SPOTLIGHT 19

16/05/2022 18:22

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

CURTIS KNIGHT ZEUS - SEA OF TIME (LP/SOMMOR)

In the early '70s, Hendrix's old friend & collaborator Curtis Knight moved to London and formed Curtis Knight Zeus, recruiting a young guitarist named "Fast" Eddie Clarke (later of Motörhead fame). 'Sea Of Time' was recorded at Olympic Studios in 1973 but never actually released in the UK, only in a few European countries. Psychedelic hard-rock with soul/funk influences and even some raw proto-punk moves. All songs were written by Curtis, showcasing his versatile songwriting talent, and he's also on lead vocals/guitar. Includes the underground heavy-funk-rock hit 'The Devil Made Me Do It' and more! Recommended if you like Jimi Hendrix, Arthur Lee's 'Vindicator,' Chubby Checker's 'Chequered.' First ever vinyl reissue in orginal gatefold sleeve artwork and insert with liner notes by Kingsley Abbott with a foreword by Kathy Knight-McConnell (Curtis' widow) and photos.

FALLEN ANGELS - IT'S A LONG WAY DOWN (LP/JACKPOT)

Released only one year after their psychedelic debut, The Fallen Angels' sophomore album, 'It's A Long Way Down,' lays it all out on the line. Unfettered by label interference, The Fallen Angels' second and final record highlights all the band has to offer. Off-kilter time signatures, experimental soundscapes, and white-hot guitar licks abound across 'It's A Long Way Down's dozen tracks, with lead singer Jack Bryant's vocals serving as a guiding light through the paisley-patterned tunnel. Album high points like 'Poor Old Man' and 'Something New You Can Hide In' tease early signs of progressive rock with their weird and winding melodies, and impress with rock-solid instrumentation. An early marvel of psych rock that holds up to this day. Mastered from its original tapes and pressed at RTI on red vinyl, in its original gatefold design.

FALLEN ANGELS - THE FALLEN ANGELS (LP/JACKPOT)

Pioneers of psychedelic rock, Jackpot Records is thrilled to offer the first-ever vinyl reissue of The Fallen Angels' debut album! An unsung classic of '60s psychedelia, The Fallen Angels, originally released in 1967, showcases the frenetic energy and melodic mélange of early garage and psych rock. Hailing from the Washington, D.C. area, The Fallen Angels masterfully blended driving guitar solos, groovy basslines, and playful distortion, with lead vocalist Jack Bryant's bluesy and charismatic vocals. Standout tracks like 'Introspective Looking Glass,' 'Room At The Top,' and 'No Way Out' are replete with punchy horn sections, raucous drums, and just enough reverb-stricken sitar for that true late-'60s flavor. Pressed on limited edition purple vinyl at RTI and mastered by Kevin Gray from the original tapes.

IMMEN/BO MENNING - SPLIT LP (LP/PLATO UTRECHT)

This split EP features 3 tracks of Immen on side A and 5 tracks on side B of Bo Menning's 2021's solo debut 'North Star Runaway.' Immen's wide and desolate landscape goes hand in hand with the complex ambient sound of Bo Menning. Specially mastered for vinyl by Pieter Kloos at The Void in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Singer/songwriter Immen has an intriguing warm voice and knows how to create an intimate atmosphere with a dark edge. Although most of the songs are written in English, she sometimes returns to her Frisian mother tongue, which gives her songs an earthy and supernatural touch. Multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Bo Menning is best known for the Utrecht rock band Aestrid, whose music in recent years has walked a special dividing line between '90s emo, shoegaze and post-rock.

KIKAGAKU MOYO - KUMOYO ISLAND (LP/GURUGURU BRAIN)

