Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Reissues: Foretaste - American Terrorist TV-Show

And now for a reissue of a different kind. I say this as it's not the type of reissue we normally report about. In fact it's a re-working of a previous album, released in 2008, called "Terrorist TV". The tracklisting and songs themselves will be completely different from the prior release. Also included will be 2 tracks from previous EPs. Due any day now and limited to 300 copies.

In case you're unfamiliar with Foretaste, i'll give you a simple and brief history. The band is made up of two members, Sylvie aka "Lover XX (vocals) and Pierre aka "Lover XY" (programming / backing vocals). They hail from Paris and released their debut album, "Beautiful Creatures" in 2005. The third and latest official offering being "Love On Demand" from 2011. A string of live performances have been done, over the past few years, which included Paris and Italy to name a few. In addition to the 3 albums, there's is also a selection of digital  EP's available. XX and XY collaborate on their tracks and focus on matters such as crime, lust, passion, sadness, and forgiveness. I discovered them back in the glory days of Myspace and have been a huge fan since then. That said, i can personally attest to their synthsized goodness. "American Terrorist TV-Show" will be available for purchase at BOREDOMproduct Records within the coming weeks. I'd hate to have any gaps in my Foretaste collection so wish me luck in getting a copy.


For more info on Foretaste, please visit the following: Foretaste Official Site , Foretaste Official @ Facebook , Foretaste Official @ YouTube

Monday, January 28, 2013

Next Wave: Gold Zebra

Gold Zebra is a Montreal based electro pop duo consisting of Julie (Vocals) and JP Richard (Synthesizers). The duo is active since 2010 when they released their debut EP on Visage Musique. Their music combines dark tones with melodic electro beats and seduces you with late night disco melancholia. The duo is currently working on their debut album which is announced for release in spring. Take a listen to Gold Zebra on Bandcamp and check out their official FB page for updates. 


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Depeche Mode Reveal New Album Delta Machine

Depeche Mode have announced that their 13th studio album studio album will be entitled 'Delta Machine'. It is set for release on March 26th on Columbia Records. the debut video for their first single ‘Heaven’ will be premiered on February 1st on Vevo. Alongside a standard CD format, Depeche Mode will release 'Delta Machine' in an exclusive Deluxe Edition with four additional new tracks and accompanied by a 28 page hardcover book including photos by longtime artistic collaborator Anton Corbijn. 
 Following the release of their new album, Depeche Mode will embark on a European stadium tour, kicking off in Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park on May 7th. They will perform 34 shows in 25 European countries. 

http://countdown.depechemode.com/#delta

STANDARD:
1 - Welcome To My World
2 - Angel
3 - Heaven
4 - Secret To The End
5 - My Little Universe
6 - Slow
7 - Broken
8 - The Child Inside
9 - Soft Touch / Raw Nerve
10 - Should Be Higher
11 - Alone
12 - Soothe My Soul
13 - Goodbye

The Return of the New Wave Pirate

We already reported about Adam Ant's big return in 2012 and this weeks sees the release of his sixth studio album 'Adam Ant Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner's Daughter'. The video for his first single "Cool Zombie" was filmed on 28 October, with NME running a competition offering readers a chance to be an extra in the shoot. The concept of the video, is the story of Adam's return to London after living in Tennessee. It was produced and directed by Adam Ant and Adam Ross. 


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Rewind 2013 Line-up Confirmed

"Rewind Scotland – The 80s Festival" in Perth, Scotland is back for its third year running. The festival will take place from Friday 26th July until Sunday 28th July at Scone Palace, Perthshire, Scotland. 
This year’s line-up is headlined by Ali Campbell’s UB40 and OMD. Other highlights include a rare appearance from Jason Donovan, A Flock Of Seagulls, Tony Hadley, Rick Astley, Belinda Carlisle, Level 42, Earth, Wind & Fire Experience Featuring Al McKay, Howard Jones, Soul II Soul, Kim Wilde, Mike + The Mechanics, The Blow Monkeys, Sonia, Nik Kershaw and many more. 
Tickets will go on sale at 9am on Friday 25th January.Full details about ticket outlets and prices are available from the official Rewind website. 

 http://www.rewindfestival.com/
 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Retrovision: China Crisis- Christian

China Crisis released "Christian" in January 1983 and entered the UK charts at #38. It was their fourth single that was taken from their debut album 'Difficult Shapes & Passive Rhythms, Some People Think It's Fun to Entertain' which was released in 1982. To this date, it remained as one of the mystical, mysterious and underrated 80's pop tunes. 


