Weekly Distro Roundup With Jon Treneff !

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The song remains the same they say, but whoever “they” were never heard Severed Heads. Rather, there’s been a near-endless bounty of earthly delights flowing through the distro dykes lately, so let’s dispense with the small talk and get down to the chow, shall we?!

Fabio Frizzi – City Of The Living Dead
(Death Waltz)

Death Waltz alert! Another essential soundtrack from Fabio Frizzi, who we haven’t seen blessed with a DW catalog number since the label’s fledgling release, the ever-popular Zombi 2 soundtrack. The Italian maestro really shines here – with his signature synths and dry drum programming conjuring the dead to rise again! If you drool over Giorgio Moroder’s Cat People soundtrack as much as us, you’ll need to cop this on the double, as it sounds like Moroder might have ripped a page or two from the Book of Frizzi. Soooo good!!!

 

Il Balletto Di Bronzo – Sirio 2222
(Lion Productions)

Major burn alert! A few months back we got in the reissue of Il Balletto’s second album, Ys, and while it has a rip ratio all it’s own, Sirio 2222 is really what it’s all about for us. Rawer, and more direct than Ys, Sirio 2222 was one of the first albums of what would become the signature Italian Acid/Psych/Prog sound, and one of the pillars of the scene. These were Italians taking UK hard rock like Zeppelin and Sabbath and making it something uniquely theirs. Limited to 1k and going fast!

 

Various Artists – Kontroversial Kovers
(Reprieve)

Finally got enough of these in to list! What could easily have been a modest curio turns out to be an unexpectedly stellar compilation of Kinks covers. It doesn’t hurt having all of the 32 tracks come from ’60′s Mod/Garage/Freakbeat acts, who in a parallel dimension, might have been household names themselves. But ya ya hey – that’s the just the way the crumpet crumbles, eh lads? Instead, we get the next best thing – inspired interpretations of one of the richest songbooks in pop history, that also serve as introductions to some great forgotten bands of the day that you’ll wanna dig deeper into!

 

Severed Heads – Since The Accident & Slab City Horror
(Medical)

Long-overdue reissues of these singular, ahead-of-their-time, and still confounding records from Australia’s Severed Heads. Coming to fruition in the early-mid ’80′s, their experimentation with electronics, sampling, and synth texturing generally gets them lumped in with the Industrial bands with whom they shared a label (Nettwerk), but mainly, there just wasn’t a whole lot to compare this to in 1979. Released in 1983 and ’85, these records manage to sound just as challenging and unique today. Fans of Coil, Cabaret Voltaire, and Plunderphonics – this is your zone!