SPOTLIGHT 17

03/05/2021 09:57

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

APOLLO80 - (BLACK) BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL DESTINATION (LP/SOUND EFFECT)

Apollo80 are doing it again! After the striking debut in 2019 the Western Australian trio is back with another chapter of heavy-riffing exploration in the low frequencies universe. The main ingredients for the space cake are unchanged, but this work explores a darker space with an extended use of drone atmospheres, groovy tempos and sporadic synth and vocal inserts. 'Beautiful, Beautiful Desolation' is the title of their first full-length and is promising to please the fans of Melvins, Earth, Toner Low and whoever aims to soak their brain in a bath of distorted frequencies. While the intro seems to continue the space-rock voyage of their previous EP, the opening riff clears immediately the path for a heavier trip that reaches the deepest point with the feedbacks and drones of the Earth-ian 'Like Men Gone At Sea'. Side B is a surprise again and introduces synth layers and distorted vocals that are totally new for the Perth trio, but then they close with what they do best. '90s-inspired slow riffs and a long psychedelic interlude of the banger 'Lungbeers' carry the listener to the end of this 40+ mins work that is brought on the streets by the joined efforts of Sound Effect Records and Kozmik Artifactz.

CUARZO - VOL. 2 (2LP) (LP/NASONI)

Presented as a DOUBLE-LP on two 180-GRAM ORANGE VINYL records, the second album by the Peruvian instrumental three-piece is another mind expanding serving of fuzzy, heavy, psychedelic doom. This is a limited edition of 300 units, coming with a download card.

LORDS OF ALTAMONT - (BLACK) MIDNIGHT TO 666 (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

Edition on BLACK VINYL! The Lords' highly regarded 2010 garage-punk masterpiece is finally available again!

LORDS OF ALTAMONT - (BLACK) TUNE IN, TURN ON, ELECTRIFY! (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

Edition on BLACK VINYL! 'Tune In, Turn On, Electrify!' takes a ride through the mental landscape of these four musicians. The material throws thrusting raw, aggressive garage punk in your face, then flips the script and invites you on an elaborate psychedelic trip.

VARIOUS - TURK HIT PARADE (LP/TÜRKÜOLA)

The 'Türk Hit Parade' compilation is a reaction from Turkish "Gastarbeiter" in Germany to the hit parade records of 1970s and early 1980s. The songs of the compilation are dated from 1972 to 1980. The sound of the recordings vary from mono to stereo, from pop folk to laiko adaptations. On the same compilation you can hear an early folk pop tune of Fikret Kizilok along with a funky folk rock of Baris Manço & Kurtalan Ekspres. A laiko adaptation of Füsun Önal co-exists with rock arabesque hit of Ajda Pekkan and the Jethro Tull/Herbie Mann flavored Iskender Dogan. The fuzzy rock piece of Senay and Cem Karaca's Moog monster hit 'Tamirci Çiragi' makes this hit parade complete. For the fans of Murat Ses' style of Hammond organ you can hear Mogollar's 'Çigrik' and Edip Akbayram's 'Garip' where Ses plays Hammond in his innovative style. All are available with the graphic and musical quality of Türküola, in the tradition of funky "Gastarbeiter"! SIDE 1: 1. Baris Manço - Hal Hal 2. Cici Kizlar - Delisin 3. Edip Akbayram - Garip 4. Erkin Koray - Saskin 5. Füsun Önal - Ah Nerede 6. Fikret Kizilok - Leylim Leylim 7. Iskender Dogan - Kan Ve Gül SIDE 2: 1. Cem Karaca - Tamirci Çiragi 2. Mogollar - Çigrik 3. Selçuk Alagöz - Malabadi Köprüsü 4. Selda - Yuh Yuh 5. Tanju Okan - Kadinim 6. Ajda Pekkan - Kaderimin Oyunu 7. Senay - Gerçek Nerde

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

MOD FUN - WARDOUR DREAMS (CD/PAISLEY ARCHIVE)

'Wardour Dreams' is a compilation of both LPs of retro-mod band Mod Fun from New Jersey, remastered and for the first time available as full albums on CD. Also included on this CD are 5 bonus tracks - three live tracks and two demo recordings, 'Plastic People' and 'Sugarcube Boy'. All tracks remastered.

