SPOTLIGHT 37

20/09/2021 12:25

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

SCREAMING DEAD BALLOONS - HOW TO DIE WITH SUCCESS (7"/SELF RELEASE)

2021 7" single from one of Athens' most powerful garage bands! The trio of Dionisis Dallas, Panos Liakakos and Ioannis Pispirikos recorder these 2 explosive tracks during the lockdown. Released as a 7" vinyl single, limited to 220 hand-numbered copies! Add in the mix a small shot of kraut rock, blend it with a few psychedelic riffs and throw it into the deep sea of rock'n'roll... What you end up with, is Screaming Dead Balloons.

AFTER ALL - AFTER ALL (LP/OUT-SIDER)

Now reissued with a hard cardboard sleeve and an obi, this is the sole full-length by a superb psychedelic/progressive underground unit from Florida. Full of spacey guitar riffs and innovative keyboards, the album was originally released in 1970.

ANUNNAKI - MARTYR OF ALEXANDRIA (LP/CARDINAL FUZZ)

Across their previous seven releases the Nanaimo, BC Canada-based instrumental duo Anunnaki have explored such intriguing sources of inspiration as Hermeticism, Japanese UFO folklore, and beckoning the Apocalypse. These topics considered, it will surprise few that on their EP 'Martyr Of Alexandria', the bicephalic psych-drone-rock powerhouse have turned their exploratory gaze to specific events that occurred in 5th century Alexandria. Indeed, having named themselves for mythological Sumerian deities, Dave Read (Moths & Locusts) and Arlen Thompson (Wolf Parade) suggest an intent to operate as wide-eyed sonic archeologists on a quest for truths both musical and spiritual, and as such are delving deeper and deeper into their historical fascinations with each successive release. With three brain-melting tracks occupying 30 minutes, on 'Martyr Of Alexandria; Read (basses/guitars/synths/effects) and Thompson (drums/synths/samples) have crafted a visceral aural tapestry examining the harrowing demise of Hypatia, a pagan philosopher, astronomer, and mathematician known in her day as a teacher possessed of great wisdom. As a victim of accusatory rumours emanating from a complex religiopolitical situation at a violent time in history, Hypatia was martyred following her brutal end at the hands of an incited, rabid Christian mob in 415 AD: 1,606 years on, Anunnaki pay tribute. Co-release with Canadian label Noiseagonymayhem.

DESCARADO - GAS MASH (LP/OZIUM)

Descarado from Gothenburg, Sweden serves up an excellent dish of stoner rock. Their second release 'Gas Mash' is harder than 'Odd' and will be greatly appreciated by fans of classic stoner acts such as Monster Magnet or Cities Of Mars.

GOLIATH (USA) - GOLIATH (LP/OUT-SIDER)

At the time unreleased, this is a cool 1970 album by a Hammond and guitar driven, psychedelic/progressive hard rock band from Louisville, KY. Following the 2009 CD-release, 'Goliath' is now finally available on vinyl for the first time.

HANNIBAL - HANNIBAL (LP/MAGIC BOX)

The sole album by the Birmingham-based progressive blues/jazzrock band, originally released in 1970, is now available again on vinyl!

HAYMARKET SQUARE - MAGIC LANTERN (LP/GUERSSEN)

Back on vinyl (including a hard cardboard cover and an obi) is a classic, fuzzed out psychedelic LP from 1968. Featuring the outstanding vocals of Gloria Lambert, this music was the soundtrack to the Baron & Bailey Light Circus art installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. If you enjoy the sounds of Jefferson Airplane, It's A Beautiful Day, Comfortable Chair, Cream and Hendrix, this one's essential!

KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD - TEENAGE GIZZARD (FR) (LP/SIX TONNES DE CHAIR)

King Gizzard, the most prolific indie-psych-and-whathaveyou group on the planet made so many albums that we lost count. 'Teenage Gizzard' compiles their earliest EPs. Here we hear the seven headed beast making its first steps. Surfin through the garage, drenched in reverb and soaked in echo. Primitive, psychedelic and very catchy! French version with different artwork by Callum Rooney (New Zealand), hand screen printed by Stefano at Studio Legno (Italy).

L'ECLAIR - CONFUSIONS (2LP) (LP/BONGO JOE)

'Confusions' is an hour of finely crafted grooves where cosmic atmospheres meet late night bangers.

