SPOTLIGHT 29

26/07/2021 10:38

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

FACTORY - TRY A LITTLE SUNSHINE (7"/SOLUTION)

Monster 1968 UK psych release and the second by this great band on Solution. Bit ambiguous as to who actually appears on the single, but there is no denying how perfectly the writers and production team came up with a great idea of late '68 psychedelic pop. Written by John Pantry, a member of the IBC Studio's team and who didn't appear on the 'Path Through The Forest' single, he also took over vocals on the new song. How much say the original members had on this, who knows, but it is a wonderful piece of music. Fully licensed as always, Solution Records are proud to release a second 45 by The Factory. Yellow/black splattered vinyl, 300 copies.

MAAT LANDER - ELEMENTS: AIR (LP/CLOSTRIDIUM)

"With our new release 'Elements: Air', we open a series of albums dedicated to the elements that everything is made up of. They will be united by a common character - our hero Maat Lander. In the books that will be attached to the releases, that will accompany the albums you can learn his amazing story from the beginning. So let the journey through the Maat Lander galaxy continue!". Maat Lander is Ilya Lipkin (The Re-Stoned), Ark Fedotov (Vespero) and Ivan Fedotov (Vespero). Limited to 210 copies on black vinyl. Comes with 16 page A5 booklet and download code.

PUGWASH - (BLACK) ELEVEN MODERN ANTIQUITIES (LP/SUGARBUSH)

'Eleven Modern Antiquities' is a perfect power pop album, with a dazzling array of guest musicians, including Andy Partridge and Dave Gregory of XTC (Andy co-writes two tracks with leader Thomas Walsh), Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy, Michael Penn, Jason Falkner, The Section Quartet and Nelson Bragg of The Brian Wilson Band. The result is an amazingly awesome pop sound and best described by reviewer Alan Haber, "Walsh is a pop pundit who fuels his ideas with his deep-seated love of the pop form, whose admiration of the classic pop sound brought forth by bands like the Move and the Electric Light Orchestra and XTC knows no bounds..." (Powerpopaholic review). Limited to 250 copies on black vinyl.

STONEWALL NOISE ORCHESTRA - VOL. 1 (BLACK) (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

Reissue of the legendary debut album of the Swedish stoner rockers Stonewall Noise Orchestra, originally released via Daredevil Records in 2005. Featuring ex-members from Demon Cleaner and Greenleaf! This is a stoner rock masterpiece picked with some Black Sabbath and Hawkwind fragments! If you like it slow, heavy and straight in your face you can't miss this one.

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

OMEGA FOUR/SOUNDS INCARCERATED - ARE YOU BEING SERVED?/WHAT DO I GET? (7"/HEAVY SOUL)

Two of the problems of modern society answered by two of the genuine legends of the mod/garage/psyche etc. genres. Sounds Incarcerated is a side project by Allan Crockford and Viv Bonsells (Prisoners/Solarflares/Goodchilde/JTQ/Galileo 7) set up during lockdown where under this guise the talented duo created a whole album of cover versions of their favourite songs. The Buzzcocks classic gets that treatment here. The Omega Four feature Rod Spark of Second Generation, Shadowland, Groove Tunnel fame with a Hammond stab at that '70s comedy classic theme tune. Pressed on one side, this originally came out as part of a Heavy Soul modzine bundle (issue 54).

SHA LA LA'S - ALWAYS THE HEARTACHE (7"/DETOUR)

Detour releases The Sha La La's limited 7" 'Always The Heartache', combined with 'Carpenter Of Love' and 'Straighten Up'. Darron Robinson's heartfelt lyrics are sung with purpose and power, guided by a soulful Hammond organ and capturing the very essence of London's Mod 'n' Soul outfit.

AINTS! - LIVE AT MARRICKVILLE BOWLO (LP/FATAL)

On April 27th, 2018 two days before the recording of their debut LP 'The Church of Simultaneous Existence', Ed Kuepper & The Aints! played the unrecorded album in its entirety to a full house at Sydney's Marrickville Bowls Club aka The Bowlo. Recorded for prosperity by super-Kuepper fans Moshcam the outstanding results are now available - albeit in limited vinyl quantities - for everyone else to hear. The Aints! had formed initially to celebrate the 40th anniversary of '(I'm) Stranded', Kuepper's first release and the debut album by The Saints, the band he had co-founded in 1973 and who courted international acclaim and infamy for their trio of classic and influential albums including '(I'm) Stranded' plus 'Eternally Yours' and 'Prehistoric Sounds' before the usual "musical differences' reared it's ugly head forcing the band to split late in 1978.