Monday, January 21, 2013

WAW: Crystal Castles- Sad Eyes

The brand new Crystal Castles video has been premiered today on Youtube. It is the video for the song "Sad Eyes" from Crystal Castles third album (III) which was released last year in November. Certainly one of the outstanding tracks from the album. 


Sunday, January 20, 2013

Visage 2013- The New Line-Up

Visage are back with an new line up and big plans for 2013. Steve Strange and Steve Barnacle are joined by two new members Robin Simon (ex Ultravox) on guitars and Lauren Duvall on vocals. The new Visage quartet has also announced the release of a brand new Visage album for spring 2013. 
Stick around to find out more or follow Visage directly via Facebook or check out their new official page.  

http://www.visage.cc
 

Friday, January 18, 2013

We've Got A Fuzzbox And We're Gonna Use It to Reissue Bostin' Steve Austin

The mighty We've Got A Fuzzbox And We're Gonna Use It!! makes its Compact Disc debut on Cherry Red Records. The all-female quartet also known simply as Fuzzbox first made their mark on the nation when their debut single "XX Sex/Rules and Regulations" stormed the UK indie charts reaching #1. 
This 2CD/AA Sided "Splendiferous Edition" of the bands seminal classic "Bostin' Steve Austin" is set for release on January 28th. "Side A" features the original 12 track studio album, digitally remastered from its original analogue master tapes, whilst"Side AA" offers a comprehensive insight into the formative Fuzzbox years compiling 22 of the bands most rare and sought after recordings. The deluxe CD booklet features sleeve notes from the bands drummer Tina, complete with original and expanded artwork, featuring: single sleeve art, lyrics and rare promotional materials. 

 http://www.cherryred.co.uk
 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Oppenheimer MkII- The Presence of The Abnormal

Andy Oppenheimer, formerly Oppenheimer Analysis, was working on several musical projects last year including Oppenheimer MkII which features the collaboration with Mark Crumby of Konstruktivists. The duo met last year and started making music together. The result is their debut album 'The Presence of The Abnormal' which features 21st century Oppenheimer style electronic pop. The 12 track album is going to be issued by Klanggalerie and it will be available on CD and digital download initially, with a vinyl edition if there's enough interest. Oppenheimer MkII will be playing live in Vienna on 23 March to launch their first album.  

https://www.facebook.com/OppenheimerMkII
 

Next Wave: White Blush

White Blush is the pseudonym of LA based artist Carol Rhyu. Originally from Chicago, Carol began playing in synth bands when she was in film school in LA, culminating in her launching her White Blush project earlier this year. She’s just released her debut, self-titled, EP and it makes for engrossing listening. Influenced by Cocteau Twins, Julee Cruise and Velvet Underground and transformed in her own artistic vision, the music of White Blush seduces you with a dreamlike euphony. Carol is in now in post-production on a new music video with plans to play shows in early 2013. 

www.whiteblushh.com/caplunk/Home
https://www.facebook.com/whiteblush
 

Monday, January 14, 2013

Out This Week: New Order- The Lost Sirens

New Order are proud to announce the release of 'The Lost Sirens', an eight track mini album featuring Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris and Philip Cunningham. Featuring a truly eclectic mix of electronica and guitars, 'The Lost Sirens' features eight tracks which were recorded during the sessions for 'Waiting For The Sirens Call' and are all previously unreleased. The album is available on CD, LP and digital. 

OMD Announce The Release of English Electric for April 8th

Orchestral Manouvers in the Dark have announced the release of their brand new album English Electric. The album will be released on April 8th on CD, deluxe CD+DVD, heavyweight vinyl LP, collectors' tin boxset as well as digitally. The first single will be "Metroland", released 25th March. Check out the video for "Decimal" below. 



