Friday, December 30, 2016

Best of 2016- Video of the Year

This one is becoming more and more favorite among my friends and we really had great time selecting our favorite video. Some of the artists and songs might sound familiar from the songs and album lists for 2016.
Congratulations to La Femme and Thanks to Marko and Alexander! Hope you enjoy...



1.La Femme- Sphynx
2.Massive Attack- Young Fathers- Voodoo in My Blood
3.Betsy- Wanted More
4.serpentwithfeet- four ethers
5.Warhaus- The Good Lie
6.The Last Shadow Puppets- Aviation/Everything You've Come To Expect
7.Get Well Soon- It's Love
8.The Avalanches- Because I'm Me
9.Preoccupations - Memory
10.Temples- Certainty
11. Blood Orange- Better Than Me
Honorable mention. Kate Bush- And Dream of Sheep (Live Video)

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Best of 2016- Singles and Tracks

Ladies and Gents, here comes the Singles and Tracks list. There was no question about the top chart position as Preoccupations' song proved to be the best in it's genre and beyond. M83 went mellow and we loved their progressive electronic take. What else.. check in the list and on the link below


01.Preoccupations - Memory
02.M83 - Solitude 
03.PJ Harvey - The Community Of Hope (Video version)
04.Geneva Jacuzzi - Cannibal Babies
05.Lower Dens - Real Thing
06.Sugar For Sugar- Bizarre Love Triangle
07.Get Well Soon - It's A Catalogue
08.Shura - Nothing's Real
09.Temples - Certainty
10.Pet Shop Boys - The Pop Kids
11.Primal Scream, Sky Ferreira - Where The Light Gets In
12.The Last Shadow Puppets - Miracle Aligner 
13.Radiohead - Daydreaming
14.Transfigure - Fields
15.La Femme - Sphynx
16.Villa Nah - Stranger
17.BETSY - Fair
18.Happy Meals - If You Want Me Now
19.Cat's Eyes - Chameleon Queen
20.Yeasayer - I Am Chemistry
21.Black Magique - Sexercise
22.Bat For Lashes - Sunday Love
23.Shearwater - Quiet Americans
24.HANTE. - My Destruction
25.Porches - Be Apart
26.BETSY - Wanted More
27.DIIV // Under The Sun
28.Chromatics- I Can Never Be Myself When You're Around
29.Xeno & Oaklander - Baroque
30.Blood Orange - Augustine
31.Jef Elise Barbara - Sexe Machin / Sex Machine
32.Lush - Out Of Control
33.Warhaus - The Good Lie
34.serpentwithfeet - four ethers
35.Angel Olsen - Intern
36.Get Well Soon - Too Much Love
37.Kate Bush - And Dream of Sheep (Live)
38.Boy Harsher - Save Me
39.Preoccupations - Degraded
40.Zanias - Follow the Body
41.The Radio Dept.-This Thing Was Bound To Happen
42. Neon Indian - Techno Clique
43.Angel Olsen - Shut Up Kiss Me
44. Lust For Youth- Display
45.Cullen Omori - Cinnamon
46.The Avalanches - Because I'm Me
47. Radiohead - Identikit
48.Lebanon Hanover - Babes of the 80s
49. David Bowie - I Can't Give Everything Away
50. Still Corners - Lost Boys 

Year and list singles and tracks Top 100

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Best of 2016- EPs

The EPs always come with  big diversity of sound. Perfect format to break through, but as well very appropriate for a come back record. This year we have some classy Trip hop, shoegaze Brit pop and some neoclassical soul on top. Other than that, the sound that you are already used to read and listen on our blog. :)


1.Massive Attack- Ritual Spirit

2.Lush- Blindspot

3.serpantwithfeet- blisters

4.Carly Rae Jepsen- Emotion- B sides

5.Get Well Soon- Born With Too Much Love (The Collected Confessions of ZoltánD.)

