SPOTLIGHT 39

02/10/2018 09:54

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

BABY GRANDMOTHERS - MERKURIUS (LP/SUBLIMINAL SOUNDS)

Here on vinyl, released in an edition of 1.000 copies (packaged in a silver foil sleeve and with an insert), is the 2018 album by Sweden's psych pioneers Baby Grandmothers. The band was originally founded in Stockholm in 1967, after which the guys supported the Jimi Hendrix Experience on the Swedish leg of the '68 tour. Then the band expanded to a 4-piece and gradually morphed in to the legendary Mecki Mark Men. After 50 years in the service of psychedelic music, this contemporary album finds the Baby Grandmothers at their peak and as timeless as ever.

DEAD SEA APES & ADAM STONE - WARHEADS (LP/CARDINAL FUZZ)

A full-length collaboration between writer/artist Adam Stone and Manchester instrumentalists Dead Sea Apes. Classic British pessimism and speculative dystopian fiction entwine artfully with morbid so-cial commentary and a long piss-streak of bleak humour. This is a claustrophobic and self-contained world where paranoid bunker mentality goes for a Pot Noodle with a faded society always teetering on the brink of collapse, ranting street-punk drops bad acid and space station fuses with bus station. Standing their ground in a dirty jumbled junkyard in-between Robert Calvert's schizoid Hawkwind monologues, Dead Kennedys' stinging cranked-up racket, Gil Scott Heron's rhythmic social polemic, Butthole Surfers' deep-brain-fried psychpunk and John Cooper Clarke's wry wit, Adam Stone leads Dead Sea Apes through a whistle-stop tour of planet Earth's inevitable descent into political confusion and bureaucratic misery. 350 pressing on black vinyl.

ELEVATORFORER - LIVE FRA DEN BLÅ PLANET (LP/NORDSEE)

April 2, 2018 Danish psych band Elevatorforer played an electrifying concert in one of the most mind-blowing settings, you could imagine. 4 million liters of water formed the backdrop for one of their most original and entertaining performances ever, when they played in front of the largest aquarium in Northern Europe at The Blue Planet in Copenhagen. Shoals of exotic fish, sharks and stingrays danced behind the band as the delivered energetic versions of some of their best songs, as well as a memorable cover of the '60s psych classic 'Sailing Ship' and other sea shanties. 'Live From The Blue Planet' is Elevatorforer at their finest. The band plays with a joyful energy and creates a special atmosphere throughout the entire concert. This live recording proves that capturing the sound of a band playing live can be one of the most magical things on record.

JIM MITCHELLS - LOVE HYPNOTIC (LP/CARDINAL FUZZ)

Since the release of their EP 'Planet Absorbed', Sydney's five-piece, The Jim Mitchells have become renowned for their spaced-out take on today's psych rock and garage. It's a music cliché, but boy is it a potent one - you only get one shot at your debut album. 'Love Hypnotic' is the first record from Sydney group The Jim Mitchells and weaves a fascinating spiral between the gaps of psychedelic music. Their music has been acid washed just enough, its swirls appear in the right places and what we're left with is an incredibly enjoyable and new take on retro-fit garage rock. A mature progression from their first release, 'Love Hypnotic' serves as an ode to love and mental struggle. Featuring a softer melodic touch, their debut LP shows a depth and versatility to the group that has not previously been on display. It's a total listening experience as the album moves fluidly into unexpected places, discovering four-to-the-floor rock songs, harmony drenched ballads and plenty of groovy dance numbers. A 230 pressing on pink vinyl.

JIM MITCHELLS - PLANET ABSORBED (LP/CARDINAL FUZZ)

'Planet Absorbed' is a blistering introduction to the The Jim Mitchells' psych-infected garage ethos, where soaring guitar riffs and a thumping rhythmic section may just cause movement of the hips. Recorded at multi-instrumentalist's Jim Mitchell's home studio in Sydney, the singles 'You Unfollow Me' and title track 'Planet Absorbed' have already drawn comparisons with the sounds of White Fence, The Kinks and Ty Segall. Limited to 290 copies on splatter vinyl.

KING CHIEFS - BLUE SONNET (LP/CURSED TONGUE)

USA desert/fuzz rockers King Chiefs' sophomore album 'Blue Sonnet' on black vinyl, limited to 200 copies.

