SPOTLIGHT 4

31/01/2023 08:28

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

PECHO, PAUL - CURTIS YELLINGWOOD/NEATLY FRAMED (7"/IT'S ELEVEN)

Paul Pecho presents two psychedelic garagerock pearls. He is singer and guitarist of the gloomy psychedelic Black Salvation. For his solo debut single, he recorded everything himself and shot videos for every track. For fans of Ty Segall and lofi rock.

DALTREY, PETER -& THE KNOW ESCAPE- - RUNNING THROUGH CHELSEA (LP/THINK LIKE A KEY)

Singer-songwriter Peter Daltrey returns with the album 'Running Through Chelsea' together with The Know Escape. As one of Britain's finest songsmiths of the 1960s and 1970s, Peter's voice continues to convey magic and emotion with a lustre of lysergic lyrical lacquer. His brilliant '60s group Kaleidoscope were one of the great psychedelic groups to emerge from the U.K. during those heady days. With infectious pop tunes laced with folk-rock jingle-jangle goodness and anapaestic lyrics that set them apart from many of their contemporaries, Kaleidoscope were vital as was too their more progressive folk early '70s incarnation as Fairfield Parlour. The band has often been spoken about with the same reverence reserved for Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett era, despite their lack of mainstream success. This is a 50-50 collaboration with Mark Mortimer, formerly of DC Fontana and The Sorrows, who has always been a fan of Peter's work. 'Chelsea' is more sonic expressionism from the two musicians; the songs are "psychedelic" in a sense without ever falling into the trap of being shoddy xeroxes of past glories. This is modern, forward-looking music with a lot of techniques and textures that Kaleidoscope fans will enjoy. The album is produced by longtime Julian Cope producer Donald Ross Skinner in London and Rick Reil in New York.

GIOBIA - ACID DISORDER (BLACK) (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

'Acid Disorder' is the astonishing 2023 work of the neo-psychedelia acid-rock riffers Giöbia. The Italian quartet focusses its inspirations in 8 wonderful tracks as varied as homogeneous and fluid sounding, which result in a full-length album pleasantly rich in atmospheres and textures. The eclecticism of the songs and their exotic flavor are rendered by the use of certain ethnic instruments - we can clearly recognize sitar and saz binding in an intriguing dance with vintage organs and synthesizers. Such a fascinating mixture gives the band its own hallmark that makes it unique and recognizable among thousands. 'Acid Disorder' easily engages even the most demanding listener. We can hear certain kraut rock influences a la Amon Düül and Ash Ra Tempel which lead us to float in the cosmos towards new unexplored dimensions and reconfirm the purely space-rock taste of the band and its inclination to sci-fi soundtracks charm and mystery. With this surprising album Giöbia invite us to enter their realm, that hidden place in the depths of their mind where anything can happen. Once again we abandon ourselves to altered states of consciousness, enchanted by the lysergic side of a music that is both familiar and new.

IVAN THE TOLERABLE - BLACK WATER/BROWN EARTH (LP/UP IN HER ROOM)

Limited to 300 copies on white vinyl. "On 'Black Water/Brown Earth,' Heff called in the help of his Dutch friends Mees and Elsa in King Champion Sounds again, and wrote the album in a long distance session. The album feels like an excursion in nature, featuring bird song, flowing water, pots and pans percussion, and a genuine feel of wandering about and experiencing the outside world with eyes and ears wide open. It is a band effort too, with organic sounding drums, the characteristic saxophone, and droning synths. Out of the two albums on display here it is probably the most likely to return on a live stage somewhere as a vibrant jam session." ~Weirdo Shrine Blog.

LAVA 303 - PLANET DINO (2LP/BLACK) (LP/PLAYGROUND/HERZBERG VERLAG)

Welcome to acid rock'n'roll, a mix of psychedelic techno, krautrock and elektropop with some taste of riot girl and politics directly from the Frankfurt underground. "If there was ever an acquired taste, it's definitely the music of Lava 303, the solo project of Conni Maly who is probably better known as the guitarist of The Slags, one of the first and foremost German all-female rock bands. It goes without saying that Ms Maly is an extraordinary guitarist, and I credit her strongly for not burdening the world with yet another insipid singer/songwriter album. Instead she uses a Roland MC-303 groovebox and a Korg Electribe sequencer to flesh out her compositions (..) Lava 303 combines the druggy subcultures of rock and electro into something rather unique, although she is not the first to experiment in this territory. Hawkwind and Ozric Tentacles have tried likewise mergers, and it goes without saying that Lava 303 can be counted successfully among their ranks." Co-release between Playground Productions and Herzberg Verlag. Limited to 100 copies on black vinyl.

NIRVANA (UK) - ORANGE AND BLUE (LP/THINK LIKE A KEY)

Welcome reissue/remaster of British Nirvana's surprise 1996 album, which revived songs written back in the sixties but never released. Taking its title from one of those songs, 'Orange And Blue' has all the idiosyncrasies you'd expect from the minds of Patrick Lyons-Campbell and Alex Spyropoulos but done with a nineteen-nineties spin. And its story of how it all came to be, as with all things Nirvana - is not so straightforward, but detailed inside the liner notes. Across its dozen tracks, ranging from sci-fi pop nuggets like 'Lost In Space' to gentle ballads 'Our Love Is The Sea,' written specifically for Françoise Hardy, to their curiously bold cover of Seattle Nirvana's 'Lithium,' it's an album that hold many surprises. Along with rare session photographs, the set includes new interviews from the band and their key co-conspirator, Keith Smart, which make it a definitive edition of this mysterious album.