6.Betsy- Fair

7.Happy Meals- Fruit Juice

8.Zanias- To the Core

9.Future Unlimited - Calm Down

10.Jennifer Touch- Feeling C

Monday, December 26, 2016

Best of 2016- The Album List


Time to sum up everything from 2016, as this is usual in this time of the year. It has been our 10th  anniversary year and therefore a very important one for us. All in general, it has been a crazy year and a very sad one, as the music world lost some of their top artists and pop icons who helped shape the sound and vision of the previous four decades. 

In terms of quality and what 2016 offered, and based on what is in our charts, we could say that pop went retro, post punk turned groovy and we found some new formulas of R'n'B and Soul. As you can see our top company were Preoccupations (former Viet Cong) Shura and Blood Orange. What else was hot, see below.

Happy New Year and see you in 2017.


01.Preoccupations- Preoccupations [Jagjaguwar]
02.Shura- Nothing's Real [Polydor]
03.Blood Orange- Freetown Sound [Domino]
04.Villa Nah- Ultima [Solina]
05.Michelle Gurevich- New Decadence [self released]
06.Radiohead- A Moon Shaped Pool [XL]
07.Bat for Lashes- The Bride [Parlophone]
08.PJ Harvey- The Hope Six Demolition Project [Island]
09.Geneva Jacuzzi- Technophelia [Medical Records LLC]
10. David Bowie- ★ Blackstar [ISO]

11.Cat's Eyes- Treasure House [Raf Records]
12.Suede- Night Thoughts [Warner]
13.Get Well Soon- Love [Caroline]
14.Angel Olsen- MY WOMAN [Jagjaguwar]
15.Michael Kiwanuka- Love & Hate [Polydor]
16.Xeno & Oaklander- Topiary [Ghostly]
17.The Last Shadow Puppets- Everything You've Come to Expect[Domino]
18.The Radio Dept.- Running Out of Love [Labrador]
19.Still Corners- Dead Blue [Wrecking Light]
20.Yeasayer- Amen & Goodbye [Mute]


21.Wrangler- White Glue [Meme Tune]
22.Lust for Youth- Compassion [Sacred Bones]
23.Hante.- This Fog That Never Ends [Synth Religion]
24.Cult Club- Play with Lies [Domestica]
25.Black Arcade- Transhuman [digital file]
26.Perfect Human- Erste [Perfect Aesthetics]
27.Liste Noire- Brace [No Emb Blanc]
28.DIIV- Is the Is Are [Captured Tracks]
29.Boy Harsher- Yr Body is Nothing [digital file]
30.School of Seven Bells-SVIIB [Vargant]


George Michael 1963-2016

The sad series does not seem to stop and 2016 takes another music artist life!
It seems that the death of George Michael had dressed this years Christmas celebration in black. It came as a quite shocking news as it always is in most cases, especially considering the fact that we remember him every Christmas season when "Last Christmas" is everywhere to be heard. And, this year in fact, it seems to be his last one. :(
Like David Bowie and Prince, we all had a piece of George in all of us. It could have been a song or any other loving memory.
We shall never forget you, the Wham boys, "Wake me up Before You Go Go" dance, "Careless Whisper", "Freedom" performance at the Berlin Wall and all the brilliant pop moments and funky beats. Forever in our hearts. RIP






Friday, December 23, 2016

Best of 1986- The Singles

The year 1986 opened with "West end Girls" reaching number one in spot the UK in January. This would remain  Pet Shop Boys biggest hit best selling single. In general, it was a year of charity concerts which were organized all throughout the year inspired by the biggest of this kind the 'Band Aid' from 1985. "The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" was holding its first induction ceremony with many rock pioneers attending. On the commercial side, it was the year of Pet Shop Boys and Madonna and the Communards and Berlin had their respective biggest hits, both staying for four weeks on the top of UK charts with their biggest hits "Don't Leave Me This Way" and "Take my Breath Away". Some great bands like OMD, Human League and Ultravox seem to have gone to pot with their album releases from 1986 so was synth-pop. New musical styles and stars were emerging and wining the hearts of people and wider audience.



