SPOTLIGHT 24

20/06/2022 19:55

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

SAINT LAURENT, ERICK - LE TEMPS D'Y PENSER (7"/CAMELEON)

Cameleon presents a reissue of the very first four-track EP by Erick Saint Laurent. Originally released in 1966. Contains 'Le Temps D'y Penser', 'V.I.P.', 'La Route' and 'Les Feuilles Mortes'.

::NEPAAL - BLACK BATIK I (LP/ACID TEST/TONZONEN/LITTLE CLOUD RECORDS)

Please introduce yourself to your favourite new psychedelic mind destroyers of far fucking out JAMS. From the Psychedelic Source collective family in Hungary we bring you ::nepaal. A collective whose recordings where in part due to the sad passing of Tibor Strauzs (a passionate Hungarian musician) - who over a lifetime as a recording musician had collected some of the best recording equipment available. Tibor's son David was tasked with safekeeping all this equipment he felt the best way to test all this equipment was with a monumental jam session at Psychedelic Source Studios. ::nepaal was formed from that session and the title sums up the essence of this project - eastern psychedelic wisdom, far-out improvisation, the legacy of a good man and the crystallisation of decades of musical friendship. So over 2 LP's get ready for head spinning jams where you can start to feel the universe expand and contract with the vibrations that emit from the grooves cut into these slabs of vinyl. It is a truly a special feeling to be immersed in the wonderfully explosive, difficult to predict and utterly mind-melting psychedelic mantra of sounds and harmony created by ::nepaal - a place guaranteed to illuminate many tunnels of spiralling trip-time. Space is the place. Co-release between Acid Test (UK) and Tonzonen (Germany). Limited to 350 copies on heavy weight galaxy (yellow and black) vinyl.

::NEPAAL - BLACK BATIK II (LP/ACID TEST/TONZONEN/LITTLE CLOUD RECORDS)

Please introduce yourself to your favourite new psychedelic mind destroyers of far fucking out JAMS. From the Psychedelic Source collective family in Hungary we bring you ::nepaal. A collective whose recordings where in part due to the sad passing of Tibor Strauzs (a passionate Hungarian musician) - who over a lifetime as a recording musician had collected some of the best recording equipment available. Tibor's son David was tasked with safekeeping all this equipment he felt the best way to test all this equipment was with a monumental jam session at Psychedelic Source Studios. ::nepaal was formed from that session and the title sums up the essence of this project - eastern psychedelic wisdom, far-out improvisation, the legacy of a good man and the crystallisation of decades of musical friendship. So over 2 LP's get ready for head spinning jams where you can start to feel the universe expand and contract with the vibrations that emit from the grooves cut into these slabs of vinyl. It is a truly a special feeling to be immersed in the wonderfully explosive, difficult to predict and utterly mind-melting psychedelic mantra of sounds and harmony created by ::nepaal - a place guaranteed to illuminate many tunnels of spiralling trip-time. Space is the place. Co-release between Acid Test (UK) and Tonzonen (Germany). Limited to 350 copies on heavy weight purple with black splatter vinyl.

DEMON CLEANER - DEMON CLEANER (LP/OZIUM)

Originally released on CD only in 2002. Rooted in the classic punk of the '80s, influenced by the California sound from the coast to the desert, and still unique in mixing its components to the perfect consistence. Demon Cleaner can be described as heavy, fuzzy rock'n'roll with influences from bands ranging from the '60s and '70s to today's bands like Fu Manchu, Nebula, Kyuss, Monster Magnet, QOTSA etc. Comes on green vinyl.

DJEBEL ROSE, SOPHIA - METEMPSYCOSE (LP/RED WIG/ORACLE)

Dark gothic ethereal mesmerising folk from the Auvergne. Somewhere between Buffy Sainte Marie's 'Illuminations,' Nico's 'Desertshore' and Catherine Ribeiro + Alpes' work, Sophia Djebel Rose gives us a first album to rank among the unclassifiable of folk music. Minimal and abundant, austere and generous, classic and baroque, Sophia Djebel Rose has succeeded in this gamble of combining the extremes, but it seems natural if we are willing to consider that some whispers have the force of a cry . 'Métempsycose' is made up of nine titles which are odes to forests and the earth, lullabies or songs of hope. Entirely recorded at home, on the high plateaus of Auvergne (middle of France), the album delivers this light specific to the mountains in which it was born. The artist says she often feels an intimacy with the world around her, insects, rocks, the very small and the very large. So this idea of metempsychosis, according to which our souls travel through beings, allows her to explain this intimacy with the world. Because ultimately that's what this album is about: our belonging to the Living. Edition of 500 copies on Oracle and Red Wig.

