SPOTLIGHT 37

19/09/2022 12:21

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

COMMUNICANT - LA ROUE/THE WHEEL (BLACK) (7"/SIX TONNES DE CHAIR)

Communicant is the brainchild of Dylan Gardner, who wrote, recorded, produced, and played most of the instruments on 'The Wheel' and 'La Roue' taken from the band's debut full-length effort 'Sun Goes Out' that consists of heavily psychedelic pop-rock. 'The Wheel' is another beautifully melodic song that is synth-heavy and trippy. 'La Roue' is 'The Wheel' French singing version by Natasha Recoder. For lovers of '60s psych. Limited to 150 copies on black vinyl.

KACIMI - LES ROIS/VISIONS (BLACK) (7"/SIX TONNES DE CHAIR)

This 7" was recorded during those sweet years of confinement, Kacimi offers us for this autumn a high-flying collaboration with his 45 'Les Rois/Visions' and surrounds himself with François Serin, Julien Zumkehr and the figurehead of the French garage psyche: Lionel Limiñana founder of the Limiñanas. Psychedelic frescoes inspired by the German kraut rock highways of Neu! where we find the ingredients of the endless white lines (reverse guitar, free electronic sax and a crooner's voice). A real invitation to nocturnal journeys where the sun never rises. Limited to 250 copies on black vinyl in pale olive sleeves.

OLDU O ZAMAN - SIGARASI YALDIZI/MASTIKA (7"/BONGO JOE)

Cansu Ak, Tolga Horasanli and Mehmet Koray Erol came together in 2019 to produce their own music with creating the band Oldu O Zaman. Since they gathered as a band, 2 songs written, composed and arranged by them have been released by Avrupa Müzik. After that, the band decided to make their mutual dream which is covering and arranging Turkish traditional well-known folk songs with psychedelic and electronic elements to create a unique sound with their own touch. There was a psychedelic music trend in '70s used in traditional Anatolian folk songs. Oldu O Zaman rearranged the famous tavern song 'Sigarasi Yaldizli' and a well known Turkish gipsy song 'Mastika' by using this trend in electronic form.

BEDTIMEMAGIC - BETWEEN THE SHEETS (LP/FORBIDDEN PLACE)

This modern noise rock masterpiece teeters on the edge of progressive rock. Heavy jams recorded in the 10th dimension. Prepare to blast off. Edition of 250 1-sided pink vinyl records. Do not miss out on this gorgeous piece of wax!

HAIRY CHAPTER - CAN'T GET THROUGH (LP/LONGHAIR)

Formed late 1968 in Bonn, West Germany, Hairy Chapter intended to create a kind of white blues, playing own material with a permanent rock feeling, influenced by John Mayall, Cream and Jimi Hendrix but spiced up with its own ingredients. According to the band not only the Bonn music scene was enthusiastic about the band, but also a certain young Dieter Dierks was impressed and offered the band to record their first album in his new little studio, a former pigsty in Cologne-Stommeln, a rural setting north of Cologne, Germany. Their first album 'Eyes' was released in 1969. The band started recording the follow-up album 'Can't Get Through' in November 1970 with a release in 1971 on German label Bacillus. The recordings were again made in the (meanwhile refined and improved) studio of Dieter Dierks, who acted as sound engineer and producer. 'Can't Get Through' is highly regarded by many critics. It was Julian Cope's (author of 'Krautrocksampler' and musician of Teardrop Explodes fame) Album Of The Month in August 2000. He wrote: "...with the release of 'Can't Get Through,' Hairy Chapter finally recorded a righteous royal shit-stirrer which should be in the collection of every 21st century head." Comprising only 5 songs, 'There's A Kind Of Nothing' opens the album with some innocent enough bass/guitar vamping with a lighthearted Allman Brothers-ish guitar lick. The vamp continues, guitar fills becoming darker as Harry Unte attempts to belt out his vocals over the roiling rhythm section, all the while, the repetition building to some unknown climax that never comes. Then suddenly it stops, and we're at Scarborough Fair for a brief dreamy medieval interlude before being transported back to the menacing vamp. We realize very quickly that this is not conventional song composition. The apex of the album is the next 2 songs, 'Can't Get Through' and 'It Must Be An Officer's Daughter,' both of which are epic sonic landscapes stretching over 8 minutes each. 'Can't Get Through' starts with an intro that's like a cross between Yes and Sabbath. After a couple of hard rockin' verses, we're into a smoldering groove for a harmonica solo followed by Harry Titlbach's guitar workout over Rudolf Oldenburg's Jack Bruce-infused bass playing. Then suddenly a wacky slide guitar interlude comes out of nowhere, leading to a Led Zeppelin-ish riff that devolves into a slowly dissolving swing feel topped with dazed and confused guitar freakouts, Titlbach suffering from a momentary loss of sanity until finally it all crashes back to Earth with the Zep riff again. Like I said, not conventional songwriting. 'It Must Be An Officer's Daughter' continues on the road to the mountains of electrified post-blues madness with 8 more minutes of erratic groove changes, demented stalker lyrics like "I want to hold your luscious breasts in my hand" sung over a dark Sabbath-like riff, and a heaping helping of on-the-edge guitar solos over wicked drum/bass vamps. The only song that doesn't rock pretty hard is 'As We Crosssed Over.' For this one we've got acoustic bass, acoustic guitar, mariachi trumpet (yes you read that right) off in the distance and haunting, trippy choir vocals swirling around in the background. It sounds almost like Radiohead in an odd way. Strange, melancholy little tune here. The album closes with 'You've Got To Follow This Masquerade.' Evil Sabbath riffs alternated with straighter Zeppelin and proggy sections that just come to an abrupt halt after 4 minutes. The album comes in an exact reproduction of the original Bacillus cover but added a 4-sided cover sized insert sheet with story and many photos. Newly remastered. This is a real classic and should be in the collection of every 21st century head.

