SPOTLIGHT 9

08/03/2021 13:28

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

ACID'S TRIP - STRINGS OF SOUL (BLACK) (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

"High energy rock'n'roll with string-bending licks, a touch of soul and a blazing organic beat." This best describes the Gothenburg-based quartet that has taken the timeless sound of past decades to a whole new level. Here available on BLACK VINYL, 'Strings Of Soul' is Acid's Trip's debut-album.

GERYCZ/POWERS/ROLIN - BEACON (LP/CARDINAL FUZZ)

The Gerycz/Powers/Rolin trio is made up of Jayson Gerycz on drums and percussion, Jen Powers on hammered dulcimer, and Matthew Rolin on 12-string guitar. The album also includes an appearance from Dyland Baldi on saxaphone. 'Beacon' was initially released on cassette in March 2020 on the Garden Portal Label. It was largely unmixed, and as Rolin recalls, he was so excited about the album that he sent it right off to Michael Potter at Garden Portal, assuming it had already been mixed... it wasn't. This current edition of 'Beacon' was ultimately mixed by Gerycz and then mastered for vinyl by Jack Callahan. Once an instrument that enjoyed immense popularity in the United States, particularly in the western New York, Ohio, and in the upper Midwest, the hammered dulcimer today is rarely seen or heard, even in traditional folk music circles. This alone makes Beacon an intriguing listen, but it's Powers' unique interpretation that takes both the instrument and the album to incredible heights. It's her flowing drone that sets an enduring meditative tone, one that guides the listening experience. Gerycz's palpitating rhythms add depth; his textural approach adding an almost Eastern influence. Rolin's playing, which ranges from carefully fingerpicked melodies to off kilter chord phrasings, creates both harmony and near chaos. He plays with and against the grain, providing an ebb and flow to the music's dramatic stream. Perhaps most impressive is the fact 'Beacon' is entirely improvised. There was no planning, no discussion, just a desire to play together and see what would happen. There wasn't even the intention to have the session made available for others to hear. Yet, here we are, taking in the brilliance and the beauty. Only few available so be fast.

HEAVY MOON - XX (LP/CLOSTRIDIUM)

Heavy Moon is the studio project of Canadian multi-instrumentalist Jakob Rehlinger. Fueled by his kosmische synths and psychedelic guitar work, Rehlinger has uses Heavy Moon as an astral bridge to take listeners to the outer reaches of space. 'Heavy Moon XX' is the twentieth studio album from Heavy Moon and is comprised of two side-long, twenty-minute compositions, recorded in 2020. After 14 years and 19 albums, it's the culmination of the vision for Heavy Moon Rehlinger has had for the psychedelic spacerock project since the the first Heavy Moon release in 2006. Blending classic late '60s acid rock with early '70s prog, krautrock, and proto-metal, he's woven a sonic tapestry of trippy, mind-bending sounds and textures to aid the listener in their own astral travels. No additional psychedelics needed. Limited to 200 copies on black vinyl.

HIDRIA SPACEFOLK - HIDRIA SPACEFOLK (LP/SVART)

Hidria Spacefolk are a perennial Finnish underground phenomenon, whose Ozric Tentacles influenced instrumental modern psychedelia shines in all the colors of the rainbow. Svart Records are proud to reissue a series of their early works on vinyl, starting from the debut which was originally circulated as a privately pressed CD. A limited edition of 420 copies on black vinyl.

PURPLE AVENGERS - LET THE COMPASS SINK (LP/CLOSTRIDIUM)

Purple Avengers have been tossing their messages in a bottle into psychedelic seas since 1987. Their home port is Brisbane, Australia. 'Let The Compass Sink' is their 2021 psych rock odyssey, released on Clostridium Records. Drop your compass and tune your senses! Travel with them on swift currents to unknown lands. Cup your ears. Bask blissful in the glow of strange suns, devoid of magnets, as all direction is meaningless. See you there! Limited to 200 copies on black vinyl.

WOLVENNEST - TEMPLE (LP/VAN RECORDS)

In March 2020 Wolvennest started the recordings of their third full-length album, at the beginning of the pandemic which was diving humanity in obscure days and an unprecedented situation. For this opus every member injected soul, heart, sweat and opened the gates of their temple with songs as 'Mantra', 'Swear To Fire', 'Disappear', 'Succubus' (featuring a collaboration with TJ Cowgill from King Dude on vocals) and 'Souffle De Mort', which is closing 'Temple' with an ultimate witchy occult ceremony moment.

