SPOTLIGHT 12

26/03/2019 08:16

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

DOS-MUKASAN - WEDDING SONG (7"/SOVIET GRAIL)

The most popular Kazakh song with early surf music vibes backed with two psych rock ballads.

GUNESH - VIETNAMES FRESCOS (7"/SOVIET GRAIL)

Album version of the track backed with never before released original found in the archieves of Gunesh bandleader.

MODS (USA) - I GIVE YOU AN INCH/YOU'VE GOT ANOTHER THING COMING (7"/MISTY LANE)

Since its first apparition on the infamous "Chosen Few" compilation album way back in 1983, The Mods Garage anthem "I Give You An Inch (And You Take A Mile)" has been included in the Garage Punk Hall Of Fame as one of the prime example of the so called Sixties Punk: "a snarling, attitude-laden supreme put down", to quote Tim Warren, the Crypt Records oncho, the man that, along with Greg Shaw Of Bomp!/Vox Records before him, has been a true force behind the resurrection of the genre in its purest and crudest form. The Mods were thee classic Garage group that cut only one single in 1966 before disappearing into the mist of time. Since the inclusion of both sides of their solely record in other compilations like the well known "Back From The Grave" the band has gained an incredible following. Its equally cool flip side "You've Got Another Think Coming" is another winner and both sides are perfect movers for a Sixties Garage DJ set! Finally in 2003 one of the former member of the band, bassist Larry Smith turned up with the full story and an in-depth interview came out on Misty Lane Magazine. A good decade on and this single finally sees a top-fidelity reissue. Liner notes by Tim Warren, a fantastic mastering thanks to Mark Taylor studio and a picture sleeve that was never pressed in its original form complete the whole, along with a 4 pages reprint of the Misty Lane 18 interview. A labour of true love for lovers of the underground Sixties Garage sounds, limited to 300 numbered copies only.

TWINK - 10.000 WORDS IN A CARDBOARD BOX/GERALDINE (7"/MISTY LANE)

A truly legendary name in London's sixties and seventies psychedelic scene, Twink -a.k.a. John Alder- has been a member of The Pink Fairies, The Pretty Things and Tomorrow, before having a solo career that lasts to this very day. His most known song is surely '10,000 Words In A Cardbord Box', now released as a single vinyl 45 rpm, backed with Zion De Gallier's Mellotron-driven 'Geraldine', with Twink on drums. The A-side is a neat and authentic version, recorded in 1999 in LA at Westwood Studios, featuring members of The Brian Jones Massacre and Smallstone, the latter serving at that time as Twink's backing band and performing live songs from his legendary 'Think Pink' album. The flip side, 'Geraldine', is an enjoyable Kinksy number, recorded at Abbey Road Studios in 1968, graced by Mark Wirtz' Popsike production. Zion De Gallier was in fact Douglas Robert Ord, lead singer of Colchester band The Deep Beats, as well as The Fairies. Limited edition of 300 hand-numbered copies.

ANOR - TALLINN RECORDINGS (10") (10"/SOVIET GRAIL)

Never before released pre-album studio session by this jazzrock/fusion band from Uzbekistan, recorded in Tallinn, Estonia in 1986.

ANOR - THE TASTE OF POMEGRANATE (LP/SOVIET GRAIL)

First ever official reissue of hard-to-find 1988 jazz-rock and fusion gem from Uzbekistan. Contains extensive liner notes in English.

BIG FRONT YARD - BIG FRONT YARD (2LP) (LP/THYLACINE/SHAGRAT)

The first release on Thylacine Records by early '70s band Big Front Yard. 1969 was a great year for underground British rock with bands like Juniors Eyes, Screw, Little Free Rock, Forest and Hard Meat, all but now forgotten. Hard Meat was a British trio that released 2 singles (one each for Island & Warners) and 2 albums (Warners). Formed in North Devon over the winter of 1968/9, the combo was led by brothers Mick and Steve Dolan formerly of Midlands act, the Cock-A- Hoops. Despite extensive touring (including two trips to the US), major festival appearances in UK and Europe and good press, when drummer Mick Carless quit after UK dates with the Flying Burrito Bros in December 1970, they split up and promptly fell off the planet. Big Front Yard (name taken from a short story Mike D. admired by US sci-fi writer, Clifford D. Simak) was the Dolans next venture, though sadly the group never got the exposure it deserved and split after just one 45 in 1976. These 14 tracks by Big Front Yard were rescued from obscurity (actually from the attic of writer/academic Michael Gray, who was once their manager) and restored to remarkable audio quality by sound alchemist, Tony Poole. This is the first time most of these cuts have ever seen the light of day since they were recorded between 1973 and 1976. Sadly, both Dolans are no longer with us, Steve passing away in 2000 and Mick in 2014 but this vinyl set is an integral, till now missing part of their legacy. What you have here is fabulous US West-Coast inspired British rural rock from the early '70s. At times it is what is called big sky music. You know the wide-open-spaces, fresh-air-to-breathe sounds of Quiver, Greasy Bear, Bronco, early Brinslies, later Mighty Baby, Help Yourself, Gypsy, Byzantium, all of whom were very American influenced (Band/Dead/ Byrds/Buffalo Springfield etc). Sometimes Big Front Yard even sound like out of kilter with the times, more pink-label Island than Charisma or Harvest of 1973/74. Limited to 300 copies.

