SPOTLIGHT 38

24/09/2018 08:54

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

BEGAYER - TERRAIN A MIRE. UNE MAISON... (LP/BONGO JOE)

...RETIVE CONTRAINTE PAR LE TOIT' - First album of Bégayer, French weirdo folk made on home made instruments, modified transistor radios and old electronic devices.

DR. JOHN - GRIS-GRIS (MONO/GREEN) (LP/JACKPOT)

Reissued with MONO SOUND on GREEN VINYL, it's the classic 1968 debut-LP from the king of the psychedelic bayou, the night tripper, the one and only Dr. John. Indeed, the hypnotic, mystical and powerful sound of the swamp comes to life once again.

FUNGAL ABYSS - BENEVOLENT MALEVOLENCE (LP/ADANSONIA)

As on 'Karma Suture,' one of their formerly releases, Fungal Abyss' studio album 'Benevolent Malevolence' features two free-flowing, improvised monster jams, each lasting over 20 minutes. Lysergically guided the band takes you on a journey into a seemingly unmanageable universe of sound. Another totally thrilling soundtrip from the underground of Seattle! Limited to 222 handnumbered copies on 180 gram clear vinyl.

MOUNTAIN TAMER - GOLDFORTUNE/DARK MATTERS (LP/NASONI)

As heavy as it is psychedelic, Mountain Tamer's second album tackles themes that range from social and religious injustice to the underworld of the occult. 'Godfortune/Dark Matters' offers a refreshing, modern spin on a genre steeped in tradition. The LP is pressed on 180-GRAM CLEAR VINYL and comes in a gatefold sleeve with an insert.

NECRO (BRAZIL) - ADIANTE (LP/ELECTRIC MAGIC)

Classic heavy riffs meeting proto prog structures! This Brazilian band with male and female vocals are already regarded as Os Mutantes of the new generation. A whole lot of passion and feeling round up this little beast. Limited to 300 copies.

PRISMA CIRCUS - (BLACK) MK II PROMETHEA'S ARMAGEDDON (LP/WORLD IN SOUND)

With their second album the power trio Prisma Circus ignites true psychedelic hard rock fireworks. Excessive joy of playing combined with multifaceted virtuosity is the top priority here. The analogously produced gem seamlessly follows the most inspired spirit in rock history from 1967 to 1972; an epic trip, from euphorically driving to melancholically gloomy! Finally a courageous band that builds bridges to geniuses like Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker or Jimi Hendrix without copying them.

PSILOCIBINA - PSILOCIBINA (LP/ELECTRIC MAGIC)

Psilocibina is a young Brazilian group on the German Electric Magic label. This is the real trip! They can be described as psychedelic samba, full of young and unbridled passion. Music that will you make you dance. Don't let the songtitles distract you, you won't need LSD to hear this, this is pure LSD for your ears! Limited to 300 copies.

TOVSTYI, MAX - MESMERIZE (LP/NASONI)

This second full-length by the acclaimed multi-instrumentalist from Ukraine is based in blues, but enriched with elements of psychedelia, prog and classic rock. Except for the violin and trumpet, Max played all the instruments himself. The LP, pressed on 180-GRAM CLEAR VINYL in an edition of 300 copies, is presented in a gatefold cover.

VARIOUS - CIRCLES END (LP/MISTY LANE)

Dutch folk/pop/lite psych compilation featuring 18 rare/previously uncomped Dutch artists 1968-1973. Including Price John, Linda Christine, Alderman, Justice, Double You, Fon Klement, Opus, Jumbo, The Marigold, Dutch Spring, Judith Angela, Amsterdam and more. Selected by Mike'n'Ernie, with a rich detailed liner notes insert, pictures, 45s labels and cool illustration of Italian artist Alessandra Monoriti on the cover. Limited to 500 numbered copies.

HAWKLORDS - BRAVE NEW WORLD (CD/HAWKLORDS)

Featuring former Hawkwind members Harvey Bainbridge (synths and vocals) and Jerry Richards (guitar and vocals), joined by Dave Pearce (drums) and Tom Ashurst (bass and vocals), 'Brave New World' is an album of soaring transcendence and grinding power. Following the band's critically acclaimed 2017 album 'Six', which charted at number 35 in the official UK Top 40 Rock Chart, this is the second full-length in an intriguing album-trilogy.

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

SHA LA LA'S - WHEN LOVE COMES/(KEEP ON) TAKIN' US HIGHER (7"/DETOUR)

Another irresistable two-sider from one of London's finest mod'n'soul outfits! This release is limited to only 300 7-inches.

