SPOTLIGHT 19/18

07/05/2018 11:27

 

SPOTLIGHT  19/18

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

SIPOS, DANA - ROLL UP THE NIGHT SKY (LP/MUDDY ROOTS MUS)

In creating 'Roll Up The Night Sky', Dana Sipos draws from a range of musical inspirations with primarily strong female musicians at the forefront: next generation Icelandic artist Sóley, old school trip-hop band Portishead, Danish songwriter Agnes Obel, and Appalachian music re-inventors Gillian Welch and Sam Amidon. Sipos' innovative guitar, bouzouki, and three-finger mandolin picking style sometimes bring to mind Natalie Merchant's early work, or perhaps a more folk-influenced Fiona Apple.

AALLOTAR - AMERIKAN LAULU (CD/NORDIC NOTES)

A transatlantic collaboration that uses Finnish and Finnish-American music as a starting point for an original 'chamber-folk style. Pajunen is a violinist, and Niku an accordionist; their lithe instrumentals and beautiful vocal harmonies in both Finnish and English demonstrate how gracefully traditional and modern folk music can speak together. Aallotar has performed throughout the United States and at European festivals.

ENKEL - WE ARE ENKEL (CD/NORDIC NOTES)

A traditional music girl band from Finland made up of two melodeons, kantele, viola and four voices; four personable, unique and folky ladies with their instruments, sharing a great passion for traditional music, social folk dancing and telling stories through instrumental arrangements.

KIVIMAKI, ANNE-MARI - ILJA (CD/NORDIC NOTES)

In her own words; "This album, 'Ilja', is the final part of my 'Suistamo' series. It leads the listener into the frenetic, wildly whirling atmosphere of 'Mailmanlopun Maanitus', my fifth doctoral concert: a colourful dance party that shed light on the life of the parish municipality of Suistamo, beyond the (current) Russian border, and created the Karelian shindig of the future."

SOLJU - ODDA AIGODAT (CD/NORDIC NOTES)

Mother and daughter combine their heritage of the northern Sami culture language and traditional chant, known as yoik, with a desire for new and innovative music, providing a dialogue of traditional and modern Sami culture. Vivacious, colourful, earthy, ethereal, genuine.

GRAHAM, DANNY - DANNY GRAHAM (LP/XEROX MUSIC)

Xerox Music is delighted to announce the first reissue of the self-titled debut album by Danny Graham. Originally released in 1980, it is a high watermark in the field of Australian home recorded, self-released singer-songwriter albums. An odd mix of folk, glam and soft rock with tons of personality. This home-recorded outsider classic has been compared to Bowie and Syd Barrett. The album is occasionally described as psychedelic, most likely because it doesn't really fit squarely into any other classification. On paper it could be described as simply a blend of folk and soft rock, but that doesn't quite hit the mark. Danny's unique songwriting, whispered vocals and multi-tracked guitars combined with the low-budget production elevate it to something greater than the sum of its parts. "Ordinarily the kind of record that would make us run a mile, Danny Graham's personality shines through on every song, and the LP's low-budget, home-recorded loner charm has turned it into an enduring favourite." ~Wallaby Beat

RATLIFF, K.S. -& BLACK MAGIC- - FEAR OF THE NIGHT (LP/SUBLIMINAL SOUN)

First time limited edition vinyl reissue of an extremely rare and unique teenage real people psych garage private press album from 1982. It's so damn off the radar, rare and elusive that it even eluded the writers of the 'Acid Archives' book. This music has the direct and real emotional honesty of Kenneth Higney crossed with the ominous sci-fi atmosphere of Marcus, boiled down to the essentials, merging a psyched up garage sense of teen discovery with music so uncontrived it naturally delivers hook after hook.

ARESKI - UN BEAU MATIN (CD/SOUFFLE CONTINU)

Reissue of this classic French underground record by Brigittie Fontaine's partner in life Areski. Inspired, poetic, in one word essential: 1970's 'Un Beau Matin' is one of the best albums of the French underground. Produced by Pierre Barouh for his label Saravah, alongside those by Maurice Lemaître, Catharsis, Claude Yvans, Mahjun, Barney Wilen, Cohelmec Ensemble et Michel Roques. Digipack with obi strip.

BLAST FURNACE - BLAST FURNACE (LP/LONGHAIR)

BACK IN PRINT! A reissue of a classic album from the Danish psych/prog underground, originally released in 1971. Musically we're dealing with superb hard-progressive rock, performed with impressive guitar parts, wild and tough vocals, Hammond organ, flute and a driving rhythm section. Members would go on to play with legendary bands Pan and Culpepper's Orchard.

SIXTY-NINE - CIRCLE OF THE CRAYFISH (LP/LONGHAIR)

The sole studio album by this interesting Kraut duo, originally from 1972, sees a welcome reissue on vinyl. Sixty Nine played a mixture of symphonic prog and Krautrock, dominated by appealing vocals, exceptional Hammond organ outings and powerful drumming. Whether you like Frumpy, The Nice, Beggars Opera, Atomic Rooster or Deep Purple, be sure to check this one out!

SIXTY-NINE - LIVE! (2LP) (LP/LONGHAIR)

The 1974 live DOUBLE-LP by this interesting Kraut duo, originally from 1972, sees a welcome reissue. Sixty Nine played a mixture of symphonic prog and Krautrock, dominated by appealing vocals, exceptional Hammond organ and Moog outings and powerful drumming. Whether you like Frumpy, The Nice, ELP, Beggars Opera, Atomic Rooster or Deep Purple, be sure to check this one out!

