SPOTLIGHT 26

30/06/2020 10:32

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

BLACK HELIUM - THE WHOLLY OTHER (LP/RIOT SEASON)

Black Helium aim to deliver a lysergic heterogeneous sprawl on this, their second LP 'The Wholly Other.' From the blunt thunderous groove of 'Hippie On A Slab' to the narcotic tranquillity of 'Teetering On The Edge', via the hypnotic ascension of 'Pink Bolt'. 'The Wholly Other' was recorded live over two loud, sweat drenched days in August 2019 by Wayne Adams at Bear Bites Horse Studio (Green Lung, 11PARANOIAS, Casual Nun), just before the band embarked on a UK tour with Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs. Black Helium are a four-piece psychedelic rock group, based in London. Never afraid to stray from the beaten path, they traverse aural hallucinatory soundscapes; from detuned Neanderthal rock to deep oceans of introspective blissed out psychedelia. Influences include, amongst many: Amon Düül II, Loop, Hawkwind, The Stooges, The Groundhogs, Spacemen 3 and Electric Wizard.

DATCHA MANDALA - HARA (LP/MARS RED SOUND)

High voltage riffage, political and spiritual topics, Robert Plant-esque vocals and an overflowing energy perfectly characterize Datcha Mandala's sophomore album 'Hara'. The heavy blues trio deliver their strongest, most generous and firmly rock'n'roll record to date.

EMBRUJO - EMBRUJO (LP/SURVIVAL RESEARCH)

Chilean prog band Embrujo began as El Embrujo Ques Besa or Kissing Spell, formed by the guitarist, singer and drummer Carlos Fernandez with chief songwriter Juan Carlos "Tato" Gomez on bass and vocals and Ernesto "Kiko" Murillo on lead guitar, with organist/flautist Ernesto Aracena and pianist/flautist Guillermo Olivares joining later. Signing to Camilo Fernandez's Arena Producciones in 1970, debut LP 'Los Pajaros' was issued under the Kissing Spell moniker, but Chile's unstable political climate, subject to CIA meddling, saw them renamed Embrujo for their coveted second album, the self-titled disc mixing subtle Latin elements within their beautifully-delivered songs of quietly contemplative psychedelic rock. A must-have for all South American psych fans out there, limited to 500 copies only.

INKAL - FUTUROPOLIS (LP/KOMMUN2)

With its mekanik beats, sci-fi synthesizers, driving rhythms, post-apocalyptic visions, and epic but crackling soundscapes, this debut record takes us back to an alternative future, as envisioned from the 1970s. Taking a cue from French sci-fi 'Heavy Metal', the magazine, not the music, this record sketches a dystopian and apocalyptic world of tomorrow, where your information is sold for profit, the environment has been run into the ground, and the only safe place is being locked indoors. Musically (the album is mostly instrumental), shades of the Hawkwind of 'Silver Machine', the Kraftwerk of 'Man Machine' or the Neu of 'E-Musik' may spring to mind. Test audiences also said parts reminded them of Tangerine Dream, Heldon (mainly 'Heldon IV - Agneta Nilsson'), Conrad Schnitzler, Cluster, and Michael Bundt. No, the band didn't know all those names, either. Anyway, it's a bit like stumbling upon an unreleased Brain album and a working record player in a warm and dry bunker... it will keep you company while acid rain and atom bombs are pouring down and the mutant epidemic rages on outside. Deluxe edition with silver hot foil and printed inner.

MONG TONG - MYSTERY (LP/GURUGURU BRAIN)

Recorded in Mong Tong's home studio in Taipei, 'Mystery' is a psychedelic journey into Taiwanese folklore combined with the '80s media obsession with the supernatural. It's a record that manages to combine nostalgia and tradition with humour and an underlying intrinsic earthiness to create something unlike anything else out there. Brothers Hom Yu and Jiun Chi also play in Prairie WWWW and Dope Purple.

MOUNTAIN TAMER - PSYCHOSIS RITUAL (BLACK) (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

'Psychosis Ritual' is the sum of Mountain Tamer's first decade of exploration into the psychedelic arts. The album takes the band on a journey through the occult rhythms and tones of worlds forgotten. Each track is a new chapter of Mountain Tamer riffing their way into uncharted territory. For this ritual, you are the sacrifice...

