SPOTLIGHT 4

02/02/2021 08:09

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

SUNFRUITS - MUSHROOM KINGDOM (7"/SIX TONNES DE CHAIR)

Sunfruits revive the '60s psychedelic sounds with their very own garage-pop spin, blending their own wonky twist of modern disco beats and tropicalia inspired freak outs. This little psychy-funky-sunny 7" is once again co-released with the lovely guys of Third Eye Stimuli Records in Australia. This 7" and all of Sunfruit's music is made, recorded and produced on the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nations land. We pay our respects and gratitude to elders past, present and future and recognise that sovereignty has never been ceded and no treaty has been signed. Respect The Earth.

TURNSTYLE - RIDING A WAVE/TROT (7"/SOLUTION)

Massive psychedelic monster from 1968 - one of the rarest on Pye. Fully remastered for maximum effect!

CANCERVO - I (GREEN) (LP/ELECTRIC VALLEY)

Cancervo is the name of an iconic mountain in the heart of a valley in the Italian Alps rich of tradition and popular legends. In 2020 three local guys, charmed by the tale of the creature half dog and half deer who live on that mountain, create a power heavy psych trio. With '70s heavy riffs and mystical moments, they made a tribute to their own valley. The whole album talks about local places and folktales. It will drag you between mystic mountains ('Aralalta'), a rushing river ('1987'), wildfire ('Cancervo'), a deathly gallery ('Darco') and a murky village ('Averara'). Influences: Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Cream and King Crimson. Artwork by David Paul Seymour.

EARTHLESS - (BLACK) LIVE IN THE MOJAVE DESERT, VOL. 1 (2LP) (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

'Live In The Mojave Desert' is a livestream concert film series created deep in the deep sand and huge boulders of some insanely beautiful California wilderness, with performances from Earthless, Nebula, Spirit Mother, Mountain Tamer and Stoner (a new band by Brant Bjork and Nick Oliveri). Each concert film is presented in a world-premiere, 1080p HD livestream event and as a live album. Rad music, good times, psychedelic positive vibez in the desert. 'Live In The Mojave Desert' was inspired by Pink Floyd's 'Live At Pompeii'. A few of Heavy Psych Sounds' favorite bands - new and legendary artists - with the Mad Alchemy Liquid Light Show to light up a huge double pyramid of boulders. Recorded in 24 track ProTools.

KARMA TO BURN - THEE RABBIT HOLE (BLACK) (LP/H42)

Karma To Burn was founded in 1993 and they produced raw instrumental stoner rock without any singers or lyrics. For the first (self-titled) album, however, a singer was hired under pressure from the record company Roadrunner Records. 'Karma To Burn' was released in 1997. Shortly thereafter, the band separated from singer Jason Jarosz, who could be heard on the album. But in 1994 Karma To Burn recorded songs with singer Jim Davison. The three tracks that were recorded in Kentucky had long been a mystery whether they even existed. After 27 years in the vault of guitarist Will Mecum, they are finally published in full on the B-side of the album 'Thee Rabbit Hole'. In 1993 Karma to Burn recorded their first demo recordings in West Virginia as well as the Kentucky recordings in 1994 with the original line-up Mecum, Limbaugh, Mullins. The 4 tracks of the demo, which were released as demo tape in 1995, can now also be heard for the first time on vinyl on the album 'Thee Rabbit Hole'. The entire demo recordings from the early days of Karma To Burn have been remastered by John McBain (former guitarist of Monster Magnet). The house and yard graphic designer from Karma To Burn, Alexander von Wieding, is responsible for the artwork and has raised the old demo artwork from 1993 to a modern, new level. Limited to 150 copies on black vinyl.

MOUNTAIN TAMER - (BLACK) LIVE IN THE MOJAVE DESERT, VOL. 5 (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

'Live In The Mojave Desert' is a livestream concert film series created deep in the deep sand and huge boulders of some insanely beautiful California wilderness, with performances from Earthless, Nebula, Spirit Mother, Mountain Tamer and Stoner (a new band by Brant Bjork and Nick Oliveri). Each concert film is presented in a world-premiere, 1080p HD livestream event and as a live album. Rad music, good times, psychedelic positive vibez in the desert. 'Live In The Mojave Desert' was inspired by Pink Floyd's 'Live At Pompeii'. A few of Heavy Psych Sounds' favorite bands - new and legendary artists - with the Mad Alchemy Liquid Light Show to light up a huge double pyramid of boulders. Recorded in 24 track ProTools.

