Evokateur’s ‘Chime Hours’ EP


London gloomy ElectroPop duo Evokateur are about to release their new EP. Chime Hours is the follow up to the awesome Crow’s Wedding record. The new release joins the dots between Evokateur’s Gothy beginnings and their more Poppy recent output. Not only that, but there is a reMix by my friend and yours, the one and only, Mr. Fear Of Tigers.

Chime Hours kicks off with 1684, a swirling, lush tune that neatly sits in a place between robotic and ethereal. Hector laying down his usual beats, arpeggios and Industrial flourishes whist Sarah delivers an dramatic, gothic vocal. this opening track is actually pretty straight forward ElectroGoth, but Post, which follows, is a track with a lot more depth, both musically and vocally. There’s less pomp and more feeling in the vocal in Post, and the music is more surprising, more intelligent. The arrangement is actually quite Rocky, but the eclectic use of sounds and a quiet authenticity in Sara’s voice really lift this tune. White Horses, with all it’s EBM distortion and Glitchy, hides a powerful song underneath it’s Numanoid sheen. An infectious stom underpinning a really catchy tune. The cinematic lament of How Long plays out the EP, leaving room only for Fear Of Tigers’ reMix of White Horses. Is there anything Ben has touched that didn’t turn to gold? This time the Fear Of Tigers treat comes in the form of a Indie tinged Dreamwave tune that digs the song out of White Horses and lets it find it’s feet. Lifted by Fear Of Tigers rich layers of synth nostalgia the vocals are lifted to a whole new place. Ending the EP on a euphoric high. We kinda’ get the feeling that, right now, Evokateur is in danger of going from something quite special, to being another ElectroGoth band. And that’ll probably be the last we hear from them. It hasn’t quite happened yet, Chime Hours is a beautiful, immersive listening experience, and one we would recommend, but the warning signs are there. We have out fingers crossed that that doesn’t happen.

♫ Evokateur – White Horses

♫ Evokateur – White Horses (Fear Of Tigers Rmx)

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TobTok drops in on Fear Of Tiger’s ‘The Guestlist’ this week


Fear Of Tigers – The Guestlist 15/06/2012 = Swedish producer TobTok stops by ‘The Guestlist’ while Fear Of Tigers unleashes a particularly House and Disco driven collection of classics and new cuts. Have a good weekend!

Fear Of Tigers – The Guestlist 15/06/2012

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This weeks ‘The Guestlist’ from Fear Of Tigers

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Fear Of Tigers – The Guestlist 08/06/2012 = Your weekend starts right here with Fear Of Tigers and this weeks ‘The Guestlist’. The Neonized blog and label drop in for a chat and there’s some massive tunes, some of which you’ll find on these very pages today!

Fear Of Tigers – The Guestlist 08/06/2012

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Fear Of Tigers’ ‘The Guestlist’ this week


Fear Of Tigers – The Guestlist 01/06/2012 = Geisha Twins put in am appearance in the mix on this weeks show along with a pretty Poppy and Funky hour this week. Your weekend really starts here!

Fear Of Tigers – The Guestlist 01/06/2012

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This weeks Fear Of Tigers’ ‘The Guestlist’


Fear Of Tigers – The Guestlist 25/05/2012 = Oh you can tell the summer is coming, Fear Of Tiger’s The Guestlist is back as our regular Friday start to the weekend. Some huge tunes this week and a guestmix from the crew from micromix.fr.

Fear Of Tigers– The Guestlist 25/05/2012

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‘We Are The Future’ launch party this weekend! With The C90s, Edwin Van Cleef, Fear Of Tigers, Futurecop! and ME!

Don’t forget, this Saturday is the launch party for awesome new SynthWave/Nu-Disco compilation We Are The Future’. Hosted by Lemonade at The Nest in Dalston, London it’s going to be an awesome night. Come and party ‘til the early hours with The C90s, Edwin Van Cleef, Fear Of Tigers (live), Futurecop! (live) and little old me spinning some glorious synth music (and maybe dropping in some previews of forthcoming electronic rumors releases!

Find all the details for the night right here.

Fear Of Tigers’ ‘The Guestlist’ returns, this week with Futurecop!


