SPOTLIGHT 21

01/06/2021 06:36

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

CONCRETE JANE - SOLE MIO EP (10") (10"/LE POP CLUB)

After two first tempting home recorded albums, the man behind Concrete Jane, Julien Zumkehr, is back with an elegant folk lo-fi colored mini album, leaving aside his early garage trips. The third release of the band from Geneva has been entitled 'Sole Mio' and comes on a 10".

BRADLEY, SID - CHILD OF THE SEA (BLACK) (LP/GUERSSEN)

Lost and found studio recordings (1971-79) by US singer-songwriter Sid Bradley including some of the sought-after 45 sides released with his band Erik in the early '70s plus fabulous previously unreleased tracks. This is serious stuff, folks!! Pro-sounding sound, ranging from fuzzed-out psychedelic hard-rock to psych-pop and proto-power pop. Master tape sound and insert with liner notes by Sid Bradley and Paul Osborne (Shindig!).

DELIAS, JOHN - INTANGIBLE REALITY (LP/SPACE BETWEEN US)

The solo album of Naxatras' lead guitarist is an exercise in trippy urban sounds with a vocal and guitar driven easy-going melodic vibe. In the long documented history of artist's solo works, half the required information in order to understand the project in its entirety lies in the background. John Delias has been channelling his creative energy in Naxatras, the highly successful psychedelic rock band from Greece, as a founding member, lead guitarist and vocalist. Nearly a decade in existence, Naxatras have accomplished a number of breakthroughs in the global heavy rock underground scene, arguably the most important being the consolidation of a unique, personal sound with their 3 full length albums and the build-up of an international solid fan base through constant touring. Between recording and performing in a full professional pace and level, a rather different kind of tunes and echoes found its way in John's psyche and the need to be seen through was inescapable. Since 2017, the songs of 'Intangible Reality' have been taking form, drawing inspiration from the 1960s and 1970s groove music, across genres. Guitar-cut mellow jazz, fusing with funky horns and a variety of feel good upbeat drums, create a pallet of memorable songs with a straight to the point attitude. Focused in meaningful song writing and the smooth delivery it requires, John took vocal lessons, assembled a number of collaborators and presents a collection of songs deeply rooted in the vintage era of soulful jazz, crystal-picking blues and rhythmic bossanova.

LEOPARDO - MALCANTONE (LP/LE POP CLUB)

Swiss band Leopardo releases their follow-up to their 2019 album 'Is It An Easy Life ?'. While the project started with optimistic and romantic love songs, time came for the band to explore other aspects of life and love, mostly on the bad sides, which can be heard in their latest record 'Malcantone'. Drawing inspiration from the school of pessimistic philosophers and paying tribute to Robert Walser and his love for unhappiness, this different atmosphere made an impact on Leopardo's music, adding to the 'Velvet Underground kinda-sound' a dissonant country/post-punk crooner aesthetic, sprinkled with nonchalance.

LUCIFER WAS - IN ANADI'S BOWER (LP/SOMMOR)

Second album by cult Norwegian heavy prog-psych band Lucifer Was, originally released only on CD in 2000. Epic and doomy atmosphere in the best early '70s tradition with great use of Mellotron, flute, killer hard guitar... imagine a mix between Black Sabbath and Jethro Tull with a dose of King Crimson and Black Widow. Includes insert with liner notes and photos and download card of the full album plus two bonus tracks.

MANCO, BARIS - DEGMESIN YAGLI BOYA (LP/TÜRKÜOLA)

This is the last album of Baris Manço with his band Kurtalan Ekspres, originally released in 1983. Although the material is more "pop" than Manço's early works, Manço still makes a collective music surprise for his audience. Celal Güven (percussion and electric drums), Bahadir Akkuzu (guitars), Ahmet Güvenç (bass, ex-Bunalimlar and Erkin Koray), Serdar Akatlar (sax, flute) and Serdar Ertürk (sax, flute) are all on board on behalf of Kurtalan Ekspres. Keyboardist Garo Mafyan of Istanbul Gelisim (the Turkish Chicago or Blood Sweat And Tears) joins the band as the arranger and the studio musician.

