SPOTLIGHT 3

25/01/2021 13:35

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO U.F.O. - ZERO DIVER OR PUROTU GURU (LP/NECIO RECORDS)

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. at the time of this recording were Kawabata Makoto: electric guitar, electronics, fuzz bass, tape, speed guru, Higashi Hiroshi: synthesizer, fishing god, Jyonson Tsu: voice, acoustic guitar, mandolin, midnight whistler, Satoshima Nani: drums, another dimension, Wolf: bass, space and time and Geoff Leigh: saxophone, flute (on 'Electromagnetic Diend 495144'). Recorded at Acid Mothers Temple, Dec. 2019-May 2020. Produced, engineered and mixed by Kawabata Makoto.

BACON FAT - GREASE ONE FOR ME (LP/MAGIC BOX)

Originally released in 1970, a US blues-rock classic returns to vinyl, including reproduced artwork, background notes and images. The line-up of Bacon Fat featured legendary harmonica player George Smith (who'd played with Otis Rush, Muddy Waters and many others), Rod Piazza (late of the Dirty Blues Band) and pianist J.D. Nicholson.

BAKERLOO - BAKERLOO (+CD) (LP/MAGIC BOX)

The self-titled 1969 LP by British band Bakerloo offers an appealing blend of blues, prog, jazz and hard rock. This vinyl reissue is presented with a gatefold sleeve, an insert and a bonus CD featuring five bonus tracks.

BREAD LOVE AND DREAMS - THE STRANGE TALE OF CAPTAIN SHANNON AND THE HUNCHBACK.. (LP/MAGIC BOX)

...FROM GIGHA' - A highly regarded work, the second LP by the British psychedelic folk group (originally released in 1970) features guest appearances from Danny Thompson and Terry Cox of Pentangle. This fine vinyl reissue comes with an insert.

ELLIS, BRIAN - QUIPU (2LP) (LP/NECIO RECORDS)

Originally recorded in 2008, Brian Ellis' 'Quipu' was not released until 2011 and only on CD. This album represented Brian escaping using any sampling to in turn record all the instruments himself, sampling his own performances in order to create organic music with an electronic music production approach. With David Hurley (Astra) on board playing drums on a few tracks, 'Quipu' achieves a free form feeling with hints of prog, jazz, funk and fusion. The closing track 'Walomendem' is a firey epic tribute to Zeuhl music/Magma at it's finest. Limited to 300 copies.

HAINES, NORMAN -BAND- - DEN OF INIQUITY (+CD) (LP/MAGIC BOX)

Reissued on vinyl, including a CD with six bonus tracks, is a highly regarded UK hard-prog album from 1971, featuring legendary Birmingham keyboardist Norman Haines (ex-Locomotive). The LP was recorded at London's legendary Abbey Road studio.

LA MORTE VIENE DALLO SPAZIO - TRIVIAL VISIONS (LP/SVART)

La Morte Viene Dallo Spazio (Death Comes From Space)'s name is taken from a late '50s Italian sci-fi b-movie, and this ensemble's cinematic odyssey of sound is like Argento, Fulci and Bava taking acid with Magma and Jodorowsky. A solid departure from anything you will be listening to right now, La Morte Viene Dallo Spazio's free-form journeys leave you in unknown astral territory and bake your brain. Composed of an open gathering of players, the Italian quintet combines flavours of Middle Eastern scales, droning theremin and guitars. Their flute-player's frantic, progressive and abstract elements tear open the cosmic gates like Jethro Tull in a Giallo nightmare. The first album, 'Sky Over Giza', released in 2018, was a synth laden soundscape full of ancient mysticism and alien apparitions which gained them a rabid following in their home country of Italy and beyond. La Morte Viene Dallo Spazio's second album on Svart Records, 'Trivial Visions', is a wholly unique experience. An enthralling listen in a confluence of sound and ritual atmospheres that craft a both vibrant and hypnotic effect with nods to black metal and extreme ends of the sound spectrum. This vivid, dreamy and cosmic material will transfer the listener to vast sonic dimensions where one could easily lose the way back to reality. Is this jazz, stoner-rock, psych-rock or progressive rock? This is La Morte Dallo Spazio and they're in a universe of their own.

LEHTISALO, JUSSI - ELIN PAIVASTA PAIVAAN (LP/FONAL)

With a title meaning 'I Lived One Day At A Time', here is the sixth solo album by the Circle leader Jussi Lehtisalo. The songs are about, and inspired by 'Montparnasse 19', a French film from 1958, which tells a tale of a tortured artist, based on the last years of Amedeo Modigliani's life. Musically the album is full of carefully crafted melodies which do nothing to lessen the fact that this is the most hilariously funny release by Jussi Lehtisalo ever!