Fear Of Tigers– The Guestlist 18/05/2012 = Hold the phone, stop the press and make sure your horses aren’t going anywhere! It’s Back! Fear Of Tigers returns with the best big room dance, Dreamwave, ElectroPop and Nu-Disco show on the planet. This week there’s Futurecop! in the house and music from Kris Menace, Cosmonaut Grechko and more….;

Fear Of Tigers– The Guestlist 18/05/2012

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Fear Of Tigers’ new track


Finally! After dropping one or two amazing demos and previews from his forthcoming new album, Fear Of Tigers has dropped out first taste of a proper new track. It seems like we’ve been hanging on forever for some new originals from FoT, the new album can’t come soon enough.

The new track, ‘Soliloquy’, is surprisingly Nu-Disco for a Fear Of Tiger’s track, especially the first half of the track, which takes in some cut-up big room techniques for a pumping sound, but none of this can disguise that sweet Fear Of Tigers sound. Those FoT emotional moments we all look forward too are still present and correct. The retro drum fills, and big nostalgic synths still dominate his work, and that’s the way we like it, there’s even the inclusion of some slick horns (and Sax makes everything better!) but the new injection of stuttering Funk is an interesting development. Not 100% sure of the relevance of the samples, but that doesn’t really matter. Even more eager for the new album now!

Fear Of Tigers – Soliloquy

Fear Of Tigers long awaited second album ‘Hypnerotomachia Poliphiliout’ is due out in June.

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Max Action

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Max Action. You can only really say it in a deep, movie trailer narration, voice, with a pause in between. Max. Action. Max Action is the chosen moniker of , well, who know? Someone Canadian. They don’t write bios apparently, or attempt to promote themselves much at all. What they do do however, is write epic SynthWave tunes. So let’s focus on that for the time being.

‘Terminal Crazy’ is Max Action’s latest song, or should we call it a soundtrack, is over ten minutes long. This kind of length gives Max room to tell a musical narrative with what he’s doing and really create a mood. It’s a synthesized Sci-Fi odyssey combining layers of intense machine riffs with lush pads robotic melodies. The score to a retro futuristic galactic war, ‘Terminal crazy’ is as exciting and involving as the imaginary movie it sets the tone for. While you’re hear, check out his reMix of Fear Of Tigers’ ‘the Adventures Of Pippi Longstrump’, which gives the track a gritty, ‘80’s feel with some surprisingly funky percussion.

Max Action – Terminal Crazy

Fear Of Tigers – The Adventures Of Pippi Longstrump (Max Action Rmx)


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Human Error Week: Fear Of Tigers speaks some words

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This Friday (11th November) London’s 93 Feet East play’s host to one of the best ElectroPop line-ups of the year. Brought to us by Human Error, Friday’s event will see Fear Of Tigers, Visitor, The Sound Of Arrows and Queen Of Hearts share the stage in one amazing night of the best electronic music London has to offer. This week, to build your anticipation, electronic rumors will be talking to each of the four acts involved…

Ben Berry, A.K.A. Mr. Tigers A.K.A. Fear Of Tigers is one of the most constantly awesome producers in the UK. The words ‘(Fear Of Tigers reMix)’ after a song title is pretty much as good a stamp of quality as you can want. Again and again Fear Of Tigers has wowed us with his reworkings of some of the hottest ElectroPop tracks around. Taking cues from everything, from old school Electro, to ‘90’s House, to Trance, to Disco and hammering them into the prefect Pop package, Mr. Tigers can take any track and make it a dancefloor monster that appeals to both the feet and the emotions. His original work is no different, his début album ‘Cossus Snufsigalonica’ (which he gave away free BTW!) was ten tracks of the finest big room tunes loaded with retro sounds and catchy hooks. ‘The Adventures Of Pippi Longstrump’ has become a modern classic and an inspiration to all of the Nu-Disco and Dreamwave scenes. In a short four years Fear Of Tigers has become one of the biggest names in our little corner of the music world with a reputation that lead to him reMixing some of the top names in Pop, including Kylie and Ellie.

On top of all that he also hosts a weekly podcast, ‘The Guestlist’ that has become many people first stop for new music.

Despite the fact that all that sounded like I’m about to hand Ben a lifetime achievement award, I’m not. What we are going to do, though, is give you a brief glimpse into the world of Mr. Tigers as Ben took the time to share with you guys.

ER: Hey Ben, thanks a lot of doing this.

FOT: Thanks Clive, it’s great to be here

ER: So, Ben, where did the music come from? What’s your background with production? How did you get into it and was it always this style of music?