ARESKI - UN BEAU MATIN (CD/SOUFFLE CONTINU)

Reissue of this classic French underground record by Brigittie Fontaine's partner in life Areski. Inspired, poetic, in one word essential: 1970's 'Un Beau Matin' is one of the best albums of the French underground. Produced by Pierre Barouh for his label Saravah, alongside those by Maurice Lemaître, Catharsis, Claude Yvans, Mahjun, Barney Wilen, Cohelmec Ensemble et Michel Roques. Digipack with obi strip.

LAY LLAMAS - MALOPHOROS/MONDI DI PIETRA (7"/BACKWARDS)

This gold coloured single contains two tracks. 'Malophòros' was composed together with the shaman singer Alfio Antico, former collaborator of Fabrizio De Andrè, Tullio de Piscopo and Vinicio Capossela, on frame drum and voice. The piece sounds like an improbable mixture between the Nuova Compagnia Di Canto Popolare and the Master Musicians Of Bukkake! The text, written by Antico, is recited in Sicilian dialect and is inspired by the Sanctuary from the 5th century B.C. dedicated to the goddess Demeter whose ruins are located in the Archaeological Park of Selinunte (Sicily). The Sanctuary was a sacred place for the ancient Greek colonists in Sicily and their rituals and sacrifices were held there in order to ingratiate themselves with the divinity. On the B side the track 'Mondi Di Pietra' reminds of Franco Battiato's 'Pollution/Sulle Corde Di Aries' period. The text, in Italian, provides a mythological and esoteric vision of the Mediterranean world understood as a passage zone and cradle of ancient cultures. The mastering was curated by the English musician and producer Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3, Spectrum, Panda Bear, MGMT) at the New Atlantis Studio. The artwork is made by the Catalan artist Daniel Puiggros. Limited to 500 copies.

CB3 - FROM NOTHING TO ETERNITY (LP/DRONE ROCK)

Originally released as a super limited cassette at the beginning of the year (on Lazy Octopus in Scandinavia and by Eggs In Aspic in the UK), CB3's debut album finally gets the vinyl treatment. Mr John McBain has provided his expert vinyl-mastering skills once again and the music on this LP does not fail to deliver as those in the know have already confirmed. "...an album that needs to be heard and, indeed, any traveler along the psychedelic highway NEEDS this in their life. As previously alluded to, how this band are not lauded is beyond me but hopefully this release will change that and CB3 become permanent fixtures on psych's top table." ~Dayz Of Purple & Orange. Comes on transparent sky-blue vinyl.

CHÉ-SHIZU - A JOURNEY (2LP) (LP/BLACK EDITIONS)

Ché-SHIZU is one of the most original and mystifying groups to ever emerge from Japan's musical underground. Founded by master improviser Chie Mukai in 1981 the group has been guided by her singular vision for nearly 40 years. Ché-SHIZU challenges notions of song structure and improvisation, embracing a seemingly shambolic approach that on closer listen reveals a deeply coherent and surreal world. Mukai's choice of ancient stringed instruments including the er-hu and the kokyu as lead instruments only further sets the group apart. Even within the wildly diverse roster of artists championed by their Tokyo label P.S.F. Records, Ché-SHIZU is a playful and confounding outlier. Originally released in 1994, Ché-SHIZU's second album 'A Journey' is a sprawling excursion through ethereal dreamscapes. The group performs a spontaneous, loose form of chamber pop that weaves folk and a light psychedelia into something entirely unique. Pop songs like 'Juso Station' intersect with yearning instrumentals such as the title track to create a varied yet coherent improvisational language. The album invites listeners to take a journey through memories and dreams, to days gone by, to forests and mountain lakes, to haunting runs in the dark and bright morning illuminations. Beautifully clear in its production, 'A Journey' has become a signature album in the group's catalog. Includes expansive new artwork and first time ever lyric translations. Each double album includes a high resolution digital download.

COSMIC FALL - (BLACK) IN SEARCH OF OUTER SPACE (LP/CLOSTRIDIUM)

Berlin-based heavy psych jammers Cosmic Fall's 2018 album. "I'm sure you've already checked out their stuff, because you're hip to what's happening and on your stuff and always ahead of the game and other-clichés-meaning-aware-of-the-world-around-you, but if not, you should know up front: these freaks can J-A-M." ~The Obelisk. Limited to 200 copies on 180 gram black vinyl.

ELECTRIC MOON - LIVE IN KOSMOS (3LP) (LP/SULATRON)

This was the first show of Electric Moon in the Bochum Planetary, autumn 2015. Since then it became a annual cult event. The set contains more than two hours of cosmic, trancy krautrock and features cover artwork by Lulu Artwork. Recorded and mixed by Sula Bassana (Dave Schmidt). Each of the 3 LPs come in their own cover and all 3 are covered by a cardboard slipcase. Includes downloadcode. One time only, strictly limited pressing of 500 copies! Komet Lulu: bass, effects, Sula Bassana: guitar, synthesizers, effects, Marcus Schnitzler: drums, percussions. LP 1: 1. The Last Words of Mister P. (24:58) 2. Air to Space (15:47) LP 2: 1. Radio Contact Was Lost (19:38) 2. Close Encounter Of The 4th Kind (24:42) LP 3: 1. Sunburst Odyssey (24:45) 2. Star Factory (24:43)

GURU GURU - ROTATE! (LENTICULAR EDITION) (LP/ADANSONIA)

Also on their 2018 album 'Rotate!' (the 32nd in the long band history) Guru Guru pulls all registers and, as always, cannot be put in a drawer. It fits the title 'Rotate!' literally like a fist to the eye, because Guru Guru have never shown musical stagnation in their long career but have always been in search of new galaxies and experiments! This is also shown by the 11 s songs on the new album. Comes in heavy 3D deluxe lenticular gatefold cover! The album will not be repressed in this shape again, so don't sleep!

