SPOTLIGHT 7

17/02/2020 10:40

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

VERY PARANOIA - MAKE ME/OUT OF TOUCH (7"/WHO CAN YOU TRUST?)

Very Paranoia is a crude San Francisco unit operated by four veterans of the Psychic Wars. Founded by members of Lecherous Gaze, Annihilation Time, Hot Lunch, and Assemble Head, the band spews raw mechanical violence alternately described as "aggro-hooch metal," "amphetamine pub rock," and "scuzz-crud boogie." Classifications aside, Very Paranoia's sound is shaped by the cult-artists and underground characters found in multiple sub-genres throughout the twisted history of rock 'n' roll. May interest fans of MC5, Pink Fairies, Status Quo, Dr. Feelgood and Flamin' Groovies. Edition of 200 copies on black vinyl

ALIEN MUSTANGS - SHADOWS/HYPNIC TRIP (12"/PIKAP)

It has been 7 years since Alien Mustangs' debut 7" and nearly 2 since their much celebrated album 'Alienation', though it seems like time stands almost still into their hypnic (sic) universe. Lazy slides, recurring bass lines and stoned tempos are dressing the scenery of this 12" single with the anticipated levels of fuzz. A perfect prescription indeed.

ALBERGO INTERGALATTICO SPAZIALE - ALBERGO INTERGALATTICO SPAZIALE (+7") (LP/WAH WAH)

This Italian '70s act featured a.o. Giacomo 'Mino' di Martino (known from a.o. I Giganti) and his wife, actress and singer Edda 'Terra' di Benedetto. The music on their Kraut-influenced self-titled album, first released in 1978, is dominated by Terra's fascinating, improvised vocals and Mino's keyboards, creating amazing space sounds reminiscent of those from 1950s and 1960s science fiction B-movies. This reissue (500 copies) comes with reproduced original artwork, a poster, three inserts and a bonus 7-inch record! Very, very nice!

ALIENS - LIVE ON THE MOON (2LP) (LP/DRONE ROCK)

The Aliens descended from the ashes of the acclaimed Beta Band in the mid-noughties with a fresh dose of electronic psychedelic rock combined with a multitude of other genres. Immediately signed to EMI their debut album made the UK top-50 before the bottom fell out of the industry in the wake of the digital piracy tidal wave. The Aliens managed to release a second album before vanishing off the face of the Earth completely... until now. As a prelude to their return in 2020 The Aliens have beamed down a live recording from the archives taken from a show on a secret Moonbase. 'Live On The Moon' is presented as a special, limited edition (300 copies) double LP by Drone Rock Records with the first disc pressed on 'blue moon' transparent blue vinyl and the second disc on 'full moon' transparent yellow vinyl.

BLACK RAINBOWS - (BLACK) COSMIC RITUAL SUPERTRIP (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

'Cosmic Ritual Supertrip' has a monolithic force; guitars, drums and bass are all glued together to give the listener a punch in the face! This album gets its magic power from mixing together a '70s attitude with a doom-occult and stoner rock sound in a masterful way.

BLACKFOOT, J.D. - ULTIMATE PROPHECY (+CD) (LP/MAGIC BOX)

An undisputed US underground psych rock classic, originally issued in 1970, sees its long-awaited reissue on 140-GRAM VINYL. This edition is presented in a gatefold sleeve and includes a CD of the entire LP with an additional eight rare non-album bonus tracks including both sides of the elusive debut-single.

EPIZOOTIC - DAYBREAK (LP/LONGHAIR)

Epizootic's sole album is very rare one and in good shape a very expensive album if you are looking for an original one. Longhair is proud to present the first official re-release of this album, first issued in 1976 by Epizootic as a private pressing. Their music could be described as raw hard rock with psychedelic flavours, dominated by organ and guitar. Breaks and tempo changes within the titles are responsible for a diversified album. In his book 'Scented Garden Of The Mind' Dag Erik Asbjornsen declares: Epizootic made one of the most obscure Swedish heavy rock albums, in a joyful style reminiscent of Fuzzy Duck and early Atomic Rooster. The album has been re-remastered from an early CD self-release by the band and gains a better sounding. On the insert, keyboarder Lars Liljegren tells the band's story and some never before seen photos show the band in their glorious days. Don't miss the limited edition of this extremely rare album. Recommended.

