Ponza is ready to paint the independent music scene with fluorescent colors with their debut EP “Free Kids” By taking the 60’s and 70’s peaceful and lovely echoes as the EP’s origin, the band aims to direct the independent music spirit to an optimistic future.
Güneş Akyürek’s psychedelic flavored home recording demos met with the drumbeats coming out of Salih Topuz’s colorful mind. Free Kids Ep is recorded at Noiseist (Istanbul) and includes four songs which mixed and mastered by Çağan Tunalı.
In the album Güneş Akyürek performed vocals, electric and bass guitars and Salih Topuz performed the drums and all instruments are tuned in 432 Hz. Fearlessly they experimented on traditional and modern recording technics using every analog and digital toys they can find and came up with hi-fi album whit a lo-fi spirit.
The EP mixed and mastered by Çağan Tunalı. With the long time fellows, Burak Serter (bass) and Doğukan Acar (synthesizer) aligning the orbit, Ponza continues to experience the journey.
Ponza’s Free Kids Ep will be digitally and physically released by Shalgam Records.
Tracklisting: 1. Free Kids 2. Sea O’Flowers 3. Mr. T 4. Motherland
Having spent the last four years roaming the stages of France and Europe, RENDEZ VOUS finally deliver their debut album: SUPERIOR STATE. If taking your time seems like a bit of a luxury in these imperious times, the four boys decided to allow it themselves anyway. The resulting album shakes and stirs. It was produced by the members of the group themselves and mixed in an old refurbished church in Leeds by Matt Peel (Eagulls, Bad Breeding), seasoned practitioner of rugged and ill-discipline English rock.
"An intense, visceral experience, one that isn't easily dismissed" CLASH MAG
** "A razor-sharp barrage of kraut-influenced noise, it’s an unrelenting introduction to a band who have plenty of anger, but channel it perfectly into a hammerblow” - D-I-Y MAG
** "The sonic appropriation they make of the Mancunian industrial disenchantment finds its maximal expression throughout the unspoken violence of Francis Mallari's voice, which is able to transmit the rawness of a consented slap in the face" - 4O5
The mastering was handled by Sarah Register (Depeche Mode, Lou Reed, Protomartyr) in New York.
On Superior State, Francis Mallari, Elliot Berthault, Maxime Gendre and Simon Dubourg prove that they’re not the sort of people who pay much attention to the fragile and ephemeral dictates of fashion or propriety. They’ve always blazed their own trail by delving into a 360 degree spectrum of influences, without looking back or burdening themselves with codes or etiquette.
All of which results in a record that stands outside time, and noise, and proves that the band follow their own noses, always hoping to destroy monuments as well as build them up, all in one stroke, just to maintain a certain freedom of movement.
Power drilling without being pig-headed, brutalist without being illegible, Superior State blurs the usual boundaries by building a fire with all kinds of wood : post punk, industrial music, shoegaze, neo-folk, a nod in the direction of black metal, all passed through the shredder of a group who can only find its true essence in letting go. To breathe easier, with less of those 1980s ticks,
Rendez Vous have cut back on the synths and drum machines and recorded with a real drum kit, basing their production on hybrid rhythms. What’s more, the band have now been augmented by a real drummer in the shape of Guillaume Rottier (Quetzal Snakes, Holy Gray). The aim isn’t just to cause trouble, but to mark time, find a rhythm that’s just right for them and preserve a vital independence. To that end, the group have launched their own label – Artefact (ATF) – through which they are releasing this their debut.
Rendez Vous are Francis Mallari (vocals, bass), Elliot Berthault and Maxime Gendre (synths, machines, backing vocals), Simon Dubourg (guitar). They’ve recently been joined by Guillaume Rottier on drums.
Tracklisting: 1. Double Zero 2. Paralysed 3. Sentimental Animal 4. Last Stop 5. Superior State 6. Crisis 7. Middle Class 8. Lakes 9. Exuviae 10. Order of Baël
“We are beyond excited to reissue this fantastic Blake Babies collection on vinyl. It's always been a favorite and we worked with John, Freda and Juliana on every aspect of the reissue.
