SPOTLIGHT 504

30/06/2015 16:40

Welcome to the Spot Light! Treat yourself to the latest psychedelic sounds, space rock, a Venusian holiday, Turkish prog, shoegaze, folk music, '70s kraut, heavy fuzz, garage punk, synth-pop, electronica, dark ambient, doom metal, cosmic jazz, and who knows what else!?

 

PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE

 

AQUA NEBULA OSCILLATOR - AQUA NEBULA OSCILLATOR (LP/REWOLFED GLOOM)

The s/t album by the highly regarded dark sounding psych/spacerock outfit from Paris recalls the 1970s, when HAWKWIND ruled and LSD was the hot shit to get up from the ground and trip through open space.

BANDCAMP

F/I - VENUSIAN HOLIDAY (LP/KRAUTED MIND)

F/i are from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and have been around since 1981, releasing half-a-dozen LP's. The band started out as a unit elaborating on noise structures in the tradition of Throbbing Gristle or Nurse With Wound. They are also influenced by Hawkwind and Spacemen 3 and are now a full-blown psychedelic space rock band. Limited to 300 copies on red vinyl.

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KIRKBINSINEK - SIS PUS SUS (GOLD) (LP/WORLD IN SOUND)

Limited edition on gold vinyl. World In Sound's first release of Turkish music features timeless oriental heavy psychedelic prog-rock from Istanbul! KIRKBINSINEK uses the usual rock instruments as well as a cello to create deep hypnotic moods. This is the mystic vibe of 1001 Nights meeting Pink Floyd and King Crimson, spread over nine long epic tracks. This album is recommended to anyone who digs 1970s Turkish psychedelic rock in the tradition of Erkin Koray, Mogollar or Baris Manço.

SOUNDCLOUD

POLSKA RADIO ONE - EARLY BROADCASTS (LP/SULATRON)

Polska Radio One is a young, productive, visionary and very musical band from Russia which moves fluently between psych, spacerock and shoegaze. This is the band's second official album., presented with artwork by Lulu Artwork! Limited to 500 copies on heavy orange high-quality wax! TRACKS: A1. North Berry A2. Volga A3. Time-Eternity A4. New Space B1. Heather And Wormwood B2. Shroomin' B3. Radio Motorik B4. Rhymes And Harmonies

YOUTUBE

PYRIT - UFO (LP/BOOKMAKER)

Pyrit is the solo project of Swiss German Thomas Kuratli. This first album is the musical expression of an original literary project: the story of a man with a generic name, Ufo, lonely traveler who wanders in a devastated world and then dissolves and largely mute in an alien machine. This album (recorded in a parking lot left to enjoy the incredible natural reverb of the place) is full of ideas and vivid emotions while definitely pushing the limits of the oneman band. Navigating between electronic psyche, gaunt blues and the soundtrack of a weightless film, Thomas exposes himself by donning the costume of a disenchanted crooner in search of the ultimate slow.

BANDCAMP

SHOOTING GUNS - WOLFCOP O.S.T. (+7") (LP/ONE WAY STATIC)

On vinyl, here's the soundtrack to 'Wolfcop' a hilarious modern classic about a cop turned werewolf. Equally remarkable is the killer soundtrack provided by Shooting Guns. The music is a unique blend of heavy Carpenter-like electronics mixed with Black Sabbath-esque riffs and there even are vague hints of country. The first pressing sold out so quickly that this is a repress. This edition comes on amethyst coloured vinyl and is limited to 450 copies, packaged in a deluxe gatefold old school tip-on jacket with original artworks by Randy Ortiz (Marvel Comics, Mondo,...). Also included is a free digital download card and a bonus 7-inch EP on randomly inserted black or white vinyl with a picture sleeve. A very cool release!

BANDCAMP

ZENERIK - YENESIS (LP/NEGATIVE/POSITI)

An amalgamation of prog, jazz, psychedelia and folk music, featuring free-form compositions blended with moog and brass sounds, creating a soundtrack atmosphere that combines avant-garde, jazz and space elements. Exploring facets of hyparxis with an improvisational feeling, the Zenerik project heads straight into a '70s krautrock inspired vision of jazz, with impressive results! Limited (250) and numbered edition on 180-gram vinyl.

