SPOTLIGHT 43

27/10/2020 10:16

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

DOUGLAS - SI JE BUVAIS MOINS/DANS LE GRAND DESERT/CA FAIT PEUR (7"/CAMELEON)

Three tracks garage/psych pop from Belgium, recorded in 1968.

DREAM PHASES - HELEN HIGHWAY/TANDY (7"/HYPNOTIC BRIDGE)

Raised in California and steeped in the unique elements of the West Coast, Dream Phases filters the magic that emanates from all that surrounds them. From the sun-soaked beaches, verdant valleys, and soaring mountains, to the hard-boiled legacy of Los Angeles and the bright, neon promise of Hollywood, the band is a reflection of the environment in which they are immersed. Dream Phases began with a vision of evolving the sounds launched by legendary L.A. bands such as The Byrds, The Beach Boys, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, as well as those who followed, including The Rain Parade, Elliott Smith, Darker My Love, and Autolux. As the synths on the song attest, 'Helen Highway' was written while listening to a lot of Gary Numan, with the synthesizer tracks layered in a way that lets the listener fall into the song and be swept along. The lyrics relate how we only get one chance at life, reminding us not to be complacent and to remember we can change continually, pursuing the life we truly want to live. With the influences of not only Gary Numan, but The Verve and The Velvet Underground, the song builds to an ending of pure release. 'Tandy' is about reflecting on a past relationship and questioning its outcome. Written with a garage-psych feel influenced by L.A.'s Paisley Underground movement (The Rain Parade, The Dream Syndicate, The Three O'Clock), it's a song writer Brandon Graham envisions being played by DJ friends at local psych club nights. Like The Creation, the band uses a bow on some of the guitars to create an especially unmistakable psychedelic sound. A 12-string Rickenbacker overdub on the bridge is evidence of Brandon's immersion in a massive book on The Byrds (especially their 1965-68 heyday) while making the song.

VVLVA - 13. WINTER (7"/H42)

A real retro rock surprise! The verdict of eclipsed author Walter Sehrer on Vvlva is clear. The young Aschaffenburg quintet with the explicit band name is inspired by the hard rock of the early seventies, just like Siena Root did recently, when bands like Deep Purple and Uriah Heep roared Hammond mightily and sang with a heavy guitar in a duet. If you have a heart for bands from the underground, like rock to classic hard rock with psychedelic impact and have a passion for retro musically and visually, you will love VVLVA and their single '13. Winter'. With '13. Winter', the German krautrock guintet VVLVA delievers a timeless rock epic song. The distinctive singing, sometimes dreamy, sometimes full of energy, is accompanied by a magical mixture between 1970s uptempo-hardrock and progressive-psychedelic elements. Limited to 200 copies on black vinyl.

DOCTORS OF SPACE - FIRST TREATMENT (BLACK) (LP/SPACE ROCK)

Get yourselves ready for a a unique mixture of space rock and psychedelic music featuring synthesizers and guitars, courtesy of Dr Space (Oresund Space Collective, Black Moon Circle, Aural Hallucinations) and Dr Martin Weaver (Wicked Lady, Dark). Here available on BLACK VINYL, this is the duo's first full-length release. The LP (only 200 copies pressed!) comes in a gatefold sleeve and a download is included.

ELECTRIC OCTOPUS - THIS IS OUR CULTURE (2LP) (LP/ADANSONIA)

The 2019 debut full-length by the instrumental jam band from Belfast gets reissued as a DELUXE 180-GRAM VINYL DOUBLE-LP set, presented with a fully laminated thick matt sleeve and black padded inner sleeves. This is a hand-numbered edition of 350 units. A high-quality download is included.

KARABA - LIVE IN VIENNA (LP/ADANSONIA)

Released on 180-GRAM BLACK VINYL (in an edition of 222 copies) is a selection of live recordings from a Munich-based instrumental collective showcasing a style that blends jazz rock with '60s and '70s influenced psychedelia and prog rock. The LP comes with a fully laminated thick glossy sleeve and a black padded inner sleeve. A high-quality download is included.