MUMMISE GUNS - MUMMISE GUNS (LP/RIOT SEASON)

Six tracks of noise-fuelled amphetamine that is perfect to drive all the right people from your house and attract all the wrong ones in. Play it loud. Mummise Guns are : Tracy Bellaries - Bass (Part Chimp, Luminous Bodies, Ikara Colt) Cleaver - Drums (Michael, Black Shape) Matt Ridout - Guitar (Dethscalator, Casual Nun) Adam Ian Sykes - Guitar (Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs) Gordon Watson - Guitar (Terminal Cheesecake, Luminous Bodies) Alex Wilson - Vocals (Ghold, Shuck)

SAINT GALLUS CONVENTION TAPES - FILES VOL. 01 (LP/WONDERLAMP)

German band Saint Gallus Convention Tapes mixes the sounds of British blues and Texas psychedelia of the '60s with contemporary stoner rock. What might seem obvious to some, has never really been tried - the sound of Saint Gallus is special. Another unique facet of SGCT is the sweet vocal duets of singer Toni und guitarist Joe Black. Breathy, almost ethereal voices are layered over freaky jams or spartanically arranged blues classics - never putting the song at risk. During the late '80s, Joe Black was guitarist, harp player and songwriter of legendary German garage group The Hipsters. The other three members of Saint Gallus Convention Tapes, bass player Kevin, drummer Florian and beautiful singer Toni, have emerged from the young underground of Dortmund's stoner and electro scenes.

SLIFT - UMMON (2LP) (LP/VICIOUS CIRCLE)

A deafening mass of sonic magma, epic fuzz guitar flying over the fearsome motorik machine of bass and drum. The '70s psychedelic, kraut and space rock is mixed with garage-rock energy.

THIRD POWER - BELIEVE (+CD) (LP/MAGIC BOX)

This psychedelic power trio emerged from the same Detroit scene that spawned the MC5 and the Stooges (with whom they shared many bills), and have been described as Detroit's answer to Cream. Their sole album originally appeared in May 1970, and is widely regarded as one of the best underground hard rock records of the era. It makes its long-awaited return to vinyl here, complete with an insert containing background notes and images.

PIRE, ALAIN -EXPERIENCE- - LIVE IN CARDIGAN (CD/A.P.E.)

This is Alain Pire Experience's first ever live album! The band was invited to play two times at the Cardigan Festival of Psychedelia (Wales), on the 4th of August 2018 and on the 3rd of august 2019. In front of a cheerful audience, both shows were recorded. With 15 songs taken from all 3 of their studio albums, the band had the opportunity to display the whole range of their repertoire, from 3 minutes popsyke songs to more lengthy numbers with a lot of improvisation and some fantastic lysergic guitar stretch-outs. Don't miss the opportunity to listen to the band as if you were in the audience.

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

REVEREND BEASTS - GIVE UP/POISON SEEDS/BECAUSE YOU LIE (7"/WICKED TACOS)

The Reverend Beasts are here to preach their wild punk blues gospels and covert all the innocent and the pure to the filthy faith of R'n'R.

SPEEDWAYS - RADIO SOUNDS (LP/ALIEN SNATCH!)

The Speedways have done it again! 'Radio Sounds' is the follow up of their highly acclaimed debut album 'Just Another Regular Summer'. It is for all fans of guitar driven infectious pop music with the knack of early punk on Bomp or Stiff Records. 'Radio Sounds' comes with a ace four-page pop-art fanzine style insert in 1980-style technycolor sleeve.

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

HAPPY REFUGEES - INTERMITTENT MOTION (10") (10"/GYMNASIUM)

Post-punk moves for the emerging 21st Century. The Happy Refugees 10" EP release 'Intermittent Motion' is taken from their album 'Continuous Motion'. Pushing out in new directions from their post-punk core the band have produced defiantly eclectic DIY songs with a message, invention and sharp hooks.

TIERSEN, YANN -& SHANNON WRIGHT- - YANN TIERSEN & SHANNON WRIGHT (LP/VICIOUS CIRCLE)

Ten luminous and fragile tracks from Yann Tiersen and Shannon Wright, an indie singer/songwriter. A magical meeting between two highly talented artists has led to this particular collaboration and album. For fans of Nick Cave, PJ Harvey, and Fugazi.

