SPOTLIGHT 22

31/05/2020 16:26

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

1000MODS - PEARL (12"/OUGA BOUGA AND THE MIGHTY OUG)

A VERY SMALL amount of copies is now available of this 12" single, which was pressed as a PROMO only release and exclusively sold on the group's Bandcamp until now. One sided 45RPM 12" on transparent blue 180 gram vinyl. The second side is etched.

CHEW - DARQUE TAN (LP/STOLEN BODY)

'Darque Tan' is an extra crispy treat served as the third course of Chew's 3-album triptych. This album is the most extreme flavour of psychedelia Chew has oozed out to date. Brett Reagan (guitar/electronics), Sarah Wilson (drums) and Jamie Smith (bass) make up this psychedelic outfit from Atlanta, GA. Guests are Katherine Kelly Larson and Jared Pepper. Comes on coloured vinyl.

ELECTRIC MOON - STARDUST RITUALS (SPLATTER) (LP/SULATRON)

The fifth studio-album by the German space cadets is as trippy as it gets. The music was recorded, mixed and produced by Sula Bassana (Dave Schmidt) and mastered by Eroc. The beautiful cover-painting was made by Eriko of Mont Doom Design in Italy and Lulu Artwork. This fifth edition comes on splatter vinyl, limited to 500 copies.

KAYA, AHMET -& SELDA BAGCAN- - DEMOKRASI ONCULERI (LP/TÜRKÜOLA)

After the coup d'etat 12th September 1980 the left wing protest music in Turkey had a temporary decline between 1980-83. After 1984 a new wave left wing protest music called 'özgün müzik' arose (funny that the same term is used for 'original motion picture soundtrack'). It even became mainstream music, so that no musician could resist to cover one of these 'özgün' pieces. Singers of different genres such as arabesque, pop, rock and Anatolian rock covered these songs. Selda the psychedelic folk socialist diva was very active during 1980s after her short prison experience both as a singer, composer and producer. She founded her own label called Major Music and made extensive 'özgün' productions. Ahmet Kaya was the most influential figure in 1980s in this genre. He created an eclectic music style of folk (asik tradition), revolutionary marches, arabesque and pop-rock. This album was originally released by Türküola Germany in MC and CD forms in 1995. It consists of pieces from several albums of Selda and Ahmet Kaya.

LOS JAIVAS - LOS JAIVAS (AKA EL VOLANTIN) (LP/TRANSAMERICAS)

Vinyl reissue of the now classic 1971 album. Produced by Transamericas in collaboration with the band from original master tapes, in a fully analog process at recording studios in María Pinto (Chile), London and Haarlem (Holland). 'Los Jaivas' ('El Volantín') is the first LP by Chilean rock band Los Jaivas, one of South America's biggest names in the fusion of folk roots and psychedelia during the 1970s. Los Jaivas were born in the city of Viña del Mar, with their five members determined to guide their initial sound through improvisation and experimentation, "trusting that in time a language would emerge that would give us our identity", in their own words. This debut album (popularly known as 'El Volantín' -The Kite-, because of its cover illustration) combined the free-flow of extended electrical pieces with more conventional three-minute songs filled with references to Chile's popular culture and the musicians' own upbringing. Theirs was a solitary path, not just for the band but also for the beginnings of Chilean rock. Los Jaivas blazed a trail that was rich in musical references, with ideas inspired by Jimi Hendrix, the Congolese Missa Luba, Argentinian folk (Atahualpa Yupanqui, Ariel Ramírez), South American avant-garde composers (Ginastera, Villa-Lobos, Violeta Parra), the experimentation of pianist Henry Cowell, Caribbean rhythms and Miles Davis' trumpet re-inventions.

MAGIC BUS - THE EARTH YEARS (LP/BACK TO THE GARDEN)

Totnes, Devon-based psychedelic rangers Magic Bus have been weaving together their own cosmic tapestry for 10 years with sources as diverse as the Canterbury scene, California jam bands, eastern mysticism, and '70s prog. There are some new and familiar sonic influences on this one... certainly a hint of The Grateful Dead, Gong and maybe even The Beatles... but very much the Magic Bus sound.

