SPOTLIGHT 12

29/03/2021 18:39

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

AGINCOURT - FLY AWAY (LP/TRADING PLACES)

A UK underground psych-folk holy grail, originally released in a tiny private run in 1970, returns to vinyl. Agincourt featured Peter Howell and John Ferdinando, who also were responsible for collectable acid/psych-folk LP's by Ithaca and Friends, as well as the score to the low budget movie 'Tomorrow Come Someday' and the cult 'Alice Through The Looking Glass' theatre soundtrack. Agincourt's 'Fly Away' arguably is the best of their catalogue, partly due to the wonderful voice of female vocalist Lee Menelaus and the duo's incredible songwriting. In the '70s Peter Howell would become an influential member of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

BLISS - BLISS (LP/OUT-SIDER)

A semi-legendary psychedelic proto-hardrock album from 1969, recorded by an underground power trio from Arizona, returns to vinyl. 'Bliss' is highly recommended to fans of a.o. Cream, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Stack, Jeff Beck Group and Grand Funk. This edition comes with remastered audio, an insert with liner notes and a heavy cardboard sleeve.

DUNGEN - TA DET LUGNT (2LP) (LP/SUBLIMINAL SOUNDS)

Repress on psychedelic multicolor splatter vinyl! The most astounding breakthrough album from Sweden's Dungen; a modern psychedelic classic. It's immediate and you want to get involved, but there's also such a laid-back, hippy vibe to the whole thing. 'Ta Det Lugnt' is a beautiful musical trip out into the Swedish forests and back again.

FAT MATTRESS - II (LP/TRADING PLACES)

Originally out in 1970, now reissued on vinyl, it's the second album by the psychedelic rock/folk-rock band featuring ex-Jimi Hendrix Experience bass player Noel Redding... on guitar! This edition comes with two bonus tracks!

GLEN - PULL! (BLACK) (LP/SOUND EFFECT)

Here presented on BLACK VINYL, 'Pull!' is the second album by the Berlin-based post-rock/art-psych ensemble. The album features four lengthy, kraut induced, cinematic instrumentals and a John Cale cover.

ITHACA - A GAME FOR ALL WHO KNOW (LP/TRADING PLACES)

A UK underground psych-folk holy grail, originally released in a tiny private run in 1973, returns to vinyl. Ithaca featured Peter Howell and John Ferdinando, who also were responsible for collectable acid/psych-folk LP's by Agincourt and Friends, as well as the score to the low budget movie 'Tomorrow Come Someday' and the cult 'Alice Through The Looking Glass' theatre soundtrack. Also present on a couple of tracks is female vocalist Lee Menelaus, who's just as impressive here as on Agincourt's 1970 'Fly Away' album. If your looking for pastoral psych-folk at its best, look no further! In the '70s Peter Howell would become an influential member of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

JASON CREST - A PLACE IN THE SUN (LP/GUERSSEN)

A collection of the UK psych-pop band's classic '68 and '69 singles for Philips, with the addition of at the time unissued studio tracks, released on vinyl with remastered sound. An insert with liner notes and rare pix is included. Essential for fans of a.o. Tomorrow, the first LP by Blossom Toes, The Move, Skip Bifferty, 'Sell Out'-era The Who and the like! SIDE 1: 1. Turquoise Tandem Cycle 2. Two By The Sea 3. Teagarden Lane 4. King of The Castle 5. Juliano The Bull 6. The Collected Works Of Justin Crest 7. A Place In The Sun SIDE 2: 1. Black Mass 2. My House Is Burning 3. Charge of The Light Brigade 4. Patricia's Dream 5. (Here We Go Round The) Lemon Tree 6. Good Life 7. You Really Got A Hold On Me

JOSIAH - (BLACK) OUT OF THE FIRST RAYS (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

Originally out in the year 2000, here reissued on BLACK VINYL, is the acclaimed debut-EP by the UK stoner rock trio.

KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD - TEENAGE GIZZARD (SPAIN) (LP/SPINDA)

King Gizzard, the most prolific indie-psych-and-whathaveyou group on the planet made so many albums that we lost count. 'Teenage Gizzard' compiles their earliest EPs. Here we hear the seven headed beast making its first steps. Surfin through the garage, drenched in reverb and soaked in echo. Primitive, psychedelic and very catchy!

LES CONCHES VELASQUES - CELEBRACION DEL TRANCE PROFANO (LP/SPINDA)

Heavy psych and alternative rock from Algeciras, Spain. Including members of Viaje A 800, Mind!, Atavismo, Medicina and Los Bradlys.

ZARPA - LOS 4 JINETES DEL APOCALIPSIS (LP/SOMMOR)

Originally released in 1978, now reissued on vinyl for the first time, this is a conceptual album by a band from Valencia, Spain, featuring five long tracks with raw in-your-face sound and production, over-charged fuzz and wah wah guitar, powerful vocals with killer echo/reverb and other studio effects. 'Los 4 Jinetes Del Apocalipsis' is a treat for any hardrock, doomy metal and heavy psych aficionado. This edition comes with remastered sound, an insert, a heavy cardboard sleeve and an obi.