The fifth studio album and last euphoric mind-trip to Kikagaku Moyo's imagined island. Best-suited for counting stars, looking at the ocean, and dancing in one's daydream. In many ways 'Kumoyo Island' represents the culmination of a journey for Kikagaku Moyo. While their decade-long career can be summarized as a series of kaleidoscopic explorations through lands and dimensions far and near, there's a strong intention in each of their works to take the listener to a particular place, however real or abstract they may be. In that sense, the title and cover art for the band's fifth and final album draws you into a magical mass of land surrounded by water... but the couch suggests that 'Kumoyo Island'may not be a fleeting stop, but rather a place of respite, where one could pause and take it all in. Reconvening at Tsubame Studios in Asakusabashi, Tokyo, where their earliest material had been recorded, the five members of Kikagaku Moyo found new inspiration in a familiar and comfortable environment. With their adopted homebase of Amsterdam under lockdown and their touring activities halted due to the pandemic, the band felt a renewed sense of freedom being back in Shitamachi, or the old downtown area of their hometown. With unrestricted time in the studio, they began to build upon the demos and song fragments they'd amassed since their last tour. In the 1.5 months spent in Tokyo, everything started to come together. 'Monaka,' its name taken from a type of Japanese wafer sweets, takes melodic inspiration from traditional minyofolk styles, while 'Yayoi Iyayoi' is a rare instance of the band singing in their native tongue, its evocative lyrics utilizing archaic words taken from old poetry and nature books found in one of the many second-hand bookstores of Tokyo. For 'Meu Mar,' an Erasmos Carlos cover, the original Portuguese lyrics were translated into English, then to Japanese. Strangely enough, the words seem to conjure an image of the protagonist floating among the clouds, looking down upon Tokyo Bay. In fact, it may be possible to draw a parallel between the topography of the band's home country... an island nation, surrounded by bodies of water... and the mysterious isle of Kumoyo. Are they one and the same? Has the band finally made it back home? It's up to the listener to decide.

LALALAR - BI CINNETE BAKAR (2LP) (LP/BONGO JOE)

Les Disques Bongo Joe, hand in hand with Dunganga Records, are pleased to announce the release of the first album of Istanbul based almighty trio Lalalar! Riding a wave of fierce energy and acclaim generated by their show-stopping festival performances at Le Guess Who and Trans Musicales, Lalalar now unleash their hotly-anticipated debut album, 'Bi Cinnete Bakar.' The brainchild of three of Turkey's most active and innovative alternative artists - Ali Güçlü Simsek, Barlas Tan Özemek and Kaan Düzarat - the album is a thrilling mix of punk energy, dark electronics and Turkish instrumentation and samples. For listeners whose knowledge of Turkish music extends only as far as '70s Anatolian rock, Lalalar might come as a surprise. Though Ali, main songwriter, suggests that those psychedelic classics are "in the veins" of all three members, Lalalar are much more than just another retro outfit. Instead, they weave subtle samples of timeless Turkish folk music into their electronic stews. In fact, the sounds of the '80s are a much more important point of reference for Lalalar - and for an underground Istanbul scene that for Ali says is currently fixated on "dark wave and dance."

MYSTERY DUDES - (PURPLE) EXIT THROUGH THE WORMHOLE (LP/ELECTRIC VALLEY)

Mystery Dudes will melt your face of with their eclectic, fuzzed out blend of stoner rock, punk and heavy psych. Regardless of style, the sonic output is always heavy, hypnotic and hits you in all the right places at once! Hailing from the far out corners of Norways wasteland, the hard hitting power-trio made Oslo their home base. There they cultivated heavy riffs and catchy tunes in their secret lair, before unleashing the beast now known as Mystery Dudes! Artwork by Steven Yoyada. Comes on solid purple vinyl.

NEPAL DEATH - DHYANA MORTIS (LP/KOMMUN2)

The 'Dhyana Mortis' LP by Swedish music collective Nepal Death is NOT yet another catchy heavy rock album! This is a psychedelic death meditation. Think four pieces of transcendentally trippy, hauntingly beautiful, slow droning music of liturgical worship. The album features Indian tanpura, heavy bass drones, Tibetan bells, bone flutes, singing bowls, layers of heavy guitars and magical chants. All pieces are tuned differently to resonate and speak to various chakras of the body. Get ready to enter the cosmos of ethereal spaces you have never visited before. Inside and outside of yourself.

NEPAL DEATH - THE BOOM SHIVA EP (LP/KOMMUN2)

Imagine Charles Manson and Anton LaVey teaming up with a band of fake Hare Krishna cult members speeding towards Kathmandu in a run down VW bus along The Hippie Trail in 1966. Then you get a taste of what the Nepal Death is all about. 'The Boom Shiva EP' contains some heavy rock songs featuring the kraut-catchy 'Get Out (Of My Grave),' the hard hitting psych-religious 'Boom Shiva,' the 11 minutes experimental ritualistic 'Bönpo Chöd' and last but not least delirium-weird 'Mary Shelley Of The Ganga' - based on recently discovered recordings from a mysterious Danish artist that vanished in Nepal back in the sixties.