LUCAS, TED - TED LUCAS (LP/YOGA)

The sole published album by singer-songwriter and master guitarist Ted Lucas has achieved an almost mystical reputation amongst aficionados and collectors. Ted Lucas is a seamless marriage of moody odes and raga style instrumentals regarded by many to be, simply put, the greatest private press folk/psych album ever recorded. Lucas was a fixture in the Detroit rock scene of the sixties and seventies. His first band, The Spike Drivers, was one of the very first true psych group, the Motor City's answer to Jefferson Airplane and The Byrds. Following the collapse of The Spike Drivers, Lucas paid bills doing session work with Motown. In 1972, he recorded the demo for Warner Brothers which would become 'Ted Lucas', released in two small private editions in 1975 and known informally to friends and family as 'The OM Album', after Lucas' own label, with artwork by the legendary Stanley Mouse originally created for Jimi Hendrix. A troubled figure whose lack of commercial capitalization and general disgust with the music business fueled a tragic narrative of self-destruction and an untimely death at 53, Lucas nevertheless reflects a regal confidence on his sole album both in terms of his Sandy Bull-level guitar workouts and his masterful songwriting, as reflected in covers by the Blind Boys of Alabama, Richard Buckner, Phil Cook, and Father John Misty. As singular as Skip Spence's 'Oar', as liminal and uncanny as David Crosby's 'If I Could Only Remember My Name', the self-titled Ted Lucas is a cardinal collection of elevated and elegiac cosmic folk music. Newly remastered from the original tapes. Comes in high quality tip-on sleeves.

MOONSHINE BRAND - (BLACK) ON THE WAVES OF TIME (LP/BURNING WAX)

The 8-song debut-album by an awesome German psych-rock band, issued on black vinyl.

MOVION - BLANK (LP/DRONE ROCK)

Movion blend driving post-rock with electronic sounds of minimal techno and synthwave. 'Blank' (the band's second album and first on vinyl), is a real statement of intent from the band. By combining the influences of the music they enjoy listening to with their own personal idea of the sound they wanted to produce the band have moved on from the more traditional post-rock attitude that characterized their first album.

MT. MOUNTAIN - COSMOS TERROS (LP/CARDINAL FUZZ)

Originally released in 2016 only in Australia, 'Cosmos Terros' was 18 months in the making and the 6 songs immerse you in the harmony/discord and minimal/maximal theme that plays out here. It is both menacing and meditative as Perth natives Mt. Mountain create explosions in slow motion. Stephen Bailey's ethereal vocals capture you in a hypnagogic trance on which the band rides a slow burning haze on grooves a mile deep as tracks play as a continuous sonic idea, each one ebbing and flowing until they explode into an apocalyptic climax.

SEID - WELTSCHMERZ, BABY! (LP/SULATRON)

'Weltschmerz, Baby!' features the typical Seid triprock full of catchy and deep melodies, fuzzy guitars, powerful bass and drums, vintage keyboards and haunting vocals, this time in their own Norwegean language, what makes it even more psychedelic!

SHUB NIGGURATH - INTRODUCTION (LP/SOLEIL ZEUHL)

A vinyl reissue of these 1982 recordings. The music sometimes recalls Univers Zero, Penderecki, Magma and the most experimental side of King Crimson for its dark, oppressive, tortured atmospheres. The band was named after a fictitious goddess from the 'Cthulhu' mythos of H.P. Lovecraft. "This Shub Niggurath album features the band's very first recordings, it is an absolute killer! Of all the second-generation French Zeuhl albums perhaps this recording best recreates the savage intensity of Magma's early period instrumental moments. The two extended pieces, 'Yog Sothoth' and 'Barback', by the band's two composers Jean Luc Herve and Frank Fromy, come from out of left field to musically blow the cobwebs out. The album closer 'In Memoriam' is fittingly titled and works to perfection as a final musical footnote to the album. You will not find more powerful music made by anyone, anywhere than on 'Introduction'. In fact, it may well be one of the top 5 French albums to have come out of the second wave of the French Zeuhl movement." ~Archie Patterson - Eurock. Limited to 500 copies on white vinyl.

