Friday, August 31, 2012

Best of 1982- The Singles

The rendezvous with the year 1982 continues. Next up we have 'The Best of 1982- The Singles List'. 
We would like to invite you to share your favorite singles ranked in a Top10 list. To make this easier, we made a selection of more than 200 songs in one list available here, but you are also welcome to add your favorite songs if they are not on the list (official releases only).
As you know, we prefer #new wave, #post-punk, #synth-pop #new romantics, #goth, #italo-disco, #hi-nrg, #minmal synth, #art-pop/rock, #jangle-pop, #industrial, #darkwave and similar music styles.
Post your Top 10 in a comment section. The final results after the summer break.

Out This Week: Wild Nothing- Nocturne

The American dream pop duo Wild Nothing fronted by Jack Tatum have released their second album entitled 'Nocturne' this week. This is a follow up to their debut album 'Gemini' which was released two years ago, both out on Captured tracks. Their latest single 'Paradise' is also out this month. 

Summer Singles Round Up

Sunday, August 26, 2012

John Foxx and The Maths to Release 'Evidence'

Following the success of their previous two albums, John Foxx and the Maths have teamed up for yet another electronic experience. Their third album is going to be entitled 'Evidence' and it will include collaborative tracks with The Soft Moon, Xeno & Oaklander, Gazelle Twin, Matthew Dear and Tara Busch. The album release is announced for September 10th. More info via Metamatic.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Zaine Griff Reissues

Zaine Griff's first two studio albums 'Ashed and Diamonds' and 'Figvres' have been reissued for the first time by Amplifier. The Auckland born singer who formed part of the English New wave scene and who was under a strong influence of David Bowie released these albums in the early 80's. 
His debut album 'Ashes and Diamonds' was produced by Tony Visconti, famous for his work with David Bowie. They met and re-recorded three songs with Zaine Griff's band. The album was issued in 1980 and featured the singles "Ashes and Diamonds" and "Run". Zaine's second album 'Figvres' was released two years later, in 1982 by Polydor. It was produced by Hans Zimmer and featured a great line-up of artist who collaborated on it including Warren Can, Yukihiro Takahashi and Kate Bush. The album featured the singles "Figvres" and "Flowers" the wonderful duet with Kate Bush. 
Zaine has released his third album 'Child Who Wants The Moon' in 2011 and currently, he is working on his fourth album which is expected to be released in winter 2012. 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Retrovision: Duran Duran- Save a Prayer

Duran Duran released their sixth single "Save A Prayer" thirty years ago. The song was the third single from the band's second album 'Rio'. It became Duran Duran's biggest hit to date Singles Chart reaching #2. The video was filmed by director Russell Mulcahy among the jungles, beaches, and temples of Sri Lanka in April 1982. Scenes were filmed atop the ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya, among the ruins of a Buddhist temple at Polonnaruwa and the island's southern coastline. 

Steve Strange and Samantha Fox to Get "Dirty and Flirty" in a New Song

Steve Strange who has recently made a return to the music scene with his new band project Detroit Starrzz has announced on his Twitter page that he has been working on a new song with the 80's star Samantha Fox. The new song will be entitled "Dirty and Flirty" and that is all the news we got for now. Stay tune for more info or follow Steve directly on Twitter to get the latest updates. 

Friday, August 17, 2012

Next Wave: The Phone

The Phone is a retro-analogue synth project by Jonni Mogul and Steve Lippert paying homage to some of the old heroes namely Soft Cell, Kraftwerk and the likes but with a rather unique sound in the end. Their music is minimal synth-wave with Casio VL-1 sounds, rhythms and samples. To this date, they have released two singles on Attractive, “Discreet Affair” and a powerful uptempo dancefloor filler "Cabaret Noire" which features Sharon Abbout from Poeme Electronique on vocals. Their debut album is called 'Songs From This Nuclear Age' and it is out on August 20th via Attractive.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

New Detachments EP Coming This September

Detachments are back with a brand new EP entitled 'Fade' which is going to be Haçienda Records’ first release of the Autumn. This will be the band’s first new material since their self titled debut album in 2010. 'Fade' will officially be out on September 3rd on Haçienda Records before hitting all the major stores and download sites. The “Fade” EP mixes Detachment’s trademark style across indie and electronic veins, taking in an early Eighties, post punk, coldwave sound and matching this to song craft and a poised, nonchalant sense of hip and classic production.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

New Giorgio Moroder Rarities Compilation Announced for September.

