Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Bryan Ferry- Olympia

'Olympia' is a title of a new Bryan Ferry album to be released by Virgin Records today (October 26, 2010). The album features a wide range of contributors, including co-songwriter David A. Stewart of Eurythmics, Phil Manzanera, Groove Armada, Scissor Sisters and Brian Eno. The album was produced by Rhett Davies and it is Ferry's first album with original material since 2002's 'Frantic'. The first single titled "You Can Dance" has already been released in August.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Instant Hit: The Human League- Marianne (Alt. Version)

"Marianne" was a principal track on Human League's 'Holiday 80' EP. Two versions of "Marianne" were completed for this EP, but this alternate version has only appeared in remixed and re-edited form on the Australian release of the 'Travelogue' album. Of this version, Philip said, "We did a nice version of Marianne - much better than the 'Holiday '80' one. I think it was great - one of the best things we've ever done - but Virgin wouldn't put it out because they didn't like it."

WAW: Marina & The Diamonds- Shampain

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Ladytron Ace The Hz

A brand new Ladytron track has recently appeared online. The song is entitled "Ace of Hz" and is a possible new single from the forthcoming Ladytron album. "Ace of Hz" is also featured in the the highly anticipated EA FIFA 11 video game. The band is also working on their fifth studio album which is scheduled for release next year. More news on Twitter!


Saturday, October 23, 2010


Secession was a Scottish synth pop band that existed between 1983 and 1987. The original incarnation comprised Peter J. Thomson, Jack Ross, Jim Ross and Carole L. Branston. Secession was mainly on two different record labels during their short career: Beggars Banquet and Siren Records. They released a number of singles starting in 1983, until they released their only album, 'A Dark Enchantment', in late 1987.

Prior to being renamed Secession, the band played at least one gig as 'The Gift', during which Jim Ross performed with one arm in a full plaster cast following an accident. After a performance at Buster Brown’s nightclub in Edinburgh, the band were introduced to Hamish Brown, a local entrepreneur, who offered to manage them. This was followed by the addition of a fifth member, Alistair MacLeod (percussion and vocals), a friend of the original members who had also provided the photograph for the sleeve of the band's independently released debut single, "Betrayal".

Shortly after recording demo material at Palladium Studios in Edinburgh, Jack Ross, disillusioned with the direction the music was taking, left the band. MacLeod was then asked to divide his contribution between percussion and synthesizer/sequencing, and the band continued in this form for a short period of time until Jim Ross left, cutting the line-up to a threesome. This was the unit which produced the original demo of "Fire Island" at Planet Studios in Edinburgh, which subsequently came to the attention of Beggars Banquet Records A&R department.
After being signed by Beggars Banquet the trio re-recorded "Fire Island" at REL Studios in Edinburgh, later remixed by the production team associated with Freeez, John Rocca. Prior to its release, MacLeod left the band to concentrate on photography, and was replaced by Charlie D. Kelly.

The final incarnation of Secession, associated with almost the entire released catalogue, consisted of Thomson, Branston, Kelly, and J.L. Seenan. Their singer, Thomson, who penned their most commercially successful song, "Touch (Part 3)", died in the late 90's. After Secession's split, members Charlie Kelly and James Seenan co-formed Scottish pop band the Vaselines with Charlie's brother Eugene and Frances Mckee.

Secession Tribute Page

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Another Step to the 13th

Earlier this year Duran Duran announced the title of a song from their forthcoming, 13th, studio album. Now the title of the album has been added. It will be called 'All You Need is Now' and it will also feature one track guest appearance by Ana Mantronic from Scissor Sister. The band have also contributed their own cover version of David Bowie's classic "Boys Keep Swinging" to singer's Tribute album 'We Were So Turned On'. Stay tuned for more news or check...


OMD Announce Next Single

OMD have announced the second single form 'The History of Modern'. As well as some very special b-sides, 'Sister Marie Says' will come packaged with some top drawer remixes from Monarchy - the future pop duo who turn whatever they touch to gold! Stopmakingme - one of London's finest new remixers. Kinky Roland - Berlin born producer who has worked with the likes of S'express and Boy George and Mirrors - who have put their unique twist on the single before they head off to support OMD on their European dates. Plus more remixes to be announced shortly.