01.The Smiths- There is a Light that Never goes out
02.New Order- Bizarre Love Triangle
03.Desireless- Voyage Voyage
04.Cyndi Lauper- True Colours
05.David Bowie- Absolute Beginners
06.Frankie Goes To Hollywood- Warriors
07.Big Audio Dynmaite- E=MC2
08.a-ha- Hunting High and Low
09.Black- Wonderful Life
10.The Smiths- Bigmouth Strikes Again
11.The Smiths- Ask 
12.Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush- Don't Give Up
13.The Bangles- Walk Like an Egyptian
14.Depeche Mode- A Question of Lust
15.The Stranglers- Always The Sun
16.Erasure- Sometimes
17.Kim Wilde- You Keep Me Hangin' On
18.The Pretenders- Don't Get Me Wrong
19.Depeche Mode- Stripped
20.Pet Shop Boys- Suburbia
21.Dream Academy- Love Parade
22.Queen- Who Want to Live Forever
23.Iggy Pop- Real Wild Child
24.Level 42- Lessons of Love
25.Brigitte Bardot & Serge Gainsbourg- Je t'aime moi non plus
26.Berlin- Take My Breath Away
27.a-ha- I've Been Losing You
28.Erasure- Oh L'Amour
29.Depeche Mode- A question of Time
30.The Smiths- Panic
31.Marc Almond- Ruby Red
32. Siouxsie And The Banshees - Candyman 
33. The Communards- So Cold The Night 
34. Talking Heads- Wild Wild Life 
35. The Chameleons- Swamp Thing
36. Eurythmics- The Miracle of Love
37. Numan & Sharpe- New Thing from London Town
38. Communards- Don't Leave Me This Way
39. Nu Shooz- I Can't Wait
40. Alphaville- Dance with Me

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Next Wave: Raw Moans

Time for our last Next Wave for this year! We go East with the sound this time and would like to introduce Raw Moans, the project of Joseph Vorachack which also features Michael Thibodeaux (instrumentals, production). 
Before starting his own musical creation, he was member in several music groups including Wavves and his own living room has inspired him to start his own DiY thing. That is how the idea of Raw Moans was born. After he has teamed up with Michael, soon after they released their debut EP 'Safe Sex'. This is a tribute to musicians and who lived and died from complications due to HIV/AIDS. This is reflected through lyric collages, allusions, and re-workings of songs by musicians, such as Arthur Russell, Klaus Nomi, and Eazy-E, over original instrumentals and melodies. 
Please follow the link to explore the sound of Raw Moans.

https://soundcloud.com/raw_moans/sets/safe-sex


Saturday, December 10, 2016

WAW: Betsy- Wanted More

Time for the last WAW this year. It comes as a random discovery on Youtube and turned also to be one of the most surprising artists to discover this year. Her name is simply Betsy and I'm sure we will write more about her in 2017. For now as a warm up, here comes here brilliant video for the song "Wanted More". This song has also been released as a single and she also released an EP. We hope for the album next year. More to come!



Friday, December 9, 2016

The Jesus and Mary Chain Announce New Album 'Damage and Joy'

The Jesus and Mary Chain have announced the release of a brand new studio album next year. The album will be entitled 'Damage and Joy' and this will be their first album since 1998. The band is also planning live tour dates around the globe. The first single from the album 'Amputation' has already been revealed and is available on Youtube.

http://thejesusandmarychain.uk.com



Wednesday, November 23, 2016

WAW: La Femme- Sphynx

La Femme have returned this year with their second album 'Mystère'. One of the leading tracks and the first single is entitled "Sphynx" and it was released earlier this year in March. The super exciting video for this songs was directed by Marlon Magnée and Aymeric Bergada du Cadet. I'm sure this video will make it into the top ten best videos of 2016.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Kate Bush to Release a Brand New Live Album and Single

Following her sold out shows form earlier this year, Kate Bush will release her live Album 'Before the Dawn' this week. The album was recorded during the incredible run of 22 sold-out shows performed by Kate at London's Hammersmith Apollo in 2014 and these were her first shows since 1979. Kate has also released a special piece of film to accompany the release of her new single "And Dream Of Sheep" which is available on Vimeo and Youtube. The album is out this week.


