Tuesday, February 28, 2017

WAW: Sondre Lerche- Soft Feelings

We stay in Norway for our current We are Watching (WAW) video. This time, we would like to present a brand new video by Sondre Lerche for the song "Soft Feelings". The video is taken from their upcoming album 'Pleasure' which is going to be released in April. The video was directed by Johannes Greve Muskat.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Instant Hit: Clockwork Orange- Sensation Boys

Clockwork Orange was a short lived Norwegian synthpop act which only released on single during their brief existence in the 80's. It was called "Sensation Boys" and it was released on Temptation Records in 1985. It must have been quite underground back then and had this dark tone to it, but could have also the mainstream well. Today it pretty much lives up to the standards of this genre. The song was reissued as a single again in 2015 under the name "The Last Sensation", this time including a demo from 1984 and a new and the remix version of the song.

A Flock of Seagulls- 'Remixes and Rarities' to be Released in March

Cherry Red Records will release a a new Remixes and Rarities compilation in March. This time. it's A Flock of the Seagulls' compilation coming on two discs which will include tracks from their most productive and successful period (1982- 1986). There is a variety of the song versions including the remixes, live versions and also 12". The compilations is set for release on March 24th 2017.

Disc: 1
1. I Ran (So Far Away) (U.S. 7″ Version)
2. Space Age Love Song (7″ Version)
3. Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You) (7″ Version)
4. Nightmares (7″ Version)
5. Rosenmontag (Shorter Version)
6. Transfer Affection (7″ Version)
7. I Ran (Live)
8. It’s Not Me Talking (7″ Version)
9. Never Again (7″ Version)
10. Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You) (Long Version)
11. Nightmares (12″ Version)
12. Committed (Short Version)
13. The Traveller (Live)
14. The More You Live the More You Love (Full Moon Mix)
Disc: 2
1. I Ran (Longer Version)
2. Never Again (the Dancer) (12″ Version)
3. Heartbeat Like a Drum (Full Length Version)
4. Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You) (U.S. Edit 12″ Promo Version)
5. The Flight of Yuri Gagarin (Full Length Version)
6. Rosenmontag (Long Version)
7. Nightmares (U.S. 12″ Promo Version)
8. I Ran (So Far Away) (Edited Version)
9. Never Again (the Dancer) (Re-Mix)
10. Space Age Love Song (Live)
11. Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You) (Short Version)
12. Who’s That Girl (She’s Got It) (Instrumental)
13. Single Medley

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Tempers Release New EP 'Fundamental Fantasy'

Tempers have released a brand new EP titled 'Fundamental Fantasy'. This is their first release since the long player 'Services' was released in 2015. The have kept their synth driven melancholic and gloomy darkwave sound expressed in four brand new tracks. The new EP is out on The Vinyl Factory and can be previewed below.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Best of 1987- The Album List

Time to roll with the 1987 Albums campaign! Another interesting year which was still sort of a crossover year in which some music styles from the first half of the decade started to transform into new genres raising new musical opportunities and opening stages for new kids.
This year was also a quite an innovative one, MTV Europe was launched, "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" is the first single being released on CD and the cassette tape was becoming more and more popular.
As for the synthpop, Ersaure and Pet Shop Boys were still keeping the mainstream afloat with it as were the the pop hits form the emerging Stock Atiken Watermen pop factory. Rick Astley's single "Never Gonna Give You up", became the best selling single of the year.
As for the other music tendencies, House music was growing slowly and taking over the danclefloors. On the different side indie pop/rock was in bloom giving more diverse and alternative forms.
Kate Bush and Peter Gabriel were honored the Brit Awards for best male and female.

As in every year, we would kindly ask you to submit your top ten albums and as always we are offering the selection of albums to ease the process.

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Thanks for all the comments and great lists! The album Shortlist is in the column the right.
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10,000 Maniacs- In My Tribe

ABC- Alphabet City
Abecedarians- Eureka
Alarm, The - Eye of the Hurricane
Alison Moyet- Raindancing
Anna Domino- This Time
Aztec Camera- Love

Bel Canto- White-Out Conditions
Belinda Carlisle- Heaven on Earth
Billy Bragg - Talking Poetry With the Taxman
Black- Wonderful Life
Boy George- Sold
Bruce Springsteen- Tunnel of Love
Bryan Ferry- Bête noire

Cabaret Voltaire- Code
Call, The - Into the Woods
Chills, The- Brave Words
Chris and Cosey- Exotika
Christians, The- The Christians
Communards, The- Red
Cult, The- Electric
Cure, The- Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me
Curiosity Killed the Cat- Keep Your Distance

Dead or Alive- Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know
Die Form- Poupée Mécanique
Dinosaur Jr.- You Are Living All Over Me