SOMETHING DEAD - EVERYTHING IS A PROBLEM/IT IS WHAT IT IS (CD/OZIUM)

Something Dead is an energetic live act that blends fuzzy punk with traces of hardcore and stonerrock. A Swedish/Uruguayan trio that gives it all and drinks mate.

SULA BASSANA - CV SESSIONS (CD/SULATRON)

'CV Sessions' are a combination of the time of the coronavirus and the equipment Sula used in these times, which is analog gear connected and modulated with CV cables (control voltage). Double meaning. Sula used a bunch of small analog synthesizers, drummachines, sequencers, a polyphonic synth, a string ensemble, a casio SK 1 & SK 60, Stylophone x1, guitars, a bass, Mellotron and whatever. Recorded simply and never spending much time on it. The first track was recorded late March 2020, others followed until December. All music composed, performed, recorded and mixed by Sula Bassana (Dave Schmidt) in his bedroom. Mastered by Eroc. Coverdesign by Sula. CD comes in gatefold digisleeve, plus download code. Limited to 500! The track 'What is Reality' (04:23) is missing on the CD to avoid a double CD production only for some minutes, but can be downloaded from Bandcamp with the code.

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

FORD'S FUZZ INFERNO - DENIERS OF FUZZ WILL BE EXECUTED E.P. (7"/SUBUNDERGROUND CONTROL AUTHORITY)

Hi boys and girls. When mister Hans and mister Patrick presented their 'Deniers Of Fuzz Will Be Executed' debut-EP on Bandcamp you started begging for a vinyl release straight away. And we can't blame you for absolutely loving those super awesome, ultra crushing, fuzztopian punk songs. So here you have all five tracks on 7-inch, with the addition of an almost 3-minute bonus cut! And the lyrics are included as well, so you can sing along! As you already know, most of the songs are about your hypocrite, pseudocorrect parents and all those other stupid, mindless consumers who can't handle freedom and who've messed up our planet beyond belief. And now, of course, they blame others. Fuck them! This limited DIY-style edition comes with white labels, a paper inner sleeve, a plastic protection bag and a folder cover featuring fun artwork.

MONARCHS - CAN'T STAND YOUR LIES (7"/CAMELEON)

A four-track 7" by this sixties/garage/mod band from Lyon, France. Recorded in 1981, now finally available. Includes 'Down Down', 'Can't Wait Anymore' and 'Soul Searchin'.

EARLS OF SATAN - TAKE ME DOWN TO HELL (LP/TRASH WAX)

The long awaited debut LP from UK based The Earls Of Satan. A diabolical mix of surf, moody garage with just a hint of rockabilly on some tracks. You get the impression that these guys have been watching a lot of Tarantino movies, in fact the album could quite easily be a score to your favourite, sleazy B-movie! The production on this is absolutely top notch, crystal clear and perfectly balanced, bordering on brilliant actually. Go get 'Earled', you won't be disappointed.

EL CRAMPED - A TRIBUTE TO THE MAD GENIUS LUX INTERIOR (LP/TRASH WAX)

Hahaha, this is brilliant, just messed up... it's SICK! This is a joint production with the band and some of you may be familiar with a certain Mr B. who has published a bunch of articles and the 'ABC Of The Cramps' book over the years (in French if you're wondering). Anyway, this is what happens when you let a bunch of crazy French Cramps fanatics into a recording studio... It's rather good, not straight covers thank fuck (had enough of those to last several lifetimes)... It's dedicated to the sorely missed Gildas Cosperec (Nineteen, Dig It, Shoo Chain Bros and all round R'n'R bon vivant, RIP Gildas mon pote).

PREVOST, GREG 'STACKHOUSE' - SONGS FOR THESE TIMES (LP/MEAN DISPOSITION)

'Songs for These Times' is Greg 'Stackhouse' Prevost's third solo album. A live-in-the-studio, acoustic guitar in hand experience, with the sole backing of "brother" Alex Patrick on counterpart slide or acoustic lead. Along with selected favorites he always wanted to record acoustically, Prevost has also included some of his own newly written compositions as well, which perfectly fit in a tracklisting of tunes written over half a century ago.

