SPOTLIGHT 32 & 33

18/08/2020 08:32

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

BIG SCENIC NOWHERE - (BLACK) LAVENDER BLUES (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

Big Scenic Nowhere, the supergroup led by Bob Balch from Fu Manchu returns with a killer EP entitled 'Lavender Blues'. The band, comprising of core members Gary Arce from Yawning Man and Tony Reed from Mos Generator, features Per Wiberg (Opeth, Spiritual Beggars) on synth and piano, Daniel Mongrain (Voivod) on guitar and Chris Goss from Masters Of Reality. The sound once again has this mellow and psychedelic attitude, with pinches of space rock and a matrix of desert sound, as well as some progressive passages and old school hard rock riffs. Black vinyl edition.

GUDARS SKYMNING - OLYCKSFAGEL (LP/TRANSUBSTANS)

'Olycksfagel' is Gudars Skymning's 7th album. It's a concept album about the star cruiser 'Olycksfageln' and its crew, at the end of their scientific exploration of a certain galaxy. The ship leaves a dead civilization behind and starts the long voyage to their own part of the universe after hundreds of years from home.

JONESY - GROWING (LP/LONGHAIR)

This is the official re-release on vinyl under licensed courtesy of BMG Rights Management,UK, remastered from an original master copy out of the vaults of BMG, originally released in 1972 on Transatlantic progressive rock label Dawn. Jonesy were an early 70's progressive rock outfit whose albums were reputedly delicate, melodic affairs, somewhat similar to King Crimson and with a lot of mellotrons V.Joynson, Tapestry of Delights). They recorded three albums on the Dawn Label "No Alternative", "Keeping Up" and "Growing" (all now newly reissued on vinyl by Long Hair). All are strong with the aforementioned KING CRIMSON influences. The music is very British sounding and holds similarities to other bands of the day, apart from King Crimson to name a few Tonton Mocoute, Ben, Spring and others in that field. The really heavy use of mellotron gives the music that particular sound of early prog. Just like Spring, Jonesy makes emotive prog which is both epic and melodious. All three album are great stuff! The third album Growing was released in the same year as Keeping up, starting off with "Can you get that together", a rather harsh and energetic piece of rock with slightly jazz influences. Slightly askew and bordering on free-form, just enough to keep it on track, it is an interesting track and a great way to start off an album. Energy, stamina and power. The two following tracks are a bit on the mellow side. "Know who your friends are" boasts a great first section, heading into a spacious and jazzy middle part before heading straight back into the sound which opened up the song. "Hard road" is a jazz-rock piece with distorted trumpet and energetic, almost funky feel to it. The track "Jonesy" is an instrumental affair which is a fitting testament to one of the great forgotten bands of the 70's. It leaves them hanging on a high note. Growing is well produced, played and full of vision. Albums comes with comprehensive bandstory. All tracks are remastered. Don`t miss this high quality album! Limited edition.

JONESY - KEEPING UP (LP/LONGHAIR)

This is the official re-release on vinyl under licensed courtesy of BMG Rights Management,UK, remastered from an original master copy out of the vaults of BMG, originally released in 1972 on Transatlantic progressive rock label Dawn. Jonesy were an early 70's progressive rock outfit whose albums were reputedly delicate, melodic affairs, somewhat similar to King Crimson and with a lot of mellotrons V.Joynson, Tapestry of Delights). They recorded three albums on the Dawn Label "No Alternative", "Keeping Up" and "Growing" (all now newly reissued on vinyl by Long Hair). All are strong with the aforementioned KING CRIMSON influences. The music is very British sounding and holds similarities to other bands of the day, apart from King Crimson to name a few Tonton Mocoute, Ben, Spring and others in that field. The really heavy use of mellotron gives the music that particular sound of early prog. Just like Spring, Jonesy makes emotive prog which is both epic and melodious. All three album are great stuff! The first few pieces on KEEPING UP with the dominant Mellotron, the well-crafted vocals, the smooth string/piano lines and the mix of calm and more passionate material showcase why Jonesy were fairly compared to KING CRIMSON and Spring. Discreet psychedelic touches, jazzy guitar and trumpets and symphonic Mellotron offer a consistent blend of different influences. There are hard rock passages on here as well but the overall complexity and diversity is more to the fore, making "Keeping up" a much more entertaining affair. The mellotron is also augmented by brass and strings this time around, which also adds to the emotive side of the music. From the opening "Masquerade", to the ever so beautiful and emotive "Sunset and evening star" and onward "Keeping up" is filled with great music. Inventive, bustling with ideas and visions. The jewel in the crown is the last track, the most epic and perfect realized "Children". The presence of brass, stabbing and hitting with extreme precision, and the lyrics in conjunction with the shifting sections of music means that this track is one of almost perfect progressive pedigree. For some critic "Keeping up" is Jonesy's best album and some critic once wrote that Jonesy was the best progressive band you've never heard and that is true enough. Their music, especially on "Keeping up", is just as great as other bands of the era and anyone with an interest in the origins of prog would do well to listen to them. Albums comes with comprehensive bandstory. All tracks are remastered. Don`t miss this high quality album! Limited edition!