VARIOUS - BOOTBOY DISCOTHEQUE (LP/YOU BETTER RUN)

'14 BOVVER ROCK BRUISERS' - If you went down the wrong alleyway, took a shortcut through the park or crossed the wrong open space after dark in the UK in the 1970s, you stood a fair chance of being accosted by someone with a big mouth, low morals and some gurning mates to impress, usually reeking of fags and cheap booze and always ready to put the boot in. And, before you could say, "sickening violence", a short but chaotic scuffle would ensue and a winner eventually emerge, battle scarred and bruised. The boot boy was the worst kind of hooligan. There wasn't anything you could do or say to appease him. You had the same chance as a fly caught up in a spider's web. Zero. Your best bet was to run. His intent was always to give you, and vicariously the rest of the world, a good kicking. Thugs, long-haired louts, short-haired louts; the anti-hippy. Birds, booze, bovver and football on their criminal minds. So fasten your braces for a white knuckle-duster ride. 14 bovver rock bruisers for all of you peace-loving losers. Somebody's going to get their head kicked in tonight... Put the boot in. SIDE 1: 1. Bill Case - I'm Your Hero 2. 32nd Turn Off - Used To Be a Tiger 3. Boots - You Better Run 4. Leather Head - Give Me Your Money Please 5. Big T - Tea For Two 6. Phil Canning - Sell Out 7. Things Fall Apart - Bye Bye My Rose SIDE 2: 1. Redhead - We Ran And We Ran 2. Giggles - Just Another Saturday Night 3. Westland Steamboat - Born Under A Bad Sign 4. Brother Susan - Flash 5. Scruff - Get Out Of My Way 6. ¶ r² - Jerk Rhythm 7. The Knuckle Dusters - The Yob

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

RAMONE, DEE DEE - THE DEADLINE DEMOS (10") (10"/OVERGROUND)

In 1989 Dee Dee Ramone fled both New York and The Ramones and headed to Europe. After a brief aborted link-up with Stiv Bators and Johnny Thunders in Paris, e moved to London intending to seek out fellow punk rock contemporaries with a plan for a fresh start and to form a new band. Dee Dee was introduced by mutual friend Brian James (ex-Damned/Lords Of The New Church) to Alan Lee Shaw (ex-Rings/Maniacs) and George Butler (ex-Lighting Raiders) and a band formed with the proposed name of Dee Dee Ramone's Deadline. With rehearsals underway, Alan on bass/backing vocals, George drums and Dee Dee guitar/lead vocals, the project was soon up and running and in the process of negotiating a recording deal with Overground Records, the release would be promoted with a UK tour, when due to unforeseen circumstances (unfortunately the state of Dee Dee's fragile mental/physical shape), the project was sadly and frustratingly brought to an abrupt end, before any studio recordings or gigs could be completed. The demos from 1989 are the only recordings that occurred. They are works in progress, forming an important historical record that show flashes of Dee Dee's genius as one of punk's most important original songwriters. The songs never appeared on any of Dee Dee's other releases and but for this recently re-discovered tape would have been lost forever. All eight tracks from 1989 the session are released as a limited edition 10" of 400 copies. TRACKS: 1. Jumping Jack 2. What About This? 3. One Way 4. I Got A Right 5. My Baby Only Loves Me This Way 6. She's Dreg From My Heart And Back 7. I Can't Come Out 8. Human Being Parade

LANE - (BLACK) PICTURES OF A CENTURY (LP/VICIOUS CIRCLE)

Featuring members of the French cult indie rock band Les Thugs, Lane's second album is a collection of melodic punk and power pop hits. For fans of Les Thugs, Husker Du and Foo Fighters.

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

HORROR VACUI - LIVING FOR NOTHING... (LP/AGIPUNK)

The 4th full length by the Italian vampire punx is finally out. Eight tracks of pure passion, desperation, anger and questions that will never be answered. Darker than ever and with a new rhythm section that'll make you twist and shout, this record will drag you down the abyss of existence to release you relieved and stronger than before. Fans of The Cult, A Flock Of Seagulls, Chameleons and Fields Of The Nephilim won't be disappointed. Artwork by Andrea Bonini (Aus Tears). Mastered by Nick Townsend.

LLYN Y CWN - DINORWIC (CD/COLD SPRING)

Llyn Y Cwn conveys atmosphere and environment through deep ambient sounds. The sound of nature re-establishing itself in the post-industrial wilderness of a former quarry. A phantasm of echoes reflecting the bleak majesty and poetic melancholy of the hinterland of North Wales. A hole within a void, a place defined by absence in a world of negative space. The backdrop for this cavernous soundtrack is Dinorwic slate quarry. The field recordings were taken in this vast subterranean environment where an exposed scar of rock is carved out of the mountainside on the western slope of Elidir Fawr in Snowdonia, North Wales. Standing alone in the quarry, which covers 700 acres up to a height of 600m, it isn't difficult to imagine work going on around you with the abandoned industrial landscape juxtaposed against the backdrop of the majestic Snowdonia skyline. Each track is named after an area of the quarry, descending ever deeper through each rock gallery, with their acoustically unique echoes and sounds. The landscape is in a state of constant flux with small avalanches of rock and spoil slate tumbling over itself - it was such a landslide that led to the eventual demise of the quarry. The hydroelectric power station, built deep underground inside the mountain, can be heard rumbling away through the various air shafts dotted around the quarry, adding to the overall ominous feel of the pieces. File next to fellow Welshman Lustmord. Presented in a 6-panel digipak with breathtaking photography by the artist.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

