[News] Pet Shop Boys leave Parlophone for Stuart Price produced album

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SynthPop legends Pet Shop Boys announced this week that they are parting company with long serving record label Parlophone in order to release their next album, Electric.

They’ll be releasing the album themselves in conjunction with Kobalt Label Services and to mark the announcement the have released a trailer for the album, which has been produced by none other than Mr. Stuart Price.

Pet Shop Bot’s Electric is due out in June.

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[News] Empire Of The Sun dig up second album

 

If you were anywhere our Google+ page last night you would have seen us get all excited about this teaser trailer for Australian Indie-ElectroPoppers Empire Of the Sun’s long, long, long awaited second album, Ice On The Dune.

The clip it titled Discovery, heralds the duos follow up to 2009’s amazing Walking On A Dream. The and is suitably cinematic trailer has a taste of what to expect, musically, in it’s closing moments. It sounds awesome.

Empire Of The Sun’s Ice On The Dune is due to drop in June.

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[News] Mylo headlines crazy Disco line-up in London

Late March sees the 2nd Birthday of Electro superstar Mylo’s Italo-Disco London outings Ecstasy, Passion & Pain. To celebrate in style the man has brought together a crazy good line-up to party at XOYO in the 22nd.

Along for the ride is Morgan Geist in his Storm Queen guise, Daniel Wang, Psychemagik and Gomma’s Moullinex. It’s quite a star-studded line-up and a massive Disco bomb going off in the middle of East London. Be There!

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Full details can be found here.

[News] Scarlet Soho head off on tour with Kosheen

UK ElectroPop heroes Scarlet Soho embark of a European tour next week, which just goes to show how hard working they are having just come back of a European tour. That’s either dedication or an overriding love of Transit vans!

They’ll be taking in a bunch of shows with the amazing Kosheen (you can download Kosheen’s reMix of Scarlet Soho’s Pedal To The Metal here) before scooching back to the UK for an unmissable London finale.

Dates below.

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06/03 Nuremberg* – Hirsch (DE)
07/03 Luzern* – Schuur (CH)
08/03 Bern* – Bierhuebeli (CH)
09/03 Nuremberg – Cult (DE)
10/03 Darmstadt* – Central Station (DE)
11/03 Graz* – Orpheum (AT)
13/03 Salzburg* – Rockhouse (AT)
14/03 Dornbirn* – Conrad Sohm (AT)
16/03 London – Wilmington Arms (UK)
* with Kosheen

[News] Vitalic & Yuksek hit London

There’s another hot night fast approaching for Londoners in March as Vitalic headlines a special Easter show at Koko in Camden.

We we’re a bit disappointed by Vitalic’s last album, but he does put on a hell of a live show and the supporting talent is pretty insane. Yuksek, who’s set to be the highlight of the evening, with Etienne De Crécy, Kap Bambino, GooseDragonette and Blende. that’s some top electronic talent to be gracing one stage, in one night. And that’s before you factor in Punx Soundcheck hosting a second room. Phew!

Yuksek, Dragonette and Blende are worth the admission price alone.

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Full details here.

[News] Kavinsky’s London launch party

With SynthWave master Kavinsky’s album just around the corner, due for a February release, the man himself is set to visit London for what promises to be a full-on night of blistering Electro in celebration of the record’s release.

The Dead Cruiser descends on a secret London warehouse location 2nd March for one of the hot tickets of the year so far.

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Find the latest details here.

Kavinsky’s début album, Outrun, is released 25th February.

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[News] The Blog Sound Of 2013 results

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So the votes are in and counted and we can now reveal the winner, and the top five, of The Blog Sound of 2013. ‘The Blog Sound Of…’ is the mirror universe, goatee sporting, evil twin of the BBC’s Sound Of … poll. A parallel list, taking in the zeitgeist of grass-roots music commentators, to compliment the BBC’s more industry focused panel. 49 UK blogs took part in the voting, including some on the BBC’s committee, initially resulting in a long-list of  15 acts. That list has now been streamlined into the top five, and the result surprised us a little. We were relatively sure Glasgow ElectroPop trio Chvrches were going home with the top spot. Winners Haim are immensely popular right now with the music blog crowd and one of the biggest hype generators of 2012, but only one vote separated the sisters from runners-up Chvrches.

Anyhoo, there’s more analysis over at Breaking More Waves. We’ll be back properly next week with your regularly scheduled waffle and tunes. See ya’ then.

Oh, and if you’re wondering, our particular nominations for The Blog Sound Of 2013 were Chvrches, Avec Sans, Strangers, Queen Of Hearts & Jupiter. One out of five ‘aint bad, considering 170 artists were nominated. That means one of five of our fingers is on the pulse!

