SPOTLIGHT 23

14/06/2021 14:05

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

BEATRICE - MINEK EL AZ OLYAN (7"/MOIRAS)

Punkish, boogie-ish, ironical - played by a Hungarian rock band, led by Nagy Feró, singer and lyricwriter. Beatrice caused a huge scandal in Communist Hungary during their 1978-1981 period, which ended with a total ban of the band! Moiras now presents two of their punkish studio tracks from 1979. Both come in fine stereo versions, which remained unreleased to this day. Limited to 500 copies.

HARMONISCHE-23 - HOOFING THE OBOE (7"/POLYTECHNIC YOUTH)

The debut on the Polytechnic Youth label for Liverpool based Harmonische-23, with 2 killer tracks across 1 45. Both A and B have already been played back to back on 6music and response has been massively favourable, with the single sure to sell out super quick style. The band emerge from the ranks of Loka and The Rotary Fifth blended with additional contributors, all of whom draw on the revered Kosmische sound as its major source of inspiration.

BEATRICE - EGYEB NYALANKSAGOK (LP/KEPT ALIVE)

Punkish, boogie-ish, ironical, grotesque - played by a Hungarian rock band, led by Nagy Feró, singer and lyricwriter. Beatrice caused a huge scandal in Communist Hungary during their 1978-1981 period, which ended in a total ban of the band! This LP contains a live set from 1981, and is titled 'Egyéb Nyalánkságok' (Other Delicacies). Limited to 500 copies.

BEATRICE - HOGYAN NYERTUNK (LP/KEPT ALIVE)

Punkish, boogie-ish, ironical, grotesque - played by a Hungarian rock band, led by Nagy Feró, singer and lyricwriter. Beatrice caused a huge scandal in Communist Hungary during their 1978-1981 period, which ended in a total ban of the band! This LP contains a live set from 1981, and is titled 'Hogyan Nyertünk...' (How We Won). Limited to 500 copies.

BLUTHARSCH, DER -& THE INFINITE CHURCH OF THE LEADING HAND- - REJOICE (LP/WKN)

2021 album.

DEN DER HALE - HARSYRA (BLACK) (LP/SOUND EFFECT)

After forming in late 2019, Den Der Hale quickly wrote and put out a number of singles, straddling the genres of post-rock and psych. 'Harsyra' is their debut album, a 5-track output which crystallizes their particular brand of post-psych. Tracks range from anthem-like and earthy, to fast paced and grimy, all while keeping an ethereal atmosphere throughout.

DUST MOUNTAIN - HYMNS FOR WILDERNESS (LP/SVART)

Dust Mountain was founded in 2016. Having brewed their musical magic potions for a long period, the band shares the fruits of their joined forces on their debut album 'Hymns For Wilderness'. Inspired by 1960's and 1970's acts such as Fairport Convention, Pentangle, Jefferson Airplane, Coven and Linda Perhacs, with a soft touch of doom riffs and distortions, Dust Mountain's joyous pagan gospel seeks pieces of a world hidden but not lost. Their stories celebrate the connection to nature and ancient rituals, moving between fictional fantasies and true, close-to-heart beliefs.

ELECTRIC HOLLERS - LIVE IN NEUSHOORN (LP/SELF RELEASE)

Dutch psychedelic blues/rock trio Electric Hollers recorded live at Neushoorn, Leeuwarden, February 2020.

KADABRA - ULTRA (BLACK) (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

Written throughout the 2020 global pandemic, Kadabra's debut album 'Ultra' presents an aesthetic that nears that "classic rock" charm and energy. The group has meshed together the droned flow of psychedelic clamor with an abrasive fuzzed riff drive. The sound is a mixture of psychedelic rock and hard rock riffing, vocals are choral and magnetic.

KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD - INFEST THE RATS' NEST - LIVE (LP/LAY BARE)

'LIVE LONDON, ADELAIDE, BRUSSELS, ASHEVILLE & PARIS' - Live version of their well received 'Infest The Rats' Nest' All tracks are recorded on their tour around the world in the UK, Belgium, Australia, USA, and France. Limited to 300copies on heavy weight fluo green vinyl.

SUPERSHINE - SUPERSHINE (LP/SVART)

King's X bassist/vocalist Doug Pinnick joined forces with guitarist Bruce Franklin and drummer Greg Olson, both formerly of cult-legend doom band Trouble, Wall Farkas (Galactic Cowboys) on Hammond organ, and Heather Crow on backing vocals, for this one-off super stellar side project. Supershine is an uplifting sermon of groove-based '70s rock with touches of psychedelia and ferocious metal outbursts. This LP comes in a silver laminated sleeve, on supernova splatter vinyl, and includes insert and liner notes and photos.

