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WEEK STARTING 23 Feb

Genre pick of the week Cover of Split by Carlton Melton & Kandodo 3.

Carlton Melton & Kandodo 3

Split

    Carlton Melton lead the charge with three new tracks, recorded at the Dome with Brian MacDougall taping it down and John McBain mastering it for vinyl perfection. This is the Melton soaring into the stratosphere with their own take on spaced travel via olfactory motion. Many would simply say "psych", we say "SPACE" and "NO frontiers!", fly on brothers.

    Kandodo 3 is the new "nom de plume" for Simon Price's (The Heads) Kandodo project, having roped in fellow Heads' Wayne Maskell (drum patterns and rhythm driving) and Hugo Morgan (bass throb and guidance) to record under the name Kandodo 3. They take up their whole side with one looping soundscape that jitters and skitters into and around patterns of dub and space, this exhilaratating take on an already pre-determined trajectory is as awesome in its scope as it is in its journey, catch a ride! Mastered by Shawn Joseph (Optimum)

    Simon Kandodo Price artwork..... 500 copies only on blue coloured vinyl.

    David Bowie

    Young Americans

      Originally released in the spring of 1975 and taken from the album of the same name, this 2007 Tony Visconti single mix is making its vinyl debut.

      The AA-side, which runs at 33 1/3 r.p.m, It's Gonna Be Me (With Strings) is an alternate version of an outtake from the 1974 Sigma Sound sessions in Philadelphia. It was first released on the Young Americans album special edition in 2007 and is also making it first appearance on vinyl.

      Pascal Comelade & Les Liminanas

      Traite De Guitarres Triolectiques

      After collaborations with Robert Wyatt and PJ Harvey amongst others, multi-instrumentalist Pascal Comelade teams up with Jack White faves Les Liminanas.

      It's been noted that their are traces of Serge Gainsbourg, Beck, Stereolab, Gospel, Yeh-Yeh, guitar fuzz freakouts, and Nugget's-era stompers in the Limiñanas music. All of which may be true, but Limiñanas' sound is irreverent and singular.

      The band’s fusion of traditional French “ye ye” stylings with the cigarette-smoking cool of the New York underground of the late-Sixties has dazzled listeners since it’s inception making the live unit the toast of concert stages worldwide.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Ltd LP Info: Limited LP in gatefold sleeve w/ white inner sleeve + CD included.

      De Los Miedos

      Edits Vol 2

      After servicing my record box wonderfully with their first record Östra Discos return with another batch of killer Turkish edits by ascendant Portuguese producer De Los Miedos. Setting his stall out to explore the groovier end of the Turkish psychedelic spectrum, De La Miedos selects another two cosmic disco bombs ripe for a rework and adds a little exotic spice to your next set. On the A-side, Sebastião Delerue a (as he's known to his mum) takes on Esin Afsar's "Zuhtu", upping the tempo a touch, bolstering the groove with additional percussion and offering a dancefloor friendly arrangement full of hypnotic magic. Driven forward by a snaking desert groove, the track cycles through mind bending riffs from the guitar and moog before letting loose Esin's breathy vocals and taking us into a distant land. On the flip, "Zaid" sees Sebastião turning his attention towards an obscure Turkish jazz-funk cut, which boasts the kind of middle eastern bassline Lindstrom and Prins Thomas dream of. Bright horns, sweeping desert strings, off-beat piano chords and endless solos take your mind off in all directions while that bassline takes care of your feet. Superb stuff, when's volume three out?


      FORMAT INFORMATION

      12" Info: Full picture sleeve!

      Eternal Tapestry

      Wild Strawberries - Bonus Disc Edition

      For a limited period both formats will received a 51 minute bonus CD of previously unreleased material! 'Lolo Pass Drifters' features five tracks and is a proper glass mastered CD.

      Portland, Oregon’s sonic explorers Eternal Tapestry have always had a feeling of interplay between their impressionistic music and the dense forests that surround their hometown but on their newest album, ‘Wild Strawberries’, they take that naturalistic inspiration to a new level.

      The contrast between the openness of the massive Oregon sky and the denseness of the trees is echoed in ‘Wild Strawberries’’ expansive guitar tones and looming organ drones. The album is thick with the lysergic leads that populated their earlier releases but the airiness of the woods has seeped into Nick Bindeman’s guitar playing, refining it and opening it up to new modal possibilities.

      ‘Wild Strawberries’ is the band’s first double album, recorded in a secluded cabin under the shadow of Mount Hood in Zigzag, OR.