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

JUSSI & THE BOYS - MUN ROCK AND ROLL BLUES (2LP) (LP/SVART)

'KAIKKI LEVYTYKSET 1976-1980' - This deluxe compilation from Finnish '70s rockers Jussi & The Boys compiles their recorded material from 1976-1980 and comes with original photos, new liner notes and other archival material.

REMU - MESSAGE FOR YOU (LP/SVART)

Remu Aaltonen's rare fourth solo album from 1983 re-released on vinyl.

TUOMARI NURMIO - PUNAINEN PLANEETTA (LP/SVART)

Reissue of 1982 album by Finnish alternative rock musician Hannu "Tuomari" Nurmio. Red vinyl, limited to 350 copies.

HUMBLE PIE - LIVE PERFORMANCE: ROCKING IN LONDON (CD/CANTARE)

TRACKS: 1. Four Day Creep 2. I'm Ready 3. Live With Me 4. Stone Cold Fever 5. Hallelujah (I Love Her So) 6. Walk On Gilded Splinters 7. The Sad Bag Of Shakey Jake 8. One Eyed Trouser Snake Rumba 9. Big Black Dog

MOTT THE HOOPLE - SEA DIVERS: LIVE IN LONDON (CD/CANTARE)

TRACKS: 1. Ohio 2. No Wheels To Ride 3. Rock And Roll Queen 4. The Debt 5. Walkin' With A Mountain 6. You Keep a' Knocking 7. Interview

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

DYATLOV - WOUND MAN/BARREN LANDS (7"/SPAZZ)

Dyatlov is a Rotterdam based noise-punk band. With this 7" they present a self-described mix of despair, poverty, pain and hopelessness, drenched in sin and substance abuse best listened to in a primitive wooden cabin on a freezing tundra night. Bandmembers: Diego van der Heijden (drums), Jeroen Reek (keys), Steffan Hofland (vocals), Ruben Middelweerd (guitar) and Jeroen Rijnart (bas) are no strangers to playing in bands. Members of the band play and have played in bands such as Iguana Death Cult, Beach Coma and Jibber Jabber & The Jams.

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

CONTROLLED DEATH/MAYUKO HINO - SPLIT LP (PD) (LP/COLD SPRING)

Two giants of the Japanese noise scene present exclusive material on a special limited vinyl release. Controlled Death is the nom de plume of Maso Yamazaki (Masonna), who unleashed his claustrophobic death industrial/blackened electronics debut for Cold Spring in autumn 2020 (the sold out split LP with Rudolf Eb.er). 'Devil's Sacrifice' (in 6 parts) continues Maso's obsession with heavy, Korg MS-20 drones. Deranged vocals choked under impenetrable, blood-soaked atmospheres of doom, death and decay, saturated with washes of anxiety, paranoia and alienation. Mayuko Hino, 'Queen Of Japanese Noise', delivers two lengthy tracks. While the first track is filled with feverish, dense noise and swathes of savage electronics, the second, mind-melting electronic piece (reminiscent of her debut album 'Lunisolar' for Cold Spring) descends into a diseased, suffocating maelstrom, finishing on the verge of psychosis. In addition to self-made instruments, Mayuko plays noise with her six-theremin oscillators (in bright pink) - the one and only in the world, specially made by Ryo Araishi (a.k.a. ichion). Mayuko is most well-known for forming C.C.C.C. (Cosmic Coincidence Control Center) in 1990, together with Hiroshi Hasegawa, Fumio Kosakai and Ryuichi Nagakubo. Picture disc LP, limited to 400 copies in a heavy PVC archive sleeve.