FARMYARD - BACK TO FRONTING (LP/WAH WAH)

The highly regerded second full-length by New Zealand's progressive outfit Farmyard, originally dating back to 1972, returns to vinyl. This edition, presented with a gatefold sleeve (reproduction of the original artwork) and an insert, is limited to 500 copies.

FARMYARD - FARMYARD (LP/WAH WAH)

A terrific album, in a style on the edge of prog and country rock, delivered by a band from New Zealand and originally released in 1970 (according to other sources 1971) by Polydor, returns to vinyl. This edition, presented with a gimmick plastic bag sleeve and a gatefold insert, is limited to 500 copies.

HAYVANLAR ALEMI - (BLACK) PSYCHEDELIA IN TIMES OF TURBULENCE (LP/SUBSOUND)

In the spring of 2017, Hayvanlar Alemi closed themselves in a studio in a small Italian town for a few days and recorded material for multiple future releases. 'Psychedelia In Times Of Turbulence' includes the heavier compositions that came out of these sessions, and marks a further stage in the band's 20 year history with a more layered production and an emphasis on slower, progressive compositions that carry elements from drone metal, stoner rock and psychedelic doom, while subtly preserving the overtones of the band's brand of globally-informed folkloric psych rock. This album presents the side of Hayvanlar Alemi which tends towards the darker without losing the colors, and tends towards the sombre without losing the vitality, with songs that surrender to gravity but refuse to touch the ground.

HOOFFOOT - THE LIGHTS IN THE AISLE WILL GUIDE YOU (LP/PAURA DI NIENTE)

The second album by Swedish progressive jazz-rockers Hooffoot mixes spontaneity with carefully crafted themes and the music falls into place as natural and prophetic as the album title. It's an eclectic blend of folk/jazz/prog but you will hear the musicians stepping up to the next level, sweating more and taking more chances. The band is now a tight quartet but still manages to sound larger than on the debut. The soundscape is further expanded by invited solo artists contributing with percussion, violin, saxophone and trumpet.

JAN DUKES DE GREY - SORCERERS (LP/ALTERNATIVE FOX)

'Sorcerers' is the group's debut, when Jan Dukes de Grey were still the duo of multi-instrumentalists Derek Noy, the band's songwriter and lead vocalist, and Michael Bairstow. The 18 songs of the album recorded in October 1969 show within a pure folk style the subtle use of multiple instruments like guitars, woodwinds, brass, keyboards, and percussion. Every song conjures up its own time and place, from the quiet pastoral delights of '28th June, Village Song' to the urban pulse of 'City After 3.00 AM,' the homage to the vast expanses of an idealized 'Texas,' and the Eastern promise of 'Turkish Time.' Moods shift dramatically from the anger-drenched 'M.S.S.' to the medieval musings of 'Dragons' and the wonder of a 'Butterfly.' One of the most brilliant acoustic experiments of folk-psych-prog rock ever.

KLAMM - AFRICA ROJA (LP/WAH WAH)

Based in the Barcelona area, Spanish band Klamm released its obscure, yet magnificent debut-album 'Africa Roja' in 1983. Thas work, influenced by a.o. King Crimson, Can, Van Der Graaf Generator, NYC's avant-garde scene and even wave'ish bands s.a. Talking Heads or Japan, is now reissued on vinyl in an edition of 500 copies, complete with reproduced artwork and a 16-page full-colour booklet (with liner notes and photos).

LOCOMOTIVE - WE ARE EVERYTHING YOU SEE (LP/MAGIC BOX)

Produced by Gus Dudgeon (renowned for his work with David Bowie and Elton John) and originally released in 1969, this early UK progressive rock classic is finally available again on LP. Based in Birmingham, Locomotive was led by the legendary Norman Haines. This edition on 140-GRAM VINYL includes an insert offering photos and info.

PIRANA - PIRANA (LP/MAGIC BOX)

The classic 1971 debut-LP by the progressive rock group from Australia sees an awaited reissued on 140-GRAM BLACK VINYL. This edition is presented with a gatefold sleeve and includes an insert with notes and rare images.

