SPOTLIGHT 17 & 18

07/05/2019 12:41

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

DR SPACE'S ALIEN PLANET TRIP - VOL. 3 (BLACK) (LP/SPACE ROCK)

The third volume of 'Alien Planet Trip' is a collaboration with guitar player Martin Weaver (Wicked Lady, Dark) and Dr Space (Oresund Space Collective, Black Moon Circle). They met in 2018 and found they had some in common musically and should work together. These tracks were conceived in Portugal during the summer of 2018, when it was too hot to do anything outside. Limited to 102 copies on black vinyl.

ELECTRIC MOON - THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE (2LP) (LP/SULATRON)

'The Doomsday Machine', the third studio album of the German acidrockers Electric Moon was originally released in 2011 by Nasoni Records. Sulatron Records' reissue comes with slightly updated graphics. The music is on a high intensity level and tenders long tracks, eschatological fuzz, cosmic moods, vocals which comes from far out dreamscapes and forceful rhythms. About 80 minutes of apocalyptic music-rituals. The idea was to combine music with visual art. The great charcoal paintings by Ulla Papel aka Ulrich Mahn fit perfectly to the sound of Electric Moon.L imited to 500 copies worldwide. Coverdesign made by Lulu Artwork, based on the trippy paintings made by Ulla Papel. Recorded, mixed and produced by Sula Bassana and mastered by Eroc!

NAXATRAS - II (BLACK) (LP/SELF RELEASE)

Now also on vinyl! Naxatras is a hard psychedelic rock band from Greece. They play a warm psychedelia full of fat grooves, dreamy melodies, heavy riffs and trippy guitar solos all with the vintage touch of the '70s. In 2016 they released their second full length album 'II' as well as an EP, once more fully analog and live. The band does high-energy live performances combining elements of psychedelic/progressive rock, stoner, funk, jazz and eastern music with a trippy video wall to accomplish full stimulation of the senses.

ORESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE MEETS BLACK MOON CIRCLE - (BLACK) FREAK OUT IN THE FJORD (3LP) (LP/SPACE ROCK)

In November 2017, Oresund Space Collective and Black Moon Circle played a show in Trondheim, Norway called 'Freak Out In The Fjord', which also featured the local band Red Mountains. The next day they were booked into the excellent Ora Studio, one of the best in Trondheim, for a jam session. It took a few hours to set up all the gear (2 guitar set ups, 2 bass set ups, 3 drum kits (yes, 3!), modular synth, Fender Rhodes and Oberheim synth and OSC and BMC were ready to go. Four jams were recorded ranging from Miles Davis inspired ('Afterglow') to Grateful Dead ('Dinner') to heavy space rock ('Freak Out'). It is a hell of a 2 hour musical journey. Amazing artwork by Ed Unitsky. Limited to 184 copies on black vinyl.

REZN - LET IT BURN (2LP) (LP/OFF THE RECORD)

"All-caps Chicago-based REZN make their deceptively ambitious debut with 'Let It Burn', a 10-songer checking in at a willfully sprawling 59 minutes that blends psychedelic drift, grunge fuckall and neo-stoner fuzz consumption to welcome effect." ~The Obelisk. For fans of Sons Of Otis, Bongripper, Windhand. Repress of 300 copies on black and orange vinyl.

YAWNING MAN - MACEDONIAN LINES (BLACK) (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

Yawning Man continue to establish their exceptionally unique approach to rock music on 'Macedonian Lines'. This follow up to the critically acclaimed 'Revolt Against Tired Noises' shows a further maturing of melody, dynamics and emotion in the band's song writing. Yawning Man's roots lay at the foundation of the desert rock and stoner rock sub genres however the music the band creates is truly organic and visceral, conjuring a flowing imagery and a emotional response. On this release the band has a darker and massively heavier sound than past recordings as most of these tracks were developed in live performance and then fully realized in the studio. Yawning Man returned to Gatos Trail Studio in the Joshua Tree CA desert to record this album and the space and beauty of the surroundings is ever present in every track. Heavy, beautiful, and delicate. Gary Arce, Mario Lalli and Bill Stinson continue to expand and dig deep with every track.

IN THIS STYLE - CRAFT (CD/NASONI)

Psychedelic rock/artrock from Mishawaka (USA).