ODIN - SWF SESSION 1973 (LP/LONGHAIR)

Includes 1 bonus track. Founded in summer 1971 in Germany by German organ player Jeff Beer, Dutch guitarist Rob Terstall and English bass player Ray Brown and drummer Stuart Fordham, Odin is one of German rock music history's greatest mysteries. Information about the band is rather rare and with this album (for the first time on vinyl, CD release LHC 56 with different bonus track) all lovers of progressive rock music of the early seventies will be excellently informed about this great band. The music is played by well educated musicians who play high level guitar and organ dominated progressive rock. After the release of their one and only album on the famous Vertigo label in 1972 (reissued by Long Hair on vinyl LHC 239 and CD LHC 58), Odin were invited by German radio station SWF to produce 4 titles for a radio show in February 1973. A 12-minute version of 'Live Is Only' and an 11-minute version of the Zappa composition 'King Kong' are fine examples for Odin's terrific musicianship. Zappa's 'Oh No' (6:30) and the Terstall composition 'Turnpike Lane' make the radio recording session complete. In addition to the radio recordings there is a 13-minute live version of Frank Zappa's classic title 'Oh No', which is an impressive example of the bands live works. All titles are remastered. The album comes with comprehensive band history and a lot of rare photos. Don't miss this true gem.

THREE QUEENS IN MOURNING/BONNIE 'PRINCE' BILLY - HELLO SORROW/HELLO JOY (2LP) (LP/TEXTILE)

Three Queens in Mourning first gathered in summit to sing celebration of the publication of Will Oldham's book of collected lyrics, 'Songs Of Love And Horror'. Alasdair Roberts (Appendix Out), Jill O'Sullivan (Jill Lorean), and Alex Neilson (Trembling Bells, Alex Rex) each arrived provisioned with a small armful of selections nearest and dearest from Bonnie 'Prince' Billy/Will Oldham's far-reaching catalogue. Three Queens In Mourning's takes on these tunes follow naturally from the fit between Will's words and their three distinctive voices. Alasdair Roberts' sweet, guileless delivery of 'Christmas Time In The Mountains' amplifies the lacerating quality of the lyric "we need an enemy/I'm saving all my rage for you"; even if at the outset of the song we're told that "time is the enemy," the abiding sentiment - the red-hot word that organizes my memory of the song - is rage. Ali's and Jill's trading of verses on 'New Partner' puts a different spin on what had previously registered as an especially mercurial first-person narrative voice, one that swoops between tenderness ("lay back, rest your head on my thighs") and ecstatic self-absorption (breaking it to the ex to whom the song is addressed that "I've got a new partner riding with me"). Add Alex's voice, not only for his madcap 'Lost Blues,' but as part of the choir on 'Ohio River Boat Song' (a song with origins in the traditional 'Loch Tay Boat Song'), and these three Scottish accents singing about the muddy Ohio, Smoketown, Oldham County, and Floyds Knobs, I mean, there's not much else this Kentuckian -these are all deeply familiar landmarks- can say. Type through tears. On this back to back record, The Bonnie 'Prince' Billy LP is a collection of three cover versions from Ali, Jill and Alex directory and one original track.

WARLOCK (SPAIN) - 40 AÑOS ANTES (LP/SOMMOR/PAKISTAN)

Warlock could be considered the first satanic/occult hard-rock band from Spain. With roots in proto-doom band Necrophagus, formed in Madrid by singer/guitar player Victor Ramos in 1974, Warlock were heavily influenced by Black Sabbath, Lucifer's Friend and Hawkwind but they were too dark and wild-looking for the record companies of the time. During their brief existence, 1977-79, they supported the Ian Gillan Band at the Teatro Monumental, Madrid, 1979. They also shared stage with bands like Burning, Cai, Teddy Bautista & Canarios, Azahar, John Martyn, Eduardo Bort, etc. In 1978, they recorded a bunch of demos, collected here for the first time. Raw and wild lo-fi psychedelic hard-rock/proto-doom with space-rock touches! Includes colour insert with photos, memorabilia and liner notes. Includes eight self-penned songs with titles like 'Archives Of The Universe', 'Cortocircuito', 'Earth', 'Control Perdido', 'Space Ritual' (which is not a Hawkwind cover but a tribute to Dave Brock's band, whom Victor once met in France), etc, plus a cover of Black Sabbath's 'Paranoid'.

WIGWAM - BEING (2LP/RED) (LP/SVART)

Reissue of 1974 album by this Finnish progrock band. Triple fold jacket, booklet, red vinyl, limited to 500 copies.

