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Real Experts – The Trade Off

London synthpop addicts Real Experts to launch new LP ‘The Trade Off‘.

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Real Experts is a London-based synthpop electronic project, headed by Andrew Maley. Their second LP ‘The Trade Off’, to be released on October 16, is loaded with catchy lyrics and infectious choruses. In following with a tradition this project has become known for, a beautiful rotating door of guest vocalists feature on this album. The first single is ‘Disco Tears‘ featuring Daniel Angelus, the lead singer of Surrender Hearts, who has recently shared the stage with T’Pau, Katrina and The Waves, and Musical Youth. Angelus also features on three other tracks.

Music for me is about sharing emotions through sound. Silence is a canvas which we paint on,” explains Angelus.

Other equally stunning tracks bring diversity offered by other talents. ‘My Love Is Nothing More Than This‘ features 18-year-old Eden, who brings in some very London Grammar / Rihanna / Robyn / Adele / Lamb deep tones and stylings.

Mike Burnett features on ‘She Hurts‘ and Vivian Marie features on ‘Forever is a Big Word‘ – both artists are now based overseas, in Australia and Germany respectively. Real Experts’ member Victoria Knowles‘ vocals lace through ‘Sugar Rush‘ and ‘Lemon is Lemon‘, which also features renowned British sports journalist Patrick Barclay and is being offered as a bonus to ‘The Trade Off’ LP via Bandcamp.

French/American singer Mimisinga (aka Mimi Corenthin) joins Daniel Angelus on ‘Space Age Love Song‘, offering up sonic sounds reminiscent of Macy Gray and Tracy Chapman. When not dabbling in such synthpop, she shows her versatility as a vocalist by performing with the reggae band Dojo.

It is all about capturing the moment. Hearing something and it making a difference. Having something that matters to you. Happy or sad. Every Real Experts song is designed to be a moment of ‘perfect pop,” explains Andrew Maley. “Music is about being in random situations in life, and within a few seconds, a bar or a beat or a note can change you forever.”

You can purchase this album HERE.

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Posted by on October 30, 2015 in Alternative, Dance

 

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Colorado alt dream rock from A Shoreline Dream

A Shoreline Dream with logoTime is a Machine Gun‘ is the latest single from US based progressive shoegazers A Shoreline Dream and the start of what is an explosive album, slated for release in 2016. This follows the band’s fourth full-length ‘The Silent Sunrise”, which met with critical acclaim. A Shoreline Dream is Ryan Policky (Vocals, Guitar, Keys, Samples) and Erik Jeffries (Guitar).

With inspiration coming from a phrase stuck in frontman Ryan Policky’s head since childhood, the song focuses on the fact that time and life itself moves faster than we can ever fully grasp. Using space exploration as a backdrop to the layers of ambient dream tones, the message is that, all our lives, we are driven to explore, trying desperately to find a meaning to it all, much like the early space explorers of Apollo. “Time is a Machine Gun” represents A Shoreline Dream as they are in the fall of 2015…

A Shoreline Dream originates from Barnum, Colorado, which is perhaps best known in association with P.T. Barnum’s circus empire. Their sound is best descibed as a “progressive shoegaze”, combining lush sampled textures, organic instrumentation, and vocals layered like a synth, similar in vein to bands such as Ride and Sigur Rós, while the production style is closer to early Dead Can Dance.

A Shoreline Dream - Time is a Machine Gun (cover artwork)Over the past 8 years, A Shoreline Dream has churned out numerous releases under their own label (Latenight Weeknight Records), and have a working history with legends Ulrich Schnauss and Mark Kramer (Low / Joy Zipper / Galaxie 500). More recently, they landed distribution by one of the top UK indie labels (Rocket Girl Records) for a song written while visiting Ulrich Schnauss in Leytonstone, and have even remixed for progressive label gods K-Scope for a song by Engineers. A Shoreline Dream is also the last band to play live with shoegaze legends Chapterhouse in San Francisco on their 2010 reunion tour.

With a new album currently in progress, the band has decided to leak the album over the course of it’s production, by giving fans a preview into not only the current production vibe the band is undertaking, but also the timeline in which the album’s tracks were written. Feeling that every song in itself represents specific worldly/personal events as well as the seasons in which they are written, A Shoreline Dream wants to take a different path that doesn’t focus on marketing, selling & landing tons of PR from a full length album. The idea is to share on the fly, almost as if the listeners were observers of the album as it takes shape. Each song is a current event story, and A Shoreline Dream feels giving that story out as it happens makes the most sense… at least this go around.

