SPOTLIGHT 23

09/06/2019 19:32

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

DAAL DAZED - DAAL DAZED (12"/H42)

Daal Dazed plays hard blues! The music of Daal Dazed is inspired and driven by heavyweights of blues rock of the '70s, like Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin. The sound is raw and loud, without getting lost in details. It's clear where the journey is going. Unadulterated raw blues rock, with all corners and edges. Raw music. Primitively beautiful. Do not worry, be heavy! The debut EP is an raw and bluesy hard rocker featuring bottleneck guitars and a percussion heavy rhythm section! 'Invisible Prison' starts out as a smooth opener before climaxing into an organ-driven, heavy finale. 'Freedom' combines funky drumming with Hendrix-esque guitars and vocal delivery! And lastly, 'Angel Babe' closes the EP with a bang! Limited to 120 handnumbered copies on black vinyl, signed by all 6 members on the b-side.

ARDO DOMBEC - ARDO DOMBEC (LP/GARDEN OF DELIGHTS)

The intricate rhythms and jazzy touches of this Hamburg band were at the time quite unusual for the Pilz label, specialised in folk music. The reissue LP features two tracks, which were included on a compilation album, and another two songs from a never released Pilz 7" single as bonus tracks. The 4-page insert includes a lengthy band story in German and English language, some photographs and label repros, a discography and the detailed history of Rolf Ulrich Kaiser's Pilz label with lots of new information. The original gatefold cover was reproduced accurately, as usual on Garden of Delights. Originally released in 1971.

ECSTATIC VISION - FOR THE MASSES (BLACK) (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

After bursting onto the scene with their 2015 tribal-psychedelic LP 'Sonic Praise', touring the USA with Yob and Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, crushing Roadburn, then quickly releasing a for-heads-only, noisy, psychedelic-garage record to weed out the weak ('Raw Rock Fury'), Ecstatic Vision have pulled themselves out of the muck to deliver their finest album to date. Recorded in Philadelphia at Retro City Studios with Joe Boldizar and mixed/mastered by Tim Green (Earthless, The Melvins) at Louder Studios in Grass Valley, CA, Ecstatic Vision's recent fuzzed-out sound has been sculpted it into a HI/FI psychedelic wonderland. This album is the closest the band has gotten to achieving the energy of their untouchable live shows on tape. EV took a simpler approach on the art this time, using the Spanish dream-team of Edko Fuzz and Bangalore Studios. 'For The Masses' blends tripped-out synth, semi-catatonic desert driving tunes, Afro-tribal Funkadelic vibes, troglodyte-Detroit rock grooves, acid freak-outs, ethereal psychedelic hymns and mind-altering krautrock into Ecstatic Vision's outsider take on modern music. It's like if Tangerine Dream jammed with Lemmy and the Asheton Brothers and decided to play some world music and free jazz in 1971.

ECSTATIC VISION - SONIC PRAISE (BLACK) (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

'Sonic Praise' is the album that put Philadelphia's Ecstatic Vision on the map. Originally released by Relapse in 2015, this album was critically acclaimed and led to worldwide touring with the likes of Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, Yob, and headlining shows across Europe, culminating in a breakout performance at Roadburn 2016. The album itself introduced something different to the heavy psych scene, incorporating tribal rhythms from around the world, with bone-crushing heavy rock a-la-Hawkwind circa 1972, and cosmic psychedelic sounds. After years of being sold out, here's a long awaited reissue ll on Heavy Psych Sounds! Honorary members Joe Martin (Welivebynight) and Bangalore Studios, have contributed their accomplished talent to create new visonary artwork for this release.

LE REVEIL DES TROPIQUES - L'ARBRE A CAMES (LP/FLAT MOON)

After almost 10 years of existence, two studio albums and a series of live recordings, the exploration by Le Réveil Des Tropiques of the psychedelic worlds takes this time the form of a hybrid record mixing recordings from different eras and contexts. 'L'Arbre A Cames' will lead the listener between several grids of readings that he will be free to interpret and apprehend both as a heterogeneous entity and as a single piece.

MORSE CODE TRANSMISSION - MORSE CODE TRANSMISSION (LP/RETURN TO ANALOG)

Originally released in 1971. This Canadian band made two English-language psych albums in 1971 and 1972. The first album is something between early Genesis, Barclay James Harvest and Moody Blues with an excellent bass line and inspired Hammond. Later they changed their name to Morse Code.