WIGWAM - FAIRYPORT (2LP/PURPLE) (LP/SVART)

Reissue of Wigwam's classic 1971 double album in triple fold jacket with booklet, on purple vinyl, limited to 500 copies.This was the band's third LP. Formed in Helsinki in 1969, the band featured the talents of British keyboard player and vocalist Jim Pembroke, Jukka Gustavson (keyboards, vocals), Pekka Pohjola (bass, violin, keyboards) and Ronnie Osterberg (drums). Released in Finland on the Love Records imprint, the album was a superb work which demonstrated the diversity of the band and the excellent musicianship of its members.

SVJATA VATRA - MAAILM, SA MUUTUD SVIT, TY MINJAESCHSJA (CD/NORDIC NOTES)

Svjata Vatra release an album, of which the title translates to 'World, You Are Changing'. With this album, Svjata Vatra is celebrating 15 years of musical friendship between Estonian and Ukrainian musicians. It has been recorded by three generations of musicians from three countries. The band has been joined by Rute Trochynskyi (daughter of lead singer Ruslan) and an Estonian-Ukrainian choir called Zurba. Radik Tyulyush (Huun Huur Tu/Chalama Project) makes a guest apppearance.

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

DIKKE DENNIS & DE ROCKERS - PRE HISTORISCH BEEST/GEEN REET TE DOEN (7"/DOWN AT THE NIGHTCLUB)

Dikke Dennis, rock god, actor, tattoo artist and entertainer is back, stronger and more powerful than ever before! After Peter Pan Speedrock, Dennis returns to the rock stage with his own band De Rockers and proves that there is only one real rock'n'roll band in the Netherlands. Long Live Rawk'n'Roll!! 'Pre Historisch Beest' is the first in a series of 7" singles and comes on red colored vinyl. Collect the whole series! All songs are in Dutch.

GROOVY, PAUL -& THE POP ART EXPERIENCE- - HE'S A LIAR/YOU'RE GONNA MISS ME (7"/SPINOUT NUGGETS)

Two tracks from the British garage rockers, adding a '70s punk injection to '60s Paisley Underground vibes. Side B features a nice cover version of the famous 13th Floor Elevators song 'You're Gonna Miss Me'!

INCREDIBLE SUCKING SPONGIES - INCREDIBLE SUCKING SPONGIES (10") (10"/GREEN COOKIE)

Here's a fine 8-track release from a Belgian surf/instro group, featuring former members of Los Huertos.

CHAINSAW - FUNNY FEAST (LP/CAMELEON)

15 tracks recorded between 1998 and 2002 by this French band from Rouen featuring Dominique Laboube (Dogs), Philippe Inemer and Daniel Lebailly (Vermines) and Michel Boulloch (15:95). Limited to 300 copies, including insert.

EL RAY - TRANSITIONS (LP/GREEN COOKIE)

Presented on vinyl, 'Transitions' is the fourth album by the acclaimed Danish surf combo. This edition is limited to only 300 LP's.

PALMIYELER - AKDENIZ (LP/GREEN COOKIE)

The 2020 album by the psychedelic surf-pop quartet from Istanbul is now available on vinyl. This release includes the singles 'Derine' and 'Kalbim Seni Arar'.

VARIOUS - LOUD PIPES & LONG BOARDS (LP/RED BARON)

'RARE SURF, DRAG, HOT ROD MUSIC' - Toes on the nose - pedal to the metal! SIDE 1: 1. Chiyo & The Crescents - Devil Surf 2. The Mosriters - On The Run 3. The Royal Guitar Ens - Diamond Head 4. The Gestics - Kahuna 5. Les Bourreaux - Surfin' Rope 6. The Vibrents - Fuel Injection 7. Le Sabres Combo - Standby SIDE 2: 1. The Squires - Batmobile 2. The Saints - Sand Storm 3. Les Cyclones - A Tombeau Ouvert 4. The Casteways - Vibrations 5. Les Jaguars - Attaque 6. The Ric-A-Shays - Groov 7. The Freedom Riders - Loempia 8. The Splinters - King Of The Bun-ga-loos

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

NURMIO, TUOMARI - HULLU PUUTARHURI (LP/SVART)

Reissue of 1992 album by Finnish rocker Tuomari Nurmio.