IMAJINARY FRIENDS - (GREECE/BLACK) THE IMAJINARY FRIENDS (LP/SOUND EFFECT)

European version. SF-based Imajinary Friends release a collection of sizzling electric dreams from space that pulsate with a strange, sexy, far out groove. Imajine an original mixture of Kraut, dark UK post-punk and shoegaze, and you'll have an idea of what to expect. Or not... Limited to 200 copies on black vinyl.

MR. BISON - HOLY OAK (BLACK) (LP/SUBSOUND)

Imagine being on an overloaded black van on the roads of the Big South, playing nothing but early '70s legendary acts like the almighty Captain Beyond, Orang Utan mixed with one of the most powerful bands of our days, Motorpsycho. Black vinyl version.

SUN DIAL - SCIENCE FICTION (LP/SULATRON)

'A COMPENDIUM OF SPACE SOUNDTRAX' - This album is a great follow-up to their album 'Made In The Machine', which was very much in the electronic rock direction. 'Science Fiction' is a even more electronic album, the songs are shorter but super catchy. Over the years Sun Dial's catalogue has been in demand for various film and television soundtracks such as the acclaimed horror film 'Helen Alone' and documentaries on the history of the CIA/Vietnam/MK ULTRA. Of special interest to the band has been the music of sci-fi and space on celluloid such as 'THX 1138', '2001; A Space Odyssey' and 'Blade Runner'. Now, in a project spanning more than 20 years, Sun Dial have fulfilled a long term plan to release a collection of unreleased space themed soundtracks. This special collection is a very important landmark for the band and it sits perfectly with the ethos of Sulatron Records.

AL DOUM & THE FARYDS - SPIRIT REJOIN (LP/BONGO JOE)

The fourth album of the Milanese band. Compared to previous works, the substantial characteristics of the sound remain a powerful rhythmic basis and the prestigious skill in the poly-rhythmic dynamics; everything is however moved towards accents of more markedly jazzy ancestry. Basically the Faryds absorb and re-elaborate with remarkable insights disparate elements and influences of certain electric jazz or rock-jazz-blues of the '70s (Miles Davis, Dr.John, Graham Bond, Jeremy Steig) and spiritual jazz (Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders, Don Cherry, Brother Ah), marrying them with the forceful instances of certain Afro-free jazz (Pyramids, Alkebu-Lan) and the more freak-jam plots typical of space rock. The sense of complete unity is also rooted in the balanced synergy and chorality of the instruments, which enjoy a perfect osmotic reciprocity and complementarity. A very important role is played by the entry of Fender Rhodes that chromatically emphasizes the parts as counterpoints and hypnotic ostinatos chased by the dense timbral mixtures of alto-sax and flute and roaring wah-wah guitars with flowing acid trajectories.

ALIEN MUSTANGS - ALIENATION (BLACK) (LP/SOUND EFFECT)

One of Greece's best kept secrets, Alien Mustangs, unleash their debut full length via Sound Effect Records. Their mutant psych/space hybrid is deeply rooted in sixties garage, whilst paying tribute to their influences, with Loop, Spacemen 3, The 13th Floor Elevators and The Stooges chiefly among them.

DR SPACE - (BLACK) ALIEN PLANET TRIP, VOL. 2 (LP/SPACE ROCK)

'GLOOMY HORIZON' - Dr Space is the leader and one of the synth players in the Oresund Space Collective. Three years ago, he decided to start to let out some of his analog synth experiments and compliment these with some guitar layers. While the first volume was more ambient, the guitars play a more prominent role on Vol. II. For Vol. II Dr Space recruited two of his old friends, Daniel Lars and Stefan Krey (Gas Giant, Alkymist, Sumo Sun). The initial synth and drums (all created in Logic) were laid down and then multiple guitar layers were added. Additional synths were added in some cases. Limited to 100 copies on black vinyl.

KEMIALLISET YSTÄVÄT - SIIPI EMPII (LP/IKUISUUS)

Kemialliset Ystävät is a long running musical collective headed by Finnish multimedia artist Jan Anderzén. The group's rotating contributors include virtuosic musicians, sound artists, mad electronic music professors, field recorders, singers, amateurs and professionals. Ikuisuus presents the project's 2018 LP, entitled 'Siipi Empii' (loosely translated from Finnish to 'A Wing Hesitates'). Anderzén explains, "The English translation unfortunately loses all the music and rhyme of the Finnish title but the meanings still there, kind of. The title is aiming to describe the movements of a butterfly and the weight/heat of the idea that every single flap of the wing can cause a storm/revolution." He has described the group's sound as sometimes "like an orchestra flying around in a tornado." These themes embody 'Siipi Empii', a wildly weird dose of electronic folk music crafted through sheer force of nature, an abstract organism guided gently by Anderzéns deft artistic touch. Limited to 300 copies.

ORESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE - (BLACK) CHATOYANT BREATH (2LP) (LP/SPACE ROCK)

Scott Heller: "Our friend Gary (Yawning Man) was in town and wanted to jam. It had been a long time since the main touring band of OSC (Nick, Jiri, Mogens, myself) had been in the studio. We grabbed Martin, who plays with Nick, Jiri and Mogens in the Univerzals as well as with Jiri in his band Fri Galaxe, to play drums. He had played quite a few gigs with us in Denmark the last years. Nicklas from Papir was a great choice to play with Gary as both are fans of each other and we love to play with Nicklas. We had a cool band. This session was pretty fast, all done in one day and just 5 jams recorded. The vinyl is an edited version of the jams. The music on these sections is more spaced out, relaxed and exploratory as it flows and weaves and grows tentacles to tickle and scratch your inner thoughts. Enjoy the sensations." Limited to 182 copies on black vinyl.

