SPOTLIGHT 21

27/05/2019 10:56

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

MEPHISTOFELES/THE BLACK FURS - SPLIT 7" (7"/CREEP PURPLE)

Two of the most promising heavy psych bands from Argentina combined their riffs and drugs for two tracks. Limited to 450 copies on black vinyl. This is a big center-hole 7". Each copy comes with a free plastic spindle adapter so you will be able to play it on a record-player without a centrepiece. Comes with insert and free stickers. SIDE 1: Mephistofeles - Werewolf's Boogie SIDE 2: The Black Furs - Black Limousine Blues

BJORK, BRANT - JALAMANTA (2LP/BLACK) (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

The 20th anniversary edition of a classic Brant Bjork album, featuring remastered sound! This standard edition on BLACK VINYL is presented in a gatefold sleeve.

GORILLA - TREECREEPER (BLACK) (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

'Treecreeper' is the first full length album by Gorilla since 2007's 'Rock Our Souls'. Preserving the classic Gorilla chest beatin', full throttle sound, 'Treecreeper's 9 slices of mind bending, shit storm rock combine elements of stoner, high energy, doom and heavy psych rock honed to razor sharp fuzz-toned perfection. Recorded in good old fashioned analogue at Mole's awesome North Downs Studio, Gorilla create a non stop, white knuckle, maximum riffin' hell ride that will break your ears and loosen your rears! As one review of a recent show stated "Gorilla sound like Blue Cheer, Motörhead and St. Vitus all playing in the same room at the same time"! Gorilla are back to fuzz up your screams and rupture ya spleen in 2019!!

HAWKEYES - (YELLOW) LAST LIGHT OF FUTURE FAILURE (LP/CARDINAL FUZZ)

The follow-up to 2015's 'Poison Slows You Down', 'Last Light Of Future Failure' is a different Hawkeyes. Though four long years have passed between long-players, those keeping score could have charted the band's growth over the course of sporadic split-releases with psych-brethren Shooting Guns, Radiation Flowers, and their Morricone-esque contribution to the 'Return Of The Son Of Gutbucket' compilation. No longer are Hawkeyes merely a punishing, claustrophobic, maelstrom of doom. 2019 Hawkeyes have no such limits. Heavy still reigns, but subtlety, texture, and myriad other ancillary instruments colour these four swirling tracks in ways previously unheard. The marching, eastern-tinged 'The Lickening' brings listeners back to the classic stoned-nod before the quicksilver freak-out, 'Look At 'Em Scramble', levels all in its path. 'Nude Karate' is legitimately danceable, its fuzzed phasers racing to the finish, battling for air with whirring synths. 'Full Of Secrets', the cinematic full-side closer, reveals itself slowly, like a Kubrick-directed nightmare. Translucent yellow vinyl version.

HOPE SINGERS - THE HOPE SINGERS (LP/SING A SONG FIGHTER)

The Hope Singers is a collective Swedish gang of brilliant, leftfield, alternative musicians from Stockholm. Together they have recorded this unique and heartfelt album (their follow up to the debut album 'It's Time For...') during the hot summer of 2018. Arranged and produced by Karl Jonas Winqvist (Sing A Song Fighter). Among Karl Jonas' own compositions are also wonderful covers of songs by Mary Ocher ('Arms'), Suicide ('Dream Baby Dream'), Low ('The Death Of A Salesman'), Alice Gerrard ('Strange Land'), John Lennon ('Love'), World Party ('Put The Message In The Box') and Violent Femmes ('I Hear The Rain'). Plus the opening track which is a poem from 1845 written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow with music by The Hope Singers. In front of the microphones are many of Karl Jonas' favorite vocalists like Annie Angel, Iiris Viljanen, Erik Jeor, Anja Bigrell etc. And some top guest musicians are featured like Lamine Cissokho (kora), Lisa Långbacka (accordion) and Theo Stocks (pedal steel). And together, not solo, they deliver the goods.

KALEIDOBOLT - BITTER (BLACK) (LP/SVART)

With one foot in classic heavy power trio rock'n'roll and the other knee deep in psychedelic frenzy, Finland's Kaleidobolt blast off into innerspace with their third album 'Bitter'. Produced by Niko Lehdontie (Kairon; IRSE!, Oranssi Pazuzu) and mixed by Lauri Eloranta, 'Bitter' is poisonous sonic cotton candy.

