SPOTLIGHT 6

06/02/2020 18:46

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

ORWELL, PAUL - USE ME (7"/HEAVY SOUL)

The last bits of Paul's amazing LP 'Smut' sees one explosive opener with the E.P.'s title track followed by unheard tracks Paul recorded at the same time - that is how good 'Smut' is!! The final chapter for this part of Paul's musical path and another Orwell winner.

DERVIEUX, FRANCK - DIMENSION 'M' (LP/RETURN TO ANALOG)

Reissue of 1972 album. Franck Dervieux was a keyboard player from Quebec, Canada. He started in singer Jean Pierre Ferland's band. After recovering from cancer, he embarked on a new career, recording the symphonic prog album 'Dimension M' with an all-star backing band including many musicians from the band Contraction.

ELECTRIC FEAT - ELECTRIC FEAT (LP/INNER EAR)

This is Electric Feat's debut album. A hard rocking album, with psychedelic, proto-metal and heavy blues. Cream and Alice Cooper are not far away.

ELECTRIC MOON - MIND EXPLOSION (2LP) (LP/WORST BASSIST)

This is not only a reprint, but a complete NEW issue, with complete new stampers and stuff. Limited to 500 copies on orange vinyl. An exciting live album, recorded in Austria 2013. The sound is really unpolished, wild and direct, recorded on stage with a stereo microphone. This is psychedelia of the trippiest kind. Originally released on Sulatron in 2014.

GEEZER - GROOVY (BLACK) (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

'Groovy' brings a jam-ready mentality together with sharp-edged songcraft. The material is united by that central undercurrent - timeless and undeniable. The three pillars of the Geezer sound are heavy, trippy and groovy. Regardless of tempo, mood, or any other theme that might show up in the songs, 'Groovy' is a love-letter to groove itself, and in paying that homage, Geezer have discovered the truest reality of themselves yet. Whatever else groovy is, it's them.

LDMR - SILVA (LP/WORST BASSIST)

LDMR is a postrock band from Germany and 'Silva' is their second album. Third album on Worst Bassist Records, the label run by Lulu of Electric Moon. LDMR creates a maelstrom of suspending soundwaves and melodic distortion in order to combine the loving aesthetics of Mono with the brute riffpower of Russian Circles. Yet the instrumental-post-rock-quartet is unique for its roots in dirty punkmusic which is reflecting in the first album 'Facing' (october 2019). Especially in live-situations LDMR make themselves at home where their work makes room for the interpretative playground of the audience. Be prepared to get a soulcleanser full of intense, atmospheric post-rock!

MCDOWELL, MARK -& FRIENDS- - BREAKTHROUGH (LP/FRIENDS OF THE FISH)

Mark McDowell's 6th studio album is a full band production -recording as Mark McDowell and Friends- that builds on the sonic palette of 2017's acclaimed 'Dark Weave'. The nine tracks encompass free flowing instrumentals, west coast sunshine pop, acid folk and electronica. 'Breakthrough' balances themes of uncertainty and euphoria - from life in dystopian living spaces to escape into the haunting beauty of the fields and woods. A celebratory summer festival, the lurking menace of city violence, a hallucinatory road trip and fears of impending cold war combine in a panorama of 21st century hopes and fears. As with 'Dark Weave', the album features the unique instrumentation of the 'Friends' -from bouzouki to Minilogue synthesizer- all of whom contribute to the sound of a band that understands its roots but is always moving forward. Comes on blue vinyl.

RYMDSTYRELSEN - LUNAR MOUNTAINS (BLACK) (LP/KOMMUN2)

This album is the sophomore effort from Rymdstyrelsen, Stockholm's most loved spacerock act. The emotional charge of the music owes as much to '70s hard rock as to the current space trend, and they somehow turn this into an advantage. This interstellar crusade comes armed with long intense tracks, wailing fuzz guitars and a wealth of analogue synthesizers. The title song is an absolute epic into crystal meth dementia while tracks like 'White Dwarf' owes as much to NWOBHM as to mid-'70s Hawkwind. Co-release between Kommun2/Svensk Psych Aften (home to Agusa, Hills, Centrum, Yuri Gagarin etc). The cover illustration is an original work by Swedish designer Henning Lindahl.