MUNI - SOMA (LP/BACKWARDS)

"Those who meditate in silence": it is one of the meanings of the Sanskrit word "Muni", a musical project by Nicola Caleffi, multi-instrumentalist and founder of the Italian band Julie's Haircut. The debut album 'Soma' (the sacred drink of the Vedic cult) was born from a day of studio improvisation which also involved Laura Storchi, a Julie's Haircut founding member, Claudio Luppi and Pierluigi Lanzillotta, the latter two engaged in various projects including the psych-rock outfit Pip Carter Lighter Maker. As invigorated by the properties of the Soma itself - the nectar that brings health and immortality - our four "cantors" unleash their minds to give life to an initiatory journey in deep communion with nature. From the thrilling Fourth-World plots of 'Drinking At The River Of Light', which hides jazz-veins inspired by the Miles Davis of 'He Loved Him Madly' and 'In A Silent Way', to the psychedelic drifts of 'Spirit Animal', in which horn players Silvia Orlandini and Paolo Campani also participate playing their winds, Muni manage to make spaces and silences resonate, transforming music into an imaginary landscape. Among ethno-tribal textures, in which the Bruce Palmer of 'The Cycle Is Complete' era resounds, mystical psychedelia and sidereal excursions, also the tracks 'Presence By The Fire' and 'Corona Borealis' follow one other, closing the circle of a pilgrimage that Muni travel between heaven and earth accompanied by three very dear texts, which attended during the studio sessions: the 'Bhagavadgita', the zen poem 'Shodoka' by Yoka Daishi and the poems by Dylan Thomas. 'Soma' was recorded and mixed by Gabriele Riccioni and is published by Backwards Records on 300 vinyl copies. Artwork by Juan Ignacio Gimenez.

NEBULA - (BLACK) LIVE IN THE MOJAVE DESERT, VOL. 2 (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

'Live In The Mojave Desert' is a livestream concert film series created deep in the deep sand and huge boulders of some insanely beautiful California wilderness, with performances from Earthless, Nebula, Spirit Mother, Mountain Tamer and Stoner (a new band by Brant Bjork and Nick Oliveri). Each concert film is presented in a world-premiere, 1080p HD livestream event and as a live album. Rad music, good times, psychedelic positive vibez in the desert. 'Live In The Mojave Desert' was inspired by Pink Floyd's 'Live At Pompeii'. A few of Heavy Psych Sounds' favorite bands - new and legendary artists - with the Mad Alchemy Liquid Light Show to light up a huge double pyramid of boulders. Recorded in 24 track ProTools.

SPIRIT MOTHER - (BLACK) LIVE IN THE MOJAVE DESERT, VOL. 3 (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

'Live In The Mojave Desert' is a livestream concert film series created deep in the deep sand and huge boulders of some insanely beautiful California wilderness, with performances from Earthless, Nebula, Spirit Mother, Mountain Tamer and Stoner (a new band by Brant Bjork and Nick Oliveri). Each concert film is presented in a world-premiere, 1080p HD livestream event and as a live album. Rad music, good times, psychedelic positive vibez in the desert. 'Live In The Mojave Desert' was inspired by Pink Floyd's 'Live At Pompeii'. A few of Heavy Psych Sounds' favorite bands - new and legendary artists - with the Mad Alchemy Liquid Light Show to light up a huge double pyramid of boulders. Recorded in 24 track ProTools.

STONER - (BLACK) LIVE IN THE MOJAVE DESERT, VOL. 4 (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

'Live In The Mojave Desert' is a livestream concert film series created deep in the deep sand and huge boulders of some insanely beautiful California wilderness, with performances from Earthless, Nebula, Spirit Mother, Mountain Tamer and Stoner (a new band by Brant Bjork and Nick Oliveri). Each concert film is presented in a world-premiere, 1080p HD livestream event and as a live album. Rad music, good times, psychedelic positive vibez in the desert. 'Live In The Mojave Desert' was inspired by Pink Floyd's 'Live At Pompeii'. A few of Heavy Psych Sounds' favorite bands - new and legendary artists - with the Mad Alchemy Liquid Light Show to light up a huge double pyramid of boulders. Recorded in 24 track ProTools.

