KITE, “Sweden's best kept pop-secret”, made their long awaited return to the live stage with a trio of sold-out shows at the Stockholm Slaktkyrkan.
Having produced some of the best electronic pop in the last decade, the enigmatic duo of Nicklas Stenemo and Christian Berg were on the crest of wider international success in 2017 with a new EP ‘VII’ in the can. But KITE had to cancel their German tour following concerns over Stenemo’s health later that Autumn. Continue Reading ›
2018 saw JEAN-MICHEL JARRE celebrate 50 years in the business and whether the world really needed another of his compilations, ‘Planet Jarre’ was probably one of the better collected representations of his work for casual admirers.
SOFT CELL made a totally unexpected return for a huge one-off farewell gig at London’s O2 Arena; and with it came a boxed set, the ‘Northern Lights’ single and other new recordings which have raised hopes for a new album. Continue Reading ›
When Valerie Renay of NOBLESSE OBLIGE decides to release a solo project, she creates “music for fast moving clouds”.
NOBLESSE OBLIGE's last album 'Affair Of The Heart' in 2013 featured a stark funereal cover of 'Hotel California', while the duo also opened for IAMX. Conceived in a moment of deep transition, ‘Your Own Shadow’ is an amalgamation of organically developed raw sounds, haunting vocals and tribal inserts, enveloped in delicious synth and simplistic melodies. Continue Reading ›
For the lovers of all things weird and wonderful, electronica style, here’s LOTIC with their debut ‘Power’. Choosing Berlin as their abode, the new album by Texan born artist is an “expansive exploration of the many ways in which power can be expressed and experienced”.
Few years ago, LOTIC ventured into the world of quirky electronica with two EPs, ‘Heterocetera’ and ‘Agitations’, but it’s on this long player ‘Power’ that they introduce vocal experimentations for the first time. Continue Reading ›
Anglo-American duo STRANGE EYES combine a vampish magnetism with an electronic AOR backbone.
Comprising of Melissa Glass and Jodie Fox, the two were last spotted as members of VIVIEN GLASS who made a great bleep forward with their second album ‘Jura’ in Autumn 2015 before seemingly disbanding a year later. Now out on their own, STRANGE EYES’ brooding debut single ‘Black Heart’ successfully blends Melissa’s taste for FLEETWOOD MAC with Jodie’s love of IAMX. Continue Reading ›