SPOTLIGHT 13

30/03/2020 18:16

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

WE THE PEOPLE (FL) - YOU BURN ME UP AND DOWN/IN THE PAST (7"/OKTAY)

Deadly '66 garage double-sider! This beautifully pressed seven-inch single pairs two of the greatest tracks by Florida's We the People: the savage, feedback-laced punker 'You Burn Me Up And Down,' and the transcendent psychedelic garage classic 'In The Past.' A-side mastered in high fidelity mono from a mint copy of the original Challenge single, B-side from the original master tape. Tommy Talton wrote the A-side, which he describes as "raw hormonal rock. Discovering sex and love and volume! Written when I was rebellious and discovering the power of music." The B-side, written by Wayne Proctor, features him playing an exotic, Eastern-style instrument called the octachord for a sitar-like effect. It was later covered by the Chocolate Watchband. Limited edition of 500 copies featuring repros of the original Challenge labels in a cool OKtay company sleeve.

BLANK TAPES - LOOK INTO THE LIGHT (LP/NOMAD EEL)

'Look Into The Light' is the 13th studio album released by The Blank Tapes. This is the heaviest thing The Blanks Tapes have done yet! It's a smash cut of Stones/Flamin' Groovies street rock, longhair Steve Miller Bandesque '70s jams, adjacent riffs and stark 'El Topo' endless-desert-of-the-mind imagery. If you dig that then you will trip on the countless guitar solos on this LP. Buckle up and enjoy the ride!

UGLY THINGS - ISSUE #53 (Mag/UGLY THINGS)

Once again Ugly Things have dug deep to bring you some truly eye-opening stories and interviews. At last the story of the Groupies of 'Primitive' infamy is unveiled by Jeff Jarema and it's as depraved and comical as you could wish for. They're also thrilled to present Ned Hayden's revelatory, no-holds-barred interview with Johnny Blitz of the Dead Boys and Rocket From The Tombs. Then there's Jonathan Paley's career-spanning conversation with Steve Cataldo taking in his psychedelic days with the Front Page Review, Saint Steven, as well as Boston '70s punk renegades the Nervous Eaters. Skip Spence's wilderness years are explored, along with the tragic life of original Love drummer Don Conca (immortalized in their song 'Signed DC'), NYC garage outfit the Outsiders ('The Guy With The Long Liverpool Hair'), Hungarian beat combo Atlas, and Seattle garage rockers the Time Machine. Also, Wally Bryson talks Raspberries, Bill Furbee unpacks the history of the song 'Train Kept A-Rollin',' and Cyril Jordan pays fond tribute to his recently departed friend Roy Loney. And of course our comprehensive review sections covering the latest reissues and rock-related books.

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

BALU & DIE SURFGRAMMELN - PEPE: A TALE OF LOVE AND PASSION (2X7") (7"/PLAN 9 TRASH)

A milestone in the history of the modern Austrian surf opera! Primitive instro-mental surf music from Vienna.

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

GHOST WORLD - ALTAR (LP/SVART)

Ghost World's third album 'Altar' is a mixtape for a long lost lover, all the lonely ones and those high school sweethearts. A mixtape filled with forgotten tracks through ages, once lost in obscurity, telling the lonely tales of unfulfilled dreams and promises. It's homemade in a small countryside cottage with love, passion and determination. There's a sense of desperation in these beautifully haunting melodies that will caress you to sweet dreams of human hibernation, squashed bugs on moldy pastel colored wallpapers, failed love, blood and lust.

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

GIOUSEF, NIKOS/IRENE TINIAKOU/GEORGE KATSANOS - ADAGIOS FROM THE UNDERGROUND (2LP) (LP/UNDERFLOW)

In the Understage area of the Alexandra Trianti Hall, the musical saw in the hands of Nikos Giousef, and accompanied by piano, samplers and analog synthesizers, is transformed into a voice. 'An otherworldly child's voice', 'a Siren's voice' or 'a castrato voice', as it has been described, it easily climbs to tonic heights that the human voice can only reach with great effort. The pieces chosen for the program reflect this criterion, with works such as the aria 'Erbarme Dich, Mein Gott' from the oratorio of J.S. Bach's 'St Matthew Passion', 'Ave Maria' from Franz Schubert's 'Ellens Gesang III', H. Purcell's 'Music For A While' as well as choral works like 'Lacrimosa' from W.A. Mozart's 'Requiem' and the first part (Grave) from G.B. Pergolesi's 'Stabat Mater'. S. Rachmaninov's 'Vocalise' is also a very interesting choice for musical saw, a song without lyrics as it is. The program also includes two works by Greek composers, Ioannis Planiteros' 'Ina Ti', written in the 17th century and still performed nowadays by local choirs in Zakynthos, and 'The Trawler' from Nikos Skalkotas' popular ballet 'The Sea', as a tribute to the great composer on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of his death. George Katsanos, on the three ambient tracks of the album, is really traveling with us in the mysterious amazing music world of 'Adagios From The Underground'. Nikos Giousef: soprano and baritone musical saw, Irene Tiniakou: piano, George Katsanos: Moog synthesizer, music box, kalimba, effects.