SATISFACTION - SATISFACTION (LP/ALTERNATIVE FOX)

Trumpeter Mike Cotton had played with The Beatles and others before forming Satisfaction with former Artwoods guitarist Derek Griffiths and former Unit 4+2 bassist/vocalist Lem Lubin, along with drummer Bernie Higginson, saxophonist/flutist Nick Newell and trombonist John Beecham. Signing to Decca, their self-titled debut album was released in February 1971, produced by Decca staffer David Hitchcock; somehow, they folded by the autumn of 1971, with Cotton taking the horn section to The Kinks for the 'Muswell Hillbillies' album. Includes 3 bonus tracks.

SOFT WALLS - NOT AS BAD AS IT SEEMS (LP/FULL CONTACT)

Soft Walls' third album rips through multiple looks in its short run-time. From FM motorik guitar rock, via high gain proto-punk, to looped ragas and lo-fidelity, wistful ballads. It's all bathed in the record's warm tape glow, resulting in a satisfyingly cohesive journey.

STONEWALL NOISE ORCHESTRA - DEATHTRIPPER (BLACK) (LP/TRANSUBSTANS)

The Swedish notorious groove machine once again delivers a solid piece of high-quality heavy rock. Comes on black vinyl.

TEA & SYMPHONY - AN ASYLUM FOR THE MUSICALLY INSANE (LP/MAGIC BOX)

This quirky Birmingham-based trio's debut-album was originally released in September 1969. Spanning psych, folk, blues and pop, with a range of trippy effects, it was produced by the great Gus Dudgeon (David Bowie, Elton John) and is one of the best-loved British underground recordings of its time. Now Tea & Symphony's 'An Asylum For The Musically Insane' makes its long-overdue return to vinyl here, together with an insert containing notes and rare images.

ONTALVA, ANGEL -& VESPERO- - SADA (CD/VMS)

2020 album by the Russian psych/prog rock band Vespero with Spanish guitarist Angel Ontalva. Recorded by Vespero guitarist Alexey Klabukov between July and December 2019 in VMS studio, Astrakhan.

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

UNDERDOGS (PIG, MANN & EDWARDS) - WASTING OUR TIME (LP/WAH WAH)

After the original line-up of New Zealand's legendary Underdogs disbanded, original guitarist Harvey Mann and bass player Neil Edwards continued with the help of Glen 'Pig' Absolum on drums. Now available as a vinyl reissue is the album that the trio recorded in 1970. Fans of blues-based psych rock in the vein of Hendrix and Cream should definitely check out 'Wasting Our Time'. This edition, presented with a gatefold sleeve and an insert, is limited to 500 copies.

UNDERDOGS BLUES BAND - UNDERDOGS BLUES BAND (LP/WAH WAH)

The 1968 debut-LP by New Zealand's legendary electric blues group The Underdogs sees its first ever legit reissue on vinyl. On this album the band stormed into a world of guitar led rave-ups à la Yardbirds, some intense organ blues grinders and even hint at what's to come next with some incipient heavier sounds in the Cream vein. This edition, presented with a gatefold sleeve and an insert, is limited to 500 copies.

VARIOUS - BORN BAD RECORD SHOP 20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY! (LP/LES DISQUES LES MAUVAIS GARÇONS)

The famous Parisian record shop Born Bad is celebrating 20 years of active rock'n'roll, garage and punk rock music! Here's a great compilation LP on the Les Disques Les Mauvais Garçons label with 14 of the best international garage punk and post punk bands. 14 previously unreleased songs by Arndales (UK), Lars Finberg from Intelligence (US), Miniskirt (AUS), Reverend Beat-man (SWI), Ero Guro (BE), Wireheads (AUS), Exek (AUS), Conery Island (with Looch from The Magnetix, FR), Entracte Twist (FR), Komplikations (BE/GER), Bracco (FR), Pierre & Bastien (FR), Shifter (AUS) and Frustration (FR). SIDE 1: 1. Arndales - Cue The Revolve 2. Lars Finberg - New Permanent Prowl 3. Mini Skirt - Untitled 4. Ero Guro - Sunshine 5. Reverend Beat-Man - Right Now Or Tomorrow 6. Wireheads - The Detective 7. Exek - Too Steep A Hill To Climb SIDE 2: 1. Conery Island - Born Bad (Jack Starr Cover) 2. Entracte Twist - Aquaboulevard 3. Komplikations - 1914 4. Bracco - Chewing Bones 5. Pierre & Bastien - Sim Sim 6. The Shifters - Toffler 7. Frustration - Roses Of Doubt