JONESY - NO ALTERNATIVE (FR) (LP/LONGHAIR)

This is the official re-release on vinyl under licensed courtesy of BMG Rights Management,UK, remastered from an original master copy out of the vaults of BMG, originally released in 1972 on Transatlantic progressive rock label Dawn. JONESY were an early 70's progressive rock outfit whose albums were reputedly delicate, melodic affairs, somewhat similar to King Crimson and with a lot of mellotrons V.Joynson, Tapestry of Delights). They recorded three albums on the Dawn Label "No Alternative", "Keeping Up" and "Growing" (all now newly reissued on vinyl by Long Hair). All are strong with the aforementioned KING CRIMSON influences. The music is very British sounding and holds similarities to other bands of the day, apart from King Crimson to name a few Tonton Mocoute, Ben, Spring and others in that field. The really heavy use of mellotron gives the music that particular sound of early prog. Just like Spring, Jonesy makes emotive prog which is both epic and melodious. All three album are great stuff!The interplay between the mellotron and fuzzed out and sometimes screaming guitar is excellent and bridges the early progressive rock with the early type of hard rock, making it heavy and complex. While the album generally is very much on the hard rock side of things, there are mellow exceptions such as the gorgous "Heaven" and "Pollution". These are epic, long tracks with beautiful mellotron and very emotive soundscapes. The track "Ricochet", also released as a single (B-side is bonustrack), is a tremendous rockin` track. Really rough, crude and blessed with wah-wah guitar. No Alternative is an excellent diversified debut you want to hear again and again! It`s a fine slice of strangely- undervalued prog from a finely-tuned British outfit. Albums comes with 2 bonus tracks and comprehensive band story. All tracks are remastered. Don`t miss this high quality album! Limited Edition!

LIGHT PILLARS - LIGHT PILLARS (BLACK) (LP/SOUND EFFECT)

Australian noisy psych project Light Pillars consisting of Toby - guitars (Hotel Wrecking City Traders) and Andrew - drums (Comacozer) came together in June 2019 at Cellar Sessions Studios in Melbourne for an improved jam session. Both bands having played together previously and after some ideas and banter being thrown around the two decided to finally get together and see what the cosmos can produce and this release debut self-titled release resulting in 4 tracks of noisy dark heavy instrumental psych rock. Recorded in one session with Max behind the recording desk and mastered by Kent Stump (Crystal Clear Sound Studios, Dallas, Texas USA) and amazing artwork by Dora Wednesday, this is one journey taking diverse release. Stay tuned for the album tracks to be jammed live sometime in the not too distant future. Light Pillars is out on limited vinyl via Sound Effect Records!

OZO - PLUTO (LP/DRONE ROCK)

Following up on from their debut album ,'Saturn', released on Riot Season earlier this year, Ozo's second full length, 'Pluto', explores a more darker and aggressive sound. Violent alto sax improvisations; pounding lead drums and psychedelic bass tones.

PSYCHLONA - VENUS SKYTRIP (LP/CURSED TONGUE)

Psychlona's album 'Venus Skytrip' comes on transparent neon orange 180 gram vinyl in gatefold cover, limited to 400 copies.

SEX BLENDER - THE SECOND COMING (LP/DRONE ROCK)

Sex Blender is a psychedelic rock band based in L'viv, Ukraine. After their successful debut album 'Hormonizer', their follow-up 'The Second Coming' brings more of the electic mix of musical genres and features extra vintage organ and cello sounds.

SULA BASSANA - SHIPWRECKED (LP/SULATRON)

Second edition of 500 copies on 180 gram oranger/black/dust vinyl. Following the trance-like album 'Kosmonauts' (2010), here's another full-length based mostly on electronic instuments. This time the sound obviously is characterized more by vintage instruments, which Sula accumulated in his Amoebenklangraum over the decades. 'Shipwrecked' offers long and short, rhythmically intense, but also sheer relaxed, restful tracks.