Lisa Stansfield - The Collection Boxset Released

Edsel Records have released the Lisa Stansfield- The Collection 1989-2003, a thirteen-CD and five DVD box set. This set includes of all Lisa’s Arista albums – 'Affection' (1989), 'Real Love' (1991), 'So Natural' (1993), 'Lisa Stansfield' (1997) and 'Face Up' (2001) – as 2CD + DVD casebound book deluxe editions, as well as a remix compilation called People Hold On… The Remix Anthology – a three-CD set that contains over thirty rare and previously unheard full-length mixes. The compilation was released on November 10th 2016. 

Lisa-Stansfield-Collection-1989-2003



Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Retrovision: Moby- Go

"Go" was the second single release for Moby released 25 years ago. The song was featured on his self titled debut album and released on Instinct label. "Go" samples "Laura Palmer's Theme" from the television series Twin Peaks and the titular vocal from Tones on Tail's song "Go!". The "yeah" vocal which features prominently in the track is actually a sample from soul singer Jocelyn Brown, taken from her 1985 single "Love's Gonna Get You"; this sample remains uncredited. The video was directed by Ondrej Rudavsky.


Sunday, October 30, 2016

Next Wave: Colour Theory

Bringing some colours and cheerful and quirky 80's electro sound to bright the rainy Autumn days comes Brain Hazard with his Colour Theory sound machine. He says that the 80's synthpop is in his blood and draws a lot inspiration from the decade especially quoting Depeche Mode as the main inspiring act for his musical creation. It's true that many bands are inspired by Depeche Mode's music, but none of them reflect the emotional side of Martin Gore so much. Career highlights include winning the Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Brian is currently working on his ninth full length release which is set for release in the next few months.

To hear more about Colour Theory check the following links:
https://www.facebook.com/colortheory/
https://soundcloud.com/colortheory
https://twitter.com/colortheory

 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Austra Announce their third Studio Album 'Utopia'

The Canadian band Austra have announced the release of their third album. The album will be entitled 'Future Politics' and it will be their third album to be release through Domino Records since 2011. The album will have 11 brand new tracks including "Utopia" for which there is a video available and which will be the lead single from the album. 'Future Politics' is set for release on January 20th.


Thursday, October 13, 2016

'The Time is Now' a Brand New 80's Compilation to Benefit the Hiv/Aids Research

'The Time is Now' is a brand new compilation of re-imagined 80's hits that will benefit amfAR- The Foundation for Aids Research. The compilation includes the covers of New Order’s “Bizarre Love Triangle”, Duran Duran's "Rio", Wang Chung's "Dance Hall Days" and many others. 'The Time is Now' is the brainchild and labor of love of executive producers Michelangelo Lacqua, internationally acclaimed music curator, Andy Boose, longtime producer of many of amfAR’s events and Peter Bittenbender, CEO of Mass Appeal. “The Time Is Now is a music-driven call to action in support of amfAR’s push to end HIV/AIDS in our lifetime.” said Boose. 
The 14-track album was released on October 7 by Republic Records and Mass Appeal. More info about the project and how to purchase, here.

WAW: Japan Suicide- A Mood Apart

Japan Suicide is a goth rock band from Italy which was formed in 2007 have released their second album 'We Die in Such a Place' last year. They mix Gothic rock with Post Punk and produce a very unique and dark sound. Last year in December, they have released a very arty video for the song "A Mood Apart" which was directed by Francesco Brunotti. Their album 'We Die in Such a Place' was released through Unknown Pleasures Records.