NUDITY - IS GOD'S CREATION (2LP) (LP/CARDINAL FUZZ)

Repress! A retrospective release of recordings (dating from 2005 to 2010) of orgasmic interstellar mayhem by a commune named Nudity, formed by four travellers from the astral plane. This release collects all of the tracks from the band's self-distributed CDR's and the 12-inch on Discourage, along with some unreleased gems and a couple of live bonus download tracks. In total you get more than 4 sides of sonic ear candy for your listening pleasure. And if you still take acid, you must have been waiting for Nudity.

PEPPER WHITE - THE LONELY TUNES OF PEPPER WHITE (LP/HOWLIN' BANANA)

Thomas Dahyot (The Madcaps) returns after a period of silence. He presents ten songs on 'The Lonely Tunes Of Pepper White', which incorporates the laidback style from JJ Cale, along with Velvet Underground pop from '69, secular gospel from Nat King Cole, acoustic heartbreaks from Ty Segall - as well as his songwriter signature: the surprising breaks, the relief in the arrangements, the carefully composed tempos.

THIRD EAR BAND - THIRD EAR BAND (LP/MAGIC BOX)

Eerie, dissonant and hypnotic, Third Ear Band sounded like no one else on the British underground scene. Their second album - often referred to as 'Elements' - was released in June 1970. Spanning classical, jazz and folk, with clear original influences, it's a lost classic that's reissued here in its original gatefold artwork and with an insert offering images and background info.

WEEED - DO YOU FALL? (LP/SIX TONNES DE CHAIR)

Weeed is an American biocosmic rock'n'roll band from Portland, Oregon, formed in 2009. The band consists of Gabriel Seaver (guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards), Mitchy Fosnaugh (guitar, vocals, flute), John Goodhue (drums), Evan Franz (drums), and Ian Hartley (percussion). They are known for their cathartic, rhythm heavy live shows and for blending progressive compositions with improvisation and trance. 'Do You Fall?' is their seventh full length release. Music trance, letting go, relinquishment, releasing, catharsis... these themes are represented in the title. Falling can be seen as a foundational experience of being human and learning to walk on this Earth. It is associated with grief and loss, as well as new love. This theme of falling is deeply tied to the context in which this music came to be. Sometimes songs may serve as the catalyst and the medicine for emotional transformation. Co-released with love with Halfshell Records (US).

ZONE SIX - PSYCHEDELIC SCRIPTURE (2LP) (LP/ACID TEST)

The Acid Test Recordings and Little Cloud Records are proud to present the Zone Six archival release 'Psychedelic Scripture'. Originally released via Sunhair on CD back in 2004, this expanded edition of 'Psychedelic Scripture' features 2 exclusive bonus tracks (close to an extra 24 minutes of Zone Six for you to devour) as well as John McBain mastering for vinyl and digital. Zone Six was formed featuring members of the much-revered Liquid Visions. Over the last 20 years, they have been producing some of the most searing and out-there psychedelic acid freak outs ever committed to tape. For the uninitiated Zone Six prevail in the art of the Jam. 'Psychedelic Scripture' floats and swirls like one long hashish ride with spaced out drones (Tangerine Dream are for sure a touchstone) mix with mediative krautadelic - Zone Six are in no rush to get you to the end of the journey - it's the trip there that matters most. Recorded in 2000 (21 years ago) - that these tracks still sound as fresh and as vibrant as anything on todays psychedelic scene is testament to a group of musicians who know their way around a psychedelic journey via the instrumentation of guitar, bass, drums and percussion, keyboards and synths. So yet again turn on your lava lamp, roll out your Persian rug and join Zone Six on a far out trip.

ZULLI, DAVID - 2Q20 (LP/CRYTMO)

Sophisticated songwriting and '70s inspired pop-prog. Gatefold, 180 gram vinyl, with remarkable artwork.

L'ECLAIR - CONFUSIONS (CD/BONGO JOE)

'Confusions' is an hour of finely crafted grooves where cosmic atmospheres meet late night bangers.

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

UNCLAIMED - MOXIE (7"/TEEN SOUND)

Reissue of legendary EP originally released in 1980 on Moxie Records. Transferred from the original tapes and completely remastered. "The Unclaimed were one of the first and best of the so-called "garage revival" bands, but although they adhered to a purist 1966 ethic, their songs were always fresh, original and utterly distinctive." ~Mike Stax, Ugly Things. "The Unclaimed combined tinny and repetitive with melody and pop grit exactly like the best mid-'60s garage bands had before them." ~Jon Mojo Mills, Shindig! Magazine. Limited to 300 copies.

