Drab Majesty - The Heiress / The Demon

Here’s the latest album from Drab Majesty, a Tragic Wave / Goth / Death Pop project from Los Angeles, CA.

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Posted on May 29th, 2016 under Releases, ,

AV - Venus Bar

French Cold Wave was divided in two camps: on one side you had the underground dogs that were inspired by bands like Joy Division, The Cure, Virgin Prunes… represented by acts like Guerre Froide, Les Maîtres, Opera Multi Steel, etc. And there was the poppier/synth side with artists like Taxi Girl, Octobre, Martin Dupont, Deux, Celluloid bands (Mathematiques Modernes, Nini Raviolette, Suicide Romeo…).

AV is definitively inspired by the second ones: the energy rush of the post-punk era with a synth-pop touch and great sense of melodies. AV is the work of young French artist Adrien Viot and Venus Bar his first release.

Rather than lighting candles to his old 80’s glory he prefers to invite them inside the chaos of his generation. The synth from Suicide, Kraftwerk’s DNA & Taxi Girl are tatooed in AV, but he’s far from being one of those 80s revival nostalgia project, his production is current, dirty but rigorous all this helping his cheeky texts.

AV describes Paris and his own spiritual wandering. Often carnal and vicious, his texts have something from Serge Gainsbourg meets French cult singer Christophe.

First pressing – 500 copies – red vinyl.

Posted on May 27th, 2016 under Releases, ,

Batch Sound vs Beatbox Machinery

The 10th edition of the famous “vs series” by Werkstatt Recordings, for the first time available in vinyl and tape.

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Posted on May 25th, 2016 under Releases, , ,

Bleib Modern - Danse EP

Here’s the latest EP from Bleib Modern, a Postpunk / Coldwave / Shoegaze band from Bamberg, Germany.

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Posted on May 23rd, 2016 under Releases, ,

The Raudive - Future Transmissions

The Raudive are a recently reformed three-piece alternative rock band from Norwich/England with a love of lo-fi noise as much as melodies.

The band combines their core sound of bass, drums, guitar and voice with haunting layers of synth in honour of their namesake Konstantin Raudive the Latvian parapsychologist.

They draw inspiration from early The Cure, Clan of Xymox, Mission of Burma, Sebadoh, Sisters of Mercy, The Sex Pistols, New Order, Joy Division.

Listen and order here.

Posted on May 21st, 2016 under Releases, ,