KENNY & THE KASUALS - THE REAL BAND IN REAL TIME (LP/MARKRECORDS)

A live recording from Nick's Uptown for the live Q102 Music Hour in 1982 and from The Village Club, recorded by Neal Parks in 1988. None of these songs have ever been released before now. Hear the energy and drive that was the trademark of this band! Kenny and the Kasuals were an American garage rock band formed in Dallas, Texas in 1964. Limited to 300 copies on blue vinyl, so order fast!

MOON GOOSE - THE WAX MONSTER LIVES BEHIND... (+CD) (LP/FRIENDS OF THE FISH)

...THE FIRST ROW OF TREES' - Hay-on-Wye, August 2020: Area band Moon Goose has only gone and squeezed out, between the cracks of lockdown, another musical collection. 'The Wax Monster Lives Behind The First Row Of Trees' (TWMLBTFROT) occupies a liminal space between EP and album, comprising five full tracks and four micro-tracks which are short enough to be used to TikTok videos. Full of secret communications, the record is best understood as a piece of bricolage held together by a childhood ghost, manifesting in such diverse places as a Vietnamese banknote and an imaginary cave on the Iowa border. The music can be enjoyed quite loud, fairly late in the day, accompanied by a human sundae machine if available, on board a fungal transport if possible. Available on limited edition orange vinyl, bundled with a live CD taken from Moon Goose's set at the 17th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival in Cardigan in 2019, when we could still embrace one another. First come, first served!

ORESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE - (BLACK) FOUR RIDERS TAKE SPACE MOUNTAIN (2LP) (LP/SPACE ROCK)

This work by the acclaimed Scandinavian space rock band features one 62-minute track, recorded in the studio back in 2014, spread over three sides, plus (on Side D) the near 22-minute track 'Descent To Reality', which was taped in 2016. This DOUBLE-LP on 180-GRAM BLACK VINYL is pressed in an edition of 200 units and presented in a hand-numbered gatefold sleeve. A download code is included.

VARIOUS - BROWN ACID: THE ELEVENTH TRIP (BLACK) (LP/RIDING EASY)

The eleventh edition of the popular compilation series featuring long-lost vintage '60s/'70s proto-metal and stoner rock singles. The 'Brown Acid' series is curated by L.A. label RidingEasy Records and retailer/label Permanent Records. TRACKS: 01. Adam Wind - Something Else 02. Grump - I'll Give You Love 03. Bagshot Row - Turtle Wax Blues 04. Larry Lynn - Diamond Lady 05. Renaissance Fair - In Wyrd 06. Zendik - Mom's Apple Pie Boy 07. Day Break - Just Can't Say 08. West Minist'r - I Want You 09. Debb Johnson - Dancing In The Ruin 10. Crazy Jerry - Every Girl Gets One

BJORKLUND, IRINA -& PAUANNE- - BARELY ANN-MARI (CD/NORDIC NOTES)

While preparing herself for her role in the TV series 'Peacemaker', Irina Björklund thoroughly studied the work of professional peace negotiators, which usually goes under the public's radar. Also, being a musician, she began to write songs reflecting the inner life of the woman she portrays. In her songs she intended to express the feelings she was not allowed to show in the series where Ann-Mari's personality is depicted as rather complex and mysterious. For her album 'Barely Ann-Mari' Irina Björklund therefore started to work with Finnish folk ensemble Pauanne, composing the music to the songs together with Janne Lappalainen, long-time member of her own backing band.

KNUTUR, SVAVAR - BIL/BETWEEN (CD/NORDIC NOTES)

Due to Covid-19 lockdowns, and the cancellation of tours, Svavar Knutur releases this EP 'Bil/Between'. Together with an Icelandic string trio, Svavar has re-recorded old tracks and personal favorite songs.

ONOSKELIS - GOOD FOR TWO (CD/OZIUM)

Weird-ass stoner music from Stockholm, Sweden. Stockholm band Onoskelis deliver a swaggering home run first time at bat.

PINK FAIRIES - NO PICTURE (CD/THINKPINK50TH)

Recorded at Fraser Sound, Vancouver B.C. 1996/1997.

PINK FAIRIES - PLEASURE ISLAND (CD/THINKPINK50TH)

Recorded at Fraser Sound Vancouver B.C. February and May 1996.