KEHRO - URDIALA (+CD) (LP/FULL CONTACT)

Kehro's debut album 'Urdiala' is a melting pot of acoustic lounge psychedelia, Latin and Afro grooves packed in the form of a highly original musical adventure.

KOOBA TERCU - KHARRÜB (LP/BODY BLOWS)

Kooba Tercu return with their second album, 'Kharrüb'. The album is released by an eclectic group of record labels: Hominid Sounds (UK) and BodyBlows & Mafia (GR). With members now located between Athens, Crete and London the group came together to record a mix of songs that have been in the making for years as well as pieces that came together days before and during the recording. 'Kharrüb' is the first batch of tunes off those sessions. The result is an odd, noisey, psychedelic collection of heavy tunes curated to create a beautiful smooth flow of songs to be listened to as a whole. 'Kharrüb' sounds incredibly familiar but at the same time like nothing what you've heard before.

KOONOOPOMANA - KOONOOPOMANA (BLACK) (LP/SOUND EFFECT)

Koonoopomana, the Athens, Greece, psychedelic/garage/r'n'r collective are finally debuting their first piece of wax! Their notorious live shows, accompanied by some powerhouse dj-sets, set them apart from your average '60s adoring punks; Koonoopomana is the real thing, as far as pop-art creativity and finesse go... Their self-titled EP contains some poisonous r'n'r grooves; like the bastard child of the Oh Sees, the 13th Floor Elevators and the Fleshtones, partying over Andy Warhol's grave!

VARIOUS - CAMBODIAN NUGGETS (LP/AKENATON)

Before the Khmer Rouge took power in 1975, unleashing a horrifying genocide, Cambodia had one of the most vibrant and exciting music scenes in Asia. With a mixture of traditional Khmer music and a myriad of western genres (from French and Latin music, to rock and roll, rhythm and blues, surf, psychedelia, soul and many more) the few pre-'75 Cambodian recordings that survived -most of them were destroyed- are enough to make anyone with a taste for good music shocked by the amazing quality of the sounds created during those golden years. Gathered in this amazing album are some of the most talented and unique musicians from that amazing era with an explosive collection of tracks sure to blow the mind of the listener. A celebration of some of the best music ever made. Limited to 500 copies. SIDE 1: 1. Ros Serey Sothea - Jam 10 Kai Thiet (Wait 10 More Months) 2. Yol Aularong - Yuvajon Kouge Jet (Broken Hearted Man) 3. Pan Ron - Why Follow Me 4. Tet Somnang & Meas Samon - Khnyom Jah Karake 5. Houy Meas & Dara Chom Chan - Nek Na Min Rom (Who Isn't Dancing) 6. Choun Malai - Jomreang Oun Chreang SIDE 2: 1. Sinn Sisamouth - Navy A Go Go 2. Liev Tuk - Rom Sue Sue (Dance Soul Soul) 3. Thra Kha Band - Do You No Wrong Again 4. Yol Aularong & Liev Tuk - Sou Slarp Kroam Kombut Srey (Rather Die Under The Woman's Sword) 5. Eng Nary - I Wonder 6. Baksey Cham Krong & Mol Kamach - De Quoi Pleures - Tu

WHITE MANNA - APE ON SUNDAY (LP/CARDINAL FUZZ)

The 6th long player from Artaca, California's White Manna. It's a heady hypnotic mix that at times plays like psychedelic meditations and at others like music for a post apocalyptic movie. The Redwood canopies of Northern California's Emerald Triangle still influence White Manna but there sound here is heading out in a more experimental direction where the music is more kosmische in style with sounds wreathed in mist and vapours, droning synths and shimmering guitars. 'Ape On Sunday' finds White Manna re-entering the stratosphere and floating back down to the dense redwood forest of their homeland.

WINDHAND - LIVE ELSEWHERE (2LP) (LP/CREEP PURPLE)

Recorded live in Brooklyn, New York, USA, 2 November 2018. Mastered for optimal vinyl playback by Tony Reed at HeavyHead Recording Co. Limited to 375 copies on black vinyl.

WOLVENNEST - VORTEX (BLACK) (LP/VAN RECORDS)

Wonderfully dark, hypnotic and sinister musical invocations from this Belgian band. This EP contains three mesmerising and haunting tracks, each with an individual atmosphere but still forming a coherent emanation of inner darkness. Black vinyl version.

