SPOTLIGHT 24

22/06/2021 08:18

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

DUNBARROW - DUNBARROW III (BLACK) (LP/BLUES FOR THE RED SUN)

Norwegian proto-doom/stoner band ready with their third album. Listening like a discovered mysterious half-century old recording tucked away in a decrepit abandoned mansion. Much like the eponymous debut of Black Sabbath, the band uses subtle sound effects to dramatically set the scene for its mostly clean tones and masterful use of open space for which the band has become known.

MYRRORS - INVOCACIONES: SINGLES AND STRAYS (2014-2016) (LP/CARDINAL FUZZ)

A dip into the archives with these shamans from Tucson, Arizona. 'Invocaciones' is a compilation of tracks previously available via the mediums of splits/lathes/cassettes and digital download, now all gathered together on this release with the added bonus of an extra 3 minutes added to a now extended 'Eyes Of Copper' and 'Semillas Sembrades' no longer split over two sides of a 7". Presented in a laminated silver mirri board outer sleeve that best reflects the artwork of Claira Safi.

OLD MILL FREE ENSEMBLE - MOMENTS (LP/SUNHAIR)

Floating and grooving instrumental psychedelic space rock featuring members of Red Sun, Da Captain Trips, La Morte Viene Dallo Spazio, Ax & Sunhair and Space Invaders.

UPUPAYAMA - UPUPAYAMA (LP/CARDINAL FUZZ)

Upupayama is the musical persona of Alessio Ferrari, an Italian multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who lives in a small mountain village above the city of Parma. Upupayama's music is rooted strongly in Eastern and Western folk traditions, an approach that Ferrari blends with his own modern sensibilities and style. In addition to playing guitar, bass, keyboards, and drums on the album, Ferrari himself also incorporates a number of other instruments into his sound, including sitar, erhu, transverse and wooden flutes, and a variety of percussion instruments. He is also responsible for all of the recording that went into the project. Ferrari is currently in the process of putting together a group of musicians that will help deliver his vision of Upupayama to a live setting. Informed by the wonders of nature that surround him high in the northern Apennine mountains, Ferrari's songwriting possesses a mystical quality, one that reflects the fantastical and surreal, yet simple, elements of the natural world. His use of imagery is strong and is communicated vividly through his music. This is especially clear in 'The Blue Magician's Fantasy' and 'Hello Green Man, I Am A Tiger,' a song in which he sings with his own invented language. True to the sense of magical realism his songs evoke, Ferrari is quick to point out that even the very concept of Upupayama, which means mountain hoopoe, "is surreal because the hoopoe is not a mountain bird." As he puts it, "I like the fact that a mountain hoopoe and an invented language can live in an imaginative world." That imaginative world is the five songs in front of you right now. Comparisons to Kikagaku Moyo are understandably easy to make, but it should be noted that Alessio Ferrari is drawing from the same waters as many of his contemporaries, including his Japanese counterparts. These influences are wide and varied, ranging from the folk leanings of Fairport Convention and Popol Vuh to the rich creativity of Italian library music to the long-form jamming styles of Träd, Gräs och Stenar and the Grateful Dead.

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

DEFIANT ONES - SAVAGE SONGS FROM THE TEEN-AGE JUNGLE (LP/TRASH WAX)

The Defiant Ones, from Folkestone UK, including 3 former members of The King Normals deliver a cracker of an album. 12 rockin' tracks that sound as if they were recorded back around 80-82, classic 'old school' neo-rockabilly. Think Levi Dexter, The Deltas, Ricochets mixed with a healthy dose of Charlie Feathers and you get the picture. A joint release/co-production with Beast Records of Rennes, France. Limited to 400 copies.

MONTESAS - MIDNIGHT BEAT (LP/TRASH WAX)

The fabulously talented Marcel Bontempi with his band The Montesas. 'Midnight Beat' was originally released in 2003 to much acclaim then, today it's a much sought after Bontempi release. 17 tracks of their signature sound mixing rockabilly with '60s punk and beat and finishing it off with a healthy dose of style... Timeless classic. The artwork, needless to say is by Marcel Bontempi and is a great example of his earlier design work, in more recent times his art has become as collectable as his music. Will sell out rather quickly. Limited to just 400 copies.

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

DOPE CALYPSO - TEARS TO FRESHWATER (LP/DRAZE)

The Budapest-based boys have developed from garage punk, grunge, '60s pop and '80s synthpop to pretty much every rock-related genre (reminiscing of The Damned's unconstrained evolution from glam rock to post punk and new wave) delivering a perfect trash-the-rules-and-party energy. Most tracks are two-minute long, filled with crazy stories and absurd lyrics. Obscurity and fun become a weapon in Dope Calypso's hands. Through their previous albums 'Mau Mau' (2016) and 'Chaka Chaka' (2017), to 'Tears To Freshwater' (2021) they never cease to amaze and thus they became a favourite act at festivals such as Eurosonic Noorderslag and Primavera Sound. Most importantly, they show us all how entertaining it is when you refuse to take yourself seriously. Limited to 117 copies on gold vinyl.