SUN DIAL - MIND CONTROL (2LP) (LP/SULATRON)

'THE ULTIMATE EDITION' - Reissue of Sun Dial's 2012 album including 2 bonustracks from the same recording sessions on LP one, AND a complete disc with previously unreleased tracks from the same time! What you get is a blend of psychedelic tripping guitars, krautrock, and electronic wizardry. The band invited Hugo Chavez-Smith to produce 'Mind Control'. Hugo was involved in the debut Sun Dial album, 'Other Way Out', so you know what to expect! Comes on 180 yellow and black splatter gram vinyl in gatefold sleeve. Limited to 500 copies.

TASTE OF BLUES - SCHIZOFRENIA (LP/KOMMUN2)

Taste Of Blues is compulsive listening for lovers of psychedelic rock, Scandinavian style! It originally came out in 1969 but hearing it today is still refreshing. From the first distorted chord you know you're in for a slippery but enthralling ride. The title track 'Schizofrenia' occupies all of the album's A-side and the flip consists of five more psychedelic rock tracks. This reissue comes in a gatefold sleeve with liner notes and is remastered from the original mastertapes.

AIRDUSTER - AIRDUSTER (CASS/FORBIDDEN PLACE)

For fans of Liars, Beige Eagle Boys, Scary Busey, Heads, WHORES, Sofy Major, etc.

BURN RITUAL - THE VOID (CD/FORBIDDEN PLACE)

Heavy grooves and dark concepts for the modern nihilist. Vinyl coming soon on Kozmik Artifactz.

CHARLEY NO FACE - THE GREEN MAN (CD/FORBIDDEN PLACE)

Charley No Face 's s/t debut album is a psychrock/fuzz masterpiece. Charley No Face draw on a wide range of influences reminiscent of Black Sabbath, The Stooges, and early '70s prog rock. Delivering a powerful blend of heavy guitar, haunting melodies, and psychedelic explorations, they are notorious for their high energy performances and head turning guitar solos. Grab your copy today!!

ELECTRIC MOON - LIVE AT FREAK VALLEY (CD/SULATRON)

Back in 2019, Electric Moon played their second show at Freak Valley Festival and had the honor to be filmed and recorded by the Rockpalast (German cult music TV-show) crew. Here you get the whole concert, wild and raw and full of energy, plus a bonustrack: the acoustic session taken from the Rockpalast interview. Sula with an acoustic guitar, Lulu kind of bass on a acoustic guitar and Pablo drumming on Lulu's acoustic guitar. Limited to 500 copies.

GUDARS SKYMNING - OLYCKSFAGEL (CD/TRANSUBSTANS)

'Olycksfagel' is Gudars Skymning's 7th album. It's a concept album about the star cruiser 'Olycksfageln' and its crew, at the end of their scientific exploration of a certain galaxy. The ship leaves a dead civilization behind and starts the long voyage to their own part of the universe after hundreds of years from home.

HAZE CARAVAN - BEYOND THE INFINITE COSMOS (CD/FORBIDDEN PLACE)

After a brief pause, Forbidden Place Records is proud to announce the release of Haze Caravan's one and only debut album titled 'Beyond The Infinite Cosmos'! Written, performed and recorded by the late, great Jorge Filipe Branco Antunes. It sounds something like stoner/space skate rock but also unlike any of those genres. Quirky, lo-fi, and fun. This album sounds like it came from another planet. If aliens tried to emulate humans creating rock music this is what it would sound like.

MIDNIGHT COVEN - IGNITE (CD/FORBIDDEN PLACE)

Midnight Coven are back with a delicious full length titled 'Ignite'. Just in time for all of you creepy creepers craving that spooky new sound. Aaron Baker delivers yet again with this unique and strangely heavy album. Imagine an '80s horror film or a science fiction creation from the 1970s. This album is very different than 'Bewitched', more stripped with intricate drum patterns and a more refined sound. A necessary soundtrack for your late night drive through the forest. Through the fog, the creatures eyes glimmer in the darkness. Essential.

MOLIOR SUPERUM - AS TIME SLOWLY PASSES BY (CD/OZIUM)

The 2019 full-length by the Swedish stoner/psych rock band, presented on CD!

MOLIOR SUPERUM - INTO THE SUN (CD/OZIUM)

The 2012 debut-album by the Swedish stoner/psych rock band, reissued on CD!

