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Power, Corruption and Strings: Hannah Peel Scores The Deceived

Hannah Peel has unveiled her soundtrack for the new TV series, The Deceived. The multi-instrumentalist and composer is keeping busy: she has recently appeared on the new John Foxx and The Maths album, Howl; Paul Weller's chart-topping album, On Sunset, leaned on her orchestral skills; and she scored a recent BBC documentary about Lee Miller....

Summer with Kite-tronica

Kite are back with a new single, just in time to boost your summer energy. “Teenage Bliss” finds the Swedish duo mainlining OMD for an 80s high. Niklas Stenemo’s vocals are as strong as ever, and Christian Berg’s keyboards appear to have acquired a Liverpool accent. Produced together with Blanck Mass’ Benjamin John Power, “Teenage…

Centre Excuse Share a Secret

Centre Excuse have borrowed a line from Ren & Stimpy for the chorus of their new single, “Joy Joy Joy.” Björk’s favourite cat and dog act thrilled a generation with the Stinky Wizzleteats classic, “Happy Happy Joy Joy,” and the title phrase became ubiquitous. How is work? “Happy happy joy joy.” How is your relationship…

Chiasm Take It Away with Help from Fryer

The product of a collaboration between Chiasm and the legendary producer, John Fryer, "Away" is a dramatic but club-friendly single. Sizzling with tension, it is the soundtrack for a late night, lost in the music while lights flash and bodies surge (on the dancefloor, rather than the streets of LA). Singer Emileigh Rohn and Fryer...

Free Love from Rong

Fifi Rong's latest single, "Love Yourself First," is available for free as a download in WAV format. Help yourself, but consider some of the merchandise options the Sino-British artist has made available. These include masks suitable for the London Underground and signed posters, both designed with impeccable taste. That comes as no surprise, as Rong...

Introducing Strikkland

Strikkland (Photo: Krichan Wihlborg) Strikkland is a new electronic band from western Sweden. Their music is a bit of the harder kind, but there are also calmer songs. Normally, I never write about new bands, but I believe in this. We have two people who are focused on what they do, and I want to...

Joy Division Pictures Surface

Photos from Joy Division’s legendary performance at the Hope and Anchor pub in Islington have surfaced. Taken by Jonathan Crabb and published on Facebook, the pictures were taken using a Kodak Instamatic, They show the band looking very cool in the cold basement venue. The Hope and Anchor show was a key event in the…

Target: Dancefloor

Sweden's Emmon have released a new EBM-influenced track and video. "For Real" has the tension of old-school DAF, if it had an Alan Wilder-style arrangement. Written by Emma Nylén and Jimmy Monell, the song bubbles with electronic energy under Nylén's classy vocals. The video by Niklas Kärreskog keeps to an industrial theme with grainy footage.

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Needles and Noise in the City of Angels

Finding the space somewhere between Kelli Ali and Shirley Manson, Anjela Piccard hits the right notes for Black Needle Noise as they cover The Black Crowes' "She Talks to Angels." The LA-based project, led by Piccard's partner John Fryer, rarely takes on cover songs. This time, however, the prolific Fryer (best known for his studio...

Special Delivery to Heaven

Jean-Marc Lederman (Photo: Erica Hinyot) In The Seventh Seal, Ingmar Bergman’s masterpiece, a knight facing death looks into the abyss and sees no light. He prays to God but gets no answer. He asks Death to confirm that there is something beyond this world, but the Reaper has no information to share. Bergman, who grew...

Twice a Man Look Through the Mirror

Twice a Man are not only one of Sweden's first electronic acts; they are also one of the few bands that has bridged the gaps between New Wave, progressive rock and experimental music. Founded as Cosmic Overdose by Dan Söderqvist and Karl Gasleben, the story goes that the band were asked to choose a less...

Back to the Future with Page

It is the 40th anniversary of Page this year. From their beginnings as a Swedish version of Silicon Teens brought to life, to a mature poptronica duo keeping the spirit of futurist electronics alive, they have a scrapbook filled with enduring songs of love and lust. With Under mitt skinn [EN: Under My Skin], the...

