SPOTLIGHT 3

24/01/2022 12:18

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

CARCANO - BY ORDER OF THE GREEN GODDESS (LP/CLOSTRIDIUM)

"Carcaño evolves his sound into a shamanic space in which the liquid sounds of the '60s and '70s are muddied under heavy-psych riffs in smoky and narcotic atmospheres. His slow riffs, along with his bewitching vocals, create a lethargic, magnetic and forceful environment. Here the band expresses itself with solvency in a sound bet that leans towards stoner-doom moments, but that affects the most hallucinogenic heavy psych sounds. Soft in their melodies, with a voice full of hook, but forceful with their riffs, they strike the balance between heaviness and the fuzzsoaked 'trip' to new sensory dimensions." ~Roberto Lucas/Doomcharts.

DECASIA - (BLACK) AN ENDLESS FEAST FOR HYENAS (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

'An Endless Feast For Hyenas' is the Decasia debut album. A creative turning point is gradually taken, looking for more heavy psych and krautrock touches. The first trials of this debut album are directly tested on stage to feel their live impact. This album is a complete and deep dive into the Decasia's universe : a wide, eclectic and powerful effort. The trio drags us quickly with a psychedelic rock sound nuanced with stoner and almost narrative instrumental passages. Taking the path of improvisations to write and compose, the album was recorded in the middle of the countryside in Auvergne (France). The house was transformed into a studio with instruments installed in the barn and the control room in the living room.

LOOSE SUTURES - (ORANGE) A GASH WITH SHARP TEETH AND OTHER TALES (LP/ELECTRIC VALLEY)

Repress on transparant orange vinyl. 'A Gash With Sharp Teeth And Other Tales' is a journey delving into lust; with filthy guitars, stoned rhythms and creepy voices escorting you deep inside the sticky core of what you both fear yet desire. An escape on high heels, a recipe for toxic tastes, an endless nightmare, a tempting little mistress, a white vulture flight - the 10 tracks which were born in a sickly strip club, created with love, smoke and alcohol at RKS studio, are now ready for you. So put on your kinkiest outfit and let the record play!

SAMURAI - SAMURAI (LP/TRADING PLACES)

In 1971 the group called Web changed its name to Samurai and started working on their eponymous studio album released on the obscure Greenwich Gramophone label. 'Samurai' is a great gem of early British progressive rock, and although it was clearly influenced by legendary groups such as King Crimson, and Gentle Giant, it represented a unicum in the music panorama. Unfortunately, the group disbanded shortly after the release, partly compromising its highly deserved recognition.

WYATT E - AL BETULI DARU (LP/STOLEN BODY)

'Al Beluti Daru' ("The Eternal City" in Akkadian language) features two 19-minute tracks recorded and mixed by doom godfather Billy Anderson (Sleep, Om, Melvins) and mastered by Justin Weis. The composition of the album is a challenging use of techniques and instruments never used by the band before: Saxophones, saz, an unusual use of voices, effects and percussions. Two drum kits have been tracked simultaneously during most of the album.

FREE - LIVE AT SANTA MONICA CIVIC CENTER 1971 (CD/CANTARE)

Free became renowned for their live shows and non-stop touring. When 'All Right Now' became a massive worldwide hit it propelled them into the upper echelon of the rock pantheon. The song helped secure them a place at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970, where they played to 600,000 people. In early 1971 they played a short American tour and were recorded for radio station KUSC in Santa Monica. This album features many songs that went on to become classics, including the afore mentioned 'All Right Now'. TRACKS: 01. Be My Friend 02. The Stealer 03. Woman 04. Ride On Pony 05. Don't Say You Love Me 06. All Right Now 07. Fire And Water 08. Heavy Load 09. The Highway Song 10. My Brother Jake 11. Soon I'll Be Gone 12. I'm A Mover 13. Mr. Big 14. The Hunter 15. Rock Me Baby

RITVA NERO - IMMORTAL TRADITION (CD/NORDIC NOTES)

Ritva Nero comes from the Finnish music scene and was formed in 2017. The music of the band could be described as 'party metal folk'. The instruments used are soprano saxophone, Finnish bagpipes and nyckelharpa, complimented by bass and drums performed in a metal style. Folk dance tunes are cleverly combined with a metal tradition in a contemporary manner.

