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03 DECEMBER 2 0 1 7 :: Alex's Hand / KaTaTaK (2017, R102 CD/DD)
RAIG is proud to present: "KaTaTaK", the fourth proper studio album by the UStates-born and Germany-based avant-prog-fusion ensemble ALEX'S HAND. All music contained within was primarily recorded in 2014-2015 in Berlin within a generally live context with a very small amount of overdubs. Grab yourself a daiquiri or some mind-bending cocktail. Chill out. And let a little evil cat into your lives. Recommended for the real connoisseurs of Avant-Prog, RIO, Jazz-Fusion, and Post-Modern Experimental musical art. CD (5 tracks - 46 min.) comes in a full-color 4-panel cardboard folder. $13.00 + shipping.
 

12 OCTOBER 2 0 1 7 :: "Ellipsism" CD by ENFANT is reviewed by "Musikreview.de" webzine
"Zu jeder Zeit steht fest: Enfant sind ein zur Band gewordenes 'panta rhei', denn bei ihnen befindet sich alles im Fluss, ob nun die Teilhaber an ihrem Kollektiv oder ihre Klange an sich, denen man mit dem Begriff Progressive Post Rock nur annahernd gerecht wird." - wrote Andreas Schiffmann. Read the full review (in German) or use Google Translate.

09 OCTOBER 2 0 1 7 :: "Ellipsism" CD by ENFANT is reviewed by "New Underground Music" muzblog
"Ellipsism van Enfant is een niet alledaags stukje muziek, dat voor iedereen toegankelijk is, maar zij, die er notie van nemen, zullen er zeker van weten te genieten en ik kan liefhebbers van progressieve rock, jazz en experimentele muziek dan ook aanraden, deze schijf eens te gaan beluisteren." - wrote Carry Munter. Read the full review (in Dutch) or use Google Translate.

 
10 SEPTEMBER 2 0 1 7 :: Enfant / Ellipsism (2015/2017, R099 CD/DD)
Independently produced and published digitally in July 2015, "Ellipsism" is the second album by the Bolivian modern-prog band ENFANT. Twelve musicians from Bolivia and Argentina were invited to perform in the project. It is a conceptual piece of work dedicated to studying of undescribed human emotions. "Ellipsism" offers diverse, skillfully composed and arranged, orchestrated, thoroughly expressive and dramatic Modern-Prog or Experimental-Prog music within rich lyrical context which is delivered in Spanish by two fantastic leading vocalists. For the first time in physical format! CD (7 tracks - 48 min.) comes in a full-color 4-panel cardboard folder. $13.00 + shipping.
 

10 SEPTEMBER 2 0 1 7 :: "Roaches" CD by ALEX'S HAND is reviewed by "Babyblaue-Seiten" webzine
"Ein ausgesprochen buntes Gemenge an Klang ist auf Roaches zu finden, das gutgelaunt, immer etwas angeschragt und wust, sehr dynamisch und farbig instrumentiert durch die Gehorgange gleitet." - wrote Achim Breiling. Read the full review (in German) or use Google Translate.

04 SEPTEMBER 2 0 1 7 :: "Roaches" CD by ALEX'S HAND is reviewed by "New Underground Music" muzblog
"Roaches van Alex's Hand bevat niet alledaagse muziek en zal daarom ook niet voor iedereen even toegankelijk zijn, maar ik kan deze schijf met technisch hoogstaande muziek sterk aanbevelen aan iedere liefhebber van de muziek van Frank Zappa/ Mothers Of Invention en aan hen, die van spannende muziek houden." - wrote Carry Munter. Read the full review (in Dutch) or use Google Translate.

28 AUGUST 2 0 1 7 :: "Macht ihr mal, ich hab schon" CD by N-1 is reviewed by "New Underground Music" muzblog
"Macht Ihr Mal... van N-1 is een fantastische opvolger van Nomma, die ik elke liefhebber van progressieve rock en krautrock kan aanraden." - wrote Carry Munter. Read the full review (in Dutch) or use Google Translate.

19 AUGUST 2 0 1 7 :: "Macht ihr mal, ich hab schon" CD by N-1 is reviewed by "Babyblaue-Seiten" webzine
"Wer druckvolles krautig-spaciges Jammen schatzt, der macht mit 'Macht ihr mal, ich hab schon' sicher keinen Fehlkauf. RockNRoll!" - wrote Achim Breiling. Read the full review (in German) or use Google Translate.