VARIOUS - RAKS RAK RAKS (LP/FLOATING WORLD)

'17 GOLDEN GARAGE PSYCH NUGGETS FROM THE IRANIAN 60S SCENE' - This is one of the most anticipated as well as unexpected compilations from the global depths of 60s and 70s rock'n'roll: The Persian scene. Let alone coming across with a representative compilation, even solid evidences of such a scene has not been seen until now and has been largely suspected, maybe save for a select few of eager garage and psychedelic record collectors and enthusiasts of worldwide rock, who have been trying to hunt such sounds on the internet and private collectors' circles, usually to no avail. Needless to say, the most important factor in this has been the obvious hideously rare status that Iran's pre-Revolution East-West cross cultural artefacts are in right now. As with almost all Asiatic countries, The Shadows and The Ventures seem to be the true and primal influence in the Iranian music scene of the most part of '60s for the rock sound and attitude to penetrate the country's fledgeling record industry and its swinging public base. In 1964, the legendary Top4 company opened up and started releasing choice chart hits from the worldwide lists, on 4-track EPs, followed soon by MonoGram and other companies. These mixed up records featured a lot of popular songs of the day, spanning the whole European continent i.e. including what's referred to now as 'Euro pop' hits and the 'big brothers', UK and US charts. The day's youth back then was lucky: they could follow the West moment by moment now. The foremost impact of these were to feature and spread British invaders, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, otherwise available only on radio. Come 1966, '60s was in full swing in Iran too! SIDE 1: 1. Littles - Fatemah Sultan 2. Moha Jamin - Sheesh Va Hesht Moha Jamin 3. The Flowers - Meekshi Manoo 4. Littles - 4x8 Jadeed 5. Group Takhala La - Dokhtar-e Darya 6. Ojoobe Ha - Sartegar Nakesh Chen 7. Penahi - Dance Music 8. Moha Jamin - Ashk-e Roya E Bashkahe 9. The Golden Ring - Bar Ay Dokhtar Ha SIDE 2: 1. Moha Jamin - Raks Raks Raks 2. The Rebels - Indian Rebels 3. Kourosh - Akhm Nakon 4. Googoosh - Respect 5. Group Saeed - Mosh Va Karnah 6. The Golden Ring - Shekar Dar Kohestan 7. Littles - Mehtaab 8. Shabah - I Need Somebody To Love

ASTRAL SON - WONDERFUL BEYOND (CD/SULATRON)

Multi instrumentalist Astral Son decided to spend one year for 'Wonderful Beyond' to evolve and grow. Pursuing his path of space rock, acid folk, seventies electronics and etheric eastern vibes, he managed to create an authentic new album. A warm tapestry of sound with songs that flow into one another, creating a dreamlike state. Reaching out to the sheer beauty of the psychedelic experience and colourful surrealistic visions. 'Wonderful Beyond' is the follow up of the incredible trilogy 'Gurumaya', 'Silver Moon' and 'Mind's Eye'. In this album you will find many connections to the trilogy and way beyond.

SCHERZOO - 04 (CD/SOLEIL MUTANT)

As the titles says, this is Scherzoo 4th album. As "usual", the line-up around F. Thollot has changed and the music has taken a new direction. Featuring Antony Pontet (electric piano, organ), Grgoire Plancher (electric piano, mellotron), Clement Curaudeau (drums) and Francois Thollot (bass and all compositions). Not much zeuhl in this all-instrumental album but a strong '70s Soft Machine influence due the prominence of distorted organ. A great modern take on Canterbury style.

TAUTUMEITAS - TAUTUMEITAS (CD/CPL MUSIC)

Female vocal ensemble from Latvia. They started with traditional singing and tried to echo the traditional chanters. The closer they came to the songs it felt natural for them to include it with everything they had heard and felt in their own world. Now they play folk songs using voices and timbrally appealing instruments involving them in their sound.

VAK - BUDO (CD/SOLEIL ZEUHL)

This is Vak's second CD but their real first album as the first CD was a compilation of early works (2 EPs) recorded over a long time period and not initially intended for physical release. We have now a very mature band and a slightly different line-up: Aurelie Sainte-Croix (vocals), Vladimir Mejstelman (drums and compositions), Joël Crouzet (bass and guitar) and Alexandre Michaan (keys and compositions). With also guests on sax, flute and guitars. The album features 3 long tracks (2 clocking in over 20 minutes). The music is strongly rooted into zeuhl sounds, the closest comparison could possibly be Eskaton because of the beautiful wordless singing of Aurelie. Strong rhythm section and great keys works by Alex. Udi Koomran did the mastering. This is certainly one of the best albums of the zeuhl genre since long!

