Here’s a live video with Sweden’s synth pop queen Emmon, to learn more check out our interview with her right here >>
Stereoklang got an interview with Emmon, real name is Emma Nylén, who has been very active in the Swedish and Scandinavian electro synthpop scene since several years back. She has been dubbed the title “Electro pop queen of Sweden”. Now the rumors are hot on the net that there is a new album on its way and Stereoklang caught up with her to ask her if this is true and also took the opportunity to talk about music production, DJ-ing and of course synthesizers, hard and soft. To find out more about her go here >>
Thrill Jockey crew Future Islands, whose latest album On The Water was released last month, have announced a tour of the UK and Ireland in March 2012. They’re also playing a one off show with Not Not Fun’s purveyors of sun-soaked dub Peaking Lights in December, and performing at ATP Nightmare Before Xmas.
8th – London, Rhythm Factory (with Peaking Lights)
9th – Minehead, ATP Nightmare Before Xmas
6th – London, Tufnell Park Dome
7th – Glasgow, Captain’s Rest
8th – Manchester, venue tba
9th – Brighton, The Hunt
10th – Dublin, Whelan’s
Directed by Mike Anderson
Future Islands – On the Water – Out Now!
Check out the band at: Facebook: www.facebook.com/lillasallskapet
Foretaste return with their third studio album. “Love On Demand” is the new album from this French synthpop duo.
The debut album was released back in 2005. Since then the band have managed to release a second studio album and now they are back with their new studio album. “Love On Demand” is just like the title reveal yet another album with harmonic and sweet and tender electropop. The love for 80′s electronic music combined with modern instruments, the music is catchy and very melodic.
With both uptempo floorfillers and slower ballad-like songs the album witness on a great variety. But the songs have all something in common. It’s about love, passion, lust or even obsession. Something the band have focused on with this third album. The album follows very well what the band have been up to so far with past album and fans will definately see this one as something great.
01. Alone With People Around
02. Do What You Can
03. The End Of Days
04. What About Me?
07. Automatic Love Response
08. What If
09. My Greatest Deception
10. Save Me
11. X Me
The brand new music video for Ivy’s song, “Fascinated,” which Adam Schlesinger described to RollingStone.com as matching the “old-school, synth-pop” vibe of the song by featuring “some robot dancing, some vintage synths, and a guy with no face,” is out now! “Fascinated” appears on IVY’s new full length album, ‘All Hours.’
Ivy is a trio — multi-instrumentalist Andy Chase and Adam Schlesinger and singer Dominique Durand — that started out in the mid-’90s out of New York. They were widely recognized and acclaimed until their long hiatus six years ago. (Schlesinger found much success as the bassist in Fountains Of Wayne and the writer of the theme from That Thing You Do!) According to the band, that long period time was difficult for them — struggling through obstacles both in their music and in their personal lives. The band has now gotten back on their feet with this fifth studio album, but I really should call it the first, since it is the first album that displays their new electronic sound.
Get your copy of ‘All Hours’
The monthly Beatport remix contests are a chance for producers out there to show their skills. This time Erasure and their song ‘I lose myself’ is ready to be remixed.
Here’s all the details from the Beatport website:
Ready to get lost in the music? Beatport is proud to announce Erasure’s “I Lose Myself” remix contest, featuring the pumping electro-disco single from the band’s new album for MUTE, “Tomorrow’s World.”
If you a resident of US, EU, Switzerland, Iceland, or Norway, this is your chance to collaborate with two of synth-pop’s veritable icons, Andy Bell and Vince Clarke (himself a founder of Depeche Mode and Yazoo), along with the pop producer Frankmusik; and the parts to the single lend themselves to a vast array of remix possibilities, from filthy dubstep to stadium-grade electro house.