AQUA BARONS - EXTREME GUITAR CONDITIONS (LP/GET THAT BEAT)

The Aqua Barons were formed in January 2010 in Lechaion, Corinth by the two brothers Petros and Philippos Sotiropoulos, they really dig vintage gear and were influenced by traditional So-Cal surf music, with guitars soaked in reverb and fuzz, and by the lyricism of the European instro bands from the '60s as well. Their second full-length 'Extreme Guitar Conditions' consists of 10 brilliant tracks! A must have for the reverb-heads, an instro-blast for any rock'n'roll fan out there!

MINDREADERS - CONTINUATION (LP/SPINOUT NUGGETS)

The Mindreaders are Richard Ipaint on vocals and drums, Sexton Ming on vocals, sfx and guitar, and Russ Wilkins on vocals and guitar, with all three on songwriting duty too. Fans of The Pop Rivets, The Milkshakes, The Natural Born Lovers, Rocking Richard, The Delmonas, Auntie Vegetable, The Wildebeests and more will know all about them.

SABOR, JAROMIL - MOUNT VISION (LP/HOWLIN' BANANA)

Active for almost ten years and over five albums released, Jaromil Sabor has been exploring various forms of pop music, from twee pop to 90's indie pop, garage rock and orchestral pop. This sixth album 'Mount Vision' synthesizes his influences in an ambitious collection of well-crafted pop songs, written and recorded by himself.

WOMEN OF THE NIGHT - SUB ROSA (LP/HEAVY SOUL)

From New York City comes this stunning collection of songs on a debut album by WOmen Of The Night. Formed by two individuals Kyubae Lee (drums) and Jordan d'Arsie (guitar/vox), they have produced together a dirty rock punk set, without forgetting to be accessible to all with a sense of musical adventure, sometimes touching on psychedelic. Recorded at NY HED studios, which encompasses everything about New York underground cool. A city whose musical history, and inspiration for WOTN, has produced, Lou Reed to Patti Smith, Television and The Strokes. Sounds you will hear coming you're your speakers. The ferocious irony of 'Money', the dazzling pop of 'Lonesome Love', the garage sound of 'Dark Horsey', this is NYC in 2021 in your living room!

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

KUEPPER, ED - SINGLES '86-'96 (2LP) (LP/PRINCE MELON)

The Saints' Ed Kuepper's first ever collection of 45s - RPM if you will - although CD singles are also included. From the spaghetti-western influenced opener of cult-fave 'Also Sprach The King Of Euro-Disco' ('86) through the baroque overtones of penultimate track 'All Of These Things' ('96) - an overlooked classic in anyone's language - via the coulda-been should-been of the much covered (and much coveted) 'The Way I Made You Feel' ('92) these tracks and the other 17 collected here point to Kuepper's seemingly effortless ability to roll out classic after classic during a decade that was arguably his most prolific. Interestingly, Kuepper, normally comfortable in his non-conformity, gave the green light for this collection to be sequenced chronologically, a first for the legendary baird. But what does Sir Ed make of this clearly commercial manoeuvre? "I didn't mind it one bit... in fact I quite like it" he says, from the comfort of his Oxley bunker. No exclamation mark though. He's not that excited.

LAUGHING CLOWNS - GOLDEN DAYS - WHEN GIANTS WALKED THE EARTH (LP/PRINCE MELON)

Following the demise in 1978 of the original line-up of The Saints, guitarist Ed Kuepper returned to Australia and teamed up with his schoolyard chum and former Saints drummer, Jeffrey Wegener, embarking upon his most ambitious project to date, the Laughing Clowns. Taking inspiration from such disparate genres as free-jazz, bluegrass and krautrock the Laughing Clowns would polarise opinion in much the same manner as John Lydon did with his post-Sex Pistols outfit PiL. In reality, though, the Laughing Clowns were the logical extension of The Saints continuing the musical themes already explored on The Saints second and in particular, third album, 'Prehistoric Sounds'. 'Golden Days...' is an entry-level collection of Laughing Clowns material - curated by Kuepper - and spanning the band's entire time frame of 1979-1984 (as long as The Saints themselves). The classic 'Eternally Yours' is included here as are the equally as worthy 'Everything That Flies', 'Holy Joe' and more.

