Archive for Synth-Pop

Coma Coast release 1989/The Ritual – 24 Feb

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 17, 2014 by E.N.

COMA COAST release 1989 The Ritual - 24 Feb
A / 1989 AA / 1989 (Attar! remix)
B / The Ritual BB / The Ritual (Sano remix)
Release date: Mon 24 Feb 2014
Label: Parissi La Musique

Electro-pop duo Coma Coast are set to release their debut single 1989/The Ritual through Parissi La Musique Records on 24th February. Both tracks have been given deluxe treatment by Belgium remixer Attar! Transforming 1989 into a dark, bass-driven affair, ready-made for the dance floor. The Ritual sees Sano deliver a signature rework, packed with Latin acid flair and reminiscent of his previous releases through Comeme Records.

 The pair, made up of London-based singer / DJ Mariano Robles and Venezuelan producer / DJ Rey Morales met by chance in Caracas in 2012, jamming in Rey’s studio until the early hours after bonding over musical influences. Living on separate continents hasn’t halted the flow of ComaCoast’s creativity, frequently bouncing ideas across the Atlantic and working at their own pace, inspired by their own environments and collaborators.

Mariano’s vocals are littered with playful lyrics inspired by wanderlust. 2013 saw Coma Coast begin their electronic odyssey, playing DJ sets in festivals and clubs across Europe and South America and spending time honing their trademark sound. They now plan to release 3 EP’s in 2014 ahead of the premiere of their live show in London later on this year.

Brazil’s Synth-Pop Duo Club America Releases “To Get There” + Sexy, Provocative Video “GIRLS”

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 16, 2014 by E.N.

Club AmericaClub America is composed by the brothers Andy and Bruno Alves, natives from the “Manchester City” of Brazil, Sorocaba. With influences that go from synth-pop, indie-rock and post-punk, the duo launched in 2012 with their first single “Believe.” The music video rapidly caught on by being broadcasted on Brazilian music channels such as MTVPlayTVMixTVWoohooMusic Box TVVH1 and Canal Brasil. The instant hit gave them recognition on big-name magazines like Rolling Stone Brasil. The duo has performed around 500 shows in their career including international festivals such as SXSWCMWVOV FestivalPlaneta Terra FestivalGoiânia Noise and Demosul sharing the stage with big name acts like The StrokesToro y MoiInterpolBombay Bicycle Club and Beady Eye

 After two EP releases, countless performances, commercial campaigns for giants like Coca-Cola in Brazil and being selected as one of the six Brazilian songs for the worldwide launch of Windows 8, Club America finally released their debut album. It includes the single “Girls.” The video goes hand in hand with the lyrics depicting two girls in a “friends with benefits” situation, having fun and being carefree about what people might think or say about their amorous, lustful relationship.

Hot Casandra Getaway Heart EP(Stream)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 6, 2013 by E.N.

HOT CASANDRA2013 has been a busy year for London based duo Hot Casandra. Fresh off the back of performances at Pacha, Proud Camden and Café 1001 and with sets at Ministry of Sound, the duo have been spinning their Smooth Electro sounds at top clubs around the London circuit.

Originally hailing from Romania, Hot Casandra are by no means strangers to the limelight. In Romania they enjoyed high profile, with regular appearances on MTV, National Television and Eastern European festivals. Meanwhile on the press front they have seen reviews in FHM, The Guardian and Tillate. But 2013 sees the duo move to the UK as they introduce their brand of Electro the UK crowd.

‘Getaway Heart’ is the new single from the duo. A slow burn Electro groove that works it’s way towards climax. With Paul Ballo on live drums and bass and Elena providing haunting female vocals, the track draws inspiration from acts like Simian Mobile Disco and classic Italo-Disco. The track bubbles on increasingly draws the listener in as it builds in emotion and tension.

Next up on the package is ‘Mouthwatering’. An emotive Electro trip, with 80s Electro influences and great male and female vocals, answering each other as the track rolls on. Synth stabs prevail, alongside driving live drums and thoughtful melodies. Not to be missed!




Midnight Magic new album + North American Tour with Holy Ghost!

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 25, 2013 by E.N.

Midnight_MagicMidnight Magic release new album ‘Midnight Creepers’ + North American Tour with Holy Ghost!
‘Midnight Creepers’ out on October 4th via Permanent Vacation.
Tour Stops Include NYC, LA and Chicago!