SENDELICA - THE COMPLEAT CROMLECH CHRONICLES (6CD) (CD/FRUITS DE MER)

All of the music from the four Fruits de Mer 'Cromlech Chronicles' vinyl releases gathered together plus bonus tracks, a CD of live recordings plus a CD of demos and outtakes. Over two hours of music that wasn't included on the original vinyl releases plus a 20 page booklet, including a really nice overview of the band from Kris Needs.

SUN DIAL - MIND CONTROL (2CD) (CD/SULATRON)

'THE ULTIMATE EDITION' - Reissue of Sun Dial's 2012 album including 2 bonustracks from the same recording sessions on CD one, AND a complete disc with previously unreleased tracks from the same time! The second CD includes two more tracks then the LP. What you get is a blend of psychedelic tripping guitars, krautrock, and electronic wizardry. The band invited Hugo Chavez-Smith to produce 'Mind Control'. Hugo was involved in the debut Sun Dial album, 'Other Way Out', so you know what to expect! Limited to 500 copies.

THEE MOOT - PEEL IT TO REVEAL IT (CD/DETOUR)

Thee Moot are purveyors of paisley-hued melodic pop and psych. Formed in early 2016 by former Onlookers Nick Stone and Mark Leech with ex-Transients Freezer Pinch and DC, they launched an EP entitled 'Tomorrows Calling' in 2018 and as a prelude to their much awaited debut album 'Peel It To Reveal It'.

THEE MOOT - TOMORROWS CALLING EP (CD/DETOUR)

The debut six-track EP by UK band Thee Moot, recorded on analogue and vintage recording equipment.

VARIOUS - WE ARE THE CELLAR BAR RESTORATION SOCIETY (2CD) (CD/FRIENDS OF THE FISH)

This 2CD set features all of the music from the 'Cellar Bar Restoration Society' LP Fruits de Mer produced for their summer festival which they had to sell by mail to ticket holders when the lockdown forced them to cancel it, plus another 90 minutes of music. Includes tracks from The Bevis Frond, The Chemistry Set, Sendelica, Vibravoid, Earthling Society, Magic Bus, Fuchsia, Tir na nOg, Ax Genrich, Moon Goose, Nathan Hall, Nik Turner's New Space Ritual and a bunch of other artists who've played the Cellar Bar and love the place.

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

THEE MARTIAN BOYFRIENDS - TAKE OVER THE WORLD (LP/RAVING POP BLAST!)

Thee Martian Boyfriends from Belgium, brgin their garage pop, mixing their love of 'Back To The Grave' style albums, with a hint of THE Undertones. Exactly ten years since the release of their self titled debut CD, they release 'Take Over the World'. Eric St. John is now the only remaining original member of the band, and the quartet has been reduced to a three-piece band.

NELSON, RICKY - IN THE STUDIO (4CD) (CD/SLEAZY)

This 4CD box contains 127 tracks by Ricky Nelson. It includes the complete Verve sessions and Imperial outtakes and studio masters from 1957 to 1960. It contains versions in mono and stereo, backing tracks and vocal overdubs. All tracks have been remastered. Comes with a 16-page booklet, including many photos.

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

REUTERS - INCUBATION (LP/SEJA)

The Reuters present with their album 'Incubation' ten tracks in less than 40 minutes. Their music is has strongly been influenced by old school alternative rock and punk. this should appeal to fans of Magazine, Birthday Party, New Model Army, Killing Joke, Wire, Herman Brood and Wipers.

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

DEISON - SUBSTRATA (10") (10"/SUBSTANTIA INNOMINATA)

Italy's Cristiano Deison enriches the experimental sound and noise art community with his releases and various collaborations (lately with John Duncan, Gianluca Becuzzi and K.K.NULL) for more than twenty years. 'Substrata' collects three extremely crystalline and immersive drone pieces based on prepared tapes, metals, strings, wires and electronics.

MATHES, JEREMIE - ARKHAIOS (10") (10"/SUBSTANTIA INNOMINATA)

Jeremie Mathes is a French field recording artist (known for his CD releases on Unfathomless), living in Cambodia since some years. For 'Arkhaios' he combined cavernous object drones (recorded at an abandoned factory site) with various instrumental sounds from ancient Khmer instruments (Tro u, Khim), all highly processed.

