Friday, August 29, 2014

Oto's 'Purge an Urge' Reissued on Desire Records

Formed in the early 80's in Lorraine in France it took the band few years to finally release some recording material. This happened in 1984 with their debut "Anyway" which I discovered on an 80's compilation. After this release, a three-piece band, played a few gigs before entering the studio to record their one and only album 'Purge An Urge'. Produced by Vincent Hachet from French industrial duo Geinst Naït, 'Purge An Urge' was supposed to contain 9 tracks but the final release saw only 6 tracks. Cécile from fellow Nancy’s band Candidate even did some backing vocals. The record was originally released in 1986 on Divine and it has been reissued for a very first time through Desire. For more info check the link below.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Retrovision: Barbie Wilde- Phantom Lady

Barbie Wilde known as Canadian-born British actress and writer was also a member of the rock/mime burlesque music group Shock in the early 80's who used to tour with Depeche Mode, Ultravox, Gary Numan and other great artist. Everything she did related to music was somehow connected to Tik & Tok and Shock. This video is small evidence of something she recorded under her own name of course produced by (Burgess, Walters, Wilde). The video was released in 1984 and was directed by David Rose.


Next Wave: Tempers

Tempers is a NYC-based post-punk/electronic duo comprised of Jasmine Golestaneh and Eddie Cooper. Jasmine, born in Florida, is of Latvian-Iranian descent, and grew up in Paris and London before moving to New York. She has recorded and performed as musician for most of her life and her visual art, primarily collage, has been shown in galleries throughout New York. Eddie is a NYC native who spent years in Berlin, where he released records on electronic labels like !K7 and Eskimo. The started playing as a band in 2011 and began recording songs almost immediately as part of their songwriting process. They have plans to release a full-length album later this year. Their first single "Eyes Wide Wider" b/w "Hell Hotline" were mixed by Damian Taylor(Trust/Bjork/The Killers).

Monday, August 25, 2014

WAW: Terror Bird- Waiting for Nothing / The Wrong Way

Nikki Never from Terror Bird has teamed up with Sally Dige for few videos sessions. Nikki in front and Sally behind the camera directing the videos for the songs "Waiting for Nothing" and "The Wrong Way". This would mean two new videos in Sally's video directing series if we include her own from few years back. Both videos express great DIY sense and a good play of shadow and light, vintage TV screens and dope bedroom indie pop. 

Soft Riot's New Album and Video Announced

Jack Duckworth aka Soft Riot has announced the release of a brand new album entitled 'Some More Terror'. His fourth studio album is a collection of instrumental, ambient-influenced synth sounds inspired by films and their soundtracks as much as electronic, post-punk music itself. This recording is intended to flow as an atmospheric backdrop to the surroundings of the bizarre, somewhat dystopian 21st Centuryworld that we all live in. 'Some More Terror' will be released by Sanity Muffin (US) in the Americas and Desire (FR) in Europe. It will be released in a nice, fat C60 cassette format as well as digital. The US and European releases will have slightly different sleeve artwork.
Meanwhile the promotional video for the track “Your Own Private Underworld” has been premiered and is available for viewing online. The video was shot in London by Wild Beast Productions.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

2014 Singles and Tracks! far.. Part II

As promised, here comes the part two of our singles and tracks selection for 2014. Take a listen and please leave some votes for your favorite track.Summer sale's over so grab some good music.


Telepathe- Drawn Around Me
Telepathe are back with a brand new single and video entitled "Drawn Around Me", their first new release since 2012. Good music and amazing electro hooks is what the new song offer. Without paying attention to the lyrics, refrain sounded quite summery, ...'Ice cream for you'..., but then I realized I was wrong. There is still no official confirmation of a new album, but let's wait and see.

Roladex- Cathode Rays
Already introduced and presented as some of the best artists of 2014. We think at least one song should be featured here. "Cathode Rays" is the only official video for one of the albums 'Anthems For The Micro​-​Age' which we think is one of the best in its genre this year. Futuristic minimal wave, coldly mechanical sounding but with a soul. One refereed to it as Nine Circles for the new generation.  

Gold Zebra-Drift Away
A year ago, we introduced Gold Zebra on our blog while they were still working on their debut album. Formed in 2010, Visage Musique released their self-titled debut this year. It seems that the dreamy dark electro seed that Chromatics cultivated with their blend of music blossoms beautifully here especially on the song "Drift Away" which I choose as the outstanding favorite. 

Tempers- Hell Hotline
Although they released most their song in 2013 this is very fresh and new sounding. Tempers are from NYC and have been working with music since 2011. Their music is a post-punk with electronic blend. This song perfectly reflects music of Tempers. It's atmospheric, dark but illuminating. We do hope their album comes out this year.

Tasseomancy- Reality
Tasseomancy have proved several times as being very unconventional and weird. Nothing they ever did was like "Diana" until "Reality" came up this year. Not sure if there will be more or if this is a new direction. Loving the retro futuristic style which even goes beyond the 80's. The video for 'Reality' was edited by Sari Lightman and Neil Corcoran, and finds its inspiration in a Bauhaus ballet from the early 20th century.