VARIOUS - ATENSHION! REFLESHION! (CD/FLOATING WORLD)

Get ready for the ultimate psychotronic party!! Underground soul, psychedelic funk, Hammond and library grooves, dirty fuzz guitars, wah-wah, horns, drum breaks, crazy bongos. 14 tracks taken from rare and unknown until now Spanish records from the late '60s and early '70s, many of them released on small and private labels, including the Türkish style hard-psych-groove of Pedro González with 'El Samurai' and the ultra-rare private pressing EP by Alcy Agüero Y Su Orquesta Pop featuring the killer scat-fuzz dancer 'Quiero Bailar'. But wait... there's more! Powerful soul movers by Juan Muro, Tios Queridos and Los Goya, Hammond grooves by Marquez and Polos Opuestos, library-fuzz-groove by Jou Cogra, Calderón and Greg Segura, progressive soul by Microns... TRACKS: 01. Juan Muro - Vuestro Mundo 02. Alcy Agüero Y Su Orquesta Pop - Quiero Bailar 03. Los Goya - Arbol Sin Raiz 04. Pedro Gonzalez - El Samurai 05. Microns - Liberacion 06. Calderon - Marcha De Aida 07. Barbara - Conquistador De Carton 08. Los Tíos Queridos - Por Eso Vuelve, Por Favor 09. Márquez - Barahunda 10. Tinglado 13 - I Miss You 11. Jou Cogra - Crater Satanico 12. Alfredo Doménech Y Su Conjunto - Arabesco 13. Greg Segura - Distorsionando 14. Polos Opuestos - Smartypants

VARIOUS - FOLK & GREAT TUNES FROM LATVIA (2CD) (CD/CPL MUSIC)

2CD sampler with music from Latvia featuring Auli, Tautumeitas, Rava, Trejasmens, Raxtu Raxti, Imanta Dimanta, JJO Jauno Janu orkestris, ZeMe, Austrumkalns, Saucejas, Ilza, Zari, Rahu The Fool, Lata Donga and others.

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

DEEP SIX (UK) - IT'S HAPPENING/I'M ONLY DREAMING (7"/HEAVY SOUL)

'It's Happening' on the A-side is a joyous, uplifting '60s jaunt with hints of The Hollies with its summery, Radio Caroline feel. The flip 'I'm Only Dreaming', gives you visions of Graham Day fronting an 'Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake'-era Small Faces! Psychedelic beats and impassioned vocals from Mark McGounden and some great guitar work.

DIRTY CONTACTS - THE WORLD'S END/WHEN YOU STOP LOVING ME (7"/STATE)

Featuring ex (and current) members of The X-Men, The Cannibals, Armitage Shanks, The Dentists and more, the 'Contacts are a 5-piece combo of ill repute, based in Hastings in South East England. They got together with just one shared ambition: to mess peoples' heads up with their BRUTAL fuzzed-out garage punk rock! This first outing features an apocalyptic band original on the topside, 'The World's End', a hyperventilated tale of foreboding, whilst the flip offers a demented run-down of Thee Headcoats' classic, 'When You Stop Loving Me'. Both sides were taped live to 8-track tape back in August at State Records' custom-built North Down Sound Studios. This is a limited edition (500 copies) 7" pressed on HEAVYWEIGHT VINYL, packaged in a 2-sided fold-over card sleeve.

SEE NO EVILS - FALLING/NOBODY BUT YOU (7"/HEAVY SOUL)

The raw, primitive rhythm and blues sound of 'I Wanna Be Free' from 2017 has been left behind as the band explore another avenue of their musical arsenal, drawing inspiration it would seem from the Manchester sound of '77 and '78: Joy Division spring to mind on the A-side 'Falling': all throbbing base and riffs backed by a steady beat and pained vocals. Proving again what a talented, multi-musical combo they really are. Dance, dance, dance to the radio. The flip is, as you might expect from them, totally different - the West Coast meets fuzz on 'Nobody But You' sounds like a Stones riot.

