SPOTLIGHT 2

14/01/2019 14:54

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

DANDELION - EVERY OTHER DAY (7"/SIX TONNES DE CHAIR)

Mystical single from Australian psychedelia project The Dandelion, featuring twisting farfisa lines, ghostly vocals and a spaced out atmosphere. Limited to 200 black copies in hand screen printed jacket.

ARIANNA K - EARLY LANDED (LP/SOUND EFFECT)

The debut-album by Arianna K offers unique musical flavours. Revealing influences from indie-pop, shoegaze, neo-psych, folk and art-pop, her songs are composed and performed with exceptional finesse and clarity!

FAUNE - VOLATIL (LP/STANDARD IN-FI)

Obscure, spiritual traditional themes from Auvergne (France) played with electrified lapsteel, guitar, shruti box, glass harmonica, voice in French and Occitan, recorded live. Limited to 150 copies in silkscreened printed thick folder cover with stamped label. Comes with riso printed double page interview of the band (in English).

FILHO DA MAE - AGUA MA (LP/LOVERS & LOLLYPOPS)

Here's the vinyl-edition of a very tasteful Portuguese easy folk album.

FRANCE - OTT (2LP) (LP/STANDARD IN-FI)

A furious live set with blazing sound. Instrumental 'A' class drone/motorik fire music!

GLITTER WIZARD - OPERA VILLAINS (BLACK) (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

Are they glam? Are they metal? Stoner rock? Psych? Prog? For over a decade, people have been trying to pin down Glitter Wizard but this San Francisco band refuses to be pigeonholed. Pulling influences from the entire heavy rock canon, G Wiz combines scorching guitar riffs and spaced out synths to creates something familiar, yet entirely new and weird. 'Opera Villains' brings the heat that we've come to expect from the band but adds a layer of dramatism that we haven't heard before.

HEAVY CROWN - REIGN ON (LP/CURSED TONGUE)

The Heavy Crown's sophomore album 'Reign On' on limited to 500 copies black 180 gram vinyl. This concept album tells a cosmic tale with "Lil' Bonham" acting as the main protagonist, portraying a metaphorical astronaut trying to find a way to communicate with his loved ones from outer space, which is resembled by afterlife and death. Escapism and the power of imagination, loss and grief, being lost in space, wandering the afterlife realms, renewal and hope, healing through love, acceptance of the impermanent, these main themes drove the band to take a new creative path, adapting a more progressive, psychedelic, spaced-out melancholic sound influenced by sci-fi and analog synth culture. Although staying true to the roots of the catchiness in songwriting and the vintage flavour the band was originated in, these new elements almost seem synonymous with rebirth and revival.

PFUND - PFUND (LP/PINK TANK)

PFUND is a heavy music four piece from Kiel, northern Germany. This constellation exists since 2009 and the boys gained -under different bandnames- some live experience during the last years. Started as a straight heavy bluesrockband, they were influenced more and more by different music genres over the time. Now, PFUND developed an own sludgy style of stoner, doom and psychedelic. Still keeping some old influences but always tracing the trail for something new. Limited to 200 copies.

TAIGA WOODS - TAIGA WOODS (LP/CURSED TONGUE)

Vinyl version of debut album by Norwegian fuzz-rock-experts Taiga Woods. Taiga Woods plays an eclectic genre of heavy incorporating stoner rock, prog, psych and '70s hard rock, on top you've got those catchy vocal harmonies. For fans of Queens Of The Stone Age, Spidergawd, Dozer, Truckfighters and Motorpsycho, it's fuzzy, it's psychedelic, it's catchy, it's heavy yet super melodic - heck it's even poppy without losing integrity. It's the perfect burst of energy you need on a grey autumn morning or the right soundtrack for a pool party on a sunny summer day. Whatever the setting, this album will ensure to keep your head bobbing along to the addictive groove and infectious melodies! Limited to 300 copies.