SECOND HAND - DEATH MAY BE YOUR SANTA CLAUS (LP/TRADING PLACES)

After their excellent Polydor debut suffered from lack of promotion, Second Hand's sophomore LP surfaced on Mushroom, the noncommercial label formed by Vic Keary, Mike Craig, and Neil Richmond, allowing for unfettered experimentation. With George Hart on bass, new frontman Rob Elliott and drummer Kieran O'Connor on vibraphones, Ken Elliott takes melodic command on Mellotron, piano and organ, the disc a freakily esoteric juggernaut. This lost masterwork here comes with rare bonus tracks 'Dip It Out Of The Bog Fred,' 'Baby RU Anudder Monster?' and the orchestrated 'Funeral,' a scarce 1972 single.

SECOND HAND - REALITY (LP/TRADING PLACES)

Obscure prog rockers Second Hand began as the Next Collection, formed at a south London secondary school; engineer/manager Vic Keary scored them a contract with Polydor as The Moving Finger, but their legendary debut LP was credited to Second Hand, due to a rival Moving Finger. Channelling psych and spacey acid hues, there is blues-rock underpinning Bob Gibbons' guitar and keyboardist Ken Elliott helps aim the sound towards deep space; this edition features rare tracks 'JamesS In The Basement' and 'I Am Nearly There' from a 1965 Next Collection single (backing Denis Couldry), already showing their freak-psych capabilities. An essential listen for all true prog connoisseurs!

STIU NU STIU - NEW SUN (BLACK) (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

Stiu Nu Stiu is a dark post-gaze rock band from Sweden. Their 4th album 'New Sun' was recorded by the band in their own studio Shadow Kingdom and mixed by drummer Christian Augustin together with the rest of the band. It was mastered by long time collaborator and friend Magnus Lindberg. Artwork made by bassplayer Kalle Mattsson.

TRYP - MY BRAIN COLLAPSED!! (LP/TRADING PLACES)

The roots of '80s English psychedelic freak band The Tryp lie in a hoax perpetuated by Steve Lines' indie mag Mardenbeat, based in the town of Calne in the Marden Delta, which reviewed a gig by a non-existent band; former JP Sunshine main man Rod Goodway and partner Christine Cotter then gave flesh to the beast with Lines and Paul Ricketts of Unhinged mag, cutting 'My Brain Collapsed!!' as an exploration of mushroom-fuelled mental instability. First issued on cassette label Mardentapes and later by Acid Tapes (just as Lines took over from Alan Duffy), this edition is the first on vinyl-A MUST HAVE FOR ALL TRYPPERS!

VARIOUS - SOUNDS OF LECAK, VOL. 1 : KRIBO RECORDS (2LP) (LP/GURUGURU BRAIN)

Sitting atop a bean curd shop on grungy Geylang Road in Singapore, a room filled with vintage gear serves as the home and studio of Kribo Records, the home-grown independent label founded by the enigmatic musician and producer known simply as Maggot. This is where his madcap studio wizardry conjures up the muggy, sweaty, funky and groovy tunes that soundtrack his world within the melting pot culture of his homeland. This is the Sound of Lecak, a regional stamp on the global retro funk and soul movement, inspired by the indigenous word that can mean moist, wet, muddy or even naughty. Filtered through his love of global soul and rhythms of the '60s and '70s, Maggot and his collaborators offer up a vibe that's equal parts Thai Luk Thung/Molam, African Afrobeat, '70s U.S. funk, disco, psych, soul, and U.K. pop. This collection of Kribo Records singles provides a peek into Maggot's singular musical attitude, and provides a window into the unique cultural landscape of the Nusantara archipelago. SIDE 1: 1. Sitar Funk Group - Prem Durga 2. The Kribo Brothers - Yokoso 3. Rebana Funk Brothers - Zapin Lucah 4. Golden Mile Band - Thai Whiskey 5. Wah Wah Thai - Maak SIDE 2: 1. Hail Atan, Rebana Funk Brothers - Inang Bo Tinang 2. Anak Anak Abu - Korkap Mestap 3. Golden Mile Band - Ogy Mat Daud 4. Geylang Electric Phin Band - Hek Sib Gau 5. Hong Chungao Street Band - Luna SIDE 3: 1. The Ugly Voices - Parkiu 2. Budak Bawah Blok - Teksi Dreba 3. The Ugly Voices - Mak Janda 4. The Ugly Voices - Senandung Dua Alam 5. Eri - Oh Rumah SIDE 4: 1. Golden Mile Band - Morning Sex 2. Budak Bawah Blok - Pusing Pusing Balek Balek Sama 3. Golden Mile Band - Dingdong 4. Maggot - The Great Wall of Aria 5. Aaliya - Penghujung Dunia