YUNG DRUID - YUNG DRUID (LP/TOTEM CAT)

A healthy dose of sixties psych blended nicely into stoner doom. Smoke-permeated riffs, classy vocals, lysergic guitars, mind-bending fuzz, and groovy psych. Oozing, psych-y stoner doom with emphasis on spiffy, snaky melodies. Limited to 200 copies on clear vinyl.

CUTLER, ELISABETH - SILENCE IS RISING (CD/TASAL)

For singer-songwriter Elisabeth Cutler, her songs are as intimate as diary entries. But in the emotions of their world we can all recognize each other: heartbreak and passion, promises and fears, hopeful beginnings and painful losses. With ruthless openness and intense linguistic images, their songs explore the shores of folk, jazz and rock. After a life of traveling and moving, she found a new creative home in an idyllic location near Rome. This is where the songs of her seventh album 'Silence Is Rising' were created over the course of two years. Outwardly, the album is full of subtile details and jazz references, powered by funky rhythms and dreamy electronics. Below the surface, Cutler openly deals with her own mortality, with tragedies, small miracles and loneliness resulting from her creative independence.

ZEME - VISUMA VIZOSA TUMSA (CD/CPL-MUSIC)

ZeMe is a personal story made by two exciting artists, Laima Jansone, kokle player and Monsta, master of the turntables and electronica. Their melodies come from their heritage of Latvian roots music in combination with cuttingedge technologies and the competition between free improvisation and live looping. The inner meditative sounds of the kokle interacting with expressive scratching makes this duo special.

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

BONESHAKERS - SHAKE BABY SHAKE (7"/TOPSY TURVY)

First release on Topsy Turvy Records, a division of Soundflat Records. The record label aims to focus on great rockabilly, punk, alternative and independent music, so The Boneshakers, combining acoustic rockabilly with rock'n'roll classics, oldschool R&B and their own fresh interpretation, represent an ideal first release!

FALLOUTS - MISTER X/DANKJE BANKJE (7"/PAFTONE GRAMOFOONPLATEN)

2018 single by the Dutch Nederbiet legens from Valkenswaard City, well-known for their classics 'De Vlieg' and 'Hartstikke Dood'. Featuring Dave von Raven from The Kik.

MIETERS - HIP (7"/DOWN AT THE NIGHTCLUB)

'Hip': Nederbeat with a touch of garagerock, by courtesy of The Mieters. To wet your appetite for the album 'Blits!' by The Mieters, Down at the Nightclub releases a limited edition of 'Hip', a 4 song EP on 7" vinyl. Limited to 31 numbered copies. Every copy is signed by the band, contains complimentary stickers and download codes for 'Hip' and 4 additional tracks. Act fast! All songs are in Dutch as true Nederbeat should be. SIDE 1: 1. Hip 2. Tragiek SIDE 2: 1. Voor Jouw Lach 2. Nooit Meer Weg

LET'S GO'S - HEIBON CHERRY (LP/SOUNDFLAT)

Imagine a female garage version of the Ramones, then add some crazy Japanese spirit and you'll get The Let's Go's! 'Heibon Cherry' is full of pure energy with 12 rocking tunes to go wild to! Alongside wild punk anthems like the title song or 'Lovesong Nightmare' the girls also added songs like 'Traveling Girl', that has a slightly calmer and catchy Japanese pop punk melody and thereby makes the album diverse and fun at the same time! These girls seem to have punk'n'roll in their veins, not least because the band features Guitar Wolf's Seiji's daughter. A power record that needs to be listened to at maximum volume and certainly shouldn't be missing on your garage punk shelf!

MIETERS - BLITS! (LP/DOWN AT THE NIGHTCLUB)

The Mieters are known for their great live performances capable of turning a regular gig into a party and now their infectuous music has been finally captured on vinyl. The Mieters' debut album 'Blits!' brings us 12 original Nederbeat stompers with a touch of sixties garage rock. Bring the party home with 'Blits!' All songs are in Dutch as true Nederbeat should be. SIDE 1: 1. Willem 2. De Dancing 3. Blitse Gozer 4. Weerzien 5. Dat Heb Ik Weer 6. Konijntje SIDE 2: 1. Egotrip 2. Kan Er Helemaal Niets Van 3. Liefde Op Het Eerste Gezicht 4. Ik Voel Hem Niet 5. Wat Vond Je Er Zelluf Van? 6. Geen Hond

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

GHOSTLY KISSES - GHOSTLY KISSES (LP/RETURN TO ANALOG)

Ghostly Kisses is the dreamy pop music of singer-songwriter Margaux Sauvé, a featured vocalist on Men I Trust's self titled effort. Her debut full length offers a perfect blend of hauntingly melodic vocals meshed with modern dreamy textures and downtempo electronica.