SLOWS - A GREAT BIG SMILE FROM VENUS (LP/DEEP DISTANCE)

While Slows' first LP focused on solely on the sound of Matthew Simms' (Wire, UUUU, Bill Fay etc.) beloved old Farfisa Organ, evoking the minimalism of Terry Riley and JD Emmanuel, the second focused on his growing obsession with modular synth put through a chain of old tape delays and reverb, resulting in a more hazy Krautrock feel, akin to that of Cluster or NEU! On this third LP it's all changed again, with the tracks growing out of the drum recordings of Matt Schultz (Holy Fuck, Enon, Lake Ruth). This record turned into something much noisier and varied than the previous release; still repetitive and minimal but with more sense of wild abandon and embracing a free-jazz influence, like that heard within the sound of the Sun Ra Arkestra. Limited to 300 copies.

VIBRAVOID - VIBRATIONS FROM THE COSMIC VOID (LP/STONED KARMA)

'Vibrations From The Cosmic Void' offers modern cosmic music and krautrock at its best and can only be described as "music for astronauts" or "music as experience not as melody". Exuberant soundscapes, hypnotic rhythms, extraterrestrial vibrations, and motor impulses weave a colorful trip into a better world, located in the depths of space.

ZOFFF - FFF (LP/DEEP DISTANCE)

Second studio full length from Brighton based kraut/kosmische juggernauts ZOFFF, described as "the finest purveyors of kosmische heaviness on the planet right now" by Shindig! Magazine. Limited to 300 copies on clear vinyl.

PORNO TEO KOLOSSAL - MONROVIA (CD/BAM BALAM)

Porno Teo Kolossal is an hyper-experimental music project from Turin (Italy). The Pasolinian references are evident, from the choice of the themes on which the concepts are built, to the choice of instrumentation and the discrete use of technology. The extreme musicality of the project brings the sound exploration of the PTK closer to the so-called artistic performances rather than a traditional live concept. Co-release by the Italian label Dischi Bervisti and the French Bam Balam Records.

VIBRAVOID - LIVE AT RHEINKRAUT FESTIVAL (2CD) (CD/STONED KARMA)

Live at Rheinkraut Festival Düsseldorf 2018. CD1: Your Mind Is At Ease CD2: Ballspeaker

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

HILLMANS - TAKING THE TRASH BACK IN (LP/TRASH WAX)

The 4th album but the 1st to be released on vinyl from Brighton (UK) based The Hillmans. It's been described as 'Nasty As F..K but pure R'n'R'... Taking a hard edged approach to their own blend of garage punk and primal rockabilly the pace on this album doesn't let up, from the almost Stoogeseque 'I Feel Alright' to the out and out savage rockabilly of 'Come On Little Mama', it's relentless! A real alternative to the countless Cramps wannabees and an antidote to the purists (both '50s and '60s), it's a back to basics, real R'n'R album. This one is limited to 500 copies and will sell out very quickly.

MONSTERS - YOUTH AGAINST NATURE (+CD) (LP/VOODOO RHYTHM)

The reissue of this MONSTERS album (featuring LIGHTNING BEAT-MAN) comes in an amazing out- and inside printed gatefold sleeve drawn by the amazing 'take a trip to my grave' MERINUK. All songs written by the band, except 'Züri Brännt' written by the Swiss punk rock legends TNT. All the other songs are pure MONSTERS songs, horror R&R garage fuzz recorded at TOE RAG. This is killer stuff. Comes with poster.

BONTEMPI, MARCEL - HAVANA MOON/BLUE MOON BABY (7"/TWI-LITE)

The Wizard Of Rhythm is back with 2 more tracks plucked from the mists of time. His second release on Twi-Lite Records features the obscure and oft overlooked Chuck Berry ditty 'Havana Moon' paired with the classic 'Blue Moon Baby', originally by Dave Diddle Day. These recordings are guaranteed to have his fans flocking to the dance floor in droves to dig the rockin' calypso beat. As with all of Marcel's releases, this one is a limited release and will sell out very quickly... Get it while it's hot!

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

ALMAGEST! - FUN HOUSE MIRRORS (LP/BACKWARDS)

This intriguing release from Ernesto Tomasini and Fabrizio Modenese Palumbo features five long, electric, richly textured and sonically distorted cinematic compositions.

CHRISTIANSEN, HENNING - DEN RODE SKOV (LP/PENULTIMATE PRE)

Second in a series of two previously unreleased soundtracks Henning Christiansen made for the films made by his partner and collaborator Ursula Reuter Christiansen. 'Den Rode Skov' ('The Red Forest') was Ursula's second film made in 1986. In stark contrast to the exquisite romantic melancolia of their first collaboration, 'The Executioner', 'Den Rode Skov' resides as one of the wildest recordings in the entire Christiansen catalogue. Aligned more with works like the legendary collaboration with Nam June Paik and Joseph Beuys, 'Abschiedssymphonie', 'Den Rode Skov' unfolds as a delirious and demonic audio exhibit, at once deeply eccentric and utterly enthralling. Featuring the exceptional sound work of Ernst Kretzer and contributions from Ursula Reuter Christiansen, Addamaria Reuter Christiansen, Bjornstjerne Reuter Christiansen, Carla Tató and Werner Durand this is a rich tapestry of sounds, voice and obtuse atmospheres drifting from the deeply meditative to the outright hysterical. 'Den Rode Skov' was remastered by Giuseppe Ielasi from the original master tapes sourced from the Henning Christiansen Archive and comes as a deluxe limited edition of 500 copies on red vinyl housed in a full colour gatefold sleeve incorporating a full sized 8 page booklet featuring a selection of striking images from the original film.