VIBRAVOID - PHASENVOID (2LP) (LP/STONED KARMA)

It's in the Düsseldorf genes that Vibravoid puts art before commerce. Refer to the aspect as laid in the Creamcheese in 1967. Germany's first psychedelic discotheque with Gerhard Richter, Joseph Beuys, Günther Ücker, Kraftwerk and NEU! who created Düsseldorf blueprints of art and pop culture. For several years, Vibravoid have taken over the artistic direction of Creamcheese, which was honored in the Guggenheim Museum, for example, and revived as a major art happening in collaboration with H.A. Schult. 'Phasenvoid' also includes a fortunately preserved Vibravoid interview from 1997, which paints a first-hand picture of the 1990s that is unknown today and is of inestimable value to music historians. Whether vinyl records, kraut and psychedelic rock, theremin, sitar, light show and the underground - if you are looking for the beginnings of the current music scene, you will find them here... and it may surprise many that terms like psych, stoner or doom had no relevance at that time and so illustrate the pioneering achievements of Vibravoid.

BOOGIE - IN FREAK TOWN (CD/GEARFAB)

Unissued recordings by this very LOUD power trio from San Francisco, modeled after Cream, Blue Cheer or The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Includes all their fantastic studio demos from 1968 plus raw and wild live tracks from 1969. Boogie (or The Boogie) was probably the first hard-blues/proto-metal group that emerged from the San Francisco scene. This power-trio was formed by Barry "The Bee" Bastian (Canned Heat, Lee Michaels...) on guitar/vocals, John Barrett (The Rhythm Dukes) on bass and Fuzzy John Oxendine (Roky Erickson & The Aliens, Jerry Miller Band...) on drums. Comrades of Moby Grape (who even let Boogie use their rehearsal space) and The Sons Of Champlin, they played at all the legendary venues (The Ark, Avalon, Fillmore...) sharing stage with bands like Buffalo Springfield, Quicksilver, Ace Of Cups, Flamin' Groovies or Country Joe & The Fish. Their explosive show at the Sky River Rock Festival (August, 1968, the first outdoor multi-band rock festival held in the United States) to an audience of 150,000 people, is still remembered today. TRACKS: STUDIO 1968 1. In Freak Town 2. To Me 3. Wade In The Water 4. Merchant Of Dreams LIVE 1969 5. Prelude To Boogie 6. Chico Smoke El Ropo 7. I'd Hate To Lose You 8. Barritt's Buddy Boogie

BRADSHAW-LEATHER, DON - DISTANCE BETWEEN US (2CD) (CD/DISTANCE)

Reissue of this cult 1972 album. During the long, dark hangover of the Summer of Love, this classically-trained Essex prodigy approached CBS Records with demo recordings. A forward-thinking A&R executive must have seen a potential revenue stream in Don Bradshaw-Leather's avant-classical noise. The artist was given an advance to record an album. He used the funds to create a large studio in Sussex with many instruments including an actual church organ. Here, on his own, without the use of any electronic sequencing, he recorded 'Distance Between Us' using simply multitrack tape, layering each part of the composition. Upon hearing the product of their financial investment - four side-long tracks of blurry organ drones, frantic piano tinkling, and ritualistic percussion - CBS got cold feet. The album was self-released on Bradshaw-Leather's own Distance imprint; a vanity label established for the sole purpose of releasing the album. The sleeve art is full of mysteries, from the misspelling of "Bradshaw" ("Bradsham"), to the coal-blackened visage of the bohemian madman on the cover (DBL himself?), to the rear photo collage depicting the same madman accosting a nude woman. The music isn't any less mysterious; shapeless symphonies of smeared-out Mellotron, tribal drums, and wordless vocals. Don Bradshaw-Leather passed away in the '90s. Presented in a matt-laminate gatefold digisleeve.

