SPOTLIGHT 37

18/09/2018 08:36

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

LOW HUMS - (BLACK) NIGHT MAGIC WINE/SHINE SHOCK (LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACT)

Low Hums are from Seattle Washington and began playing out in 2009. Fueled on a steady diet of amphetaminized Velvet Underground, Funkadelic, Jimi Hendrix, Can, Sun Ra, Beefheart, Blue Cheer. Low Hums employ a twin guitar tapestry and a fiery rhythm section. 180gr. vinyl.

PHOENICIAN DRIVE - PHOENICIAN DRIVE (LP/EXAG')

Recorded in the Studio Koko by the insatiable John Roo (La Jungle, It It Anita), this record indulges in the psychedelic pleasures (Amon Düül II, Os Mutantes) and the joy of motorik rhythms (Can, NEU!, Faust, Cluster). Soaked in darbuka, edged with oud and distortion effusions, the compositions are here travelling in first class, far from formatted highways and traffic jams. At full speed, Phoenician Drive runs on krautrock with a loaded trunk. Flamenco, oriental grooves, jazz and Balkan vibrations pile up next to a suitcase full of crazy soundtracks as echoes to the library music traditions (Sandro Brugnolini, Alessandro Alessandroni). Between recollection of a fantasy past and prospect of an exciting future, Phoenician Drive's music makes light of the timeline's norms in order to create eight vivace and striking tracks which are timeless and totally unclassifiable. A one of a kind performance.

SOLOMON, JERRY - PAST THE 20TH CENTURY (LP/MODERN HARMONIC)

At last, the self-released 1971 LP by LA-based outsider psych artist Jerry Solomon gets reissued on vinyl! Though his earlier recordings (dating back to the '60s) were based on wobbly rock'n'roll beats, 'Past The 20th Century' features droning minor-key melodies, irregular percussive jabs, toy piano strums and impenetrable lyrics delivered by Jerry's self-overdubbed and echo-laden vocals. The reissue of this much sought after, ultra rare album comes with reproduced artwork and a zine-styled insert.

SOLOMON, JERRY - VIRGINITY FOR ALL! (2LP) (LP/MODERN HARMONIC)

'PRIVATE PRESS 45S 1966-1969' - Collected in this DOUBLE-LP set are the totally far-out and crazed psych recordings from LA-based outsider musician Jerry Solomon, originally dating back to the second half of the '60s! The rarity and bizarre content of Jerry Solomon's releases have music connoisseurs clamoring for them, though he funded, wrote, recorded and self-distributed his uniquely fascinating music for no other reason than to simply put it out there. Indeed, this is a sensational release!

FARA - TIMES FROM TIMES FALL (CD/CPL-MUSIC)

Second album by Fara, a folk quartet from the Orkney Islands featuring Jennifer Austin (piano), Kristan Harvey (fiddle and vocals), Jeana Leslie (fiddle, lead vocals) and Catriona Price (fiddle, vocals).

FYFE, IONA - AWAY FROM MY WINDOW (CD/CPL-MUSIC)

'Away From My Window' is an exciting mix of traditional and modern Scottish folk songs brought with a fresh approach by Iona Fyfe. All songs are based on traditional music except for three tracks, which are covers of contemporary folk songs by Michael Marra and Aidan Moffat.

SEOMPI - GUNS IN THE SKIES (CD/CICADELIC)

Available on CD is a spectacular compilation of early '70s recordings from Texas-based cult hard-psych/space-rock outfit Seompi, including eight previously unreleased cuts and more. 'Guns In The Skies' proves that Seompi ranks up there with all the other legendary Texas heavies such as The 13th Floor Elevators, The Zakary Thaks, Golden Dawn, Bubble Puppy, Moving Sidewalks, ZZ Top and Johnny Winter.

SYMBIO - RISING (CD/NORDIC NOTES)

The two musicians Johannes Geworkian Hellman and Lars Emil Öjeberget are virtuosos on the hurdy gurdy (hurdy gurdy) and the accordion. They combine traditional folk, minimal music and delicate electronic tones. This is their second album.

