SPOTLIGHT 27

05/07/2019 16:29

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

BASHO, ROBBIE - VISIONS OF THE COUNTRY (LP/GNOME LIFE)

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the original release of 'Visions Of The Country', and the 5th anniversary of the Gnome Life reissue, the label is releasing a beautiful Limited Anniversary Edition! This is a strictly limited release of 600 LPs on "crystal" clear vinyl, with special collector's edition details, and an exclusive poster. Recorded in the height of Robbie Basho's creative career, 'Visions Of The Country' was originally released at the end of 1978, slipping quickly out of print and into relative obscurity. The album is comprised of technically superb instrumentation (6 & 12 string guitars and piano), majestic compositions, transcendent singing and whistling, and astonishing lyrical, emotional, and spiritual depths.

CARIOCA & DEVAS - MISTERIOS DA AMAZONIA (LP/ALTERCAT)

Underground musician Carioca left behind his electrical past in progressive rock in order to search for new expressions in Brazilian music. His first album is a fully acoustic, introspective voyage into the world's greatest rainforest, featuring 12-string guitar, mandolin, zither, tabla, flute and self-made percussion instruments. Drawing inspiration from the folklore of the Amazon and Brazil's north eastern regions, the six compositions on the album shape an introspective voyage into the Amazon. Along with percussionists Sergio Otanazetra and Zé Nazário, who made their contributions to the album.

EX NORWEGIAN - SOMETHING UNREAL: THE BEST OF (LP/THINK LIKE A KEY RECORDS)

A best of compilation for this arcane US pop/rock outfit led by Roger Houdaille that showcase their love of classic power pop with of hints of psych and garage. First time these 15 tracks appear on vinyl.

GREEN PAJAMAS - PHANTOM LAKE: NORTHERN GOTHIC 3 (2LP) (LP/SOUND EFFECT)

'Phantom Lake: Northern Gothic 3' is the final installment of the trilogy which began in 2002 with 'Northern Gothic' (Camera Obscura). It was followed up by, 'Box Of Secrets: Northern Gothic 2' (Hidden Agenda) in 2007. When Laura Weller and Jeff Kelly were thinking about where their next project might go, Laura introduced the idea of writing songs inspired by childhood. She had grown up in a neighborhood called Phantom Lake, memories of which eventually inspired four songs on this record. Jeff also drew from youth, remembering trips to Lost Lake, about twelve miles out of Shelton, Washington, where relatives had a cabin, as well as many vacations to the Washington coast over the years. Eric Lichter remembers a family from his past in the song, 'The Rosebergs,' about a catastrophic tsunami roaring in off of the Pacific. These are the same landscapes that populated many of the songs on the two previous 'Northern Gothic' albums. The grey skies, the endless evergreens, the "black and blue moon" and "a thousand crows" which hang over small lakeside or West Coast towns populated by the lonesome, the unlucky-in-loves and even a few slightly eerie children. This is a dark album. It is about obsession and sorrow and murder and too much whisky. The characters that permeate these songs exist in the shadows, often in the margins of society. These lost souls of the northern gothic world of Phantom Lake remind us of what it is to be human.

MOONWALKS - (RED/BLUE) IN LIGHT (THE SCALES IN THE FRAME) (LP/STOLEN BODY)

"Moonwalks could be the soundtrack to a lucid-dream-wrought Western transposed upon a post-apocalyptic desert planet where you're cruising in a dusty Roadrunner with Link Wray, The Cramps and Brian Jonestown Massacre in the backseat." ~Jeff Milo.

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

LE CHIFFRE ORGAN-IZATION - RITUAL IN SOHO/FUNKY MIRACLE (7"/SOUNDFLAT)

Le Chiffre Organ-Ization is the instrumental equivalent and side-project of our favourite French gentlemen, the fabulous Gentlemen's Agreements. This is '60s mod/Hammond-sound/acid jazz/freakbeat from outta space! Fantastic jazzy organ sounds, a groovy beat, wild guitar, cool bassline and a touch of funk add up to an irresistible mixture that is the perfect soundtrack to a great '60s dance party! Covered in stylish '60s artwork it perfectly matches its yellow vinyl-sibling not only musically but also visually. The A-side 'Ritual In Soho' starts off with a cool, mystic bass and escalates into a fiery Hammond-explosion, leaving you with a fabulous 1960s movie soundtrack feeling. The flipside of the 45, 'Funky Miracle', is indeed funky through and through and makes you wanna move instantly. What an incredible instrumental surprise by these talented musicians! If you are into cool Hammond-driven acid jazz/'60s beat/soul and like bands such as the Italian Link Quartet and, needless to say, The Gentlemen's Agreements, you will certainly fall in love with Le Chiffre Organ-Ization!!