DIONYSOS - L'INTEGRALE (5CD) (CD/RETURN TO ANALOG)

5CD box of Canadian heavy psych/prog band Dionysos. Includes 'Le Grand Jeu' (1970), 'Le Prince Croule' (1972), 'Changé d'Adresse' (1976), 'Pionnier 1969-1994' and a 5th CD with extras.

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

FADEAWAYS - SHE EXPLOSIVE MY MIND (7"/SOUNDFLAT)

After their two albums 'Teenage Hitsville!!!' and 'Transworld 60's Punk Nuggets', Soundflat releases the 7" by Tokyo's wild garage-punk-trio The Fadeaways, entitled 'She Explosivo My Mind'. This raw, maximum-energy, lo-fi vinyl gem is dedicated to the garagepunkers Los Explosivos, the band's Mexican brothers within the global garagepunk family.

BONESHAKERS - OF THE CUFF (LP/TOPSY-TURVY)

After their debut single 'Shake, Baby, Shake', The Boneshakers kept themselves busy during the pandemic and recorded their debut album 'Off The Cuff', featuring twelve original tunes about love, farewell, party and the struggles of everyday live. Using only vintage recording equipment from the '30s and '40s, the band creates an authentic and intimate sound.

FLAMIN' GROOVIES - SHAKE SOME ACTION (LP/JACKPOT)

A masterclass in rock'n'roll cool, Jackpot Records is thrilled to reissue the Flamin' Groovies' seminal album 'Shake Some Action' on limited-edition green vinyl. Taking notes from the British Invasion and inspiration under the San Francisco sun, the Flamin' Groovies became synonymous with the stylish, raunchy rock of the early-1960s, with 'Shake Some Action' remaining their undisputed classic. Earning a perfect 5-star review from AllMusic and an 8.5/10 from Pitchfork, 'Shake Some Action' is upheld for its ability to sound moody, wild, and unabashedly "'60s". Mastered by legendary sound engineer Kevin Gray from the record's original 1976 master tapes, standout tracks like 'You Tore Me Down,' 'Let The Boy Rock And Roll,' and 'I Can't Hide' have never sounded better.

JOHNNY TRAMUNTANA - CARREAU PLEIN FER (LP/SOUNDFLAT)

Johnny Tramuntana moves between the yé-yé Sixties and the '80s garage boom, along with the Catalan sardane and a certain taste for teenage seaside fun. From universal love songs, through weird instrumentals to motorbike fantasies, dreams of California girls and tales of everyday life around the market-square, 'Carreau Plein Fer' shows a wide variety. With the exception of the cover version of Johnny Hallyday's 'Laisse Les Filles', the album has original compositions.

LOS DAYTONAS - TROUBLEMAKER (BLACK) (LP/TOPSY-TURVY)

Madrid-based sixties instro-rock band Los Daytonas celebrate their 25th anniversary with their album 'Troublemaker'. Alongside a brilliant cover version of 'Nite Surfer', originally composed by the Deuce Coupes, the record includes thirteen quality originals, presenting a variety of styles such as reverbing '60s surf, spaghetti western atmospheres, obscure exotica sounds, twangy rock'n'roll and outer space sounds.

ROUTES - TWANG MACHINE (LP/TOPSY-TURVY)

Formed in 2006, The Routes are undoubtedly one of the most prolific underground garage bands in Japan of the last decade. They have not been showing any signs of slowing down and they present the album 'Twang Machine' after releasing three albums in one year. 'Twang Machine' contains ten tracks of classic Kraftwerk songs arranged into mid-sixties instrumental rock'n'roll/surf guitar bangers.

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

BIZARRE KO.KO.KO. - 00 TIME (LP/WAH WAH)

Released on Karl Kronfeld's Synoptik Records, it was the label's only release, thus becoming a rare, sought after, private pressing. Weird, intriguing atmospheres and a plethora of synthesized sounds, sequencers, cold sounding keyboards and even mellotron parts make this a darker offering than 'Aphorisms Insane.' Venturing into stark, spooky post-industrial territories it manages to combine the primitive cosmicism of early Tangerine Dream with the dystopic soundscapes of Asmus Tietchens, '80s Conrad Schnitzler or the synthetic gothicisms of Peter Frohmader. An album that should appeal not only to fans of cosmic synthetic music, but also those interested in the more experimental strains of cold wave & minimal synth (Robert Rental, Dome, a.o.). The Wah Wah edition is the first ever reissue of this rare sought after collector's item. 100% analogue lacquer cut direct from the original master tape by Moritz illner @ Duophonic Gmbh and reproducing the original Dalí-esque sleeve artwork in a strictly limited edition of 500 copies only.