SAVVAIDIS, SEIRIOS - PAGGAIDELIC (CD/SOUND EFFECT)

'SOUNDS AN CREATURES FROM MOUNT PAGGAIO' - 'Paggaidelic' is a CD-only introduction to the mystical, wonderful world of Seirios Savvaidis. Comprised of songs taken from his five solo albums, 'Paggaidelic' is the definitive guide to a new kind of love! The Dead Ends guitarist employs stark, ritualistic percussion and repetitive beats, bagpipes, polyphonic ensembles, poetic lyrics and Homeric hymns, earthly and heavenly elements in a psychedelic roller coaster! With a Nick Drake-meets-Bill Callahan sweet surrender, Seirios sings about other-worldly creatures, stars and enchanting pathways, like a moonlit night's logbook from Mount Paggaio.

NOYES, ROB - YOU ARE TIRED/NIGHTMARE STUDY (7"/MARKET SQUARE)

Rob Noyes is a musician based in Somerville MA and has been unearthing some of this times most interesting and emotive acoustic guitar-folk music since folk boom of the early-to-mid '60s. Acoustic guitar experimentalism has been occurring since the invention of the guitar and Noyes is a new purveyor of this experimenting with his ragged and complex mastery of his main weapon; the acoustic 12-string. After a couple of acclaimed LPs on other labels and also being a musician within the Boston punk scene Rob welcomes the 45rpm format with two beautiful and interesting instrumental acoustic tracks. Limited to 300 copies, housed in a duo-tone Risograph sleeve. Each copy includes a hand-numbered single sided postcard.

ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO U.F.O. - EITHER THE FRAGMENTED BODY OR THE... (LP/NECIO RECORDS)

...CONSTITUTED SOUL' - 2017 album now on vinyl. Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. at the time of this recording were: Jyonson Tsu: voices, midnight whistler, Kawabata Makoto: guitar, bass, synthesizer, organ, tambura, sitar, voice, speed guru, Higashi Hiroshi: synthesizer, noodle god, Mitsuko Tabata: guitar, guitar-synthesizer, voice, kisses & hugs, Satoshima Nani: drums, percussion, another dimension, Tsuyama Atsushi: chant (on 'La Nòvia'). Limited to 250 copies.

CULTO AL QONDOR - ELECTRICIDAD (LP/DRONE ROCK)

Peruvian hypno-repeaters Culto Al Qondor are back with their second work for Drone Rock Records. This time they are armed with three long songs taking inspiration from the vibrations of Neu!, Kraftwerk and even Klaus Schulze. Like a non-stop running motor powered by endless electricity, 'Electricidad' is a tour de force taking you through your inner kosmos. Available as a super limited pressing of 250 copies on neon green vinyl.

DEVIL AND THE ALMIGHTY BLUES - TRE (RED) (LP/BLUES FOR THE RED SUN)

Repress on red vinyl. Third album by Norwegian band The Devil And The Almighty Blues. Their music is slow, heavy, melodic and raw, all without losing the almighty blues out of sight. A new take on blues-based rock, heavy without becoming metal, slow without being doom, bluesy without being straight up and boring.

IRMAO VICTOR - IRMAO VICTOR (LP/POP SUPERETTE)

Deluxe gatefold vinyl LP by Brazilian band Irmao Victor. Led by Marco A. Benvengu, a musician with a high standard of DIY. He gives the bossa the same treatment as Captain Beefheart monitored to the blues. His album sounds like updated Tropicalia with avant-garde, progressive and psychedelic hints, but above all, a true pop disc like a series of complex pop symphonies in miniature.

SOMALI YACHT CLUB - THE SEA (2LP/BLACK) (LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACTZ)

Second pressing! On black 180 gram vinyl and gatefold sleeve. After their first LP 'The Sun', which was highly acclaimed both by critics and listeners worldwide and showed the band's ability to mix styles, create dreamy vibe and submerge listeners into fantastic sound landscapes, the band is ready to continue their musical journey with their next album 'The Sea'. Rich fuzz, blended with atmospheric psychedelia, warm grooves and airy leads show the band's progression both musically and lyrically and once again prove Somali Yacht Club's inventiveness in blending styles.