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

REAKSI - ESOK HARI KEPUNYAAN KITA (7"/LA VIDA ES UN MUS)

Reaksi from Melbourne Australia are three immigrant punks from Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. The band delivers direct, hard and pungent lyrical protest in their native language Bahasa. The songs attack political issues that every Asian punk knows too well, the rights of and the struggles of immigrants, police brutality and songs of struggle and freedom that is highly relevant to the Myanmar's people current uprising against military coup junta. 'Esok Hari Kepunyaan Kita' translated 'Tomorrow Belongs To Us' was recorded in 2020 during harsh COVID lockdowns in Melbourne, this debut five track E.P combines the solid attack of UK82 of The Partisans, Chaos UK, the anthemic Oi! sound of The 4 Skins, Blitz and also drawing influence from traditional archipelagic hymns. Featuring members of Enzyme, Kromosom, Pisschrist and Intrusion. At first listen/ glance, the sound production and art of this record could easily be mistaken as a record off the NO FUTURE catalogue

TAQBIR - VICTORY BELONGS TO THOSE WHO FIGHT FOR A RIGHT CAUSE (7"/LA VIDA ES UN MUS)

February 21st saw the digital release of Taqbir's first outing. Released via Bandcamp and YouTube this enigmatic recording turned many heads and got many people speculating about this absolute rager of Moroccan origin. Four months later the physical version of this recording sees the light. Simply put, it was just too good to be a digital only endeavour. The four tracks of 'Victory Belongs To Those Who Fight For A Right Cause' are four short vomits of anti-religious sentiment made music. Sang in Moroccan Arabic Taqbir's lyrics are irreverent, careless outburst of anger towards an extremely patriarchal oppressive place. Musically Taqbir walks a thin line joining some of our favourite qualities in punk music. The aggression of fuckwave originators Diskolokost, the nastiness of The Comes vocalist' Chitose and the raw reverb-drenched heavily-distorted non-production of The Sexual or Destino Final. An amazing example of primative world musik and hopefully part of a new wave of Taqwacore bands. The record comes with a double side A4 poster with lyrics and band's graphic.

NEOS - THREE TEENS HELLBENT ON SPEED (1979-1983) (LP/SUPREME ECHO)

Short sonic blasts of teen angst at breakneck velocity - Canada's Neos, from Victoria, BC, were pioneers of hyper-speed-punk at the dawn of hardcore. With profound lyrics, humour, bizarre arrangements, and general insanity, Neos inspired thrash metal, grindcore, noisecore, and hardcore punk itself. The complete Neos collection (1981-83) includes both rare EPs, outtakes, demos, and live cuts: 51 songs in 48 minutes from original sources, meticulously remastered. Includes 24 page booklet with 22,000-word bio by Steve Bailey (guitar/vocals) + lyrics, 75+ photos, posters, art and more. 1100 copies on opaque bright orange vinyl. "Possibly the fastest thrash garage punk ever recorded" - Jeff Bale, MRR #1, 1982

TOXIC WASTE - BELFAST (LP/SEALED)

This compilation of the Belfast-based anarcho punks was originally released in 1987 and has been out of print for 30 years. It's a compilation of - at the time - previously released tracks and newly recorded versions of old tracks with Dino and Gary from D.I.R.T. doing the female vocal parts and guitars. Now 'Belfast' sees its welcome reissue on vinyl.

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

DET KATTERSKA FORBUND - LIDAVERKEN DEL I: ATT I VADELD FORGAS (LP/COLD SPRING)

Det Kätterska Förbund, consisting of the two giants dominating the death industrial world - Thomas Ekelund (Trepaneringsritualen, Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words) + Henrik Nordvargr Björkk (MZ.412, Pouppée Fabrikk, Folkstorm etc) - has been slowly and methodically working for almost 5 years to finish the first album of this double-headed abomination. Patience richly rewarded. You can instantly feel the presence of lurking unease as the album slowly opens up a distorted world of familiar sounds and voices, but there is something special about these recordings; the menacing aura that has been created adds new elements to the otherwise rigid tropes of the genre. Punishingly heavy rhythmic tracks, with savage incantations from both Thomas and Nordvargr, gratifyingly familiar to fans of the artists' main projects, are flanked by these death-scarred lamentations.

HARRIS, MICK -& MARTYN BATES- - MURDER BALLADS [DRIFT] (2LP) (LP/SUB ROSA)

Post-isolationist, deep ambiance and folk songs. This is the first vinyl outing of the classic 'Murder Ballads [Drift]' by M.J. Harris (Napalm Death, Lull, Painkiller, Scorn) and Martyn Bates (Eyeless In Gaza). Comes on marbled vinyl in textured sleeve.