16 AUGUST 2 0 1 7 :: "Macht ihr mal, ich hab schon" CD by N-1 is reviewed by "Musikreview.de" webzine
"Macht ihr mal, ich hab schon hebt N-1 einmal mehr als hochkaratige wie originelle Instrumentalband uber den Wust der Szene hinaus. Den kurzen Namen der Herren mussten nicht nur in Deutschland, sondern generell international viel mehr Menschen in den Mund nehmen, wenn es um aussagekraftige Musik ohne Aussager geht." - wrote Andreas Schiffmann. Read the full review (in German) or use Google Translate.

16 AUGUST 2 0 1 7 :: "Roaches" CD by ALEX'S HAND is reviewed by "Musikreview.de" webzine
"Roaches ist nicht ganz so zwingend ausgefallen wie das aktuelle Schaffen von ALEX'S HAND, aber ein instrumental nicht minder facettenreiches und virtuoses Werk. Da der Fokus haufig auf Stimmen und Texten liegt, darf man das Album auch als Horspiel begreifen und relativieren, wenn man es unter rein musikalischen Gesichtspunkten bewertet. In jedem Fall ist klingt es so schrill, wie das Artwork erahnen lasst." - wrote Andreas Schiffmann. Read the full review (in German) or use Google Translate.

 
07 AUGUST 2 0 1 7 :: N-1 / Macht ihr mal, ich hab schon (2015/2017, R101 CD/DD)
Independently produced and uploaded to the web in November 2015, "Macht ihr mal, ich hab schon" is yet another big instrumental adventure of N-1 teaming up with synth-guru Udo Hanten of "Deutsche Elektronische Musik" legend YOU. The music is totally improvised and covers a broad spectrum of styles - from psyche-kraut-rock and space-trip-rock to avant-rock, experimental and progressive rock. Produced for CD-release at R.A.I.G. Records in 2017 by Steven Hein. CD (11 tracks - 73 min.) comes in a full-color 4-panel cardboard folder. $13.00 + shipping.
 

01 AUGUST 2 0 1 7 :: "Nomma" CD by N-1 is reviewed by "Scott's Music Reviews" muzblog
"There is a lot of intensity in the playing and often some quite unexpected strange sounds here and there. Check these guys out." - wrote Scott Heller. Read the full review (in English) or use Google Translate.

01 AUGUST 2 0 1 7 :: "Roaches" CD by ALEX'S HAND is reviewed by "Scott's Music Reviews" muzblog
"I think they are fans of Frank Zappa, Primus, and Mr Bungle. The record is for people with a truly eclectic taste in music. This is a very hard record to review but I have to say it was very enjoyable." - wrote Scott Heller. Read the full review (in English) or use Google Translate.

 
26 MAY 2 0 1 7 :: Alex's Hand / Roaches (2017, R098 CD/DD)
RAIG is proud to present: "Roaches", the 2nd studio recording by ALEX'S HAND. It is a conceptual piece of work telling about how hard it is to go against the musical grain. It is the story of a fictional band called The Roaches whose situation closely parallels that of the Alex's Hand itself... Recorded by the ensemble of 13 musicians (featuring members of RHINE, AUTUMN ELECTRIC, MORAINE, ZUBATTO SYNDICATE, ZHONGYU, BENS JAZZ KIT, etc.) and considered by many a masterpiece of modern Avant-Prog/RIO, "Roaches" is available now for the first time in physical format! CD (12 tracks 78 min.) comes in a full-color 4-panel cardboard folder. $13.00 + shipping.
 

08 APRIL 2 0 1 7 :: "Remnant" CD by MEDULLA is reviewed by "Babyblaue-Seiten" webzine
"Remnant bietet alles in allem eine gelungene Mischung aus Atmosphare und Komplexitat, ist interessant instrumentiert, kommt kompakt und auf den Punkt gegart aus den Boxen und wird engagiert vorgetragen. An modernem Prog interessierte Zeitgenossen sollten das Album antesten!" - wrote Achim Breiling. Read the full review (in German) or use Google Translate.

02 APRIL 2 0 1 7 :: "Nomma" CD by N-1 is reviewed by "Babyblaue-Seiten" webzine
"Wer spacig-psychedelisch-krautiges Jammen mit Elektronikkomponente schatzt, der macht hier sicher nicht falsch. Oder, wer zu dieser Gruppe von musikkonsumierenden Zeitgenossen gehort, der sollte sich das Album dringend besorgen." - wrote Achim Breiling. Read the full review (in German) or use Google Translate.

