Sunday, September 29, 2013

Retrovision: Marc Almond- Tears Run Rings

Twenty five years ago Marc Almond released "Tears Run Rings" which remained one of his most successful solo singles of all time. The single was taken from the album "The Stars We Are" which was released during the same year. The song reached #26 in the UK charts and managed to enter the US Billboard charts as the only Marc Almond solo single. There were two different video versions recorded for the song.

Minimal Wave to Reissue Blancmange Debut EP Irene and Mavis

Minimal Wave have announced the release of Blancmange seminal debut EP 'Irene & Mavis' in November, 2013. This EP was originally recorded in 1979, released in 1980 and it was a different sound and not exactly representative of what Blancmange later went on to become. The D.I.Y. sound of the EP fits right in there with the early output of Soft Cell, the Human League, and Cabaret Voltaire. It stands out as an important record, capturing the mundane with modern electronics and remains as an artifact representative of the band before they went on to reach pop chart success. 
 The Irene & Mavis EP has been newly remastered and will be released as a numbered limited edition 10” EP in November. A digital release will follow.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

WAW: Princes Century- Twin House

Maya Postepski also know for her work with Trust and Austra has recorded solo material under the name Princes Century. Her debut album 'Lossless' was released in May this year and features an energizing trip through her enigmatic synth wave sound. The video for the song "Twin House" was directed by Kate Young and Leah Finkel.


Dead Wax Records to Release Kinetic Ideals' This Face EP

Deadwax Records have announced the release of Kinetic Ideals "This Face" 12" EP. Recorded after almost 30 years, the EP will feature the three session tracks, plus an additional song recorded at Toronto's Manta Sound studios later in the winter of 1985. They have been digitized from the original master tapes by Peter J. Moore of Cowboy Junkies' The Trinity Session fame, carefully remastered by Nicolás Zúñiga of Dead Wax Records and sound just great with all their original analogue glory. Patrick Duffy plays the drums here but has also designed the whole artwork for the release, which is presented in gorgeous clear vinyl, housed in a heavy matt finish sleeve with printed inner sleeve. A short run of 420 copies for worldwide distribution.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

B-Movie's New Releases Announced

B-Movie are back! Earlier this year the band has announced the release of an EP as well as the brand new album. Both releases were released during the summer and feature brand new material. The EP is entitled 'Distant Skies' while the album with new material is called 'The Age of Illusion'. The album features new material, recorded by the original line up and it is the first release since 'Forever Running' (1985). The band will also embark on tour to promote new releases. 

More news via B-Movie official.

Next Wave: Mr Kitty

Mr Kitty is Dallas based electronic artist who combines all the different music styles from New wave to Goth. His musical career started in 2010 and since then he has released three albums, he shared the stage with Crystal Castles and had his music featured in the Dallas Observer. His most recent release is the album 'Life' which features 15 tracks and a ride through the electronic explosion of styles. Take a listen and follow.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Psyche Release Rare Mixes and B-Sides

Psyche have released of a brand new CD compilation 'Rare Mixes & B​-​Sides' exclusively through the Bandcamp Store. A collection includes deleted CD-Single B-Sides, rare collaborations, and never before released mixes of songs from the 90's up to 2005. 
The band is currently working on new material and also working on some re-recordings which will probably be released the next year when the band is celebrating 30 years. 

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Friday, September 13, 2013


San Francisco based synth trio, INHALT, are scheduled to present their follow-up to the "Vehicle" EP from 2012. The forthcoming four track EP titled "Occupations", will be available as a 12" vinyl format with a digital version to follow. Again, Dark Entries Records will take on label honors with a targeted release date of September 26. "Occupations" was written, arranged, and performed by the band in their very own The Bunker Studios. Earlier this year i did an interview with the band for our "In Conversation" spot. You can check it out here: In Conversation: INHALT .

In addition to the aforementioned EP, the band, just days ago, unveiled a new video for "Walking On Glass". A track featured on the "Vehicle" EP. Check it out at the following link.

INHALT - "Walking On Glass"

And lastly, for preview of "Occupations" and more band info please visit "Occupations" EP @ Dark Entries SoundCloud  and  INHALT @ Facebook .

