SPOTLIGHT 51

23/12/2019 10:02

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

BAG OF NAILS - THE WOLF INSIDE ME (LP/NASONI)

Bag Of Nails are a psychedelic blues rock trio from Athens, Greece. They are characterized by their improvisational style and inspired by the classic blues and rock sounds from the '60s and '70s. This is their debut full length album which was recorded mainly live in the summer of 2018. Limited edition of 300 copies on 180 gram orange vinyl including poster, downloadcode and sticker.

BLUTHARSCH, DER -& THE INFINITE CHURCH OF THE LEADING HAND- - THE COSMIC TRIGGER: RETRIGGERED (LP/WKN)

Former inventors of "military pop", Der Blutharsch have evolved (mutated?) into a sort of really kinky dark rock band. Gone are the times of provocation - on their journey towards new territories, the reincarnated DB now invite you to celebrate life and love together. If you are ready to praise the Gods of the cosmic universe - then you will enjoy the ride. Featuring Lina Baby Doll and Edward Ka-Spel - retriggered!!! Retriggered by Geoffroy Delacroix (Derniere Volonte).

CONGULUS - BOZKIR (2LP) (LP/NASONI)

Psychedelic spacerock from Turkey in the vein of Ozric Tentacles. Limited edition of 300 copies on 180 gram neon orange coloured vinyl including insert.

DREAM PARADE - SISYPHUS (LP/LE POP CLUB)

Founded by Madeleine and Samuel Sandri, Simon Bradford and Jacob Atkinson, Swiss band Dream Parade (formerly known as Venus On Fyre) release their debut album 'Sisyphus'. The album brings the charm of psychedelic pop music with a smirk. The album was recorded live in only a few days. Reka Csiszer (Bitter Moon) and Cedric Rolland (La Bande A Joe) make guest appearances.

EMILE - (BLACK) THE BLACK SPIDER/DET KOLLEKTIVE SELVMORD (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

The Sonic Dawn frontman's debut solo album. Melancholic and mysterious, but at the same time strangely familiar. Combining surreal soundscapes with a distinct sixties-style songwriting, Emile's psychedelic loner folk debut comes together like a weird dream. A dream that shows a side of reality, too strange to observe in any other way. Driven by acoustic guitar and haunting arrangements, the frontman of The Sonic Dawn presents a unique backdrop, on which songs about death, life, loss and fear of growing old melt together with a dystopian look into the near future of our civilisation.

FULL TONE GENERATOR - NEVER TO RETURN (LP/HURRICANE MUSIC)

Australian import. The live album from Full Tone Generator on black vinyl, recorded live at Singing Bird Studio Frankston with one track recorded live at Cherry Bar, a cover of the classic Kyuss tune 'Gardenia' featuring Nick Oliveri (Kyuss/QOTSA) on bass. Illustration by Montdoom Design and Illustrations. Limited!

SONIC DAWN - (BLACK) ENTER THE MIRAGE (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

'Enter The Mirage' is arguably the most blazing and powerful album yet by The Sonic Dawn. It has an unusual live feel for a studio album, packing much of the raw energy and electricity that has made The Sonic Dawn's psychedelic concerts famous in the rock underground.

YURI GAGARIN - (BLACK) THE OUTSKIRTS OF REALITY (LP/SOUND EFFECT)

Almost 4 years after their second, Yuri Gagarin return with their third studio album! You certainly cannot accuse the Swedish space-rockers for being over-productive, neither can you for shape-shifting in the name of publicity... Based on their fundamental "Space Ritual-era-Hawkwind" template, Yuri Gagarin stay firm on their path while getting more versatile in the ideas, more evocative in their soundscapes and, most importantly, richer in their melodic approach; unlike many of their contemporaries, Yuri Gagarin, except for their ambient mastery, rely on their innate sense for melody and, almost cinematic, approach to drama. On 'The Outskirts Of Reality' Yuri Gagarin present five songs. Maybe with no lyrics, but still, these are songs, with the entire human feelings' part lying in the details; as if stuck in a never-ending spacetime continuum loop, trying to fabricate small changes each time, looking for a hole leading to eternity... On this, their third lifetime, their riffs are...more bad-ass, their rhythms more punishing, their themes irresistible. Wish they never find this hole! Co-release between Sound Effect and Kommun2.

