SPOTLIGHT 6/18

09/02/2018 14:24

SPOTLIGHT  6/18

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Vinyl

PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

KALKUN, MARI - ILMAMOTSAN (CD/NORDIC NOTES)

'Ilmamotsan' (In The Wood Of The World) is Mari Kalkun's third solo album and comes seven years after the critically acclaimed 'Vihmakono' (Dear Rain). A voice that seems to speak to us from the heart of the Estonian forest, Mari Kalkun's music is at once of a place and yet deeply personal. Rooted in ancient Estonian and Voru traditions and infused with the peculiar features of Estonia's dialects and the traditional regilaul chant, her music resonates deep within us to touch spirits and souls - even when the language may be strange to us.

US AND THEM - FROM THE CORNER OF MY EYE/THE IRON MAIDEN (7"/MEGA DODO)

The 2018 single by the Swedish acid-folk duo Us And Them. 'From The Corner Of My Eye' is taken from their May 2018 album 'On Shipless Ocean'. It is backed with 'The Iron Maiden'. Includes a download code for 2 more songs: 'When Life Begins' and 'All The Madmen'. All of them are beautiful, timeless songs with more hooks than you'll find in your local B&Q. Limited to 250 handnumbered copies.

HIDRIA SPACEFOLK - SYMBIOSIS (LP/HIDRIA)

Finally on vinyl. On their debut album this hugely succesful Finnish live act brings the sparkle and intensity of their live shows on record. For fans of Ozric Tentacles, Hawkwind and Gong.

SKENET - MORSNING (LP/SUBLIMINAL SOUN)

This is the long-awaited follow up to their much acclaimed debut album of stellar new electric instrumental folk rock. On this album Skenet establishes their sound and reputation as one of Sweden's premier folk rock bands and offers a unique mix of dirty riffs and Swedish fiddler traditions, on the border between tradition and innovation. A folk psychedelic Led Zeppelin meets the legacy of Swedish fiddle culture, in the gray zone between a pat on the cheek and a knock-out! With the help of the celebrated producer Mikael Herrström (Thåström, Popsicle, Weeping Willows, Ane Brun etc) behind the mixer desk, 'Morsning' takes us closer to the raw, energetic sound that became Skenet's signum.

SWEET NUTHIN' - A CALL TO ARMS (LP/FUZZ OVERDOSE)

This record is the product of the meeting and collaboration of several musicians from Athens' underground scene, in several roles, around a central core, in a period ranging from 2009 to 2016, aiming at the creation of good music. Here participate, among others, members or ex-members of The Psykicks, The Mongrelettes, The B-Sides, The Blue Night Trip, The Zyklons, Dive, Icebreaker, The Cardinals, Overdose Of Reality, Anika, Dive, Big Eater, Mint Mind, The Dudettes, Sister and The Parkinsons. The tracks range from multi-channel recordings of full-blown compositions in a studio spirit, through playful home recordings, to free-form jamming. Organs range from guitars and synths to horns and kazoo and the style begins with space punk, continues with psych folk and ends in a triumph with rhythm'n'blues.

XENOS, SPYROS - A SPACE JOURNEY (LP/XENOS MUSIC)

This album of Spyros Xenos is a magical space trip from Earth into the Universe. An amalgam of analog synthesizer melodies, human voice, space sounds and progressive rock, this exceptional LP symbolizes the amazing journey of human existence from birth to the end of life, bringing to mind some of the best electronic/library records of the '70s European music scene.

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

GENTS - UNFINISHED BUSINESS EP (7"/DETOUR)

Doncaster's absolute and undisputed finest release four songs on the 'Unfinished Business' EP.

PUNK/HARDCORE

PURE HELL - THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKING/NO RULES (7"/RADIATION)

Formed in Philadelphia in 1974 Pure Hell were the first all African-American punk band. The band was a huge influence on Bad Brains, friends with the New York Dolls, and shared a stage with Sid Vicious, but due to management issues were only able to release this one single before breaking up in 1978. The single and their one unreleased album, which has finally seen the light of day, show that Pure Hell were not only ground breaking for their skin color but for their snotty and gritty post-glam punk sound. Another classic American KBD single from Radiation Reissues.

KIDS/REAL KIDS - NOVEMBER 1974 DEMOS/SPRING 1977 DEMOS (LP/CRYPT)

Eight previously unissued proto-punk godheaded rippers from the pre-Real Kids combo The Kids, recorded on Nov. 10 1974 plus four previously unissued Real Kids demos from spring 1977, recorded by DJ Oedipus at WTBS radio station with 1 mic suspended above the band! The LP in gatefold sleeve includes a 32-page 12"x 12" booklet crammed with tonsa liner notes built mostly upon Dave Laing of Dog Meat Records mucho-extensive March 1995 inteview whilst key band members Billy Borgioli and Alpo were alive, NEVER SEEN photos, flyers, press-clippings, info etc. on John Felice's days with The Modern Lovers, his combos The Children's Rock & Roll Band, The Kids, and The Real Kids!!