TIR NA NOG - LIVE 1970-'71 (CD/MEGA DODO)

Tir na nOg have been described as alt folk, prog folk, psych folk, and even space folk! But the duo, formed by Leo O'Kelly and Sonny Condell in 1970, transcends all these categories. What is not in doubt is that they are two of the most original and influential songwriters and performers Ireland has ever produced. Tir na nOg's 'Live 1970-'71' features Sonny and Leo performing some of their best loved songs before audiences and live in the studio. Beside featuring their original composition, 'Live 1970-'71' features perfectly curated cover versions such as Joni Mitchell's 'Woodstock' and Bob Dylan's 'Maggies Farm' available on album for the first time. 'Live 1970-'71' has been licenced from Tir na nOg and remastered for compact disc. TRACKS: 01. Let My Love Grow 02. Daisy Lady 03. Mill Pond 04. Looking Up 05. Time Is Like A Promise 06. Woodstock 07. I'm Happy To Be (On This Mountain) 08. Daisy Lady 09. Tír na nOg 10. Boat Song 11. Aberdeen Angus 12. Looking Up 13. Mariner Blues 14. Daisy Lady 15. Live A Day 16. Maggie's Farm 17. Tír na nOg 18. Dante

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

MUD CITY MANGLERS - HEART FULL OF HATE (LP/BELUGA)

Re-release of the MCM debut album, this was originally released back in 2000. John Holstrom editor of PUNK magazine says: The Manglers play a raw, blistering, p(i)ssed-off punk that's as insane as anything since the original Stooges. Anyone who lives on the east coast should check these guys out ASAP. They rip live!! Fans of stuff like Electric Frankenstein, The Hellacopters, Gluecifer and the Backyard Babies need to hear the Manglers!

PALMIYELER - (BLACK) SEYTAN ODAMA GELDI (LP/GREEN COOKIE)

Palmiyeler stands for soothing melodies, cinematic landscapes and groovy beats. They maintain a distinct style, blending garage-rock classicism with some cinematic touch, the Turkish quartet explore dark themes under a breezy Mediterranean sunny feel, the end result sounding pretty smooth, like Steely Dan writing for The Jesus & Mary Chain. Surf guitar licks leading to often lethargic, gospel-based tunes that recall early-Spiritualized or late Velvet Underground, alternate with West Coast '70s soft-rock, sub-funky beats and soulful vocals.

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

FANS - (BLACK) YOU DON'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE (LP/RADIATION)

Enigmatic power-pop quartet the Fans formed in 1978, spurred into action by the Bristol area's vibrant new wave scene. Singer/guitarist George Smith previously fronted the Dragons (with future Tom Robinson collaborator Jo Burt) and guitarist Rob Williams was in Uncle Po (with future Dexy's violinist Helen Bevington); they split after two singles for Fried Egg, but regrouped in 2010 following a Japanese hit cover of their dejected 'You Don't Live Here Anymore.' This dynamite collection joins the Fried Egg work with rare demos and live recordings, the definitive picture of one of Avon's most impressive new wave guitar bands.

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

EATER - NO BRAINS/JEEPSTER (7"/ANTENNA)

Eater were one of the original 1976 punk bands alongside the Sex Pistols, the Clash and the Damned and beloved of fans such as Henry Rollins (Black Flag), J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr), Ian Mackaye (Minor Threat and Fugazi) and bizarrely UK TV personality Jonathan Ross. 'No Brains' was originally mooted as the band's second single before being shelved. 'Jeepster' was their souped up T.Rex cover on the flip of their third single 'Lock It Up'. These are never heard before remixed and remastered tracks with missing guitar overdubs from 1978 from the recently discovered original Sex Pistols producer Dave Goodman's master tapes and show a band with remarkable maturity and playing for their young ages with some deft guitar touches that Goodman inexplicably left off the final official released mixes. In addition, the trebly sound that marked Goodman's production of the band has been restored to its original hard hitting bass frequency making these songs zing and punch with a new urgency and power!! Featuring Andy Blade on vocals, Ian Woodcock on bass (later the Vibrators), Brian Chevette on guitar and on drums the 14 year old Dee Generate and Phil Rowland (Studio Sweethearts and Slaughter & The Dogs) respectively. This pressing is limited to 750 copies on purple vinyl and lyric sheet with an artists repro of the discarded original cover of the band tucking into a pigs head on the Abbey Road zebra crossing.