27 MARCH 2 0 1 7 :: "Nomma" CD by N-1 is reviewed by "Musikreview.de" webzine
"Ein instrumentaler Parforceritt zwischen konkreter Komposition und zwangloser Improvisation, spielerisch hervorragend und emotional haptisch. Idealmusik also fur anspruchsvolle Gemuter." - wrote Andreas Schiffmann. Read the full review (in German) or use Google Translate.

20 MARCH 2 0 1 7 :: "Nomma" CD by N-1 is reviewed by "New Underground Music" muzblog
"Nomma van N-1 is een heerlijk debuut album, dat vol staat met uitstekende nummers, waarmee de band me volledig in de ban van hun muziek heeft weten te houden en ik kan deze schijf dan ook aanraden aan elke liefhebber van dit genre." - wrote Carry Munter. Read the full review (in Dutch) or use Google Translate.

16 MARCH 2 0 1 7 :: "Nomma" CD by N-1 is reviewed by "New Underground Music" muzblog
"Asi hemos descubierto a los N-1 y asi de gratamente nos han impresionado ellos con este disco Nomma, el cual ya queda registrado como uno de los items prog-psicodelicos mas notables del ano 2017... tanto, recomendamos Nomma al 100 percents." - wrote Cesar Inca Mendoza Loyola. Read the full review (in Spanish) or use Google Translate.

 
05 MARCH 2 0 1 7 :: N-1 / Nomma (2017, R097 CD/DD)
RAIG is proud to present: "Nomma", the first professionally manufactured album by impro-instrumental rock-band N-1 from Krefeld, Germany. The original sessions were performed and recorded live-in-studio by Udo Hanten (synths), Steven Hein (guitar), Thorsten Marach (drums), and Maziar Yazdkhasti (bass) in December 2016. Resulted tracks were mixed, mastered and later edited especially for RAIG by Steven Hein. This is a huge instrumental tour-de-force covering a broad spectrum of modern instrumental and improvised music - from space-psyche-trip-rock and motoric kraut-rock to avant-rock and experimental rock. The lovers of free and open forms of music-art, as well as original contents, will enjoy this recording for sure. CD (8 tracks 76 min.) comes in a full-color 4-panel cardboard folder. $13.00 + shipping.
 

20 FEBRUARY 2 0 1 7 :: "Remnant" CD by MEDULLA is reviewed by "New Underground Music" muzblog
"Remnant van Medulla bevat 7 lekker in het gehoor klinkende nummers, waarvan ik van begin tot einde van genoten heb en ik kan iedere liefhebber van melodische progressieve rock en progressieve jazz, dit album dan ook van harte aanbevelen." - wrote Carry Munter. Read the full review (in Dutch) or use Google Translate.

16 FEBRUARY 2 0 1 7 :: "Remnant" CD by MEDULLA is reviewed by "Musikreview.de" webzine
"Remnant ist ein eindrucksvolles Zeugnis von Themenarbeit im musikalischen Rahmen, funktioniert aber sowohl als Gesamtwerk als auch einzeln pro Song rezipiert. Was dies angeht, stellen MEDULLA eine veritable Grosse unter den neueren Progressive-Rock-Bands dar, und so originell, wie sie schon jetzt aufspielen, klingen nur wenige. Hier stecken erfahrene Musiker dahinter, keine Frage." - wrote Andreas Schiffmann. Read the full review (in German) or use Google Translate.

 
29 JANUARY 2 0 1 7 :: Medulla / Remnant (2017, R096 CD/DD)
RAIG is proud to present: "Remnant", stunning debut album by the Texas-born, Germany-based modern-prog band MEDULLA from Berlin. It presents music that is both intellectually challenging and emotionally accessible, combining influences and inspirations from intricate Art-Prog-Rock, melodic Alternative-Rock, and tantalizing Experimental-Rock. This is an exciting and deeply personalized lyrical work by focused and inspired musicians that can't be ignored. CD (7 tracks 50 min.) comes in a full-color 4-panel cardboard folder. $13.00 + shipping.
 



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May 26 :: ALEX'S HAND

ALEX'S HAND live at SeaProg Fest 2013, Columbia City Theatre, Seattle, WA. "Navigate" is from the "Roaches" album which was published digitally in 2014 and released as a real CD in 2017 under exclusive license to R.A.I.G. Records (Cat.N R098). Enjoy "Roaches" by Alex's Hand: free streaming, quality flac-DD, or sealed CD-copy (DD included).

 




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