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

NERRVES - WE WERE TOO LATE ANYWAY (LP/PRIMITIVE MUSIC)

Nerrves is a band of Athenians. Their debut LP depicts their orbit around psychedelia movements and the evolution of garage rock. Recorded during summer of 2018, is a mixture of distorted organ sounds, spaced out guitars, smoothly savage drums and sonic basslines, all of which between reverberated vocals. Co-Released by Primitive Records, Body Blows Records and Patari Records

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

MEN I TRUST - HEADROOM (LP/RETURN TO ANALOG)

Reissue of Men I Trust's 2015 album 'Headroom', previously only available digitally.

MEN I TRUST - MEN I TRUST (2014) (LP/RETURN TO ANALOG)

Reissue of Men I Trust's 2014 self titled album, previously only available digitally.

TUNNEL - SHAPESHIFTER (GREEN) (LP/FORBIDDEN PLACE)

California creepers The Tunnel return for their first official release on Forbidden Place Records. 'Shapeshifter' is their darkest effort yet. Creeping like a green fog under the door and scaring the shit out of your girlfriend. This album is haunting. Featuring a rhythm section that mercilessly pounds your skull and ominous, mystical vocals that whisper a lullaby of death. This album is the theme for the coming 2020 apocalypse. European version limited to 70 copies only on glow in the dark green vinyl! For fans of Swans, Birthday Party, 16 Horsepower, Chrome, Bauhaus, Killing Joke, Amphetamine Reptile.

U.R.S.A. - L'ESPRIT DE LA TEUF (LP/FUTURE FOLKLORE)

If Devo robbed a pharmacy with Edith Nylon, gobbled up the stock of vitamins and recorded songs for a 'Subnormal Girls' compilation, it would give something like U.R.S.A.. It's neither post-punk nor new-wave nor retro-futuristic pop, but all that times, like the soundtrack of a self-directed aerobics class where they would drink pint after pint.

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

RATA NEGRA - LA HIJA DEL SEPULTURERO EP (7"/LA VIDA ES UN MUS)

One year after their 'Justicia Cósmica' LP Rata Negra are back with a two song single of dark pop perfection. On the A side the Madrid power trio puts music to a poem of José María Gabriel y Galán (1870-1905) turning its melancholic prose into a mid tempo punk beauty with surf guitars and deep bass tones bringing to mind the almighty Golpes Bajos on speed. A chance meeting of Spanish Costumbrism and kitsch as seen on the song's video. The flip side 'Problemas, No' brings back to life Video's minor hit from 1983 updating the synth pop of the original to a sharp upbeat punk jam which will have you dancing your shoes off. Recorded in Madrid at Metropol and mastered at London's Finyl Tweek 'La Hija Del Sepulturero' comes housed in a sleeve designed by the band's guitarist Fa with help from vocalist Violeta and includes a lyric insert.

ROSE OF VICTORY - (BLACK) SUFFRAGETTE CITY/OVERDRIVE (7"/RADIATION)

The story of northern English band Blitz follows something of an unusual trajectory. Formed in the small industrial town of New Mills in Derbyshire (once known for coal mines, cotton mills and calico bleaching), Blitz began as a hardcore concern, their first two albums considered classics of the 'street punk' and Oi subgenres of the early 1980s, but third album 'Second Empire Justice' shifted their sound in a totally unexpected post-punk/new wave direction, with intricate arrangements, greater musical complexity and a generally softer style. Unfortunately for the group, the album was a commercial failure that spelled their ultimate demise, yet just as the band bit the dust, bassist Neil McLennan and guitarist Nidge Miller formed Rose Of Victory with drummer Gary Bowler and engineer Nigel Beverley on vocals, cutting a one-off version of Bowie's 'Suffragette City,' coupled with an equally intriguing Miller instrumental on the flip. Rose Of Victory never lasted beyond this initial offering, however, leaving the single a unique memento of their faltering creativity. Limited to 300 copies on black vinyl.