HAIRY CHAPTER - EYES (LP/LONGHAIR)

Formed late 1968 in Bonn, West Germany, Hairy Chapter intended to create a kind of white blues, playing own material with a permanent rock feeling, influenced by John Mayall, Cream and Jimi Hendrix but spiced up with its own ingredients. According to the band not only the Bonn music scene was enthusiastic about the band, but also a certain young Dieter Dierks was impressed and offered the band to record their first album in his new little studio, a former pigsty in Cologne-Stommeln, a rural setting north of Cologne, Germany. Their first album 'Eyes' was released in 1969. The album's release was accompanied by a professional promotion campaign. Every popular German radio station but also BFBS British Forces Broadcasting Service, located in Cologne, featured the album with great success and gave the band the opportunity to play 2 songs live in the studio, featured for the first time as bonus tracks on this reissue. 'Bad Dreams' started the album, a kind of standard blues-rock structure with pedestrian guitar from guitarist Titlbach and a haphazard harmonica solo. Imagine a Teutonic, second string Black Sabbath and you'd know what to expect on the first two thirds of this one. The last third of the track lead into a much tougher song, complete with a blazing Titlbach solo and some funky studio effects at the tail end. 'Pretty Talking Girl' was an unexpected ballad. Surprisingly pretty, the only complaint was that clocking in at under 90 seconds the song ended before it really got going. 'Pauline' kicked along by a funky! Oldenburg bass line and some of Titlbach's best playing, 'Pauline' was one of the album's highpoints. Yeah the song briefly lost its course midway through, but stumbled back home for the second half. 'Illusions' closed side one with a striking rocker. A fantastic laidback number with Unte holding back some of his normal aggressive vocal power to deliver a surprisingly sensitive performance. This one had another nice Oldenburg bass line and chiming Titlbach lead guitar. The only complaint here was that the song closed out as a standard blues-rock jam complete with hideous harmonica solo. Side two starts with 'Looking For A Decent Freedom' and found the band branching off in a more psych direction. The overall feel was still heavy metal with a nice guitar hook, but Unte's screaming vocals were treated to give the song kind of lysergic feel. With its pounding opening 'Cry For Relief' instantly attracted my attention, but about 20 second in the track abruptly switched tempo becoming a Doors-styled blues-rocker. I will tell you that Titlbach turned in one hell of a wah-wah solo on this one. Another atypical number 'Thought After' offered up an pretty 90 second acoustic ballad. Would have been one of the better tracks if they'd bothered to extend the length. 'Life 69' was a relatively funky blues workout with multi-tracked vocals. It was also one of the few tracks to showcase drummer Haubold. 'Big Fat Woman Blues' is a blues-rocker that showcases Rudolf Oldenburg's bass work. Just after the release of the second album 'Can't Get Through' in the middle of 1971, the group called it a day. 'Eyes' is an early classic of German independent underground music. A real monster of sound. A must have for your collection. The album was remastered and comes with 2 bonus tracks recorded live at BFBS Radio Studio Cologne in 1969, reissued for the first time. There is also a 4-sided cover sized insert sheet with story and many photos. Don't miss it!

JANITORS (SWEDEN) - NOISOLATION SESSIONS, VOL. 2 (LP/BAD AFRO)

In March 2020 The Janitors from Stockholm had their new album written and studio time booked in the north of Sweden - ready to unleash their latest shamanic fuzz meltdowns and follow up to the 'Horn Ur Marken' album from 2017. Then corona hit and everything changed. The band figured they would go down into their own studio to work on those tunes some more until things passed over but instead they ended up recording other songs that turned into 'Noisolation Sessions Vol. 1' released in 2020 including some of the best songs The Janitors ever produced. As corona kept a tight grip on us all the band didn't really know what to do next. So they started to record again and the result is 'Noisolation Sessions Vol. 2,' a collection of eight dark and noisy songs that are not aimed at the faint of heart. Instead The Janitors display a hypnotic, monotone and evil drone that fuzzes in all the right places. 'Noisolation Sessions Vol. 2' is a co-release between Cardinal Fuzz (UK), Little Cloud Records (USA) and Bad Afro Records (Denmark). The edition on Bad Afro is limited to 200 copies on red vinyl!

LAGOON - BURY ME WHERE I DROP (LP/ELECTRIC VALLEY)

LáGoon is a heavy riffing trio currently lingering in Portland OR. The band was originally formed as a two piece in 2017. Doomed and Stoned describes the band as "...an odd duck, with the head of The Stooges, the fuzzed up body of Dead Moon, the feet of The Gun Club, the soul of Electric Wizard and the guts of Nirvana." Comes on galaxy orange/blue vinyl.

