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Hante. on Metropolis!

Hante. is a one woman project from the Parisian artist Hélène de Thoury.

While on the surface it may seem striking, cold, and synthetic, it becomes immediately evident that this unique blend of darkwave and striking electronics is also revealing, offering deep emotion and intimacy.

The beautiful new album, Fierce, showcases an artist of passion and emotional depth using her music to face her fears.

Fierce will street on January 18th, 2019 on Metropolis Records and will be available on CD, limited edition vinyl and via all digital outlets.

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Posted by on December 8, 2018 in Electronic

 

Engram – Das Kapital (2018)

 

 

 

Martin Bowes and John Costello have both performed experiments in sound for over 30 years; Martin with Attrition and John mostly under his own name.

Together they have concocted an atypical mix of minimal wave, body music,soundtrack tonalities and lush melodies, bound with washes of dark electronics.

In 2018 a wheel turns full circle and a partnership forged 22 years ago is finally fulfilled.

Back in 1996 the original version of What Am I? was released in demo form on US label Silber Records compilation, Alleviation.

In 2013 the project was consolidated with a remodelled version of What Am I? c/w the compelling atmospherics of Law of Betrayal and Hi Teikei No.

Various limited edition releases on vinyl and CD compilations followed hard on its heels and now after all these years comes Das Kapital, the debut full length album, and soon the first ever live shows…

ENGRAM defies easy categorization. It is a synthesis of two very different personalities thinking in unison; it contains many surprises, few rules and no fixed poles, posing questions but withholding answers.

If H. R. Giger would have been a musician instead of a painter, this is the music he would have composed…

Produced by Martin Bowes & John Costello
Mixed and Mastered by Martin Bowes at The Cage Studios, Coventry, England. 2013 – 2018
Cover image by Rainer Ganahl

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2018 in Electronic

 

Perpacity feat. Neil Francis – ‘Words are faith and water’ (December 7th, 2018)

Hard on the heels of their latest album release ‘The order of Now’ in September, electronic duo ‘Perpacity‘ take another musical turn with their latest single release, teaming up with vocalist/Radio DJ Neil Francis for a soaring ballad that wouldn’t be out of place in a London musical.

Words are Faith and Water‘ is a poignant, hopeful, track about trust and coming to terms with loneliness that, although as much orchestral as electro, still retains the quirky catchiness that the duo has been associated with on other releases. Neil’s vocals are powerful and emotional throughout, creating a rich interplay with the music taking the sound of the band in new directions.

In 2014 a video of Neil’s impromptu London underground singalong of 80’s hit ‘A little respect‘ caught the attention of the world’s media and scored a ‘viral’ hit across the internet with over 40 million views and counting! This led to him being invited to perform at pop duo Erasure‘s 30th anniversary party where he was surprised to be joined on stage by Erasure front man Andy Bell to duet with Neil on ‘A little respect’.

Martin Nyrup: “We knew of Neil’s work in the music-scene and had obviously seen the London video, and I think he stuck in the back of our mind’s for some time as someone we would like to work with. We’d written ‘Words are Faith and Water; last year, but knew that it would take a special kind of voice to do it the way that it was meant to be – and eventually realised that Neil was one of the few that would be able to pull it off.”

Ian Harling: “We try to avoid getting ourselves stuck in one genre or sound, so every new track is an exploration in terms of production, but we’re very pleased with the way it’s turned out. It’s good for us to work with other people who can bring their own style and ideas to our tracks, it helps us grow musically.”

Neil Francis: “I was delighted when Perpacity asked if I’d like to add my vocals to a song they had written with me in mind and headed to the studio with my producer Day Clifford (Daysound) to experiment on finding the right voice for this rather wonderful composition. I was no stranger to Perpacity’s music and would often play them on my radio show, so was eager to do my best on this song. It’s been wonderful to collaborate with both Martin and Ian, throwing idea’s back and forth over the internet and working with Day on the video, seeing it all come together has been a great experience. I am immensely happy and proud with the finished product – both song and video – and I really hope you enjoy the joint efforts of Ian, Martin, Day, and myself.”

’Words are Faith and Water’ will be released December 7th, 2018.