LILYWHITE - PALE FACE (LP/MINSTREL MUSIC)

On his debut album 'Pale Face', Dennes Frikken, who performs under the name Lilywhite, goes back to his past in which he had to deal with a traumatic event. In his spare time he wrote countless songs about love, life and loss. This music is the result of that personal journey through his life in Dutch rural area. 'Pale Face' has become an intense, probing and compelling record with 14 personal songs. The listener is taken on a journey that starts with the easy sound of 'Alone' and it ends with epic songs 'The End', 'Off' and 'Pale Face'. Lilywhite is musically inspired on one hand by the music of Radiohead, Interpol and Pearl Jam. Maybe in this case even more by the intimate poetic and humble songs of Nick Drake, Keaton Henson or Other Lives. Indie rock music with guitars, mellotron and drum grooves interspersed with beautiful piano and strings. Dennes is joined on his album by several well-known musicians like Bauke Bakker (Bertolf/Her Majesty) and Vincent Hilberdink (The Horse Company). Produced, mixed and mastered by Matthijs Herder (The Horse Company/Black Atlantic/Paradise Lost), recorded at the attic, Electric Lab Studio, studio from Her Majesty and Odeon Theatre in Zwolle.

SYD MATTERS - A WHISPER AND A SIGH (LP/THIRD SIDE)

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Third Side presents a reissue on vinyl of 'A Whisper And A Sigh' from Syd Matters, the French band formed by Jonathan Morali. Originally released in 2003, his debut album received critically acclaim through epic yet intimate songs and Jonathan's voice, which fit in his delicate songwriting. the album has been remastered and comes with a printed inner sleeve, 4-page booklet and poster.

SYD MATTERS - SOMEDAY WE WILL FORESEE OBSTACLES (LP/THIRD SIDE)

Third Side Records presents a reissue on vinyl of 'Someday We Will Foresee Obstacles' by Syd Matters. Originally released in 2005, this album has been remastered, comes with printed inner sleeve, 4-page booklet and poster.

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

DISCHARGE - HEAR NOTHING, SEE NOTHING, SAY NOTHING (CASS/RADIATION)

Fully licensed, limited cassette version for this absolute punk classic!

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

KHAOS ON GAIA - THE CAGE (CD/HAU RUCK!)

Kháos on Gaïa is a French duo formed in 2019, a chimerical entity with trip-hop colors and dark folk sounds, which invite us to dive into the heart of our shadows. It's a story of a synergistic confluence between Torhia, her bewitching voice carried by her shamanic drum, and Jbaâl with his raw energy and magnetic machines.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

KEHLVIN - HOLISTIC DREAMS (LP/DIVISION)

After 6 years of discographic and scenic silence, Kehlvin is back with 'Holistic Dreams', an album that continues to dig this unique and tortuous groove which has made the band's reputation. If post-metal accents continue to protrude in the music, it is rather this hardcore metal with noise and progressive influences that continues to develop itself through these 7 surprising and fascinating compositions. The band oscillates between reinstated violence, pure explosion of rage and complex passages where the underneath melodies intermingle to give birth to real sonic cathedrals. This album, which is both intrinsically coherent and utterly varied, proves that the band has lost none of its verve and powerful personality. And if everything here brings us back to what has always made the Kehlvin sound, we note however a strong & asserted evolution which displays a beautiful maturity. For fans of Mastodon, Kylesa, Coalesce, Botch, Neurosis, Breach, Unsane.

 

BLUES/COUNTRY/OLDIES

COFFINSHAKERS - THE COFFINSHAKERS (LP/SVART)

Svart Records presents the vinyl reissue of 'The Coffinshakers' from 2007, which comes with original artwork.

COFFINSHAKERS - WE ARE THE UNDEAD (LP/SVART)

Formed in 1995 in Karlstad, Sweden, these graveyard country pioneers have been steadily releasing records. The Coffinshakers successfully merged the imagery of German expressionist cinema with traditional country sounds of Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash, occasionally flirting with Ennio Morricone-style melodies and the '60s surf-garage sounds of The Ventures. Svart Records presents the vinyl reissue of 'We Are The Undead' from 1998, which comes with original artwork.

 

JAZZ/AVANTGARDE

BRANDAO FEAT. SUN RA ARKESTRA - OUTROS ESPACO (BLACK) (LP/COMETS COMING)

Rodrigo Brandao's 'Outros Espaço' was recorded in Sao Paulo in late 2019 with a luxury crew: Tulipa Ruiz and Juçara Marçal added to the microphone, Thiago França played flute and alto and tenor saxophones, Guilherme Granado dealt with the synthesizers and effects, Marcos Gerez measured the overall pulse with his electric bass, Thomas Rohrer played soprano and 'rabeca' (fiddle), and Paulo Santos dealt with the percussion. In addition to the base band, the album also features some members of Sun Ra Arkestra's current incarnation. Respectively: Danny Thompson (RIP) on baritone and bongo, Elson Nascimento on 'surdo' (tom drum), Knoel Scott on tenor and soprano, with the giant Marshall Allen in a prominent role leading the collective towards the unknown, while playing the alto sax and synthesizer.