LE CHIFFRE ORGAN-IZATION - THE HARLEM INCIDENT/PORK BELLY BURNT ENDS (7"/SOUNDFLAT)

Le Chiffre Organ-Ization is the instrumental equivalent and side-project of our favourite French gentlemen, the fabulous Gentlemen's Agreements. This is '60s mod/Hammond-sound/acid jazz/freakbeat from outta space! Fantastic jazzy organ sounds, a groovy beat, wild guitar, cool bassline and a touch of funk add up to an irresistible mixture that is the perfect soundtrack to a great '60s dance party! Covered in stylish '60s artwork it perfectly matches its blue vinyl-sibling not only musically but also visually. Starting off with the raving A-side 'The Harlem Incident', these boys just seem to go wild on their instruments while producing a truly mindblowing sound with groovy organ, wild guitar and dynamic percussions. Yet the B-side 'Pork Belly Burnt Ends' has no less to offer and will leave absolutely anyone in a funky dance mood! What an incredible instrumental surprise by these talented musicians! If you are into cool Hammond-driven acid jazz/'60s beat/soul and like bands such as the Italian Link Quartet and, needless to say, The Gentlemen's Agreements, you will certainly fall in love with Le Chiffre Organ-Ization!!

TRUTH (UK) - KEEP ON KEEPING ON (7"/HEAVY SOUL)

1980s mod legends return with first single in 35 years!!! When Nine Below Zero split, no-one saw Dennis Greaves starting again with what would become the UK's best Modernist Soul band since the heyday of the 1960s, but sure enough, with the addition of the song-writing talents of Mick Lister, hits like 'Confusion (Hits Us Everytime)', 'Exception Of Love' and 'A Step In The Right Direction' saw a full chart assault whilst still playing to a largely new, post-Jam crowd of mods. Signing to WEA and then IRS saw big selling albums and tours until the end. Fast forward 35 years and Heavy Soul! Records is more than a little bit proud to present a 7" single featuring two totally new tracks. This can be dangerous; have the band lost their passion? Is the soulful vent still there? Is the song-writing as good as it was? Is this just another '80s cash-in? Well we can answer that easily: the passion and skill that drove the band from '83 onwards is still perfectly in place, Dennis is in fine voice and the new songs from the pair as good as anything from the early singles or 'Playground'. No lame, cabaret act here - but you wouldn't expect that from these blueyed soul boys would you? Limited to 250 in full colour sleeve.

TOKYO BLUES BREAKERS - TOKYO BLUES BREAKERS (LP/SOUNDFLAT)

Tokyo Blues Breakers are three mad dogs that have time-warped from 1969! They break the Delta blues, '60s garage, Motown, punk - because they love them! Also, they love VOX and Rickenbacker and Theremin. (but they don't break these... Because expensive!). These guys are what you can call the forefront of the next Japanese garage scene! Experience wild rhythms, runaway guitars and beautiful croaky voices from beginning till end. Alongside songs like 'Lead Guitar Side Guitar' with cheeky harmonica and a cool rhythm & beat and a heavy portion of garagepunk Japanese-style you will find incredibly catchy and highly addictive tunes like 'Yardbirds Is Playing At My House' that once you've heard them, you'll catch yourself humming weeks later! The trio also included a wild cover-version of Manfred Mann's '5-4-3-2-1' and a lo-fi pop-punky version of the hit-song/ballad 'Mata Au Hi Made' by Japanese Tom Jones Kiyohiko Ozaki that fit in with their original songs perfectly. So get yourselves ready for a fantastic rocking debut by some truly wild Japanese!!

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

ADKINS, HASIL - OUT TO HUNCH (30TH ANNIVERSARY REMASTER) (LP/NORTON)

Third release in the "Norton Signature Series" - a European co-op with Cargo Records Germany. Remastered by Tim Warren (Crypt Records). Comes in new front cover design. The coolest collection of all time '50s/'60s hunchers by the legendary one man racket squad/rockabilly maniac, crudely recorded in his West Vee-Ay shack! This is the one that started the Big Ruckus! Unreal whompus!

ADAMS, ARNO - VOGEL (CD/SELF RELEASE)

The album 'Vogel' (Bird) is the brainchild of Arno Adams, Bart Oostindie, Yves Dupuits and Stefan Nijssen. They form a team united in craftsmanship from the worlds of pop music, audio production and visual arts. Halfway through 2016 the plan was made to design and tailor Adams' new musical jacket. They wrote the songs together, played them together, produced, designed and experimented together. And Geert Roelofs, Mike Roelofs and Jo Didderen gave the songs even more power. Rob Hodselmans, Antoine van Kaam, Ton Clout and Jos Starmans (Inbetweens Records) were also involved in this special and large-scale project. From January 2017 a new single has been written, recorded and released every month. These 12 songs have now been collected and mastered as 'Vogel'.

