SPOTLIGHT 14

06/04/2020 17:10

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

BABY WOODROSE - BLOWS YOUR MIND (GOLD) (LP/BAD AFRO)

2020 (10th) repress on golden vinyl, 500 units worldwide. 'Blows Your Mind' is the classic debut album by Baby Woodrose originally released in 2001 on main man Lorenzo Woodrose own label Pan Records. Lorenzo wrote the songs and played all the instruments himself and although the sound is more lo-fi than usual on a Baby Woodrose album the songs are among the best he ever wrote.

BURNIN RED IVANHOE - BURNIN RED IVANHOE (LP/LONGHAIR)

Burnin Red Ivanhoe, in their most fertile phase of existing from 1969 till 1972, were one of Denmark's finest groups from this period. Their innovative and powerful mixture of psychedelic and progressive Rock along with mild experimental or jazz influences gained some international recognition in Germany, UK and the U.S. Comparisons might be drawn to Traffic, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd and Colosseum (Dag Erik Asbjornsen). Their eponymous (2nd) album from 1970 was recorded in London with famous DJ John Peel and Tony Reeves (of Colosseum fame) as the producers. Six epic tracks, such as 'Rotating Irons' (8:25) and 'Secret Oyster' (9:45), both offering interesting and exciting interplay between sax and keyboard player Karsten Vogel, flautist, trombone and tenor sax player Kim Menzer and extraordinary guitarist Ole Fick, driven by an absolute tight bass and drums rhythm section formed by Jess Staehr and Bo Thrige Anderson. Karsten Vogel's versatile songwriting (he composed 5 out of 6 tracks) dominates and he also had not forgotten to write enchanting "pop" songs either - 'Near The Sea' is a minor masterpiece of 4 minutes. The album comes with comprehensive linernotes by Karsten Vogel and rare photos on the insert. The music is warm and mildly remastered. Don't miss this top highlight of Danish progressive rock music. Highly recommended!

BURNIN RED IVANHOE - W.W.W. (LP/LONGHAIR)

Burnin Red Ivanhoe, in their most fertile phase of existing from 1969 till 1972, were one of Denmark's finest groups from the period. Their innovative and powerful mixture of psychedelic and progressive rock along with mild experimental or jazz influences gained some international recognition in Germany, UK and the U.S. Comparisons might be drawn to Traffic, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd and Colosseum (Dag Erik Asbjornsen). 'W.W.W.' from 1971 was the band's 3rd album with an unchanged line-up. It was their most progressive offering with even more instrumental parts than before. Great soloing by brass player Vogel and Menzer duelling with guitarist Fick moves the music to the next higher level, a holy mass for all lovers of progressive music with slightly experimental or jazzy influences, all fantastic sounding! Highlights are '2nd Floor, Croydon' (8:25), title track 'W.W.W.' (6.05) and 'Oblong Serenade' (6:15). How the truly forward-looking album title was found tells Karsten Vogel in his notes. The album comes with comprehensive linernotes by Karsten Vogel and rare photos on the insert. The music is warm and mildly remastered. Don't miss this top highlight of Danish progressive rock music. Highly recommended!

DESERT SMOKE - KARAKUM (LP/RAGING PLANET)

'Karakum' is the second album by Portuguese heavy psych band Desert Smoke. Exploring the world of stoner and psychedelic rock, Desert Smoke presents an instrumental show which blends the power of rock and the contemplative psychedelia with the beats of a symbiotic rhythm section.

EAT LIGHTS BECOME LIGHTS - LIVE (LP/DRONE ROCK)

An excellent example of Eat Lights Become Lights' live prowess, a show recorded at the Windmill in Brixton back in 2013 as part of the Northern Star Records Weekender. Featuring five epic tracks from their debut LP 'Autopia' and the follow-up 'Heavy Electrics', this live album captures the band in top form at full throttle. Comes on pink vinyl.

GURU GURU - 45 YEARS LIVE (2LP/2ND REPRESS) (LP/ADANSONIA)

Second repress! Even after more than four decades Guru Guru, the enfant-terrible of German rock-music, does not get tired of raising the bar again and again. '45 Years Live' pays tribute to the group's captivating live performances and was recorded in Highdelberg in December 2013. It compromises tracks from their last four studio albums as well as some of the '70s classics. This edition of 350 copies is pressed on 180-gram high quality black vinyl and is presented in a thick gatefold cover.