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

RAJAYTTAJAT - III (LP/FULL CONTACT)

When Räjäyttäjät first appeared in Finland ten years ago -live, on cassette, and on vinyl- it was like a cleansing fire. Räjäyttäjät arrived to blast rock music into smithereens, atoms, ash, and crap. Rock music was left powerless before the trio's onslaught. The flamethrowers disguised as instruments left only scorched earth behind. At last we now know, with this LP, that the band burned down rock in the name of love; and only so that it could bloom forth stronger and more handsome than ever. Räjäyttäjät are all about cohesion. Rock is eternal, the new age of Aquarius is upon us, and the colours are glowing brighter. The message, both musically and lyrically, is surprisingly clear. The touch is experimental but firm, and the music is beautiful even at its most angular moments. The band is still free to emit an unpredictable art fart as and when required, but otherwise this new album definitely slips into the `classic rock' section of record shops - in the proudest possible sense of that term. The world may glisten with shit, but you can listen to these hymns and still live like a civilised human being.

SHAPIRO, HELEN - THE COMPLETE FRENCH EP'S COLLECTION (2CD) (CD/MAGIC RECORDS)

This compilation brings 39 tracks from Helen Shapiro on a 2CD set. Includes 8 bonus tracks!

VARIOUS - SPECIAL 70'S SUPER POP SESSION (CD/MAGIC RECORDS)

French '70s pop/psych compilation on CD. TRACKS: 01. Steamhammer - Junior's Wailing 02. Ian Lloyd - Never Been A Man 03. Stories - Brother Louie 04. Tucky Buzzard - Gold Medallions 05. The Byrds - Ballad Of Easy Rider 06. The Flock - Clown 07. Blood, Sweat & Tears - Roller Coaster 08. Chase - Get It On 09. Ambergris - Something Happened To Me 10. Lighthouse - Pretty Lady 11. The Ides Of March - Melody 12. The Grass Roots - It's A Cryin' Shame 13. Three Dog Night - Shambala 14. Hudson-Ford - Did Worlds Collide 15. The Looking Glass - Brandy (You're A Fine Girl) 16. Mashmakhan - Gladwin 17. Hookfoot - Tradin' Riffs 18. Axis - Shine Lady Shine 19. James Gang - Take A Look Around 20. Omega Plus - Unfaithful Woman (With Claude Angel)

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

INOCENTES - (BLACK) GAROTOS DO SUBURBIO (LP/RADIATION)

'THE 1985 DEMOS' - Long awaited reissue for the 'Garotos Do Suburbio' LP. Unavailable for many years on any format, this is the 1985 'Rotina' demos that resulted in the 'Panico Em Sao Paulo' 12", one of the most acclaimed releases for these living legends of South American punk. 14 tracks that, in the words of founding member Clemente Nascimiento, 'reflect the environment of a time full of new discoveries, that redefined the work of the band, a time when the only certainty we had was the passion for our music'.

SOAKIE - SOAKIE (LP/LA VIDA ES UN MUS)

Debut seven track album from half Melbourne-half NYC Soakie. It's total no nonsense blistering, fast and energetic hardcore with a vocalist that sounds like she has been chewing on glass everyday since birth. She has a real rasp and anger that is part Nick Blinko (Rudimentary Peni) and part Vi Subversa (Poison Girls), but the music is totally pummelling and would sit perfectly for those that love pogo punk, Teddy & The Frat Girls, The Feederz and Good Throb in equal measures.

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

DARK UNION - HOLLYWOUND (LP/4IB)

'Hollywound' is conceived from the febrile imagination of Glenn Michael Wallis (Whitehouse, Konstruktivists, The Murray Fontana Orchestra, Conspiracy International) in the UK and Mark Reynolds in the USA. This is a 7-track industrial tour de force focusing on themes that explore the darker side of an increasingly obsessive and compulsive 'ritual' of cosmetic surgery perfection in Hollywood. Limited to 250 copies on horror red vinyl.

