SPOTLIGHT 556

14/09/2016 16:52

Welcome to the Spot Light! Enjoy the latest psych, prog, experimental, rock'n'roll, garage, funk, soul, jazz, metal, punk, industrial, avant-garde and more!

 

PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE

 

LAMP OF THE UNIVERSE - HIDDEN KNOWLEDGE (BLACK) (LP/CLOSTRIDIUM)

EDITION of 200 copies on BLACK VINYL! On this vinyl-only release the Lamp's sole member Craig Williamson ramps up the trippy space factor. You get four tracks that cover early Pink Floyd-like excursions, '70s Kosmische Musik, astral folk and meditative eastern influenced jamming. And of course all the tracks are performed in that distinctive Lamp Of The Universe style. So prepare yourself for another journey to the center of your mind and deep into space! Limited to 200 copies on 180-gram black vinyl.

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MOANING CITIES - D. KLEIN (LP/EXAG')

The second album by Moaning Cities, a psych rock'n'roll band from Brussels.

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MORKOBOT - GORGO (LP/SUPERNATURAL CAT)

'GoRgO' is the fifth album of low-end noise rock origami MoRkObOt. MoRkObOt displays a unique and lively psychedelic style, sounding much like a whirlpool. Heaviness is achieved in the most refracted of manners, letting both bass pincers extend in melodic directions around the relentless, booming drumming, then snapping shut with mechanized indifference, hitting hard and fast over and over. Indeed, what we have here is genuine noise-rock innovation!

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RAIKINAS - ARCADIA (BLACK) (LP/ELECTRIC VALLEY)

Raikinas is a heavy stoner/psych unit based in Sardinia, Italy. The sound on the band's fourth release ranges from classic stoner rock to ultra psychedelic. Edition on BLACK VINYL.

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STONE HOUSE ON FIRE - NEVERENDING CYCLE (BLACK) (LP/ELECTRIC VALLEY)

Stone House On Fire is influenced by desert sounds and the lysergic vibes of the late '60s. The band's music combines heavy tones with powerful riffs that shift from fast to psychedelic, with lots of octaved fuzz. The result is a unique sound that's ready to blow ears. Edition on BLACK VINYL.

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VARIOUS - BROWN ACID: THE THIRD TRIP (PURPLE) (LP/RIDING EASY)

EXCLUSIVE CLEAR SPOT EDITION ON OPAQUE PURPLE VINYL! The third volume of the critically acclaimed 'Brown Acid' series continues down the wormhole of hard rock, heavy psych and proto-metal with a set of tunes so obscure they can't be seen without a third eye. Most of these tracks were recorded in shack-sized studios, privately pressed for promotional (or vanity) purposes. The majority of these tracks is from the good ol' US of A, the two exceptions being New Zealanders Chook and English band Factory. TRACKS: 01. Grand Theft - Scream (It's Eating Me Alive) 02. Chook - Cold Feet 03. Lindholm Brothers - No Time For Last Goodbyes 04. Diehard - Heartbreak 05. Blown Free - The Wizard 06. Factory - Time Machine 07. Inside Experience - Be On My Way 08. Cold Swett - Quit Your Foolin' 09. Elliott Black - Highway Song 10. First State Bank - Before You Leave 11. Flash Beverage - The Train

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YAWNING MAN - HISTORICAL GRAFfITI (LP/LAY BARE)

The fifth full-length release by this legendary act from California. 'Historical Grafitti' was recorded in Buenos Aires during the band's 2015 tour. The result has the kind of brooding and thunderous atmosphere that constantly draws you inward. Haunting melodies are combined with instrumental cinematic rock landscapes, but it is difficult to pin YAWNING MAN into a specific genre. There are guest appearances by Argentinian tango musicians Sara Ryan on violin and Adolfo Trepiana on bandoneon accordion, as well as Malene Arce on the Mellotron.

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PSYCH/PROG/FOLK

 

EXMAGMA - 3 (2LP) (LP/LONGHAIR)

Recorded in 1975 by the famous Conny Planck, this is an awesome collection of Exmagma material that was first released on CD in 2006. Fortunately these colourful recordings are now available on vinyl as well! The music sounds like a mixture of early Soft Machine, John McLaughlin, Miles Davis, Sun Ra and Frank Zappa, and is relevant to any fan of '70s kraut sounds. This DOUBLE-LP set comes in a very psychedelic gatefold sleeve and includes an insert. Far out!