MY SOLID GROUND - SWF SESSION 1971 (LP/LONGHAIR)

Brilliant German undergound band, famous for their eponymous LP from 1971 on Bacillus. This LP has 4 long never before released tracks from a 1971 broadcast session in the same vein as their self-titled debut album. Great underground rock with heavy guitar riffs and spherical organ sound. Includes the original full-length 24:42 minute version of 'Flash' from 1970 as bonus track. The LP comes with an insert including band story and rare photos.

PAAVOHARJU - (BLACK) USKALLAN: THE FONAL YEARS, VOL. 2 (3LP) (LP/SVART)

The second and final volume in Svart Records' Paavoharju reissue series contains three discs, the first of which houses the original album 'Laulu Laakson Kukista'. The second LP has the EP releases 'Laulu Laakson Kukasta' and 'Ikkunat Näkevät', neither of which have been available in any physical format prior to this release. The final disc has various miscellaneous pieces of the Paavoharju puzzle, ranging from some of their earliest and previously unreleased tracks to alternative and remixed versions. The package comes with a booklet full of liner notes and pieces of history.

PERTH COUNTY CONSPIRACY - PERTH COUNTY CONSPIRACY (CAN) (LP/RETURN TO ANALOG)

Recorded shortly after the release of the debut-LP, this is the band's obscure 1970 album that was recorded for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The tracks, rooted in psychedelic folkrock, are originals as well as striking cover versions of songs by Bob Dylan, Donovan and Smokey Robinson.

PIRE, ALAIN -EXPERIENCE- - APEX (BLACK) (LP/A.P.E.)

This is the most ambitious album so far by the Alain Pire Experience, THEE neo-psychedelic band from Belgium. Their third opus is simply called 'Apex', which means a point in Hercules' Constellation towards which our solar system is heading. Never forgetting their sense for melody, the band is also keen to create psychedelic atmospheres, using sitar, tablas, mellotron and backward loops. 'Apex' features a fantastic cover of George Harrison's 'Only A Northern Song' and welcomes, former Magma keyboard player, Jean-Luc Manderlier for an epic trippy improvisation on the Floydish 'Lost On A Cloud'.

POHJOLA, PEKKA -GROUP- - (BLACK) KÄTKÄVAARAN LOHIKÄÄRME (LP/SVART)

Recognized both for his superlative craftsmanship as a composer and for his impressive chops as a bass guitarist, Pekka Pohjola (1952-2008) was one of the eminent figures of North European jazzrock. A victorious run that started as the bass wunderkind with early 1970s progressive rock stars Wigwam led to a three-decade long and winding career as band leader and session man. Pohjola's fifth solo album, 'Kätkävaaran Lohikäärme', is by title one of the best tongue-twisters in the history of progressive rock. Or rock in general. Practically unpronouncable to all non-Finnish speakers, this adventurous, diverse and totally idionsyncratic album has still become a milestone of the genre. Apparently, great music will out however difficult it is to ask for by name at one's local record store - anywhere in the world. Aside from its country of origin, of course. A major redeeming feature is the content itself. Contrary to its somewhat agonising title, 'Kätkävaaran Lohikäärme' consists of four tracks that are far from anything purposefully conceited, brainy or challenging. Indicative of their creator's original style, the compositions layer elements of jazz, blues, rock and classical music on top of one another with an ease seldom matched anywhere.

SOLAR CORONA - LIGHTNING ONE (LP/LOVERS & LOLLYPOPS)

Solar Corona is rock music pulsating like a motor on the listeners' psyches. Started in 2012 and reformed in 2016, the power trio, comprising Rodrigo Carvalho (guitar/synths), the mastermind of this venture, José Roberto Gomes (bass) and Peter Carvalho (drums) is fully committed to rip your consciousness off and take you into a rampant odyssey through distorted landscapes and steady beats. Comparison is often the way to describe music in words. We'd suggest you to imagine Hawkwind if Lemmy had never been kicked out.

YGGDRASIL - YGGDRASIL (LP/GARDEN OF DELIGHTS)

Yggdrasil from Munich named themselves after the world ash or yew tree of the Nordic mythology and played folky progressive rock of a calmer nature, with flute, violin, and English lyrics. On November 3rd, 1972, they recorded their only LP in the Meilhaus Studio. It wasn't released then, but only ten dubplates were made. These records could certainly be sold for a four-digit euro amount today. The LP on Garden of Delights contains the five LP tracks from the dubplate plus eight Yggdrasil instrumentals from 1970, then soundtrack to the TV series 'Sommer In Sizilien'. Fortunately, there was still a flawless direct copy of the LP master tape. The 8-page insert comes with a detailed band history in German and English, many band photographs and a story about the Meilhaus Studio and Meilton label.

