SPOTLIGHT 36

10/09/2018 14:09

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

HOLLIES - EVOLUTION (LP/MAGIC)

LP reissue of this 1967 album.

KARACA, CEM - BEKLE BENI (LP/TÜRKÜOLA)

'Bekle Beni' is a symbolic album of Cem Karaca's asylum/exile years in Germany. The 1982 album was recorded in Tango Ibrahim's Studio which was established in a Turkish pitta restaurant in Cologne. Featuring famous rock guitarist Fehiman Ugurdemir who is known from his psychedelic arrangements he made for Selda and was a leading member in Baris Manço's, Ersen's and Cem Karaca's bands. Ralph Mahnhöfer, Cengiz Öztunç and an anonymous drummer also joined the recording session. The album is a melancholic rock piece which describes Karaca's exile years with bluesy guitar riffs and analogue synthesizer mourning. Includes the tracks 'Ayrilik', 'Cemalim' and 'Çanakkale Içinde' taken from the cassette release 'Hasret', but not included on the 'Hasret' LP.

WHITE WILLOW - SIGNAL TO NOISE (LP/PANCROMATIC)

White Willow's fifth studio album, 'Signal to Noise', was mixed and produced by Tommy Hansen (Helloween, TNT, Pagan's Mind, Circus Maximus). The line-up features singer Trude Eidtang (vocals), Lars Fredrik Froislie (keyboards, electronics), Jacob Holm-Lupo (guitars), Ketil Vestrum Einarsen (woodwinds), Marthe Berger Walthinsen (bass guitar) and Aage Moltke Schou (drums, percussion). The band took three weeks to record this instead of one year, but they have still managed to produce a multi-layered progressive rock album that twists and turns through many different styles yet still contains loads of mellotrons. Trude's voice has a good range, but there is an almost ethereal quality to it, a breathiness which adds to the overall feel of what is a very strong rock band with lots of ideas. This is good solid symphonic prog with loads of ideas. Originally released on CD in 2006, first time on vinyl. Limited to 400 copies on clear vinyl.

ANIMALS - THE COMPLETE FRENCH EP & SINGLES 1964/1968 (CD/MAGIC)

This killer DOUBLE-CD set contains 51 tracks, some of which are the original versions from the band's French EP's as released back in the '60s.

BUNNIES - TRANSPORTATION TO MIND TRANSFORMATION... (CD/R.A.I.G.)

...And Devoted To The Process Of Action' - Bunnies are a tight unit creating adventurous and eclectic experimental rock with influences from a broad spectrum of psychedelia, avant-prog, sci-fi space, kraut and weirdo cinematic music. Released exclusively on R.A.I.G. Records, 'Transportation To Mind Transformation And Devoted To The Process Of Action' is the two-in-one CD-album featuring their album from April 2018 combined with the band's previous EP from December 2013.

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

FEZZ - NUMBER TWO (7"/BELUGA)

The mindbending wall of sound of the four fuzz freaks from the Far North is about to conquer the world! Ever since the four members of Fezz started their quest to explore what limits there are to the human ear, the noise has spread from Scandinavia to Florida. Fuzz lovers scream for more, and recording engineers for help, when their wall of sound hits modern recording equipment. Air raid sirens, in pedals and 1940's stand alone artefacts, sound over the deafening screams from over-powered gear! Gear that, among others, include the infamous Fezzbox fuzz pedal, a signature device, hand-wired to the specific requirements of Fezz!

GO GO CULT - WE HAD LOVE/I MELTED MIND (7"/TRASH WAX)

The Go Go Cult serve up another platter of swampy, sleazy, psycho-delic voodoo surf trash. Following on from supporting The Scientists during their UK dates, Reading's The Go Go Cult give you a very trashy version of the classic 'We Had Love'. Rumblin' bass, ripping guitar and an oh so so solid beat. Produced by Alan Wilson at Western Star studios. The AA side is an original but you'd be forgiven for thinking it's a '60s punk classic, reminiscent of '80s trash heros The Vibes. Comes in a lovely thick sleeve designed by Chris 'Sick' Moore and pressed on swirled grey/white/black vinyl. Only 300 copies pressed.