The tracklist is as follows: 
Please Remain Seated
Metroland
Night Café
The Future Will Be Silent
Helen of Troy
Our System
Kissing The Machine
Decimal
Stay With Me
Dresden
Atomic Ranch
Final Song


Friday, January 11, 2013

Men Without Hats Return to Europe After 20 Years- Tour Dates Announced

30 years ago, Men Without Hats told the world "You can dance if you want to." The world listened. Since then, the Canadian electronic rock band has continued to create iconic and irresistible pop music for three decades. Last year the band returned with a new album and in February they embark on their first European tour in over 20 years, performing all their classic hit singles, including "The Safety Dance", "I Got The Message", "Pop Goes The World", "I Like", "Living In China", plus songs from their critically acclaimed new studio album "Love In The Age Of War". 
The European tour starts Friday 1st February at London's Islington o2 Academy (only UK show), followed by dates across Germany, Austria, Denmark, and Sweden. 





LONDON 02 ISLINGTON ACADEMY
FRIDAY 1st FEBRUARY

Box Office: 0844 477 2000
Buy Online: www.seetickets.com
Doors: 6.30pm / Stage: 8.00pm
N1 Centre, 16 Parkfield Street,
London, England, N1 0PS
www.o2academyislington.co.uk
Watch the German Tour Trailer HERE
MEMMINGEN, KAMINWERK
SUNDAY 3rd FEBRUARY

Buy Online: www.eventim.de
More Info: www.wod.de
Anschuetzstrasse 1, Memmingen,
Bavaria, 87700, Germany

www.kaminwerk.de

INGOLSTADT, EVENTHALLE WESTPARK
MONDAY 4th FEBRUARY

Buy Online: www.eventim.de
More Info: www.wod.de
Am Westpark 2, Ingolstadt,
Bavaria, 85057, Germany
www.eventhalle-westpark.de

VIENNA, SZENE WIEN
TUESDAY 5th FEBRUARY

Buy Online: www.eventim.de
Buy Online:
www.viennaticketoffice.com
Buy Online: www.planet.tt
More Info:
www.wod.de
Hauffgasse 26, Vienna, Austria, A-1110
www.szenewien.com
COLOGNE, MTC
WEDNESDAY 6th FEBRUARY

Buy Online: www.eventim.de
More Info: www.wod.de
Zuelpicher Strasse 10, Cologne, 50674, Germany
www.mtcclub.de

FRANKFURT, DAS BETT
THURSDAY 7th FEBRUARY

Buy Online: www.adticket.de
More Info: www.wod.de
3 Schmidtstr. 12, Frankfurt, 60326, Germany

www.bett-club.de
HANNOVER, ENGEL 07
FRIDAY 8th FEBRUARY

Buy Online: www.eventim.de
Buy Online:
www.engel-07.de
More Info: www.wod.de
Engelbosteler Damm 7, East Hannover, 30167, Germany

www.engel-07.de
BERLIN, K17
SATURDAY 9th FEBRUARY

Buy Online: www.eventim.de
More Info: www.wod.de
Pettenkoferstrasse 17a, Berlin, 10247, Germany
www.k17-berlin.de
HAMBURG, LOGO
SUNDAY 10th FEBRUARY

Buy Online: www.eventim.de
Buy Online:
www.logohamburg.de
More Info: www.wod.de
Logo Buro, Grindelallee 5, Hamburg, 20146, Germany
www.logohamburg.de
COPENHAGEN, STENGADE
Tuesday 12th FEBRUARY

Book Tickets: https://place2book.com
Stengade 18, Copenhagen, 2200, Denmark

www.stengade.dk

MALMO, INKONST
FRIDAY 15th FEBRUARY

Buy Online: www.eventim.se
Bergsgatan 29, Malmo, 214 22, Sweden

www.inkonst.com
GOTHENBURG, STICKY FINGERS
SATURDAY 16th FEBRUARY

Buy Online: www.eventim.se
Kaserntorget 7, Gothenburg
Vastra Gotaland, 411 18, Sweden

www.stickyfingers.nu

Talk Talk- Natural Order- Natural History

Talk Talk are back with two new compilations on EMi this year. The first one is called 'Natural History - The Very Best Of Talk Talk' and it is a 3 CD reissue which features Talk Talk's commercial hits. Along with this comes 'Natural Order 1982 - 1991', curated by Mark Hollis, which showcases the “other” side of Talk Talk compared to the more commercial tracks on 'Natural History'. Both compilations are out next week, January 14th 2013. 

