Violet Tremors ‘Nothing’ video

Here’s the first video from LA based Minimal Synth duo Violet Tremors’ ace album of last year, ‘Time is The Traitor’.

Alex Smith directed the clip which features the girls coming on like a female Cabaret Voltaire, an angry cloud and some dogs. Even if we’re not sure what’s going on it looks really slick and really captures Violet Tremors perfectly.

‘Time Is The Traitor’ is out now.

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Soft Metals’ reMix EP

soft metals

This May Portland ElectroPop duo Soft Metals, who crafted one of our favourite albums of last year, are releasing a collection of reMixes from the aforementioned, self-titled, album on 12” and digital.

‘The reMixes’ contains five varied and interesting (8 on the digital release) interpretations of tracks from the album. Amongst the talent brought in to provide versions are VALIS, Yard, Waves, and The Drum who all deliver some stunning listening alongside out picks from the EP. Xander Harris’ take on Soft Metals best known track, ‘Psychic Driving’ presents us with an old school EBM beat against some sharp synths that threaten to veer off into Italo territory at times. The version of ‘Eyes Closed’ from Copy is a deep early 90’s House track with a lush square wave bass. A definite highlight of the EP. Casa Del Mirto turn ‘Do You Remember?’ into a beautiful, almost Balearic, ElectroPop track that evolves into some full-on sunrise Acid. The last of our picks is from The Soulless Party, who also take on ‘Psychic Driving’ and give it a dreamlike retro SynthPop makeover. As an added bonus, a big chunk of the proceeds from sales will go to Doctors Without Borders. Excellent electronic music and helping a worth cause, that’s a win/win!

♫ Soft Metals – Psychic Driving (Xander Harris reMix)

♫ Soft Metals – Eyes Closed (Copy reMix)

♫ Soft Metals – Do You Remember? (Casa Del Mirto Extended reMix)

♫ Soft Metals – Psychic Driving (The Soulless Party reMix) (Digital Only)

Soft Metals ‘The reMixes’ is released on 12” and download on 15th May via Sweating Tapes.

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Collateral’ ‘CTRL 5’ video

Parisian ColdWave trio Collateral are about to release their début EP ‘Desire’ in April.

It’s the first of two EPs recorded live by Villeneuve. In advance of that you can check out the video for the lead track on the EP ‘CTRL 5’.

‘CTRL 5’ is released in April on Desire Records.

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Liz & László from Automelodi and Xeno & Oaklander

Liz & László

Liz & László is the moniker of a new project from Automelodi’s Xavier Paradis and one half of Xeno & Oaklander, Liz Wendlebo.

Surprisingly upbeat and ElectroPoppy from the two Minimal Synth stalwarts, their first single, ‘Rien À Paris’, still comes loaded with Industrial percussion and icy synths. An hike in tempo, an almost bouncy bassline and some pretty catchy French vocals give the track a wider appeal though, whilst still retaining everything interesting about good Minimal Synth. The tracks inspiration comes from the 1970’s French surrealist film Céline Et Julie Vont En Bateau. ‘Rien À Paris’ will be released as a double A-Sideo with ‘Je Ne Suis Là Pour Personne’, a Françoise Hardy cover, on the flip.

Liz & László – Rien À Paris

‘Rien À Paris’ is released 6th March on Wierd Records.

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Tristesse Contemporaine’s ‘I Didn’t Know’ video

Here’s the new video for Tristesse Contemporaine’s ‘I Didn’t Know’.

A minimal slice of urban ElectroPop that is perfectly complimented by some stark visuals.

‘I Didn’t Know’ comes from Tristesse Contemporaine’s forthcoming self-titled album, released in March.

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The electronic rumors Awards: BEST SONG – electronic rumors’ top 20 songs of 2011!!!

2011 Best Song

So here we are.

After a year when the current wave of ElectroPop, Nu-Disco, SynthWave, Nu-Italo and Dreamwave all seemed to find a maturity, seemed to suddenly become a lot more confortable with themselves and their groove, we find ourselves with a nearly impossible job for picking the top twenty songs of the year, and a winner.