PENTANGLE - LIVE IN OSLO (CD/CANTARE)

The live audio of a 1968 Norwegian television broadcast featuring British folk rock legends Pentangle, presented on CD. TRACKS: 01. The Time Has Come 02. Mirage 03. A Woman Like You 04. Turn Your Money Green 05. Hear My Call 06. Haitian Fight Song 07. Let No Man Steal Your Thyme 08. Bells 09. Bruton Town 10. Travelling Song 11. Pentangling

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

SONS OF HERCULES - (BLUE) SURFIN' IN THE BARS/OUTTA YOUR HEAD (7"/GET HIP)

Repress! Fantastic double hitter of the greatest garage-punk you can get from San Antonio, Texas' giant veterans. Awesome! Limited to 250 copies on blue vinyl.

SZIKORA, ROBERT - FORR A DALOM (7"/KEPT ALIVE)

Unreleased rockabilly tracks from 1992 by the popular Hungarian pop artist Robert Szikora. 'Forr A Dalom' is a pun in Hungarian, meaning 'Revolution' and 'My Song Is Boiling' at the same time. The small label that took on the project went bankrupt just before releasing it and a whole bunch of tracks were abandoned. Now Kept Alive Records proudly presents two fine pieces of this set, both coming in remastered versions. Limited to 500 copies.

YESTERDAY'S CHILDREN - TO BE OR NOT TO BE (7"/CAMELEON)

RSD 2021 release. Very little is known about Yesterday's Children. They released three singles and one LP only in 1970, by the time that they switched to hard rock in the vein of Black Sabbath, High Tide or Toad. Before that period, their garage style could be heard on the single 'To Be Or Not To Be'/'Baby, I Want You', released in January 1967 in the USA on Parrot. TRACKS: 01. To Be Or Not To Be 02. Love And Things 03. Baby, I Want You 04. Dance All Night

LOS FUSILES - VICTORIOSA (LP/FAMILY SPREE)

Los Fusiles release their long-awaited second LP entitled 'Victoriosa'. The band once again presents its well-known formula of punk, pop sensibility and solid rock'n'roll. 'Victoriosa' is made up of ten tracks with lyrics in Spanish which are dealing with love, heartbreak, longing, frustration, desire and resentment.

STARPHONICS - WILD WILD LOVER (LP/WITA)

Singer Pierre Laru (Curfew, Pete & the Atomics) and drummer Éric Bessenay share the common interest for swamp rock, fuzz guitars and the music of Link Wray. They formed the Starphonics and they began to explore surf and rockabilly. Then they added the spirit of Charlie Feathers, influences from soundtracks from Quentin Tarantino and Jim Jarmusch movies, Johnny Cash and Nick Cave. It's all of this that hovers over the eight tracks of 'Wild Wild Lover'. An album of passion and rock 'n roll.

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

BRINSLEY SCHWARZ - LAST ORDERS! (CD/MEGA DODO)

Issued on CD are archival recordings from the English '70s pub rock band, named after its guitarist Brinsley Schwarz and also featuring Ian Gomm and Nick Lowe. This collection contains some of the earliest recordings the band made for radio and television, plus outtakes, rehearsal tapes, home recordings and much more.

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

ACCIDENTS - BLOOD SPLATTERED WITH GUITARS (7"/DETOUR)

This is the eleventh picture disc in this collectable '79 Classic Mod series. 'Blood Spattered With Guitars' by The Accidents had been released on a small indie label. It soon became John Peel's "Record of the Week" and it became a cult mod track. This limited edition collector's version also features the previously unreleassed track 'I'm Dead (But, I'm Alive to the World)' from 1978.

AINO & HAJONNEET - HULLUI UNELMII (LP/SVART)

Pop/punk rock band Aino & Hajonneet release their debut album. Their musical roots come from the intersection of melodic Finnish punk and indie rock, where heartbeats, bruises and dreams are served straight from the bottle. A straightforward ride where energy is transmitted in the same way their gigs used to.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

PANDORA'S BOX - MASNAK SZOL (LP/KEPT ALIVE)

Pandora's Box were one of the most popular hard rock bands in '80s Hungary. Their live set is still sounding amazing, thanks to the outstanding composing skills and guitar themes by Sándor Bencsik and vocals by Miklós Varga. 'Másnak Szól' (For Someone Else) is their first live album, recorded in September 1982. Limited to 500 copies.

