The French act THE NAME has released a new full length album, featuring several nice analog synths analog synths (Pro One, TB 303, SH 101, Juno 60, MiniMoog, TR 707…), more details below and an exclusive teaser from the album on the Stereoklang Radio player, enjoy:
Follwing 2 renowned eps, the duo THE NAME (drums and analog keyboards) presents their first album. Resolutely Electronic, this masterpiece revolves round catchy Disco/House tracks, the technological simplicity of Rebotini, the straight lyricisms of Zombie Zombie and the effervessence of Siriusmo. Ten dancy, epic, troubling tracks, brush up a collection of dark disturbing nocturnal heroes. Personified on this project by José Reis Fontao (Stuck in the sound), Christine & The Queens, About The Girl, Richard Allen (Wolves & Moons), PopClo (We are enfant terrible), and Linda Lamb (Vitalic). Having been selected in the « Découvertes Printemps de Bourges 2012 » (emerging artists in ‘Bourges’ Festival) and regulars in the famous french TV series « Bref », where they maintain musical synchronisation. The Name continues its extraordinary momentum, alternating between musical production, remixes (Museum, Léonard de Léonard, We Are Enfant Terrible…) and firey concerts.
listen to the full album here : http://thenameband.bandcamp.com/album/numbers-facts
If you are into glittering and bleepy synth pop, here’s a nice treat for you all.
This was the first promotional video made for Swedish spacepop group S.P.O.C.K. It contains footage from some of the TV-shows the band appeared in 1996:
1) “All ETs Aren’t Nice (A.R.M. Mix)” – Fritt Fall, SVT2, Sweden
2) News At Night, MTV Europe
3) “Astrogirl” – MC, SVT2, Sweden
4) News At Night (with excerpts from “Astrogirl” and “Strange Dimensions”, MTV Europe
5) Sydnytt, SVT, Sweden
On the 30th anniversary of its release, Vince Clarke tells John Freeman how Yazoo’s groundbreaking debut album was all about “the singing and the tunes”.
Excerpt from the interview:
What were your first impressions of Alison?
Vince Clarke: By the time Alison and I started working together I did kind of know her. I’d seen her perform in a couple of local R&B bands and a punk band [The Vandals], so I knew she had a great voice. When I finally got to meet her I found her to be incredibly shy, which was opposite to her personality in this particular punk band.
What was it about Alison that made you want to work with her?
VC: Well, I only had one song, ‘Only You’, which I wanted to demo and that was the sole purpose of hooking up in the first place. I knew that she could sing with a lot of emotion and this particular track was a love ballad. I was looking for someone who could put that across.
What was that very first practice session like?
VC: It was great. We were using this tiny four-track tape recorder and I had the backing track already done. She came around to my flat in Basildon and just sang it in one or maybe two takes. The song wasn’t particularly challenging for someone of Alison’s abilities. But immediately in the recording there was this sense of seriousness and almost pathos – it was a really great performance.
You then played ‘Only You’ to Daniel Miller at Mute and he wasn’t immediately impressed. I’ve read that you were pretty close to quitting music at that point. Was that the case?
VC: Pretty much. When I first played the track to Daniel I had gone to his office and he was busy messing about with a synthesizer, as usual, and he didn’t seem to be particularly interested. I did think to myself that that was the end of my musical career and I’d need to get a proper job. But that the same evening, the publisher came into the office and he was with a load of other publisher associates and they heard the track and were really enthusiastic about it. That possibly influenced Daniel’s opinion.
As you began to create songs for Yazoo, did your songwriting change compared to how you’d written previously for Depeche Mode?
VC: No, I don’t think my writing changed. Hopefully my songwriting was getting better but I wasn’t writing songs for Alison’s voice per se, I was just writing what I thought at the time were quite good songs. I knew that Alison had some ideas for songs as well – she plays piano better than I do – so we just came together and it was a bit of a mish-mash really. There was no concept or theme running through the album; we were just messing about in the studio.
Part of the charm of that album is a naivety. There really wasn’t a profound concept that was running through the recording. I didn’t really know what I was doing in the studio and Alison hadn’t much experience of being in a recording studio, so everything was new. We’d make one sound and we’d think it was great and just stop there and wouldn’t make any more sounds. It wasn’t like we were continually honing or over producing songs because everything at the time sounded fresh. That’s why a lot of the tracks only have eight or nine elements to them.
The title of the album refers to the studio in which you used. What are your memories of the recording process?
VC: We were recording at Blackwing Studios where I recorded the first Depeche Mode album. It was the only studio we knew and the engineer, Eric Radcliffe, was – and is – fantastic. Back then, Blackwing was the studio that Mute were using for all their artists so Fad Gadget was recording his second album at the same time. He was doing the regular hours of 11 in the day until 11 in the evening and so we would get there at about five or six in the morning and just do that early shift.