TEHOSEKOITIN - FREAK OUT (LP/SVART)

Reissue of fourth album from 1999 by Finnish rock band Tehosekoitin.

TEHOSEKOITIN - VAROITTAVA ESIMERKKI (2LP) (LP/SVART)

Reissue of third album from 1998 by Finnish rock band Tehosekoitin.

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

BRUPS/NIRVANA/OUTO ELAMA - PUNK ELAA 3 (3X7") (7"/SVART)

The aim of the 'Punk Elää' 7" box series is to offer people the chance to digest these often impossibly rare and expensive records in their original 7" inch format. Each box comes with an insert with text from Fenno-punk historian Juho Hänninen. The third box set, 'Ne Tekee Meistä Tähtiä' offers three replicas of privately pressed Finnish punk seven inches from 1980. Brups started in Vaasa in the late 1970s. The band occasionally played shows around the Vaasa area, and even performed their song 'Rampton' on national television. The lead singer moved to Sweden in 1982, and eventually the band split up. Brups returned in 2000 with a new lineup, but this highly sought after single is the only thing they originally released in 1980. Nirvana started in Ruovesi in 1976. In their early days the band mostly played cover songs, and performed live in Ruovesi and surrounding cities. In 1980 the self-released singles from Finnish punk and new wave bands inspired Nirvana to make their own record, which is included in this box set. The B-side of the original single is very distorted, which was caused either by a damaged master tape or a mistake at the pressing plant. This reissue has been carefully restored and remastered to make the B-side sound as good as possible. Outo Elämä was formed in Joensuu in 1979. The band was very active in the local scene and played dozens of shows in their first six months. Eventually they recorded a demo at their friends' rehearsal place with the intention of getting a proper record deal. Unfortunately the band were left unsigned, and the complete demo wasn't released until 1998, but the band self-released two of the tracks as a 7" single, which has become a highly sought after collectors item and now sells for ridiculous prices.

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

BOMIS PRENDIN - CLEAR MEMORY (BLACK) (LP/MENTAL EXPERIENCE)

Formed in 1978, Bomis Prendin is a collective of experimental "noisicians" from Washington DC, pioneers within the DIY, industrial, cassette culture and experimental electronics scene. Using cassette recorders, mutated musical toys, electric guitars, bass, rewired circuitry, analog pedal effects and cheap keyboards, they recorded and released a couple of astounding flexi-discs ('Test' and 'Phantom Limb') in the late '70s, which led to them being included on the infamous Nurse With Wound list. 'Clear Memory' was originally released in 1984 only on cassette (50 copies) and it's an incredible example of DIY mutant psychedelic pop and homemade electronic weirdness which sounds years ahead of its time. Here's the first ever reissue. Master tape sound. Four-page insert with liner notes by Klemen Breznikar (It's Psychedelic, Baby). Includes digital download card. RIYL: Residents, Chrome, Cabaret Voltaire, Faust, Throbbing Gristle, Cluster, Olivia Tremor Control.

OTT, CHRISTINE - CHIMERES (POUR ONDES MARTENOT) (LP/NAHAL RECORDINGS)

On this album, composer Christine Ott tells a cosmic journey with cinematographic colours entirely played on the Ondes Martenot. The album has been produced by Paul Regimbeau (Mondkopf) and Frederic D. Oberland (Oiseaux-Tempete). Almost a century since its invention by Maurice Martenot in France in the early 1920s, the Ondes Martenot has changed contemporary music as one of the very first monophonic and experimental synthesizers in history, combining electronics and mechanics. Consecrated by the avant-garde composers Olivier Messiaen, Edgard Varese, Andre Jolivet, Tristan Murail, Giancito Scelsi and Bernard Parmegiani, the mysterious and sensitive vibrations of the instrument have been heard in popular music (Leo Ferre, Brian Ferry, Tom Waits, Radiohead and Daft Punk to name a few).