GREYLOCK MANSION - GREYLOCK MANSION (LP/LYSERGIC SOUND)

Lysergic Sound Distributors has unearthed another buried treasure of pure underground psychedelia. GREYLOCK MANSION emerged loudly from Tucson, Arizona in 1968. The band's sound (as heard on the opening track of LSD's best-selling 'St. Albert's Dream' compilation) is powerful, deep underground psych with thick, dominant funereal organ and distorted fuzz guitar and effects, backed by heavy precise drumming. The Doors and Iron Butterfly influences are evident, and a touch of early Black Sabbath's slow grinding sludge rears its head at times. The nine original songs were restored and remastered from the original 1969 studio reels. Three of the tracks were released on private 45rpm micro-pressings in 1970 and 1971, the other six cuts appear for the first time! Thie LP includes a 4-page folder with pictures and text, a psychedelic poster with lyrics, plus a full-colour reproduction of a poster from Unifest 1970 in New Mexico.

 

PUNK/HC

 

VOID (UK) - RAW MATERIAL (REQUISITIONED)/POST-ATOMIC (+MAG) (7"/INFLAMMABLE MAT)

Void was formed in East London in 1977. Inspired by punk's do-it-yourself philosophy, the two tracks presented here were recorded in 1979. 'Raw Material', which imagines future sexual union between man and machine, is typical fast and punchy late '70s punk with a production that lends it a New Wave sheen along with a touch of early Ultravox. The track 'Post-Atomic' is mid-paced with a heavy dubby-bass and similarly Ballardian lyrics that conjure up the dystopian post-nuclear nightmares of their time. This single comes with a postcard and a copy of 'Defiant Pose 9' fanzine, containing 36 pages (A4) featuring interviews with Void and The Suburban Homes, plus articles on the late '70s punk club The Eagle, Acklam Hall, '70s roots reggae man Glen Brown, Gary Asquith remembering the early punx of le Paris, plus a short chat with Tanya Rich (Discharge manager 1977-'80).

WARTHOG - WARTHOG (7"/STATIC SHOCK)

A 4-track EP from the NYC hc punks, featuring members of The Men, Dawn Of Humans and Ajax. Each record comes in a glued pocket sleeve along with a two colour risograph printed insert and a download code. TRACKS: 1. Culture? 2. Functioning World 3. Tightrope 4. Coward

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

 

CLOUDS TASTE SATANIC - DAWN OF THE SATANIC AGE (LP/KINDA LIKE MUSIC)

The third installment from CLOUDS TASTE SATANIC offers more of that utterly heavy down tuned crushing instrumental DOOM. The LP-version comes on YELLOW with RED HAZE SPLATTERED VINYL and is packaged in a gatefold sleeve.

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NAGA - INANIMATE (LP/LAY BARE)

NAGA is a blackened doom trio from Italy. This supernatural snake is crawling slowly but steady to the top of the contemporary sludge doom scene. The 'Inanimate' EP is the band's second release, issued in a limited run of only 100 copies.

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GARAGE PUNK/ROCK & ROLL

 

GIORGIO MURDERER - HOLOGRAPHIC VIETNAM WAR (GER) (LP/ALIEN SNATCH!)

European version. From a future dystopic dimension, GIORGIO MURDERER hails us with a pancosmic crash. This is aggressive, trashy rock maligning past and present for the wreckage to come!

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ROCK/POP/WAVE

 

FANNY KAPLAN - FANNY KAPLAN (LP/INFLAMMABLE MAT)

Fanny Kaplan is a female three-piece that formed in Moscow in 2012. This six-track mini-LP of spikey 2-3 minute songs hones the trio's previous experimentations into a post-punk/no wave/krautrock mix, all underpinned with a punk urgency. Killer basslines that range from Rema-Rema style brutalism to a throbbing 'Metal Box'-era Wobble metronome anchor with innovative, unorthodox drumming, topped off with bitter melodies and arcane, otherworldly synth lines.

 

INDUSTRIAL/DARK AMBIENT

 

ISOMER - THREE KESTRELS (LP/TESCO)

The first release on Tesco Organisation since 2009 by this Australian power electronics/heavy drone artist.

