SPOTLIGHT 22-18

05/06/2018 07:59

SPOTLIGHT 22-18

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

VERTICE - I WANT A BOOGIE/THINKING ON YOU (7"/WAH WAH)

Previously unreleased mod and hard blues sounds from 1970, suitable for fans of Eric Clapton (including the bluesy side of Cream), John Mayall, early Fleetwood Mac, Savoy Brown Blues Band and Cuby & The Blizzards. Vertice was a Spanish outfit featuring guitarst Max Sunyer (known from a.o. Tapiman, Iceberg and Pegasus) and the members of Los Go-Go, including soulfoul vocalist Jordi Querol. This single was supposed to become their second release, but it was shelved at the time.

BLACK MOON TAPE - THE SALVATION OF MORGANE (LP/NOMAD EEL)

'The Salvation Of Morgane' is the first album of the band Black Moon Tape and a sonic journey through pop, hard rock and psychedelic landscapes. It took 20 years to finish the project! In 1996, when Will Z. was a teenager, he began to work on his first concept album, dealing with themes of his life at this moment; then he forgot about it, composed another album, left unfinished, then another, and another... The main idea of 'The Salvation Of Morgane' was to collect all these puzzle pieces, put them together to tell a story, adding new songs and recent stories about musician's life on the road.

BLACK SPACE RIDERS - AMORETUM, VOL. 2 (2LP) (LP/BLACK SPACE)

Hard, fast heavy rockers morph into new wave indie sounds and even postpunk loses its "post". Psychedelic triphop meets dub reggae roots which ends in a loud rush of psychedelic riffs. All the songs on 'Amoretum' Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 emerged at the same time, and were recorded and produced in a single rush of creativity. The band decided to release the resulting two hours or so of music in two different parts. So the band's 6th album is a continuation, a second book, but it also exists as a completely autonomous work.

COHEN-SALAL, JEAN - CAPTAIN TARTHOPOM (LP/SOUFFLE CONTINU)

Mentioned on the famous Nurse With Wound list, the path followed by Jean Cohen-Solal included many exciting adventures in the 1970s, from his participation in the cult animation series 'Les Shadoks' where his voice can be heard alongside the actor Claude Piéplu, to his proximity to the GRM where he worked alongside Bernard Parmegiani, François Bayle, Luc Ferrari, Guy Reibel and Béatrice Ferreyra, or his involvement in progressive music with 'Captain Tarthopom' (1973), an album very much in the same style as that featured in Europe on the Vertigo label, but in an instrumental form, and even more audacious, without turning its back on the same classical influences as everyone else.

COHEN-SALAL, JEAN - FLUTES LIBRES (LP/SOUFFLE CONTINU)

In a dreamlike fictive and windswept Brittany, hippy pirates and wild women more or less inspired by Gérard de Nerval fight it out in a theatre, the magic of which brings to mind Cocteau, and where musical improvisation has an important role: this is 'Noroît', a cursed film which was never released in cinemas at the time (1976), directed by the great Jacques Rivette, where Jean-Cohen-Solal, his brother Robert and Daniel Ponsard can be seen and heard playing. The scene is every bit as inventive as that featuring the Art Ensemble Of Chicago in 'Les Stances à Sophie'! The same magic and invention can be found on this first album by Jean Cohen-Solal: 'Flûtes Libres'. A magic which can be keenly felt on 'Quelqu'un', a long contemplative mantra which takes up the whole of the B-side and which anticipates the future collaboration in the mysterious universe of Jacques Rivette.

MCDOWELL, MARK -& FRIENDS- - DARK WEAVE (LP/FRIENDS OF THE)

'Dark Weave' is the fifth album by psych-folk collective Mark McDowell & Friends. Starting life in the prestigious Studio Trilogy San Francisco following 2017's west coast dates, recording was completed in Bristol and Presteigne, Wales. Across nine tracks there's jangly garage folk, spooked out ballads and hypnotic drone based improvisations. The arrangements developed at weekly get-togethers achieve a fluid mix as vocals and acoustics mesh with analogue synths and Indian strings. On Fruit De Mer's sub-label Friends Of The Fish.