LOS MUNDOS - LAS MONTANAS (LP/THE WEIRD BEARD)

Los Mundos slithers out of Monterrey, Mexico like a psychedelic serpent ready to draw blood. Undulating along riff-heavy guitar lines and fuzzed-out bass, Luis Angel Martinez and Alejandro Elizondo cut a path through psychedelia that pulls from sources as diverse as the Beach Boys, the Jesus and Mary Chain, and horror legend H.P. Lovecraft. Originally released digitally and on cassette in 2016.

MOON GOOSE - LA NUIT (LP/FRIENDS OF THE FISH)

Moon Goose began working on their third album 'La Nuit' during the dark Covid times. This LP features 8 tracks of musical weirdness and the band has tried really hard to channel the goose in each one of them and let them express their feelings. This is also their first collaboration with (tangible) Leon West and they're very excited about the result. Published by Friends Of The Fish (Fruits De Mer Records) and Inflatable Tarmac Records. Limited to 300 copies on red vinyl.

MORIWAKI, HITOMI - SUBTROPIC COSMOS (LP/GURUGURU BRAIN)

'Subtropic Cosmos' is the international debut album by Japanese artist Hitomi Moriwaki. Composed and recorded at her Fukuoka home during the worldwide pandemic between 2020-2022, the album was produced by Hideki Urawa, who has also worked with Kikagaku Moyo and other musical acts on Guruguru Brain. Hitomi Moriwaki is a multidisciplinary artist working with a wide range of mediums besides music, including: magazines, ceramics, digital art, and animation. 'Subtropic Cosmos' in particular is a wonderful work that conveys the "joy of making things" to listeners, as it is filled with various influences from her diverse activities. As suggested by the album title, most of the songs were created under the unprecedented conditions of corona - and as a result, were inspired by the consciousness of traveling through imaginary foreign lands and nature. As if adventuring through the universe inside of her own mind, Moriwaki's versatility is best experienced through her fearless fusion of hip-hop, pop and experimental music. Through a lens of psychedelic production by Hideki Urawa, this album is a truly special, one-of-a-kind space experience for listeners to enjoy and embark upon.

PAPER BOMB - INTO THE SUN (LP/THE WEIRD BEARD)

Paper Bomb has been a basement project since 2019 and is based out of Victoria BC Canada. Main songwriter/singer Rob Brelsford (bass player of Wolf Rider) has collaborated with Bumface Productions and Broken Waves studio to generate some garage pounding nectar for your ear canals. The album is a mix of songs that deal with emotions about being left alone in our own minds. Album artwork by Elzbea Rose, guitar work on 'Semi Pro' by Robbie Jr. Brelsford, mixing by Ben Wittrock (Razorvoice) and mastering by John McBain. Limited to 200 copies on white vinyl. Co-release with Echodelick Records.

PLANET OF ZEUS - MACHO LIBRE (BLACK) (LP/B-OTHERSIDE/IHAVEADRUM)

Reissue of 2011 album by this acclaimed Greek stoner/psych band. Black vinyl version.

PUPPIES IN THE SUN - LIGHT BECAME LIGHT (LP/BUH)

Puppies In The Sun is a Peruvian duo that is inspired by cosmic rock and (at time minimal) synthesizer music, but doesn't shy away from heavy moments touching on noise rock or even black metal when suitable. 'Light Became Light' is the Puppies' 2022 album.

RIBBONS OF EUPHORIA - YOU DON'T CARE (LP/EXPERIENCE MUSIC)

Third album by this band from Athens, Greece. A blues based heavy prog-psych band, dwelling in jazz and symphonic fundamental elements. Drawing musical nuances and inspiration from the greats of the genre such as Camel, Atomic Rooster, Iron Butterfly, King Crimson and numerous other bands from the '60s and '70s but also the contemporary era. The band aims at high level implementation with the demanded precision and performance to escalate the richness of the compositions to a full realization by the listener. Lyrical works are often intellectual, based on social and philosophical concepts!

GAGLIA, ANTHONY - VOODOO HEARTBEAT (CD/FORBIDDEN PLACE)

LaGoon's Anthony Gaglia's first solo album takes a step into the psych folk realm. Vocals, guitar, bass, drums, piano and harmonica by Anthony Gaglia. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Anthony Gaglia at Creature Studios.

SPACE COKE - LUNACY (CD/FORBIDDEN PLACE)

2022 album by Savannah, Georgia based psychedelic stoner rock outfit Space Coke. Includes a Danzig cover. Limited to 100 copies.

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

FUZZSTAINZ - GET STAINED (7"/BELUGA)

Fuzzstainz are back with their second single, the first came out at the same time as the corona virus broke out and had a passing title, ('Sick, Sick, Sick'). Hopefully nothing will happen this time around. The Fuzzstainz feature Lee Tea, Harri Kolari plus Marian Barbarian, who rumble thru a nice set of crashing garage-punk, stripped down to the minimum, childish punkrock!!! Recorded in Fuzz-aramic "Stereo" with a Surround-a-bout Sound! in Malmö Sweden.