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Posted by on December 1, 2018 in Electronic

 

Moist – Lavine (I/O Music 30 November 2018)

Swedish-based artist Moist releases ‘Lavine’ LP feat. vocalist Maria Marcus

Dreamy Swedish electronic producer Moist has announced that his new album ‘Lavine’ will be released on limited edition CD and cassette on November 30. RE preceded by the recent release of the album digitally everywhere Released via I/O Music.,

Based in Söderhamn, Sweden, Moist is the solo moniker of producer, artist and remixer David Elfström Lilja. The new LP includes 10 tracks with vocals by Maria Marcus, a Swedish multi-platinum songwriter and music producer currently based in Palma, Spain.

This is endearingly soft downbeat electronic music with warmth. Counting Imogen Heap, Marconi Union, Massive Attack and Sigur Rós among influences, Lilja puts his own wonderful spin on things – the outcome is silkiness that initially drapes itself over you with its sheer accessibility and candor. Music that is both charming and holistic, captivating us with positively infectious like ‘Berlin’, ‘Words’, ‘Firefly’, ‘Stars’, ‘Traces’ and ‘Worlds Collide’.

‘Lavine’ is his sophomore album, issued six years after his debut ‘Temporary Arrangements’ LP. That initial offering was an ambitious achievement, featuring 17 songs with 11 different vocalists. Its first single ‘Far Beyond The Endless’ featured on the Blank & Jones Collection Chilltronica #2, which shot to #1 on the electronic chart in Germany.

“This new album ‘Lavine’ emerged from many years of mental illness since finishing the last album. So the release of this album somewhat marks a new phase in life for me. Many of the songs were made in a very dark place, even if the music itself doesn’t sound so dark,”  says David Elfström Lilja.

“The song “She” is about my sister Elena, who died four years ago. This album is more coherent than the first one, which has 17 songs and many different guest singers. That’s also one of the reasons I just worked with Maria Marcus on this record. Yes, and the fact that she is also amazing in every way.”

The tracks on this album were primarily written by Lilja and Marcus, who is well known for her K-pop compositions, including for Namie Amuro, Shinee, Girls Generation, T-Pain and Afrojack. She wrote and produced three of the tracks on Namie Amuro’s last album, which sold one million copies the first week it was released.

Other co-writers on this album include Tania Doko (from Australia’s Bachelor Girl, known for their ’98 superhit ‘Buses and Trains’) and award-winning Faroe Islands artist Brandur Enni.

Moist earlier made quite a few waves in The Guardian in regards to pitiful royalty rates on Spotify and other similar streaming resources.

As Moist, Lilja has officially remixed artists like Pet Shop Boys, Imogen Heap, Moby, Erasure, The Knife, Butterfly Boucher, Red Snapper, Agnes and Antiloop. His remix for Butterfly Boucher ranked among Popservations’ (US) yearly Top 25 remixes of 2012.

Moist has been nominated for the Hollywood Music In Media Awards three years in a row, which makes sends considering that he also runs the record label I/O Music, and creates ambient music under the name Numb. In 2013, David Elfström Lilja also received his hometown’s culture prize for significant contributions to music and cultural life.

“I wanna make music that you can listen to and enjoy and also have in the background as ambient music when you have a deep conversation with your best friend,” says Lilja.

I/O Music is an independent Swedish record label founded in 2010,, giving great electronic music a platform to be heard and giving people the opportunity to hear it. Releases span from ambient to techno, from experimental to downbeat, among many electronic genres.

The ‘Lavine’ LP will be available everywhere as of November 30. It can be ordered via I/O Music’s website – digitally or physically on CD or cassette – and is now available across music stores and streaming platforms such as iTunes and Spotify.

CREDITS
Music performed, written and arranged by David Elfström Lilja
Vocals by Maria Marcus
Lyrics by David Elfström Lilja and Maria Marcus
Recorded, produced and mixed by David Elfström Lilja and Marcus Losbjer
Vocals recorded by Maria Marcus at Palma Music Studios
Mastered by Hoffe Stannow @ Cosmos Mastering
All artist photos by Dan Wahlbeck
Cover artwork, layout, design and website by David Elfström Lilja

TRACK LIST
01  Saga (1:55)
02  Traces (3:35)
03  Stars (3:33)
04  Firefly (3:31)
05  Words (4:38)
06  Berlin (4:18)
07  Cold (3:56)
08  Worlds Collide (mix) (3:44)
09  She (5:08)
10  No One Knows (3:23)

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Posted by on November 24, 2018 in Electronic

 

New Front Line Assembly Single feat Robert Görl of D.A.F.