MANCO, BARIS - LAMBAYA PUF DE (LP/TÜRKÜOLA)

A compilation of Baris Manço which mainly includes his works between the years 1970-1974. The compilation contains Manço's works with Etc and Mogollar along with the early releases with Kurtalan Ekspres. Therefore we have an opportunity to witness Manço going from psychedelic to progressive to funky. Includes the 1974 version of 'Iste Hendek Iste Deve' by Kurtalan Ekspres. On this version, the fantastic Hammond of Murat Ses and the unique saz performance of Ohannes Kemer can be both heard.

NATIONAL FLAG - (BLACK) THANK YOU AND GOODBYE (LP/SOMMOR)

Originally released as a small private pressing in 1977 (now impossible to find), here's the first ever vinyl reissue of this collectable hard-rock album by Marquee favourites National Flag. Sourced from the original masters. Includes insert with liner notes and photos. "Defined by their good time guitar licks and blazing rhythms, this delight from the UK seemed poised to hit the big time, yet never did. They're a riveting combination of Grand Funk meets Lynyrd Skynyrd, combined with the sensibilities and smart lyrics of The Doobie Brothers, along with the swagger of Neil Young & Crazy Horse." ~Jenell Kessler.

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

MCKOWN, GENE - GHOST MEMORIES/INCIDENTALLY (7"/BRASS)

Repress from two tracks from Gene McKown, which were originally released in 1964.

MCKOWN, GENE - U.F.O./HAPPY AS A LARK (7"/TOTEM)

Two tracks from country/rockabilly man Gene McKown, which were released in 1968 on Totem Records.

MISUNDERSTOOD - SHE GOT ME/CRYIN' OVER LUV (7"/MOJO-BONE REKKIDS)

Unreleased at the time acetate. Appears on the Ugly Things Records archival compilation 'The Lost Acetates 1965-1966' (2004). Recorded December 1965 at William Locy Sound, Riverside CA.

AUTOS DETROIT - STOP & GO (LP/FAMILY SPREE)

'Stop & Go' is the album by Barcelona quartet Autos Detroit, a group with a very personal vision on powerpop. Formed in 2009 by musicians with experience from various previous bands, Autos Detroit offer a cocktail where influences from Big Star and Raspberries can be heard, from the best Electric Light Orchestra, the Plimsouls and The Beat, but where psychedelia, crooner ballads and even the garage also fit.

LES ENVAHISSEURS - MONKEY MONK (LP/FAMILY SPREE)

Les Envahisseurs, a garage band from Montreal (Quebec), are back with their second album 'Monkey Monk' after their debut album 'Garage Monkeys' from 2018. Eleven songs of a clearly festive nature, an authentic garage party with a frat spirit, where more seasoned songs of punk inspiration, beat and ye-ye touches coexist, sung in French.

RAY!, TOMMY - HANDFUL OF HITS (LP/BELUGA)

2021 album by Tommy Ray, once the front man in the band The Cry! Now solo artist who has spent his lock down time recording. The album was recorded and mixed by Ray mostly on his mac. "Street mix" because it is so stripped down. Just enough production to get the point across. No shiny whistles or bells.

WHIFFS - ANOTHER WHIFF (EUR) (LP/BACHELOR)

European pressing on Bachelor, limited to 500 copies. Garage affected power-pop from Kansas City, recommended to fans of a.o. Big Star, Replacements and the early Stiff Records catalogue.

ZERO ZEROES - ZERO ZEROES (2ND) (LP/BACHELOR/DRUNKEN SAILOR)

Zero Zeroes release an album of catchy punk rock for fans of a.o. Hex Dispensers, New Bomb Turks and early Riverboat Gamblers. Second pressing, limited to 300 copies on silver vinyl with slightly different artwork (red logo and labels).

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

KAPPI, PEKKO -& K:H:H:L- - AAMUNKOI (2LP) (LP/SVART)

Pekko Käppi and his band K:H:H:L have completed their fourth full-length album. The sixteen-song-long array is entitled 'Aamunkoi' and has been produced, recorded and mixed by Jussi Jaakonaho. According to Pekko, 'Aamunkoi' is a collection of gentle dystopic musical short stories. A forum for opposing ideas. The songs on the album are stories that revolutionize and revolutionize the flow of human beings. It contains stories of overflowing, instantly ignited abstract anger and, on the other hand, stories of love for which, however, no words can be found.