To those we missed, or forgot, we’re sorry. We’ll be beating ourselves up about it for weeks to come as some awesome track from January slides back into our brain, but it’s time to stop worrying and just go for it. So here it is.

And our top song of the year comes from She’s The Queen, it’s the lead track on their self-titled début EP and it’s one of the slickest ElectroPop tracks you’ll ever hear. Because, over the year just gone, I have grown to call She’s The Queen’s Drew and Emily friends I actively tried not to place them in the top spot. So concerned was I about bias that I sought out tracks that had more of an impact on me in 2011, anything that could reaffirm my sense of integrity and make me not give the number one place to mates. But I just couldn’t. Whether friends or not, there is no two ways about it, ‘Waiting Game’ is the track I have rocked to the most this year, the track I have been most impressed with, the track that is, without doubt, electronic rumorsBest Song of 2011.

electronic rumors’ best song: 2011

01: She’s The Queen – Waiting Game

She’s The Queen – Waiting Game

…and the rest of the list:

02: Vanbot – Make Me, Break Me

Vanbot – Make Me, Break Me

03: M83 – Midnight City

M83 – Midnight City

04: Cordova – Paradigm

Cordova – Paradigm

05: MiGHty mOUse – Between The Pavement And The Stars

MiGHty mOUse – Between The Pavement And The Stars

06: Queen Of Hearts – Shoot The Bullet

♫ Queen Of Hearts – Shoot The Bullet

07: Holy Ghost! – Wait & See

Holy Ghost! – Wait & See

08: Ronika – Wiyoo

Ronika – Wiyoo

09: The Magician (Feat. Jeppe) – I Don’t Know What To Do

♫ The Magician (Feat. Jeppe) – I Don’t Know What To Do

10: Monsieur Adi – Fire Fire Fire

♫ Monsieur Adi – Fire Fire Fire

11: Electric Youth – Coming Right Back To You

♫ Electric Youth – Coming Right Back To You

12: Peter & The Magician – Twist

♫ Peter & The Magician – Twist

13: Jordan F – Definitely Miami

Jordan F – Definitely Miami

14: Short Circuit – How We Speak

Short Circuit – How We Speak

15: Clancy – Panther

♫ Clancy – Panther

16: Substatic – Gold

♫ Substatic – Gold

17: LIGHTS – Toes

♫ LIGHTS – Toes

18: Bright Light Bright Light – Disco Moment

♫ Bright Light Bright Light – Disco Moment

19: Justice (Feat. Ali Love) – Civilisation

♫ Justice (Feat. Ali Love) – Civilisation

20: Xeno & Oaklander – The Staircase

Xeno & Oaklander – The Staircase

As always, you should definitely pick up some of these songs, they are all highly recommended and most can be purchased here:

The electronic rumors Awards: BEST ALBUM – electronic rumors’ top 20 albums of 2011!!!

2011Best Album

With fewer and fewer albums being released in favour of more cost-effective EPs and singles the Best Album category becomes harder and harder to preside over, luckily for us there were some choice cuts this year and some amazing records dropped.

The winner was very nearly going to be Mitch Murder‘s recently released ‘Current Events’. Which, to my mind, is the best SynthWave/Outrun/Dreamwave album ever made. However, the album that has kept us constantly rocking this year has to be Holy Ghost!’s self-titled début. Although I had loved the previous singles I really didn’t expect the album to be this damn good throughout, it was fresh, well written, and sounded like nothing else. It’s a record that is crammed full of potential singles and does an seriously good job of mixing up ElectroPop and New York Disco with a hint of Indie-Electro to make something that appeals to Indie Kids, SynthPopsters and Disco Heads alike.

electronic rumors’ best album: 2011

01: Holy Ghost! – Holy Ghost! (DFA)

Holy Ghost! – Do It Again

…and the rest of the list:

