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June 25th, 2015

Lorenzo Feliciati’s KOI now available in all formats!

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Lorenzo Feliciati‘s new oeuvre, KOI, is now available across the web and in the real world as CD Digipack, Single Vinyl (180gms) and multiple download formats.

from the press release:

“A concept album based on the life of the renowned river carp fish, Koi features former Japan drummer Steve Jansen and current King Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto along with pianist Alessandro Gwis, trumpeter Angelo Olivieri, saxophonist Nicola Alesini and a horn section consisting of trombonist Stan Adams, bass trombonist Pierluigi Bastioli and baritone saxophonist Duilio Ingrosso. A suite-like offering that intersperses mesmerizing ambient interludes with full-blown prog-rock type anthems, Koi brilliantly showcases Feliciati’s composerly vision while highlighting his considerable chops on fretted and fretless electric basses.

Traditional Chinese folktales tell the story of Koi fish that swam up the Yellow River, and though taunted by demons, would not relent in their quest to jump over waterfalls; the gods noticed and celebrated their perseverance and endurance by transforming them into golden dragons, a symbol of strength and power. The Japanese recognized these fish not just for their beauty but for their ability to induce otherworldly states of perception in the observer. These altered states of perception ultimately lead to the attraction of high energy, which manifests itself in the form of prosperity of all kinds in our lives.

The musical journey of Koi begins with the spacious, echo-laden piano soundscape “Kohaku” and is followed by the hard-hitting “New House,” a Feliciati composition with Steve Jansen on drums and Alessandro Gwis on keyboards, that is brimming with kinetic momentum and based on a repetitive riff augmented by punchy horns. Lorenzo’s fretless bass melody is doubled here by muted trumpet while baritone sax deepens the groove. The icy and hypnotic interlude “Kumonryu” is followed by the moody, slow-grooving requiem “Oxbow.”

Following another ambient interlude, “Black Kumonryu” Feliciati is reunited with his Naked Truth band mate Mastelotto, who provides the rhythmic pulse on “Noir Alley Verdigris“, a potent number which falls somewhere between King Crimson and Weather Report.”Ogon” provides a breath before Feliciati and crew launch into the dynamic, odd-metered “Narada“, featuring a strong 7/8 groove by Jansen, nearly a dance beat, where distorted bass and horn section mesh to unison.

Feliciati turns in his most expressive fretless playing on “Margata“, a homage to Jaco Pastorius; following another mesmerizing interlude in “Kuchibeni,” Feliciati unleashes his fuzz bass chops on the powerhouse “Fish Bowl“, which incorporates trombones and bass in a low-end unison motif before yielding to a throbbing vamp. This piece originally started as a Frank Zappa-influenced bass/horn section unison riff, but morphed during the final arrangement into something quite different altogether – Feliciati’s bass line moving around Steve Jansen’s drums and electronics giving the impression that it is Jansen moving around Feliciati.

The collection closes with the title track “Koi“, which travels from minimalist intro to cinematic crescendo – the Koi has now become a Golden Dragon.”

Enjoy!

June 25th, 2015

Metallic Taste Of Blood’s Doctoring The Dead now available in all Formats!

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Metallic Taste of Blood‘s Doctoring The Dead is now available as CD Digipack, Single Vinyl 180gms and multiple download formats, both in the real world and across the web!

from the press release:

“Metallic Taste Of Blood, the instrumental math-rock/outer rock unit lead by Italian guitarist and soundsculptor Eraldo Bernocchi and Australian bassist Colin Edwin is back with a vengeance, joined now by legendary drummer Ted Parsons, whose earlier ventures included Swans, Prong, Buckethead, Godflesh and Killing Joke, and British keyboard player extraordinaire Roy Powell, whose recent work includes Mumpbeak, InterStatic and Naked Truth.

The vigor and inventiveness which characterized Metallic Taste Of Blood’s first release still sits center stage, a natural outflow of the band founder members’ very wide palette of musical experiences/collaborations and individual talents, spanning an incredibly rich vocabulary which extends from ambient and electronica, to progressive rock and avant-jazz, to noise and industrial electronics, all firmly anchored by the deep and precise dub beats laid out by Ted Parsons, sparkled, on select tracks, by the surprising keyboard inventions of Powell.

This variety of influences and musical idioms manifests itself in a very specific kind of sound, one that is now characteristic of the band, one which is predicated and thrives on the very notion and practice of the contraposition of opposites. The music of Metallic Taste Of Blood is both incredibly brutal and delicate, distorted, but incredibly clear, boiling hot and yet suddenly very cool, sweet yet suddenly brackish, that very peculiar unity in contradiction to which the band’s own name refers to.