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Play's Red Movies Release Announced by Medical Records

Medical Records proudly presents the singles collection by UK’s Play as the second in a series of crucial reissues from the Survival Records imprint. Play was made up of Wayne Kennedy and David Rome, and all of their output was released on Survival (home to Drinking Electricity, Hard Corps, and Richard Bone). Play released 3 singles between 1982-1984, and a compilation LP “Red Movies” in 1985 (which compiled a majority of the singles but not all). All of these singles are now out of print and collectable. The Medical Records reissue of Red Movies is complete with 2 extra tracks not featured on the 1985 compilation LP including 3 remixes. The LP features preserved original front cover art . Back cover art is slightly modified to include updated credits and additional photos of Wayne Kennedy. Pressed on high quality 180gram “half and half” colored vinyl (blue and red) in a limited edition. The LP is out on September 17, 2013. 

 More info and pre-order link:

WAW: Chevalier Avant Garde: Rose Rider

Dimitri and Filip of Chevalier Avant Garde have returned with a brand new LP titled "Resurrection Machine" It's the follow-up to their 2011 debut, "Heterotopias". Included amongst the thirteen tracks is "Rose Rider". A dreamy, daze-infused, rhythmic, and oh so lush and lovely tune. It also happens to be the second track and video released for the album. Indulge and enjoy as i'm sure the overall atmosphere of this one will tug at the heartstrings a bit. It did just that to mine and i highly recommend checking out their back catalogue.

For more band info and sounds, please visit Chevalier Avant Garde @ Facebook and Chevalier Avant Garde @ Bandcamp . For a full streaming of the new album, please visit Resurrection Machine @ No Fear of Pop .

And now for your full viewing pleasure: Chevalier Avant Garde - "Rose Rider"

Retrovision: Vision - Love Dance

In all honesty, i had never even heard of these guys until a couple hours ago. They're just another in a sea of bands that eluded me during the 80's and i'm sure they won't be the last. Better late to the party than not at all. I did a little digging and this is the handful of info that was available. Basically, they were a five-piece synthpop band out of Rotherham UK. Like many others, they released a minimal amount of material and were never to be heard from again. This string of releases included six singles and one album between 1981 and 1987. The track i'd like to focus on is for the single "Love Dance". It was released in 1983 and reached #74 on UK singles charts. That's it! You now know as much about them as i do. That said, i'm loving this track and video. I decided it was surely worth sharing.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Berlin to Release a New Album this September

One of the groundbreaking bands of American synth pop in the early 80's Berlin are set to release a brand new album. The new album, band's seventh release, will be entitled 'Animal' and will feature 11 brand new recordings. 'Animal' incorporates modern electro-pop and dance keeping it up with the modern pop artists of today. The album is set for release on September 17th and it will be followed by a tour. More news after the jump.

Lene Lovich Reissues Coming Soon.

Lene Lovich has announced the reissues of all her albums through her recently established new label Flex Music. All of the albums are being restored to their definitive versions and the plan is to release them individually on CD at some point (and perhaps even vinyl!), along with a new B sides and rarities compilation. To get the latest updates follow Lene on Facebook.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Boy George Returns with a Brand New Album in October

One of the most iconic 80's artists, Boy George will release a brand new album this autumn. His first album in 18 years will be entitled "This Is What I Do" is to be released on his own 'Very Me' Record Label via Kobalt Label Services on 28th October and will be supported by live dates in the UK. The album was written by George and longtime writing partners John Themis, Kevan Frost and Richie Stevens and it also features writing collaborations with legendary producer Youth, and a version of Yoko Ono's Death Of Samantha. It was mixed by Dave Bascombe (Tears For Fears, Depeche Mode, Pendulum, Doves).

Retrovision: Malcolm McLaren- Double Dutch

Thirty years ago, Malcolm McLaren released "Double Dutch" and entered the UK charts and reached number #3. This song was taken from his seminal debut album Duck Rock released during the same year. The song concerns the skipping game of the same name, with McLaren's narration mentioning several New York double dutch troupes by name, notably the Ebonettes, whose name is also used as a chant in the chorus. The video for the song was released in 1985.