KUMMITUS - KAHDET KASVOT (LP/SVART)

Kummitus (Finnish for "Ghost"), a band from Tampere who were active in the mid-seventies, was certainly one of the strangest entities in the history of Finnish rock music. Their original vision was to create a mystical band that builds on horror or hysteria and performing in costumes, frightening their live audience. When the band hit the road in the summer of 1975, besides their original material, Kummitus played cover songs mainly from British rock bands such as Rolling Stones and The Beatles. They recorded one album, 'Kahdet Kasvot' ("Two Faces") which clearly consists of two different sides. The straightforward and rocking tracks on side A were different to the more experimental tracks on side B. The story of Kummitus continued for a while, albeit with obscure twists. Due to certain difficulties, the band split up in the early summer of 1976. Comes on red vinyl.

MENK - II (LP/ACID TEST/CLOSTRIDIUM/LITTLE CLOUD RECORDS)

Menk hail from St. Petersberg, Russia and formed back in 2017 when like minded souls Yury and Kirill met at the underground venue Yury was running called 'Slam City.' A bond was forged as they bonded over a huge love of proto progressive (especially Sweden, Germany and the UK) and psych scenes from the halcyon years of 68-72. Menk take those influences and augments them with a sludgy, hypnotic sonic attack that takes in The Verve and Dead Meadow - where the ghost of Nick McCabe's trippy, mind bending playing seeps through the gauze that melds deep into the fabric of 'II.' Menk set out with the aim of taking the listener on the deepest of journeys - music made with no comprises - to create a pure spiritual experience, like seeing sunshine through a rainy cloud. This is the main connector of the songs Menk have created as they take you on trips from darkness to light. As the music came together - some tracks recorded on a Tascam porta studio in different places, fragments of jams recorded for the first ever time or tracks such as 'On Wet Roofs' - where Yury on purchasing his first lap steel recorded his playing near the river on what was a golden hour that soon became dark - it is all captured in the recording of this daydream of a track. Exploring textures, never standing still, new sounds and how instruments connect with each other, how harmonics complement each other, how songs change each other is the prism from which Menk views music and also the world. Menk embodies the modus behind archaeology: in order to move forward, it's sometimes necessary to look back. All we ask is that you prepare yourself to experience the sounds of 'II.' Co-release between Acid test (UK) and Clostridium (Germany). Limited to 350 copies on 2 colour swirl vinyl.

THREE THREE FIVES - KIND OF SURREAL (LP/FERAL CHILD)

Sheffield based, psych and drone band Three Three Fives take the simple arrangements of bands such as Spacemen 3, The Velvet Underground and Suicide, adding layer upon layer of analogue synths, overdriven valve amps and vintage organs to create a warm euphoric sound. A beguiling, often hypnotic mix of blissed out stoned melodies, electronic krautrock and fuzzed up garage rock, replete with a hazy daydream quality. An absolute must for all Spacemen fans, 'Lazer Guided Melodies'-era Spiritualized, Mazzy Star and The Brian Jonestown Massacre. 300 copies on green vinyl.

URANUS - AAMUN HAUTA (LP/SVART)

Probably very few people today have ever heard of the Finnish band called Uranus. In the short time of their existence in the mid-seventies, the group recorded their sole album 'Aamun Hauta' ("The Grave of the Morning") which remained mostly unnoticed by the music consuming public. The more rewarding it is now, nearly half a century later, to dig the 1975 album up from the grave of oblivion and let its happy soul groove reach the ears. Limited red vinyl.

VIBRAVOID - A SPARKLE IN THE TWILIGHT (LP/STONED KARMA)

With songs like 'Summer Of Love,' 'A Faded Memory' or 'Candy Girl,' Vibravoid resurrect their heroes from a bygone era and radiate the spirit of the flower children, the Electric Prunes, the Seeds or Syd Barrett's Pink Floyd with every note... Comes in a 3D holographic sleeve.

