SPOTLIGHT 36

14/09/2021 07:46

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

PAAKALLO - KUOLEMAN TAIKAA (7"/SVART)

First single by Pääkallo, a band featuring members of Deathchain, Jess & The Ancient Ones and Cosmo Jones Beat Machine. From occult rock, to blues and death metal.

BUBU - ANABELAS/LIVE XXI (+CD) (LP/PQR-DISQUES)

Heralded in its contemporary '70s music press in Argentina as a phenomenal release, and venerably revered globally for many years to come by progrock aficionados as a best-kept secret, this polymorphously succulent and lusciously multi-faceted concept album retains the awe of the vertiginous moment of a newly discovered land and the aura of an authentic artwork (in every single piece of this limited 500 copies pressing). Unfettered by the stealthily eroding repetitiveness that eventually forces aural innovations into the territory of trite and lackluster replicas, Bubu's 'Anabelas' still beguiles the most demanding listener by dint of its unique compositional trajectory that is marked by the implosive amalgamation of symphonic prog with neo-classical, zeuhl with free jazz, and suchlike interminably discernible cross-pollinations, while being couched in one of the most vividly surrealistic artworks. 'Anabelas' is a truly remarkable oeuvre to be cherished by collectors who have been kept at a distance in the face of the astronomical prices that are demanded for original copies, in as much as by newer cohorts in the prog/avant-garde milieu. With so many flavors parading synaesthetically in an ethereal escapade, 'Anabelas' is equally appealing to the most trained ears to the sonic vicissitudes of Italian prog, in as much as to fans of the avant-hard electronics of Add N to X. And there is one more important reason why the re-birth of 'Anabelas' is even more appealing than the original release: the exclusive bonus CD, featuring recordings from two seminal and highly acclaimed live-shows that were performed by Bubu (cf. Bubu's official biography on PQR's website). Still here, awaiting to be rediscovered at the end of the rainbow.

ELECTRIC MOON MEETS TALEA JACTA - SABOTAR (LP/SULATRON)

A real neo-krautrock album with all the typical ingredients, such as long tracks, guitar freakouts, totally kosmik effect orgies, double drumming and out of this world atmospheres. Both bands met for a concert together as one band at 20th of September 2019 in the cult club Sabotage in Portugal's capitol city Lisbon. Sadly the Sabotage has not survived the corona lockdown. Electric Moon is Germany's beloved psychedelic rockband, who played all over Europe and released so many albums. Talea Jacta is one of Portugal's best kept secrets. The duo of Joao Pais Filipe on drums and percussions, and Pedro Pestana, the guitar wizard of 10.000 Russos, on guitar, is just breathtaking! They both are well known musicians and are touring around the globe! Joao is also very famous for handcrafting gongs and percussions of stunning beauty! The combination with their friends Electric Moon makes this release (and of course their concerts together) a very unique thing! This is real psychedelic underground! Recorded as a stereo file from the mixing desk. Mastered by Eroc. Cover artwork by Komet Lulu (Lulu Artwork!). Limited to 500 copies on marbled vinyl.

OUTSKIRTS OF INFINITY - LORD OF THE DARK SKIES (LP/TRADING PLACES)

Channelling the jagged edges of Hendrix's fuzztones and the spaced-out virtuosity of Cream, hard psych trio Outskirts Of Infinity formed in London in 1986 with guitarist/vocalist Bari Watts, bassist Nick Saloman (of neo-psych/indie band Bevis Frond) and drummer Ric Gunther. Debut LP 'Lord Of The Dark Skies' was one of the first on Saloman's Woronzow label and it remains one of the best, a delightfully stoned set of searing guitar jams with a nice cut of Cream's 'Tales Of Brave Ulysses' to boot. Epic acid psychedelia to savour!

SUPERMOON - SUPERMOON (LP/MADE OF STONE)

Supermoon is a forest rock band from Athens, Greece, established in 2019 by Vasilis Tsigkris. Starting as a solo project, during the creation of the debut album, Supermoon are now a full power trio. Their forest rock combines heavy psychedelic music, with lyrics inspired by spirituality, nature, folk tales and mythology. Filled with heavy basslines and melodic guitars, a psychedelic atmosphere, a stoner/doom hypnotic tempo and space vocal elements, Supermoon manage to succeed effortless crossovers in music genres, creating a brand new yet intimate musical universe, which stands on the brink of darkness, bathed in light.