CORTINAS - DEFIANT POSE (BLACK) (LP/RADIATION)

Bristol punk quintet the Cortinas began as an R&B covers band, but soon sped up their repertoire when punk arrived, making them local pioneers. A slot supporting the Stranglers at the Roxy brought them onto Miles Copeland and Mark Perry's Step Forward label and they later signed to CBS before imploding, guitarist Nick Sheppard then joining the Clash and drummer Daniel Swann San Francisco's The Sneeches. This ace compilation gathers the best of their early work, including the immortal debut 'Fascist Dictator'/'Defiant Pose,' as well as 'TV Personalities,' both in the studio and live. Another crucial piece of the Bristol puzzle! SIDE 1: 1. Defiant Pose 2. Independence 3. Fascist Dictator 4. TV Families 5. Tribe of The City 6. I Don't Really Want To Get Involved 7. Youth Club Dance 8. Mr. Waverley SIDE 2: 1. Have It With You 2. Broken Not Twisted 3. Slow Down 4. I Trust Valerie Singleton 5. Justice 6. Further Education 7. Television Families 8. Fascist Dictator

VARIOUS - BORED TEENAGERS, VOL. 13 (LP/BIN LINER)

'Bored Teenagers Volume 13' hits the streets after a hard two-year delay due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Volume 13 is not unlucky but brings some more long lost and hidden punk rock gems. TRACKS: 01. The Precautions - Red Light 02. The Precautions - Billy Flier 03. The Precautions - The Model / Page 3 04. The Precautions - Five Finger Spread 05. RU12 - She's Gone 06. RU12 - Teenage Girl 07. RU12 - Tell The World 08. RU12 - Rubber Suzie 09. Belsen Horrors - On The Beach ) 10. Belsen Horrors - Pin-Up Boy 11. Belsen Horrors - Car Crash Victim 12. F/EFFEKT - Bomb Scare 13. F/EFFEKT - Rave Reviews 14. The Mistakes - The Next Generation 15. The Mistakes - Making Excuses 16. The Mistakes - Boredom

WIPERS - IS THIS REAL? (CASS/JACKPOT)

First time on cassette on Jackpot Records. Unquestionably Portland's most well-loved punk group, the Wipers formed in the late 1970s and in 1980 released their debut LP, 'Is This Real?'- twelve songs of stabbing, jittery guitar, snapped vocals, and unabashed teen angst. Full of desperation and yearning, the album has stood as a blueprint for wretched youth for over 25 years. In the early 1990s 'Is This Real?' was given mainstream attention when Nirvana covered two tracks off the record and Cobain announced it was one of the primary influences on his group. Remastered from the original tapes as provided by Greg Sage himself.

WIPERS - OVER THE EDGE (CASS/JACKPOT)

First time on cassette on Jackpot Records. The bleak, hard-driven third LP by the Wipers (originally released in 1983) offers Greg Sage at his most chased and breathless, lashing out with sharp staccato notes as if melody were his only defense. While their debut LP provided the blueprint for grunge, and their second album recast the band as one of America's premier postpunk bands, it's 'Over The Edge' that best exemplifies the Wipers sound. The jagged, effortless guitar lines, the paranoid lyrics and raw-throated vocals and the taut, unified rhythms that define their sound bleed together most clearly on this LP, and it stands as both the best entry point for new fans and the most prevalent favorite of diehards. Remastered from the original tapes as provided by Greg Sage himself.