TINGLEY, MIKE - THE ABSTRACT PRINCE (LP/BLANK)

Finally reissued on vinyl (with reproduced cover artwork) is a delightful, heavily orchestrated, baroque-tinged pop-psych gem, originally released in 1968 by Decca in The Netherlands only. Hailing from the south of California, musician Mike Tingley travelled Europe, but soon found himself stranded in Amsterdam, ofcourse flat broke. In order to earn some money he started playing small coffee houses and bars. An influential A&R manager got tipped, which resulted in a superb album, recorded with some of Holland's top studio musicians and with involvement from producer Tony Vos (also known from the psychedelic days of a.o. Boudewijn de Groot and Cuby & The Blizzards). 'The Abstract Prince' is wholeheartedly recommended to fans of a.o. The Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper', Love's 'Forever Changes', The Zombies' 'Odyssey & Oracle' and the legacies of The Left Banke, Billy Nicholls, Mystic Astrologic Crystal Band, Merry-Go Round and the like. In other words, this is a truly essential LP for genre freaks!

FRANDER - FRANDER (CD/NORDIC NOTES)

On CD, this is a wonderful folk-album by a Swedish sister/brother group with a fourth member from Estonia. The material features ancient instruments, creating heavenly harmonies and intense, traditional moods.

JARVENTAUS/DLUZEWSKI - JORDEN SVART (CD/NORDIC NOTES)

This duo (including a member of Fränder) recorded a fine collection of mandolin dominated folk songs, telling stories and revisiting legends connected to the utter north of Sweden. The title 'Jorden Svart' means 'Black Earth'.

OMEGA FOUR - USE IT OR LOSE IT (CD/PAISLEY ARCHIVE)

Hailing from Edinburgh, Omega Four was a Hammond fueled instrumental mod-groove unit from the 2010s, led by musician and producer Rod Spark. The recordings featured here were originally intended only for the ears of prospective horn players prior to auditioning them. Luckily, events conspired to bring these recordings into the public domain and allow everyone to enjoy. Many of your favourite TV themes are represented, along with other classic Hammond grooves. This edition is limited to only 200 copies!

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

MONDO X - THEE SENSATIONAL SPOOKTASTIC R'N'R MONSTER SHOW (LP/TRASH WAX)

Mondo X play 13 tracks of monster R'n'R, in homage to such notables as Zacherle, The Sonics, Link Wray, Screamin' Lord Sutch and The Revillos! They even cover The Tall Boys (Meteors) classic 'Just Another Half Hour 'Til Sunrise'. A fine blend of garage punk, surf and '50s influenced R'n'R which will get even the most zombified up and moving. Tunes to wake the dead indeed! Features members of The Band From Planet X (Canada) and Mondo A Go Go (Scotland) recorded on Halloween 2017. The fine artwork is by Marcel Bontempi. Limited to 500 copies.

VARIOUS - DOWN AT THE NIGHTCLUB, VOL. 3 (LP/DOWN AT THE NIGHTCLUB)

Down at the Nightclub's compilation series returns home. On vol. 3 you will find Holland's finest psychedelic, garage, Nederbeat and surf bands currently around. Grumbling guitars? Sixties sitar? Orgasmic organs? Fiery vocals? We have it all on vol. 3. Welcome to Down at the Nightclub! With 11 previously unreleased tracks this album will certainly be a gem in your collection. SIDE 1: 1. Sheverine - Checkmate (previously unreleased) 2. Das Audio Combo - Billy (previously unreleased) 3. The Reaction - Stomach 4. Trans Luv Airlines - Gilles De La Tourette (previously unreleased) 5. Trushkadelic vs ET Explore Me - Soulbleed (Trushkadelic remix, previously unreleased) 6. Del-Toros - Solar Morbese (previously unreleased) SIDE 2: 1. The Mieters - Blitse Gozer (previously unreleased) 2. The Stangs - I Wanna Be Your Man (previously unreleased) 3. The Monroes - The Lights (previously unreleased) 4. The Phantom Four - Bravado Blue (sitar version, previously unreleased) 5. Alice D. And The Wildflowers - I Wish (previously unreleased) 6. The Pignose Willy's - Working (previously unreleased) 7. Das Audio Combo - Down at the Nightclub (LP bonus song, previously unreleased)

