisi, Stu Spasm (Lubricated Goat), Skeleton Boy (WOMAN), Alyse Lamb (Parlor Walls) 02. Denton's Dive - Ivan Lipp (Pop.1280), Dave W. (White Hills), Skeleton Boy (WOMAN), with Martin Bisi doing a noise jam with 2 drummers: Phil Puleo (Swans, Cop Shoot Cop) and Rich Hutchins (Live Skull) 03. Details Of The Madness - New Old Skull (ex-Live Skull) 04. What A Jerk - A semi-reunion mashup featuring members of Cop Shoot Cop/Swans followed with Jim Coleman, Natz, Phil Puleo and Algis Kizys 05. Humash Wealth Management, Inc. - Tidal Chanel with poet Billy Cancel 06. Downhill - JG Thirlwell (Foetus) and Dana Schechter (Insect Ark, GNAW) with Laura Ortman on violin and an impromptu 'choir' of audience members holding out notes at Thirwell's direction 07. The Animals Speak Truth - Dan Kaufman (Barbez), Brian Viglione (Violent Femmes, Dresden Dolls), Paul Wallfisch, Jason LaFarge (Pants Exploder), Neil Exall (The Mercurymen), Martin Bisi 08. His Word Against Mine - Oliver Rivera Drew, Andrea Havis, Jeannie Fry, Diego Ferri 09. SYNESTHESIA! - Ernest Rogers Anderson, Sissi Schulmeister, Stephen Moses, Laura Ortman 10. End Of The Line - White Hills 11. Take This Ride - Ajda the Turkish Queen with Brian Viglione (Violent Femmes, Dresden Dolls) and Paul Wallfisch (Swans, Little Annie) 12. Disintegration In The Well - Cinema Cinema, David Lackner, Mike Dos Santos 13. Soft Glitter Cosmos Needs A Pig War - Tidal Channel

PUNK/HARDCORE

ARMS RACE - THE BEAST (7"/LA VIDA ES UN M)

A furious 4-track EP by the UK hc outfit.

MARGINAL - TOTAL DESTRUCTION (LP/BABYLON DOOM CU)

Limited to 350 copies on black vinyl. Unadulterated grindcore/crust is hard to come by. Even more so when it sounds this furious and organic. Too often gore and modern production values have tainted the original intent but Marginal sidestep all such demands and deliver pure music seething with rage and aggression and for all the right reasons. 'Total Destruction' is the soundtrack for this age when standing up to unfair governance, racism and corruption is imperative. Highly recommended if you love Napalm Death, Discharge, Amebix and Extreme Noise Terror, just to name a few.

GERMS - LEXICON DEVIL (7"/BLANK)

"Throwback retro" edition. One colour, double sided, fold over wrap around sleeve and black vinyl. Much like the 1978 version, just printed nicer this time around! TRACKS: 01. Lexicon Devil 02. Circle One 03. Stepping Stones

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

STAMOU, TASOS - CAVEMAN (LP/MOVING FURNITUR)

'Caveman' is a recorded representative sample of Tasos Stamous live sound. Both tracks are complete extracts of improvised solo performances using his portable electroacoustic music studio. Both tracks have been carefully selected for their sound and narrative qualities, also taking in consideration the blend between acoustic and electronic elements. Limited to 300 copies.

BROEK, ZENO -VAN DEN- - PARANON (CD/MOVING FURNITUR)

'Paranon' consists of two compositions based on parameter canons of sine wave generators. The canon is a counterpoint-based compositional technique that creates one or more imitations of a musical movement after a given duration. These imitations replicate the initial movement with transformations of parameters. The custom programmed sine wave generators Zeno van den Broek uses on 'Paranon' make it possible to generate interference, shift phases and alternate frequencies with great precision. The method of the canon creates tension and unexpected, yet cherished, results between the initial sine wave and the imitations that follow. These two concise compositions delve into the beauty of pure sound and explore the richness of colliding sound waves that create spatial events wherever 'Paranon' is being listened to. Limited to 200 copies in A5 artwork.

IMANISHI, MASAYUKI - WORN TAPE (CD/MOVING FURNITUR)

After several previous albums and collaborations with musicians such as Leif Elggren, Kouhei Matsunaga, Vampillia and The Body, with 'Worn Tape' Japanese musician Masayuki Imanishi presents his first work for Moving Furniture Records. On this album he presents 11 works based on small sounds from objects, paper, radio and field recordings. Due to the various subtle sounds the album is a captivating work that stands out in a world where bombast seems to rule. The sounds on this album come from his direct surroundings he comes across in his daily life, making this a very personal work. It strikes how, with these abstract sounds, Imanishi knows to create a warm calming work that is not only experimental in its form, but at the same time easy to listen to. Limited to 200 copies in A5 artwork.