SATURNIA - STRANDED IN THE GREEN (LP/SULATRON)

The 8th album of the Portuguese cultband Saturnia! Founded in the mid nineties by multi-instrumentalist Luís Simoes, he recorded the albums mostly by himself, but also with a few selected guests, notably Daevid Allen (Gong), Nik Turner (Hawkwind) and Stefan Koglek (Colour Haze). The first 7 albums were released on Elektrohasch Records. Recorded in the countryside, part of it outdoors in vine country, 'Stranded In The Green' puts mythology, wine, sunlight, feral wildness and nature to music, building upon the already established ingredients of Luís Simoes' classic psychedelic rock brew but also adding new elements in a truly organic and refreshing album. Saturnia rarely play live, but toured Germany, Austria, Poland, Switzerland, France and England with Colour Haze for a month in 2012. Luís Simoes on this album: vocals, guitars, sitar, tampura, bass, bass pedals, gong, organs, synthesizer, Rhodes piano, Mellotron, chimes and drums. Plus Ana Vitorino: spoken word on 'Pan Arrives' and Winga: djembe on 'Keep It Long.' Recorded between 2018 and summer 2020 at Lagoa do Calvo. Mixed by Luís Simoes. Mastered by Ricardo Bravo. Cover art by Luís Simoes. Comes on transparent green 180 gram vinyl with full size inlay limited to 500 copies.

SOOTHSAYER ORCHESTRA - SOOTHSAYER ORCHESTRA (LP/LAY BARE)

Born in the early '80s in a small town in the south of The Netherlands, Pieter Hendriks was at a young age introduced to play instruments by his parents. Their large record collection, got him hooked on a wide range of music . Early '90s the big city called and introduced Pieter to new music and horizons. At the age of 15, he started touring in various punk and hardcore bands across the globe. Long drives in shitty vans to play in squats in faraway countries was a reality check and shaped character. Years of touring the world were followed by a move to Eindhoven that culminated in 2015 in setting up a home studio. Here he started recording songs by himself. Pieter is a musical solitudinarian who has enough gumption to leave the commonplace behind and only take with him what can enrich his music and performance. There is a certain weight of tragedy in his music. His gravelly voice possesses sometimes an uneasy moodiness that reflects doom and despair. It immerses you in the dark side of life. Then, amidst this darkness Soothsayer compositions shift to new found hope. Warm and flowing, creating a longing, yet bold mood. Especially in a live performance, with the backing of a band who got their routine down, Pieter Hendriks' songs come to peak dramatically. For self titled debut album, most lyrics and song ideas were written in an old caravan in the middle of the dark forest of the Eifel in Germany. Pieter isolated himself there without a phone and TV. Just loneliness and silence to focus on his music. All these roads resulted in this self titled Soothsayer Orchestra debut album, released by Lay Bare Recordings. Dark Americana, folk noir and apocalyptic blues for fans of Wovenhand, Mark Lanegan and Nick Cave. Limited to 250 copies.

VARIOUS - LE BEAT BESPOKE, VOL. 9 (LP/DETOUR)

Dr. Robert's passion for discovering long-forgotten underground sixties club sounds gives them a new lease of life through his DJ sets and this compilation series. 'Le Beat Bespoke Volume 9' features unreleased acetates, an exclusive remix and obscure 7"es. TRACKS: 01. Unknown - Blow Up 02. The Impact Express - I'm Gonna Change The World 03. The Mongrels - Funny Day 04. Unknown - Don't Take a Bite Of His Apple 05. Les Serpents Noir - Where Is Love 06. The Blues Company - She's Gone 07. Soul Inc - Leaves Of Grass 08. The Outcasts - Today's The Day 09. Don Paulin - Ananas (Dr. Robert remix) 10. Skip Wulff - Soul Lovin' Baby 11. Armando - Blow'n My Mind 12. The Legends - Baby Get Your Head Screwed On 13. Freddie And His Reflections - You Told A Lie 14. Aesop's Fables - The Truth 15. Smokey Circles - Love Me While You Can 16. Val McKenna - House For Sale

WICKED LADY - A WICKED SELECTION... BY MARTIN WEAVER (PD) (LP/GUERSSEN)

Proto-doom/psychedelic hard rock pioneer and Wicked Lady's main man Martin Weaver has chosen his favourite tracks from the two Wicked Lady albums, 'Axeman Cometh' (1969-1972) and 'Psychotic Overkill' (1972), which are presented here on a cool PICTURE DISC LP. This edition is limited to 500 copies. SIDE 1: 1. Run The Night 2. Out Of The Dark SIDE 2: 1. I'm A Freak 2. Ship Of Ghosts

SHOODJA-CHOODJA - SHOOLDYRAK (CD/CPL-MUSIC)

The noteworthy Russian duo comprising Nataliya Dzyga and producer Pavel Perevozchikov delivers a CD of truly magical folk music with electronic elements.