02: Mitch Murder – Current Events (Rosso Corsa Records)

Mitch Murder – Telefuture Theme

03: Cinnamon Chasers – Science (Modus Records)

Cinnamon Chasers – Tattoo

04: Monarchy – Around The Sun (Hacan Sound /100% Records)

♫ Monarchy – Maybe I’m Crazy

05: Johan Agebjörn And Friends – Casablanca Nights (Paper Bag Records)

♫ Johan Agebjörn & Ercola (Feat. Queen Of Hearts) – The Last Day Of Summer

06: Fabian – Say Goodbye (Binary)

♫ Fabian – Last Flight

07: Com Truise – Galactic Melt (Ghostly International)

Com Truise – Ether Drift

08: Yelle – Safari Disco Club (V2 Records International)

♫ Yelle – Que Veux-Tu

09: Shine 2009 – Realism (Cascine)

♫ Shine 2009 (Feat. Paula Abdul) – So Free

10: The Sound Of Arrows – Voyage (Skies Above)

The Sound Of Arrows – M.A.G.I.C.

11: Vanbot – Vanbot (Lisch Recordings)

Vanbot – Lost Without You

12: Shelby Grey – The Music Is On His Side (Holographic People)

Shelby Grey – April’s Legacy

13: Soft Metals – Soft Metals (Captured Tracks)

Soft Metals – Psychic Driving

14: M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming (Mute)

♫ M83 – OK Pal

15: Washed Out – Within And Without (Sub Pop Records)

Washed Out – Amor Fati

16: The Human League – Credo (Wall Of Sound/[PIAS] Entertainment Group)

♫ The Human League – Sky

17: Mirrors – Lights And Offerings (Skint Records)

♫ Mirrors – Into The Heart

18: Noir Deco – Future To Fantasy (Playmaker Ent.)

Noir Deco (Feat. MPM Soundtracks) – Journeys

19: Ladytron – Gravity The Seducer (Nettwerk)

Ladytron – White Elephant

20: Camille R – Last Limit (Self Released)

♫ Camille R – 100 $

As always, you should definitely pick up some of these albums, they are all highly recommended and most can be purchased here:

The electronic rumors Awards: BEST REMIX – electronic rumors’ top 20 reMixes of 2011!!!

2011Best Remix

Let’s kick things off with one of the biggies. Best reMix.

Compiling 03-20 was tough, this year has been amazing for reMixes, it seems like every release in 2011 came loaded with quality versions. There were so many singles released this year that it was nearly impossible to choose your favourite mix off of. As ever, I’m sure there are tracks we have forgotten, and tracks we will be kicking ourselves for not including when they are pointed out to us, and tracks we will remember tomorrow.

The winner though, and the runner up, were always destined for the top slots from the moment they dropped. In the first half of 2011 I would have said that Ride The Universe’s reMix of Chromeo’s ‘Hot Mess’ was definitely going to be number one, and that was only very closely snatched away when Madonna Of The Midlands™ Ronika released ‘Only Only’ complete with Fear Of Tigers take on the track. Both mixes are jaw-droopingly good, light years ahead of the competition, with Fear Of Tigers just taking the top spot with nostalgia points for weaving elements of late ‘80’s Dance Music into it’s Electro tapestry and making us go all glassy eyed. Combining a Bomb The Bass vibe with contemporary ElectroPop and Nu-Disco, Fear Of Tigers created a vibrant, exciting, make-you-jump-out-of-your-seat track for Ronika’s get-down vocals, it’s the prefect package. While Ride The Universe’s talk-box Funk was my hottest track for most of the year. Innovative and fresh, their reMix of ‘Hot Mess’ is easily the best out there.

electronic rumors’ best reMix: 2011

01: Ronika – Only Only (Fear Of Tigers reMix)

♫ Ronika – Only Only (Fear Of Tigers reMix)

…and the rest of the list:

02: Chromeo – Hot Mess (Ride The Universe reMix)

