SPOTLIGHT 16

23/04/2019 08:39

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

ATLANTIS AQUARIUS - LEO'S RISING (LP/NOMAD EEL)

Psych, rock, blues and Texas soul from Dallas, TX. This is the first full length album from Atlantis Aquarius. The cover art was done by Dawn Aquarius from Los Angeles, CA. Limited to 200 copies on black vinyl.

BRUNO, ROLANDO -Y EL GRUPO AREVALO- - EL MUNDO ESTA CUMBIANDO (LP/GROOVIE)

The Rolando Bruno cumbia project was born in 2005, alongside his former group Los Peyotes (garage punk from Buenos Aires) in the solitude of his room and with his best friend, his computer, which he uses to create his cumbia backing tracks. He returns to Buenos Aires in 2015 after living 2 years in Spain, when he decided to create his band called Rolando Bruno y el Grupo Arevalo formed by experienced musicians of the indie music scene from Buenos Aires. His style is essentially cumbia, but Rolando likes to call it "cumbia trash" in reference to the distinctive vintage graphics and visuals that characterizes him. The sound is a mix of cumbia chicha from Peru, with some '80s and '90s Argentinian cumbia and psychedelic rock. On this album he also found place for other music styles such as sounds from Los Andes and African rhythms. Rolando is an experienced traveller, and he invites us to join him to his world and appreciate the different musical landscapes that he made in this album: a trip to dance and change your face into a smile because the world is changing... El mundo está cumbiando!

ELEVATORFORER - (BLACK) JEG ER KOMMET FOR AT SLA TIDEN IHJEL (LP/SELF RELEASE)

In 2019 the Danish psych band Elevatorforer celebrates their 10th Anniversary with the release of their fifth album 'Jeg Er Kommet For At Slå Tiden Ihjel' (I have come here to kill time). This album finds Elevatorforer experimenting with a darker and more orchestrated sound that includes both brass players and medieval instruments such as the hurdy gurdy and nyckelharpa. All this is merged with the raw rocking sound and memorable melodies that are the trademark of this 8 man psychedelic collective. The album oozes with atmosphere and dreamy soundscapes and transports both the band and the listener into unknown territory. This is Elevatorforer's most ambitious record to date! Released in a beautiful gatefold sleeve with a 12-page booklet!

FUNGUS FAMILY - KEY OF THE GARDEN (LP/BLACK WIDOW)

The Fungus Family was founded in 2002, in Genoa, as a '60s and '70s influenced improvisation group. The band's 2019 full-length 'The Key Of The Garden' reveals traces of psych, prog, blues(-rock) and folk.

LIQUID ORBIT - GAME OF PROMISES (LP/NASONI)

These five musicians explore the boundaries of several psychedelic genres and merge them into their unique Liquid Orbit style. These songs have a huge dynamic range, that guides the listener from acoustic landscapes through vibrant guitar and organ grooves into electric interstellar weirdness. Sophisticated songwriting meets skillful arrangements. This album is a true discovery for connoisseurs of psychedelic and progressive music. The band consists of singer Sylvia Köpke, guitarist Andree Kubillus, keyboardist/organ player Anders Becker, bassist Ralf Höpken, and percussionist/drummer Steve Wittig, which are all pundits in their genre. Since the early 1990s, they have worked and played with Damo Suzuki (Can), Rainer Baumann (Frumpy), Daevid Allen (Gong), Nikki Sudden (Jacobites), Tom "The Perc" Redecker and Nik Turner (Hawkwind). Organist Anders was co-founder of the Mandra Gora Lightshow Society.