MONTGOLFIER BROTHERS - SEVENTEEN STARS (LP/CAROLINE TRUE)

A limited vinyl edition (300) of one of the great Manchester albums. The Montgolfier Brothers (Mark Tranmer & Roger Quigley) released the classic 'Seventeen Stars' on their Vespertine label in 1999. Critical acclaim led to a re-release on musical dynamo Alan McGee's nascent post-Creation Poptones label in 2000. Long deleted on vinyl, and to mark the Poptones release Caroline True have remastered this brilliant work for vinyl and revisited the original artwork for a new audience of appreciative and discerning listeners. Beautiful, memorable, fragile... An album that proves the longevity of great songwriting and tunes that stay with you.

SECOND HAND ORCHESTRA - COLORS (LP/SING A SONG FIGHTER)

The playful instrumental Swedish DIY act The Second Hand Orchestra is back! 'Colors' is their follow up to the debut album that quickly sold out and was labelled as "If the Penguin Café Orchestra would've used old rhythm-boxes and recorded rough demos influenced by Moondog". Like the debut album the 12 tracks here all sound like homemade alternative themes to unknown tv-series. Or like sketches found on an old reel to reel machine. Leading up to 'Colors' was the three digital EP's that Second Hand Orchestra have been releasing for the last year. Now finally packed in all together, this album is pure delight. The cover artwork by US artist Nat Russell is like the cover for a coloring book. All the vinyl copies have individually hand-colored covers.

GANKINO CIRCUS - DIE LETZTEN IHRER ART LIVE (2CD) (CD/BESTE UNTERHALTUNG)

'Die Letzten Ihrer Art' is the name of the touring stage program from the group Gankino Circus. Virtuoso and melancholic, avant-garde and radically unadapted - the music of the four Franconian artists who have been making music together since early youth is one declaration of love to their homeland. And to the home of other people, because that musical spectrum of their songs extends far beyond the Bavarian borders.

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

IDIOTA CIVILIZZATO - CIVILTA IDIOTA (7"/STATIC SHOCK)

The idiots are back with a follow up to 2018's powerhouse LP! Due to some wonderful visa issues the band are currently scattered around the world, but don't worry, the vibe of a midwest American hardcore band lost on the way to the infamous Virus squat in Milan (and we're talking pre-internet age of course, plus their A-Z isn't doing them many favours) is still strong. Members of Diat, among others. Four tracks and a one time pressing.

EPPU NORMAALI - MAXIMUM JEE & JEE (LP/SVART)

40th anniversary edition of the second album by this legendary Finnish punk band.

HURRIGANES - HURRYGAMES (LP/SVART)

Reissue of the last album by Finnish hard rock'n'rollers Hurriganes, originally released in 1984.

RATS (USA) - IN A DESPERATE RED (LP/WATER WING/MISSISSIPPI)

At last! Fred and Toody Cole (Dead Moon, Pierced Arrows) and drummer Louis Samora's ultimate punk masterpiece - 'In A Desperate Red'. This is the last record by the Portland punk legends before moving on to a very brief country period and then Fred and Toody moving on to Dead Moon. In fact, two songs from the first Dead Moon LP hail from the same session as this LP. 'In A Desperate Red 'combines garage rock, new wave and art punk... just picture a more punk version of Dead Moon if you can. 6 years of work went into remixing and remastering this version, with Fred Cole twisting knobs and obsessing over its every detail and then Greg Shadoan and Tim Stollenwerk finishing the job. One of Fred Cole's greatest records and impossible to find for many years - at last this LP is available as it was meant to be heard. Play it loud... First pressing includes a 40 page booklet and a xerox replica of a Rats show poster! Co-Release bewtween Water Wing And Mississippi.

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

ALESIA COSMOS - AEROPRODUCTS (2LP) (LP/ROTORELIEF)

Reissued on vinyl, this is the second album by a French experimental collective, originally released on hat ART in 1985.

JARDIN - MAQUI DE HIERRO (LP/BUH)

Electronic cosmic experimentation converges with hypnotic rhythmic patterns inspired by ritual percussion music from the Amazon. Jardín's work can be related to that of other great luminaries of rhythmic repetition such as Silver Apples, Suicide, Esplendor Geométrico or Pansonic, a sound that finds a singular incarnation in 'Maqui De Hierro': metallic drum machines that lead the trance between echoes and layers of reverberant sounds, in a kind of rhythmic drone dub trip. Originally released in cassette format in 2005, 'Maqui De Hierro' collects recordings of 2002 and 2003, made during intense and unforgettable concerts, as well as in recorded sessions at the duo's private haven known as Cuarto Azul, located in an industrial zone of Lima.