SESSA - GRANDEZA (PORT) (LP/LOVERS & LOLLYPOPS)

Lovers & Lollypops presents the Portuguese print of Sessa's debute. 'Grandeza' is an album about the natural gesture of love and the softness of the human body. It's also about Sessa's love for Brazilian music and its many shapes and colors. The album is largely inspired by the psychedelic side of the country's tropicalia movement of the late '60s and early '70s. Fans of Os Mutantes, or the more far-out songs of Caetano Veloso will love this record. However, the music gets a deliberate minimalist treatment rarely found in contemporary Brazilian music. The material is more reminiscent of the bareness of Leonard Cohen, with touches of tropicalia, psychedelia, and the mystic jazz of Moondog and Pharoah Sanders.

W.D. FISHER - W.D. FISHER (LP/RETURN TO ANALOG)

Quebec City group W. D. Fisher's only album, released in 1972, is one of the very first progressive rock albums recorded in Quebec. Employing an artful blend of pop-psych and hard organ rock influences, surprisingly complex song structures and sophisticated arrangements, the band produces a deep, lavish sound reminiscent of early Camel and Yes.

WHITE HEAVEN - OUT (LP/BLACK EDITIONS)

White Heaven's debut album 'Out' is one of the greatest psychedelic rock albums ever recorded. First released in 1991 by Tokyo's P.S.F. Records and pressed in an edition of 500 copies the original LP has become a holy grail in underground circles, with only a scant few copies ever making it outside of Japan. Built on the chemistry between You Ishihara's lysergic lyricism and the blistering leads of one of Japan's undisputed guitar gods Michio Kurihara, 'Out' is an absolute classic. It is one of the few albums to successfully join a deep love of classic rock'n'roll with the rapturous energy of punk and openness of the avant-garde. Each song creates its own world, raising dynamic structures that defy categorization. Meticulously remastered by the artists this edition is the album in its clearest, most powerful form. Cut at the legendary Bernie Grundman studios and pressed at RTI it is now available on vinyl for the first time in almost 30 years. Black Editions presents 'Out' in its definitive edition.

MOROZOV, YURI - ANTHOLOGY, VOL. 1 (2CD) (CD/CREDO INLUMEN)

'RETROSCOPE/TRAMPS/DWARF LAND' - The 1st anthology 2CD set (of 16) by Russian psych/rock artist Yuri Morozov. 'Retroscope' was recorded between 1967 and 1969, 'Tramps' was recorded in 1971 and 'Dwarf Land' between 1972 and 1976. Includes 24 page booklet in Russian and 9 bonus tracks. For the first time in the history of Russian rock, here's a complete discography of the legendary Yuri Morozov. Each volume includes 2 CDs, a 24-page booklet with illustrations by Nina Morozova and other artists, rare photos from the YM archives, and original designs from 1998-2005. Edited by Yuri Morozov. Includes scans of selected songs with chords, and QR code for 3 albums in WAV format. This is a unique collector's edition in a very limited edition of 300 copies only, so be fast!

MOROZOV, YURI - ANTHOLOGY, VOL. 2 (2CD) (CD/CREDO INLUMEN)

'CHERRY GARDEN OF JIMI HENDRIX/APHRODITE ISLAND/DREAM IN A RED TOWER' - The 2nd anthology 2CD set (of 16) by Russian psych/rock artist Yuri Morozov. 'Cherry Garden Of Jimi Hendrix' was recorded between 1973 and 1975, 'Aphrodite Island' was recorded between 1974 and 1976 and 'Dream In A Red Tower between 1973 and 1976. Includes 24 page booklet in Russian and 5 bonus tracks. For the first time in the history of Russian rock, here's a complete discography of the legendary Yuri Morozov. Each volume includes 2 CDs, a 24-page booklet with illustrations by Nina Morozova and other artists, rare photos from the YM archives, and original designs from 1998-2005. Edited by Yuri Morozov. Includes scans of selected songs with chords, and QR code for 3 albums in WAV format. This is a unique collector's edition in a very limited edition of 300 copies only, so be fast!

