June 10, 2018

The reviews of Firepool Records' new release, Hillmen's The Whiskey Mountain Sessions, Vol. II have been fantastic so far, and we thought we would share just a small sample of them with you - to give you an idea of what people are saying about this fantastic release:

"If you listened to this tune cold out of the blue, you'd swear this was some long lost jam from fusion's early '70s glory days" - Sea Of Tranquility (USA)
"The group is at the top of their form and knows how to bring a dose of soul to each composition." - ProgCritque (France)
"The musicianship throughout is superb, there is no denying the quality of these four exemplary musicians." - DPRP (Netherlands)
"Both killer keyboard work and powerhouse guitar playing are delivered on this number." - Music Street Network (USA)

Special thanks also need to be given to Tom Gagliardi at our favorite radio show The Gagliarchives; he's a big fan of the record and his audience is as well! It's been in his "top 20 of the week" for five weeks in a row! We'd be remiss if we didn't also mention the fantastic radio shows by Nick Katona, Jerry George, Mike Pollack, Gregg Kovach, Aloys Martens as well. Want to know more about this VERY limited edition release? Click here for more information.

May 7, 2018

Our Djam Karet album Sonic Celluloid was chosen by the listeners of Tom Gagliardi's radio show, as the "#2 Album Of The Year" for 2017!! And the new Hillmen album has been getting a lot of air-play on his show, placing in "Top 20 Of The Week" for the 3rd week in a row!

And what are the critics saying about the new Hillmen album "The Whiskey Mountain Sessions, Vol.II"? "Wondrously beautiful, pretty solid, easily accessible, intricately flowing and gloriously played instrumentally melodic magic." GeeForceMusic (SCOTLAND) "Rarely have we heard jams that are captured and recorded with such a crystal-clear sound." BabyBlaue (GERMANY) "HILLMEN have embedded their entire spirit into this album, a new progressive Jazz music for our times: we strongly advise you to take a soulful walk through the paths and landscapes that are evoked in each song" Notes On Contemporary Progressive Music (PERU) "If you are a fan of instrumental jazz fusion - then you definitely need to listen to this new work by the ensemble HILLMEN." RecyclableSounds (RUSSIA).

April 8, 2018


Firepool Records announces a brand new digital download only remix album, Hallow, by Herd Of Instinct, released on Firepool Records (#FR010).

Hallow is a radical remix/reimaging/reconstruction of Herd of Instinct's music. The progressive rock originals have been transformed into slow moving soundscapes. Inspiration came from a wide range of sources - Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings" to the drone metal of Sunn O))) to David Lynch's Eraserhead to Bill Laswell's ambient mix translations of Bob Marley and Miles Davis. Hear the New Ambient Sounds of Hallow here.

March 16, 2018

The Whiskey Mountain Sessions II

Arriving in the DK Store today, is a very special and limited (150 pieces) glass mastered CD by Hillmen titled The Whiskey Mountain Sessions II. Hillmen is a side project by the ever prolific Gayle Ellett of Djam Karet and in ways is a homage to the early improvisational days of Djam Karet. Completely improvised and played by humans with hands and feet, this music flows like jazz through the minds of veteran players who are recording in one of the most creative and artistically fertile areas of greater Los Angeles - Topanga Canyon. The music reflects the air and space in which it was recorded and yet has an English Canterbury quality to it as compared to the rock improvisations of Djam Karet which have a darker and more sinister tone. Act sooner than later as these are also autographed and numbered by the entire band with some great artwork by Mike Murray and are strictly LTD to 150 pieces. Have a look and listen here.

March 3, 2018

Soon to be relesed on Djam Karet's Firepool Records, this very limited edition CD (all 150 copies will be autographed by the band) takes their "free improvisation" to the next level with 40 minutes of completely improvised music forged deep in the hills of Topanga, California. For more information, please head over to our Firepool Records page.

January 9, 2018

New to the DK Store is a very limited 60 piece CDR release via Ultima Thule in the UK. The Freeman Brothers who run UT have been huge supporters of Djam Karet from the very beginning and deserve a lot of credit for keeping progressive music alive in the dark ages of the 80's and 90's. Kafka'a Breakfast updates the out of print cassette tape version with this limited CDR and has also been remastered. The 4 studio songs pre date Djam Karet, but there is a lot of DK in them. The live improvisation is from The Ritual Continues Sessions and is glorious if your head enjoys our expansive rock improvisation works. We have but a handful...

What is in store for 2018? Music, definitely music. Shortly there should be something from The Hillmen which continues their journeys into long term rock improvisation. Next up is The Heavy Soul Sessions 2 from Djam Karet which finalizes those all important live in the studio recording sessions from 2010. There will be a barrage of solo projects from Chuck Oken, Jr (with Gayle Ellett and Mike Henderson) over the summer as well as a studio release from bassist Aaron Kenyon and his long term recording partner Joel Connell. End of the Year or First Quarter 2019 should see a brand new Djam Karet studio release if the world does not implode or explode.

Can't end this without thanking all of you for your support over the years and especially with Sonic Celluloid in 2017. The release was very well received and it sold well in times that are a changing for all musicians. Thank you!