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

KRYNG - (BLACK) DON'T DIG THESE MODERN TIMES (7"/WAAGHALS)

2018 single by this sixties influenced combo from Drenthe, The Netherlands. It features the title song of their album on Teen Sound (Italy) b/w 'Microphone. The Kryng are three jinxed no-good guys with an insatiable appetite for great popsongs. On bass there's Peter Kroes (The Keefmen, Low Point Drains) and on drums there's Arjan Spies (Mark & The Spies, The Kik), but their ace in the hole is singer/guitarist Mark ten Hoor (The No-Goods), a craftsman extraordinair when it comes to writing catchy and powerful songs. Take a whole lotta '60s garagepop, some '70s punk, a handful of '90s indie-grunge-rock and mix them together and there you have it: The Kryng! Limited to 100 copies on black vinyl.

JACOBS, PAUL - EASY (LP/STOLEN BODY)

Paul Jacobs, presently residing in Montreal, Quebec, has come a long way since his original one man band days. Five years later, with a full band backing him, his live shows have grown to an explosive level. The experience is an untamed, wild and manic energy, a true purge of raw emotions. Paul writes, performs, records and mixes all the music he releases. He has released 8 full length albums, numerous EP's and singles, always accompanied by his personal animations and art work. He's gained notoriety with the success of 2016's 'Pictures, Movies & Apartments' reviewed by The Guardian, proclaiming it "the best garage punk record of the year". Paul continues to grow as an artist, with 'Easy' -and acclaimed by Iggy Pop no less, on his BBC6 music show- an album he's jam packed with pop hooks, while maintaining his original lo-fi sound.

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

HARD SKIN - NOT MESSING AROUND/FACTORY (7"/JT CLASSICS)

Two tracks of old style Oi!, issued on wax. 'Not Messing Around' is a slow stomper whilst the flip 'Factory' was originally written in 1979.

HOLOGRAM - BUILD YOURSELF UP SO MANY TIMES ONLY TO BE... (7"/LA VIDA ES UN MUS DISCOS)

Italian style hc by a sloppy yet tight band from Washington DC! This is the band's debut-EP.

CONSTANT MONGREL - LIVING IN EXCELLENCE (LP/LA VIDA ES UN MUS DISCOS)

The 2018 full-length by an interesting Aussie post-punk unit, revealing influences from British '80s bands s.a. The Fall, Wire, Blitz and The Mob, and with notable contributions from saxophone and synths.

LIFE SENTENCE - LIFE SENTENCE (BLACK) (LP/JET SPEED)

The first official reissue of the classic hardcore punk debut LP from Life Sentence. '80s Chicago thrash at it's finest. This line-up of the band only lasted a little over two years but had logged in hundreds of gigs across the US and Canada playing with the likes of Dead Kennedys, Circle Jerks, DRI, COC, MDC, Suicidal Tendencies, 7 Seconds, and many more. Their t-shirts and stickers sporting the iconic logo were worn by everyone from Metallica, Anthrax, Exodus, OFF!, and Napalm Death to pro-skaters Monty Nolder and Steve Steadham. The LP itself received rave reviews in Maximum RocknRoll, Flipside, Thrasher, Faces, and even MTV's 120 Minutes. In 2017, the original master tapes were returned to the surviving members and they decided to finally release a remastered official reissue of the debut LP along with 2 rare studio outtakes, 3 four track demos, and a live track.

ELAKELAISET - HUMPPAMANIA! (2CD) (CD/NORDIC NOTES)

25 years Eläkeläiset! 25 years Humppa! That can only lead to a heart attack... 'Humppamania!' is a retrospective which also features 6 new songs. The last song on the second CD was recorded during the Humppafonia concert with the Kuopio City Orchestra.