CHAIN CULT - SHALLOW GRAVE (LP/LA VIDA ES UN MUS)

Presented in a reverse cardboard sleeve and including a lyric sheet, Chain Cult's 'Shallow Grave' is an anthemic, militant and idealistic collection of post-punk, showcasing influences from a.o. The Sound, The Cure and The Wipers. The band hails from Athens, Greece.

EATER - THE ALBUM (BLACK) (LP/RADIATION)

Formed in early stages of the British punk explosion by four high school mates in Finchley, north London, Eater quickly established themselves as one of the youngest and rawest bands on the scene. Lead singer Ashruf Radwan had an Egyptian heritage, hidden by his alias, Andy Blade, and guitarist Brian Haddock became Brian Chevette once in the fold; Ashruf's brother Lutfi was the group's first drummer, joining under the name Social Demise, but was soon replaced by Roger Bullen, playing under the moniker Dee Generate, while future Vibrator Ian Woodcock was the resident bassist from their second gig. Inspired by a line in the T Rex song, 'Suneye,' Eater was influenced by the classier side of glam rock but was very much a rapid-fire power-punk concern with their own output. Headlining spots at the Roxy club alongside The Damned, The Lurkers and Sham 69 solidified their reputation, especially once their material made it onto the live compilation album issued by Harvest in 1977, and after footage of their appearances at the club were included in Don Letts' 'Punk Rock Movie.' Signing to Dave Goodman's fledgling punk imprint, The Label, Eater issued three singles before their greatly anticipated debut album (which surfaced after future Slaughter and the Dogs member Phil Rowland joined on drums), which has since been hailed as an all-time classic; pointing their fingers at upper-class twits on songs like 'Lock It Up' and taking the piss out of themselves and their fans on 'No Brains,' the album also features two Velvet Underground covers and an unusual David Bowie adaptation, all delivered in no- holds-barred triple time. Includes 3 bonus tracks, printed inner sleeve and poster.

NEWTOWN NEUROTICS - (BLACK) BEGGARS CAN BE CHOOSERS (LP/RADIATION)

Repress! The first album by seminal political power punk trio Newtown Neurotics, 'Beggars Can Be Choosers', hit no. 6 in the UK independent charts in 1983. Formed in 1979 by vocalist and guitarist Steve Drewett, whose socialist-flavoured lyrics -never overbearing- have been grouped with those of Easterhouse, Billy Bragg or the Housemartins, the Neurotics sounded like a synthesis of everything cool in the first wave of punk: from The Ramones to The Clash to mid-period Undertones; sharp-edged, but still fun-sounding, with great hooks and melodies and socially aware lyrics. Criminally underrated Ramones-influenced political pop-punk. Titles like 'Living With Unemployment' and 'Get Up And Fight' speak for themselves. A must!

ONE WAY SYSTEM - (BLACK) GIVE US A FUTURE (LP/RADIATION)

Formed in 1979 in the northern English town of Fleetwood, Lancashire (a former major fishing port that had declined since the 1960s), One Way System was one of the most highly-rated 'street punk' groups that spun off from the British hardcore and Oi scenes. Mowhawk-sporting lead singer Gavin Whyte was initially joined by guitarist Craig Halliday, bassist Gaz Buckley and rapid-fire drummer Tez McDonald; the early demos of 'Jerusalem,' 'Spokesmen For Teenagers' and '1980s' included here were cut with that lineup, before former Zyklon B member David "Crabby" Ross joined as second guitarist, yielding the incendiary single 'Stab The Judge' and the 'No Entry' EP, issued by Blackpool's Lightbeat Records in 1981. Halliday later quit the group and when McDonald joined The Fits, accomplished drummer Tommy Couch brought a totally different musical dimension, his command of the kit well beyond the abilities of most of his contemporaries. In addition to the demos and the Lightbeat material, this compilation also collects the singles and EPs issued by Cherry Red's Anagram subsidiary between 1982-84, including the inaugural 45, 'Give Us A Future.'

