New Arrivals

New Arrivals
"A double reissue of The Fires Of Ork's The Fires Of Ork (1993) and The Fires Of Ork 2 (2000). The Fires Of Ork was a collaboration project between the late Pete Namlook (1960-2012) and Geir Jenssen (aka Biosphere). The only two albums they recorded together are presented in this reissue.

Hyperreal: "The Fires Of Ork was the first collaboration between Pete Namlook and Geir Jenssen (aka Biosphere) and has since risen to legendary status in the ambient electronic scene as the first meeting of...

The 4th album from 1970 by this legendary English art rock band.
On this album, a couple of the original members have bailed, and this is one of their most out 'n' out 'rock' albums and has the most upfront contributions from guitarist Robin Trower of all their releases; in fact, so much so that I would guess that this album is what probably gave Robin the idea to go solo.
Different from most famous, classic earlier phase, but still real good, with some fine vocals, keyboards and Robin's great..

Portico Quartet has always been an impossible band to pin down. Sending out echoes of jazz, electronica, ambient music and minimalism, the group have created their own singular sound. And while their new music mixes dense layers and textures with electronic and acoustic instruments the sound remains uniquely, recognizably their own. Untitled (AITAOA #2) was largely recorded at the same sessions as Art in the Age of Automation at Fish Factory Studios in London and Portico Quartet's own studio in East...

"Alexis Georgopoulos' various solo releases under the name Arp have hopscotched between genres ranging from minimalist synthesizer meditations to fuzz-soaked Krautrock to Eno-esque art pop.
Released in 2018, Zebra is yet another stylistic shift, this time exploring a sort of lush, cosmic Fourth World chamber jazz informed by '80s Japanese pop production and light synth-boogie. The pieces are generally sophisticated, weaving strands of melodies throughout complex polyrhythms, yet there's enough space..

MARK WINGFIELD guitar, soundscapes
YARON STAVI fretless bass guitar
ASAF SIRKIS drums, konakol singing (10)
special guest
DOMINIQUE VANTOMME synth soloist (3, 5, 9, 10)

"Each track on this album tells a different emotional story, perhaps about a time or event in someone’s life, or moments shared by a group of people. They weave together specific moods and atmospheres which could connect to the experiences of many people both real and...

DWIKI DHARMAWAN acoustic piano
NGUYÊN LÊ electric guitar, soundscapes
CARLES BENAVENT bass guitar
YARON STAVI upright bass
ASAF SIRKIS drums
with special guests:
SA'AT SYAH suling flute, vocals (1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8)
ADE RUDIANA kendang percussion (1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8)
DEWI GITA lead vocal (3)
TEUKU HARIANSYA & INDRA MAULANA KEUBITBIT Rapa’I Acehnese percussions (1)
NYOMAN WINDHA’s GAMELAN JASS JEGOG Balinese gamelan & percussions (4) ....

So, you can read the below and you can read other things about them on the internet, but basically, this is a Japanese band who are trying to sound like a 70s German band.
Ultimately, though, knowing that this is released on the "Guru Guru Brain" record label probably tells you as much about what the music sounds like as anything you could ever read!

"Minami Deutsch is back at it again with their 2018 album. Whilst softening their sound and cushioning the blow, you can expect a more profound.

"A collaboration between Norwegian baritone saxophonist Kjetil Moster, Swedish baritone sax burner Mats Gustafson, Norwegian noise jazz guitarist Anders Hana (MoHa!, Ultralyd, Noxagt), power-house drummer Greg Saunier (Deerhoof) and the extraordinary Ethiopian born experimental singer Sofia Jernberg. This uncompromising debut is delivered with sledgehammer authority."

"All of the original compositions from the band's two self-released holy grails of psychedelia (the Black Album and the Red Album, from 1967-68) combined into one collection—all newly transferred from the original tapes!
Most of you have no doubt heard of records that have been touted as “mind blowing”, “fuzz monsters”, or “lost/undiscovered classics”. The raves rarely turn out to be justified. That's certainly not the case with the music of Index—if anything, the raves underplay the essence...

"Jerusalem is well known among 70s hard rock enthusiasts thanks to their stone-cold classic 1972 Deram label debut album. After that record was released, the band made the bold decision to not to continue with the same name—for them, Jerusalem was a one-off moment in time and could never be recreated. And so, three-fifths of Jerusalem (founding members Paul Dean and Ray Sparrow along with Bob Cooke), became Pussy. The new band were still managed and produced by Ian Gillan (Deep Purple). Pussy recorded....