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

JENKINS, DALE - UNDESIRABLE ELEMENT (LP/GOT KINDA LOST)

Originally released privately in the Washington DC area during the mid-'80s and now finally reissued (with bonus tracks), Dale Jenkins' 'Undesirable Elements' is a desolate and deconstructed album which touches on the subtleties and extremes of the human condition. The songs are constructed with gnarled bits of proto-punk via abrasive, fuzzed guitars, and refracted mutant strains of British post-punk through a distinctly American underbelly sensibility. This LP version comes with a thick cardboard sleeve, an insert with liner notes and an obi.

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

TANNER, SAMULI - MUSIC FOR 1-YEAR-OLD SAMULI TANNER (LP/FONAL)

Finnish artist Samuli Tanner delivers an album of strange experimental electronic music, consisting of playful improvised sci-fi compositions and beats made with self-built samplers, old tape machines and new computers. Sahuli Tanner is also known for his involvements with a.o. Siihhi, World Bank, Tiiu Helinä and Myttys.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

1782 - (BLACK) FROM THE GRAVEYARD (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

'From The Graveyard' is the second full length of the occult doom band 1782. On this album there is a leap in quality as the production is much better than the previous releases. Eight tracks and 43 minutes of pure dark doom, with slow and powerful riffs, and heavy and massive drumming. After the recording of 'Doom Sessions Vol. 2', the band immediately entered the studio and recorded the heaviest tracks they have done so far, and they have done it while maintaining that catchy state they have always had.

GRIP INC. - INCORPORATED (LP/7INCH)

One of the most unique entries in the metal music catalogue, Grip Inc. received a fair bit of attention for being the first serious path taken by Dave Lombardo after his definitive demise from Slayer. He teamed up with the then less-known guitarist and producer Waldemar Sorychta and vocalist Gus Chambers. In 2004 'Incorporated' appeared after a five year absence from the scene. Sorychta went back to producing. Lombardo went to Testament, Fantomas and back to Slayer. Vocalist Gus Chambers just went away. Getting back together for 'Incorporated' is one of the best decisions this core group of individuals has ever made - this is simply their most cohesive and energetic album of their careers. Originally released on CD only by Steamhammer/SPV in 2004.

SHAGOR - SOTTEKLUGT (CD/BABYLON DOOM CULT)

'Sotteklugt', the debut album of Dutch black metal band Shagor takes the listener on a trip through the dawn of a new day, the night, the inevitabiltiy of things and realising youre going to die. Bursting with atmosphere, 'Sotteklugt' is equally in your face as it is dreamy.

 

JAZZ/AVANTGARDE

RHODES, KEN - PROFILE (LP/SCONSOLATO)

'Profile' is the first and only Ken Rhodes LP as a leader. This intimate and rare recording captures an explosive concoction between blues, jazz and a touch of funky swing. Though an acoustic performance, this LP offers overwhelming grooves, breaks as well as introspective moments. The upbeat and funky title track 'The Profile' forshadows the raw grooves of the session. The composition is driven by Rhodes' very soulful and bluesy improvasitions in a colorful dialogue with Joachim Knauer's percussive and obsessive bassline which embraces the funky rhymthms of George Greene. However, this raw "in-your-face" formula is beautifully constrated in 'Nothing New' and the piano solo 'Robyn's Lullaby' where the trio slows down to play deep, dreamy and hazy tunes. 47 years after its original release and for the first time, Sconsolato is proud to release the official reissue of 'Profile', limited to 300 remastered vinyl copies.

 

SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/R&B/GOSPEL

NEW YORK DISCO ORCHESTRA - REVERIE (LP/ESPACIAL DISCOS)

A sought after US 1978 disco-funk-boogie album gets the reissue treatment. The music on offer is mostly instrumental with superb arrangements (string, keys and even the Vako Ochestron on one track) and occasionally guitars with lots of fuzz and other cool effects. The LP-version comes with a thick hardboard cover and an obi.