TAJAK - AMSTERDAM 211 (LP/DIRTY FILTHY)

Titled after the place where it was born, 'Amsterdam 211' is the language that Tajak has worked around their short existence as a trio, looking for forms and textures in the way the band relates to its surroundings and goes beyond a genre or a sound movement, this work is the compilation of different genres that agglomerated in this plate, seem to gradually generate their own language. As adventurous as this may sound, the band creates tense and lysergic atmospheres based on their own influences, which denote at the first listen, as it is the case of tracks like 'Blind Inside (El 20 Que Me Debes)' that draws a blurred and corrosive path through spaces that the band did not used to travel before, or the case of 'Wasn't', a song that usually leaves the mold to fade the canvas where the band used to paint before. 'Amsterdam 211', is the clearest manifesto of the moment where the capital's band is at the moment, its vision of the world, and of its interior like individual members, its conception of the music and the pretension of the musical labels, of which they play a recursive role throughout the disc; Taking from what could at times evoke kraut, noise, or the most dirty psychedelia, with this the band tries to compile such disjunctives throughout the disc. An ambitious album, that faces realities of its present, and where they want to work the way of its sound, its optics and its dominion of the territory where they wander. ~Sebastián Franco.

THEIR METHLAB - THE LAST SECOND (BLACK) (LP/THE LAB)

Their Methlab begun its musical journey around 2011 in northwestern Greece, in the city of Ioannina. This region of the country rich with post-apocalyptic-like nature scenery, face melting wind melodies and almighty mountains incubated their music as she emerged in the form of long, heavy, groovy, psy instrumental jams. 'The Last Second' is the first full length album of the band and comes as a reward after all these music making years. In order to capture the magic, it was recorded live. The result is a mixture of sharp grooves, dreamy yet aggressive guitar melodies and tight bass lines.

TOMB WEAVERS - WE DIG SOUNDS (LP/13 O'CLOCK)

After releasing five singles over the past few years on 13 O'Clock Records, Burger Records and Get Hip, the debut album from the Tomb Weavers has finally arrived! The power trio out of Monterey, California deliver twelve songs on their album 'We Dig Sounds', merging late '60s heavy psych rock moves with lots of moody, introspective, late '60s style garage rock vibes, and a generous amount of dawn of the '70s style psychedelic hangover hard rock crunch! Presented on 150 gram vinyl, get ready to dig the colorful,vibrating sounds of the Tomb Weavers! Download code included. "A great new psychedelic garage band who sound like ancestors of Glass Sun or Scorpio Tube. It's got that dark and heavy 'Psychedelic Disaster Whirl' sound." ~50Thirdand3rd.

LOOMINGS - HEY WEIRDO! (CD/SOLEIL MUTANT)

Loomings is a band from Strasbourg. This is their second album. Their first, 'Everyday Mythology', was issued by Italian label Altrock in 2015. The line-up consists of 2 female vocalists, keys, bass, drums and vibes - plus some guests on various wind instruments. Main man Jacopo Costa also plays occasionally with French band Camembert and has collaborated with Italian band band Yugen for a while. This album shows an obvious influence from Frank Zappa (both stylistically and vocally) and, in a much lesser extent, from Henry Cow (Dagmar era). Subtle songwriting from Jacopo on the 11 tracks, with odd arrangements. "Zappaian RIO" (not so far from the recent Camembert album) could possibly be the best definition of this album. Digipack with 12 pages booklet.

MACCHINA PNEUMATICA - RIFLESSI E MASCHERE (CD/SELF RELEASE)

'Riflessi E Maschere' is an intriguing release by an Italian progressive band.

UPPERSEPTION - NEO GOURAGE (CD/GARDEN OF DELIGHTS)

Upperseption - the name being a partly nonsensical coinage - were founded in Altenhundem, situated in the Sauerland in North Rhine-Westpalia, in 1970. They played progressive rock music, influenced by The Nice. The band didn't release anything back then. Only a few tapes survived, the initial ones recorded in their domestic garage and with a modest sound quality, and later ones from the studio. The Upperseption LP 'Cornicula', with recordings from 1970 and a sound which needs getting used to, was released in 2013. The CD 'Neo Gourage' contains some more as yet unreleased tracks. The first one, 'Rondo (69)', is a musical revelation, but not for sound purists. The other pieces are recordings of an excellent sound quality from various recording studios; the last - also excellent - recording is from a live performance. The 32-page booklet contains all important details on the subject. An LP edition is not scheduled.