LOCKSLEY HALL - LOCKSLEY HALL (CD/GEARFAB)

This relatively unknown Spokane, WA. psychedelic band recorded this eerie and haunting LP in the Spring of 1969 at the legendary Audio Recorders in Seattle, WA. Produced by Sonics engineer Kearney Barton and long time Northwest guitarist Ned Neltner (Mark Five, Gas Company, Junior Cadillac), the beautiful vocals of Shannon Svenson are very reminiscent of the sounds being produced at that time by It's A Beautiful Day, Jefferson Airplane, and Big Brother & The Holding Company.

SECRET OYSTER - SEA SON (CD/LONGHAIR)

Now reissued on CD, with remastered sound from the original tapes and a bonus track, it's the second full-length (originally from 1974) by the Danish unit featuring former members of Burnin' Red Ivanhoe, Coronarias Dans and Hurdy Gurdy. The style here is psychedelic/progressive jazzrock with superb guitar and sax solos, wonderful keyboard work and an outstanding rhythm section. Fantastic stuff!

SECRET OYSTER - SECRET OYSTER (CD/LONGHAIR)

On CD comes a splendid reissue of the 1973 debut-LP by the Danish progressive band with a jazz-rock feel. Secret Oyster's line-up included ex-members of notable groups s.a. Burnin' Red Ivanhoe, Coronarias Dans and Hurdy Gurdy. Expect long, improvised and instrumental workouts with a hard rocking rhythm section, playing with unbelievable energy. This edition comes with remastered sound (from the original tapes), background liners and rare photos.

VARIOUS - TREATMENT WORKS (CD/AUDIO ARCHIVES)

'UK Prog-Rock Blues Rarities'- A 17 track strong roster of killer UK Underground heavy-duty prog-rock blues workouts. Rare, live, previously unreleased, and unknown demos by: Living Dead, John Thomas Blues Band, Jailhouse, Slowbone, Albert Monk, Clear Blue Sky, Roll Ups, Hackensack, Patto, Sweet Slag, Levee Camp Moan, Sam Apple Pie and Argus Stallion.

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

 

BOGEYMEN - ACTION TIME! (LP/PURPLE ZONE)

Originally released on CD in 1995 on the defunct French garage-punk label DIG! Records. This was the second album of French #1 mod band The Bogeymen. This record contains 11 originals and 1 cover. All songs are real smashers, no fillers!! Soulful vocals of singer/guitarist Laurent Bauer, smashing Rickenbacker, groovy organ and powerful bass/drums section make this album the perfect companion to any Small Faces, Prisoners, Creeps albums. Only 200 copies on black vinyl.

FILM JACKET 35 - THE PR FOUNDATION (LP/PATARI)

Film Jacket 35 is a Greek garage/indie/power pop band formed in late 2014. Mired in the middle of a country with deep economic and social unrest, FJ35 set out to bring an impulsive, furious perception of sounds and melodies to the culture that was dominating their mood and attitude. The trio arms themselves with vintage and heavily reverbed instrumentals and delayed vocals to create a '60s San Francisco garage/psych sensibility that pervades the gritty backdrop with flammable and sunny beats. Influenced by bands from completely different music scenes such as Blue Cheer, DEVO, No Age and Surf Curse, they managed to create a specific style that differs from their inspirations; consuming ceaselessly energy to their live shows.

LINK QUARTET - SECRET SESSIONS (LP/SPINOUT NUGGETS)

Italy based The Link Quartet have produced a unique mix of funk, beat, rock and soul, strongly tied to the glorious bands of the past, but fully looking forward towards the future for a modern unmistakable touch. In 2018, the band spent time touring around Italy, France, Spain, Belgium and Germany, working on new songs and building a new strong and dynamic collective sound. It was at this time that the band decided on the idea to release a live album recorded in the studio, during a three-day event. The event took place in November 2018, at Tanzan Music Studio, resulting in a live studio album, containing all the best tracks of the Iatalian combo performed live and recorded as never before. All the energy of the quartet has been transferred on album for the first time, and will give the listener a new and unique perspective of the band's attitude. Limited to 300 copies.

OBLIVIAN, JACK -& THE DREAM KILLERS- - LOST WEEKEND (LP/BELUGA)

Follow-up to the incredible 'Lone Ranger Of Love' LP, here's demos and other stuff culled from times when Jack was working towards that LP... The European version is a co-release by Beluga Music and Ghost Highway Recordings.