NOVELTY ISLAND - WALLSEND WEEKEND TELEVISION (LP/THINK LIKE A KEY)

'Wallsend Weekend Television' is the second album by Novelty Island, the bizarre-pop project of Liverpool-based songwriter/producer Tom McConnell. Work on it began in 2018 at the Abbey Road Institute. Here, the distinct Novelty Island sound was born out of classic pop, woozy electronics, and northern wordplay. Further sessions would take place at Damon Albarn's Studio 13 and Abbey Road Studios 2 and 3, where there was absolute freedom to explore and create. A full display of primary-colour psychedelia, whittled down from 80 songs to 11, with each song acting like a standalone TV channel. Featuring a much bigger sound, this follow-up is more elaborate and cinematic than the first.

SALOON BIZARRE - APOCALYDIA (LP/IT'S ELEVEN)

Saloon Bizarre was founded in 2011 by former members of the Dresden based bands Burning Motors and HUGE. In 2013 the debut EP 'The Journey Is The Reward' was released. In the next years there had been some line-up changes, and the band shared the stage with bands such as Karma To Burn and The Atomic Bitchwax. In the beginning of 2020, the sound shifted towards instrumental rock with influences of stoner and prog. They strive for riff-driven, complex yet powerful songs. Here comes their debut studio album 'Apocalydia' and consists of eight energetic songs. Comes on coloured vinyl.

UNICORN (UK) - TOO MANY CROOKS (LP/THINK LIKE A KEY)

Reissue of the classic third album from 1976 by pastoral British folk rockers Unicorn produced by David Gilmour of Pink Floyd. It was their first for EMI's Harvest label in the UK and second for Capitol in the US. Almost completely penned by guitarist/keyboardist/singer Ken Baker, the album combines impassioned 1970s West Coast vibes with Beatlesque melodies and tight performances. Indeed, the album, while remaining sonically consistent, enjoys shifting effortlessly between gritty country rockers like the Lindsey Buckingham sounding 'He's Got Pride' and 'In The Mood,' to the funky 'Bullseye Bill'' and the gentle title track which is not unlike Big Star at their finest. While Unicorn were sadly unsuccessful in turning the proto-powerpop 'Disco Dancer' into a major hit, the album track 'No Way Out Of Here' went on to be the key track on David Gilmour's debut album. It's a must-have album for any serious music fan.

WALLER, WALLY - KITCHEN ROCK (LP/THINK LIKE A KEY)

When England went into "lockdown" - ex-Pretty Thing Wally Waller went straight into producing solo acoustic videos, performing some of the classic songs by The Pretty Things he helped write with Phil May, alongside other favourites. It quickly became apparent that the best room in his apartment to record was the kitchen and 'Kitchen Rock' was born! Wally's further labours in the music room augmented the solo takes to full 'one-man' band productions on most of the songs from the series. While a far cry from his days recording and working as a producer at Abbey Road - there's something very honest and special about these home sessions that make up this album. Originally released by the artist on his Bandcamp page, this marks the first physical release of this unique collection. The CD version boasts several extra songs, including previously unreleased archive recordings. TRACKS: 01. Turn My Head 02. Over The Moon 03. Sickle Clowns 04. Cries From The Midnight Circus 05. The Good Mr. Square (She Was Tall, She Was High) 06. The Sun 07. The Rain Trilogy (I. In The Square, II. The Letter, III. Rain) 08. Miss Fay 09. Regrets 10. Walking Through My Dreams 11. Check Out

YOURI KUN - RENOIR OF THE TOYS (LP/AN'ARCHIVES)

'Renoir Of The Toys' is a deep dive into the world of Youri Kun, the nom de plume of Japanese guitarist, singer and songwriter Hiroshi Nar. It follows a similar compilation, 'Unheld Ball,' released in 2022 on Japanese label Inundow; like that album, 'Renoir Of The Toys' draws from the rich catalogue of outsider psych-garage and rock recorded by Youri Kun over the past two decades. Deeply wired into the history of Japanese underground music, Nar was a founding member of legendary '70s outfit Datetenryu, and a member of both Brain Police (Zuno Keisatsu) and Les Ralllizes Dénudés (Hadaka No Rallizes), appearing on the latter's '77 Live.' After going to ground during the 1980s, Nar started making music with Niplets in the mid-'90s, and releasing music at a prolific pace in 2000 - an excellent run of (some times archival) CDrs on the Hello Goodbye Studio label, both solo, and with his groups Molls, Niplets and Port Cuss; an album on P.S.F. by Jokers, where he was joined by fellow Rallizes member Yokai Takahashi, and drummer Toshiaki Ishizuka (Brain Police, Vajra, Cinorama, etc.); and sixteen albums (and counting) as Youri Kun, for labels Gyunne Cassette, Inundow, and Hören. He's also fallen in with the Acid Mothers Temple crowd, guesting on a few of their albums, and recording a live set with Kawabata Makoto's Nishinihon trio. All Nar's music shares a deceptive primitivism; it moves with the simplicity of the best 1960s garage punk, but its edges are blurred and stretched, allowing for all kinds of weird, elliptical, and psychedelic moves to happen in its margins. His guitar playing on songs like 'Kakunin' (from 2011's 'Yamaimo Boogie') shimmies and slurs magnificently; 'Kurokami,' from 2012's 'Su,' has clanking six strings scrawling over loose, spaced-out synth; there are clunky psychobilly moves ('Oshiro No Ninjya'), spirited rave-ups for rattling organ and sputtering guitar ('Totsugeki'), and some lovely, drowsy, melancholy moments ('Sora'). The constant throughout is Nar's blues-blurred, drawling voice, as unique a tool as the non-idiomatic speak-sing styles of solo Syd Barrett, Jad Fair, or Dave E. McManus. There are also three Les Rallizes Dénudés covers here, where Nar locates the pop genius at the heart of songs like 'Shiroi Yoru' and amplifies this with his simple garage-reverential take on things. 'Renoir Of The Toys' is yet more evidence that Hiroshi Nar was, and is, one of Japan's musical visionaries, a lonesome voice dedicated to a singular, streamlined vision, one that's in eternal pursuit of the joy and kicks at the heart of rock'n'roll, and a reminder of what a great, unpretentious rock'n'roller truly should be.