 


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Depeche Mode Announce New Album and New Video Compilation

Depeche Mode have announced the release of a brand new album 'Spirit' which will be out in spring 2017. There is not much detail about it other than that it will be produced by James Ford and that it will be followed by a huge European tour. Before that, right on time if you don't have an idea for a Christmas present, comes DM's 'Video Singles Collection'. Group's First-Ever Career-Spanning Anthology will presents Group's Original Music Video Singles from 1981 to 2013 in a 3DVD DigiPak. The 3DVD set will include more than three decades worth of Depeche Mode's international hit singles as lensed for the group's mind-blowing progression of innovative and provocative music videos directed by a who's who of cinematic visionaries including Julien Temple, Anton Corbijn, D.A. Pennebaker, John Hillcoat and others. The compilation is set for release on November 11th. 
More info here

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Marc Almond's Definitive Collection 'Trials Of Eyeliner' to be Released in October

Universal Music have announced the release of 'Trials Of Eyeliner' is touted as the definitive overview and a career spanning 10 CD collection. Almond himself has personally curated the collection, allied to the 189-strong track listing. This anthology is divided into three themed sections. ‘History’ fills the first four discs with 72 of Almond’s favourite album tracks and B-sides, the three-CD ‘Singles’ section lines up all of his official Soft Cell, Marc And The Mambas and solo singles in pretty-much-chronological order and The last three CDs consists of ‘Gems’ – fan-only releases, one-off collaborations, soundtrack contributions etc. – and includes 18 tracks previously unreleased from Marc’s own collection.
'Trials Of Eyeliner' is set for release on October 28th, 2016. More info here

Retrovision: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds- The Singer

"The Singer" was a third single release for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and the only single that was released in 1986. The song was originally performed by Johnny Cash as "The Folk Singer". The single was featured on Nick Cave and the Bad Seed's third album 'Kicking Against the Pricks'. Thirty years after this release, the band is back with a brand new studio album 'Skeleton Tree', out now. 



Monday, September 26, 2016

Next Wave: Boy Harsher

Boy Harsher is a Northampton, Massachusetts based electronic duo consisting of Augustus Muller and Jae Matthews. Their music is quite intense and atmospheric where minimal and coldwave synthpop is fuzzed with dramatic vocals expressed through screams and chants. They could link to early 80s recalling the music of Kas Product, Soft Cell and Suicide. 
Boy Harsher started in early 2013 under the name Teen Dreamz. The project was based on short stories written and read by Matthews then live scored by Muller. As the project matured the instrumentals became more dance influenced and Matthews’ delivery became more dynamic and spontaneous. 
In January of 2014 Teen Dreamz took on the moniker Boy Harsher. In 2015, they released their debut EPs 'Lesser Man' and 'Pain' and this year in June they released their debut album 'Yr Body is Nithing'. More info on them is available under the following links. 

http://boyharsher.com/
https://boyharsher.bandcamp.com/

The Human League to Release a Four Disc Anthology

Earlier this month, the Human League have announced th release of 'A Very British Synthesizer Group: The Anthology', a career spanning anthology on four discs. Covering almost 40 years in music, the first two CDs will include the single releases all the way from "Being Boiled" up to "Sky". The third CD is packed with previously unreleased early versions of 17 songs, and the DVD which completes this set is crammed full with promo videos and, more interestingly, twenty-one their appearances on the BBC. 'A Very British Synthesizer Group: The Anthology' will be released on 18 November 2016. They will support this release with a UK tour in December. 

Track list and more

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Trevor Herion's Beauty Life to be Reissued

Long out of print debut album by Trevor Herion 'Beauty Life' will be reissued for the first time. The album was originally released in 1983 on Interdisc label and featured 4 singles, including the debut "Kiss of no Return" and "Love Chains". Trevor was also previously involved in groups The Civilians and The Fallout Club. Hope one day all his recording material will be released on a compilation. This album will be reissued through Lost 80's Record Company.