VAGO SAGRADO - VOL. III (LP/NECIO RECORDS)

Songs and structures that come up as monuments, sounds gathered from another era; between shadows and mist, ruins that don't stop falling. 'Vol. III' represents this Chilean band's most intense approach to the contradiction between light and darkness, the place of grey shadows left by all human experience. Dense chords, monotone frequencies that repeat themselves over layers of noise and the sparkly shudder of the beat and the drums: these "songs" are like the persistence of that who dances calling on the rain, without skepticism, recognizing the mystery that the melodies announce.

VOICES - THE SOUND OF YOUNG AMERICA (LP/DRONE ROCK)

"In the Autumn of 2018 I was driving to work and had the CD of 'The Sound Of Young America' by The Voices playing on the car stereo. Capturing elements of Spacemen 3 and MBV while creating their own distinctive sound, I've loved this album ever since it was released back in 2007. I suddenly realised that this amazing album had never been made available on vinyl. And then I remembered that I ran my own record label. Not sure why it took me so long to put 2 and 2 together but I contacted the band immediately and the wheels were quickly put into motion. As it happens, the band were in the process of putting out a new album via their Bandcamp page and also remastering their earlier work so the timing could not have been better. The artwork and audio have been given a bit of a make over and a definitive version of this great and often over-looked album has now been given the Drone Rock Records treatment. "~Drone Rock Records. During their four year life span they released the lauded 2007 album 'The Sound Of Young America' via My Kung Fu, including the title track, a blistering wall of sound with washed out vocals.

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

ALOHA SWAMP - SWAMP VACATION (ALL INCLUSIVE) (LP/TRASH WAX)

This release from members of Messer Chups and The Guitaraculas is a journey into a wonderful world of rockin' exotica. Rockabilly rhythms mixed with Hawaiian influences take you on trip to far flung musical places and some classic Messer Chups' style surf leaves you in no doubt where this comes from, the palm tree lined, white sand beaches of Waikiki meet a chilly St. Petersburg indeed! Messer Chups main man Oleg showcases his steel guitar skills with some mesmerizing tunes and really does conjure up images of relaxed times among the islands... Pop this onto the turntable, grab yourself a Mai Tai and enjoy the trip.

HIJACKERS - I DON'T LIKE YOU (7"/BELUGA)

Garage rock band from Flen, Sweden. First track was recorded in 1985, the other 3 in 1987.

STARR, JAKE -& THE DELICIOUS FULLNESS- - ALL THE MESS I'M IN (7"/BELUGA)

2019 EP by these American garage rockers.

DJAVULEN MOBLERAR OM - MOT ALLT SOM DU AR FOR (10") (10"/BELUGA)

2019 EP by this Swedish garage/punk band. The name translated means 'The Devil Refurbishes' and was taken from a description of a Bo Diddley song. DMO don't sound anything like Bo Diddley but is great '70s/'80s style punk.

DALAPLAN - DU GA ALDRIG ENSAM (LP/BELUGA)

The fourth album by this garage-rock unit from Malmö, Sweden.

KING KHAN EXPERIENCE - TURKEY RIDE (LP/KHANNIBALISM)

King Khan's adventures almost 18 years ago in the cities of Bordeaux and Berlin finely documented in music finally got the vinyl reissue treatment. These recordings were made while King Khan galavanted through Europe's most hedonistic cities and collected a merry group of pranksters to make sweet sweet rock'n'roll with. This 13 song ode to bohemia is just what the doctor ordered, if the doctor was Timothy Leary and the nurse was Traci Lords.... hammana hammmmana hammmana!!!! Featuring Fredovitch (of the Sensational Shrines), Dan Ra and Spocko de Palma (members of Whitest Boy Alive).

MARINO, BRAD - EXTRA CREDIT (SWEDEN) (LP/BELUGA)

Here's a great solo-album by the member of The Connection. Brad Marino's style roughly sounds like a mixture of The Saints, The Ramones, Dave Edmunds, Flamin' Groovies and Chesterfield Kings.

