SPOTLIGHT 19

11/05/2020 18:28

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

MERCURY BOYS - RETURN TO CINDERS (12"/WHO CAN YOU TRUST?)

Who are the Mercury Boys? Messengers of the gods of rock in its purest forms, those that tear asunder the trappings of amplified music and gaze upon its raw beauty? Indeed, a quartet comprising members of Superconic Blues, Ragged Barracudas and Orange Sunshine, Mercury Boys cannot look back or beyond, but only immerse themselves in the timeless present, harness the primary elements of our aural nature and bow to the inevitable. Mercury Boys is a border-crossing project of people who's paths have crossed regularly over the years, making a collective effort more than just a necessity. 'Return To Cinders' was captured by Guy Tavares at Motorwolf Studios, The Hague, Holland in early 2018. Edition of 200 copies on black vinyl. Guy Tavares - vocals (Orange Sunshine) Timothy Aarbodem - guitar, bass (Supersonic Blues) Janik Ruß - guitar (Ragged Barracudas) Christian Dräger - drums (Ragged Barracudas)

EX NORWEGIAN - HUE SPOTTING (LP/BEYOND BEFORE)

On their 10th studio album, Ex Norwegian take a psychedelic trip driving thru progressive pop territories under multi-coloured skies with 10 original tracks sending a love letter to classic British psychedelia.

HIBISCUS BISCUIT - REFLECTION OF MINE (BLACK) (LP/SOUND EFFECT)

After a long year of recordings, shows and debaucherous behaviour, Sydney psychedelic quartet Hibiscus Biscuit have launched their debut album release: 'Reflection of Mine'. Hibiscus Biscuit's brand of psychedelic rock cavorts about between driving syncopated breakdowns, melancholic lullabies and tight progressive groove sections. Coupled with an immersive live experience headed by frontman Ricardo Moreira, their music is most likely to induce tears of joy from your third eye. Hailing from Portugal, Australia and Canada, members Ricardo, Sy, Jason and Aidan can usually be found lurking in back alleys after their shows.

KARACA, CEM - LAILA'S DREAM (LP/TÜRKÜOLA)

Türküola proudly presents this Cem Karaca album of which 5 songs are presented here for the first time. All are directly from the original masters of Türküola. These tracks were recorded with the Ferdy Klein Orchestra in 1970. The Turkish versions of these songs were previously released, but these English ones were in the treasure box until now! The 4 other tracks on this album were released in 1968 as two separate singles, and 3 instrumental songs were previously released on the album of The Bosporus Sound Orchestra, called 'Laila's Dream', which was released by United Artists, Liberty, and Türkofon before. The Bosporus Sound Orchestra was, of course, Ferdy Klein's pseudonym for his orchestra. Limited, so order fast!.

MAGICK BROTHER & MYSTIC SISTER - (BLACK) MAGICK BROTHER & MYSTIC SISTER (LP/SOUND EFFECT/THE JOHN COLBY SECT)

Music, more than all the arts, has the ability to move us to other settings, unforgettable times and moments and hardly describable through rational knowledge. Throughout the world, from blues to voodoo and to the sitar of Ravi Shankar, it has been possible to enter other states of consciousness through sound. Few contemporary artists have been able to understand and preserve this spirit. These create our favorite, memorable records that give us goosebumps as soon as they start playing. The music of Magick Brother & Mystic Sister recovers and reclaims this function, that of being a mystical-magical journey through a refined and profoundly beautiful psychedelia. All the themes are thought out in detail both musically and conceptually, making an exquisite selection of each of the references they use: the music of the sixties and seventies, cinema and esoteric and underground literature, African percussion or cult films. Everything always passing through the filter of an extremely warm psychedelia, which can take you from ecstatic dancing to meditation and the dream of a vampire movie. Magick Brother & Mystic Sister come from Barcelona and they have no doubts about it: their goal is to make music that transports us to the environment of underground movies from the seventies or some ecstatic dance ritual, only to lead us on to natural gateways to altered states of consciousness. Their self-titled debut full-length is a co-release between Athens' Sound Effect Records and Madrid's The John Colby Sect.

RIVER CULT - CHILLING EFFECT (LP/NASONI)

Released on 180-GRAM COLOURED VINYL and presented with a gatefold sleeve, 'Chilling Effect' is the sophomore full-length by the acclaimed heavy psych/stoner trio from Brooklyn, NY. Limited to 300 copies.

SIBYL - THE MAGIC ISN'T REAL (LP/DHU RECORDS)

Honest and psychedelic in the truest sense of the word, Richmond, Virginia quartet Sibyl defies convention at every turn. Violet Sotomayor's lyrics speak not of fictional tales of horror but of the very real demons of psychological trauma. An acceptance of past trauma while not necessarily a lament, the words of the Sibyl show one who stares forward clear eyed and with a mission to heal the psyche and break the chains that hold us back. Mastered for vinyl by Tony Reed at HeavyHead Recording Company. Black with clear splatter vinyl.