BASSHOLES - BROKE CHAMBER MUSIC (2LP) (LP/HATE)

Don Howland (ex-Gibson Bros etc...) is one of the pure genius artists of the post-punk era and the Bassholes, his legendary 2-men "blues-punk" band born in 1992, a true one-of-a-kind, with full-on crude sound and attitude! They have records on In The Red, Sympathy, Matador etc. This double album includes most of the BEST Bassholes recordings (but it's not a "Best Of" since these tracks weren't included on their LPs!), all the non-LP recordings from the first Bassholes line-up with Don Howland and Rich Sims, PLUS the infamous 'Funeral Home' demo tapes!! Mastered by Tim Warren. Side 4 presents a totally unreleased and amazing AnnArbor live set from 1994! Limited to 300 copies with textured sleeve.

VARIOUS - HELLS BELLS (10") (10"/STAG-O-LEE)

For this compilation it would have been way too easy concentrating on titles with 'Ghost', 'Spook' or 'Devil' simply in the titles of often very boring and only fast or unbelievable lame tracks, so Stag-O-Lee went ahead doing something more subtle and special, spanning the decades from the 1920s through the 1940s in a very wild manner. At last, they kicked the term 'Halloween' as it should be played the whole year through and every track is solid sending stuff for sophisticated Lindy Hop, Shag or Balboa-dancing. SIDE 1. 1. Fats Waller & His Rhythm - There's Going To The Devil To Pay 2. Count Basie Orchestra with Jimmy Rushing - Walking Slow Behind You 3. The State Street Ramblers - Tiger Moan 4. Artie Shaw Orchestra with Helen Forrest - Don't Fall Asleep 5. Sidney Bechet with Noble Sissle's Swingsters - Ain't A Fit Night For A Man Or Beast SIDE 2. 1. Teddy Foster & His Kings Of Swing - Skeleton In The Cupboard 2. Benny Goodman with Jack Teagarden - Dr. Heckle And Mr. Jibe 3. Woody Herman Orchestra - Who Dat Up There 4. Lloyd Smith's Gut-Bucketeers with Jabbo Smith - Wake Up Sinners 5. Georgia Gibbs - Old Man Mose

 

VARIOUS - SLOW GRIND FEVER, VOL. 8 (LP/STAG-O-LEE)

Volume 8 in this amazing series of slow grinding R&B, soul and exotica tunes as they are being played in a club in Melbourne, Australia. Compilation and liner notes by SGF/mastermind Richie1250. SIDE 1: 1. Johnnie Ray - Lotus Blossom (Columbia, 1957) 2. Rudy Moore - Let Me Come Home (Federal, 1956) 3. The Chestnuts - Don't Go (Mercury, 1954) 4. Frances Faye - Fever/Barney Google (GNP, 1959) 5. Marilyn Brown - Walk On The Wild Side (DRA, 1962) 6. The Ideals - Magic (Paso, 1961) 7. La Mont Anthony - Just To Be Loved (Check-mate, 1961) SIDE 2. 1. Earl Haynes - My Buddy's Got My Baby (Ron, 1960) 2. Eddie Cash - Lonely Island (Roulette, 1961) 3. Allen Page - Sugar Tree (Moon, 1958) 4. The Chas McDevitt Skiffle Group Ft. Nancy Whiskey - Face In The Rain (Oriole, 1957) 5. Debby Moore - I Get A Feeling (Top Rank, 1960) 6. Eddie Cooley - Fever (MGM, 1961) 7. Percy Mayfield - The Voice Within (Specialty, 1955)

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

D.U.D.S. - IMMEDIATE (LP/RED WIG)

'Immediate' is a deepening of the sinister sonic territory they have been exploring, in various forms, since they formed. Bass lines and percussion lope through the undergrowth while jagged guitars pierce the ears. Then there's the brass section, which works less as a means of driving home a song's point, than as a warning that whatever comes next is unlikely to be anything you expect. Lyrics are still somewhat hard to make out, emerging from the rhythmic chaos at intervals, as though you were listening to the recording of an Old Testament prophet, preaching from the ruins of the twenty first century. I don't know what kind of band D.U.D.S. are supposed to be. There are labels you could apply to them, terms like wave and punk with various prefixes designed to qualify the fact that they don't really sound like anyone else. 'Immediate' makes that fact all the more obvious and all the more compelling.