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

LE CHIFFRE ORGAN-IZATION - GUESS WHO (7"/SOUNDFLAT)

Here comes a single release including alternate takes of the album 'The Loved Ones' and a bonus track 'Moog On The Wave'. On top of that the EP includes a contest to win a set of 6 stylish wine glasses. Inspired by library music and soundtracks from the 60's with a touch of soul jazz and early funk, it is time to get into the infectious groove of their hammond-wah-wah-fuzz-galore. This instrumental music explosion is an ideal soundtrack for groovy 60's dance parties.

HOWLIN' RAMBLERS - MOANIN' AT MIDNIGHT (+DVD) (CD/SLEAZY)

Howlin' Ramblers presents 26 songs recorded live at the Juan Luis Galiardo Theater, where they preformed their most recent repertoire together with previously released songs, as well as new songs and adaptations. Comes with DVD.

LEGACASTER - DOIN' THE TRUCK WITH (CD/SLEAZY)

Legacaster is back! After 'Boppin' Guitar' (2015) and 'Big Berry' (2017), Legacaster is back with a album called, 'Doin' The Truck With...' It contains eleven songs and Legacaster is joined by Berto Martinez on drums, Juanma Rodriguez on double bass and features guest appearances by Jake Calypso, Spencer Evoy and Lynette Morgan.

PICKIN' BOPPERS - WILD INTRO BOP & ROLL (CD/SLEAZY)

Powerful band with a style that mixes rock'n'roll to swing and jazz by virtuoso musicians from the Spanish scene.

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

CHISAKO & JUNTA - KON'NAN (DIFFICULTY) (7"/EM)

Osaka-based Chisako and Junta is a vocal unit of MTG (Chisako), a member of Casio Toruko Onsen, and Bioman (Junta), a musician/DJ/designer and member of Neco-nemuru. In this duo, Chisako is in charge of vocals, while Junta is in charge of song production, visuals, etc. The song 'Yume no Umi' released in 2016 received a strong response and was followed by the first album 'Chisako, Junta And You.' Their tunes are highly acclaimed for its works, which have the appearance of just 'J-Pop' but are embedded with strange musical details, including a sense of acoustics. One-sided 7".

ORCHESTRE TOUT PUISSANT MARCEL DUCHAMP - SHUT OUT/NOE (7"/RED WIG)

This single features two exclusive songs played by the old line up before 'We're OK' was recorded. Captivating, exciting and energetically grooving (with 'Noe' being a dancefloor hit). Limited edition of 500 copies.

IWAMOTO, KIYOAKI - SOUGI+ (10"/EM)

December 1982, Tokyo. Kiyoaki Iwamoto has a guitar, a simple rhythm box, a friend with a bass guitar, and some stripped-down songs, brazen in their post-punk simplicity, irritation and controlled aggression, yet full of sadness and resignation. Five songs, including a rearranged version of 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' are recorded and released on a now extremely rare 7" record. This releas, features those five songs, along with a previously unreleased 1980 live performance by his duo Birei, as well as a 2020 reworking of 'Love...,' by the Japanese duo Chisako and Junta. Iwamoto was an enigma, active in the post-punk scene in Japan in the late '70s and early '80s, a member of Birei and founding member of Guys & Dolls with Tori Kudo (Maher Shalal Hash Baz); in the mid-'80s he cut contact with his friends, disavowing his name and later performing under a different moniker.

ANGRY SILENCE - STRANGE TIMES CALL FRO STRANGE MEASURES (LP/RED WIG)

Five-piece band from Brittany writing pop songs about love, fear and solidarity. Co-release by Les Disques De La Face Cachée, Jarane, Coolax, Epicericords, Emergence, Crapoulet Records, Dans Le Vide, Lucane Distro and Red Wig.

CHYDENIUS, KAJ - LAULUJA (LP/SVART)

'Lauluja' was the first LP from Love Records when it was released in 1966. It is now being re-recorded and re-released, with the addition of four songs and a fourth singer, who is Kaj Chydenius himself. Limited to 300 copies.

HANNINEN, OLLI -& SAMI HYNNINEN- - CHAMBERS (2LP) (LP/SVART)

A random encounter in hell? No, but a long-awaited fate: hip-hop artist Olli Hänninen (Ronskibiitti, Hammaspeikko) and doom metal eccentric Sami Hynninen found each other and decided to create alternative rhythm music that had never been heard before. Hänninen and Hynninen's journey on the 'Chambers' reflects on the daily coldness and violence of the world around them. Musically, the album stretches from salon-capable synth pop through jazz and marching music to experimental drone, but the album's exact genre carcinization is impossible. Comes in a gatefold sleeve.