WAW: Xiu - Possession

Fresh from production is a brand new video by Xiu. "Possession" is a dark, synthy, and quite sexy tune taken from her upcoming EP of the same name. She makes her Belaten Records debut, in February, with select live appearances to follow. It's needless to say that she's a favorite around these parts. We've thoroughly enjoyed wathing this DIY greatness unfold. Don't blink as there's so much more to come and you really wouldn't want to miss out.



For more info on Xiu, please visit: Xiu @ Facebook , Xiu @ SoundCloud , and Xiu @ YouTube


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Retrovision: Electronic- Forbidden City

The Britsh duo Electronic comprising Bernard Sumner and Johnny Marr released their sixth single "Forbidden City" in June 1996. The song was taken from their second album 'Raise The Pressure', their first release on Parlophone which was co-produced by Karl Bartos of Kraftwerk. The song was not a huge hit reaching only #14 on the UK Singles Chart, but did receive substantial radio play in Britain and remains one of Johnny Marr's favourite Electronic songs. This year in February Johnny Marr announced the release of his debut album 'The Messenger' and there are rumours of possible Electronic reissues during this year. 


Karl Bartos Announces a New Album in March

Karl Bartos, the well known one quarter of the classic Kraftwerk line-up has announced the release of his second album 'Off The Record' for March 15th. After leaving Kraftwerk in 1990, Karl Bartos was still involved with electronic music forming Elektric Music, collaborating with OMD and Electronic and recording solo. Ten years ago he released his debut solo album 'Communication' which featured the single "I'm the Message". "Off The Record" will be preceded by a new single "Atomium" which will be released on February 1st 2013. 
To get the latest updates, visit:

 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Return of David Bowie (Another Berlin Chapter?)

This morning of January 8th will certainly last in our memory. Out of nowhere came the news about the brand new David Bowie single "Where Are We Know?". Premiered on his 66 birthday, the track takes us back to Berlin and there are speculations of a possible fourth chapter of the Berlin Trilogy which will be called 'The Next Day' and which will be released on March 16th. The first single is produced by Tony Visconti with it's lyrics and the video (below) features footage of Berlin, and Bowie's face projected onto a shape, by long-time collaborator Tony Oursler. 
More Bowie News to come.


Reissue: The Lords of the New Church - The Gospel Truth

Today sees the release of the first official boxset by the 80's post-punk rockers. "The Gospel Truth" is a 3 CD / 1 DVD collection of rarities and live material. Doing the honors is the UK based, who have given CD/DVD rarities reissue treatments to Lou Reed, The Stooges, Roxy Music, Heaven 17, and a countless list of others. All featured material was recorded from 1982-1988 and comes nearly 23 years after the death of vocalist, Stiv Bators. Bators died on June 3, 1990 following complications from being hit by a taxi in Paris. This tragedy would bring the bands' activity to an end but the music still lives on.



Please visit The Gospel Truth boxset @ Action Records for complete tracklisting.

Monday, January 7, 2013

WAW: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - We No Who U R

Few days ago the new video by Nick Cave and The Bad seeds was premiered on Youtube. Just a reminder that this is the first track from the upcoming Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds album, 'Push The Sky Away' which will be released on February 18th. The video for the song was directed by Gaspar Noé. 


Suede Confirm New Album 'Bloodsports'

Suede have announced the release of their brand new album ‘Bloodsports’ for this year. The album will be preceded by the single "It Starts And Ends With You" in February. A free download for one of the songs from the album entitled "Barriers", has also been made available today. Suede plan on celebrating the release of their new album with a one-off gig at London’s Alexandra Palace on March 30th. 

http://www.suede.co.uk/

 

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Label Spot: Romance Moderne Records

I've discovered countless independent record labels this past year. There were some that were new and others that were just new to me. I found myself constantly revisiting a handful of them; wanting to dive further into the various sounds. One label that ranked very high on my list of discoveries is Brussels based Romance Moderne Records. I just couldn't tear myself away. Their purpose is "to work and represent strong personalities revealing a true artistic passion". That said, they incorporate a party concepts aspect as a promotional tool for their roster of artists. This involves live performances, dj sets, and visual accompaniments. I see this as a way of catapulting the party goers experience to stratospheric heights. And from what i've seen, it looks like an incredible night out.


