Svart begins a cult reissue sublabel Mondo Svart


Finnish vinyl nerds Svart Records dig obsessively into the vaults of international music history to uncover rare gems. Now, they announce the arrival of new sub-label Mondo Svart and the first series of super-rare vinyl reissues.

“Mondo Svart” can be defined as “exceptionally Svart.” This is the core of the Svart Records exploration for gold at the back of the record crate. Those rare, undiscovered, and sometimes secret albums only talked about in hushed voices between collectors in the know: priceless and out of touch for the general masses, until now.

The Mondo Svart series commences with two pieces of hard psychedelic prog rock from early ’70s Argentina, followed by two rare jazz masterpieces.

Ave Rock – Ave Rock

Ave Rock (literally meaning “Hail Rock”) is a symphonic hymn to the meaning of progressive hard rock itself. Formed in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1972, the quintet recorded this eponymous album in 1974 on the Promúsica label. This massive eclectic odyssey of innovative songs and instrumentals comes across like a Latin American take on classic organ-based prog, as if Deep Purple were jamming on acid with an Italian ’70s art-rock band. Chock full of unnerving time changes, bluesy guitars, and progressive tempos, Ave Rock is a veritable feast of symphonic psychedelia. This is the very first time this rare opus is being reissued on vinyl. The pressing is limited to 500 copies and comes with liner notes by renowned psych rock historian Vernon Joynson.

Release date is October 25th.

Plus – No Pisar El Infinito

Plus formed in Buenos Aires during 1975, and released the album No Pisar El Infinito (“Do Not Step On The Infinite”) the following year. Hard-hitting heavy rock with progressive leanings, influenced by bands like Led Zeppelin and Grand Funk Railroad, the album is a triumph of excellent guitar craft and musicianship. One of the local top-drawer progressive hard rock acts of their era, Plus stands out as a band that were Latin American trailblazers of the highest caliber. The vinyl release of No Pisar El Infinito, released on the local T.K. label, has since become a very rare collector’s item, and this very first reissue will be particularly welcome for those in the know and all fans of progressive hard rock. The pressing is limited to 500 copies and comes with liner notes by renowned psych rock historian Vernon Joynson.

Release date is October 25th.

Enrico Rava & Aga Taura Confab – El Convidado

Living in New York, the Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava was one of the world’s leading free jazz musicians of the 1970s’ avant-garde. Rava’s visit to Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1975 brought about an album: Aga Taura Confab – El Convidado. The idea was to record the guest trumpeter with four of the very best Argentinian musicians: pianist Fernando Gelbard, bassist Adalberto Cevasco, drummer Néstor Astarita, and percussionist Juan “Chango” Farías Gómez (who is better known simply as Chango Farías). This album, called El Convidado, is a re-release of that legendary LP, for all purposes lost after its original release in 1975/76. It is a restored version of the original album with until-now-unpublished recording session photos by photographer Gianni Mestichelli. El Convidado was originally produced by the late and legendary Nano Herrera. The set is eclectic and beautiful, with rare trumpet-piano duets; musicians that had played with many of the greats such as Lionel Hampton, Ella Fitzgerald, Herb Geller, and Lalo Schifrin; Fender Rhodes pianos; African-influenced rhythmic figures; and a climax of free-improv build-ups. It is a record which is equally dynamic as it is melodic and poignant. In short, a genuine delight brought back for new generations to enjoy.

Release date is November 22nd.

Shamek Farrah & Sonelius Smith – The World of Children

One of the rarest albums on the infamous jazz label Strata-East from 1977, and it’s a spiritual soul jazz masterpiece. Sonelius Smith’s free piano comes together with Shamek Farrah’s heartfelt saxophone for a totally unforgettable journey into the meaning of sacred jazz. Fresh and imaginative, but not too improvisational. Rhapsodic but never over-indulgent and with a raucous, bold groove that’s in the real classic Strata-East mold. Playful and wild but beautiful and confident, and with a swagger and expertly crafted finesse that let’s this record sit alongside the very classics of the era as a forgotten gem.

One of the tracks of note on this LP is the 10-minute epic Latin Jazz feast “World Of The Children,” but the entire album is a top-class work that will now be infinitely enjoyable for generations to come.

Release date is November 22nd.