Odonis Odonis- Highnote
This is the first time to feature anything by Toronto based Odonis Odonis. They have released an album and several singles this year. "Highnote" was not officially released as single, but there is a great video clip to it. Noise and shoegaze pop in sound and space art in the lens of vintage TV. The new album 'Hard Boiled, Soft Boiled' is out on Buzz Records.

Liars- Vox Tuned D.E.D.
As most of you know Liars released their seventh studio album 'Mess'. One of the outstanding tracks for me is the industrial and electro track "Vox Tuned D.E.D". Danceable and engaging with great vocal performance and captivating synths. Leading lines of the song ..."If I'm running out of lifetime", ..."As time fades my birthstone"...Be sure to check the whole album for more Liars fun.

Easter- Pillo
It's great to have Easter around with more great music and videos and to dive in to the world of Easterbunny again. Melodic electro hip hop as we are already used to hear from this girl-boy, boy-girl pop duo. After their debut album was released on the day of the apocalipse in 2012, here come more releases and 2014 looks promising for them.

Sandra Electronics- New Purpose
Sandra Electronics was originally formed in 1988 and his project evolved and later also included Juan Mendez (aka Silent Servant).  It took several years and two decades for the songs to see the light of the days and get a proper release. This happened this year as Minimal Wave released their EP as well as the song collection entitled 'Sessions'. This is one of the tracks that perfectly reflects Sandra Electronics' hypnotic industrial sound.

Dum Dum Girls- Cult of Love
Last but not least here come Dum Dum Girls with "Cult of Love" which is my favorite track from the new album 'Too True'. Chill is in the air and the atmosphere is great. Nice retro noise pop with the slight gothic vibe all packed in a two minute tune. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

John Foxx' The Virgin Years Compilation out now

The brand new John Foxx compilation is out now. It is entitled 'The Virgin Years 1980 – 1985' and the box set features the albums 'Metamatic', 'The Garden', 'The Golden Section' and 'In Mysterious Ways'. Each CD features bonus tracks including B-sides and out-takes with more gathered on a fifth CD, 'Fusion/Fission' (see full track listing below). This set also includes five postcards with various single artwork. The Virgin Years 1980 – 1985 is out on 11 August 2014.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Doppeleffekt/ Objekt- Hypnagogia Splt Announced

Leisure System Records have annoinced the release of 'Hypnagogia' split. Born of mutual inspiration, legendary duo Dopplereffekt and sonic adventurer Objekt present Hypnagogia, a split 12″ on Leisure System, with each transmission derived from a shared journey into extrasensory perception and subconscious thought. Hallucinations storm the border between wakefulness and sleep. Accurate perceptions give way to distorted visions, senses torn and split through. Release date is September 1st, 2014.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Next Wave: Roladex

Here another great band we were really into and following all they did in this year. Roladex was formed in Texas by Tyler Jacobsen and Elyssa Dianne. Tyler Jacobsen holds an MFA in Electronic Art and this becomes apparent as they find lyrical and musical inspiration through the films of David Cronenberg and John Carpenter, the works of authors such as J.G Ballard as well as video artists such as Vito Acconci and Nam June Paik. Using an arsenal of analog instruments, Roladex nostalgically borrows ideas from music of the past to carefully craft a unique brand of futuristic-mechanized pop, with an emphasis on songwriting and layered production. Themes such as nuclear war, cosmology, false memories and technology as the “opiate of the masses” become apparent as the listener plays through the LP. Their debut LP is out on Mediacal Records. 

Source: Medical Records (Edit)

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Andy Oppeinheimer's Touching The Void New EP out now

Andy Oppenheimer of Oppenheimer Analysis fame and Mark Warner from Rosetti's Compass have joined forces for a new musical project Touching The Void. Band's second EP 'Obsession/ In this Together' is out now and the song "In this Together" is a tribute to Martin Lloyd who passed away last year and with whom Andy Oppenheimer formed Oppenheimer Analysis in the early 80's. Beside the two title songs, the EP also contain two remix versions of these songs. Their debut album 'Love, Longing and Loss' is set for release by the end of 2014.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Mad World- A Brand New Oral History of New Wave Out Now

A little bit of something to get back on our 80's track. A brand new New Wave book is out. It is entitled Mad World and it is a highly entertaining oral history that celebrates the New Wave music phenomenon of the 1980s via new interviews with 35 of the most notable artists of the period. Each chapter begins with a discussion of their most popular song but leads to stories of their history and place in the scene, ultimately painting a vivid picture of this colorful, idiosyncratic time. Mixtape suggestions, fashion sidebars, and quotes from famous contemporary admirers help fill out the fun. Participants include members of Duran Duran, New Order, The Smiths, Tears for Fears, Adam Ant, Echo and the Bunnymen, Devo, ABC, Spandau Ballet, A Flock of Seagulls, Thompson Twins, and INXS. Authors are Lori Majewski and Jonathan Bernstein with an foreword by Nick Rhodes and afterword by Moby.