SPOTLIGHT 20

15/05/2018 13:20

SPOTLIGHT  20

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

MEDEIROS/LUCAS - SOL DE MARÇO (LP/LOVERS & LOLLYP)

Azorean duo Medeiros/Lucas close their trilogy with 'Sol De Março', their last record, where they show once more the Portuguese soul in their music.

FILHO DA MAE - AGUA-MA (CD/LOVERS & LOLLYP)

'Agua-Má' is a Portuguese synonym for medusa. It's impossible not to think of the tentacles of the sea creature and imagine it as an analogy of the way Rui plays his guitar; or about the transparency of a medusa and the clear and translucent arrangements and actions of the songs he delivers. The journey starts with 'Praia' (beach in Portuguese), a fast-paced song that imagines someone running away with certainty of the destination; and it ends with 'Casa' (home in Portuguese), without his guitar, leaving all the ideas of 'Agua-Má' resting in the absolute bliss of some field recordings. It gives you a sense of mission accomplished and everything being done the right way. And it was.

KITAJIMA, OSAMU - BENZAITEN (LP/OOM DOOBY DOCHA)

2018 reissue on Oom Dooby Dochas. World music and ethno sounds with an obvious Japanese origin meet progressive rock and psych. The result is a captivating piece of melodic and deeply atmospheric music that paints pictures of life in ancient Japan into your mind when you lay back, close your eyes and listen closely with your thoughts turned off. If Pink Floyd were Japanese their music might have sounded like that. The frequency of the arrangements on 'Benzaiten' reminds of what our English heroes have created in the early to mid '70s just with a different ethnical approach.

KITAJIMA, OSAMU - OSAMU (LP/OOM DOOBY DOCHA)

This is the third album by Osamu Kitajima, one of Japan's most prolific artists from the ethno-rock, world music and progressive department. You can certainly not divide all the mentioned stylistic aspects from each other for they were all incorporated in a homogenious sound and complex arrangements. It is the same with his other albums like 'Benzaiten' and or his fourth 'Masterless Samurai'; traditional Japanese music meets Western jazzrock and progressive sounds to form a new style unheard by most people in Western countries at the time. Osamu Kitajima easily plays with elements of reggae and funk, fusion jazz and colorful pop while staying true to his Japanese roots with bits and pieces of traditional melodies and the use of old Asiatic instruments. The Japanese influence makes this music uniqe and still it gets as close to Western rock and pop sounds as it could. An adventurous journey through the world from East Asia to West Africa and to the steaming metropolises of the UK and USA is your reward when you put this perfectly produced album onto your turntable.

KORAY, ERKIN - SASKIN (LP/TÜRKÜOLA)

'Saskin is an album with recordings mostly from 'Erkin Koray II' (previously released by Dogan Plak in 1976) and 2 bonus tracks. The cover photo is taken from sessions which were originally made for Koray's famous 'Hard Rock' concert in the Fitas Cinema in 1974, when he performed a repertoire of covers of hard rock songs. The 2 bonus tracks ('Karli Daglar' and 'Yalnizlar Rihtimi' were taken from the legendary album 'Elektronik Türküler'.

PUSSY - INVASION (LP/ROCKADROME/LION)

British band Jerusalem is well known among '70s hard rock enthusiasts for their classic 1972 debut album on the Deram label and its vinyl and CD reissues. Pussy, also managed and produced by Ian Gillan (Deep Purple), was formed immediately after the breakup of Jerusalem in 1972. Pussy recorded and released one single for the Deram label with the original line-up of Paul Dean, Ray Sparrow and Bob Cooke and went on to record their debut album between 1972 and 1973 with Brian Goff taking over for Bob Cooke on guitar. This album has remained previously unreleased on vinyl until now! Limited to 500 copies. This Pussy is not to be confused with the band of the same name that released the album 'Pussy Plays' on Morgan Bluetown. SIDE 1: 1. The Knife 2. Feline Woman 3. Pig Mansion 4. Man Of This World 5. Take Me Home 6. Riding Down The Red Flag SIDE 2: 1. I Keep Remembering You 2. Lady Ella 3. I.F.O. 4. Moonshine 5. Ska-Child (from 1972 single) 6. Feline Woman (from 1972 single) 7. A Place In The Sky (1973 session)