KUNGENS MAN - FORNEKAREN (2LP) (LP/ADANSONIA)

Kungens Män is an experimental space rock band from Stockholm/Sweden. They do psychedelic improvisation with elements from kraut, lo-fi, punk, noise, shoegaze, free jazz and feel connected to the tradition of legendary Swedish improv rock such as Träd, Gräs och Stenar, International Harvester and Pärson Sound. ''Förnekaren' goes from intense fuzzed out noise to creeping synthesizer blips. It is mostly instrumental, but one track also features guest vocals by Patrik Wirén (Misery Loves Co). Other guests on the album are Peter Erikson (Partikel), Björn Eriksson (NEJ), and Andreas Axelsson (Eye Make The Horizon). Repress of 250 copies on black vinyl.

KUNGENS MAN - STOCKHOLM MARATON (2LP) (LP/ADANSONIA)

This Swedish band dives head first into the unknown and ends up with soundscapes deeply rooted in steady drone rock, but the guys -at times- also swirl off in spacey, psychedelic and harsh territories. Lean back, take a deep breath and hear the cosmos of Kungens Män unfold. Repress of 250 copies on black vinyl.

MADMESS - MADMESS (LP/DRONE ROCK)

The debut album by Portuguese (but London-based) trio Madmess is powerful psych/stoner rock of the highest order. For fans of Earthless, Gnob and Sabbath. Comes on cream coloured vinyl.

MUUN BATO - MUUN BATO (LP/EXAG')

Debut album by these Minneapolis based psych rockers. "Muun Bato's debut LP is outstanding with lush arrangements, impressive songwriting and deep sonic atmospheres." ~thepsychrock.com. Only a handful available, so first come, first served.

ZIGURI - HOWGH, HOWGH, HOWGH (LP/ADANSONIA)

Ziguri is a music project that started in Berlin Kreuzberg in 1987 and has been back together after a break since 2011. The band consists of krautrock legend Günter Schickert (guitar), Udo Erdenreich (bass) and Dieter Kölsch (drums). On this album, ex-member Zam Johnson (synth) also joined the band again. Ziguri plays a kind of trance rock based on motorik drum and bass beats. A very special hypnotic note is given by Schickert's inimitable floating echo guitar patterns, through which he has earned a legendary reputation since the '70s. Mastering by Eroc. Limited to 200 copies on black vinyl. Includes download code.

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

DT'S - (BLACK) SEND ME A POSTCARD/HELLO DARKNESS (7"/GET HIP)

Hard soul power super group from Bellingham's 2020 release is a tribute to Shocking Blue with a top notch cover of the classic hit 'Send Me A Postcard' and on the B-side a more obscure moody powerful song that's perfectly in tune with current times. The Estrus headhoncho and Monomen guitarist shreds while main howler Diana shines through on lead vocals as only she can do! Excellent!!!

TRIBE (FRANCE) - AIN'T NO FRIEND OF YOURS (7"/DIG THE FUZZ)

Four fuzz fueled French garage punk forays by one of the rare genuine Paris garage punk bands from the 1980s. Inspired by 'Back From The Grave' and 'Pebbles'. All tracks remastered and previously unreleased. Includes poster and bio plus free mini 8 track album digital download including studio tracks, bonus track demos and studio rehearsals. Limited edition of 199 numbered copies Worldwide. SIDE 1: 1. Aint' No Friend Of Mine 2. 24 Hours Every Day SIDE 2: 1. No Reason To Complain 2. 24 Hours Every Day (Live) DOWNLOAD: 1. Impro Instro (Remastered Live Studio Recording) 2. Aint' No Friend Of Mine (16 Trk Studio Recording) 3. 24 Hours Every Day (16 Trk Studio Recording) 4. No Reason To Complain (16 Trk Studio Recording) 5. 24 Hours Every Day (Remastered Live Recording) 6. Hey Little Bird (Remastered Rehearsal Recording) 7. Aint' No Friend Of Mine (Remastered 12 String Version) 8. Don't Send Me No Flowers ( emastered Rehearsal Recording)

BAJA BUG - THE SURF WILL RISE AGAIN (LP/PURE LUST)

Baja Bug is a Norwegian instrumental surf rock band, deeply inspired by the awesome '60s. The sound of the band challenges the genre mainstream, while staying faithful to the context of Dick Dale, The Ventures, The Astronauts, Ahab & The Wailers and Link Wray. One can also find references from the contemporary surf rock scene, as well as elements from alternative rock, B-movies and Tarantino.

X RAY CAT TRIO - LOVE, BLOOD & MONSTERS (LP/TRASH WAX)

14 tracks recorded over the course of 2019 picking up from where their last album ('Out For Blood') left off. The X Ray Cat Trio (from Leeds, UK) deliver a killer blend of dark surf ('Mermaid Of Fiji'/'Demiurge'), Ramones inspired r'n'r ('Don't Wanna Be In The Getalong Gang') and some seriously kick ass tunes, there's even a touch of spaghetti western mariachi on ('Deathrace 2000'). There's a double bass in here but don't let that fool you, these aren't some 'throwback' show, they're just looking back while going firmly forward. Dirty r'n'r at its finest. Limited edition of 500 copies.