ORSI, FABIO - DI LUME E CHIARORI (4CD) (CD/BACKWARDS)

This time Fabio offers a monumental work: eight long tracks contained in a huge box set with four compact discs. Musically it stands on the new course of the artist: together with the classic ambient and drone atmospheres that we know well, the work has more dynamic parts with rhythms and pulsations, and more melodic parts. A perfect meeting between ambient music and Berlin-style electronics, between intimate and dreaming atmospheres and epic soundscapes. Comes in an elegant matt finish box, with four cardboard wallet inside and one insert. Edition of 250 copies.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

MOS GENERATOR/VOID VATOR - COVERING QUEEN (BLACK) (7"/H42)

Mos Generator and Void Vator have teamed up to pay homage to the great Queen. Mos Generator is an American hard rock and stoner trio from Port Orchard in Kitsap County in the US state of Washington. Los Angeles-based hard-rock/heavy metal Void Vator are striking since 2014, and have quickly developed a reputation as a take-no-prisoners live act. They collaborated with Grammy nominated producer Ulrich Wild (Pantera, Deftones, Metalocalypse) on their 2017 debut EP 'Dehumanized'. Comes with obi. TRACKS: 1. Mos Generator - Son & Daughter 2. Void Vator - Tie Your Mother Down

ALMYRKVI/THE RUINS OF BEVERAST - SPLIT LP (LP/VAN RECORDS)

Split album by Almyrkvi, the atmospheric black metal band from Iceland and The Ruins Of Beverast, the German black metal/doom metal project by Alexander von Meilenwald. The jacket and inlay are made of rough, solid-colored black cartonstock with silver print. Limited to 1025 handnumbered copies. TRACKS: 1. Almyrkvi - Asomatous Grove 2. Almyrkvi - Managarmr 3. The Ruins Of Beverast - The Grand Nebula Pulse 4. The Ruins Of Beverast - Hunters

ARSTIDIR LIFSINS - SAGA A TVEIM TUNGUM II (2LP) (LP/VAN RECORDS)

'EIGI FJOLL NE FIRDIR' - Entirely sung in Old Icelandic and twinned with its brother album 'Saga á Tveim Tungum I: Vápn Ok Vidr' previously released in 2019, Arstídir Lífsins proves on 'Eigi Fjoll Né Firdir' once again its ability to produce audial quality: From ambient archaic folklore soundscapes, supported by dark chants and classical instruments, to both modern and classic black metal elements, the musical abilities project genuine craftmanship. Similar to 'Vápn Ok Vidr', 'Saga á Tveim Tungum II: Eigi Fjoll Né Firdir' was composed and recorded in Germany and Sweden in early 2018 and mixed and mastered in February of 2019 by the experienced hands of renowned producer Markus Stock at Klangschmiede Studio E, Mellrichstadt, Germany. As always, the intriguing layout was executed by the highly talented Christopher Duis of 1gemachtes.de. Comes in full-colored jacket with inside out print, red hotfoil debossing, inside-out printed innersleeves, a din A2 poster and a download card. 180 gram dark-red vinyl.

BELZEBONG - (BLACK) LIGHT THE DARKNESS (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

Reissue of Belzebong's 2018 album. Belzebong are a stoner metal band from Kielce, Poland. Since the band's formation in 2008 they currently have three albums under their belt and have toured Europe on multiple occasions. Along with their weed-themed instrumental doom the band is best known for their "Dude" psuedonyms, keeping their faces obscured whether by hair or fog and tongue-in-cheek nature to their music as implicated in many interviews.

ENEVELDE - ENEVELDE (LP/TERRATUR POSSESSIONS)

Misotheist's vocalist recorded an album on his own, writing, performing and producing all the music himself (with some very special guest appearances included). Four tracks spanning 40 minutes of cleverly arranged black metal from Trondheim, Norway, ranging from mid-tempo fury and raging aggression, to more epic, grandiloquent parts, all blended in an impressive way.

SELF HYPNOSIS - CONTAGION OF DESPAIR (2LP) (LP/SVART)

2020 album by extreme UK progressive doom metal band Self Hypnosis, featuring members of Esoteric. Influences that affected this recording range from Death to The Prodigy to Yes and Genesis, Godspeed You! Black Emperor to Godflesh and Ministry, Melvins and Akercocke, Laibach and YOB. But if you want to find out how those disparate elements fit together, then you'll probably need to listen to the end result.

SEPULCHRAL ZEAL - OPEN (LP/TERRATUR POSSESSIONS)

Recorded over 2000 years ago, Sepulchral Zeal was discovered in a cave in Germany back in 2014 AD, and released on cassette format by Terratur Possessions. Now, six years later, the vinyl version is finally available. 17 minutes of pitch black/death metal.