The winning remix will rack up over $5000 in prizes including a TRAKTOR Scratch Pro 2, TRAKTOR S2, Novation Launchpad, Ableton Live 8, Elektron Octatrack, iZotope Stutter Edit, Sounds To Sample Elements Library and $200 in Beatport credits. The MUTE label team will narrow down their selections to 10 finalists; those 10, along with Beatportal’s top 10 community-voted remixes, will then move on to the final round, with Erasure themselves selecting the grand-prize winner.
The submissions process begins on October 25, and the window for entries closes on Monday, November 11 10.00PM MST. Download the remix parts to get started.
Although they are now one man short. After several EP’s and singles released in 2009 and 2010, which was then followed by the debut album “Lights and Offerings” early in the spring, the UK band Mirrors are now back with the first two snippets from their recent work in the studio. Here’s their official statement:
Sorry for our brief hiatus but a lot has changed in the Mirrors camp over the last few months. Firstly we say farewell to Ally Young. Ally has been an integral part of Mirrors since it’s foundations and has brought his ideas and enthusiasm to every part of our world.
We are all very sad to see him leave and wish him all the luck in the world in his future endeavours. We remain the closest of friends. As for the rest of us, we couldn’t be more excited about our future in Mirrors. We’re back in the studio now and the songs are coming thick and fast!”
Make sure to check out the interview we did with Mirrors this spring, right here >>
A second album is under production and will reportedly be released early next year.
Nights Like This EP – available at iTunes now. http://zaphod.uk.vvhp.net/v-v/111010090602
Music video by Icona Pop performing Nights Like This. (C) 2011 Mercury Records Ltd
Previous release below:
“There are two things going for Icona Pop. Actually there are more than two, but the main two are that they’re a duo (always a good sign if you’re making electro-pop) and they’re Swedish (always a good sign if you’re making pop generally). Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo, are from Stockholm and make the kind of forward-thinking, effortlessly cool pop that seems second nature to most Scandinavians. Top Rated – released as a double A-side with the Patrick Berger-produced Manners this month – is all processed drum cacophonies, OTT synth lines and the duo’s deliciously blank vocals. After all that business with the Black Eyed Peas, it’s nice to have a song which reminds you that not all synthetic pop sounds like an annoying ringtone.”
French act Celluloid presents their new single “Ordinosaure”. The song was delivered as b-side to the band’s previous single release “Impréversible” which was taken from latest album ‘Hexagonal’. From the same album has previously released the single “Coeur 8-bit”. “Ordnosaure” comes as a 4-track digital EP with the original version and three remixes signed record label colleagues decadence, Fore Taste and Neutral Lies.
“Ordinosaure” released Oct. 5 through BOREDOMproduct.
A live improvisation of a typical mid-’80s style arrangement – a bit in vein of King’s “Love and Pride”. The Memorymoog has the lion share in this video, with its typical, quintessential synth brass. The LinnDrum is the standard drum machine of that era, and the PPG offers an elegant choir sound.
Hardware feature – PPG Wave 2.3:
The German made PPG Wave 2 series of synthesizers are incredibly great sounding analog/digital hybrid vintage synths. They use digital samples of wavetables and feature analog VCA envelope and VCF filter sections for a classic and warm sound. The Wave 2.2 (pictured above) has oscillators that can generate over 2,000 different single-cycle 8-bit digital waveforms! Covered by knobs, the Wave still looks analog and this comprises the “Analog Control Panel”. More complex and new-wave editing of the wavetables and samples is covered by the “Digital Control Panel” where there are several key-pad buttons and an LCD screen. Another familiar treat to analog junkies is the inclusion of an 8-track sequencer which features automation of pitch, loudness, filter cutoff, waveforms and more. A cool feature – its onboard sequencer will also record any filtering and wave changes, in real-time!!
The more commonly encountered Wave 2.3 followed the 2.2 and had enhanced sample-playback capabilities. The sampler was pretty full-featured for its time and included upgraded 12-bit digital waveforms, Fourier analysis and linear playback of samples. The 2.3 model also featured 8-parts multitimbrality and MIDI implementation. The PPG Waves are know to create excellent pads, brass and bass sounds.