Thursday, December 31, 2015

Best of 2015- Videos List

Adding layers to their diverse music styles, here is a list of our favorite music videos for this year. From the epic Bowie return to Tama Imapala's madness, here is the list of videos which stood out in their creative and distinctive expression.
Happy New Year!!!

1.Tame Impala- The Less I Know The Better
2.David Bowie- Blackstar
 3.FKA Twigs- Glass and Patron
 4.Sally Dige- Losing You
5.John Cale- Close Watch
6.Bjork- Lionsong

 7.Little Boots- Get Things Done

8.FFS- Piss off

9.U.S. Girls- Woman's Work
10.October Dance- Tropical Eyes 11.Belle & Sebastian- Nobody's Empire

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Best of 2015- Tracks and Singles

Some of the top tracks and singles that came out during 2015. 
Seems like there was a huge Tame Impala radiation. Happy New Year!

01. Tame Impala - The Less I Know The Better
02. Susanne Sundfør- Memorial
03. Viet Cong - Continental Shelf
04. Belle and Sebastien- Play for Today
05. Bjork- Stonemilker
06. Surfjan Stevens- Should Have Know Better
07. Blur- There Are too Many of Us
08. David Bowie- Blackstar
09. Brandon Flowers- I Can Change
10. New Order- Tutti Frutti
11. U.S.Girls- Women's Work
12. Chromatics- Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
13. Amason- Duvan
14. Samantha Urbani- 1 2 3 4
15. Julia Holter - Vasquez
16. Dave Gahan and The Soulsavers- Shine
17. Editors- Life is Fear
18. The Charlatans- Trouble Understanding
19. Agent Side Grinder - Last Rites
20. East India Youth- Carousel
21. Jaakko Eino Kalevi- Hush Down
22. Jane Weaver - I Need a Connection
23. Daybed - Weird Sailing
24. Parallels- Age of Consent
25. Azure Blue- A Town Like Alice

Susanne Sundfør-Accelerate
Susanne Sundfør -Memorial
Tame Impala -Eventually
Tame Impala- Yes, I'm Changing
The Apartments- Looking for Another Town
The Apartments- Black Ribbons
The  Chills- Aurora Corona
The  Chills- Warm Waveform
Viet Cong - Newspaper Spoons
Belle and Sebastian - Nobody's Empire
Belle and Sebastian - The Everlasting Muse
Julia Holter- Sea Calls Me Home
Julia Holter- Lucette Stranded on the Island
Azure Blue- Baby you are a Star
Beach House- Sparks
U.S.Girls- Sororal Feelings
Blur - Thought I Was A Spaceman
Jaakko Eino Kalevi- Double Talk
Ghost Culture - Glaciers
Tempers - Bright over Me
Tempers- Train
IAMX- Happiness
East India Youth- Beaming White
Lana Del Rey- High by the Beach
St Vincent- Teenage Talk

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Best of 2015- Top 10 EPs

Our growing favorite format the EP has connected more than you can imagine in one Top 10. Berlin, London, NYC as well as artists from four continents and countries like USA, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, all with their very distinctive music style and all in this little space. Enjoy!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Best of 2015- The Album List

Time to round up the best from the year 2015! Not so packed as 2014, but still, it gave birth to some interesting releases. Worth a very special mention to Martin Phillipps' The Chills and The Apartments who returned with first new albums in almost twenty years, both reaching the Top ten on our charts, proving they still got the beat going. Our favorites by far and most listened would be Susanne Sundførs' 'Ten Love Songs' and Tame Impala's 'Currents'. What else was hot? See below...