SOUNDCLOUD

 

PSYCH/PROG/FOLK

 

CHERRY FIVE - IL POZZO DEI GIGANTI (LP/BLACK WIDOW)

Cherry Five is a pre-Goblin outfit that released a noteworthy prog album in 1976. Now, almost forty years later, two of the members who would not move on to Goblin, drummer Carlo Bordini singer Tony Tartarin, deliver a new Cherry Five full-length! On 'Il Pozzo Dei Giganti' the revived 5-piece band reveals influences from a.o. Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Gentle Giant. This is the VINYL-VERSION.

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EILIFF - EILIFF (LP/LONGHAIR)

A true classic from Germany's early '70s kraut scene sees its first ever vinyl reissue! Eiliff's eponymous album, originally out in 1971 on the Philips label, combines the progressivism of UK bands à la King Crimson, Soft Machine and Van Der Graaf Generator with the atmospheres of German groups s.a. Guru Guru, Nine Days Wonder and Alcatraz. The LP was produced by Rainer Goltermann and engineered by Connie Plank. This reissue comes with remastered sound from the original tapes and includes an informative booklet that includes notes from keyboardist Rainer Brüninghaus.

YOUTUBE

EILIFF - GIRLRLS (LP/LONGHAIR)

A superb vinyl reissue of the '72 sophomore album by the highly rated German band Eiliff. Like the s/t debut from the previous year, the album combines influences from the British progressive scene with typical kraut moves. However, a difference is that this second effort rocks harder, with intensely chopping piano and organ, a solid rhythm section, virtuoso guitar playing from Houschäng Nejadepour, and lots of smooth "Mother styled" electric sax. This reissue of 'Girlrls' comes with remastered sound from the original tapes, two bonus tracks from the 7-inch 'Ride On Big Brother' (b/w 'Day Of The Sun'), and an informative insert, based on notes by keyboardist Rainer Brüninghaus.

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SILVER LAUGHTER - HANDLE WITH CARE (LP/GREEN TREE)

A remastered vinyl reissue of the 1976 debut-LP by this Iowa-based group. The music combines late-era Beatles-influences with appealing '70s pop and rock elements.

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SILVER LAUGHTER - SAILING ON FANTASIES (LP/GREEN TREE)

A remastered vinyl reissue of the 1978 LP by this Iowa-based group. The music combines late-era Beatles-influences with appealing '70s pop and rock elements.

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GARAGE PUNK/ROCK & ROLL

 

SKEPTICS (FRANCE) - OPEN SEA (10") (10"/FRANTIC CITY)

A revised version of 'TV Wizard' opens this 10-inch and it's a deluge of heavy fuzz straight from the beginning. But don't get it wrong, this is not just another garage record. With their dark and savage music and by means of grinding riffs and brooding chants, Skeptics bring us on an end-of-time roller-coaster ride summoning forgotten demons along the way.

BANDCAMP

ROUTES - SKELETONS (LP/GROOVIE)

Here are eleven songs that rely on raw talent, raw power, and raw production (and the scuzziest fuzz guitar sound you've ever heard), delivering some of the best garage punk tunes this side of '66. Yet, unlike many of their '60s counterparts, the Routes managed more than a one hit wonder, as you'll rapidly realise listening to 'Skeletons'.

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SAD HORSE - GREATEST HITS (LP/MISSISSIPPI)

One of Portland's finest underground rock acts, Sad Horse, is a two-piece using just drums, guitars and vocals. However, with these minimal tools Geoff Soul and Elizabeth Venable create memorable compositions, which ended up on various comps and tapes. This savagely joyful LP compiles the most enjoyable tracks from the period 2008-2015! Lovely!

 

GARAGE/BEAT/PSYCH/MOD

 

KAISERS - SURFORAMA FESTIVAL (7"/SLEAZY)

Edition on coloured vinyl (400 copies). This edition is almost sold out, so no time to waste! SIDE A: 1. Whatcha Say? 2. Theme From Vengeance SIDE B: 1. The Mighty Atom 2. Valley Of The Kaisers

YOUTUBE

 

SURF/HOTROD/INSTRUMENTAL

 

SURFIN' BEARDS - LEE CHEUCK Y LA CABEZA DEL DRAGON (+CD) (7"/SLEAZY)

The latest surf-instro sensations from Spain! The vinyl EP offers three cuts, the free CD is expanded to mini-album length! Nice!