Black Marble to Release Their Second Album

Black Marble have announced the release of a brand new studio album. This will be their second release and the follow up to 'A Different Arrangement' released in 2012. The new album is entitled 'It's Immaterial' and will be their first album released on 'Ghostly'. Bass driven "Iron Lung" has been announced as the lead track form the album which is set for release on October 14th.



Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Still Corners To Release their Third Studio Album

Still Corners have announced their third album ‘Dead Blue’. The duo has announced that the album will be released on their own label Wrecking Light Records. "Lost Boys" is the first track to be revealed as the lead single and it is available on Youtube. The album will be officially released on September 16th.


Thursday, August 4, 2016

Snowy Red

Snowy Red/Micky Mike was a stage name for a Belgian musician Marcel Thiel who was musically active from the late seventies all the way to the teens. Influenced by Suicide, Marilyn Monroe and the Belgian Art scene, Micky released four albums, both as a solo artist and band. He remained as one of the leading figures in Belgian underground DiY and electronic music scene. In the internet era, the interest for the music of Snowy Red was revived. Micky sadly passed away in 2009 at the age of 52.

Photography by Marc Portée

 Micky Mike’s first adventure in music started in the local Punk band from the French speaking part of Belgium and lasted not longer than two years. In general his early music start was on a long wandering from aborted band to aborted band. 

Then in 1980, Micky decided to go solo and picked the name Snowy Red. He recorded some ten tracks, alone at home, in a fortnight’s time which was mostly experimental work released in 1,000 copies. This became his eponymous solo album. During the writing and recording of the album, Snowy Red made their stage debut. For the First Belgium Rhythmbox Contest, Micky shared the bill with Pseudocode, Etat Brut, Nausea and another new band, Polyphonic Size. To complete the stage set, slides were projected on one side, polaroids on the other, courtesy of photographer Stéphane Sergeant. Together with Sylviane V, Stéphane created the visuals for the record sleeves and promotional photos. 



From 18th May to 30th June 1981, Micky Mike took to the stage in the Cool Gate (Brussels) to perform live his soundtrack for the play “Inquest into the death of Marilyn Monroe” written and directed by Serge Nicolas, played by Yolanda Soniga. In this work of fiction, Marilyn Monroe is still alive in 1981. She is 55 years old and leads a secluded life in a shabby attic apartment in New York.

  Not long after the first Snowy Red album and its success, Micky started work on a new project soberly entitled Carol, after the girl of the same name. The single Breakdown/So Low” was the result of a romantic encounter. Carol, a young lady without artistic background, and Micky Mike, already known under the name Snowy Red, composed these two haunting melodies together. He came up with the music and arrangements, Carol wrote the lyrics and the melody line. By the time you were about to release second single, they decided to go separate ways. 


In October 1981, Snowy Red celebrated their first anniversary and Micky started work on the second album. The minimal austerity of the first album was still there, but warmer sounds were added by a guitar, a bass, and more confident vocals. The single “I’m Hurt” announced the release of ‘The Right  to Die’. The opening track “Euroshima (Wardance)” was a rushed job, written to fill out the playing time. It would enjoy an unexpected destiny a few years later. The album was praised by the entire Belgian press and by the English Melody Maker and Vinyl. 


In 1983, Micky decided to form a band with some local musicians from other bands. Paul, Stephan Barbery (formerly of Digital Dance and Thrills) and Alain Lefèvre (a.k.a. Robert Leff, formerly of Thrills) to become full-time members of Snowy Red in 1983. The 4-piece band was then joined by singer Nikki Mono, who had started getting noticed through her collaboration with Tuxedomoon. Here was the new Snowy Red, with the third album, 'Vision'. A crucial milestone for Micky Mike, because the record showed the evolution of his ideas towards a unique artistic approach, quite unknown in the rest of Belgium. This third collection was recorded and produced with the same limited means as its two predecessors, but departed from their cold, hyper-synthetic atmosphere. 'Vision' embodied a new soul and a fashionable sound, but with a depth that owed more to Gary Numan than to the Human League or Simple Minds. 