VARIOUS - SUNLIGHT GLIDE (LP/TAKE IT ACID IS)

'15 FLOWER POWER TRIPPERS FROM THE 60S & 70S' - Here's a collection of rare psychedelic/freakbeat tracks from such bands as The Kinetic, The Factory, Steerpike, State of Micky & Tommy, Cain, Nimrod and more. This is for fans of these '80s and '90s cult psych comps like the ones on Tiny Alice Records, the 'Justafixation' series, 'Voyage Through The Sugarcube' etc. Limited to 300 copies, so be fast! SIDE 1: 1. The Voids - I'm In A Fix 2. The Virgin Sleep - Halliford House 3. The Jackpots - Henbanes Sacrifice 4. The Factory - Castle On A Hill 5. The Kytes - Running Through The Water 6. Jet Harris - My Lady 7. Nimrod - The Bird 8. Steerpike - Prelude & The Marble Steps SIDE 2: 1. Alan Avon & The Toyshop - A Night To Remember 2. Cain - Her Emotion 3. The Kinetic - Suddenly Tomorrow 4. Sasha Caro - Never Play A 'B' Side 5. The Unauthorised Version - Girl In A Bus Queue 6. State Of Micky & Tommy - I Know What I Would Do 7. The Universals - Hey You

FROZEN PLANET.... 1969 - COLD HAND OF A GAMBLING MAN (CD/PEPPER SHAKER)

Frozen Planet....1969 improvise their way through another album. On their eighth outing they have followed up on the theme from their 2018 album 'The Heavy Medicinal Grand Exposition.' All the characters have been reunited. But just what has brought them all back together? John D.C's lively artwork tells the story, while Frozen Planet....1969 jam along! 'Cold Hand Of A Gambling Man' can be described as a slightly heavier and darker sounding album than 'The Heavy Medicinal', yet no less tripped-out. Solid bass and drums form the foundation with plenty of otherworldly guitar experimentation over the top. Tasteful and unexpected tempo and rhythmic shifts throughout the album contribute to the journey. This Australian trio shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon!

NO TO CO - GRAJACA SZAFA (CD/KAMELEON)

A fabulous collection of Polish band No To Co's radio, TV and live recordings from 1967 and 1968. No To Co was an excellent Polish band influenced by traditional Polish music as well as British and American pop and folk-rock.

POLANIE - PRZYJDZIE KIEDYSTAKI DZIEN (2CD) (CD/KAMELEON)

Polanie was the first Polish supergroup, founded in 1965 by members from the earlier most popular Polish beat bands of the '60s, Czerwono-Czarni and Niebiesko-Czarni. The first CD contains unreleased radio and live tracks from 1965-1968 and the second one contains various EP tracks.

SKALDOWIE - Z PRZYMRUZENIEM OKA (CD/KAMELEON)

Previously unreleased live tracks from 1973-1980 from the Polish folk-rock/pop-psych band.

SKY CRIES MARY - SECRETS OF A RED PLANET (CD/TRAIL)

This band, founded by Roderick Wolgamott and multi-instrumental songwriter Ben Ireland blends Cabalistic poetry, mysticism, electronic synthesis, with ethereal vocals sung by Roderick and Debra Reese. Curt Eckman's brooding intentioned bass and meandering licks by guitarists Kevin Whitworth and Jack Endino create set and setting for a psychedelic sonic journey.

TOUCHSTONE - MUSIC FROM PANDORA'S BOX (CD/AUDIO ARCHIVES)

A quite remarkable and breathtaking rarity recorded in 1972. Stunning musicianship, brilliantly arranged and composed throughout. Tnis is a rock opera style masterpiece with male/female vocals embroidered with flute/oboe on top of superb guitars, organ, bass and drums. A startling and awesome performance. The ultimate UK private pressing.

EX NORWEGIAN - SPOTTING HUES (CDR/BEYOND BEFORE)

An impassioned collection of psych covers make up the sister album to 'Hue Spotting'. These inspired takes on an eclectic mix of non-household names July, Apple, Dr. Strangely Strange, Gruppo Sportivo, The Nice, The End, West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, Billy Nicholls, Nick Garrie, Fairfield Parlour and Gene Clark, are surely what Dr. Robert ordered! A very limited edition pro-made CDR of 60 copies only.