 

NEOFOLK/DARK FOLK

 

LES CHASSEURS DE LA NUIT - NEBEL LEBEN (LP/HEIDRUNAR MYRKR)

Kim Larsen (Of The Wand & The Moon/Vril Jger/Solanaceae etc.) returns as Mark Liens with this second album from Les Chasseurs De La Nuit, featuring eight tracks that range from neofolk to dark ambient and noise. There are contributions from Thomas Bojden (Die Weisse Rose/Vril Jger), Garek J. Druss (A Story Of Rats), Miro Snejdr (Herr Lounge Corps/Death In June), William Earg, Niels Ronne (Rainscape/Of The Wand & The Moon) and the record was mastered by Robert Ferbrache (Blood Axis etc.). A feverish and delirious nightmare filled with muskatnuss, monkeys and downright shenanigans.

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AFRO/BEAT/DESERT BLUES

 

MOSCO, HARRY - COUNTRY BOY (LP/PMG)

Harry Mosco's 'Country Boy' is a certified floor-filler, bursting with Studio 54-era disco-funk as well as a token reggae monster, complete with its own dub version. Harry Mosco always had swagger. A founding member of London-based Nigerian unit The Funkees, he'd stride out on stage in tight pants and dark sunglasses, commanding the attention of a population distracted by war. When The Funkees split in London, it was clear that his star would rise the fastest. Released in 1978 by the Taretone label, 'Country Boy' went on to become one of the best-selling Nigerian records of all time.

SAHARA ALL STAR BAND JOS - SAHARA ALL STARS OF JOS (LP/PMG)

Based in the Havana Nightclub, in the central plateau town of Jos, the Sahara All Stars Of Jos weren't part of the Lagos scene or the one in the east. Their leader, Dan Satch Ayo, had played with Dr. Sir Warrior in The Orientals and jammed with Mohammed Ahidjo and Sonny Akpan from The Funkees. Together with the All Stars he took the best of both scenes and created his own tight, hypnotic groove. First released in 1978, 'Sahara All Stars Of Jos' is a musical journey through all of those influences. Engineered by Fela Kuti's regular knob twiddler, Emmanuel A. Odunesu, it is a tight, funky sonic gem and a timely reminder that, in the '70s, the groove was strong all over Nigeria.

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EXPERIMENTAL/SOUND ART

 

SAINT FRANCIS DUO - LOS BORDES DE LAS RESPUESTAS (LP/DROPA DISC)

Disguised as the Saint Francis Duo, Stephen O'Malley and Steve Noble combine the searching, raucous spirit of free improvisation, massive guitar textures and the slowly shifting moods of the drone/doom-tradition. The Saint Francis Duo proves there's still room for adventure and innovation in the world of improvised music! This limited edition release (the first for Antwerp's Dropa Disc label) is a must-hear for open-minded music fanatics and doom heads alike. The LP is pressed in a limited run of 500 hand-numbered copies.

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VANDERSTRAETEN, KRIS - TROMMELS! (LP/DROPA DISC)

Percussionist Kris Vanderstraeten is one of the unsung heroes of the Belgian free improv scene. 'Trommels!', Vanderstraeten's second solo-album, lures the listener into a universe without rules, a place where intuition and imagination decide what happens. Vanderstraeten doesn't play by the rules, he pushes them to the max. His drum kit isn't just an instrument: it becomes a sound generator that explores the maximal potential of texture, dynamics and space. This edition is limited to 300 copies.

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SOUNDTRACKS

 

TROVAJOLI, ARMANDO - CHIAMATE 22-22 TENENTE SHERIDAN O.S.T. (LP/FOUR FLIES)

A stunning crime-jazz soundtrack blended with exotica flavours, composed by Armando Trovajoli, one of the main legends of Italian film music. This is an outstanding, still undiscovered score, previously unreleased on any format. Only the amazing main theme, sung by Lyda McDonald with her astonishing voice, was issued by RCA (in 1961) on a mega-rare 7-inch which nowadays is impossible to find.

UMILIANI, PIERO - AUDACE COLPO DEI SOLITI IGNOTI O.S.T. (LP/FOUR FLIES)

An indispensable score by Italian cinematic jazzfather Piero Umiliani is issued in its entirety for the first time. This is top class Italian crime jazz composed for a 1959 comedy directed by Nanni Loy. Chet Baker, who at that time was in Rome, joined Umiliani's octet with his unmistakable trumpet for a red-hot session in October '59 in the RCA studios. Besides his cool and dreamy solos, a colourful squad of musicians of the caliber of Roberto Pregadio, Berto Pisano, Franco Chiari, Gino Marinacci, Livio Cerveglieri, Nini Rosso, Marcello Boschi, to name a few, are featured here as well.

 

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