CRACKED MACHINE - (BLACK) THE CALL OF THE VOID (LP/PSYKA)

Originally formed in Wiltshire in 2015 by guitarist Bill Denton, Cracked Machine is a quartet of experienced musicians brought together in a quest for aural mayhem. Known for their commanding and mesmerising live shows, since their formation the band has shared stages with the likes of The Spacelords, Deaf Radio and Qujaku. With the band's debut album 'I, Cosmonaut', their follow up album 'The Call Of The Void' digs its musical heels in even deeper. Hook-laden guitars conjure soaring post-rock vistas and showcase a huge progression in their song writing, that is reconfigured Cracked Machine into a leaner, meaner, and ultimately, heavier sounding machine. On black vinyl.

DOS-MUKASAN - DOS-MUKASAN (GOLD) (LP/SOVIET GRAIL)

Repress on gold vinyl. Soviet Grail presents the long-awaited, extended and official reissue on limited edition vinyl of the selftitled album of the Kazakh vocal-instrumental ensemble Dos-Mukasan, which has become a holy grail for sophisticated diggers and record collectors from all over the world. The average cost of the original record on the secondary market is 500 euros. And it is no accident... After all, the album is one of the few examples of exotic and psychedelic sound of the day where foggy and beautiful vocal arrangements are interwined with fuzz guitars refs, and drum beats are carried out in unison with their broken rhytms. The reissue from Soviet Grail provides an excellent opportunity to finally enjoy this album from beginning to end in the best and most accessible form.

EDEN - EDEN (LP/RETURN TO ANALOG)

Originally released in 1978, French-language Québécois band Eden's only album is a fine example of unusually synth-heavy symphonic prog rock featuring several ornate instrumentals, including a colourful cover of Fauré's famous 'Pavane'.

FIRYUZA - FIRYUZA (SOVIET GRAIL) (LP/SOVIET GRAIL)

Official reissue of the rarest Turkmenian jazz-rock and folk-rock album with psych influences. Contains extensive liner notes in English. Originally released in 1979.

GREEN PAJAMAS - ALL CLUES LEAD TO MEAGAN'S BED (2LP) (LP/SUGARBUSH)

Following on from their 1997 "return from the wilderness" album 'Strung Behind The Sun', the Green Pajamas return with arguably their strongest album to date in 'All Clues Lead To Meagan's Bed'. There is no innocence here, the concerns are as often dark and ambiguous as they are elevated and joyous. On the flip side of delirious, celebratory treats like 'The Secret Of Her Smile' and 'Queen Of Sunshine' you'll find tales of obsession, psychic disturbance, madness and addiction like 'Death By Poisoning', 'Rattlesnake Kiss' and 'The Laughing Horseman'. The glowing mysticism of 'Morning In Myra's Room' rises in the East like a pole star, eyes focussed inwards as infinity wheels around it, a drone symphony of guitars, keys, sitar and tabla, and yet another signifier of quiet greatness. Limited to 250 copies.

GUNESH - I SEE EARTH (BLUE) (LP/SOVIET GRAIL)

Repress on blue vinyl. Soviet Grail presents an extended and official reissue of the 1984 album 'I See Earth' by the cult -and respected among the diggers- the Turkmen jazz-rock and fusion band Gunesh, under the direction of Oleg Kimovich Korolev. The album is named after the first human flight into space - Yuri Gagarin, and contains in the title part of his legendary and historical phrase 'I see Earth! She is so beautiful'. It so happened that the graphic design of the original cover was different from what the musicians wanted to see. Oleg Kimovich, during another long conversation, asked for a small favor: to prepare a new cover on which the view of the Earth would be opened from the pothole of the spacecraft.

HAVE BLUE - WHEN THE FLOWERS GET TEETH (LP/NASONI)

This Berlin powertrio plays music for Indians, some people say. And in deed, there's something in it. Energetic, deep and danceable heavy psychedelic garage rock. Comes on 180 gram blue vinyl.