TWINK - THINK PINK (50TH ANN. ED./STEREO MIX) (CD/THINKPINK50TH)

50th anniversary stereo edition. After the break-up of the Pink Fairies, in 1970, Twink recorded this milestone in British psychedelia, with the production work of friend Mick Farren, and the active participation of musicians like Paul Rudolph, Steve Peregrine Took (T.Rex) and others, and created a collection of songs, instrumental tracks and poetry that is no less than stunning. For many, a "fundamental" release for fans of the genre and the Pink Fairies, that reflects the genius of Twink.

VARIOUS - FOLK GALORE HIGHLIGHTS 2020 (CD/FOLK GALORE)

A budget sampler from the magazine Folk Galore, featuring 18 world and folk songs from around the globe. TRACKS: 01. Vilda - Utsjoki-disko 02. Okra Playground - Kuun Ajo (Chasing the Moon) 03. Anne-Mari Kivimaki & Palomylly - Killiainen Lemmenlintu 04. Auli & Albin Paulus - Alermlied Huidirido 05. Zari - Gulu Gulu 06. Tautumeitas - Aiz Azara 07. Sen Svaja - Leno Mori 08. Emmi Kujanpaa - Celestia 09. Lata Donga - Vysi Kuceni 10. Svjata Vatra - Shchedryk 11. Vedan Kolod - Kaleda 12. UDU - Eiliom Susedom 13. Stanislav Yudin and Asnate Rancane - Ja Na Toree 14. Meszecsinka - Nem Hagyom 15. Puhti - Ei Mailla Ole Hataa 16. Belonoga - Devilish Girl 17. ZeMe - Saules Griezi (A.k.a. Sidrabina Lietins Lija) 18. Suistamon Sahko - Silkkia Vaan

VARIOUS - LOST SOULS, VOL. 1 (CD/PSYCH OF THE SOUTH)

Repress with a fully updated 20 page booklet! '1960s GARAGE AND PSYCHEDELIC MUSIC FROM THE UN-NATURAL STATE: ARKANSAS' - A CD full of cryptic killers and psychedelic cycles from custom labels and obscurities of Arkansas, many of which never landed outside of the town where they originated. They all share a unique sound that comes from being isolated in rural communites yet brimming with teen abandon. Liners with detailed exclusive info on the bands will aim to please the curious listener. This CD is simply some of the best garage out there, with most of it appearing here for the first time. TRACKS: 01. The Blue And The Gray - Don't Send Me No Flowers 02. The Yardleys - The Light Won't Shine The 03. Problems Of Tyme - Back Of My Mind 04. Barefacts - Tell Me 05. Xciters - Upsetter 06. The Marion Deaton Group - Apple Of My Eye 07. Gene Barnett - Hey Come On Now 08. Barefacts - Leaf On A Tree 09. The Shades Featuring Bob Fly - Hit It 10. The Roustabouts - Just You And Me 11. Michael-Troy & The Pharoahs - Even Though It's Wrong 12. The Vycounts - Can't You Tell 13. The Blue & The Gray - Wine Wine Wine 14. The Coachmen - You're My Girl 15. The Lost Souls - My Girl 16. Lost Souls - Lost Love 17. Blues Foundation - It's Called Love 18. Dead On Arrival - Mr. Crying 19. Trouble Bros. - Your Love Is Gone 20. The Marc IV - Hi Ho Silver 21. The Marc IV - Now I'm Free 22. Sunset Society - Land Of Make Believe 23. Purple Canteen - Brains In My Feet 24. Suspension Of Belief - LSD 25. LD Mitchell & The Amalgamated Taxi Cab Service - Planet Of Union 26. Dead On Arrival - Run Hide Get Away 27. The Sole Society - Psychedelic Cycle 28. Mystic Illusion - Colour Of My Daye 29. Blackfoot - Bummed Out

REETZE, JAN - TIMES & SOUNDS (Bk/HALVMALL)