HAVEN GREEN - BEYOND A SHADOW OF A DOUBT (CD/BILLYWITCH)

In the mid-eighties Steve Somerset was living in London and working as part of the creative team for Kevin Godley and Lol Creme at their video production company Medialab. He was living in Ealing near a green space called Haven Green and thought The Haven Green sounded like the name of a late sixties band; he even came up with a title for their album 'To Whom It May Concern' released in April 2022. 'Beyond A Shadow Of A Doubt' is the follow up. For The Haven Green's second outing, Steve Somerset has expanded his original idea and given it a twist. Take a pinch of psych, add a cup of pop, mix in a handful of your favourite '60s rock influences, let it simmer and without the shadow of a doubt you have the new album by The Haven Green. This second album is more reflective. There's a hint of autumnal melancholy to the songs but also a playful post-modern sensibility. Listen to 'The Stars Shine Of Their Own Accord', a track that mixes Ravi Shankar with Joe Meek.

PATTO - PATTO (2023 DEMIX REMASTER) (CD/THINK LIKE A KEY)

Despite being criminally underrated at the time of its release in 1970, the debut album by Patto is described as being among the finest jazz-rock fusion albums ever recorded by a British group. This new edition features fresh spectral demix and remaster by Prof. Stoned which sheds new light on the band's remarkable interaction. From the virtuoso guitar playing of Ollie Halsall (who also doubles on vibes) and namesake Mike Patto's throaty and emotive voice, the album is packed with a no-nonsense approach that sets them apart from their progressive rock contemporaries. Key tracks includes 'San Antone,' the Stones/Humble Pie styled rocker 'Hold Me Back' as well as two tracks which were curiously featured in the 2009 film Observe & Report, 'The Man' and 'Sittin' Back Easy.' This edition also includes an out-take from the studio sessions, 'Hanging Rope' - a 14 plus minute blues rock meets free-jazz out-take similar to the original album's 'Money Bag.'

VARIOUS - FACES FROM THE DARK (CD/TOP SOUNDS)

'BEAT AND PSYCHEDELIA FROM THE MODERN MUSIC CENTRE 1965-1969' - During the mid to late 1960s the Modern Music Centre in London welcomed hundreds of bands. Over seventy acetates at least on the studio's own label are known to exist but the fact that few have ever been released has ensured the studio remains a largely forgotten venture. Its relatively prolific output of discs however has enabled a most entertaining expedition with 'Faces From The Dark,' from singular beat to unhinged psychedelia, amidst a good measure of fuzzed our frazzles. TRACKS: 01. Henchmen - My Baby's Gone 02. John Stoughton - Sticks And Stones 03. The Trees - Please Go Steady 04. Faces In The Dark - All I Need 05. Fore Gonks - The Teaser 06. Generation 5 - Come On Back 07. New Conchords - In This World 08. Diatones - Faces 09. Chevrons - Why Don't You Love Me Like Before 10. Grass - I'll Keep Holding On 11. Four's Company - I Keep Forgetting 12. Fables - I Try Too Hard 13. Breeze - Three Day Eternity 14. Item - N.S.U. 15. Sole System - Glendora 16. Tomorrow's Children - LSD 17. The Cloud - Doo Doo Song 18. 20th Century Sounds - Flight Of The Fortune Teller 19. Breeze - Hey Joe 20. 1984 - Hush 21. British Mad - December 41st 22. Arthur Hinge Speed Band - Somebody To Love 23. Charlotte Black - So You Want To Be A Rock 'n' Roll Star 24. Cloud - Something You Got 25. 1984 - Fresh Garbage 26. Sun - Mind's Garden 27. British Mad - Talking To The Rain 28. Charlotte Black - Charge Of The Light Brigade

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

BOORER, BOZ - BACK TO NEO... (10") (10"/SLEAZY)

An eight-track mini album from Boz Boorer, guitarist from early 1980s rockabilly giants the Polecats. For the past thirty years Boz has been working with Morrissey, for who he also was co-writer, whilst also running his own studio, periodically releasing solo albums as well as producing many other artists.

BROWN, BILLY - HIS ROCKIN'EST (10") (10"/SLEAZY)

Beginning his musical career as a singer around Virginia's round-ups, Billy signed with Columbia Records, where he remained for three years, recording country and hillbilly. Billy would do four more sessions for Columbia in 1957 and 1958. This 10" recovers Billy Brown's songs, all belonging to his period between 1957 and 1961 for Columbia and Republic.