With 1984 and its concerts behind him, Micky gave his project a new twist and an appendix to its name, becoming Snowy Red Mk II and going for a blues-tinged rock sound. 1988 not only marked the return to a one-man band formula, it also heralded other changes: a new label and a new sound. Micky signed onto Antler early in the year. His first release on this label was 'Snowy Red, The Compilation 1980- 1984'. The following year saw the release of 'The Beat is Over', the fourth and last official Snowy Red album. Once again, Micky went for a raw, personal approach. 


The early nineties were yet another transitional phase for Micky. He put Snowy Red on the back burner to devote himself to a band formula. He formed Invaders From Mars with now official member H.H. Del Rio on guitar, Paul Zahl, former drummer with Tuxedomoon and Simi Nah. In 2004 Snowy Red appeared as a duo at the Belgian Independent Music festival.
 On May 26, 2009 the French speaking Belgian broadcast RTBF announced the death of the Belgian New wave legend Mickey Mike. Aged 52 he died in a Brussels hospital after months of health problems. The Onderstroom label picked all the work dated from 1980-1984 and released it on a compilation entitled, ‘The Ultimate Edition 1980-1984’.

Source: Facebook Fan Page
https://www.facebook.com/Snowy-Red-official-179154485437205/

Monday, August 1, 2016

WAW: Blood Orange- Augustine

Blood Orange have released a brand new studio album entitled 'Freetown Sound'. This is certainly going to be one of the summer soundtracks. The lead single from the album is "Augustine" which combines two songs from the album. The video includes a mix of two songs from the album and it  was directed by Devonté Hynes and Nick Harwood.


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Next Wave: Black Magique

Black Magique is one of the most interesting dark synth-pop acts that have occurred to us in this year. Hailing from Canada, the band was formed around 2012 and released their first material this year. Their music is the state of the art where sound and vision meet to express the aesthetics of their creative universe. The world of Bianca and Gabriel draws inspiration from all decades and their respective styles and for now the dark 80’s impact seems to be the most evident. 
To this date they have revealed two videos for the singles “Sexercise” and “Fashion Kills”, also available on cassette. They are currently signed to Nite Time Records and we are looking forward to hear new material.








Friday, July 8, 2016

Retrovision: The Shamen - LSI (Love, Sex, Intelligence)

Twenty five years ago in July 1992, The Shamen entered the UK charts with LSI (Love, Sex, Intelligence). They managed to reach Top tens in Finland, Sweden and UK with this track and it remained as one of their successful single releases to date which included Jhelisa Anderson on vocals. The song was taken from the album 'Boss Drum' released during the same year and the video for it was directed by Mathew Glamorre.



Thursday, July 7, 2016

White Lies Announce the Release of 'Friends', Brand New Studio Album

White Lies have announced the release of a brand new studio album. The album will be entitled 'Friends' and this will be their fourth release. 'Friends' will include ten new studio tracks including "Take it out on Me" as a first single. The album is set for release on October 7th on BMG.


Friday, June 24, 2016

New Order's New Singles Compilation Announced

New Order have announced the release of a brand new Singles compilation. This will be a revision of their compilation which was released in 2005 and included some errors. These new edition add "I’ll Stay With You" from 2013’s "Lost Sirens", but sadly no track from the last year's album 'Music Complete'. This will be available as a heavyweight 180 gram 4LP vinyl box set and a double-CD and is released on 9 September 2016.


Thursday, June 9, 2016

Heaven 17 To Release Five Album Classic Set

Heaven 17 will release a Classic Album set which will include all their albums released in the 80's decade from 'Penthouse and Pavement' to 'Teddy Bear, Duke & Psycho'. No bonus tracks are planned and the album compilation is set for release on June 17th.