JANITORS - 15 YEARS OF FUZZ AND FOLKOL (LP/CARDINAL FUZZ)

Gathered on '15 Years Of Fuzz And Folköl' are a collection of songs and sounds that reflect the different phases of The Janitors' development, ranging from full on fuzz and feedback to gospel choirs and back to the dark menacing head swirling throb that The Janitors have made their own sound. The Janitors cherry picked 23 songs (all included on the digital download) that have never been released on any of their many LPs/EPs or singles. The Janitors then did battle with Dave (Cardinal Fuzz) and Mike (Little Cloud Records) in nailing down these 9 tracks that ended up on the vinyl edition of '15 Years Of Fuzz And Folköl'. Pressed on solid yellow vinyl and comes with a digital download link with an extra 80 minutes of music (14 extra tracks).

LES LUTINS - EN ORBITE (LP/RETURN TO ANALOG)

Reissue of second album by '60s French Canadian garage rock band. Originally released in 1968. Limited to 500 copies.

LOS MUNDOS - CALOR CENTRAL (LP/CARDINAL FUZZ)

Los Mundos slithers out of Monterrey, Mexico like a psychedelic serpent ready to draw blood. Undulating along riff-heavy guitar lines and fuzzed-out bass, Luis Angel Martinez and Alejandro Elizondo cut a path through psychedelia that pulls from sources as diverse as the Beach Boys, the Jesus and Mary Chain, and horror legend H.P. Lovecraft, creator of the Great Old Ones, a race of gods intent on reclaiming Earth. Limited to 350 copies, but only few available here, so order fast!

NUMIDIA - NUMIDIA (LP/NASONI)

Numidia forges influences from Middle Eastern blues and blends these calming tribal elements with folk and '70s psychedelic and progressive rock. The quintet from Sydney, Australia has created soundscapes like no other with their roots coming from Pink Floyd, Tinariwen and The Allman Brothers. Live jams, tri vocal/guitar harmonies, hooks, tribal beats and hypnotic rhythms are not to be ignored as they capture your third eye and bring your mind, body and soul into a unearthly trance. Their debut self titled album was recorded live in the studio with vocal and hammond overdubs. Limited to 300 copies on coloured vinyl.

PRETTY THINGS - MIDNIGHT TO SIX MAN (LP/MAGIC RECORDS)

Reissue of 1966 album with French cover. 16 tracks, including four bonus tracks: 'Honey I Need', 'Sittin' All Alone', 'LSD', 'Come See Me'.

SINNERS - SATAN (LP/RETURN TO ANALOG)

Originally released in 1971. Psychedelic garage rock outfit from Montréal. Two singles were released from the album.

SKANSKA MORD - BLUES FROM THE TOMBS (LP/TRANSUBSTANS)

The unique sound that makes Skånska Mord stand out in today's scene is present on every track on this album. While other acts may focus entirely on creating either heavy blues soundscapes, or paying their tribute to the progressive rock bands of the '70s, Skånska Mord is not afraid of mixing the two in their own manner. 'Blues From The Tombs' is delivering heavy grooves as per the band's high standard, while enthusing the listener with tempo changes, incredible solos, tight rhythm sections together with the strong voice of Janne Bengtsson. From the doomy elements of 'The Coming Of The Second Wave' to the dynamic psychedelia of 'Sun', there is only one thing to conclude; if you enjoy listening to music with the same passion as these guys are playing it, then this album is for you.

VIBRAVOID - INTERGALACTIC ACID FREAK OUT ORGASM (2LP) (LP/STONED KARMA)

Connoisseurs of krautrock know about its roots - Vibravoid brought back, with their Pink Floyd interpretations, an essential source of inspiration of krautrock to the legendary Finkenbach Festival. This also reveals the crucial differences between Vibravoid and the current hipster bands, who misinterpret Pink Floyd songs in gothic or heavy metal garb as alleged psych rock. Comes on random coloured vinyl.

WASTED CATHEDRAL - ATMOSPHERIC HANGOVER (LP/CARDINAL FUZZ)

Following up on his acclaimed releases for Adhesive Sounds and Prairie Fire Tapes, Wasted Cathedral is the solo project of Saskatoon-based musician Christopher Laramee (Shooting Guns, The Switching Yard, The Radiation Flowers). 'Atmospheric Hangover' is a compilation of tracks from the last couple of years, engineered by Josh Rohs (who also contributes electronics on 'Freeway') and Barrett Ross and with Clayton Linthicum adding some divine acoustic guitar. On 'Atmospheric Hangover' Chris Laramee melds the vibe of extended disco edits, film music and endless drift, maybe if Flying Saucer Attack scored a Michael Mann crime flick it would sound like this? With pills, thrills and plenty of loops, 'Atmospheric Hangover' is some serious late night headphone ear message for all you insomniacs. 200 only vinyl pressing. Only few available here, so order fast.