N- (BLACK) THE EMMA GOLDMAN BUST-OUT BRIGADE (LP/NOMAD EEL)

The Emma Goldman Bust-Out Brigade was born out of conversations that started several years ago between Mike Watt and Devin Hoff. The music consists of improvisations based on bass lines by Watt and Hoff. The point was for the three (including fabulous drummer Joe Berardi) to build non-idiomatic drums and bass-based improvised music, to hopefully enact in music some of Emma Goldman's words on the relationship of the individual to the collective. Watt found phrases in Goldman's writing to name the songs after. The tracks are mostly instrumental, with the exception of the one word chant 'Atamansha' that Hoff and comrade Tivona sang, a reference to early 20th century revolutionary Maria Nikiforova. The music is both free-improvisation inspired by the revolutionary avant-garde musicians of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Julius Hemphill, Alice Coltrane, etc. and also very much punk rock in its ethos of DIY egalitarianism. Limited to 100 copies on black vinyl.

RIMBAUD, ROBIN/HANS OP DE BEECK - STAGING SILENCE (ORIGINAL FILM SOUNDTRACKS) (2LP) (LP/SUB ROSA)

British artist Robin Rimbaud (Scanner) traverses the experimental terrain between sound and space connecting a bewilderingly diverse array of genres. Hans op de Beeck lives and works in Brussels, Belgium and creates sculpture, installations, video, photography, animated films, drawing, painting, and writing. His various works show the viewer non-existent, but identifiable places, moments and characters that appear to have been taken from everyday life. When they met at Le Fresnoy Studio National Des Arts Contemporains in 2012 the artists found an immediate creative connection, and a year after meeting 'Staging Silence (2)' was completed. In 2019, they returned to the theme and created 'Staging Silence (3)'. Each of the films is realised through the same principles, as two pairs of anonymous hands construct and deconstruct fictional interiors and landscapes on a mini film set of just three-square metres in size. The films take the viewer on a visual journey through depopulated, enigmatic and often melancholic, but nonetheless playful, small-scaled places, which are built up and taken down before the eye of the camera. Ranging from hyper-realistic fictional land and cityscapes to absurd, almost surreal, dreamscapes, the various locations are connected by the sense of mystery and melancholy that pervades them. And at every moment Rimbaud's score is amplifying and illustrating these moments, from tragedy to nostalgia, witty to optimistic. Introspective and lyrical, 'Staging Silence' offers us a world of mystery and intrigue, held together by nature and time. This is a very humane work experienced at a time when many of us feel disconnected from the world around us. The peculiar silence that permeates this hauntingly beautiful work is very much an illustration of our times, anticipating a future in the past. 'Staging Silence' is an exquisite study in dreamlike abstract ambience, a kaleidoscope of sounds and tones that engage the head and the heart.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

AKVAN - (BLACK) TWO CENTURIES OF SILENCE (LP/SUBSOUND)

Akvan is a one man band from Iran formed by Vizaresa that mixes raw black metal guitars and blasting drums with traditional Persian instruments like the tar and setar. The title of this EP is taken from Abdolhossein Zarrinkoub's eponymous book, which provides a historical account of the Iranian people's bold resistance against the Islamic conquest of Persia.

CANNIBAL ACCIDENT - NEKROKLUSTER (LP/TIME TO KILL)

"With the songs in Nekrokluster we deliver the death metal side of Cannibal Accident more than ever before but the rotten vibes of necroculinary old school grindcore with neckbreaking mosh parts are still very much present as well." For fans of Napalm Death, Brutal Truth, S.O.D., early Cannibal Corpse.

FULCI - (BLACK) OPENING THE HELL GATES (LP/TIME TO KILL)

Remastered reissue of the 2015 debut album 'Opening The Hell Gates' by Italian death metallers Fulci. For fans of Cannibal Corpse, Mortician, Incantation, Dying Fetus and Fabio Frizzi.

HIGH REAPER/HIPPIE DEATH CULT - (BLACK) DOOM SESSIONS, VOL. 5 (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

A split album between the Philly doom riffers High Reeper and the Portland heavy rockerz Hippie Death Cult. All the tracks are new and never released before. An impressive heavy doom and hard rock trip!!! Awesome artwork by the mighty Luca SoloMacello.

HIPPIE DEATH CULT - 111 (BLACK) (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

At a pivotal time in history of growing human influence upon ecosystems, biodiversity, and species extinction; quantum cognitive forces have brought 4 beings into alignment with each other and the universe to create Hippie Death Cult's debut album, '111'. A combined 100 years of musical craft and aspiration between the four collide within a colossal explosion of creativity, emotion, ability, and resistance; bringing quintessential songs to life as the earth approaches the end of the Holocene Epoch. '111' beckons us inward to reflect upon our connection to spirit, earth, sky, and each other.

