Annexus Quam’s first record, originally released in 1970, is a peculiar mix of psychedelic rock and jazz, one of those distinctly Krautrock records from that era. There are plenty of spacy sound effects as well as drugged-out vocal moaning, while primitive rhythms pound away with savage ferocity, especially on the second track. The longer third cut slows things down slightly, with plenty of soloing of guitar, keyboard, and more vocal moaning over the rhythmic washes of sound and ragged percussion, and then adds in some cosmic electric guitar riffing toward the end. The side-long fourth track is far mellower, as a piano leads into a relaxed but swinging number that is far jazzier than the rest of the disc, though still based more in underground rock than jazz. The piece soon takes on the psychedelic weirdness of the earlier tracks as it starts to sway off kilter with more wordless vocals and studio effects and many transitions of sound. Annexus Quam (Osmose) is not quite rock and not quite jazz, but is a very nice listen for more adventurous listeners from either school, especially in the light of more recent post-rock developments.
K-X-P is a rock trio consisting of Timo Kaukolampi and Tuomo Puranen of Op:l Bastards fame and Anssi Nykänen, a weathered session drummer. The main reference of their hypnotic music is krautrock from 40 years back, but they do throw in a few afrobeat rhythms, ominously cinematic keyboard sound walls, hippy Middle Eastern melodies and some dancey pulse. Kaukolampi’s idiosyncratic singing style has been sorely missed, although it comes only in small doses this time. Here and there you can also make out the distant breathy vocals of Norwegian pop princess Annie.
The Cosmic Dead are a psychedelic rock quartet from Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
They formed in early 2010, and have since released an album on CD & Cassette, as well as a few download only compilation releases. They have played a large amount of gigs in and around Glasgow since forming, sharing the bill with the likes of Cave, White Hills, Pontiak, Abouretum, Gnod, Bong & Mandog. They also collaborated with Can legend Damo Suzuki live in 2011, acting as his ‘soundcarriers’. A recent feature on the band by Zero Tolerance magazine described the band by saying that “If the rings of Saturn could sing, this is the sound they would make.”
Guili Guili Goulag is a weird XP rock band influenced by african music, Kraut Rock, doom, punk … and a lot of other things. It consists in a noisy harp, a groovy bass, and a tribal drum. The musicians were or are involved in various underground projects such as Duflan Duflan, Spoilature, Arts et Techniques … Their performances can be described as a dansable noisy act with improvised moments. Guili Guili Goulag has recently released their first record. 4 labels are involved in this release (Mon cul c’est du Tofu, Rockeril Records, Cheap Satanism and Attila Tralala).
Stabil Elite is a young band from Düsseldorf. In the last three years, Lucas Croon, Nikolai Szymanski and Martin Sonnensberger have created a cosmos of driving bass lines, danceable rhythms, floating pads and shimmering electric guitars. Using repetitive lyrics with double meanings, analogue synths and icy cold clackering computers, they revive Krautrock and the avant-garde moments of the German New Wave. After compilation contributions to the Düsseldof DIY label “Themes for Great Cities” and the American “Mathematics” label, run by Jamal Moss, the boys from the Rhineland now celebrate their debut with the Gold Ep. and offer a preview of the band’s first album, due in September 2011. For Gold, the Paris-based fashion photographer Kíra Bunse shot a music video on Super 8, which very authentically shows the band in their Düsseldorf environment. Recently Stabil Elite (among other artists) were photographed by Andreas Gursky for the “Salon des Amateurs” feature in Groove magazine and were also part of the DE:BUG cover story on Düsseldorf in the October 2010 issue. Stabil Elite take their band name from the German television film “Das Millionenspiel” from 1970 by Tom Toelle, for which Irmin Schmidt of CAN wrote the music. Also involved in Gold as a drummer and additional producer is Jan Philipp Janzen (Von Spar) and, as a guest musician, Jörg Burger (The Modernist).