BANDCAMP

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE

 

ART INTERFACE - SECRETARIES FROM HEAVEN (2LP) (LP/VINYL ON DEMAND)

DOUBLE-LP. Art Interface was an American synth-based band, active in the late '70s and '80s. They disdained Kraftwerk but loved Neu! and The Stooges. The tracks on this compilation were taken from their 7-inches, sole LP and tapes.

IRSOL - FIRST CONTACT/HALF LIFE (LP/VINYL ON DEMAND)

Interesting '80s recordings from this electronic wave project, based in Coventry, England. Originally on two tapes, now on vinyl in an edition of 200 LP's.

ART INTERFACE - SECRETARIES FROM HEAVEN (2LP+7"+TSHIRT) (LP/VINYL ON DEMAND)

DOUBLE-LP plus 7-INCH plus T-SHIRT. Art Interface was an American synth-based band, active in the late '70s and '80s. They disdained Kraftwerk but loved Neu! and The Stooges. The tracks on this compilation were taken from their 7-inches, the band's sole LP and a few tapes. The bonus 7-inch is a repro reissue of their 'Wardance' single.

BRADBURY, GARRY - PANSPERMIA 1986-2005 (2LP+7") (LP/VINYL ON DEMAND)

From 1980 to 1985 Garry Bradbury, one of Australia's pioneers of electronic music, was a member of the seminal electronic "post-punk" project Severed Heads. This double-LP (plus a 7-inch) contains recordings from his years following the demise of Severed Heads. Edition of 200 LP's.

CACAPHONY 33 - PARK HOME RECORDINGS 1983-89 (+7") (LP/VINYL ON DEMAND)

Cacophony '33' was the project of Kevin Kettle from Lincoln, UK. Formed from the ashes of a little successful early '80s post punk/new wave band, Cacophony '33' became embraced by the 'Cassette Culture' bedroom recording movement, sharing recordings worldwide via the 'Swap a Tape' method with other artists. His wonderful style of combining minimal synth with psychedelic elements will be of interest to anyy fan of music in the vein of f.i. the Legendary Pink Dots. This compilation is limited to 200 copies, including a free 7-inch.

D.STOP - TRAITEMENT DE CHOC (LP/DESIRE)

Founded in September 1981 in Orléans, and originally dedicated to 'modern punk rock', D.Stop released its first 7-inch the following year. This impossible-to-find debut release is now reissued on vinyl for the first time. The three tracks of the original 7-inch are augmented with four tracks that are released on vinyl for the first time ever on this very nice clear 10-inch mini-LP. To this day, D.Stop is considered to be one of the most interesting and under-rated cult acts in French cold wave. For fans of Métal Urbain, D.A.F., Screamers, Devo...

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DOK-U-MENT - KUM DE PROFUNDIS 1982-1984 (LP/VINYL ON DEMAND)

A collection of recordings (previously on early '80s tapes and comps) from the pioneering electro-experimental-techno duo from Cambridge, Massachusetts. Jesse Last and Malcolm Smith were involved with Genesis P Orridge's TOPY (Temple Ov Psychic Youth) and supported Psychic TV on their US-Tour. Although the output of just about 10 officially released tracks isn't that big, the influence and quality of those tracks can't be ignored and deserves this release. Edition of 200 LP's.

PORTION CONTROL - PROGRESS REPORT 1982-1986 (2LP) (LP/VINYL ON DEMAND)

Double-LP! This material from PORTION CONTROL clearly demonstrates the members' early experimentation, both as musicians and with at the advent of analogue electronic machines. The eclectic material ranges from cassette portastudio material recorded in Peckham and Kennington, South London to high end studio recordings. The punk roots show as PORTION CONTROL demonstrate unrivalled creativity breaching the gap between UK industrial, early ambient and the formative signs of electronic dance music. Edition of 200 units.

TI-THO - TI-THO (+7") (LP/VINYL ON DEMAND)

Ti-Tho was an early to mid '80s Neue Deutsche Welle-project featuring Christina ('Ti') Marisa Calcagno and Thomas ('Tho') Stelter. In their lyrics Ti-Tho used their experiences of every-day-life, even different music-elements like classic, Flamenco, Punk... Everything was possible and alllowed to be used and mixed. One of the very first fans and admirers was Alfred Hilsberg who back then was running the influential ZickZack-Label and wriote for Sounds-Magazine. He produced and released their first 7-inch and got them a deal with Polydor to release three more singles, one 12-inch as well as a compilation-contribution on ZickZack and Polydor. An LP produced in 1985 by famous producer Tom Dokupil (Siluettes 61, Wirtschaftswunder, Die Radierer, Die Partei..) was never issued and is still waiting for release.