JET REACTIONS - MORE REACTION (7"/BELUGA)

After 20 years under perfusion of the garage and 77 punk, more than 500 concerts, 3 albums, several singles and compilations released in Europe, Japan and USA, Flying Over stopped playing in June 2015. In November 2017, after 2 years of cryogenisation, the regeneration is total, Jet Boy and Jet Girl are back with the members of 2009 under the name Jet Reactions. Featuring Jet X (bass, Hero-X, Jakes, Complications), Jet Beeps (guitar, Heartbeeps, TV Killers) and drummer Jet Gardener (Darlings, Videodrome). A co-release by Beluga, Beast, Stryckhnine, Adrenalin Fix Music and Wanda.

KILLER HEARTS/TROUBLE BOYS - SPLIT 7" (7"/BELUGA)

Killer Hearts are a punk rock'n'roll band based out of Houston TX. Drawing heavy influence from '70s punk, garage rock, and rock'n'roll, they play loud, mean, and catchy songs that make for an exciting live show. Killer Hearts are ex-members of Texas Terri & The Stiff Ones, Electric Frankenstein, Wrong Ones, Down 'n' Dirties and Black Novas. The Trouble Boys features Ben Tipton from The Pleasers. The Trouble Boys, also based Houston TX, play dirty rock'n'roll also drawing heavy influence from '70s punk and garage rock.

MARINO, BRAD - FOUR TRACK ATTACK (7"/BELUGA)

'Four Track Attack' is the debut solo release from veteran rocker Brad Marino, best known as the singer/songwriter/guitarist for The Connection. This is a true solo EP; Brad plays all the instruments and sings all the vocals.

DAHLMANNS - AMERICAN HEARTBEAT (LP/BELUGA)

The Dahlmanns teamed up with members of Swedish gods of rock'n'roll Nomads and Sator and made this little gem of an 6 track record. Co-release with Ghost Highway.

GUTTERCATS - FOLLOW YOUR INSTINCT (LP/BELUGA)

Heartbreak rock'n'roll in the spirit of Only Ones, Rowland Howard, Nikki Sudden, Chris Bailey and Gun Club. The band formed in Paris, spring 2007 and have released four albums. Their 4th album, 'Follow Your Instinct', is a co-release between Beluga Records (Sweden), Ghost Highway Recordings (Spain) and Pop The Balloon (France).

KING MASTINO - MEDUSA (LP/BELUGA)

From the port of La Spezia, Italy, King Mastino continue to make great rock and roll. Their 5th album (12 tracks) is a co-release between Beluga, Ghost Highway, Savage Music and Stryckhnine.

TRANS LUV AIRLINES - VRIJE VAL (LP/DOWN AT THE NIGHTCLUB)

After their limited edition 7" debut 'Asikanvoodoe', Trans Luv Airlines now returns with an album full of love for the '60s and '60s love. Drenched in fuzz, reverb and healing simplicity. Fly with TLA into a world inhabited by dog catchers, masochists and half deads, threatened by liars and egocentric talking machines. Trans Luv Airlines offers Musical Comfort in lukewarm times. All in Dutch language! The album is mixed by Solo Moderna and comes with a luxury lyrics text sheet. Limited to 400 copies. SIDE 1: 1. Waar 2. Boeddha 3. Boeman 4. Walhallala 5. Soelaas 6. Primitief 7. Vreemd SIDE 2: 1. Electriciteit 2. Pyromaan 3. De Man Zonder Schaduw 4. Schijndood 5. Overpijnzingen 6. Italiana 7. Plestiek Gitaar

VARIOUS - SHAKE-O-RAMA, VOL. 3 (+CD) (LP/JUKEBOX MUSIC FACTORY)