CLARK, SANFORD - ARIZONA'S FINEST (10") (10"/SLEAZY)

In the '50s, Sanford Clark became the architect of the Duane Eddy guitar sound, after he had his first hit with 'The Fool', a song written by Lee Hazlewood and sung by Sanford Clark, with Al Casey on guitar. This 10" features ten tracks recorded by Sanford and produced by Lee Hazlewood.

PERKINS, CARL - JIVE AFTER FIVE (10") (10"/SLEAZY)

'1958-1960: The Complete Columbia Singles, Vol. 1'. When in 1957 he left Sun Records with his friend Johnny Cash, Carl signed with Columbia Records. In his first period there, from 1958 to 1962, he recorded some very high-quality songs, most of which were only released as singles. This 10" collects five singles from that period.

PERKINS, CARL - TWISTED SISTER (10") (10"/SLEAZY)

'1960-1962: The Complete Columbia Singles, Vol. 2'. When in 1957 he left Sun Records with his friend Johnny Cash, Carl signed with Columbia Records. In his first period there, from 1958 to 1962, he recorded some very high-quality songs, most of which were only released as singles. This 10" collects five singles from that period.

LES ELITE - RUNNING WITH YOU (+CD) (LP/DETOUR)

This reissue from Les Elite's album 'Running With You' includes all tracks from the original Unicorn release, and has two totally unreleased tracks plus a rehearsal track. Also includes a 4-page booklet, CD and download card. The initial pressing has been pressed on black and yellow vinyl.

POODLE - TRIVIAL PURSUIT! (LP/PLATO UTRECHT)

Poodle makes peculiar, uptempo songs with a good amount of percussion in the mix: this quintet from Rotterdam/Utrecht plays fluffy garage rock that makes you want to dance. With songs about young adult life: the world opens up to you and the opportunities seem to be there for the taking, and yet the uncertainty is greater than ever. But mostly, Poodle is about having fun and writing about whatever they want; pets, dentists and printer frustration for example. The music might remind you of Hinds, Wet leg, FIDLAR, FEET and Iguana Death Cult.

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

ALICE - L'OISEAU MAGNIFIQUE (LP/BONGO JOE)

Armed with a thrift-store synth, bizarre wit and arresting vocals, the intergenerational, all-female micro-choir Alice release their second album 'L'Oiseau Magnifique.' Hailing from Geneva, Alice's music subverts French and Occitan folk music to create a playful and poignant blend of intricate harmony and storytelling lyricism - a unique sound that is deep yet deceptively minimal.

CARDWELL, DC - POP ART (LP/THINK LIKE A KEY)

Making its vinyl debut as part of Think Like A Key Music's singer-songwriter series, Irish-born, Tasmania-based singer-songwriter DC Cardwell's 2015 album 'Pop Art' is an excellent starting point for those unfamiliar with his music as well as a much appreciated addition for its fans. DC has gathered devoted listeners around the globe with his smart, tuneful songs, affecting voice and skillful, inventive guitar playing. On this second album, he delivers an exceptionally sharp, melodic pop album delivered with inspiration heard only more clearly on this newly remastered edition. Reminiscent of songwriting icons such as Lennon/McCartney, Bob Dylan AND Neil Finn, but influenced by a multitude of music styles, DC likes to describe his music with the term Omnipop. According to Pete Smith, "DC writes from the heart in the same way as Neil Young and applies similar poetic humor to Ray Davies." The nine songs were composed by DC and performed and produced with the collaboration of his son Samuel.

PLEASURE PRINCIPLE - BUVEZ LE POISON (LP/BORN BAD)

Paul Ramon (Bryan's Magic Tears, La Secte Du Futur) presents his second solo album 'Drink The Poison,' under the Pleasure Principle moniker. A weird mix of French lyrics, highlife guitars from Ghana travelling through the Carribeans and '90s synths. With hints to the Madchester sound, like the Happy Mondays. Comes with download code.

POOR LITTLE THINGS - DEAL BREAKER (LP/SELF RELEASE)

Poor Little Things is the collaboration of Tina Jackson and Rollerball guitarist Dave Talon. On their second full length album they pay tribute to the sounds of early '80s Australian radio, when rock and pop were one and the same. Think Divinyls and Angels with a punk twist. Raw, in your face rock'n'roll. RIYL Joan Jett, Suzi Quatro, T.Rex, Blondie, Patti Smith, The Donnas and old AC/DC. Cover art made by Claudio Bergamin (Judas Priest's 'Firepower' cover).

VILLAGES - EXCESSIVE DEMAND (LP/IT'S ELEVEN)

Villages has achieved a rare feat. The second LP of the indie/postpunk trio 'Excessive Demand' actually succeeds in creating an absolutely catchy, captivating sound from complex components. The band blends diverse influences from synthpop, indie/art rock and postrock to create their original, detailed sound. This reflects such diverse sources of inspiration as Battles, Trail of Dead, LCD Soundsystem, Deerhunter, Pttrns and Chad VanGaalen to name a few.

LMNOP (USA) - LMNO3 (CD/THINK LIKE A KEY)

TLAK Goes DIY series presents the third album from underground popsters LMNOP (aka Stephen Fievet), cleverly titled 'LMNO3.' This album of ultra-catchy guitar pop with clever lyrics and hooks galore, along with Fievet's deceptively innocent vocals, is fairly described as one of their most accessible. Originally released only as an independent cassette in 1985, this reissue goes back to the recently unearthed master tapes and has been carefully remastered. Several songs went on to be re-recorded for the fourth LP, that was actually on an elpee! Several related out-takes and demos have been added to this expanded edition. A must pick for any smart powerpop fan.

