Third helping from ‘One-man art-pop prankster’ Alvin Spetz. Alvin Spetz is also the maverick singer-songwiter responsible for two of the most eccentric and original albums of the last 6 or 7 years.
Released under the moniker of Full English Breakfast, his self-titled debut and follow up ‘Candy In Weightlessness’ earned rave reviews from broadsheets to blogs. Now album No.3 ‘The Mixtape of Things’ is ready and Spetz likewise is moving on up through the daily nutritional cycle and this time will be known as ‘That Will Be Lunch’.
Alvin’s new mixtape is full of songs, some only just scraping past 30 seconds, that one moment remind you of children’s TV theme tunes and the next sound like they might be playing in an industrial discotheque from the future. In this unsettling but always playful landscape you’re almost half-expecting the whimsical paen to the snacks marketing division at Waitrose when it arrives in the shape of ‘The Campaign for Plain Nuts’.
Nestled amongst all the strangeness is an inspired cover of Talking Heads classic ‘One in a Lifetime’. Spetz has delved deep into the DNA of this ground-breaking track and extracted what can only be described as ‘previously unseen footage’. Like an inquisitive kid he’s taken the engine apart without a hope in hell of ever putting it back together again in the correct order. But this hasn’t stopped him re-assembling it.
Spetz discovered music while studying at Aberdeen university in the 80s. Inspired by the fledgling indie sounds of Edwyn Collins, The Fall, Josef K and The Pop Group, he embarked on a journey that’s included nascent recordings with members of The Shamen, dabbling with Sufism and the tabloids hounding him as a result, burning everything he’s ever recorded (several times) and playing one gig. Ever. In Belgium.
SUDDEN INFANT is a Swiss Industrial-Dada-Noise-Rock band based in Berlin. Their 2014 album "Wölfli’s Nightmare“ on Voodoo Rhythm Records was produced by Roli Mosimann (Swans, The Young Gods, Wiseblood) and was very well received by critics and audiences.
In the past Sudden Infant toured with Sleaford Mods and played alongside Wolf Eyes, Ben Frost, Merzbow, Derek Bailey, Jim O'Rourke, Thurston Moore and many others.
The brand new 2018 album „Buddhist Nihilism“ coming in August on Harbinger Sound (Harbinger189) will consolidate the bands ability for bizarre and intense compositions full of left field humor, powerful rhythms and twisted structures. Brilliantly mixed and mastered by Martin Siewert (Radian) in his Vienna studio.
"Buddhist Nihilism, the new Sudden Infant album is a real fistful of sturm und drang, a real departure for the band. The new record leaves some of the noise and industrial elements behind and sees the band streamlining its approach. The barebones, minimal throb recalls fellow travelers The Ex and Suicide, with your somewhat unstable downstairs neighbor screaming at the daily horrors flashing on the television screen.“ - Daniel Blumin / WFMU
"Sudden Infant go all the way. Nothing is held back." - Keith Moline / The Wire
"One of Europe's finest Noise provocateurs!" - Matthew Kosloff / Skyscraper Magazine
"Fucking awesome band! I was lucky enough to witness their set live at 100 Club. Killer!" - Steve Crittall / The Godfathers
Tracklisting: Side A: 1. Rationality 2. Hong Kong Nursery 3. In This Moment 4. Maybe You’re Right 5. 228 6. Tourists
Side B: 7. Puppet Master 8. 100 Word Mantra 9. George Clooney 10. Brownsville Texas 11. French Douche 12. Somniphobia II
Sulo Karlsson is well known as the frontman of Swedish glam boogie rockers Diamond Dogs and lead singer in the UK Punk supergroup The Crunch, that features members from The Clash, Sham 69 & Cockney Rejects.
But he’s also probably the most productive and creative singer/songwriter in modern time. He has been writing and releasing 5 albums (yep, 5) per year since 2008 for himself and other artists in almost any genre. Punk, Pop, Soul, Country and Rock n Roll it doesn’t matter, Sulo is literally everywhere!