GO!ZILLA - MODERN JUNGLE'S PRISONERS (LP/TEENAGE MENOPAUSE)

'Modern Jungle's Prisoners' is the Go!Zilla comeback record 2 years after their last release. It's the beginning of a new sound adventure for these 5 Italians - from psych rock to the search of new sound territories to give life to a concept album about the mental captivity in the urban jungle. Featuring Enrico Gabrielli (PJ Harvey, Calibro 35 etc.) on sax in 'Falling Down Ground'.

PHONE JERKS - PHONE JERKS (LP/ALIEN SNATCH!)

Blown-out, lo-fi garage-punk from Canada, brought to us by three dudes and a female drummer. With all the members taking care of lead vocal duties, Phone Jerks offers a dial-up connection from the ice speedway smash up derby to budget rock heaven!

007 - RELOADED (CD/PAISLEY ARCHIVE)

Archival recordings of a London-based mod-revival band, active during the early '80s. This CD is relevant for fans of a.o. The Lambrettas, Secret Affair, Merton Parkas and The Jam.

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

BOOTCHY TEMPLE - GLIMPSES (LP/HOWLIN BANANA)

Bootchy Temple was formed in Bordeaux in 2012, inspired by US indie band from the '90s (Beat Happening, Yo La Tengo). This third album 'Glipses' comes after many jam sessies, unfinished songs, re-worked demos, moments of improvisations, selecting the songs and putting the finishing touch. A very consistent album is the result.

BRACE! BRACE! - BRACE! BRACE! (LP/HOWLIN BANANA)

The debut album from this French band. Their 'weird pop' has influences from Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Metronomy to Blur and Dinosaur Jr. Fine songwriting has been combined with a good sense of disorder.

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

VARIOUS - RAISE YOUR VOICE JOYCE: CONTEMPORARY SHOUTS... (LP/STATIC SHOCK)

...FROM CONTEMPORARY VOICES' - Collected onto vinyl are eight tracks featuring eight contemporary female punk vocalists. Included are contributions from members of Nekra, Good Throb, Arms Race, Sauna Youth, Terrible Feelings and more.

ZERODENT - LANDSCAPES OF MERRIMENT (LP/ALIEN SNATCH!)

The second album by this Perth-based outfit offers loads of mid-tempo-crushers, all of 'em in typical - yet cliché-free - Brit-inspired, Australian punk rock fashion. In other words, you may expect Warsaw- and Wire-sque dystopia piercing blue-collar punk simplification, built from minimalistic songwriting.

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

FITOUSSI, JONATHAN - DIAGONALS (LP/HANDS IN THE DARK)

Hailing from Paris, Jonathan Fitoussi has been exploring contemporary minimalist musical forms for almost a decade. 'Diagonals' is the live recording of a one-track long improvised set that was performed on a warm June evening in 2018, at the crypt of St James's Church in London. 'Diagonals' transcribes a trance-like analogue experience. It is a compilation of crafted sequences forming one sublime, hypnotic gem of modern ambient electronica. On white vinyl.

JACINTHEBOX - INCOMPLETE 84/86 (LP/SUPREME TOOL SUPPLIES)

Jacinthebox is right in your face DIY as you no longer hear it today. Recorded in 1984-1986 and at the time self-released on cassette by Jac van Bussel (later known as DMDN and member of groups like Thu20, Lewd and Bunkur). Armed with a tape deck, a simple pulsating rhythm box, whining out of tune feedback guitars and distorted voice, he serves a large portion of roughly recorded guitar noise, including malfunctioning cables and stacks of noise. Unpolished, primitive, hard and foul. Jacinthebox recently came into the spotlight with a reissue of a track on the '80s Underground Cassette Culture' compilation LP, released by Contort Yourself. The 'Incomplete 84/86' LP is a selection of 10 of his most extreme tracks, released in a hand-numbered edition of only 150 copies by Supreme Tool Supplies. A must for those who love Brainbombs, Harry Pussy and early Sutcliffe Jugend!

MARTELLOTTA, MASSIMO - ONE MAN SESSIONS, VOL. 3: ONE MAN ORCHESTRA (LP/CINEDELIC)

'One Man Sessions Volume 3 - One Man Orchestra' is indeed a full-fledged orchestral album - conceived with the film music composers of the '50s in mind, Bernard Hermann et al - in which Martellotta engages in writing for an orchestra of a retro mold, set in his world with an absolutely personal and current twist. Each instrument is played and tracked on track in real time, including the computer, this time a valid assistant in the simulation of some of the used timbres, intended as a real instrument in the middle of real ones. Sumptuous arches, crackling tympanums, sinuous woods find space to dialogue with lounge organ and percussion invented like the music paper itself, rubbed to keep time on some of the themes.