DAVIS, GARETH -& MERZBOW- - BROKEN LANDSCAPES (LP/MOVING FURNITURE)

Following on from their 2016 Moving Furniture release, 'Atsusaku', 'Broken Landscapes' is another collaboration between Gareth Davis (Oiseaux Tempete, Scanner, Elliott Sharp, Machinefabriek) and Merzbow, Japanese noise mastermind Masami Akita. The theme of mechanical compression explored in the first album is taken further this time, being looked at in the context of the fears of mechanisation in the environment. A torrent of noise reimagines the North Sea wind farms, the industrialisation in Southern California and the fight for the survival of animals in their overrun habitats. Through three tracks, the sounds of these spaces are crushed and distorted, the sense of air being saturated by the shifting low-end drones and hum of machines, howling reeds and dense white noise pushing away the breathing space. The acoustic sound almost suffocated beneath the dense mechanical sweep of furiously abusive digital cross-fire and unrelenting production line intensity. Hints of recognition as a voice from the environment shines through before moving abruptly back into the mechanical barrage of looping textures. 'Broken Landscapes' is built on impenetrably thick walls of manipulated field recordings while the bass clarinet saturates the midrange, the massive swirling mesh of analogue and digital material painting pictures of the magnified terrain that surrounds us. Limited to 300 copies.

PAKASTEET JA DRAAMA-HELMI - TYHJA RISTEYS (LP/FULL CONTACT)

On their fourth album Pakasteet operate at the apoplectic end of the avant hip hop spectrum. The duo project of Ektro-entrepreneur Jussi Lehtisalo and filmmaker Mika Taanila collaborate this time with the rapper Draama-Helmi. 'Tyhjä Risteys' ('Empty Crossing') expands to wildly intimate, isolated surroundings.

RAZEN - ROBOT BRUJO (2LP) (LP/HANDS IN THE DARK)

Each of the six improvisations on this double LP is made up of the barest of materials, with the three musicians relying on a limited combination of tones. They lay their focus on small variations in timbre, timing, articulation and vibration, which creates a narrowing of consciousness, and feels something a bit like staring meditatively at the minute changes of leaves blowing in the wind. Recorded over two sessions, in what Razen themselves refer to as their detached playing style, 'Robot Brujo' stands as an auditory magnifying glass of concentration, in all its uncanny and minimal glory. It is yet another new step up from the deep listening ensemble from Brussels, after 10 years exploring music together.

TONGUES OF MOUNT MERU - THE HEX OF LIGHT (LP/MOVING FURNITURE)

Jon Wesseltoft and Lasse Marhaug started Tongues Of Mount Meru in 2008 as a way to explore their mutual interest in long-form music, psycho-acoustics, and the phenomenology of sound, and its correlation to perception. Their work as Tongues Of Mount Meru is characterised by a stringent and multilayered flow of sound information, with an almost hypnotic quality. This is music that at times is clean-cut and saw buzzing, and at times lucidly beautiful, but always in demand of the listener's full attention. This music was recorded in 2013 and consists of two pieces that reflect into each other. Both stringent and close-knitted with microtonal frequency interaction, with a slowly unsettling shifting movement. Both pieces gradually blooming within its own sonic time-space, to reveal microscopic movements in tonality, binaural beat patterns and ghostly strata of overtones.

URS GRAF CONSORT - UVA URSI (LP/BISON)

'Uva Ursi' is the 2020 record from the vast and motley collective Urs Graf Consort. Italian variety, free jazz, cabaret, instrumental theatre, Lettrist recitation, the disruptive intensities of improvisation and noise, and walrus songs. Each listen reveals an absurd level of detail in construction; the unravelling of simulacra is set to vièle-à-trou and synthesisers, ensemble vocals and finely woven cacophony. The LP arrives printed in a high gloss outer sleeve, with a double sided printed inner sleeve featuring lyrics and their English translation.

VARIOUS - BIRD CAGE: BIRDFRIEND ARCHIVES (2LP) (LP/EM)

This DOUBLE-LP set features 18 tracks by Japanese artists, recorded during the years 2013-2017 and previously only available on hard-to-find cassettes put out by the Birdfriend tape label. Expect fractured rhythms and future-now timbres, questing intelligences and D.I.Y. energy, conveyed to you through hand-made synths, custom electronics, synths and samplers. The selection was made by Japanese musician/composer Koshiro Hino (a.k.a. YPY), who is a founding member of the Osaka-based band Goat and also in charge of Birdfriend. Featured artists include Futoshi Motiyama, UNBE, OPQ, Micro Futoshi, Bonnounomukuro, H. Takahashi, YPY, Sofheso, New Manuke, Shimettainu a.m.m.