HUFFDUFF - AI (LP/RED WIG)

With their album 'AI' Huffduff from Hamburg present a statistically evaluated concept album for humans as a target group! Six new songs and two reinterpretations of songs from the debut album 'HF/DF,' eight stories about power, powerlessness, worried employees, price-conscious consumers, humans, machines, empowerment and relaxation techniques, each of them a blast! Huffduff's psychokinetic post-punk noise rock with the music-historically proven instruments guitar (Abacha Tunde Jr.), bass (V. Sputnikova), drums (Mr. Fust), larynx, tongue and vocal cords (Durian Gray) is already shredding through the ashes of tomorrow's world! Co-release with Fidel Bastro.

KAUKO ROYHKA & NARTTU - UUSIA TANSSEJA (LP/SVART)

The album 'Uusia Tansseja', which began the long joint journey of the band Röyhkä and Narttu in 1981, is now available again, albeit in a limited edition of 300 copies, and includes a 12-page booklet with extensive liner notes.

MAGYAR POSSE - KINGS OF TIME (BLACK) (LP/SVART)

Svart presents a reissue of 'Kings Of Time', the second album from one of the most remarkable Finnish post-rock bands, Magyar Posse. The record was released originally covered in a striking red and black 20's Soviet avantgarde style cover design. The Svart reissue comes in a blue cover and also includes a booklet full of memorabilia and liner notes that look back at the creation of this album from 2004.

PORTRON PORTRON LOPEZ - ICE CREAM SOUFI (LP/RED WIG)

Portron Portron Lopez don't do concepts. There are no great discussions about where they should pull their influences from, or pre-planning about how to structure studio work. The Parisian-formed trio exist in spontaneity, a creative co-habitancy that relies on feel and groove - as evidenced on their three studio albums to-date. Exploratory odysseys that bely the potential pitfalls an improvisational-minded group might fall into during the recording process, they've moved between shades of psychedelia and Middle Eastern-inflected drones as well as more electronic and club-based touchstones, doing so in a way that feels effortlessly free. That sense of adventure is furthered still on 2022 album 'Ice Cream Soufi.'

WE BE ECHO - CEZA EVI - COMPLEAT EDITION (2CD) (CD/COLD SPRING)

Occupying a halfway point between Throbbing Gristle and Cabaret Voltaire without ever quite sounding like either, We Be Echo is Kevin Thorne. Thorne's first foray into music came after a chance meeting with Throbbing Gristle on Tottenham Court Road in 1979. A few months later he met Raye Calouri at the legendary Throbbing Gristle/Cabaret Voltaire/Rema Rema gig at Central YMCA, London. Soon after, the duo formed the short-lived Third Door From The Left. After the demise of TDFTL, Thorne formed We Be Echo. The debut album 'Ceza Evi' - featuring Genesis P-Orridge and Iham on Tibetan thigh-bone trumpet - was released in June 1983, followed by a special edition later the same year, originally available only to readers of Nanavesh. The music was recorded using the built-in microphone on a dual cassette recorder, then the next layer was recorded whilst playing the first tape back. Very lo-fi, no editing, no remixing, all spontaneous and raw. As with Third Door From The Left, who recorded in the same way, it all just seemed to fall into place. 'Compleat Edition': Disc one contains the original tracks for the 'Ceza Evi' special edition release. The remaining tracks on disc 2 are from the original cassette release of 'Ceza Evi,' plus bonus tracks recorded between 1981-1983. Briefly pushing We Be Echo back into the light, a handful of these tracks appeared on the 2009 compilation 'Decades' (Vinyl On Demand). Now, bringing together all these tracks for the first time ever, this 'Compleat Edition' cements 'Ceza Evi' as one of the most important underground releases of the early '80s. To do it real justice, this release was mastered by Attrition's Martin Bowes. Presented as a 2CD in a 6-panel digisleeve with artwork by Kevin Thorne.

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

FOIL - FOIL (FLEXI) (7"/VIOLENT PEST)

Ripping full band demo from Kansas City's red hot Foil makes it's way to vinyl in the form of a neat little flexi disc. Get em while they're hot. Don't wait. Black flexi-disc with silver foil print in full paper sleeve.