VIBRAVOID - TRIPTAMINE, VOL. 7 (2LP) (LP/SUNHAIR MUSIC)

A very spacey concert (maybe the �resund Space Collective had some influence there?) of Vibravoid on 20.10.2012 at the Jugendkulturhaus Cairo, W�rzburg. This was concert nr. 113 of Psychedelic Network Konzerte series: Vibravoid and then �resund Space Collective. The show started with an ultra-spacey version of Pink Floyd's 'Astronomy Domine' and went straight to the high energy garagerock song 'Vivid Vision'. Then they dived into a superlong 'Ballspeaker' and after this epic track they played the psychedelic 'Black And White'. The great final of the show was the hypnotic hybrid monstergroove 'Mother Sky'/'Sky Saxon Mantra'. Mission complete! WOW!!! Not yet, as a bonus Sunhair Music included the studio version of Iron Butterfly's 'In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida! This studio version was released by the British label Fruits De Mer as a vinyl single several years ago and therefore was spread across 2 sides! Of course the single is sold out a long time now!

ACID MAMMOTH - UNDER ACID HOOF (REPRESS) (CD/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

Repress in purple cover, featuring two bonus tracks: 'Far Harad' and a live version of 'White Hag'.

ASTRAAL - ASTRAAL (CD/OZIUM)

Stunning Swedish hard/stoner rock packed with crunch and swagger and decorated in cool clean vocal tones.

TIDAL WAVE - BLUEBERRY MUFFIN (CD/OZIUM)

Excellent stoner rock, standing out from the pack with a killer groove and exceptional vocalist. This is one of the best bands in the genre right now.

VOID COMMANDER - RIVER LORD (CD/OZIUM)

The Southern rockers from the great North are back with another output of freaky fuzz. The commanding blues licks churn a thick distorted groove and ooze with sweet stoner-soul. Imagine Sabbath and Zeppelin in a ring with Marshall Tucker and the Grateful Dead. Everyone gets a trophy here folks.

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

JACKIE & THE CEDRICS - GREAT 9 STOMPS SET (2X7") (7"/1+2)

Instrumental surfing music and rock & roll, JAPANESE style! A killer collection by this fabulous trio! From their white tuxedos to the awesome sleeve design, everything about this item seems to scream "50's Retro Cool!". One gets the feeling that if a band were playing a saki joint the night Godzilla first wandered into downtown Tokyo, they'd look and sound JUST like these guys. This double color vinyl set (one single yellow and one blue) features 9 songs! TRACKS: 1. Moovin'n'Groovin' 2. Let's Dance! 3. Low Hide 4. Scorpion Stroll 5. El Conquistadoer 6. Ali Baba 7. Banzai Diamond Head 8. Get A Little 9. Brown Eyed Handsome Man

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

DROPKICK - THE BEST OF DROPKICK (2LP) (LP/SUGARBUSH)

A fabulous deluxe 2LP set of 30 tracks. Comes with colour booklet. 140 gram 2LP set limited to only 300 copies. Scotland's Dropkick have been around making fantastic pop albums since 2000! For fans of Wilco, Teenage Fanclub and The Jayhawks.

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

NEOS - FIGHT WITH DONALD (7"/SUPREME ECHO)

Victoria's pioneers of hyperactive speed-punk, critically acclaimed as one of the very first of their kind. As lead-up to the 'Three Teens Hellbent On Speed' discography LP, Supreme Echo presents this 25th anniversary reissue from the original John Golden stampers. Blistering fast, raw and wild Canadian hardcore insanity recorded 1982-83. 18 songs, including 'Sleeve' which is the only recording to reappear on the LP, maintaining this EP as a rather unique collection. Housed in its original multi-panel fold-over cover which folds out into a 14" x 21" collage poster.