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

CDG - UNCONDITIONAL EP (7"/DOMESTIC DEPARTURE)

New sounds from the solo home-recorded incarnation of Portland's CDG (aka Conditioner Disco Group), as performed by J. Nickle, also of Collate and The Bedrooms. Minimal messthetics, Pacific Northwest does UK DIY, visions of Mark E. Smith in lockdown. 300 copies pressed, two-color risographed fold-over cover in fluorescent orange and violet, includes Bandcamp download code and photocopied insert.

COLLATE - MEDICINE/GENESIS FATIGUE (7"/DOMESTIC DEPARTURE)

Stripped-down no wave/art-punk from Portland, OR in the style of Gang Of Four, The Fall, Pylon, etc. Pure analog attack, desperate sounds for desperate living. 500 copies pressed, two-color risographed fold-over cover in metallic gold and black, includes Bandcamp download code and photocopied insert.

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

CHANNEL 3 - FEAR OF LIFE (BLACK) (LP/RADIATION)

Channel 3, aka CH3, was formed in 1980 in suburban Cerritos, about 20 miles southeast of Los Angeles, with frontman Mike Magrann, guitarist Kimm Gardener, bassist Larry Kelly and drummer Mike Burton. Signing to Posh Boy in 1981, their eponymous EP had the hit 'Manzanar', which was championed by John Peel on the BBC. Posh Boy founder Robbie Fields was in the producer's chair for their excellent debut, 'Fear Of Life', a blistering punk assault on American values. Free from the heavy metal leanings of their later work, this no-holds-barred debut is a must for all fans of So-Cal hardcore. Limited to 500 copies vinyl reissue with fully remastered sound courtesy of Geza X, reproduction of the original insert and one bonus track!

SID & THE VICIOUS WHITE KIDS - THE FIRST AND LAST SHOW (LP/RADIATION)

Sid's legendary performance at the Electric Ballroom in London, in 1978. His last show before moving to the US and the first for his new band consisting of him on vocals, early Pistols bass player Glen Matlock, Rat Scabies from the Damned and Steve New from the Rich Kids. A must for all Pistols collectors out there. SIDE 1: 1. C'mon Everybody 2. (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone 3. (Don't Gimme) No Lip 4. I Wanna Be Your Dog SIDE 2: 1. Belsen Was A Gas 2. Chatterbox 3. Tight Pants 4. Something Else 5. My Way

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

CLAN CAIMAN - ASOMA (LP/EM)

Clan Caimán returns to EM Records for their second album, continuing the instinctive evolution of their music: a wordless, timeless, gently pulsing and sweetly melodic soundworld, based on composer Emilio Haro's vision of a band playing the music of an imaginary undiscovered ethnic group. Woven together by Haro's self-made kalimbafón, a tuned percussion instrument, these five Argentinian musicians also use threads of lap steel, guitars, bass and percussion to knit their beyond-genre textures, seemingly ageless despite being recorded in December 2019. 'Asoma' is perfect music for imaginary voyages during travel-restricted times.

VARIOUS - PRSNT (LP/MODERN OBSCURE)

'PRSNT' is a unique project combining the input of artists from across the worlds of music, video and written word which acts as a statement on how we, as consumers, engage with music in the 21st century. Vital electronic musicians including Ryuichi Sakamoto, Lafawndah, Lyra Pramuk, Lucrecia Dalt and Visible Cloaks have each contributed tracks, which are approximately 32 seconds long. Each musician was given a fascinating challenge to create engaging compositions with real artistic merit, inside the confines of this shortened span. Akin' to Brian Eno's famous 'Windows 95' start-up music, the time constraints are crucial and the compositions are deceptively complex and more substantial than expectations of their nano nature would suggest.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

EYES (SWEDEN) - PERFECT VISION 20/20 (CD/GMR MUSIC)

Hailing from Malmö in the far south of Sweden, Eyes is a band for hard and classic rock tracing its evolution from British tradition to American melodic stadium and radio music. Featuring members from Swedish melodic rockers Aces High, Eyes have taken the crunchy riffs and melodies from their previous incarnation and brought it screaming up to date for the 2020's.

