Friday, December 23, 2016

Best of 1986- The Singles- List in Progress

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.

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

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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. 


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.

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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