SLENDER - TIME ON EARTH (LP/LA VIDA ES UN MUS)

NYC's Slender follows up its 2017 EP with 'Time On Earth', a cataclysmic punk attack that even reveals psychedelic leanings.

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

OF THE WAND AND THE MOON - (BLACK) ABENDROT IM WALDE (7"/HEIDRUNAR MYRKRUNAR)

'Abendrot Im Walde' brings you 2 songs from Of The Wand And The Moon originally released on cassette tape for the 2018 US tour and the split tape with Bordel Militaire for the 2019 Australian tour. The track 'Abendrot Im Walde' was made specially for the tape releases while the second track 'What Hand Harvest The Soul At Death' was recorded at the ':Emptiness:Emptiness:Emptiness:' and 'Lucifer' album sessions in 2000, and reworked in 2018. Limited to 250 copies.

OPERATION CLEANSWEEP - RELEASE NOW! HUNGRY FOR POWER (CD/TESCO)

Finally, here is the ultimate extended version of the first Operation Cleansweep album. Released in 1996 this album is one of the ultimate classics in power electronics and industrial music for a new generation. The 2020 CD version features the extended versions of some tracks and the additional track 'Blood Is Tripping From Our Hands'. Comes in digipak.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

BONGRIPPER - HIPPIE KILLER (2LP/BLACK) (LP/GREAT BARRIER)

A double LP reissue of 100 copies on black vinyl of Bongripper's 2007 album. Superb stoner-doom from Chicago! 'Hippie Killer' is so good, you'll want to develop a massive marijuana habit right away and spend your days lurking through the ten part expedition of doom laden valleys and psychedelic post-rock peaks, bong in hand. After the intro piece, Bongripper literally rips your head off and dumps all sort of riff heavy hallucinogens right down your neck.

THRONEHAMMER - USURPER OF THE OAKEN THRONE (2LP) (LP/CHURCH WITHIN)

On double LP, here is the debut-album by an English-German force, roughly sounding like Candlemass-meets-Bathory-meets-Warhorse. Fans of those bands shouild definitely check out Thronehammer's music!

BANDOLIER KINGS - WELCOME TO THE ZOOM CLUB (CD/GROOVEYARD)

Awesome Budgie tribute album featuring Janne Stark (Mountain Of Power) on guitar and Tony Spinner (Toto) on lead vocals and guitar. Both outstanding, seasoned hard rockers who land kick-ass authentic with true admiration and respect to re-create and shine a bright modern day musical light on the brilliant, classic retro-'70s, heavy rock excellence of Budgie. Guests include Bill Steer (Carcass/Firebird), Mats Karlsson (220 Volt), Ian Haugland (Europe), Kyoji Yamamoto (Bow Wow), John Gallagher (Raven), Don Mancuso (Black Sheep), Peter Hermansson (220 Volt) among others.

BLINDSTONE - DELIVERANCE AT THE CROSSROADS (CD/GROOVEYARD)

Outstanding 9th studio disc by this awesome power trio from Denmark. This album includes 11 tracks of supreme, powerful, blues-based, killer heavy guitar rock. 'Deliverance At The Crossroads' is an amazing display of bad-ass riffage and lead guitar firepower that is highly recommended to fans of Jimi Hendrix, Frank Marino, Robin Trower, Leslie West, Eric Gales, Lance Lopez and King's X.

CHILDREN OF AEGEAN - MYTHOLOGICA (CD/GROOVEYARD)

Debut album from this instrumental stoner rock band from Greece, featuring ten awesome songs of mind-altering riffage from the musical guitar rock minds of Stavros Papadopoulos and Panagiotis Zabourlis.

FAIDRA - SIX VOICES INSIDE (CD/NORTHERN SILENCE)

Faidra is a Swedish atmospheric/orthodox black metal solo project that formed during late summer of 2019. The music is primarily inspired by Scandinavian black metal of the early '90s, with Burzum being perhaps the most prominent influence. The man behind Faidra has played in different bands of different genres since the late '90s, and for Faidra chose to keep his identity undisclosed in order to let the music speak for itself. The CD comes as collectors edition in digipack, limited to 500 copies.