MAZOUNI - UN DANDY EN EXIL - FRANCE/ALGERIE 1969/1983 (2LP) (LP/BORN BAD)

Mohamed Mazouni, born January 4, 1940, began his singing career chosing bedoui as a style (a Saharan genre popularized among others by the great Khelifi Ahmed). But above all, the general public discovered him through a performance at the Ibn Khaldoun Theater, broadcasted by Algerian radio. At that time, he had no idea that he was about to become an idolized star within the immigrant community. While in France, Mohamed learned about this atmosphere of immigrant culture of exile more and more. Fully immersed in it, he soaked up the songs of Dahmane El Harrachi, Slimane Azem, Akli Yahiaten or Cheikh El Hasnaoui, but also those from the years of twist and rock'n'roll as embodied by Johnny Hallyday, Les Chaussettes Noires or Les Chats Sauvages, not to mention Elvis Presley and the triumphant beginnings of Anglo-Saxon pop music. Between 1970 and 1990, he had a series of hits. Mazouni, a dandy shattered by his century and always all spruced up who barely performed on stage, had greatly benefited from the impact of scopitones, the ancestors of music videos - those image and sound machines inevitably found in many bars held by immigrants. His strength laid in Arabic lyrics all his compatriots could understand, and catchy melodies accompanied by violin, goblet drum, qanun, tar (a small tambourine with jingles), lute, and sometimes electric guitar on yé-yé compositions. Like a politician, Mazouni drew on all themes knowing that he would nail it each time. This compilation, the first one dedicated to him, includes all of his never-reissued hits with, as a bonus, previously unreleased songs.

MORAL PANIC - MORAL PANIC (II) (LP/ALIEN SNATCH!)

No-holds-barred killer record from Brooklyn, NY with 45rpm paced short and snotty CARBONAS style shockers. Deadly fast punk guitars with Dictators hooks and moves, midwest Pagans kicks and early GG Allin. The record comes in at nineteen minutes for all the short attention slashers out there. Mixing and mastering was done by Jeff Burke (Radioactivity, Lost Balloons, Marked Men), and you can hear it. These rockers hammer out ten absurd scorching songs, including 'Not Now, No Way' by Cleveland's finest. Featuring Ex-Livids members this is their second album after releasing their debut on Slovenly Records.

NOX BOYS - OUT OF TOUCH (LP/GET HIP)

This time around Nox Boys went full throttle to create a true GARAGE PUNK album: 'Out Of Touch'. With special guest appearances and production by Gregg Kostelich (The Cynics/Get Hip Records) on bass, and engineered by Pete Drivere (Blue Ash/Deadbeat Poets/Infidels), the album features a broad mix of psychedelia, pop, and punk elements. 'Out Of Touch' opens with title track written as an outlet for the frustrations of growing up in today's political climate and circumscribing a pathway of your own.

PRIMITIVE HANDS - BAD MEN IN THE GRAVE (LP/ALIEN SNATCH!)

This is garage monster in a mammoth coat in 12 pieces. 'Bad Men In The Grave' easily holds up to anything the Primitive Hands done before. Primitive Hands are the psych-folk rock preacher counterpart of the blues gospel of Reverend Beatman, the outlaw and outraged counterpart of Cowboys rock and roll.

REVERBERATIONS - CHANGES (LP/BELUGA)

Second album from this '60s inspired garage/psych/rock'n'roll band, hailing from Portland, OR. A true must have for anyone into '60s garage-psych bands à la COUNT FIVE, CHOCOLATE WATCHBAND, SHADOWS OF KNIGHT and STANDELLS!

NOX BOYS - OUT OF TOUCH (CD/GET HIP)

This time around Nox Boys went full throttle to create a true GARAGE PUNK album: 'Out Of Touch'. With special guest appearances and production by Gregg Kostelich (The Cynics/Get Hip Records) on bass, and engineered by Pete Drivere (Blue Ash/Deadbeat Poets/Infidels), the album features a broad mix of psychedelia, pop, and punk elements. 'Out Of Touch' opens with title track written as an outlet for the frustrations of growing up in today's political climate and circumscribing a pathway of your own.

WRAY, DIDI -& LIGA AMERICANA DEL SURF- - MISION TANGO SURF (CD/SURF COOKIE)

Second album by guitarist Didi Wray, tango surf from Argentina.

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

ST. JIMI SEBASTIAN CRICKET CLUB - I STILL GET THE CALLS (7"/BELUGA)

St. Jimi Sebastian Cricket Club describe themselves a "working-class indie" mix of The Clash, Leonard Cohen and Pink Floyd.

SCRUFFS - TEENAGE TRAGEDIES 1974-1979 (LP/POP SUPERETTE)

Compilation album by this powerpop band from Memphis Tennessee, formed in 1974. The band has been discovered by Jim Dickinson, who was the producer of Big Star's 'Third/Sister Lovers' when he heard the band recording their demos. Although their powerful sound had been critically acclaimed, the band had very little success during the 1970s, and eventually they would break up in 1981.

