SPOTLIGHT 572

18/01/2017 17:20

Welcome to the Spot Light! New year, new jams!

PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE

 

PARRETT, MICHAEL - TELEVISION/LAST YEARS MODEL (7"/HEAVY SOUL)

Debut single from Michael Parrett, he of The Night Falls. You may have seen him playing bass in Paul Orwell's band, but this time Mr Parrett is up front on guitar and vocals on a cracking first 7". Produced at arranged by Paul Orwell and recorded at his Essex Studios, this is a fuzz-tastic slice of heavy mod.

COSMIC FALL - FIRST FALL (BLACK) (LP/CLOSTRIDIUM)

Cosmic Fall's psychedelic/stoner rock masterpiece is an auditory journey of epic proportions! For fans of bands s.a. Earthless. Limited to 200 copies on BLACK VINYL. A poster is included.

DOME LA MUERTE E.X.P. - LAZY SUNNY DAY (LP/CINEDELIC/GO DO)

On vinyl, here's a release from a project featuring Dome La Muerte, cult character and guru of the Italian underground. In 1979 he was a founding member of CCM (Cheetah Chrome Motherfuckers), the Italian precursors of hc punk, played with Not Moving in the '80s and in the following decade he played in Hush. The sound on this mostly instrumental album is lysergically inspired by spaghetti western soundtracks, the Beat generation, India, the hippie movement, expansion of consciousness and the culture and spirituality of the Native Americans.

EARTHLING SOCIETY - ZEN BASTARD (LP/DRONE ROCK)

Earthling Society's 2016 album 'Zen Bastard' is a studio recording capturing the live sound of Earthling Society. Revisiting tracks from the first two albums 'Outsideofintime' and 'The Kosmik Suite', the band set out to do justice to these classic space rock anthems by giving them the throttle that was lacking in the original 8-track recordings. The material was recorded at the Foel Studios, home to bassist Dave Anderson of Hawkwind and Amon Düül 2 fame.

HOLY MOUNT - THE DROUGHT (BLACK) (LP/WHITE DWARF)

By the frigid, windy great lakes of Toronto, Canada, situated on a broad sloping plateau intersected by an extensive network of rivers and deep ravines, lies HOLY MOUNT. At the summit, four hermits gather to celebrate HEAVY PSYCH ceremonies, channeling the mystery of the great north. Their recorded ritual, 'The Drought', shows the quartet comprised of Danijel, Brandon, Troy and Clayton at its best with heavy doomy drones, ghostly enchantings and superb guitar riffs/solos filled with fuzz reverberating. Limited edition of 350 copies on BLACK VINYL.

PROJECT GRIMM - CRASS MENAGERIE (BLACK) (LP/VINCEBUS ERUPTUM)

Project Grimm features MIKE GUNN's vocalist/guitarist John Cramer. The band is clearly influenced by vintage heavy metal, the legacy of Texas psychedelia and the dusty feel of desert rock. Intensely personal, melodic, dynamic, subtle and bloody minded, these are extaordinary slabs of spine tingling rock. 'Crass Menagerie' is Project Grimm's first album in 15 years! Edition on BLACK VINYL.

SENDELICA - SLEEPWALKER FEVER O.S.T. (PD) (LP/FRG)

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of Sendelica's soundtrack to Grant Wakefield's movie 'Sleepwalker Fever', here's a wonderful PICTURE DISC edition (only 300 copies) presented in a stockered PVC sleeve and including a download.

SOLAR MUSIC LIBRARY - SOLAR MUSIC LIBRARY (BLACK) (LP/SPACE CHANT)

These guys will take you into the great infinite and interact with your mind, ears and that third eye of yours in many different ways. From funky, groovy space boogie, to dreamy deep and limitless tones. Solar Music Library, founded in Thessaloniki in the springtime of 2013, bring you a collection of deep space exotica, psychedelic rock, and sci-fi funk that will groove your being all the way up to the cosmos. Limited to 100 copies on black vinyl, so order fast!