KARDAS, PETE - I SAW YOU (LP/YOGA/ECHO OCHO)

'I Saw You' is the distillation of 'Right Belief' and 'Right Action', heretofore unknown private issue cassettes from 1986 and 1987 by Peter Thomas Kardas. A student of Guitar Craft and accredited member of The League of Crafty Guitarists, Kardas drew inspiration from Robert Fripp's loop-based Frippertronics, but the expansive, introspective washes of synths and repeated phrases and vocalizations are utterly their own thing, conjuring the independence, awe and isolation of the remote Northern Californian landscapes in which they were created. 'I Saw You' is a co-production, the first new record from Los Angeles-based Yoga Records (Ted Lucas, Woo, Matthew Young) since 2016, and the first release by the Echo Ocho label based in San Francisco. Remastered from the original four track masters by the artist. DMM vinyl in high-quality tip-on sleeves. Includes download card. Edition of 500.

END OF DATA - SAHRAH (CD/INFRASTITION)

Official reissue of the excellent first mini album by End Of Data, originally released in 1984 by Divine Records (Tuxedomoon, Fra Lippo Lippi, Mecano...). End Of Data existed in Rennes, Brittany (France) during the early eighties and shared members with Charles De Goal. They released only 2 records that are classics of the minimal synth pop and new wave. "Great and rare French album. Minimal synth, post punk and some art rockish hints. Would appeal to all fans of Autopilot, Kas Product, Dark Day, Sad Lovers and Giants etc." ~Mutant Sounds.

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

ORDINARYS - I WANNA BE AN ORDINARY/GET ME UP (7"/LOVE CHILD)

Previously unreleased mod/new wave gem from 1978. The Ordinarys should have been massive - an appearance on hit TV show 'New Faces' and a fan in the legend that is Mickie Most should have got the band the recognition their talent deserved. But for some reasons unknown they never released anything... until now! Taken from the only known copies of the finished recordings, the tapes have been masterfully restored by Dan Husayn and sound as crisp as intended in '78.

PRIVATE SCHOOL - LOST IN ACTION (2X7") (7"/SUPREME ECHO)

The complete 1979 studio recordings by Vancouver punk rock group Private School, featuring greatly missed guitarist Dave Gregg. Members also went onto play in DOA, Magic Dragon, The Flames, and Warsaw (CAN). Professionally remastered from original master tapes, this combines their 'Lost In Action' 7" EP with 'Rock'n'Rock Radio' from 'Vancouver Complication' onto a 7" vinyl EP with a bonus deluxe yellow 7" flexi featuring unreleased songs 'Bad'/'Stay Up' making it a double EP! Punk rock, hardcore and even psych and saxophone! Includes 12 page booklet with flyers, photographs and their story. 500 copies.

RAT CAGE - BLOOD ON YOUR BOOTS (7"/LA VIDA ES UN MUS)

Four destructive first calibre hc-punk anthems, offering a fresh and sharp look at contemporary world affairs.

SIAL - BINASA (7"/LA VIDA ES UN MUS)

Hailing from Singapore, hc-unit Sial follows up its 2017 12-inch EP with an urgent, ferocious and raw 7-inch, offering six tracks.

SUBDUED - 4 TRACK E.P. (7"/LA VIDA ES UN MUS)

The hardened second release by London's Subdued, pressed on 7-inch, nods to the impassable corners of Celtic Frost and the broken necks of enthusiastic Amebix fans.

GAGS - GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG (LP/HATE)

'1978+80: 18 NEVER RELEASED PUNK GESÄNGE' - The Gags (ex-Mittageisen, the band who released the first Milano punk 7", the now hyper-rare 'Hardcore/Transylvania1760') were the best kept secret of late'70s/early '80s Milano punk scene. After the widely acclaimed 'Criss Cross' LP (HATE29, out in 2004, sold out and totally out of print since then) here we got the TOTALLY UNRELEASED 'Götterdämmerung' LP, including 18 tracks from the Gags' archives recorded between fall 1979 and summer 1980 (sources: demos and rehearsal tapes). These songs reflect the group's imagery in full, revealing why the Gags are highly considered by early punk aficionados in Italy and abroad. Limited to 300 copies.

ULTRA - ALTA MONTANA (LP/LA VIDA ES UN MUS)

Furious hc from Barcelona. This LP contains 11 tracks!

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

ACEZANTEZ - ACEZANTEZ (LP/SUB ROSA)

This album by Acezantez, founded by the versatile Croatian composer and instrumentalist Dubravko Detoni is a contemporary Croatian masterpiece! Rich textural pieces constructed from an unnotatable, intricate interplay of percussive squeals, scrapes and rattles, parched and pitchless woodwinds, and dislocated keyboards. Here are supposedly stylistic affinities between early Nurse With Wound and Detoni's music. Originally released in 1977.