MOORE, R. STEVIE - GAMES & GROCERIES (2CD) (CD/THINK LIKE A KEY)

2023 remaster. TLAK Goes DIY series presents a welcome remastered edition of 'Games & Groceries' by R. Stevie Moore. Originally a cassette album recorded in 1978 by this pioneer of home recording and do-it-yourself musical aesthetic. This double album features some of his most imaginative and entertaining writing and recording from this period, making it one of the most popular albums among RSM fans. It's music diverse, ranging from sunshine pop to new-wave powerpop, with a fair share of novelty tunes, musique concrète and disco satire. Featuring a proper remaster by Prof. Stoned, this is a great entry point for those who are new to the world of R. Stevie Moore and for fans, this is an overdue reissue.

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

L'APPEL DU VIDE - ABWARTSSPIRALE EP (7"/IT'S ELEVEN)

L'Appel Du Vide from Chemnitz, Germany has worked two years on their debut EP. Now their 'Abwärtsspirale' (Downward Spiral) is set into motion. The spectrum reaches from aggressive gloomy surf punk to repetitive and noisy punk rock to melodic post punk. The band uses lyrics sparsely, and these deal with denial, failure and alienation.

NIGHT MIASMA - EXHAUSTED EP (7"/IT'S ELEVEN)

Night Miasma features members from East German post-punk band L'Appel Du Vide and plays a seldom heard mix of dark punk with a very melodic edge reminescent of early Los Angeles punk bands like Adolescents, 45 Grave or T.S.O.L.

WASTE - THE NEXT CENTURY IS ALMOST OVER - E.P. (7"/SUBUNDERGROUND)

South Dutch early '80s punk/hc heroes Waste released their classic 'History Repeats' EP in December 1982. Exactly 40 years later the original members returned to the studio to deliver the truly devastating 'The Next Century Is Almost Over' EP. This 7-inch record contains four jaw dropping tracks featuring the incredibly tight rhythm section of bassist Still Klaus and drummer Fred Flintstone, the brutal punk voice of Bompa RR and the totally damaging fuzz guitar and songwriting skills of Hans F. Ford, who of course is also known from his outstanding current fuzz-punk duo Ford's Fuzz Inferno. (In fact, the EP includes a scorching cover of the FFI-song 'Ups And Downs'.) There's no doubt that this latest addition to the Waste discography offers contemporary old school punk rock/early hardcore at its blistering best. So all you young punks out there, pay attention: this is how it's done! (Limited edition of 375 copies.) SIDE 1: 1. Everything Is Grey 2. Bugging You SIDE 2: 1. Ups And Downs 2. Ex-Neutral Zone

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

COLLEY, JOE - ACTING AS IF (10") (10"/SUBSTANTIA INNOMINATA)

More than two decades after his EP released under the Crawl Unit moniker, drone artist Joe Colley from California returns. Colley uses mechanical object sounds and electronic static, but also strange low fi found sources and field recordings, creating alienating, surrealistic effects, similar to the likes of Small Cruel Party, Jim Haynes, Das Synthetische Mischgewebe or Zoviet France. His newer compositions seem always to be filled with electro-magnetic hummings, strange hissing and the pourings of metallic objects as a basis, but never using real instruments, synths, or masses of effect procession.

EDREN, DAVID -& H. TAKAHASHI- - FLOW (LP/AGUIRRE)

Hailing from Antwerp, synthesist David Edren teams up with Tokyo-based minimalist Hiroki Takahasha for a 7-track release of multi-hued compositions inspired by notions of connectivity and impermanence, translated for the east and west. Both musicians traffic in subtle shades of contemplative electronics, marked by patience, space and poetic restraint.

LE DIABLE DEGOUTANT - FLEUR DE CHAGRIN (LP/AGUIRRE)

Le Diable Degoutant is the solo-venture of Pauline Marx, formerly of the psych/trance folk duo La Fureur De Vouivre. Her album 'Fleur Du Chagrin' comprises 17 tracks.

DEPRIVATION - KEEP MY GRAVE OPEN (CD/NEW APPROACH)

Deprivation is an Italian death industrial/power electronics project active since 2012. With a few releases under its belt, the project had been refining its sound during these years and can now present a cohesive identity inside the genre. 'Keep My Grave Open' pays homage to the old names of Italian industrial and presents us an immersive work of slow passed death industrial, sometimes dissonant yet almost atmospheric. A perfect soundtrack for the bleak times ahead and a morbid tribute to the dead.

LINEKRAFT - HOWLING (CD/NEW APPROACH)

Currently one of the top artists of the Japanese contemporary industrial/power electronics scene, Linekraft hardly needs any introductions to any more or less aware industrial follower. "This killer is a absolute solitary animal. He involved with human only by bullets." Thematically based on serial killer David Richard Berkowitz, 'Howling' carries an oppressive and dark atmosphere built upon the familiar Linekraft blasts of junk and heavy electronics as well as a very dense sense of urban decay. 'Howling' is yet another beam in the incredible monument of restless and uncompromised sound works.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

BASTARD SWORD - BASTARD SWORD I (BLACK) (LP/SOUND EFFECT)

Debut full-length by the Athens psychedelic doom power trio Bastard Sword. Follow them on their interstellar trek of vintage psychedelic doom, featuring terminally heavy guitars and adorned with trippy brushes of analog synthesis.