WESTERLUND, JANNE - THERE'S A PASSAGE (LP/FULL CONTACT)

After 'Marshland', the darkest blues album ever released in Finland, Westerlund is trying to find some light with this 2017 solo effort. By deploying means ranging from the choral exploration of 'So Messed Up' to the obsessedly monotonic boogie of 'Run No More', completed with two songs from Circle's repertoire, he manages to come up with a captivating, sorcerous journey for an album. Westerlund's roots may be deep in folk music, but over the years, playing with such bands as Circle, Pharaoh Overlord and Plain Ride, he has developed a highly personalized take on it by questioning the conventions of any given genre. Despite his uncompromising and austere vision on music, there remains an undertone of uncertainty and vulnerability in his voice - perhaps it is precisely this ambivalence that makes his work so accessible and strikingly effective.

YERBA MANSA - YERBA MANSA (LP/DEEP DISTANCE)

The incredible freeform guitar noise freakouts of Manchester's Yerba Mansa at last sees a vinyl release. Previously confined to occasional, epic live shows; these three heavy guitar and percussion only pieces (bar the whacked out vocals of Edwin in part) perhaps represent something of a curveball for the label. One may discover nods to those revered, early VU live boots, early Amon Düül, the mighty guitar heavy improv of the first Television shows or, more recently, the Flower/Corsano duo.

YILDIRIM, DERYA -& GRUP SIMSEK- - NEM KALDI (LP/BONGO JOE)

The debut-EP of this Anatolian psych-pop sensation consists of four heart-melting gems in which Turkish folk music meets groove and electric action! Singer/multi-instrumentist Derya Yildirim teams up with fantastic drummer Greta Eacott (G-Bop Orchestra, One-Take Records) and three-quarters of Orchestre Du Montplaisant (Antonin Voyant, Graham Mushnik and Andrea Piro). With members originating from Turkey, Germany, France, Italy and Great Britain, Grup Simsek encapsulates the Outernational generation. Unlike in western pop culture, Turkish pop music is often focused on traditionalised songs and endless ways of reimagining these. Grup Simsek take the righteous and rich Turkish poetry to the future whilst not losing awareness of the past.

ZOFFF - ZOFFF I (LP/DEEP DISTANCE)

Like a post-shoegaze Hawkwind you can dance to, or like Can in a can, ZOFFF's music is like the concentrated essence of over 52 varieties of psychedelic space music. The line-up comprises Bic Hayes (guitar), Chris Anderson (bass and organ), Damo Waters (drums) and Al Strachan (synthesiser, electronics and trumpet), musicians who have spent time with a.o. Dark Star, Levitation, Cardiacs, Crayola Lectern, Sons of Noel & Adrian, The Mary Hampton Cotillion and The Electric Soft Parade. On this recording they were joined by Jo Spratley (Spratley's Japs, Cardiacs) on vocals, Robert White (Levitation, The Milk & Honey Band) on additional electronics and Richard Gorbutt on his astonishing homemade modular synthesiser.

 

PSYCH/PROG/FOLK

 

DARK - ANONYMOUS DAYS (LP/VOID)

Dark, an obscure British hard prog/psych band, released its first album 'Around The Edges' in 1972, in a limited run, with little promotion and even less means of distribution. Although the band wasn't destined for fame, the LP, as time went by, attracted interest from collectors and became a genuine cult item. That status became even stronger when 'Dark Around The Edges' was reissued (on CD and vinyl) in the '90s. These developments, we're talking mid-'90s, prompted the four members to record a next album consisting of material written in the '70s as well as more recently. Some 20 years after the original CD-edition of 'Anonymous Days' was released, now here's the first vinyl edition, limited to only 500 copies.

MILLARD & DYCE - MILLARD & DYCE (LP/VOID)

On vinyl, here's the awaited reissue of an impossibly rare US folk-blues album, originally out on the little known Kaymar Records in 1973. The music is an impressive mixture of electric and acoustic ingredients, showcasing a distinct Tim Hardin influence.