The third release in this red hot series presents a diverse selections top notch rock'n'roll, r&b, calypso, boogaloo and more, all coming from the prime era of these genres! SIDE 1: 1. Check Mates - Hey Mrs. Jones (Part 1) 2. Anna Belle Caesar - Little Annie 3. Rudy Lewis - Baby I Dig Love 4. Roy Lee Johnson - Black Pepper Will Make You Sneeze 5. John Lee Hooker - She's Mine 6. Louis Jordan - Big Bess 7. Bobby & Billy - Pachnaga Baby 8. Lord Flea - Shake Shake Sonora SIDE 2: 1. Adventurers - My Mama Done Tole Me 2. Gino Parks - Same Things 3. Jessie Mae - Don't Freeze On Me 4. Betty Renne - Bye Bye Baby 5. Kai Ray - Trashman's Blues 6. Red (Hot) Russel - Stop 7. Matt Lucas - I'm Movin' On 8. Tasso (The Great) Kain - Castroe's Beat

VOO-DOOMS - DESTINATION DOOMSVILLE (LP/TRASH WAX)

Debut LP from London based The Voo-Dooms, but these guys are hardly new-comers, featuring garage punk veterans Bruce Brand (Pop Rivets, Milkshakes, Headcoats, Masonics, etc), Kev Smith (Thee Vicars, Baron Four), Dave Prince (The Sundowners, The Untamed, etc) and Mick Cocksedge (The Untamed, Cordwood Draggers and The Dead Bone Ramblers), serving up 12 tracks of crypt kicking, stylish trash! Freak out to the doomtastic sounds of 'Do The Plague', shimmy to 'The Hangman Stomp' and take a trip on 'The Greenline To Doomsville'. This one is limited to 500 copies and will sell out very quickly.

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

PERIGON - FATIMEMA (LP/TREIBENDER TEPP)

Perigon are an all female minimal dark-pop band founded in 2014. Their album 'Fatimema' comprises a mix of tender melancholic voices, deep synth layers, stoic basslines and tight drum pad clusters. The music of Perigon draws the listener into a David Lynch-esque dream sequence. It will enduce cold shivers at times, yet lifts the listener up through the distinctly beautiful voices of Anne Pflug and Sabrina Schary. There are also fragments of pop in their music, not too unlike Young Marble Giants used to play. Throw in the stipped-down, atypical drum patterns of Debora Vilchez, and the sound gets ratcheted up to a new avant-garde level.

SILENT ISLAND - FALL OF OCEANS (LP/BEVERINA)

Beverina presents the first full-length album of Hungarian post-rock band Silent Island, the side-project of István Csarnogurszky (Black Hill, Musicformessier, White Cube). Limited to 100 copies only!

SISTER - UNTRUE (LP/UNDERFLOW)

Sister is an electric minimal rock trio. Its members have been involved in various groups throughout the years in Athens, the rest of Greece and abroad. Sister manifested itself for the first time in 2016. The tracks of their debut album 'Untrue' came together as a way to acquaint with each other musically. The record was produced in the first months of 2017 at Suono, a studio in downtown Athens operated by producer and musician Coti K. (The Man From Managra), being the very first record produced there under the man's supervision. Hitting the blind spots between harmony and dissonance, 'Untrue' evades explicit feelings to evoke ideas of speed and heat, light and shade, a sense of inner space and biochemical rush. 'Untrue' is music for those who sit in the corner going quietly out of their minds. Limited to 500 copies.

THEATRE - THEATRE (LP/CAMELEON)

Twelve previously unreleased tracks by French cold wave/punk band Théâtre, recorded between 1982 and 1984. Innersleeves features biography and photos. Limited to 300 copies.