ROCK JUICE - DRINK ALL NIGHT (LP/SCREAMING APPLE)

Rock Juice, formed in 2003, are are the ultimate Japanese power-poppin' rock'n'roll all-star combo, including Tomoko (Supersnazz, Tweezers), Na (Rockbottom, Treeberrys, More Fun), Kame (Machinicalis), Mick-O (Machinicalis, Noble Surfers, Royal Fingers) and this is their long awaited debut-album, 'Drink All Night'! Borne by loud rockin' guitars and ultra catchy tunes, they surf through the two most essential decades of rock'n'roll music, the swingin' sixties and the glamorous seventies to create the very own stellar mix of music from radio's glory days. From power-pop to punk-rock, from rock'n'roll to jangly '60s pop, from glam-rock to pub-rock, it's all in there and the result is just... AMAZING!!! So if you like your rock'n'roll with a strong dose of power-pop and you love bands like the Flamin' Groovies, Dwight Twilley, Cheap Trick, Suzy Quatro, Middle Of The Road, NRBQ, The Yum Yums and The Baby Shakes get this slap of vinyl straight away. It will make your ears pop and your blood pressure drop and that will surely satisfy your most desirable r'n'roll urges!

 

VARIOUS - SIX FEET UNDER (LP/MISSISSIPPI)

Long out of print and highly sought compilation of top notch rockabilly, country and early rock instrumentals. All killer with zero filler, culled from tiny regional 45 labels. For fans of Lee Hazlewood, Link Wray, Wanda Jackson, The Cramps, Sun Records, etc. Includes new liner notes! Co-released with Lost Train Records. SIDE 1: 1. Bob Fryfogle - Six Feet Under 2. Mystery Trio - Willie Joe 3. Ramblin' Rebels - The Lost Safari 4. Johnny Waleen - Mystery Train 5. Clint Blacklaw - Still As The Night 6. Bartlett Brothers & The Country Paupers - Dark Mood SIDE 2: 1. J.P. Dunn - Kentucky Fandango 2. Jacky Lee - Misery 3. Evelyn Hopper - He's Headin' South 4. Jimmy Merrill - A Woman's Mind 5. Electro-Tones - Ghost Train 6. Johnny Fortune - If You Love Me (I Want To Know Tonight)

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

CORDS (NL) - STARGAZER (BEST OF 1990-1999) (LP/URUSAI)

Cords was a Dutch alt.rock/grunge/noiserock-band that operated from 1990 till 1999. It all started with John Peel playing their first 7", after which he invited the band for 2 infamous Peel Sessions. A page-wide article in the Melody Maker triggered NYC-based TVT Records to sign them instantly. The band lived in New York for 2 months whilst recording the album 'Taurus, No Bull', produced by Nick Sansano. The second full-length 'Hear! See! Feel! Taste!' was taped in 3 different studios, as the band was traveling the globe constantly, Zippah in Boston, Sony Studio's in NYC and Metropool, Hengelo. After that followed their third at Zippah and finally the album 'Lunchbox' with Steve Albini in Chicago. You might have come across this super-high-energy-group at places like Roskilde, Sziget, Lowlands, Dynamo Open Air, or on tour with bands like The Gun Club. This compilation contains the band's favorite picks and all tracks have been restored and remastered by Trushkadelic to be released on vinyl for the first time. Limited edition of 250 hand-numbered copies, designed by Iggy Pieters, and includes an insert.

SILENT ISLAND - FALL OF OCEANS (CD/BEVERINA/CASUS BELLI MUSICA)

CD edition of the sold out debut LP of Hungarian post-rock band Silent Island, the side-project of István Csarnogurszky (Black Hill, Musicformessier, White Cube). Limited to 150 copies.

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

NAUTA/KASVAIN/NEUROOSI - PUNK ELÄÄ 1 (3X7") (7"/SVART)

The first release in a series of punk and hardcore 7-inch reproductions. The aim of the series is to offer people the chance to digest these often impossibly rare and expensive records in their original 7-inch format. Each box comes with an insert with text from Fenno-punk historian Juho Hänninen. This box set contains faithful reproductions of three privately pressed 7-inches from Finland. Each have their original picture sleeve designs.The thing in common with these three discs was that none of the bands' careers went further than these self-financed locally circulated records. Nauta's 7-inch 'Onko Suomi Vapaa Maa' was self-released in 1980 in a pressing of 250 copies. Nauta played catchy punk rock with some new wave influences but, alas, their career ended short. Only 200 copies of Kasvain's 'Onko Suomi Usattunut'7-inch were made in 1980, and finding an original copy requires unimaginable luck or a fat wallet. To make collectors' lives even harder, each of the 200 singles had hand drawn covers, all different from each other. Musically Kasvain played rough, adolescent punk with poor production values - in other words, great stuff! There have been rumours that Neuroosi's 'Rock Against Seija Isonsaari' 7-inch was never even released apart from a set of test pressings, but these rumours have been proven false, as there were 200 copies actually released and circulated to friends and punk aficionados in Suomussalmi, Finland. This record, too saw the light of day in 1980.