CHRISTIANSEN, HENNING - THE EXECUTIONER (LP/PENULTIMATE PRE)

First in a series of two releases unveiling the previously unissued soundtracks made for the films of Ursula Reuter Christiansen by her partner and collaborator Henning Christiansen. 'The Executioner' ('Skarpretteren') is Ursula's first film from 1971 and is now considered one of the most important works of early Danish feminist art. A highly praised recent show at the Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen highlighted the pertinent themes and ongoing urgency which lies within this bold symbolic work. The exquisite score is one of the key neo-romantic works in Henning's far reaching output. A deeply melancholic set of vocal based works which place the listener deep within the tension and despair of Ursula's themes. This unique vinyl presentation also features nature sounds recorded for the film on the island of Moen along with surprising works that defy anything else in Henning's output. Assembled from the original master tapes sourced from the Henning Christiansen Archive by Mark Harwood and remastered for vinyl by Giuseppe Ielasi, 'The Executioner' arrives housed in a reverse board sleeve with printed gloss inner sleeve featuring a host of images from the film and comes in a limited edition of 500 copies on sorrowful black vinyl.

BALDRUIN - VERGESSENE TRÄUME (LP/IKUISUUS)

Music that is deeply informed by the colorful works of composers like Franco Battiato and the iconic and imaginative horror-movie soundtracks of Goblin ('Suspiria') and the likes. But don't mistake Baldruin's fanciful, vaudevillian approach with the omnipresent depressive and dystopian post-postmodern aesthetics. Johannes Schebler aka Baldruin's far from being a bleak bloke and such is his music: It's the brainchild of a rich, child-like imagination, a celebration of the comical'n'creepy yet life-affirming forces in life. Limited to 250 copies.

BÜCKLE, PHILIPP - PAINTINGS (LP/MOVING FURNITUR)

'Paintings', after 'Sketches' (Magnetic Purely) and 'Drawings' (Invisible City Recordings), represents the last work in a trilogy marking the re-emergence of Philipp Bückle as a musician. After burying the Teamforest project at the end of the noughties Philipp didn't much feel like creating music for some years, at least not on his own. Instead he concentrated on a more visual approach to expression. But in 2014, during a hot summer in Copenhagen, a birth and long wanderings through his hometown Dortmund, he found himself in peculiar places, both musically and physically. The result was a very fruitful phase of recordings spread over all three releases of the trilogy. Philipp's very personal music combines a visually organic aspect with experimental compositions, creating a singular sound world that on the one hand exudes warmth, familiarity and comfort, while on the other hand renders so much yet to discover. Within the music the varying moods are reflected in the titles of the sound paintings, from warm September evenings to rainy days and from a seascape to a wedding. Limited to 300 copies.

DNMF - SMELTER (LP/MOVING FURNITUR)

Prolific experimental music purveyor Machinefabriek and droning free jazz combo Dead Neanderthals team up for the second DNMF album entitled 'Smelter'. Clocking in at nearly 40 minutes, 'Smelter' is a highly dynamic amalgam of metal, drone and dark ambient and is hard to compare to anything else out there. Limited to 300 copies.

KARJALAINEN, MATTI -& UNTO LAINE- - ELECTRONISSIMO AVANTGARDISSIMO (LP/IKUISUUS)

Recorded during a long weekend session at the laboratory of the Department of Electronics of Tampere University of Technology (TTKK) in August 1973. The whole work was done by using tape recorders, three signal generators, one digital noise generator, two microphones and a number of self made (analog) electronic circuits and different combinations of all these elements. All the ideas in these recordings, the producing, recording and mixing of the sound material, as well as the composition of the pieces were done by Matti Karjalainen and Unto Laine, in August and September 1973. Limited to 250 copies.

CINEMA PERDU - AMSTERDAM CS (CD/MOVING FURNITUR)

"Amsterdam Central Station consists of various spaces: for example the various roofs, the three tunnels with access to the platforms, the IJ-passage. Even while everywhere there are similar sounds, like talking people, the announcements, loud headphones, rolling suitcases, cleaning machines, etc. acoustics and dynamics change per space. These specific acoustics and dynamics are the starting point of the works on this album. Stop and take some time to listen, in the way of John Cage: all the sounds have their own musical quality. These tracks or not necessarily about the romance of the train station and travelling by train. Neither is it a pure registration of the sounds. It are not literal compositions of the rooms. It is my interpretation of the atmospheres the spaces create with the recorded sounds. I walked around with my recorder in the hand slowly from space to space through Amsterdam CS, sometimes standing still, observing and recording the experiences at this specific moment in time." ~Martijn Pieck/Cinema Perdu, February 2018. Limited to 200 copies in A5 artwork.

MACHINEFABRIEK/NICOLA RATTI/BENOIT PIOULARD - DWAAL/WOLD + (CD/MOVING FURNITUR)

'Dwaal' and 'Wold' both are exercises in creating an auditory space or sphere rather than sculpting a structured composition. With its orchestral washes amidst a barrage of radio static and erratic noise, 'Dwaal' is the noisy brother of the two. It's a balancing act or battle perhaps between disruptive tumult and serene calm. On 'Wold', with its sparse piano notes spread out over a bed of subtle hiss, the serenity is left largely unadorned. Wind recordings and bird song - the piano as well as the field recordings captured during a holiday in Vriescheloo, (NL) - slowly guide the listener into an hypnotic, dream-like state. The cassette for 'Dauw' was released in February 2016 and sold out quickly. Moving Furniture Records has decided to re-release it as a CD, adding two interpretations to the album, by Benoît Pioulard (whose 'Sonnet' was a clear influence for the album) and Nicola Ratti (another source of inspiration, both solo and with Bellows). The latter strips 'Dwaal' down and injects it with wonderful synth sputters, rhythms and bloops. Pioulard's version of 'Wold' features his recreation of the atmosphere of the original using organ and guitar with mesmerizing results.