'GERMANY'S JOURNEY FROM JAZZ AND POP TO KRAUTROCK AND BEYOND' - This book is a journey - a ride through the depths of Germany's modern musical roots: at the beginning of the 1970s, experimental and progressive music in Germany developed far from the mainstream. Although few initially noticed it, it is now internationally celebrated as a cult phenomenon called "Krautrock". Today, bands like Kraftwerk, Can, Amon Düül II, NEU!, Cluster, and Tangerine Dream are considered pioneers of groundbreaking sound experiments. In order to understand the Krautrock era and its impact, it's worth delving deeper into the history of German rock music and taking a closer look at the overall picture. 'Times & Sounds' offers a comprehensive insight into the mechanisms of post-war Germany's music industry and sheds light upon its diverse musical styles, as well as their mutual influences and connections, which have received little attention until now: From the onset of German jazz and swing orchestras to the first rock'n'roll bands around Hamburg's Star Club and electronic synthesizer pioneers. From the intact world of schlager to agitprop and left-wing protest songs. From the avant-garde compositions of Stockhausen and his presumed disciples of Krautrock to the Neue Deutsche Welle. This book is a journalistic diary tracing Germany's dynamic culture from the late '40s to the early '90s. Those who take this journey experience the ups and downs of five decades, thus developing an understanding deeper than any other of the Krautrock phenomenon. Foreword by Hans-Joachim Roedelius (Kluster/Cluster/Harmonia).

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

HECK - (BLACK) HATE IT HERE/LIKE IT HERE (7"/SOUR BOMB)

Your favorite garagepunkers from Drenthe with a song about HATE! What's not to like about that? Limited (as always) to 100 copies only (50 black and 50 green vinyl). No repress, 'cause more is less! All copies come with a lyrics flowchart so you can sing along if your angry with side A and if you're happy: side B. First come, first served!

HUMAN TOYS - SPIN TO WIN (LP/TOPSY-TURVY)

Human Toys is a raw punk rock duo with female vocals. On this album on Topsy-Turvy Records, the songs draw on subjects from B-movies, drugs and perversion to politics, sexism and gender freedom. The band has musically reformed since their predecessor 'Excuse My French' on Records Ad Nauseam and while one may find a lot less electronic/electroclash-influence in their music now, there is definitely a higher dose of wild punkrock.

SLOAN, JACKSON -& FRIENDS- - RADIO INTERNATIONALE (LP/SLEAZY)

Jackson Sloan's first vinyl release. On 'Radio Internationale' his reputation as one of this decade's most popular R&B performers has been confirmed. The album features guest appearances by Augusti Burriel, Juan Ibanez Mateos and Eddie Peregrin Sala (Velvet Candles), Marco Pretolani, Fabrais Casadei, Marco Bovi from The Goodfellas and Robbie D.

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

BRYANT, TRACY - BETWEEN US (7"/SIX TONNES DE CHAIR)

L.A. songwriter Tracy Bryant released his third studio album just about a year ago (2019) and the first follow-up comes in the form of a limited single split between Six Tonnes de Chair (France) and Third Eye Stimuli (Australia). 'Between Us' was cut during the sessions for 'Hush' but Bryant notes that it didn't fit with the album. The melancholy tone of 'Hush' isn't as present in the sun-streaked pop bounce of 'Between Us.' Instead there's a sense of motion and crisp air. The song's not jubilant, but its trading wistful for winking which seems like a natural fit for Bryant. Despite its studio sheen, the simple setup feels like it shares a bit of DNA with Cronin and Segall around their humble Trouble In Mind days. Bryant hangs the song on the strength of a hummable acoustic hook, sweater-hugged harmonies, and a the kind of natural saunter that endears a song almost immediately. With a lyrical smirk at someone's know-it-all hijinks, the song is pretty relatable too. B/w 'House Of Mirror'.

DRAIN ON THE BALCONY - TRULY DEEPLY MADLY/THE WOMAN WHO WALKS THROUGH WALLS (7"/OLD BAD HABITS)

The Drain On The Balcony, once described as Solihull's best acoustic punk band, were formed in 1977, the year zero of British punk music. They reformed in 2009. Their music is a combination of punk pop, folk, C86, post-punk and indie pop. They were also the very first band of Rocker (The Rosehips, The Flatmates, Arrest! Charlie Tipper, etc.).