CONTROLLED DEATH/RUDOLF EB.ER - DEATH CEREMONIES (LP/COLD SPRING)

'Death Ceremonies' is the darkest, most primitive death industrial record, soaked throughout with the smell of rotting corpses and burning bodies. Controlled Death (Masonna) features Yamazaki's most compulsive Korg MS-20 drones and obsessive, disturbing vocals, drenched with anxiety and alienation. Dense atmospheres of doom, death and decay build up just to break away in deep paranoia. Rudolf Eb.er (Schimpfluch) scratches a near-dead violin over horrifying synth tones, celebrating obscure forest rituals, unearthing an archaic actionism and long forgotten witchery - decomposing his raw sounds on dusty magnetic tape. Maso Yamazaki (best known for his extreme Japanoise project Masonna) and Rudolf Eb.er (Swiss noise-actionist of the legendary Schimpfluch circle) collaborated live and in the studio multiple times during the mid and late '90s. Both based in Osaka, Japan, a spontaneous meeting brought up their mutual interest in degraded and primitive black metal. Discussing their own latest black brews of sinister side projects gave birth to the idea of the 'Death Ceremonies' LP. Limited to 400 copies on 180 gram vinyl.

MOTHRA - DOOM ENGINE (LP/COLD SPRING)

First time on vinyl for this cult album from Japanese noise/death industrial/junk noise group Mothra: Jun-ichi Takahashi (Screloma), Masahiko Okubo (Linekraft/Oozepus), Fumihiro Kojima, and Masahito Nozu. Harsh noise, rhythmic death industrial and full of industrial junk percussion, 'Doom Engine' was created using gas tanks, iron plates, junk metal, heavy bass, distorted/screamed vocals, and psychedelic sound imagery. For fans of early Einstürzende Neubauten, early Test Dept, Kollaps, classic German death industrial, but with a distinct Japanese edge. New artwork by RSJS. Limited to 400 copies on 180 gram vinyl.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

TROLL - TROLLSTORM OVER NIDINGJUB (10") (10"/THE DEVIL'S ELIXIRS)

Official reissue of the legendary, long out-of-print 'Trollstorm Over Nidingjuv' EP from 1995. Original sound and artwork. Released by Ukrainian label The Devil's Elixir.

TROLL - DREP DE KRISTNE (LP/THE DEVIL'S ELIXIRS)

Official re-release of Troll's legendary, long out-of-print, 'Drep De Kristne' full-lenght from 1996. Released by The Devil's Elixirs label from Ukrania.

WULKANAZ - HAGLA NAUDIZ EISAZ (LP/TERRATUR POSSESSIONS)

One of the most unique and interesting projects to come out of Sweden this millennium, here Terratur Possessions presents the golden era again on LP.

WULKANAZ - KWETWAN JAH DREUZAZ (LP/TERRATUR POSSESSIONS)

One of the most unique and interesting projects to come out of Sweden this millennium, here Terratur Possessions presents the golden era again on LP.

ANDERSEN, MARTIN J. - VICTORY IN MOTION (CD/GROOVEYARD)

Second solo by Danish guitarist Martin J. Andersen, former member of Blindstone. He collaborated in the past with Blindside Blues Band, David Reece and even George Clinton & the P-Funk Allstars. For this album 'Victory In Motion', Martin brings a mix of heavy blues rock in the style of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Gales, Frank Marino and Robin Trower.

CATENA, CHRIS -ROCK CITY TRIBE- - TRUTH IN UNITY (CD/GROOVEYARD)

Fronted by vocalist Chris Catena, the Rock City Tribe brings fifteen high-energy, classic 1970's inspired heavy rock music. Catena has recorded with Glenn Hughes, Bernie Marsden and Eric Singer among others in the past. The band features Janne Stark (Locomotive Breath, Overdrive, Mountain).

DWARROWDELF - EVENSTAR (CD/NORTHERN SILENCE)

Dwarrowdelf is a solo-project from the UK. It first made waves in the atmospheric black metal world in 2018, with debut full-length 'The Sons Of Fëanor', released to critical acclaim. A follow-up, 'Of Dying Lights' was released in 2019, and saw the project start to move away from the Summoning-inspired sound of the debut, incorporating only sung vocals. 'Evenstar' is the third full-length album from Dwarrowdelf and their most unique offering to date, also using live drums for the first time. Following the journey of Aragorn and his quest to earn Arwen's hand in marriage, this record sees Dwarrowdelf incorporating wider melodeath and folk metal influences into their particular brand of atmospheric metal to create a truly unique musical journey. The CD comes as 4-panel digipack with 8-page booklet, limited to 1000 copies.