AIN SOPH - FINIS GLORIAE MUNDI (CD/OLD EUROPA CAFE)

16 years after 'Oktober' and 26 after the seminal 'Aurora' here comes the third part of trilogy on the "Modern World". Six surprising and very mature tracks with sounds ranging from Velvet Undergound'ish psychedelia to dark industrial, from European cabaret to beating dnceable rhythms, from crooner songs to esoteric ritual, but most of all the entire album has this unique "magic and spiritual" feeling that only Ain Soph can create. Special guest vocals by Dara de Morte on 'Ombre Nel Silenzio' and Annabel Moynihan (Blood Axis) on 'God Is At Home'.

ATRAX MORGUE - SICKNESS REPORT/SLUSH OF A MANIAC (2CD) (CD/OLD EUROPA CAFE)

Reissue of two cult albums by Atrax Morgue as double CD. 'Sickness Report' was originally released in 1996 on Release Entertainment and 'Slush Of A Maniac was out on Crowded Control Activities in 1997. Also included are three rare compilation tracks. Both albums are long time sold-out and very difficult to get even at collector's prices. Finally here they are back in a unique and very industrial psychedelic packaging. Regarding the sounds there is not much to say: simply alienating power electronics in very best Atrax Morgue tradition. In memory of Marco Corbelli, the legendary master of Italian industrial.

BARONI/BIANCHI/CIANI/CIULLINI - MUSICAL SURGERY (CD/OLD EUROPA CAFE)

From the archives of the Florentine studio Sound Recycling Terminal comes this singular finding, an experiment in "sound surgery" originally assembled in February 1982 by Daniele Ciullini (aka Oxidized Man) with audio materials sent by Maurizio Bianchi (M.B.) and the founders of the TRAX multimedia project, the journalist and mail artist Vittore Baroni (musically active as Lieutenant Murnau) and the graphic artist-photographer Piermario Ciani (Mind Invaders, Great Complotto, etc.) who died in 2006. A limited edition of 300 copies in a cardboard folder with vintage original graphics by the four authors.

LEAGUE OF YOUTH - BLACKNESS.DARKNESS (CD/DARKFOLK ORGANI)

This opus follows the paths of true neofolk, enlightened by electrifying tracks which surely make you dance on alternative dancefloors, crossed by deep dark ambient parts. An eighties cover of 'Reich Der Träume' by Lutz Graf-Ulbrich featuring Nico and a reinterpretation of Death in June's '13 Years Of Carrion' emphasizes the variety of this outstanding work. The CD edition comes in an 8 panel matt printed digipack, limited to 500 copies.

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

THEM STONES/CHARLES IN THE KITCHEN - STONES IN THE KITCHEN (7"/DIVISION)

With 'Arrogant Teenage Rag', Charles In The Kitchen continues its unique quest of the perfect rock'n'roll anthem! And you'll sure dance to this little jewel of intoxicating hi-energy rock! On the other side you'll discover 'Alone', maybe the catchiest song that the Them Stones guys have ever written. Powerful riffing with crazy vocal harmonies is what awaits you on this earworm!

DEAD SLEEP - (BLACK) IN THE BELLY OF THE BEAST (LP/DENOMINATION)

Debut album by Swedish metal band Dead Sleep. Metal combined with the unbridled energy of punk! Black vinyl version.

KYTERION - INFERNO II (BLACK) (LP/SUBSOUND)

Featuring vocals in the XIIIth century's Italian Vernacular language, this concept album is focused on the first canticle of the eternal poem 'The Divine Comedy' by Dante Alighieri. This much-anticipated follow-up was recorded at Medoosa Studio in Bologna, while mixing and mastering were handled by Giuseppe Orlando at OuterSound Studios (Novembre, Stormlord, Necrodeath) in Rome. Cover artwork design by Gustavo Sazes. Black vinyl edition.

DOPE SMOKER - LEGALIZE IT (LP/BLACK FARM)

If you love reverb, fuzz and a wall of sound tsunami, this album is for you. 'Legalize It' is a powerhouse rock album that will melt your brain. Highly recommended. Dope Smoker are a 3 piece rock group from South West Wales where everyone smokes dope and surfs. Dope Smoker give you riffs so distorted that they're in danger of breaking up entirely, mantra type vocals that repeat over and over and bass and drums that beat out a rhythm more akin' to a dancefloor than a moshpit. Limited to 180 copies on white vinyl.

DOPETHRONE - DARK FOIL (LP/TOTEM CAT)

Repress of 500 copies on purple haze coloured vinyl of Dopethrone's second album from 2011. "Their debut was already huge and powerful, but this one is literally the sound of a black planet of tar falling into your head. They take the cue from Electric Wizard, Eyehategod, Fistula, Buzzov*en, Grief, Iron Monkey, Coffins and all the major names in the cult of big, bleak, evil, slow, uncompromising sludge. The riffs are slow, thick, punishing, suffocating and destructive. The vocals are harsh, visceral and animal-like. And the mood is heavy, oppressive and amazing." ~Sludge Swamp.