TREES OF ETERNITY - HOUR OF THE NIGHTINGALE (2LP/GOLD) (LP/SVART)

Limited repress of 500 copies on golden vinyl. Trees Of Eternity is a collaboration between Finnish guitarist Juha Raivio (Swallow The Sun) and Sweden based, South African born singer Aleah. The project can be described as down-tempo, doom/death metal inspired melancholia with ghostly female vocals. This debut album is a memorial work since Aleah sadly passed away in early 2016.

 

BLUES/COUNTRY/OLDIES

TRIXIE & THE TRAINWRECKS - (BLACK COVER) WHAT WOULD YOU DO/SUMMERTIME (7"/VOODOO RHYTHM)

Garage blues meets Gershwin blues, romantic real life tragedy folk blues trash meets roots blues from that Berlin based duo around singer/guitar player Trixie Trainwreck and harp player Charlie Hangdog. Side A of this single is a raw garage blues stomper with simple honest desperate love lyrics and on the B side you have the Porgy and Bess classic 'Summertime' in a bitter sweet version only Trixie & The Trainwrecks can.

 

REGGAE/DUB/SKA/ROCKSTEADY

KEITHUS DIMTS SELASSIE I/ROBERTO SANCHEZ/ROYAL HORSES - I KNOW/I DUB (7"/DIG THIS WAY)

Keithus I is a talented singer with a deep sensibility to this music and 'I Know's lyrics and interpretation for the riddim are just perfect! The track was finalized by Ian Prince Jamo Campbell who did backing vocals and Roberto Sánchez at Lone Ark studios who took the whole raw idea and carved it to perfection. Limited to 400 copies.

VARIOUS - THE UNRELEASED SOUNDS OF TOP RANK RECORDS... (LP/DIG THIS WAY)

...ABA/NIGERIA' - "It's been a long journey from the day in Nigeria when we found, inside an Alpha Kuffa - 'Messiah I' sleeve, a blank test press of the Yangaman Bob LP with a little Top Rank sticker on it, to the day we met the producer, the great and brilliant George Dureke, who gave us the test presses of the remaining unreleased albums from his Top Rank label, until the complicated audio restoration handled by Colin Young and Bassi Maestro. After two years of hard and intensive work this compilation is ready to see the light! Eight unreleased digital roots tracks made in Nigeria in the late '80s, never released or pressed, if not on a couple of test presses made on recycled plastic. Surely it includes some of the most interesting reggae music made in the Roots Land called Nigeria! Now ready to be spreaded worldwide!" ~Dig This Way Records. Limited to 500 copies. Comes with a nice handwritten insert printed on recycled paper. SIDE 1: 1. Yangaman Bob - Change Your Ways 2. Mysta Wey - Africa Is Burning 3. Mysta Wey - Sermon On The Mountain 4. Mysta Wey - Sweet Reggae Music SIDE 2: 1. Yangaman Bob - Walking In The Rain, Walking In The Sun 2. The Force - Mystic Drum 3. The Force - Rastaman 4. The Force - Reggae DJ

 

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

BAJRAM BILI - SATURDAY WITH NO MEMORY (LP/ANOTHER RECORD)

After studying the piano during his childhood, Adrien Gachet a.k.a. Bajram Bili discovered the electronic sounds which became his main influence. In the middle of his synthesizers and other analog material, he composes very psychedelic, hypnotic music, influenced by electronica, krautrock and techno. 'Saturdays With No Memory' is his first full-length album.

TIWALINE, AZU - DRAW ME A SILENCE (2LP) (LP/IOT)

Debut album from Tunisian producer Azu Tiwaline, melting psychedelic dub, industrial and hypnotic techno deeply rooted in her Berber culture. She is a producer inspired by an organic and raw sound, vibrating in the great spaces of the African desert, centered on dark percussive rhythms and a skillful use of repetition.