VARIOUS - INSTRUMENTAL POP ORCHESTRA (EASY LISTENING) (CD/MAGIC)

This easy listening compilation CD has 22 tracks by Juan Montego, Roger Williams, Herb Alpert, Franck Pourcel, Michel Colombier, Eddie Vartan and many others. TRACKS: 01. Juan Montego & The Kingston Orchestra «On The Desert Road» 02. Jacques Denjean «Dans Le Vent» 03. Roger Williams «The Time For Love Is Anytime» 04. Paul Mauriat «Love Is Blue» 05. Herb Alpert «Spanish Flea» 06. Sounds Orchestral «Cast Your Fate To The Wind» 07. Franck Pourcel «Penny Lane» 08. Mike Post «The Rockford Files» 09. The Duke Of Burlington «Flash» 10. Mort Stevens & His Orchestra «Hawaï Five-O» 11. Pachyderm «Maraveda» 12. Michel Colombier «The Big Team» 13. Mr. Bloe «Sinful» 14. Eddie Vartan «I Got You Babe» 15. Les Hyper-Sound «Psyché Rock» 16. Electric Sound Orchestra «Farandole» 17. Georges Delerue «Crimes Of The Heart» 18. Anarchic System «Royal Summer» 19. The Carpenters «Flat Baroque» 20. The Hollies (with Alan Tew Orchestra) «Reflections Of A Time Long Past» 21. Percy Faith Orchestra «The Theme From A Summer Place» 22. The Shadows «Atlantis»

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

TREPANERINGSRITUALEN/DISTEL - A KNIFE IN SOUND (DIE CUT 12") (12"/ANT-ZEN)

Two of Coil's rhythm-oriented tracks, 'A Cold Cell' from the 'Live Three' album and 'Solar Lodge' which were issued on their 'Scatology' release are re-interpreted by Trepaneringsritualen (Sweden) and Distel (The Netherlands) in a furious, powerful manner. Both projects transform the original Coil tunes into upfront electronic rituals based on pounding, heavy beats and impulsing minimal sequences. Electronic noises interweave with acherontic vocals, death industrial soundscapes coexist with whirred saxophone samples - the results are two shattering, occult walls of tension and intensity. This extraordinary, unique release will be showcased as a beautiful die-cut shaped limited vinyl edition. See the black sun rise! Do not miss!

BLAKK HARBOR - MADARES (2LP) (LP/ANT-ZEN)

45rpm 2LP version. 'Madares' is the first album by Blakk Harbor a.k.a. Angelos Liaros (Mobthrow), a Greek artist based in Berlin. The album is named after and inspired by the dune mountains of Crete, whose moonlike landscape was a sacred land of ancient ceremonies. Blakk Harbor guides the listener into an audible intersection between the traditional and the modern, between relief and tension, between secularness and spirituality. Sampled acoustic folk instruments, shamanic percussion and experimental electronics enriched with ritual drones create a dark, moody twist of tribalistic ambiance and subliminal driving force. Limited edition of 250 copies. Including Bandcamp download code.

ROCHÉ, JEAN C. - BIRDS OF VENEZUELA (LP/SUB ROSA)

Jean-Claude Roché (May 11, 1931) is an French ornithologist and wild life field recordist. Roché recorded bird songs worldwide for over 30 years and released over 130 records out of his recordings. 1973's 'Birds Of Venezuela', is a beautifully produced LP of birdsongs recorded in 1972. Introduction by David Toop.

CONTROL - BLOOD WILL RAIN (CD/ANT-ZEN)

With his album 'Blood Will Rain' Thomas Garrison a.k.a. Control presents a release which is a status report of a journey into an artist's saturnine inner self. The sound shows a slight shift in direction from Control's power electronics basics towards death industrial whereat deep, dark soundscapes play a decisive foundational role. Enduring pulses of apparent and sometimes concealed rhythms overlaid with resonant metallic drones and tortured voice treatments evoke a dramatic atmosphere of maleficant trance.

