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THE DEPARTMENT Pressure EP

London-based synth combo THE DEPARTMENT have a penchant for classic electro and new wave. Led by Rob Green, he is backed ‘Some Bizzare Album’ veteran Cliff Chapman and Magnus Lindstrom, a member of MR JONES MACHINE who feature Jarmo Ollila from DAILY PLANET among their number while live, there is the brand new addition of Pete Dolan. The first long form release since 2015’s ‘Alpha’, their only album to date, the ‘Pressure’ EP is not exactly a cheerful affair. Continue Reading ›

ZAMILSKA Uncovered

The concept of “Teraz Polska” (Poland Now) has been popularised in the Slavic land on both sides of the Vistula River for years. But could it be that it truly is the time for the Poles to conquer the world of electronica? Polska has found her own GAZELLE TWIN: enter Natalia Zamilska from the famously darkest part of the country, Silesia. Covered in carbon soot, raising deep from the centre of the Earth, she hits hard with her third album ‘Uncovered’. Continue Reading ›

COM TRUISE Persuasion System

COM TRUISE is well known in the world of synthwave, being often cited as one of the greatest in the genre, providing sci-fi synth delicacies of the otherworldly type. New Yorker COM TRUISE was born Seth Haley. Currently working out of Los Angeles, while his previous long player brought a completion of a space saga concept, the new opus ‘Persuasion System’ concentrates on the changes on our planet, in the present tense. Continue Reading ›

STOLEN Enter The Gap

Along with FIFI RONG and Re-TROS, STOLEN are part of a new generation of Chinese creatives combining East with West. Having released their excellent breakthrough album ‘Fragment’ last year and undertaken a successful domestic live tour, the Szechuan six-piece consolidate with a new single ‘Enter The Gap’, recorded and produced by Mark Reeder and Micha Adam. ‘Enter The Gap’ has a visual presentation capturing the nature of modern China. Continue Reading ›

HOWARD JONES Transform

Electronic pop stalwart HOWARD JONES’ new album ‘Transform’ features another singular-worded title after the 2014’s multimedia-based project ‘Engage’. ‘Transform’ sees a welcome full-on return to (almost) pure synthesis for Jones. Long-term fans will undoubtedly love the songs here, and those that have maybe not delved into his work for a while should certainly investigate ‘Transform’. Continue Reading ›

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