3RD EAR EXPERIENCE - DANNY FRANKEL'S 3RD EAR EXPERIENCE (CD/SPACE ROCK)

The ninth album by the California desert-based psychedelic rock band features appearances from legendary drummer Danny Frankel (Lou Reed, John Cale, Nels Cline, Laurie Anderson, Marianne Faithful, Beck, a.o.) and Becca Byram (Blondie, Keith Richards, The Dead Presidents, Toots And The Maytals and Moby). The CD offers six tracks, all improvised jams, ranging from floating psychedelic soundscapes to more intense outbursts. Five tracks are instrumental.

SULA BASSANA - LOOP STATION DRONES (CD/SULATRON)

Sula did it again. An album recorded in 3 evenings. This time some 'Loop Station Drones'. With guitar, effect pedals, 2 loop stations, 2 guitar amps, a syncable drum computer, a very old organ from GDR (Weltmeister TO 200/5), a very old synthesizer (Roland SH 5) and a modern one (Roland SE-02) Sula instantly composed 7 tracks. Later Sula cutted them down a little and made some very little overdubs. 'Roadburn Haze' was exclusively made for the Roadburn Festival Redux in April 2021. Recorded on the 28th of March, together with tracks 2 and 7. Tracks 3-6 recorded on the 13th and 14th of May for Radio KFJC home stream-concert. But only the first 3 of them appeared. These were filmed by Thierry Miguet for Wah Wah TV and you can watch it at his great Youtube channel.

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

SECRET AFFAIR - LET YOUR HEART DANCE/SORRY WRONG NUMBER (7"/HEAVY SOUL)

The second in the line for official, fully licensed Secret Affair reissues is their follow-up to 'Time For Action'. 'Let Your Heart Dance', with it's tribal drum intro, leading to the horns and Ian Page's impassioned plea came out in late 1979 and reached #33 in the UK charts, prompting another Top Of The Pops appearance. Comes on blue vinyl.

ENGINE KID - EVERYTHING LEFT INSIDE (6LP) (LP/SOUTHERN LORD)

6LP box set of every recording from '90s metal/punk/indie band, featuring Greg Anderson (Sunn O))), Thorrs Hammer, Goatsnake and Southern Lord owner. Everything has been remastered and there are a lot of unreleased/unheard recordings as well as stuff which is long gone and impossible to find. Printed at Stoughton printing with gatefold jackets and foil stamped embossed box. Includes LP sized 12 page booklet. Limited to 500 copies.

JANE DOE - RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS (LP/MADE OF STONE)

'Random Acts Of Kindness' is the 5th record from the acclaimed indie/alternative band from Thessaloniki, Greece that takes their post sentimental sound a few bold steps further. Every sound, every scream, every whisper, every word was recorded over and over again, until the band would settle with 9 tracks that carry something from their skin and from the skin of the world. From noise to silence and from darkness to light, this record could remind you of everything and still sound like nothing.

MEN I TRUST - UNTOURABLE (LP/RETURN TO ANALOG)

Founded in 2014, Men I Trust (menitrust.com), is a Montreal band composed of Jessy, Dragos and Emma. This is their 2021 full length.

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

VATICAN COMMANDOS - HIT SQUAD FOR GOD (7"/RADIATION)

First vinyl reissue for Darien, Connecticut hardcore punk legends Vatican Commandos' 1983 debut, featuring Richard Hall (A.K.A. world famous pop star MOBY) on guitar. Originally out on the Pregnant Nun label and now impossibile to find. Holy grail alert! Fully remastered limited edition.

VATICAN COMMANDOS - JUST A FRISBEE (7"/RADIATION)

First vinyl reissue for Darien, Connecticut hardcore punk legends Vatican Commandos 1983 second 7", originally on the Pregnant Nun label. A 'Killed By Death' holy grail for the US hardcore collectors finally back in print, courtesy of the original members. Faithful reproduction of the original cover art by Rob Zombie himself. Fully remastered.