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

MAJDANEK WALTZ/DENIS TRETYAKOV/THE NOKTULIANS - PENTRAGRAM (CD/KULTFRONT/ZHELE)

Aleister Crowley's poems translated into Russian were first published in 2017 -the same year as this album- on which musicians inspired by his works create their sonic dedication. It was created by Russian dark scene musicians Majdanek Waltz and Denis Tretyakov (of Tserkov Detstva and Bratya Tuluzovy). Priceless support was granted by the secret musical project The Noktulians. The final black balance was masterfully adjusted by ArSch (aka Myrrman), a member of Reutoff and Otzepenevshiye. Apart from all other obvious jubilees and important round dates, 2017 marks the 70th anniversary of Aleister Crowley's death. "Every man and every woman is a star". Limited to 300 copies in a digipak.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

AGE OF TRUTH - THRESHOLD (MARBLED) (LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACT)

Four brothers-in-arms from Philadelphia united in the singular pursuit of making the most honest heaviness this broken world can handle. As our modern lives bathe us in constant unravelling lies and deceptions, the truth in the heaviness they create makes them clean. With a fully stocked arsenal of riffs wrapped in a tone of honey dipped Satan, The Age Of Truth blends fuzz and diesel fuel with elements of heavy blues, stoner rock and psychedelia. The perfect soundtrack for a barroom brawl that they know only as ... the heaviness. On red-black marbled 180gr. vinyl.

CLAN - CARNIVORES (BLACK) (LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACT)

Clan are a stoner rock band from Norwich, UK that exemplify the sound of the genre as well as any band of this century or the last. The mix of sound and style they are able to seamlessly incorporate into their music makes for something exciting, something quite fresh and new within perfectly executed familiar sounds. The fuzz packed riffs on every song are thickly sweet and mesmerizing. The vocals from front-man and lead guitarist Matt Pearce are singular, powerful, compelling, exotic, and provocative. On 180gr. vinyl.

DEATHBELL - WITH THE BEYOND (BLACK) (LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACT)

Deathbell is a four piece female fronted doom band both French and Irish. Creating heavy, fuzzy sound and hazy atmosphere in their music, which wishes to transcend listeners minds to another world. "With The Beyond" focuses on the passing between the living world and beyond. Through haunting vocals and hypnotic rhythms heated from witchcraft to more introspective trips. Deathbell comes from that of a flower, once consumed gives you the ability to see all. On 180gr. vinyl.

FORMING THE VOID - RIFT (LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACT)

An epic and devastating trip into the heart of a Sabbathian darkness. "Melding their influences, which range from Mastodon and The Sword, to Soundgarden and YOB, Forming The Void's riffs summon a sense of adventure." CVLT NATION. "... a towering, majestic ode to their old Captain Beyond records and Alice In Chains cassettes. It's a juicy, smoky, doom-rock sandwich laced with crackling neo-grunge and a bucket of slimy green southern-fried sludge. On green 180gr. vinyl.

GRUSOM - II (BLACK) (LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACT)

Danish heavy rockers Grusom release their aptly-titled sophomore outing, "Grusom II". Grusom are not necessarily shooting for vintage production, presentation, etc., and yet it's abundantly clear where their heart lies when it comes to influences in heavy rock. GRUSOM have attracted a tremendous awareness, which exceeds far beyond the Danish border. With a combination of heavy metal, stoner and acid rock, based on the gloomy parts of psych and heavy rock, these boys, naturally and honestly, meet their audience with an open heart. 180gr. vinyl

HAZEMAZE - HAZEMAZE (BLACK) (LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACT)

Hazemaze is a 70's infused stoner-rock band hailing from the middle of Sweden, surrounded by lakes and forest. In 2016, in the depths of Mälardalen, the three piece summoned the forces of fuzz and heavy riffing. A combination of early doom-rock and psychedelic elements with a modern touch is what creates the bands heavy fuzz sound. Contemporary bands that come to mind while listening to Hazemaze are Lord Mountain, Iron Void, and to some extent Dunbarrow and Witchcraft. 180gr. vinyl.