MIGHTY GORDINIS - SOUNDS FROM A DISTANT GALAXY (LP/TOPSY-TURVY)

The Mighty Gordinis started out in the summer of 1998. After releaseing four albums, the band went on hiatus until 2020. They have reunited and present their full instrumental album 'Sounds From A Distant Galaxy', which reflects their new musical expansion of influences. They incorporated some krautrock elements, some dub sounds, some movie soundtracks and even some cool groovy influences from acid jazz. Comes on limited coloured vinyl.

VARIOUS - THE BEAT FROM 20.000 GARAGES (LP/RAVING POP BLAST)

This is Raving Pop Blast!'s third in the series of 'Rebels' albums. Real music played by real people. It's garage rock, garage punk, rock and roll, modernist grooves, pop-psych... it's weird and it's wonderful. TRACKS: 01. Diablo & The Vampires Of Fuzz - Troubled Man 02. The Emergency Stairs - Just Let Me Be 03. The Basements - Out Of My Mind 04. Lord Diabolik - Ne Juge Pas 05. The Fadeaways - Come Back Louie 06. Lancashire Bombers - I Left Her Crying 07. The Total Rejection - Gravy (7 Mix) 08. Louis Hillsloop - You Know I'm A Dog 09. Groovy Uncle - Start All Over Again 10. The Thunderbeats - (Hey!) Don't Talk To Me! 11. Kiss Boom Bah - Out Of Our Tree 12. Teenage Cavegirl - Get Off The Road 13. JB & The Jay Jays - Pickled Beat Route 14. The Ace - Love Looks Good 15. The Earls Of Satan - Shake It On Down 16. The Naives - No One But You

VIPERS - OUTTA THE NEST! (LP/TEEN SOUND)

Reissue of seminal neo-sixties garage debut album by The Vipers from 1984, East Coast pioneers of the NYC eighties garage revival scene along the Fuzztones! Completely remastered edition featuring 4 previously unheard bonus tracks and two page insert with rare/previously unseen pics and new liner notes! Limited edition of 300 copies.

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

TAHITI 80 - (BLACK) WALLPAPER FOR THE SOUL (2LP) (LP/HUMAN SOUNDS)

After the worldwide success of their first album 'Puzzle' from 1999, Tahiti 80 joined with producer Andy Chase to record the follow-up, 'Wallpaper For The Soul', in New York City. The prolific sessions resulted in twenty tracks, twelve of which appeared on the original album release in 2002. The eight outtakes were compiled on the mini albums 'A Piece Of Sunshine' and 'Extra Pieces Of Sunshine'. This reissue presents all twenty tracks together on a 2LP set on black vinyl.

VARIOUS - FUTUR ANTERIEUR (2LP) (LP/BONGO JOE)

Bongo Joe celebrate their 5 year anniversary with 'Futur Antérieur', a compilation of 19 tracks, created by Bongo Joe's contemporary artist community, who provide their own stamp and interpretation of tracks that have previously been released as part of the label's celebrated reissue catalogue of archaeological discoveries. TRACKS: 01. Hyperculte - Goutli Bye Bye (Nordine Staifi) 02. Derya Yildirim & Grup Simsek - Ay Dili Dili (Rustem Quliyev) 03. Mauskovic Dance Band - In Moskou Is Het Koud (Moscú Está Helado - Esplendor Geométrico) 04. Meril Wubslin - Elida (Michel Legris) 05. Baby's Berserk - Bangalee (Charlie Adamson) 06. Cyril Cyril - Nuclear Si (El Aviador Dro) 07. Madalitso Band - Computered Love (Carole Rich) 08. Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp - I Doubt (Tres) 09. Lalalar - Ninja Partisi (Fars Musiqisi - Rustem Quliyev) 10. La Tène - La Montée De Hofer (Untitled - Andreas Hofer) 11. Meridian Brothers & Conjunto Media Luna - Extraños Juegos (Zombies) 12. L'Eclair - Moi Qui Bizin Travail (Allan Meller) 13. Tout Bleu - Her Head Is Brakin Intu Foîr (Carlos Perón) 14. Yin Yin - Goutli Bye Bye (Nordine Staifi) 15. Mameen 3 - Computered Love (Carole Rich) 16. Amami - Shake It Baby (Jessie Mae Hemphill) 17. Pixvae - Elida (Michel Legris) 18. Nyati Mayi & The Astral Synth Transmitters - Goombay Rock (Blind Blake) 19. The Ångströmers - Plime La Misère (Alain Peters)

