SPOTLIGHT 459

18/07/2014 13:04

Welcome to the Spot Light! This week's releases contain heavy riffs, prog, acid folk, post-punk, garage psych, death metal, afro-rock, blues and industrial sounds. 

PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE

 

HYPNOS - THE MOUNTAIN (7"/CRUSHER)

This debut single contains the album track The Mountain and the non-album track Viper. Heavy riffs, killer drums and singer Philips smashing voice is all to be found on this single and gives a good hint of what to expect from the forth-coming album. 

Stream the single HERE.

2120'S - THREE MAKES ONE (LP/NASONI)

Strictly limited to 300 copies pressed on coloured vinyl. 'Three Makes One' is the third full length album from Swedish band THE 2120s, which features founder, songwriter and guitar player Christian Smedstrom from the legendary stoner rock band THE AWESOME MACHINE. The music presented here represents all his influences, spanning from folk, blues and country to the golden era of rock, the psychedelic '60s and '70s. This album contains the song 'Evil Ways' that was featured in various American TV-shows, movies and commercials, including 'SONS OF ANARCHY' and 'PUNCTURE'.

LUCIFER WAS - DIESGROWS (CD/TRANSUBSTANS)

Norway's Lucifer Was is back again with their sixth outing 'DiesGrows'. From the opening chords of 'Afterlife' you are sucked into the universe of Lucifer Was. And, you will be held there until the last chord of the ultra heavy and partly symphonic last track, 'Yellow House', ends with the hum of Thore Engen's Marshall amps bidding goodbye. Ten brand new tracks. Dead heavy, intricate arrangements and harmonies, high energy level and top notch songwriting. 'DiesGrows' is a blast of energy, but still filled with elegance and flow. Jon Ruder delivers the songs with such gusto and feeling that his vocal performances on these ten songs may be his best ever. The guitars also scream and riff heavier than ever. Einar Bruu's overdriven bass supplies a solid and brutal template, while Rune Engen's drumming once again proves that he's one of the best sticks man around in this genre. The blast of the Hammond organ and other keyboards embrace the pieces with power and subtlety. As the icing on top, Lucifer Was' trademark flutes are featured throughout the whole trip. This strange band has again expanded their musical world and their 'DiesGrows' has defined the term PowerProg!

 

PSYCH/PROG/FOLK

 

NURT - NURT (LP/KAMELEON)

This legendary s/t album is regarded by many as the best Polish heavy-prog LP ever. Reissue on vinyl with remastered sound.

Listen to 'Nurt' HERE.

PTARMIGAN - PTARMIGAN (LP/LION PRODUCTION)

Hypnotic, mystical, hippie psychedelia and acid-folk, dominated by long and largely instrumental sections, all based on a complex interplay of recorder, hand drums and acoustic guitar. Vancouver-based Ptarmigan recorded the basic tracks for what would become their only album in 1972. Finally, in 1974, Columbia Records released the album to critical acclaim, but minimal sales. Ptarmigan's album is one of those hidden gems from the '70s that make life better when you discover them many years later. For those who know the LP it's an undisputed classic! With sound taken from the master tapes, this is a limited edition of 500 copies. The huge insert offers lyrics, liner notes from the band, and more. Wonderous and wonderful!

 

GARAGE PUNK/ROCK & ROLL

 

MODULARES - MODULARES EP (7"/GROOVIE)

The main influences of Brazil's Modulares are late '70s and early '80s post-punk and powerpop, with an additional mid-'60s garage-punk twist. This combination of influences, together with the band's talents to compose new and original gems, help to create a pulsating buzz saw that avoids most of the clichés of today's pop music. The lyrics are in Brazilian-Portuguese and focus on the many sides of big city life.

BAD JOKE THAT ENDED WELL - ALTA LOMA (LP/STOLEN BODY)

The 12-track album 'Alta Loma', named after a hotel in John Fante's book 'Ask The Dust', takes on a much heavier '70s psych sound than their previous works. Garage rock influences are still widely felt throughout the songs, but the band have moved on to a much more progressive approach, even including extended drum solos mixed with theremin. The whole album was recorded live in two days and mixed in one day using only analogue equipment. The song 'Rattlesnake Necklace' has already been released to the general public gaining rave reactions and comparisons to Tom Waits, The Doors and The Cramps.

Check out a preview HERE.