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TOY SHOP - SYNTH POP ART (+7") (LP/VINYL ON DEMAND)

The Toy Shop was initially a minimal/synthpop-based solo project of Leeds-based vocalist, keyboardist and guitarist Paul Klein. He released the single 'The Maze/Live Wires Kill' in 1981 before moving to Sheffield and teaming up with Oldham born keyboardist Philip Walsh in 1982. The guys played a handful of gigs including supports to Dead Or Alive, Flock Of Seagulls, Nico and Dr Feelgood. Eventually signing to Towerbell Records, they recorded four songs, but only two were ever released on the 1984 single 'Attack Decade/Never Trust A Stranger'. This LP compiles some of the most interesting Toy Shop recordings. Edition of 200 LP's, including a free 7-inch.

ZEPHYR IN THE SWAMP - SESSIONS 1981-1983 (LP/VINYL ON DEMAND)

The music of Zephyr In The Swamp was created in the early '80s, after the split of the English synth trio The Games. This LP contains moody, melodic and hypnotic instrumental music, recorded during various sessions. The tracks were unearthed from cassette tapes and reel to reel. Edition of 200 copies!

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

 

BLAZING EYE - BLAZING EYE (7"/LA VIDA ES UN MUS)

Originally released in USA on Los Angeles based Overdose Records and selling both presses of the record immediately. LVEUM finally makes Blazing Eye's debut EP available in Europe. Hailing from Los Angeles Blazing Eye's sound lays somewhere between Zouo, The Sexual and Qloaqa Letal. That is Japanese inspired hardcore punk with demonic vocals and hard as nail beats which is extremely hard to shake once you hear it. The four distorted tracks on this EP mix perfectly the low end reverb soaked Japanese influences with the best of the international hardcore punk of the early 80's. Making it a masterpiece of timeless punk.

BANDCAMP

SQUATS - NOISE-OVERDOSE (7"/LA VIDA ES UN MUS)

Official reissue of one of the scarcest Dutch punk records. Hailing from Nijmegen The Squats were popular from simply being a bunch of punks which loved to fuck shit up. Raised on a steady diet of Sham 69 and Cockney Rejects which they covered on their demo tape it is a mystery what happened to them before recording their 'Noise-Overdose', simply a perfect teenage inept punk record. The five tracks within this EP are catchy, aggressive and exemplifies perfectly how the second wave of punk had spread everywhere by 1981 and the influence of what we now call UK82 was really present. Reissue maintaining the original design of the artwork except for the size which made most original copies in circulation in poor condition due to its oversize nature.

BANDCAMP

VULTURES - THE VULTURES (7"/LA VIDA ES UN MUS)

Official reissue of another of the scarcest Dutch punk records that was listed in the top 25 European punk rarities in Record Collector. The Vultures hailed from Epe, in the middle of the Dutch bible-belt. They recorded this 4 track EP in 1981 that overtime has became impossible to find. Which is a shame as it is simply a masterpiece of Dutch punk. Loud, proud and snotty, the sound is based around a trademark chainsaw guitar tone, plodding bass, passionate vocals and overall a clear UK influence. Without doubt if this band was English they would have been on Riot City, Rot or Secret Records or seen supporting the Mau Maus The Exploited or both Disorders (Bristol and North East). Reissued replicating the artwork as originally printed but adding a few unseen full colour pictures on the reverse sleeve.

BANDCAMP

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

 

ABYSMAL GRIEF/RUNES ORDER - SPLIT LP (BLACK) (LP/ITALIAN DOOM METAL)

Abysmal Grief are an Italian horror/doom metal band formed in 1996 characterized by cemeterial keyboards and macabre/occult atmospheres. On this release they play a dark ambient song conceived as a hymn to the afterlife and to the tragic fate that our frail, short lives share. Runes Order are essentially a one man band by the Italian master Claudio Dondo. The track 'Snuff The Nun' is subdivided into 5 acts caracterized by several style attitudes and ruled by dark metal guitars and decadent feelings. Conceptually 'Snuff The Nun' is a macabre hymn to pleasure and blasphemy portraying the profanation of the sacred through snuff rituals of which the artist is a follower and faithful admirer. Alex De Siena, who was his partner in the Star Matter project, is both the singer and the priestess performing the rite. Black vinyl, limited to 300 copies!