Back when I was involved in Random Radar (1975-1980 or so), I was, of course, interested in what other little labels existed / coalesced around local freak music scenes. And of course, there was no internet to instantly provide answers.
One of the ones I discovered (and also one of the freakiest of the freakies) was The Los Angeles Free Music Society.
Yes, nestled not too far below the Hollywoodland sign was a bunch of musical crazies who released a few vinyl artifacts to leave a trace of their..

First ever reissue of this Japanese jazz/rock rarity, released in 1987 in a quantity of only 400 on vinyl, on the same tiny label as the 1st two Kenso releases and of similar quality!
This marks the very first time it has been issued on CD!!
Noa was an obscure fusion/progressive band from Japan, led by drummer Ichiro Takesako, who was a huge fan of Bill Bruford. Also appearing are guitarist / synth-guitarist Hirofumi Mitoma and bassist /vocalist Takao Ohzeki.
While this isn't a clone of...

Only 30 years later comes a follow-up to the very, very excellent, 'one & done' release by Japan's Noa, who released a recently rediscovered rarity, "Tri-Logic".
This features the band's original drummer and guitarist, who were the main standout features of "Tri-Logic", as well as additional musicians on keyboards (Cher Watanabe, also of Prism) and bass, plus guests on synth and flute.
The keyboards gives this album a bit more of a symphonic touch in addition to the fusion/progressive sounds of..

In November, 2014, an amazing two day event was held in Tokyo: RIO Japan 2014. The event featured new and classic 'RIO' musicians from Japan and all of Europe.
This two hour DVD presents some of the greatest moments of that event!
The Artuad Beats / Right Now This Minute Shibuya. 15. 11. 2014
Le*Silo / Twisting Waist
Le*Silo / Tsunasara
Richard Pinhas / An ASCENT to The PROCESS
Koenji Hyakkei / Vissqaguell
Koenji Hyakkei / Wammilica Iffirom
Picchio dal Pozzo / Napier

The second album from 1979 by this Spanish five piece of vocals, dual guitars, organ/mellotron/synths, bass and drums. Very heavy symphonic rock that rocks. In some ways this is reminiscent of some of the heavy Italian hard rock/progressive releases of...

The fourth album on Palace Of Lights by one of my very favorite sound / ambient 'sound constructors' out there.

"Randstad is a kind of hermetic diary of a year living in the randstad—a term the Dutch use to describe their own megalopolis that encompasses Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht. In its own way, the work runs contrary to today’s assumed absolute limitlessness of musical possibility, favoring a reduced expatriate sonic toolkit (composed of Cycling ’74’s Max, a modest Eurorack...

"An evening in a coffee house in Kyoto forty years ago has lingered fondly in the memories of those who were there. Now, the stellar performance of JOHN RENBOURN that night is available for all to hear on Live in Kyoto 1978. John Renbourn, along with his sometimes partner Bert Jansch (with whom he formed PENTANGLE in the 1960s), has been passed away for these past few years—but the music that he made continues to inspire, alongside the works of fellow travelers like Jansch, Davey Graham, Wizz Jones and...

"There is life after DEATH after all—and just like you’ve heard, it hinges on accepting You-Know-Who as your lord and savior. 1980: it was the dawn of a new age. Built on the broken backs and bodies of those who had hoped and dreamed for a better world, the '80s made it clear: that world wasn’t coming. A generation and more plunged into the abyss. But what of Death? The HACKNEY brothers were no different from anybody else—in the heat and tumult of the 1970s, they’d seen that new world coming. They’d...

"Rustblade presents Claudio Simonetti and his Goblin playing and reinterpreting the score of one of the most famous horror movies of all times to celebrate 40 years of the idolised film Dawn of the Dead directed by George Romero and produced by Dario Argento. The music that accompanies the movie is a mix of prog and electronic rock full of tension and magic tribalism. Piercing guitars, Synth orchestration and virtualism give life to thousands of blood thirsty zombies. An unmissable release enriched with...

"The Residents are fiddlers. Not fiddle players, just fiddlers. They like to play around and see different ways their songs could sound.
They call this RMX. Some say RMX stands for "remix" but with The Residents, who knows? While the RMX concept is mostly associated with two album projects (The King and Eye RMX and WB:RMX), The Residents had also tinkered with individual songs. These were released as free streaming tracks on the band's official MySpace page (yes, they had one).
In 2007 most of..