If last years gifted Rock n Roll album ‘Sulo’s Full English’, contained 19 tracks with guest performances from Chris Spedding, Wilko Johnson, Robert Wyatt etc was impressive, Sulo has managed to top that. This double deal is a songwriter at the top of his game.
‘Night Shift’ is a dark, melancholy almost acoustic ride into the depths of the soul. With naked, strong and sometimes painful lyrics on a bed of blue coloured melodies, Sulo manages to create a new musical landscape. He says “It’s a musical diary of the things that keeps you awake at night, a study of the darkness within”.
‘Brilliant Outsiders’ is Sulo’s most ambitious work so far. Together with producer Kevin Porée he has written and recorded 13 country duets. It all started with the song ‘Constant Reminder’, written and recorded at Berry Street studio in London before recording the vocals with duet partner Maria McKee in LA. Then followed a musical journey around the world, London, Stockholm, Los Angeles, Nashville, Florida and more.
The line-up of duet partners is extraordinary with Janis Ian, Terry Reid, Bellamy Brothers, Linda Gail Lewis (Jerry Lee’s sister), Paul Young and more. Backed up by the UK’s finest Country band Los Pacaminos including Jamie Moses (Queen, Tom Jones Band), Hamish Stuart (Average White band, Paul McCartney etc).
The two albums together are an amazing collection of songs. 27 tracks with such high-quality music and lyrics that you can’t help wonder how it’s possible. A double album for the lonely nights, early mornings and the long drive home.
Tracklisting: Nightshift: 1. End Of Me 2. All Shapes Of Loneliness 3. Time To Alight 4. Nightshift 5. I Swear To God I Don’t Believe 6. I Keep Running Into Your Arms 7. Hit Me Where It Hurts 8. This Burden Is Forever 9. Hard To Go Easy 10. Still Sleeping With The Lights On 11. Recollection Of You 12. Lord Have Mercy on my Baby Tonight 13. If The Lights Return 14. Roaming Bird
Brilliant Outsiders: 1. Brilliant Outsiders 2. Early Morning Light 3. Curse Of The Ring 4. Bring Down The Angels 5. God-Damned Jesus 6. The Girl With The Rainbow Eyes 7. Redemption’s At Hand 8. When The Work Is Done 9. Constant Reminder 10. Your Precious Heart 11. Love Is For The Broken Hearted 12. Good Enough 13. A Song For Every Train
The much anticipated collaborative studio project between these two true music innovators DEEP FOREST & GAUDI, has gloriously resulted in the release of ‘Epic Circuits’, their – two years in the making – brand new album due for release in August 2018 on vinyl LP, CD, DDL.
Their individual careers have spanned the last three decades, both pioneering the world-music scene back in the 90s and they still continue to relentlessly deliver distinctive "genre-bending” innovative sounds.
Now Grammy Award winner Deep Forest and renowned electronica-dub producer/musician Gaudi have composed a beautifully-crafted cinematic album, using analogue and modular synthesizers as an “electronic platform” on which to place their other instruments of choice, from the grand piano to the theremin. This album combines Deep Forest’s blissful melodies with Gaudi’s extraordinaire dub production techniques.
To put it simply, these guys know how to deliver top quality music, scoring the highest sound production-standard in every release they do. In their years of celebrated careers they both amassed a stunning collection of originals, albums, remixes and chart positions worldwide.
Tracklisting: 1. Interstellar 2. Taiyo 3. Brassy Sunrise 4. Ghostly Disco 5. Future Landscapes 6. Love Cymbal 7. Damo Suzuki’s Ballad 8. Mistero 9. Milky Way
After meeting each other on tour in India five years ago, they’ve decided to embark in this music-adventure together, starting with the production of new songs and remixes for each other, followed by touring in Australia, England and New Zealand which naturally brought new music inspirations to the pair, resulting in the creation of the new album ‘Epic Circuits’.