      During the recording sessions the Zigzag River flowed nearby and the group spent time between takes learning about the area’s floral make up and relaxing under the stars. This idealistic lifestyle, however temporary, helped to chart the course of the recording process. ‘Wild Strawberries’’ artwork and song titles (named after plants specific to the region) speak to the influence of that environment. The lush atmosphere combined with a week long sequestration from the outside world had a pronounced impact on the music, which unfolds in a panoramic slow burn. ‘Wild Strawberries’ yields vast rewards for those who spend time in its aural forest.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      2xLP Info: Double LP pressed on virgin vinyl and packaged in a gatefold jacket with free download card.

      CD Info: CD version in 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold jacket.

      Led Zeppelin

      Physical Graffiti - Deluxe Remastered Edition

      The Led Zeppelin reissue campaign continues in 2015, turning the spotlight on the double album Physical Graffiti. The deluxe edition of the group’s sixth studio album will arrive 40 years to the day after the original debuted in February, 1975. The reissues of the first five Led Zeppelin albums in 2014 found both commercial successes, with multiple titles reaching Top 10 chart status in countries around the world, as well as widespread critical acclaim, including the recent Classic Rock “Reissue Of The Year” Award.

      As with the previous deluxe editions, Physical Graffiti has been newly remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and is accompanied by a disc of companion audio comprising previously unreleased music related to the original release.

      The companion audio disc that accompanies the deluxe edition of Physical Graffiti has seven unreleased tracks, including rough mixes of “In My Time Of Dying” and “Houses Of The Holy,” as well as an early mix of “Trampled Under Foot” called “Brandy & Coke.” All the unreleased companion tracks offer fans a chance to hear well-known songs from a different perspective, including the Sunset Sound mix of “Boogie With Stu” and “Driving Through Kashmir,” a rough orchestra mix of the band’s eight minute opus “Kashmir.” Also featured is “Everybody Makes It Through,” a strikingly different early version of “In The Light” with alternate lyrics.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Andy says: Mmmm, the deluxe edition features the remastered album on two discs, plus a third disc of unreleased companion audio. The bomb (and an old Shop Favourite). It doesn't get much better than this! Philippa adds: It's got 'Kashmir' on it!

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      3xLtd CD Info: Remastered album on two discs, plus a third disc of unreleased companion audio.

      3xLtd LP Info: Remastered album and unreleased companion audio on 180-gram vinyl.

      Led Zeppelin

      Physical Graffiti - Standard Remastered Edition

        The Led Zeppelin reissue campaign continues in 2015, turning the spotlight on the double album Physical Graffiti. The deluxe edition of the group’s sixth studio album will arrive 40 years to the day after the original debuted in February, 1975. The reissues of the first five Led Zeppelin albums in 2014 found both commercial successes, with multiple titles reaching Top 10 chart status in countries around the world, as well as widespread critical acclaim, including the recent Classic Rock “Reissue Of The Year” Award.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        2xLP Info: Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl, packaged in a sleeve that replicates the LP’s first pressing in exacting detail.

        2xCD Info: Remastered album packaged in a replica of the original LP jacket.

        Led Zeppelin

        Physical Graffiti - Super Deluxe Remastered Box Set Edition

          • Super Deluxe Boxed Set – This collection includes:
          • Remastered double album on CD in vinyl replica sleeve.
          • Companion audio on CD in card wallet featuring new alternate cover art.
          • Remastered double album on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve replicating first pressing.
          • Companion audio on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve with new alternate cover art.
          • High-definition audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit.
          • Hard bound, 96 page book filled with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia.
          • High-quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered.

          The Led Zeppelin reissue campaign continues in 2015, turning the spotlight on the double album Physical Graffiti. The deluxe edition of the group’s sixth studio album will arrive 40 years to the day after the original debuted in February, 1975. The reissues of the first five Led Zeppelin albums in 2014 found both commercial successes, with multiple titles reaching Top 10 chart status in countries around the world, as well as widespread critical acclaim, including the recent Classic Rock “Reissue Of The Year” Award.

          As with the previous deluxe editions, Physical Graffiti has been newly remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and is accompanied by a disc of companion audio comprising previously unreleased music related to the original release.

          The companion audio disc that accompanies the deluxe edition of Physical Graffiti has seven unreleased tracks, including rough mixes of “In My Time Of Dying” and “Houses Of The Holy,” as well as an early mix of “Trampled Under Foot” called “Brandy & Coke.” All the unreleased companion tracks offer fans a chance to hear well-known songs from a different perspective, including the Sunset Sound mix of “Boogie With Stu” and “Driving Through Kashmir,” a rough orchestra mix of the band’s eight minute opus “Kashmir.” Also featured is “Everybody Makes It Through,” a strikingly different early version of “In The Light” with alternate lyrics.

