SPOTLIGHT 22

07/06/2021 15:42

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

ELARA SUNSTREAK BAND - VOSTOK 1 (2LP) (LP/SULATRON)

The monumental second album by this south German band! On their most mature output, in best retro sound, Elara Sunstreak Band presents a high versatile album of 4 long tracks. In the space fog of Nexus the three cosmonauts celebrate a progressive psychedelic record on which monologues with the lizard king and the 60th anniversary of Gagarin's maiden flight do not seem to be out of the realm and the interstellar calculation of times in the orange october on the Vostok 1 commences anew. Enjoy the power of these 3 young guys wih their psychedelic retro progrock, which drifts deeply into space and time. Limited to 500 copies on clear blue vinyl.

ESTRADA ORCHESTRA - PLAYGROUND (LP/SULATRON)

Sulatron Records is happy to release the ultra spaced out cosmic drone jazz album by one of Estonia's finest bands! This album is a complete spaced out improvisation which could have been performed by the spirits of Sun Ra, John Coltrane and early Tangerine Dream. Estrada Orchestra formed of vinyl diggers, street performers, djs and classically trained musicians and started out as a spontaneous jam band in 2013. Their mix of the repetitive funk rhythms of Bohannon and the free jazz of Ornette Coleman developed into more spacey and krautish music. They released 4 longplayers so far and a few singles. The album 'Zucker Tanzclub' was a nice hit in the scene and sold out fast. Two of their members, Volodja Brodsky and Misha Panfilov, are also members of Centre El Muusa. Available on 180 gram crystal clear vinyl LP plus download code, limited to 500 copies worldwide.

EXPO SEVENTY - EVOLUTION (BLACK) (LP/ESSENCE MUSIC)

After the highly praised 'America Here & Now Sessions', Expo Seventy is ready for a definitive stellar comeback five years later! Aptly titled 'Evolution', the album showcases the trio-mode line-up led by Justin Wright at the peak of their glowing, spontaneously unique brand of slow-burning lysergic sounds and anthemic riffages. Sacred drone tones and spectral analog synth meditations evoking deep ritualized aural metaphysic experiments - elements widely known from Expo '70, Wright's solo moniker (Seventy is not equal to 70 in his universe) - gravitate around long-form, trance-like magnetic waves of heady guitar jams that stretch to the other side of the cosmos to effortlessly coexist with amazing doom-inspired heavier incursions packed with mystical blown-out riffs and megatons of amp toned torque. The outcome is an one-of-a-kind document of dark and cosmic psychedelia. Screenprinted die-cut packaging on special Italian paper. Textured fold-out poster insert. Artwork by the wonderfully gifted Maarten Donders. High quality 180g vinyl. Limited to 100 copies on black vinyl.

KEHRO - JALOUSIE (LP/FULL CONTACT)

Second album by Kehro. Employing more or less hidden ethno melodies and acoustic downtempo sounds, this album's soundscape is based on experiences garnered from gigs at garden parties, dinner parties, cocktail parties and family celebrations.

LEHTISALO, JUSSI - ELAMA (LP/FULL CONTACT)

A deep and complex collection of sounds exploring the themes of movement, light, and shadow. Jussi Lehtisalo's seventh solo album 'Elämä'.

LIWA, TOM -SINGT TEXTE VON AXEL RESSLER- - 6/8 ROT (LP/SELF RELEASE)

More info soon. Limited to 500 copies.

MIDDLEMIST RED - THE OTHER SIDE OF NOWHERE (LP/DRAZE)

Middlemist Red is a neo-psych band from Budapest, Hungary. Their third album 'The Other Side Of Nowhere' is a true sonic experiment, that aspires to recall the Western genre's essence, following its aesthetic while rethinking it with altered tools, instrumentation and arrangements. The album is a reinterpretation of the cinematic style, merging psychedelia, electronic sounds, Hungarian folk, and tribal music. The album maintains the legacy of the Wild West, with following the footprints of its heros journey through solidarity under the scorching sun.

MOTELLI SKRONKLE - KOI (2LP) (LP/FULL CONTACT)

This classic piece of Finnish underground sounds (1994) as innovative as ever, skyrocketing mesmerized marching band aesthetics to a Gong-esque orbit while blasting dirty deep dub of Black Ark era Lee "Scratch" Perry.

BRIGG - BRIGG (CD/GEARFAB)

Brigg, a rural Pennsylvania folk-tinged psychedelic band released this rare gem in 1973. First legitimate and authorized version by the band members themselves.

DESCARADO - ODD (CD/OZIUM)

Descarado from Gothenburg, Sweden serves up an excellent dish of stoner rock. 'Odd' will be greatly appreciated by fans of classic stoner acts such as Monster Magnet, Slo Burn or Fu Manchu.

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

CHICKENBACKERS - CRAZY NIGHTS/LET'S TAKE A CHANCE (7"/SOUNDFLAT)

This 7" includes two songs with a refined Beatles-esque Liverpool sound. 'Crazy Night' reminds of the Merseybeat era, while 'Let's Take A Chance' is a cover version of the song 'Renacerá' by their favourite Spanish '60s band The Brincos.