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

HANNAH BARBERAS - INTO THE WILD (LP/SPINOUT NUGGETS)

The Hannah Barberas are a four-piece band, united by a love of mid-'80s indie and jangle and fuelled by a DIY ethic. Limited to 300 hand-numbered copies on green vinyl, 'Into The Wild' is The Hannah Barberas debut album.

HASSISEN KONE - HARSOINEN TERAS (LP/SVART)

Reissue of third album by this Finnish rock/new wave band, originally released in 1982 by Poko Rekords.

HASSISEN KONE - RUMAT SAVELET (LP/SVART)

Reissue of second album by this Finnish rock/new wave band, originally released in 1981 by Poko Rekords.

HASSISEN KONE - TAALTA TULLAAN VENAJA (LP/SVART)

Reissue of debut album by this Finnish rock/new wave band, originally released in 1980 by Poko Rekords.

LOVE COFFIN - SECOND SKIN (LP/BAD AFRO)

In the past couple of years Copenhagen-based five-piece group, The Love Coffin, has established themselves as one of the most noteworthy and potent acts on the Danish rock scene. The debut album 'Cloudlands' from 2018 showcased their potential and with 'Second Skin' the band sounds like they are ready to take everything to a new level. 'Second Skin' is produced by the band's guitar player Kristian Alexander Pedersen and English producer Guy Fixen whose prior work includes collaborations with Pixies, Stereolab, Breeders and Slowdive as well as releases on legendary record labels such as Creation, 4AD and Beggars Banquet. Guy Fixen spent a few weeks in Copenhagen working in the studio which turned out to be a wise move as the songs are shining brightly and sound better than ever before. The Love Coffin has a unique sound that captivates the listener with enticing intensity and contagious energy. The 10 songs included on Second Skin are quite diverse ranging from the sonic blast of 'Seasick' to the haunting opening song 'Stripped Down' while 'A Shrinking Thing' is melodic and optimistic. But the most remarkable thing about the band is Jonatan K. Magnussen's wildly intimate, volcanic vocals and the cinematic expansiveness of the sonic imagery his bandmates conjure around him. One of The Love Coffin's main assets has always been their passion. That has been proven numerous times at their acclaimed live shows and the very same intensity and nerve can be heard on 'Second Skin', where the band also discovers new sides of themselves.

VARIATIONS - FIGHT BACK! (+CD) (LP/DETOUR)

A collection of early '80s recordings from an exciting, yet little known, short-lived British mod-revival combo. This release (including a CD-copy and download) includes originals as well as covers of a.o. Wilson Pickett's 'In The Midnight Hour' and the classic Jam-hit 'Down In The Tube Station At Midnight'. Fans of a.o. Secret Affair, Lambrettas, Purple Hearts and The Jam will enjoy this release big time!

VERAS - SEVENS & NINES (CD/SPINOUT NUGGETS)

Do you love a good tune, something so catchy you can't help but grin from ear to ear? Then raise three cheers for The Veras, four fellas making music with just that reaction in mind. Inspired by all the great music from the '50s right up to about 5 minutes ago, especially glam rock, punk, new wave, '90s indie and Britpop, The Veras are bringing back the buzz of going to see your favourite band live. These four fellas have been gracing musical stages together in another project for over a decade, but now's the time for The Veras! Four track EP.

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

STEREOBOY - KUNG FU (LP/DIRTY FILTHY)

Stereoboy are a 3 piece band from Porto, Portugal consisting of Luís Salgado (electronics), Joao Pimenta (drums) and José Marrucho (percussion). As in stereophonics, Stereoboy is also made of two channels. Luis Salgado's personal project associates itself at each given moment to another channel. This could be to a person, a collective or simply a machine. In Stereoboy's new life, electronics associates itself with drums and industrial percussion generating drones that are as much immersive as contemplatives, aggressive as noisy. After two EP's and an album released in 2013 by the Portuguese label PAD, Stereoboy is releasing 'Kung Fu', which is a partnership between the labels O Cao da Garagem (PT) and Dirty Filthy Records (UK).

AUTOPSIA - IN VIVO II (CD/DEATH CONTINUES)

'AUTOPSIA ARCHIVE RECORDINGS 1980-1988'- A selection of early Autopsia tapes experiments. No samplers, no computers, no synthesizers. Just tape machines, ring modulators and analogue delays. Death industrial experiments of the first era.