ARTIFICIAL PEACE - LIVE AT THE WILSON CENTER, JUNE 25, 1982 (LP/ALONA'S DREAM)

Released on the 40th Anniversary of Artificial Peace's best live show ever, this album features 15 tracks. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Tom Lyle of Government Issue. For anyone who was there that night, they can close their eyes and practically re-live the experience. For those who weren't, they can sonically experience the intensity of Artificial Peace live! This first ever official release of this live recording documents the intensity of this important band in the early DC hardcore punk scene, and in a more authentic way than their well-known studio recordings. Limited edition 160 gram white vinyl LP in a 20pt board jacket with printed inner sleeve featuring Artificial Peace show flyers.

BLATANT DISSENT - 1985-1986 (LP/ALONA'S DREAM)

Blatant Dissent's story is the story of evolution. They started in Dekalb, Illinois, in 1983 as a cover band. Over the next few years, Blatant Dissent developed and recorded their own distinct brand of midwestern indie-skate punk. By 1988, the evolution was complete and they had become Midwest noise-rock stalwarts Tar. Their music had the backbone and energy of hardcore punk but Blatant Dissent were too smart and well informed to play run-of-the-mill uniform hardcore. Their style was also illuminated by the innovations of contemporary bands including Naked Raygun, whose Jeff Pezzatii produced their first session. Also influential were Chicago punk pioneers Trial By Fire as well as innovative national acts like Husker Du, The Minutemen and The Replacements. After an initial demo, Blatant Dissent eventually recorded a total of 22 songs over two sessions between 1985 and 1986. Recorded by Iain Burgess and Steve Albini respectively, these sessions offer insight into the development of the group as they tightened their song writing and laid the groundwork for later becoming Tar. During 2021 the original multitracks were remixed by the band with Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in Chicago. The music was subsequently mastered by Carl Saff and pressed into 160 gram color vinyl in Chicago at Smashed Plastic Record Pressing. 22 song limited edition blue/white swirl color vinyl LP. Comes in 20pt board jacket with full color, four page booklet.

BLEAKNESS - LIFE AT A STANDSTILL (LP/DESTRUCTURE/SABOTAGE RECORDS)

Things are getting crazier every day, these times are even worse than what we could have feared only a few years ago but thankfully there are many forms of expression which are so many ramparts to resignation and defeatism. Bleakness is a great testimony of that. 'Life At A Standstill' is the second full lenght of this prolific and inspired band. Through these ten songs, Bleakness walks on a wire between tension and a certain sense of sensibility. The band succeeds in nuance and inventiveness: more vocal diversity, more melodic and rhythmic richness... without losing the energy and the urgency acclaimed in their previous efforts. 'Life At A Standstill' shows the range of possibilities of punk culture, Bleakness brings lots of new atmospheres in its universe.

DUM DUM BULLET - DUM DUM BULLET (LP/CAMELEON)

'TITRES INEDITS ET DEMOS 1983-1985' - This LP compiles previously unreleased tracks and demo recordings from the period 1983-1985 by this French punk band.

PENETRODE - PENETRODE (LP/VIOLENT PEST)

Penetrode emerges from Philadelphia with a powerhouse debut LP. Dramatic, intense and precisely played hardcore punk! Penetrode oozes attitude in a way most contemporary bands can only aspire to.

PUHELINSEKSI - SYDANKOHTAUS TANSSILATTIALLA (2CD) (CD/SVART)

Puhelinseksi's debut album for the first time on CD. The record, recorded during one long summer weekend in Oulu, includes first two EPs 'What's Left Of Us Here' (2018) and 'We Miss Everything' (2016).

REVUE THESAURUS - NO. 1 (+7") (Mag/CAMELEON)

'Revue Thesaurus' issue number 1 comes as a 68-page magazine, and includes a 7" by Lou's featuring 'Macho Woman' and 'We've Been Waiting Too Long.'

ARTIFICIAL PEACE - IN WORDS & IMAGES (Bk/ALONA'S DREAM)

In addition to the live album, 'Artificial Peace In Words & Images' is a hardcover book companion piece. The book contains 50 pages and features 16 essays from key members of the DC scene, plus 18 photos taken by Malcolm Riviera (many never seen before), more flyers and other ephemera. Contributors include Alec Bourgeois, Brendan Canty, Brian Gay, Brian Kiviat, Chris Stover, Danny Ingram, Donald Kessing, Ian MacKaye, Ivor Hanson, Jason Carmer, Marc Alberstadt, Mark Haggerty, Tom Berard and Tom Lyle.