ZERO KAMA - ZERO KAMA (3LP) (LP/INFINITE FOG)

Zero Kama was an experimental music project founded by Zoe DeWitt in 1983. The first release of Zero Kama was the title 'V.V.V.V.V.', recorded for the Nekrophile Rekords cassette compilation 'The Beast 666'. In 1984 followed the cassette release of the album 'The Secret Eye Of L.A.Y.L.A.H.', which is commonly regarded as one of the key albums of the industrial-subgenre 'ritual'. The fact that all instruments used for this recording were exclusively made from human bones and skulls, its elusive musical style, the implied occult symbolism as well as the short-time existence of Zero Kama, whose backgrounds remained unknown for a long time, have been contributing to the cult status of this project until now. Following an invitation of the NL-Centrum Amsterdam, Zero Kama played two live concerts in the Netherlands in 1985, and - after two more releases on the Nekrophile compilation 'The Archangels Of Sex Rule The Destruction Of The Regime' - completely withdrew from the public. While 'The Secret Eye Of L.A.Y.L.A.H.' was recorded solely by Zoe DeWitt, the later live performances were realized with befriended musicians such as Didi Neidhart and Muki Pakesch, whom Zoe DeWitt knew from the Austrian music underground of the 1980s. Since that time there have been a couple of re-releases of Zero Kama recordings, amongst others the 1988 vinyl version by the French label Permis de Construire, followed by the CD release in 1991. In 2001 the French label Athanor published 'The Goatherd And The Beast', a 10" record containing tracks from various compilations that were recorded besides 'The Secret Eye Of L.A.Y.L.A.H.'. This collection was also included as a bonus CD in the 'Live In Arnhem' double CD release by Athanor in 2008. In 2014 Athanor finally published a remastered version of 'The Secret Eye Of L.A.Y.L.A.H.' as both vinyl and CD. Infinite fog Productions presents an anthology release of Zero Kama. For the first time ever, this contains everything recorded by the project released as one set on limited vinyl. The recordings were transferred from the original tapes, carefully mastered by Martin Bowes at the Cage Studios and Micro Majong at Micro Majong Studio. Designed by Cold Graves.

BOTZ, YVES -& RORO PERROT- - SABOTEUR (CD/4IB)

What we have here is the trademark "shit folk for a shit world": retarded, inhuman growls against a barrage of out-of-tune six string mayhem, an uncompromising vomit towards all that is polished and clean, and yet, this album manages to combine the usual elements present on previous releases with a few more layers of absurdity. It consists of a single track, sprawling over 45 minuts of object banging, annoying clavier chaos, obtuse de-composition and cavernous no-fi psychosis, with a distinctive "live recording" fee that evokes contemporary urban collapse as much as animalistic reclusion - the bootleg soundtrack to sociopathic acts of sabotage and mongoloid abomination. Recorded live at Push, Paris in 2019. Limited to 300 copies.

KNURL - RISK OF ENTRAPMENT (CD/4IB)

On these five tracks of screeching thunderous waves, Alan Bloor creates intense metallic mayhem utilising scrap stainless steel with minimal effects. The sounds were produced from a strip of stainless steel 3ft. long, 2ins. wide, and 1/16 in. thick. It was either bowed, scraped with files, or pummeled with chains. All pieces were recorded without overdubs. This is "bare-bones" physical noise.

KONSTANTINIDOU, FANI - WINTER TRILOGY/THE BIG FALL (CD/MOVING FURNITURE)

These two trilogies were realized between 2015-2019 in the Netherlands and implemented into a sequence of live shows during the same period. Both inspired by cultural sonic imprints, the 'Winter Trilogy' (computer and accordion) and 'The Big Fall' (computer and analogue synthesizer) explore the potential and the antitheses between analogue versus digital while expressing a personal view of particular rural landscapes. Limited to 200 copies.