CONTORTUS - FOR THOSE WHO LOVE TO CAUSE PAIN (CD/FREAK ANIMAL)

The Finnish power electronics unit is back with already their third full length CD album. All the known elements established with 'Violence In Heat' (2017) and 'Your Weakness Feeds My Cruelty' (2018) are present in the 2020 album. Instead of remaining stagnant, Contortus have managed to inject healthy amount of new elements into their work. Dark and brooding soundscapes are drifting between violent and physical songs, and a vicious echo makes vocals more striking than before. Among contemporary power electronics, Contortus stands out with their talented craftmanship and compositions. It is sheer vulgar violence, yet with a high dose of artistic merit!

STRIATIONS - KEEPSAKES (CD/FREAK ANIMAL)

This American power electronics project has gained recognition for almost a decade. Multiple small scale releases on tape and CDr format have been done on various labels such as Nefarious Activities, Heavy Psych, RRR, Fusty Cunt, Waterpower, New Forces, etc. When this album was offered for Freak Animal, it was clear this was absolutely the best Striation release. Due various circumstances, the album remained in vaults since 2018, and meanwhile Fusty Cunt released it on LP format. Also 'Vietnamization' was reissued as double CD by Old Captain/Eibon and Oxen label put out 'Collection 1' (old tape materials) on CD. Finally now in 2020, the digipak CD of 'Keepsakes' is out on Freak Animal. Striations certainly maintains its ugly, vile and vulgar dedication to banal horrors of abuse and violence.

TUNNELS OF AH - DEATHLESS MIND (CD/COLD SPRING)

The ambient drones and angular abstractions on 'Deathless Mind' combine to carry the listener on a disquieting journey into dark recesses. Tunnels Of Ah pursue a singular sonic path. Each album has been recorded with a visualised location arising in; for 'Charnel Transmissions' it was a childhood landfill, 'Thus Avici', a field of pig arks in a Golgotha landscape. How these places emerge and obsess is a mystery. 'Deathless Mind' is set on a half mile stretch of abandoned railway where various human transgressions have occurred. With contributions from Primitive Knot on 'Ritual For The New Dumb' and Adam Probert (The Mannequin Factory) on 'Saint Of Slaves', 'Deathless Mind' is an album recorded recorded at the height of summer and sounding like the depths of winter. Tunnels Of Ah is Stephen Ah Burroughs (Head Of David).

VARIOUS - TERASSINFONIA 1 (CD/FREAK ANIMAL)

First part of 'Terässinfonia' (Steel Symphony). The sound of Finnish experimental noise. TRACKS: 01. Umpio - Junkdive 02. Kitu - Edeema 03. Tyhjä Pää - Acetone 04. Hazarda Bruo Sonsistemo - Loishäätö 05. Atrophist - Mutation Cycles 06. Unclean - Mental Deprivation 07. Edge Of Decay - Anomalia 08. H.Ö.H - Mittausteknologian Kehittyessä 09. Jazzhand - Gavia Arctica 10. Rotat - Guts 11. Junkyard Shaman - Harha 12. Contortus - Pristine 13. Metsäkirkko - Ihmisen Jälkeen

VARIOUS - TERASSINFONIA 2 (CD/FREAK ANIMAL)

Second part of 'Terässinfonia' (Steel Symphony). The sound of Finnish experimental noise. TRACKS: 01. Nuori Veri - Jatkumon Ahjo 02. Parempi Ratkaisu - Ali-ihmisten Kärsimys 03. Amek Maj - Miksei 04. Toteslaut - Strike The Master Sword 05. Maskhead - Tormented Pleasures 06. Vitun Siat - Ole Eläin 07. YANA - Tuntematon 08. Circle Of Shit - Fake Decoupe Orgasm 09. Ahola & Silander - Koitos 10. Electric Hobo - Pripyat 11. Tyhjio - Aurinko

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

CHILDREN OF BODOM - (BLACK) FOLLOW THE REAPER (2LP) (LP/SVART)

The Svart reissue of this metal classic comes in a gatefold jacket with a bonus disc that has 4 non-album tracks, and a new interview with Alexi Laiho. The album has been mastered for vinyl by Anssi Kippo. Originally released in 2000 on Spinefarm.

CHILDREN OF BODOM - (BLACK) HATE CREW DEATHROLL (2LP) (LP/SVART)

The Svart reissue of this metal classic comes in a gatefold jacket with a bonus disc that has 2 non-album tracks, and a new interview with Alexi Laiho. The album has been mastered for vinyl by Anssi Kippo. Originally released in 2003 on Spinefarm.