MEIRINO, FRANCISCO -& BRUNO DUPLANT- - DEDANS/DEHORS (CD/MOVING FURNITUR)

As with Luc Ferrari, this is an assemblage of recorded sequences in which you can recognize a succession of various events and reconstruct a possible narrative in your imaginary that may have been at the origin of these sounds. Limited to 200 copies in A5 artwork.

VARIOUS - DREAM SEQUENCES, VOL. 1 (ORPHAX REFRAMED) (CD/MOVING FURNITUR)

This compilation is the first in a series where other musicians are inspired by and reinterpret the music of Orphax; and more specifically, his 'Dream Sequence' series. 'Dream Sequences' is a continuous series of experimental ambient/drone pieces with a dreamy touch. Volume 1 features Haarvöl, Jos Smolders and Machinefabriek. Limited to 200 copies in A5 artwork.

INADE - ALDEBARAN (2LP) (LP/LOKI FOUNDATION)

Twenty-one years after its first release in 1996 one of the genre defining works of the dark ambient era is available again for the first time on vinyl. Limited to 450 copies.

INADE - ALDEBARAN REVISITED (CD/LOKI FOUNDATION)

Accompanying the 'Aldebaran' LP re-edition this release is based on the 'Aldebaran' 20th anniversary concert in Paris (9th of September 2016). Recorded during the Autumn Equinox 2016 using the backing tapes of this event, this is a beautiful deep space soundtrack transferring the original theme into a live recording environment. Mastered by Meister Wahnmann (Secretlab).

NDE - UNITED (THROUGH IRON AND BLOOD) (CD/COLD SPRING)

'United (Through Iron And Blood)' is NDE's third album and sees a return to the harsher sounds of their debut 'Krieg Blut Ehre Asche'. Deranged black metal vocals over uncompromising, blood-soaked death industrial, rhythmic power noise, and claustrophobic power electronics. 'United' is NDE's strongest 'song-based' album to date, with assured harsh dancefloor fillers. For devotees of Trepaneringsritualen, Propergol, Navicon Torture Technologies, Genocide Organ.

SHE SPREAD SORROW - MIDORI (CD/COLD SPRING)

'Midori' is the third album by Italian artist She Spread Sorrow (Alice Kudalini). 'Midori' tells a story, the escape from a harsh reality that becomes an echo of nightmares and visions, a house that is the scene of fear and anguish, a soul that is lost in pain to an epilogue of death and purification. The gloomy, intense, dreamlike sound, sometimes distorted, sometimes angelic is the soundtrack of a dramatic story, but also of relief. Duplicity is the key to this work. Death industrial with female vocals and ambient moments, more dilated, with sounds that also refer to a ritualistic horizon. Presented in a 6-panel digipak.

VINTERSOLVERV - FROST PÅ TRÄDEN (CD/INFINITE FOG)

Vintersolverv is a project of Vyacheslav from Svalbard and Erde. Empyrium, Ulver, Vali, Nest, October Falls... the fans of these projects receive another quiet acoustic album for the melancholic winter evenings. Limited to 300 copies.

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

RIVETTE - IN HARMONY (12"/EKTRO)

Alternative metal from Finland, not only influenced by the NWOBHM, but also The Who, Wishbone Ash and AOR rock à la Dire Straits.

GREENBEARD - LÖDARÖDBÖL (BLACK) (LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACT)

Limited to 100 copies on black vinyl. Desert rock from the sun stricken soil of Austin, Texas. Greenbeard brings prolific vibrations to the universe. Their third album is a schizophrenic beast lurking between the realms of radio length, hook-filled pop songs, and epic stoner sagas demanding the attention of a hi-fi sound system and an open ear. It takes the listener on an expansive journey through the riff riddled realms of sludge, prog, and psychedelia.

HYPERGIANT - FATHER SKY (2LP) (LP/BLACKFARM)

Limited to 350 copies on double black vinyl in a gatefold sleeve. Named for the ultra-massive class of star, Australian outfit Hypergiant fuse the monolithic riffage of stoner rock with the intricacies of progressive metal to create a sound both colossal and nuanced. 'Father Sky' is an album for anyone who enjoys prog mixed with various subgenres of doom.

TONS - (BLACK) FILTHY FLOWERS OF DOOM (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOU)

'Filthy Flowers Of Doom' is Tons' second full length album. 40 minutes divided into five tracks of in your face doomy sludge metal. Slabby and Luciferian riffs, tight drumming and a demonic voice characterize this effort from the Turin band, now with a new drummer and a second guitar. Low-league occultism and weed devotion are the basis of this muddy album that will drag you into a sulphurous and sabbathian void.