SKEPTICISM - COMPANION (BLACK) (LP/SVART)

Finnish funeral doom pioneers Skepticism celebrate their 30th anniversary with the release of their sixth full length album 'Companion'. The album takes the listener on a journey from Skepticism's gloomy past through to a monument of a band that has weathered their liturgy for three decades of mournful service. The band further refines their signature sound to engulf the listener in a cavernous heavy wall of organ and guitars laid to rest under an ominous cascade of hammering drums. Comes in a gatefold sleeve including insert.

UNGRAVEN/SLOMATICS - SPLIT EP (GREEN/BLACK) (LP/BLACK BOW)

Split release between Ungraven and Slomatics. Ungraven arrive on vinyl for the first time following their early 'drum machine' demos and now the lineup includes David Ryley of Fudge Tunnel on bass and Tyler Hodges of Tuskar on drums. Jon Davis (Conan) fronts the band and is the founding member. Slomatics are of course well known to all fans of heavy music, stunning shows at Roadburn, Psycho Las Vegas and many other festivals, combined with SOLID releases across all platforms have cemented the Belfast 3 piece in heavy music lore, a crown they have worn since 2004. Limited to 300 copies.

 

BLUES/COUNTRY/OLDIES

ALLEN, TANI -& HIS TENNESSEE PALS- - COMPLETE RECORDINGS (LP/DOGHOUSE & BONE)

Singer and songwriter Houston 'Buck' Turner had built a reputation as a talented singer in the Chattanooga area and was approached by band leader Tani Allen that year to join the Tennessee Pals. Steel guitarist Allen had founded his own country outfit band in Memphis short time earlier. Together they recorded a total of twelve songs from April 1950 to December 1951. These recordings have been collected on this LP.

AUTOMATIC CITY - TRIPLE RIPPLE (LP/WITA)

Automatic City's music is by no means boring blues. These two musicians found their inspiration from blues as released on Sun Records, Fat Possum or Chess. Automatic City mixes it with its taste for orientalist and psychedelic exotica, science fiction movie soundtracks, African rhythms and electronic beats. Like Link Wray on camelback in the Sahara, Sonny Boy Williamson with the hiccups from rockabilly Charlie Feathers, RL Burnside abducted by a tribe of cloned aliens of Alan Vega or Carl Craig performing a DJ set in a church Mississippi Baptist. In addition to integrating influences, this album is a breathtaking retro-futurist trip on board a machine to travel spaced out. Exciting, magical, impure, innovative and liberated.

CHARAF, THEO - THEO CHARAF (BLACK) (LP/WITA)

Théo Charaf is a young French singer-guitarist who played in various local garage-punk bands. He came to the blues through rock, inspired by the spirits of Mississippi John Hurt, Skip James, Blaze Foley and various folk singers. He releases his self-titled debut album with artwork signed by french illustrator Jean-Luc Navette. A poignant record that summoned the ghosts and demons of Townes Van Zandt, Neil Young and Richard Hawley.

MANNEN MET BAARDEN - BLUE MOUNTAIN TRAIL (+CD) (LP/DOWN AT THE NIGHTCLUB)

Two generations of musicians found each other in their love for American rooted music. Armed with 2 guitars, a mandolin and a bass accompanied by 3 vocals Mannen Met Baarden live and breathe cowboy songs, murder ballads and sad love songs. Down At The Nightclub presents their debut album 'Blue Mountain Trail' in a limited special edition of 75 numbered copies only! This limited edition contains the album on 12" vinyl LP, on CD and includes a numbered luxury handmade silkscreen. SIDE 1: 1. 500 Away Miles From Home 2. Louis Collins 3. Little Maggie 4. Cumberland Gap 5. Working On The Railroad 6. I'll Fly Away SIDE 2: 1. Out To Sea 2. Moon Over The Wing 3. Cheatin' Heart 4. I Saw The Light 5. Wild Horses

 

JAZZ/AVANTGARDE

OIRO PENA/JOOKLO SEXTET - JAZZPELLE/LSD MINGUS POST BLACKOUT (7"/ULTRAÄÄNI)

"The jazz single is a weird bird. The history of the format lies in commercial functions such as juke boxes and radio promotion tools, the attempts to deliver those few minute emotional bursts between our air waves of attention. So unfitting was the format back in its hay days of the 1960s that many jazz workouts were deemed to be split in half to those dreaded pt. 1's and 2's, fading out the fun just when cooking got cooking and swingin singing. Ultraääni have fortunately spared us from this scenario, and offer two unique performances by two dynamic acts. Antti Vauhkonen's one-man-show Oiro Pena hops on his typical deeply spiritual train with 'Jazzpelle'. The title takes its strength from the insult that Finnish jazzers have gotten used to hear from less sophisticated lips. Jooklo Sextet's psychedelic flip shares many qualities with quality hardcore punk from its 2 minute duration to the rawness of the performance. Grown from a duo to quartet and now all the way to a sextet, the Jooklos give us their everything with an energy that would probably make pops Charlie proud." ~Markus Karlqvist.