WHEELDON, NICK - COMMUNICATION PROBLEMS (LP/LE POP CLUB)

Nick Wheeldon from Sheffield, UK has been having a considerable impact on the French underground scene lately. In the past five years, he made nearly twenty records with countless bands: The Jesus Loves Heroin Band, Os Noctàmbulos, 39th & the Nortons, Nick & Alizon, Dômo Kômo to name a few. Each of them offering him an opportunity to refine his Gene Clark and Alex Chilton-inspired sound - a sound both majestic and fragile, delicate and pure. This time, he's decided to release his first record under his own name: 'Communication Problems'.

LIVINGMORE - TAKE ME (CD/NOMAD EEL)

If the purpose of an album is to have as many hits on it as possible, then the Los Angeles indie group Livingmore's second album, 'Take Me', out via Nomad Eel Records, succeeds with flying colours. Every single one of the eleven songs on this phenomenal record sounds like it could be a fan favourite and huge pop radio hit. For fans of Blondie, Tori Amos etc.

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

WATT, MIKE -& THE BLACK GANG-/EAST MEETS WEST - MY HEAD IS MY ONLY HOUSE UNLESS IT RAINS (7"/NOMAD EEL)

B/w 'Out The Chute'. This was originally released as a limited edition lathe-cut seven inch single containing two previously unreleased tracks from Mike Watt that has long since been sold out. Mike Watt and The Black Gang are: Nels Cline: guitar, Bob Lee: drums, Mike Watt: bass + spiel. 'My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains' was recorded live November 13, 1998 in Olympia, WA. It is a cover song originally written by Captain Beefheart. East Meets West are: Tom Surgal: drums, Mike Watt: bass. 'Out The Chute' was recorded August 9, 2015 at Casa Hanzo in San Pedro, CA by Pete Mazich.

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

DARLING, CHARLENE - SAINT-GUIDON (LP/L'AMOUR AUX 1000 PARFUMS)

Borrowing the name from the Andy Griffith Show character, Paris's Charlène Darling makes off-kilter, shimmering chanson post-punk that connects the dots between the feminist troubadours of Agnès Varda's 'L'Une Chante, L'Autre Pas', Thai molam music, the Raincoats and the way Cate Le Bon slides between bucolic melody and clanging post-punk. If her debut album, 'Saint-Guidon', was one of 2019's unnoticed treasures, here is a second chance to catch the reissue.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

BONGZILLA - WEEDSCONSIN DELUXE (2LP/BLACK) (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

Gatefold deluxe edition with new cover, new tracklist including the 'Doom Sessions' tracks and 1 unreleased bonus track. On the unique piece that is 'Weedsconsin', Bongzilla delivers heavy doses of crushing stoner doom and psychedelic space rock that sets it apart from earlier material.

VESSEL OF LIGHT - LAST RIDE (LP/NOMAD EEL)

'Last Ride' is doom rock/metal band Vessel Of Light's fourth overall release, but their first with California's Nomad Eel Records.

CASSIUS KING - FIELD TRIP (CD/NOMAD EEL)

Prolific riff master Dan Lorenzo (most recently from Vessel Of Light), has used the name Cassius King several times over the years, as the title of a solo album and to put out many covers. But 2021 sees the release of a full length debut of original songs called 'Field Trip.' Mr. Lorenzo himself handles the guitars. Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys, Watch Tower) tackles vocal duties. Dan's band mates from Vessel Of Light help out as well; Jimmy Schulman (also from another one of Dan's bands Hades) is on bass and Ron Lipnicki (another Hades alumni) returns to bash the drum kit.

 

REGGAE/DUB/SKA/ROCKSTEADY

AITKEN, LAUREL - THE FANTASTIC LAUREL AITKEN (LP/RADIATION ROOTS)

Remastered and expanded edition of this hyper-rare early '70s release from the 'Godfather Of Ska'. By 1970, Laurel Aitken was well and truly established as the Father of British Reggae, having dominated the country's Jamaican music scene since his arrival at the start of the '60s. But having enjoyed success with every UK-based West Indian record company of note over the previous eleven years, he was no longer content with simply domestic triumphs and set his sights on conquering foreign territories. So it was he took the unusual step of licensing his next album to companies in Europe and North America, while leaving his legions of British fans scrambling for the few copies available on import. Originally out on the Belgian label Hebra 42 years ago and never reissued ever since, this is one of the unmissable '70s ska classics finally back on vinyl, with the addition of 4 bonus tracks!