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

H MUSIC DE-PERCEPTION - MINAMI-KAZE _ WAVE (7"/EM)

This work is produced by Henry Kawahara, following the well-received 'Cybernetic Defiance And Orgasm: The Essential Henry Kawahara,' and the only vocal piece produced by him is now available on a one-sided 7". 'Minami-kaze _ Wave' (southerly wind alpha wave) is, as far as we know, the only vocal piece that Henry Kawahara has produced, and released under the name HMD (H Music De-Perception) in 1993. The song is a vocal version of the cyber-occult exotic instrumental piece 'Nanpu' included in the compilation 'Cybernetic Defiance And Orgasm.' This track is a rare example that proves he had also a genius for producing pops in the general sense of the word, and which seems to have challenged head-on the pop songs produced by Haruomi Hosono in the '80s-'90s.

DEATH IS NOT THE END - LONDON PIRATE RADIO ADVERTS 1984-1993, VOL. 2 (LP/DEATH IS NOT THE END)

The second volume in a two-part collection of pirate radio advertisements and idents, taken from recordings of London stations between 1984-1993. Comes on clear vinyl.

DOGANE, YUJI -& MAMORU FUJIEDA- - ECOLOGICAL PLANTRON (LP/EM)

'Ecological Plantron' was a CD released in 1994, the audio document of an installation held in 1994 at a gallery in Tokyo. The Plantron is a bioelectric interface developed by botanist Yuji Dogane; it was designed to give voice to plants, using electronic means to make audible the energy of the natural world, prioritizing the non-human aspects of nature. Dogane was assisted in the project by composer Mamoru Fujieda, who helped to convert the vegetal energies into audible sounds. Though they stress that this is not music, the recordings that Dogane and Fujieda released are actually quite musical and not at all unpleasant in the way that some other non-musical sounds might seem. There is an attractive gentleness and an intelligent flow here, a vibrant energy, and one can sense that the plants are communicating, waiting for us to understand. The LP version features excerpts from evening, night, morning and afternoon time frames. This is a fascinating glimpse into the world of our leafy friends.

KAYROS, DALILA - ANIMAMI (LP/SUBSOUND)

'Animàmi,' composed between 2019 and 2021 by Dalila Kayros and Danilo Casti, draws the steps of a mystic journey inside the unconscious. The album tells about discovering the dark side of the mind as an endless path of inner transformation, a journey into consciousness facing all shadows hidden inside. Through a magical rite, the unintegrated part of the self gets merged into a more complex totality. From the deep black sea to the dawn of a new transmutation. Every transformation process is always in progress because every beginning is the end of something therefore every end is the beginning of something else. "'Animàmi' is how I named the shadows hidden in mind, entities living in the unconscious and forming a chaotic matter melted with thought and emotions. They are vanishing but visible and capable of appearing in multiple shapes. The composition follows the step of a mystic journey, the rhythm sometimes is veiled inside the main sound object and the harmonic texture follows the fluxes of the consciousness. The voice tells about the feelings during this mystic process, everything is happening in the moment so the character's point of view is totally inside the experience. The story starts inside the Dragon Cave with a self-devouring act. The last step goes through a complete transformation into a new state of matter, a new liquid form which is not clearly de fined because it just happened so it's something that needs to be still explored. But this is another story..." Genre: electronic, experimental, dark esoteric.

TURNER, AARON - TO SPEAK (2LP) (LP/TROST)

Over the last ten years, Turner has increasingly focused on improvisation, and this refined emphasis on free composition has been applied to his work within the bands SUMAC and Old Man Gloom. On his first official full length, 'To Speak,' Turner dives even deeper into subconscious playing and the deeper possibilities of electric guitar.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

CADAVERIA - EMPTINESS (2LP) (LP/TIME TO KILL)

Sixth album by Cadaveria, the creative alter-ego of Italian-based metal singer Raffaella Rivarolo, one of the first women to hit the extreme metal scene in the early nineties. It is the definitive album from Cadaveria, a majestic work that seals the artistic and human path of the band.