01.Tame Impala- Currents [Modular/ Interscope]
02.Susanne Sundfør- Ten Love Songs [Kobalt]
03.Viet Cong- Viet Cong [Jagjaguwar/ Flemish Eye]
04.The Apartments- No Song, No Spell, No Madrigal [Microcultures]
05.Belle and Sebastian- Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance [Matador]
06.Julia Holter- Have You in My Wilderness [Domino]
07.The Chills- Silver Bullets [Fire]
08.Dave Gahan & Soulsavers- Angels & Ghosts [Columbia]
09.Lusts- Illuminations [1965]
10.U.S. Girls- Half Free [4AD]
11.Azure Blue- Beneath the Hill I Smell the Sea
12.Amason- Sky City [Ingrid]
13.Tempers- Services [aufnahme + wiedergabe]
14.Agent Side Grinder- Alkimia [Progress]
15.New Order-Music Complete [Mute]
16.Björk- Vulnicura [One Little Indian] 
17.John Misty- I Love You, Honeybear [Sub Pop]
18.Beach House- Depression Cherry [Sub Pop]
19.East India Youth- Culture of Volume [XL]
20.Jaakko Eino Kalevi- Jaakko Eino Kalevi [Weird World] 
21.Sally Dige- Hard to Please [Night School]
22.Blur- The Magic Whip [Parlophone]
23.The Charlatans- Modern Nature [BMG]
24.Vinnie Who- Harmony [Fake Diamond]
25.Sufjan Stevens- Carrie & Lowell [Asthmatic Kitty]
26.Tasseomancy- Palm Wine Revisited [Healing Power]
27.Daybed- Weird Sailing [Beläten]
28.Darkness Falls- Dance and Cry [HFN]
29.L' Avenir- Étoiles 
30.Little Boots- Working Girl [On Repeat]
31.Editors- In Dream
32.Moon Duo- Shadow of the Sun
33.Brandon Flowers- The Desired Effect
34.Double Echo- La Danza
35.Jimmy Somerville- Homeage
36.Death and Vanilla- To Where the Wild Things Are
37.Ghost Culture- Ghost Culture
38.Unknown Mortal Orchestra- Multi-Love
39.Club 8- Pleasure
40.Lebanon Hanover- Besides the Abyss

WAW: U.S. Girls- Woman's Work

Our final video for this year's WAW section is by Meg Remy's led U.S. Girls. She released her sixth studio album this year and the first for 4AD and it is entitled 'Half Free'. There were three singles taken form it including the haunted and atmospheric "Woman's Work". The video was directed and filmed by Meg Remy.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Next Wave: Lusts

Lusts a are the Leicester based band consisting of  brothers Andy and James Stone. Inspired by a Paris trip and lot more from their everyday life, they decided to start the band. Although it is a duo, Lusts really sound like a real band with their atmospheric and rich in sound. They also draw inspiration from previous decades, mixing Krautrock with New Wave and Shoegaze and creating a very unique blend of post-punk psychedelia. Their debut album 'Illuminations' is out now on 1965 records. Do check them out.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Retrovision: Propaganda- Duel

"Duel" was one of the most successful single released for the German band Propaganda which was released 30 years ago. The song was taken from their debut album 'A Secret Wish' which was released through ZTT. The song reached #21 which brought them their only appearance on TotP. The song was covered by Sophie Ellis Baxtor in 2007. 

Japan's Story in Music in 'A Foreign Place' Book

Burning Shed Label has announced the release of 'A Foreign Place' is a comprehensive biography of the influential band Japan which was written by musician and author, Anthony Reynolds. 
It chronicles the rise and fall of one of one of the most respcted and influental New romantic Artpop bands and lifts the veil on the creative processes and personal histories of a fascinating group of introspective musicians whose activities have frequently been shrouded in secrecy. 
 Reynolds, previously responsible for books on The Walker Brothers and Leonard Cohen, engagingly details the strange twists and turns that saw a group of friends from working class South London develop from unpromising provincial Glam Funk origins to eventually become the authors of the innovative and exotic sonic assault of the globally successful 'Tin Drum'. 
 Written with the full approval and co-operation of Richard Barbieri, Steve Jansen and Rob Dean, the book contains many unseen period photographs, as well as first-hand accounts of the band and its music from friends, music industry associates and musical collaborators.

Monday, November 23, 2015

School of Seven Bells Anounce the Release of their Final Album

School of Seven Bells have announced the release of their fourth and final album. The only remaining member of the group Alejandra Deheza has revealed the story behind it for Stereogum. Alejandra also shared this beautiful words on their official page.