‘Time is a Machine Gun’ was released on October 16, and is simultaneously premiering in Overblown Magazine and Primal Music Blog. On October 23, they marked the release of this new single at a gig with Denmark’s The Foreign Resort and local rockers Altas at the Three Kings Tavern in Denver, Colorado.

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2015 in Shoegaze

 

Wales’ Lights That Change presents new single ‘Starlight’

Lights That Change is back with their new single ‘Starlight‘, which features drum programming by Malcolm Holmes of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and is mastered by Ummagma, and an accompanying video that is equally stunning.

Lights That Change Starlight cover artwork

Lights That Change is an alternative dreampop outfit, hailing from North Wales and headed by producer Marc Joy. They released their debut EP ‘Rainbow On Your Shoulder’ in 2013, followed by ‘Whispers in February’. Their single ‘Voices‘ came out in May of this year on Raphalite Records to critical acclaim.

They have received notable support from BBC, Tom Robinson, Impose Magazine, Drowned in Sound and Amazing Radio, among others. According to Wales Online, Lights That Change are “among the finest Welsh music makers.. weaving an evocative nu-gaze tapestry, which recalls the otherworldliness of The Cocteau Twins and 4AD‘s 80s roster“.

Over the past year, Lights That Change have undergone a reformation, with Mandy Clare on vocals, John Bryan on bass and Marc Joy on guitars. They plan to release their debut album ‘Byzantium’ in early 2016 via UK-Canadian label Raphalite Records. Like their first single ‘Voices’, the LP will feature guest vocals by Rebecca Palin (Golden Fable) and drums by Malcolm Holmes (Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark).

Like the previous single, ‘Starlight’ is chalked full of ethereal wave magic, but with an optimistic lilt and overarching sound reminiscent of The Sundays. Vocalist Mandy Clare delivers mesmerizing vocals amidst a flurry of encapulating pop guitar patterns with a highly positive energy and calming effect.

I put the lyrics and melody to Marc’s instrumental track after a late night out in a salsa club. It is mostly about the role that being led by a good dance Lead (even a stranger) can play in filling a void and in healing. It also has something to say about hesitation and whether to follow a strong intuitive ‘pull’ that runs against the grain,” explains vocalist Mandy Clare. “I love the song. There is something sad but also a comforting rhythmic lull about it.

The video, created by Jason Sheppard, features Mandy Clare in pure white, dancing in dark forested surroundings. She is equally visually captivating here as well.

I know we’ve had a few releases now so we wanted to take the opportunity to set our image with this release and be more involved with the imagery with the music, and a chance for Mandy to express her other interests,” says Marc Joy.

‘Starlight’ will be released on October 30. Lights That Change will be playing this year’s SpaceFest in Gdansk, Poland during the first week of December, and is headlining Shoegaze Night at the Foxlowe Arts Centre in Stoke-on-Trent, where they will play along with 93MillionMilesFromTheSun, Dreamwave and Poliptik.

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2015 in Shoegaze

 

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A message from the UK Subs

The U.K. Subs will embark on the making of our 26th and final ‘official’ album next month. As some of you already know, each former LP, starting with Another Kind of Blues released in 1979, has a primary title letter taken from the alphabet in sequential order.

This new record will fulfil and complete that tradition by utilising a title that will begin with the letter Z. It is, to our knowledge, the first time any band has succeeded in this, and in recognition of its significance we have decided that no other Subs album will be forthcoming after this concluding LP.

We may yet record an occasional single or EP in the future, but the Z album will be the very last long playing record from the band. We have therefore determined to involve all of you directly in the process of the making, manufacturing and release of this decisive LP.

During the past five years, the U.K. Subs have enjoyed a very fruitful relationship with Captain Oi! Records. It’s a partnership that has produced the critically regarded albums Work in Progress, XXIV and Yellow Leader, but for this ultimate record we are going to reach out to you all by utilising the direct-to-fan online platform: Pledge Music.
The official start date for our Pledge campaign will be 1st November 2015.

All the necessary information regarding how each of you can assist in the development and accomplishment of the Z album will be provided then, and we assure you it will be the most open and accessible method of record making ever attempted by this band.

It’s going to be an exciting and creatively rewarding project. We hope you will support us in this endeavour with the same cherished enthusiasm that has sustained and nourished the U.K. Subs over all these Punk Rock years.

Charlie Harper, Alvin Gibbs, Jamie Oliver, Jet.