VARIOUS - PROG-ROCK PORTAL (CD/AUDIO ARCHIVES)

An enticing amalgam of rare and dramatic prog-rock gems diligently compiled to feature stand-out material by many highly respected UK underground acts of the early '70s. A portal for the discerning listener eager to enter a timeless realm of prog-rock ambrosia. TRACKS: 01. AUTOMATIC FINE TUNING - Race Horses (previously unreleased) 02. GRAPHITE - Chestnut Loke 03. GNIDROLOG - Smokescreen 04. SANDGATE - A Thousand Years (CD debut) 05. COLLUSION - Bluebirds 06. BEGGARS OPERA - Hobo (live, previously unreleased) 07. LISTEN - Astral Boogie (CD debut) 08. HACKENSACK - But What Of Tomorrow (previously unreleased) 09. KHAYYAM - Eternal Prison 10. GNIDROLOG - Ship (live, CD debut) 11. TAPESTRY - Betrothal/Sea Suite (CD debut) 12. MOTHER SUPERIOR - No Time Toulouse Lautrec 13. ELDER KINDRED - Finding Out

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

GRYS-GRYS - LES GRYS-GRYS (LP/GROOVIE)

Les Grys-Grys formed in the southern French town of Alès in 2010. Since then they've honed their skills and paid their dues in innumerable clubs, bars, basements, barns, concert theatres and festivals in France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, England, Scotland, and the West Coast of the United States. You won't find any cheap, half-baked, cartoon-show garage-rock-by-numbers here. This is the real deal. Much like a great chef who works only with the finest and most carefully selected ingredients to create an original and satisfying meal, Les Grys-Grys have learned to work only with the finest and most carefully selected musical influences to create an original and soul satisfying sound: the early Pretty Things and Kinks, Q65, the Masters Apprentices, the Easybeats, the Mascots, Thor's Hammer, 13th Floor Elevators, and the Golden Dawn. Only after eight years of examining, absorbing, assimilating, dissembling, reassembling, and inhabiting these influences, did Les Gry-Grys feel ready to distill that accumulated inspiration into an album that is 100% pure, 100% real, and -with the exception of a couple of well-chosen cover versions- 100% Grys-Grys.

JACKETS - QUEEN OF THE PILL (LP/VOODOO RHYTHM)

10 songs of pure raw wild Swiss psychedelic fuzz garage at its best fronted by the wildest woman in Europe. This is their fourth full length album and the second released on Voodoo Rhythm. For this album The Jackets have once more assembled their "dream team" of recording engineer Nene Baratto (Movie Star Junkies) and His Royal Highness King Khan who produced their single in 2017, but it gets better! Jim Diamond (White Stripes, The Cambodian Space Project) has joined the team to mix and master and believe me, this album is a blast! Raw amazing full-fuzz-power-punk-beat with a touch of psychedelia! You have never heard The Jackets on vinyl like this before! 10 songs. All killer. No filler!

UV RACE - MADE IN CHINA (LP/FUTURE FOLKLORE)

Seven years after their last long player, the Melbourne band finally returns with a 10 tracks new record. They're like an old friend who promised he'd swing by but never shows up... until he does, unannounced. But it's ok because everybody loves him! And everybody loves the UV Race too! The recipe hasn't changed much: they're still this great messy punk band you wanna dance to.

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

PAWNS - MONUMENTS OF FAITH (7"/INFLAMMABLE MATERIAL)

Three slices of bleak, '80s influenced, gothic post-punk by New York City's anarcho-deathrock hybrid Pawns. The EP is presented (with a lyric insert) in a thick cardboard sleeve.