YELLOW MELODIES - WE ALL DESERVE A CHANCE EP (7"/OLD BAD HABITS)

Indiepop band from Murcia, Spain. The Yellow Melodies are essentially a group of songs, regardless of its shape or form, whether its indie pop, psych pop, orchestral pop, power pop, mod or beat, its first and foremost pure POP! They play music from the heart, with true passion and with style and flair.

ARREST! CHARLIE TIPPER - RED (LP/OLD BAD HABITS)

This album includes 11 songs like diamonds, covering all the tastes. It includes everything, melody, noise, trumpets, politics, love. The people behind Arrest! Charlie Tipper have dedicate their lives to independent/alternative UK music for almost four decades now. They were all members of bands like The Five Year Plan, The Groove Farm, Beatnik Filmstars, Rorschach, The Rosehips, The Flatmates, etc. The cover painting is a work of art by Liverpool artist and ex-Half Man Half Biscuit (1991-6), Ian Jay (Jackson).

COLDREAMS - CRAZY NIGHT (LP/CAMISOLE)

Limited and remastered from original tapes. Available for the first time on vinyl. Insert with band history and previously unseen photos. After the repress of their single 'Eyes/Morning Rain', Camisole Records reissues 'Crazy Night', previously released as cassette. Recorded in 1984-1985 by a group of students, passionate about post-punk, this record represents the culmination of the band first period.

DARK MATTERS - LITTLE BLACK ROSE (2LP/BLACK) (LP/OLD BAD HABITS)

The first full length album by the Patras, Greece based Dark Mattters, the personal project of Vaggelis Mourelatos (Elis M. Feeling), who has a long career in Greek electronic music.

SECRET AFFAIR - BEHIND CLOSED DOORS (LP/HEAVY SOUL)

An exclusive reissue of the second album 'Behind Closed Doors' from Secret Affair, originally issued in 1980. Featuring the iconic chart hits 'My World' and 'Sound Of Confusion', and two bonus track b-sides - 'So Cool' and 'Take It Or Leave It'. 'Behind Closed Doors' has been pressed on heavyweight purple vinyl and limited to 300 copies! Much loved by fans of the band and seen as a major point of the band's career following on from Mod Revival classic album 'Glory Boys' which came out a year earlier (1979).

TEHOSEKOITIN - SCREAMING STUKAS: A LOTTA RHYTHM (LP/SVART)

The 2002 English-language album 'Screamin' Stukas' from Finnish rock band Tehosekoitin album finally on vinyl!

TUOMARI NURMIO - LASTEN MEHUHETKI (LP/SVART)

Originally released in 1981, 'Lasten Mehuhetki' has defined Tuomari (Judge) Nurmio's career more than any other single album. Limited to 350 copies on blue vinyl.

COLDREAMS - DON'T CRY: COMPLETE RECORDINGS 1984-1986 (CD/CAMISOLE)

Camisole Records presents the compilation of all studio tracks from '80s French post-punk band Coldreams, available on CD only. Including an unreleased long version of their classic track 'Eyes', remastered from the original tapes. Also featuring their earlier tracks from the 'Crazy Night' cassette. This compilation showcases their mix of post-punk and pop appeal which definitely take them apart from their contemporaries.

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

GEZA X - PRACTICING MICE/ME NO WANNA BE (7"/NO MATRIX)

The very first Gexa X demos from 1979, recorded in the Hollywood-Cherokee building just weeks after his tenure in The Deadbeats had ended. This previously unreleased 45 contains an early version of 'Practicing Mice' and the largely unheard 'Me No Wanna Be'. First pressing of 500 copies, includes insert with rare photos and liner notes by Geza X.

SNOT PUPPIES - SNOT PUPPIES (7"/NO MATRIX)

Second press. Previously unreleased 1978 EP by Hollywood punk band The Snot Puppies produced by Geza X. Made up of students enrolled at Beverly Hills High School, including Jeff McGregor (a one time member of the Screamers), The Snot Puppies were active for a few short months between 1977 and 1978. In May they played Lobotomy Magazine night at The Whisky, July 9th they played The Masque and by August they called it quits. Remastered from the original master tape by Geza X. Comes housed in a two sided sleeve and includes an insert with rare photos, a new interview with the band as well as a postcard of an unpublished photo of the Masque club by Michael Yampolsky. While the first 2 tracks ('TV Tantrum' and 'Towels') were included on Killed By Death #13 (albeit in substantially worse quality), the third track, 'PCP,' has not been released anywhere until now.