First song by I SATELLITE in over 8 years. This is a cover version of “This Heart’s Not Made of Stone” by Television Personalities. Preliminary demo vocal.
Instruments used: Minimoog (x2), Roland VP-330, Minikorg, Oberheim DX, Roland MC-4b MicroComposer, MPC-3000.
DEVO is taking a swipe at Mitt Romney with a track titled, “Don’t Roof Rack, Me Bro! (Remember Seamus)”. If you’re dodgy on the reference, the forthcoming political anthem revolves around a 1983 incident involving Romney’s family dog, a kennel crate, and the roof of their family station wagon.
The track spearheads a new campaign led by Devo founder Gerald V. Casale called Remember Seamus, whose main cause is to “make 2012 the year where animals like Seamus are valued and honesty is praised.” It’s no surprise then the band’s also fully supporting Dogs Against Romney, and is also behind a forthcoming mobile app/game titled, The Crate Escape: Seamus Unleashed. Actually, that last part just has to be surprising.
Fans can look for the track on August 25th via The Orchard. However, the following day, National Dog Day, will see the release of the aforementioned game.
Devo’s Jerry Casale wants it to be known that their newest song, “Don’t Roof Rack Me, Bro,” isn’t meant as a partisan statement – even though it viciously mocks Mitt Romney for strapping his Irish Setter, Seamus, to the roof of his car for a 1983 family vacation.
“This isn’t a red-state thing or Devo stumping for Obama,” he says. “But I think any animal lover that hears the story will learn so much about the character flaw of Romney. It’s just a deal-breaker about the man. My God, the world is a scary place with seven billion people. What you want in a leader is a guy with some humanity at his core. I just don’t feel that Mitt does.”
As an introduction to METROLAND’s forthcoming album “Mind the gap”, you can now download the METROLAND single “The passenger” via iTunes, Amazon US, Amazon UK and Amazon DE.
Recommended to fans of KRAFTWERK, KOMPUTER and alike.
The EP features 3 tracks all especially edited for this single release – none of these versions appear on the album, so you are in for an exclusive treat.
Here’s the tracklist:
01 The Passenger (7″ Version)
02 Inner City Transport (7″ Version)
03 The Passenger (12″ Backside Version)
METROLAND’s debut album “Mind the gap” is available as CD/2CD via the Alfa Matrix webshop – pre-orders have been shipped out already but the album will only be officially available on September 7. The limited deluxe 2CD box edition of the album offers you an exclusive VIP audio pass to enjoy the sonic treasures hidden in Zone 2 of the “Mind The Gap” album reinterpreted by prestigious electronic artists in the likes of KOMPUTER, FRANCK KARTELL, KEEN K, NÖVÖ, STERNREKORDER, CELLULOIDE, SOPHIE WATKINS, DARANK, etc.
Order the full “Mind the gap” album directly at Alfa Matrix (free shipping worldwide):
- CD: http://www.alfa-matrix.com/shop_comments.php?id=2197_0_8_0_C
- 2CD: http://www.alfa-matrix.com/shop_comments.php?id=2198_0_8_0_C
Vacuum – I Loved You – The death of illusion, the birth of a ghost
The Swedish band Vacuum returns with a brand new single on SubSpace Communications after a couple of years of total silence. The single “I Loved You” will be backed with another new song “Black Angels”. The video that accompanies the single is directed by Katarina Di Leva. The official release for the single is set for September 1st.
Included in HEARTBOX. Order here: http://www.subspace.se/heartbox/
Direction and photography by Katarina Di Leva
Written by Lindblom/Wollbeck/Mackichan
Produced by Wollbeck/Lindblom
©2012 Illuminati Arts
On July 23rd a “best of” album of the 80s group Blancmange will be released, although never any of my personal favorites a couple of good tracks came out of their basement
However should you be very keen on Blancmange and want to know more about them and the upcoming release, check out this nice article at the Electricity Club >>
Thankfully, some of those missing tracks by The Maiden Aunts of Techno have surfaced on ‘The Very Best Of BLANCMANGE’, a timely new 2CD collection compiled by Music Club Deluxe with input from Neil Arthur and Stephen Luscombe themselves. Music Club Deluxe, an arm of Edsel’s parent group Demon, have made a concerted effort to work with Warners to source masters and negotiate around any contractual issues with the BBC to plug the essential gaps in BLANCMANGE’s digital catalogue. While all the singles like ‘God’s Kitchen’, ‘Feel Me’ ‘Living On The Ceiling’, ‘Blind Vision’, ‘Don’t Tell Me’ and ‘That’s Love That it Is’ are included, it is the rarities and selected album highlights (including most of ‘Happy Families’ and songs such as ‘Murder’ and ‘All Things Are Nice’) which make this collection.
This is a taste of one of the songs from Citizen One. Citizen One has created electronic pop versions of six classic Beatles songs. Search for Citizen One on Facebook and iTunes.