          "...grounded in samba, but with layers of psychedelic rock on top... the original numbers rock the hardest – 5/5." MOJO Magazine

          Rare and highly sought after in its original format, Os Brazoes self-titled album was originally released on RGE Discos in 1969. It is a psychedelic masterpiece that fuses samba, r’n’b and rock ’n’ roll influences using fuzz guitars, synths, percussion, lush vocals and effects.

          Os Brazoes formed in Rio de Janeiro in the late 1960’s. They backed Gal Costa during her Tropicalia period, yet apparently never recorded in the studio with her. Miguel de Deus, the bands front man, recorded the highly sought after ‘Black Soul Brothers’ LP in 1977, which became an important record in the ‘Black Rio’ movement. Mr Bongo released the title track from that LP, on the ‘Brazilian Beats: Brooklyn’ compilation in 2006 and recently as part of their Brazil 45’s re-issue series.

          ‘Os Brazoes’ features covers of Gilberto Gil’s ‘Pega a Voga, Cabeludo’ and Jorge Ben and Toquinho’s ‘Carolina, Carol Bela’.

          The Mr Bongo LP reissue is manufactured in Japan, presented in a super high quality card sleeve with replica original artwork. The CD is presented in a 4-page digi-pack.

          Populäre Mechanik was a post-punk, jazz bastard project created by Wolfgang Seidel, friend and sometime musical partner of Conrad Schnitzler and founder member of Ton Steine Scherben. This collection has been curated by Holger Hiller, best known as vocalist for Palais Schaumburg. Hiller presents tracks from two cassette produc-tions which Seidel released in the early 1980s.

          The booklet features an interview which Hiller conducted with Seidel in which they discussed the function of rock and pop music over the past 45 years.

          All tracks released for the first time on CD and vinyl.

          The Bristol-based four-piece are the loudest, most abrasive band on Sonic Cathedral to date, and one who make a mockery of those articles that crop up every now and again asking if guitar music is dead. “If guitars are supposed to be dead,” wrote Drowned In Sound in their review of 2013’s ‘Hunge r’ EP, “it’s probably because Spectres have killed them.”

          They certainly find influences in all the best places: first album My Bloody Valentine, ‘Sister’-era Sonic Youth, the Loop of ‘Heaven’s End’, Swervedriver’s Creation-days desert-gaze, A Place To Bury Strangers’ total sonic annihilation and Royal Trux’s squalid noise on ‘Twin Infinitives’ to name just a few. The album opens with the ominous and unsettling white noise and dark found sounds of ‘Drag’ and is unrelenting for the next 50 minutes, taking in first single ‘Where Flies Sleep’, a re-recorded version of ‘The Sky Of All Places’, originally released early in 2014 as part of the Too Pure Singles Club, and ‘Sea Of Trees’, which was given away as a free download to attendees of Sonic Cathedral’s recent 10th anniversary show at the 100 Club in London.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          Ltd LP Info: Smokey grey coloured vinyl house in a gatefold sleeve with download code.

          We The People / American Zoo

          Visions Of Time: Complete Recordings

            We present the amazing story of We The People, a 60s teen band from L.A (not to be confused with the other band with the same name from Florida) who created an amazing blend of garage, folk-rock & psychedelic sounds.

            Between 1967 and 1968, the band, comprised of four young kids, recorded a few 45s for the Reena label, two of them released under the American Zoo name. Despite their young age, the band members were accomplished musicians / songwriters. They debuted in 1967 with “Feelings of my emptiness” / “For no one to see”, two amazing pieces of moody garage with superb vocal harmonies and arrangements. Their second 45, “Back Street Thoughts” / “Who Am I?” offered two pieces of introspective psychedelia with some over the top tape/echo effects courtesy of Dal Kacher, a session guitar player and sound engineer who had been part of early Mothers Of Invention. “Who Am I?” was included decades later in “Diminishing Returns”, a famous psych mix by DJ Shadow.

            In 1968, the group released their third 45, this time under the American Zoo name: “Mr. Brotherhood” / “Magdalena” were another two examples of outstanding garage-psychedelia. A second pressing of the 45 was released featuring a new mix of “Mr. Brotherhood” losing one minute but incorporating some wild electronic effects. In the 1980’s, the song was included on such legendary compilations as “High All The Time” and “Psychedelic Unknowns”.

            That same year, American Zoo released their last 45: “What Am I?” was a reworking of “Who Am I?” with a more psychedelic production by Del Kacher. It was backed with the earlier recording of “Back Street Thoughts.