BIGA RANX - 1988 (2LP) (LP/X-RAY PRODUCTIONS)

Biga Ranx is one of the major artists of the international dub scene. He has been acclaimed by Jamaican MC's over the years for his unique flow and style, evolving his style by mixing dub with electronic, lo-fi and hip hop sounds.

BIGA RANX - NIGHTBIRD (2LP) (LP/X-RAY PRODUCTIONS)

'Nightbird' is the third album from Biga Ranx, released in 2015. The album features Hollie Cook, Prendy, U Roy, U Brown, Big Youth, Big Red and Joseph Cotton.

 

SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/R&B/GOSPEL

MERIDIAN BROTHERS - PAZ EN LA TERRA (LP/BONGO JOE)

'Paz En La Tierra is' a result of a search by the Meridian Brothers and Conjunto Media Luna of the heart of something that can be called a 'power format' of Colombian Caribbean music; accordion, guacharaca, caja, congas, electric bass, and vocals.

VARIOUS - INSTRUMENTAL GEMS, VOL. 3 (LP/ADARCE)

Volume 3 in this funky series concentrates on instrumental bossa gems recorded in Spain during the '60s and '70s. Featured artists include Ramon Gil, Orquestra Mario Sellés, Dany Roy And His Band, Nick Wilson, Conjunto Nueva Onda, Rafael Martinez, Orquesta Tamba 8, Red-Key, Unidades, Play Boys, Elipse and others.

 

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

CARTRIDGE 1987 - PASSAGE (LP/NOWADAYS)

Cartridge 1987 is the first solo project of Drich, French artist and member of Grand Soleil. A die-hard fan of science fiction films from the 80's and video games from the 90's to the present day, Drich is inspired by these infinite and cinematic imaginaries.

 

SOUNDTRACKS/LOUNGE/CULT ETC

KAUFMAN, JAKE -& MANAMI MATSUMAE- - (BLACK) SHOVEL KNIGHT: DEFINITVE SOUNDTRACK (2LP) (LP/BRAVE WAVE)

Fans and industry professionals praised 'Shovel Knight' for its charming retro-2D visuals, humorous story, fun characters and strong gameplay design, which all came together to offer a game that is nostalgic yet very modern. The game's chiptune soundtrack, composed by Jake Kaufman and Manami Matsumae, is integral to the game's modern-retro identity and has been similarly praised for its outstanding arrangements, memorable melodies and strong technical composition. This definitive soundtrack contains all music from the original 'Shovel Knight' game released in June 2014, with a vinyl tracklist crafted by Jake Kaufman himself.

NAMIKI, MANABU - (BLACK) DODONPACHI SAIDAIOUJOU O.S.T. (LP/BRAVE WAVE)

Brave Wave Productions releases 'DoDonPachi SaiDaiOuJou - The Definitive Soundtrack'. The soundtrack features 13 songs composed by acclaimed Japanese game composer Manabu Namiki and this soundtrack has its first release outside of Japan for the first time on physical formats.

ROS, PACO - CLASICOS CON RITMO (LP/ADARCE)

A very special and sought after 1978 full-length by Spanish singer and keyboard player Paco Ros sees its awaited reissue on vinyl! 'Clasicos Con Ritmo' includes re-invented classical pieces, presented as a mixture of sounds that range from a kind of analogue pre-Balearic to something similar to Library Music, passing through a slow cadence groove based on sinuous layers of Hammond organ, Fender pianos, vibraphones and xylophones.

 

DANCE/TECHNO/HOUSE/HIPHOP

TAMBOUR BATTANT - GALORE (LP/X-RAY PRODUCTIONS)

Tambour Battant delivers 'Galore', which features thirteen eclectic tracks. From Brazilian flavored tracks featuring Flavia Coelho and Faktiss to heavy weighted trap beats featuring Miscellaneous (Chill Bump) and Jman. Artwork for the album has been created by street artist and illustrator Pablito Zago.

 

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