ADICTS - SOUND OF MUSIC (+CD/BLACK) (LP/RADIATION)

Originally released in November 1982, 'Sound Of Music' was the second album from 'Clockwork punks' the Adicts. Preceded by the release of the three track 'Chinese Takeaway' EP, which also featured 'Too Young' and 'You'll Never Walk Alone' - both included here as bonus tracks along with their subsequent hits 'Bad Boy' and 'Tokyo' and an unreleased version of Ramones' classic 'I Wanna Be Sedated' - the album was widely praised in the music press of the day with 'Sounds' saying "thank Christ for The Adicts. In this often grey and depressing world they entertain us, uplift us and unify us". Thirteen slices of punk/oi! fun that made history, in a luxurious one-time GATEFOLD edition with poster, including liner notes by Mark Brennan and a total of 5 bonus tracks!

VARIOUS - IT'S A YOUTH EXPLOSION! VOL. 2 (LP/HEAVY SOUL)

'SOUNDS FROM THE STREET' - '14 UNRELEASED AND RARE SLICES OF 70'S AND 80'S PUNK, NEW WAVE AND MOD' - Second volume in the series and more corking unreleased and rare tracks from underground bands from 1978-1984. SIDE 1: 1. The Limps TV - On Tap 2. Urban Enemies - Press Gang 3. Patrol - Don't Criticise 4. The Media - Getting High 5. The Deceased - Real Control 6. Platinum Needles - Back To My Video 7. The Trendies - Damn The Damned SIDE 2: 1. Station 360 - Desperate Dan 2. Reaction - Can You See Me 3. The Detours - Fashion Queen 4. The Threads - Step Back (Instrumental) 5. The Users - All I Get 6. The Sleepers - Bright Lights 7. The Ploy - Fate

WARISH - NEXT TO PAY (BLACK) (LP/RIDING EASY)

With a name like Warish, the San Diego noisy punk-metal trio assured listeners they were in for a maniacal bludgeoning from the get-go. But the band has never been as dark and bitingly vicious as the wholly ominous 'Next To Pay'. The band's mix of early AmRep skronk, dark horror rock and budget doom antipathy is taken to a whole new level on this 13-song invective. Inspired by early-Nirvana, The Misfits, The Spits and 'Master Of Reality'-era Black Sabbath, 'Next To Pay' keeps things heavy and pummeling at all times. The guitars are heavy and powerful, though decidedly not straightforward cookie cutter punk; more like Greg Ginn's and Buzz Osbourne's wiry contortions, and occasionally drenched in chorus effects. The rhythms bash right through it all with aggressive force ensuring that nothing gets overly complicated. Warish's cover of '80s Dischord Records punks Gray Matter turns the emotive flail of 'Burn No Bridges' into a Mot�rhead style basher.

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

HENRY, PIERRE - UN MONDE LACERE (LP/TRANSVERSALES DISQUES)

A never released before piece called 'Un Monde Lac�r�' by electroacoustic music pioneer Pierre Henry. This piece is a special tribute to Jacques Villegl� and his work. It is the world opening performance of this opus, recorded in studio Son/R�. Pierre Henry was born in 1927 In Paris. He started studying music as early as the age of seven. In 1944, guided by Olivier Messiaen, he imagined and started composing music for the future. His meeting with Pierre Schaeffer was crucial for his creation. Inventing new technical composition processes which in time have become widely used on a large scale, he has constantly given this music a far reaching power no one expected at the start. He has also invented his own sound, as easily distinguishable as the sound of the most famous jazz musician.

DUPLANT, BRUNO -& COSTA MONTEIRO- - SOLEILS NOIRS (CD/MOVING FURNITURE)

The first release in a series of collaborations which formed during the work on the 'Moving Sounds' compilation. The duo of Bruno Duplant and Alfredo Costa Monteiro present a work at the edge of contemporary classical music, sound-art and avant-garde electronica. A delicate minimalist work of dense organ and synthesizer drones. Limited to 200 copies.