DOPETHRONE - III (LP/TOTEM CAT)

Repress of 500 copies on sewage coloured vinyl. For the uninitiated, Dopethrone play the classic kind of sludge, evil as Satan himself, dripping blood and black bile, while it claws at your flesh from within a cloud of weed smoke and burning homes. If anything 'III' hits harder than 'Dark Foil'. The riffs are monumental monsters of distortion and grime. It's like the buzz of a thousand hornets inside an empty skull.

BLUES/COUNTRY/OLDIES

VARIOUS - SHAKE YOUR BONES (2LP) (LP/STAG-O-LEE)

'STAG-O-LEE DJ SERIES VOL. 2' - An 80 minute 2LP set, compiled by by Stuttgart based DJ Joe Whirlypop. Joe is a jack of all trades, someone who can make a wedding crowd dance, is well versed in new wave and punk and everything in between. But his biggest love is the '50s and early '60s. He is playing all over Stuttgart for years, but these two discs reflect his monthly 'Shake Your Bones' residency at Stuttgart's famous Goldmarks club. Expect all kinds of blues, from jump to rhythm and blues to raw electric. SIDE 1: 1. B.B. King - Sixteen Tons 2. Varetta Dillard - Them Their Eyes 3. The 5 Royales - Everybody Knows 4. Groovey Joe Poovey - Move Around 5. Gene And Eunice - Bom Bom Lulu 6. Tennessee Ernie Ford - Blackberry Boogie 7. Screamin' Jay Hawkins - Little Demon 8. Bo Davis & Eddie Cochran - Latch On SIDE 2: 1. Little Sylvia - Drive Daddy Drive 2. Little Walter - I Hate To See You Go 3. Joe Turner - Flip Flop And Fly 4. Slim Harpo - Don't Start Cryin' Now 5. Johnny Burnette - Please Don't Leave Me 6. Moose Jackson and His Bearcats - Nosey Joe 7. Vince Taylor & His Playboys - Brand New Cadillac 8. Clarence "Frogman" Henry - Ain't Got No Home SIDE 3: 1. Muddy Waters - Messin' With The Man 2. Joe Ann Henderson - Baby Please Don't Go 3. The Mariners - Zindy Lou 4. Joe Benson - Rock and Roll Jungle 5. Sid King - Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight 6. Slim Rhodes - Gonna Romp And Stomp 7. Chuck Miller - Boogie Blues 8. Thurston Harris And The Sharps - Little Bitty Pretty One SIDE 4: 1. Ruth Brown - Mambo Baby 2. Ray Charles - Hey Good Lookin' 3. Bill Haley - Birth Of The Boogie 4. The Swallows - It Ain't The Meat 5. Johnny Otis - All Nite Long 6. Preston Love - Country Boogie 7. Ella Johnson - No More Love 8. Serge Gainsbourg - Le Claqueur De Doigts

HUNNICUTT, JAMES - ALL BY MY LONESOME (LP/ROCKIN' ROOTS M)

"With the haunting voice of a fallen angel, James Hunnicutt bleeds his heart and soul into 10 songs of loneliness, one night stands, hope, break ups, love and murder that make up 'All By My Lonesome'."~Moloich Photography. Comes with poster and download card.

REEDY, PAT -& THE LONGTIME GONERS- - THAT'S ALL THERE IS (AND THERE AIN'T NO MORE) (LP/MUDDY ROOTS MUS)

Pat Reedy makes honest honky-tonk music for the modern world, mixing twang, blue-collar songwriting, working-class pride, and an unconventional backstory, all of which culminates in his 2018 album 'That's All There Is'. Reedy has a fresh take on '70s indebted country, with a baritone that will suck you in and the hardscrabble background that helps his songs sound natural, not forced. Includes CD.

JAZZ/AVANTGARDE

THING - AGAIN (LP/THE THING)

2018 album by the Norwegian jazz supergroup. Mats Gustafsson: tenor & baritone saxophone, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten: electric and double bass, Paal Nilssen-Love: drums, percussion.

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

KANO - RUNES (LP/SUBLIMINAL SOUN)

First ever vinyl release of this unique, dark and sparse, tribal, minimal synth, drone, trance, new age recording from the mysterious Kano. Previously only issued as an obscure cassette back in 1986 wich is now much sought after. 'Runes' is much darker and brooding compared to its new age peers of the era. Drums, metalophone, synths and more leads you on a deep inwards trip via damp, cold and foggy caves to the ancients. Kano, described as "a trance musician from Colorado" on the original release, was Don Campbell in real life and the 'Runes' cassette was eventually issued under his name too. Limited to 1000 copies.

SOUNDTRACKS/LOUNGE/CULT ETC

HENKE, MEL - 77 SUNSET STRIP-PER (LP/MODERN HARMONIC)

A '60s advertising innovator behind blending music and strategically placed sound effects! Featuring 12 sexed-up double entendre laced gems from 1962's 'La Dolce Henke' and bonus romp '77 Sunset Strip-per!' From the original 1962 tapes to your space age bachelor pad! Mel Henke was a guerrilla in the sexual revolution of the 1960s. Think Ward Cleaver meets Hugh Hefner: an upstanding, tax-paying, white collar, tie-and-sports coat-wearing middle class, middle aged guy with the heart and mind of a horny 17 year old. When Warner Brothers gave him access to a studio, he corralled some of the ace studio musicians and singers he usually worked with, the result was the legendary 1962 album 'La Dolce Henke', one of the most coveted LPs in all of Space Age Pop. ~Brad Bigelow/Spaceagepop.com

MARTELLOTTA, MASSIMO - ONE MAN SESSION, VOL. 1: SINTESI (LP/CINEDELIC)

"Functioning as a virtual one man orchestra, Massimo Martellotta (Calibro 35) turns his deft hands to atmospheric cinematic groove and sound. Prepared piano, analog synths, strings, organ, vibraphone all get the OST/library treatment that is both unique and distinctively Italian."~Shawn Lee. First part in a five part series.