DE FABRIEK - MADE IN SPAIN (LP/BURKA FOR EVERYBODY)

Official reissue of this experimental industrial electronic classic originally released by Discos Esplendor Geométrico in 1987. This is a record that at that time saw De Fabriek fully connecting to the industrial scene without forgetting their earlier post-punk and krautrock roots.

GULBENKOGLU, AREK - A GIFT LIKE A HOLLOW VESSEL (LP/PENULTIMATE PRESS)

Melbourne based artist Arek Gulbenkoglu presents his second full length album for Penultimate Press. Following on from the 2017 release 'Three Days Afterwards', 'A Gift Like A Hollow Vessel' sees a sharperscalpel at play resulting in a more nuanced release which unfolds a curious journey of suburban psychedelia. Material source from voice and body sounds, recording of non-musical processes, actions and events, breath, tapes of animal sounds slowed and sped up, processed field recordings, electronics, percussion, tape delay, sample of old folkways records and Esperanto text to voice translations. 'A Gift Like A Hollow Vessel' is striking and intimate musique concrete. A work of confounding beauty as created by one of the most unique voices operating in orbit of psychedelic music as it appears today. Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi. Artwork by Matthew Revert. Limited edition of 250 copies.

HOPKINS, MP -& MARK HARWOOD- - DISFIGURED WITH ABBREVIATIONS (LP/PENULTIMATE PRESS)

Debut recording from two troubadours of oppositional creep. Inspired by Philip K. Dick and the useless machines that haunt us all, 'Disfigured With Abbreviations' is a roundtable exquisite corpse which crawls through a miraculous environment, at once sensual and sinister. Following their debut live performance on the rooftop of a bakery in Northcote, Victoria in January 2018 Harwood and Hopkins soon set about making a recording. Initially structured with individual recordings placed on each other regardless of content and positioning. These works soon evolved into a rich labyrinth of found sound, field recordings, electronics and voice with all elements mapping out a landscape heroic in it's embracing of utter failure.

PLAGNE, FRANCIS - MOSS TRUMPET (LP/PENULTIMATE PRESS)

Having released four full length albums framed around more 'song' orientated spheres, Melbourne artist Francis Plagne has concurrently moved around collaborative endeavours with Andrew Chalk, Joe Talia and Crys Cole. He was also a part of that 'Food Court' record released on Graham Lambkin's Kye label in 2014. Which brings us to 'Moss Trumpet', Plagne's first solo album which exclusively orbits a more abstract domain. Taking inspiration from Costin Miereanu's 'Luna Cinese' this gentle curiosity records the private use of flute, harmonium, keyboards, microphones, organ, paper, percussion, recorder, synthesizer, tapes, tuba, voice, whistle and zither. Like Miereanu's master stroke these recordings were then collated in semi-random layers creating shifting beds of subtle startling sound. 'Moss Trumpet' is a timeless affair, warm and woozy as if it is drifting over two sides where each could be either, where the audio perpetually falls in on itself creating a bed of sound inexplicably eschewing standard movement and progression as it unfolds out and around the listener. Artwork by John Nixon. Mastered by Joe Talia. Limited edition of 250 copies.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

MOZERGUSH - FAIRYTALE ALCOTRIPS (CD/ROBUST FELLOW)

The 2010 album from this Ukranian stoner/doom band. CD comes in DVD-box.

MOZERGUSH - MOZERGUSH (CD/ROBUST FELLOW)

Stoner/doom from Ukraine. Their 2008 album.

 

SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/R&B/GOSPEL

VARIOUS - DJ QBICO PLAYS IRAN JAZZ FUNK TRIBAL... (LP/EP SOUND)

...AND RARE GROOVE 45' - INCREDIBLE selection of totally unknown 45s from Armenia, Kurdistan and Iran! Great sax solos, deep and powerful voices, sufi rhythms, esoteric vibes... None of these tracks have been reissued yet or appear on any compilation. Audio restoration, editing, mastering, selection and artwork by DJ Qbico. Limited to only 70 numbered copies in hand-made cover, on 180 gram heavy black vinyl with black inner sleeve.