VROMB - NOIZE MÉLODIA (CD/ANT-ZEN)

After three years of silence 'Noize Mélodia' is the eagerly awaited fresh sign of life from Hugo Girard a.k.a. Vromb. The stylistic spectrum on 'Noize Melódia' is breathtakingly wide, ranging from abstract soundscapes and pulsing sequences to beat-driven tunes. During this long journey into an artist's mind amplified and passed back by electronic equipment one will discover a multitude of sonic dynamics between highest peaks and (pretended) silence.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

BEELZEFUZZ - THE RIGHTEOUS BLOOM (LP/CHURCH WITHIN)

Beelzefuzz incorporates a very unique style of heavy music similar to the classic sounds of early '70s bands such as Uriah Heep, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath as well as contemporary acts Pentagram, Graveyard and Earthride. The current and active lineup of Beelzefuzz is Dana Ortt (vocals/guitar), Darin McCloskey (drums), Greg Diener (lead guitar/vocals) and Bert Hall (bass).

BLACK PRISM - BLACK PRISM (LP/CURSED TONGUE)

A contemporary dark rock master piece, nothing short of brilliant. The Black Sabbath influence is strong within this one, yet this LA band truly makes a point of its own and in doing so creates a shiny black pearl that just needs a little waxing in order to truly shine. An album to stand above most other recent hard rock releases.

CLARET ASH - THE GREAT ADJUDICATION - FRAGMENT TWO (LP/BEVERINA)

The Australian atmospheric black metal band strikes again with 'The Great Adjudication - Fragment Two'. LP contains inlay with lyrics. Limited to 150 copies only!

CRYSTALMOORS/HORDAK - ARGUMA/OPHIUSA (LP/BEVERINA)

Beverina presents a release of pagan metal masters from Spain - a split album of Crystalmoors and Hordak! Cover art of this release was created by Norax, vocalist of Lux Divina. Five compositions with total run of 41 minutes were recorded specially for this split album. Limited to 100 copies only!

NEBULA ORIONIS - SOULSHARD (LP/BEVERINA)

The mini-album 'Soulshard' presents a tale about the fragility of human life, about emotional upheaval and, at the same time, about insignificance of all these things when you consider the size of the Universe. M42, the project's leader, describes his work on the album: 'Soulshard' was recorded in the style which was designed for Nebula Orionis from the very beginning. Limited to 100 copies only!

NEGATIVE BIAS/GOLDEN DAWN - THE TEMPLE OF CRUEL EMPATHY/LUNAR SERPENT (LP/BEVERINA)

The Negative Bias formed in 2016 by I.F.S. (ex-Alastor) realizes his own visions with the musical help of Stefan Traunmüller of the legendary project Golden Dawn. The Negative Bias channels a transcendental nightmare from the deepest dark space revealing astral atmospheric black metal of a higher order. This is symphonic black metal in all of its grandiose majesty without sounding too nostalgic but aspiring to create a modernist bleak vision with complex songwriting and brooding, gritty distain. Limited to 100 copies only!

OBSESSED - LIVE AT THE WAX MUSEUM JULY 3, 1982 (2LP) (LP/CHURCH WITHIN)

In July 3th 1982 history was in the making when The Obsessed played live at the Wax museum. The curtain went up and smoke rose from the stage as lightning bolts shot out from amps and thunder from the drums. As the audience was pinned to their to their electric chairs (in the chamber of horror section of the museum), impending doom pounded int their brains. Everyone's skulls were shattered that night as the immense amount of low end filled the halls of terror. Bottom end was everywhere as the audience shrieked with fear. Fright night was here to stay which lasted for about an hour and a half!

SHADOWMASTER/THE HYLE - THE FALL (LP/PHONOSPHERA)

2018 split album by the Swedish sludge doom band Shadowmaster and Danish doom rockers The Hyle.

 

JAZZ/AVANTGARDE

LOST BODIES - SPECIFIC OCEAN (2LP) (LP/UNDERFLOW)

Lost Bodies is the creation of two friends from Athens, Thanos and Anthony. They started out with improvisation in 1985. In 1988 they put out their first two tapes of underground art-punk music. Lost Bodies now have behind them 33 years of continuous activity in the Athens music scene and have issued eleven CDs, three vinyl albums and two tapes. The band's music is part of the alternative scene, demonstrating outmost flexibility in both high-speed punk rock and sombre dark music with influences of industrial rock, trip-hop and post-punk, right up to funk, avant-garde and experimental fusions of acoustic, electric and electronic sound, combining prose, self-sarcasm and social satire. Through the years, Lost Bodies have experimented in many fields, including music for cinema, contemporary dance, modern theatre and ancient Greek tragedy. The music presented on this record is a collection of works composed for theatrical performances, dance performances and film. Limited to 500 copies.