COSMIC FALL/APHODYL - STARSPLIT (CD/PSYKA)

This split album brings together two jam bands, both located in Berlin. Cosmic Fall, with it's psych/stoner rock and bluesy guitar arrangements joins together with the Krautrock band Aphodyl, performing long excursions of instrumental improvisations.

CRACKED MACHINE - THE CALL OF THE VOID (CD/PSYKA)

Originally formed in Wiltshire in 2015 by guitarist Bill Denton, Cracked Machine is a quartet of experienced musicians brought together in a quest for aural mayhem. Known for their commanding and mesmerising live shows, since their formation the band has shared stages with the likes of The Spacelords, Deaf Radio and Qujaku. With the band's debut album 'I, Cosmonaut', their follow up album 'The Call Of The Void' digs its musical heels in even deeper. Hook-laden guitars conjure soaring post-rock vistas and showcase a huge progression in their song writing, that is reconfigured Cracked Machine into a leaner, meaner, and ultimately, heavier sounding machine.

DHVANI - ANGUSTIUM (CD/PSYKA)

Angustium is the name given by the ancient Romans to Uscio, a town in the Ligurian hinterland where the small alien community of the Dhvani lives and prospers. 'Angustium' is Dhvani's first album, an ambitious project, the first chapter of a journey through their dimension, starting from the roots to arrive at the deep and unexplored space.

HOLLIES - TREND POP/PSYCHEDELIC (CD/MAGIC RECORDS)

23 tracks, CD comes in jewelcase.

PROJEKT FX3 - HERTZSCHLAG TRILOGY (3CD) (CD/PSYKA)

Projekt FX3 are creating their extraordinary kind of music, a combination of hypnotic rhythms with spheric sound scapes. Without the need of any synthesizers, the band makes heavy use of guitar effects and steadily advancing base and drum lines to guide their audience into audio fields. This is the complete trilogy in a digisleeve.

PUB CERENKOV - JOURNEY TO PILLOW KING (CD/PSYKA)

Pub Cerenkov stands for epic improvised jams, labeled as night-sessions. This is the bands first, full-length debut album. Eight tracks of spaced-out heavy-psych grooves will cast a spell over it's hypnotized listeners and port them away.

SEVEN THAT SPELLS - THE TRILOGY (3CD) (CD/SULATRON)

The complete 'The Death And Resurrection Of Krautrock' trilogy, consisting of 'AUM', 'IO' and 'OMEGA' now in a 3CD digipack! One of the greatest trilogies in the current rock history is now complete in one release! 8 years of work for the 3 albums by this amazing band from Zagreb, Croatia!

SONICATOMIC - PSYCH MEMORIES PROPAGATION (CD/PSYKA)

With their second album, Sonicatomic refines their own interpretation of psych, with influences ranging from Amon Düül II style krautrock to jazz funk tendencies.

VARIOUS - DOWNER-ROCK ASYLUM (CD/AUDIO ARCHIVES)

A special hard-hitting selection of live and extremely rare downer-rock tracks featuring historically important material by very early Judas Priest and UFO plus Bedlam. Also, pre-Judas Priest outfit The Flying Hat Band led by Glenn Tipton. Amazingly, Audio Archives now present unique material from Rob Halford's first ever official Priest concert and even more staggeringly, the last Priest gig with original singer Al Atkins and drummer Chris Congo Campbell from April 1973. The lengthy composition 'Morpheus' is one of Atkins' finest moments. 'Red Light Lady' plus two other songs showcase the impactful, yet nervous arrival of Halford during that crucial crossover period. Truly significant recordings of huge appeal to all Priest fans. Other bands featured are Hackensack who deliver a fierce medley to kick things off plus Welsh heavies Budgie and the primordial Albert Monk with a deranged vocalist and a brutal, bass heavy style of 1970. An 80 minute onslaught of undiluted downer-rock from quarter inch masters of excellent sound quality throughout.

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

BEATPACK - RHYMES AND BLUES EP (7"/HEAVY SOUL)

First time on Heavy Soul for London's premier punked up rhythm and blues combo The Beatpack. They have been trailblazing their unique blend of British R&B mixed with a touch of rock'n'roll and US garage since medieval times, blasting out the eardrums on many releases of awesomeness. No different here as the four tracks present on the vinyl here show how a love of music can stay with you forever. Viva La Beatpack!