IRR.APP.(EXT.) - ARE ALL THINGS EQUIVALENT (10") (10"/SUBSTANTIA INNOMINATA)

Drone Records is proud to present this 10" EP by the master of surrealistic, enigmatic sound, whose collages and titles often reveal a cryptic and thought-provoking nature. These multilayered drone expansions and deep humming drones, ominous half-concrete acoustic shadows seem to live inside this. Ghosty saw-blades conquer the sonic space, there are rolling mechanic eruptions, like getting stuck in huge spinning machines. Released in an edition of 300 copies on clear vinyl, with full colour artwork by M.S. Waldron himself.

STEINBRICK, JOSIAH - MEETING OF WATERS (LP/HANDS IN THE DARK)

The Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist and producer Josiah Steinbrick has released his first collection of solo pieces. Given that its initial release was only in North America, both on very limited edtions on cassette and vinyl, this crafted, essential work righteously deserves a reissue. The album is composed of nine sculptural environments, each a mixture of organic sketches and improvisations, recorded rapidly and more or less free of any processing. The attention to detail and the depth of the production on this record is magnificent, making the listener's journey through these personal, cinematic landscapes more poignant.

LLYN Y CWN - TWLL DU (CD/COLD SPRING)

'Twll Du' ('Black Hole') is an ominous dark ambient journey through vast atmospheric landscapes. Each beautifully crafted opus is based on a bespoke field recording and is named after an area of Cwm Idwal, home of the Twll Du. Swelling, monolithic drones reveal the majestic power of the mountains. The music conveys an immersive atmosphere and is intended to be played as the listener falls into a deep sleep. Llyn Y Cwn ('Lake Of The Dogs) is a small lake at 715m in the Glyder mountain range of Snowdonia, North Wales. The Devil's Kitchen is the name given to the dark, black crack which splits the rock of Clogwyn y Geifr ('Cliff Of The Goat') between Y Garn and Glyder Fawr. The Welsh name for Devil's Kitchen is Twll Du, meaning 'black hole', because of the plume of steam that is often seen rising from the crack resembling a chimney. It's said when steam can be seen rising from the chimney, the devil is cooking. File next to fellow Welshman Lustmord. Presented in a 6-panel digipak with breathtaking photography by the artist.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

LA JANARA - TENEBRA (CD/BLACK WIDOW)

Hailing from Italy, La Janara is a heavy doom metal band with prog and folk influences. Following a demo and an EP, here's La Janara's first full-length!

NECROMUTILATOR - BLACK BLOOD AGGRESSION (CD/TERROR FROM HELL)

Necromutilator's second album 'Black Blood Aggression' features ten tracks of uncompromised, unpolished, raw and evil black/death with some thrash hints. This will appeal those who hail Bathory, Venom, Sarcofago, Sadistic Intent and Nifelheim. Firmly rooted in their past approach, Necromutilator purveys a huge dose of filthy and aggressive riffs, cruel and murderous vocals, detonating bass and unmerciful, thundering drums. 'Black Blood Aggression' is a barbaric, wild and combative manifesto which upholds the band as one of the best acts in the Italian underground.

 

REGGAE/DUB/SKA/ROCKSTEADY

HARRY J/JOE WHITE/SYLVAN MORRIS - ROOSEVELT DUB AVE (LP/DR. BUSTER DYNAMITE)

Recorded between 1975-1978. Limited to 500 copies. Includes insert with liner notes and images. Released in 2011. SIDE 1: 1. Expression In Dub 2. Fat Skank 3. Breakdown Dub 4. Underworld Dub 5. World Of Dub 6. Ashanti Dub SIDE 2: 1. Skank Indigo 2. Black's Impression 3. Undermined Dub 4. Suzuki Dub 5. Mellow Dub 6. Meditation Of Sound

LEE, BUNNY 'STRIKER' - PRESENTS A SKANKING ROCKERS PARTY... (LP/DR. BUSTER DYNAMITE)