SUTCLIFFE JUGEND - THE DELUGE (CD/4IB)

This is the final Sutcliffe Jugend release and the entire album was recorded between December 2018 and January 2019. 'The Deluge' was completed less than a month before the end of Sutcliffe Jugend was officially announced. The final moments of Sutcliffe Jugend are captured in these 5 tracks, with never been heard before vocal ranges that reflect the subtle intensity and almost 'singing' style of Kevin Tomkins. This documents the end of an era, but continues to pave the way for a new 'Sutcliffe Jugend' sound and style to come: Slaves No More.

TENEBRIOUS - RECURRING MANIFESTATIONS OF ESOTERIC LUNACY (CD/4IB)

The nine putrid creations on this release suffocate and spit forth into a malevolent black cloak of ambient and burial mounds of harsh suicidal noise. Combining analog, digital frequencies and field recordings, this release sends the listener into a deep disturbing surrounding that could communicate or resurrect the dead. Since 2002, Tenebrious has produced horror ambient noise. The main creator known as "the Deceased" has recorded his most aggressive apocalyptic macabre music to date. The artist prefers the (individual) listener to embrace and consume the experience within an isolated location where you have little to no contact with others. Moreover each track on this release is intended to submerge you into a blackened void of complete darkness. Limited to 200 copies.

VARIOUS - MOVING MUSIC (CD/MOVING FURNITURE)

'SOUNDS FROM THE ROCKING CHAIR' - in December 2019 Moving Furniture Records had a crowdfunding campaign to support them into the year 2020. For this they asked several of their musicians if they could contribute to this campaign. From this the compilation 'Moving Music: Sounds From The Rocking Chair' grew. In total 24 musicians submitted their creativity to make a total of 16 tracks. Aside from some exclusive solo tracks there are also 10 collaborations with unique combinations of musicians. To name a few: TVO & Jos Smolders, Radboud Mens & BJ Nilsen, Matthijs Kouw & Gagi Petrovic, and many more. TRACKS: 01. Gareth Davis & Machinefabriek - Valkhof 02. Haarvöl & Jos Smolders - K (Redux) 03. Bas van Huizen - Spleetdool 04. Fani Konstantinidou - Variations 05. Matthijs Kouw & Gagi Petrovic - Jade Mineral Razor 06. D'Incise - Le Désir Écrin 07. Radboud Mens & BJ Nilsen - Isospectral 08. TVO & Jos Smolders - K (Dedux) 09. Codespira1 - Triangular Progression 10. Alfredo Costa Monteiro & Bruno Duplant - Un Cercle Autour Du Soleil 11. Distorted Nude - Yukiguni 12. Bas van Huizen - Dwangstem 13. Martijn Comes & René Aquarius - The Eternal Isolation 14. Philipp Bückle & Cinema Perdu - Double Consciousness 15. Freiband & Orphax - Piano Music Redux 16. Tapage & Espoir - Flooded Ant

 

JAZZ/AVANTGARDE

BYRD, DONALD - THE CAT WALK (LP/ALTERNATIVE FOX)

Detroit-born trumpeter Donald Byrd was one of the most expressive players of the instrument. Recording for leading jazz labels such as Savoy and Blue Note from the late 50s, he collaborated with Cannonball Adderly, Lee Morgan, John Coltrane and Herbie Hancock. The 1962 Blue Note release 'The Cat Walk' was a critical success; most songs were written by pianist Duke Pearson, who makes crucial contribution, along with understated drummer Philly Joe Jones, relaxed strolling bass from Laymon Jackson, and rousing sax from longstanding collaborator, Pepper Adams.

JARRETT, KEITH -TRIO- - BERWARDHALLEN, STOCKHOLM, OCT. 3RD, 1989 (2LP) (LP/ALTERNATIVE FOX)

Gifted piano giant Keith Jarrett is one of the world's great jazz musicians. From 1983, Jarrett's trio featured drummer Jack DeJohnette and former Albert Ayler collaborator Gary Peacock on bass and that version of the trio provides the chops on this excellent performance given at Stockholm's Berwardhallen on 3 October 1989. Highlights include a version of the oft-covered "Ballad Of The Sad Young Men," Porgy & Bess standout "My Man's Gone Now" and Sinatra's "The Way You Look Tonight."