VARIOUS - BE GAY, DO CRIME! (LP/BACHELOR/GIRLSVILLE)

Rare cuts from Osees, Gen Pop, Germ House, UK Gold, Danny And The Darleans, UV-TV, Hood Rats, Maxines, Special Interest, Blues Lawyer, Mr. And The Mrs., Virvon Varvon, Andrew Anderson, Becky & The Politicians, The Proletariat and Stiff Love. This compilation is released to support Prism Health, an American organization committed to offering safe, compassionate and affirming primary and mental health care to all members of the LGBTQ+ community.

KAPPI, PEKKO -& K:H:H:L- - AAMUNKOI (CD/SVART)

Pekko Käppi and his band K:H:H:L have completed their fourth full-length album. The sixteen-song-long array is entitled 'Aamunkoi' and has been produced, recorded and mixed by Jussi Jaakonaho. According to Pekko, 'Aamunkoi' is a collection of gentle dystopic musical short stories. A forum for opposing ideas. The songs on the album are stories that revolutionize and revolutionize the flow of human beings. It contains stories of overflowing, instantly ignited abstract anger and, on the other hand, stories of love for which, however, no words can be found.

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

BOOTLICKER - BOOTLICKER (LP/STATIC SHOCK)

Bootlicker's self-titled debut-album contains 14 tracks of early '80s influenced hardcore. Influences include Mau Maus, Discharge and SSD. Each copy of the LP comes with a 16-page zine-style lyric insert full of illustrations by band member and visual artist Athena.

MEDIA - BLINK OF AN EYE (LP/DETOUR)

Influenced by the UK punk/new wave explosion, The Media was a Portsmouth band formed in 1978 and they toured with Secret Affair, The Vapors and The Lambrettas. They recorded one album, but that has never been released due to their sudden break-up. Forty years later, those 1979 sessions were released as 'Bright New Future' and renewed interest led to the band appearing on a number of compilation abums from Edsel, Heavy Soul and the Bored Teenager series. Detour Records comes with a collection of thirteen tracks from this punk/mod band. Initial pressing comes on purple vinyl.

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

BEUYS + PISSOFF - CREAMCHEESE DUSSELDORF 1968 (LP/ROTORELIEF)

The experimental project Pissoff was founded in the late '60s by multimedia-artist Eberhard Kranemann and some friends who studied together at the Düsseldorf Academy Of Fine Arts. The performances were characterized by continously changing of participants and variations of the involved equipment: cello, violin, clarinet, tenor saxophone, flute, vocals, electric guitar, bass guitar, organ and drums. In 1968 the band performed together with Joseph Beuys who was professor of sculpture at the Art Academy at that time. The event was recorded by Eberhard Kranemann on a Telefunken mono taperecorder and remains the only existing audio-material by Pissoff until today. On that night Eberhard played cello, clarinet and tenor saxophone while the other members added sounds by electric guitar, electric bass and drums. Earliest musical experimentations that can be defined as the origins of the band Kraftwerk already started in 1967 by Eberhard Kranemann and Florian Schneider-Esleben.

NURSE WITH WOUND - (BLACK) GYLLENSKOLD, GEIJERSTAM AND I AT RYDBERG'S (2LP (LP/ROTORELIEF)

This period of time in 1983 in which 'Gyllensköld' was recorded was a true evolution of Steven Stapleton's audio art. His collaborations with Diana Rogerson, Robert Haigh (Sema), David Tibet, and Jim Thirlwell around this time elicited some of the most exciting work Nurse With Wound had yet recorded. The production quality on these tracks is remarkable, and the widening out of the project's soundworld opened up a audio toybox that Stapleton has continued to experiment with up to today. It encompasses vocal experiments, vintage LPs of easy listening music, demented nursery rhymes, lateral references to disposable pop music, avant-garde jazz and minimalistic piano composition, all glued together with evocative atmospheres redolent of things unholy, troubling and perverse, but always oddly indefinable and puzzlingly misshapen. In retrospect, 'Gyllensköld' can be seen as the beginning of the "mature" period of NWW, and thus it is an indispensible release for fans of the project.