WIPERS - YOUTH OF AMERICA (CASS/JACKPOT)

First time on cassette on Jackpot Records. Simply obliterating any conception of the Wipers as a mere punk band, Greg Sage released this follow-up to 'Is This Real?' in 1981 - a sophisticated, overwhelming response to the evil times marked by the turn of the decade. Broken up into six long songs, 'Youth Of America' is a much colder, harrowing experience than the teen angst of their debut. Vocally, Sage comes off as sleep-deprived and forsaken, snarling not only at his own predicament but at the predicament of the entire world. The centerpiece of the album is the title track, a dire ten minutes of paranoia and angst that gave Sage the space to showcase his wildest, darkest playing yet. As bassist Brad Davidson and drummer Brad Naish hold the same hypnotic rhythm for the entire song, the guitar careens and swoops with such a frantic energy it seems as though it's the only thing keeping Sage alive in the maelstrom of sound. It's a fitting commentary that the exacting, post-punk legends Mission Of Burma and squalling, noisy thugs The Melvins both saw fit to cover the track. Remastered from the original tapes as provided by Greg Sage himself.

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

BRIGHTER DEATH NOW - EVERYTHING IS GONNA BE ALRIGHT (10") (10"/COLD MEAT INDUSTRY)

This little sweet 10" on clear vinyl will start up 2022 with some positive vibes... Featuring 4 tracks recorded simultaneously with the album 'All Too Bad - Bad To All'. 'Everything Is Gonna Be Alright' includes the collaboration track 'Love Hard' which is recorded together with BDN's dear friends of Isotope Soap, with Åsa Tedebro on vocals.

DUNCAN, JOHN -& T.R. KIRSTEIN- - JOHN DUNCAN & T.R. KIRSTEIN (CD/MOVING FURNITURE)

"On May 31st, 2019, the day Roky Erickson from 13th Elevators died (I later found out), I woke up from a dream of sound and text. I dreamt that John Duncan kept repeating the words YOU ARE SAFE entangled with sine waves. So I instantly shot him a message asking if it was too weird to do exactly that. He replied: "not too weird"." ~Tobias R. Kirstein. 'You Are Safe' and 'Come To Me' are the first two collaborative tracks by Danish composer/artist Tobias R. Kirstein and American composer/artist John Duncan.

KUPPER, LEO - COMPLETE ELECTRONIC & VOICES WORKS 1961-1987 (3CD) (CD/SUB ROSA)

The complete works of one of the pioneers of Belgian early electronics. This 3CD set highlights Leo Kupper's earliest unique compositions produced during the '60s to '90s when he was ardently seeking out structures distinctly applicable to purely electronic sounds. His GAME machine - Générateur Automatique de Musique Electronique (Automatic Generator of Electronic Music) was constructed during such period and spirit of renewal and technical exploration.

LLYN Y CWN - DU Y MOROEDD (CD/COLD SPRING)

'Du Y Moroedd'(Welsh - the black of the sea) is an album of abyssal dark ambient, environmental soundscapes and atmospheres from above, below and beside the ocean, field recordings made onboard vessels at sea, sounds from submerged recording devices deep underwater and recordings from the coasts of North Wales to Greenland and the Arctic Ocean.

STAMOU, TASOS - MONOLITHS (2CD) (CD/MOVING FURNITURE)

Tasos Stamou returns to Moving Furniture Records for his third album 'Monoliths'. On this album his electroacoustic studio works and live performances come together in a total of 5 exciting tracks. On the studioworks one sound source is used, while in the live works everything comes together.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

HADIT - WITH JOY AND ARDOUR THROUGH THE INCOMMENSURABLE PATH (LP/TERROR FROM HELL)

Italian mystical death metal conjurors Hadit return from their 'Introspective Contemplation Of The Microcosmus' tape EP with their long awaited debut album 'With Joy And Ardour Through The Incommensurable Path', an obfuscating spell of dark cosmological death metal destruction that elevates their occult ritualistic divinations of total aural chaos to their most baneful and visionary zenith yet. Sonically annihilating and aesthetically majestic, the album is an impenetrable and supernatural death metal hallucination shrouded in mysticism and esotericism that Hadit have skillfully distilled and alchemised, conceptualized by founding forebears of dark death metal and black metal entities like Inquisition, Incantation, Morbid Angel, Immolation and Archgoat.