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FANGS OF THE MOLOSSUS - FANGS OF THE MOLOSSUS (BLACK) (LP/ITALIAN DOOM METAL)

The self-titled debut album by psych/doom metal band Fangs Of The Molossus, reissued on vinyl for the first time. Featuring Necromass members, this is ultra heavy stuff! Limited to 400 copies on black vinyl.

YOUTUBE

 

SOUL/FUNK/R&B

 

HIGHLIGHT SEQUENCE - BE MY MAN/YOU ARE (7"/VINILOS ENLACE)

Highlight Sequence is formed by French-Spanish modern funk producer Fanateek One and Hera, a young French singer and dancer. Fanateek One debuted with the acclaimed album 'Cool City Night' (2014). This unusual electro-funk single marks the Madrid-based duo's first collaboration.

 

AFRO/BEAT/DESERT BLUES

 

MOCTAR, MDOU - AKOUNAK TEDALAT TAHA TAZOUGHAI O.S.T. (LP/SAHEL SOUNDS)

This LP features the awesome rocking score for the movie 'Rain The Color Blue With A Little Red In It' (the Tuareg don't have a word for 'purple'!), a revolutionary story -or a brilliant re-interpretation of Prince's 'Purple Rain'- of guitars, motorcycles, cellphones and the music of a new generation. The LP offers Mdou Moctar's original compositions for the film about his rise to fame in the city of Agadez, Niger, ranging from the raucous heavy psychedelic to the beautiful pentatonic sublime. A reverb heavy intermission film score!

BANDCAMP

 

ELECTRONIC MUSIC

 

SERGIE REZZA - MIST (12"/DESIRE)

This music encompasses two worlds, lives in between territories - between techno and noise, the far end of a darkened club and a dreaming minds afterthoughts. Very earthly and deeply rooted, it sometimes appears fragmented, full of sonic embroideries, full of sonic dirt, even. Like two universes colliding, imploding one on the other, giving birth to a new space, without boundaries or restraints. Something to dance to, on a spaceship. Sergie Rezza is like the musical meeting of Romain Poncet and DJ Deep.

SOUNDCLOUD

ATARAXIA (CANADA) - THE UNEXPLAINED (LP/FIFTH DIMENSION)

'ELECTRONIC MUSICAL IMPRESSIONS OF THE OCCULT' - Reissue of a noteable 1975 album by the great late Mort Garson (1924-2008), a pioneer of electronic music, known for groundbreaking works such as LUCIFER's 'Black Mass' (1971) and THE ZODIAC's 'Cosmic Sounds' (1967) among others. A different side of his creativity was showcased by his 1976 'PLANTASIA' project, an album of classical inspired moog compositions meant for growing plants. 'THE UNEXPLAINED' however is a hypnotizing affair created with metallic sounding drum loops and colourful synthesizer melodies influenced by '50s and '60s jazz and exotica, detective soundtracks and psychedelic rock. This album is recommended to all lovers of experimental 1970s electronics, including CLUSTER and TANGERINE DREAM, as well as those into Italian horror scores of those days.

YOUTUBE

CLARA MONDSHINE - LUNA AFRICANA (LP/FIFTH DIMENSION)

'Luna Africana' is the first album (1981) by Clara Mondshine, a German electronic band (featuring radio director, journalist and composer Walter Bachauer) that continued where the cosmic Kraut movement of the '70s ended. The lo-fi'ish sound still features analogue synths and many hypnotic elements. LP-VERSION.

YOUTUBE

 

JAZZ/AVANT GARDE

 

COLTRANE, ALICE - TURIYA SINGS (LP/BE! JAZZ)

Initially best known as John Coltrane's wife, Alice Coltrane released a steady wave of amazing cosmic-jazz records from 1967 to 2004, which feature her virtuosic piano and harp playing. She also recorded an album with Carlos Santana and played with Kenny Clarke, McCoy Tyner and Charlie Haden. 'Turiya Sings' was a self-released cassette, issued in 1982 and a hard-to-find collector's item since then. It features Alice Coltrane on vocals and organ, with string arrangements by Murray Adler. This LP-reissue was newly remastered for optimal sound.

YOUTUBE

 

SHOWS

 

Elder & Mos Generator European tour June - August

 

Will Z. German shows - 5-7 August

 

Le Guess Who? Festival

Utrecht 19 - 22 November

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