MEN WITH THE GOLDEN GONADS - PLAY THE MEN WITH THE GOLDEN GONADS AND OTHER MISSES... (LP/SPINOUT NUGGETS)

The Men With The Golden Gonads is the brains of the late, great Tim Webster. Tim made plenty of racket in his time, mostly with The Sputniks (releasing a 10" album in 1986), Timmy Tremolo and The Tremolons (who featured on three of compilations on Billy Childish's Hangman Records), Johnny Gash and plenty more! Tim would spend much of his spare (and not spare) time at Gruts Cafe on Rochester High Street, where many Medway musicians would gather to plan musical world domination. The Men With The Golden Gonads also included Tim's brother Stephen on saxophone, with Russ Baxter (Phaze, The Treasures Of Mexico, The Discords, and currently Secret Affair) on drums, Tony Cook (The Gravediggers, The Fugitives) on bass, Presun Amin (Envy) on organ, and Dave Gibbons on trumpet, some of which had also played with Tim in The Tremolons. Tim Webster sadly left this world on 20th June 2020. During 1990 and 1991, The Men With The Golden Gonads went into Red Studios, Kent and recorded a number of tracks, with Billy Childish on producer duties. This album contains fourteen of those recordings, which includes eleven of the band's favourite songs to cover, and three of Tim Webster's originals.

TASHMINTS - THE TASHMINTS (LP/BELUGA)

Lockdown saw the emptying of many glory boxes, as musicians deprived of an outlet dug into their lost archives. One such box contained The TashMints' unreleased record from 2009, featuring a swag of tunes written by Link McClennan, and a couple of covers (The Gun Club & The InCrowd). Featuring members from a coterie of Melbourne bands: The Meanies, Bindi, Mach Pelican, Sore Eyes, Stoneage Romeos and The Breadmakers, The TashMints coalesced in 2008, recorded the LP in 2009, then disbanded abruptly in 2010. They played a lot of live shows over that period, and plan to do so again with the 2022 release. Sleeve design by artist Sora Mizusawa (from the Japanese band Gimmes).

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

GIRDLE - BAKE SALE/MARZIPAN (7"/FORBIDDEN PLACE)

Two crushing tracks from Sacramento noiserock trio Girdle. Limited to 100 copies.

CUCAMARAS - SOFT SOAP EP (BLACK) (LP/EXAG')

Cucamaras, formed of Josh Hart, Olly Bowley, Dan McGrath and Joe Newton have developed a strong interest from their local scene in Nottingham, selling out The Bodega in October 2021. Taking inspiration from acts such as Fontaines D.C., Parquet Courts and Car Seat Headrest, Cucamaras' latest EP demonstrates the expansion of the band's direction. 'Soft Soap' also provides a peak into the future of Cucamaras, with further releases expected later in the year with accompanying shows to be announced. 45rpm EP.

KID GULLIVER - KISMET (LP/PLATO UTRECHT)

Kid Gulliver is a power-pop band from Boston. Their music is a powerful blend of driving rhythm and sweet, hooky melodies with vocal harmony. Their songs draw on influences from a vast catalog which includes everything from 1960s British Invasion and 1970s classic rock and punk to 1980s new wave and 1990s alternative and indie pop. Yes, a bit "old school," but always fresh sounding and original. No need for auto tune pitch correction here. Never needed it, never will. Singer/guitarist Simone Berk, whose previous band Sugar Snow garnered critical acclaim with her moody compositions, delivers vocals with a style that is instantly recognizable. David Armillotti, former member of Cookiecutter Girl and Hall Of Mirrors, brings a guitar style both aggressive and melodic. Their prelaunch single on Red on Red, 'Forget About Him,' reached number 1 on the Radio Indie Alliance Top 75, a global chart compilation from hundreds of indie terrestrial, college, streaming, and satellite radio shows, and they've been dominating the indie charts ever since. Previously only available on CD, Plato Utrecht Records is proud to offer this on the only format that matters.

PASTEL WAVES - BACK IN THE LAND OF THE LIVING (LP/SPINOUT NUGGETS)

The Pastel Waves are a Medway-based indie band who fuse their collective influences of new wave, indie and Brit pop. With a full line-up in 2017, it was actually 2015 that Rob Percy and Chris Parsons (previous members Medway band Speedwell) began writing new material together. Soon after, they knew they was onto something with this new project, and thus invited Joe Liste Romero and Mike Grigson (previous members of Medway band The Ambience) to join to add drums and vocals to the songs' bare bones. Their debut album 'All Things To All People' was released in March 2019 on Trouserphonic Records, with a follow-up digital single 'Ten,' and the CD EP 'I Hate Myself For Wanting It' in May 2020. In April 2021, the band released 'The Influencers EP' on vinyl via Spinout Nuggets, with four strong tracks, each receiving enough attention to force them to continue recording. Since release from lockdown, the band have a healthy live gig portfolio, and continue to write and record, and 'Back In The Land Of The Living' is a ten solid song long player which proves that the band aren't a one-trick pony. Limited to 300 hand-numbered copies.

GHOST:WHALE - ECHO:ONE (CD/FORBIDDEN PLACE)

The Brussels band GHOST:WHALE was born in the Winter of 2021 in the greatest secrecy. Composed of musicians from Frau Blücher and the Drünken Horses, [P.U.T] and Missiles of October, this instrumental project consisting of 2 basses, drums and samples takes us into a hypnotic mix of industrial stoner noise rock.