 

GARAGE/BEAT/PSYCH/MOD

 

OUT KEY HOLE - BEEN TO MARS (7"/TEENSOUND)

Messina's own cave teens (Well, almost teens...) have released a second record,after the brilliant debut "Dreams in Waking State", from 2011. This single is an authentic piece of sixties madness played by true fans of the late sixties Garage Psych sound who use original Vox instruments only! They've been James Lowe (of the ELECTRIC PRUNES's fame!) band last summer and they actually played as good and as original as the E.P. as far as James himself stated. They mix early Pink Floyd/Barrett-era with Strawberry Alarm Clocks atmospheres. An unique killer mix.

Stream the single HERE.

PLASTIC MAN - HE DIDN'T KNOW (7"/TEENSOUND)

Debut EP 7"of this hot new exciting act from Florence, Italy. Two guys and a girl delving an editing mix of late sixties Psych garage with echoes of Pink-Floydian (Barrett)'era, Freakbeat, Pop and even current indie vibes. These guys may live in Italy but their heads are divided in between Houston (Texas Psych Fest) and London circa 1967.

Listen to 'He Didn't know' HERE.

ABOVE - WATERBURY STREET (LP/TEENSOUND)

New York's own Folk-Freakbeat-Garage masters have finally their long awaited full length. Since the days of The Indikation (from Norway) we at Teen Sound records weren't THAT excited about a truly sixties sounding band. With a bunch of singles and a brilliant debut album under their belts these young newyorkers have set the record straight: The Above are the purest sixties sound act around these days. You'll hear influences from The Zombies, The Lovin' Spoonful, The Animals, Them, with a strong U.K. R&B and Freakbeat influence as well as solid rhythm and melody taken from U.S.'greats as The Remains, to give you but a name as well as the best Garage/(early)Psych combos of the day. This fantastic album includes only band's own compositions and mixes thee best neo-sixties vibes around. All about them is vintage and fresh at the same time.

Stream the full album HERE.

BLOW UPS - TURN ON, TUNE IN, BLOW UP (LP/TEENSOUND)

Berlin's own The Blow Ups have been around for a few years now. Playing a solid mix of Garage, Punk, R'n'R with hints of Powerpop and most of all a sincere FUN attitude. We're not talking about purist sixties sounds but a very personal approach to the above mentioned genres that builds a real cool album. Some of the tracks have been written a few years back but they match perfectly with the latest songs. Which leads to the psych cover artwork done by Alessandra Monoriti: Fuzz guitars, tremolo, rave ups, cool reverbs and echoes, pounding drums, direct riffs...and it all work just fine with your fave german beer! Tune in and have a drink on these guys' debut album.

Stream the full album HERE.

GLI ILLUMINATI - LUMEN GENTIUM (LP/TEENSOUND)

Gli Illuminati from Rome are back with their second full-lenght, on Teen Sound Records this time around. The Beat Italiano Mass tradition continues with this great new selection of original and covers. From straight Beat to Psych, raga rock to almost hard psych, these guys know their shit real well! Read the introduction by James Lowe of The Electric Prunes who totally digs their version of Kirie Eleison: Some go through life in the "safe" lane, others race along the edge. Gli Illuminati pass all the speed bump tests with Kyrie Eleison (Lord Have Mercy). This fuzztronic movement from the Catholic mass is a Unity Prayer that congers up images of robed monks or perhazps glowing angels floating along dark hallways upping their distortion units to eleven. We salute the adventurous lane changing spirit, reverent buzzing and freak out ending.

Stream the full album HERE.

GTV'S - SH'BANG (LP/TEENSOUND)

Philadelphia's own Hammond-driven Garage-Soul Beat The GTVs debut album's finally out! Led by ex Mondo Topless Sam Steining this exciting act will transport you in a late sixties-early 70's Soundtrack dimension, with 'nuff fuzz guitars and catchy riffs as well. Be prepared for a wall of sound, these four guys will make you dance and stomp! ...and dig the catchy cover illustration by our favorite artist Alessandra Monoriti!

Stream the full album HERE.

LAST DRIVE - UNDERWORLD SHAKEDOWN (LP/LABYRINTH)

This is a remastered reissue of one of the milestones of Greek underground history, the album 'Underworld Shakedown' by the mighty Last Drive. Edition of 400 copies on 180-gram black vinyl with an insert.