NUNS - THE NUNS (BLUE) (7"/BLANK)

Transparent blue version. The Nuns were part of the very first wave 1970s punk rock coming from San Francisco. A three prong vocal attack led by the charismatic Jennifer Miro, along side Jeff Olener and Richie Detrick, rounded out by Pat Ryan, Jeff Raphael and future Rank And File member Alejandro Escovedo. The Nuns would go on to record for Posh Boy and Bomp but this is where it all began for the band and seminal 415 Records alike. Easily the rawest release they would release. Subsequent releases were crossing over to be far more polished. The Nuns legend would be cemented in punk rock history by being on the bill for the very last Sex Pistols show at Winterland alongside the Avengers. This release has been completely unavailable since its original 1978 release.

GENETIC CONTROL - FIRST IMPRESSIONS (LP/RETURN TO ANALOG)

First ever reissue of the exceedingly rare and hard to find 'First Impressions EP' by Montreal punk band Genetic Control. This 35th anniversary expanded edition contains 9 never before released tracks for a total of 14 fast and snotty '80s hardcore tunes from the band's archives!

TERVEET KADET - TK-POP 1980-1989 (2CD) (CD/SVART)

The complete eighties works by Terveet Kädet in one handly double CD package! 120 tracks on two fully packed discs. Svart Records compiled every single thing the band ever recorded in the studio between the years 1980 and 1989 into this two CD set. There's all LPs, all EPs, all compilation tracks, everything. On top of that there's a set, approved by Läjä, of unreleased or otherwise impossibly rare tracks such as the unreleased third 'Ikbal' EP.

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

 

LINEKRAFT - SUBHUMAN PRINCIPLE (LP/TESCO)

Outstanding Linekraft release, establishing the band's status of being the spearhead of the current industrial power electronics movement in Japan. An absolute must!

SOLANACEAE - SOLANACEAE (LP/HEIDRUNAR MYRKRUNAR)

Available on vinyl for the first time. Solanaceae is the creation of Kim Larsen, which portrays a more psychedelic folk feeling than usually put forth in his :Of The Wand & The Moon: project. However the unmistakable voice and songwriting is still Kim Larsen's, which probably leaves this album as close to an :Of The Wand & The Moon: album without being that. The album features 13 songs with themes of magick, woods and mysteries, and are mainly written and performed by Kim Larsen with kind help and appearances by Chelsea Robb (Arrowwood), Pythagumus Marshall (Novemthree), Michael Laird (Unto Ashes), John van der Lieth (Sonne Hagal), Fenella Overgaard (:Of The Wand & The Moon:), Vincent Farrow (Solblot) and Anne Eltard who also appeared on the first :Of The Wand & The Moon: album.

VARIOUS - DRONE-MIND//MIND-DRONE, VOL. 7 (+CD) (LP/DRONE)

For MIND-07 we present three shorter Specimens pieces: these raw, somehow perforated drones with lots of atmospheric noise remind on Peter Wright or early Tim Hecker, creating a truly absorbing mood. Skeldos, a "drone-melancholia" project, is doing abstract, longing, flowing soundscapes with tender touch of a distant melody. Mytrip from Bulgaria is surely standing at the forefront of the vivid electronic/ambient/drone scene. Two tracks of swirling and pulsing spectral synth drones show the development of the project, founded on more melody-driven and textural soundscapes. Opening Performance Orchestra comes with a 12-minute special version of "Creeping Waves", the full 70-minute version of this piece is can be listened on the bonus CD.