DEEP SIX (UK) - LIKE EMILY/THE BLACK COUNTRY WAY (7"/HEAVY SOUL)

A fourth 7" release by the Midlands band that are attracting large audiences wherever they play. Recent gigs have seen them being asked to support the legendary Small Faces drummer Kenney Jones at a London gig as well as playing with French Boutik among others. This single is a '60s style beat number, along the lines of The Hollies or The Monkees, highlighting Mark's blue eyed soul voice, backed with harmonies and, as all good '60s songs should have, plenty of "ba-ba-ba-ba's"! Psychedelic overtones throughout too. Very late '66/early '67. The band really go through a musical journey with you, talking in so many different influences that will resonate with most listeners of quality tunes and endless style. The flip is pure Mark and his reflective look back at the area he grew up. 'The Black Country Way' is a folky, roots track that paints visual pictures much in the way Ray Davies used to with The Kinks.

SHOOTS - TWO STEPS (7"/HEAVY SOUL)

If you want pure, heartfelt, raw rhythm & blues that tugs on your emotions, sends you back to Eric Burdon, Stevie Winwood and Phil May look no further. The vocals from Kevin Essien are simply some of the best committed to vinyl in recent years - a big statement yes, but just facking listen to him poor his heart out on 'Two Steps' or let rip on 'Black Widow'. Backed up, produced by and written by the modern day genius that is Paul Orwell. Limited again to 250 7" singles in special Heavy Soul! company sleeves this will fly higher than Raheem Sterling in the penalty box.

VARIOUS - KEB DARGE & SOUNDS THAT SWING PRESENT... (LP/JUKEBOX MUSIC FACTORY)

'THE ROCKABILLY CROWN JEWELS' - Here we have the very first, 100% rockabilly compilation to be minted by the Juke Box Music Factory. And what a compilation! Crafted by a true 45-tour aficionado, a lover of rhythm, of authentic sounds, and -most importantly- of quality music. None other than His Highness, Keb Darge! A stampeding collection corralled in collaboration with Little Edith. This time produced with his old bud Neil Scott (first-rate collector of rockabilly and owner of the record shop Rock That Swing), 'The Rockabilly Crown Jewels' is every bit as juicy as Keb's previous salvos. Indeed, this compilation comprises only the choicest morsels. SIDE 1: 1. Charles Ross - Little Bit Lonesome 2. Larry Terry - Hep Cat 3. Billy Adams - Rock, Pretty Mama 4. Rick Rickels - I'm Gone 5. Bobby Hodge & The Rainbow Rangers - Gonna Take My Guitar 6. Tiny Tim & His Tornadoes - I've Gotta Find Someone 7. Jerry Dove & His String Busters - Pink Bow Tie 8. Jimmy Stayton & The Country Cats - You're Gonna Treat Me Right SIDE 2: 1. The Reactors - She's A Queen 2. Jimmy Piper - Bonfire 3. Mack Banks & The Drifting Troubadours - Be Boppin' Daddy 4. Gene Criss & The Hep Cats - Hep Cat Baby 5. Billy Prager & His Caravans - Do It Bop 6. Jimmy Stewart & The Night Hawks - Nothin' But A Nuthin' 7. Jerry Arnold & The Rhythm Captains - High Class Baby 8. Buddy Philips With The Rockin' Ramblers - Coffee Baby

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

LOUGHEED, LISA - EVERGREEN NIGHTS (LP/RETURN TO ANALOG)

Reissue of 1988 album, limited to 500 copies. The songs on this album were inspired by and written for the hit television series 'The Raccoons'.

SIDEWINDERS - CUACHA! (LP/LION PRODUCTION)

First-time reissue of this 1987 sleeper rural rock classic. The Sidewinders formed in the spring of 1985. The group released 'Cuacha!' in 1987 (and again in 1988), and subsequently signed to RCA/Mammoth Records, with whom they released two full-length albums, 1989's 'Witchdoctor' and 1990's 'Auntie Ramos' Pool Hall.' 'Witchdoctor' cracked the lower echelons of the Billboard 200 on the strength of two rock radio hits. The band scored exposure on MTV and VH1 and embarked on a worldwide tour. But the Sidewinders were soon sidelined due to legal problems stemming from a challenge over the band's name. As the Sand Rubies, they released an album on Polydor/Atlas in 1993 (at one point, Pearl Jam served as their opening act). However, the strain of the legal tussle led the Sand Rubies to dissolve during a tour in 1993, just as two other Arizona rock bands, Gin Blossoms and The Refreshments, attracted mainstream attention.