A NYC ensemble bonded by an unwavering desire to make the listener and the rhythm become one.
Fall 2013 will see Midnight Magic link up with buddies Holy Ghost! for an extensive US tour! The tour will see Midnight Magic celebrate the release of their forthcoming ‘Midnight Creepers’ album on Permanent Vacation.

As if they were the secret love children of Donna Summer and George Clinton, Midnight Magic join the dots between funk, disco, electro and soul, stamping their own musical footprint on NYC’s revered dance music landscape.

Since releasing their interstellar dance floor mainstay “Beam Me Up” 12” in 2010, Magic Midnight have forged a family bond with Permanent Vacation. Released on October 4th the ‘Midnight Creepers’ album pools together a hot body of the bands music, deeply soaked in the rhythms of New York City.

- Tour dates… w/ Holy Ghost! -

10/12/13 Denver, CO / Bluebird Theatre
10/13/13 Salt Lake City, UT / Urban Lounge
10/15/13 Seattle, WA / Neumos
10/16/13 Portland, OR / Velvet Jones
10/18/13 Santa Barbara, CA / Velvet Jones
10/19/13 San Francisco, CA / Treasure Island
10/20/13 Los Angeles, CA / Fonda
10/21/13 Phoenix, AZ / Crescent Ballroom
10/22/13 Tuscon, AZ / Club Congress
10/24/13 Austin, TX / Emo’s East
10/25/13 Houston, TX / Fitzgerald’s
10/26/13 Dallas, TX / Club Dada
10/28/13 Atlanta, GA / Terminal West
10/30/13 Cambridge, MA / Sinclair
10/31/13 New York, NY / Terminal 5
11/01/13 / Washington, DC / 9:30 Club
11/02/13 Philadelphia, PA / Theatre of Living Arts
11/04/13 Burlington, VT / Higher Ground
11/05/13 Montreal, ON / Belmont
11/07/13 Columbus, OH / A&R Bar
11/08/13 / Pontiac. MI / Crofoot Ballroom
11/09/13 Chicago, IL / Metro

Holy Ghost! Release Video for “Teenagers in Heat” +Free Download and Announce More Tour Dates

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 24, 2013 by E.N.

holy-ghost-dynamics-608x608_zpscc7c3b58Brooklyn-based band Holy Ghost! have unveiled a lyric video for their song “Teenagers In Heat,” a song co-produced by James Murphy that the band gave away for free last week. Watch the music video for “Teenagers In Heat” below, and then download the track for free.

“Teenagers in Heat” is an outtake from the recording sessions that birthed the band’s upcoming sophomore record Dynamics, which will be released on September 10th via DFA Records. Dynamics is the follow-up to the group’s critically acclaimed self-titled debut album, which was released in 2011 and was hailed as a “classic pop album” by The Los Angeles Times.

Holy Ghost! have been mainstays at the spring and summer festival circuit so far, and the band are preparing to hit the road soon for a run of dates with New Order. Check out the full itinerary below.

Dynamics Track Listing
1. Okay
2. Dumb Disco Ideas
3. Changing of the Guard
4. Dance A Little Closer
5. It Must Be The Weather
6. 1 For Edgar
7. I Wanna Be Your Hand
8. Bridge and Tunnel
9. Don’t Look Down
10. In The Red
11. Cheap Shots

07-24 Brooklyn, NY – Williamsburg Park, Brooklyn *
07-26 Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center *
07-28 Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion *
07-31 Boston, MA – Bank of America Pavilion *
08-04 Montreal, Quebec – Osheaga
08-25 Los Angeles, CA – FYF Fest
08-31 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic – Marina de Sans Souci
10-12 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
10-13 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
10-15 Seattle, WA – Neumos
10-16 Portland, OR -Wonder Ballroom
10-18 Sacramento, CA – Velvet Jones
10-19 San Francisco, CA – Treasure Island
10-21 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
10-22 Tucscon, AZ – Club Congress
10-24 Austin, TX – Emo’s East
10-25 Houston, TX – Fitzgeralds
10-26 Dallas, TX – Club Dada
10-28 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
11-04 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
11-05 Montreal, Quebec – Belmont
11-06 Toronto, Ontario – The Hoxton
11-07 Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot
11-08 Columbus, OH – The Basement
11-09 Chicago, IL – Metro

* with New Order

New SPC ECO single – Delusional Waste(Stream)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on July 18, 2013 by E.N.