MIZUKI DA FANTASIA - GENSO NO ICHIYA (+CD) (LP/NOUVERNE)

Japanese import. Mizuki da Fantasia is a progressive band who symbolizes the world view of Japanese animation songs which popularity has penetrated globally now. Their music is lyrical and dramatic rock that inherited genes of British and Japanese progressive music of the '70s. Lead vocalist Mizuki has the ability to sing various genres and styles, also pianist Anna has a rich arranging ability and accurate playing skills. These are bringing thickness to their progressive songs. Limited to 300 copies, so order fast! Mizuki: vocal, Mellotron, bass pedals, percussion, Anna Hardy: piano, flute, synthesizer, keyboard, Ichiro Quo: guitar, piano, Mellotron, bass synthesizer, Takashi Miyazawa: guitar & MIX, Shun Taguchi: bass, Ikko Tanaka: drums.

WASIF, IMAAD - GREAT EASTERN SUN (LP/NOMAD EEL)

Regarded as a lost album, this is a collection of previously unheard home recordings made in 2012, shelved and deemed as "too dark and too personal." The album's release signifies an emergence from a cocoon. Self-recorded with contributions from Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) on drums and Bobb Bruno (Best Coast) on bass and features Imaad Wasif's unguarded voice, lyrics and explorations on a wide array of instruments beyond 6 and 12 string acoustic and electric guitar, ranging from santoor, sitar, harmonium, piano and synths.

YOUNG CREATURES - THE FUTURE IS FINALLY NOW (LP/NOMAD EEL)

Debut album by this Los Angeles based psychedelic rock band. More info later.

COUNTDOWN 5 - THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS! (2CD) (CD/GEARFAB)

Finally, the complete recorded history of Galveston's premier psychedelic/garage band. All 7 of their Pic, Toucan, Cinema, and Cobblestone 45s PLUS 20 previously unreleased recordings from 1966-1969. With the exception of their first 2 45s on Pic (tracks 1-4), all are off the master 4 and 8 track tapes. Featuring their complete biography with photos, posters, and other memorabilia from their inception to final break up. Take a trip with the band members through the greatest period of American rock music.

KRAUS, SHARRON - JOY'S REFLECTION IS SORROW (CD/NIGHTSHADE)

Modern folk connoisseurs Sunstone Records (Kontiki Suite, Moth Effect) present the latest LP from Sharron Kraus. It's a typically eerie set of songs from Kraus, taking in English and Appalachian traditions as well as influences from magick and Gothic literature. With her acoustic guitar and send-shivers-up-your-spine voice front-and-centre, Kraus incorporates everything from droning electronics to flutes across these eight entries. Reminiscent of Chelsea Wolfe.

LA IGLESIA ATOMICA - LA IGLESIA ATOMICA (CD/CLOSTRIDIUM)

Legendary Puerto Rican stoner rock and heavy psych outfit The Atomic Church is back after 20 years of absence. Limited to 300 copies.

SAXON, SKY -& THE VIBRAVOID- - A PSYCHEDELIC TESTAMENT (CD/CLOSTRIDIUM)

Blow your mind with the fantastic cosmic sounds of Sky Sunlight Saxon (The Seeds) and Vibravoid. Featuring the intergalactic guitar of Atomic. The album is more than music, it's a religious experience and a trip into the psychedelic mind of Sky Sunlight Saxon. Includes full versions and unreleased tracks from the legendary album 'A Poetry Of Love' for the first time on CD.

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

HOT LUNCH - HAUL OF MEAT (7"/WHO YOU CAN TRU)

'Haul Of Meat' is a skatanic and cautionary canticle that rolls like an avalanche of high-voltage, overdriven fuzz across rumbling rhythms birthed by broken tectonic plates beneath Earthquake City.

SLANDER TONGUE - SERVER ROOM (7"/BACHELOR)

Debut single by this all star band from Berlin, Germany, with members of various garage/punk bands like Bikes, Primitive Hands, Modern Pets just to name a few. Recorded in November 2017, engineered by Toby Lill Hazelwood and mastered by Tim Warren. Two cuts that make you think of the Stones on a trip to Garageville, cool as ice rock and roll with moloko +.