Repertoire Records have announced the release of a brand new Giorgio Moroder compilation entitled 'On The Groove Train Pop & Dance Rarities 1975 - 1993'. As the title says, this collection of songs features all the dance rarities released between the years 1975 and 1993 recorded Moroder’s Musicland Studios in Munich. Musicians featured include studio house band Munich Machine, Americans Marsha Hunt, Roberta Kelly and Paul Engemann, and Brit Keith Forsey. The compilation is due on September 24th.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Singles Round Up- Olympic Special

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games are officially over. This is our Olympic singles special. Kate Bush was rumored to be one of the performers during the closing ceremony at the Olympics, but instead of it, we only enjoyed the remix version of her major hit "Running Up That Hill" from 1985 which out as a single. George Micheal and Pet Shop Boys were among the performers at the closing ceremony. George made his comeback performing "Freedom" and his brand new single "White Light" while the Pet Shop Boys performed their classic "West end Girls". Their new single "Winner" was released this month and it announces the new album 'Elysium' which is out in  September. Detroit Starzz led by Steve Strange have released their debut single which perfectly fits the olympic spirit with the title "Aiming for Gold". Nik Kershaw returned with the new album this summer and the first single from it is entitled "Sky is The Limit". Finally, the new single from Yellow Magic Orchestra "Fire Bird" which was first preformed live at World Happiness 2011, annual summer festival is out this month. Goodbye to the Olympic Games, goodbye London. See you in Rio!
All the other summer music highlights later this month. Stay tuned! 

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Instant Hit: Hysterica Passio- Grey Over Life

Hysterica Passio, a NY downtown 4 piece group, released their only single "Grey Over Life" in 1982 for the Fire in Heart records. The band only lasted about 3 years but they managed to gain a good following playing at all the local venues such as Danceteria, The Pyramid Lounge, The Mudd Club & Maxwells. The best source for their music today is still their Myspace page with more unreleased tracks and band info.

Aztec Camera Reissues Announced for August 27th

Demon Music Group have announced the reissue of all six albums from the Scottish indie-pop act Aztec Camera. The reissue pack includes six albums originally released between 1983 and 1995 which will be reissued in 2CD or in single-disc expanded editions, each featuring an assortment of bonus cuts including non-album singles, B-sides and remixes. The album reissues are announced for August 27th in the UK.


Friday, August 10, 2012

Out This Week: Dead Can Dance- Anastasis

Dead Can Dance are back with a brand new album out this week. Their new album is entitled 'Anastasis' and it is their first studio output in sixteen years. The album will be released through a new record label 'Play it Again Sam' and it will be followed by a reunion World Tour which is scheduled to begin August 9, 2012 in Canada and end October 28, 2012 in Ireland. 'Amnesia', the first single from the album was released in June.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Retrovision: Kissing The Pink- Watching Their Eyes

Kissing The Pink released their third single "Watching Their Eyes" thirty years ago. This haunting synth pop classic was produced by Colin Thurston and it was issued in various formats in Italy, Germany and in the UK. Recently, we stumbled upon the original video on Youtube which is thrilling and somehow went unnoticed at the time of the original release. Take a look. 


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Best of Propaganda on ZTT announced for September.

After the successful reissue of Propaganda's second album 'Wishful Thinking' this year, one more record is to be released from the ZTT music factory. The brand new compilation is entitled 'Noise And Girls Come Out To Play: A Compact Introduction To Propaganda'. The compilation features classics, rarities and noise-shots from their essential records as well as Propaganda's studio sessions during the years spent taping at 'Sarm Studios', 1983 to 1986. The compilation is announced for release on September 3, 2012 and it is available on pre-order. 

Out This Week: Nik Kershaw- Ei8ht

Nik Kershaw has released his eight studio album also entitled 'Ei8ht'. On this album he continues to deliver the adult contemporary sound which he has so cleverly mastered in his latter years. Different influences battle on this album, but it' basically a pop album, pop with a twist which also meets the olympic spirit. The album is out this week and available in all the major record stores.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Next Wave: Inhalt

Inhalt is a San Francisco based synth trio consisting of Matia Simovich, Bryan Gibbs, and Philip Winiger. Their music employs the best of vintage electronics and modern technologies and techniques and transforms it into the system of Inahalt's dark analogue beats and cold rhythms. Inhalt's debut EP 'Vehicle' was released through Dark Entries Records on May 8, 2012.All tracks were written, produced and mixed by the band at The Bunker Studio, San Francisco, California between 2009 and 2011.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Reissue: Drinking Electricity- Overload + Singles

Drinking Electricity's debut and only album 'Overload' has been reissued by Medical Records this August. The album was originally released by Survival Records which was founded by the band's members Anne-Marie Heighway and David Rome in 1981. This double LP collection showcases Drinking Electricity's full LP 'Overload' while the second LP contains the singles released during the 1980-1982 period. The LP is presented in a double gatefold jacket with custom Drinking Electricity inspired artwork. Inner gatefold jacket features a variety of pictures of the band during this period. The release also features a bonus 2-sided insert with liner notes and interview of the band by Dave Segal. 

For more info click here

Sunday, August 5, 2012

WAW: Sensual Harassment - Disco Heart

The Brooklyn based Sensual Harassment are back with a new dose of beat driven psych pop. Their latest video for the song "Disco Heart" was directed by Joel Fernando and it was premiered on August 2, 2012 on 'Vice'. It features sex blogger and Vice TV star Slutever (Karley Sciortino). The song is available as a free download via their official page. The band is currently working on a new album. Follow them on twitter to get the latest updates.