SPC ECO - Delusional Waste ArtworkThe first release on Kaboom Music is set to be unleashed on July 29th 2013.
SPC ECO are Rose Berlin (vox and words) and Dean Garcia (bass, drums, guitars, studio engineer and producer, and best known for being one half of seminal 90s band Curve). Having recently completed a BA Sculpture (with first class honours!) Rose is now concentrating her efforts on her music, together as always with her multi-instrumentalist and maverick producer father, Dean. Rose and Dean have been writing and recording songs from as soon as Rose was able to make a sound. The chemistry between them is undeniable.

SPC ECO have produced and recorded a succession of albums and EPs since 2008 all of which are listed on BandCamp . Their last release, Push EP, was picked up by the likes of Tom Robinson on BBC 6 Music (UK), WZBC (Boston), Amazing Radio (UK), WRIR (Virginia) and was championed by BBC London’s Gary Crowley. It was also widely praised online by influential sites and blogs such as Drowned In Sound, Black Book Magazine, God Is In The TV, Wave Maker Magazine, Breaking More Waves, The VPME and Right Chord Music (plus many more!).

Delusional Waste is the first track to see the light of day from their new album (which is due for release later this year on double vinyl and all the usual formats).

Ralph Myerz feat. Annie – Take A Look At The World (prod. by Royksopp)(Video)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 17, 2013 by E.N.

Ralph Myerz feat. Annie - Take A Look At The WorldRALPH MYERZ
feat ANNIE
Label: Disco Piñata Music
Released: AUGUST 2013

Ralph Myerz returns with the first single from his star studded 3rd Album ‘Supersonic Pulse’, and he’s pulled out all the stops with amongst others George Clinton, Roxanne Shanté, Snoop Dogg & Kurupt guesting.

‘Taker A Look At The World’ is the first single from the album and includes two stars from Ralphs homeland of Norway, Royksopp on production duties, and ‘Annie’ on vocals.

Røyksopp, Annie & Ralph are all from the same music scene in Bergen, which blossomed in the early Noughties with a whole wave of electronic tinged artists emerging at once. As well as Royksopp there was Datarock, Bjørn Torske, Annie, Kings Of Convenience , and Ralph Myerz who after success with music for both adverts and film received an invite to work with Rappers like Snoop and ASAP Rocky in the USA and Canada.

15 years later Ralph is about to release his 3rd solo album and as he explains, he had a vision for album number 3 of bringing all the artists he had worked with past and present together:

When I put this album together I wanted to have all the people I had visualised in my mind that would suit each track perfectly, and I instantly knew when the instrumental for Do The Damn Thang was finished I had to have Snoop & George Clinton on it.
Snoops crew ‘The Dogg Pound’ had already been in my studio in Bergen, Norway recording music so they already liked a lot of my music and had heard a lot of the other tracks that were going on the album, so it was actually quite easy to get it done. Since I already had a connection to Snoop’s crew ‘The Dogg Pound’ I basically just asked them ! People like George Clinton followed on from tha

Ralph Myerz

Download:Maps – A.M.A. (Susanne Sundfør Remix)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on June 13, 2013 by E.N.

Maps - A.M.A.

Download:Maps – A.M.A. (Susanne Sundfør Remix)

Visage to Release First Album In 29 Years! “Hearts and Knives”+Free Download “Shameless Fashion” EP

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 29, 2013 by E.N.


DOWNLOAD “Shameless Fashion” EP HERE

Founding fathers of the New Romantics and pioneers of the ’80s sound, Visage return with a new album Hearts and Knives. “It has been 29 years since the last Visage album and during that period it often seems like we have all lived through several lifetimes,” comments Steve Strange, the band’s creative force and flamboyant leader singer. Visage began in 1978 when Steve Strange and Blitz Club partner-in-crime Rusty Egan joined forces with Midge Ure to create a futuristic, synthesizer-led group where style and fashion were matched by experimental but accessible music. The group was soon augmented with members of Magazine (John McGeoch, Dave Formula and Barry Adamson) and Billy Currie. They recorded their first single “Tar” with Martin Rushent at his Genetic Studio in 1979 (shortly to become the birthplace of the Human League Dare album).