FREAK THE JONES - THE JONES MOTEL (CD/GROOVEYARD)

This album from power rock trio Freak The Jones includes 19 tracks of dynamic, blues-based, hard guitar rockin' music with funky, retro-fied, sonic soul-power and bad-ass grooves.

GATEWAY TO SELFDESTRUCTION - SANCTUS : MATER : SCORTUM (CD/NORTHERN SILENCE)

Gateway To Selfdestruction is an atmospheric/depressive black metal band, formed in 2013. Their second album, again produced by Patrick W. Engel at Temple Of Disharmony, delves into the power struggle between the child and the motherly, pathologic presence of a woman suffering from mental illness, whose selfdestructive behavior is expressed through child abuse, perversions and prostitution in both obvious and hidden ways. The conceptual layout of the CD shows her pathology and the different roles she is driven to play in her life - the loving mother to the casual observer, the whore in secret, the Madonna as the highest aspiration which she struggles to reclaim. Musically, Gateway To Selfdestruction went from the depressive black metal with atmospheric doom influences of earlier days to a more progressive extreme metal sound with extensive use of clean guitars, guitar solos, different vocal styles, clean vocals, choirs and extreme screams. Influences range from old Katatonia to more contemporary acts such as Shining, Woods Of Desolation, Ghost Brigade and Antimatter.

PAPADOPOULOS, STAVROS - SPIRITS ON THE RISE (CD/GROOVEYARD)

Solo album by this guitarist from Greece, featuring 13 songs of retro-classic, blues-based, soul-powered, dynamic hard rock music that lands with supreme excellence.

SKYFOREST - A NEW DAWN (CD/NORTHERN SILENCE)

Skyforest is an atmospheric black metal solo project from Russia that rose from the ashes of Annorkoth. After the first album 'Aftermath', which featured Tim Yatras (Austere, Germ) on vocals and drums and was still primarily a depressive black metal album, the style developed more into an atmospheric, uplifting kind of metal that gets the "black" mostly from the occasional genre-typical vocals. The following album 'Unity' as well as the EP 'Harmony', both in this new style, were very well received by fans and set the stage for 'A New Dawn', perhaps the best and most captivating Skyforest album to date. It was written in the first half of 2019. Lyrically, this album is about the journey into a new chapter of one's life. You never know what awaits you on a new day, but it's worth checking out. Too many questions are still left unanswered and yet it may lead to a positive change. The artist's personal growth into a life-affirming creator is reflected metaphorically in all of Skyforest's artworks after the debut, and culminates in the wonderful paintings of this album, again masterfully captured on canvas by Sergey Shenderovsky. The CD comes as collector's edition in digipack, limited to 1000 copies.

STONED OLYMPUS - MYSTIC ALCHEMY (CD/GROOVEYARD)

From Greece comes Stoned Olympus project that brings excellent Greek instrumental heavy guitar stoner rock. 'Mystic Alchemy' is a compilation disc featuring an awesome selection of killer unreleased songs by bands like Universal Hippies, Stone Age Mammoth, Stonilla, Hazy Sea and Children Of Aegean.

VARIOUS - DOWNTUNED VOLUME ONE (CD/OFF THE RECORD)

First part of a compilation series conceived by Rob Hammer (YouTube Channel) and Off The Record label. Featuring 10 stoner/doom/sludge/psych bands from around the globe: THE BLACK FURS, GRIM EARTH, LAZERKAAT, SCYTHIAN FALL, DESERT COLOSSUS, MAHARA, MORPHOLITH, EVEREST QUEEN, APE VERMIN, STONE IN EGYPT. Limited edition of 700 copies worldwide. Jewelcase CD with 24 page booklet.