SHOENFELT, PHIL - UNDER THE RADAR (LP/LAST YEAR'S YOUTH)

Retrospective album for Phil Shoenfelt, a veteran of the London, Manchester and New York punk and goth-rock scenes, spanning throughout his whole career, from his early days as founding member of the post punkers Khmer Rouge, through his collaborations with the likes of Nikki Sudden, or the Bevis Frond. Released on the German archival label Last Years Youth in a mere 500 copies.

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

CRAMPS - REAL MEN'S GUTS VERSUS THE SMELL OF FEMALE 1 (LP/CONNOISSEUR)

Extremely limited edition of only 300 copies. The first night of The Cramps at The Peppermint Lounge, the legendary recording with fantastic sound quality available again this time on red and black splatter vinyl, limited to 300 copies. This will sell out very quickly.

KHIIS - BEZOAR (LP/LA VIDA ES UN MUS)

The debut-LP by Khiis, a band from Oakland, contains nine striking tracks of thick, full-blooded hc punk, taking no prisoners. An insert and a poster are included!

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

ATTIC TED - PARADE DUST MISCHIEF (LP/JELODANTI)

Attic Ted is an interactive musical performance artist, playing weirdo gothic carnival musical theater, creepy and funny, utilizing cardboard constructed masks, to create a visual experience compounding the quirky bizarro pop music into a surrealist dream. Using an old Hammond Organ for bass and rhythm loops, distorted guitar, Casio twists, clarinet, and strange noises.

COSTES, JEAN-LOUIS - LA VIE TUE (LP/JELODANTI)

Usually Jean-Louis Costes plays rather experimental and noise music but for this album he developed a weird pop/R'n'B approach, with a very sensitive touch. It is a limited edition of 500 copies hand made with acrylic stamps (each different). Costes is considered as one of the first punk-DIY French artists, self-releasing dozens of tapes and CDs from the early '80s until today. His discography is surprisingly rich, mixing experimental, spoken word, electronics, sometimes hip-hop or metal, often parodying the French variety-song culture. It consists of sixty or so albums, some recorded in English, German or Japanese.

ESTANG, LUC -& PIERRE HENRY- - SAINT-EXUPÉRY (LP/FANTOME PHONOGRAPHIQUE)

During his long and illustrious career the French composer and musique concrète pioneer Pierre Henry created a lare amount of incidental music to accompany literary texts, both on record and for the stage, from Jules Verne to Victor Hugo, from Lautréamont to Antonin Artaud. This incredibly rare LP from 1959 is a radio play about the life of French pilot and writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, based on the 1956 book by Luc Estang on the subject. The interpreters are a small theater troupe including French actor Paul Meurisse (1912-1979), famous for popular films and as a member of national theater company La Comédie Française. Underlying key scenes, Pierre Henry's contribution to the play consists of electronic and musique concrète sounds, adding a contemporary dimension to the text. A beautiful piece from one of the mid-20th century's truly brilliant sonic explorers.

SA BRUXA - FROM THE DEPTHS (CD/YOSHIWARA COLLECTIVE)

Meaning "The Witch" in the Sardinian language, Sa Bruxa is the haunted solitary vision of Giuseppe Novella. On this recording, he has distilled his cinematic approach into a single eerie movement of ritual death ambience. Genuinely unsettling, headphones and a stout heart are mandatory for this journey...

TASHIRO, KAORU -PLAYS TOSHI ICHIYANAGHI & CLAUDE LEDOUX- - CLOUD ATLAS/VERTICAL STUDY (CD/SUB ROSA)

'Cloud Atlas' is a collection of 10 short pieces composed by Toshi Ichiyanaghi between 1985 to 1999. 'Vertical Study' gathers rare pieces composed by Claude Ledoux. Both are performed by Japanese pianist Kaoru Tashiro.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

GEEZER - SPIRAL FIRES (12"/KOZMIK ARTIFACTZ)

Strictly limited to 300 copies, black 180 gram vinyl. Drawing inspiration from the vinyl version of the most recent 'Child' EP, Geezer release this EP in the same vein. The result is the mind-altering EP 'Spiral Fires'. A three-song collection edifying the embodiment of Geezer's quest for all things heavy, trippy, and groovy. 'Spiral Fires' is the first passage in Geezer's new journey.

