Twins Natalia - The Destiny Room

It ‘only’ took TWINS NATALIA five years to complete their debut album, but to them it just had to be perfect in every aspect, from each sound, note and word to each and every pixel, and quality needs time, trying to create the perfect electro pop record. In 2008, TWINS NATALIA was formed when Marc Schaffer (Shibuya Station, Solitairen Effekten, Solitude FX and Anna Logue Records) played some demo recordings to Dave Hewson (of early 80′s New Wave/Electro Pop icons Poeme Electronique and since long a professional composer for EMI including library music series, commercials, jingles, etc.) who wanted to work on those tracks while graphic designer Steve Lippert (Treeline and Attractive Co-ordinates label boss) spent hours of inventing fictional “new wave” or “minimal synth” band names, song titles and artworks, too, and amongst them was the TWINS NATALIA moniker, hence the project was born. Sharon Abbott and Julie Ruler (both also of Poeme Electronique fame) were recruited on vocal duties and a first 7″ was released, followed by two sampler contributions and an extended 12″ – coupled with the revived Poeme Electronique in 2012 – paving the way to their debut album “The Destiny Room”. The title “The Destiny Room” was coined by Dave and described Marc’s little home recording studio where all tracks were demoed on almost purely analogue gear (e.g. Roland CSQ-100, SH-2, TR-808 and Crumar Performer) and according to his vision of melancholic yet melodic electro pop, slightly inspired by Experimental Products, Kraftwerk, OMD, Rational Youth and the likes. Dave co-composed, arranged and performed all tracks in his Hewsonics studio using latest technology and adding his incredible playing skills (listen to those solos!), expertise and imagination, always in close co-operation with Marc so that the analogue spirit remained while being transformed into the 21st century. Sharon and Julie added superbly professional and versatile vocal performances based upon wonderful and substantial lyrics written by Sharon or Steve, the latter making the whole package complete by adding a stunning and perfectly fitting artwork.

All in all, a high-class melodic 10 track electro pop album (14 tracks on CD including the cover of Marsheaux’s “Radial Emotion”, the extended 12″ version of “I Avoid Strangers” plus the debut 7″) – never ‘cheesy’ or too commercial, always still melancholic with lots of attention to detail, complexity and versatility, from the minds of creative people for the active listener, and the dancers, too.

Limited edition of 400 copies (293 sold as single items), 180 grams black vinyl, UV varnished full-colour outer sleeve, UV varnished lyrics inner sleeve, DIN A3 poster and double-sided DIN A6 postcard.

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Posted on April 1st, 2014 under Releases, ,

Repeating Mistakes LP

While the ‘Mellowharsher’ mini LP (2012, Enfant Terrible) was subtle on every level this new full length album by Europ Europ might be called subtle noise… ‘Repeating Mistakes’ shows a slightly different side of the Norwegian band… they are back to being a duo and back to basics in a way…

The album is noisy but without being a simple drone… the band serves you lo-fi industrial soundscapes presented as songs… sometimes haunting and disturbing but the next minute soothing and hypnotic… ‘Repeating Mistakes’ is not an easy listening album but a piece of music you need to discover by listening to it over and over again… peeling away layers and uncovering the true nature of the songs by doing this… this is simply minimal electronics as it should sound!

Limited to 200 copies.

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Posted on March 28th, 2014 under Releases, ,

I Am Enfant Terrible

Bleed what you preach…

This new compilation is created to celebrate the 10 years of activity of Enfant Terrible… I could have done a best off… or I could have done a compilation with all the people who I have collaborated with the past 10 years… but instead I have choosen to present a single album which is pointing forward into the future and still shows it roots… ‘I Am Enfant Terrible’ makes clear the traditions I have been working in but at the same time is an album with the broad spectrum of sounds I am interested in… from indie pop to new wave to minimal synth and from noise to elektro and IDM and ambient… from poppy to experimental to dance music… this is what I do and this is what I am…

In the process of creating this record I had to leave out a few artists I like a lot… but this is for sake only of creating a coherent and diverse album and a listening experience as you are used to get served from me with compilations… so I hope you enjoy this selection… thanks for tuning in and making this trip with me!

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Posted on March 25th, 2014 under Releases,

Roladex

Medical Records presents it’s second contemporary artist release with Roladex. Imagine Kraftwerk playing Steven Merritt songs.

Roladex was formed in Texas by Tyler Jacobsen and Elyssa Dianne. Producer/Member, Tyler Jacobsen holds an MFA in Electronic Art and this becomes apparent as they find lyrical and musical inspiration through the films of David Cronenberg and John Carpenter, the works of authors such as J.G Ballard as well as video artists such as Vito Acconci and Nam June Paik. Jacobsen has been on a hiatus from his work as college art professor since the formation of the group. Using an arsenal of analog instruments, Roladex nostalgically borrows ideas from music of the past to carefully craft a unique brand of futuristic-mechanized pop, with an emphasis on songwriting and layered production. Weaving sparse, sequenced arpeggios into fuzzy bass and bubbly melodies to create a bed of sound where they layout a somehow bright melancholia. Part minimal synth-wave, part dream pop, Roladex fits nicely with other non-traditional pop acts such as Ariel Pink as well as Synth contemporaries like Police Des Moeurs and Black Marble. With previous singles on Night-People Records, AMDISCs, and Beko, Medical is proud to present their debut LP.

At times their music cold and moody, at others it is bright and dimly warm. Themes such as nuclear war, cosmology, false memories and technology as the “opiate of the masses” become apparent as the listener plays through the LP. The opening track “Anthem For The Micro-Age” sets the tone with dreamy atmospheric synth textures and interwoven male and female vocals. “Love Surgery” is chock full of pop hooks and synth leads interspersed with angular guitar accents. “Empty Streets” has an almost minimal John Bender bedroom aesthetic. The Last track, “Nuke Em’ Out” is an apocalyptic disco track for the end of the world, and the electro-mechanical new wave Cathode Rays (for the the group produced a video) is one of the catches tunes on the record. Fans of early Wire (esp 154), Drinking Electricity, Fad Gadget and even noisy 90s shoegaze are sure to enjoy.

Presented on high-quality 180gram heavyweight electric blue transparent vinyl and features a bonus LP insert with lyrics. All tracks and versions recorded exclusively for this Medical release. Mastered by Martin Bowes at the Cage, UK. Limited Edition.

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Posted on March 22nd, 2014 under Releases,

Def Rain

Electro-space-pop duo Def Rain formed in 2011, fusing together the the musical talents of Ashley Cromeens (singer/songwriter) and DJ Abe Lincoln and quickly becoming a staple of the North Texas music scene. Their live performance has been captivating audiences, including the lead singer of The Flaming Lips, Wayne Coyne, due to the fog-wrapped, laser-filled vibe that highlights their funky sound.

The duo have individually working in music for some time, trying their hand with a few bands and sounds that were not a perfect fit, finally finding their signature sound when they came together. Today, they are premiering a brand new track, “Leads”, off their debut album.

Leads” takes you back to a 1980s school dance, snapping and bogeying like Sixteen Candles all over again. The song features a synthed guitar with a mellow beat and pop vocals. Def Rain merges together a funky spacey sound, hence the “space” in electro-space-pop that is undeniable upon hearing their music. Get into this awesome duo, as we expect to see great things from them going forward.

Def Rain is putting out their first album, debuting their funky electro sound with 11 tracks that highlight their laid-back vibes and banging beats.

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Posted on March 19th, 2014 under Releases, ,