EMYN MUIL - AFAR ANGATHFARK (CD/NORTHERN SILENCE)

Emyn Muil is an epic black metal solo-project from Italy, taking its main musical influences from Summoning, Windir and Arathorn, and its concept from the world of Tolkien. 'Afar Angathfark', Emyn Muil's third and most magnificent album to date, is inspired by the character of Fëanor and his war against Morgoth to claim back his Silmarils. A dark story of oaths and fratricide, and an epic journey. Fans of bands like Summoning or Caladan Brood will find much to enjoy on this monumental release, and we highly recommend it to them. As usual, mastermind Nartum also created all graphics for the album artwork and layout himself, resulting in a stunning 8-panel digipack for the limited CD edition.

HEAD HONCHOS - BLUES ALLIANCE (CD/GROOVEYARD)

Blues-rock band from Indiana. Their soul-powered, twin guitar fueled blues, led by father and son Calipari. Eleven tracks.

ILDJARN - LANDSCAPES (2CD) (CD/THE DEVIL'S ELIXIRS)

Official reissue of Ildjarn's album from 1996, released by Ukrainian label The Devil's Elixir. Hardcover digibook 2CD, limited to 999 handnumbered copies.

SKYFOREST - AFTERMATH (CD/NORTHERN SILENCE)

'Aftermath' is the debut album of Skyforest, the Russian solo-project which rose from the ashes of Annorkoth. Originally released on CD in 2014 through an East European underground label and distributed mostly in that territory, and in 2020 for the first time on vinyl through Northern Silence, the success of Skyforest's latest album 'A New Dawn' prompted NSP to also reissue it on CD (first press in 6-panel digipack, limited to 1000 copies) to make it available to a wider audience. Featuring Tim Yatras (Austere, Germ) on session vocals and drums, this album is the most depressive black metal-like release in the Skyforest discography. Yet even back then the evolution into a more atmospheric kind of (black) metal with an uplifting view on life was already apparent... perhaps not in Yatras' lyrics, but certainly in the music of composer B.M.

SKYFOREST - HARMONY (CD/NORTHERN SILENCE)

The acoustic mini-album 'Harmony' served as a transition from Skyforest's second release 'Unity' to the next album 'A New Dawn'. It includes five calming, uplifting and dreamy compositions. Originally released on CD in 2018 through an East European underground label and distributed mostly in that territory, the success of Skyforest's latest album 'A New Dawn' prompted NSP to also reissue it on CD (first press in 6-panel digipack, limited to 1000 copies) to make it available to a wider audience.

SKYFOREST - UNITY (CD/NORTHERN SILENCE)

'Unity' is the second album of Skyforest. Written entirely during autumn and winter 2015, it is sharing more positive and hopeful vibes than 'Aftermath', and shows the direction into which the project would eventually develop. Lyrically, the album is about unity with nature and unity with yourself. Originally released on CD in 2016 through an East European underground label and distributed mostly in that territory, the success of Skyforest's latest album 'A New Dawn' prompted NSP to also reissue it on CD (first press in 6-panel digipack, limited to 1000 copies) to make it available to a wider audience.

SUPER VINTAGE - SHINING LIGHT (CD/GROOVEYARD)

Fifth album by this band from Greece, led by Stravos Papadopoulos. 'Shining Light' contains eleven songs of blues-based and southern rock inspired music, and was written as a message of 'healing power' during the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic.

VARATHRON - HIS MAJESTY AT THE SWAMP (CD/THE DEVIL'S ELIXIRS)

Official reissue of Varathron's album from 1993, released by Ukrainian label The Devil's Elixir. Hardcover digibook CD, limited to 999 handnumbered copies.

WULKANAZ - PAURPURA FRAEOVIBOKOS (CD/TERRATUR POSSESSIONS)

One of the most unique and interesting projects to come out of Sweden this millennium, here Terratur Possessions presents the golden era again on CD.

 

REGGAE/DUB/SKA/ROCKSTEADY

BEANY MAN (A.K.A. BEENIE MAN) - INVINCIBLE BEANY MAN (THE TEN YEAR OLD DJ WONDER) (CD/RADIATION ROOTS)

The 1987 full-length by juvenile Jamaican dancehall delinquent Beenie Man (a.k.a. Beany Man a.k.a. Anthony Moses Davis) is now finally available on CD. This limited edition (500 copies) includes an obi strip and exclusive liner notes.