TRUMPETS OF CONSCIOUSNESS - APPROXIMATE (LP/LE POP CLUB)

Thibauld Labey and his band the Trumpets of Consciousness return after their self-titled LP. 'Approximate' includes two songs with french lyrics. Their influences come from Brian Wilson, John Lennon, Big Star, the Flaming Lips and Tame Impala.

SILVERHEAD - BERLIN BACKLASH 1973 (CD/AUDIO ARCHIVES)

Superb, newly discovered live recording of this Michael Des Barres fronted cult outfit during their European tour supporting Uriah Heep. This is the complete 45 minute set featuring a mix of material from the band's two studio albums from 1972 and '73. A vigorous performance by this raunchy rock and roll band amidst an intimidating atmosphere. Excellent sound quality throughout taken from quarter inch masters and a must for all Silverhead fans.

VARIOUS - LA TOUTE PREMIERE CHANSON (CD/MAGIC RECORDS)

TRACKS: 01. Hugues Aufray - Ecoute Mon Coeur 02. Dick Rivers - Baby John 03. Johnny Hallyday - T'aimer Follement 04. Eddy Mitchell - Mais Reviens-moi 05. Michel Laurent - C'est Bien Fini 06. Danyel Gérard - Viens (When) 07. Jacky Moulière - A Deux Pas D'un Ange 08. Salvatore Adamo - Si J'osais 09. Sacha Distel - Tout Bas 10. Eric Charden - Symphonie En Bleu 11. Claude François - Venez Les Copains 12. Noël Deschamps - Ça N'est Jamais Assez 13. Michel Delpech - Anatole 14. Pascal Danel - Soldat, Soldat 15. Frank Alamo - Loop De Loop 16. Mike Shannon - Je Voudrais Tant Te Parler D'elle 17. Richard Anthony - Betty Baby 18. Claude Nougaro - Vachement Décontracté 19. Lucky Blondo - Betty et Jenny 20. José Salcy - Barbara 21. Billy Bridge - Surboum 22. Michel Paje - Tu Peux Pleurer 23. Lor Thomas - Quand On Ferme Les Yeux 24. Leny Escudero - Pour Une Amourette 25. David Christie - Toujours Là

VARIOUS - THE BEST OF THE VOCAL SIXTIES GROUPS (CD/MAGIC RECORDS)

TRACKS: 01. The Happenings - I Got Rhythm 02. The Four Seasons - Sherry 03. The Four Kings - Come On Marianne 04. The Ivy League - Tomorrow Is Another Day 05. The Association - Never My Love 06. The Tremeloes - Silence Is Golden 07. Jan & Dean - The Anaheim, Azusa & Cucamonga Sewing Circle, Book Review And Timing Association 08. William Saint James - Count On Me 09. The Sandpipers - Santo Domingo 10. The Kingston Trio - Santo Anno (Santiano) 11. The Beach Boys - 'Til I Die 12. The 5th Dimension - The Winds Of Heaven 13. The Mama's And Papa's - I Saw Her Again 14. The Sunshine Company - Back On The Street Again 15. The Lettermen - Scarborough Fair/Canticle 16. The Walker Brothers - Living Above Your Head 17. The American Breed - Green Light 18. Les Irresistibles - Peace Of Love 19. Dry Dock County - Together As Friends 20. The Hollies - I'm Down 21. White Plains - Taffeta Rose 22. The Cyrkle - Please Don't Ever Leave Me 23. The Tokens - Both Sides Now 24. The Bee Gees - Timber 25. The Dillards - Yesterday 26. Le Quartet De Lyon - Pierre Et Sarah

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

DISGUISE - BAS FADA (7"/STATIC SHOCK)

Almost four years since the 'Signs Of The Future' 12", Dublin's Disguise return with 'Bas Fada'. Six more extremely violent and blown out tracks that sound like the best of Scandinavian and Japanese hardcore punk thrown into a concrete mixer. Ever wondered what was on the other side of that enormous slammed door? Here's your answer. Recorded by the band themselves at the Karate Klub, then mixed by Jonah Falco and mastered at Noise Room Tokyo. First press is on yellow vinyl.

PEPO, POLO - SAN FELIPE ES PUNK (7"/LA VIDA ES UN MUS)

A classic Mexican punk single, originally self-released in 1988, is now back in its original 7-inch format. Polo Pepo came from the '60s hippie movement, survived the government repression of the youth during the '70s and '80s, and finally found the true spirit of rock and roll when he embraced punk.