TONS - FILTHY FLOWERS OF DOOM (CD/HEAVY PSYCH SOU)

'Filthy Flowers Of Doom' is Tons' second full length album. 40 minutes divided into five tracks of in your face doomy sludge metal. Slabby and Luciferian riffs, tight drumming and a demonic voice characterize this effort from the Turin band, now with a new drummer and a second guitar. Low-league occultism and weed devotion are the basis of this muddy album that will drag you into a sulphurous and sabbathian void.

SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/R&B/GOSPEL

CONEXION SALSERA - SON PARA TI (CD/ABANICO)

This album by the Cuban salsa group Conexión Salsera, produced by the Italian dancer Daria Mingarelli, was recorded in Venezuela and Cuba.

TORRES, WILLY -ORCHESTRA- - ON ANOTHER PATH (CD/ABANICO)

The veteran vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and Puerto Rican composer Willy Torres' third record as a soloist, released on the Italian salsa/latin label Abanico Records.

BABLA - BABLA'S DISCO SENSATION (CD/SUBAH ZINDAGI)

Throughout the late '70s and early '80s Indian artist Babla and his Orchestra created a musical revolution throughout India. Covering famous Bollywood movie title tracks of the time and giving them the 'new disco touch' with uptempo heavy sitar funk and moog bleeps, Babla created the 'Disco Dandia' movement, which saw him tour the world and become a household name in India. Originally released in 1980.

HASSAN, NAZIA - DISCO DEEWANE (CD/SUBAH ZINDAGI)

Disco Deewane is the 14 million copies best-seller 1981 Pakistani pop/disco album by the duo Nazia and Zoheb, consisting of Nazia Hassan and her brother Zoheb Hassan, with composition and production by Indian synth-pop producer Biddu. It charted in fourteen countries worldwide and became the best-selling Asian pop record to-date. It changed trends in music across South Asia, where it broke sales records. In India, it sold 100,000 records within a day of its release in Mumbai alone, and achieved Platinum status in three weeks.

SOUNDTRACKS/LOUNGE/CULT ETC

ANANDJI, KALYANJI - MUQADDAR KA SIKANDAR O.S.T. (CD/SUBAH ZINDAGI)

An Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album of the 1978 Hindi film 'Muqaddar Ka Sikandar'. Music by Kalyanji Anandji.

BURMAN, R.D. - MUKTI O.S.T. (CD/SUBAH ZINDAGI)

An Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album of the 1976 Hindi film 'Mukti'. Music by Rahul Dev Burman.

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

MUSHAPATA - SABA-SABA FIGHTING (12"/AKUPHONE)

A fantastic mixture of brakka, reggae and afrobeat, recorded between 1980 and 1984, from the underground Afropean boxer Mushapata, a legend of the African reggae underground scene in Paris. Ignored by the record labels of the time, his first self-produced recordings reveal a rough mix of lo-fi reggae and Afrobeat rhythms accompanied by a brass section close to free jazz. The nonchalant sounding voices of Mushapata and Tshayi complete this explosive cocktail and carry, in Swahili language, the Pan-African ideas of Lumumba and other great figures of African-American struggles. This maxi single, conceived as a mini-compilation tribute, includes 4 titles from the first two albums. Including liner notes in English, French and Japanese. Limited edition!

VARIOUS: WORLD, CLASSICAL, SPOKEN WORDS ETC.

MUSIC FROM YEMEN ARABIA - SANAANI, LAHEJI, ADENI, SAMAR (2LP) (LP/SUB ROSA)

These songs originate from the city of Sanaa, the sheikdom of Lahej and the port of Aden. Samar is the delicious, luxury time when people gather for relaxation, refreshment and music. This record contains oudh playing, percussion and singing from Yemen. The three Kawkabani brothers sing traditional poems and play oudh (lute), double drums, tambourine and, occasionally, the kanoun (zither). They were recorded in Sanaa in 1973. The oudh player Hassan al Zabeede and his double drum playing brother sing songs in the Lahej style and were recorded in Taez in 1973. Recorded by Ragnar Johnson and Jessica Mayer.

OLIBA INTERNATIONAL - OLIBA INTERNATIONAL (LP/MAAULA)

Created in Tours in 2015, Oliba International is a street and stage group that plays an original repertoire freely inspired by both African music and jazz. This small orchestra reclaims Congolese rhythms and guitars and combines them with the New Orleans marching band tradition.

 

 

 

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