Friday, October 15, 2010

Next Wave: Led Er Est

Led Er Est were formed in New York in the early 2007 by Samuel Kklovenhoof and Shawn NoEQ and joined later by Owen Stokes who was recruited to the minimal electronic arsenal. They are among the leaders of the new cold wave and minimal synth scene. Their music is a smart combination of all the music styles that shaped the early 80's synth pop era, driving from minimal cold wave electonica to the dark sides of post punk. Could easily be put next to any great record of that time and style. Last year, they have released their debut 'Dust on Common' for Weird Records. Their most recent release includes their version of the Solid Space classic "A Darkness In My Soul"

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Absolute Body Control- Shattered Illusion

Absolute Body Control, the first band of Dirk Ivens and Eric van Wonterghem will release an album of brand new material entitled 'Shattered Illusion' on October 15, 2010 on Daft Records. This is their first official release after releasing new versions of classic tracks like "Figures" and "Give Me Your Hands". Also available as of October 1 is the five-CD boxed set, Tapes 81-89, which collects the band's out of print material and was previously available only on vinyl.


Heaven 17 Live on Later with Jools Holland

Heaven 17 have been confirmed as special guests on Later With Jools Holland. The programme will be transmitted LIVE on Tuesday 19th at 10.00 p.m. on BBC2 and the pre-recorded programme will transmit on Friday 22nd October at 11.45pm on BBC2.
Heaven 17’s appearance on Jools Holland will precede the highly anticipated 30th Anniversary tour of their seminal album "Penthouse And Pavement". It will be the first time the band will perform the album in its entirety. The tour includes the following dates: Edinburgh Picture House (Nov 22), Glasgow 02 ABC (Nov 23), Manchester Ritz (Nov 25), Birmingham HMV Institute (Nov 26), London HMV Forum (Nov 28), Oxford 02 Academy (Nov 29), Brighton Corn Exchange (Nov 30) and Bristol 02 Academy (Dec 1).


Saturday, October 9, 2010

Pet Shop Boys' Ultimate

Pet Shop Boys will release a new compilation which celebrates 25 years of hits from "West End Girls" to "Love Etc". 'Ultimate', the compilation is scheduled for release on November 1, 2010 and it will feature a new single "Together" written and produced by Pet Shop Boys and Tim Powell.


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Retrovision: Cabaret Voltaire- This is Entertainment

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Teardrop Explodes- Kilimanjaro Deluxe Reissue

Originally released in 1980, 'Kilimanjaro' was the debut album by The Teardrop Explodes. This new 3-disc deluxe set includes the original album plus a second disc rounding up the relevant non album singles and b-sides. These include the group's two initial Zoo singles, fronted by "Sleeping Gas" and "Bouncing Babies" and the post-album "Reward" which gave the group its sole Top 10 hit. Disc Three features the Teardrops' Peel sessions. The set comes with a series of newly written notes from core members Julian Cope, David Balfe and Gary Dwyer.

Live Souvenirs from Mute

Depeche Mode and Yazoo have released their live videos from the last tours. Depeche Mode's 'Tour Of The Universe - Live In Barcelona', contains 21 tracks and it was recorded over two sold out nights at the 'Palau St Jordi' in Barcelona on November 20th and 21st 2009, both shows being highlights of the celebrated tour.
Yazoo's "Reconnected Live" comes as a result of the short reunion tour which was started 25 years after the split in 2008. The record was released on September 27, 2010 as a standard 2-CD set, a limited edition 2-CD deluxe edition and as a digital download. Both records were released by re-established Mute records.


Monday, October 4, 2010

Clinic- Bubblegum

'Bubblegum' is the sixth album by Clinic, released today, October 4, 2010. The album was produced by John Congleton and recorded at Elevator Studios in Liverpool and it is a high water mark in Clinic’s career to date. The album was preceded by a beautiful new single "I'm Aware" which was released on September 20, 2010.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Belouis Some- Imagination

"Imagination" was released in 1985. The video for the single was another 80's light erotica which featured nude women who were appearing in the dream sequence. The video was edited for the daily airplay while the extended version remained still contained the nudity.
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Friday, October 1, 2010

Instant Hit: Carol- Brekadown

"Breakdown" was the only single release single for Carol, a female singer from Belgium. The single was released in 1981 on Dirty Dance label. This song was later covered and re-recorded by Snowy Red in 1984 and it was released as a duet in 1989. The second single version included the classic version as well as the instrumental and Snowy Red version.