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

DIRECTIONS - WEEKEND DANCERS/IT MAY BE TOO LATE (PD) (7"/DETOUR)

This legendary UK mod band from 1979 is getting an official release after 40 years of its recording. This is the second release in the 'The Classic '79 Mod Series' and is a limited run of 300 copies on picture disc.

HECK, THE - (BLACK) SHIT ON THE RADIO/TONITE (7"/SOUR BOMB)

The Heck strike again, 'Shit On The Radio' is an ass-kicking statement against the Dutch corrupt radio system. DJ's playing the same mainstream shit over and over and over and over and...... Ok, you'll get the point. There's only one suitable Dutch word for that: BAH! B-side 'Tonite' is the perfect tune to drink your favourite beer/ whisky or whatever is your poison to and overthink at what current point your life has come to. Aren't these just the kinda songs we need nowadays? Limited to only 50 copies on black vinyl in black and white cover.

MINGS - CAN'T WIN (LP/SOUNDFLAT)

The Mings remain an exciting garage-surf-punk'n'roll trio. On their album 'Can't Win', one can expect some raw, screaming killer-tunes out of the garage - snotty, wild and lofi-surf tunes. Cool, crazy and fun at the same time.

ROMAN & THE ROSARYS - GOING HOME WITH (LP/SOUNDFLAT)

This album was recorded by Jim Diamond and features Roman Aul (Redondo Beat) on vocals and guitar, Maximilian Schneider (also Redondo Beat) on drums and Thomas Bruchhauser (The Satelliters) on bass. On their debut album they showcase early '60s Memphis and Detroit R'n'B influences and they twist them, in alignment with Roman Aul's songwriting standards, into two-and-a-half minute catchy pop songs.

SHADOWS - FBI (CD/DUSTY TAPES)

A collection of rare, studio, live, radio and TV recordings 1959-1962. All tracks remastered from the best available sources. With corrected speed and optimal sound correction. Sounds better than ever before! TRACKS: 01. FBI - Original Wide Stereo Mix 02. 36-24-36 - With Studio Chat At The Beginning 03. Happy Birthday To You - Full Undubbed Version 04. Guitar Tango - Early Take With Jet Harris On Bass 05. All Day - Alternate Version From Japanese LP 06. Driftin' - BBC 1959 07. Jet Black - BBC 1959 08. Guitar Boogie - BBC 1959 09. Apache - BBC 1960 10. Quatermassters Stores - BBC 1960 11. Man Of Mystery - BBC 1960 12. Perfidia - BBC 1962 13. Apache - BBC 1960 14. Shazam! - Live In Paris 1961/62 15. Shadoogie - Live In Paris 1961/62 16. Stranger On The Shore - Live In Paris 1962 17. The Frightened City - Live In Paris 1961/62 18. Do You Wanna Dance - Live In Paris 1962 19. Man Of Mystery - Live In Paris 1961/62 20. Nivram - Live In Paris 1961/62 21. Kon Tiki - Live In Paris 1961 22. Midnight - Live In Paris 1961/62 23. Apache - Live In Paris 1961/62 24. The Frightened City - Crackerjack 1961 25. FBI - Crackerjack 1961 26. Wonderful Land - Royal Variety Show 1962 27. More Than I Can Say - Live In Copenhagen 1961 28. Cerveza - Radio Luxembourg 1960 29. Walk Don't Run - Radio Luxembourg 1960 30. Bongo Blues - Radio Luxembourg 1960 31. Three-30-Blues - Radio Luxembourg 1960 32. Barney's Blues - Radio Luxembourg 1961 33. The Savage Radio Luxembourg 1961 34. Licorice - Radio Luxembourg 1962

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

ELM - THE WAIT (LP/BRONSON RECORDINGS)

Second album by Italian noise rock band ELM. From the Fugazi feasting on Elvis' corpse vibe of '.44' and the Lightnin' Hopkins covering Jizzlobber doom blues of 'Believe Or Burn' to the neon-drenched breakdowns of 'Whole Year Inn' and the spidery Entombed meets The Jesus Lizard riffing of 'Kingsnake,' and 'Abattoir,' 'The Wait' is truly something striking. Limited to 300 copies om orange translucent marbled vinyl.

SOLARIS (ITALY) - UN PAESE DI MUSICHETTE MENTRE FUORI C'E LA MORTE (LP/BRONSON RECORDINGS)

Cesena's '90s-infused heavy noise foursome Solaris present their very own perception of noise-laden post-rock through powerful riffs, magnetic vocals and industrial soundscapes. Limited to 300 copies on red marbled transparant vinyl.