ZWARTJES, FRANS -& LODEWIJK DE BOER- - MASTERPIECE (LP/PURGE)

Frans Zwartjes (1927-2017) was a Dutch artist, filmmaker and musician, once called the most important experimental filmmaker of his generation by Susan Sontag. Lodewijk de Boer (1937-2004) regularly appeared in Zwartjes' work, and almost always performed on or co-composed the soundtracks to his films. De Boer would go on to compose original scores for the likes of Marleen Gorris and Pim de la Parra, but is best known in his native Holland as a theatre director. Zwartjes and De Boer's 'Masterpiece' is literally like nothing you've heard before. The B-side features the track 'Spectator' by The Frans Zwartjes Soundsystem. Comes on 180 gram vinyl with screen printed plastic sleeve, two custom-made inners, double-sided riso poster and separate text panel. 500 numbered copies. NEVER EVER a repress.

QUASI UNA FANTASIA - QUASI UNA FANTASIA (CD/SUB ROSA)

One opera singer teams with one experimental musician! La Diva Christina Van Peteghem on voices and Pierre-Jean Vranken everywhere. They are Quasi Una Fantasia! Noise, classical guitars, exquisite melodic songs, minimalism, neoclassical, avant-garde are the medium and the message. There is no need of more explanation, it's Quasi everything!

QUELLET, ISRAEL - INSTRUMENTAL (CD/SUB ROSA)

Swiss electro-acoustic artist Israel Quellet's fifth opus. A mysterious work around the church organ this time. Complex and mysterious, secular and modern - another challenging listen.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

AMIENSUS/OAK PANTHEON - GATHERING I & II (LP/BEVERINA/CASUS BELLI MUSICA)

Re-release of a joint work from 2013 and 2018 of talented American bands Amiensus and Oak Pantheon on vinyl, limited to 100 copies. Atmospheric black metal, progressive black metal and post-metal.

DISGRACE (FINLAND) - GREY MISERY (2LP+7") (LP/SVART)

'THE COMPLETE DEATH METAL YEARS' - To be released in anticipation of the 29th anniversary of the bands debut 7" inch 'Debts Of God', this set by this Finnish death metal band features both demo tapes ('Inside The Labyrinth Of Depression' and 'Beyond The Immortalized Existence'), tracks from the debut 7" EP and the legendary full length opus 'Grey Misery'. As an added treat there's two unreleased tracks ('The Day Man Lost' and 'Foxy Lady') plus an in-depth interview with the surviving members of the Disgrace cult.

NIGHTSTALKER - (BLACK) GREAT HALLUCINATIONS (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

The legendary stoner rockers are back! One of the first bands of the genre present their 8th album after their first EP ('SideFX') back in 1994 (the grunge rock era). This time the album hits directly to the soul. 8 tracks which are different to each other, combining groovy parts with heaviness and melodies. The guitars are still heavy but spacey and psychedelic at the same time. The bass is always groovy with intense playing. All together with a lot of catchy melodies and the power of Argy's vocals are the secret of the music of Nightstalker. Raw rock'n'roll simplicity, stunning riffs and electric haze are what have kept the band going for more than 20 years. Produced by Nightstalker again and this time it is recorded and mixed at Wreck It Sound Studios. Listening to Nightstalker you can figure out why Greece is the perfect country for stoner rock bands and why the Greek stoner scene is one of the greatest worldwide. For fans of Black Sabbath, Motörhead, Monster Magnet, Kyuss.

NORDEN - Z POPIOLOW I KRWI... (LP/BEVERINA/CASUS BELLI MUSICA)

Norden is a sincere successor of viking metal on Polish soil and beyond, and the first Polish band which was inspired by Quorthon and Bathory, founded in 1993. After a pause of 21 years 'Z Popiolów I Krwi... is released, an album which may be compared with the best works of the founding fathers of the genre. Limited to 100 copies.

SANTA LUCIA - PERSE PALAA! (3LP) (LP/SVART)

'KAIKKI LEVYTYKSET JA VÄHITEN HÄVETTÄVÄT DEMOT 1987-1992' - This set contains everything that this relatively short-lived Finnish all-female heavy metal band ever recorded, including unreleased demo material.

STONE - EMOTIONAL PLAYGROUND (2LP) (LP/SVART)

Black vinyl, limited to 300 copies in gatefold jacket. Reissue Finnish thrash metal album from 1991. This is the first time the complete album is released on vinyl, as the original edition was missing a couple of tracks. In addition to bringing these tracks on wax, this Svart reissue also features two bonus tracks from the same sessions - 'Words' and 'Deeper Deep'.