FOT: My older brother was in an indie band so I was always playing around with his bits of gear. I started off making ambient techno when I was about 14 or so. I was also in a terrible covers band. We toured the working men’s clubs of Leeds and Bradford playing eye watering covers of tracks like Bobby Brown’s ‘Two Can Play That Game’ and Tasmin Archer’s ‘Sleeping Satellite’.
From there I got into house music made a few records and became a full time DJ (6 nights a week for 3 years) in Spain.

ER: And where did Fear of Tigers come from, both as a name and as a concept?

FOT: I quit music. I thought it was forever. It had been a few years and I didn’t really miss production to be honest. I went to work at a record label and then as a journalist. Someone at work lent me a copy of Logic, I put it on the computer just to see what it was like and I ended up remixing the Infidels which came out on Wall of Sound. It rekindled my passion.

♫ Fear Of Tigers – The Adventures Of Pippi Longstrump

ER: What influences you and your sound, not just musically?

FOT: For me I have the most fun naming my tracks and the inspiration usually come from the things I like reading about outside music: Languages, Tove Jansson, Zen, M Theory, Mythology, Cooking. I also love thinking about what music will sound like in the future. When I was a kid I used to be able to compose crazy music in my head but I could never express it as I didn’t know how. Now I can express myself better but I’d love to be able to dream of some sounds that don’t exist yet so I’ve tried some hypnotic techniques to try and get me into a new way of thinking.

ER: What prompted you go release your first album for free? Did you expect it to become such a classic and do you regret it being free based on how popular it was?

FOT: I’d do it all again. For sure. It helped me build a bit of a profile and in general I was really pleased with the result. I’d love to think that it had some impact even if just a small one.

♫ Fear Of Tigers – Study Hard Drugs School

ER: How did The Guestlist come about?

FOT: I’ve wanted to do a podcast for about 5 years but never had the balls (something about hearing my own voice I think). Then one afternoon in April, I don’t know what came over me, I just thought – let’s do it. I recorded it pretty quickly and loved every minute of it. I much prefer speaking and playing music than writing!

ER: In the last few years you’ve dropped a string of amazing reMixes, what’s the reMix you’ve done that your most proud of?

FOT: I love the Infidels remix, it was so easy and was the genesis of Fear Of Tigers really. More recently I actually love hearing the Studio Killers remix. I must admit I had some reservations about the track but it was really really fun to do.

♫ Fear Of Tigers – Please Don’t Leave

ER: So you’ve played around a few places. Any crazy rock ‘n’ roll stories from your adventures?

FOT: Being busted by the police several times in Spain. Pretending to be Jeremy Healy and getting mobbed for autographs at the end of the set. Mostly falling down drunk whilst the club’s in full swing. That’s my party trick.

ER: So what’s in Fear Of Tigers’s studio? Do you have a favourite bit of kit?

FOT: I think the whole analogue Vs. digital is a load of baloney. I’m more into what I’d call the cutting edge of sound generation such as harmonic content morphing and binaural recording.

ER: If money was no object, what piece of studio gear would be your dream to own?

FOT: A grand piano. Of course I’d need the space for it but I’d love to spend £50,000 on a good one. I really doubt I’d ever buy an analog synth. I’m just not a fan. They’re nice to look at but that’s as far as it goes for me. I would like a Theremin though.

ER: The show in Friday is billed as Fear Of Tigers live, how does that work? What’s the live setup?

FOT: I’m going to be on stage with The Sound of Arrows and Visitor, they’re going to do the vocals for some of my tracks and we’ll play some of theirs and of course a few live renditions of the remixes. Don’t worry, there’s no drummer!

ER: Do you prefer to perform as a DJ or as a musician?

FOT: I’m a DJ at heart. I hate being in bands to be honest.

♫ Fear Of Tigers – Calling Your Name

ER: How Fridays show going to be? Who else are you most looking forward to seeing?

FOT: Really looking forward to the Queen Of Hearts set.

ER: Is Fear Of Tigers a Cereal or a Full English Breakfast kinda’ act? Would your answer change the day after a show?

FOT: Yes I love a meat free Full English. So it’s hash browns, quorn sausage, grilled tomatoes, poached egg, fried mushrooms, baked beans (just a few) piece of toast, cup of queens English tea (PG Tips pyramids).
I also do a mean meat free bacon roll. Which is homemade bread, rocket, fried haloumi and a slice of meat free bacon.

Thanks dude.

Visitor will be playing as part of this Fridays phenomenal Human Error line up at 93 Feet East in London. Full details can be found here.

Human Error

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