CAVEM3N - (BLACK) THE STALEFIELD INCIDENT (LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACTZ)

Cavem3n is a heavy rock band from west coast of Sweden with influences from Black Sabbath, Clutch and Kyuss. Cavem3n emerge from the darkness of their subterranean home to pay tribute to the sun god with seven offerings of stonerized blues based grooviness. Think Graveyard meets The Black Crowes, heavy blues meets subtlety. Cryptic lyrics about serial killers, set to a fantastic blend of dark blues and a retro rock vibe only found in Sweden.

FORMING THE VOID - RIFT (LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACTZ)

Second pressing. 300 copies on transparent orange vinyl. An epic and devastating trip into the heart of a Sabbathian darkness. Melting their influences, which range from Mastodon and The Sword to Soundgarden and YOB. "Forming The Void"'s riffs summon a sense of adventure. It's a juicy, smoky, doom-rock sandwich laced with crackling neo-grunge and a bucket of slimy green southern-fried sludge.

GIN LADY - (BLACK) TALL SUN CROOKED MOON (LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACTZ)

100 copies on black vinyl in a gatefold sleeve. These northern Sweden rockers formed their band in 2011 and have released four studio albums so far. Since all band members are all songwriters makes them a productive unit that oozes of early '70s vibes. With their album 'Tall Sun Crooked Moon' they take the listeners on a musical journey towards Laurel Canyon. Excellent musicianship, vocal harmonies, freedom and beautifully crafted songs with a message is what you can expect from these bliss merchants' fifth album. Light and love. See you all beautiful flower people on the road.

GREEN LUNG - WOODLAND RITES (RED) (LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACTZ)

South London-based heavy rock quintet Green Lung release their debut album, after the release of their much acclaimed EP 'Free The Witch'. The overall impression of this young band is summoning up the eccentric spectres of '70s proto-metal, early '80s NWOBHM and '90s stoner rock and dragging those sounds into the 21st Century. For fans of Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats and Devil's Witches. On limited red vinyl.

REINO ERMITANO - REINO ERMITANO (LP/NECIO RECORDS)

The first album of this band has marked a milestone in regards to Peruvian doom/folk. Already considered by the audience as a cult band in Peru and in much of Latin America, they have toured Europe in 2009 and 2014), sharing the stage with world-class bands such as Trouble, Pagan Altar, Saint Vitus and participated in great festivals of the style like Doom Shall Rise and Doom Over Vienna.

RUFF MAJIK - TARN (LP/LAY BARE)

2019 album by South African band Ruff Majik. In a small, secluded mining town in rural South Africa, three friends heard the call of the void, and spat fuzz back at it. Thus, Ruff Majik was born, and the adventure of sex, drugs and mostly rock'n'roll began. Ruff Majik set sail to Pretoria, South Africa, where they've become infamous for their lively shows and aggressive on stage persona. With their brand of what they call "stoner rock/sludge'n'roll" they move between slow grooves and breakneck speeds in the blink of an eye, with live shows being described as 'whiplash inducing'. Consisting of three members, Johni Holiday, Jimmy Glass and Ben Manchino make up The Atomic Trinity, the relentless noise machine that is Ruff Majik (blessed be the name).

 

SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/R&B/GOSPEL

SUGAHSPANK! & THE SWING SHOES - CASH (LP/MOVING COIL)

'Cash' is the second collaborative album by Sugahspank! & The Swing Shoes. Recorded virtually live in the studio with minimal overdubs, in order to capture the band's tight sound, 'Cash' includes ten tracks that were honed through countless live performances. With influences ranging from soul and gospel music to funk and rhythm & blues, the songs showcase Sugahspank's dynamic, soulful delivery and the quintet's effortless chemistry. The album flows like fine wine, from the up-tempo opener 'Heartbreaker' to the meditative closing track, 'Mountaintop', giving off a unique, upbeat vibe. Sugahspank! & The Swing Shoes have been playing together since 2008, quickly becoming one of the most exciting live acts in Athens. They have performed at many venues across Greece, opened for acts like Joss Stone and Red Snapper, and appeared in international festivals.