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

BOBBY RAMONE - ROCKET TO KINGSTON (LP/HEY SUBURBIA)

Originally released in 2020 and widely acclaimed as 'the record of the year' in the punk rock community worldwide, Bobby Ramone's legendary self titled debut gets the Hey Suburbia reissue treatment. Comes on pink vinyl with printed inner sleeve, 500 only. Includes 2 bonus tracks. "Best release of the last decade" ~CJ Ramone. SIDE 1: 1. Durango 65 2. I Don't Wanna Stand Up 3. Stirring In My Room 4. Today One Love, Tomorrow The World 5. Jamming Affairs 6. Three Little Surfin' Birds SIDE 2: 1. Kaya Bop 2. Glad To See You Cry 3. Is This Love Kills? 4. Bye Bye Redemption 5. Kaya Bop (Demo) 6. Get Up Stand Up (Live Version)

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

ESPLENDOR GEOMETRICO - COMPUESTO DE HIERRO + (2LP) (LP/GEOMETRIK)

Esplendor Geométrico, the influential industrial pioneers of the pulsating, hypnotic and mechanical rhythms, present the extended version of their album 'Compuesto De Hierro' to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its release. Recorded in Beijing in 2002 and out of print for over 15 years, 'Compuesto De Hierro' was originally released only on CD and now for the first time on double vinyl including on side D four new and unreleased tracks recorded in 2022, inspired by the music on the album. Now remastered for vinyl, the sleeve design is based on the original cover. 'Compuesto De Hierro' is the most perfect example of the industrial-tribal sound of Esplendor Geométrico, developed over more than two decades, reminding us at times of their most "ethnic" album 'Mekano-Turbo.' The hypnotic and elaborate rhythms are masterfully combined with teatred vocals, electronic analogue sounds, and sonorities from the Far East, especially from China. 'Compuesto De Hierro' represents a unique viewpoint in the fusion of traditional or ethnic music with classical industrial music. Limited and numbered edition of 600 copies.

KUPPER, LEO - ELECTRONIC WORKS & VOICES 1977-87 (2LP) (LP/SUB ROSA)

This release highlights Léo Kupper's earliest compositions with his GAME machine - Générateur Automatique de Musique Electronique (Automatic Generator of Electronic Music) constructed during the 1960's. Purely electronic sounds into new structures, Léo Kupper shows through his 4 tracks a real spirit of renewal.

MAGGI, PHIL - THE ENCRIMSONED (LP/SUB ROSA)

Sound architect and filmmaker from Liège, Belgium Phil Maggi is known as the lead singer of heavy-rock combo Ultraphallus. He has shared the bill with Jerusalem In My Heart, Keith Rowe, Phill Niblock, Tuxedomoon, Sote, Thisquietarmy, and many others. 'The Encrimsoned' is the second part of his diptych inspired by Henry Corbin's writings, which started with his previous album 'Animalwrath' (Sub Rosa SR423). 'The Encrimsoned' is a four-track album, harboring a few musical friends and usual collaborators (Maja Jantar, Tom Malmendier, Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, Sebastien Schmit, Gabriel Séverin, Xavière Fertin). Ranging from free-jazz to ambient-electronic contemporary art sound, this adventurous second and final chapter is an homage to Hardy Fox, pioneer and primary composer for The Residents.

MUJICA, MANONGO - DEL CUARTO ROJO (LP/BUH)

'Del Cuarto Rojo is an album that integrates many of the musical resources developed by Mujica. It is an amalgam that sums up his own language, including the creation of environments with extended techniques and objects, and experiments in jazz fusion. The album features the participation of outstanding musicians such as Pauchi Sasaki (violin), Jos Quezada (cello), Terje Evensen (electronic effects), Jean Pierre Magnet (saxophone), Cristobal, and Daniel and Gabriel Mujica (sons of Manongo Mujica, on percussion, strings and wind arrangements).

NICOLS, MAGGIE - ARE YOU READY (LP/OTOROKU)

Here presented on vinyl is a free-jazz tinged album from improviser Maggie Nicols, who's also known from a.o. the Spontaneous Music Ensemble, the Feminist Improvising Group and Les Diaboliques.

KNIZAK, MILAN/MIROSLAV BEINHAUER - ANOTHER STATE OF STAGNATION/PIANO PIECES (1991-2021) (CD/SUB ROSA)

'Another State Of Stagnation' contains six unreleased piano pieces by Milan Knízák, written between 1991 and 2021. Played by Czech piano virtuoso Miroslav Beinhauer in August 2020 and recorded in August 2021 at Czech Radio Ostrava under the Petr Bakla's recording direction. The author of the title and cover is Milan Knízák. Produced by re-set production.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

EARLY MOODS - EARLY MOODS (BLACK) (LP/RIDING EASY)

The self-titled full length debut of Los Angeles quintet Early Moods is a marriage of classic underground doom like Candlemass, Witchfinder General, Pentagram, Trouble and Saint Vitus, paired with traditional "big box" heavy metal melodies and song structure. These two contrasting aesthetics may seem incongruous, but the skilled musicianship of Early Moods - some of whom have played music together since their early teens - manages to find the perfect balance between grit and gloss.