Chromeo – Hot Mess (Ride The Universe reMix)

03: Housse De Racket – Roman (Oliver reMix)

Housse De Racket – Roman (Oliver reMix)

04: Fenech-Soler – Demons (Yuksek Vocal reMix)

♫ Fenech-Soler – Demons (Yuksek Vocal reMix)

05: Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks (Gigamesh reMix)

Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks (Gigamesh reMix)

06: Yuksek – On A Train (The Magician reMix)

♫ Yuksek – On A Train (The Magician reMix)

07: Yelle – Que Veux Tu (Madeon reMix)

♫ Yelle – Que Veux Tu (Madeon reMix)

08: Chilly Gonzales – You Can Dance (Walter Sobcek reMix)

♫ Chilly Gonzales – You Can Dance (Walter Sobcek reMix)

09: Futurecop! – Starworshipper (MPM Soundtracks reMix)

♫ Futurecop! – Starworshipper (MPM Soundtracks reMix)

10: Queen Of Hearts – Where Are You Now? (StardonE reMix)

Queen Of Hearts – Where Are You Now? (StardonE reMix)

11: Kimbra – Cameo Lover (Shook reMix)

Kimbra – Cameo Lover (Shook reMix)

12: Kamp! – Cairo (Moullinex reMix)

♫ Kamp! – Cairo (Moullinex reMix)

13: Worship – Find You (Justin Faust reMix)

♫ Worship – Find You (Justin Faust reMix)

14: AXXE – Sweet Stuff (Ride The Universe reMix)

♫ AXXE – Sweet Stuff (Ride The Universe reMix)

15: Mustang – Shooting Love (Fat Club Mix)

Mustang – Shooting Love (Fat Club Mix)

16: The Good Natured – Skeleton (Grum reMix)

The Good Natured – Skeleton (Grum reMix)

17: Gypsy And The Cat – Jona Vark (Starsmith reMix)

Gypsy And The Cat – Jona Vark (Starsmith reMix)

18: Tyson – After You’re Gone (The Magician reMix)

Tyson – After You’re Gone (The Magician reMix)

19: Niki & The Dove – Mother Protect (Goldroom reMix)

Niki & The Dove – Mother Protect (Goldroom reMix)

20: The Human League – Never Let Me Go (Aeroplane reMix)

♫ The Human League – Never Let Me Go (Aeroplane reMix)

As always, you should definitely pick up some of these reMixes, they are all highly recommended and most can be purchased here:

Soft Metals’ ‘Psychic Driving’ video

Here’s the new video for Soft Metals’ amazing ‘Psychic Driving’.

Quite an old tune, but no less awesome, now, this video was put together by Erica Schreiner.

Soft Metals’ self-titled début album is out now.

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Claps début album

Claps

Recalling early ‘80’s experimentation of The Futurists, Claps are a three peice Minimal Synth outfit from Minneapolis and have just released their début album ‘Wreck’.

Robotic beats and droning vintage synth sounds provide a cold and mysterious backing that both supports and juxtaposes catchy lead lines and heartfelt vocals throughout the nine tracks. The early Mute Records-esque rhythms and moody synthesizer tones may conjure thoughts of dark, experimental music, but it would be hard to actually call Claps ‘dark’, melancholy yes, but their is a strain of optimism shooting through their tracks and the otherworldly melodies and soft, imitate voice are far to Pop to really be called dark.  If fact, at times ‘Wreck’ veers into ‘Speak & Spell’ era Depeche Mode fun territory and could quite easily be bopped to on a 1982 dancefloor. With the release of this record Claps have introduced a sprinkling of bass guitar into their analog synth set-up giving many of the tracks a slight Joy Division flavour, musically, on the tracks it’s introduced. Overall, if you love early ‘80’s SynthPop then this album is for you, it’s like Minimal Synth without the pretension.

♫ Claps – Across the Floor

♫ Claps – House

Clap’s ‘Wreck’ is released this week.

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