 

REGGAE/DUB/SKA/ROCKSTEADY

PABLO, AUGUSTUS - MOODS OF PABLO (LP/RADIATION ROOTS)

The man known as Augustus Pablo was a visionary, part of an intimate group of creative figures whose approach to reggae music and audio recording have forever changed the shape of popular music in Jamaica, and the echoes of his creative ingenuity have reached far beyond the island's shores. The enigmatic figure will always be most associated with his exceptional skills on the melodica, a plastic toy instrument that is used to teach schoolchildren the rudiments of keyboard melody, but his oeuvre encompassed so much more. In fact, the man was one of Jamaican music's most important record producers, as well as being a session keyboard player of considerable renown. 'Moods Of Pablo' collects some individual moments of Pablo's work which somehow drifted into the orbit of Bunny Lee, a producer with his fingers always in a broad range of musical pies; futuristic cuts of 'Queen Of The Minstrel,' 'Hold On,' 'Fatty Fatty,' 'Heart Don't Leap,' and 'The Drifter' give way to ten thematic roots dubs from King Tubby's studio, each with melodica firmly in place, morphing rhythms such as 'Barb Wire,' 'Everything I Own' and 'Miss Wire Waist' into another dimension. A true Pablo classic! TRACKS: 01. Pablo's Drifting Dub 02. Pablo's Delightful Dub 03. Pablo's Magnificent Dub 04. Hold On Pablo 05. Pablo's Rockers Jam 06. King Tubby's Musical Gorgon Dub 07. King Tubby's Nah Jester Dub 08. King Tubby's Rock Steady Dub 09. King Tubby's Roots Vibe Dub 10. King Tubby's Rule Supreme Dub 11. King Tubby's Supercharge Dub 12. King Tubby's The Dub Organiser 13. King Tubby's Musical Stalowatt Dub 14. King Tubby's The Professor Of Dub 15. King Tubby's The Specialist In Dub

 

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

JUU4E - CRAZY WORLD (LP/EM)

Rising out of the bong haze, Thai master JUU4E is back with his second solo album for EM Records. Fusing hip hop and trap with a pan-Asian blend of influences and samples from the traditional and pop musics of his native country, as well as the musics of Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan and other regions across the continent, 'Crazy World' is an ambitious and sonically adventurous album alive with unexpected juxtapositions, deft production, irresistible grooves and a joyous heart. A true solo album, all the tracks here are performed/arranged/produced by JUU4E, with the final mix provided by Young-G of stillichimiya/OMK. With a versatile and playful vocal style, JUU4E delivers thoughtful, positive lyrics and intriguing imagery, dealing with issues both local and global, old and new, with themes of celebration as well as social criticism. Featuring a cover of a Taiwan pop classic by Teresa Teng. Comes with informative liner notes and English translations of the lyrics. Cover art: Shinsuke Takagi (Soi48/OMK).

MALLIA, SAUVEUR - SPACE ODDITIES 1979-1984 (LP/BORN BAD)

In the ever-expanding universe of '70s and '80s French library music, Sauveur Mallia holds a special place. His career as a former member of Voyage and Arpadys and session musician on Cerrone albums, have made him an exemplary figure in the world of library musicians. In those years, some musicians used very modest equipment, often due to economical reasons. Their ambition well surpassed the modesty of their means; it was in turn the condition to their experimentations with sound which were to create a new sonic space: that of a nation tumbling into modernity. This album collects fourteen library gems, which have been rediscovered by the electronic music scene of today. LP comes with printed innersleeve and includes download code.

 

VARIOUS: WORLD, CLASSICAL, SPOKEN WORDS ETC

SAVILA - MAYAHUEL (LP/MISSISSIPPI)

Mastered at 45rpm, Savila's second LP features a singular melding of cumbia, dream-pop, spirited vocals, hallucinatory riffing and driving percussion. Immersed in the music, traditions, people and environment of Oaxaca, many of these songs are integrated with field recordings.

 

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