REAL KIDS - LIVE AT THE RAT! JANUARY 22 1978 (LP/CRYPT)

Red Star press release, late-January 1978, by Miriam Linna: "A three day engagement at Boston's Rat club (Jan. 20, 21, 22) kicked off the release of The Real Kids' premier LP for Red Star Records. The club was packed to capacity despite the two-odd feet of snow and ice which had closed several of the city's main thoroughfares during the week. The highlight of the weekend came that evening with a live broadcast on WCOZ-FM, one of New England's top FM stations. Featured on the live show were several tracks from the new LP, entitled simply, The Real Kids." And THIS here is that night. Comes in gatefold cover and with 2-sided inner sleeve.

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

WILLIAMS, ROZZ -& GITANE DEMONE- - IN THE HEART (LP/DARK VINYL)

On the 20th anniversary of Rozz Williams' death on April 1, 2018 Dark Vinyl and Cult Epics are releasing the long awaited 'Dream Home Heartache' tour recordings, featuring songs of Christian Death ('On The Altar') and songs of the 'Dream Home Heartache' album by Rozz & Gitane ('In The Heart'). Features specially designed artwork by Herbert Starek.

WILLIAMS, ROZZ -& GITANE DEMONE- - ON THE ALTAR (LP/DARK VINYL)

On the 20th anniversary of Rozz Williams' death on April 1, 2018 Dark Vinyl and Cult Epics are releasing the long awaited 'Dream Home Heartache' tour recordings, featuring songs of Christian Death ('On The Altar') and songs of the 'Dream Home Heartache' album by Rozz & Gitane ('In The Heart'). Features specially designed artwork by Herbert Starek.

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

EKRANOPLAN - HYPNOPÆDIA (BLACK) (LP/NARSHARDAA)

Limited to 300 copies on BLACK vinyl. Ekranoplan from Jena, Germany, with members of Hungry Lungs and doom giants AHAB, unleash their second full-lenght. Nine songs of grindcore, d-beat and sludge filled with filth, hatred and low-fi energy. Expect a bastard of icy sludge, raging crust and precise grindcore annihilation.

EXARSIS - NEW WAR ORDER (BLACK) (LP/LABYRINTH OF TH)

Fourth album by Greek thrash metal band Exarsis. For fans of Overkill, Nuclear Assault, Vio-Lence and Anthrax. Limited to 200 copies on black vinyl.

NATVRE'S - EARLY CVLTS (BLACK) (LP/ARGENTO)

Second album by Thessaloniki, Greece-based black metal trio, NATVRE'S. The album showcases their terrorizing yet supremely infectious '90s-inspired blackened arts through eight methodical songs recorded at Stelth Sound Studios and completed with artwork by Luca Devinu. Black vinyl version.

KING TUBBY & THE RILEY ALL STARS - CONCRETE JUNGLE DUB (CD/DUB STORE)

This 1976 rare dub album consists of robust Techniques rhythms dismantled and reconstructed by King Tubby to its perfection. Long-expected reissue of one of the most sought after dub albums.

SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/R&B/GOSPEL

GARDINER, CAZ -& THE BADASONICS- - NEVER GONNA LET/TIC TAC TOE (7"/BADASONIC)

Includes a download. TRACKS: 1. Never Gonna Let 2. Tic Tac Toe

R.W.W - EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE/JESSE JAMES (7"/BADASONIC)

Includes a download. TRACKS: 1. Every Once In A While 2. Jesse James

DETROIT RISING - A COSMIC JAZZ FUNK ADVENTURE (LP/DOWN JAZZ)

An unprecedented project created by universally respected musicians, including current and original members of the archetypal funk band Parliament-Funkadelic, along with a selection of world class talent from across the USA brings a new style of funk to audiences. This hybrid jazz-funk and R&B-flavored album is a collaboration between highly sought after young P-Funk artists and writers, and is supported by legendary industry veterans, including members that have performed with artists such as Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Mary J. Blige, Herbie Hancock, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell, Theo Parrish and Red Hot Chili Peppers, in addition to their regular work with Parliament-Funkadelic. Comes on sea green vinyl in extra heavy print board, metallic ink jacket and digital download with extra tracks, instrumentals, dance remixes and ability for DJs to remix. Musicians: United Sound Detroit: ~Gabe Gonzalez - drums (P-funk, Enemy Squad) ~Kern Brantley - bass (Lady Gaga, Beyonce) ~Dumi Deporres - guitar (Theo Parrish) P-Funk musicians: ~Danny Bedrosian - piano, moog, vocals ~Lige Curry - bass ~Blackbyrd McKnight - guitar (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bootsy Collins, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis) ~Benzel Cowan - drums (son of Benny Cowan/Parliament) ~Tonysha Nelson - vocals (granddaughter of George Clinton) ~Greg Thomas - saxophones, vocals (Bootsy Collins) ~Steve Boyd - vocals Special guest: ~Sue Ann Carwell - vocals (Prince, Parliament) Mix engineer: ~Richie Beretta (Beyonce) Mastering: ~Tatsuya (Grammy for A Tribe Called Quest)