BARDULIANS - HERE WE GO! (CD/GREEN COOKIE)

Based in Bilbao, Spain, The Bardulians is a quartet that brews an exciting instrumental cocktail of jazz, funk, soul and rythm'n'blues. The line-up includes former members of popular soul, funk and r'n'b influenced groups such as The Cherry Boppers, Akatz, Priscilla Band and Potato. This edition is limited to 300 CD's.

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

ZOMBIERELLA'S TENTATIVE REELS - SUICIDE COMMANDO (7"/SIX TONNES DE CHAIR)

Sweet one-off release from Zombierella (a.k.a. Svetlana from Messer Chups & The Bleak Engineers) leads off with a groovy cover of early '80s German no-wave outfit No More's 'Suicide Commando.' B/w 'Zombi Cadavre'. Limited to 200 black copies in hand screen printed jacket.

MANANA PEOPLE - PRINCESS DIANA (LP/UNIQUE)

The Manana People's debut release is an eccentric collection of tunes offers theremin-driven honky-tonk smashers, zombiethemed electro-pop ballads and horror spirituals, as well as a collaboration with the best troubadour himself, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy. This first effort manages to swing harmoniously between the gutters of experimentation and the comfortable lightness of pop music.

CAVE STORY - PUNK ACADEMICS (CD/LOVERS & LOLLYPOPS)

Here's a splendid post-punk album, deliverded by a Portuguese four-piece with a deep love for DIY attitude, punk rock, indie pop and unpolished garage rumblings.

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

FORRA - MOSTRAME LO PEOR (7"/LA VIDA ES UN MUS)

The debut 6-track EP from Forra is absolute chaos, destruction and rage. Forra play primitive hardcore punk with a classic '80s South American twist that would have sat perfectly on any of the four early '80s worldwide compilation tapes Xcentric Noise released or on a split tape with The Nixe or Cocadictos. Each track sounds like it could fall apart at any moment but the intensity and passion drives it to a conclusion. Sounding effortlessly punk, the band formed in London and is made up of members from Argentina, Catalonia, The Canaries and Mexico. Limited to 330 copies and recorded by Jonah Falco, this recording may end up as the band's only release. The 'Mostrame Lo Peor' pocket sleeve is flimsy and hand-assembled. The record comes with a postcard addressed to British Home Office, so you can share your views on their shitty immigration policies. All the proceeds from the record will be given to The Latin American Women's Rights Service (LAWRS), a London based human rights, feminist organisation run for Latin American women, and 100% run by Latin American women.

VARIOUS - BORED TEENAGERS, VOL. 11 (LP/BIN LINER)

The eagerly awaited eleventh instalment of this highly collectable and cult series. The Pebbles series of the punk rock scene... Rare tracks from England and Scotland. SIDE 1: 1. The Zeros - Chingford 2. The Zeros - Easy Way Out 3. The Zeros - Nice Girls 4. Tanya Hyde & The Tormentors - Till It Stings 5. Tanya Hyde & The Tormentors - Just Like Your Mother 6. Tanya Hyde & The Tormentors - Sic Sic Sic 7. Acme Attractions - Anyway 8. Acme Attractions - Turn It Up SIDE 2: 1. Bad Weeks - Boredom Town 2. Bad Weeks - City Life 3. Red Letters - Sacred Voices 4. Red Letters - Princess Of The Nightshift 5. Fire Exit - Timewall 6. Fire Exit - Talking 'Bout Myself 7. Sedition 81 - Royal Command 8. Sedition 81 - Prat Music

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

AESTHETIC MEAT FRONT - ESSENCE OF RITUALS (LP/OLD EUROPA CAFE)

