SPOTLIGHT 18

10/05/2021 12:41

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

FIREFRIEND - DEAD ICONS (LP/CARDINAL FUZZ)

Firefriend from Sao Paulo are part of the underground resistance (this is truer today in Brazil) and you can feel the slow burn nihilistic fuzz and menace that seeps through every track on 'Dead Icons'. A brooding magnum opus as Firefriend pull the threads that links the great subversive bands of the '60s through into the '00s. Their sound doesn't rush to the pop hook or stall itself in the crunchy riffs, there's a slow sense of forward motion that winds through the songs, like a traveller on horseback entering town; like a cloud of dust swirling along the road; like a snake uncoiling and moving out of the shadows. It glides above everything else in its own orbit, echoing the best parts of psychedelic, shoegaze, and noise to create an aural document of the nihilistic storm that is part of living in the 21st century.

KABBALAH - THE OMEN (GOLD) (LP/RIPPLE MUSIC/REBEL WAVES)

Repress, limited to 500 copies on gold/clear marbled vinyl. With their garage-fuzzy '70s-style hard rock and Coven-inspired atmospheres draped over the bones of Black Sabbath and Blue Öyster Cult, Spanish power trio Kabbalah returns to life with sophomore full-length 'The Omen', an occult rock grimoire where sticky melodies, funerary riffs and haunting vocals come together in an impressive and infectious breed of '70s heavy, doom and psych.

KOHOUTEK - JURAD (LP/CARDINAL FUZZ)

While they have released a decent number of cassettes and CDs, 'Jurad' is only the fourth vinyl album released by this long-running DC-to-Philly-based space-juggernaut. Recorded by a quartet iteration of the always mutating ensemble, the music on this one veers between the kind of psych-prog wallow for which Kohoutek is most often celebrated, and the less formally rockoid improvisational proclivities they sometimes display.

STONER - STONERS RULE (BLACK) (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

Stöner is: Brant Bjork - guitars/vocals, Nick Oliveri - bass and Ryan Güt - drums. Brant Bjork's desert vibe meets the punk attitude of Nick Oliveri and creates an explosive mix and a particular branch of rock. The sound is mellow, but these are the same guys who created the legend of Kyuss, and the desert/stoner rock movement which is alive now more than ever. This album is a celebration of the sound of the desert, driven by the spirit of these incredible musicians and artists. 7 original tracks for this incredible debut album which describes how to ride into the dusty roads of the Mojave Desert where it has all begun. Brant's vocals give a classic color to the hypnotic-bluesy riffing background. Recorded at The Rad Cabin, Joshua Tree, CA on October 12, 2020 by Yosef Sanborn this is going to be your 2021 summer soundtrack!! Rad cover art by the mighty Branca Studio. Warning: this studio album has the same songs as the 'Live In The Mojave Desert' album, but the tracklist is slightly different and also sound similar because they had the same enigineer for mixing and mastering. It has been recorded one day before the live performance.

ELECTRIC BELT - NEVER SEEN THE DEVIL (CD/SPINDA)

Six tracks of heavy blues, dirty rock, psychedelic passages, stompin' rhythms and screaming from the wasteland in the Jaen area, Spain.

PYRAMIDAL - PYRAMIDAL (CD/SPINDA)

This album contains five new songs filled with the band's blend of Hawkwindish Sabbath Floydian ancestral space rock. There are a few seconds of silence before the opening track of Pyramidal's self-titled third album, 'Visions Of An Astral Journey,' begins and the choice to leave them there tells you much of what need know about the level of detail and meticulousness the Alicante, Spain, progressive heavy psychedelic rockers have put into the record as a whole.

STONER - STONERS RULE (CD/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

Stöner is: Brant Bjork - guitars/vocals, Nick Oliveri - bass and Ryan Güt - drums. Brant Bjork's desert vibe meets the punk attitude of Nick Oliveri and creates an explosive mix and a particular branch of rock. The sound is mellow, but these are the same guys who created the legend of Kyuss, and the desert/stoner rock movement which is alive now more than ever. This album is a celebration of the sound of the desert, driven by the spirit of these incredible musicians and artists. 7 original tracks for this incredible debut album which describes how to ride into the dusty roads of the Mojave Desert where it has all begun. Brant's vocals give a classic color to the hypnotic-bluesy riffing background. Recorded at The Rad Cabin, Joshua Tree, CA on October 12, 2020 by Yosef Sanborn this is going to be your 2021 summer soundtrack!! Rad cover art by the mighty Branca Studio. Warning: this studio album has the same songs as the 'Live In The Mojave Desert' album, but the tracklist is slightly different and also sound similar because they had the same enigineer for mixing and mastering. It has been recorded one day before the live performance.