OPENING PERFORMANCE ORCHESTRA - PLAYS PHILL NIBLOCK: FOUR WALLS FULL OF SOUND (CD/SUB ROSA)

'Four Walls Full Of Sound' is an electronic interpretation of the works of Phill Niblock by the Prague-based group Opening Performance Orchestra. This studio version, recorded at the re-set studio, was preceded by a live performance at the 2017 Ostrava Days Festival of New and Experimental Music. The cover was designed by Jaroslav Buzek and the booklet includes essays by Kurt Gottschalk and Petr Ferenc. Sound designer Stephan Mathieu took part in shaping the resultant sound of the recording.

 

JAZZ/AVANTGARDE

XT - DEORLAF X (LP/OTOROKU)

Saxophone player Seymour Wright and percussionist Paul Abbott step forward with an album that re-animates free improvisation with a Chicago house palette. 'Deorlaf X' is made up of frenetic slabs of mutated multiphonics and triggered percussion, suspended in bouts of possessed reflexive quiet. Where the duo' s 2019 release 'Palina'tufa' focused primarily on a response to the real (and imagined) landscapes of Hong Kong, 'Deorlaf X' is located in Dalston and specifically at OTO.

EASTMAN, JULIUS - THREE EXTENDED PIECES FOR FOUR PIANOS (2CD) (CD/SUB ROSA)

It is recognized today that these tutelary pieces for four pianos (1979-80) are among the most powerful in contemporary music, their impact is almost unparalleled. After the historical version recorded forty years ago, this one, featuring four of the greatest European performers, is now regaining its full power. High level recordings too. Performed by Melaine Dalibert, Stephane Ginsburgh, Nicols Horvath and Wilhelm Latchoumia.

 

SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/R&B/GOSPEL

VARIOUS - LAST BONGO IN BELGIUM (10") (10"/STOFFIGE VINGER)

The Stoffige Vingers (Dusty Fingers) crew pays tribute to the era of rare groove compilations and breakbeat bootlegs with a cheeky 10" filled with never before reissued tracks from Belgium. Kicking off with 'Freddy's Fever' by The Jumpers; Belgsploitation funk with wah wah guitars and long percussive breakdowns inna blaxploitation style. 'Move On' is funky glamrock with a block party intro that fell between the cracks of history but still holds its own after all those years. Author Adriaan van Landschoot would later write dance music history with Petra & Co's 'Just Let Go'. Closing off with The Spoetniks and the loungy exotica of 'Jungle Sound'. Side B has the mysterious Harlem Highway come up with a high-octane breakdancing track that makes hiphop DJ's want to buy a second copy to cut things up. Brussels based jazzrock band Sunhouse keep a tight groove in check on 'Bombastic Talk' with loads of catchy loops and no wave trumpets. Finally, things get fuzzy when Bobby Setter & His Combo bang out a Hammond-heavy number that walks a fuzzy line between uptempo popcorn and moddy soul. A great moneysaver as some of the original records are hard to find collector's items. SIDE 1: 1. The Jumpers - Freddy's Fever 2. Fill' Mon - Move On 3. The Spoetniks - Jungle Sound SIDE 2: 1. Harlem Highway - Dial My Number 2. Sunhouse - Bombastic Talk 3. Bobby Setter & Co - Free Love

 

SOUNDTRACKS/LOUNGE/CULT ETC

VARIOUS - SEX-O-RAMA! (+CD) (LP/JUKEBOX MUSIC FACTORY)

What a relief to escape the humdrum, to conquer one's ennui, to spice up the too-long evenings stuck at home... Here's a proposition: SEX-O-RAMA!!! Oh la la, such an aptly named compilation! Rascally El Vidocq this time dares to sway outside his comfort zone. Here humanity's oldest obsession is tackled tastefully, with class. The selection is amusing, but ever well-meaning, for these songs are as stimulating to listen to as they are to dance to! Naturally, our intrepid collector had to roam beyond his habitual '50s and '60s, for the real sexual revolution did occur a tad later... A few seductive caresses of varying insistence (Michele Mercier, Geraldine), a few advances "in due and proper form" (naughty Prince Buster!), an eloquent series of moans and groans (Rita, Armando Trovaioli, Noelia Noel), chance encounters (intransigent Jean Yanne)... not to mention a few exquisite parodies (Jacqueline Mayand and Bourvil, as drole as they are tender)... So hesitate no longer! Stop biting your lip! The sap is rising, as they say, so time for a change of ambiance... Time to slip on some SEX-O-RAMA! SIDE 1: 1. Rita - Erotica 2. Françoise - Hum! Hum! Love Is Strange 3. Armando Trovaioli - Sesso Matto 4. Monsieur Goraguer - Sexy Dracula 5. Jacques Frençay & Sonia Reff - Top Secret 6. Geraldine - Les Chattes 7. Jean Yanne - Coït SIDE 2: 1. Prince Buster - Big Five 2. Bourvil & Jacqueline Maillan - Ça (Je T'Aime Moi Non Plus) 3. Philippe Nicaud - C'ex 4. Noelia Noel - Encuentro 5. Jean-Bernard de Libreville - Sex-Phone 6. Michèle Mercier - Six-Huit 7. The Afro Rhythm Group - African Love

 

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