 

REGGAE/DUB/SKA/ROCKSTEADY

HILL, JOSEPH -& CULTURE- - POLICE MAN (7"/ROOTS VIBRATION)

Joseph Hill is the lead singer of Culture, one of Jamaica's best roots reggae groups. The rather obscure 'Police Man' tune now gets the reissue treatment. Dub version by Sly & Robbie in unity with the Ring Craft Posse on the flipside.

I.C.E.E.S. - PUBLIC PROSECUTION (7"/ROOTS VIBRATION)

Much needed reissue of this heavy roots tune from 1982. Big bass riddim and memorable lyrics and vocals by the Jamaican I.C.E.E.S. group. Ring Craft Posse dubs it on the b-side.

MCANUFF, WINSTON - HYPOCRITES (7"/ROOTS VIBRATION)

Winston McAnuff roots tune from 1980. Fatman Riddim Section takes care of the dub version on the b-side.

RUFFY & TUFFY - CLIMAX (7"/ROOTS VIBRATION)

First time 7" release of late '80s roots tune by the brothers Ruffy & Tuffy. Previously only available on the album 'Climax'. Released in Sweden in 1988.

MIGHTY DIAMONDS - BACKSTAGE (LP/RADIATION ROOTS)

In the 1980s, after Virgin Records turned away from reggae, The Diamonds had another career boost through recordings for perceptive producer Gussie Clarke, who issued popular albums such as 'Changes' and 'The Root Is There'. The album 'Backstage' was another fine set for Gussie, recorded at Dynamic Sounds studio in Kingston and issued in extended-play style, with each of the album's six conscious late-roots tracks mixed to include dubs.

ROMEO, MAX - A DREAM (LP/RADIATION ROOTS)

Maxie Livingston Smith became Max Romeo through his concerted courtship of a local beauty. After a difficult childhood he became lead singer of The Emotions harmony group, with Lloyd Shakespeare, brother of future bass wizard Robbie, during the rocksteady era. Following the demise of the group, in 1968, at the request of Bunny Lee, Max wrote the suggestive 'Wet Dream'. Despite a BBC ban, the song topped the British charts, spawning the debut album 'A Dream'.

 

SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/R&B/GOSPEL

GARDINER, CAZ -& THE BADASONICS- - CAZ GARDINER & THE BADASONICS (LP/BADASONIC)

The Badasonics mix soul and funk together with Jamaican riddims and horns with the soulful rock and reggae voice of Caz Gardiner to deliver a pulsating party of soul steady beats. The Badasonics, consisting of former members of The Moon Invaders and The Caroloregians, were also known as the busiest backing band for Jamaican artists in Europe and have played with Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Ken Boothe, Alton Ellis, Dave & Ansel Collins, Rico Rodriguez, Doreen Shaffer, Pat Kelly, Derrick Harriott and many more.

VARIOUS - ROOTS OF SALSA, VOL. 3 (+CD) (LP/GROSSO!)