After 12 years of total silence finally here comes another opus by Aesthetic Meat Front! AMF is the musical project of well-known multi-media artist Louis Fleischauer. AMF combines body art rituals with primordial soundscapes. In contrast to previous releases, this album reflects more of the raw energy from the public rituals of AMF instead of being a separate concept release that is born in the studio. The only source for 'Essence Of Rituals' are sounds selected from 9 public rituals over the course of 7 years. Those sounds are dissected and forged into a sonique dreamscape. Most of the instruments used at the rituals of Aesthetic Meat Front include the human body in one way or another. For example the heartbeat of Louis Fleischauer during suffocation, brainwaves at the moment of piercing and thereafter, amplified springs that are connected to the skin via hooks, or the ultrasonique sound of an embryo. Thus the euphoria and agony on stage can be shared with the audience in form of sound. Limited to 200 copies.

PETIT, CHRIS -& MORDANT MUSIC- - IN WHAT'S MISSING, IS WHERE LOVE HAS GONE (LP/PURGE)

Vinyl-only album by Chris Petit & Mordant Music, inspired by a freeze frame accidentally rendered from Petits late-night viewing of Nicolas Roeg's 'The Man Who Fell To Earth'. Petit is known for working with David Bowie on his 1979 film 'Radio On', and continues to be a purveyor of visionary strides forwards in sound, film and literature. Simon Reynolds has been confirmed to write a large piece on the album to coincide with the anniversary of Bowie's death. Limited to 250 copies with screen printed cover.

SPK - LIVE AT THE CRYPT, LONDON APRIL 25, 1981 (CD/OLD EUROPA CAFE)

For the first time on CD, this is an authorised re-edition of the very first album by the band which was released as a tape on Sterile Records (the label run by Nigel Ayers/Nocturnal Emissions) in 1981. The sounds on this CD were re-mastered by Nigel Ayers from the original tapes.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

ABSENT - TOWARDS THE VOID (LP/CURSED TONGUE)

A brilliant blend of crushing doom, cosmic psychedelia, and ritual despair. Forty minutes of ball-crushingly heavy, psychedelia-tinged doom metal from Brazil. Well worth your time, particularly if you dig bands like The Flight of Sleipnir. Limited to 300 copies.

 

GALLOWBRAID - ASHEN EIDOLON (DIGI) (CD/NORTHERN SILENCE)

Easily one of the most demanded reissues ever in the atmospheric black metal scene, Gallowbraid seems to have left an indelible mark with the 'Ashen Eidolon' EP. For many fans this is the epitome of what melancholic/atmospheric black metal can sound like. The reissue of 'Ashen Eidolon' comes with improved artwork and layout, for the first time ever including Jake Rogers' fantastic lyrics, and this time the former vinyl-only bonus track 'Stone Of Remembrance' is included also on the CD.

NASHEIM - JORD OCH ASKA (CD/NORTHERN SILENCE)

'Jord Och Aska' is the 2nd full-length album by Nasheim since the band's inception in 2001 and represents, in many ways, a refinement, maturation and realization of much of the potential and promise hinted at in the earlier works. With sole member Erik Grahn's compositions and performances now being enhanced by graceful, beautifully recorded strings and the powerful drumming of David Ekevärn, 'Jord Och Aska' reaches higher peaks and plumbs deeper depths than its predecessor. It is an ambitious, intricately crafted, painstakingly detailed journey of over 40 minutes of continuous, thematically interwoven music, moving effortlessly between hopes and dreams, oppression and despair. Though its Nordic black metal roots remain distinguishable, 'Jord Och Aska' paints with progressive elements of doom metal, gothic rock and Nordic folk music to achieve a fuller palette of sounds than before in its approach to Nasheim's particular, misty sonic landscape. Adorned again with an exclusive oil painting by Ricky Jonsson and accompanied by atmospheric photography, the first press of 'Jord Och Aska' comes as collector's edition in 8-panel digipack, limited to 1000 copies.