AGENT ORANGE - LIVING IN DARKNESS (CD/RADIATION)

Adventurous southern California punk trio Agent Orange was the first band to mix surf rock with punk. The group was formed in 1979 in Placentia, a small town close to Fullerton and Anaheim, by front man Mike Palm on guitar and lead vocals, Steve Soto on bass, and Scott Miller on drums. That early line-up recorded the classic version of 'Bloodstains' in 1979 as a demo produced by Daniel R. van Patten (of the group Berlin). A year later it was included on the seminal 'Rodney On The Roq' compilation album released by Posh Boy Records. Meanwhile, James Levesque had replaced Steve Soto (Adolescents) and the new line-up released their own self-produced and self-released 7" EP in 1980. A year later, the group signed with Robbie Fields' Posh Boy Records for their debut LP, 'Living In Darkness', co-produced by Fields and former Simpletones guitarist Jay Lansford. The album was recorded at Brian Elliot's store front studio in North Hollywood (a few years before Elliot struck gold writing Madonna's 'Papa Don't Preach'). A milestone in California punk rock history. Limited to 500 copies in digipack with obi strip.

KIDS - NAUGHTY KIDS (CD/RADIATION)

Originally released a mere eight months after their groundbreaking 1978 self-titled debut LP, The Kids' second album is a pure masterpiece of straightforward punk rock. A little less raw than their previous material, but still far from the new wave sounds the band started experimenting with on their following records, 'Naughty Kids' remains one of the best examples of non-UK '70s punk and definitely a mandatory addition to the collection of any 'Killed By Death' fanatic! This reissue also includes five bonus tracks recorded live in 1978. Limited to 500 copies in digipack with obi strip.

KIDS - THE KIDS (CD/RADIATION)

Hailing from Antwerp, Belgium, the Kids formed in 1976 to prove to the world that punk was more than just a London vs New York fashion contest. Originally released on the PHILIPS label in 1978, and highly acclaimed as one of the best punk records EVER, the Kids' debut album is now available on cassette, with two bonus tracks recorded in 1977. This is pure and quintessential PUNK ROCK. Limited to 500 copies in digipack with obi strip.

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

MIEREANU, COSTIN - LUNA CINESE (LP/DIALOGO/CRAMPS)

The legendary 1975 debut-LP by the acclaimed Romanian/French experimental/avant garde composer returns to vinyl.

MUSLIMGAUZE - EMAK BAKIA (LP/KONTAKT AUDIO/OTHER VOICES)

Second edition with poster. 'Emak Bakia' is a long out of print Muslimgauze masterpiece from 1994. Even in the huge Bryn Jones discography 'Emak Bakia' really stands out of albums from that period due its rather unique (house-music related) sound and short, by the standards of Bryn Jones, tracks. Like a crossmix between Psychic TV (circa 'Towards Thee Infinite Beat') and Muslimgauze's trademark percussion and eastern vibes. Remastered and with new stunning artwork. Co-release with Other Voices.

MUSLIMGAUZE - FAROUK ENJINEER (2LP) (LP/KONTAKT AUDIO/OTHER VOICES)

Extremely intense Arabic dub noise music, designed to blow minds and loudspeakers. 2021 remastered reissue with new artwork. Originally released in 1997 by Soleilmoon.

SHE SPREAD SORROW - HUNTRESS (LP/COLD SPRING)

The 2021 album by She Spread Sorrow (Alice Kundalini) is the story of a huntress and her morbid and psychotic relationship with her prey. The protagonist is Blue, a girl whose existence is marked by obsession with another woman of the same age and by nightmares that leave her without peace. Between love and psychosis, a tragic story is consumed, which vibrates in the stomach, like the music that accompanies it - dark and hypnotic death industrial, with moments of dark ambient, power electronics and noise. Inspired by Kundalini's nightmares and her fervent world of dreams, 'Huntress' was born after 3 years of intense recordings. It pursues the need to whisper secret, forbidden tales and to stimulate the deepest shadows of the human being, exploring the boundaries between the delicate and the violent; between love and obsession; between fantasy and madness. 'Huntress' is the soundtrack of a tragic game between opposites in a reality of total solitude. Limited to 500 copies.

TUDOR, DAVID - MICROPHONE (LP/DIALOGO/CRAMPS)

Originally released in 1973, this noteworthy album by the American pianist and composer of avant-garde music sees a welcome reissue on vinyl. This time around the liner notes are in English.