 

GARAGE/BEAT/PSYCH/MOD

 

SEE NO EVILS - I WANNA BE FREE/CHERRY O (7"/HEAVY SOUL)

2017 7" from this exciting Leeds-based 4-piece The See No Evils. This band takes influences from many genres and eras, be it '50s B-movies scores, '60s garage rock, or '70s punk. Expect chiming guitars, impassioned vocals and songs that just won't leave your head!

TITANS, LES - LES TITANS (7"/CAMELEON)

On 7-inch, here's a reissue of an extremly rare mod/beat EP, originally released in 1969 on the Lyon-based label JBP. The EP contains four original compositions by this group from Alès (South France), more or less in the vein of The Beatles and The Small Faces. An undisputed gem for '60s freaks!

TWILIGHTERS - NOTHING CAN BRING ME DOWN (7"/MILKCOW)

Back on 7-inch, here's a brain melting Texas garage psych monster from 1968. 'Nothing Can Bring Me Down' became an instant cult hit when it started appearing on garage punk comps, and Pussy Galore and others bashed out their cover versions. The Twilighters recorded this sole 45 at a club named Mark VII, also the name of the record label. When the guys entered the recording space they only had one original song, the moody garage ballad 'I Need You'. Front man Jay White wrote 'Nothing...' on the spot, since the single also needed a flip. However, the result, a fuzzed up mixture of psych à la Hendrix and Cream, and '60s punk, was so exciting that it became the A-side. This wonderful reissue comes with a '60s styled company-sleeve and a postcard.

 

PUNK/HC

 

PAGANS - SIX & CHANGE (7"/DANGER)

Official reissue of the first Pagans single. Originally released in 1977 on Neck. You ain't no punk, you punk! Don't sleep, 500 only!

CAREER SUICIDE - MACHINE RESPONSE (LP/STATIC SHOCK)

'Machine Response' veers in and out of pure speed, bursts of melody and chunky tempo shifts, indenting the long standing influence of early '80s USHC, late '70s punk and a peppering of '60s swagger, with a clearly developed personal style.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

 

CLOUD CATCHER - TRAILS OF KOZMIK DUST (LP/TOTEM CAT)

Limited to 600 copies on CLEAR BLUE with GREY splatter vinyl. Heavy Rock power trio CLOUD CATCHER from Denver, Colorado. Cloud Catcher's sophomore record 'Trails Of Kozmik Dust' is riff driven and energy fueled to craft their own style of cosmic rock. Think the Jimi Hendrix Experience in structure, or a more freaked out Mahogany Rush and you'll get the feeling.

CRUD - RESIN (LP/TOTEM CAT)

Limited to 300 copies on BLACK/PURPLE VINYL, this is the debut-EP by CRUD from Miami, Florida. If you ever wonder what it sounds like to be stalked by death, CRUD might provide the closest answer. 'Resin' is packed with horrifying sludge that will make you look over your shoulder once or twice to make sure the reaper isnt actually standing right behind you. The five tracks on 'Resin' will fill your mind with dread, despair and a longing for death. Recommended if you like Dopethrone, Gurt or Noothgrush!

 

INDUSTRIAL/DARK AMBIENT

 

KE/HIL - (BLACK) SYNDROME/ANTIDROME (LP/TESCO)

The third full-length by this German industrial duo. The record comes in two different covers, both limited to 250 copies, and includes a download code.

VARIOUS - PROJEKT NEUE ORDNUNG II (4LP) (LP/TESCO)