"Hardy Fox used to be composer for The Residents for over four decades. He later released solo albums under the name Charles Bobuck before finally switching to his real name in 2017.
After Heart, Nachtzug is his second solo album. In the beginning, this release was intended to become a TOOK release - simply releasing Fox's sketches for The Residents' Ghost Of Hope album. But this idea soon turned out to be not challenging enough, so Hardy started using his original sketches as the basis of an...

Solo piano interpretations of what the original keyboardist of Le Orme considers their most beautiful of their output.

"Canzone d'amore is the title of the new album by Tony Pagliuca, the keyboardist of Le Orme, a band from Mestre (Venice) able to overwhelm the recording market in the seventies with their progressive-pop music . Tony Pagliuca exactly 50 years ago joined this extraordinary band. Now Tony is back with an album that features an unreleased track and 13 songs among the most beautiful...

Solo piano interpretations of what the original keyboardist of Le Orme considers their most beautiful of their output.

"Canzone d'amore is the title of the new album by Tony Pagliuca, the keyboardist of Le Orme, a band from Mestre (Venice) able to overwhelm the recording market in the seventies with their progressive-pop music . Tony Pagliuca exactly 50 years ago joined this extraordinary band. Now Tony is back with an album that features an unreleased track and 13 songs among the most beautiful...

"The Roman band with this third album reach the peak of their artistic career, A sound that strikes every lover of music and that brings us back to the dreamed atmosphere of Pink Floyd, Genesis and the most visceral of Radiohead. Special guests are Steve Rothery and Steve Hogard of Marillion who embellish with solos and a whole song written and interpreted the album. Starchild is considered an absolute masterpiece of 2018 and perhaps of all the latest music of the decade. Born in 1998, the rock band...

Jason Yarde - saxes
Shabaka Hutchings - saxes
Alexander Hawkins - piano
John Edwards - bass
Louis Moholo-Moholo - drums

. "Well over 50 years after leaving apartheid South Africa behind and traveling to Europe with his Blue Notes bandmates, ALL of whom are gone, drummer Moholo-Moholo is still leading great bands with great players, some known to me and some not.
Somehow, all these years later and with a crew of native-born Brits, Louis and the crew manage to dig into and gi

"In a Convex Mirror features Zorn’s unique saxophone playing and keyboard stylings in an extended foray into the nexus of voudun and downtown improvisation.
An intense student of Haitian drumming and a regular at ceremonies from NYC to Port-au-Prince Haiti, Ches Smith weaves a hypnotic tapestry of polyrhythms that are constantly in flux. The result is an exciting new context for Zorn the performer.
With special guest Ikue Mori creating moody electronic soundscapes, the music is as hypnotic...

So, you can read the below and you can read other things about them on the internet, but basically, this is a Japanese band who are trying to sound like a 70s German band.
Ultimately, though, knowing that this is released on the "Guru Guru Brain" record label probably tells you as much about what the music sounds like as anything you could ever read!

"Minami Deutsch is back at it again with their 2018 album. Whilst softening their sound and cushioning the blow, you can expect a more profound.

"Unknown until 2004 and unheard until now, these recordings by the John Coltrane Quartet are, as Sonny Rollins says in the liner notes, like finding a new room in the Great Pyramid. Featuring the Classic Quartet - John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones - and recorded at the end of a two-week run at Birdland, the music on this album represents one of the most influential groups in music history both performing in a musical style it had perfected and reaching in new, exploratory...

"Unknown until 2004 and unheard until now, these recordings by the John Coltrane Quartet are, as Sonny Rollins says in the liner notes, like finding a new room in the Great Pyramid. Featuring the Classic Quartet - John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones - and recorded at the end of a two-week run at Birdland, the music on this album represents one of the most influential groups in music history both performing in a musical style it had perfected and reaching in new, exploratory...

"Let's get one thing straight from the start. The Sea Within is more of an amalgamation of some serious talents, than a regular “supergroup”. These musicians have come together to create a unique album. Guitarist/vocalist Roine Stolt, bassist Jonas Reingold, keyboard player/vocalist Tom Brislin, drummer/vocalist Marco Minnemann and vocalist/guitarist Daniel Gildenlöw have a vast reservoir of experience. Look at the portmanteau of artists with who they've worked: The Flower Kings, Transatlantic, Jon...

