[Audio] Kate Boy’s ‘The Way We Are’

 

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The Way We Are is Stockholm ElectroPop outfit Kate Boy’s follow up to their critically acclaimed In Your Eyes and it’s accompanying Northern Lights EP. Seeing what the foursome would do next, after such a wave-making début, was something we were pretty eager for. And now we’ve found out, we’re a bit surprised, but pretty excited to hear more.

Surprised because The Way We Are which, whilst drawn a multitude of lazy comparisons to The Knife, is really Depeche Mode. Musically this track is a contemporary version of anything from Some Great Reward, maybe even with a bt of period Front 242 and Nitzer Ebb too. Amongst this 80s Industrial pounding singer Kate Akhurst growls her way through an impassioned performance. These influences aren’t too surprising considering old school Industrial still has a big audience in Scandinavia, and with The Way We Are Kate Boy deliver a haunting update to the sound. Or, you could just be tedious as hell and say it sounds like Deep Cuts-era The Knife, well done if you did!

♫ Kate Boy – The Way We Are

Kate Boy’s Northern Lights EP is out now.

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[Audio] Chvrches Vs. Curxes

 

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Yes, we’re sure there are jokes to be made about how no one involved in this article (us included actually) can spell, but we’re going to skip that and get straight to the music. Brighton ElectroPop duo Curxes are having an awesome week it seems, not only did they release their new single yesterday, but Monday also saw the eagerly awaited release of Glaswegian SynthPop heroes Chvrches’ Recover, which features a Curxes reMix to boot.

Huge, that’s one way to describe Curxes reMix of Recover. Cavernous. The track is like a cathedral of electronic excellence. Machine gun snyths and one of the most unexpectedly funky Industrial beats we’ve heard in a while threaten to drown Lauren’s vocals, but a perfect balance is struck. The track actually got a lot on common with old New Beat tunes and the second wave of EBM, but with much more of an understanding of what makes infectious Pop. Curxes have taken a completely different route with this song that the original, and very much made it their own.

♫ Chvrches – Recover (Curxes’ 1996 reMix)

Chvrches’ Recover is out now.

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[MP3] Deluce’s ‘ Signs’

 

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No sooner does Parisian Elector-House producer Deluce jump back onto our radar, after four years, with a storming reMix of Pyramid’s The Frontier, and he’s back with a new track, Signs. Signs give us a better feel for what he;s been up to recently and where he’s going (Spoiler Alert: It’s to some pretty dark places).

Signs is a growling slab of Industrial-tinged Electro. Brutal in it’s execution and leaving very little respite from abrasive synth sounds throughout it’s length. Meticulously crafted, this tune feels like a labour or love, from it’s dirty, Acid Techno bass to it’s eerie melodies, and it’s distorted samples, everything feels honed to it’s sharpest edge. It’s a proper musical narrative too, weaving a story over it’s five minutes, even become a little optimistic toward the end and it’s digital sax finale. It;s a harsh track, but it’s supposed to be. It is, however, very very good.

Deluce – Signs

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[Video] The Knife’s ‘A Tooth For An Eye’

 

Following on from Full Of Fire, Swedish ElectroPop Experimentalists The Knife’s second new video from their forthcoming Shaking The Habitual album is A Tooth For An Eye. It’s an undulating avant-garde workout, blanketed in warm tones and percussion.

The video, challenging gender roles, was directed by Roxy Farhat and Kakan Hermansson, gets their point across whist managing to me both mysterious and funny.

A Tooth For An Eye is taken from The Knife’s forthcoming album, Shaking The Habitual, released 8th April,

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[Audio] Hey, Rube!

Hey, Rube!

After last weeks post covering Billie Ray Martin’s Cabaret Voltaire cover album, where we one again professed our love of the Cabs, we received an enigmatic email in our inbox that we soon worked out was from Hey, Rube! Who, as it turns out, are a electronic project formed by Fila Brazillia’s Steve Cobby and Cabaret Voltaire’s Stephen Mallinder. a couple of months ago they released an album called Can You Hear Me Mutha?, and intricately crafted fusion of Dub, Electro, Techno, Indie-Electro and B-Boy Electro that never fails to surprise or intrigue.

The whole album leans toward Dub and Experimental sounds, but never crosses the line into ambient or self-indulgent. Tracks on the records, whilst ecclectic, bordering on avant-guarde at times, retain a strong sense of groove, drawing from Electro Funk, Kraftwerkian Techno, even occasionally Italo to keep things, for the most part, dancefloor friendly. Opening with the deliciously chaotic Rob A Bank Rob, which lobs frantic tribal drumming, ethereal chimes, Acidic bleeps and Mallinder’s Cabs rasp into a ring and let’s them sort things out amongst themselves, the album drops Mengi Dem Disco Leggi. A broken Balearic Boogie, like a Mediterranean robotic assault. Scissormouth is where the album’s Dub credentials start to rear their head before launching into the full on twisted synth skank of Pimpdaddy. This is built upon, with the addition of more of Mallinder’s whisper, in the space Dub of Kamikazee Peloton. Shaz—–Tate reminds of these guys experimentalist backgrounds as it layers sounds into an organized Industrial cacophony . the album’s longest track, and one of it’s standouts, Rapture, is a nine minute Dup epic, a popping synth echo chamber that is as interesting as it is hypnotic. Which leaves the relaxed, breezy Bali Hai to easy you out of the album. Considering a few days ago we didn’t know this record existed, we are very glad to have been introduced to it. A glorious example of what happens when two talents are left to create freely.