GREEN RIVER - COME ON DOWN (LP/JACKPOT)

Released in 1985, Green River's 'Come On Down' was a record existing in its sonic universe, out of step with its own time. Was it glam? Was it punk? Was it metal? Was it cool? We now know it was one of the building blocks of what Mark Arm would coin as "grunge" but in 1985 this record was a silent groundbreaker. It was not only the raw, sludgy, slower guitar sound that makes this band important in its place in rock history, but the members of Green River would go on to lead some of the biggest names in the genre: Mudhoney and Mother Love Bone, the latter of which also contained the roots of Pearl Jam. The record includes the iconic original cover artwork, is pressed on colored vinyl, has a printed inner sleeve with lyrics and photo of the original master tape box, plus an unreleased rare bonus track!

SUEVES - CHANGE YOUR LIFE (AUSTRIA) (LP/BACHELOR)

Euro version on Bachelor. 'Change Your Life' by The Sueves offers a healthy dose of punk aggression from Chicago's punk underworld.

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

PEACH KELLI POP - GENTLE LEADER (LP/BACHELOR)

'Gentle Leader's 10 tracks are inspired by a unique range of guitar driven power pop and feedback laden post-punk from the '80s and '90s. Unlike the band's past releases which were almost entirely written, recorded and produced by Allie Hanlon, 'Gentle Leader' is a collaborative effort. Hanlon shared production duties with engineer Roland Cosio who also played guitar on some of the songs. Sophie Negrini is also featured on guitar, while Andrew Bassett of Portland's party-punk band The Mean Jeans provided the drumming. Gina Negrini, the band's bassist, contributed the song 'Quiet' to the album. This collaborative spirit works well, highlighting the strengths of each performer and creating a more sophisticated record without sacrificing Hanlon's distinct vision.

TABLE SUGAR - COLLECTED ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS (LP/STUCCO)

After a slew of tape releases and years of playing shows around the Pacific Northwest here is the vinyl-release of 'Collected Acknowledgements' from Table Sugar, a band that could only be described by our team of underpaid writers as 'very good'. Post-punk/genre karaoke in the vein of other contemporaneous style-scramblers and re-thinkers such as Lithics, Household or perhaps even Gen Pop (shared members??). Limited to 500 copies.

TABLE SUGAR - INTRODUCTORY MATERIAL (LP/WATER WING)

'Introductory Material' is the debut recording by Olympia art-punk four-piece Table Sugar. Recommended for obsessive fans of The Slits, The Raincoats, Grass Widow and Bush Tetras. Limited to 500 copies.

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

CAFE MOZART - CAFE MOZART (7"/CAMELEON)

Previously unreleased power pop gems from the late '70s by this French band, who also appeared on Cameleon's 'Thesaurus Vol. 2' LP. Limited to 200 copies.

CORAIL - CORAIL (7"/CAMELEON)

Previously unreleased power pop gems from the late '70s by this French band, who also appeared on Cameleon's 'Thesaurus Vol. 2' LP. Limited to 200 copies.

MISTRAL - JUMBO JET (7"/CAMELEON)

Previously unreleased power pop gems from the late '70s by this French band, who also appeared on Cameleon's 'Thesaurus Vol. 2' LP. Limited to 200 copies.

SAFETY - SI J'AI LE CHOIX (7"/CAMELEON)

Previously unreleased punk rock gems from the late '70s by this French band, who also appeared on Cameleon's 'Thesaurus Vol. 2' LP. Limited to 200 copies.

VARIOUS - DE LA PURE CAME!! (8X7") (7"/CAMELEON)

A boxset with 32 never before released punk, power pop and cold synth gems from France. Corail, Cafe Mozart, Safety and Mistral were already featured on 'Thesaurus Vol. 2' and afterwards several unreleased tracks appeared, enough to release an EP for each. As for the other groups also present, Electrick Garbage, Robert Karayan and Arlequin, they are in good company with Anti-Gang, Bollock, Astroflash, Affection Place and Raison Pure. The icing on the cake is a live EP of Wayne County recorded during the first punk night at Palais des Glaces in Paris in 1977. The first 4 EPs are also available separately, but the second 4 are only available in this box. Only a handful available here from this limited edition of 300 copies. DISC 1: 1. Corail - Laissez-Nous Refaire La Terre 2. Corail - Danse Bitume 3. Corail - J'ai Vécu Tout Ça 4. Corail - Post Sciptum En Uranium (Live) DISC 2: 1. Cafe Mozart - Illusion Cassée 2. Cafe Mozart - Dérapage 3. Cafe Mozart - Rupture 4. Cafe Mozart - La Secret De La Machine DISC 3: 1. Safety - Si J'ai Le Choix 2. Safety - Comment Lui Dire 3. Safety - Reporter 4. Safety - Génération Fluo DISC 4: 1. Mistral - Jumbo Jet 2. Mistral - Télés 3. Mistral - Arrête Ton Blabla 4. Mistral - Danse Du Singe DISC 5: 1. Anti-Gang - Le Rock Du Gang 2. Anti-Gang - Tueurs A Gages 3. Anti-Gang - Félins 4. Arlequin - Flash 5. Arlequin - Va-t'en DISC 6: 1. Electrick Garbage - J'ai Une Petite Copine 2. Robert Karayan - Dans La Rue 3. Astroflash - Le Réseau 4. Bollock - Petite Fille DISC 7: 1. Raison Pure - I'm A Building 2. Affection Place - The Baytree Of The Night 3. Affection Place - Hallucination 4. Raison Pure - Data Girl DISC 8: 1. Wayne County Show - Fuck Off 2. Wayne County Show - Putty (In Your Hands) 3. Wayne County Show - Cream In My Jeans 4. Wayne County Show - Max's Kansas City