BLACKBRAID - I (LP/NEUROPA)

From the depths of the Adirondack wilderness comes Blackbraid, a solo native American black metal project as raw and powerful as the mountains from whence it came. Composed and performed by Sgah'gahsowáh.

CARATHIS - HYMNS TO THE TOWER (LP/RABAUW)

Fast-paced melodic black metal with a punk influence. Project run by Erech (Ancient Mastery) with insane drumming by Skoll (HellGoat). Edition of 100 copies on black vinyl.

HYPERWULFF - VOLUME THREE: BURROWING KINGDOMS (LP/OVERDRIVE)

'Volume 3: Burrowing Kingdoms' brings The Sarge and The Wülff to the abandoned planet Ktolon, where they will find the remains of an ancient civilization and meet a mysterious presence inhabiting the depths of the planet. Along with their signature raw and energetic metal-punk, new psych-noise and vintage electronica injections expand the duo's sonic landscape. The release will be heralded by an interactive fiction experience titled 'Void And Descent,' which will introduce and complement the record's narrative themes. Comes on 180gr black vinyl.

MARGARITA WITCH CULT - MARGARITA WITCH CULT (BLACK) (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

Born from the murky industrial depths of Birmingham, UK, Margarita Witch Cult's self-titled debut studio album is a tour-de-force in classic metal, hard rock, doom, and mind-melting psych.

SACRILEGIOUS PROFANITY - GENOCIDE RITUALS (LP/RABAUW)

Belarussian newcomers Sacrilegious Profanity defiantly bury their extreme metal hatchet in the sacrificial chopping block of mundane genre mainstays. Loading ritualistic steel into cold-hearted chambers, 'Genocide Rituals' is a bloodthirsty collection of Satanic supplications that shoots cartridges of blackened sludge into the hearts and minds of the masses. Edition of 100 copies on black vinyl.

SCHAVOT - GALGENBROK (LP/RABAUW)

Schavot (The Netherlands) is an old school black metal entity inspired by the nineties era of Scandinavia, and laced with its own sense of poignancy and nostalgia for that golden era. Schavot plays cold melodic black metal in the tradition of Emperor and early Dimmu Borgir. Edition of 100 copies on black vinyl.

KUKO DE KOBRA - RETURN TO SPLENDOUR (CD/GROOVEYARD)

The album by a heavy rock band from Denmark featuring John Gamma Sharling on lead vocals and Martin J. Andersen (Blindstone) on guitar. Includes 12 songs showing multiple levels of deep, mind-expanding, guitar heavy sonic ear candy.

 

JAZZ/AVANTGARDE

SZABO, GABOR - 1969 (LP/EBALUNGA!!!)

Long-awaited reissue of this album by the famous Hungarian guitarist, originally released in 1969. "Gabor Szabo exploded onto the American jazz scene in the early sixties. His unusual approach and unique sound brought something startling and new to jazz. With Chico Hamilton, Charles Lloyd and Gary McFarland, Szabo offered something few in jazz had ever heard before: guitarist as enchanter and conjurer and musician as storyteller and mesmerist. Once Szabo declared his independence in 1966, he also proved how seamlessly jazz can blend the Beatles and Bacharach with Latin and Indian styles. The guitarist released a string of albums on Impulse that challenged many assumptions about jazz and stand out today as some of the most radical, yet appealing music of the period. But the times were woefully a-changing. Szabo biographer Károly Libisch considers the year 1969 a "turning point" for the guitarist. The spell Szabo weaved in the press was beginning to wane. The blizzard of coverage he generated in the previous few years began to trickle off. Perhaps the rise of rock -and rock-guitar heroes- tamped down the guitarist's exotic allure and faddish charm. Then, too, Szabo's erratic behavior started attracting poor notice and hastened the demise of his storied quintet, featuring guitarist Jimmy Stewart and percussionist Hal Gordon, in late 1968. Now, both Gabor Szabo, the artist, and businessman, needed a hit. '1969' was his response to the call of 1969. The album was released in August 1969, and initial reviews were positive. Cash Box raved that Gabor Szabo's '1969' "is magnificent music and an album that deserves great success" while Record World called it "luscious guitaring" that features "lots of contemporary material, which he makes completely his own." Gabor Szabo's '1969' never did find the success it was seeking. But it remains a lovely listening experience that finds the guitarist at his melodic best at an important crossroads in his recording career."

 

REGGAE/DUB/SKA/ROCKSTEADY

CAPITAL LETTERS - REALITY (LP/RADIATION ROOTS)

A heavy old school sound reverberates from the Midlands reggae scene, one which remains unrivalled across the UK and is perfectly summed up by Capital Letters, whose mixing from 1985 is of an impeccable quality, here re-released for reggae fans everywhere. 'Reality' by Capital Letters should be a collectors favourite and a new generations introduction, it is a brilliant revival of classic authentic material and overall vibrant piece of work.

FRAZER, PHILLIP - COME ETHIOPIANS (LP/PATATE)

Originally released in Jamaica on the Bertram Brown's Freedom Sounds label in 1978. Includes two bonus tracks. Mixed at King Tubby's Studios by Scientist and Prince Jammy.