FM EINHEIT - EXHIBITION OF A DREAM (2CD) (CD/COLD SPRING)

Twelve dreams of musicians, artists, and filmmakers, interpreted by FM Einheit (ex-Einst�rzende Neubauten), with voices by Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (Psychic TV/Throbbing Gristle), Susan Stenger (Band Of Susans), �milie Pitoiset, Erika Stucky, and the Gubenkian Choir, with guest musicians Volker Kamp, Saskia von Klitzing, Robert Poss, and Susan Stenger. 'Exhibition Of A Dream'(L'Exposition D'Un R�ve) is formed of twelve dreams interpreted as songs. Exploded in time, these are played as temporary and evolving patterns of shapes and forms in an otherwise empty gallery following the drawings of mandalas. 'Exhibition Of A Dream' highlights the complex beauty of how to generate a dream in the mind of the spectator. A shared experience to be lived within our own personal inner space, these remastered dreams are an invitation to listen to a sensitive architecture of words and music. Created 2017, recorded both in public and in private in the amphitheatres and the garden of the Funda�ao Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon, and in Einheit's own studio Steinschlag. The dreamers were Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Lee Ranaldo, �milie Pitoiset, Susan Stenger, Susie Green, David Link, Pierre Paulin, Alexandre Estrela, Tim Etchells, Gabriel Abrantes, FM Einheit and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge. Originally released as a 3LP set, and only ever available at the 2018 exhibition at the Foundation. Presented in a 6-panel matt-laminate double digipak.

HAESENDONCK, RYAN -VAN- - VAUVILLE (CD/MOVING FURNITURE)

A trip to Normandy, the sounds of the wind, waves and nature combined with the hectic impressions of the crowded city Brussels left. A look inside the creative mind of a young Belgian composer; a personal work with warm sounds in carefully crafted compositions. Limited to 200 copies.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

SONS OF ALPHA CENTAURI - DEMO 2004 (7"/H42)

After 15 years in the archives progressive instrumental stalwarts Sons of Alpha Centauri and H42 Records present a remastered copy of the original SOAC 2004 Demo on 7" vinyl! This is a highly limited one off pressing of the first documented recordings of SOAC featuring the original line up: Marlon King (guitars), Nick Hannon (bass), Stevie B (drums) and Blake (effects). The release reflects on the post metal progressive instrumental roots of the band in the original form. With new artwork from long term art collaborator Seldon Hunt (Neurosis, ISIS, Pelican) and a reversible sleeve print featuring the new 2021 artwork and the original 2004 artwork. This release has been remastered by John McBain (Desert Sessions, Monster Magnet). Limited to 100 copies on black vinyl.

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

On the fringe of chaos, in the Year of the Pandemic, the Cannabeast has awoken!! Bongzilla is back with a full length album, 16 years since their last record. These "Pioneers of Weed Metal" would like to present 'Weedsconsin' to the universe. An album written by the three long standing original members of Bongzilla - Muleboy (bass, vocals), Spanky (guitar), and Magma (drums). Recorded and mixed by the late John Hopkins at Future Apple Tree Studios in Rock Island, Illinois in October 2020. These six tracks will blow your mind! In a single instant you are contaminated by the classic weed-infected sounds the band is known for, while also finding new elements mixed into the bowl. In 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. (That's why HPS Records is the perfect label to release this stuff). This record travels down a path of heavy riffs, mind-expanding jams, sonic tones, and stomping beats in the band's first release as a thunderous three piece, with Muleboy moving from guitar to bass. Approaching these songs as a three piece has created more space musically and allowed the band to showcase their musicianship in a different way. It results in a sound that is very heavy, along the lines of 'Gateway' tone-wise, but sonically more clear. The album is mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering in Chicago, Illinois, and Eli Quinn (Madison, Wisconsin) is the artist behind the astounding cover art. 'Weedsconsin' is dedicated to the memory of John Hopkins.

COBRA CULT - SECOND GEAR (LP/GMR MUSIC)

Combining the heaviness and honesty of The Misfits along with the melodies of Social Distortion, the vocals of L7 and The Distillers sums up the sound that is Cobra Cult. Straight forward, intense, and riff based hard rock influenced by punk and metal. Catchy harmonies and personal vocals that stand out to give the band a unique sound like nothing else out there. Power Play Magazine described Cobra Cult's debut album (in 2018) as, "Just heads-down, uncomplicated, three-chord metal done right.