ABORTED TORTOISE - AN BEACH (LP/BACHELOR)

Aborted Tortoise's debut album 'An Beach' is just about everything you'd hope for from a Western Australian punk record: 15 tracks, half-hour run time, lots of sun-struck goon-flecked thrashing and a salty scintilla of uncynical surf rock. With the lo-fi immediacy of the Sonics, the faux-dumbass sensibilities of the Ramones and the sly musical inventiveness of the Dead Kennedys, Aborted Tortoise definitely recall a lot of crucial punk touchstones. Meanwhile you're also reminded of Melbourne brat-boys Ausmuteants, and more specifically, '90s Perth band The Feends - bonkers treble-heavy riffing with post-Ventures noodling and snotty sandgroper vocals. Plus, tongues balanced delicately in cheeks.

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

OGON BATTO - HEDORO (LP/AGUIRRE)

Many years in the works, Ogon Batto finally unleashes his album 'Hedoro'. A journey into Japanese soundtracks and '90s adventure-gaming. Ogon Batto is Bent Von Bent from Antwerp, Belgium. Besides working as a visual artist around archiving systems and collections, he is also the co-runner of the Hare Akedod label, together with David Edren aka DSR Lines. Following his debut release, Ogon Batto secretly started working on a second album called 'Hedoro', meaning "slime" or "chemical ooze". Bent is immensly fascinated by Japanese traditional and contemporary culture ever since he first visited the country. Mixing his European background with these Japanese influences, he shifts easily between abstract electronic tracks and pieces with a more classical Japanese tool kit. Think Oneohtrix Point Never or Mica Levi composing a soundtrack to a fantasy game.

CONTAGIOUS ORGASM - IMPREGNATE MANNEQUIN (CD/RAUBBAU)

Reissue of the 1997 album 'Impregnate Mannequin', originally published in a small number of vinyl copies with a delicate foldout poster, and nowadays impossible to find in proper shape. Now on CD in an updated mastering quality, it reveals its compository strength and value: the title harks back to Contagious Orgasm's very first full-length tape of 1987, and the album serves as the missing link between his more boisterous noisy output of the first decade, and the complex, layered ambient psychedelia that he is known for since the turn of the millennium.

 

SIGNALSTOERUNG - S (CD/HYMEN)

A new and different form of electronic music, which is a result of long-standing preoccupation with the pureness of stretched sounds, low BPM rates and the aesthetic value of noise. This album should be viewed not only as a collection of tracks, but as a coherent opus divided into individual, tightly coiled segments. Although Signalstoerung's sonic work is clearly unique, references to Mick Harris, Mechthild von Leusch or the Raster-Noton label might be given. On 'S' he delivers a fascinating and mesmerizing combination of repetitive music with slow dub beats, melodic leanings and abstract minimalism.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

CLOUD - DEUS EX MACHINA (LP/SELF RELEASE)

The second full-legth album by this US atmospheric instrumental stoner/doom metal band. Deep and groovy. 'Deus Ex Machina' is a six-song concept album that focuses on the hubristic nature of mankind, the conflict we all assume that we are invulnerable to, as well as the aftermath that ultimately follows. Limited to 500 copies.