BROMP TREB - BALD EAGLE OVER FOOD CITY (LP/IKUISUUS)

'Bald Eagle Over Food City' is a blurry zoomed-in photograph of a national bird soaring over a grocery store parking lot. It is an album of thirteen failed portraits attempting to distill the impossible essence of a place that is repeatedly deformed by displacement and extraction, quietly made invisible by milltown charm. Bromp Treb is the solo project of noisemaker and filmmaker Neil 'Cloaca' Young, who has been performing and producing small-run releases under this moniker for some 20 years. For almost as long he's been the percussionist for weirdo noise collective Fat Worm of Error, and collaborating in other units such as Carbus, Gloyd and Playbackers. Young co-directed Milford Graves Full Mantis with Jake Meginsky, as well as making many other obscure personal experimental films. He has lived in the village described in 'Bald Eagle Over Food City' for the past 16 years and between the Connecticut and Hudson River Valleys his whole life. Co-release with Artsy Records. Limited to 250 copies.

GELD, TOM -VAN DER- - SMALL MOUNTAIN (LP/BLACK SWEAT)

In 1986, the vibraphonist Tom van der Geld composed his personal ode to creation, a tonal poem for all natural beings called 'Small Mountain.' It reveals a pure minimalist inspiration, a vibrant style of sound variations that is decidedly more Zen-impressionistic than the mathematical-metaphysical works of Steve Reich. This music, for four marimbas and other percussion instruments suggests an emotional osmosis with all the elements, a flow of ecstatic progressions that is more immanence than transcendence. It's the rain that falls softly on fragrant moss or the fog that hides the frost on the grass; an exotic spectrum of multiform colours, dances of leaves, branches, sticks, fronds, lianas, swirls of petals and bark. Ode to the wind, to the rainforest, a psalm to the waters energy that opens the portals of the temples of Nature. As in the aboriginal songlines, every place or being on Planet Earth becomes, through music, space for the sacred.

GRIM - MAGNOLIA'S DREAM (LP/STEINKLANG)

2022 album from Japanese industrial project Grim. Comes on yellow vinyl, limited to 125 copies. Includes 12 pages 12"-size booklet with artwork for each composition.

MERZBOW - ANIMAL LIBERATION - UNTIL EVERY CAGE IS EMPTY (CD/COLD SPRING)

As a life-long campaigner of animal rights, Masami Akita has delivered a brutal assault on those that cage and murder animals. 'Animal Liberation - Until Every Cage Is Empty' is 5 tracks (49 minutes) of total noise assault that only the King of Japanese Noise can provide. "There is a theory that Covid-19 broke out from the poor conditioned wet markets where live animals are sold. If there were no poultry farms, there would be no mass destruction of chickens due to the spread of bird flu. Human beings' cruelty to animals, animal abuse and species discrimination are all adding up to a disaster for mankind and the whole planet. The pandemic is an opportunity to reflect on the relationship between animals and humans. Veganism is the future for humanity." ~Masami Akita, Merzbow 2021. The artwork is a reflection of the animal rights and anarcho-punk movements of the '80s. Proceeds from this release will benefit animal rights charities. Presented in a matt-laminate digipak.

NITSCH, HERMANN - WEINVIERTEL SINFONIE (CD/TROST)

Nitsch loved the countryside where he lived, the lower Austrian Weinviertel. With this release he wanted to combine his music, his art and the landscape. Recorded on 28th August 2021 at Nitsch Museum, Mistelbach. Conductor: Michael Mautner. Performers: members of the Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna (RSO Wien). Mix and master by Christoph Amann, Vienna. Unfortunately this great Austrian artist could not see the release of this heartfelt project anymore... Hermann Nitsch died on April 18, 2022.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

BONGBONGBEERWIZARDS - AMPIRE (PURPLE) (LP/ELECTRIC VALLEY)

Since the 2019 debut 'Albong' the three piece band BBBW creates intense live sounds, droning atmospheres, heavy meditational riffs and vocals that echo through deep endlessness. Based on the foundation of bass, guitar and drums BBBW uses different instruments from synths to saxophone, trumpets, tons of amps, effects, basically everything that creates impact and summons the endless waves for the sonic end time. Says the band: "We are influenced by bands like Pink Floyd, St Erik, Bong, ODD, Dark Buddah Rising, Slomatics, Radien and all different other kinds of music. Our live sound volume levels got hardly influenced by a show we had together with our old band and Cult Of Occult back in 2016, they were blasting our ears like no others with an enormous backline, now we are pretty good to achieve the same physical pressure, not at least thanks to our guitarist Jan who is building cabinets known as Cosmic Terror." Artwork by Natalie Plaskura. Comes on transparant purple vinyl.