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Shine On: Youth

Youth with Dubstar (Photo: Sarah Blackwood) The producer known as Youth has touched many projects since his days as the original bass player in Killing Joke. You can find his credits on records by Pink Floyd, Crowded House, U2, Paul McCartney, Kate Bush, Stereo MCs, Bananarama, Nash the Slash, and Alien Sex Fiend. The record...

Shine On: Adrian Sherwood

Adrian Sherwood launched his On-U Sound label in 1979, but he was already a fixture on the London roots and dub scene. Selling imported dub plates from his van across the city, a teenaged Sherwood had absorbed the transplanted sounds of the Caribbean with the air he breathed. Living in a Battersea squat with Neneh...

Karin Park in the Church of Imagination

I am sitting in the car for a trip to Karin Park in Dalarna. I come to the small village where she lives and see a beautiful wooden building that used to be a church. I am received by Karin and her daughter, who welcome me in. Once inside the nave of the church, you...

The Top 19 of 2019

It has been forty years since a heady moment when disco, new wave and DIY post-punk overlapped in the charts. In 1979, you could choose from Joy Division's "Transmission," XTC's "Making Plans for Nigel," and Blondie's "Heart of Glass." The singles section in Woolworths found rockers, punk stragglers and assorted trendies pressed shoulder-to-shoulder in the...

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Back to the Future with Page

It is the 40th anniversary of Page this year. From their beginnings as a Swedish version of Silicon Teens brought to life, to a mature poptronica duo keeping the spirit of futurist electronics alive, they have a scrapbook filled with enduring songs of love and lust. With Under mitt skinn [EN: Under My Skin], the...

S.P.O.C.K Beam in from the Neutral Zone

Sweden's poptronica legends, S.P.O.C.K, will make a rare London appearance on Saturday, 1 February 2020. They have been orbit above Scandinavia and Germany for many years, but they will appear right at the moment of Brexit to show that the planets are still united, even if Europe is not. Actually, it is a party at...

December Love Song: Facket Strejkar

One of the great things about Chris & Cosey is that the project was partly artistic and partly romantic. The love affair between the two musicians is what took them out of Throbbing Gristle and into each other's arms. The same combination of oscillators and hormones is evident in the work of Facket Strejkar. The...

Random Acts of Synthesis: A Chat with Eric Random

Eric Random once relocated to the Himalayas to learn percussion. It was about as far as one could get from the sooty brickwork of Manchester's post-industrial decline. Even at home, however, the former Tiller Boy was a million miles removed from the stagnant, commercial culture of Britain's Top 40 charts. Random's musical journey began when...

Lust for Youth

Born in Gothenburg, Sweden's second city and a place with a bohemian vibe, Lust for Youth is the brainchild of Hannes Norrvide. With nine albums behind them, the band have ploughed a furrow separate from the EBM and poptronica scenes of Norrvide's hometown. Now based in Copenhagen and pared back to the duo of Norrvide...

Symbols and Synthesis: Fragile Self

It is sometimes said that, in psychology, everyone is an object; whereas, in the field of philosophy, everyone is a subject. So, what is position of an artist under the steady gaze of the music critic? Fragile Self is a project that blurs the lines. Initiated by Anil Aykan and Jonathan Barnbrook as a sideline…

TRACK OF THE DAY


Þórunn Antonía – Flugdreki

Midsummer is traditionally a time to celebrate renewal and the return of the Sun. The longest day is an occasion to enjoy and to be released from dark energy. It is fitting, therefore, that Thorunn Antonia's new single, "Flugreki" [EN: "Kite"], arrives on Midsummer's Eve. It is an uplifting song of rebirth and independence, which...

Rein – Bodyhammer

Rein jolted London when she appeared at Electrowerkz for TEC 006 last year. The Swedish songstress has lost none of her energy since that visit, and "Bodyhammer" is a fierce, biting track that sparks with electricity like a Tesla coil. An homage to the film, Tetsuo II: Body Hammer, the lyrics call "Inject me!" The...

Nille Nyc – (Not) Okay

Denmark routinely ranks as one of the happiest countries in the world. You know, they have scented candles and knitted socks to keep up the feeling of hygge, and Danes can always feel good that Sweden closed down the nuclear power station on the other side of the sea. It might also help that they...

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