'Projekt Neue Ordnung' was the first and only compilation done by Tesco Organisation, released in 1990. Like then this compilation features contemporary and new projects. It combines artists that are currently producing high class material off which the label never had the chance for a full-length release before and bands that are awaiting the listener's attention and highly deserve it. The music presented here ranges from abstract concrete sounds, dark drone ambience, post industrial, power electronics to noise music. Released for Tesco Organisation's 30th anniversary. Limited to 500 copies. Includes tracks by Am Not (UK), Alfarmania (Sweden), Ausströmen (UK), Body Cargo (Lithuania), Cadlag (Slovenia), Deathpanel (Germany), Dust Belt (USA), Geography Of Hell (USA/France), Graustich (Austria), Griefer (Canada), Grunt (Finland), Ill (Germany), Jaakko Vanhala (Finland), Ke/Hil (Germany). K.I.A. (Portugal), Lebensfaden (Japan), :M: (USA), Pain Nail (Finland), Puce Mary (Denmark), Pterygium (UK), Rope Society (Australia), Rusalka (Canada), Rusha (Germany), Salford Electronics (UK), Screloma (Japan), Shift (UK), S.T.A.B. Electronics (UK), Svartvit (The Netherlands), The Trainables (UK), Totraum (Hungary) and Wertham (Italy).

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE

 

TRUMMERFRAUEN - TRUMMERFRAUEN (LP/DANGER)

Various sessions recorded from 1980 to 1982 by these insane West German all-fräulein post punkers! Remastered in 2017 at Studio Parélies (Paris, France).

 

WORLD MUSIC/ETHNIC

 

SOTY - CHANSONS LAOTIENNES (12"/AKUPHONE)

Rare cosmic Lao synth pop recorded in Paris 1980. This 12" includes the original remaster and edited versions by Parisian producer Shelter. Everything comes with a reason: the record was edited in 1981 under the title Sothy Productions yet produced in France by the Parisian label Oxygène (famously known for its unforgettable first French punk compilation '125 grammes de 33 1/3 tours'). 'Chansons Laotiennes' still remains hard to classify. And then who's Sothy? Along with the unverifiable identity of the seemingly Laotian singers, skepticism gains ground concerning the man behind the pseudonym. Is he an escaped musician from one of the first Cambodian rock bands of the 1960s? A surviving producer from the 1980s Paris? Or a composer in transit in one of the many places of the Laotian diaspora? Sothy eludes any researches and disappears behind his numerous homonyms.

 

AFRO/BEAT/DESERT BLUES

 

GROUP DOUEH & CHEVEU - DAKHLA SAHARA SESSIONS (LP/BORN BAD)

On vinyl, this is a collaborational album between French trio Cheveu and Group Doueh, the guitar heroes from Western Sahara. The sessions, which took place in Dakhla in 2016, brought about a telluric big bang, a sound clash, an atomic creation, a meeting of primitive energies... You'll get the message: this is a truly spectacular work that destroys boundaries.

 

SOUNDTRACKS

 

DE ANGELIS, GUIDO & MAURIZIO - LA POLIZIA INCRIMINA, LA LEGGE ASSOLVE O.S.T. (LP/FOUR FLIES)

On vinyl for the first time, this is arguably the most iconic crime movie score by Guido and Maurizio De Angelis. The music has a groundbreaking, hard-beat sound and is truly innovative, especially when compared to other Italian soundtracks of the period. The style ranges from acid rock with funk moves and cinematic prog to magical bossa with psychedelic flutes and sublime guitars. Limited edition of 550 LP's.

MICALIZZI, FRANCO - CHI SEI? O.S.T. (LP/FOUR FLIES)

A vinyl release of a great 1974 horror film score by Franco Micalizzi, performed by top session players. Funky and disco-tinged, this music would also be suitable for a blaxploitation film. Including two bonus tracks, this edition is limited to 500 copies.

UMILIANI, PIERO - GLI ITALIANI E L'INDUSTRIA O.S.T. (LP/FOUR FLIES)

From the secret archives of the legendary Omicron label, this LP contains Piero Umiliani's music for an obscure 1967 TV documentary dedicated to Italy's industrial boom of the era. Including easy jazz and pop/beat on one hand, and free jazz and avant garde on the other, the music perfectly reflects the social contrasts which emerged, or became more evident, during those days. Limited to 500 copies.

 

ELECTRONIC MUSIC

 

POSITION PARALLELE - EN GARDE A VUE (BLACK) (LP/HAU RUCK!)

Third album of Dernière Volonté's minimal electronic project - a taste of future retro synthi pop!

 

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