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Xeno and Oaklander Release New Album 'Topiary'

Xeno and Oaklander have released a brand new album entitled 'Topiary'. This is their fifth studio album and the direct follow up to 'Par Avion' which was released in 2014. They have also revealed the video for the first single which is entitled "Marble". The album is out on Ghostly International.




Sunday, May 29, 2016

New Linear Movement Compilation Released

Minimal Wave have released a second collection of the Belgium based band Linear Movement. The new collection will be entitled 'The Linear Way' and will feature some previously released songs. The previous compilation of songs was also released by Minimal Wave in 2008 and is now long sold out. 

Monday, May 16, 2016

WAW: Jef Barabra- Sex Machin/ Sex Machine

Jef Barabra have released a brand new single Sex Machin/ Sex Machine. This is their first official release since their brilliant album 'Soft to the Touch' from 2013. The song was created in transcontinental collaboration with reclusive Toulouse-based bedroom producer Pieuvre and released through Fixture Records. The video for the song was directed by Alexander Storm.


 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Liste Noire Release their Debut Album

Liste Noire have released their debut album 'Brace' last month. The band formerly know as Velvet Condom, debuted last year with their brilliant EP 'Afire Afire' which was one of the best EPs for us in 2015. The new album features nine new tracks and it was recorded and produced by the band in Berlin. The album was officially released on April 26th.

https://listenoire.bandcamp.com/album/brace




Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Next Wave: undertheskin

Underskin is a one man project from Poland based musician whose music was inspired by dark atmosphere and analogue sound of early 80's post punk. As the influence, his music is cold an dark expressed through drum machines, cold bass, guitar riffs and cold vocals. Undertheskin's debut album was which contains 6 atmospheric post-punk tracks was released in 2015 through the Alchera Visions. To feel it under your skin, check artist's bandcamp page.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Retrovision: DAF- Brothers

"Brothers" was the thirteenth single release for the German-American duo formation DAF which was released 30 years ago. The song was taken from the album '1st Step to Heaven' and it is one of our favorite tunes from them although it is considered as a lowpoint of their musical career.



 

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Air to Release a Twenthy Years Anthology in June

French electronic duo Air have announced the release of first ever anthology 'Twentyears'. The name itself reveals all as this is obviously Air's 20th anniversary and good occasion to celebrate. The two CD edition of 'Twentyears' features a ‘best of’ disc with classic selections from the Air discography, chosen by Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel. The second CD in this set features 14 rarities including the previously unreleased Roger Song. There is also a third disc available in Superdeluxe edition which is the Air version of the Pet Shop Boys 'Disco 4'. The compilation is set for release on June 10th. 

Ultravox! 'The Island Years' Compilation Announced

Caroline International have announce the release of Ultravox! early work recorded for Island Records in 1977 and 1978. As most of you know this is known as pre Midge Ure Ultravox era when John Foxx was leading a band. This box set will include the first three albums namely 'Ultravox!', 'ha!-ha!-ha!' and 'Systems of Romance' plus and a bonus disc of rarities.  Each of the CDs are packaged in their own wallet and housed in a clamshell box. 'The Island Years' is released on 20 May 2016.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

PRINCE 1958-2016

The lights were already purple everywhere when we received the News about Prince's passing away. On our Blog, we were not really following to what he was up to in the recent years, but he was always present in our retro charts. One is certain, the music world has lost another genius and true talent, the artist par excellence who has written and recorded most of his music. He will certainly live on in our hearts and be the inspiring star for the new generations with the opus that encompasses more than three decades. RIP
RIP

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Duran Duran to Release 'Girls on Film' Demo EP

Los Angeles based record label Cleopatra Records has announced the release of 'Girls on Film Demo' 1979 EP. This release is an evidence of early Duran Duran recording material when the band was still unsigned and featured Andy Wickett on vocals. Two years later the band will release their official debut album and EP. "Girls on Film" might a bit raw and DIY compared to the later version which will score an international hit for Duran Duran. The EP is already out in the USA and will be relased in the UK on April 29th.