INTO COFFIN - UNCONQUERED ABYSSES (LP/TERROR FROM HELL)

'Unconquered Abysses' is the second full lenght from Germany's Into Coffin. After a well received debut album, an EP and a couple of splits, Into Coffin again engulfs the listener into a threatening turmoil of suffering. With this album the German trio create a 74 minute-long churning maelstrom of burdensome blackness; while keeping their approach and sound untouched, the final result is darker than ever. The horror and suffering perpetrated here is build upon repugnant riffs from sulphurous mazes and pummeling drumming. Aggression balanced with unfathomable and uncomfortable stall, vocals are guttural menaces from the netherworld, echoing of ancient horrors.

KYLESA - EXHAUSTING FIRE (BLACK) (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

'Exhausting Fire' is the seventh full-length studio album by American sludge metal band Kylesa. Heavy rock luminaries Kylesa tap into the infinite with their epic 2015 album 'Exhausting Fire'. 'Exhausting Fire' sees the acclaimed band weave a lush tapestry of their storied sound that exudes confidence, conviction and class. The colossal riffs, dreamy and hypnotic song-craft, and distinct call-and response vocals crush and caress in equal measure. 'Exhausting Fire' is as expressive and expansive as emotion itself and the definition of strength and elegance. This is Kylesa at their best.

KYLESA - SPIRAL SHADOW (BLACK) (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

'Spiral Shadow' is the fifth full-length album by American sludge metal band Kylesa. A metal band to the bone, Kylesa stomp the clichés right out of psych-rock on 'Spiral Shadow'. The Georgia band's 2010 album, their fifth in less than a decade, is the next step in a pretty seamless evolution that's hidden increasingly complex (and catchy!) music behind an attack that still hits with the in-the-red rawness of hardcore. (Pitchfork).

KYLESA - ULTRAVIOLET (BLACK) (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

'Ultraviolet' is the sixth full-length studio album by American sludge metal band Kylesa. Kylesa have returned as challenging and daring as ever on their 6th full length 'Ultraviolet!' Moving well beyond their trademark riffs, 'Ultraviolet' sees core founding members, Laura Pleasants and Phillip Cope, expanding and evolving. The dualism of Pleasants' versatile singing and Cope's shouted vocals melds perfectly with the constant change in sound. Shifting effortlessly from heavy hard rock riffs to punk-infused beats to even barren cold wave concoctions, 'Ultraviolet' sees Kylesa progressing in ways never thought possible and is undoubtedly one of the best records of 2013!

TWIN VOID - (RED) FREE FROM HARDTIMES (LP/ELECTRIC VALLEY)

The Pacific Northwest-based Twin Void is a formidable rock and roll machine that has steadily become credible contenders in the regional scene. The band features road-tested musicians, including frontman and founder Nathan Bidwell on vocals and guitar. The band plays with an energy and ferocity that has gained them the reputation as a must-see live act! They believe in what they do and continue to deliver memorable heavy music on their terms. Comes on solid red vinyl.

BILWIS - PAN (CD/NORTHERN SILENCE)

Bilwis is a melodic black metal solo project from Germany. The concept of Bilwis comprises old European fairy tales and myths, presented in a garment of raw, yet melodic and atmospheric black metal with German lyrics - a journey to the world of forgotten dreams, wolves, ghosts, dwarfs, mermaids, trolls, elves, vampires and giants. The first press of the CD comes as collector's edition in 4-panel digipak with 16-page booklet, limited to 1000 copies.

REMETE (AUSTRALIA) - INTO ENDLESS NIGHT (CD/NORTHERN SILENCE)

This CD reissue features Remete's debut full length 'Into Endless Night' that was previously released through Cold Ways Music. On this album Remete's music developed from old school melancholic black metal a la Burzum, Forgotten Woods or Strid of the earlier releases into a more atmospheric black metal terrain that could be described as a mix of Woods Of Desolation and Saor. The CD comes as collector's edition in 6-panel digipak, limited to 500 copies.

REMETE (AUSTRALIA) - THE WINTER SILENCE/FORGOTTEN AURA (CD/NORTHERN SILENCE)

Remete is the solo project of D. from Woods Of Desolation. This CD reissue features the EP 'The Winter Silence', previously released through D.'s own label Cold Ways Music, alongside the 'Forgotten Aura' demo, which comes for the first time on CD. On these releases Remete plays melancholic black metal for fans of Burzum, Forgotten Woods, Strid, Ulver and Woods Of Desolation. The CD comes as collector's edition in 6-panel digipak, limited to 500 copies.