"Benjamin and I wrote this record during a tour break in the summer of 2012. I can easily say that it was one of the most creative and inspired summers of our lives. What followed was the most tragic, soul shaking tidal wave that life could deliver, but even that wouldn’t stop the vision for this record from being realized. This is a love letter from start to finish. It’s the story of us starting from that first day we met in 2004, and that’s the story of School of Seven Bells. So much love to all of you. Thank you for being a constant light in our lives. This record is for you <3"

Their final album will be entitled "SVIIB" and it will be released on February 2016 via Vagrant Records in the US and Full Time Hobby in Europe. "Open Your Eyes" is the first official track from it.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

WAW: Girls Names- A Hunger Artist

As previously announced Girls Names have released a brand new album this year. "A Hunger Artist" is the first video to be taken from 'Arms Around a Vision' which is out 2nd October on Tough Love. The video was directed by Matthew Reed.

Next Wave: Marcel Wave

Marcel Wave is the brand new project by former Terrible Splendour Synthesist MM Lyle, who decided to explore the world of synth on her own. Marcel Wave is Modernist pop from a lost world of new romantics aiming to synthesize and dream of strange lands and creatures. All tracks are written and recorded by MM Lyle. The record is available on artist's bandcamp page.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Soft Riot Release a new Studio Album

'You Never Know What Might Come Next' is the latest album by Soft Riot, further honing an atmospheric synth pop sound that was starting to be explored on the sophomore album, 'Fiction Prediction' and after a brief detour on the more instrumental  'Some More Terror'. The album is out now and it will be available on Vinyl LP, Limited Edition CD and digital. A small tour around Europe will follow to promote the album release. 

 More info on Soft Riot offical

David Bowie Official anounces the Release of 25th Studio Album

David Bowie official has announced the release of brand new album on January 8th 2016. This will be his 25th studio release, once gain released on his birthday. The album release will be preceded with a new single “Blackstar” which is announced for November 20th.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Killing Joke Release 15th Studio Album

Killing Joke have released their fifteenth studio album 'Pylon'. This album marks 35 years of the band, as back in 1980, they released their self titled debut album. All together, the band have released more than 30 singles in their long lasting career. "I'm The Virus" has been announced as the lead single from the Album. A nine-date British tour has been announced to promote the record. 
Killing Joke are the subject of a feature-length documentary film The Death and Resurrection Show scheduled for release in 2015. The film has already been shown in various festivals between 2013 and 2014. 

Tempers' Debut Album 'Services' out now

The long awaited debut album by the NYC based Tempers is out now. During the 2014, they have released several singles and video which will be featured on the album starter including our favorite "Hell Hotline". The album will entitled 'Services' and it will be be released by the European label Aufnahme + Widergabe. It contains 10 tracks all together, including the acoustic version of "Strange Harvest" and it is a limited edition of 300 hand numbered copies, white vinyl, 2015.

Monday, October 12, 2015

B-Movie Announce a New Album for Spring 2016

B-Movie have announced that they have signed a deal with Cleopatra Records and that they will be releasing a new album next year. The album will be entitled 'Climate of Fear' and it will the follow up to their album 'The Age of Illusion' released in 2013. Follow bands Facebook page for more info.

Minuit Machine are back with a new studio album

Paris based Minuit Machine are back with a new album! The new album will be entitled “Violent Rains” and it is their second album and a direct follow up to “Live & Destroy” released last year. The album contains 10 songs and keeps up with the energy and mood from the previous album. It was released through 'No Emb Blanc' label. You can listen and order their new album on band's bandcamp page.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Retrovision: The Beautiful South- A Little Time

"A Little Time" was the biggest hit for The Beuatiful South that was released 25 years ago. It was the firt single from the album 'Choke' recorded asa duet featuring vocalists Dave Hemingway and Briana Corrigan. The song reached number one #1 and went Gold in the UK while the video for the song received a Brit Award in 1991.


