"Forsaken Earth" is the title of the second full-length album of German Doom / Death Metal hopefuls DECEMBRE NOIR. The band seems to have achieved the ability to reproduce the ideas in their heads also on the songwriting- and performing-side. The overall picture is consistent and the band's standard easily can compete with genre protagonists like OCTOBER TIDE or MY DYING BRIDE. The production again is clear and powerful with a harmonious balance of their ingredients. Rounded off with a really fine and well-fitting cover artwork, this release is recommended for all fans of the mentioned genre and the right medicine for this year's rainy summer.
After the critical acclaim of their self-titled debut and Return to Magenta in 1977 and 1978, respectively, Willy DeVille and his band took another look at the sassy, street-tough rock & roll they'd dished up and took the first step toward the swinging Spanish soul the band's subsequent albums would strive for and the crooning R&B heartbreaker DeVille himself would become as a solo artist…
Tango, Tango Nuevo and Cuban music mixed together by the quintett Las Sombras, enriched with German short stories from the Tango Cafe. “A delicious mélange of tango, jazz, classical and world music…You will enjoy it!” - Hugh Bebes. The artists write: “Our music tells what we heard. Typewriter, snapper, cajon provide the pulse, kalimba, mandolin and cymbal invite on a journey to countries far away. We have followed the tango, we are still on our way, and it may take some time until we are home again.”
"Noir Et Blanc" is a groundbreaking album described by the UK & US press as "Fela Kuti-meets-Kraftwerk -on-the-dancefloor" and "in the same class as Byrne and Eno's BUSH OF GHOSTS". Resulting from a torrid encounter between Zairean singer Bony Bikaye, Algerian-born French composer Hector Zazou and mad scientists CY1, it also features wild guitars by Fred Frith and by Kinono No1 producer Vincent Kenis, who also mixed the album alongside Gilles Martin and Crammed founder Marc Hollander.
1960's Brit Pop hits the Mods and Rockers with a splash of Surf. The Retroliners are a surf-style instrumental combo whose eclectic blend of vintage guitars, classic hammond B-3, and modern sonics produces a unique interpretation of dark, angular spy music spiked with pop, punk, twist and twang.