HEAVY EYES - LIVE IN MEMPHIS (BLACK) (LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACT)

Of the many heavy rock jam bands that truly need to be seen to believe, The Heavy Eyes, are firmly at the top of that list. The Memphis power-trio are the epitome of everything that is good about modern day rock. Originality, energy, musicianship, ballsy and straight up groovy - these guys have firmly established themselves as one of the best underground heavy rock acts on the scene today! Now, for the first time, The Heavy Eyes bring the unique raw energy of their live shows to vinyl, with "Live in Memphis". Recorded during a hometown show back in 2017, "Live in Memphis" is a 13 track set list that takes you on a journey through The Heavy Eyes full discography. On 180gr. vinyl.

IHLOOSUHREE - ANALYSIS PARALYSIS (LP/BABYLON DOOM CULT)

Ihloosuhree take you on an uncertain trip through the darkest corners of the universe and the human mind. With devouring, unruly rhythms and weird song structures, they blaze through the dirt of the world without looking back. No boundaries, no limits, no mercy.

REZN - CALM BLACK WATER (PURPLE/CLEAR/BLACK) (LP/OFF THE RECORD)

REZN has conjured another sonic gateway. This full-length record embodies a deep-sea journey to the center of your mind. Limited to 200 copies on purple/clear/black vinyl.

SLEDGE - (BLACK) ON THE VERGE OF NOTHING (LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACT)

The Sledge ... a black belt fuzz machine; a new old group of musicians, getting together in one room, with a mission: To capture the energy from endless hours of jamming and composing. It is hard to categorize the music of The Sledge as heard on their debut album On The Verge Of Nothing. Some might call it stoner, with a mighty dose of proto-metal, and some might call it hard rock with pinches of grunge, old school metal, and robotic riffs. On 180gr. vinyl.

SOMALI YACHT CLUB - THE SUN (CLEAR) (LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACT)

2018 repress of their debut album. Dreamtoned trio from Ukraine blending stoner, blues, dub, shoegazing, psychedelic rock, and post rock and beautifully wraps all these styles in fuzz in a very thoughtful, cohesive, and atmospheric way causing its listeners to experience a multitude of emotions and attitudes. Clear vinyl.

WILLIE DARKTROUSERS & THE SPLINTERS - GLIBBERBUREN (LP/BABYLON DOOM CULT)

What does 'Glibberburen' sound like? Well, imagine that Michael Gira and Kanye West grew up in the Frisian countryside (in the north of The Netherlands) and recorded a black metal inspired record. And a damn catchy one as well! Limited to 350 copies.

 

JAZZ/AVANTGARDE

BROTZMANN/LEIGH - SPARROW NIGHTS (LP/TROST)

First studio album from the furious duo of pedal steel player Heather Leigh and saxophone legend Peter Brötzmann. The collaboration quickly gained a well earned reputation for their cutting edge music and frenetic but sensuous playing.

 

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

ANDREOLINA - AN ISLAND IN THE MOON (LP/AGUIRRE)

'An Island In The Moon' is the perfectly conceived minimal ambient project from Italian composers Pier Luigi Andreoni (Doubling Riders, ATROX) and Silvio Linardi. Andreolina being a mix of the names of the two musicians who were both deeply involved with the label Auf Dem Nil on which the album was originally released in 1990. The duo stick to a disciplined and simple palette using only two synthesizers and a Roland S50 sampler. They are joined by fellow electronic journeyman Riccardo Sinigaglia who contributes piano and samples on two tracks. Taking influences from Italian minimalism while adding some jazz hints Andreolina sprawls, weightless instrumentals that never stay soporific for too long on this singular rare album. Auf Dem Nil or ADN was one of the most adventurous Italian record labels of the '80s and early '90s with releases by De Fabriek, Riccardo Sinigaglia and Pierre Bastien. Leaving their mark on the experimental music scene back than and influencing musicians worldwide up until today. Edition of 500 copies.

HORD - PARALLELS (LP/AVANT!)