EXIT - WE LIVE BY THE RIVER (CD/ONLY FIT FOR THE BIN RECORDS)

The Exit was formed in 1977, in the heyday of punk. After they recorded their debut single,'Only To Discover', they temporary renamed the band to The What, as there already was another band with the same name. This compilation has 22 tracks from the band, recorded in the late 70's and 80's. Limited to 200 copies.

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

GUIRAUD, CHRISTOPHE - KUTRA BEGULMA (2LP) (LP/SUB ROSA)

His most recent pieces intimately mix instrumental timbre and sound hybridization, cultivating a certain secrecy around this alchemy. Here more than everywhere else, Christophe Guiraud's compositions create a dialogue between the times, from the polyphony of Ars Nova to Spectralism, while integrating his noise heritage. Comes on green vinyl.

OPENING PERFORMANCE ORCHESTRA/LASWELL/POP/BURROUGHS - THE ACID LANDS (LP/SUB ROSA)

'The Acid Lands', created by the Prague-based Opening Performance Orchestra, was first performed in 2014 at the Movement-Sound-Space festival in Ostrava, to mark the centenary of William S. Burroughs's birth. The piece was performed live with guests, the theremin player Martina Potuckova, and the poet, musician and performer Pavel Z as the narrator. The studio version of 'The Acid Lands' was recorded in collaboration with Bill Laswell and Iggy Pop, who undertook the role of the narrator. The piece, which pays tribute to William S. Burroughs, features fragments from the novels 'The Western Lands' and 'Junkie'. In addition to the title composition, 'The Acid Lands', the record contains Bill Laswell's instrumental remix, as well as the collective piece 'Naming Seven Souls', featuring samples of William S. Burroughs reading his own work.

BRUCH - THE FOOL (CD/TROST)

'The Fool' unveils the beauty of Bruch's versatile persona that takes us deep down into personal battles and witnesses the soul of a true rock'n'roll maverick, not afraid of his dark side, the dirt. Big range of emotions are blended in rough and minimal synthwave, some broken beats and industrial electronic noise. Bruch gets under your skin. Recorded in pure DIY manner, on his own, in his studio in Vienna during the last four years. Bruch is the alter ego of Philipp Hanich from Munich, who lives in Vienna as a painter and musician.

EX, LUC - MUSIC OF INEVITABLE SOUNDS (CD/TROST)

Dutch Bassist Luc Klaasen was a original member of the legendary avantgarde/punk band The Ex, later played with Tom Cora and today is very active as soundartist and composer with big ensembles. Luc Ex uses this project to explore the liminal zone where sound and music overlap or merge. Driven by a passion for both, he has created work for a medium-sized ensemble that is based on specific environmental sounds. Our entire world is brimming with sound; an omnipresent phenomenon that is hard to escape in many spheres of modern society. Each piece springs from a specific sound e.g. ventilators, concrete mixers, people talking loudly into their phones, building sites, robots. These elements add up to a beautiful musical painting, which straddles the middle ground between contemporary music and urban soundscapes while giving a knowing wink to the oeuvres of people like John Cage, Harry Partch or Luigi Russolo.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

CLOUDS TASTE SATANIC - THE SATANIC SINGLES SERIES, VOL. 1 (7"/KINDA LIKE MUSIC)

Instrumental post-doom quartet Clouds Taste Satanic are back with a series of four 7" singles. Entitled 'The Satanic Singles Series', each single's A side and B side will be covers of tunes that have had a profound influence on the band, but are not necessarily originating from the metal/doom genres. Volume 1 features 'Funeral For A Friend' (yes, the Elton John song) b/w 'Also Sprach Zarathustra' (better known as the theme from the movie '2001: A Space Odyssey'). Without a doubt these covers will be heavier than the originals, but not necessarily doomier. Still fully instrumental, but with songs well under the 20 minute mark, these songs make for a somewhat different CTS listening experience. Like their last several releases, the songs included in 'The Satanic Singles Series' were engineered and mixed by Ben Rice at Degraw Sound in Brooklyn and mastered by Alan Douches (High On Fire, Converge, Mastodon) at West West Side Music. 'The Satanic Singles Series' art are original pieces by Alexandre Goulet, whose graphic design work has graced numerous metal records including every album by Dopethrone. Limited to 200 copies, but only few available here, so first come, first served.