1st Haim

2nd Chvrches

3rd (Joint) Savages

3rd (Joint) Pins

5th The Neighbourhood

The UK music blogs involved were:

A New Band A Day, A Pocket Full Of Seeds, All Noise, Alphabet Bands, Both Bars On,Brapscallions,Breaking More Waves, Brighton Music Blog, Details Of My Life So Far,Don’t Watch Me Dancing, Dots And Dashes, Drunken Werewolf, Eaten By Monsters,Electronic Rumors, Faded Glamour, Folly Of Youth, Flying With Anna, God Is In The TV,Harder Blogger Faster, Howl, In Love Not Limbo, Just Music That I Like, Killing Moon,KowalskiyLove Music : Love LifeMudkiss, Music Broke My Bones, Music Fans Mic,Music Liberation, Music Like Dirt, My Bands Better Than Your Band, Not Many Experts,Peenko, Real Horrorshow, Scottish Fiction, SkeletorySong By Toad, Sounds Good To Me Too,Storm’s Brewing, Sweeping The Nation, The Blue Walrus, The Electricity Club,The Mad Mackerel, The Metaphorical Boat, The Music Hoarder, The Recommender, This Must Be Pop, Von Pip Musical Express,17 Seconds

[News] HURTS’ new album announcement

The UK’s finest exponents of melancholy ElectroPop HURTS have just announced the release of their long awaited second studio album. To be titled Exile, the record is due out in March 2013. If you preorder the album now, you’ll get a sneak preview track, The Road, absolutely free.

The duo trumpeted the news with this video featuring a hint of The Road and some post-Dubstep grinding industrial sounds.

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[News] The Blog Sound Of 2013

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What’s The Blog Sound Of 2013 then? Well, as you’ll no doubt be aware, every year the BBC deliver their ‘The Sound Of 20XX’ list, a round up of who is likely to be making not just music waves, but something musically interesting too, in the coming year. It’s voted on by DJs, Industry insiders, journalists and bloggers and whist tending to be a bit hit or miss, is a respected barometer of the musical zeitgeist.

But wait, there a parallel list, compiled by UK based music blogs (including some featured on the BBC judging panel), not in an effort to belittle the BBC’s poll at all, but to offer a different perspective, a view from the musical frontlines. The list is drawn up governed by the same rules as the BBC’s version and, as such, we can today reveal the ‘long-list’ (the BBC’s is due out on Monday). The 15 acts who received the most nominations from the 49 blogs invited to participate, ourselves included. It’s a list that includes a couple of nominations we are pretty pleased about. Nice to see some electronic rumors regulars in there (glad that our votes didn’t go to waste).

The five acts with the most votes, including the winner of The Blog Sound Of 2012, will be announced on 3rd January next year to coincide with the BBC’s announcement.

AlunaGeorgeInfectious R&B influenced pop from London
Curxes  – Dark industrial-pop electronic duo from Brighton and Portsmouth
ChvrchesScottish electro pop trio formed from a variety of other bands
DaughterMinimal / ambient sounding folk
HaimClassic rock from LA with pop sensibilities
Laura MvulaJazz / soul singer hailing from Birmingham
Hip soulful female vocal electronic pop from Denmark
Palma VioletsRaw and energetic indie rock band
PinsEdgily cool and raucous all female indie band from Manchester
Randolph’s LeapGlasgow based indie folk pop with a twist of brass
RhyeSmooth and blissful pop duo
SavagesIntense post-punk with female vocals
SeasfireModern rock band from Bristol who mix electronic beats with guitar
The NeighbourhoodAtmospheric Californian 5 piece rock/pop ban
Tom Odell – Piano based singer songwriter originally from Chichester

The UK music blogs involved are:

A New Band A Day, A Pocket Full Of Seeds, All Noise, Alphabet Bands, Both Bars On,Brapscallions, Breaking More Waves, Brighton Music Blog, Details Of My Life So Far,Don’t Watch Me Dancing, Dots And Dashes, Drunken Werewolf, Eaten By Monsters,Electronic Rumors, Faded Glamour, Folly Of Youth, Flying With Anna, God Is In The TV,Harder Blogger Faster, Howl, In Love Not Limbo, Just Music That I Like, Killing Moon,KowalskiyLove Music : Love LifeMudkiss, Music Broke My Bones, Music Fans Mic,Music Liberation, Music Like Dirt, My Bands Better Than Your Band, Not Many Experts,Peenko, Real Horrorshow, Scottish Fiction, SkeletorySong By Toad, Sounds Good To Me Too, Storm’s Brewing, Sweeping The Nation, The Blue Walrus, The Electricity Club,The Mad Mackerel, The Metaphorical Boat, The Music Hoarder, The Recommender, This Must Be Pop, Von Pip Musical Express, 17 Seconds

Exciting stuff!

[News] Popular Computer releases retrospective album

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Awesome synthetic Nu-Disco producer Popular Computer has just released a retrospective album that collects his work from between 2004-2007.

Filling the gap between LiTE, Popular Computer’s album of earlier this year, and a new record he’s planning for 2013, this release, titled First Level, brings to gather his work from Fine Records to Kitsuné Music. Of course, it is a new album, so these tracks sit alongside one or two previously unreleased tracks from that period. And, yes, I Can’t Forget You in included. We’re looking forward to Popular Computer’s new album quite a lot, but until then, this’ll do.

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