THIS IS WRECKAGE - I DON'T LIVE, I EXIST (LP/FORBIDDEN PLACE)

The U.K.'s finest noiserock band is back with a crushing album you won't be able to put down! Angular guitars and a primal rhythm section tear your flesh! Savage vocals call to you from underground! Get ready for your ears to be blown! Limited to 250 copies.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

EARTHDIVER - LORD OF THE COSMOS (LP/FORBIDDEN PLACE)

Denver doom lords Earthdiver have delivered an incredibly heavy album that is guaranteed to consume you and drag you down into the sonic muck. Influential elements can be heard but, this album stands on it's own. Guaranteed to get stuck in your stereo on repeat. These guys are leaders in the Denver metal scene.

 

BLUES/COUNTRY/OLDIES

VARIOUS - DEVIL GOT MY WOMAN (LP/TAKE IT ACID IS)

'SONGS OF DEVILRY, DOOM & VOODOO' - A great selection of '20s-'50s blues/jazz tracks about the devil, hoodoo men and dark tales of doom and misery by artists like Victoria Spivey, Blind Willie Johnson, Lightnin' Hopkins, Memphis Minnie, Skip James and others. An excellent choice for your next Day of the Dead or Halloween party! Limited to 300 copies, so be fast! SIDE 1: 1. Leola Manning - Satan Is Busy In Knoxville, TN (1930) 2. Louis Jordan - Somebody Done Hoodooed The Hoodoo Man (1940) 3. Blind Joe Taggart - When I Stand Before The King (1934) 4. Lightnin' Hopkins - Black Cat Bone (1950) 5. Charley Patton - Mean Black Cat Blues (1929) 6. Skip James - Devil Got My Woman (1931) 7. Victoria Spivey - Hoodoo Man Blues (1926) SIDE 2: 1. Truett & George - Ghost Dance (1927) 2. Memphis Minnie - Haunted Blues (1937) 3. Oliver Brown - Oh You Devil You (1935) 4. Bo Carter - Old Devil (1938) 5. Brownie McGhee - Evil But Kindhearted (1948) 6. Johnny Temple - Evil Devil Blues (1935)

 

JAZZ/AVANTGARDE

OIRO PENA - 2 (10") (10"/JAZZAGGRESSION)

Second release from Finland's finest underground jazz collective, four tracks in the same spiritual-energetic playful bag we dig! Limited to 350 copies with download card.

FREELEKTON - LIVE AT TENHO (LP/JAZZAGGRESSION)

Unique live recording with Finnish drummer Ilmari Heikinheimo and legendary multi-instrumentalist Jimi Tenor, free-floating grooves in an organic/electric mash-up!

LAST CALL AT NIGHTOWLS - ASK THE DUST (CD/SUBSOUND)

Last Call At Nightowls is an international musical collaborative group comprising of Adriano Vincenti (Detour Doom Project, Macelleria Mobile Di Mezzanotte, Senketsu No Night Club) and rounded out by Melbourne, multi instrumentalist Terry Vainoras (Vainoras & The Altar Of The Drill, Neon Dread), Giovanni Leonardi (Senketsu No Night Club) and Mexican saxophonist Maria Ruvalcaba Uribe. Experimental dark jazz for fans of Boren & The Club Of Gore and The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble.

 

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

VARIOUS - S.D.S=ZERO= (SUBSCRIPTION DOUBLE SUICIDE) (LP/EM)

Launched in an uncertain time, here are 12 tracks from 17 new independent Japanese artists, a physical release from a generation which has an online-release default setting. Not a scene document, not a label sampler, and not a showcase for a collective, this compilation features a selection of artists from all across Japan, selected by ex-Jesse Ruins producer CVN. These songs are snapshots of a sensibility shared by these artists: a love of contemporary electronic pop music, an awareness of melody, and an appreciation of the musical options provided by technology. Not techno or ambient, there is an emphasis on the human voice, with elements of hiphop, trap, EDM and bass music, all subsumed into multiple facets of a glowing electronic bedroom pop gem. Available on vinyl, with English liner notes, lyrics and artist information. These songs are seeds of hope for the coming post-pandemic parties.

 

SOUNDTRACKS/LOUNGE/CULT ETC

MACCHI, EGISTO - SUD E MAGIA O.S.T. (LP/SOAVE)

Maestro Egisto Macchi (Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza - The Group) recorded this mystical ethnographic trip to the South of Italy imbued with its rites, superstitions, magical symbols and popular mythologies in 1977 for the TV Documentary 'Sud e Magia'. Astoundingly evoking the intensity, magic and psychedelia of its subject with the use of inventive and unconventional techniques (aerophones, crystal glasses, prepared piano), Macchi harmonizes kindred spirits from transcendental, religious and metaphysical sound forms. Produced in the Feeling Records Studios, Turin, which had the highest level of equipment and technicians, this pinnacle of experimenal library music is released for the first time with audio restored from the original masters tapes.

 

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