 

SOUNDTRACKS/LOUNGE/CULT ETC

MOUSE AND SEQUENCERS - DIDACTIC MUSIC (CD/BACKWARDS)

Experimentation and Italian library music are the coordinates in which 'Didactic Music' is written, the second work of the solo project Mouse and Sequencers by Nicola Giunta (The Lay Llamas), published by Backwards. The Sicilian multi-instrumentalist makes a "catalog" of genres that range among a melancholic bucolic-folk, documentary field recordings, fleeting expeditions in space and small experiments. From the sidereal ambient music of 'Ancient Chants' to the late-summer suggestions of 'Unmapped Islands', which bring to mind some atmospheres from the only work by Mirrorring (Grouper and Tiny Vipers), 'Foreign Body, passing through the graphite-blues of 'Giant Squids' and the electronic perfumes à-la 'Silver Apples Of The Moon' in 'New Socialism', Giunta gives us a precious prism with 17 faces that shines with its own light, spreading absolutely colorful emotions on the walls of our soul. There's nothing left to do but listen to it and let yourself be carried away. Even the artwork is inspired by certain 'library music' album covers of the '70s. Comes in an elegant digipack. Artwork by Nicola Giunta. Edition of 300 copies.

 

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

GROUPE RTD - THE DANCING DEVILS OF DJIBOUTI (2LP) (LP/OSTINATO)

The first ever international album from the Republic of Djibouti and Ostinato's first studio recorded album. While the music of Somalia is widely celebrated, its neighbor, Djibouti, formerly known as French Somaliland, is home to an equally deep reservoir of its own unique Somali music. A stunning collision of Indian Bollywood, Jamaican dub and reggae, sleek horns inspired by Harlem's jazz era, and the haunting and joyous synthesizer melodies of the Red Sea by Groupe RTD, the national radio band of Djibouti and one of East Africa's best kept secrets. Helmed by Mohamed Abdi Alto, possibly the most unheralded saxophone virtuoso in all of Africa, and mentored by guitarist Abdirazak Hagi Sufi - both of whom feature as instrumentalists on Ostinato's Grammy-nominated compilation 'Sweet As Broken Dates' - Groupe RTD is the finest expression of Djibouti's cosmopolitan music style. Alto honed his trade from a steady diet of John Coltrane and Charlie Parker. Abdirazak's guitar style draws heavily from his love affair with Jamaican music. Young singers Asma Omar and Hassan Omar Houssein are fluent in the classic hits of Bollywood and Indian music. Synth player Moussa Aden Ainan brings a distinctly dexterous Somali touch, reminiscent of the exceptional keys work of Somalia's Iftin and Waaberi Band. Their sound is kept afloat by measured Tadjouran rhythms, courtesy of drummer Omar Farah Houssein and dumbek player Salem Mohamed Ahmed's perfect interplay. Recorded in three days - as per the strict limit set by Djibouti's national radio authorities - with a state-of-the-art mobile recording studio replete with the very best audio interfaces and carefully positioned microphones around a less than soundproof room to achieve a vibrant, professional sound while maintaining the analog warmth of decades prior. Double vinyl pressed at 45 RPM, housed in a gatefold sleeve.

 

VARIOUS: WORLD, CLASSICAL, SPOKEN WORDS ETC

AULI - SENCU BALSIS (CD/CPL-MUSIC)

On their sixth album, 'Sencu Balsis', which translates to 'Voices From The Ancestors', wild Latvian folk combo Auli have teamed up with guest musicians from all over the world. Guests include Batzorig Vaanchig (Mongolia), Kai Somby (Norway), Albin Paulus (Austria) and Edgars Lipors from their homeland Latvia.

 

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Previous editions:

31/07/2020 09:09 SPOTLIGHT 31

27/07/2020 18:20 SPOTLIGHT 27 + 28 + 29 + 30 part 2/2

27/07/2020 17:56 SPOTLIGHT 27 + 28 + 29 + 30 part 1/2

30/06/2020 10:32 SPOTLIGHT 26

22/06/2020 10:20 SPOTLIGHT 25

15/06/2020 11:08 SPOTLIGHT 24

08/06/2020 10:15 SPOTLIGHT 23

25/05/2020 15:32 SPOTLIGHT 21

19/05/2020 07:59 SPOTLIGHT 20

11/05/2020 18:28 SPOTLIGHT 19

05/05/2020 08:01 SPOTLIGHT 18

27/04/2020 10:30 SPOTLIGHT 17

20/04/2020 13:59 SPOTLIGHT 16

14/04/2020 07:50 SPOTLIGHT 15

06/04/2020 17:10 SPOTLIGHT 14

30/03/2020 18:16 SPOTLIGHT 13

22/03/2020 16:54 SPOTLIGHT 12

12/03/2020 14:26 SPOTLIGHT 11

09/03/2020 10:53 SPOTLIGHT 10

02/03/2020 13:13 SPOTLIGHT 9


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