Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Next Wave: Tuxedo Gleam

Tuxedo Gleam is Modesto, California based musical project of Aunt Gleam who writes and records as Tuxedo Gleam. Synth driven, dark, intense and with cold minimal blend might be just one formula to describe his/their music. To this date, Tuxedo Gleam has released three EPs and one video. Tuxedo Gleam perform as quartet and the line up includes AMRADIO-synthesizer, JB-synthesizer and SC-drum machine, synthesizer. Their most recent EP is entitled 'Pour Ferrari' and it was released in October. To preview the tracks from the new EP as well as from the older ones check out band's Bandcamp page.


Recent video for the song, "penetrate."

Section 25's 30th Anniversary Edition of From The Hip Announced for 2014

In 2014 Factory Benelux will mark the 30th anniversary of classic Section 25 album 'From The Hip' with an expanded double disc CD edition housed in a deluxe 6 panel digi pack. The bonus disc will feature several original album demos from 1983 as well as their BBC radio session (David Jensen) from 1984, along with remixes and a new group recording of Reflection. Reflection will also appear as a limited edition 7" single (500 copies only, 7 FBN 53) for Record Store Day in April 2014. 
As well as the original Fact 90 artwork by Peter Saville and Trevor Key, the anniversary edition will come with a 12 page booklet including unseen photos, and text by Jon Savage, Vin Cassidy and others. 


Paul Haig to Release A Singles Compilation plus Previously Unreleased Material

'At Twilight' is a new 2CD compilation of singles and album tracks recorded by Paul Haig for Les Disques du Crépuscule which were variously produced by Alan Rankine, Cabaret Voltaire, Bernard Sumner, Mantronik, Lil Louis, Alex Sadkin and Man Parrish. 
The second CD includes all nine tracks from the lost Alan Rankine-produced second studio album from 1984 which has never before been released in its complete form. Plus it also includes 'The Executioner', the unreleased collaboration between Cabaret Voltaire and Paul Haig which was originally planned for release on Factory Benelux (FBN 47/48).
 It all comes packaged with a cover portrait by Charles Van Hoorick and the liner booklet includes archive images and track-by-track commentary by Paul Haig. 
The compilation will be out via Crépuscule on 20 January 2014. And don't forget that the brand new studio album by Paul Haig is out now.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Retrovision: Pet Shop Boys- Left to My Own Devices

Twenty five years ago, Pet Shop Boys released their single "Left To My Own Devices". Personally on of my favorite Pet Shop Boys to this date. The song was released as the second single from their third studio album, 'Introspective'. It became the first track that Pet Shop Boys recorded with an orchestra, arranged by Richard Niles reaching the top ten charts in several European countries including the UK. 
The music video, directed by long time Pet Shop Boys director, Eric Watson, primarily consists of Tennant and Lowe dancing on an invisible glass floor, with the camera angle facing upwards. 
In 2007, the song was covered by the Scottish electronic group Motormark and featured on the 2007 tribute compilation 'Very Introspective, Actually – A Pet Shop Boys Tribute'.

WAW: Marc Almond- Burn Bright

The fantastic new single "Burn Bright" by Marc Almond is out now. Following the release of single, a video has been premiered on Youtube on November 3rd. It was directed by Jamie McLeod and video artist 3P. New Marc Almond album is expected to be released in summer 2014.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

In The Mix: Synthematic 019

Next Wave: Quimper

'Unreasonable music for unreasonable people' is the parole of our new Next Wave duo from London. Consisting of Jodie Lowther and Johnny Vertigen, Quimper write ethereal, electronic songs that veer between dreams and nightmares, lullabies and hysterics. Coupling psychedelic and surreal visuals with their music, they create haunting yet beautiful soundscapes. 
 After the success of their previous 'Overgrown EP' released Autumn 2012 (available here), Quimper have spent the first part of the year 2013 mulling over sounds, playing a gig or two, stroking their collective chins and eventually committing to (digital) tape a follow-up EP entitled 'Aleph Null'.