IRONFLAME - (BLACK) WHERE MADNESS DWELLS (LP/HIGH ROLLER)

Ohio-based multi-instrumentalist Andrew D'Cagna has been playing in more than half a dozen different bands over the years, some of them quite renowned within the metal scene, such as Brimstone Coven and Icarus Witch. Ironflame is his own project. 'Where Madness Dwells' is Ironflame's fourth full-length album, where D'Cagna has once again handled all the instruments himself. Regarding the vocals, there are some parallels to the early work of Bruce Dickinson for Iron Maiden, as D'Cagna has been influenced by Iron Maiden when he first listened to heavy metal. Comes on black vinyl, limited to 400 copies and includes insert.

NIGHTSTALKER - SUPERFREAK (LP/LABYRINTH OF THOUGHTS)

Reissue of 2009 album, originally released on CD on MeteorCity, and on vinyl on Headspin in 2010. 50 minutes of raging '70s heavy rock that proves why the band is one of the leaders of the stoner rock sound worldwide. The release includes a new mix done by the band and Philip Martinelis and new mastering by Brad Boatright. Comes on 150gr red vinyl, with gatefold cover and innersleeve, limited to 500 copies.

PETH - MERCHANT OF DEATH (CLEAR/AQUAMARINE) (LP/ELECTRIC VALLEY)

Repress on clear/aquamarine vinyl. Central Texas is well known for its underground heavy rock'n'roll from the late '60s, '70s and '80s, a sound different than any other place on earth seems to always be birthed here time and time again. Fast forward some 50 years later and there are still the same hell raisin' beer drinking guitar slinging rock'n cowboys makin' some noise in the Lone Star state! So it's no surprise that in the 21st century you have a band like Peth come along and start making some big '70s Texas noise! Born in the middle of the 2020 pandemic these 4 native Texans have been doin' all the beer drinking and hell raisin' you could want on stage with an electrifying mix of early '70s proto metal and occult rock/stoner sound matched to that of early Black Sabbath, Scorpions, Medusa, Venom, Blue Cheer, Pentagram, ZZ Top etc. with evil guitarmonies (what they call guitar harmonies), an explosive trucking bass and drum section and two knock out vocalists who truly help preserve some spirit of Texas's old way of life while helping usher it in this new era of rock'n'roll for generations to follow. 'Merchant Of Death' is almost like a hidden gem of the '70s/'80s metal invasion but in the 21st century. With heavy hitting riff after riff, electrifying vocals and pounding drum and bass, this album is sure to please any metal head and their daddy.

BELENOS - YEN SONN GARDIS (DIGI) (CD/NORTHERN SILENCE)

'Yen Sonn Gardis' ('Cold Hard Severe'), the fifth Belenos album, was originally released in 2010, in limited editions of 1000 A5-digi CDs and approx. 1700 CDs in jewel case + 300 promo CDs. The entire album is sung in Breton, the old Celtic language of Brittany, which is very similar to Cornish but is spoken by a mere 200,000 people throughout the world - less than Icelandic. As always, the lyrics deal with classical themes such as winter, death, pride, nature, Celtic legends, rituals and ancient battles. The music is very much Belenos, a combination of harsh black metal, melodic pagan metal with heroic choirs, and elaborate song structures with lots of details that make the songs grow on you the more you listen to them. Since the album is out of print for several years now, the time has come for a limited re-press. It comes in 6-panel digipack, limited to 500 copies, and includes as bonus track, a cover of Emperor's 'With Strength I Burn.'

WINTER ETERNAL - REALM OF THE ETERNAL WINTER (2CD) (CD/NORTHERN SILENCE)

Winter Eternal is the melodic black metal solo-project of Soulreaper from Athens, Greece, formed in April 2011, and relocated to Scotland in 2018. Major influence is the Swedish melodic black metal of the '90s and the classic releases from bands such as Unanimated, Dissection, Gates Of Ishtar, Sacramentum and others. 'Realm Of The Eternal Winter' compiles the project's out of print debut EP, first and second full lengths and four bonus tracks from different tribute albums, with a total playing time of over 100 minutes. The 2CD comes as Collector's Edition in 8-panel digipack, limited to 500 copies.

 

BLUES/COUNTRY/OLDIES

ESH, SAM - JACK OF DIAMONDS/FARO GODDAMN (2CD) (CD/PENULTIMATE PRESS)

Penultimate Press is proud to release one of the most audacious and unrelenting entries in the entire minimal cannon. A collection of recordings from a true American eccentric maverick pioneer, Sam Esh. Originally available as 2 cassettes in tiny editions on Mike Rep Hummel's Old Age/No Age label these are now bound together on a 2CD set which does not interrupt the unrelenting creativity of Mr Esh. What does it sound like? Picture Moondog taking a turn for the far worse morphing into a way further crazed Legendary Stardust Cowboy who eschews any song tradition for an unrelenting hypnotic acoustic hurricane complete with glossolalia vocals. This is raw primitive repetitive street blues, an acoustic freight train barreling through your brain. It is unlike anything you have encountered prior.