I ROY - DREAD BALD HEAD (LP/RADIATION ROOTS)

Former customs clerk Roy Reid thrilled the Jamaican music scene as a toaster, his effortless rhymes establishing a reputation on the Supreme Ruler of Sound in his native Spanish Town and later on various Kingston sets, including King Tubby's. Following a successful phase in London, he returned to Jamaica to record for various producers, having a special connection with chief hit-maker Bunny Lee; 'Dread Bald Head' is a rare set from 1976 with Roy toasting at Tubby's studio over some of Bunny's hardest Aggrovators rhythms as laid by Tommy McCook and team, originally for Johnny Clarke and Derrick Morgan. Essential listening!

REID, NORRIS - THE KINGSTON SESSIONS 1978-1985 (2LP) (LP/ONLYROOTS)

Double album compilation of Norris Reid's recordings from 1978 to 1985 in Kingston. All remastered and licensed from Norris himself. Norris Reid has performed and recorded with the greatest Jamaican artists. This compilation pays tribute to one of the key figures of reggae's golden age.

SCEPTRE - ESSENCE OF REDEMPTION INA DIF'RENT STYLEY (LP/RADIATION ROOTS)

Founded in 1981 in Britain's second city Birmingham, the band Sceptre were part of a thriving local music scene, a scene that for the most part revolved around live shows in the region's community centres, university campuses, pubs and nightclubs. Neglected by major labels, many bands went unrecorded and of those that did get documented most managed to release just one or two singles. Fortunately, Sceptre recorded and released an entire album, 1984's 'Essence Of Redemption Ina Dif'rent Styley.'

 

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

ARTHUROS - GODDESS (LP/NEUROPA)

"Purification through blissful & sorrowful romance" - The journey of Arthuros continues with 7 tracks recorded in the first half of 2020 at a total length of over 35+ minutes of dreamy, uplifting dungeon synth using trance-electronic synths and medieval percussion. 'Goddess' is the follow up of 'Kosmos,' transcending the listener to a more earthly realm while gazing into his inner romantic self. Artwork by Will Helm, mixed and mastered by Arthuros. Presented in a glossy laminated sleeve with insert.

DANCE WITH THE DEAD - LOVED TO DEATH (LP/NEUROPA)

Shreddy California dark synthwave duo Dance With The Dead are bonafide veterans now. 'Loved To Death' is their eighth studio album since the band burst upon the nascent dark synthwave scene in 2013. Their combination of vintage analog synth tones, hooky metal riffs, shreddy guitars and over-the-top nostalgic nerdery have endured them to synthwave fans across the globe, and their live shows have become bonafide events. Hard-hitting album with crushing beats, Dance With The Dead takes no prisoners on this album!

DANCE WITH THE DEAD - OUT OF BODY (2LP) (LP/NEUROPA)

A genre defining classic that is being repressed by popular demand, don't sleep on this one! Outstanding combination of retro synth, electronic and dance music.

WIESE, KLAUS - QUMRA I (CD/INFINITE FOG/FACT OF BEING)

Klaus Wiese (1942-2009) was a German musician and sound researcher. Wiese brought the teachings of Sufi Hazrat Inayat Khan to Germany from his travels in the East. His album 'El-Hadra, The Mystik Dance,' which he created with Mathias Grassow and Ted de Jong, made him famous in the genre. Under his own name, from 1981 until his unexpected death in 2009 he released upwards of 60 recordings, not including collaborations (with Oophoi, Mathias Grassow, Ted de Jong, Jim Cole, Al Gromer Khan... to name a few). Wiese's music exists at the nexus of several overlapping modes - ritual, dark ambient, environmental - yet new age exerted an influence as well, most audibly on these late 1980s outings. On his recordings, Wiese used Persian stringed instruments, Tibetan singing bowls, bells, voice, and other exotic instruments. The 'Qumra' duology was released in 1986 and 1987 on cassette by a German label called Aquamarin Verlag and reissued on small run CDr by Gianluigi Gasparetti (Oöphoi) on his own label Umbra. Since then both parts became extremely rare items and top-wanted albums for searchers of spiritual ambient music. 'Qumra II' was included in the 20 best new age albums ever recorded, by FACT magazine. "'Qumra' is one of the most beautiful ambient recordings I have ever heard. A sweet stream of otherworldly music dissolves time and space and brings you to a place of perfect and endless tranquility. This is a sound of a moment that is equal to eternity. Being in love with the albums for many years, the idea of reissue always bothers my mind, and finally, with the help of our friends Infinite Fog Productions, we're able to release it first time on a CD and hope these 2 small beautiful plastic circles, like a right puzzle, will take its place in your heart and collection." ~Fact Of Being. "'Qumra' sways like a censer in some ancient holy place, birdsong and pensive strings simmering across a smoke-streaked, slow-motion expanse, as if willing an extra-dimensional visitation to occur. The B-side ('The Hidden Treasure') is more literal in its mysticism but no less levitational, a swirling, endless Om braided with majestic, resonant tanpura, epitomizing Wiese's Sufi pursuit of "the fugitive moment of ecstatic sensation." ~FACT.