COIL - LOVE'S SECRET DOMAIN (CD/INFINITE FOG)

After the massive triple-LP and double-CD re-release of one of Coil's most CLASSIC albums, here now a more slimmed down, regular 1CD edition, featuring the 13 main tracks of the original album, originally released by Torso (Netherlands) and Wax Trax! (USA) in 1991.

O YUKI CONJUGATE - EQUATOR (CD/OTHER VOICES)

Reissue on CD of 1995 album by the British post-industrial/ambient group O Yuki Conjugate. Coming four years after their lauded 'Peyote' release, the group split and reformed into their 'Mk II' phase with the two original members Roger Horberry and Andrew Hulme, along with Malcolm McGeorge, Dan Mudford and Pete Woodhead (who later went on to form Sons Of Silence on the Leaf label). Making use of the emergent technology of the early '90s, 'Equator' was one of the first albums to be mixed with digital equipment, weaving together a blend of studio, live and location recordings to create their own deeply immersive, enveloping soundscapes. Brooding atmospheres unfold underneath a wide range of ethnic percussion and deep, meditative basslines - existing in a unique cross-section of Hassell inspired 4th world mystery, industrial landscapes and the rich middle-eastern projections pioneered by Muslimgauze. It's a deeply hypnotic work that joins the dots between the late '80s industrial scene and the smoked-out chill out rooms of the '90s, released on the brilliantly haphazard Staalplaat label who ensured O Yuki Conjugate remained a total obscurity in their home country.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

ARIEZ - RITUAL DOOM EP (12"/DHU RECORDS)

ArieZ plays heavy occult rock and was formed in Germany in 2014. Weaving a '70s rock vibe in the vein of the Masters whom perfected this style, ArieZ embrace and honor the magic within and put to record 4 hymns of pure dedication! Comes on bone colored 12" vinyl and is limited to 150 copies worldwide. Join the Ritual Doom!

DODFODD - BESVARJELSE FOR OMVAND REKREATION (LP/AJNA OFFENSIVE)

Reissue on vinyl of the third Dödfödd demo from, featuring Emil Lundin of Ofermod. Limited to 333 copies. Swedish black metal!

KREMATOR - BELOW THE LINE (LP/UNSEEN FORCES)

Reissue of this lost Russian beast from 1989, Kremator's 'Below The Line'. Thrash metal for fans of Sodom, Sarcofago, Hellhammer and Bathory. Mastered by Phil Kusabs for vinyl.

RAUHNACHT - WINTERSTILLE (2LP) (LP/PERCHT)

Alpine drone from the very depths of misty forests and snowy mountains. A mystic journey through Alpine nature appearing in front of your inner eyes. 'Winterstille' is a unique conceptual album, Rauhnåcht will not become an ambient act, no worries black metal folks! Limited to 300 copies 3-sided LP on icefrost splatter vinyl.

 

BLUES/COUNTRY/OLDIES

COFFINSHAKERS - THE CURSE OF THE COFFINSHAKERS (4LP) (LP/SVART)

This deluxe box set titled 'The Curse Of The Coffinshakers 1996-2016' includes both of their albums, 2 bonus LPs ('From The Crypt - Rare and Unreleased Vol. I' and 'Vol. II') and a thick booklet with a lengthy interview and archive material. The bonus LPs are only available in the box set and they include rare compilation tracks, EP releases and a handful of unreleased tunes from Rob Coffinshaker's personal vaults.

 

JAZZ/AVANTGARDE

BLAM, MISA - SECANJA (LP/EVERLAND-YU)

Misa Blam's 'Secanja' (Memories), one of the most sought of, rarest and cult ex-Yugoslavian jazz LP's - is finally reissued, sourced and fully licensed straight from vaults of Jugodisk (Belgrade, Serbia). And where better than on the Everland's Everland-Yu imprint dedicated to the unheard sound of Yugoslavia! This LP, kept tight in private ex-Yu collectors cabinets and championed by jazz dance DJ's across the planet, was recorded in 1979 and released in only 1000 copies in 1980 by the Beograd Disk label. The LP is filled with jazz-funk, bop styles, Latin jazz and even gospel live recordings by the Golden Gate Quartet (recorded by Misa himself) all accompanied by the crème de la crème of Yugoslavia's jazz-funk instrumentalists at the time (Jelenko Milakovic, Lazar Tosic, Stjepko Gut, Jovan Maljokovic, Josip Bocek).