 

JAZZ/AVANTGARDE

BERJEAUT, ANTOINE - CHROMESTESIA (LP/MENACE)

Following the critically acclaimed album 'Moving Cities', recorded and produced with Makaya McCraven, Antoine Berjeaut - a stalmart of the European jazz scene - returns with 'Chromesthesia'. Crafted together with some of the most innovative musicians of the French jazz circuit. Antoine Berjeaut seeks synesthetic resonances between sound and colors, guided by intuition to write music while using concepts and processes inherent to graphic art; playing with contrasts and nuances the way he plays with scales and keys, and tracing melodic lines in a constantly moving world, both graphic and sonic.

GUSTAFSSON, MATS -& NU ENSEMBLE- - HIDROS 8 - HEAL (LP/TROST)

NU Ensemble consists of an international group of musicians from the worlds of improvised music, free jazz, noise and contemporary music from Sweden, Norway, Netherlands, Austria, Italy and Portugal, founded by Mats Guastafsson. Since the start in 1997 there have been eight different versions of the NU Ensemble - a new piece, a new line-up, a new theme - every time. Previous editions have focused on the Sami culture, Patti Smith, Ligeti, architecture and more. For 'Hidros 8 - Heal' Mats Gustafsson took inspiration from the state of the world: "'Hidros 8 - Heal' is an attempt to rise and find the questions about the state of things. There is an extreme unbalance on local and global levels at the moment... from ideological, economical, cultural and political perspectives - and we need an equilibrium of some sorts very soon. Can it HEAL? What can make it all HEAL? And for how long can it HEAL? Anna Högberg - alto and baritone sax, Mats Gustafsson - baritone sax and conductions, Susana Santos Silva - trumpet, Per-Åke Holmlander - tuba, Hedvig Mollestad - guitar, Dieb13 - turntables, Christof Kurzmann - lloopp, voice, Massimo Pupillo - bass, Gert-Jan Prins - drums and electronics, Ivar Loe Bjornstad - drums. Recorded at DE Studio, Antwerp, 23rd Nov. 2016, mixed by Mikael Werliin, mastered by Lasse Marhaug. Cover design by Lasse Marhaug.

MAI MAO - RICSHARI (LP/AN'ARCHIVES)

An'archives are thrilled to announce the release of 'Ricshari,' the first LP from Japanese free improvising duo Mai Mao. Consisting of Shizuo Uchida of Hasegawa-Shizuo, Albedo Gravitas, Archeus, Kito Muzukumi Rouber, Terror Shit, UH, etc. on bass, and Kyosuke Terada, of HUH (who have their own release due on An'archives soon), Terror Shit, Bay City Rolaz, Praymate, The Obey Unit, etc. on guitar, they've previously released two wild cassettes, 'Curvature Improvement Plan' (Haang Niap, 2020) and 'Folk Dope Rally (2021), both documenting one-take improvisations from live gigs. 'Ricshari' was recorded by Nobuki Nishiyama in January 2021, and is proof, if any was needed, that this duo is one of the most fiercely unique, out-there units currently extant - in Japan, or anywhere, for that matter. The music of Mai Mao seems to proceed by opposites and juxtaposition, shifting from frantic, hectic runs of splattering note spray to moments of granular stasis, where Uchida and Terada coax their instruments into and out of deep wells of silence, or rest, temporarily, in a lagoon of fermenting fuzz. Spiralling kinetics are largely the order of the day, though the opener, 'Chew A Flying Flash Prayer,' skitters here and there, guitar and bass jumping over one another in games of leapfrog and Twister, finding new ways to perplex and puzzle the listener, and perhaps each other in the process, Uchida and Terada fully committed to the short-circuiting spirit of the moment. The energy here is hyperactive, but it also speaks of a curious and committed attention to improvisatory responsiveness, one that's just as likely to fork off into different directions in a split second - it's real edge-of-the-seat stuff, as though the hands are moving too fast for the mind to follow. That's all the better, then, to let the gush of genuinely free-thinking, devoted duo improvisation to fly at its most playful and intelligent. File next to the likes of Davey Williams & LaDonna Smith and their TransMuseq companions, or the wickedly perplexing bass-synth/trombone duets of Dave Dove Paul Duo, and you've some idea of what's going on here, provisionally at least, 'cos this one's an enthralling, yet welcoming, head-scratcher of the highest calibre.

OXBOW & PETER BROTZMANN - AN ETERNAL REMINDER OF NOT TODAY (2LP) (LP/TROST)

'LIVE AT MOERS'- At the Moers Festival 2018, Oxbow got together with Peter Brötzmann to deliver a memorable performance, bringing out the best of two legends in their very own genres while playing old and new Oxbow songs together. Oxbow, formed in 1988 in San Francisco, plays a blend of noise rock, avant-garde jazz, musique concrète and blues, creating intimate soundscapes, with overtones of paranoia, revulsion and exaltation. They released a couple of cult albums, eg. on. Neurot, Hydra Head. Peter Brötzmann, active since the '60s with his distinct saxophone sound, is one of the key musicians in European free jazz.