NORNIR - VERDANDI (CD/NORTHERN SILENCE)

Nornír, live as well as on record, offer an overwhelming feeling of nostalgia. Their German origins notwithstanding, this is Norwegian black metal the way it was played in the '90s - the way it should be played. With their debut full length, reminiscent of bands such as Immortal, Gorgoroth, Isvind Trelldom or Hades (Nor), as well as their fantastic live gigs, Nornír show that they are a force to be reckoned with in the German black metal underground. The CD comes as collector's edition in 4-panel digipack, incl. 8-page booklet, limited to 999 copies.

 

BLUES/COUNTRY/OLDIES

RITCHIE, JEAN - SINGING THE TRADITIONAL SONGS OF... (LP/FANTOME PHONOGRAPHIQUE)

...HER KENTUCKY MOUNTAIN FAMILY' - In the world of American folk music, Jean Ritchie was a truly unique presence. Most of the younger artists of the folk revival of the '50s and '60s were middle class urbanites and liberal arts college students who helped "rediscover" the older traditional artists of the South. Though these two groups intermingled at concerts and the younger artists idolized the "true" folk artists, Jean Ritchie was an anomaly in that she fit equally in each crowd. Born in Viper, Kentucky in 1922, Jean was born into The Ritchies of Perry County, who were considered one of the two "great ballad-singing families of Kentucky" celebrated among folk song scholars. The youngest of 14 children, Jean had Appalachian folk music in her blood, learning dozens of songs at a very early age from her parents and siblings. By college she was a master of traditional song and it was there that she met Alan Lomax who brought her to New York where she quickly began performing and mingling with Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and the like. Though she would appear on Library of Congress compilations and various other Lomax related recordings, this 1952 release is her first proper album and you will not find a more beautiful example of traditional Appalachian dulcimer and folk singing than 'Jean Ritchie Singing The Traditional Songs Of Her Kentucky Mountain Family'. Another essential piece of obscure Americana to have new life breathed into it by Fantôme Phonographique.

VARIOUS - CAJUN STOMPS, VOL. 2 (LP/BEAST)

Second volume of this houserocking collection of Cajun party killers from the '50s and '60s. SIDE 1: 1. Blackie & The Moonlight Serenaders - Elton Two Step 2. Shirley & Alphee Bergeron & The Veteran Playboys - Fais Do Do 3. The Cajun Trio Plus One - La Bonne Cord, Mauvais Yo Yo 4. Alphee Bergeron - Lover's Blues 5. Lawrence Walker - Lena Mae 6. Lee Sonnier & His Acadian All Stars - Along The River 7. Lawrence Walker - The Unlucky Waltz SIDE 2: 1. Louisiana Lannis - Muscadine Eyes 2. Lawrence Walker & His Wandering Aces - Keep your Hand Off It 3. Vin Bruce - Big Texas 4. The Cajun Trio - La Cravate 5. Jay Stutes - Mariez Vous Donc Jamais 6. Shirley & Alphee Bergeron & The Veteran Playboys - Quel Etoile 7. Blackie & The Moonlight Serenaders - La Robe Barre

 

JAZZ/AVANTGARDE

MCPHEE, JOE -& JOHN BUTCHER- - AT THE HILL OF JAMES MAGEE (CD/TROST)

This album presents the duos complete performance at the extraordinary monument 'The Hill' in the Chihuahuan desert in the middle of nowhere in Texas. Butcher and McPhee had never shared a stage before which ended up being an attentative collaboration, starting with a long duo, alternating solo performances and closing the atmospheric set with another duo. Joe McPhee - alto sax, John Butcher - tenor sax.

 

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

BREIDABLIK - NHOOHR (LP/PANCROMATIC)

2019 album by Norwegian progressive electronic artist Breidablik, aka Morten Birkeland Nielsen. Following the critically acclaimed 'Penumbra' from 2017, 'Nhoohr' includes six tracks combining elaborate synth sequences and large ambient passages. 'Nhoohr' is a concept album inspired by the idea of a world that has not been modified by humans. Hence, the concept 'Nhoohr' represents the most intact, undisturbed wild natural areas left on our planet... those last truly wild places that humans do not control. Limited to 300 copies.