LIMIT - CAVEMAN LOGIC (BLACK) (LP/SVART)

The Limit is an astoundingly fresh and hot-blooded shot to the veins that heavy rock needs in this day and age. Conjured forth by stone-age pioneers, 'Caveman Logic' goes to the heart of impassioned heavy rock and punk, to deliver the basic and vital elements often missing in so much of today's music. If you want primitive and straight to the soul primal rock, fresh from the grave and exhumed for a new unwitting future, look no further than 'Caveman Logic'. This is it. This is as far as it goes. The Limit! Produced by Sonny Vincent. Bobby Liebling (Pentagram): vocals, Sonny Vincent (Testors): guitar and vocals, Jimmy Recca (The Stooges): bass, Hugo Conim (Dawnrider): guitar, Joao Pedro Ventura (Dawnrider): drums. Special guest guitarists: Fabian Dee Damners (UDO), Nils Finkeisen (Die Krupps) and Paul Simmons (The Bevis Frond).

MORPHOLITH - NULL DIMENSIONS (LP/OZIUM)

From the cold confines of Reykjavik, Iceland comes the molten fuzz/psyche doom of Morpholith and their EP debut offering, 'Null Dimensions'. 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. Comes on turquoise vinyl.

MORPHOLITH - VOID EMISSIONS (LP/OZIUM)

From the cold confines of Reykjavk, Iceland comes the molten fuzz/psyche doom of Morpholith. In this three 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. Comes on green vinyl.

JADE, JANINA - HEART OF ROCK N' ROLL (CD/GMR MUSIC)

Janina Jade is a Swedish rock musician, singer, guitarist and songwriter. Her 2021 album 'Heart Of Rock N' Roll' features guitar virtuoso Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson, Jeff Beck, solo artist) on lead guitar. Janina Jade's music and lyrics are just as unique as her voice and guitar playing. They are honest, real, raw, full of unfiltered emotions and attitude, with a sense of danger and darkness from a hard life lived on the edge. 'Heart Of Rock N' Roll' is recorded without clicktracks or any studio trickery. It captures the true essence of her voice and guitar playing, her vision, heart and soul, without making any compromises. This is honest rock'n'roll that invites the listener inside Janina's mind and life.

 

JAZZ/AVANTGARDE

MAISTAH APHRICA - MEOW (LP/BLACK SWEAT)

A new ship of fools sails on Bolombia lands! These strange people seem to celebrate the whole jazz universe and African idioms, but they've never been in Africa. The great continent, more than physical, is a mental place of encounter and psychedelic skids. Neurotic and schizoid sorcerers, a furious wind drags them towards the total effervescence of the groove: an unprecedented cauldron of dangerous substances, hybrid styles and influences mixed with secret recipe. Their music is an explosive bubble of expressions, a feverish, impulsive and unstoppable ritual. A cosmic attitude, such as Heliocentrics or Embryo, marries the majestic and floating sounds of synths and psych organs, acidified by toxic dub sparks and deadly funk forays. A crazy horn section travels without maps from Sun Ra and Ethiopian echoes, hard-bop reminiscenses, to sudden and virulent Balkanisms, making this soup an indecipherable combination of flavors.

DRAKE/MITCHENER/PARKER/ROBINSON/THOMAS - SOME GOOD NEWS (2CD) (CD/OTOROKU)

This DOUBLE-CD documents the magic meeting of one of the all-time great rhythm sections in jazz, percussionist Hamid Drake and bassist William Parker, with Londons brilliant Black Top (Orphy Robinson and Pat Thomas) and Elaine Mitchener.

 

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

WARM DRAG - BUTCH THINGS (7"/SIX TONNES DE CHAIR)

B/w 'Your Thunder And Your Lightning', originally written by LeeHazlewood. 'Butch Things' originally written by Billy Hamon. Vashti Windish: vocals, Paul Quattrone : Akai MPC 1000, Roland SP-404 SX, effects pedals.