 

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

FKJ - TAKE OFF (12"/ROCHE MUSIQUE)

Repress of their 2014 EP, with guest appearances by Madelyn Grant, Damon Treitt and Jordan Rakei.

FKJ - TIME FOR A CHANGE (12"/ROCHE MUSIQUE)

Available again. Four-track debut EP from 2013.

OKVSHO - ORANGE WINE EP (LP/HIP DOZER)

With the release of their 'Traphouse Jazz' EP in 2018, the Swiss duo Okvsho gained attention from press and public. Their music is mostly inspired by the vibrant UK jazz scene and their origins in creating beats and house/electronic music. Their background in Brazilian and Balkan music came to light on their debut album 'Kamala's Danz', released in 2020. This 'Orange Wine' EP is a 7-track follow-up.

BLACK LIGHT ASCENSION - FLESH GHOSTS (CD/HAU RUCK!)

The fourth album from Black Light Ascension explores new territories of nihilist synth pop and post punk industrial rhythm and that fragile yet vicious guitar. 11 tracks of moody, magnificent, moving music full of light and shade, harsh truths and dark humour. Stunning artwork by Esmeralda Munoz-Torrero captures the past future aesthetic beautifully. One for dancehalls in bunkers, long journeys through nature clawing through machines, for romantics unbowed and unbroken by the random cruelties of existence.

 

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

VARIOUS - CAMEROON GARAGE FUNK (2LP) (LP/ANALOG AFRICA)

Yaoundé in the 1970's was a buzzing place. Every neighbourhood of Cameroon's capital, no matter how dodgy, was filled with music spots but surprisingly there were no infrastructure to immortalise those musical riches. The country suffered from a serious lack of proper recording facilities, and the process of committing your song to tape could become a whole adventure unto itself. Of course, you could always book the national broadcasting company together with a sound engineer, but this was hardly an option for underground artists with no cash. But luckily an alternative option emerged in form of an adventist church with some good recording equipment and many of the artists on this compilation recorded their first few songs, secretly, in these premises thanks to Monsieur Awono, the church engineer. He knew the schedule of the priests and, in exchange for some cash, he would arrange recording sessions. The artists still had to bring their own equipment, and since there was only one microphone, the amps and instruments had to be positioned perfectly. It was a risky business for everyone involved but since they knew they were making history, it was all worth it. At the end of the recording, the master reel would be handed to whoever had paid for the session, usually the artist himself... and what happened next? With no distribution nor recording companies around this was a legitimate question. More often then not it was the French label Sonafric that would offer their manufacturing and distribution structure and many Cameroonian artist used that platform to kickstart their career. What is particularly surprising in the case of Sonafric was their willingness to take chances and judge music solely on their merit rather than their commercial viability. The sheer amount of seriously crazy music released also spoke volumes about the openness of the people behind the label. But who exactly are these artists that recorded one or two songs before disappearing, never to be heard from again? Some of the names were so obscure that even the most seasoned veterans of the Cameroonian music scene had never heard of them. A few trips to the land of Makossa and many more hours of interviews were necessary to get enough insight to assemble the puzzle-pieces of Yaoundé's buzzing 1970s music scene. We learned that despite the myriad difficulties involved in the simple process of making and releasing a record, the musicians of Yaoundé's underground music scene left behind an extraordinary legacy of raw grooves and magnificent tunes. The songs may have been recorded in a church, with a single microphone in the span of only an hour or two, but the fact that we still pay attention to these great creations some 50 years later, only illustrates the timelessness of their music. The double LP pressed on 140g virgin vinyl comes with a full color 12-pages booklet TRACKS: 01. Jean-Pierre Djeukam - Africa Iyo 02. Joseph kamga - Sie Tcheu 03. Los Camaroes - Ma Wde Wa 04. Los Camaroes - Esele Mulema Moam 05. Ndenga Andre Destin et Les Golden Sounds - Yondja 06. Damas Swing Orchestra - Odylife 07. Charles Lembe et Son Orchestra - Quiero Wapatcha 08. Louis Wasson et L'Orchestre Kandem Irenée - Song Of Love 09. Pierre Didy Tchakounte et les Tulipes Noires - Monde Moderne 10. Tsanga Dieudonne - Les Souffrances 11. Willie Songue et Les Showmen - Moni Ngan 12. Johnny Black et Les Jokers - Mayi Bo Ya? 13. Pierre Didy Tchakounte - Ma Fou Fou 14. Lucas Tala - Woman Be Fire 15. Ndenga Andre Destin et Les Golden Sounds - Ngamba 16. Mballa Bony - Mezik Me Mema

 

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