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Gemma Ray

Over her seven albums to date, Gemma Ray has become known for bringing a number of styles to freshen up the singer/songwriter genre and album number eight, Psychogeology, is no exception. Here, she borrows elements from girl groups, ‘70s pop, George Gershwin, classic Pink Floyd and Serge Gainsbourg to create a widescreen view of her life. LP and CD on Bronzerat.

Soft Rains

This would appear to be a sonic adaptation of a Raymond Bradbury short story, taking as as base layer the 1975 reading of the story by… Leonard Nimoy! Around Nimoy’s dulcet tones, Zarelli’s Carwyn Ellis builds up a primarily electronic structure, echoing the happenings and mood of Bradbury’s tale. Out on Bronzerat.

Miraculous Mule
Blues Uzi

Miraculous Mule filled in the gap between their debut Deep Fried and their new full-length Two Tonne Testimony with 2014’s nice little mini album, now reissued. Blues Uzi is full of soul and fire and groovy energy, perfect for keeping modern fans of bluesy gospel rock satisfied. Vinyl reissue with two bonus tracks, on Bronzerat.

Boss Hog
Brood X

16 years down from the last Boss Hog release and the formula remains unchanged. Christina Martinez sneers effusively in a manner pitched somewhere between Kathleen Hanna and Debbie Harry; Jon Spencer’s licks haven’t lost any fuzz even if he may have acquired some grey hairs over the years; and the ten tracks here are tight and punchy slabs of good old-fashioned down-home punk rock. Oh, and it was recorded on Sly Stone's desk you know.

Candy Bomber
Volume 1

Bass player Paul Lemp named the Candy Bomber project after his own recording studios. He got together with a bunch of like-minded musicians to realise a dream of free musical expression. Bad Seeds drummer Thomas Wylder and Ingo Krauss, a collegue of the legendary Conny Plank, formed a three-piece core to which many more contributed. Kid Congo Powers, Swiss jazz pianist Stefan Rusconi, Jochen Arbeit from Einstürzende Neubauten, Gemma Ray and more. Paul Lemp died in tragic and unexpected circumstances so Krauss and Wylder finished the album. As Volume 1 suggests, the pair intend to continue Lemp’s Legacy.

Boss Hog
Brood Star

Boss Hog is one of the slightly lesser-known projects of big rock & roll man Jon Spencer, forming a potent double act with the fierce Cristina Martinez. Brood Star is a brand new release issued as a preview for a forthcoming full-length, although it makes a potent enough mark in just 4 songs, I have to say. 12” EP on In The Red.

The Still
The Still

As well as Chris Abrahams, the pianist in The Necks, this Berlin-centric ensemble features Rico Repontente, Derek Shirley, Steve Heather and Thomas Meadowcraft, all carefully tuned into each other and carving out cool minimal wonders. Frankly, you had me at Abrahams… The Still is released by Bronzerat.

Gemma Ray
The Exodus Suite

Gemma Ray’s new album was recorded in Berlin, in the former Tempelhof Airport. The Exodus Suite is a dramatic set of tunes, a grown-up pop record with superb piano touches from Carwyn Ellis. The LP edition bumps 2 of the tracks from the CD edition onto a bonus 7”, packed alongside. On Bronzerat.

United Sounds of Joy
United Sounds of Joy

A stunning self-titled debut from United Sounds of Joy. Both artists originally worked together in Dream City Film Club, but as a duo make a downbeat dream-pop with experimental tendencies hidden in catchy hooks.  A really lovely slice of psychedelic noir powered by sultry vocals and elegant arrangements.

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
That's It Baby Right Now We Got To Do It Let's Dance! (Live in Tokyo 2015)

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - That’s It Baby Now We Got To Do It Let’s Dance (Live In Tokyo 2015) Captures the world’s wildest rock ‘n’ roll three-piece on top form. Armed with only two guitars, a drum kit and a theremin, JSBX burn through songs from their Freedom Tower album, throwing in a few fan favourites and covers along the way.

Monk Parker
How The Spark Loves The Tinder

Here we have the debut solo album of Monk Parker, although it has quite a few musicians on it for a solo album (more than thirty). How The Spark Loves The Tinder is one of those indie-ish americana records, Parker's wearied vocals providing a strong centre for these woozy songs. On Bronzerat as a CD or LP.

Heavy Trash

Remember The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion? Of course you do. Well this is a side project from Jon alongside Matt Verta-Ray. Heavy Trash are in parts as cool as their name, documented perfectly here on Noir!. A collection of outtakes, experiments and improvisations that explore the dark heart of the blues. Out on vinyl LP from Bonzerat.

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Freedom Tower - No Wave Dance Party 2015

At Lollapalooza in New York in 1995, Thurston Moore, of Headliners Sonic Youth, proclaimed Jon Spencer to be the king of New York as he dedicated a song to him. 20 years later comes Freedom Tower - No Wave Dance Party 2015, the new album from Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. The king of New York tells stories about his city with the help of trusty sidekicks Judah Bauer and Russell Simins. They know the streets, the bars, the sweltering summers, the freezing winters, the rock and the roll. Watch out - this is the real deal!

The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
Zim Zam Zim

Entering the kaleidoscopic state with The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown. Zim Zam Zim is the latest odyssey from the archaic acid warriors. Full of tripped out horn harmonies, Brown's idiosyncratic vocal delivery and all the neo-psychedelic vibes you would expect. Think Zappa, Beefheart and the rest. Out on vinyl LP and CD Bronzerat.