FOAT, GREG/ALEKSI HEINOLA/TEEMU AKERBLOM - GONE TO THE CATS (LP/JAZZAGGRESSION)

Improvised beat-laden jazzy soundtrack jams in this UK meets Finland rendezvous.

KOIVISTOINEN, EERO - ALTERED THINGS (2LP) (LP/SVART)

This album from 1991 is now released on vinyl for the very first time and includes three previously unreleased bonus tracks. Comes in a gatefold sleeve with liner notes by Eero Koivistoinen and Ron McClure.

KOIVISTOINEN, EERO - PICTURE IN THREE COLOURS (2LP) (LP/SVART)

'Picture In Three Colours' was originally released through Core Records in Germany in 1988. The CD pressing contained the bonus tracks. Svart Records now releases all the material in its entirety on this 2LP set with liner notes by Eero Koivistoinen and Ron McClure.

 

REGGAE/DUB/SKA/ROCKSTEADY

FERGUS, WINSTON - PAY TO LIVE/KEEP DANCING (12"/ROOTS VIBRATION)

Back on wax are two early '80s roots cuts (extended versions!) from the reggae singer who started his career fronting The Equators.

RAS MIDAS - LET THE PEOPLE GO/RAIN & FIRE (12"/ROOTS VIBRATION)

Two classic mid-'70s roots cuts from Ras Midas, reissued on 12-inch vinyl in extended versions. Midas' powerful messages of social justice, love, unity and spiritual consciousness have remained unchanged over four decades.

 

SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/R&B/GOSPEL

FULTON, BOBBY/HANK SAMPLE - SPLIT 7" (BLACK) (7"/GET HIP ARCHIVE)

Repress! Philly '60s soul gems! Bobby Fulton's 'It's Good To Be Lonely Sometimes,' b/w Hank Sample's 'So In Love With You.' Includes jukebox insert!

HEAD WEST - HEAD WEST (LP/WITA)

Head West was a short-lived trio which presented a blend of soul, funk and psychedelic rock, a musical fusion in which Sly and the Family Stone dominated in the late '60s. Henry Moore's heavy breakbeats and solid grooves on the album led to renewed interest decades later, as artists like Gorillaz, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Primal Scream, UNKLE, Kid Koala and Aesop Rock to name a few, sampled drum parts from the album. Recorded in France in 1970 for Vogue records, this album sees a well-deserved reissue.

 

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

CHARLIE AND THE OSCILLATOR - BIG UNIT (7"/POLYTECHNIC YOUTH)

Formed in 2018, this London based duo fuse breakbeats, synths and samples to create eccentric alternative dance music. Their endlessly intriguing world has already drawn comparisons to the likes of DJ Shadow and Death In Vegas. Incredibly adventurous and broadly ambitious, the backbone to their sound is poles away from usual PY fayre, based upon a backbone of funk and soul. Yet from this base they merge many different genres including ambient, trip-hop, dance, disco and more, creating a new form of sample-heavy, dancefloor-friendly electronica.

NERDS WITH ACID - OP MIJN BALKON/LOOK AT THE SKY (7"/SOUNDUNBOUND RECORDINGS)

Nerds With Acid from the east of the Netherlands are acid lovers with a strong attraction for old Roland machines and a variety of samplers. After numerous digital releases, and some cassette tapes, The Nerds decided that it's time for the first vinyl release. This 'Acid Yellow' 7 inch record with homemade artwork including their cats and synthesizers, contains two sizzling, sour acid tracks. On side A you'll find a slow acid dancer called 'Op Mijn Balkon' with some catchy Dutch lyrics. Side B contains 'Look At The Sky', a dystopian electro track, which was released on tape first, but deserved to be on vinyl as well.

FENTOM - TRICHOTILLOMANIA (10") (10"/SOUNDUNBOUND RECORDINGS)

Fentom builds atmospheric, low tempo electronic structures that nevertheless bang in your gut and leave you gasping for breath. Fentom loves old horror and sci-fi movies and wants to reproduce the feelings of disgust, surpise, anticipation and shock they represent. After a sold out beat tape in 2019 Fentom now releases his first EP that showcases a collaboration with Amsterdam-based DJ and producer Space Exposure. Mastered by Rude66.