VARIOUS - BRUTAL AFRICA (LP/SVART)

'THE HEAVY METAL COWBOYS OF BOTSWANA'- Botswana in Southern Africa is a country roughly the size of France, with Kalahari Desert taking up half of its surface area. The country is perhaps more famous for Bushmen or the diamonds found there in the 1960s than its music. It might be hard to believe that the country has a very lively and unique rock scene. Rock culture in Botswana is distinctive in many ways; the passion for playing music is more important than unnecessary technical prowess. The rockers also dress in very imaginative ways, and their clothing ranges from metal uniforms, leather and rivet wings to different kinds of masks. These aspects together make the scene in Botswana one of the most interesting in the world today. The songs on this compilation were gathered during the making of the documentary film 'Freedom In The Dark' between 2014 and 2017. As of writing this in 2018 there is roughly ten active bands in Botswana and more or less same number of bands that have called it quits. Due to the fact that it has been and still is difficult to record music, especially rock, in Botswana, many bands haven't been able to record their music at all. This compilation has been culled from what has been possible to produce on record. TRACKS: 01. Crackdust - Deranged Psychopath 02. Crackdust - Desecrate 03. Metal Orizon - Ungazetted... 04. Metal Orizon - We're Rolling 05. Overthrust - Psychosomatic 06. Overthrust - Slay The Spectator 07. PMMA - Imprisoned To death 08. Stane - Dictator 09. Stane - Run For Your Life 10. Wrust - God Of The Insane 11. Wrust - The Day Of The Sacrifice

VUZEM - ORTUS (LP/BEVERINA/CASUS BELLI MUSICA)

Vuzem was a project of Martin Schirenc (Hollenthon, Pungent Stench). Formed in 1994, Vuzem recorded only 2 tracks before they became Hollenthon after signing to Napalm Records in 1998/99. These 2 tracks were published on the 'A.B.M.S.: Norici Obscura Pars' CD compilation back in 1996 (Dark Matter Records). Vuzem was part of A.B.M.S. - 'Austrian Black Metal Syndicate'. Now, after 24 years both tracks are available on vinyl. Originally recorded, mixed, and mastered at Sing Sang Studios, Vienna, Austria (Sept. 1995). Limited to 100 copies. TRACKS: 1. Von Denen Bluthsaugern 06:32 2. Invocation 18:43

WIZARD RIFLE - WIZARD RIFLE (LP/SVART)

Wizard Rifle emerged from the metal groundswell of Portland, Oregon in 2009 bent on annihilating the complacency of genre pigeonholes and throwback tropes. Their elusive sound contorts and leaps from sludgy and psychedelic, to thrash, noise and beyond, accented by vocal harmonies and shouts. On first listen, many scoff at the possibility that such a cacophony could be produced by just two band members, but seeing is believing the force that is Wizard Rifle, and skeptics become Kool-Aid guzzling disciples before the altar. Are you next?

NEBULA ORIONIS - TO KEEP THE FLAME BURNING (CD/BEVERINA/CASUS BELLI MUSICA)

2019 album of the Russian atmospheric/space/cinematic metal project Nebula Orionis. Don't miss it if you are a fan of Midnight Odyssey, Mesarthim and Ison!

 

JAZZ/AVANTGARDE

BAROQUE JAZZ TRIO - ORIENTASIE/LARGO (7"/SOUFFLE CONTINU)

Blending free jazz, baroque music and exotica in a delightful way, this single by the Baroque Jazz Trio was originally released in 1970 by the French Saravah label. Copies of that edition nowadays are almost impossible to find, so this is a more than welcome reissue, presented with remastered sound!

BAROQUE JAZZ TRIO - BAROQUE JAZZ TRIO (LP/SOUFFLE CONTINU)

Originally released in 1970 by the French label Saravah, the highly regarded, self-titled album by the Baroque Jazz Trio (which comprised 3/5 of the Bach Modern Quintet) offers a unique mixture of baroque music, free jazz, pop and world music. This wonderful reissue on vinyl comes with remastered audio and reproduced artwork.

PETERSON, OSCAR - LIVE IN PARIS 1961 (LP/RETURN TO ANALOG)

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

MINIM - QUADERN DE BITACOLA (LP/VINYLTRIBES)

Mínim is the personal project of Juanvi Fortea, one half of Güiro Meets Russia and member of Mecánica Clásica. Field recordings made on different trips, accompanied by analog synthesizers and the use of the home studio itself as one more instrument, give form to the eight cuts contained in 'Quadern De Bitàcola'. Sound exploration based on repetitive sequences, layers of different textures and timbral landscapes, with the Ambient as the common denominator. Very limited edition of 270 copies.