LIHOLESIE - SHAMANIC TWILIGHT (CD/INFINITE FOG)

An endless world stretches along the path of a wanderer. Thousands of trails run not only on solid ground underfoot but also through main streams and rapids of the wayward rivers, striving to carry a daredevil into their depths. Sometimes they take the wanderer down to the underworld or take his soul to the skies with the smoke of a ritual fire. The border between the worlds is thinning in the fog and the twilight... A shaman is the only one who is able to travel along a thousand paths, and return back on a narrow path known only to him alone. But the time will come, and his soul will stop wandering between the worlds. Spreading its gray wings, his soul will be carried away along the path known only to him alone. The Liholesie album 'Shamanic Twilight' will tell you about it. Folk instruments and ethnic percussion will bring you back for thousands of years and plunge you into the atmosphere of shamanic rituals and visions. Twilight is upon... the fire is burning out, the shamanic drum is beating... There are thousands of paths in the smoky haze.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

CHIPPER - SELF PATRON (LP/MADE OF STONE)

Chipper are a four-piece band formed in Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2017 by Nick Antoniadis (vocals, guitar), Nick Karamanidis (vocals, guitar), Chris Nalbantidis (bass) and John Charalabidis (drums). Their musical influences stand somewhere between hard rock, heavy rock, stoner with some rock'n'roll attitude. They have had gigs at most of their hometown's main venues, supporting renowned rock and punk bands. In February 2020 they played with Deaf Radio and Bonzai, two of the most up-and-coming Greek bands at the moment. During that period they released their debut album, titled 'Self Patrón'. The album consists of eight tracks and was recorded in Valve Studio. Through the pounding drums, the «dirty» guitars and the growly alternating vocals, Chipper shape their musical unease and creative identity, as formed in recent years.

ICEBURN - ASCLEPIUS (BLACK) (LP/SOUTHERN LORD)

Two long tracks are what this album's about, 'Healing The Ouroboros' and 'Dahlia Rides The Firebird' and both are heavy as fuck. Eagle Twin and early Melvins are what come to mind when listening to this record.

NATRON - (BLACK) HUNG, DRAWN & QUARTERED (LP/TIME TO KILL)

Reissue of the 1997 debut album by this legendary Italian death metal band.

ARCTOS/SINIRA - A SPIRE SILENT/DAWNLESS TWILIGHT (CD/NORTHERN SILENCE)

This split CD is a compilation of both bands' debut EPs. 'A Spire Silent' from Arctos, was originally recorded in 2016 and has been re-recorded for this release. 'Dawnless Twilight' from Sinira, was recorded in 2018 and is included here in its original form. Besides two own compositions it features a cover of the Dissection's 'The Somberlaing' as exclusive bonus track for this limited release. The CD comes as collector's edition in 6-panel digipak, limited to 500 copies.

ETERNAL VALLEY - KINGDOM OF MISERY (CD/NORTHERN SILENCE)

Eternal Valley started off with a traditional black metal sound and eventually evolved into an atmospheric, emotionally driven sound, also incorporating elements of hardcore, doom metal and shoegaze. Eternal Valley's songs feature massive drums under a wave of dark synth, buried in a wall of heavy distortion, then layered with an array of deafening vocals. 'Kingdom Of Misery' is a reflection of the world we live in today. A world drowning in fear, agony, suffering and decay. A society imprisoned by the deception of their own minds.

OLD WIZARD - OLD WIZARD I & II (2CD) (CD/NORTHERN SILENCE)

This is the story of the long journey of Zalberk, the Old Wizard, through enchanted landscapes, meeting magical creatures and dark presences, in search of the way to the stars. The 2CD comes as collectors edition in 6-panel digipak, limited to 300 copies.

RUADH - ETERNAL (CD/NORTHERN SILENCE)

'Eternal' is the third album from Scottish Celtic metal project Ruadh. This album was designed to be Tom's version of the 'Four Seasons' by Antonio Vivaldi but focusing on the celebrations that mark the turning of the wheel of the year and their Pagan origins. It pays tribute to the timeless traditions that have survived however changed by modern times and is designed to celebrate our roots in these customs. The CD comes as collector's edition in 4-panel digipak with 8-page booklet, limited to 1000 copies.