MOROZOV, YURI - ANTHOLOGY, VOL. 3 (2CD) (CD/CREDO INLUMEN)

'CRETINS WEDDING/WHERE THE DISTANCES ARE DARKER/BYE, ROCK/RIVER OF THE ETERNITY' - The 3rd anthology 2CD set (of 16) by Russian psych/rock artist Yuri Morozov. 'Cretins Wedding' was recorded between 1974 and 1976, 'Where The Distances Are Darker' was recorded in 1977, 'Bye, Rock' in 1978 and 'River Of The Eternity' in 1979. Includes 24 page booklet in Russian and 13 bonus tracks. For the first time in the history of Russian rock, here's a complete discography of the legendary Yuri Morozov. Each volume includes 2 CDs, a 24-page booklet with illustrations by Nina Morozova and other artists, rare photos from the YM archives, and original designs from 1998-2005. Edited by Yuri Morozov. Includes scans of selected songs with chords, and QR code for 3 albums in WAV format. This is a unique collector's edition in a very limited edition of 300 copies only, so be fast!

MOROZOV, YURI - ANTHOLOGY, VOL. 4 (2CD) (CD/CREDO INLUMEN)

'IN ROCK/FEMALE-22/JAZZ IN THE NIGHT' - The 4th anthology 2CD set (of 16) by Russian psych/rock artist Yuri Morozov. 'In Rock' was recorded between 1979 and 1981, 'Jazz In The Night' was recorded in 1978. Includes 24 page booklet in Russian and 6 bonus tracks. For the first time in the history of Russian rock, here's a complete discography of the legendary Yuri Morozov. Each volume includes 2 CDs, a 24-page booklet with illustrations by Nina Morozova and other artists, rare photos from the YM archives, and original designs from 1998-2005. Edited by Yuri Morozov. Includes scans of selected songs with chords, and QR code for 3 albums in WAV format. This is a unique collector's edition in a very limited edition of 300 copies only, so be fast!

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

TH DA FREAK - HOLA TODOS (10") (10"/HOWLIN' BANANA)

On this EP, the unstoppable artist from Bordeaux continues to showcase his influences from 90's indie rock, garagepunk and lo-fi pop. This 10" has four tracks of characteristic DIY spirit.

MORT ROSE - NES POUR AIMER (LP/RETURN TO ANALOG)

These four boys experienced a most incredible epic, lost in the middle of a brass band, waltzing through flowery labyrinths and walking endlessly under the skies of pleiades. Joyful music to fall in love by.

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

KIDS - NAUGHTY KIDS (IT/BLACK) (LP/RADIATION)

Originally released a mere eight months after their groundbreaking 1978 self-titled debut LP, The Kids' second album is a pure masterpiece of straightforward punk rock. A little less raw than their previous material, but still far from the new wave sounds the band started experimenting with on their following records, 'Naughty Kids' remains one of the best examples of non-UK '70s punk and definitely a mandatory addition to the collection of any 'Killed By Death' fanatic! This reissue also includes five bonus tracks recorded live in 1978.

KIDS - THE KIDS (IT/BLACK) (LP/RADIATION)

Hailing from Antwerp, Belgium, The Kids formed in 1976 to prove to the world that punk was more than just a London vs New York fashion contest. Originally released on the Philips label in 1978, and highly acclaimed as one of the best punk records EVER, The Kids' debut album is now reissued on vinyl, with two bonus tracks recorded in 1977. This is pure and quintessential punk rock.