DILLINGER - TOP RANKING DILLINGER (CD/RADIATION ROOTS)

The acclaimed 1977 album by well known Jamaican sound system toaster Dillinger gets reissued on CD. This limited edition (500 copies) includes an obi strip and exclusive liner notes.

PABLO, AUGUSTUS - MOODS OF PABLO (CD/RADIATION ROOTS)

This collection of Bunny 'Striker' Lee produced recordings from the Jamaican reggae melodica and keyboard player was first issued in 2000 and now it's back on CD. This edition (500 copies) comes with an obi strip and liner notes.

WAYNE, JOHN -WITH SLY, ROBBIE & THE AGGROVATORS- - BOOGIE DOWN (CD/RADIATION ROOTS)

A popular 1983 dancehall album is now reissued on CD including an obi and liner notes. This edition is limited to 500 copies.

WILSON, DELROY - BETTER MUST COME (CD/RADIATION ROOTS)

A 1971 album by reggae artist Delroy Wilson gets the CD-reissue treatment. Including an obi strip and liner notes, this edition is limited to 500 copies.

 

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

VARIOUS - SOME NEON REASON (LP/POLYTECHNIC YOUTH)

'FURTHER ADVENTURES OF THE POLYTECHNIC YOUTH' - Previous PY collections ('They Make No Say' & 'Popcorn Lung') are firmly established gems in the label's (completely sold out) back catalogue; so the news of a third's arrival is a joyous moment for fans of the label. This collection came about under way more unusual circumstances than the previous pair; recovery from the lockdown period resulted in a daunting list of promised releases; far too many for what time was left in 2020. So mercifully, 'SNR' not only acts to shorten this list by a 12" and 3 x 45s, it also runs wonderfully seamlessly into the bargain! The set kicks off with a long-held favourite at PY HQ. Cyril Bihan's Phil Wave project. Sadly, Cyril passed away in 2019, and PY is hugely grateful that Cyril's family allowed the inclusion of the thumping 'Hacking Sequence' to open proceedings here. Following that, Klaudyna Pop offer up the fabulous 'Contempt', which, in their own words, contains an equal mix of "anger, resentment and general 2020 disillusionment expressed as a three-and-a half minute Northern Minimal pop song. Closing both sides of the record are two epic tracks from one man Swedish outfit VIB, planned initially as a 12" before the year ebbed away. 'Vendel' and 'The Deep I' both clock in at ten minutes plus; killer, slow building, meditative kosmische pieces recalling Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream with latter day nods to Emeralds, Eat Lights Become Lights and perhaps some Chris and Cosey. Recorded at home -beneath a bunk bed as his son slept- true DIY home recordings, epic in breadth and motorik goove. Side two kicks off with the latest in a long line of French artists to have featured on PY. Recidive Noire follow in the footsteps of Alexandre Bazin, Bernard Grancher, Cite Lumiere and many more; a Parisian trio with a love of old analogue, synth and cold wave. Professing a love especially for Martin Dupont, Wire and Air amongst others. Following them is the incredible S.A.P.T (Soloist Anti-Pop Totalization); the project of Japanese experimental electronic musician Rikinari Hata. The label is hugely excited about future releases with Rikinari, who offers up the fabulous 'Other' for the record here. Another wonderful PY collection, expected to follow the trends set by the first two and sell out immediately upon release. An absolute must for all fans of early Mute, the late '70s Sheffield electronic scene, Heldon/Pinhas, the Illuminated and (TG's) Industrial labels. One time vinyl only pressing of 500 copies.

 

SOUNDTRACKS/LOUNGE/CULT ETC

DENNY, MARTIN - EXOTICA (USA) (LP/JACKPOT)

Now reissued on RED VINYL in an edition of only 1.000 copies, this album by prolific legend Martin Denny gave an entire genre its name! Originally released in 1956, the importance of 'Exotica' is more than just historical, not just because the songs are all outstanding. Based on jazz and folk, this is an early example of mind altering music. The rhythmical foundation is rooted in Latin music, from mambo via samba to bossa nova, but you'll also find find bebop elements, as well as Asian percussion and harmonies, Caribbean influences and more... Exotic for sure!

DENNY, MARTIN - HYPNOTIQUE (LP/JACKPOT)

Originally released in 1959, 'Hypnotique' ranks among the most appealing and stunning deliveries from the undisputed master of the exotica genre, Martin Denny. This wonderful reissue, pressed on BLUE VINYL in an edition of 1.000 copies, comes with reproduced artwork.