Doctoring The Dead, recorded in Prague at Faust Studios, mixed in Italy and mastered in the US by Mike Fossenkemper, though moves ahead towards new territory by bringing in a new, focused single-mindedness; witness to this are the album’s eight tracks, starting with “Ipsissimus, ” where an deep dub rhythm section supports the entangled duel of baritone electric guitar and synth, to “Pashupati, ” whose guitar lines dance between extreme cleanliness and growling distortion, to the cosmic Ambient Bass inflections of “Synthetic Tongue, ” to the calming riff and distorted electronica of the title track, to Blind Voyeur‘s beyond-post-rock grandeur, the dark ambient glitch of “Day of Bones, ” and further down to “Murder Burger” and beyond, towards the closing “Death Of Pan.”

Out of contrast perfect balance is reached, when distorted guitars sound clean and soothing, while cascades of piano notes suddenly morph into threatening shards – listening to this will lift you into a state not unlike that of cognitive dissonance, one of deep, uncomfortable enjoyment.”

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May 11th, 2015

RAOUL! RAOUL! RAOUL! now available as double vinyl too!

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The uncompromising RAOUL by The Spanish Donkey (a.k.a. Joe Morris on electric guitar, Jamie Saft on Hammond and Korg organs, Minimoog and Echoplex piano, and Mike Pride on drums is finally available to buy immediately as Double Vinyl (2x180gms) (as well as CD Digipack and multiple download formats).

from the press release:

“The sound of Joe Morris’ electric guitar, with distortion pedal set on stun and wah-wah pedal fully engaged, colliding with Jamie Saft’s droning, microtonal organ and Mike Pride’s thunderous free drumming approach to the kit creates a mind-numbing maelstrom on The Spanish Donkey’s RAOUL, the improvising trio’s debut on RareNoise records. A follow-up to XYX, their 2011 released on Northern Spy Records, the album consists of three throbbing tracks — the brutal 32-minute title track RAOUL, the 22-minute Behavioral Sink and 16-minute Echoplex piano feature Dragon Fly Jones

 

 

that showcase The Spanish Donkey’s remarkable group-think as well as the individual player’s uncanny intuition on their respective instruments. More intensely cathartic, startlingly original and compelling than anything you’ve ever heard — think of it as the child of John Coltrane’s Interstellar Space and Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music — RAOUL stands as a hellacious manifesto by one of the most formidable improvising trios around today.”

Get Your Punishment as CD here, as Double Vinyl here, as COMBO (CD + LP) here, as 24bit/96kHz .flac DL here, as standard .flac DL here, as .mp3 DL here.

Enjoy!

May 11th, 2015

Cuts Of Guilt, Cuts Deeper now available in all formats!

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Cuts Of Guilt, Cuts Deeper, the new magnum opus by Merzbow, Mats Gustafsson, Balazs Pandi, here with Thurston Moore on guitar, is finally available to buy in all formats, including Double Vinyl (2x180gms).

From the press release:

“How did renowned Japanese noisemaker Merzbow (aka Masami Akita), Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson and Hungarian drummer Balazs Pandi follow up their majorly intense statement made on their tumultuous debut album, Cuts, which was released in 2013? By adding another ingredient to the volatile mix, in the person of skronking guitar hero and Sonic Youth founder Thurston Moore things are taken up a notch or two on the Richter scale on their RareNoiseRecords follow-up recording. With Gustafsson’s roaring baritone sax blending with Moore’s shriekback guitar, Pandi’s intensely throbbing beats and Merzbow’s subversive white noise barrages, it all adds up to a sonic pummeling of epic proportions on the remarkable two CD-set/two LP-set, Cuts of Guilt, Cuts Deeper.

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Get your Double CD here, your Double LP here, your COMBO (LP+CD) here, your 24bit/96kHz .flac DL here, your standard .flac DL here, your .mp3 DL here.

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March 1st, 2015

Free Nelson Mandoomjazz – Awakening of a Capital is now available!

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our 2015 release schedule is now in full flow with the release of Free Nelson Mandoomjazz new full length album, Awakening of a Capital, available as Single Vinyl (180gms) as CD Digipack (4 Panel), Combo (Single Vinyl + CD Digipack) and several downloadable formats (.mp3, 16bit/44.1kHz .flac, 24bit/96kHz Studio Master .flac).

Discovered by Eraldo Bernocchi, Free Nelson MandoomJazz (Rebecca Sneddon on Saxophone, Colin Stewart on Bass and Paul Archibald on Drums) entered Gorbals Sound Studios in Glasgow early Autumn 2013 to both re-record their original compositions (three from their self-produced debut EP “The Shape Of DoomJazz To Come” and four from their also self-produced follow-up EP “Saxophone Giganticus”) and to record Awakening Of A Capital, the new full length Album whose title refers back to Luigi Russolo’s 1913 experiments in musique concrète.

Over three intense days they recorded 15 magnificent tracks, which were then subjected to the magic touch of Italian soundsculptor Eraldo Bernocchi, who edited and mixed the material.

Awakening Of A Capital picks up where the first double EP left – finding the sweet point were the power of doom meets the free voicings of Albert Ayler, where Sunn O)))) Meets Sun Ra.

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