Nile On Wax “After Heaven”

Artist: Nile On Wax
Title: After Heaven
Format: LP, CD, Digital

Label: Tonzonen Records
Genre: Psychedelic Avantgarde Rock
Release Date: 19/05/2023

Known for her collaborations with international artists such as Iggy Pop, John ParishNick Cave or Hugo Race, Catherine Graindorge has joined forces with bassist David Christophe and drummer Elie Rabinovitch under the name Nile On Wax.

The music of the trio cannot be classified, it has a distinctive intense and almost nebulous identity. An atmosphere somewhere between post-rock, jazz and psychedelic sounds. The soundtrack for a western, or a late night city walk.

Bend The Future “Sounds So Wrong”

Artist: Bend The Future
Title: Sounds So Wrong
Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Tonzonen Records
Distribution: Soulfood Music
Genre: Progressive/ Jazz-Rock
Release Date: 19/05/2023

The Grenoble quintet’s spectacular third album is all about stylish surprises, elegant harmonies shaped by variety, and passion. What Bend The Future offers is not a jazz-rock album that transcends the genre, but an unforgettable adventure that expands over thousands of kilometers.

Formed in Grenoble, France almost exactly four years ago, Bend The Future hits hard once again with their third studio album Sounds So Wrong. Emerging from the fusion of progressive rock and contemporary jazz with Eastern European influences, the band had already established their sound with their first two records, particularly with their sophomore album Without Notice released via Tonzonen Records. Utterly distinct from every other band on the label in terms of sound, the band continues to showcase their fearless and ingenious approach in the new album, SSW. Evolving anew, Bend The Futurebuilds up on their sound, stoically moves forward along their distinctive path, and boggles minds in the process.

Ashinoa “L’Orée”

Artist: Ashinoa
Title: L’Orée
Format: LP, Digital
Label: Fuzz Club Records
Distribution: Cargo
Genre: Krautrock, Experimental, Psychedelic Electronica
Release Date: 12/05/2023 (EU)

Ashinoa is a french band born in Lyon in the closing stages of 2015. Since forming, the French four-piece comprised of Stefan Chamolt, Matteo Fabbri, Jérémy Labarre and Mathias Chirpaz have been at the forefront of the alternative scene in their home city of Lyon. Influenced by Krautrock and electronic music, they create a vaste universe centered around psychedelic synthesizers and guitars, percussive and kraut rhythms, and galactic visuals.

At times percussive and dancey, at others hypnotic and cinematic, the largely synthesiser-driven soundscapes of L’Orée feel both of the past and the future. It’s the sound of two different worlds – a record capable of being as primal and ritualistic as it is synthesised and digitally manipulated. Where the band’s prior minimal Krautrock (see their 2019 Sinie Sinie LP) might have brought to mind cold, dark post-industrial cities, L’Orée‘s kosmische experimentalism takes you instead on an instrumental journey through the the natural wilderness via the medium of shape-shifting psychedelic electronics.

The Upland Band “Living In Paradise”

Artist: The Upland Band
Title: Living In Paradise
Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Kapitän Platte
Distribution: D/AT: Cargo Records, Benelux: Sonic Rendezvous FR: Differ-Ant, CH: Irascible, IT: Goodfellas 
Genre: Psychedelic Guitar Pop

Release Date: 12/05/2023

The Upland Band is the one man band of Michael Beckett (aka kptmichiganSuper Reverb and ex- Tuesday Weld) who also produced, recorded and mixed the album, aided considerably by Dirk Kretz (Old Men Group, ex-Tuesday Weld) and Christian Obermaier (Eagle Boston, ex-The Innits). 

A small village, somewhere in the soft hills of Germany`s East-Westphalia, is where the stories from Living In Paradise take place, with the lyrics being informed by historical facts, objective observations and good old down and dirty village gossip. A concept album so to speak. 

The cast of characters ranges from a poorer than poor ragpicker, to a retired cop, nazi neighbours and the ghost of an unknown, downed Canadian bomber pilot to name just a few. The stories told involve, among others, a historical paper mill which was used for Methamphetamine massproduction, the hardships of life in the 17th century, a steam powered train on which you can eat Kale and sausages and get wasted to pleas for the villagers to try just a little harder. 

Howlin’ Sun “Maxime”

Artist: Howlin’ Sun
Title: Maxime
Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Apollon Records 
Distribution: Plastic Head Distribution
Genre: Southern/ Blues Rock
Release Date: 05/05/2023

Howlin’ Sun is finally back with their highly anticipated 2nd album. The sound is familiar for fans of the first album, but this time it is crisper, darker and bigger. The dark and heavy title track Maxime – a homage to a legendary former venue in Bergen, sets the stage for the album.

Maxime is a broad exploration of the rock genre going from southern country rock to gritty garage, complimented by the indie intermission Jayne and the americana album closer Bittersweet Morning Sun.

Dez Dare “Critical Mind Dump EP”

Artist: Dez Dare
Title: Critical Mind Dump EP
Format: 7″, Digital 
Label: Six Tonnes De Chair (under exclusive licence from CH!MP)
Genre: Garage Punk 
Release Date: 05/05/2023

A fuzz beast clawing out of a pit of noise, riffs and existential joy.

Critical Mind Dump EP is the follow up release to the current album Perseus War. Veering further into the existential than the album’s anti-authoritarian bellowing, it lingers in the electric realms of the mind’s purgatory. Like a dream, good, bad or forgotten, it is critical to relieve yourself of whatever shackles tie you to convention. A life dump. This release is the unburdening of thought before the next release…

Dez comments: “Vinyl is what I grew up with. 7 inches were how we all experimented with new bands. Saving up the spare cash we could find, some borrowed from my unknowing Dad (sorry!), me and my mates would take the train to Melbourne to Au-Go-Go or maybe stay in Geelong at Caveman Records. We would buy as many records as we could, get as many different bands in our bag… try and outdo our mates on nerdiness. It’s a format I love.”

Chris Staples “Cloud Souvenirs”

Artist: Chris Staples
Title: Cloud Souvenirs
Format: LP, Digital
Label: Hot Tub Recordings
Genre: Singer-Songwriter/ Indie
Release Date: 26/05/2023

Cloud Souvenirs is the sixth full length album by American songwriter Chris Staples, ten songs spun from accumulated memory and flashes of insight into the hidden corners of life. Recorded in the midst of travel back and forth to Florida to deal with his mother’s declining health, Staples built an unselfconscious masterpiece, a cathartic and complete expression of his craft. Cloud Souvenirs is a parade of sculpted moments, some light and airy, some gray and heavy with rain– variations on beauty, tenderness, grief and unexpected joy. 

What is gone is all still here. Florida is a place steeped in memories and significance for Staples, landscape, humidity, shapes in the sky, intangible tokens of youth. He worked on the album intermittently during these visits, but had to cancel recording sessions to take his mother to the hospital. Her ever present piano playing around the house was a key to finding music. Her loss is a reality impossible to express. 

Cloud Souvenirs is laced with insistent phrases and melody lines that linger long after listening. Songs that hint at narrative without being weighed down by unnecessary detail. Evocative and economical, melancholic and magical. Songs that nourish life and encourage self-reflection. Pulsing electronica, acoustic strummers, synth stabs, dry snare drums setting the pace, clear melodies fill the sky, no rain for days.