 

SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/R&B/GOSPEL

BWANA - RITMO MATIZON/PA GOZAR (7"/DISCODELIC)

Discodelic introduces its fifth launch in its series of exclusive limited editions, the second piece of the trilogy of Afro Latin Nicaraguan music. From Managua, we present you the mythical Bwana, the Afro tropical rock ensemble pioneers in its style in Central America, with two themes of their second LP: 'Ritmo Matizon' and 'Pa Gozar', an incredible continuation of their first well known LP, which includes the international successes such as 'La Jurumba' and 'La Patada'. Interestingly, this second LP was less promoted and is a piece very much desired by Latin music collectors, and only intrepid diggers have been able to find an original copy traveling in Nicaragua. Bwana was born in 1970 from the need to unite the bata drums, the African tradition of Palo Mayombe and the more acid and modernist rock of tropical music. The ensemble was led by Roberto Martines (Maguila), a versatile visionary and creative multi-instrumentalist, who since he was a child has been engaged in spiritual sessions with his family. To complete the idea of Bwana, the perfect connection was Salvador Fernandez (Chava), conga player and great expert of Afro rhythms. The group had massive success in Nicaragua, Colombia, Mexico and Panama, but inexplicably disintegrated in the mid-'70s and its members disappeared from the musical map. In 2019 we met Roberto Martinez (Maguila) in Los Angeles, where today he is the high priest of Palo Mayombe and dedicated to healing through spiritual methods and astral travels. He shared with us the complete history of Bwana to know through his incredible vision. We invite you to read the liner notes that accompanies this 45rpm edition.

DUKE, DORIS - WOMAN (LP/TRADING PLACES)

Georgia-born soul singer Doris Curry began her career as Doris Whittingham after marrying Gus Whittingham of the Cadillacs and after backing Nina Simone on live album 'A Very Rare Evening', Swamp Dogg renamed her Doris Duke for her acclaimed solo debut, 'I'm A Loser'. The 1975 swansong, 'Woman', recorded for the British Contempo label and arranged by Gerry Shury, gets it contours from Ultrafunk's top-notch rhythm section and enhanced by the Armada Orchestra. A neglected classic that remained unjustly obscure, it has superb takes of 'Woman Of The Ghetto' and Mavis Staples' 'Pick Up The Pieces,' plus spirited originals.

FRANK Y SUS INQUIETOS - FRANK Y SUS INQUIETOS (LP/EL PALMAS MUSIC)

This killer album of aggressive guaguanco from Venezuela was originally released in 1967. Now it gets reissued for the very first time.

 

SOUNDTRACKS/LOUNGE/CULT ETC

ROCKMORE, CLARA - THEREMIN (LP/FANTOME PHONOGRAPHIQUE)

Lithuanian-born violin prodigy Clara Rockmore became the best-known master of the electronic theremin after emigrating to the USA, her uncommon approach enabling its integration in the classical milieu even as she refined its construction. This landmark debut surfaced in 1977, when she was already 66; produced by synthesizer pioneer Bob Moog and featuring her sister Nadia on accompanying piano, 'Theremin' (aka 'The Art Of The Theremin') showed all the majesty and grace of Rockmore's approach to the theremin, her classical grounding and virtuosity enabling an emotive response from the instrument, with uncommon nuances of pitch, tone, and cadence. This one-off masterpiece is a musical gem ripe for rediscovery, a must for all fans of the theremin and anyone interested in the nexus of the classical and electronic forms. Limited to 500 handnumbered copies.

 

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

KINGDOM COME - KINGDOM COME (LP/TRADING PLACES)

'God of Hellfire' Arthur Brown made an indelible impact in The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, performing outlandish theatrics with a burning helmet and being deported from Italy after a naked appearance at the Palermo Pop Festival in 1970. When his bandmates quit to form Atomic Rooster, Brown formed Kingdom Come to cut three esoteric albums for Polydor, this self-titled sophomore set (from 1972) inspired by the element of water. It's a deep dive into prog concept territory, with churning organ, pounding bass and drums, wah-wah excursions and Brown's internal conversations drifting between the speakers. Fantastic stuff!

 

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