JOHANSSON, SVEN-AKE - SCHLINGERLAND/DYNAMISCHE SCHWINGUNGEN (LP/CIEN FUEGOS)

Sven-Åke Johansson (Mariestad, Sweden, 1943) works as a composer, drummer, accordionist, poet, and visual artist. Longtime collaborator of the free improv scene in the German sixties with ao Kowald, Brötzmann, Schlippenbach. He contributed to numerous exhibitions, publications and recordings. Sven-Åke Johansson's 1972 record 'Schlingerland' presents just the man and his drum set, exploring the polyrhythmic possibilities of his kit. 'Schlingerland' fills a gap in the documentation of '70s European improvisation. At the same time, it retains a surprisingly contemporary sound which reverberates in the ear, mind, and heart of the 21st century listener.

PASTORIUS, JACO -& WORD OF MOUTH BIG BAND- - AUREX JAZZ FESTIVAL IN TOKYO 1982 (LP/ALTERNATIVE FOX)

Bass wizard Jaco Pastorius is considered one of the world's greatest masters of the instrument. After playing with Pat Metheny and Paul Bley in the mid-'70s, he joined Weather Report in 1976, remaining with them until 1982, when substance misuse and mental health issues sparked a rupture. Live At Aurex was recorded during a maiden voyage to Japan, undertaken with a 21-piece big band; the astounding recording showcases his blinding bass skills, as well as the complex arrangements he oversaw as band leader.

 

REGGAE/DUB/SKA/ROCKSTEADY

TAPES - SUMMER JAM/SALAVERE (10") (10"/EM)

London resident Jackson Bailey, a.k.a. Tapes, makes Jamaica-drenched lo-fi bass music, a forward-looking mix of dub, dancehall and electro roots. 'Summer Jam' will delight fans of bass music, mid-'80s-and-beyond electronic music and toe-tapping good times, while the flipside has some very satisfying tape echo that will lovingly catapult you to the future past.

 

SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/R&B/GOSPEL

CHAKI - THE WATER (7"/WHO CAN YOU TRUST?)

Chaki, the galactic funk wizard is often talked about in shrouded tales of his phosphorescent appearance, face-melting electro funk, and cosmic origin story. To witness a Chaki live show is nothing short of a religious service channeling the gods of funk and punk from all sectors of the galaxy, interspersed with glitching beta waves of long-lost commercials and tv themes. Chaki has brought his dynamic stage show to festivals such as Noise Pop and The Offbeat Fest. This funky alien has gained a cult-like following over the past few years, playing shows with like-minded weirdos Shannon and the Clams, El Vez, Peelander Z, Bob Log III, Captured By Robots, The Space Lady, and Flipper. 'The Water' is Chaki's vinyl debut and destined to become a staple in every DJ's record crate! Limited to 200 copies.

 

SOUNDTRACKS/LOUNGE/CULT ETC

AMEEL, BRECHT - GHOST TROPIC O.S.T. (LP/HANDS IN THE DARK)

'Ghost Tropic' is first and foremost the name of the third feature from acclaimed Belgian writer-director Bas Devos. The film tells the story of Khadija, a middle-aged cleaner who has no other option but to walk home through Brussels on a cold night after falling asleep on the last train. The journey is a reflection on motherhood and expectations, pride and unknown struggles, stories of the ghostly magic of a lonely night in a big city, of the kindness of strangers and the hurt felt seeing the vulnerability of someone you love. Brecht Ameel, from the band Razen, uses his classical guitar training and his experience with various string instruments to craft a beautiful soundtrack of minimal ambient acoustic music. The Belgian musician's intention was to create music that would be a warm blanket for the nocturnal odyssey of Khadija. A melody and rhythm to accompany her walk through the cold night, a sort of guiding light. Limited to 300 copies.

 

DANCE/TECHNO/HOUSE/HIPHOP

CULTURAL NOISE - APHORISMS INSANE (LP/WAH WAH)

Originally released in 1980 by CBS (the first repress, with black and white, sleeve followed in '81 already) and now back on vinyl is an exceptional album by an Austrian electronic act using sequencers, Moog, mellotron and more (also electric guitar!). The style and sound of Cultural Noise is often compared to Tangerine Dream, which makes some sense, but doesn't entirely give right idea. This edition of 500 copies is presented with reproduced original colour artwork.

 

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