Our good friend and long-time collaborator Sean Glonek at SRG Studios handled remastering, Carl Saff in Chicago cut metal, and vinyl was pressed by hand at Burlington Record Plant in Burlington, VT.
The artwork is recreated from the original Mammoth art but with a little twist thanks to the skill and creativity of award-winning designer Aaron Tanner of Melodic Virtue.
We also included the liner notes and photos from the original CD booklet as a newly-designed inner sleeve. We're very proud of this reissue and hope you enjoy it.” - Joseph H Spadaro, Founder & Pres. American Laundromat Records
Tracklisting: Side A: 1. Wipe It Up 2. Rain [Demo] 3. Boiled Potato 4. Lament 5. Cesspool 6. You Don't Give Up 7. Star [Demo]
Side B: 8. Sanctify 9. Out There 10. Girl In A Box 11. I'm Not Your Mother 12. Temptation Eyes 13. Downtime 14. Over And Over [Live]
Strong follow up to 2018’s “Belief “(O’Genesis) & “Endless Futures” (Glass Redux RSD release) Richard Youngs is also a member of Amor) “Dissident is a hallucination of a legendary lost Samizdat-style recording of the legendary lost Richard Youngs Band.
It’s not clear to me that it is against anything in particular, and as such it is not literally dissident. In fact, I’m a little lost how or why it is dissident, save for being informed by the imagined provisional recordings of pre-Glasnost protest.
Perhaps the wordless scratch vocals are voicing dissent, but I remember having fun. So much so, I couldn’t stop myself from fleshing out the rough nylon guitar songs to a full band arrangement, recorded in multiple spaces” – R. Youngs Imagine Richard Youngs as the junior member of a cabal of prolific and puritanical English musician-mystics, including The Fall's Mark E Smith, Van der Graaf Generator's Peter Hammill, Martin Carthy and The Clangers composer Vernon Elliot, and still his nature will elude you Stewart Lee, Sunday Times.
Tracklisting: Side A: 1. Filling My Mind With Stars 2. Just A Monotone 3. Lonely Suburban Eyes 4. North Sea Song 5. (Searching For A) Dead Language
Side B: 1. Paradise Begun 2. Assymetry 3. Unseeing 4. I Would Rather Fall Into Your Head 5. We Are Going Outside 6. High Low Vertigo 7. Caravans
Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres release their eponymously titled debut album on Friday 26th April though Strap Originals/Cargo Records. A single, mixed by Cenzo Townshend, ‘Who’s Been Having You Over,’ is available now.
‘Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres’ was recorded live to beautifully capture the essence and spirit of the Puta Madres at a family home overlooking a fishing village in Étretat Normandy, over 4 days last summer and mixed at Urchin Studios (East London). The album is engineered by Dan Cox (Laura Marling, Thurston Moore, Florence & The Machine)and produced by Jai Stanley (long time friend and manager).
‘Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres’ is a devastatingly intimate portrait of love, loss, being lost, happiness, tragedy, addiction and the power of the human soul to transcend its darker levels. All the songs from the album were road tested over the last 18 months across Europe at Festivals and headline shows.
Songs include the reflective ‘All At Sea,’ the raw ‘Punk Buck Bonafide,’ the upbeat and playful ‘Shoreleave,’ the joyous hymn of liberation ‘Paradise Is Under Your Nose,’ ‘Someone Else To Be’ Peter’s re-imagining of the Velvet Underground’s ‘Ride Into The Sun’ and Oasis’ ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger and ‘Who’s Been Having You Over’ with dialogue from the 1948 film adaption of Graham Greene ‘Brighton Rock’ and the cheeky poke at his own notoriety, “You’re so rock’n’roll.”
Tracklisting: 1. Who’s Been Having You Over 2. Paradise Is Under Your Nose 3. Narcissistic Teen Makes First XI 4. Someone Else To Be 5. The Steam 6. Travelling Tinker 7. Lamentable Ballad of Gascony Avenue 8. A Fool There Was 9. Shoreleave 10. Punk Buck Bonafide