PARADISE - SOLDIERS OF THE MODERN AGE (LP/TEENSOUND)

Portland (Oregon) 'own cave teen have jus treleased their second full-lenght via Teen sound records. An exciting mix of Northwest Frat-Garage a-la Sonics melted in pure 80's Garage Punk energy pretty close to the early Cynics. Put in a good dose of great 60s songwriting (not far from the Remains just to name one legendary 60s act that inspires Paradise) and you're pretty close to the result. These guys and gal (Tamar, on farfisa organ, as in the best old Garage Punk tradition is also responsible for the great mixing) put up a wild show full of energy and the record pretty much give you a good idea of what they're at. Last but not least,since they play all originals, there's a very cool exception : a fantastic version of "Pictures Of Matchstick Man" originally by The Status Quo. So close to the original,yet personal. The guys know their Garage Punk thing.

Listen to 'Born and Bound' HERE.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

 

DIE HARD - SYMBOL OF DEATH (7"/TO THE DEATH)

Pressed on yellow vinyl and limited to 150 copies, including sticker. The title track is exclusive to this release and the B-side contains DIE HARD's magnum opus 'Evil Always Returns', performed live on the 'Sodomize Europe' tour 2011.

INVERTED - RE-INVOCATION OF THE BEAST (+7") (LP/TO THE DEATH)

Red vinyl ltd 200 LP + 7". Classic swedish death from one of the first bands in the GBG area. Their two demos + "Revocation of the Beast" MCD + compilation track for the first time on official vinyl. As a bonus we dug up, and included, their planned (but never released) Enslaver of mankind 7" from 1992. 12 page booklet with lots goodies included.

OCEAN CHIEF - UNIVERSUMS HARD (2LP) (LP/I HATE RECORDS)

Limited edition of 500 copies on black vinyl with an insert. Ocean Chief's fifth full-length release! Compared to their previous album 'Sten', the tempo has been increased and the songs are a lot shorter and more melodic. Nevertheless, they retain an ominous bite that leaves your mind searing. A second guitarist was recruited to fill a perceived void in the sound. For fans of YOB, Ufomammut, Conan, Bongripper, etc.

Stream 'Universums härd' HERE.

WASTED - (BLACK) HALLOWEEN...THE NIGHT OF (LP/DENOMINATION)

The one and only album from Danish heavy metallers WASTED sees a reissue. Released back in 1984, the album contains eight tracks. The music is very diverse, ranging from speedy, to doomy, always with a present chainsaw guitars, with a mean and raw sound. For fans of early JAGUAR, MERCYFUL FATE, WITCHFINDER GENERAL. Definitively one of the best and rawest metal efforts from the early heavy metal scene in Denmark, alongside MERCYFUL FATE and EVIL.

Listen to 'Halloween' HERE.

PHURPA - MANTRAS OF BÖN (CD/ZOHARUM)

'Mantras Of Bön' is an extraordinary release, even for such an extraordinary and unusual project as PHURPA. You get more than 70 minutes of music, divided into two parts. The first one, featuring Alissa Nicolai on vocals, shows the band from a completely different angle. The other one includes Phurpa's most important and interesting sessions recorded over the past few years. This release is an excellent introduction to PHURPA, the world of Tibetan music filtered by contemporary reinterpretation, free from rigid rules. It may enchant both those looking for interesting sacral music and the ones searching for a new form of sonic statement.

Listen to 'Mantras of Bön' HERE.

 

ROCK/POP/WAVE

 

HAND OF DUST - WALK IN WHITE (7"/AVANT!)

Hand Of Dust is a trio from Copenhagen. They play a personal kind of dark rock music, rooted in folk and with a special focus on songwriting and lyrics. Their music -oddly- sounds like neo-folk with Dead Moon and Gun Club influences!

Stream the single HERE.

 

FOLK/ACID FOLK

 

KNOTWORK - 3X3 (7"/STORM)

Three traditional tunes and songs by Michael Moynihan, Annabel Lee (Blood Axis) and Don Schabner.

 

SOUL/FUNK/R&B

 

WHITFIELD, BARRENCE -& LOS MAMBO JAMBO- - BARRENCE WHITFIELD & LOS MAMBO JAMBO (7"/SLEAZY)

Featuring 'Jackeline' and its flip 'Candlelight', heres a super cool and deluxe 7-incher from Barrence Whitfield With Los Mambo Jambo.

WILSON, JACKIE - HE'S SO FINE (LP/RUMBLE)

Detroit native Jackie Wilson, AKA "Mr. Excitement", left jump blues and R&B group The Dominoes in 1957 to pursue a solo career. The following year he released this, his debut LP, a rollicking collection of orchestrated pop R&B of the highest caliber. Including the hit 'Reet Petite', half the songs on this LP were written by Berry Gordy, Jr. nearly two years before he founded Motown, which was partially funded by songwriting royalties Gordy earned writing hits for Wilson. 