AGARIMO - IN THE SHELTER OF (BLACK/RED) (12"/STOLEN BODY)

On red and black mixed vinyl, limited to 100 copies, this is a fine EP by the Bristol-based band founded by brothers Pablo and Juan Mestres along with Marco Tommaseo and Alessandro Sogno. Sounding quite unlike anything else Agarimo are set to make audiences both think and dance and prove that progression does not always come at the cost of aggression.

CAPTAIN SUUN - BEACH BURRITO (BLACK) (12"/STOLEN BODY)

This EP by the Bristolian garage-psych combo serves up four delightful, mind expanding tracks. Edition of 150 copies on black vinyl.

BOYTOY - NIGHT LEAF (PINK) (LP/STOLEN BODY)

Emerging from a ranch in Topanga Canyon, California, here is the sophomore album by this fine garage-psych outfit, named after Madonna's belt buckle. Pink robot edition. 150 made.

BRACKISH - FIRM BUT FAIR (SPLATTER) (LP/STOLEN BODY)

The third full-length by the Bristolian psych vanguards, presented on yellow submarine with black splatter coloured vinyl. Expect instrumental workouts with gracefully strange arrangements and improvised auditory theatre. This is the limited edition version! 100 copies only.

CHURCH OF THE COSMIC SKULL - SCIENCE FICTION (SPLATTER) (LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACT)

Described as 'occult pop' for fans of ELO, Deep Purple, Fleetwood Mac and Queen, the 9 track record from the Nottingham based 'spiritual organisation' sees an expansion on the prog/psych/retro stylings and hook-heavy songwriting of the critically acclaimed debut 'Is Satan Real?'. Piano and vintage synths have been introduced alongside the Hammond organ, electric cello and six-part vocal harmonies, resulting in a sound that truly 'puts the ABBA in Sabbath'. Limited to 300 copies on black with white splatter vinyl.

CRACKED MACHINE - I, COSMONAUT (BLACK) (LP/PSYKA)

Debut album by this British heavy psych/space rock band. "Come with us on a journey through time and space..." Black vinyl version.

ELECTRIC MONOLITH - RESURRECT THE DEAD (LP/NASONI)

Power trio born in Barcelona in 2015. Electric Monolith's style dives into hard rock, heavy psych and psychedelic rock. The band's sound and colour transports you back to the '70s like a light speed time machine. Influenced by bands such as Black Sabbath, Budgie and Led Zeppelin, they propose a trip to outer space with an acid sound full of riffs. A descent into darkness with striking flashes of light.

FRIENDSHIP (NORWAY) - AIN'T NO SHAME (BLACK) (LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACT)

The second full length album by Norwegian rock band Friendship contains 10 high soaring, hook heavy songs with tons of energy. The whole record has a classic rock tinge to it that gives it a classical vibe; powerful and punchy. Friendship's music is based on rock, with influences from blues, groove and psychedelic music from the late '60s, early '70s. Black vinyl version.

OISEAUX-TEMPETE - TARAB (2LP) (LP/SUB ROSA)

'Tarab' is the result of live recordings captured during the 'Al-'An!' tour which led the group, after a preliminary residency at l'Autre Canal in Nancy, to cross Europe and into Canada, performing at the prestigious festival Le Guess Who? in Utrecht, opening for Suuns & Jerusalem In My Heart in Montreal and Toronto, following the same Jerusalem In My Heart through France then from Brussels to Berlin, and finally closing the loop at the Irtijal festival in Beirut. The studio pieces are here stretched, deconstructed and rearranged while new works from the road find unique musical settings, weaved, twisted and reimagined. Marrying free-rock, organic electronics, traditional instruments and unbridled electricity, 'Tarab', far beyond the vibrant testimony, is a generous invitation to experience, to meditate and to share.