Echo & The Bunnymen- Echo & The Bunnymen
Einstürzende Neubauten- Fünf auf der nach oben offenen Richterskala
Elisa Waut- Commedia
Erasure-The Circus

Felt- Poem of the River
Fire Town - In The Heart Of The Heart Country
Front 242- Official Version

Danielle Dax- Inky Bloaters
David Sylvian- Secrets of the Beehive
Deacon Blue- Raintown
Dead Can Dance- Within the Realm of a Dying Sun
Depeche Mode- Music for Masses
Dukes of Stratosphear, The- Psonic Psunspot

Game Theory- Lolita Nation
George Michael- Faith
Go-Betweens, The- Tallulah
Gun Club, The - Mother Juno

Happy Mondays- Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out)
Hüsker Dü- Warehouse: Songs and Stories

Icehouse- Man of Colours
Icicle Works,The- If You Want to Defeat Your Enemy Sing His Song
INXS- Kick

Jesus and Mary Chain, The- Darklands

Little Nemo-  Past and Future
Living in a Box- Living in a Box
Lloyd Cole and The Commotions- Mainstream
Love and Rockets- Earth • Sun • Moon
Lowlife- Diminuendo

Martin Dupont- Hot Paradox
Marc Almond & the Willing Sinners- Mother Fist and Her Five Daughters
Men Without Hats- Pop Goes the World
Mick Karn- Dreams of Reason Produce Monsters
Midnight Oil- Diesel and Dust
Mission of Burma- Forget
Moskwa TV- Blue Planet

Nits, The - In the Dutch Mountains

Pavillon 7b- Pavillon 7b
Pet Shop Boys-Actually
Pink Turns Blue- If Two Worlds Kiss
Primal Scream- Sonic Flower Groove
Prince- Sign "☮" the Times
Psyche- Unveiling the Secret
Psychedelic Furs- Midnight to Midnight
Pulp- Freaks

R.E.M.- Document
Replacements, The- Pleased to Meet Me
Robbie Robertson- Robbie Robertson
Ryuichi Sakamoto- Neo Geo

Sad Lovers & Giants- The Mirror Test
Secession- A Dark Enchantment
Severed Heads- Bad Mood Guy
Sinéad O'Connor- The Lion and the Cobra
Siouxsie & The Banshees- Through the Looking Glass
Sisters of Mercy, The - Floodland
Smiths, The- Strangeways, Here We Come
Sonic Youth- Sister
Spacemen 3- The Perfect Prescription
Steve Reich- Early Works
Sting- ...Nothing Like the Sun
Style Council, The - The Cost of Loving
Suzanne Vega- Solitude Standing
Swans- Children of God
Swing Out Sister- It's Better to Travel
Simply Red- Men and Women

T'Pau- Bridge of Spies
Terence Trent D'Arby -Introducing the Hardline According To Terence Trent D’Arby
The Triffids- Calenture
Then Jericho : First (The Sound of Music) 
Tuxedomoon- You

Voice Farm- s/t

Wedding Present, The- George Best
Wet Wet Wet- Popped In Souled Out
William Orbit- Strange Cargo
Wire- The Ideal Copy
Wire Train- Ten Women

U2- Joshua Tree

Xmal Deutschland- Viva

Yello- One Second
Young Fresh Fellows - The Men Who Loved Music

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Next Wave: Patience

End of last year, we discovered another interesting music act that we thought would be worth sharing here. Her name is Roxanne Clifford and she is not a new face to the music biz. Already with her band Veronica Falls she made first steps into indie pop. Now the things have changed for her, she took a new name and adopted a completely different music style and musical arrangement. Under the name Patience she discovers the new world of synth pop and minimal wave. Her debut "The Church" was released on Night School Records in 2016 and the second single "Pressure" followed soon after. She seems to be doing well in the new footsteps and we hope to hear more from her in 2017.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Retrovision: Opus III- It's a Fine Day

Twenty five years ago, Opus III topped the UK charts with "It's a Fine Day" reaching #5. The single was actually a cover and house makeover of the classic by Jane released in 1983 and written by poet and musician Edward Barton. The song's video below featured the singer Kirsty Hawkshaw (with her standout shaved head and bodysuit) performing and dancing.


Monday, February 6, 2017

Instant Hit: Brain- D.I.X.O

For all of those that the future is still kept in some of the most obscure and brilliant 80's tracks, should check this one out. Futuristic and experimental and a lot of forward thinking with the musical arrangement and design. There is not much info about the band itself and this is their only release from 1982. According to some sources on the internet, this single was reissued by Private Records from Berlin.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Blondie to Release a Brand new Studio Album 'Pollinator' in May

Blondie have announced the release of a brand new studio album 'Pollinator' in May this year. This is their first studio album in more than five years and a follow up to 'Panic of Girls' which was released in 2011. "Fun" has been announced as the first single from the album. 
For more info check blondie.net.