VARIOUS - A SEA FOR YOURSELF O.S.T. (2LP+DVD) (LP/MODERN HARMONIC)

Legendary surf/funk/psych soundtrack! Created by an incredible aggregation of California music royalty: Rick Henn, Dennis and Daryl Dragon, plus other friends, this ultra-scarce, in-demand soundtrack for Hal Jepsen's 1972 film 'A Sea For Yourself' features an astounding journey of styles from funky, freeform workouts to homegrown, backporch rock to breezy, bossa-tinged instrumentals. A fine blend of surfing and music, the film put together the world's best surfers practicing their art in France, Australia, California and Hawaii with a powerful original soundtrack. SIDE 1: 1. Dennis Dragon - Excerpt From "Aerial To Earth Suite" 2. The Dragons - Space Shuffle 3. The Bozone - Stone Crazy 4. Rick Henn & Company - Drain Pipe Instrumental 5. The Dragons - Peace Garden 6. Rockin Foo - Tyson Road House 7. Al Oakie & Friends - Jumpin' With Jarvis 8. The Bozone - Sugar In My Coffee SIDE 2: 1. The Bozone - Zorro's Revenge 2. The Dragons - Hear The Truth/Everybody Needs 3. Rick Henn & Company - Squeeze Box 4. Dan Peyton - Karma Cue 5. The Bozone - Bahama Hop SIDE 3: 1. Rick Henn & Company - Rain Ride One & Two 2. "Little" Marty Kaniger - Wish I Knew 3. The Dragons - Night Cruzer Two 4. The Dragons - Cataclysm 5. Rockin Foo - Fair Thee Well 6. The Dragons - Soul Teacher 7. The Dragons - Urantia Plains SIDE 4: 1. The Dragons - Cosmosis 2. Dan Peyton - Slidin' 3. Rockin Foo - When The Money Comes 4. The Dragons - Power Jam One & Two 5. The Dragons - Food For My Soul 6. Rick Henn & Company - Cholo 7. Rick Henn & Company - Rain Ride Three

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

SANDWIDI, PIERRE - LE TROUBADOUR DE LA SAVANE 1978/1982 (LP/BORN BAD)

Fresh Nigerian synth-funk from Burkina Faso, recorded sometime between the late '70s and early '80s. These groovy dancing sounds, killer keys and slow burners will kill you softly. Pierre Sandwidi stands as one of the finest Voltaic artists from the 1970s. He belonged to an unsung elite of Francophone artists such as Francis Bebey, G.G. Vickey, Amédée Pierre, André-Marie Tala, Pierre Tchana or Mamo Lagbema. His entire released output consists of less than ten 7 inches, two LPs and a bunch of cassettes. A man from the provinces, he always favored social engagement and carefully crafted lyrics over instant fame. His words and music challenged General Lamizana's dreary presidency, which ruled the country from 1966 to 1980.

VARIOUS - FIELD RECORDINGS FROM THE SAHEL (CASS/SAHEL SOUNDS)

Ambient field recordings collected across the Western Sahel by Christopher Kirkley (Sahel Sounds). Sounds of desert oases, late night radio broadcasts, village calls to prayer, and riverboats drifting down the Niger river. A nice companion piece to the musical work from the Sahel Sounds blog, this an hommage to the sounds that don't always find their way onto records. SIDE 1: 01. Prayer Call, Soninke Mosque, Nouakchott, Mauritania 02. Wolof Grief, Radio, Nouakchott, Mauritania 03. Dogs Barking At Night, Cinquieme, Mauritania 04. Phone Credit Sellers, Cinquieme, Mauritania 05. Balcony At Sunset, Marche Capital, Nouakchott, Mauritania 06. Woman Singing At Well, Zarga, Chinguetti, Mauritania 07. Children Playing Drums, Old City, Chinguetti, Mauritania 08. Medah Drumming, Old City, Chinguetti, Mauritania 09. Shortwave Radio Emission, Timtindech, Mauritania 10. Prayer Call, Timtindech, Mauritania 11. Loading Pinasse On River, Mopti, Mali 12. Ali Farka Cassette, Pinasse, Niger River, Mali 13. Clapping Games, Niafounke, Mali 14. Girl And Mother Singing, Niafounke, Mali 15. Sahl Le Guindo, Ndjarka, Niafounke, Mali 16. Video Game Sounds, Niafounke, Mali 17. Morning Recordings, Timbouctou, Mali 18. Bella Women, Mortar And Pestle, Timbouctou, Mali 19. Mohammad Bidega, Thumb Piano, Timbouctou, Mali SIDE 2: 01. Children With Drums In Old Town, Timbouctou, Mali 02. Sounds Of Cellphones, Night Bus Rest Stop, Douentza, Mali 03. Karate Practice, Gao, Mali 04. Ibrahim Iz And Coco, Rooftop Night Guitar Music, Gao, Mali 05. Shortwave Radio Recording, Gao, Mali 06. Takamba, Radio Emission, Gao, Mali 07. Issawat, Festival Tamosonghoi, Bourem, Mali 08. Aki, Towti And Teyti, Issawat, Djounhan, Mali (Azawad) 09. Ambience Of Nomad Camp, Djounhan, Mali (Azawad) 10. Camels Return At Night, Djounhan, Mali (Azawad) 11. Mariama And Kids, Bileebal, Djounhan, Mali (Azawad) 12. Mohamed, Yerodi, Takhanit Flute, Kidal, Mali (Azawad)

 

 

 

 

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