Saturday, September 26, 2015

WAW: Jaakko Eino Kalevi- Double Talk

The Finnish artist Jaakko Eino Kalevi has released his sixth album this year in June. It's laid back and chill and dreamy and sounds like a last summer day. In case you missed it here is a first single "Double Talk" and a good starter.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Dimension Gondry: Bjork- Bachelorette

Our final video from the Dimension Gondry will be another Bjork video. It was very hard to select which one to go with as Michael has directed several videos for Bjork. It's for the song "Bachelorette" which was released as a single in 1997. This music video is an exploration of self reference. The video was based on an original idea by Björk, who saw "Bachelorette" as a continuation of the character portrayed in "Isobel" and "Human Behaviour". The art direction of the video was heavily praised. The video won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Art Direction.


Next Wave: Sexwitch

Sexwitch is a musical collaboration between Natasha Khan of Bat for Lashes and the English rock band Toy. Khan and Toy previously collaborated in 2013 to cover "The Bride", a pre-revolution Iranian song. The album consists of six covers of 1970s psych and folk songs. According to Khan, she and producer Dan Carey bought several "old weird psych records from different countries, strange folk mountain songs", and invited Toy to record covers of the songs. 
On August 24, Sexwitch released a single, "Helelyos" while their self-titled debut album is due for release on 25 September.Take a listen below.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Tropic of Cancer Announce New EP Release in October

Camella Lobo aka Tropic of Cancer has announced her come back EP which is due to be released in October. The EP will be entitled "Stop Suffering" and it will we the first new material since the release of the debut album 'Restless Idylls' in 2013. The three songs EP was recorded and produced by ex Telefon Tel Aviv member Joshua Eustis in LA. There are also plans of an album release for 2016. Stay tuned for that!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Siouxsie Sioux- New Song in TV Series

Siouxsie Sioux is back! It is her first new offering in almost 8 years. It appeared in the season 3 finale of Hannibal and it is a another masterpiece whose mood and atmosphere remind of early 90's "Face to Face" tune. It is haunting and her voice still sounds amazing. It was written and performed by Siouxsie Sioux and Brian Reitzell, but has not been announced a single.

Friday, August 28, 2015

The Dears Release of their Sixth Studio Album

Montreal based The Dears have shared "Here's to the Death of All the Romance", a great new single which will be featured on their brand new album 'Times Infinity Volume One'. This will be their sixth studio album and the first one since 2011's 'Degeneration Street'. The band is currently working on promotion of the new alum which has been released this week.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Mercury Rev to Release a New Album in September

Mercury Rev are back! They will release their first album after 2008's 'Snowflake Midnight'. The album will be entitled 'The Light in You' and "The Queen of Swans" is going to be the possible first single to be taken from it. Mercury Rev will also be heading out on a European tour this fall.

Friday, August 14, 2015

In Conversation: October Dance

It was October 2012 when we first got in to the music of October Dance. It was a lovely autumn electro dance affair of "Houses Falling" that caught our attention back then....and yes it happened in October somehow! It still remains as one of the most memorable songs for this year. Soon after, band's universe started to grow. They secured the first record deal, released first EPs and their fanbase has been growing since that. It hard to describe their music in one genre; it has its roots in art pop and it is dance music inspired by variety and diversity of 70's disco, 80's sytnh-pop and 90's house-pop. This year, they have also been performing on the Roskilde festival for the first time and got big plans for the future. Find out more about October Dance's early influence, music video releases and much more.

Very Special Thanks to Tobias Kiel Lauesen!

1. What is the story behind the name October Dance and how did you guys meet and decided to do music together?
We were actually gathered by the Austrian artist Hans Tolford in 2012, and the name is taken from his poem “October Dance and Somersaults”. He had heard us play in another constellation before and decided that we should be the interpreters of his drawings, he wanted us to make music out of his drawings. We could do what we wanted to do with them, as long as we used them for our creations. His drawings was the starting point of October Dance. As of 2015, October Dance is Uffe Dalskov, Saxe Lomholt, Tobias Kiel and Kristian Bønløkke

2. How would you describe your music to someone who did not listen before and what are some major influences in music style?
We tend to describe our music as 80’s Art Music. But lately we kinda got the label NY disco on us. We are inspired by many artist and styles, but main artist would be Talking Heads and Arthur Russels Loose Joint.