The legendary Front Line Assembly returns with the crushing new single Eye On You!

Taken from the album “Wake Up The Coma”, coming early 2019.

Featuring Robert Görl of D.A.F. and smashing remixes from Terence Fixmer and Orphx.

The following is taken from the band’s Official website

“Front Line Assembly (FLA) celebrated its third decade in the music industry last year in 2016. Since then the company has gone through many changes. That includes different sounds and members. For example, band members like Michael Balch and Rhys Fulber have played in FLA and several other bands during their musical history. This shows the big influence the band has had on the genre.

Then there’s the history of the band itself. There includes the band’s formation, as well as the eras of Balch, Fulber, Peterson, and the recent years. We provide lots of information about all of these eras so you can learn about the different periods of the band’s history. Our goal is to provide fresh and detailed information so you can better appreciate the band in terms of its past/present members, changes in musical sounds, and so on.

One of the interesting things about FLA is the band has been around for several decades. This makes it more likely you can find some information that you weren’t aware of. That’s one of the main goals of our site, which is keep providing our visitors with new info they can’t find on other sites. This explains why we’re always adding to the site and making posts. So it’s important to keep visiting the site so you can learn the newest information about the band.”

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2018 in Electronic, Goth

 

FOIL announces label collaboration & EP release ~ DISPAK

Dispak is the synthesis of electronic music composers/producers Chris Child and Kasson Crooker.

Over the past 20 years, Chris through his moniker Kodomo and Kasson through Symbion Project have released a wide breadth of electronic music drawing from ambient techno, IDM, downtempo, and cinematic soundscapes.

After years of struggling to collaborate on opposite sides of the country, it was best to get into the same studio.

An intense week of live experimentation using an array of early modulars, pedals, and drum machines resulted in their 3-song EP ~ DISPAK 01.

This debut EP encompasses epic ambient soundscapes over slowly evolving techno rhythms to create 3 long-form pieces, including “Ozornin” with its skittering modular synthesizers and hypnotic acid techno.

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Kodomo is moniker for electronic music producer and composer Chris Child, based in Brooklyn, New York.

The alias, Kodomo, the Japanese word for “child” references his upbringing in Japan.

Inspired by musicians such as Brian Eno, Cabaret Voltaire, and Boards of Canada, Child’s Kodomo work is often melodic and dreamlike in nature, drawing from orchestral music, synth pop, and IDM, among many other styles.

During 2007 and 2008, his Kodomo releases, including the album Still Life, were issued on the 5 Points label.

He self-released the 2011 album Frozen in Motion.

A third album, Patterns & Light arrived in 2014.

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Symbion Project is the eclectic electronic endeavor of Kasson Crooker, creating bittersweet songs with a cinematic flair.

Over the course of 9 albums, Symbion Project has touched on vocal-driven electronica, techno/IDM, and classical synthesizer music, while Kasson’s other bands, ELYXR, Rocococo & Freezepop create quirky synthpop.

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Posted by on October 18, 2018 in Electronic

 

Metropolis Releases Cabaret Voltaire Tribute Compilation This Week

Occupying the middle ground between punk and industrial, there was a British music group from Sheffield, England called Cabaret Voltaire.

While their earliest performances were Dada-influenced performance art, Cabaret Voltaire went on to blend pop with dance music, techno, dub house and experimental electronic music, evolving into one of the most prolific and important groups of their time. While their tenure was short, their impact was no less profound and influential to the bands they would help to shape in the future.

It is with this in mind that, “WHY KILL TIME (WHEN YOU CAN COVER CABARET VOLTAIRE)“, was conceived.

Bringing together bands such as: AkA, Bestial Mouths, Bioassay, Black Agent, Canter, Elegant Machinery, God Module, Having Issues, Kriistal Ann, Maleagant, Manufactura, Microchip Junky, Mirland/Larsen, Missing Witness, NØIR, PulseWidthMod & Databomb, Snowbeasts and SØLVE.

Eighteen bands with different approaches to music, joined by the common thread of paying a respectful homage to one of the progenitors that they all owe a small piece of their sound to. “WHY KILL TIME (WHEN YOU CAN COVER CABARET VOLTAIRE)” will be available digitally through Metropolis on October 19th, 2018.

Click HERE for pre-orders