A number of releases have built up their ever-growing catalog in the form of digital downloads. Two of which just so happened to make our Top 20 EPs of 2012 list. This past December, a 12" vinyl compilation was unleashed. It features 12 tracks of what is considered to be "some of their best productions". Limited to only 200 copies, it seems to be on its way to selling out with a quickness. Visuals are a very important aspect so cover artwork is a collaboration of ideas between the musicians, label, and graphic artists. It's something that seems to be working out very well for all involved.

The sound that dominates the band roster is that of an analog electronic nature. Artists such as Cold Colors, Echo, A New Life, Franck Kartell, Le Chocolat Noir, and Exotic Club are just a few of those featured. A sound that ranges from dark, to moody, to sparkly, and even somewhat abstract. A two track digital download single by Exotic Club is the latest label offering. It seems Romance Moderne has no intentions of slowing down. The only way is up from here on out!



For more info and sounds, please visit the following:

Romance Moderne Official Site

Romance Moderne @ Facebook

Romance Moderne @ SoundCloud

Romance Moderne @ Bandcamp










Friday, January 4, 2013

Label Spot: Other Voices Records

Other Voices Records is a Russia based independent record label dedicated to releasing works by ambitious and creative artists from the past, present and future. The label concentrates on genres that originated in the 80's like new wave, minimal synth, electropop, post punk, cold wave, darkwave and shoegazer, but it isn't deaf to other music styles like indie rock, krautrock, goth rock, post rock, indie pop,electronica, trip-hop, ambient etc. 
The label was founded in 2007, out of the ashes of Russian pioneering post-industrial/ambient label Tantric Harmonies and till 2009, it existed as Intuition Records after which it changed the name to the Cure inspired Other Voices Records. From 2007 to date the label has issued and reissued albums and released compilations by artist such as Eleven Pond, Tobias Bernstrup, Parade Ground, Lust for Youth and many more. 
 Their most recent release is a compilation called 'Distant Noises' which collects fourteen artists from nine countries and two centuries. Upcoming and something we really look forward to is Soft Riot's debut LP 'Fiction Prediction' which is available on pre-order. More news on that soon.

More about the releases and updates:
http://www.othervoicesrecords.com/index.html



Thursday, January 3, 2013

Next Wave: October Dance

October Dance are back with their debut EP '7 Moon' which is out this week. If you follow our blog, you might remember the dance floor filler "Houses Falling", which we introduced last October. Just a quick reminder that October Dance is an art/music concept which includes a collaboration between three Danish musicians and the artwork of the Austrian graphic designer Hans Tolford. The sound of October Dance has many references to the 1980s European art scene and it is an assembly of seductive electro beats, synthesizer hooks and unique art forms. The group interprets the Tolfordian universe, and draws upon the bottomless reservoir of creativity, which shapes the ensuing music. Follow the links for more info and updates.

www.octoberdance.dk
www.facebook.com/octoberdance


More info on Hans Tolford:
www.hanstolford.com


Reissue: Informatics - Dance To A Dangerous Beat

In the tradition of doing what they do best, Dark Entries Records has rounded up the best of Australian analog synthers, Informatics. The vinyl compilation titled "Dance To A Dangerous Beat" is set to be released on January 29. Tracks such as "Proximity Switch, "What A World", and "Hungry Pets" will be included amongst others. Informatics began in Melbourne, Australia in 1981 with the line-up of  Michael Trudgeon, Valek Sadovchikoff, Steve Adam and Ramesh Ayyar. Philip McKellar would be added to the mix in 1983. After two EP releases and numerous live performances, the band would end their run in 1985.


For more info and sound samples of this must-have release, please visit:

Dark Entries Records and Dark Entries Records @ SoundCloud