LANCASHIRE BOMBERS - INTO THE SUN (LP/SPINOUT NUGGETS)

Presented on vinyl, in an edition of 300 copies, is the debut-album by an English group comprising (ex-)members of a.o. The Baron Four, MFC Chicken, The Hi-Fi's and The Voyd.

ROUTES - SHAKE FIVE (LP/TOPSY-TURVY)

After releasing two albums in 2021, 'Mesmerised' and 'Instrumentals II', The Routes are going for third one in a short period of time: 'Shake Five'. It is a collection of ten instrumental guitar songs, inspired by Link Wray, Astronauts, Dick Dale, Trashmen and more. The title track 'Shake Five' is a nod to Dave Brubeck's 'Take Five', as it shares the same 5/4 time signature.

GLORIAS - TIMELESS ZONE (CD/ATLANTIS)

It's no coincidence that the 5th installment by the Glorias is now up for grabs in its physical form. The Glorias are fully up to the task of playing rock music with an urgency, even after 30 years in the studio and on the road. There are only original songs on the album, 11 tracks that make you fasten your seatbelt. Garage, rock and bluesrock are some of the tags and even psychedelia is not unheard of. There's quite an eclectic mix of tracks on the CD, but it's always true to the band. Limited to 300 copies.

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

SHOP WINDOW - STATE OF HUMAN BEING (LP/SPINOUT NUGGETS)

'The State Of Human Being' showcases a band with a modern, fresh approach to '80s and '90s indie rock and jangly guitar pop. This edition is limited to 300 hand-numbered copies.

THESE GUILTY MEN - QUIET ONE (LP/SPINOUT NUGGETS)

The Medway supergroup, with Men From Memphis' Simon Bunyan on vocals and guitar, delivers an appealing album influenced by '80s new wave and alt country. This edition is limited to 300 hand-numbered copies.

VARIOUS - OCCHI MIEI: 1963-69 ITALIAN POP (LP/DOGHOUSE & BONE)

Presented on vinyl are 16 pop gems (often with a beat edge) from Italy's '60s Europop universe. Featured artists include Brunetta E I Suoi Balubas, Jimmy Fontana, I Meteors, Andrea Tosi, Rita Pavone, Isabella Iannetti, Lola Falana, Francoise Hardy, Nada, Wilma Goich, Neil Seadaka, Luciano Vieri and others.

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

BURROUGHS, WILLIAM S. - ALI'S SMILE (LP/PARADIGM)

'Ali's Smile' was first published in 1971 and was privately released as a one sided LP, in an edition of 99 copies. This is the first official reissue of this lost audio recording. A tale of revenge, heartless cruelty and amulet power, muddied with frequent recourse to Scientological references. Released in an edition of 1000 with sleeve notes on a numbered insert.

SAKSET - SALAISUUKSIEN PUUTARHA (LP/FULL CONTACT)

'Salaisuuksien Puutarha' (Garden Of Secrets) is musically soft and melodic. Lyrically it dives deep into grief and loss, but also transcends high through the cosmos. Produced under the experimental synth/accidental pop umbrella of Lehtisalo and Leppänen, the music on this album makes a perfect bed for Äijälä's cryptic one-liner poetry. Cover art by Benjamin Marra.

MOSSES PROJECT FT. RADIK TULUSH & BARDOSENETICCUBE - ISHTII DAGLAR (CD/LOLLIPOPPE SHOPPE)

Collaboration The Mosses project, Radik Tulush and Igor Potsukaylo (Bardoseneticcube). Radik Tulush: voice, throat-singing, khomus, igil, shoor, Eduard Dragunov: throat-singing, didgeridoo, dungchen, khomus, kaluka, singing bowls, Igor Potsukaylo: noises, electronics, sound.

PHURPA & QUEEN ELEPHANTINE - ITA ZOR (CD/4IB)

This inner space journey features an international collaboration between Phurpa, renowned Russian ritualists that perform the ancient Bon music of Tibet, and Queen Elephantine, the avant garde rock group formed in Hong Kong and now based in Philadelphia, USA. Together they weave history with the future into an offering that reflects the present moment, slowly teasing the tension of a dense electric buzzing chaos while seeking anchor and abandon in ancient knowledge. This chant and drone work goes incredibly deep, astronomically far out, and is the sound of death as much as of healing. Phurpa provide the backbone with their transcendent thunderous throat chanting while Queen Elephantine create an otherworldly cloud around them, using gyaling horns, conch shells, gongs, flutes, ceremonial bells and bowls, drums, guitar, and electronics. The artwork features a striking sculpture by Transylvanian skull-carver Victor Seiche, a fitting image for the sound of a dead wisdom tradition adored, adorned, and defiled with sincere devotion.

POLGAR, EVA -& SANDOR VALY- - MILKY WAY AND NERVOUS SYSTEM (CD/EKTRO)

The album Milky Way and Nervous System was inspired by the intriguing juxtaposition of a purer and ethereal world (macrocosm) and the noise and pulse of society (microcosm).

