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Dave Phillips - Humanity Is The Virus

It must be a good ten or so years since I’ve last heard anything from radical, at times deranged and downright gut-wrenching sound maker Dave Philllips. And I must say this C32/ digital download rather surprised me, as instead of the normal sickly ‘n’ unsettling sound art I'm used to hearing from Mr Phillips. What we get here are two (relatively) formal songs, with real instrumentation/ choirs, and a very horror fed vibe- which for some reason keeps recalling  Dario Argento’s three mother’s trilogy- well at least the first two chapters 1977’s Suspiria, and 1980 Inferno.


Joseph Lanza - Easy-Listening Acid Trip

Easy-Listening Acid Trip is a glossy and psychedelically colourful book examining the blending of the musical genres of easy-listening and psych rock ‘n’ pop in the 1960s.  It’s an intriguing, and largely very readable book, which looks at the surprising relationship between these two genres- which before/ after this time have largely stayed separated and remote from each other.


Various Artists - Separate Paths Together – An Anthology Of British

If there’s one thing that’s synonymous with the musical landscape of the 1970’s it’s the whole singer/ songwriter scene. Here from Cherry Red’s ’60s/ 70’s focused sublabel Grapefruit Records, is Separate Paths Together- a three-CD anthology collection focusing on British male singer/ songwriters from between the years 1965 and 1975. And it’s a wonderful varied, consistent, and rewarding boxset- that moves through a fair few genres/ takes on singer/songwriter craft, taking in tracks from the known, lesser-known and decidedly obscure artists.


Funuke Show Some Love, You Losers! - Funuke Show Some Love, You Losers!( Blu Ray)

Funuke Show Some Love, You Losers! is a family drama-come-black comedy, with some quirky touches here and there. This is the first-ever Blu Ray release of this award-winning/ nominated Japanese film, with the disc featuring a new scan of the picture, as well as a selection of archive extras.
 


The Crimes Of The Black Cat - The Crimes Of The Black Cat( Blu Ray)

The Crimes Of The Black Cat is an early 70’s gialli of Italian/ Danish origins, which follows a blind pianist/ soundtrack composer trying to figure out who's commits a series of murders relating to a fashion house. It’s a rewardingly twisting ‘n’ turning, if at times slightly cliched example of the genre- with a black-gloved killer and hatted killer, an amateur sleuth who's determined to get to the truth, and a selection shifty/ sleazed suspect. Though there are some original-to-nasty touches here and there, many of the murders are committed by a cat that has had its claws dipped in poison, and we get a very extreme nude slower slashing scene towards the end of proceedings. Here from Caldron films, an up 'n' coming genre reissue label is a recent reissue of this lesser-seen gialli - with the disc featuring two new commentary tracks, and a few other extras.


Zombi - Liquid Crystals

Pennsylvania's dynamic duo, Zombi, are back with another EP on Relapse - Liquid Crystals. Continuing their evolution, Moore and Paterra further explore moods, textures, and the borders of cinematic, synth-laden rock. Never a disappointment, Liquid Crystals is another wonderful addition to a rock-solid discography.



       
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