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2015 in The Pogo Crew

 

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Rodney Cromwell’s ‘Black Dog’ EP

London synthpop wonder Rodney Cromwell has announced details of his new ‘Black Dog‘ EP, which he is releasing on the back of his debut LP ‘Age of Anxiety’, out earlier this year via Happy Robots Records. This new release introduces the modern electronic lover to some epic retro future synth music. Deeply influenced by artists such as OMD, New Order and Kraftwerk, he also utilises an arsenal of analogue synths, evoking the synthpop sound of the 70’s and 80’s, while also being forward looking and sounding fresh.

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Rodney Cromwell’s music has crossover appeal that equally embraces synthpop and indiepop. It’s no wonder that Rodney Cromwell has gained solid support from the likes of Malcolm Holmes (OMD) and Rusty Egan (Visage, Rich Kids) for this release, not to mention BBC6 Music (Steve Lamacq, Gideon Coe), Soho Radio (Pete Paphides), Radio 3 in Spain, many North American college radio stations and elsewhere in the world. As expressed by Malcolm Holmes of OMD: “Sounds like liquid gold. Age of Anxiety has renewed my faith in the digital age of electro pop“.

The ‘Black Dog’ EP features alternate cuts of album tracks, cranking the ‘analogue synth disco’ knob up to eleven. ‘Black Dog (Version)’ presents a merciless edit that turns the lengthy epic album track into the tightest radio friendly ode to depression you will ever hear. ‘You Will Struggle (Glitchy Disco Mix)‘ was made for the dancefloor, landing in uncharted territory between Rex the Dog and ‘The Best of Divine’. Rod extends what the NME calls ‘offbeat wit’ to shine on ‘Barry Was An Arms Dealer (North Poindexter Mix)’, albeit with a dark reimagining that takes the track into death disco territory. Finally ‘Black Dog (Extended Version)‘ offers a punchier reworking of the album cut, restoring the epic bass riffs and jaunty synths that has won the ‘Age of Anxiety’ closing track so much praise.

rodHailing from Catford in South London, Rodney Cromwell is the solo project of Adam Cresswell, founding member of indie-folktronica band Saloon (who had four entries in John Peel’s Festive 50, recorded three Peel Sessions and had top 10 album of the year in The Sunday Times) and one half of electronic two-piece Arthur & Martha  (acclaimed by the likes of NME, The Guardian and Artrocker). On this EP, singer Alice Hubley (Arthur & Martha, Cosines) also features on the songs ‘Black Dog’ and ‘You Will Struggle’.

The ‘Black Dog’ EP and ‘Age of Anxiety’ LP are available for pre-order on Bandcamp and CDs are available through Cargo Records and Darla Records.

Rodney Cromwell will be appearing on 30 January 2016 at Elecrowerkz, Islington, supporting Massive Ego as part of the Electro London series of events.

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2015 in Alternative, Dance

 

Morgane Lhote (ex-Stereolab) to release first single as Hologram Teen

Long time Stereolab member Morgane Lhote is ready for her first release.

Her project goes by the name Hologram Teen and has announced that she will be releasing a 2-track single on 7″ vinyl in early November via London’s Deep Distance label. This is the solo electronic music project of Morgane Lhote, whose music can be described as ‘motorik disco‘. This project was born in 2012 after a lengthy and colourful career in numerous other bands, including seminal band Stereolab.

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Originally from Paris, Morgane Lhote moved to London when she was 20 and spent 12 years there. Then she moved to NYC and, nine years later, moved to Los Angeles. She played keyboards in Stereolab from 1995 to 2001, then in The Projects from 2002 to 2004. From 2005, she played in Garden and with members of Simian Mobile Disco / Simian, until finally starting this current project Hologram Teen. She was with Stereolab for their legendary albums ‘Dots and Loops‘ and “Emperor Tomato Ketchup‘, among other releases.

Post-apocalypteacakes‘ mixes horror-film synths, bouncy dancehall effects, and disco beats into a killer electronic instrumental. Featuring Buddy Cop, this sounds like something out of a prog rock – disco – horror movie soundtrack. “It’s like Fabio Frizzi meets Grandmaster Flash,” says Morgane.

Her new material does not directly resemble her former band Stereolab, but does have the stop/start choppyness / jazzyness of mid to late Stereolab, which is what makes this music distinct from straight Electronica. There is clearly a lot of 70s influence, as well as 90s house, but seems to have completely bypassed the 80s.

My music is pretty eclectic (always electronic though). I wanna make electronic dance music that’s playful and groovy (mostly influenced by disco and Italian horror soundtracks) with loads of diverse and imaginative samples,” explains Morgane Lhote. “This is a soundtrack to a movie where John Carpenter and Boris Karloff hang out at Studio 54 with German zombies dancing to Thriller in the background“.