 

SOUNDTRACKS/LOUNGE/CULT ETC

VARIOUS - TRASH CAN RECORDS 1: WILD SAFARI (10") (10"/STAG-O-LEE)

First volume of 'Trashcan Records', a compilation series on Stag-O-Lee devoted to obscure and forgotten vinyl treasures from the 1950s and early 1960s. Compiled by Fedor, an Amsterdam-based record hound, whose huge collection mostly comes from flipping through thousands of used record boxes at Amsterdam flea markets for the last 25 years. For 'Wild Safari' Fedor has selected 12 first-rate exotic rarities that have never been comped before. SIDE 1: 1. Perez & Brana - The Crazy Cuban (1958) 2. Champ Butler - Border Town (late 1950's) 3. Carlos Campos Y Su Orchestra - Tequila Mambo (1958) 4. Alfredito - Chop Suey Mambo (1954) 5. Fabulous Pearls - Jungle Bunny (1959) 6. La Bombas - Taboo (1961) SIDE 2: 1. Royals - Wild Safari (1962) 2. Ilo Kay & His Trio - The Bagdad Fantasy (1961) 3. Joe Conwright & His Mighty Men - Down In The Congo (1961) 4. Don Schraier Rocktet - Zei Gezunt (1957) 5. Jean Wright Y Los Cinco Amigos - Taboo (1961) 6. Los Chavales De Espana - Flamenco Twist (1962)

VARIOUS - TRASH CAN RECORDS 2: MIDNIGHT (10") (10"/STAG-O-LEE)

Second volume of 'Trashcan Records', a compilation series on Stag-O-Lee devoted to obscure and forgotten vinyl treasures from the 1950s and early 1960s. Compiled by Fedor, an Amsterdam-based record hound, whose huge collection mostly comes from flipping through thousands of used record boxes at Amsterdam flea markets for the last 25 years. 'Midnight' features six very strange and six very moody vinyl jewels from Fedor's box. SIDE 1: Strange Side. 1. Voices Of Walter Schumann - Haunted House (1954) 2. Ralph Flanagan - Radar Love (1956) 3. UB's Group - Sneaky Pete (1962) 4. Cordials - Eek (1962) 5. Vic Ciro - The Sound (1959) 6. Freddy Flintstone - Quarry Stone Rock (1961) SIDE 2: Moody Side. 1. Hank Levine & The Blazers - Midnight (1960) 2. King Bartel & The King's Men - The Matador (1963) 3. Rusty Isabell - Manhunt (1959) 4. Little Dickens - Jazz In Old Alcatraz (1962) 5. Palais Royals - Panic (1960) 6. Mike Batch Quartet - Delilah (1962)

 

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

OK JAZZ/KO JAZZ - LUVUMBU NDOKI/LUDIATA NANGWI (7"/PLANET ILUNGA)

After the double LP compilations Planet Ilunga presents the first record in their '45 rpm series'. On the A-side we find the traditional song 'Luvumbu Ndoki', modernized and arranged by Franco (O.K. Jazz) in 1966. With its implicit Kikongo lyrics implying a criticism of the regime, it was Franco at his best. On the flip side we hear the previously unreleased song 'Ludiata Nangwi' which has its roots in the Situationist International movement. This song was recorded, arranged and mixed in Kinshasa in 2015, more specifically at Un.Deux.Trois - Franco's nightclub which is now run by his son Yves Luambo Emongo. The musical direction of the song was provided by producer Vincent Kenis, known for his work in the Congotronics series (Konono n°1 and Kasai Allstars) and as the compiler of three CDs on the early music of O.K. Jazz. 'Ludiata Nangwi' had a prominent role in the audiovisual work 'One.Two.Three', part of the exhibition 'Personne Et Les Autres' that was created by Vincent Meessen for the Belgian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale. Limited to 380 copies.