 

JAZZ/AVANTGARDE

MOFAYA! - LIKE ONE LONG DREAM (LP/TROST)

A powerful collision of musical personalities - American saxophonist (and Dutch resident) John Dikeman invited avantgarde trumpeter Jaimie Branch, bassist Luke Stewart (Irreversible Entanglements) and drummer Aleksandar Skoric to form a new band project! This quartet presents its own definition of contemporary improvised jazz - with no distinct leader and with tight and supportive interplay, they demonstrate the independent musical voice of each own.

SHEPP, ARCHIE - LIVE IN PARIS (1974) (LP/TRANSVERSALES DISQUES)

'Live In Paris (1974)' from Archie Shepp ia a never released before ORTF recording performed live at Studio 104, Maison de la Radio (Paris), remastered from the original tapes. The recordings feature Noël McGhie on drums, Bob Reid on bass, Pablo Kino on percussion and Siegfried Kessler on piano.

 

REGGAE/DUB/SKA/ROCKSTEADY

MARLEY, BOB -& THE WAILERS- - REBEL'S HOP: AN EARLY 70'S RETROSPECTIVE (2LP) (LP/RADIATION ROOTS)

Bob Marley & The Wailers are the most legendary figures to emerge from Jamaican popular music, a trio of icons that brough reggae to the broader public consciousness and helped the Rastafari faith to spread outside of their native island. Robert Nesta Marley, Peter McIntosh, and Neville O'Riley Livingston, AKA Bunny Wailer, are responsible for the understanding of reggae music itself, as well as the now-global movement of Rastafari consciousness and the general popular culture of Jamaica in a way unlike that of any of their peers. This retrospective on their '70s production, packed in a collectable double-vinyl set, provide a tantalizing glimpse of the international stardom that would soon be achieved by the group, charting some particularly fertile and evolutionary phases of their formative years. Comes with extensive liner notes by David Katz. SIDE 1: 1. Mellow Mood 2. There She Goes 3. Hammer 4. Touch Me 5. Treat You Right 6. How Many Times SIDE 2: 1. Soul Shakedown Party 2. Caution 3. Soul Captives 4. Soon Come 5. Stop The Train 6. Do It Twice SIDE 3: 1. My Cup 2. Soul Rebel 3. 400 Years 4. Corner Stone 5. Brain Washing 6. Rebel's Hop SIDE 4: 1. Mr Brown 2. Sun Is Shining 3. Kaya 4. African Herbman 5. Put It On 6. Trench Town Rock

 

SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/R&B/GOSPEL

DEROBERT & THE HALF-TRUTHS - (BLACK) 100 YARD DASH/IT'S ALL THE TIME (7"/G.E.D. SOUL)

A piece of hard soul in '100 Yard Dash', clocking in at 135 bpm and a song about losing a battle with inner demons. 'It's All The Time' is a fast stepping shuffle about life's never ending trials and tribulations.

MANZANITA Y SU CONJUNTO - TRUJILLO, PERU 1971-1974 (LP/ANALOG AFRICA)

Following Analog Africa's '70s Peruvian cumbia compilation by Ranil, they decided to return to Latin America to highlight the work of one of Perú's undisputed masters of the electric guitar: Manzanita. This 13th release in the 'Limited Dance Edition Series' includes 14 mostly instrumental compositions of electrifying Peruvian cumbia and guaracha. Manzanita's unique guitar lines rest on confident foundations that shifts gears effortlessly. Comes as a single LP pressed on 180g high quality virgin vinyl with a gatefold cover containing liner notes and historical pictures.

 

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

ITALOCONNECTION - MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS, VOL.1 (LP/BORDELLO A PARIGI)

Italoconnection is back with their album 'Midnight Confessions Vol. 1.' The team arrive with eight tracks that shimmer with sunny synths and love-filled lyrics. the album features guest appearances by Tobias Bernstrup, Etienne Daho, Carino Cat and Francesca Diprima. All together it is a collection of bold brilliance and synthesizer subtilty.

 

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