Rein, Komputer and IMI at TEC 006


Shot by Marija Buljeta


Goldfrapp Return to Felt Mountain

(Via Mute) Goldfrapp have announced a UK tour for spring 2020. Felt Mountain: The 20th Year Tour will see Alison Goldfrapp perform tracks from the album for the first time since its original release in a brand new show featuring lush and intimate takes on classics from across their 20 year career. Alison Goldfrapp explains: Looking...

Mute Announce STUMM433 Launch Event in London

(Via Mute) MUTE have announced details of a London event, launching the long awaited box set, STUMM433, out on 25 October 2019. The event, at Café OTO in the afternoon of Sunday 27 October, will see Daniel Miller and Simon Fisher Turner in conversation and a playback of selections from the 5-piece box set -...

KMFDM – And do it quickly!

KMFDM are back with a new album. The twenty-first in their catalogue, Paradise, is a fierce, politically-charged reaction to the growing threat of authoritarianism. Their press release doesn't hold back: Helmed by founder and frontman Sascha “Käpt'n K” Konietzko and Lucia Cifarelli, delivering their searing and brutal vocal performances like liquid daggers, and backed by...

FRKTL Live in London

Sarah Badr's FRKTL project lands in London this weekend for a special DJ performance. The international digerati struggle to keep up with Badr, who has called London, Cairo and Berlin home. Surfing the digital stream, she has most recently been spotted connecting from Latvian forests. She has left the pines and birch to play at...

Linea Aspera Return for UK and European Shows

One of the best alternative electronic acts ever to emerge from the UK, Linea Aspera, has reunited for concert dates in Europe and the UK. Hot on the heels of their recent album, Preservation Bias, the duo of Zoè Zanias (Alison Lewis) and Ryan Ambridge have announced a tour with the following dates: 30th of...

The Quad: Four Reasons to Dance in October

Four top bands have been named for The Quad, a music event in Gothenburg, Sweden. Taking place on the 25th of October, 2019, The Quad features Page (SE), Cryo (SE), Kårp (SE) and Iris (US). This four-by-four arrangement (four bands, four letters in each band name) sets up a show that will be sure to...

Rein to Headline TEC 006 in London

The Queen of EBM, Rein, has been announced as the headline artist for TEC 006. The Swedish singer, songwriter and producer was named Cold War Night Life's New Artist of the Year in 2015. Since then, she has stormed stages across Europe and been nominated for awards by Swedish television and the magazine GAFFA. With...

Industrial Troika Reveal New Material

Carter Tutti Void return with their third album, Triumvirate.

Howard Jones

New song, new images by Marija Buljeta


Cult With No Limits

CULT WITH NO NAME THE LEXINGTON, LONDON 22 SEPTEMBER 2019 Cult With No Name took the stage to support Rose McDowall, the former Strawberry Switchblade beauty. They used their slot to show off some of the material from their new album, Mediaburn, along with highlights from their extensive catalogue. The duo of Erik Stein and...

Hey Presto!

Presto Fervant have been making EBM from their base in a Swedish nuclear bunker on and off since 1989. The duo of Fredrik Lundvall and Ronny Larsson started with contributions to tape compilations and put out a split release with Punch & Judy, but their formal output has been relatively limited. This is their 20th...

Rational Youth as They Were Meant to Be Heard

When the Berlin Wall was breached, Germans partying on top of it had a ready-made soundtrack from a Canadian synth band. "Dancing on the Berlin Wall" was one of the tracks on Rational Youth's 1982 debut album, Cold War Night Life. It had references to Michael Caine's nerdy rival to James Bond and David Bowie's...

Wigged Out: Pieces of Juno’s Metanoia

Review of Metanoia from Pieces of Juno


Open Your Primitive Heart – Exclusive!

Primitive Heart is an ambitious and accessible synth-pop project by multi-genre producer and visual artist, Dani Mari. The New York-based Mari will be known to readers of Cold War Night Life for her active role in Female Frequency, the community she co-founded to promote music by women. No Fear In Love, the debut album for...

Shine On: Graham Lewis

With his flat cap and specs, Graham Lewis looks every bit the English chap abroad. These markers of his origins belie the three decades he has spent living in Sweden - a country that, by now, could claim him as a cultural icon of their own. The Englishman among them started making music as the...

Rein, Komputer and IMI at TEC 006

SubKult Festival

Shot by Krichan Wihlborg in Sweden


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…

Time to Give Cash for Nash the Slash Biopic

Nash the Slash was an original. Wrapped in bandages, like a mummified prog guitarist, Nash toured with Gary Numan and Iggy Pop and played along to silent films. With a drum box and electric violin, he fired up alternative music crowds with horror imagery and pulsating, processed riffs. The man inside the mask, Jeff Plewman,…

Red, Black and Cool: Tina Schnekenburger

Tina Schnekenburger has worn a number of guises over the years. From the punk scene in Kraftwerk's home town to the world of modern art, she is a card carrying member of the avant-garde. Schnekenburger can be seen in the new Conny Plank documentary, operating backing tracks for DAF. In leather, with cropped hair, she...

Twice a Man

What do you do when you have a concert planned with New Order but the promoters think your name makes you sound like a progressive rock act? You change it. For Cosmic Overdose, it was no problem. The Swedish experimentalists had dates supporting New Order in Gothenburg and Oslo, and the name belonged to a...


Anna Öberg – Ich Bin

Track of the Day: 16 November 2019

Rein – Off the Grid

Throughout human history, we have been dependent on machines to survive. Fate, it seems, is not without a sense of irony. - Morpheus, The Matrix The machines pulse and buzz with tension. Rein straps into the producer's chair, jacks into the Matrix, and engages with her whole being. "Off the Grid" is the first sign...

Emmon – Like a Drum

Track of the Day: 11 October 2019





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