MERZBOW/GENESIS BREYER P-ORRIDGE - A PERFECT PAIN (LP/COLD SPRING)

The incredible power created by Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (Psychic TV/Throbbing Gristle), the founding father of the industrial world, and Merzbow, the undisputed king of Japanese noise. Recorded exclusively for Cold Spring, with five extra tracks, 'A Perfect Pain' has been hailed as an important album and an extremely successful collaboration. First time on vinyl. Includes printed inner sleeve with all lyrics and download code.

PUECH, MATTHIAS - ALPESTRES (LP/HANDS IN THE DARK)

A researcher by day, Puech transforms into a nocturnal narrator of sound travel by night, with his album taking us on a mythical, magical hike up to the inaccessible heights of the Alps. He creates a vast collection of untouched electronica landscapes with modular synthesisers built by his own fair hands. With his various devices, he emulates the sounds of nature and gives sonic form to feelings, forming an alternate reality. 'Alpestres' is a fascinating and complex thematic album of a rare depth that will bring rewards to any intrepid sound adventurer who ventures to listen.

MEPHISTO WALZ - RARITIES 1989 (CD/DARK VINYL)

Rare recordings from a band featuring ex-members of US death-/goth-rock pioneers Christian Death. Included are tracks from the band's late '80s EP's, plus material that bass player Barry Galvin wrote for Christian Death, including the classic song 'Romeo's Distress'.

NIHIL NOVI SUB SOLE - FORLORN (CD/LICHTERKLANG)

More than eight years after its predecessor 'Jupiter Temple', Nihil Novi Sub Sole return with their new opus 'Forlorn', a 10-track masterpiece of pure desparation and neverending loneliness on one hand, and powerful martial anthems like 'Swift Blade' on the other. 'Forlorn' is a massive statement for all the lost and fallen soldiers that died on the battlefields, mourned by their friends and families, who left their lives for wrong ideals and betrayals by leaders of all political and religious doctrines. Looking at the world and its current state 'Forlorn' proves that the concept of the album is more up to date than ever.

 

SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/R&B/GOSPEL

ANDREWS, RUBY - JUST LOVING YOU/THE LOVE I NEED (7"/EVERLAND)

A beautiful reissue of a landmark 7" release of 1968 and a duty to take home for every soul mate out there! This wonderful 7" single got released in 1968, it includes two songs sang by Ruby Andrews, an outstanding soul singer of the late 1960s. The A-side is mid paced easy grooving soul pop, that lives from the intense vocal performance of Mrs. Andrews and the lush arrangements with horns and strings. It is a song that hits the pulse of the era and could not have grown anytime else. The B-side is a slow dance with a three quarters stroke and vocal arrangements that present deep emotions.Great music that has the accessibility to become an instant pop hit but also the substance to stay with the listener and fan of the '60s black music for a life time.

COVAY, DON - FUNKY YO-YO (LP/EVERLAND)

Reissue of 1977 jazz/funk album. More info soon.

VARIOUS - MAMBO, CHA-CHA-CHA & CALYPSO, VOL. 1 (+CD) (LP/JUKEBOX MUSIC FACTORY)

'GIRLS SESSION!' - Aptly named 'Mambo, Cha-Cha-Cha & Calypso', this swinging program comprises several sessions, for the musical productions of the '50s and '60s was phenomenally rich. This is a 100% female tracklist to emancipate your hips and feminize your soul! Groove to established artist (Lavern baker, Big Maybelle, Georgia Gibbs, Kay Starr), Hollywood actresses (Miss X, Francis Faye, Joséphine Premice, Dolores Gray) and shooting stars (Patty Brandon, Anna Valentino, Ruby Dandridge). Exploring a variety of registers (jazzy, sensual, roots, fast and furious), these dames and damsels will delight you with their tropical rhythms. Anything but square or out-of-date, these fairer-sex tunes are sure to surprise you with their fabulous finesse and amazing modernity. SIDE 1: 1. Miss X - Christine 2. Francis Faye - Night And Day 3. Ella Mae Morse - Daddy, Daddy 4. Kay Starr - He Cha Cha'd In 5. LaVern Baker - It's So Fine 6. Joséphine Premice - Hollywood Calypso 7. Georgia Gibbs - Mambo Baby 8. Ruby Dandridge - Hot Tamale Blues SIDE 2: 1. Diane Maxwell - Love Charms 2. Dolores Hawkins - Anything Can Happen - Mambo 3. Dolores Gray - My Mama Likes You 4. Patti Brandon - Calypso Parakeet 5. Big Maybelle - New Kind Of Mambo 6. Betty Reilly - Let's Mambo 7. Anna Valentino - Calypso Joe 8. Elena Madera - Otra Vez (Pepito)

 

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