NIRODH - SUONI IMMAGINARI (LP/BLACK SWEAT)

Before his prolific activity in the field of music therapy, Agostino Nirodh Fortini also embarked on his own path in electronic music. In the early eighties he was a close collaborator of Walter Maioli and Fred Gales, at the time of the pioneering label Sound Reporters. 'Suoni Immaginari', released only privately on cassette in 1988, contains a wide range of keyboards and lots of ethnic field recordings assembled with an absolutely modern praxis ahead of its time. Nirodh imagines his planetary odysseys as a complex of harmonic devices, nebula storms, glassy explosions and gravity-free falls. His operational horizon reflects further cultural ideas and suggestions; not only the artifice between natural sounds and the programmed machine but also the intrusion of arabesque dreams and jungles contaminated by invading insects and mad pipers. These are spectral symphonies which can have analogies with the fourth world of Hassell and Eno.

COLOSSLOTH - PLAGUE ALONE (CD/COLD SPRING)

When these tracks were recorded in spring-summer 2019, when the prophetic album title was set in stone, who knew what turbulence the world would undergo, what social isolation we would endure. To face a plague alone... This release marks a change in the sound of Colossloth. Whilst still traversing landscapes sheathed in cacophony, the layers when stripped back reveal a new sound being forged and emerging forth from the fractured sonics and sepulchral bass rumblings one has come to expect from past releases. Not so much a change of direction, but a bold move forward towards the cinematic, an instinctual transcendence born from annulled ancient currents stirred up once more into frenzied and chthonic ritual. This new frontier in the Colossloth sound meets the familiar sense of pastoral disquiet and gleefully invigorating spatial havoc utilising a canon of sound that's normally reserved for taking part in the creation of dimensions. Music for transportation and immersion, taming the wilderness of the ravaged psyche and sailing forth upon it's turbulent ocean whereof whilst also a meditation on the configurations of sound and it's transmutations wherein. Digipak.

 

SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/R&B/GOSPEL

TRASANTE, JORGE - INVESTIGACION MUSICAL DESDE LAS... (LP/LION PRODUCTION)

...RAICES FOLKLORE AFRO URUGUAYO' - A masterpiece of South American percussion, recorded in 1977 by worldwide legend and Gipsy Kings percussionist Jorge Trasante -and impossible to find for decades- finally reissued! Black vinyl edition of 300 copies. First ever reissue on vinyl. The LP was cut directly from 24-bit/96kHz master tape transfers. Originally released by Sondor on LP in 1977 and on cassette in 1981.

 

DANCE/TECHNO/HOUSE/HIPHOP

DREAM DIVISION - ESCAPE FROM PLANET SAUVAGE (7"/POLYTECHNIC YOUTH)

Polytechnic Youth sees label mainstays Dream Division return to the fray with an ace double A side 45. 'Escape From Planet Sauvage' and the krauty 'Zarek' are two wonderful slabs of icy Carpenter-esque electronica. Limited to 300 copies.

OXYKITTEN - ATTACK OF THE KOALA PEOPLE (LP/POLYTECHNIC YOUTH)

The mighty debut vinyl release for Toronto based Justin Case, and his ace Oxykitten project. Following a bunch of whacked out, killer cassette only releases, Polytechnic Youth is pleased to unveil the mighty 'Attack Of The Koala People' LP. Eight fabulous tracks of playful, richly melodic minimal synth gems. Limited to 300 copies on clear vinyl.

 

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

DAMILY - EARLY YEARS: MADAGASCAR CASSETTE ARCHIVES (LP/BONGO JOE)

Damily was born in 1968 in Tongobory, a village surrounded by the great Malagasy river Onilahy. His career as a professional Tsapiky musician began in 1986; he settled in France in 2003, and since then has been developing his international career with his Malagasy musicians. This album is a compilation of his cassettes recorded in Madagascar between 1995 and 2002.

 

VARIOUS: WORLD, CLASSICAL, SPOKEN WORDS ETC

VARIOUS - MAGHREB K7 CLUB (LP/BONGO JOE)

'SYNTH RAI, CHAOUI & STAIFI, 1985-1997' - Les Disques Bongo Joe and Sofa Records proudly present a compilation of music from Maghreb recorded and produced in Lyon (France) between 1985 and 1997. It gathers eight tracks (plus introductions on the vinyl and CD versions) released back then on audio tape - and now for the first time on vinyl! Most of the musicians featured on this compilation lived in the Rhône-Alpes region - and enlivened its musical life, concentrated in the Guillotière district in the centre of Lyon. As one of the epicentres of Maghrebian popular music in France's south-west, it is around that square that a real, unofficial, alternative and dynamic musical scene was carried and fostered by a nebula of musicians, publishers, shop owners, restaurants and music cafés. At that time of profuse and emancipated musical crossbreeding, this compilation gives a glimpse of the epoch's vibe and trends - in which traditional songs, local influences and contemporary musical technologies were all mixed together. Throughout the compilation, songs belonging to Algerian popular repertoires are restyled through the use of synthesizers and drum machines, and often sound like pop, funk or disco tunes... Deeply tapped into the daily life of these musicians, they give us a glimpse of the reality of exile and situation of the immigrant, and speak about separation, uprooting, love, as much as social injustices and political events. They belong to the realm of the do-it-yourself, and to a time of unrestrained, free creativity! SIDE 1: 1. Zaidi El Batni - Malik Ya Malik 2. Nordine Staifi - Zine Ezzinet 3. Chabati Le Jeune - Mani Mani Maane 4. Cheb Rabah El Maghnaoui - Amayna Alik Anti SIDE 2: 1. Nordine Staifi - Goultili Bye Bye 2. Bnat El Maana - Hata La Lile Ya Moul Jalab Tayfiya 3. Salah El Annabi - Hata Fi Annaba 4. Intro: Mokhtar Mezhoud - Kharjet Mel Haman 5. Mokhtar Mezhoud - Rahoum Yegoulou Sabirine

 

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