 

BLUES/COUNTRY/OLDIES

HEIGH CHIEF. - MIDNIGHT OIL (LP/JUKE JOINT 500)

Blues rock album for fans of heavy guitars, accompanied by a fat Hammond and catchy vocals.

MUDLOW - BAD TURN (CD/JUKE JOINT 500)

The third album by the Brighton-based country trio, issued on CD.

 

REGGAE/DUB/SKA/ROCKSTEADY

ABENG & ROOTIKAL HORNS/EEYUN PURKINS - THE WISEMAN & THE FOOL/A WISE DUB (7"/DIG THIS WAY)

'The Wiseman & The Fool' is a roots and culture track arranged and played by mighty Abeng. Extra deep mood with horns, falsetto voice and an extra dark dubwise by Eeyun Purkins.

FALL, AWA/SHAOLIN SOUND - CRACK THE LENS/CRACKIN' DUB (7"/DIG THIS WAY)

Awa Fall, also known as Sista Awa, is a super talented and versatile singer based in north Italy with countless musical contributions. Be ready for her powerful lyrics as this riddim deserves! SOUNDS HEAVY! Dubwise is handled by Shaolin Sound too. Limited to 300 copies.

ROCKERS DISCIPLES - CALABASH ROCK/CALABASH DUB (7"/DIG THIS WAY)

Released in 2012 as the opening song of the CD album 'Far Eye' featuring Daba Makourejah, 'Calabash Rock' has remained unknown for most rockers reggae aficionados. And that was a shame. The Rockers Disciples and Dig This Way Records decided then to strengthen their collaboration by releasing this wonderful instrumental piece of music, deeply influenced by Aswad's 'Warrior Charge' and Rico Rodriguez's vibrant music. A 7" record, including a vertiginous dub version on the flip. Enjoy the Calabash style!

JAH THOMAS - DANCE HALL STYLEE (LP/RADIATION ROOTS)

Reissue on vinyl for this classic album originally released in 1982 on Daddy Kool Rec. Jah Thomas was an important figure on the Jamaican music scene during both the roots era of the '70s and the subsequent dancehall decade of the '80s. Besides releasing several DJ sides of his own in the latter half of the '70s, Thomas also came into his own as one of the island's top producers for both singers and DJs. Many of these sides found their way to the dub studios of King Tubby, who transformed a wealth of Thomas' rhythms into a some of the best dub tracks to emerge from Jamaica.

SOOM T - GOOD (2LP) (LP/X-RAY PRODUCTIONS)

Soom T returns with her studio album 'Good' entirely self-produced through her own label Renegade Masters. On this reggae/dub album, the result of ten years of writing, composition and production, the Scottish MC blends the studio recordings of her musicians, The Stone Monks, with productions from various composers. From these collaborations, a sound is born at the crossroads of reggae, dub and jazz, even sometimes pop.

 

SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/R&B/GOSPEL

MOONBREW + PAOLO APOLLO NEGRI - THE LEM TALES - CHAPTER ONE (12"/FOUR FLIES)

Inspired by mankind's greatest adventure - the Moon landing and, before that, the space race between the US and USSR - the LEM Tales project sees beat-maker and bass player Moonbrew join forces with organist and keyboardist Paolo Apollo Negri to create a sonic universe where hip hop meets funk, pop merges with jazz, old school interacts with new possibilities, and urban and space blend into something new. 'Chapter One' narrates the space race from the American point of view, taking us on a journey from 'Project Gemini' - NASA's second human spaceflight program - to 'Tranquillity Base', the site on the Moon where Armstrong and Aldrin landed and walked in July 1969.