 

SOUNDTRACKS/LOUNGE/CULT ETC

 

VARIOUS - THE ECSTASY OF GOLD, VOL. 1 (CD/FLOATING WORLD)

'23 KILLER BULLETS FROM THE SPAGHETTI WEST' - Named for the iconic Ennio Morricone composition, 'The Ecstasy Of Gold: 23 Killer Bullets From The Spaghetti West, Vol. 1' is the first installment in a five-volume set of some of the grooviest deep cuts to come from the European Western movie craze of the '60s and '70s. Filled with plenty of reverb-drenched guitars, wailing horns, and plaintive vocals, this collection is a must-listen for fans of the glorious melodrama of spaghetti Western scores. TRACKLIST: 01. Alessandro Alessandroni - Bandidos 02. Marcello Giombini - Sabata 03. Bruno Nicolai - La Partenza 04. Angelo F. Lavagnino - The Price Of Gold 05. Luis Bacalov - Memories 06. Stelvio Cipriani - Blindman's Arrival 07. Piero Piccioni - If You See Sartana, Pray For Death 08. Nora Orlandi & Robby Poitevin - La Morte Non Conta I Dollari (Sequence #11) 09. Fred Bongusto/Berto Pisano - May Be One, May Be Nine 10. Carlo Pes - Professionisti Per Un Massacro (Suite #2) 11. Carlo Savina - Vengeance 12. Robby Poitevin - Killer Calibro 32 13. Gianni Ferrio - Find A Place To Die 14. Gian-Piero Reverberi - Una Colt In Pugno Al Diavolo 15. Roberto Pregadio - Crying 16. Francesco De Masi - Maybe Somewhere, Maybe Someday 17. Bixio, Frizzi, Tempera - Carambola (Deguello) 18. Bruno Nicolai - Dead Men Ride (Suite 8) 19. Franco Micalizzi - Attacco Al Villaggio 20. Francesco De Masi - Stranger 21. Augusto Martelli - Free 22. Guido & Maurizio De'Angelis - To The Adventure 23. Benedetto Ghiglia - Il Bandito Messicano

 

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

FRANCO & THE O.K. JAZZ - DJ QBICO PLAYS FRANCO & THE O.K. JAZZ, VOL. 1 (LP/EP SOUND)

DJ Qbico plays one of the greatest and unfortunatly still unsung heroes of African music with obscure music from rare 45s. All tracks recorded between 1956 and 1969 and until now never have been reissued yet or appear on any compilation. Audio restoration, editing, mastering, selection and artwork by DJ Qbico. Limited to only 70 numbered copies in hand-made cover, on 180 gram heavy black vinyl with black inner sleeve.

OSUNFISAN BROTHERS & SISTERS - DJ QBICO PLAYS OSUNFISAN BROTHERS & SISTERS (LP/EP SOUND)

DJ Qbico selected and mixed the best tracks from three very rare Nigeria EMI label LPs. Full of breaks and at times sounding like Washington go-go music! All 3 Osunfisan LPs have never been reissued yet or appear on any compilation. Audio restoration, editing, mastering, selection and artwork by DJ Qbico. Limited to only 70 numbered copies in hand-made cover, on 180 gram heavy black vinyl with black inner sleeve.

VARIOUS - DJ QBICO PLAYS PHILIPS WEST AFRICA 45, VOL. 1 (LP/EP SOUND)

A very eclectic mix of various African music styles taken from Philips' West African 45s. All tracks have never been reissued yet or appear on any compilation. Audio restoration, editing, mastering, selection and artwork by DJ Qbico. Limited to only 70 numbered copies in hand-made cover, on 180 gram heavy black vinyl with black inner sleeve.

 

VARIOUS: WORLD, CLASSICAL, SPOKEN WORDS ETC

AKIL, LAHCEN - TIZI INZIT (LP/RED WIG)

Recorded by Lucien in March 2018 in Tamlalt, Moroccan High Atlas, in the blue room at the Bibliotatlas collective. Lahcen perfroms his songs on a lothar, an instrument that he made himself, with a wooden handle, a palm soundboard and goatskin. He is accompanied by El Hussain Safir on bendir and vocals, Lahcen Bouri on bendir, Tarik Boughfyani on tamtam and vocals,Idir Ben Hakim on tamtam and vocals and El Houssain Oumaa on bendir, tamtam and vocals.

 

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