3. Back in 2012, when I discovered October Dance, you were teaming up with the artist Hans Tolford from whom you borrowed visual ideas for the music video “Houses Falling”. Did the collaboration continue?
Unfortunately, Hans Tolford died in September 2013. It was pretty unexpected for us. We had a continuously collaboration with him up until his death. Our collaboration with him was very free, he did not dictate what we should do, it was more like a creative influence and inspiration from both sides. The Tolford Foundation is now taking care of his work and afterlife and our work with him has ended, but he is still with us in our spirits. 

4. What can you tell us about the writing and recording process of your music, who does what?
The writings is in different stages. We make small sketches individually and then when we have something we want to work more on or finish we meet up and finish it together.We were living in three different countries, Denmark, France and Iceland, when we made our last EP “Group Pleasure”. Of course that made some difficulties, and made the process a little longer, but with the lovely internet, everything is possible, so it was easy to send music and sketches, and to record it in different countries. A small bonus note, the vocal of High School is recorded in Sweden. But we ended up finishing the EP at sunny coast of Spain in a small city called Almunecar.

5. Do you prefer the writing and recording to peeforming live or vice versa?
We really enjoy both aspects. The process of recording is intense, but also very given, but playing live is why we do music, why we record music. The joy of hundreds of people dancing to our concerts is worth more than thousand butterflies.

6. In 2013 you have been signed to the label Sound of Copenhagen and released the first EP. Did this affect your image and music style. Are you independent from the label in terms of artistic creativity?
We are very independent from our label in terms of creativity, it is also why the label suits us. They enjoy and like what we do and we do too.

7. Tell us more about you video caravan this year. You have released four music videos. Who were they directed by? I’m particularly interested in the storyline of “Rouge”. Except for Youtube, where else can the videos be seen?
We decided that we didn’t wanted to do another EP, so we came up with the idea of only releasing singles, but releasing them with videos. So we teamed up with 4 different artist who directed the videos. Hehe, "Rouge"… Well that one is directed by Theo Bat and basically, as the lyric says, “save your money” we did so by snatching fruit. Fruit lovers, fruit for drinks, fruit for fun, fruit for love. And it’s healthy too, haha. "Tropical Eyes" is directed by London based artists Stine Deja and Roxanne Gatt. "Heart of Romance" is directed by Copenhagen based artists Marie Boye and William Reynish and "Voyage of Love" is directed by Stockholm based artist Anders Karlén.

8. October Dance fan base is growing slowly and you have also performed on Roskilde Festival this year. What was the general experience?
MAJOR EXCITEMENTS. That was an unexplainable experience. Roskilde Festival is, especially for Danish artists, the thing to play at. We were so happy about it and I actually don’t know what to say more, it was WOW.

9. What are you listening to when you are not recording your own music?
We all have a very different taste in music, so I can only speak for myself at this point, but at the moment you will find, Chopin, YMO, Vangelis, Kitaro and Jean Michel-Jarre on my vinyl player.

10. Currently we are running a campaign for the best song from 1985. What would be the favorite form each of you? [list of songs that can help]…/top-singles-of-1985-…
Here we have to answer ‘Oh Yeah’ with Yello from 85. They have been of great inspiration from the beginning and if you listen carefully to Houses Falling from our first EP, you will be able to find a tribute to that track.

11. Any plans of an album, future releases, tours in Europe?
At the moment we are working on France, hopefully we will play some gigs at the end of this year 2015, around in Europe, things are looking good.! No plan of an album right now, we love the idea of singles, but more music will be released. Aaaand it might turn out to be an album.

12. Where can people find access to your music? Social network and links mostly?
We can be found on many platforms, so here is a little list with links:

Thanks for a very nice interview!!