VARIOUS - METHUSALEM: POPCORN SOUND OF VIENNA (10") (10"/CLUB METHUSALEM)

'VOL. 1: ETERNAL THING' - Incredible 1954-1964 black pre-pop dance music. The Club Methusalem, Nomen est Omen, is musically dedicated entirely to the biblical times of modern popular music. In their definition it sounds like this: they are playing mid 1940s to early '60s rhythm'n'blues, rumba, mambo, cha-cha-cha, rock'n'roll, early soul, ska, jazz, schlager, doo wop, gospel, twist - vinyl only. Founded in summer 2016, the Methusalem DJ collective was the musical host in Vienna's most beautiful urban garden location, the Volksgarten Pavilion, for three summers every thursday. Other locations followed. The Methusalem sound refers to the 500 year old African diaspora, which produced countless musical blossoms in the middle of the twentieth century. They also shed light on the shock waves of these then new styles on the European music market. Their goal is to show everyone when pop music was at its most beautiful: at the time it was created! Vinyl only is a matter of honor for them. The trend of rediscovering the old dances of the era before, such as Lindy Hop, Shag, Charleston etc., takes us further to the times when all these styles merged into one, the "rockin' an' rollin'", the harbingers of soul and funk, and thus modern pop music. Methusalem DJs: Mrs. Lovett, Don Arno, Turner T., Nikola, Bunani, Levi, Fernando Terror, Scott, Darking Max. SIDE 1: 1. Sam Hawkins - Let Me Dream 2. Buddy Lucas - I Can't Go 3. Roosevelt Grier - Struttin' 'N Twistin' 4. Harold Burrage - You K.O.'d Me 5. Margie Day - Ho-Ho 6. Jimmy Antony - Eternal Thing SIDE 2: 1. Miss Betty Hope - Just A Little Bit More 2. The Newports - Dixie Woman 3. Joe Liggins - Rag Mop 4. Mamie Bradley - The Patty Cake 5. Lillian Offitt - My Man Is A Lover 6. Margaret Ann Williams - Ten Commandments Of Soul

KIDA, RINSYOE/AKIRA ISHIKAWA & HIS COUNT BUFFALOS - TSUGARU JONGARA BUSHI - DRUM & TSUGARU JAMISEN (LP/CINEDELIC)

A unique Japanese funk masterpiece from 1973, in which Rinsyoe Kida, Tsugaru's shamisen maestro, and Akira Ishikawa, one of Japan's most loved and celebrated leading drummers, as well as experimenter and brilliant composer, performed together. The ancient sound of the shamisen ride on the finest funk and the intense groove of Ishikawa. An extraordinary audiophile-quality recording. Includes obi and a 4-page insert with English texts.

 

ELECTRONIC MUSIC/AMBIENT/D’N’B/TRIPHOP

UZU NOIR - ZO! (12"/KERAVAN ÄÄNI JA LEVY)

Uzu Noir is the solo output of Antti Uusimäki, a Finnish audio engineer-mixer-producer who has worked with Brian Eno, Circle, The Tindersticks, Ulver, These New Puritans, Pharaoh Overlord, Cyclobe, Old Man Gloom, The Utopia Strong & Natacha Atlas. The 'Zo!' EP is Uzu Noir's debut release. Its 3 tracks breathe somewhere between darker shade of ambient music and kraut electronics (Berlin school and kosmische) with hints of new age, industrial, sci-fi and progressive synthesiser appreciation. Uzu Noir is influenced by electronic and experimental artists and composers such as Tangerine Dream, Coil, Brian Eno, Cluster, Klaus Schulze, Alice Coltrane, Christoph De Babalon, Talk Talk, Wendy Carlos, Aphex Twin, Biosphere, Philip Glass, Harold Budd and John Carpenter.

 

SOUNDTRACKS/LOUNGE/CULT ETC

UMILIANI, PIERO - PAESAGGI (1980 COVER) (LP/FOUR FLIES)

1980 album cover. First reissue of Piero Umiliani's 'Paesaggi' - a record that, despite remaining for many years pretty obscure compared to other titles in the maestro's discography, is now regarded by collectors and experts as the gold standard in Italian library music. By using a multitude of instruments, such as flute, vibraphone, harpsichord, sitar, gong and others, it brings together a variety of arrangements, styles, and genres spanning from bossa nova to jazz, easy listening to psychedelic, Latin, exotica, and many more.

