Post Tagged with: "New Wave"

Femur :: Electronic down to its bones

Based on the strength of these first two 12”s (by Frak and Celldöd), a new, interesting, and forward looking label has just been established here in Spain and one, which I have no doubt, will be a success. Femur. After five years of running a club night, after a compilation on Clasicos Del Ruidos, after enough […]

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Goodbye, but not farewell :: Femur Mix

I was lucky enough to get behind the turntables there in November of 2015, a mangled and mashed warm up mix before Alessandro Parisi and Juanpablo rounded off a cracking Frigio Showcase. Never got round to doing a track list and hence the wait, only took 18 months! Friday night. Rain. Hail. Oppressive heat. Round […]

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Raderkraft :: Keine Richtung (Testlab)

Stinissen mentions his love of pre-MIDI sounds and Raderkraft certainly has an uncluttered style. The coldness of electro is ever present, but there is also a freewheeling quality to the EP. Testlab recently opened its doors, welcoming guests with a tape of demos and live tracks from a hometown institution. In the 1980s De Koer […]

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Mace & Savage Grounds :: Double review (Lux Rec.)

Roasted industrial techno, abused body music, harsh and gnarled electronics. Music for different dance-floors, and once you get a taste for this particular poison there’s no going back. Once the Lux Rec guys went into the backroom of electronic music, gave the sunken eyed keeper a nod and ducked into the darkness, they’ve decided to […]

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Manie Sans Délire :: Untitled (June)

This latest installment probes the shadows even further. Tracks delve deeper into murky undercurrents, scrutinizing ashen aspects and the pierced psyches of the unseen and, sometimes, unheard. It’s been a pleasure to have been privy to the development of Tsampikos Fronas’ music, both his own as an artist and his eponymous label’s output. June’s output […]

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V/A :: Femur V1 (Clasicos Del Ruido)

Barcelona’s Clasicos Del Ruido has paid homage to a monthly event that has brought a wealth of talent to the Spanish capital, Femur V1. I’ve mentioned of a club night I frequent here in Madrid more than once in the musical musings: Femur. The man behind it, Arch (or Aitor), shares a strikingly similar taste […]

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Inkamera :: Time Rewind (Last Known Trajectory)

Cold computer electronics which thaw with palpable emotion, the fragility of flesh beside metal, the soul in a synthesizer. Victoria Lukas has focused on collaborations over the last few years. After a spate of releases on labels like Frustrated Funk, as Vita, and Clone, with Gerald Donald as Zerkalo, Lukas’most recent partnership has been with […]

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Neud Photo :: Dystopix (Mysidian)

Darker than his last partnership, Dystopix shows the influences of Belgium and greater Europe with its serrated synth stabs and glassy beats. Mysidian is a fledgling US label with a penchant for electro glazed disco and new wave romance. Following his Wall $treet collaboration with Pierre Klein, Nico Nightingale returns for a solo 12” under […]

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V/A :: Underground Wave Volume 5 (Walhalla)

Packed with variety, as was the Belgian scene of the 1980s. A spread of weird and wonderful styles are explored. Dense dark bitterness, minimal malaise and even some smiling silliness in this treasure trove. Walhalla seems to be the antithesis of other reissue labels. How so? There are those that pour out records, rivers of […]

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Marge and the Marvellous :: Distant Dance (No More Pop)

No More Pop is an oasis, an island amidst a sea of darker re-issues, an island of dulcet synth pop and cloudless skies. Bright and cheerful beginnings. Reclaimed sounds on a reclaimed medium. The 7” has a love hate relationship amongst the faithful. For some the smallest vinyl format is annoying. Often poorly made and […]

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R.R. Hearse :: Call Of Oedipus (1981 – 2013) (June)

R.R. Hearse fits into no category previously explored. Grainy, it’s a record that some will find difficult to grapple with. Nevertheless it’s a bold move and a statement of both confidence and intent from June. In the last few years my zeal for minimal synth has diminished. I still love it, but the volume of […]

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Synth Wave Revival? “Didn’t know there was one”—A tale of four lads and three decades

Brendan Coyle. Mike Richardson. Neale Potts. Steven Lippert. A music revolution unfolding in their midst. “Being part of the electronic music scene in the UK for many years now I think that music now is very easy to produce using all the software, sounds and recording packages available on the market.” When we talk about technological […]

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Sand Circles :: Motor City / Motor City Remixes (Posh Isolation)

Overall, a midnight feast of pad wash and beat clunk indulgence with enough wow, flutter and tape hiss to make an old ’80s Dolby-hater happy. Sand Circles‘ Motor City gets a reissue courtesy of Posh Isolation, the Copenhagen blog-turned-label curated by Christian Stadsgaard and Loke Rahbek (aka Damien Dubrovnik, cf. Lust For Youth). Kudos to LA’s Not Not Fun (cassette, […]

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Final Cut :: Deep Into The Cut (re-release) (We Can Elude Control)

Deep Into The Cut is an American reflection of what was happening in Europe, a mirror of the punk grime and electro terror of Europe. The album leaps out with its originality and rawness some twenty six years after it was first released. Despite the big name involved it’s more than passed the litmus test […]