AG KAEDY, AHMED - AKALINE KIDAL (LP/SAHEL SOUNDS)

In exile from his city in Northern Mali, singer/songwriter Ahmed Ag Kaedy returns to the origins of Tuareg folk with sessions of stripped down solo acoustic guitar. Mellow pentatonic notes dance over plaintive vocals, intimate and close mic'd, endearing in their simplicity. Drifting from melancholic ballads and pleas for peace, 'Akaline Kidal' is a politically charged and poignant recording for a community ripped apart by division and civil war.

GEBRE EYESUS, SOSENA - SOSENA GEBRE EYESUS (LP/LITTLE AXE)

Ethiopian artist Sosena Gebre Eyesus sings accompanied by her playing of the Begena, or King David's Harp, one of the world's oldest and most beguiling instruments. Since ancient times the Harp of David has been used as an aural balm, a soother of evil and disturbed spirits... its low, buzzing tones widely noted for their ability to sweetly refresh one's soul. Said to have been brought to Ethiopia in biblical times by Menelik I, it has long been the central instrument used to accompany Ethiopian Orthodox hymns, which Eyesus plays here in an absolutely entrancing manner while softly singing songs of devotional reflection. Featuring six beautiful hymns that gently unspool at the measured pace of a lullaby, Sosena Gebre Eyesus magically creates a rarefied atmosphere that feels absolutely necessary and vital for these most turbulent of days. Originally released on cassette, this is a limited edition LP of 500 copies.

OSARENREN, ODE-OMORE -& EWAEN OSETIN STARS- - OYOETIGBE - THE BIRTH OF A CHILD (LP/DIG THIS WAY)

Reissue of this pretty obscure Nigerian album from 1988, full with quirky synths and groovy drumprogramming. The track 'Enotiomwan' is the highlight on this LP with its catchy horns, funky synth hits, slapbass and crazily deep vocals. After weeks and weeks of deep research in Nigeria during summer 2018 Dig This Way Records finally found and met, in Benin City, Mr. Odomore, who introduced them to all the members of the band and to the producer of the LP. The audio was taken from 2 copies of the LP and was restored by Colin Young in the UK. Limited to 500 copies, pressed by Optimal in Germany.

 

VARIOUS: WORLD, CLASSICAL, SPOKEN WORDS ETC

BHATTACHARYA, DEBEN - MUSIC ON THE DESERT ROAD (LP/FANTOME PHONOGRAPHIQUE)

The late Deben Bhattacharya was a noted Bengali record producer, ethnomusicologist, poet, documentarian, radio producer, and all around renaissance man. Having moved from Northern India to London as a young man, Bhattacharya began working for the BBC as a radio producer. In 1955, having worked all possible angles to securing funding, Bhattacharya traveled to India to record musicians. The success of this trip allowed him to travel again soon after to the countries of the Middle East. With recordings from Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan, as well as India and Pakistan, this LP is one of the best and earliest documents of the diverse and rich musical traditions of the Middle East. Subtitled 'A Sound Travelogue by Deben Bhattacharya', 'Music On The Desert Road' is exactly that, a beautiful and flowing document of the region's sound.

MORESCHI, ALESSANDRO - THE LAST CASTRATO (LP/FANTOME PHONOGRAPHIQUE)

Alessandro Moreschi (1858-1922) was the last known castrato, and the only one to have ever made recordings. He was born into a catholic family in one of the so-called Roman Castles, where he was castrated either for health reasons, or because of his singing talents, the history is unclear. But either way he was discovered soon after for his talents and by a very young age was known as "l'Angelo di Roma" and quickly became the First Soprano of the Sistine Chapel choir, a position he held for more than 30 years. In Roma at the time members of the Sistine Chapel choir, and castrati in particular, held much esteem, bordering on celebrity, and Moreschi was probably the most famous of them all. His recordings were made in 1902 and 1904 at the Vatican. Most of them are extremely rare and are collected here for the first time. This historic reissue includes all twelve recordings which Professor Moreschi is known to have made, as well as five choral records on which his voice is clearly discernable.

 

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