SPACE DEBRIS - MOUNTAIN ULTIMATE (2LP) (LP/BREITKLANG)

This is the most complete and maybe the best live performance of Space Debris, recorded at the wonderful and perfectly organized festival World Music Festival Loshausen. A heavy Hammond sound delivers the foundation for dominant guitar playing and the amazing bass groove of the meanwhile fully integrated bass player Vroni Frisch, who delivers an extra kick.

WHOOOM - BARDO (LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACT)

'Bardo' is the third full-length by Dutch instrumental psychedelic stonerdoom band Whooom. 'Bardo' is about the psychedelic journey your soul goes through in the intermediate state. Here one is confronted with the clearest experiences of reality, visual and audial phenomena and spontaneous hallucinations. The songs are made so it does not matter which side you listen to first so there is no beginning or ending. The recording process has been done the old fashioned way and the band is really proud to say that 'Bardo' is a 100% analog record. The record has 2 long tracks that each fill up a side: 'Sidpa' and 'Chikhai'. 'Bardo' is a limited run of 300 copies, they really made it a special release by going the extra mile with screenprinting the covers, folding/glueing the outersleeves and numbering the sleeves theirselves all by hand.

STEENSLAND, SIMON - A FAREWELL TO BRAINS 2.0 (CD/TRANSUBSTANS)

To sum up what this avant masterpiece is all about, here's what The Progressor said about the album back in 2015: "A stellar cast of musicians sees to it that Steensland's visions, that at least from a musical point of view are firmly placed on the dark and gloomy side of things, are brought to full life in a mesmerizing manner on 'A Farewell To Brains'. A visionary production with material rather unlike much else you'll encounter, most certainly residing within the more challenging corners of the avant-garde progressive rock universe, a transfixing journey into realms rarely explored by others. Highly recommended, especially to those with a taste for music firmly placed on the dark and eerie side of life."

UNA STAGIONE ALL'INFERNO - IL MOSTRO DI FIRENZE (CD/SELF RELEASE)

A self-released CD by a dark symphonic prog band from Genova, Italy.

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

SAM THE SHAM & THE PHARAOHS - (I'M IN WITH) THE OUT CROWD/STANDING OVATION (7"/SLEAZY)

Two lesser known cuts from the legendary Texan band, best remembered for hits s.a. 'Wully Bully' and 'Ju Ju Hand'.

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

STOLEN APPLE - TRENCHES (CD/ROCK BOTTOM)

Twelve soaked songs of heterogeneous sounds and ambivalent meanings, the debut album of Stolen Apple recounts experiences in and out of the music in a kaleidoscope of raw sounds and words full of intimacy. "Coordinates psychedelic and shoegaze, tasty guitar plots that touch Loop, the first works of Primal Scream, Swervedriver and dig up the 'Marquee Moon'-era Television and certain experiences of the Paisley Underground." ~Antonio Bacciocchi/Radiocoop.

PUNK/HARDCORE

ANNEX - MELU (LP/INFLAMMABLE MAT)

While their last two records were catchy and melodic, this marks a step up with a sterling production, crystal-clear mastering and perfectly sculpted, ambitious tunes that display a massive improvement in depth and variation. The dark deathrock and postpunk influences familiar to fans of Belgrado or Arctic Flowers remain, but add infectious melodies, hypnotic guitars and a danceable backbeat, whilst Nikki's vocals once more deliver the punk brattishness of her roots whilst expanding into unique new territory. Lyrics in Spanish and English.

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

HELLVETE - DROOMHARMONIUM (2CD) (CD/MORC)

Hellvete is the solo project of Ghent-based Glen Steenkiste, one of the founding members of psych outfit Sylvester Anfang II. Solo, he produces hypnotic ballads on harmonium and electronics, flowing freely in the spheres of minimalism, drones and folk music. This album consist of four tracks, all of them based on the the longform harmonium pieces that Glen constructs like no one else can. The tracks evolve very slowly, so this is definitely a dreamy trip. There's a cliché that drone music is dark. Not this one. 'Droomharmonium' is the sonic equivalent of being exposed to light - kind of like being woken up by the sun, on one of the first days of spring. It leaves you feeling a bit hazy, but at the same time it's a powerful experience. Recommended if you like Lichens, Phill Niblock, The Iditarod, Ättestupa, melodic drones and folk-oriented ambient.