EYEHATEGOD - (BLACK) TEN YEARS OF ABUSE (AND STILL BROKE) (2LP) (LP/SVART)

No one album could ever capture the claustrophobia-to-catharsis of an Eyehategod show, but this compilation of live tracks and demos comes as close as it gets. Giving you an idea of Eyehategod's uncompromising, single minded purity of expression and exertion of raw nerve, '10 Year Of Abuse' is a monumental document all the way from the demo era to their later, legendary relentless live tour set. Many other bands have tried unsuccessfully to emulate Eyehategod and have never quite captured their dynamic. Formed in 1988 in New Orleans they have become one of the most well known bands to emerge from the NOLA metal scene. Eyehategod note bands like Melvins, The Obsessed, Discharge, Black Flag, Black Sabbath and Saint Vitus as major influences, but are often mentioned in the same breath as any of these legendary bands. Drawing comparisons to grindcore, crust punk and sludge metal, their heavy bluesy, detuned rock and roll has been a lynchpin for the misanthropic and disenfranchised. Limited to 600 copies on black vinyl.

MORPHOLITH - NULL DIMENSIONS (CD/OZIUM)

From the cold confines of Reykjavik, Iceland comes the molten fuzz/psyche doom of Morpholith and their EP debut offering, 'Null Dimension'. In this two track movement, Morpholith unleash a brazen, massive avalanche of crushing riffs and tempo diverse output. While rooted in traditional doom at its core, the EP does cater to some progressive metal elements amid its exuding despair.

 

JAZZ/AVANTGARDE

ABRAMS, JOSHUA - NATURAL INFORMATION (LP/AGUIRRE)

Joshua Abrams' first 'Natural Information' album from 2010, superb avant-jazz, newly remastered at Dubplates & Mastering and released in an edition of 999 copies on 180 gram vinyl.

ABRAMS, JOSHUA - REPRESENCING (LP/AGUIRRE)

Joshua Abrams' second album with group from 2012, superb avant-jazz, newly remastered at Dubplates & Mastering and released in an edition of 999 copies on 180 gram vinyl.

 

SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/R&B/GOSPEL

VARIOUS - COLOR DE TROPICO (LP/EL PALMAS MUSIC)

Collected on this LP are eight rare tracks from the late(r) '60s and '70s music scene of Venezuela. This is how jazz, rock, salsa, funk, psych, prog and disco sat next to guajira, cumbia, cha-cha-cha and even the hugely-popular Venezuelan style of joropo. SIDE 1: 1. LOS DARTS - El Despertar 2. HUGO BLANCO - Guajira Con Arpa 3. LA RETRETA MAYOR - Zambo - 4. COMBO LOS CAPRI - Gaita Universal SIDE 2: 1. NELSON Y SUS ESTRELLAS - Fantasa Latina 2. GERMAN FERNANDO - Socorro... Auxilio 3. GRUPO ALMENDRA - Tu Y Yo 4. TULIO ENRIQUE LÉON - Bimbom

 

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

JABIR - VUELO POR LAS ALTURAS (LP/DISCOS TRANSGENERO)

Originally released in 1988 by Discos Esplendor Geometrico, now back on vinyl, this album is an ambient gem, full of mesmerizing compositions inspired by the legacy of Al-Andalus, the muslim Spanish civilisation.

 

DANCE/TECHNO/HOUSE/HIPHOP

BONFIM - AN EXTENDED-PLAY RECORD OF ASSEMBLED SOUNDS... (LP/BONFIM)

...FOR DIFFERENT KINDS OF MOODS' - Based in Porto, Portugal, rewnowned dj and producer Pedro Tenreiro, a.k.a. Bonfim, releases a mini-LP of sample-based hip hop which also showcases traces of '90s house and left-field jazzy sounds.

 

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