REICH, STEVE - INFORMATION TRANSMISSION... (LP/ALTERNATIVE FOX)

...MODULATION AND NOISE' - 'Information Transmission, Modulation And Noise' is an astounding release, though many reviews repeat inaccurate information about the recordings featured on it. The music was first broadcast to the world in the early hours of November 6, 1970 on KPFA in Berkeley, California, when Reich and woodwind wizard/percussionist Jon Gibson made an unscheduled appearance at the studio, armed with a number of recent recordings. The first to air was a masterful version of Reich's 'Four Organs,' taken from a performance given at the Guggenheim in New York in May 1970, featuring regular collaborators Philip Glass, Art Murphy and Steve Chambers on combative organs, along with Reich, plus Gibson on non-stop maracas; it is strongly contrasted by the raw, mesmerising power of a percussive piece recorded in Ghana in the summer of 1970, made with members of the Ghana Dance Ensemble playing traditional Ewe instruments; according to Reich's introduction during the broadcast, the piece is called 'Gahu,' featuring master drummer Gideon Alewoye on the large agboba drum, dancer Freeman Dongo on the smaller kidi, dancer Thomas Annan on the even smaller kagan, and Reich and Steve Scott on axatse rattles, along with an unidentified player on a gonkogwe or gungong bell. On the B-side of the disc, Reich presents an equally mesmerising rendition of Glass' 'Music In Similar Motion,' recorded at the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis in May 1970, featuring Glass, Steve Chambers and Art Murphy on organ, Gibson and Richard Landry on soprano saxophones, Beverly Lauridsen on amplified cello, and Reich on an electric harpsichord.

VALCARCEL, EDGAR - COMPOSICIONES ELECTRONICAS PARA LOS ANDES (LP/BUH)

'1967-2006' - Edgar Valcárcel (Puno, 1932-Lima, 2010) was one of the most important composers in Peru. He belonged to a crucial generation, the Generation of the 1950s, which also included César Bolaños, Leopoldo La Rosa, Celso Garrido-Lecca, Enrique Pinilla and Francisco Pulgar Vidal. These musicians were responsible for introducing locally the new languages of the international musical avant-garde, in a meeting with the legacies of Peruvian native music, where the folkloric material was used under very free and abstract conceptions. Although Valcárcel distinguished himself as a prolific and remarkable composer of orchestral and chamber music, as well as a notable pianist, his interest in electronic composition was registered in four pieces that are a good example of his musical obsessions. SIDE 1: 1. Invención [Invention] (1967) for magnetic tape 2. Zampoña Sónica [Sonic Zampoña] (1968-2006) (for processed native instruments and magnetic tape) SIDE 2: 1. Flor De Sancayo II: Retablo [Flower Of Sancayo II: Altarpiece] (1976) (for piano and magnetic tape) 2. Canto Coral A Túpac Amaru II [Choral Song For Túpac Amaru II] (1968) (for choir, percussion, lights and magnetic tape)

ELECTRIC SEWER AGE - CONTEMPLATING NOTHINGNESS (CD/OLD EUROPA CAFE)

Electric Sewer Age was born as an "anonymous/secret and aural experiment" in 2006. In fact this project was a collaboration between Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson (TG/COIL/PTV) and long time friend and collaborator Danny Hyde (sound-maestro behind many COIL albums). Following the unexpected passing of Sleazy in 2010 and after the publication of first the posthumous Electric Sewer Age album, ESA became a solo project by Danny Hyde. After 5 years here is the long awaited third chapter in the ESA saga. Very elegant, first-class electronic muzak.

INCAPACITANTS - OSTRACIZED ENIGMATIC CONQUEROR (CD/OLD EUROPA CAFE)

A corrosive and psychedelic-noise album by this primal duo of the Japanese industrial-noise culture! Three devastating tracks to listen at maximum volume for high hearing damage. Two studio tracks and one live recording.