HIPPIE DEATH CULT - CIRCLE OF DAYS (BLACK) (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

Portland, Oregon based quartet Hippie Death Cult present their sophomore album 'Circle Of Days'. An album that serves as a musical bridge to their critically acclaimed debut '111', while being a fresh exploration of sound and vision. 'Circle Of Days' is a pensive reflection of frustration and hope, experienced as we evolve from the confinements of self indulgence and into a more altruistic mindset. Listeners new to HDC can expect to hear a band that feels familiar yet also unique. Hippie Death Cult are a group with their own musical identity. One that manages to be influenced by great rock and metal bands of the past while not becoming a blueprint of them.

MIDVINTER - AT THE SIGHT OF THE APOCALYPSE DRAGON (2LP) (LP/THE DEVIL'S ELIXIRS)

A classic of Swedish melodic black/death metal. Heavy, melodic, inspired, talented album originally released in 1997 on Black Diamond Records. Out on vinyl for the first time ever, of course with the original sound. For fans of Dawn, Sacramentum, In Mourning, Unanimated, Vinterland.

NODFYR - EIGENHEID (LP/VAN RECORDS)

:NODFYR: from Gelderland, the Netherlands, forges solemn and heavy heathen metal since 2011. Inspiration is taken from the history, culture and nature of their region. The band states: "The album 'Eigenheid' ("identity", "characteristic") is the result of an introspective journey in search of what defines us. The songs each represent one of the core elements that shape us and make us who we are."

PHANTOM DRUID - STAGES OF TWILIGHT (LP/OFF THE RECORD)

Phantom Druid returns with its second ultra heavy slab of traditional doom, perfectly suited for fans of a.o. Trouble, Black Sabbath, Cathedral and Pentagram. The LP is pressed on TRANSPARENT RED-BLACK SMOKED VINYL and comes in a gatefold sleeve.

QWALEN - UNOHDAN SINUT (LP/TIME TO KILL)

Qwälen found its current form in 2017 after a bunch of different line-ups. The band members share a passion for playing music in its various raw manifestations and their band backgrounds include Küroishi, Nistikko, Dumathoin and Akma among many others. The members have been actively involved with the underground punk scene and this longtime involvement in the punk scene can also be heard in the music, with Young And In The Way and Dödsrit influences seeping into their interpretation of black metal. Lyrical content concentrates mostly on self-portrayal rather than the stereotypical anti-religious themes. For fans of Mayhem, Marduk, Darkthrone, Nifelheim, Bathory and Terveet Kädet.

WORMHOG - YELLOW SEA (YELLOW) (LP/ELECTRIC VALLEY)

Wormhog is a stoner prog band based in Athens, Greece. The band's first EP, 'Mother Worm Father Hog', was released in 2014 and was recorded live at D Studio in Athens. Being loyal supporters of everything that's heavy, Wormhog draws inspiration from bands such as Black Sabbath, Mastodon, Alice In Chains and Blue Oyster Cult. Clearly influenced by their musical background, the band's main direction in songwriting is retro grooves merged with progressive twists and swirling guitar solos. After years of steady presence in the Athens underground music scene, the band released their first LP, 'Yellow Sea' which was once again recorded, mixed and produced at D Studio, Athens by Mihail Karpathiou. "A trip through space, a strange eclipse of the sun, the birth of a monster, it's fall from the sky and into the Yellow Sea". This album vaguely unveils the origins and nature of the wormhog beast while also exploring other themes concerning the journey of life. Transparent yellow vinyl version.

MAGUS - RUMINATIONS OF DEBAUCHERY (CD/THE DEVIL'S ELIXIRS)

Ultra-savage, grinding death/doom from Proscriptor McGovern of Absu fame. Comes in noble digibook. Includes Magus' complete recordings: an EP and 2 demos recorded in 1992. For fans of Winter, Disembowelment, Mythic, Sorrow, Dusk, Absu.