DENNY, MARTIN - QUIET VILLAGE (LP/JACKPOT)

Another classic title from the master (and arguably founder) of the exotica genre, 1959's 'Quiet Village', sees a reissue on LIME COLOURED VINYL. This edition (limited to 1.000 copies) comes with the original Iconic album artwork reflecting the fantasy of Denny's influential fusion of tropical moods.

HANAPI, MIKE - WITH KALAMA'S QUARTET (LP/MISSISSIPPI)

Originally released on various 78rpm records, now collected on a 33rpm vinyl LP, are brilliant recordings of one of the best Hawaiian steel guitarists and vocalists of the 20th century. On these songs (from the 1920s) Hanapi's gorgeous falsetto voice is backed by lush harmony vocals, like a lonesome yodel floating above an oceanside choir. The purely acoustic instrumentation of lap steel guitars, ukeleles and harp-guitars weaves gently in and out of the vocal melodies, creating fluid and harmonious layers and achingly beautiful blue notes.

POMPOUGNAC, STEPHANE - HOTEL COSTES 1 - FRANCE ET CHOISEUL (CD/PSCHENT)

The 'Hotel Costes' series mixed by Parisian DJ Stéphane Pompougnac are soundtracks for lounge bars and feature electronic, jazz, Brazilian and downtempo sounds. TRACKS: 01. Big Muff - My Funny Valentine 02. Ballistic Brothers - Cubafro Con Amigos 03. Fantastic Plastic Machine - First Class 77 04. Stéphane Pompougnac - Green Tree 05. Yves Montand - Pour Faire Le Portrait D'un Oiseau 06. De-Phazz - No Jive 07. Aphrodelics - Rollin' On Chrome 08. Charles Schillings - No Communication, No Love 09. Seven Dub - Chateau Rouge 10. New Phunk Theory - La Neblina Del Verano 11. Baffa - Luna De Rio 12. Almeidinha Do El Gringo - Chorando Sim 13. Grace Jones - Libertango 14. Nitin Sawhney - Migration 15. Rinocerose - Machine Pour Les Oreilles 16. Flying Pop's - Love The DJ

POMPOUGNAC, STEPHANE - HOTEL COSTES 2 - LA SUITE (CD/PSCHENT)

The 'Hotel Costes' series mixed by Parisian DJ Stéphane Pompougnac are soundtracks for lounge bars and feature electronic, jazz, Brazilian and downtempo sounds. TRACKS: 01. Doris Days - To Ulrike M. (Zero 7 Mix) 02. De-Phazz - Jazz Music 03. Pink Martini - Symphatique 04. Mo' Horizons - Flyin Away 05. 45 Dip - Lizzie's Balloon 06. Rollercone - Palais Mascotte 07. I:Cube - Adore 08. Cesaria Evora - Carnaval De Sao Vicente (Jazzy Carnaval Mix) 09. Lovetronic - You Are Love (Jay's Afrotronic Vocal) 10. Pascal Feat. Mister Day - Salvation Live 11. Mr. Scruff - Get A Move On 12. Boozoo Bajou - Night Over Manaus 13. Streetlife Originals - The Assassin, Act 1 14. Femi Kuti - Sorry Sorry (Old School Afro Dub) 15. Another Level - Guess I Was A Fool (MJ Cole Mix)

POMPOUGNAC, STEPHANE - HOTEL COSTES 3 - ETAGE 3 (CD/PSCHENT)

The 'Hotel Costes' series mixed by Parisian DJ Stéphane Pompougnac are soundtracks for lounge bars and feature electronic, jazz, Brazilian and downtempo sounds. TRACKS: 01. A Reminiscent Drive - Ambrosia 02. Shirley Bassey - Where Do I Begin (Away Team Mix) 03. Cosmos Sound Club -Les Chrysanthemes 04. Stereo Action Unlimited - Hi-Fi Trumpet (Boyz From Brazil Mix) 05. Coco Steel & Lovebomb - Yachts (A Man Called Adam Mix) 05. Hacienda - Late Lounge Lover 06. Funky Lowlives - Latazz 07. Cujo/Superstars Of Rock - Apollo (Adam Goldstone Edit) 08. Can 7 - Cruisin' 09. Gazzara Featuring Elise - Timeless (Orange Factory Remix) 10. Stephane Pompougnac- PNC Aux Portes 11. Nickodemus - Cleopatra In New York 12. Trouble Makers - Electrorloge 14. Gotan Project - Last Tango In Paris 15. Lustral - Every Time (A Man Called Adam Balearic Remix)

 

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