 

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

HOLOGRAM TEEN - GEOMETRIES INSENSIBLES (7"/POLYTECHNIC YOUTH)

A fabulous 4 track 7" EP by Morgane Lhote's post Stereolab project Hologram Teen released on pink wax in ace Nick Taylor artwork. Morgane herself says of the project "the EP is the soundtrack to an imaginary 1980s dystopian sci-fi French movie in the vein of 'Le Prix Du Danger', 'Les Maîtres Du Temps' and 'Le Dernier Combat'. The tracks follow the linear film narrative (at least my version of it!) of set up/conflict, "the chase scene", hope, and finding love. I kept the instrumentation simple and the songs short, with a handful of tracks and synths settings across the tunes, to keep a cohesive sound and narrative. it was really freeing to go for the "less is more" approach for once. That is until the last track which goes a bit 'Xanadu' on you, but trust me, that's a good thing!" The EP recalls a passing nod to those early to mid '70s French cosmo-disco LPs, which at one point you'd struggle to give away, yet now fetch £50+ at Utrecht fairs - once thought as cheesy now highly sought after and in their own way, quite pioneering and often in whacked out, cosmic sleeve art. Expected to sell out super quick. Limited to 300 copies.

POLYPORES - CHAOS BLOOMS (LP/POLYTECHNIC YOUTH)

'Chaos Blooms' is an exploration of chaotic and random elements within composition, performed on modular synthesizer. Its initial inspiration stemmed from a sustained period of listening to lots of free jazz: Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders, Miles Davis etc. This wonderful record comes dressed in a fabulous Solar-Collage sleeve and is released as a one-time, limited pressing of 500 on cream coloured vinyl.

 

SOUNDTRACKS/LOUNGE/CULT ETC

VARIOUS - EXOTIC-O-RAMA, VOL. 3 (+CD) (LP/JUKEBOX MUSIC FACTORY)

In these dark times of confinement and restrictions of all kinds, what could be better than being able to escape through music? On this third volume of the 'Exotic-O-Rama' series, El Vidocq, faithful to himself, instantly transports us from the Caribbean to Africa and from the Magreb to the Pacific Islands via the Middle East. SIDE 1: 1. Harold & Bob - Jungle Beat 2. Akim - Voodoo Drums 3. The Four Sounds - Mama Ubangi Bangi 4. Laguestra & His Orchestra - Turkish Coffee 5. Morocco - Ela 'Tho 6. Ross Bagdasarian - Navel Maneuver 7. Edmundo Ross & His Orchestra - Ole Mambo 8. Hully Gully Boys - Yabba SIDE 2: 1. The Lincoln Trio - Garden Of Eden Part 1 2. The Maori Hi Five - Putti Putti 3. Les Chakachas - Hawaian War Twist 4. Al Duncan - Bawana Jinde 5. The Individuals - Jungle Superman 6. Jack & Jim - Tarzan And Jane 7. Young William & The Jamaicans - Limbo Drum Part 1 8. Dick Dale & The Del-Tones - Jungle Fever

 

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

4 MARS - SUPER SOMALI SOUNDS FROM THE... (LP/OSTINATO)

...GULF OF TADJOURA' - The first release from Ostinato's Djibouti Archives series is a seminal anthology of 4 Mars, a 40-member Somali group. Turkish synths, Jamaican reggae, American brass, Bollywood vocals, Egyptian and Yemeni rhythms, and Chinese and Mongolian flutes all rendezvous in a corner of East Africa that for centuries served as the world's most brisk trading hub, the midway point connecting Africa, Asia, and the Mediterranean. Carefully restored and remastered. 2LP set in a gatefold sleeve, including poster.

 

VARIOUS: WORLD, CLASSICAL, SPOKEN WORDS ETC

SUISTAMON SAHKO - VAROKAA! HENGENVAARA (LP/NORDIC NOTES)

Still deeply rooted in their high energy dancey arctic etno-tekno sound, this album is bands most pop-esque but also the wildest one so far. It's a diverse mix of four voices rapping and singing with evolving, primal yet experimental beats. A unique band sound where the tiny Soviet made Notka accordion is the beating heart of trancey and raving rhythms, surrounded by splashing mysterious waves of modular synthesizer.

GAJANAS - CIHKKOJUVVON (CD/NORDIC NOTES)

Gájanas, which translates to 'echo' in english, comes from Inari-Utsjoki, northern Finland and plays Northern Sámi ethno-progressive music. Members of the band are Hildá Länsman, Nicholas Francett, Kevin Francett and Erkki Feodoroff. Echoes of Sámi tradition encounter present moment and form a colourful combination in the music of Gájanas. One can also hear a dialog between the traditional and modern Sámi music. In addition it emphasizes the strong nature connection of the Sámi people.

 

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