This is the third in Grosso! Recordings' compilation series on the roots of salsa. In a nutshell 'The Roots Of Salsa' series is an investigation into early Cuban or Cuban-derived tunes that were either covered by salsa groups later (mid-1960s through today) or were highly influential on the development of salsa over the decades. The main criterion was to pick tracks that sounded adequate for today's DJ or collectors to play at a gig or on the radio, or were sufficiently interesting (or enough of a surprise to fans of the later version) to merit inclusion, but were not perhaps the best known or of more recent vintage. SIDE 1: 1. Roberto Faz Y Su Conjunto - Suena Tu Bongó (1959) 2. Conjunto Estrellas De Chocolate - Guaguancó A Todos Los Barrios (1960) 3. Cheo Marquetti Y Su Conjunto - Apriétala En El Rincón (1957) 4. René Touzet & His Orchestra - Pa' Chisomo Tú (1960) 5. Noro Morales Y Su Orquesta - Guararé (1950) 6. Xavier Cougat & His Orchestra - Coco Seco (1957) 7. Monchito & His Mambo Royals - Pao Pao (1959) SIDE 2: 1. Orquesta Riverside - Me Voy Pa' Pinar Del Rio (1957) 2. Los Jóvenes Del Cayo - Carahuico (1957) 3. Rosendo Ruíz, Jr. & His Orchestra - La Jicoteca (1957) 4. La Orquesta De Ernesto Duarte Con Rolando Laserie - Amalia Batista (1958) 5. Silvestre Méndez Y Su Conjunto - Mi Bomba Sonó (1961) 6. Pio Leiva Con La Orquesta De Bebo Valdés - Chachagüere (1960) 7. La Orquesta Casino De La Playa - Ariñañara (1940)

 

SOUNDTRACKS/LOUNGE/CULT ETC

CONFRONTATIONAL - THE BURNING DAWN (LP/BRONSON RECORDI)

"...a more twisted, trickier and to some extent bolder version of dark-synth, compared not only to the artist's earlier releases, but everything the genre has presented since its resurgence... still heavily inspired by the eighties, still carrying its cinematic character with pride, yet, darker... a spotless record, worthy of continuous repeats and encouraging of the notion that we have expressed in the past, that Confrontational is one of the best acts - if not the finest one - in this much competitive and as of late super productive synthwave business." ~Destroy/Exist

MORRICONE, ENNIO - GRAZIE ZIA O.S.T. (LP/TRANSVERSALES DISQUES)

For the first time on LP, Maestro Morricone's full score for the erotico-giallo 'Grazie Zia', directed in 1968 by Salvatore Samperi and starring Italian actress Lisa Gastoni. On this unique soundtrack, the genius composer has created a magical and suspenseful atmosphere based on the recurrent use of the boys choir of Renata Cortiglioni. Including the killer theme 'Guerra E Pace, Pollo E Brace', with its funny rhyme and ferocious drums.

 

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

TALLAWIT TIMBOUCTOU - HALI DIALLO (LP/SAHEL SOUNDS)

Tallawit Timbouctou are champions of takamba, a hypnotic traditional music from Northern Mali. Built around the tehardent, the four stringed lute and pre-cursor to the American banjo, takamba's droning distortion comes from signature handmade mics and blown out amplifiers. Accompanied by percussion pounded out onto an overturned calabash with mind boggling time signatures, the combined effect is trance inducing. This is the music that long ruled the North of Mali, performed at festivities, blasting out of dusty boomboxes, and beaming out from village radio stations. Its origin is shrouded in mystery, and though purportedly dating back to the Songhai Empire of the 15th century, takamba's heyday was in the 1980s, with the introduction of amplification. Musicians found a lucrative circuit, performing in elegant weddings, creating cassettes on demand, and writing songs for their wealthy patrons. Today takamba has fallen out of popular fashion with the youth, but continues to thrive in a small network of die-hard traditionalists. Band leader Aghaly Ag Amoumine is one of the remaining renowned takamba musicians. Descended from a long line of praise singers, he spent decades traveling across the Sahel, performing in remote nomad camps and crowded West African capitals. His compositions continue to circulate today and have become part of the folk repertoire. His group Tallawit Timbouctou, based in the city of the same name, continues in the family tradition, and has featured both his brother and nephew as accompanying members. Recorded at home in Timbouctou, 'Hali Diallo' is a relentless and nonstop recording, true to the form of takamba. Tracks blend seamlessly into one another, instruments are tuned mid-song, and Aghaly only pauses singing long enough for the occasional shout-out or dedication. Unfiltered and direct as it's meant to be heard, Tallawit Timbouctou is a shining example of one of the last great takamba bands.

 

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