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

KRIEGSHOG - PAINT IT BLACK/WHITE OUT (7"/LA VIDA ES UN MUS)

Tokyo powerhouse Kriegshög returns with a two track 7" of distorted hardcore punk perfection. Facing a line up change the band sound was altered slightly after the previous guitarist quit. The new line up may have taken the guitar fuzziness a notch down in favour of a crunchier guitar tone but amped up the songwriting to the next level with a overdose of riffs, attacking each note with the same ferocious venom they have us accustomed to. These two tracks display both sides of Kriegshög perfectly, a mid tempo bass driven 4 minute banger backed up by a classic destructive sonic jam with the gnarliest punk vocals out there. Quoting the band "Play Loud and DIE!!!" The high contrast black and white of their aesthetic and sound takes a new turn making room for a conceptual record.

DINZ - THE DINZ (LP/TRASH WAX)

Punk rawk from Pompey (Portsmouth in England). A blistering album of 77-78 styled punk (although they only got together in April 2018). All original tracks and banged out over a couple of weeks... A bit of early SLF, a touch of The Adicts, a nod to The Clash and a whole heap of attitude... Not surprising this is such a good album considering their previous! (Bananafish, Mild Mannered Janitors, SKAW, Racketeers). 300 copies on a rather fetching shade of banana yellow!

MINIMA - MINIMA (LP/STATIC SHOCK)

Minima is the new face of Barcelona punk. Members of Una Bestia Incontrolable, Barcelona, Fatamorgana and Snor. 13 tracks to pull you away from the bar and into the pogo. Full of the kind of choice punk you'd expect of such a pedigree: jabbing riffs thrumming out, buzzed up with an insistent pull, clipped clattering beats pinning it down, vocals delivered with a potent snarl, accusatory and savage. From fizzing pogo of 'Adolescente', to 'Cicatriz's threatening hum, the whole album strikes a sharp balance between the big-riffing hardcore of someone like Glue or Nekra, and the Catalan / Spanish primitive-punk lineage that runs from Qloaqa Letal to dirt-raw rippers Pinen.

POISON IDEA - PICK YOUR KING (LP/JACKPOT)

Not only the greatest Poison Idea record, but the greatest PUNK album of all time! Formed in Portland, OR in 1980, Poison Idea's 1983 debut record features 13 songs in 13 minutes. Poison Idea were one of the first hardcore bands to inspire artists across multiple genre lines. On limited edition colored vinyl with sticker, liner notes by Jerry A. and inserts. TRACKS: 01. Think Twice 02. It's An Action 03. This Thing Called Progress 04. In My Headache 05. Underage 06. Self Abuse 07. Cult Band 08. Last One 09. Pure Hate 10. Castration 11. Reggae (I Hate) 12. Give It Up 13. Think Fast

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

KING DUDE - CRAZY/NEVER LET ME GO (7"/VAN RECORDS)

Comes on dark red vinyl, featuring Kate Glover and Jamie Meyers of Sabbath Assembly.

 

REGGAE/DUB/SKA/ROCKSTEADY

LOVINDEER - DE BLINKIN' BUS (LP/JAMAICAN ART)

Jamaican Art Records was world famous with a few releases in the '90s, and is now back to present you all time reggae classics in a good quality sound with original sleeves and artwork. They kick off with the top ranking album by Lloyd Lovindeer, 'De Blinkin' Bus', originally released in 1982 on his own TSOJ (The Sound Of Jamaica) label and produced by Lovindeer himself. Its lyrics carry a socially critical message brought in a cynical context. Comes in gatefold sleeve with restored sound.

 

SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/R&B/GOSPEL

WERTHER - WERTHER (LP/ALTERCAT)

1970's best kept bossa nova secret. Surrounded by mystery for nearly 50 years due to its obscurity, this is one of the most honest, personal and unpretentious albums of its genre. A selection of 12 exquisitely crafted songs supported by measured, subtle arrangements. It was only in the 1990s that Werther's album was rediscovered by a handful of collectors and Brazilian music enthusiasts, who recognized its purity that had already vanished from the mainstream Bossa Nova recordings. But due to the haziness around the original release and the relative anonymity of its instigators, many questions surrounding these recordings were left unanswered. Finally record collectors are able to disclose the full story behind Werther's short-lived contribution to Brazilian music.

 

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

TELEVISIO - TV2 (LP/FULL CONTACT)

Finnish avant-electro project, featuring Ilari Larjosto (Tähtiportti, Jesse etc.) and Jussi Lehtisalo (Circle, Pharaoh Overlord, Steel Mammoth etc.).

 

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