 

JAZZ/AVANTGARDE

16-17 - PHANTOM LIMB (LP/TROST)

Massive industrial noise and free jazz blasts. 16-17 returns with new material after 25 years. Founded in 1983 in Basel by saxophonist Alex Buess and former drummer Knut Remond, they have been shaping the forefront of a new sound area. Playing an abrasive distorted mix of dub, hardcore and free jazz that lead to a meeting of likeminded heavy heads that temporally took part in the band e.g. Kevin Martin (The Bug, Techno Animal) or G.C. Green (Godflesh). After marking their presence and extensive European tours, the band officially split up in 2000. The basis of this LP was recorded in 1995 by a new line-up with Alex Buess, Damian Bennett (Techno Animal) and Michael Wertmüller (Full Blast, Nohome, Alboth) additionally expanded by vocalist and writer Eugene S. Robinson (Oxbow) and Kasia Meow.

 

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

DAVISON, PETER - MUSIC ON THE WAY (LP/FACT OF BEING)

'Music On The Way' was the Peter Davison's debut in 1980 and has not been reissued since its initial release. A mesmerising ambient recording with just a touch of early new-age music in its finest incarnation. An absolute classic in the spirit of Iasos, Brian Eno, Jon Hassell and Michael Stearns. The outstanding mastering works have been prepared by Grammy-nominated Jessica Thompson which guarantees an immersive deep sound experience and an unforgettable journey inwards. Peter Davison has composed music scores for Indie Features, the History Channel, A+E, Biography, PBS, Warner Bros., Disney, Universal, Discovery, Gaiam (Yoga/Relaxation music) and others. Over 25 CDs of his music are available on EMI/Higher Octave, Gaiam, Davisounds and TSR/Baja.

 

SOUNDTRACKS/LOUNGE/CULT ETC

WHITE CHAMBER - THE GARDEN (7"/HEIDRUNAR MYRKRUNAR)

This is the third release of White Chamber. A collaboration of Kim Larsen (Of The Wand And The Moon/Les Chasseurs De La Nuit etc.) and Iver Ask Overgaard (My Beloved/Of The Wand And The Moon etc.) of melancholic electronic music from Copenhagen, Denmark. This time joined by Stella Perish (US) and Simon Byrckel (DK) on vocals. Mixed by Mikkel Elzer and mastered by Robert Ferbrache. Limited to 300 copies.

VARIOUS - COOL CAT CLUB (2LP) (LP/STAG-O-LEE)

After the highly successful volumes 'The Crazy Rhythms Of Mata Hari' and 'Shake Your Bones' Stag-O-Lee presents Volume 3 in their DJ Set series. Again a compressed 80 minute set of a whole evening of DJ-ing. This time behind the decks - Thorsten Dietsche, Stefan Christiansen and Jonas Rein. The trio is known as Cool Cat Club and they are from Hamburg. They made their name with residencies at the Komet Club and as organizers of the yearly Hitch-Hike weekender. This limited double-disc features 32 tracks of pure '50s rhythm & blues - hits and rarities well mixed. This is for the dancefloor. SIDE 1: 1. Jimmy Rogers - What Have I Done 2. Moose John - Talkin' 'Bout Me 3. Joe Tex - Pneumonia 4. Barrett Strong - Misery 5. Jeanette Williams - I Can't Wait 6. George Allen - Come On Home 7. Calvin & Clarence - I Wanna Dance 8. Kenny & Moe - I Want To Love You SIDE 2: 1. Little Jimmy Ray - You Need To Fall In Love 2. Sugar Boy Williams - Little Girl 3. The Monitors - Mama Linda 4. Vernon Harrel - Slick Chick 5. Bobby Guy - Good Enough 6. Jackie Ross - Hard Times 7. Sugar Pie DeSanto - Going Back Where I Belong SIDE 3: 1. Joe Sheppard - What's The Matter Baby 2. Frank Minion - How Much Land 3. Jimmy Ricks - Bad Man Of Missouri 4. Roy Corwin - Preachin' Talk 5. Danny Cobb - My Isabella 6. Ray Johnson - Castanet Senorita 7. Lee Parker - Boy Meets Girl 8. Kenny Martin - My Love Is Coming Down SIDE 4: 1. Howlin' Wolf - You Gonna Wreck My Life 2. Earl King - Every Whicha Kinda Way 3. The Midnighters - We'll Never Meet Again 4. Piney Brown & His Toppers - Sugar In My Tea 5. The Sterlings - Hey Boy 6. Steve King & The Echelons - Satan Is Her Name 7. Don Ellis & Royal Dukes - Blue