MYTHIC - ANTHOLOGY (CD/THE DEVIL'S ELIXIRS)

One of the best US undergound acts. This legendary female trio played ultra-heavy, bone-crushing and slow death metal, released 2 demos and EP, and split up to leave their mark in bands like Demonic Christ, Derketa, November's Doom. This is a collection of the band's complete recordings, supported by many rare band pictures. For fans of Magus, Disembowelment, Dusk, Sorrow, Winter, Ceremonium, Derketa.

STORMKEEP - GALDRUM (CD/VAN RECORDS)

Stormkeep began as a stronghold for individuals who sought to carry the flame of a lost age. Branching into the worlds of epic dungeon synth and melodic black metal, Stormkeep hearkens back to a time when, without compromise, majestic melodies and keyboards could live side by side with razor sharp riffs and pummeling raw production. After a limited promotional tape made circulation in the underground and two special concert appearances, Stormkeep partnered with Ván Records and completed work on the first official manifestation of the project's creations. 'Galdrum' is a perfect soundtrack for journeys through snow capped mountains, medieval dungeons and regal castles. The four hymns create a world of ancient legends and magick, a place of long ago, somewhere deep in time. Cover artwork by Ian Miller.

ZARATUS - IN THE DAYS OF WHORE (CD/VAN RECORDS)

Zaratus were formed in 2018 by Bill Zobolas (Soulskinner, Thou Art Lord etc.) and Stefan Necroabyssius (Varathron, Katavasia etc.). The idea behind the creation of the band was the unity of forces of 2 members with history in the creation of the Greek scene of the '90s, where they will offer a fresh idea of how black metal should sound today. Based on the deep roots of authentic black metal, but with many elements of epic, majestic and beyond the limits, Zaratus create a unique identity in both style and sound, which makes them stand out. 'In The Days Of Whore' is a journey to ancient times, where darkness and light were one, when the primordial mysteries and the power of nature were integral parts of evolution. The music is inextricably linked to the lyrics, creating a unique atmosphere. Based on and with respect to their black metal roots, Zaratus broke the bonds of the limits of the genre and passed to other dimensions, touching lyricism, epicism, classical periods, but also sometimes giving redemption to the listener through simplicity.

 

BLUES/COUNTRY/OLDIES

VARIOUS - AMERICAN PATCHWORK (2LP) (LP/MISSISSIPPI)

Released on DOUBLE-LP is a set of performances documented by Alan Lomax during his final American field recording project (1978-1983). All the songs are remastered and previously unreleased on vinyl. SIDE 1: 1. R.L. Burnside - See My Jumper 2. Janette And Joe Carter - Will You Miss Me When Im Gone? 3. Sheila Kay Adams - Little Margaret/banjo instrumental/Dinah 4. Joe Savage - Peace In The Valley 5. Holly Springs Sacred Harp Singers - Davids Lamentation SIDE 2: 1. Clyde Maxwell & Group - You Got To Cross That River Jordan 2. Vaughn Eller - Fly Around My Blue Eyed Gal 3. Dennis McGee - Two Step De Eunice 4. Dink Roberts - Fox Chase 5. Laethe Eller - Way Up In The New Bright World 6. Boyd & Ruth May Rivers - Somebody Touched Me 7. Wiregrass Sacred Harp Singers - Give Me Just A Little More Time SIDE 3: 1. Lois Short - Little Birdie 2. Dellie Chandler Norton - Early, Early In The Spring 3. Tommy Jarrell - Reuben 4. Canray Fontenot - Bonsoir Moreau 5. Ray Hicks - Reuben 6. Belton Sutherland - Blues #2 7. Nimrod Worlman - Mother Jones Will SIDE 4: 1. Napoleon Strickland & The Como Drum Corps - My Babe 2. Lawreence "Black" Ardoin & Band - Why You Wanna Make Me Cry 3. Moving Star Hall Singers - I'm Going To Trust In The Lord 4. Napoleon Strickland - Jesus Stop By Here 5. Boyd & Ruth May Rivers - Fire Shed In My Bones

 

SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/R&B/GOSPEL

SOUL SURFERS - WIZARD OF THE HOOD (2X7") (7"/FUNK NIGHT RECORDS)

A special package to celebrate the 100th release of Funk Night Records: a double 7" set in gatefold sleeve, including four tracks from the Soul Surfers: 'Wizard Of The Hood', 'Rhythm-2', Neva Again' and 'V'.