GATES OF SLUMBER - LIVE IN TEMPE ARIZONA (LP/CHURCH WITHIN)

Live album from the highly respected U.S. doom outfit, recorded in 2011 at The Clubhouse in Tempe, Arizona. According to the band it was one of the best sets of this era of the band. Skull-crushing doom!! A must for any fan of Witchfinder General, Pagan Altar, early Sabbath and vintage Trouble.

GREEN LUNG - WOODLAND RITES (BLACK) (LP/SVART)

Reissue of debut album from 2019. The overall impression of this band is summoning up the eccentric spectres of '70s proto-metal, early '80s NWOBHM and '90s stoner rock and dragging those sounds into the 21st Century. For fans of Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats and Devil's Witches. Remastered by the spectacular John Davis (Lana Del Rey, Led Zeppelin, Royal Blood.) at Metropolis Studios in the UK.

XYSMA - DELUXE (LP/SVART)

'Deluxe' is a logical step still further away from underground grindcore. The result is an irresistible mashup of growling death metal vocals, heavy rock guitars and rock'n'roll, with a weird underlying pop sensibility. Features a 12 page booklet with unseen photos and liner notes. Repress of 300 copies.

RUADH - THE ROCK OF THE CLYDE (CD/NORTHERN SILENCE)

Ruadh's sophomore album contains six tracks of epic, Scottish atmospheric black metal with folk elements that are massive in both scope and scale, taking you through the Iron Ages in Scotland. It also explores the history and mythology of the people of Scotland, conveying both sorrow and uplifting, almost heroic tones. 'The Rock Of The Clyde' is an evolution from their debut album 'Sovereign'. It has a much more melodic feel, yet has more visceral elements too. Ruadh mastermind Tom Perrett, hailing from Rutherglen (also known as the red glen) in the central belt of Scotland, looks to forge a sound akin to the classics he has always enjoyed, such as Bathory, Burzum, Windir and Emperor. However, Ruadh's sound will also appeal to fans of newer atmospheric black metal bands such as Saor, Winterfylleth and Panopticon. The first press of the CD will be released as collector's edition in digipack, limited to 500 copies.

UNREQVITED - EMPATHICA (CD/NORTHERN SILENCE)

With the fifth full-length record, Unreqvited takes the listener on a soulful symphonic journey into the heart of winter. 'Empathica' is a cinematic experience of melancholy and majesty, as beautifully woven layers of delicate pianos and strings accompany triumphant post-rock refrains. Ethereal clean vocal melodies soar above snow-capped mountaintops as the anguished screams howl from the deep icy valleys below. On 'Empathica' Unreqvited continues to stretch genre-defining boundaries, delivering a picturesque melding of atmospheric black metal and symphonic rock for fans of both genres. The first press of the CD comes as collector's edition in digipack, limited to 1000 copies.

 

SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/R&B/GOSPEL

VIA LIBRE/GRUPO AMIGOS - CHI CHI (MENTIRA)/LA GIRA DEL DIABLO (7"/DISCODELIC)

This first 7" on the Mexican Discodelic label (in association with Groovie Records) exhibits two bands from Costa Rica who were influenced by Brazilian music: Via Libre and Grupo Amigos, from 1974 and 1976, respectively. Two hallucinating cover versions in Spanish, originally by Marcos Valle and Trio Ternura. The full story of how these bands absorbed obscure Brazilian sounds is unfolded in the liner notes. Limited edition of 500 copies worldwide. Includes postcards with liner notes and Discodelic sleeve.

 

VARIOUS: WORLD, CLASSICAL, SPOKEN WORDS ETC

VARIOUS - THE SUN IS SETTING ON THE WORLD (LP/DEATH IS NOT THE END)

Magnificent rembetika, from the 1930s till the end of the 1950s. Wretched, bitter, raging; a blend of Arab and European music, two steps from Delta Blues. TRACKS: 01. Hatzihristos Apostolos - The Sun Is Setting On The World 02. Stelios Kazantzidis - Bleed Bleed 03. Yiota Lydia - Badworld 04. Markos Vamvakaris - Those Who Are Rich 05. Kostas Roukounas - When I Die 06. Rena Stamou - What Is My Blade Now 07. Kaiti Grey - Money Is Talking 08. Elli Sofroniou - I Want To Enjoy The World 09. Yorghos Kavouras - I Complain To The Society 10. Stavros Tzouanakos - Untrue World 11. Athanasios Eugenikos - Liar People 12. Marika Ninou - I Ached In My Heart 13. Stelios Kazantzidis - The Leaves Fall From Branches 14. Vangelis Perpiniadis - Why The Others Rejoice

 

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