WIESE, KLAUS - QUMRA II (CD/INFINITE FOG/FACT OF BEING)

Klaus Wiese (1942-2009) was a German musician and sound researcher. Wiese brought the teachings of Sufi Hazrat Inayat Khan to Germany from his travels in the East. His album 'El-Hadra, The Mystik Dance,' which he created with Mathias Grassow and Ted de Jong, made him famous in the genre. Under his own name, from 1981 until his unexpected death in 2009 he released upwards of 60 recordings, not including collaborations (with Oophoi, Mathias Grassow, Ted de Jong, Jim Cole, Al Gromer Khan... to name a few). Wiese's music exists at the nexus of several overlapping modes - ritual, dark ambient, environmental - yet new age exerted an influence as well, most audibly on these late 1980s outings. On his recordings, Wiese used Persian stringed instruments, Tibetan singing bowls, bells, voice, and other exotic instruments. The 'Qumra' duology was released in 1986 and 1987 on cassette by a German label called Aquamarin Verlag and reissued on small run CDr by Gianluigi Gasparetti (Oöphoi) on his own label Umbra. Since then both parts became extremely rare items and top-wanted albums for searchers of spiritual ambient music. 'Qumra II' was included in the 20 best new age albums ever recorded, by FACT magazine. "'Qumra' is one of the most beautiful ambient recordings I have ever heard. A sweet stream of otherworldly music dissolves time and space and brings you to a place of perfect and endless tranquility. This is a sound of a moment that is equal to eternity. Being in love with the albums for many years, the idea of reissue always bothers my mind, and finally, with the help of our friends Infinite Fog Productions, we're able to release it first time on a CD and hope these 2 small beautiful plastic circles, like a right puzzle, will take its place in your heart and collection." ~Fact Of Being. "'Qumra' sways like a censer in some ancient holy place, birdsong and pensive strings simmering across a smoke-streaked, slow-motion expanse, as if willing an extra-dimensional visitation to occur. The B-side ('The Hidden Treasure') is more literal in its mysticism but no less levitational, a swirling, endless Om braided with majestic, resonant tanpura, epitomizing Wiese's Sufi pursuit of "the fugitive moment of ecstatic sensation." ~FACT.

 

SOUNDTRACKS/LOUNGE/CULT ETC

AHBEZ, EDEN - (BLACK) WILD BOY: THE LOST SONGS OF EDEN AHBEZ (LP/EBALUNGA!!!)

'Wild Boy' is a reissue of the well-known 2016 release curated by Brian Chidester, renowned researcher and biographer of Eden Ahbez. Especially for this album, Brian wrote an interesting text about Ahbez's life, which definitely became the decoration of the release. With this 2023 vinyl re-release, the Ebalunga!!! label went a little further and kept what is commonly referred to as studio cuts. It's a few more minutes in the studio with Ahbez himself, full of emotion and life. In addition, to the delight of fans, the edition includes an additional composition 'Nature Boy' (Mantovani Orchestra). Especially, it is worth noting the outstanding mastering prepared from practically decomposed tapes by the Grammy-nominated Jessica Thompson, which guarantees the deepest and warmth possible sound. Jessica a huge Ahbez fan and the label highly appreciated for what she has done to save his music for the future. Eden Ahbez is definitely at the origin of psychedelic music and this release can be taken as further proof. Over the past twenty years, the iconic figure of the world's first hippie Eden Ahbez has become famous primarily for his 1948 song 'Nature Boy', praising universal love, and his amazingly solo album from the 1960s called 'Eden's Island' - one from the first concept albums in the history of music and probably the first psychedelic music album. 'Wild Boy: The Lost Songs Of Eden Ahbez' deepens understanding of the origins of the psychedelic movement in the 1950s. The disc contains a musical selection of works by Eden Ahbez himself, written by him in the period after 'Nature Boy'. The inclusion of songs such as 'Palm Springs' by Ray Anthony Orchestra and 'Hey Jacques' by Eartha Kitt gives the listener the chance to discover for the first time the little-known recordings of world-famous artists composed by Eden Ahbez. Through 'Wild Boy' and 'Surfer John' you can hear the author's handling of absurd rock and exotic experimentation, as well as sweet psychedelic pop like Monterey (with Paul Horn on flute). Overall, 'Wild Boy: The Lost Songs Of Eden Ahbez' offers an overview of the lost works of 1949-1971 with seven unpublished recordings and eight rare singles. If in 2023 you are missing the hallucinogenic content in Eden Ahbez, it amazingly makes up for that deficiency with simple chords, expansive arrangements, and lyrics about travel, relaxation, free love, and spirituality. Thus creating the standard of psychedelic music. Eden Ahbez's songs weren't only fantasy and his personal philosophy was the real thing that he lived.

TREGGER, YAN - SPACE ODDITIES 1974-1991 (LP/BORN BAD)

Symphonic music, library music, movie and TV soundtracks, advertisements, French variété, pop, disco, electronic, experimental or relaxation music, Yan Tregger (born Edouard Scotto di Suoccio) took up all genres, styles and formats through a career spanning from the end of the '50s to this day. This compilation brings a selection of his works from the period 1974 to 1991. Comes with printed inner sleeves, liner notes in French en English and has a download code.

 

VARIOUS: WORLD, CLASSICAL, SPOKEN WORDS ETC

SEWELL, MATT -'S A CRUSHING GLOW PRESENTS ANURADHA & KAVITA PAUDWAL- - THE GAYATARI MANTRA (LP/CAROLINE TRUE)

Originally released in 2016 and featuring original artwork by world renown artist and illustrator Matt Sewell, the 'Mantra' 12" quickly became a musical touchstone for that year. It was the soundtrack to countless events, radio shows and intimate evenings. 'The Gayatari Mantra' performed by Bollywood singer Anuradha Paudwal and her daughter Kavita Paudwal weaves a magical spell.

 

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