WYRM - WOLFISH OUTLAWS & OTHER HEATHENS (CD/4IB)

Wyrm was the primary project of Allan Zane (2000-2011). The project was disbanded in 2011, but is now in the "exhumation" process. Using whatever technology was at hand at any given moment, Wyrm constructed aural amalgamations of genres now often referred to as "dark ambient" and experimental "electronica." Expressed through music, Wyrm's fascination was with the shadow aspects of human existence - yet constituted virtue, consciousness-expansion, and illumination. Allan Zane/Wyrm has worked with such luminaries as the late Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (Psychic TV), Robin Storey (Rapoon, :Zoviet France:), Richard Rupenus (The New Blockaders, Nihilist Assault Group, Mixed Band Philanthropist, Bladder Flask, etc.), GX Jupitter-Larsen (The Haters), Mark Davis (Omenya), PBK, Nigel Ayers (The Pump, Nocturnal Emissions), Kenji Siratori and a host of others. 'Wolfish Outlaws & Other Heathens' is a collection of rare and unreleased recordings from 2000-2011. Presented in lavish packaging complete with booklet, this CD collection offers an opportunity to showcase music that otherwise might never see the light of day. A must-have for any aficionado of "dark ambient" - or avant garde music in general!

 

JAZZ/AVANTGARDE

KARKHANA - AL AZRAQAYN (2LP) (LP/KARLRECORDS)

The furious double LP 'Al Azraqayn' documents Karkhana (with members of Konstrukt, The Dwarfs Of East Agouza, Land Of Kush, Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet, "A" Trio) at their very best and intense: live on stage. Recorded live at Bimhuis, Amsterdam on July 3rd, 2019.

MALAGASY/GILSON - AT NEWPORT-PARIS (LP/SOUFFLE CONTINU)

In 1973, Jef Gilson gave new impetus to his already long career by reforming Malagasy with young musicians from Madagascar exiled in Paris. The group was very successful and played in clubs and festivals on the same bill as Ray Charles, Sun Ra, Terry Riley, Hal Singer or Chris McGregor's Brotherhood Of Breath. The meeting between two generations and two cultures created a new mix between jazz, traditional music and electric funk. Jef Gilson had reinvented himself yet again, and it wouldn't be the last time.

MALAGASY/GILSON - MALAGASY (LP/SOUFFLE CONTINU)

Gilles Peterson (Worldwide), Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Four Tet or Dan Snaith (Caribou) are all crazy about this album. Not satisfied to have already opened for John Coltrane in 1965, to have participated in the legendary Double Six or to have launched the careers of several stars of French jazz (Texier, Ponty, Lubat, Portal, Vitet, Vander and many more), the pianist and bandleader Jef Gilson would become, through this recording, the unlikely catalyst of a jazz which would proudly claim its' Malagasy identity. Historical! Originally released in 1972.

MARC, SYLVIN -& DEL RABENJA- - MADAGASCAR NOW - MAINTENANT 'ZAO (LP/SOUFFLE CONTINU)

Key players on the mythical albums 'Funny Funky Rib Crib' by Byard Lancaster, 'Soul Of Africa' by Hal Singer & Jef Gilson and 'Malagasy At Newport-Paris' by Jef Gilson, the young Malagasy musicians Del Rabenja and Sylvin Marc were able to develop their own compositions on an album for Palm in 1973. Del Rabenja takes us to the depth of spirituality with his valiha (a small Malagasy harp) while Sylvin Marc oscillates between free jazz and electro-groove.

 

SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/R&B/GOSPEL

BARTON THINK - MY LAST ALBUM (LP/TIME IS THE ENEMY)

'Time Is The Enemy' has been on the trail of enigmatic artist Barton Think. Apparently he has been around the music business for decades, but oddly enough, he has left only a few traces of his presence. Like a skilled alchemist, Barton Think combines soulful beats and jazzy downtempo into a unique sound that takes those genres into bold new territories.

 

SOUNDTRACKS/LOUNGE/CULT ETC

NAMIKI, MANABU - KETSUI - KIZUNA JIGOKU TACHI (2LP) (LP/BRAVE WAVE)

This soundtrack is based on the 2003 arcade release of 'Ketsui' and features sixteen tracks by acclaimed Japanese game composer Manabu Namiki and others. Comes on gold and silver coloured vinyl.

 

VARIOUS: WORLD, CLASSICAL, SPOKEN WORDS ETC

YAT-KHA - WE WILL NEVER DIE (BLACK) (LP/LOLLIPOPPE SHOPPE)

8th studio album by Yat-Kha, the project centered around the huge voice of charismatic singer Albert Kuvezin from the remote Russian republic of Tuva. Recorded after the 2019 European tour in krautrock legend Hans-Joachim Irmler's studios. On this album Kuvezin is accompanied by his long-term Tuvan friend and musical accomplice Sholban Mongush on igil (a bowed horsehair 2-string cello) and backing vocals. Some additional tracks were later recorded in Abakan, Khakassia in spring 2020. Includes covers of 'Solitude' by Black Sabbath and 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' by George Harrison.

 

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