Their breakthrough track “Fade To Grey” became a European hit and reached number 1 in eight countries in 1980. The band then enjoyed a series of hit singles “Mind Of A Toy,” “Night Train” and “The Anvil” coming from a pair genre defying albums, the eponymous Visage in 1980 and The Anvil in 1982. In 1981 Ultravox now led by Midge Ure took off and in 1982 Midge and Billy left to concentrate on what would become one of the biggest bands of the ’80s. In 1984 Visage made their third albumBeatboy. As the public face of the band Steve Strange shot to stardom throughout Europe he continued to be active in hosting club nights (The Camden Palace, Club For Heroes) and in the fashion world.
In 2010 Steve reconnected with Steve Barnacle and began writing songs once more. Some time later ex-Ultravox guitaristRobin Simon joined the equation, bringing not only a large slice of shared musical DNA (that “Visage sound”) to the project, but also his own distinctive style and ethereal musicianship. Vocalist Lauren Duvall was invited into the fold, adding not only her sultry vocal ability but a slice of the classic Visage glamour too. With the core members in place the picture slowly started forming and the band reached out (once again) to Martin Rushent. He suggested the blueprint for the album and had began working on the first tracks before his untimely death in 2010. The Hearts And Knives album is dedicated to Martin.


The album features collaborations and contributions from Dave Formula (former Visage and Magazine keyboard player),Mick MacNeil (the former keyboard player and creative musical core of Simple Minds), ’80s super producer YouthRich Mowatt and Logan Sky. The sound of Hearts and Knives is “classic Visage” but with modern songs and style. There is the odd tip of the hat to modern production values but the sound is 1980-1982 Visage. It’s Vintage keyboards and synthesizers all the way. There’s not software synths on this record! The production by John Bryan and analogue synthesizer collector Sare Havlicek is firmly rooted in the ’80s. Many of the tracks are instantly recognizable as Visage (Moogs and the obligatory CR78 drum sound feature on several).
Visage (French for “Face”) has always been one part music to one part style & fashion. In 1980 the explosive combination of then futurist synthesizer music, fashion, make up & gender ambiguity set the blue print for the New Romantic movement and eventually the style template of the 1980s. Visage was one of the bands to evolve out of the famous night club the Blitz Club, created and hosted by Steve Strange and Rusty Egan. Other bands included the infamous Spandau Ballet and Culture Club.
Innovative style, clothing and make-up continue to be central to brand “Steve Strange.” In a series of style looks for the album he has collaborated with designers Haus of Gaga, Sorapol, Mark Fowler and long time collaborator milliner Stephen Jones OBE. The first album cover in 1980 was shot by veteran music photographer Peter Ashworth in the Blitz Club. Peter returns to shoot the cover of the fourth album. The shot references the famous “Fade To Grey” white face & water motif now displayed on a mask created by Lara Himpelmann. The current day Steve Strange bursts through the mask in a blaze of silver & red.
Hearts and Knives may have been a long time in coming but it is a purposeful statement of just where Steve Strange and Visage are at present. The past has been full of highs and lows but musically & creatively they are at a point where they can confidently present an album containing all the strands of their unique mix of music, fashion and style.
Hearts and Knives Tracklisting:
1 Never Enough
2 Shameless Fashion
3 She’s Electric (Coming Around)
4 Hidden Sign
5 On We Go
6 Dreamer I Know
7 Lost In Static
8 I Am Watching
9 Diaries Of A Madman
10 Breathe Life
11 Shameless Fashion – The Extened Mix (Bonus Track Exclusive to U.S. CD)
Visage’s new album Hearts and Knives is due for release in the U.S. June 11, 2013 and will be available on CD, limited edition vinyl and digtal formats through Pylon Records. Fall 2013 U.S. tour dates to be announced soon.


Download: Little Boots – “Broken Record” (Cosmic Kids Remix)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 16, 2013 by E.N.

Broken Record (Cosmic Kids

Little Boots aka Victoria Hesketh has release her sophomore studio album Nocturnes May 7 via her new On Repeat Records imprint through Kobalt Label ServicesNocturnes was produced by DFA Records co-founder Tim Goldsworthy, with other key contributions from Hercules and Love Affair’s Andy Butler and super producer James Ford. A pounding club track set against some of her most hypnotic hook lines yet, the sparkling intergalactic beats of Cosmic Kids’ remix of album single “Broken Record” was built to make you move.

Download: Little Boots – “Broken Record” (Cosmic Kids Remix)


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