Listen to 'Right Now!' HERE.

 

VINTAGE BLUES/R&B

 

KING, B.B. - THE BLUES (LP/RUMBLE)

Originally released in 1958 on the legendary budget label Crown, 'The Blues' compiles many of the classic '50s sides that B.B. King recorded for the Los Angeles based labels RPM, Kent, and Modern. 

LIGHTNIN' SLIM - BELL RINGER (LP/RUMBLE)

Compiling Lightnin' Slim's superb early singles for Excello Records, 'Bell Ringer' is an essential collection of some of the Louisiana bluesman's finest material.

 

AFRO/BEAT/DESERT BLUES

 

HEDZOLEH, AMARTEY - KUKURANTUMI (CD/CHOP TIME MUSIC)

Previously unreleased '80s Afro-rock by the founder of Ghana's legendary Hedzoleh Soundz. Amartey Hedzoleh is a veteran of Ghana's Afro-rock scene. Drawing from various musical traditions in Ghana and from his partly Indian roots, he has created his own distinctive style. He started in the '60s as bass player and singer of the Psychedelic Aliens, and performed with them at the legendary Soul to Soul concert in Accra. In 1972 he founded Hedzoleh Soundz, which earned him the name Hedzoleh (a word for peace and freedom). He left the group before they hit the studio, but his songs ended up being recorded on their debut album and on Hugh Masekela's 'Introducing Hedzoleh Soundz'. Soon after that, he embarked on a solo career. Among other projects, Amartey Hedzoleh wrote and performed the soundtrack of King Ampaw's 1983 movie 'Kukurantumi - Road to Accra'. After he handed over his tape to the film crew, he recorded a new and expanded version of the soundtrack with many extra songs. It was never released, and the tapes were left on the shelf for decades. A selection of these recordings is presented here for the first time ever. Listen to 'Peace Unto Earth' HERE.

 

GOTHIC/DARKWAVE/ELECTRO

 

PHASE FATALE - SKYSCRAPER (12"/AVANT!)

Phase Fatale is a techno project of Hayden Payne (also behind the cold wave band Dream Affair), based in Berlin via New York. This debut-EP moves between noise-ridden soundscapes and minimal industrial techno rhythms influenced by EBM classics, such as Front 242 and Klinik, to modern contemporaries like Silent Servant and Ancient Methods. Hayden Payne approaches his music with a youthful and unique touch turning disparate sounds into driving and danceable noise. All tracks were recorded live, using only hardware synthesizers, drum machines and effects.

Listen to 'Skyscraper' HERE.

 

INDUSTRIAL/DARK AMBIENT

 

LAND:FIRE - INCANDESCENT SONIC LODGE (CD/POWER & STEEL)

Here's a re-issue of two limited CD-Rs from 2006-2007. This edition offers the maxi CD 'Incandescent' and the 'Live At Sonic Lodge' CD, both originally released in very small numbers only. Now they are available together, in a remastered and polished form. The material comes across as a claustrophobic soundtrack with dark atmospheres and fear loaded electronics, with deep ambient soundscapes under its sonic surface.

Stream the album HERE.

 

EXPERIMENTAL/SOUND ART

 

MONGOLITO - LE MAUDIT (CD/HAU RUCK!)

Mongolito is master mind musician Marc De Backer's (ex-Dog Eat Dog, Mucky Pup) solo project. 'Le Maudit' adds particular and original dimension to Marc's guitar sounds, emerging between loops, variable tempos and drone sounds. With Mongolito's second official album, a new world seems to open for all of us looking for authentic atmospheres and experiences to escape the rules of life.

 

SHOWS

 

High On Fire + Conan

24/7 013, Tilburg

 

Delaney Davidson (Voodoo Rhythm)

1/8 Patronaat, Haarlem
2/8 Tivoli de Helling, Utrecht 

 

Kadavar (Nuclear Blast)

10/10 Desertfest, Antwerpen (BE) 

25/10 Into The Void, Leeuwarden

21/11 Speedfest, Eindhoven

 

Sleaford Mods (Harbinger Sound)

16/08 Lowlands, Biddinghuizen

15/11 De Kreun, Kortrijk (BE)

21/11 Doornroosje, Nijmegen

22/11 Melkweg, Amsterdam

 

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