KALMA, ARIEL - FRENCH ARCHIVES, VOL. II (4LP) (LP/BLACK SWEAT)

Another magic compendium of Ariel Kalma: a box with 4 LPs including different coloured inner sleeves, a large booklet with credits and beautiful unreleased photos, illuminating perfectly the depth of his traveling soul. Few, like Ariel, have really been able to dedicate their life to a tireless experimentation in music. In according to a subtle plot, between his experiences in the world and the restitution of them, he has always found multifaceted combinations of sounds. Kalma uses anything that can stimulate his impressions, expanding his action without boundaries: church bells, dilated flutes, tape machine, drum machine, Revox loops, Flanger, reverberations, war drums, modular and wasp synth, Yamaha Ps.20, Farfisa. etc. Through the 4 LPs of the collection, his mind undergoes significant changes, almost corresponding to 4 different moments or states of consciousness. In 'Delirium GRM' he paints his personal dark side of the Trip, operating for crazed de-temporalizations and de-specializations: obsessive hallucinations, wastelands of spectral visions, fractals of darkness or alien caverns. Conversely, in 'Dream Stars', the galactic ascension (Schulze/Ash Ra Temple) becomes happy and luminous in its take-off and landing phases. The cosmic electric Gnawa, in 'Rue De La Gaite', reveals an even more calm spirit, with amazing stylistic intersections between India, Turkey and Morocco, and makes use of some exceptional guests including Loy Ehrlich (Hadouk Trio). 'Kula Confidential' translates the vibes of his journey on the island of Maui, between mantra sax and ocean waves, memories of primitive and ancient populations and silent archaeological atmospheres.

UMILIANI, PIERO - L'UOMO ELETTRONICO (2LP) (LP/FOUR FLIES)

A comp focused on the electronic output of the Italian library legend Piero Umiliani. 16 tracks which explore the introspective, esoteric, and dreamy ambient quality of his music, which combines hypnotic, minimalist sonic landscapes through layers of sharp synths, including Moog, Arp, and VCS3. The album features 3 previously unreleased tracks, as well as rarities and hidden gems, all composed between 1972 and 1983, and remastered from the original analogue tapes. Artwork by Luke Insect.

 

SOUNDTRACKS/LOUNGE/CULT ETC

SORGINI, GIULIANO - AFRICA OSCURA RELOVED 1 (12"/FOUR FLIES)

Two years after 'Africa Oscura', considered by many to be the "dark side" of Sorgini's masterpiece 'Zoo Folle' and partly recorded during the same session in 1974, Four Flies has decided to celebrate the album's modernity with a two 12"s featuring 7 reworks by six of Italy's most visionary DJs/producers. The original tracks have been reworked with different approaches, sometimes into full reinterpretations, and with demanding dancefloors in mind. The result is a stunning collection of electronic reworks that preserve the spirit of the original versions while projecting them into the future. TRACKS: 1. pAd - Oasi Nella Giungla (Afro Temple Mix) 2. Pain� - Africa Oscura (Drums Of Passion Mix) 3. L.U.C.A. - Iniziazione (Ritual Quirky Mix)

SORGINI, GIULIANO - AFRICA OSCURA RELOVED 2 (12"/FOUR FLIES)

Two years after 'Africa Oscura', considered by many to be the "dark side" of Sorgini's masterpiece 'Zoo Folle' and partly recorded during the same session in 1974, Four Flies has decided to celebrate the album's modernity with a two 12"s featuring 7 reworks by six of Italy's most visionary DJs/producers. The original tracks have been reworked with different approaches, sometimes into full reinterpretations, and with demanding dancefloors in mind. The result is a stunning collection of electronic reworks that preserve the spirit of the original versions while projecting them into the future. TRACKS: 1. Jolly Mare - Afro Sortilegio 2. pAd - Notte Nella Savana (Mondo Bali Mix) 3. Quiroga & Dario Bass - Oasi Nella Giungla (Lamaro Mix) 4. Pain� - Miraggio (Desert Dub Mix)

MORRICONE, ENNIO - EXORCIST II: THE HERETIC O.S.T. (LP/JACKPOT)

"In one of his first forays into big budget Hollywood, Ennio Morricone handed in one of his weirdest, eeriest scores." ~Rolling Stone (top 35 greatest horror soundtracks). From the beautiful to the absolutely demented, while still playing in the same sandbox. Once you get to the deranged satanic prog rock of 'Magic And Ecstasy,' it hits you: this is the craziest we've ever heard Morricone. And it's amazing. Featuring the original artwork and reissued for the very first time on vinyl. Limited edition fluorescent green vinyl. Sourced from the original master tapes.