Her influences and tastes are super eclectic, citing MF DOOM, Francois De Roubaix, GZA, Judee Sill, ABBA, John Carpenter, Goblin, Gene Clark, ELO, Harpers Bizarre, King Tubby, Michel Legrand, Hot Chip, Supertramp, Luke Vibert, Martha and the Muffins, Soft Machine, Suzanne Ciani, Greg Kurstin and Chic.

The 2-track single is coming out in November on a small London label called Deep Distance, the sister imprint of Great Pop Supplement. The first of these is more focused on releases in the kosmische / kraut / synth genres. Both labels are lovingly run from the corner of a crouch-end kitchen and can proudly boast sold out back catalogues of stubbornly vinyl only releases. Great Pop Supplement is more known for its roster, which features Spacemen 3, Spectrum, Still Corners, Dean & Britta, Wooden Shjips, Damon & Naomi, The Soundcarriers, and more recently Eat Lights Become Lights.

To date, Deep Distance has released works by Expo 70, Colin Potter (Nurse With Wound), Cavern of Anti-Matter (the new project of Stereolab’s Tim Gane), XAM (new project of HookwormsMatthew Benn), Umberto, and Cosmic Ground.

Both tracks were written by Morgane Lhote and produced by Richard Bennett. ‘Post-Apocalypteacakes’ was mixed by Robert Fullum and mastered by Adam Gonsalves at Telegraph. ‘Tracksuit Minotaur‘ was also mixed by Rich Bennett, and mastered by Justin Colletti, artwork by Alex Smith.

In the UK, the Hologram Teen 7″ vinyl will be available through Norman Records, Rough Trade, Piccadilly Records, Hey Day Mailorder, Resident Records, and Covers33music online. In the EU, it will be made available through Clear Spot Distribution, Tommes Schallplatten, HHV Mailorder and Hafenschlammrecords, among others. Worldwide, it will be available directly from Deep Distance via email.

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2015 in Alternative, Dance

 

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For The Bats – Volume I, II, III

BAT 1Just in time for Halloween – For The Bats Volume III came out to serve its purpose.

This is a charity compilation of dark music to benefit bat rescue and rehabilitation. It has to do directly with the Bat Conservation Trust a leading NGO solely devoted to the conservation of bats and the landscapes on which they rely. If you’d like to know more, please visit their website HERE.

The first Volume of the compilation “For The Bats” was released October 2014.

The following 25 artists participated:

Tenderlash , Contre Jour , Monica Richards, Cliff and Ivy, Feeding Fingers , Scarlet and The Spooky Spiders, The March Violets, Former Humans, The Last Dance, Escarlatina Obsessiva, The Cemetery Girlz, Christ Vs. Warhol, Double Echo, Yabanci, The Silence Kit, Estetica Noir, Steve Morell & The Science of Doubt, The Secret Post, Ewian, ACTORS, Other Voices, The Guests, Exit, Temple of Venus, The Death of Analog.

All proceeds go to Bat World Sanctuary.

BAT 2It is available for purchase HERE

For The Bats – Volume II came out March 2015 in order to benefit Tolga Bat Hospital in Australia.

25 artists show again their love for these little animals.

Tenderlash, In Isolation, Peeling Grey , New Zero God, The Danse Society, The Daughters of Bristol, Vidi Aquam, Sounds Like Winter, Pretentious, Moi?, (((S))), Dance Naked, Cliff and Ivy, Hyena Motorcade, My Pierrot Dolls, The Spiritual Bat, Delphine Coma, L’ordre d’Héloïse, Exit, Koma Koma, Kommunity FK, KALT, Emerson Dracon, Remain In Light, Black Roses, Poetry & Death, Her Vanished Grace.

It is available for purchase HERE

BAT 3For the Bats – Volume III came out yesterday and as its predecessors, this  download includes a 26 page .pdf booklet that contains bat related art, information about each of the songs and artists, and some information about the charity.

Shinji , Dystopian Society, The Eden House, Bloody Dead And Sexy (feat. Gitane Demone), The Danse Society, Red Sun Revival, Dogs In Trees, Cliff and Ivy, Ultraviolence, This Cold Night, The Death of Analog, The Daughters Of Bristol, Sounds Like Winter, Disjecta Membra, La Procesion de lo Infinito, Soulscape, Silentport, Estetica Noir, Legion Within, L’ordre d’Héloïse, Thalie Némésis, PAAR, The Ancients, The Present Moment, Solemn Shapes

It is available for purchase HERE

The goal of the Bat Conservation Trust  is to help raise money for bats in various parts of the world and present to you elegant dark music compilations as a reward for your donations.

Please support them by purchasing the compilations and telling your friends.

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2015 in Goth

 

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