VARIOUS - JAMBU E OS MITICOS SONS DA AMAZONICA (2LP) (LP/ANALOG AFRICA)

The city of Belém, in the Northern state of Pará in Brazil, has long been a hotbed of culture and musical innovation. Enveloped by the mystical wonder of the Amazonian forest and overlooking the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean, Belém consists of a diverse culture as vibrant and broad as the Amazon itself. Amerindians, Europeans, Africans - and the myriad combinations between these people - would mingle, and ingeniously pioneer musical genres such as carimbó, samba-de-cacete, siriá, bois-bumbás and bambiá. Although left in the margins of history, these exotic and mysteriously different sounds would thrive in a parallel universe of their own. Historically marginalized African religions like Umbanda, Candomblé and the Tambor de Mina, which had reached this side of the Atlantic through slaves from West Africa - especially from the Kingdom of Dahomey, currently the Republic of Benin - left an indelible stamp on the identity of Pará's music. They would give birth to lundun, banguê and carimbó, styles later modernised by Verequete, Orlando Pereira, Mestre Cupijó and Pinduca to great effect. The success of these pioneers would create a solid foundation for a myriad of modern bands in urban areas. 'Jambú' is an exhilarating, cinematic ride into the beauty and heart of what makes Pará's little corner of the Amazon tick. The hip swaying, frantic percussion and big band brass of the mixture of carimbó with siriá, the mystical melodies of Amazonian drums, the hypnotizing cadence of the choirs, and the deep, musical reverence to Afro-Brazilian religions, provided the soundtrack for sweltering nights in the city's club district. The music and tales found in 'Jambú' are stories of resilience, triumph against all odds, and, most importantly, of a city in the borders of the Amazon who has always known how to throw a damn good party. TRACKS: 01. Rosvaldo Já Chegou? (Introduçao) 02. Vamos Farrear - Pinduca 03. A Misturada - Os Muiraquitans 04. Praia Do Algodoal - Os Quentes De Terra Alta 05. Pai Xangô - Pinduca 06. Meu Barquinho - Janjao 07. O Galo Canta, O Macaco Assovia - Messias Holanda 08. Lambada Da Baleia - Vieira E Seu Conjunto 09. Mambo Assanhado - Verequete E O Conjunto Uirapurú 10. Carimbó Para Yemanjá - O Conjunto De Orlando Pereira 11. Coco Da Bahia - Pinduca 12. Carimbó Da Pimienta - Messias Holanda 13. Da Garrafa uma Pinga - Verequete E O Conjunto Uirapurú 14. Marudá - O Conjunto De Orlando Pereira 15. Xangô - Magalhaes E Sua Guitarra 16. Melô Do Bode - Vieira E Seu Conjunto 17. Voa Andorinha - Grupo Da Pesada 18. Lundun Da Yaya - Grupo Da Pesada 19. Despedida - Mestre Cupijó E Seu Ritmo

SOYOL ERDENE - SOYOL ERDENE (LP/EBALUNGA!!!)

Long awaited reissue of one of the rarest Mongolian albums, originally released in 1981. A musical pearl in the vein of Dos-Mukasan, Firyuza, The Bayan Mongol Variety Group and Gunesh. Released by Soviet label Melodia, the vinyl sold out immediately and has never been re-pressed after the falling of the USSR. Now EBALUNGA!!! presents an official reissue on vinyl. Soyol Erdene (Cultural Jewel) was the first Mongolian rock band. The band was established in 1971 and was frequently criticized by political party censorship for the promotion of Western musical style and Western fashion.

 

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

DERBYSHIRE, DELIA - THE DREAMS (LP/FANTOME PHONOGRAPHIQUE)

Delia Derbyshire is one of the most innovative electronic musicians of the 20th Century. She is best known for her pioneering work for the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, and for composing the classic theme song for the original Doctor Who, believed to be the earliest "electronic" theme song in television history. A brilliant composer and one of the few women operating in the early era of electronic music, In the early '60s she collaborated with the British artist and playwright Barry Bermange for the BBC's Third Programme to produce four Inventions for Radio, a collage of people describing their dreams, set to a background of electronic sound. This is the first, simply titled Dreams, an attempt to represent, in sound, the sensation of dreaming. Derbyshire's electronic and musique concrete soundbed is the perfect underscore to the narration, simultaneously jarring, dissonant, and terrifying. An amazing piece of work from one of the legendary pioneers of electronic music.