PIOTTA - SUBURRA - LA SERIE O.S.T. (FINAL SEASON) (LP/LA GRANDE ONDA/FOUR FLIES)

Netflix's acclaimed series 'Suburra: Blood On Rome' (available in over 190 countries) focuses on the deep connections between politics and organised crime in the Italian capital. The soundtrack to the third and final season was written, produced and performed by Roman rapper and songwriter Piotta.

 

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

VARIOUS - EDO FUNK EXPLOSION, VOL. 1 (2LP) (LP/ANALOG AFRICA)

"The skeletal composition and the relentless exploitation of synthesizers, electric guitars and '80s effect racks resulted in a spiced up psychedelic brew known as Edo Funk!" It was in Benin City, in the heart of Nigeria, that a new hybrid of intoxicating highlife music known as Edo Funk was born. It first emerged in the late 1970s when a group of musicians began to experiment with different ways of integrating elements from their native Edo culture and fusing them with new sound effects coming from West Africa's night-clubs. Unlike the rather polished 1980s Nigerian disco productions coming out of the international metropolis of Lagos, Edo Funk was raw and reduced to its bare minimum. Someone was needed to channel this energy into a distinctive sound and Sir Victor Uwaifo appeared like a mad professor with his Joromi studio. Uwaifo took the skeletal structure of Edo music and relentless began fusing them with synthesizers, electric guitars and '80s effect racks which resulted in some of the most outstanding Edo recordings ever made. An explosive spiced up brew with an odd psychedelic note dubbed "Edo Funk". That's the sound you'll be discovering in the first volume of the 'Edo Funk Explosion' series which focusses on the genre's greatest originators: Osayomore Joseph, Akaba Man, and Sir Victor Uwaifo. Osayomore Joseph was one of the first musicians to bring the sound of the flute into the horn-dominated world of highlife, and his skills as a performer made him a fixture on the Lagos scene. When he returned to settle in Benin City in the mid 1970s - at the invitation of the royal family - he devoted himself to the modernisation and electrification of Edo music, using funk and Afro-beat as the building blocks for songs that weren't afraid to call out government corruption or confront the dark legacy of Nigeria's colonial past. Akaba Man was the philosopher king of Edo funk. Less overtly political than Osayomore Joseph and less psychedelic than Victor Uwaifo, he found the perfect medium for his message in the trance-like grooves of Edo funk. With pulsating rhythms awash in cosmic synth-fields and lyrics that express a deep personal vision, he found great success at the dawn of the 1980s as one of Benin City's most persuasive ambassadors of funky highlife. Victor Uwaifo was already a star in Nigeria when he built the legendary Joromi studios in his hometown of Benin City in 1978. Using his unique guitar style as the mediating force between West-African highlife and the traditional rhythms and melodies of Edo music, he had scored several hits in the early seventies, but once he had his own sixteen-track facility he was able to pursue his obsession with the synesthetic possibilities of pure sound, adding squelchy synths, swirling organs and studio effects to hypnotic basslines and raw grooves. Between his own records and his production for other musicians, he quickly established himself as the godfather of Edo funk. TRACKS: 01. Osayomore Joseph & The Creative Seven - Africa Is My Root 02. Akaba Man & The Nigie Rokets - Ta Gha Hunsimwen 03. Akaba Man & The African Pride - Popular Side 04. Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Titibitis - Iran Iran 05. Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Titibitis - Sakpaide No.2 06. Akaba Man & The Nigie Rokets - Ta Ghi Rare 07. Osayomore Joseph - My Name Is Money 08. Akaba Man & The Nigie Rokets - Ogbov Omwan 09. Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Titibitis - Aibalegbe 10. Osayomore Joseph & The Ulele Power Sound - Who No Man 11. Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Titibitis - Obviemama 12. Osayomore Joseph & The Ulele Power Sound - Ororo No De Fade

 

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