 

SOUNDTRACKS/LOUNGE/CULT ETC

VARIOUS - SPECTRA MACHINA, VOL. 1 (LP/SUB ROSA)

'A SOUND ANTHOLOGY OF OCCULT PHENOMENA 1920-2017'- This album brings together rare documents pertaining to so-called occult phenomena, most of them taken from little-known archives. The documents gathered here are, by their extravagance and far-fetched aspects, more than the mere objects of belief one would be tempted to reduce them to. They are vestiges of aberrant phenomena, fossils of an unknown civilization buried in the depths of the unconscious that are revived, in a way, when we listen to them. They can be understood as "works," in the full artistic sense of the word, and constitute a kind of "cabinet of sound curiosities" that is worthy of aesthetic interest. Sometimes imbued with a disconcerting dramatic intensity, these documents bear the features of an authentic time machine, placing the listener in the position of a witness of the time immersed in the dim darkness of the experimental hall. And it is at that precise moment that the aesthetic power of these archives takes precedence over their probative value. Their somewhat old-fashioned charm, maintained by the surface noise of magnetic tapes and old wax disks, gets stronger with each listen. SIDE 1: Spiritual Séances and Medium Trances. 1. Arthur Conan Doyle on Spiritualism [London, England, May 14, 1930] 2. Gladys Osborne Leonard and the spirit of "Feda," in the presence of Reverend W.S. Irving and T. Besterman [London, England, November 17, 1932] 3. Rudi Schneider's Trance [London, England, 1933] 4. Harry Houdini's "final séance" [Hollywood, USA, October 31, 1936] 5. Ivy Carter Beaumont aka "Rosemary": "The Speech of Ancient Egypt, Eighteenth Dynasty" [England, July 14, 1938] 6. Einer Nielsen and the "spectral voices" of "Astrid" and "Bischof Liljeblad" [Copenhagen, Denmark, c. 1950] 7. Leslie Flint and the "voice" of Oscar Wilde of Reverend W.S. Irving and T. Besterman [London, England, August 20, 1962] 8. A spiritism séance broadcast on the radio [Paris, France, 1976] SIDE 2: Haunting Spirits and Haunted Places. 1. The Rosenheim case [Germany, December 1967] 2. The Th. case of Reverend W.S. Irving and T. Besterman [Switzerland, April 16, 1967] 3. The S. case [Germany, 1968] 4. The P. case [Germany, December 1971] 5. Knocking phenomena [Germany, 1974] 6. Émile Tizané about "little hauntings" [Paris, France, 1976] 7. Voice produced by Janet Hodgson during a trance [Enfield, England, January-February 1978] 8. Dominique and the "talking wall" [La Machine, France, 1973] 9. Anneliese Michel's Exorcism Ritual by Father Arnold Renz [Klingenberg, Germany, 1976] 10. Denys Renaudin's investigation of a haunting case [Paris, France, 1979] 11. Jack Sutton and the "haunted airfield" [Norfolk, England, c. 1980] 12. "Paranormal" explosion [London, England, 1995]

 

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

MWENDA, JEAN-BOSCO - JEAN-BOSCO MWENDA (LP/MISSISSIPPI)

The pioneering Congolese guitarist best known for the song 'Masanga,' this is the first compilation ever dedicated to Jean-Bosco. Perhaps the greatest influence on central and eastern African guitarists, Jean-Bosco created a totally unique approach to the acoustic guitar in the 1950s, which caught like wildfire across the continent. Featuring 12 rare songs of beautiful, complex fingerstyle guitar and Mwenda's warm voice, and and beloved classics - all restored from original 78 RPM discs. Includes an insert with full lyric translations!

 

VARIOUS: WORLD, CLASSICAL, SPOKEN WORDS ETC

ZOUMBAS, ALEXIS - ALEXIS ZOUMBAS (LP/MISSISSIPPI)

The truly virtuousic violinist Alexis Zoumbas immigrated from the mountains of northern Greece to NYC in the 1910s, where he recorded with the great Marika Papagika before cutting his own instrumental sessions with a small string ensemble. Zoumbas had the rare gift of expressing emotion so clearly and urgently through his instrument, and his violin feels like an extension of his heart, soul, and the deep musical history of his faraway home in Epirus. Previously only heard on scratchy 78s and the 'Lament For Epirus' compilation (Angry Mom, 2014), the original recordings were recently uncovered in pristine condition and have been restored in astonishingly clear and present sound quality, and includes completely unreleased takes and stunning solo improvisations. Please note this is a completely different release than the 'Lament From Epirus' release. The LP includes a booklet with extensive biographical notes, with poly-bags and promotional sticker, and is co-released by Orpheum Phonograph and Olvido Records.

 

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