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Visonia / Synth Alien :: Opal’s Sunflowers / Memories (Last Known Trajectory)

The disco currents of past releases have been sidelined, a more mature and developed sound taking its place. In a strange coincidence, the latest two musicians to appear on Last Known Trajectory played in Madrid at the end of January. That might not seem too weird until you take a few factors into account. Ok, […]

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Savage Grounds :: Unpleasant Music for Unpleasant People (Lux Rec)

The style of techno that Savage Grounds are exploring isn’t the conventional type. Their form adopts the underproduction of Chicago house, the bursting rage of EBM and the embittered beats of industrial. Tense, tough and tortured from the Swiss duo. I was out playing records recently in Madrid, a warm up set. I realized while […]

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Born in a less than likely place :: Vielspaß

Born out of basement space, described by Prioux as a “bargain underground club,” underneath the DMA Vielspaß has all the attributes of an arts college party. Out there. Disjointed. Rag tag. But, a rag tag bunch with some very interesting musical ideas. France has always been a tricky place to pin down when it comes […]

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Der Noir :: Blue (Love Blast/Subsound)

Blue depicts that line between elation and melancholy, expanding the boundary dividing these emotions to produce a superb piece of electronics. I first came across Der Noir way back when. Well, maybe not way back but when they a remix project of their work came out on Minimal Rome. Little did I know that I’d […]

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Thirteen, unlucky for some; not for Kernkrach.

I find it hard to come at Kernkrach from a critical angle. For thirteen years they have been pioneering synthesizer music. The German label has been pulling at my heartstrings for near a decade and continues to do so with its unending unearthing of new talent. Dada Pogram describes his sound as Tech Noire. A […]

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Manie Sans Délire :: Manie Sans Délire ‎(June)

A record that skips across the lines of wave, house, ebm and techno. Last month I was lucky enough to hear June doing his thing live here in Madrid. Playing at Femur this multi-talented artist delivered a set that put a match to an already smouldering night. Tsampikos Fronas’ label partner in crime, Trenton Chase, […]

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Wall $treet :: Trading for Love (Mysidian)

Drum programs are more intricate, melodies flutter into unexplored flights of fancy without floating off into wilderness. The music of Nico Nightingale is progressing quite nicely. With releases on Pylon Records, Bordello A Parigi and Kraftjerkz the NY denizen, better known as Neud Photo, has been pushing his synth soaked disco infused sound to heightened […]

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Lux Rec spreads its wings :: MRT

Lux Rec have been steadily gaining more and more attention. Shout outs in Resident Advisor labels of the year, interviews and featured mixes as well as growing audiences of appreciative fans. Sounds like a good time to start a sub-label, no? Yes! MRT has been established as the “darker” wing of the Swiss imprint. Now […]

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Beyond the Club and Queues :: Clasicos Del Ruido (interview and mix)

Forget the club, forget the hype and the supposed scene. A podcast of quality made by a label boss seeking out quality. I was on a flight to Denmark recently. The inflight magazine featured a small article on a set of prints that a Spanish visual artist produced. The content: famous nightclubs of the world. […]

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Bill & Murray :: Rabbit Hole EP (Other Voices)

A relevant example of a contemporary electropop combination where our favorite synth machines meet minimalist rockin elements, guitar distortion and sweet pop singing. Somewhere between A Place to Bury Strangers, Depeche Mode and Cold Cave, just to name a few. This new EP is brought to light by the avid and passionate producer Oleg Galay […]

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From France, with a Synth Stab (New Flesh/Rave Or Die)

Returning to his own New Flesh label, and sub-label Rave or Die, Umwelt is teaming up with some fellow minded machine freaks to deliver two new waxen cuts. Tight electro teachings, tainted by 303 and shrouded in modern gloom. Umwelt has a more than impressive history. For near two decades the French producer has been […]

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V/A :: In The Dark Again 02 (In The Dark Again)

The EP brings together clever club sounds, thought-provoking Techno, textured harmonies and even a bit of existentialism for good measure. It can sometimes take a label a bit of time to appear on radar screens, others appear quicker. In The Dark Again blipped onto mine with their second release. The German imprint, born from parent […]

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June :: Dominion (Suction)

Dominion expands on June’s sound, illustrates his diverse capabilities and highlights the enviable musicality he has at his fingertips. Tsampikos Fronas (aka June) has more than proved his skills behind the machines. The Greek artist, better known as June, has shown his abilities with some cracking 12”s like Don’t Be Seen With Me and most […]

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Dunkeltier :: Dunkeltier Rising (Macadam Mambo)

Dunkeltier is part of that cohort looking to bring these three minute gems out of themselves, to give them a bit of extra wiggle room, maybe some extra engine power and let them reach a wider audience. I’ve never really went in for edits, and to be honest the craze does seem to have died. […]

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Momentform :: Grave (Lux Rec)

Wonderfully rounded, sorrow strewn but without being downtrodden. Lux Rec are once again messing up my record cataloging. Following the Swiss label’s foray into New Wave with Cold Colors, Cosmo and Faber are returning to synth centered sounds with Momentform. I first came across Ianis Lallemand a few years back with his excellent debut on […]

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