DEADBIRD - TWILIGHT RITUAL (LP/TOTEM CAT)

Available for the very first time on vinyl! Totem Cat Records is proud to bring you this important piece of Arkansas doom metal originally released in 2007, featuring members and ex-members of Rwake, Pallbearer and The Obsessed. The vinyl comes with a 4-pages insert featuring the story of the recording, and a download code for the previously unreleased version of the album called 'Other Worlds Than This'! Cover art by John Baizley of Baroness. Black vinyl limited to 250 copies.

FISTULA/GREENMACHINE - SPLIT LP (BLACK) (LP/TOTEM CAT)

Crushing split vinyl featuring long-time partners in crime Fistula from the US and Japanese sludge legends Greenmachine. Both band brings you 3 tracks. Cover art and layout done by Phenicles. Black vinyl version.

PETH - MERCHANT OF DEATH (LP/ELECTRIC VALLEY)

Central Texas is well known for its underground heavy rock'n'roll from the late '60s, '70s and '80s, a sound different than any other place on earth seems to always be birthed here time and time again. Fast forward some 50 years later and there are still the same hell raisin' beer drinking guitar slinging rock'n cowboys makin' some noise in the Lone Star state! So it's no surprise that in the 21st century you have a band like Peth come along and start making some big '70s Texas noise! Born in the middle of the 2020 pandemic these 4 native Texans have been doin' all the beer drinking and hell raisin' you could want on stage with an electrifying mix of early '70s proto metal and occult rock/stoner sound matched to that of early Black Sabbath, Scorpions, Medusa, Venom, Blue Cheer, Pentagram, ZZ Top etc. with evil guitarmonies (what they call guitar harmonies), an explosive trucking bass and drum section and two knock out vocalists who truly help preserve some spirit of Texas's old way of life while helping usher it in this new era of rock'n'roll for generations to follow. 'Merchant Of Death' is almost like a hidden gem of the '70s/'80s metal invasion but in the 21st century. With heavy hitting riff after riff, electrifying vocals and pounding drum and bass, this album is sure to please any metal head and their daddy. Comes on galaxy black/white vinyl.

 

JAZZ/AVANTGARDE

VECCHIO, LUIS - CONTACTOS (LP/ALTERCAT)

Cosmic jazz from the Canary Islands. After a few years in London, where he worked with Archie Shepp and recorded a sought-after album for the famed library music label De Wolfe, Argentinean pianist Luis Vecchio settled in the island of Gran Canaria following advice from a superior entity from outer space. Vecchio subsequently opened the first jazz school in the Canary Islands, effectively planting the seeds of jazz in the archipelago. In 'Contactos,' recorded in 1978 in the Mayra studio owned by Ramiro González, Vecchio gives a free jazz account (with a dash of funky jazz rock) of his contacts with Adionesis, who delivers his ominous message upon the human race on side B of the album. Fellow Argentinean Fernando Bermúdez on percussion and Japanese bass player Yoichi Yahiro complete the line-up of 'Contactos.'

 

REGGAE/DUB/SKA/ROCKSTEADY

KING TUBBY - CLASSICS: LOST MIDNIGHT ROCK DUBS 1 (LP/RADIATION ROOTS)

'KING TUBBY'S CLASSICS: THE LOST MIDNIGHT ROCK DUBS, CHAPTER 1' - It's impossible to think about 'dub' without thinking about the late Osbourne Ruddock - the great King Tubby, the singular most creative human being of the great many who've plied their trade behind a mixing desk in the name of reggae since the early 1970s. Dub may well have existed before Tubbs raised its profile to almost unimaginable heights, and it has continued to exist in the 21 years since he was senselessly slain in 1989. SIDE 1: 1. Traditional Dub 2. Excellent Dub 3. Exclusive Dub 4. First Class Dub 5. Distinctive Dub 6. Unique Dub 7. Characteristic Dub SIDE 2: 1. High Quality Dub 2. Exceptional Dub 3. Professional Dub 4. Intellectual Dub 5. Expert Dub 6. Executive Dub