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

EVIL SPIRIT - THE IMAGELESS MIRROR (LP/EXIT)

Over the course of this release's five songs, the duo brew a mean atmosphere of low tones, strained strings, fierce wailings, and malefic attitude, bringing slow doom slogs and sludgy burners together with panache and a startlingly large-scale vibe.

GODS OF RAIN - OFFERINGS (LP/EXIT)

Gods Of Rain explores textural improvisation for electric guitar and percussion/vocals. Brooding, arcane and foreboding, it navigates the turbulent waters of dark ambient and more abstract electronic music, swamped in swashes of caustic improvisation. Recorded in Berlin in 2005.

MUSCI, ROBERTO/GIOVANNI VENOSTA/MASSIMO MARIANI - LOSING THE ORTHODOX PATH (LP/SOAVE)

How does one describe such a supremely crafted tapestry of sound and composition when there is such a rich canvas of details to appreciate it? As a homage to ancient music, Musci, Venosta and Mariani blend a powerful undercurrent of otherwordly intrigue and mysticism throughout their structures, resulting in an emotionally engaging experience unlike any other recording you have encountered. Most of the real-time playing is placed alongside and distinctly from the computer world, creating both stimulating, dynamic and crossover references. There is much originality to reward both close and repeated listenings. This isn't jazz, nor improvised; in their words, 'Losing The Orthodox Path' is an homage to ancient music, but through an electro-acoustic approach. Our jazz and/or rock souls do the rest.

MINOY - IN SEARCH OF TARKOVSKY (CD/COLD SPRING)

Minóy (1951-2010), a major figure in DIY noise music, produced some of the most remarkably engrossing, beautiful and imaginative work-of-art albums released on cassette in the 1980's. Created in 1986, 'In Search Of Tarkovsky' is dedicated to the late Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky ('Solaris', 'Stalker', 'Andrei Rublev' etc.). A unique world of musical expression, with dense audio abstractions where the origin of any particular sound isn't quite discernible. A form of labyrinthian, droning collage electronics, otherworldly and dreamlike, at times nightmarish, at times sad, but always bold and deeply affecting. Composed after the director's death, it contains many trademarks of Minóy's style: manipulation of shortwave radio, use of spring reverb to get those strangely echoing, claustrophobic environments, and then the howling vocals, piling-up and distorting. Minóy plainly mourns the director's death but in such a unique way there is nothing to compare it to. Two long-form, elaborate pieces (just under 1 hour), essential to Minóy's aesthetic of "cinema of the ear". This is the first Minóy material ever to be reissued. Unavailable since the original cassette release, these tracks have been remastered from the original archive files and are presented for the first time on CD in a matt-laminate digipak.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

ALL MY SINS - PLAMEN I LED (CD/BEVERINA/CASUS BELLI MUSICA)

Atmospheric pagan black metal from Serbia. This EP comes as 6-panel digipak, pit-art CD, limited to 150 copies. For fans of Rauhnåcht. The first track offers their own interpretation of Slavic madness originally delivered by Yugoslavian dark-art band Luna from their 'Nestvarne Stvari' album back in 1984. The second one is the band's personal view upon the world of polar eclipses and shamanic visions from the Russian North, a cover of Old Wainds 'Scalding Coldness', originally issued in 2005. Finally there is a re-shaped version of 'Where The Wild Winds Blow' taken from the second demo of All My Sins from 2004, included as a special bonus for this record. Spanning around 20 minutes 'Plamen I Led' is a type of release that pervades both EP and 7" single formats, a release where past echoes meet the genesis of a new creation, merging two worlds into a one unique vision before the new moon unveils its face.

 

JAZZ/AVANTGARDE

SZABO, GABOR - DREAMS (EXTENDED EDITION) (LP/EBALUNGA!!!)

