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Swans Remaster Conning-Produced Children of God

(Via Mute) Swans have announced a remastered reissue of Children of God on 13 November 2020 via Mute / Young God Records. The album, originally released on Product Inc. (a subsidiary of Mute) in 1987 will be available on vinyl in its original packaging for the first time since that release and both the CD and vinyl issues will...

Nille Nyc Shines with New Single

Nille Nyc is back with a new single. "Like Gold" tells the story of the Danish artist's personal development; combining her professional identity with her creative personality. A solid pop effort, the track has echoes of All Saints' "Pure Shores" in the chorus. Like our previous Track of the Day from Nyc, "(Not) Okay," it...

Dubstar Spread Intelligent Grooves

Dubstar, the duo of Sarah Blackwood and Chris Wilkie, are back with an infectious new single. The pandemic-inspired “Hygiene Strip” is an articulate, melodic pop song with an edge. Dubstar have moved forward strides from their earlier incarnation, and the involvement of producer Stephen Hague (New Order, Whitey) will help to make the track a…

Naked in Sweden: Twice a Man Release EP

Sweden's godfathers of post-punk, Twice a Man, have released a new single from their recent album, On the Other Side of the Mirror. "Naked" comes as a digital package, led by a club remix by Alien Waveform. The single edit is accompanied by further remixes by Anna Öberg and Karl Gasleben, Dan Söderqvist, and Charles...

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...

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Running Around with Independent State

The debut album from Independent State brings together two Swedes from opposite sides of the Radliffe Line for a set of industrial-influenced pop. Khyber Westlund comes from a Hindu family in Mumbai, India. Arjumand Carlstein was born in Karachi, Pakistan, into a Muslim family. They connected in the land of Dalarna horses and salt licorice...

Linea Aspera Return to a Shattered Reality

"Well there's a face I hadn't seen in a while." The return of Linea Aspera for a live show in London was one of the defining events of 2020. Yes, there has been a global pandemic. Sure, California burned. But these events are predictable enough that insurance companies write them into their terms and conditions....

Inject This! REIN Reveals Debut Album

REIN live at TEC 006 (Photo: Aga Slobodzian) Emerging from the Matrix, high voltage cables still wired to her nervous system, REIN is Reincarnated. Source code has been rewritten. New subroutines have been programmed. Hardware has been upgraded. Close DNA analysis reveals an inheritance of EBM, but new styles have been spliced into the twisted...

Centre Excuse Light the Night

Straight out of Rutland, Centre Excuse is the indietronica duo of Teddy Lewis and Alex Rush. That's Alex in the Logan's Run top. Their new album, Favourite Soul, is fuelled with the sounds and feelings of The Cure, Depeche Mode and The Delays, but it is lit with an original spark. The album combusts with...

Strikkland Expand the Borders of EBM

(Photo: Krichan Wihlborg) A British music journalist famously noted of DAF that the duo broke up because they had simply exhausted the possibilities of the 16-step sequencer. Electronic body music can often sound derivative and same-same, precisely because there are mathematical limits to the number of original basslines that can be created within the genre....

Shattered into FRKTLs

From her hideaway on the edge of Europe, the global traveller and experimental artist Sarah Badr - working under the name of her main music project, FRKTL - has created a new electro-acoustic masterpiece. Excision After Love Collapses is a tense, brooding album. Coming three years after the Prose Edda EP, it stuns with its...

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Still Life: Estelle Moughton

Born and educated in Australia, but living on the other side of the planet, Estelle Moughton is a self-taught painter. She has worked as a model for fashion editorial, music videos and fine art projects, but she is most often found with brush in hand. From her base in Stockholm, Moughton creates abstract works that...

Still Life: Julia Pivén

Julia Pivén Julia Pivén is an artist, organizer, DJ, writer, and model from Sweden. In this piece, she describes her artistry, which is built on dark existentialism and many years of practice at the easel. She has a background as a painting student at Gothenburg School of Art and as founder of various art organizations...

“I Said I’d Write a Letter” – Devoted Pen Pals Remember BONG

Depeche Mode fans are a special breed. The band might only release albums on a four-year cycle, but this Olympian schedule is synced with gruelling tours that are estimated to earn in the area of $200,000,000. The bulk of that revenue comes from their most hardcore fans, who are devoted to the trio and their...

Shine On: Rico Conning

Rico Conning has written for the French icon, Francoise Hardy, and recorded Dusty Springfield, but don't mistake him for an aging contemporary of Phil Spector. Conning started out with a guitar, a trombone and a dream in 1970s London. That brought him into the storied space of Blackwing Studios, where his band, The Lines, once...

INTERVIEWS


Claus Larsen: Going Hell for Leæther

Interview with the Danish musician better known as Leæther Strip.

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...

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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