January 23, 2014
This was completely unexpected. Tears for Fears have teamed with music download site, Beatport, to provide remixers the opportunity to remix their classic track, Pale Shelter. It was our favorite track off our favorite Tears for Fears album, The Hurting (highly recommended if you haven’t heard it). Check out the link below to hear how the seminal track has been reinterpreted. We’re impartial to the excellent n.io remix.
As a bonus, here’s the original version video. Be sure to check out the paper airplane nailing Roland Orzabal in the eye at the end. D’oh!
January 19, 2014
We were first introduced to Icelandic Múm back in 2002, with their dreamy, Green Grass of Tunnel (we still have no idea what that is). Their style changes, however it is distinctly characterized by soft breathy vocals and unconventional instruments. Candlestick is no exception and we were immediately hooked by the retro 80s video arcade synths that introduce the track.
January 18, 2014
Byrta are an Icelandic electronic duo who make blissfully synthful music that gleefully flirts with all that we adore from the 80s. The video, in stark contrast, however, starts off innocently enough, but abruptly veers into ultraviolent Tarrentino by way of David Lynch territory. Be forewarned.
May 31, 2013
We were not fans of Ladytron’s last album, Gravity the Seducer. To us, it just didn’t sound synthpop, and therefore, not Ladytron. It felt like they were taking themselves way too seriously, so when singer Helen Marnie announced she would be releasing a solo album, we weren’t sure what to expect, but merely hoped for the best. Well, we are happy to report, lead single, The Hunter sees an about face, albeit, a little lighter, towards the Ladytron we had orignially fallen in love with. Some may argue it is a step back, but we feel you shouldn’t mess with a formula so endearing. Our only gripe? What is seriously up with that hair?!
May 28, 2013
We love icy-detached synthpop, especially when sprinkled with irony, so of course, we would be taken by Her New Dress, the debut single by La Folie, which instantly recalls Yello‘s I Love You. La Folie is the new project from Marc Houle, who recently collaborated with Miss Kitten on her latest EP, Where Is Kitten.
May 28, 2013
INXS may had woke up to find their dreams washed away, but together, with the pairing of Le Couleur and French Horn Rebellion, this duo has changed our world. Vacances de 87 is sexy slick and wrapped up in sun-drenched synths. It is sublimely perfect to wet our appetites for the impending summer. Of course the sexy and kitschy video doesn’t hurt.
April 27, 2013
It has been a far too long 4 years! since we had last heard Annie, whose seemingly forever-delayed, brilliant Don’t Stop (in both incarnations since the album, scheduled to be released in 2008, was dropped by her label causing her to swap a few tracks and release it independently the following year). Tube Stops and Lonely Hearts is a shift for Annie, who like many other artists, are leaving the 80s behind to embrace more experimental 90s elements. We prefer this ode to 90s rave culture over club Little Boots, as it is more dark and forboding (and as the video demonstrates, what could be more menancing than a rooftop spin class!) while still retaining shreds of the Annie we love. And speaking of love, although the track may not be as catchy as Songs Remind Me of You, the title rocks!