...STRICTLY 12" STYLE' - Limited to 500 hand-numbered copies. Comes with an insert sheet, with photos and liner notes. Released in 2011. SIDE 1: 1. Ronnie Davis & New Roy - It's Raining 2. Mighty Diamonds & Jah Stitch - Jah Jah Bless The Dreadlocks 3. Cornell Campbell & Big Joe - How Could I Leave SIDE 2: 1. Pat Kelly & Big Joe - Angel Of The Morning 2. Delroy Wilson & New Roy - Come Close To Me 3. Winston Wright & The Aggrovators - A Skanking Nanny

 

SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/R&B/GOSPEL

PIXVAE - CALI (LP/BONGO JOE)

A musical hybrid, rooted in multiple territories, Pixvae was born in 2015 from the intention to confront the traditional musics from the Pacific coast of Colombia, with the European jazz stream and its rock and noise sonorities. Their second album was recorded in Cali, Colombia.

VARIOUS - THIS IS DJS CHOICE, VOL. 3 (2LP) (LP/UNIQUE)

'MARK HYPE & DJ SUSPECT' - Mark Hype and DJ Suspect are members of the 45 Live collective from the UK and the Dusty Donuts DJ Squad, the much celebrated vinyl only label which Marc Hype co-founded. As for this fine compilation, the idea was to show a roundup of typical songs that stays in their record boxes, but to give the listeners the opportunity to listen to them at home, as 7" records are a typical DJ's choice and not too comfortable for home listening pleasure, instead of albums. So here we are now, dug out a portion of their crates with all-time favourites and lots of classics from their extended music families too. SIDE 1: 1. Hollie Cook - Postman 2. Melvin Sparks with Jimmy Scott - If You Want My Love 3. Smith & The Honey Badgers - The Billionaire Strut 4. Skyy - Call Me SIDE 2: 1. Space Invadas - Done It Again 2. Osaka Monoaurail feat. Shirley Davis - No Trouble On The Mountain 3. Ann Sexton & The Baltic Soul Orchestra - You're Losing Me 4. Marc Gregor - Mabusso SIDE 3: 1. Misumani & First Touch - Prove Your Love 2. Laura Vane & The Vipertones - Man Of Your Word 3. Benjamin & The Dreamdancers - Not One More Tear SIDE 4: 1. Sons Of Time feat. J-Live - Before Sundown 2. Sam Krats feat. El Da Sensei & Gee Bag - Revive Rap (Jim Sharp Remix) 3. Djar One feat. Andy Cooper - The Get Down 4. J Rawls Presents The Liquid Crystal Project - A Tribute To Troy

 

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

CLOCK DVA - NEOTERIC RMX4 (12"/ANTERIOR RESEARCH MEDIA COMM)

4 remixes of the track 'Neoteric' taken from the 'Neoteric' EP. Mixes by Jack Dangers (Meat Beat Manifesto), Boris Divider, ClockDVA and Wrangler (a.k.a. Stephen Mallinder from Cabaret Voltaire). Comes on limited white vinyl.

 

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

LUKA PRODUCTIONS - FALAW (LP/SAHEL SOUNDS)

Luka Productions presents 'Falaw', an innovative take on West African hip hop and sample-based folktronica. A follow up from the acclaimed Malian "new age" inspired 'Fasokan' (2017), Luka Guindo turns his focus to the rich cultural heritage of Manding music. Eschewing wholly PC-based sequencing, 'Falaw' invites a number of traditional performers to join him in the studio. Griots recount sage stories over Luka's sweeping synth pads while Ngonis shred pentatonic solos to the crash of sequenced drum samples. Paying homage to the storyteller, combined with regional styles of lyrical hip hop, 'Falaw' offers advice on modern living, with heartfelt songs about loss, love, and life. The effect is both otherworldly while seemingly organic. In a genre where all too often the "modern" is synonymous with outsider collaborators, 'Falaw' is a groundbreaking entry into homemade fourth world and a sign of future Malian music to come.

 

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