LOS CORINGAS - PIERNAS LOCAS! (7"/SLEAZY)

Four tracks of wild'n'crazy rocanrol with Spanish lyrics.

PORTUGUESE PEDRO & HIS BAND - FULL ENCHILADA (LP/SLEAZY)

The 2018 full-length by the enjoyable rockabilly act, Portuguese Pedro & His Band.

RIESCO, MARCEL - ALL SHADES OF BLUE (LP/SLEAZY)

Released on 180-GRAM VINYL, this is a delightful LP by a Roy Orbison-influenced rock'n'roller.

BARNSTOMPERS - SHOWCASE (CD/SLEAZY)

Blending rockabilly with 50's country influences, this is a fine CD that will please fans of both genres.

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

COSMIC GROUND - IV (CD/STUDIO FLEISCH)

Studio album no. 4 by Cosmic Ground (Dirk Jan Müller from Electric Orange). 7 different tracks, 7 different atmospheres. Further explorations to the electronic sound of the 1970s and beyond.

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

AKWASSA - IN THE GROOVE (LP/OOM DOOBY DOCHA)

Reissued on vinyl officially for the first time, this is the second album from Nigerian outfit Akwassa, with the same line-up as The Heads Funk Band. The main difference between 'In The Groove' and the earlier records by The Heads Funk Band is a more slick and polished feeling and a strong reggae element. Originally issued in 1977, 'In The Groove' offers a delightful serving of energetic Afro-funk!

GYAN, KIKI - FEELING SO GOOD (LP/OOM DOOBY DOCHA)

First time reissue on vinyl of Kiki Gyan's second solo album, originally released in 1979. The ex-keyboardist of Osibisa and popular session man for fellow African bands like Ofege mixes Western disco sounds, funk, African traditional chants and reggae sounds into an ever flowing groove music that has lots of melody and mesmerizes by the swirling percussion patterns.

PINO, GERALDO -& THE HEARTBEATS- - AFRO SOCO SOUL LIVE (LP/OOM DOOBY DOCHA)

2018 reissue of 1972 album on Oom Dooby Dochas. One of the hidden heroes of African popular music, singer, guitarist and band leader from Sierra Leone, Geraldo 'Pine' Pino had a major influence on the burgeoning afrobeat/soul/funk scene in West Africa during the '60s and '70s. 'Afro Soco Soul Live' is a live album at the top of the game, stretching out for heavy Afro-funk jams!

TOURÉ, ALI FARKA - ALI FARKA TOURÉ (LP/SONAFRIQUE)

Reissue of 1977 album by Ali Farka Touré, the legendary Malian guitarist responsible for popularising the Mali blues. Limited to 500 copies.

TOURÉ, ALI FARKA - ALI TOURÉ FARKA (LP/SONAFRIQUE)

Reissue of 1976 album by Ali Farka Touré, the legendary Malian guitarist responsible for popularising the Mali blues. Limited to 500 copies.

TOURÉ, ALI FARKA - DIT "FARKA" (LP/SONAFRIQUE)

Reissue of 1979 album by Ali Farka Touré, the legendary Malian guitarist responsible for popularising the Mali blues. Limited to 500 copies.

TOURÉ, ALI FARKA - FARKA (LP/SONAFRIQUE)

Reissue of 1976 album by Ali Farka Touré, the legendary Malian guitarist responsible for popularising the Mali blues. Limited to 500 copies.

TOURÉ, ALI FARKA - SPECIALE BIENNALE DU MALI (LP/SONAFRIQUE)

'LE JEUNE CHANSONNIER DU MALI' - Reissue of 1976 album by Ali Farka Touré, the legendary Malian guitarist responsible for popularising the Mali blues. Limited to 500 copies.

 

 

 

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