CDs + Vinyl:
African Head Charge – Environmental Holes & Drastic Tracks: 1981-1986 5xCD+MP3 (On-U Sound)
African Head Charge – Return Of The Crocodile LP+MP3 (On-U Sound)
Inspired by Eno’s “vision of a psychedelic Africa”, English dub producer Adrian Sherwood and master Jamaican percussionist Bonjo Iyabinghi Noah have collaborated on a series of studio experiments under the African Head Charge moniker for over 35 years. This anthology documents the white hot heat of their first five years over five discs: My Life In A Hole In The Ground (1981), Environmental Studies (1982), Drastic Season (1983), Off The Beaten Track (1986), and Return Of The Crocodile (11 rare and unheard tracks from the period 1981-1986).
Amiina – Fantôma CD/2xLP+MP3 (Mengi)
Fantômas is melancholic and ethereal, yet full of suspense, pounding rhythms, and haunting melodies; A sound world full of contrasts, from darkness and utter terror, to heavenly melodies.
Violin, cello, drums, percussion, metallophone, table harp, ukulele, and electronics are the source material for the sound world of Amiina here, but it is expanded upon with their intelligent and imaginative usage of the different instruments and their varied and endless textures.
bAd bAd – bAd bAd CD/LP (S-s)
This Oakland, CA band is influenced by the pop-infused punk of Jay Reatard, one-chord Hawkwind power jams, and the highbrow playfulness of the Suburban Lawns. Disparate sounds, yes, but bAd bAd turns them into exciting buzzsaw-pop with Barrett/Floyd interludes.
Peter Baumann – Romance 76 [Reissue/1976] CD/LP (Bureau B)
Peter Baumann – Trans Harmonic Nights [Reissue/1979] CD/LP (Bureau B)
Reissues of Peter Baumann’s first two studio albums. From 1971 to 1977, he was a member of the legendary Berlin band Tangerine Dream. Sonic similarities to Tangerine Dream exist given the use of the same instruments, such as a modular synthesizer system and a mellotron. The minimal composition’s airiness lends the unusual synth sounds space to unfold in all their glory, a state of affairs for which David Bowie is partially responsible.
Black Rainbows – Carmina Diabolo [Reissue/2010] CD/LP (Heavy Psych Sounds)
Black Rainbows stand with one leg in the middle of a huge pile of Kyuss albums while the second leg is picking flowers totally zonked in a psychedelic wonderland. Heavy and fuzzy, Carmina Diabolo is reminiscent of the 2000s Dutch scene – like Candybar Planet, Cowboys & Aliens and Desert Sons. For fans of old school stoner rock.