MILITIA (BELGIUM) - THE FACE OF GOD (CD/OLD EUROPA CAFE)

This album was first released directly by the band in a special boxed edition of which only very few copies were made available. This re-edition comes in a 6-panel digipak and this will be the only available format from now on as the band stopped releasing the special boxed edition. Limited edition of 300 copies. 'The Face Of God' contains 11 tracks, a combination of industrial soundscapes and metal and skin percussions, wind instruments and vocals, in the best tradition of the Belgian industrial percussion band Militia.

SPK - LEICHENSCHREI (CD/OLD EUROPA CAFE)

Re-edition of the SPK masterpiece first out in 1982; close to 40 years are gone, but the energy of 'Leichenschrei' is still very high! An absolute highlight in industrial culture and music.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

VERWOED - DE VAL (LP/ARGENTO)

On this haunting sophomore offering Dutch black metal specter Verwoed peels back even more layers from its hideous amalgamation of atmospheric black metal bedlam, to expose incredibly dense and much more psychedelic and hallucinogenic cosmic textures than ever before, while remaining yielding in its nihilistic and violent tactics. At times twisted and disorienting, at times meditative and defiant, 'De Val' is a sprawling demonstration of superb abstract black metal despondency which confirms Verwoed as one of European black metal's most daring and visionary acts.

FULCI - TROPICAL SUN (CD/TIME TO KILL)

Fulci is a metal band influenced by Lucio Fulci's horror movies, NY/Tampa death metal, gore metal and composers like Fabio Frizzi, John Carpenter or Stelvio Cipriani. 'Tropical Sun' is their death metal soundtrack to Lucio Fulci's 'Zombi 2' movie.

NORSEMEN - BLOODLUST (CD/TIME TO KILL)

Italian death/black metal band, inspired by the Nordic traditions.

 

BLUES/COUNTRY/OLDIES

SWEET PETE & THE LAND BAND - LAND (LP/NORDSE)

Located in a multiverse halfway between Townes van Zandt and Neil Young, the debut album by Danish country rock act Sweet Pete & The Land Band takes the genre into a highly atmospheric territory populated by mythic tales of lost love and broken destinies. It is all about spirituality and redemption as The Land Band takes the listener on a musical journey through deserts and plains - all familiar places in western folklore, but here freely interpreted as an alternative version of America by a bunch of dreamy Scandinavians. Sweet Pete & The Land Band are not afraid to act as tourists in mythology and tap into the overwhelming timeless experience that is the western landscape. Based on extensive travelling through remote areas of Texas and New Mexico, this is an album that conjures up both the loneliness and overwhelming beauty unique to these parts of the land. 'Land' is music in wide screen, country-infused folk rock that embraces the epic and soulful qualities of Americana. Welcome to our land!

 

JAZZ/AVANTGARDE

AYLER, ALBERT - RECORDED IN STOCKHOLM, OCTBOER 25TH, 1962 (2LP) (LP/ALTERNATIVE FOX)

On this double album, the Albert Ayler Trio consisted of Ayler, bassist Torbjörn Hultcrantz and drummer Sune Spångberg; four dissonant songs from their live performance on 24 October 1962 would be issued on the Bird Notes label in Sweden as 'Something Different!!!!!!' and reissued overseas as the first edition of 'The First Recording'; it included a barely-recognisable rendition of showtune 'I'll Remember April,' an off-kilter take of Sonny Rollins' 'The Stopper' retitled 'Rollins' Tune,' and a wobbly cut of Miles Davis' 'Tune Up,' along with the original 'Free.' The exceedingly rare 'Volume 2' was also issued on Bird Notes -at least in test pressings with photos of Ayler glued to the cover- comprised of 3 extended meditations of discord, namely blown mutations of showtunes 'Softly As In A Morning Sunrise' and 'I Didn't Know What Time It Was,' along with a growling cut of Count Basie's 'Good Bait.'

EVANS, BILL - CONVERSATIONS WITH MYSELF (LP/ALTERNATIVE FOX)

Produced in a permissive atmosphere with Creed Taylor and engineer Ray Hall in February 1963 and subtitled 'A Searching Look Into The Genius Of Bill Evans', this album features a multi-tracked Evans playing only with himself on piano, with each track featuring an improvised second and third piano line, overdubbed atop what Evans laid down first. Reconstructed renditions of Theolonius Monk's ''Round About Midnight' and 'Blue Monk' give way to 'Theme From Spartacus' and Evans' own 'NYC's No Lark'; this edition features two bonus tracks, the first a re-organized take of Monk's 'Bemsha Swing,' the second a rendition of the Broadway show tune, 'A Sleepin' Bee.'