SONIC DESOLUTION - EXPLORER (CD/GMR MUSIC)

'Explorer' is a melodic progressive thematic artrock album, by new Swedish constellation Sonic Desolution. Reflecting on the different phases and insights of life, in eight chapters. Three main vocalists cover the wide range of dynamics of each song: Jan Johansen, Annica Svensson and Mads Clausen (ex-Biscaya, Timecode Alpha). The complex, yet melodic, music is performed by renowned players including drummer Morgan Ågren (Devin Townsend, Dweezil Zappa, Kaipa), bass player Ken Sandin (Kee Marcello, Uli Jon Roth, Vinnie Moore); guitarist Magnus Berglund (Arctic Rain) and Peter Lazar (Timecode Alpha).

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

SWEET REAPER - MICRODOSE (7"/ALIEN SNATCH!)

'Microdose' is Sweet Reaper's first 7" to date. Join the ride of this tomb-skating surfpunk band. Four tracks: 'Coward', 'Liar', 'Drink The Poison' and 'Like The Way'.

BATTLEBEATS - SEARCH AND DESTROY (LP/ALIEN SNATCH!)

Battlebeats' 'Search And Destroy' is a garage-punk sensation available on vinyl. This is the way lo-fi garage punk ought to be: cheaply-recorded, brimming with untamed energy, and stripped to the essence of three-chord simplicity. Songs for the most part clock in under two minutes - and even at seventeen tracks, the album leaves the listener wanting for more.

SPIRITUAL MAFIA - ALFRESCO (LP/ANTI FADE)

'Alfresco' is the debut album from Spiritual Mafia. Validating the band's semi-ridiculous name, there is something 'spiritual' about this album. 'Alfresco' breaks things down to their basic elements. The riffs neglect any grandiose changes and keep hammering down. Think Stooges or Brainbombs for some comparisons.

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

DEAD BOYS - YOUNG LOUD AND SNOTTY (LP/JACKPOT)

The Dead boys hailed from Cleveland, Ohio and relocated to New York to become one of the first US punk bands. Originally signed to Sire Records, the Dead Boys were notorious for their edgy attitude and songs. After frequent shows at CBGB, the club owner of CBGB became their manager. The Dead Boys debut studio album 'Young Loud And Snotty' was recorded and released in 1977 and quickly became one of the definitive US punk rock albums! Limited edition yellow vinyl with red streaks.

NEW YORK DOLLS - LIVE AT RADIO LUXEMBOURG, PARIS 1973 (LP/RADIATION)

On vinyl, here are radio broadcast live recordings of a 1973 performance in Paris, featuring glam/proto-punks The New York Dolls. SIDE 1: 1. Intro 2. Personality Crisis 3. Bad Girl 4. Looking For A Kiss 5. Give Her A Great Big Kiss 6. Stranded In The Jungle SIDE 2: 1. Pills 2. Vietnamese Baby 3. Trash 4. Chatterbox 5. Jet Boy

WIPERS - WIPERS TOUR 1984 (LP/JACKPOT)

'Wipers Tour 1984' features tracks from the first three Wipers albums. Recorded live on tour February March 84. Originally released on cassette by Greg Sage and on vinyl on Enigma Records in 1985. Limited edition on pink fluorescent color.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

DEAD WITCHES/WITCHTHROAT SERPENT - (BLACK) DOOM SESSIONS, VOL. 666 (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

Edition on BLACK VINYL! The sixth volume in a series of heavy doom split releases features UK occult-doom riffers Dead Witches and French doom sensations Witchthroat Serpent. An occult-doom explosion of the highest order!

VIECO, JAMES -BAND- - UNPLUGGED AT ROCKSOUND (LP/SPINDA)

After the publication of 'Nimaya', James Vieco and his band return with the release of an album recorded live in 2020 at the Rocksound room in Barcelona. 'Unplugged At Rocksound' translates the intimacy of a unique moment, a spontaneous concert and the energy of the venue.

 

JAZZ/AVANTGARDE

KUMAN, JAAN -INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE- - JAAN KUMAN INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE (LP/JAZZAGGRESSION)

Limited 500 copies re-run of this now-classic compilation of Estonian trumpeter Jaan Kuuman and his Instrumental Ensemble, a record originally released back in 2013. You won't find any funkier jazz on the eastern side of the iron curtain from this period in time. In those days all recorded music was monitored and filtered but Jaan Kuman and his ensemble mastered the task of implementing western-style arrangements, inspired by long-distance radio broadcasts and underground cinema. The music is tight jazz-funk, nearly library in form with a slap of drama and catchy hooks that will have you coming back for repeated listening. The sleeve is slightly updated to not piss off any collectors. With the cult following Kuman has in Estonia, and originals from 2013 going for three-figure sums, most of these are already spoken for so please sweat it and be quick if you want one.

 

SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/R&B/GOSPEL

BANDA MAJE - FORNELLESSE/BIANVO ROSSO E VERDONE (7"/FOUR FLIES)

Banda Maje is a collective from the south of Italy that plays a catchy, modern sounding mixture of soul, funk, disco, cinematic moods and traditional influences. This single is a great example of what these musicians stand for.

 

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

LES FILLES DE ILLIGHADAD - AT PIONEER WORKS (LP/SAHEL SOUNDS)

'At Pioneer Works' is the long-awaited 2021 album by Tuareg avant-rock group Les Filles de Illighadad. Recorded in Brooklyn at the tail end of a two-year-long world tour, 'At Pioneer Works' finds Les Filles at the height of their powers, creating a sound that transcends all known genres. This is a heavy and meditative set of live music from one of the world's most exciting bands.

 

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