FUQUA, HARVEY - ANY WAY YOU WANTA/WHAT CAN YOU DO NOW (7"/JUKEBOX MUSIC F)

From doo-wop to disco, from Chess Records to Tamla Motown, Harvey Fuqua left his indelible mark on North American music. Yet his name remains largely unknown to the general public, excepting those few who obsessively scrutinize album backs. It must also be said that this native of Louisville, Kentucky pursued several concurrent careers, thereby covering his tracks a bit further.

FUQUA, HARVEY - SINGLES COLLECTION (+7"/CD) (LP/JUKEBOX MUSIC F)

From doo-wop to disco, from Chess Records to Tamla Motown, Harvey Fuqua left his indelible mark on North American music. Yet his name remains largely unknown to the general public, excepting those few who obsessively scrutinize album backs. It must also be said that this native of Louisville, Kentucky pursued several concurrent careers, thereby covering his tracks a bit further. SIDE 1: 1. Mama 2. Ooh Ouch Stop! 3. Whistling About You 4. Come On And Answer Me 5. Da Da Goo Goo 6. Don't Be Afraid To Love 7. I Want Somebody 8. Memories Of You SIDE 2: 1. Mean old blues 2. Mama Loocie 3. It's A Crying Shame 4. Spoonful 5. My Heart Cries 6. Will I Do 7. Unemployment 8. If I Can't Have You 7": 1. Any Way You Wanta 2. What Can You Do Now CD bonus tracks: 1. She Loves Me So 2. Twelve Months Of The Year 3. The First Time 4. Blue Skies 5. Ten Commandments Of Love

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

MCCLELLAN, RANDALL - THE HEALING MUSIC OF RANA, VOL. 2 (LP/AGUIRRE)

Exceptional recordings by this new age maestro, only recently re-discovered by his friend JD Emmanuel and Sun Araw. Originally released on cassette in 1983 and now for the first time available on 180 gram vinyl. For fans of Joanna Brouk, JD Emmanuel and Iasos.

SOUNDTRACKS/LOUNGE/CULT ETC

ANIMA MORTE & FABIO FRIZZI - INERTIA OF THE RISEN (7"/GIALLO MUSIC)

A special one sided collector's edition 7" EP with an etching on the flipside and artwork by Costin Chioreanu. Included is also a postcard and a sticker. Anima Morte is a Swedish cinematic instrumental horror group established in 2004. They play progressive rock/horror soundtrack music, continuing the legacy of bands and artists like Goblin, Fabio Frizzi, Bruno Nicolai, Stelvio Cipriani, Rick Wakeman, Ennio Morricone and the likes. Fabio Frizzi is one of the most famous Italian musicians and composers known for his film scores for classics such as 'City Of The Living Dead', 'The Beyond', 'Manhattan Baby', 'The Psychic' and the likes.

PHANTASMA - ETA DELLA MACHINA (CD/GIALLO MUSIC)

Taking its drive from '80s horror movies and individuals like John Carpenter, Fabio Frizzi, Goblin, Tangerine Dream or Zombi, Phantasma's music is made for people that reminisce of simpler times before the modern era of technology and obsessive social media. This is the music that haunts your soul with tension of dark horror electronics, old drum machines and eerie '80s feelings.

DANCE/TECHNO/HOUSE/HIPHOP

DIGABLE PLANETS - REACHIN' (A NEW REFUTATION OF TIME AND SPACE) (2LP (LP/MODERN CLASSICS)

Digable Planets' 1993 debut, 'Reachin' (A New Refutation Of Time And Space)', unexpected to all involved, produced a massive radio hit in 'Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat)', which won the 1994 Grammy for Best Rap Performance by Duo or Group. Unduly lumped into an "alternative rap" subgenre they chafed at, the Dig Plans were dismissed by some as one-hit wonders, coming out of nowhere; but the Digable Planets concept, and what became 'Reachin'', had been in the works for close to five years, as group leader Ishmael "Butterfly" Butler wrote music and soaked up game in multiple cities, navigating the industry of hip-hop's golden age.

 

 

 

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