YAMADA, CHISATO - SUITE NIHONKAI (LP/CINEDELIC)

From the meeting of the legendary Tsugaru Jamisen maestro Chisato Yamada with volcanic mind of the composer Tasheshi Terauchi and his Oriental Fantastic Orchestra, a collaboration and a unique record, a conceptual work, is born in which innovative songs transcend the boundaries of traditional music by mixing modernity, rural and electronic atmospheres, local arias and contemporary music. A record with strongly evocative and cinematic sounds. Comes with obi and a two-panel fold out sheet with original liner notes of the time translated in English that explains in an exhaustive way the inspirations from tradition and popular music and the very accurate digital recording techniques of the time that make it a record sought after by audiophiles looking for sounds unedited in the Western tradition. Originally released in 1981.

 

DANCE/TECHNO/HOUSE/HIPHOP

FORD, RYAN JAMES -& ANETHA- - RULES ARE MEANT TO BE BROKEN (12"/MAMA TOLD YA)

Ryan James Ford and Anetha team up for the 'Rules Are Meant To Be Broken' EP. Always on the border to a very Aphex Twin way of approach, Ryan James Ford takes a big step into IDM and goes forth ethereal techno.

 

AFRO-BEAT/FUNK & PSYCH/DESERT BLUES/ETHIOPIQUES

VIBRO SUCCESS INTERCONTINENTAL ORCHESTRA - DRUNKARD (LP/DIG THIS WAY)

Vibro Success Intercontinental Orchestra was an extraordinary group from the Central African Republic, founded by the sax player Rodolphe 'Beckers' Bekpa, also known as Master Békers, in the late 60's. The band achieved surprising domestic success after Beckers introduced the first drums to the Congolese Rumba rhythm. His innovation proved to be wildly popular so they were hired as the resident band of "ciel d'Afrique au Km5", a night club in Bangui. The club was renowned as the temple of the Olympic Réal football team's fans and that visibility propelled them into becoming the official national orchestra. Side A is totally dominated by the long-incredible psych Afrobeat track called Drunkard. Almost 18 minutes of magic, a musical trip with great sax solos & breaks, a warm and deep voice, with masterful vibes imprinted in the grooves that make you fly into an hypnotic, parallel dimension. A1 - Drunkard On Side B we have two tracks that are more like other Vibro Success Orchestra productions done for Ben Clover , dance floor soukous which can bring some proper Fyah in worldwide Tropical Dancefloors. Listen to "Marine Yanzoni" and you will not be disappointed!!! You'll definitely love the break at around 1.30 min., with the crazy change in rhythm and an explosion of typical soukous guitars and horns!

 

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DENGUE FEVER - 2003-2015 (LP/GREEN COOKIE)

This album is a collection of some of the most preferred tracks by this six-piece ensemble, documentating their first twelve years and released on limited edition vinyl. Comes on yellow and red splatter vinyl. Fronted by Cambodian pop star Ch'hom Nimol, who sings in Khmer, Los Angeles sextet Dengue Fever blends the rhythms of sixties Cambodian pop-heavily influenced by American surf, rock & early psychedelic garage bands-with their own eclectic mix of American & international styles. There are echoes of Bollywood soundtracks, Ethiopian soul, American R&B, Cambodian folk, Spaghetti Western weirdness & girl-group angst in the mix, but the resulting concoction is the bands own.

BARONI, CLAUDIO F. -& DARIO CALDERONE- - URSAE MINORIS (CD/MOVING FURNITURE)

Dario Calderone performs the compositions 'Ursae Minoris' by Claudio F. Baroni. Music inspired by the constellation Ursa Minor and the diaries of Italian humanist Ciriaco d'Ancona (1391-1455). Three works composed specially for Calderone's double bass performance. The CD comes in triple gatefold artwork designed by Rutger Zuyvervelt in style with the Moving Furniture Contemporary Series.

VARIOUS - RUSSIAN WORLD MUSIC CHART 2021 (CD/FOLK GALORE)

In October 2021, the Russian World Music Chart (RWMC), was launched. The purpose of RWMC is to attract the attention of the world music community to the novelties of folk music of multinational Russia. This CD presents twelve artists taken from the Top 20.

 

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