KING TUBBY - CLASSICS: LOST MIDNIGHT ROCK DUBS 2 (LP/RADIATION ROOTS)

'KING TUBBY'S CLASSICS: THE LOST MIDNIGHT ROCK DUBS, CHAPTER 2' - The early days of the man affectionately known to his peers as Tubbs are chronicled in some detail in the notes to this LP's predecessor and companion volume, not unreasonably titled 'King Tubby's Classics Chapter 1.' SIDE 1: 1. Kingston Dub 2. St Andrew Dub 3. St Thomas Dub 4. Portland Dub 5. St Marys Dub 6. St Anns Dub SIDE 2: 1. St James Dub 2. Trelawney Dub 3. Hanover Dub 4. Westmoreland Dub 5. St Elizabeth Dub 6. Manchester Dub 7. Clarendon Dub 8. St Catherine Dub

KING TUBBY - CLASSICS: LOST MIDNIGHT ROCK DUBS 3 (LP/RADIATION ROOTS)

'KING TUBBY'S CLASSICS: THE LOST MIDNIGHT ROCK DUBS, CHAPTER 3' - When dubwise music really started to come into its own in the early to mid '70s, it made overnight stars of backroom boys who had hitherto worked behind a mixing desk to serve those who were beginning to hoist reggae to an international stardom that it had long deserved, but that it had only achieved on short and non-sustained bursts until Chris Blackwell decided to throw a lot of promotion and money at the work of Bob Marley and his fellow Wailers in 1972. Of those men, there was no bigger star than the late Osbourne Ruddock, the great King Tubby's and the man who, from a tiny home-made studio in the Waterhouse district of Kingston, Jamaica, did more than most to reposition the boundaries that production and mixing of Jamaican recordings. SIDE 1: 1. Highway Dub 2. North Circular Dub 3. Border Patrol Dub 4. Motor Way Dub 5. South Circular Dub 6. 95 North Dub 7. 95 South Dub SIDE 2: 1. Cross Bronx Dub 2. Turnpike Dub 3. Parkway Dub 4. Causeway Dub 5. Mandellah Highway Dub 6. Expressway Dub 7. Toll Booth Dub

 

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

MADALITSO BAND - MUSAKAYIKE (LP/BONGO JOE)

Intuitive, authentic, and full of ruthless rhythms, Madalitso will make you clap, dance, smile, and rethink everything you thought you knew about African sound and instrumentation. 'Musakayike,' meaning 'don't doubt us', is the second international release from Madalitso Band from Malawi under Bongo Joe Records. It's the duo shining and enjoying every minute of their time in the studio performing their upbeat music with joyful vocals, four-string guitar, babatoni and cow-skin kick drum. The experience they've had of performing around festival stages and recording in different studios shows in this album which remains raw, just like 'Wasalala,' but has something new in it. Songs like 'Chikondi Sichiona Nkhope' - 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder' show they're still churning out beautiful and meaningful lyrics, and it's a very happy thing to finally have 'Jingo Janga' on an album, since it has been the regular song played for an encore.

 

VARIOUS: WORLD, CLASSICAL, SPOKEN WORDS ETC

DAGAR, MOHI BAHAUDDIN - AHIR BHAIRAV (2LP) (LP/BLACK SWEAT)

Mohi Bahauddin Dagar is the heir to one of the most important families of musicians in the Indian Hindustani tradition: the Dagar family. During the XX century, his father, the famous Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar, was mainly responsible for the revival of the rudra veena as a solo concert instrument. The stylistic evolution of the rudra also involved a substantial modification of its parts by Zia Mohiuddin. In fact, the tumbas (gourds) and dhandhi (hollow neck) were enlarged to create greater resonance and closeness to the techniques used in Dhrupad singing. 'Ahir Bhairva' consists of a mix of two morning raga in its classical progression of alap, jor, jhala and chowtal phases, in a sound framework embellished by tanpura and pakhawaj. Bahauddin remains faithful to the stylistic features of Dagarbani thought, a slow meditative development that explores all the possible ranges of his instrument, with ascending and descending microtonal movements that reactivate body and mind in the first light of day. Originally released as digital edition by Country & Eastern.

 

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