VARIOUS - HEAVY PSYCH SAMPLER VII (CD/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

The friendly priced seventh sampler from the Rome-based Heavy Psych Sounds label, available on CD! TRACKS: 01. 16 - Death On Repeat 02. 1782 - The Chosen One 03. ACID MAMMOTH - Berserker 04. ACID TRIP - Faster Chopper Boogie 05. BIG SCENIC NOWHERE - Blink Of An Eye 06. BONGZILLA - Sundae Driver 07. COSMIC REAPER - Hellion 08. DOZER - Vultures 09. GRIME - A Piece Of Meat 10. HIGH REEPER - Winter King/Devils Grip 11. HIPPIE DEATH CULT - Hornet Party 12. KOMATSU - Stare Into The Dawn 13. PINK CIGS - Lazy Lover 14. SONIC FLOWER - Super Witch 15. STÖNER - Nothin' 16. TONS - Chronic Morning Obesity - Pt 1 17. WEDGE - At The Speed Of Life

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

HECTOR, JESSE - (BLACK) IT AIN'T EASY 1992-1996 (LP/JUST ADD WATER)

This album gathers Jesse Hector's (The Gorillas, Crushed Butler etc.) '90s recordings, which were an unbelievable return after a decade away from the music business. Including three previously unreleased songs.

JOHNNY MAFIA - SENTIMENTAL (LP/HOWLIN' BANANA)

On 'Sentimental', the French rockers of Johnny Mafia are moving a little further away from the garage rock from their early stages, as can be heard on the single 'I'm Sentimental', presenting a rounder, cleaner and more punchy sound. The album has clearly been inspired by the punk-pop sound from the '90s, most notably The Pixies or The Breeders.

VARIOUS - ROCKA ROLLA: KEB DARGE'S SUPREME (+CD) (LP/JUKEBOX MUSIC FACTORY)

Once again, our ever-enthusiastic limey swaggers and sparkles. Keb Darge's second assortment explores the garage rock and surf songs of his beloved '60s. Less sombre than the first, this second volume includes seminal punk rock tunes, but also a few veritable titty shakers and a touch of surf. SIDE 1: 1. Cherokees - Uprisin' 2. Starfires - Linda 3. Penthouse Five - Bad Girl 4. Shandels - Caroline 5. Road Runners - Quasimoto 6. Ahab & The Wailers - Neb's Tune 7. Michel & The Canadians - Cause I Believe 8. Shindigs - Thunder Reef SIDE 2: 1. Les De Merle - Bulldozer 2. Lefty & The Leadsmen - Willwood Fun 3. Rockin'Ramrods - She Lied 4. Fabulous BLue Jays - Jay Walker 5. Bill Allen & The Fugitives - Come On And Clap 6. Morning Dew - No More 7. Jimmy Rabbit & The Karats - Push Over 8. Sherwoods - El Scorpion

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

HUNTER (UK) - SCHIZOPHRENIA (7"/RAVE UP UK)

Hunter was formed in 1979 on the Isle Of Wight. Their sound had a different approach to the new wave music of the era, centering mainly around driving bass riffs and choppy guitar. They recorded a couple of songs, as heard on this 7", before splitting up.

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

FRONT - WET THINGS (LP/RAVE UP)

The Front were formed on Miami Beach in 1980. They releaased two singles, and they were an opening act for U2, Psychedelic Furs, The Go-Go's, Ultravox, Bow Wow Wow among others. They got the attention of major labels, but they disbanded in summer 1983. This LP collects the tracks from their short existence.

TRACKS - BRAKES ON YOU (LP/RAVE UP)

In 1976 Tracks recorded a live set at the Club in Cambridge and released 'Brakes on You' as a single on Blue Door Records. It received critical acclaim and soon after, Tracks shared the stage with renown acts like the Police and the Jam among others. They faded into obscurity in the winter of 1979.

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

SUISALU, TAAVI - MURAFOONIA MURUNIIDUKITEL (10") (10"/STAALPLAAT)

'NOISEPHONY OF LAWN MOWERS'- Taavi Suisalu is an Estonian media artist particularly interested into complex and adventurous sounds, field recordings and harsh audio emergencies, organized under the form of symphony or as a result of performative interactions. 'Mürafoonia Muruniidukitel' (Noisephony Of Lawn Mowers) was originally composed in 2013, but it was unreleased until now, when Staalplaat, a fundamental label for its unusual experimental connections and for the sound events performed in unconventional spaces, decided to publish it. It's a score for lawnmowers, whose making is given to a conductor and executed by a group of artists. Suisalu reminds us that historically, lawn has been a symbol of power and wealth as it required substantial upkeep and unused land. Today, it still indicates wealth, but is mainly maintained by the owners themselves. This puts us in a schizophrenic situation where we strive to be privileged by taking the role of the servants. 'Silver Meets Ted' is the other track included in the selection. It's a recording of over ten minutes, whose trend cryptically moves on and with some unsettling minimal tolls, always more metallic. Some deaf beats follow, and then we have a splash of water and some slightly hinted neighs, chirps, different spills of liquid, more intense and measured, clackings and vibrations, some hardly identifiable frequencies and again a series of punctuated metal bells.