 

REGGAE/DUB/SKA/ROCKSTEADY

VARIOUS - CALLING ONE THOUSAND DREAD LOCKS (LP/HORNIN' SOUNDS)

Reissue of rare '70s roots and dub album, which originally appeared as limited pre-release in the late '70s, but was recorded circa 1975. Performed by Skin Flesh & Bones, The Cimarons, Zabandis, Byron Otis, Bunny McKenzie, Candy McKenzie, Pablo, Hughie, Trevor Starr, Jackie Parris, Dennis Alcapone and Dave Barker. Comes in letter press printed sleeve.

YABBY YOU MEETS KING TUBBY - WALLS OF JERUSALEM (2LP) (LP/PRESSURE SOUNDS)

Rare as dinosaur's chopsticks: Yabby You and King Tubby artefacts unearthed! 'Walls Of Jerusalem' is a unique musical collaboration between the producer Yabby You and the legendary dub master King Tubby. It was the last full-length project they worked on together. For years this release lay buried in obscurity: original copies came out, in minute quantities, on the Prophets Label in a blank, white sleeve. A later issue even misnamed the artist. Yet the music within is deep roots of the highest quality - mesmerizing tracks that illustrate Yabby You's particular sound and spiritual vision. Disc 1 presents the album in its original form, showcasing King Tubby's virtuosity as an engineer, deliberately shaping a sophisticated stereo mix to aid in the creation of a bold, artistic statement. Disc 2 includes a number of never-released studio outtakes, alternate mixes and instrumental cuts of some of Yabby You's most classic tunes. These mixes put the listener right there in the studio, complete with "chatter" between the musicians, Tubby and Yabby discovered on the master tapes, and included between the tracks of this reissue. Together, the two discs of 'Walls Of Jerusalem' are dub and roots music of the highest order, and a major celebration of the creative genius of Yabby You and King Tubby.

 

SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/R&B/GOSPEL

REDDING, OTIS - PAIN IN MY HEART (UK) (LP/ALTERNATIVE FOX)

This album, which surfaced at the start of 1964, reached the top 20 of the US R&B chart and also hit the Billboard Hot 100; this edition has an alternate track listing that includes the Trans World debut single tracks 'She's All Right' and 'Getting' Hip,' as well as 'Mary Had A Little Lamb,' the B-side to 'That's What My Heart Needs.' Carefully remastered, spinning at 45 rpm for enhanced audio quality.

 

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

DEKATHLON - TASKUNI KUTSU/TROOPINEN JÄÄ (7"/FULL CONTACT)

This 7" by Dekathlon portrays the contemporary plague of smart phone induced attention deficit disorder. For this leg of their synth wave crusade, Jussi Lehtisalo (Circle) and Janne Peltomäki (Pelagos) have recruited Samae Koskinen (Sister Flo, Arkhamin Kirjasto) for the vocal chores. Limited to 300 copies.

 

SOUNDTRACKS/LOUNGE/CULT ETC

CIPRIANI, STELVIO - FEMINA RIDENS SONG/SOPHISTICATED SHAKE (7"/FOUR FLIES)

The two most danceable shots taken from Cipriani's cult OST, now finally for the first time on a 7-inch record. 'Femina Ridens' is a powerful and irresistibly pop song, sung by Olympia. On the flip side, 'Sophisticated Shake' is a jewel of psychedelic jazz in which Edda Dell'Orso's vocal is perfectly nested. Great for DJs! Limited to 400 copies.

ROMITELLI, SANTE MARIA - ALDO E ULLA/BEAT DEL PANFILO (7"/FOUR FLIES)

Two terrific shakes signed by Sante Maria Romitelli, and taken from the original soundtrack of 'Top Sensation', also known as 'The Seducers'. A late sixties giallo erotic cult movie starring Edwige Fenech and Rosalba Neri. Hammond groove a go-go!

CIPRIANI, STELVIO - FEMINA RIDENS O.S.T. (LP/FOUR FLIES)

One of the finest and top-wanted Italian golden age soundtracks ever, finally reissued by Four Flies Records as a superb LP edition on 180 gram vinyl in hard tip-on sleeve, powered by two unreleased tracks taken from the original master tapes. An iconic Cipriani sound, featuring Edda Dell'Orso and I Cantori Moderni di Alessandroni. An essential and eternal Italian OST!