"Let's get one thing straight from the start. The Sea Within is more of an amalgamation of some serious talents, than a regular “supergroup”. These musicians have come together to create a unique album. Guitarist/vocalist Roine Stolt, bassist Jonas Reingold, keyboard player/vocalist Tom Brislin, drummer/vocalist Marco Minnemann and vocalist/guitarist Daniel Gildenlöw have a vast reservoir of experience. Look at the portmanteau of artists with who they've worked: The Flower Kings, Transatlantic, Jon...

I discovered Twelfth Night - one of the earliest of the neo prog bands, when I bought their 1st album "Live At The Target" when it first came out on vinyl in the very early 1980s. I was told that there was a new progressive rock band and I remember thinking, "really? in 1982?". And then I got it and it really was a new progressive rock band playing progressive rock!
This was their 1st studio album, which was recorded one year later, and their 1st vocal album, as Geoff Mann joined in time for..

Second excellent prog / symphonic release with some light avant touches and also some light Canterbury touches as well.

Fabrice "Chfab" Chouette / guitar, keyboards, synth
Patrick "Paskinel" Dufour / keyboards, synth, drums programming
Frédéric Chaput / electric & acoustic guitars, bass, keyboards, synth, percussion
With:
Jean-Luc Payssan / guitar (4)
Eric Rebeyrol / cornet (1,4)
Thierry Payssan / piano (1,3,4)

"Second episode for this French ensemble that ha

Second excellent prog / symphonic release with some light avant touches and also some light Canterbury touches as well.

Fabrice "Chfab" Chouette / guitar, keyboards, synth
Patrick "Paskinel" Dufour / keyboards, synth, drums programming
Frédéric Chaput / electric & acoustic guitars, bass, keyboards, synth, percussion
With:
Jean-Luc Payssan / guitar (4)
Eric Rebeyrol / cornet (1,4)
Thierry Payssan / piano (1,3,4)

"Second episode for this French ensemble that ha

"The first authoritative compilation of American dream pop artist Happy Rhodes, whose singular songwriting and four-octave vocal range emanated from the pastoral confines of upstate New York in the 1980s. Her melding of classical music influences with synthesizer and acoustic guitar, and her enchanting and idiosyncratic singing, are favorably compared to heralded English chanteuse Kate Bush. Fans of such artistic pop music would be remiss to overlook Rhodes's similarly remarkable and otherworldly sonic...

"The first authoritative compilation of American dream pop artist Happy Rhodes, whose singular songwriting and four-octave vocal range emanated from the pastoral confines of upstate New York in the 1980s. Her melding of classical music influences with synthesizer and acoustic guitar, and her enchanting and idiosyncratic singing, are favorably compared to heralded English chanteuse Kate Bush. Fans of such artistic pop music would be remiss to overlook Rhodes's similarly remarkable and otherworldly sonic...

Mats Gustafsson - tenor and baritone saxophone
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten - electric and double bass
Paal Nilssen-Love - drums, percussion.

Recorded July 2nd and 3rd, 2017 by Øyvind Gundersen at Studio Paradiso, Oslo.

"Electronic duo Spring Heel Jack return with a collaboration with the legendary American trumpeter and Pulitzer Prize nominee Wadada Leo Smith. Wadada was born in the Mississippi Delta and became immersed in the music of the great blues masters as a young musician. He then moved to Chicago and became an early member of the AACM alongside the likes of Muhal Richard Abrams, Anthony Braxton, Malachi Favors and Roscoe Mitchell. Recorded 2017 in London, this LP sees Smith's authoritative trumpet joined by...

"When No Pussyfooting was released in 1973 by two great pioneers like Eno and Fripp, that first whisper of their artistic association surprised many critics and fans. Yet, that kind of minimalist ambient sonority carried out by the two appeared in the ear like something absolutely new and innovative. Although nowadays we might be more accustomed to creative operations of this type, we are still fascinated, while listening, by the still possible achievement of relevant moments of musical epiphany, however...

"A reissue of Bebo Baldan's Vapor Frames 86/91, originally released in 1991. The alchemist Bebo Baldan, accompanied by Steve James on violin and sarod (as well as on instruments of various geographical extractions) mixes, in a personal way, sounds from a bevy of different cultures -- from Mediterranean and Indian, to South American -- with synths, samples, and loops. The result is a boundless music that carries you, riding soft waves and bobbing between Balearic ambient, jazz, and electronic, on islands...