The long awaited reissue of this rare eastern and psychedelic jazz LP by the famous Hungarian guitarist, originally released in 1968. This extended edition comes with 2 bonus tracks: the radio version of 'Fire Dance'/'Ferris Wheel' from single 7" 1969. Comes with long, exclusively written liner notes by the famous researcher and biographer Douglas Payne. Remastered by Martin Bowes at Cage Studios (UK).

DECOY WITH JOE MCPHEE - AC/DC (CD/OTOROKU)

Two totally infectious sets from Decoy -the trio of John Edwards, Steve Noble and Alexander Hawkins- reunited with pocket trumpet and saxophone player Joe McPhee on the closing night of his four day residency at Cafe OTO. Recorded live at Cafe OTO by Shaun Crook on Friday 10th May, 2019. Mixed and mastered by James Dunn. Artwork and layout by Oliver Pitt. Printed in an edition of 1000.

 

SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/R&B/GOSPEL

RANIL - RANIL Y SU CONJUNTO TROPICAL (LP/ANALOG AFRICA)

Analog Africa Limited Dance Edition No. 11! Fourteen mindblowing Cumbia masterpieces by Ranil y su Conjunto Tropical from Iquitos, Peru, many of which have never seen wide release outside the Amazonian region. Limited edition LP in gatefold cover pressed on 180 gram high quality virgin vinyl, including a beautiful LP-sized poster. Don't miss this powerful LP!

VARIOUS - NAPOLI SEGRETA, VOL. 1 (LP/NG)

NG Records releases, in collaboration with Early sounds, the first volume of 'Napoli Segreta', a meticulous selection of the rarest and most sought after compositions of the '70s and '80s Napolitan disco and funk scene. TRACKS: 1. Donatella Viggiano - Napule Canta E More 2. Giancarlo D'Auria - Follia 3. Tonica & Dominante - Cicogna 4. Oro - Stop The War 5. Antonio Sorrentino - 'E Prumesse 6. Donn'Anna - Nun Ce Sta' Nient A Fa 7. Mario D'Episcopo - I've Got The Music Of Your Love 8. Oro - Sasa 9. Pino Amoroso - Guagliu

 

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

KNOX, GABE - HELLO WORLD/TAKING A BREAK (7"/POLYTECHNIC YOUTH)

Two fabulously infectious synth pop gems that contain Gabe's uncanny knack for killer hooks and unerring ear for playfulness within his amazingly melodic electronica. 300 copies on 7" vinyl only, possibly with digital to come via the Gabe Knox bandcamp. Sure to sell out fast.

COSMIC GROUND - 5 (LP/DEEP DISTANCE)

The on-off project for Electric Orange's electronic maestro Dirk Jan Muller, and LP 5 here, is simply incredible. Three super heavy, deep mind-splitting kosmische space jams- heavy as ever on leanings towards the famed Berlin school sound, but also nods to the heavily echo drenched sound of Gunter Schickert, and 'Inventions For Electric Guitar' era Manuel Gottsching. This truly is that good. First track 'Girls From Outer Space' has perhaps a more tuneful feel to previous releases, and recalls early period Emeralds or some Oneohtrix Point Never; but builds across greater mind frying intense peaks before descending into a gentle Popol Vuh like serenity. 'Compact/Space' continues the pace, clocking in at almost 10 minutes of rising and spiraling beautiful, dark analogue deep space drones. Consisting the entire length of side 2, 'Operation: Echo' does pretty much what it says on the tin, an incredible echo drenched cosmic tour-de-force heavy on the intense sequenced vibe of prime era Schulze/T. Dream, arcing outwards and upwards in sheer intensity and whacked out kosmische/psychedelic ambition. Available as a 300 copy vinyl pressing on suitably apt 'galaxy yellow/black' smoky vinyl.