STATE FUNERAL - BUILT FOR DESTRUCTION (7"/STATIC SHOCK)

The Brighton bag-head boys are back to finally follow up their 2016 demo 'Tory Party Prison'. Not straying far from the NWOBHC blueprint of NY83 and classic UK Oi sounds, 'Built For Destruction' is a brick through your living room window, and it's screaming Britain's fucking burning mate! Snotty southern vocals that bring to mind Dead Mans Shadows, scrapping with brash guitars and thumping beats that kick and punch like The Abused, while keeping the raw intensity that The Insane captured so perfectly when the Tories were picking this country apart piece by piece the last time round. Housed in a sleeve depicting a harsh modern reality with an image that burns into your retina, stating exactly what State Funeral are shouting about - there's still no future. First press is on red vinyl.

ASID - PATHETIC FLESH (LP/LA VIDA ES UN MUS)

Featuring tortured vocals from singer Tim, 'Pathetic Flesh' is a strong hc statement, full of hard hitting fuzz-riff action.

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

FRANCK, YANNICK -PRESENTS MT GEMINI- - JUST LIKE A RIVER (LP/SUB ROSA)

Yannick Franck (Orphan Swords, RAUM) presents his project MT Gemini. A deconstruction of ska, rocksteady and skinhead reggae from the '50s, '60s and '70s. Rather a passionate deconstruction of a genre than compositions or remixes per se, this incantatory tribute favors abstraction using loops, distortion, compression, variations of speed and height, and effects (delay, reverb, chorus). Recorded in different states of altered consciousness, MT Gemini is built of spontaneous and unexpected combinations. It is an attempt to generate inner spaces where the borders between reverie and reality blur. An hallucinatory shock, a journey made of distant echoes, an atmosphere imbued with joy and nostalgia. Limited to 400 copies on marbled vinyl.

LASWELL, BILL -FT. COIL- - CITY OF LIGHT (BEL) (LP/SUB ROSA)

'City Of Light' was recorded in Banaras, India, and mixed in Greenpoint, NY. It is about Banaras, a city older than history, tradition, and legends. It is Shiva's land, founded at the dawn of creation. It is India's oldest and most fabled city. The Hindus call it Kashi, the luminous... The City of Light. Music composed by Bill Laswell + Coil, Trilok Gurtu, Tetsu Inoue, and features texts and vocals from Lori Carson and an historical introduction by Hakim Bey. Limited to 500 copies on 'indian' green' color vinyl.

RAKTA - FALHA COMOM (LP/LA VIDA ES UN MUS)

With a slight line-up change in the drum department, on this work we see Rakta tighten up its more tense, soundtrack natured developments alongside that more sparse and vulnerable elegance. The band consistently manages to create a tripped out creep chamber with room to explore as the aura builds to nightmare crescendos juxtaposed with shaking silences. The LP, presented in a a heavy duty reversible cover, includes a printed inner sleeve and an insert.

VRIL JAGER - CELESTIAL BLISS (LP/HEIDRUNAR MYRKRUNAR)

The vril jager is back! And has begun its descent upon the world. From the secret passageways of Agharta. Soaring above the glaciers. To the brink of the stars and beyond. With stealth. Through the twilight. Bringing forth the cure to mankind. 'Celestial Bliss' and 'Under The Emblem', 2 tracks of feverish vibrating drones of purified vril bliss.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

CLOUDS TASTE SATANIC - EVIL EYE (LP/KINDA LIKE MUSIC)

Brooklyn's Clouds Taste Satanic return with 'Evil Eye', their follow up LP to 2017's double album 'The Glitter Of Infinite Hell'. 'Evil Eye' features two 20-minute songs and is the first of two CTS records coming out in 2019. The cover and inner sleeve art are original pieces by Goatess Doomwych whose work has graced numerous doom covers including albums by Dead Witches.

RIMMERSGARD - ERZHERZ (LP/BEVERINA/CASUS)

Re-release of 2001 album (originally issued by Miriquidi Productions) with 1 bonus track. Long-awaited vinyl release of the 'ErzHerz' album by the German band Rimmersgard! For admirers of Bathory, Storm, Wongraven, Isengard and Scal. Includes a rehearsal version of 'Why Must Trees Fall' (2004) as a bonus track. While working on this reissue the decision was made to keep the original sound and do not "change" or "enhance" it. The release design also repeats the original CD edition in many ways.

STONE IN EGYPT - STONE IN EGYPT (BLACK) (LP/OFF THE RECORD)

First time on vinyl! The debut album by Dutch stoner/doom formation Stone in Egypt. Presented here with brand new cover artwork by Jorg de Vos (Storm cartoons). Originally released by ColdBlood Industries in the year 2000. Stone in Egypt's debut is a classic stoner album that blends Black Sabbath with Fu Manchu. Limited edition of 100 copies on black vinyl. Comes with poster of the cover art!