"A reissue of Heldon's third album Third (It's Always Rock 'N' Roll), originally released on Disjuncta in 1975. Third album from the French space-rock electro combo masterminded by Richard Pinhas. Heldon's darkest work lays another stone in their sonic mosaic: synths, drones, fuzz, and trippy improvisations. There's something wicked happening on Heldon's third album It's Always Rock And Roll. Richard Pinhas's essential attack of searing guitar and space-bound synthesizer didn't change radically after...

"A reissue of Heldon's fourth album Agneta Nilsson, originally released on Urus Records in 1976. Agneta Nilsson opens with a mind-paralyzing track that proves stillness can have a pulse. "Perspective I" spends ten minutes poring through tectonic layers of heavy sound, piling everything so thick that the song becomes like quicksand for your brain. It's one of the most daunting works in the Heldon catalog, made all the more impressive by how simple it is. It's just sounds put together and turned up...

"Previously only available as part of the Haircuts DVD (2008). Remastered for vinyl by Helge Sten. Recorded at the Paradiso Club in Amsterdam in 2002. The club streamed its own recording of the show at the time but presented here is Motorpsycho's own recordings, meaning properly mixed from 24 audio tracks. The centerpieces of the concert were heavily extended versions of old warhorses such as "Hogwash" and "STG", showing a band more concerned with exploring the furthest reaches of their improvisational...

"Over the years both Fra Lippo Lippi and Rune Grammofon have had numerous requests for a compilation like this. A number of recordings have only been available on various vinyl formats in small editions and never on CD or in digital form. So here are the 14 missing pieces, dating all the way back to the debut EP in 1980, and up to the final recording from 1995. Although the tracks have been subject to a mastering process, please note that no further effort has been made to turn it into a coherent...

"A solo record of guitar and live custom electronics from artist Patrick Higgins, an American avant-garde composer and producer from New York City. Higgins is known for his work in experimental and contemporary classical music, playing guitar and composing in the ensemble Zs, which is said to be one of the strongest innovative bands in New York. His work as a composer traverses the styles of the European avant-garde styles with the post-minimalist sounds of New York. Dossier is a four-movement piece...

So, what do YOU expect a band called 'Weeed' to sound like? Yes. They do.

"These guys have a chemistry that allows them to oscillate between highly structured rock songs and psychedelic free-form jams without and inhibitions."-More Fuzz.

"The search for Seattle's freakiest psych-rock band may be over."-Dave Segal, The Stranger.

"Weeed's debut for Important Records, titled This, has an expansive musical vision and an astonishingly mature sound from a young band. Despite their...


Note that Jon Poole, Bob Leith and Bic Hayes are all ex-Cardiacs and Damo Waters is ex-Spratleys Japs!

"An absolutely superb new album from one of the UK's most underrated mavericks. Imagine Robert Wyatt, High Llamas, Roy Wood, Jeff Lynne, and Todd Rundgren all in one magnificent human. That's Crayola Lectern. Superb arrangements throughout, and in common with all the above I suppose, a sense of adventure and playfulness is evident throughout. One of my favourites of the year so far"...


Note that Jon Poole, Bob Leith and Bic Hayes are all ex-Cardiacs and Damo Waters is ex-Spratleys Japs!

"An absolutely superb new album from one of the UK's most underrated mavericks. Imagine Robert Wyatt, High Llamas, Roy Wood, Jeff Lynne, and Todd Rundgren all in one magnificent human. That's Crayola Lectern. Superb arrangements throughout, and in common with all the above I suppose, a sense of adventure and playfulness is evident throughout. One of my favourites of the year so far"...

"At the end of the 1970s, jazz saxophonist John Handy helmed an adventurous plunge into world fusion with his Rainbow Band. Featuring Indian music virtuosos Ali Akbar Khan on sarod, Zakir Hussain on percussion, and L. Subramanian on violin, it also included Brazilian guitarist Bola Sete. This San Francisco Great American Music Hall performance from July 27, 1979, was originally broadcast on National Public Radio's "Jazz Alive" program and features a 54-minute performance of a work also titled "Rainbow"...

Paul Bley - piano
Mark Levinson - bass
Barry Altschul - drums

"Paul Bley Trio, live at the International Jazz Festival, Lugano, Switzerland August 31st, 1966. The young Paul Bley earned his spurs playing with legends including Charles Mingus, Art Blakey, Chet Baker, Jimmy Giuffre, Ornette Coleman, and Bill Evans. As the 1960s progressed, he increasingly embraced the avant-garde, with arguably his greatest successes coming in the piano trio format. Originally broadcast on the RSI Rete Due.