MENS, RADBOUD - SINE~PLUS+ (LP/STAALPLAAT)

'Sine' is one of the earlier works by renowned sound-artist, composer and sound designer Radboud Mens. It was constructed in 1998 and released on CD by Staalplaat in 2000 who now reissue this on vinyl in 2021, featuring an entire side of new material. Side A comprises the original 'Sine' which is considered a minor masterpiece of the early 2000s click dub electronica. Flip the record and we enter the new chapter in the story of 'Sine'. Radboud works on music that binds disparate forms together into one sound, as a result these new tracks incorporate all styles witnessed in the original, retaining the clicks and cuts mentality whilst incorporating a deeper ambient drone approach with a minimal dub influence sweeping throughout. Limited to 400 copies on coloured vinyl in special package.

BOSSES HANG/GOVERNMENT ALPHA/TORTURING NURSE/ASTRO/VOMIR - INCHIGOICHI (ONCE IN A LIFETIME) (2CD) (CD/4IB)

'Once In A Lifetime' is a fragmented and anachronistic double album featuring Romania's Bosses Hang (aka Raul Starcz) improvising on the original works of noise protagonists: Government Alpha & Astro (Hiroshi Hasegawa and Rohco) (Tokyo, Japan), Torturing Nurse (Shanghai, China) and Vomir (Paris, France). Other guests like Marko Neuman, Déhà (Musical Excrements) and Junko (Hijokaidan) are also featured in this free-forming transformation of sound that range from drone to industrial noise to free jazz and doom. The range of sounds transcend into unexpected directions and territories, all serving as the base of this album. There is a rhizomatic meeting between the different artists with different styles and different subjectivities being captured here. Due to its instinctive and improvisational nature, the tracks will never exist in the same form ever again. Limited to 300 copies.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

DU CANN, JOHN - (BLACK) THE WORLD'S NOT BIG ENOUGH (LP/JUST ADD WATER)

This album was recorded in 1977 and produced by Status Quo's Francis Rossi. The album has never been released on vinyl until now. Du Cann's career was boosted as a member of Atomic Rooster, Daemon (later renamed Bullet) then Hard Stuff. In 1974 he was a temporary guitarist for a Thin Lizzy German tour. In 1977, he was signed to the same management company as Status Quo, and he was joined in the studio by Francis Rossi. The resulting album, 'The World's Not Big Enough' included Rossi on guitar, Andy Bown (The Herd, Judas Jump, Status Quo) on keyboards, Pete Kircher (Honeybus, Status Quo, Liverpool Express) on drums, and John McCoy (Ian Gillan, Tyla Gang, U.K. Subs) on bass.

HEATHEN RITES - HERITAGE (LP/SVART)

Burning Saviours doom-monger spreads his wings into the northern darkness with his project Heathen Rites. Heaving earthy doom, inspired by nordic folklore and ancient landscapes, 'Heritage' is an epic and melodic hymn to northern nature and history. Formed in Sweden in 2018 by Mikael Monks, Heathen Rites create A-level, brooding, lingering, godless doom perfection, that swells from ornamental euphony to rousing, up-tempo doom rock with a Scandinavian flair. Droning passages and punishing sermons to please fans of Candlemass and Pentagram but with a decidedly modern nordic folk-horror flavour. Comes on yellow vinyl, limited to 500 copies.

DOCTOR SAX - VOL. IV (CD/SPINDA)

2020 album from this metal/folk band from Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country, Spain. Featuring the Dzast Ahotsak choir.

KISSA - VAARALLINEN BANDI (CD/SVART)

Hard Action vocalist Gunther dives deep into theatrical DIY '70s hard rock. Jewelcase edition.

 

DANCE/TECHNO/HOUSE/HIPHOP

VARIOUS - 5 YEARS OF RAVE (2LP) (LP/MOLEKUL)

Founded in 2016, the Molekül label celebrates its fifth anniversary with this compilation that brings together the six members of the Parisian crew. TRACKS: 01. Lucass P & JKS - Put This CD On 02. Pavel K. Novalis - Purple Reflexe 03. Mayeul - Transitional Gateways 04. Incident Prism - Bassmurda 05. Pavel K. Novalis & Incident Prism - Canis Majoris 06. Lucass P - Faithful to the Doctrine 07. AIROD - Need For Speed 08. JKS - Mash Up the Dance

 

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

MAMAKI BOYS - PATRIOTE (LP/SAHEL SOUNDS)

'Patriote' by Mamaki Boys is a shining example of localized global music. Hypnotic and driving rhythms built from sampled percussion and chopped-up instruments combined with syncopated staccato "ragga" inspired flow. Mamaki Boys was formed in 2002 by Aziz Tony, Bachou Issouf, and Salif André in the capital of Niger. On 'Patriote', Mamaki Boys sought to merge modern hip hop with traditional music, using Nigerien instruments like duma and kalango, which were sampled and looped over their compositions. A strong entry in 21st century global music, Mamaki Boys take back the tools of globalization, repurposing them in the fight for cultural identity. Comes on 45RPM vinyl.

 

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