 

VARIOUS: WORLD, CLASSICAL, SPOKEN WORDS ETC

VARIOUS - FOUR CORNERS OF THE GLOBE (LP/OCCII)

"In times when every aspect of life seems to be a 'product', it's difficult to imagine that for centuries music was made for a different reason. That music was a way for people to express themselves and their feelings about the world they lived in: their joys, their desires, their anger and pain, without an ulterior motive. The musician and the author, the painter and the actor were the jesters and critics of their times, holding up a mirror to society. Or they simply added to the fun and the party atmosphere. But never on command, even though they were paid for their service. They held on to their freedom. For artists, freedom is the highest goal. Much has changed since the industrial revolution and capitalism turned society upside down in the twentieth century. So-called 'popular music' no longer was spontaneous folk, jazz or classical tunes that just happened to become popular with the people, but became music created by the entertainment industry on the basis of templates for sentimentality and amusement. Still, genuine folk music never completely disappeared. Real spontaneity always perseveres. Not only among the musicians but also among their audiences. And although many theatres and stages became part of the big commercial entertainment network, there will always be places where different music can be heard. Music made by free spirits, for free spirits. It happens worldwide and in an extensive network. In an interview, Zea and The Ex singer Arnold de Boer once described it as an international cultural subway system with stations all around. OCCII in Amsterdam is one of these stations, already for more than 25 years. It's a free port for all kinds of music that don't fit the commercial entertainment template. And it will be clear that they won't be mainstream pop. It's folk and grass roots music from around the world. It's jazz and improvised music, rooted in freedom. It's punk, based on anger and spontaneity. And that is precisely the music presented on this LP, recorded at OCCII and other cultural oases in Amsterdam. Like freedom, music doesn't have constraints. The record opens with Zea and Afework Nigussie, a Dutchman and an Ethiopian, singing a topical American folk blues song from the early twentieth century. Then Les Filles de Illighadad from Niger and Ghanese kologo champion King Ayisoba take over, simply to prove that music is a language that is understood around the world. Improvisation-based rock band Kurws from Poland presents a piece from their album 'Alarm', anticipating the B side of the LP, which opens with a fifteen-minute explosion of energy and creativity by Cinema Soloriens. Filmmaker and musician James Harrar and Marshall Allen -the cosmic Sun Ra's musical right hand for almost half a century- with the help of a few more like-minded souls aim straight for the stars in 'The Man Who Married The Moon'. The record ends on some drops of healthy, undiluted punk. Rhode Island's Dropdead and Dutch veterans Lärm with former Rondos frontman Johannes 'Red Rat' van de Weert as a guest singer. 'Every day is a new start' says Rooie Waas' Gijs Borstlap. It's something to remember. Like Dropdead singer Bob Otis' words on this LP: 'If one voice can change the future, then what can a hundred voices do? Or a thousand?' In other words: Do it yourself, all together." ~Peter Bruyn SIDE 1: 1. Afework Nigussie & Zea - Bourgeois Blues (live at RPM, June 2016) 2. Les Filles De Illighadad - Inssegh Inssegh (live at RPM, November 2016) 3. King Ayisoba - Ndeema (live at RPM, June 2016) 4. Kurws - Miec Ciastko I Zjesc Ciastko (live at OCCII, SOTU Festival, April 17 2015) SIDE 2: 1. Cinema Soloriens ft. Marshall Allen - The Man Who Married The Moon (live at OCCII, November 16 2013) 2. Dropdead - Scream At The Wall/Awaken Sleeper (live at OCCII, February 27 2016) 3. Lärm feat. Johannes van de Weert - System (live at OCCII, May 26 2012) 4. Lärm feat. Johannes van de Weert - Black And White Statement (live at OCCII, May 26 2012) 5. Rooie Waas - Elke Dag (live at OCCII, February 6 2014)

KULTHUM, UMM - THE TWINKLING STAR (LP/FANTOME PHONOGRAPHIQUE)

Umm Kulthum (or Oum Kalsoum) was a legendary Egyptian vocalist and one of the biggest celebrities of the 20th century Arab world. She was dubbed "The voice of Egypt" and "Egypt's fourth pyramid", and is considered a national treasure. This 1961 album, originally released on Parlophone, is one of the finest examples of her vocal ability and a beautiful example of mid 20th Century Egyptian popular music. Kulthum counts among her legion of fans none other than Bob Dylan, Robert Plant, Bono, and Youssou N'Dour, along with most of the Arab speaking world, and this LP is one of the finest of her career. An absolute legend!

 

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