♫ Hey, Rube! – Mengi Dem Disco Leggi

♫ Hey, Rube! – Rapture

♫ Hey, Rube! – Rob A Bank Rob

♫ Hey, Rube! – Kamikazee Peloton

Hey, Rube!’s Can You Hear Me Mutha? is out now.

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[Audio] Mmoths featuring Holly Miranda

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Irish producer of spacious beats and The XX support act Mmoths is gearing up for the release of his new EP, Diaries, the lead track of which is a beautifully abrasive slice of edgy and atmospheric Electronica featuring the vocal talents of new XL Recordings signee Holly Miranda. All These Things.

It’s a smokey composition where drill-bit industrial sounds are morphed into something ethereal and magical, intertwining with a post-Chillwave, post-Dubstep soundscape and Miranda’s silky smooth vocal. Inhuman sounds suddenly become organic and flowing as the track seems to evolve naturally over it;s course. Like a song grown, rather than created. We can definitely see All These Things earning Mmoths a great deal of attention.

♫ Mmoths (Feat. Holly Miranda) – All These Things

All These Things is taken from Mmoths forthcoming new EP, Dairies, released 4th March.

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[Video] The Knife’s ‘Full Of Fire’

We were going to write about this track, Sweedish IcePop siblings The Knife’s long awaited return single, Full Of Fire, last week, Using the Juno stream of the track. Then the Juno stream got pulled and there hasn’t been a stream of the whole song from an official source since, so out words went to waste. Today, the video dropped, so we can present the song is all it’s glory. A beautiful and engaging nine minute epic and everything we’d want from a The Knife track. At points the track feels more like being privy to a special The Knife live jam session as the duo constantly evolve the popping drums and abrasive synths. More true to the original ethos of Industrial Music that anything released in the past two decades, this Coldwave oddessy is made all the more appealing by Karin Dreijer Andersson’s welcoming vocals.

The video is a short film by Stockholm and Berlin-based feminist director Marit Östberg, who had this to say “The film ‘Full Of Fire’ consists of a network of fates, fears, cravings, longings, losses, and promises. Fates that at first sight seem isolated from each other, but if we pay attention, we can see that everything essentially moves into each other. Our lives are intertwined and our eyes on each other, our sounds and smells, mean something. Our actions create reality, we create each other. We are never faceless, not even in the most grey anonymous streets of the city. We will never stop being responsible, being extensions, of one another. We will never stop longing for each other, and for something else.”

Full Of Fire is taken from The Knifes forthcoming album, Shaking The Habitual, released 8th April,

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[Video] Mesh’s new single

Here’s the video for the new single from Bristolian SynthPoppers Mesh. Born To Lie is the first single taken from the soon to be released new album Automation Baby.

The clip features a load of live footage set to a track which, although you can hear hints on good-old Fragile Mesh in there (especially in the chorus), continues down the bands rockier path.

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[Audio] Factory Floor’s ‘Fall Back’

Factory Floor

It’s been about a year since UK Indie-Electro/Post-Punk/Post-Industrial outfit Factory Floor’s last single. The first hit of their début album, slated for release in May, is finally here. Getting a little Minimal Synth groove on, Fall Back is released on DFA later this month.

Clocking in it just under nine minutes, Fall Back is a hypnotic Elektro Industrial excursion. Combining the sparse electronic assault of early Industrial, the listless vocals of Minimal Synth and the pounding of EBM, all wrapped up in Factory Floors’ effortless cool, Fall Back delivers an aural experience that could have easily come out of Sheffield in 1980. It’s an interesting hint of what to expect when Factory Floor’s album drops, and a track you can completely loose yourself in.

♫ Factory Floor – Fall Back

Factory Floor’s Fall Back is released 15th January.

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Goin’ Old School: Michael Jackson, Rockwell, Skinny Puppy

Goin’ Old School isn’t a trip down music memory lane, it’s a mugging in the dark alleyway of nostalgia:

We start a trio of Halloween tunes with the don. it’s Quincy Jones’, oh and Michael Jackson’s, Thriller from 1982.

From 1984 Rockwell’s hit Someone’s Watching Me.

Skinny Puppy’s 1989 track Warlock. Probably the nicest tune the ever made.

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