            So, the story of four young kids playing and recording top-notch garage-psychedelia is in itself amazing…but even more amazing is what happened later to some of the We The People / American Zoo members: Guitar player Bill Bottrell became a Grammy award producer, working with Michael Jackson, Madonna and George Harrison among others. Drummer Jason “Jasun” Martz toured with Frank Zappa and recorded with Michael Jackson. Today, he’s a well-known avant-garde artist and sculptor. Steve Zaillian, the first We The People drummer, became an Academy Award winning director, producer and screenwriter (“Schindler’s List” and “Hannibal” among others).

            This collection includes all the We The People / American Zoo 45 sides plus two previously unreleased tracks from 1967, taken from the only surviving copy of the band’s 10” demo acetate.

            Carefully remastered sound. Insert / booklet with rare photos and detailed liner notes by Gray Newell (Shindig!, Ugly Things).

            Tom Zé is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, innovator and composer who was hugely influential in the Tropicália movement of 1960s Brazil. Zé is often thought of as Brazil’s answer to Zappa or Captain Beefheart; a true innovator and a true artist.

            Mr Bongo re-issued Zé’s debut record ‘Grande Liquidicao’ originally released in 1968. This, his second solo album, is self-titled, and was released by RGE Discos in 1970.

            After the peak of the Tropicália period, Zé went into relative obscurity. It was only in the 1990s, when musician and Luaca Bop label founder David Byrne discovered an album recorded by Zé many years earlier, that he returned to performing and releasing new material.

            Continuing in a similar musical vein to Grande Liquidicao, ‘Tom Ze’ is a wonderful combination of guitars, layered of percussion and tough rock ’n’ roll, underpinned by Ze’s instantly reconisable vocal.

            Ze is infact one of Brazil’s most sampled artists. ‘Jimmy, renda-se’ has one of the most recognisable intro’s you will hear so it was no great surprise that Ameriie sampled it for her smash ‘Take Control’.

            All in all, another essential record from a true legend of Brazilian music.

            This Mr Bongo reissue is manufactured in Japan, presented in a super high quality card sleeve with replica original artwork. The CD is presented in a 4-page digi pack.


            Various Artists

            Strange Land, Strange People - Psychedelic Garage & Heavy Psych From The Golden Voice Label

              If you think that all the cool & obscure U.S garage-psych 45s have been already exhumed, please listen to this!

              Golden Voice was a custom label and state-of-the art studio from Pekin, Illinois. In the 1960s-70s, countless garage bands from the area recorded there, releasing custom-made 45s in very limited quantities. Until now, this vibrating scene had not been documented. We present the first compilation dedicated to these amazing bands. 15 tracks, all of them previously uncompiled.

              The music here is prime cut hard psychedelia, punk-a-delic sounds and proto hard-rock from the late 60s-early 70s with lot of fuzz-wah guitars, groovy organs & effects.

              All tracks taken from obscure 45s and previously unreleased master tapes.

              Fuzz Club Records and the American The Reverberation Appreciation Society (founders of Austin Psych Fest) are set to co-release The Reverb Conspiracy Volume III. As usual, the album feature some of the best acts of the underground scene on its side of the continent. From its beginning in 2012, The Reverb Conspiracy was a catalyst moment for the European Psych Nouveau movement. It brought together young bands from all over Europe, sparking a creative and professional synergy among many artists.

              A turning point was probably the first Reverb Conspiracy Tour, which most of the bands from the compilation joined to perform a successful showcase a-la Stax Records in the 60s, in many European capitals, including an epic two day sold out festival at the Shacklewell Arms in London. That was also the year of first Liverpool Psych Fest. Since then, Psych festivals and new bands have been sprouting up all over the continent.

              The fifteen outfits taking part in the third volume – including Goat (mixed by Anton Newcombe of Brian Jonestown Massacre), Mugstar, The Oscillation, Camera are representative of the impressive diversity and quality of a scene that is much broader than its definition. While all of them are certainly inspired by Psychedelia, each one of them incorporates different elements of Blues, Folk, Rock & Roll, Stoner, Kraut Rock, Electronica, Noise, Ambient and more. All is impeccably delivered in a pure and honest DIY approach that is reminiscent of the early days of the Punk era.

              A double album, the Reverb Conspiracy Volume III will be limited to 1200 numbered copies, white vinyl with gate-fold cover.

              On top of that, there will also be 1000 CDs available. For the third time, the cover was created by iconic Icelandic artist and band member of Dead Skeletons, Jon Saemundur, aka Nonni Dead.

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              Ltd CD Info: Limited CD pressing of 1000.

              2xLtd LP Info: Limited vinyl edition of 1200 only.


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