MINIPONY - AJNA (BLACK) (LP/SUBSOUND)

The second production of the Ecuadorian experimental metal band features an organic and engaging sound accompanied by a deep excursion in the melodic and rhythmic aspects with insane vocals. The result is already one of the most important productions in the South American metal circuit. Songs that lyrically touch on themes of respect for animal life and human unconsciousness represented in cynical metaphors, result in a deep and direct concept. Black vinyl version.

KUOLEMANLAAKSO - KUUSUMU (CD/SVART)

The Finnish death doom band Kuolemanlaakso, starring vocalist Mikko Kotamäki (Swallow The Sun), release their first album in eight years. The band's third full-length 'Kuusumu' was co-produced, mixed, mastered and engineered by the Triptykon and Dark Fortress guitarist V. Santura, with whom the band has worked with on all of their releases.

 

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

FKJ - JUST PIANO (LP/ROCHE MUSIQUE)

First release from French producer FKJ since his EP 'Ylang Ylang' in 2019, 'Just Piano' is an eight-track piano only set. Again, the multi-instrumentalist shows that he masters almost each instrument to perfection.

S8JFOU - OP ECHO (LP/PARAPENTE RECORDS)

On his album 'Op Echo', producer S8JFOU has only worked with two digital tools available on Ableton: the synthesizer operator and the delay effect echo. The producer thrives on his influences from British electronic music to compose broken and repetitive rhythms, but without redundancy. A basis on which he then adds several harmonic, dissonant and distorted layers, sometimes getting more industrial and radical.

 

SOUNDTRACKS/LOUNGE/CULT ETC

FEVRE, BERNARD - COSMOS 2043 (LP/ALTER K)

A wild, science fiction-inspired library LP by French composer Bernard Fèvre. Released in 1977, Fèvre imagines a far future populated by space-age electronics and lush, vivid melody. 'Cosmos 2043' is best known for 'Earth Message', which was sampled in 'Got Glint' by The Chemical Brothers.

FEVRE, BERNARD - ORBIT CEREMONY 77 (LP/ALTER K)

Exclusive and unreleased material by Bernard Fèvre from the seventies. Taken from the original tapes, all audio remixed and remastered. The French electronic music pioneer behind Black Devil Disco Club, released three seminal library albums in the seventies: 'Suspense' (1975), 'Cosmos 2043' (1977) and 'The Strange World Of Bernard Fèvre' (1977). A fourth album entitled 'Orbit Ceremony' produced just a few months after, remained in his home studio and never saw the light; it remained almost 40 years in the vaults. By chance, while working on the reissues, Bernard Fèvre found the original lost tapes, including the multi-tracks, which he remixed and remastered himself. Spacy moogs, weird clavinet, and cosmic analog drum machines: it's all here on this cosmic library '70s science-fiction inspired album.

 

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

MOVERS - VOL. 1 - 1970-1976 (LP/ANALOG AFRICA)