More info about the group:

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

In Conversation: Echö

One of the great things about surfing the internet is that you just never know what or who you might stumble upon. Yes, there are some things you wish you had never found. Though, that wasn't the case when i came across the Soundcloud page of  Echö. I felt as if i had struck audible gold. After induling myself in the synthesized infection of their track "Daydream" i had to hear and know more. I immediately got in touch with vocalist, Mickaël (aka Mika) to inquire about the possibility of an interview. At that particular time, the band was on the verge of releasing their debut EP of the same name. He promised me an interview once their release plans were a bit more stable. This was close to 2 years ago and i honestly had forgotten about our talk and the pending interview. True to his word and to my delight, Mika got back in touch with me this past September. He let me know that the band was about to release their second EP, "Intangible Pupa" and to see if i was still interested in doing an interview. Of course i said yes! How could i not?!

The two man outfit comes to us from Barcelona / France and is comprised of Mika and Alexandre Portils Torner. Again, they released the delightfully awesome "Intangible Pupa" EP on September 30 of this year. Doing the release honors is Belgian based label Romance Moderne who, in my opinion, are the perfect vehicle in presenting Echö to the masses. So now, let's find out more about the band, shall we? Here are a few questions i happily whipped up for Mika.

1) Tell us how the two of you came together and what sparked the decision to start the band.

Mika: I moved to Barcelona because i was invited to a fellow artists' residence to work on my photography.  I was at this party at Alexandre's place because we had friends in common and that's how we met. We then started to talk about music and he asked me if i wanted to experiment music with him and i directly said no because i felt unable to do this. I felt so lonely at the artists' residence so i began to write "Fleur Fatale" on a piece of paper. I then came back to Alexandre and things took off from there.

2) What particular aspects of everyday life influence your lyrics and the music itself?

Mika: I would say that i'm totally against pornography and things of that nature. But more subtle pornography like what you see on TV commercials and what children are seeing everyday. Pornography, violence, and sexism seems to be all the rage these days. People nowadays seem not to care about nature and the simple things like taking care of each other, offering a bunch of flowers to the one you love, or even the names of the flowers. I am very influenced by this kind of thing. How there actually are people who care for and love one another. I'm also influenced by nature, emotions, and innocence.

3) Who are some of your past and current musical influences?

Mika: Obviously electronic music and the pioneers of this genre. Really, just concrete music in general.

4) Can you elaborate on your recording processes?

Mika: Lots of beers and cigarettes! As well as spontaneous and naïve recording on the bed.

5) Have there been any live performances so far? If so, did you feel a warm and positive reception from your audiences?

Mika: We've been performing in Brussels for Romance Moderne but also in Paris for Le Bonbon Nuit. In both cities people were very attentive. In Brussels people were dancing and drinking of course. Though in Paris people were sitting, more like we were in a cabaret or theatre type of setting.  One super drunk guy fell on the floor and and then screamed that i was a punk. You just never know what's going to happen.

6) How did your deal with the Romance Moderne record label come about?

Mika: It was really easy, actually. Label boss, Coco, is the best and prettiest boss ever. "une main de fer dans un gant de velours" and sort of the godmother of Echö.

7) Being that you've released two EP's at this point, do you feel this format works best for you. I ask this in a manner of quality over quantity.

Mika: Yeah, it's worked out the best. We were thinking about concept Ep's. The "Daydream" EP was very light, naïve, and with a common flowery theme as compared to "Intangible Pupa". That one is the dark twin, where insects dance. So yeah, it's a great format and we are working on a very peculiar physical release of "Intangible Pupa".

8) Now that your second EP is out there, are there any promotional band activities planned for the future? Future releases?

Mika: At this moment, a video for "Bloody Party" by Bertrand Le Pluard and a remix of a track from "Intangible Pupa" To be remixed by one who is pretty well known on the more undergound electronic music scence. For now, his identity is a secret but all will be revealed soon enough.

*You can check out the music video for "Unknown Park" @ Echö - "Unknown Park"

For more info and sounds from Echö, please visit the following: Echo @ Facebook Echö @ Soundcloud and Romance Moderne @ Facebook

Monday, November 4, 2013

Jesus and The Mary Chains' Vinyl Box Set Announced for December.

Demon Music Group has announced the release of 'The Complete Vinyl Collection' box set by The Jesus and Mary Chain. The box set will include the band's six studio albums, along with a live album. Other items featured on the box set will include two-LP collection of  all the band’s BBC studio recordings, B-sides and rarities LP with a fan-picked tracklist, a 32-page hardcover book with photographs, essays and interviews, and a poster, on which fans will be able to upload a photo of their face for possible inclusion. It will be released on December 12th marking the band's 30th anniversary.