 

SOUNDTRACKS/LOUNGE/CULT ETC

SIMONETTI, CLAUDIO -'S GOBLIN- - PROFONDO ROSSO O.S.T. (BLACK) (LP/SVART)

Recorded in 2019 and mixed and mastered by Claudio Simonetti himself, here comes the release on limited vinyl editions of the 'Profondo Rosso - Live Soundtrack Experience' as performed by Simonetti's Goblin at the Savoy Theatre in Helsinki. This LP comes in a gatefold jacket with new artwork by Eric Adrian Lee.

SIMONETTI, CLAUDIO -'S GOBLIN- - SUSPIRIA O.S.T. (BLACK) (LP/SVART)

In 2017, Claudio Simonetti's Goblin were invited to Finland to perform a Dario Argento two movie set, opening with a live accompaniment to 'Profondo Rosso' and finishing the night with a striking rendition Suspiria. Comes in a gatefold sleeve and has new artwork.

 

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

SCORPIOS - LET'S GO (LP/AFRO7)

Everyone's favourite Sudanese collective from London is back with another full album! Traditional meets today and everything in-between - a future classic!

VARIOUS - JOSEPH KABASELE AND THE CREATION... (2LP) (LP/PLANET ILUNGA)

...OF SURBOUM AFRICAN JAZZ 1960-1963' - After the two previous O.K. Jazz compilation releases, Planet Ilunga continues its mission to uncover and highlight the overlooked yet epic achievements in the world of Congolese rumba. This time to tell the most spectacular story of all. This is the story of the creation of Surboum African Jazz, the first Congolese music label founded by a Congolese. Despite a few releases of Sonodisc on LP and CD, published many moons ago, which included some important parts of the back catalogue of the label, there is still a large part of the repertoire of Surboum African Jazz that remains completely hidden from the fans. That's why Planet Ilunga associated with the children of Joseph Kabasele Tshamala (Grand Kallé) and Catherine Ingombo (Kale Kato) to compile 29 songs that were originally released on the label in the early sixties. Includes tracks by Kale-Roger, Dibango & Pepito Et Leur Formation, L'African Jazz, Manu Dibango Et Son Orchestre and Many Dibango EtnSon African Soul.

VARIOUS - WALLAHI LE ZEIN! (LP/MISSISSIPPI)

'WEZIN, JAKWAR AND GUITAR BOOGIE FROM THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF MAURITANIA' - Legendary psychedelic guitar music from the Islamic Republic of Mauritania finally available on vinyl! Originally released as a double CD in 2010, 'Wallahi Le Zein!' has persisted as a cult classic, a collection of a rarely heard and utterly unique underground music scene, raw and unfiltered. The LP version now presented is intended as an immersive entry into this music: gnarled and virtuosic electric guitars weave hypnotically throughout melismatic sung poetry and exclamations, pulsing hand drums, party chatter, buzzing rigged desert sound systems, and all manner of the ambient sounds of Nouakchott wedded to oversaturated cassette in all its swirling, breathing, psychedelic glory. Operating entirely outside of any local recording industry, these songs were collected from bootleg tape stalls, wedding souvenirs, and networks of musicians, expertly curated, researched and produced by Matthew Lavoie. Drawing from the deep well of Mauritanian classical music, the gamut of musical modes and the tidinitt lute repertoire are transposed to the electric guitar - often with frets removed or additional frets installed, "heavy metal" distortion pedals and phasers built into guitar bodies, blurring the lines between Haratine and Beydane musical cultures, the ancient and the futuristic. At times transcendent and transfixing, and conversely a furious and cascading intensity that commands jaw-dropping attention. For fans of the more raw side of Sublime Frequencies, Sahel Sounds, the ripping tape-hiss psychedelia of Les Rallizes Denudes, and anyone remotely interested in GUITARS. 12" 160 gram black vinyl LP, with 2 spot color reverse-board jacket, and 8-page full sized booklet with extensive notes and photos, and a history of Mauritanian guitar playing. SIDE 1: 1. Kebrou - Banjey 'Boogie' 2. Ateg ould Syed - L'Ensijab 3. Jeich ould Chighaly - Wezin 4. Kebrou - Banjey 5. Deye ould Amartichitt - Paris 6. Mohammed Guitar - Banjey & Medh SIDE 2: 1. Baba ould Hembara & Mama Mint Hembara - Moulana, Laa Moulana 2. Luleide ould Dendenni - Wezin 3. Mohammed Guitar & Sbeyniat - Gelbi Vatimetou 4. Mohammed Cheikh ould Syed - El Horr & Az-Zrag 5. Kweli ould Seyyid & Klayhid ould Meylid - Wezin

 

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