Hord is the solo project of Bordeaux-based synthwave producer Sebastien Carl. Started in 2014, Sebastien has been able to gather a cult fan-base around his creation in a short time, collaborating with artists as Hante., Winter Severity Index and Black Bug. After a first album on Giallo Disco and an EP on SNTS' own label Sacred Court, this is his second full-length record. 'Parallels' features eight compositions that further focus Hord's distinguishing features: abstract almost liquid synth passages, deep analogue beats, veiled vocals. Uptempo or slow, instrumental or sung, danceable or rarefied it doesn't really matter as the album as a whole ends up resulting in a strong cinematic appeal. A soundtrack for a journey away from the present time and into an intimate, maybe even nostalgic dimension.

 

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

DOCTEUR NICO - DIEU DE LA GUITARE(2LP) (LP/PLANET ILUNGA)

The Congo has given us many excellent guitar players, but only one of them earned the nickname 'Dieu de la Guitare'. With this compilation, made in collaboration with Ignace Mukendi (Comité de Gestion des Oeuvres Musicales de Docteur Nico) and the children of Docteur Nico, Planet Ilunga recalls the life and musical career of guitar player and band leader Docteur Nico. Nicolas Kasanda wa Mikalayi stood for over 20 years at the forefront of Congolese rumba. Backed through his whole career by his older brother Dechaud, Nico introduced numerous innovations to Congolese rumba such as a remarkable take on Dominican merengue, the use of the Hawaiian guitar, the introduction of new rhythms and dances such as the kiri-kiri and kono, and especially the shimmering, electrified modern versions of traditional tunes from his native Kasai. Thirty-three years after his death, we remember him as the most gifted guitar soloist of Congo. This anthology consists of an original selection of 26 exquisite songs, made between 1954 and 1970 with the groups African Jazz, Rock-a-Mambo, African Jazz Aile Nico, African Fiesta and African Fiesta Sukisa, many of them reproduced for the first time and mostly taken from the original 78 rpm or 45 rpm shellac/vinyl. The album is released on September 22, 2018, a symbolic date since it will be exactly thirty-three years after the early death of Nico in Brussels (1939 -1985). TRACKS: 01. African Jazz 02. Mama Fioti 03. Dit Louise 04. Cherie Nini 05. Bolingo Na Ngai Gigi 06. Tshiandanda Ngalula 07. Mabanzo Maleki Ngai 08. Ambiance Du Daring 09. Jose Bella Calypso 10. Bolingo Na Ngai Aye 11. Kamulangu 12. I'm Sorry 13. Moto Abungaka 14. Rose Mosika 15. Merengue Mathieu 16. Vita Matata 17. African Fiesta Congo 18. Omeli Mayi Na Ntonga 19. Zola Jose 20. Reguerdos 21. Souvenir Air-Congo 22. Caminomas 23. Limbisa Ngai 24. Ah Mokolo Wana 25. Semeki Etali Yo Te 26. Ntumba

TROUPE ÉCOLE TUDU - OYIWANE (LP/SAHEL SOUNDS)

Sweet and sublime school recordings from elementary school group in Northern Niger from the 1980s. All-girl group accompanied by their instructor on the acoustic guitar, recalling Guinean folk and early Ali Farka Touré. Troupe École Tudu takes their name from a small neighborhood of Agadez, Niger. In 1985, the city hosted a musical competition between various schools. École Tudu, lacking a choir, sought out a young Tuareg guitarist Kader "Barmo" Balla to create a new style of music. The guitar was new to Niger and Barmo was new to the guitar, having only played for a few years. His notes were minimal and stripped down melodies mirroring the vocals, a technique common in Malian and Guinean folk music. To make something uniquely Saharan, they modeled their percussion on the tende, the traditional Tuareg goatskin drum and rhythm. Their debut composition titled 'Oyiwane' ('Greetings to Everyone') won first prize at the competition and garnered the attention of the Niger state. The following year they were invited into the studio to record an album, released on the small boutique label Hasada (known for their seminal work with Mamman Sani Abdoulaye). The compositions mixed traditional folksongs with original creations, but the lyrical content was political. At a time of massive rural migration, drought, and exodus, their songs were a message to the modern nomads, emphasizing traditional culture while stressing the importance of education, particularly for young women. Limited to 500 copies.

 

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