IASOS - ANGELIC MUSIC (LP/FACT OF BEING)

In 1978 Iasos returned with an album consisting of 2 long peaceful compositions: 'The Angels Of Comfort' and 'Angel Play'. These pieces are extremely soothing, heavenly, loving, and peaceful, and it captures the energies of love, on a galactic scale. It functions as a universal healing comforting presence. This genre of music could be termed "classical new age music". This album is a "vibrational environment" of soothing loving angelic feelings, very nurturing and comforting. The music can be used for creating a sacred space, for meditating, body-work, visualization, hospice work, emotional healing, and for tuning into angels. It is well suited for relaxing the mind, body and spirit. When Iasos first released this album, it immediately became an underground classic, due to its universal appeal. It was the one of first albums that created a new music genre now known as "new age music". In addition, it still is one of the most cherished pieces of music worldwide. 'Angelic Music' was released on vinyl only once in 1989 on the Brazilian label Estúdio Eldorado. Comes with original artwork ('Star Dancer' by Gilbert Williams).

IASOS - INTER-DIMENSIONAL MUSIC (LP/FACT OF BEING)

In 1975 Iasos published his first work 'Inter-Dimensional Music', which during the years became an absolute classic of new age and ambient music. This is probably a first "new age" album ever released. In addition, a year after in 1976, Steven Halpern, with his well-known masterpiece 'Spectrum-Suite' cemented the existence of this style. Being unique, the music lays at the crossroads of ambient, new age, psychedelic, prog, and space music. Recommended for fans of Peter Davison, Popol Vuh, Brian Eno, Robert Fripp, Steven Halpern, and Michael Stearns' early works. Now, after 45 years since its first publishing, the album is available again with original artwork.

IASOS - REALMS OF LIGHT (LP/FACT OF BEING)

After a break of a decade, Iasos returned in 2001 with the album 'Realms Of Light'. Here you will hear 8 masterpieces of heavenly music that take you to other-worldly realms just filled with Love and Light. This album continues where 1983's 'Elixir' left off! A journey into heavenly celestial realms with the master of inter-dimensional music. Ecstatic planes of existence filled with love, light, color, fragrance, and sacredness. Unearthly sparkling beauty. There are a few guest musicians who beautify the album: Joie Favier from Cybervixen, legendary violinist Steven Kindler, who was one of the forerunners in playing multi-string electric violin, and another new-age music legend Sophia Roberts. To summarize, this album is intensely full of heavenly feelings that will make your heart glow. This album is designed for focused listening - definitely not as "background music".

 

SOUNDTRACKS/LOUNGE/CULT ETC

DALPANE, MARCO - LE CITTA INVISIBILI (LE CITTA E I MORTI) (LP/SOAVE)

A previously unreleased recording by Marco Dalpane (mainly known for the cult album 'Scorie' released with Tiziano Popoli). It was produced in 1991 for Radio Rai as an accompaniment to the reading of Italo Calvino's 'Le Città Invisibili'.

MORRICONE, ENNIO - UCCIDERE IL VITELLO GRASSO E ARROSTITELO (LP/TRANSVERSALES DISQUES)

For the first time on LP here's the full score for 'Uccidete Il Vitello Grasso E Arrostitelo'. Conducted by Bruno Nicolai and featuring vocals by Edda Dell'Orso, Morricone delivered one his best scores from the late '60s. A psych-baroque journey with typical beat arrangements, crazy organs solos, wah-wah guitars and tense harpsichord phrases. Including the previously unreleased 'Shake Introspettivo'. Remastered from the original master tapes. Limited Edition.

 

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

ORCHESTRE LES MANGELEPA - NYAKO KONYA (12"/SECOUSSE)

Congolese rumba band Orchestre Les Mangelepa recorded these tracks in 1978 in Kenya. 'Nyako Konya' is a 9-minute hypnotic jam, for this release remastered by French engineer Nicolas Thelliez. The original version is featured together with remixes by Yuksek, Afro Lovers, Umoja and Uproot Andy.

 

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