PUSHY - HARD WISH (LP/WHO YOU CAN TRU)

"Have you ever watched the 1977 video of Ram Jam playing 'Black Betty' in somebody's front yard and asked yourself, "Why don't we have bands who party like that anymore?" And after the very first time you witnessed a young bellbottomed James Gang set up their gear in the Mexicali desert and riff through 'Laguna Salada' during the opening credits to the 1971 film 'Zachariah', did you ask yourself, "Are there even any bands this good today?" Or what about that time you laid virgin eyes upon the gatefold to ZZ Top's 'Tres Hombres' and took in a panoramic photograph that could only be described as a taqueria orgy? Did you ask, "Why can't a newer style band make me feel this special?" The answer to all these questions lives and pulses within the four musicians who comprise the Portland, Oregon based hard rock quartet Pushy. If your ears have yet to be seduced by the God-hammered choogle of Pushy, it's not too late for you. Their debut album 'Hard Wish' has been captured in the band's natural element and then released into the wild by the good people of Who Can You Trust? Records - a label that knows how and where to mine the rich ore of timeless rock'n'roll.

 

BLUES/COUNTRY/OLDIES

BIRDCLOUD - DODE (7"/BACHELOR)

Banned from YouTube, booed at America's Got Talent, and lauded for their irreverence by a global cult following, Birdcloud's music has been referred to as the ravenous id of today's commercial country sound. Nashville natives Jasmin Kaset and Makenzie Green have spent years touring dive bars and lavish theaters across America. Country music and satire have always been bizarre bedfellows, but there hasn't ever really been an act that does it in quite the way that Birdcloud is doing. A pretty damn remarkable job of skewering Southern stereotypes. It's obvious that Birdcloud isn't for everyone. You might not want to listen to these always raunchy, often uncomfortable songs in your regular rotation, but there's no denying the crucial place that they (and songs like them) have in this genre.

 

REGGAE/DUB/SKA/ROCKSTEADY

R.W.W. - R.W.W. II (LP/BADASONIA)

Badasonic Records presents the second album of R.W.W. feat Vic Ruggiero (The Slackers), Jesse Wagner (The Aggrolites) & Nico Leonard (The Badasonics).

SKELETONES - BUMP (LP/NOMAD EEL)

With a sound that resonates with the energy of rock and punk, the Caribbean "riddims" of reggae, ska, and dancehall as well as the rhythmic appeal of classic soul, The Skeletones deliver a fusion of sound that is as diverse as their Southern California roots. Originally released in 2006 on CD only.

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

CHASSAGNARD, JEROME - SEA (12"/HYMEN)

 

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

MOMBASA VIKINGS - KIBE KIBE/MATOTOYA (7"/AFRO7)

Two sides of killer chakacha flavoured jazzy Afro-beat from Kenya's Coast, finally reissued by Afro7 records with original artwork and bespoke jacket. Limited release!

SCORPIOS - MASHENA/SAMHA (7"/AFRO7)

2018 7" from the Sudanese London collective. Two great numbers here, the dancefloor friendy 'Mashena', and the slowburn 'Samha'. Comes with original label and bespoke silk pressed single jacket. Limited to 500 copies!

UBONG, ETUK - BLACK DEBTORS/COLLABORATION OF DOOM (7"/AFRO7)

2018 single from Nigeria's Etuk Ubong! Call it 'Earth Music', raw and rhythmical drawing traditions from funk, high-life, jazz and Afrobeat with a political message! This limited Afro7 release comes in bespoke packaging!

WACIUMA, DAVID -& RAPTURE VOICES- - DEVIL GO/JESU KRISTO (7"/AFRO7)

Reissue of a tough gospel doublesider from Nairobi 1976! 'Devil Go' is a great R&B shaker while 'Jesu Kristo' is a funky Afro-rock track. Comes with original label design and bespoke Afro7 jacket!

BLACK SAVAGE - BLACK SAVAGE (LP/AFRO7)

Fantastic compilation of the Kenyan Afro-Rock group Black Savage featuring 9 tracks taken from one extremely rare LP and two singles from 1975-78. Comes with digital download code, colorful insert and CD with bonus tracks not available on the LP. Liners written by Kenyan music journalist Emmanuel Mwendwa. The music is a somewhat rock hybrid with politically fueled lyrics and funky undertones and even folkloric at times, drawing influences from Deep Purple, Pink Floyd to Mandrill and Ohio Players. It's a must listen!

 

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