PIPER - I'M NOT IN LOVE (LP/SHIP TO SHORE)

In 1981, Piper grooved onto the City Pop scene with their album debut 'I'm Not In Love', cementing their smooth blend of soft rock and soulful funk that became a staple of the albums that instantly acquiring a devoted fanbase. The blueprint for what was to come is evident here: a disco dancefloor sensibility that is just so infectious, it can only be brought by Piper. Limited vinyl reissue after 40 years.

 

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

MASONIC KITCHEN - STAHLEX THEME (7"/POLYTECHNIC YOUTH)

Masonic Kitchen is the solo project of Chris Walker, whose inspiration came when he found an obscure 1970's sc-fi novel in his local bookshop's bargain pile. Its intriguing cover (with Asimov font) and story's themes "despite being quite dated, inspired 4 tunes that easily have been conceived in the late '70s or early '80s. PY lifted 2 of these tracks for the 7" here and both are just fabulous; ticking all the minimal synth boxes- sequencers, drum machines etc etc. The A side is a particular banger and is already incredibly well received after initial listens to it's teaser clip online. B side 'T-City Scavenger' is also right up there, another killer track. The single is expected to sell out super quick and comes hugely recommended to fans of the early Cabs, Chris & Cosey, early Human League, DAF, Fad Gadget etc... 250 copies.

VOLUME GROOP - MOVEMENT AND MUSIC FOR SCHOOLS (7"/POLYTECHNIC YOUTH)

The long-awaited return to the PY fold (after 6 years in hibernation), for the mysterious Volume Groop. Having lasted this long without revealing their identities, the enigmatic artistes continue their exploratory electronics project, "as an imagined soundtrack to physical education in 1970s Britain- experiments in Primary school educational electronics for PE". All 4 tracks were created with the use of a Roland SH101, a school organ, a procoder and a Roland Space Echo RE-201. The tracks were created and recorded in the school hall with the help of the children. Like the accompanying Masonic Kitchen 45, this ticks all your boxes for fans of early Mute, some early Cherry Red; sometimes lighter, more playful synthpop, sometimes a little more darker and menacing. From the lightness and space of Cluster & Eno to the darker hand of Chris Carter; this EP's a beauty; a 4 track minimal synth EP, over 10 minutes @ 45rpm - an EP like the old days and expected to sell out quick style. 250 copies.

PATER DIVISION - GLIDE (CD/FACT OF BEING)

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, Pater Division's highly acclaimed and innovative 1981 album 'Glide' gets reissued on CD. 'Glide' is an absolute classic in the spirit of Iasos, Brian Eno, Jon Hassell, Michael Stearns...

 

SOUNDTRACKS/LOUNGE/CULT ETC

SARDE, PHILIPPE - CESAR ET ROSALIE O.S.T. (LP/TRANSVERSALES DISQUES)

After 'Les Choses De La Vie', Transversales Disques presents the first ever LP reissue of this classic Philippe Sarde soundtrack: 'César Et Rosalie'. This reissue contains six unreleased tracks which did not appear on the original release.

VARIOUS - TABU! VOL. 5 (LP/PARIS HOLLYWOOD)

Here's the fourth volume of the 'Tabu' compilation series. More jungle exotica, sleaze and strip music for fans of Las Vegas Grind! type of music. Another fantastic compilation! Play this record and girls will start stripping instantly. More bongos, insane sax... File under tittyshakers, ass-shakin' killers from '50s and '60s! SIDE 1: 1. The Pace Makers - Take Off 2. Al Duncan - Bawana Jinde 3. The Crystals - Malaguena 4. Jay Epae - Jungle Speaks 5. The Goofers - The Head Hunter 6. The Twisters - Run Little Sheba 7. Clark's Combo - Drowning 8. Versa-Tones - Cobra SIDE 2: 1. Malibu-Bu's - Caravan 2. Jack And Jim - Tarzan And Jane 3. Stick Evans & The House Rockers - Zulu's Court 4. Flash Rubino & The Spunkies - Jamaican Jungle 5. The Calenders - Hong Kong 6. Les Dorians - Jungle 7. Angela Maria - Tabu 8. The Four Sharps - Safari

 

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