"It's a special, but also a strange sensation to be releasing an album of one of your early musical heroes. I first discovered The Movers on my very first "record safari" in 1996. My destination was Bulawayo, in southern Zimbabwe, and to get there I had to travel via Jo'burg. While in town I stopped at a store called Kohinoor, in search of Mbaqanga - also known as Township Jive - and found a few tapes which I listened to non-stop on the bus that carried me to the land of Chimurenga Music. One of these cassettes included the songs 'Hot Coffee' and 'Phukeng Special' which instantly became part of my daily life. Twenty-five years later I'm still grooving to them. What I didn't know at that time was that The Movers were hugely successful during the 1970s; so when it came time to release some of their music, I thought it was going to be "a walk in the park" to track down information about them and write their biography. I was in for a rude awakening. Despite their legendary status, there was almost no information available on band or any of its members. Fortunately Nicky Blumenfeld from Kaya Radio came to the rescue. A few days after I reached out to her, she had managed to get the phone number of Kenneth Siphayi, who is considered to be the founder of the band, as well as vocalist Blondie Makhene and saxophonist Lulu Masilela. Although we left no stone unturned, we were unable to find any of the four original members who seem to have passed away in total anonymity. The story of The Movers began in 1967 when two unknown musicians - the brothers Norman and Oupa Hlongwane - approached Kenneth Siphayi, a stylish and wealthy businessman from the Alexandra township, to ask if he could buy them musical instruments. In return he would receive a cut from future live shows and record deals. Kenneth, ended up doing much more, becoming their manager, setting them up in a rehearsal space, and introducing them to an organist who would prove to be the missing link in the band's skeletal sound. He also gave them their name: The Movers... because, as he said, their music was going to move you, whether you liked it or not. The band exploded onto the country's racially-segregated music scene at the dawn of the 1970s with a sound that applied the rolling organ grooves and elastic rhythms of American soul to songs that came straight from the heart of the townships. Rumours of the band started to spread throughout the country and soon the record labels were sending their talent scouts to the Alexandra township to hear it for themselves. The Movers finally signed to Teal Records in 1969, and their first album, 'Crying Guitar,' went on to sell 500,000 copies within the first three months, launching them into the front rank of South African bands. In their first year they went from local sensations to being the first band of black South Africans to have their music cross over to the country's white radio stations. Although the first record was entirely instrumental, The Movers started working with different singers soon after - scoring an early hit with 14 year old vocal prodigy Blondie Makhene - and enriched their sonic palette with horns, extra percussion and various keyboards. Their stylistic range also expanded, incorporating elements of Marabi, Mbaqanga, jazz, funk, and reggae into their soul-steeped sound. But the essence of their music came from the almost telepathic connection of its founding members: the simmering organ of Sankie Chounyane, the laid-back guitar lines of Oupa Hlongwane, the energetic bass grooves of Norman Hlongwane and the simmering rhythms of drummer of Sam Thabo. The band reached their apex in the mid-1970s, and their hit 'Soweto Inn,' sung by Sophie Thapedi, became inseparable from the student revolts that signalled a new resistance to the apartheid government. In 1976, however, their manager was forced out, and their producer started to play a more active role in the band's direction. By the end of the decade there were no original members left. But at their height The Movers were titans of South African soul who left a legacy of over a dozen albums and countless singles of pure groove. On 'The Movers Vol. 1 - 1970-1976,' Analog Africa presents 14 of the finest tracks from the band's undisputed peak.

ONDOLO, JOHN - HYPNOTIC GUITAR OF JOHN ONDOLO (LP/MISSISSIPPI)

Tanzanian guitarist John Ondolo recorded a string of singles for independent labels in the late 1950s and early '60s. Unlike most guitarists from the region, Ondolo used open tuning (a favorite of American blues guitarists), creating a hypnotic drone over which he laid down endless rhythmic variations on his main themes. Inspired by the exploding pop music scene in Nairobi, the newest rock and roll imports from the U.S., and the Abakuria tribal music of his youth, Ondolo transposed traditional instruments and rhythms to his guitar, playing it more like a traditional harp at times. This album brings together John Ondolo's rare early 78rpm recordings in the first-ever overview of this innovative but overlooked artist.

UKWU, CELESTINE - NO CONDITION IS PERMANENT (LP/MISSISSIPPI)

Of the many great talents of the Nigerian highlife scene, none contained the existential depth, transcendence and grace of Celestine Ukwu. This LP compiles some of Celestine Ukwu's deepest and most affecting songs from the 1970s, which have been restored and remastered. Pressed on 160 gram black vinyl, and comes in heavy 3 spot-color jacket, with fold-over insert with bilingual lyrics and liner notes by Uchenna Ikonne (Comb & Razor Sound).

 

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VARIOUS - CLASSIC PRODUCTIONS BY SURIN PHAKSIRI 2 (LP/EM)

'MOLAM GEMS FROM THE 1960S-80S' - EM Records again shines the spotlight on legendary Thai producer Surin Phaksiri in this second edition of his classic productions from the 1960s-80s. The first edition, released in 2019, focused on his innovative productions in the luk thung style. This 2022 release features his stellar, glowing molam gems from the '60s-'80s, drawn mainly from his golden era in the late '70s and early '80s. Includes tracks by Lumyai Sungkamanee, Chomasai Saentaweesok, Thongmi Malai, Kaewta Prayalae, Chamnian Mitpracha, Chabaphrai Namwai, Sonthaya Kalasin, Homhuan Saksakul, Phairin Phonphibun, Banyen Siwongsa, Somthin Charoenchai, Sukchai Petch-Ubon, Chawiwan Damnoen, Kampun Foongsuk and Naree Rungruang.

 

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