WARTHRONE - VENOMASSACRE (LP/BEVERINA/CASUS)

Warthrone is a project of Erik Sayenga (former Dying Fetus drummer). Warthrone's sound pushes the boundaries of what standard black/death metal is known for, keeping harsh vocals and tasteful, yet brutal musicianship throughout the spectrum of the music while still maintaining memorable riffs at a furious pace. Warthrone display an attack of symphonic black metal and brutal death metal that flows together without feeling like one specific genre. Warthrone's signature sound can best be described as intense haunting black death metal that shows a lot of roots in the old-school death metal scene, while blasting a fresh breath of air into what the typical symphonic black metal sound is categorized as. Combining the various styles of extreme metal creates a unique style that could possibly draw elements of comparison from older Dimmu Borgir, Marduk, Setherial, Old Man's Child, Immortal, Hypocrisy to Cannibal Corpse, Carach Angren, Death or Obituary. Limited to 100 copies on clear with blue splattered vinyl.

AMIENSUS - RESTORATION (CD/BEVERINA/CASUS)

A remastered re-release of the outstanding debut album 'Restoration' by Amiensus (progressive atmospheric black metal from the USA). The album saw the light in the end of 2012, and after 6 years, it achieved its deeper and richer sound with a wide dynamic range as a result of remastering. The album will not leave you indifferent, and this deluxe 8-panel matte digipack and pit-art decorated CD limited to 300 copies, will rightfully take its place in any collection. It will no doubt appeal to fans of Agalloch, Oak Pantheon, and Woods Of Ypres.

INCANDESCENCE - ASCENSION (CD/RETURN TO ANALOG)

2019 album from Beyond Creation drummer's black metal project. This release is available on compact disc only. Incandescence from Québec combines atmospheric black metal, atmospheric death metal, blackened death metal and progressive technical death metal. Their sound could be characterized by fast drums and slow pensive riffs. The vibe is both melancholic and extreme.

 

JAZZ/AVANTGARDE

AKERBLOM & ZENGER - LIVE AT ROMU JAZZ (LP/JAZZAGGRESSION)

A unique live recording that stands the test of time, hear Max Zenger and Teemu Åkerblom improvise their way over 5 original compositions, using alt saxophone, flute and double bass with bow. Rich in detail and a surprisingly fresh set of songs. Very seldom do you get superlatives about something from the players themselves, but I swear I heard a bird say "This one is f* good!" Recorded 30.7.2015 by Sakari Laurila. Gig organized by Matti Luokkanen. Hand stamped and numbered LP limited to 250 copies.

HEINOLA, ALEKSI -QUINTET- - ALEKSI HEINOLA QUINTET (+CD) (LP/JAZZAGGRESSION)

This is the full album by Aleksi Heinola Quintet, featuring a top cast of Finnish jazz-men: Mikael Jakobsson on keys (Five Corners Quintet), Mikko Gunu Karjalainen on trumpet and flugelhorn, Manuel Dunkel on tenor saxophone (UMO Jazz Band) and Swedish Daniel Franck on double bass. Aleksi wanted to make his debut album where his heart lies musically, in the modern hardbop landscape of past greats like Art Blakey and Horace Silver. A strong debut that showcases strong melodies with rich detail and great interplay. The album has 4 original songs composed by Heinola and 1 cover, and comes sealed in laminated UK-flap over sleeve with digital download and additional CD with 4 extra tracks.

 

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

CHEKALIN, MIKHAIL - A BATHROOM FOR ESTHETE (LP/SOVIET GRAIL)

A collection of early jazz-rock, synth and experimental works by one of the undervalued Moscow composers from 1976-1991, whose talent was admired by Frank Zappa and many western journalists and critics. Contains extensive liner notes in English.

 

SOUNDTRACKS/LOUNGE/CULT ETC

KOVALSKI - DEAD SYNCHRONICITY O.S.T. (LP/SOVIET GRAIL)

Original indie game soundtrack from a mystery band called Kovalski influenced by prog rock and giallo movies.

AZNAVOUR, CHARLES - 50 CHANSONS ETERNELLES (2CD) (CD/MAGIC RECORDS)

Including "Les Comediens", "Il Faut Savoir", "Tu N'as Plus", "Ce Sacre Piano", "Viens" among many others.

 

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

WARREN, GUY -OF GHANA- - AFRO-JAZZ (LP/RETURN TO ANALOG)

Reissue of 1969 album by Guy Warren, also known as Kofi Ghanaba (4 May 1923-22 December 2008), a Ghanaian musician, best known as the inventor of Afro-jazz. By adding Ghanaian percussion instruments to American jazz music, Kofi Ghanaba integrated African and American musical sounds to create the genre Afro-jazz.

 

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