MOS GENERATOR - (BLACK) I'VE GOT ROOM IN MY WAGON (12"/H42)

In the good tradition of Hüsker Dü, Mos Generator turned their hit 'Diane' in a new garment. To complete this H42 Records limited edition release there is a another new song called 'Flower & Song' and two old songs which were originally released 2015 on a special bonus tape (ltd. 75 copies). Comes with an exclusive silkscreened B-side (black vinyl with white silkscreen). Only a few available, so be fast.

1782/ACID MAMMOTH - (BLACK) DOOM SESSIONS, VOL. 2 (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

On 'Doom Sessions Vol. 2' 1782 is premiering three tracks: 'Bloody Ritual', 'Hey Satan' and 'Witch Death Cult'. Acid Mammoth is releasing three tracks too: 'Black Wedding', 'Sleepless Malice' and 'Cosmic Pyres'.

HEXGRAFV - ALTARE (LP/OZIUM)

The song structures on Hexgrafv's 'Altare' are very well built. They pay homage to the masters of the past but also incorporate new influences like Poland's Dopelord. The song '1347' and the rest of the album demonstrate this winning concept, because they combine doomy tunes with stoner elements. The album is very varied and with it's addictive riffs you'll never get bored. The ending masterpiece 'Drowning' is a brontosaurus piece with heavy funeral doom tendencies. Imagine sitting in the dark, sipping some red wine. Your mood is downtuned and outside the storm is blowing.

WITCHFINDER - HAZY RITES (2LP) (LP/MARS RED SOUND)

With 'Hazy Rites', French trio Witchfinder is throwing in plenty of hardcore and sludge influences to their already massive and doom-laden sound. For fans of Monolord, Windhand and Bongzilla.

 

REGGAE/DUB/SKA/ROCKSTEADY

STAND HIGH PATROL - OUR OWN WAY (2LP/STANDARD) (LP/STAND HIGH)

Almost 20 years after their formation, the Stand High Patrol presents their fifth album, 'Our Own Way'. Their music, a blend of its own known as 'Dubadub', has always borrowed influences from multiple sources, and over the course of their career their roots in dub and reggae have intertwined with hip-hop, jazz, new wave, trip-hop and numerous other genres.

 

SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/R&B/GOSPEL

VARIOUS - IF I HAD A PAIR OF WINGS (LP/DEATH IS NOT THE END)

'JAMAICAN DOO WOP VOL. 1' - This collection of Jamaican doo wop from the late 1950s through to the early 1960s represents a period in which sound systems had begun to dominate the island, and were starting to step up their rivalry by beginning to record and release their own platters rather than rely on imported records to gain the competitive edge. TRACKS: 01. Alton & Eddie - Muriel 02. Jiving Juniors - Dearest Darling 03. The Echoes & Celestials - Are You Mine 04. Jimmy CLiff - Dearest Beverley 05. Keith & Enid - Send Me 06. The Downbeats - Midnight Love 07. Chuck & Dobby - 'Til the End of Time 08. The Mellowlarks - Album of Memory 09. Horthens & Stranger - True Love 10. Dobby Dobson - Diamonds & Pearls 11. The Charmers - I'm Going Back 12. The Blues Busters - Pleading for Mercy 13. Owen & Millie - Do You Know 14. Laurel Aitken - Heavenly Angel

 

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

LE CLICHE - PRODUCTION LINE/VICARIOUS LIFE (7"/POLYTECHNIC YOUTH)

A killer double A side 45 on clear wax, released as an edition of 250 by the might Le Cliché. Featuring 'Production Line' with its (aptly timed) homage to Kraftwerk, and its flip 'Vicarious Life', a tribute to the best of early '80s minimal synth DIY cassette culture, (so revered and key to Polytechnic Youth's existence in the first place).

TREJO, WLADYSLAW - ES UNA BESTIA (LP/POLYTECHNIC YOUTH)

A riotous, whacked out synth-punk mini LP by Wladyslaw Trejo. Trejo is a Spanish musician, and a key figure in the European underground electronic scene; and despite this being his first solo album since 2015's self titled debut, he is eternally busy, especially as part of avant-wave dueo Slovenska Televiza. Limited to 250 copies.

 

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