UMILIANI, PIERO -& CHET BAKER- - SMOG O.S.T. (LP/ALTERNATIVE FOX)

In 1961, Piero Umiliani and Chet Baker joined forces again for the soundtrack of the film 'Smog', a complicated courtroom drama about an Italian lawyer's travels to Los Angeles, which resulted in all manner of unexpected escapades. Baker features prominently on the moody theme song, the unexpected swing of 'Thinkin' Blues,' the tense melody of the aptly-titled 'Tension,' the lingering moodiness of 'Alone In A Crowd' and the intense edginess of 'Twilight At Los Angeles'; Helen Merrill contributes an alternate reading of the theme song in vocal form and a sultry number called 'Dawn.' The remainder is pure Umiliani, mostly in the form of heavily-orchestrated big-band jazz, fitting music for a silver-screen venture.

VARIOUS - BEACH-O-RAMA, VOL. 3 (+CD) (LP/JUKEBOX MUSIC FACTORY)

For over three years now, El Vidocq's mischievous compilations have lent rhythm to the passing seasons. Summer's not yet upon us, but the indefatigable human jukebox has already prepared your audio sun lotion. Our star pupil has conjugated 'sun' and 'fun', scoring stellar marks in all styles with his latest list of songs. Once again, the album is deliciously elegant, thanks to the graphic stylings of Alexandre Clérisse, in charge of this third series. The chosen tunes pinball between R'n'B, surf, twist, rockabilly, jazz, pop, doo wop and of course good ole rock'n'roll. This album is one long reef break, with wave after wave of musical freshness - the perfect sound track to accompany your endless summer. SIDE 1: 1. B.G. Ramblers - Exit Stage Left 2. Keetie & The Kats - Way Out 3. Mundy Lee - Let's Go 4. The Dalmatians - I'll Be Glad When Summer Comes 5. Bob Vaught & The Renegaids - Church Key Twist 6. Jamie Coe - School Day Blues 7. Bob Corso - My Pockets Are Full 8. The Rhythm Rockers - Get It On SIDE 2: 1. The Supertones - Slippin' And Sloppin' Part 1 2. Johnny & The Debonnaires - The Bonecracker 3. Jesse Sailes - I'm In Love With The Drummer Man 4. The Breakers - Kami-kaze 5. Ray Johnson & His Group - Kinda Groovy 6. The Velaires - Ubangi Stomp 7. Billy Bobbs - Shim Sham 8. Safaris - Kick Out

 

DANCE/TECHNO/HOUSE/HIPHOP

REBEL FEAT. ILLSPOKINN/NICKODEMUS - THE SCULPTOR/THE SCULPTOR (B-BOY MIX) (7"/FOUR FLIES)

The second release in the DJ's Choice series! This time, the label meets New York City and heads back to old-school hip hop with a track featuring the amazing MC Illspokinn. The Rebel has been recording musicians to give him a fat instrumental, and the result is a tune that sounds fresh and funky! On the flip side is a B-Boy version of the track produced by Nickodemus, one of the most versatile producers in New York and a world renowned DJ. Grab your copy today!

MOODIE BLACK - MBIII (10") (10"/ROTORELIEF)

Known as pioneers of the new era noise rap scene Moodie Black has snuggly nestled themselves into alt rap lore. Over a decade strong Moodie Black has earned a reputation of being harshly uncompromising while showcasing their affinity for mood and atmosphere.

 

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

PHARAOH OVERLORD - SILUURIKAUDELLA (LP/FULL CONTACT)

2010 album now on vinyl! Pharaoh Overlord - masters of rigid hypnotic riffing and overlords of rock'n'roll repetition - surprise everybody on their latest offering by propelling themselves head first into three lengthy surreal partitures. Instead of the familiar avalanche of distortion and metronome-like drumming, Siluurikaudella offers a sound that has been stripped of all traces of rock music. Has the ever-present riff disappeared? Is it still buried somewhere beneath the unpredictable textures woven by three guitars, drums and bass? Are the results too obscure for rockers? Too avant-garde for jazz connoisseurs? This is 100% Pharaoh Overlord!

 

VARIOUS: WORLD, CLASSICAL, SPOKEN WORDS ETC

TUULETAR - RAJATILA/BORDERLINE (CD/NORDIC NOTES)

Passionate, wild and spirited, but also tender, poetic and sensitive: The Finnish 'vocal hop' ensemble Tuuletar proves again on his second album 'Rajatila/Borderline' its versatility. Experimental in the best sense of the word Tuuletar shows here. The singers experiment skilfully with rapping chanting and using electronic beats.

 

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