 

REGGAE/DUB/SKA/ROCKSTEADY

PABLO, AUGUSTUS -& ROCKERS ALLSTARS- - LIGHTNING AND THUNDER (LP/ONLYROOTS/DEEP ROOTS REGGAE)

Previously unreleased recordings and dubplates from the '70s. Transferred from tapes and original dubplates worn out over the years. While every attempt has been made to ensure best sound reproduction, some slight deterioration in sound quality might have remained. Co-release by Onlyroots and Deep Roots Reggae Shop. SIDE 1: 1. Augustus Pablo - A Mothers Love 2. Rockers All Stars - Stand Strong 3. Rockers All Stars - Leave The Dreadlocks 4. Augustus Pablo - Omo Valley Dub 5. Rockers All Stars - Took My Love 6. Augustus Pablo - Visions Of Zion SIDE 2: 1. Augustus Pablo - Sons Of Negus 2. Prince Mohamed - Gates Of Zion (Dubplate Mix) 3. Rockers All Stars - Gates Of Dub (Dubplate Mix) 4. Augustus Pablo - All Nations 5. Augustus Pablo - All Nations Dub

 

SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/R&B/GOSPEL

FRANKY SELECTOR FEAT. BANDA MAJA - WAIT FOR ME/ASPIETTAME (RE-EDIT) (7"/FOUR FLIES)

Salifornian funk collective Banda Maje put their spin on 'Wait For Me,' a disco-funk track by Canadian multi-instrumentalist Franky Selector. The full, vocal version of the re-edit, on side A, sees Franky Selector himself sing in perfect Neapolitan amidst irresistible backing vocals, while the instrumental version is provided on side B. Both versions brim with joy, funk, and Salifornian energy, bringing Italy and Canada closer than ever. Infectious groove has no boundaries.

TONICO 70 - VIC'L/FANTASIE (SAMPLED VERSION) (7"/FOUR FLIES)

From an offshoot of Salifornian funk/soul collective Banda Maje, here comes a 7" single penned by the rapper, producer and band's co-founder Tonico 70. 'Vic'l/Fantasie' is a tasty prelude to Tonico 70's forthcoming album "Antonico", due out in November 2022. Both tracks evoke images and stories while enveloping you in a warm embrace. Not unlike Banda Maje's music, they have a strong cinematic quality that Tonico 70's rap adds to nicely.

CHO & RANDOM IMPETUS - BROTHER SISTER/CANDLELIGHT (12"/MENACE)

The debut 7" by Cho and Random Impetus featured the tracks 'Brother Sister' and 'Candlelight'. Recorded in full analog setting, giving the track a very old school vibe by utilizing jazz, funk, soul and disco melodies to create a rich 1970s-esque sound. This 12" includes remixed by DJ Hugo LX and DJ Spinna.

PERKUTAO - MIS ANCESTROS (LP/BUH)

Produced by none other than Manongo Mujica, 'Mis Ancestros' is the fourth release in the series 'Perspectivas De La Musica Afroperuana' ('Perspectives on Afro-Peruvian Music'). The Afro-Peruvian percussion ensemble Perkuato (directed by Percy Chinchilla) opens a new direction for Afro-Peruvian music with a free percussion sound that is modern, yet firmly rooted in tradition.

 

SOUNDTRACKS/LOUNGE/CULT ETC

ACDA, CHANTAL -& ERIC THIELEMANS- - A NEW SCORE FOR KOYAANISQATSI (LP/SUB ROSA)

Dark-folk songwriter Chantal Acda and beyond drums-percussion musician extraordinaire Eric Thielemans propose a new score for 'Koyaanisqatsi,' re-actualising the incredibly beautiful, raw, rhythmic and touching images of this '80s cinematographic masterpiece. Slow deep electric waves, lonely synths in sonic desert landscapes, rhythmic pulses, transporting drums and bells, and deeply longing sounds and voices make up the audible fundamentals of this imagined, neo shamanic, ritualistic music to accompany the Earth as it keeps on supporting our post human frenetics even today. This release contains a selection of the musical material scored for a live performance together with the screening of the movie. The live performance premiered on Film Festival Gent and Vooruit in the fall of 2022.

AGUILAR, LUIS DAVID - AYAHUASCA: MUSICA PARA CINE DE L.D. AGUILAR (1978-'83) (LP/BUH)

This LP compiles three of the best works by Luis David Aguilar, one of the most prolific composers of film scores in Peru. The release showcases the great versatility and avant-garde style that has distinguished his work. Aguilar's music blends modern academic composition with the use of native instruments, synthesizers, sound collages and a diversity of resources.

RONDELLS - EXOTIC SOUNDS FROM THE NIGHT TRIPS (LP/DOGHOUSE & BONE)

The Rondells is an upcoming band in exotica. This French band presents their debut album, produced by Hervé Bessenay. Expect '50s lounge and exotica sounds from Miami to Malibu. All analogue recordings.

SORGINI, GIULIANO - ZOO FOLLE O.S.T. (2LP) (LP/FOUR FLIES)

For the first time ever, 'Zoo Folle' in its full, extended glory. Back in 2016 Four Flies put out the first official reissue of 'Zoo Folle.' It sold out in a matter of months, leaving many vinyl collectors hungry for more. This new double LP contains both the soundtrack as released in 1974 (sides A and B) and previously unreleased gems (sides C and D).

 

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