 

DANCE/TECHNO/HOUSE/HIPHOP

VARIOUS - KLAPYAHANDZ, VOL. 1 (CD/EM)

The KlapYaHandz label, a long-running labour of love helmed by Sok Visal, has been at the forefront of a revitalization of contemporary Cambodian culture since the beginning of the 21st century; it was the very first independent hip hop label in Cambodia, nurturing an ecosystem of rappers, producers and engineers, male and female, fusing hard-hitting Khmer-language hip hop rhymes with samples of Khmer traditional music and Golden Age hits, propelled by relentless grooves. Returning to his Cambodian homeland after a youth spent absorbing hip hop in France and the U.S., Visal' s energy and focus inspired a new musical generation; his love of Cambodian music as well as hip hop melded with his ear for jazz, funk and soul, and led to the creation of some very cool music from the artists he brought to his label. The 12 tracks on this CD are the very finest from the first decade of the KlapYaHandz galaxy. Hip hop, yes, but very definitely Cambodian hip hop, with traditional and Golden Age musical elements very prominent. Very cool, very Cambodian, very cosmopolitan, and very contemporary, but the past is always present, a love of musical history lighting the way forward. TRACKS: 01. Rin - Hip Hop (2001) 02. Phnom Penh Playaz - Ride With Us (2002) 03. Aping - Ereva Chanoy (2005) 04. Aping - Sangsa Lek 1 (feat. Dina) (2005) 05. Khmer Rap Boyz - Berk Chak (2007) 06. Kelly - K.E.L.L.Y. (2007) 07. Pou Khlaing - Yeak (feat. Adda) (2008) 08. Yungsterz - Luk Ko Luk Krobey (2008) 09. Khmer Kid - Laut Doch Besdoung (feat. Lisha) (2010) 10. Lisha - Srok Sre (2008) 11. Nen Tum - Dey Srok Khmer (2011) 12. Yungsterz - A Yap (2011)

 

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

DEKULA BAND - OPIKA (LP/SING A SONG FIGHTER)

Here is the debut album from the sensational live act Dekula Band. Centered around the legendary guitar player Dekula Kahanga (who was in the leading dance orchestra in Tanzania during the '70s and '80s: Orchestra Maquis Original) , this African band (based in Sweden) have been a very popular live band for the last years. Whether it's been at one of their monthly gigs at the not so glamorous club Lilla Wien in Stockholm or at bigger venues at Stockholm Jazz Festival. Dekula Kahanga and the singer Gaby are both from Congo and with the other members coming from Kenya, Uganda, Senegal and Sweden they all bring their special influences to the infectous and hypnotic style of soukous that they have refined over the years. And now in 2019 they have finally been into a recording studio with Sing A Song Fighter's Karl Jonas to document some of their magic. These six tracks are bursting with energy, playfulness and grace from a unique band.

 

VARIOUS: WORLD, CLASSICAL, SPOKEN WORDS ETC

MASTER MUSICIANS OF JAJOUKA FEAT. BACHIR ATTAR - APOCALYPSE ACROSS THE SKY (2LP) (LP/ZEHRA)

In 1991, iconic producer Bill Laswell embarked on a trip to the small village of just 800 inhabitants in the Rif mountains to record the group for his Axiom label. 'Apocalypse Across The Sky' is, unlike other Laswell projects that bring together different cultures and genres, a pure document of the ensemble, raw and unpolished but exquisitely recorded, and ranks according to the world music magazine Songlines among the essential recordings of the legendary Master Musicians Of Jajouka and is now available on vinyl for the very first time! Remastered for vinyl by Helmut Erler at D&M Berlin.

 

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