Hurts – Road

December 28, 2012

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Hurts are back and have released a video for Road, the first taste and a hint as to what to expect off their highly anticipated sophomore outing, Exile, due out in March. It’s darker, harder and menacing; and at times even industrial sounding. It’s a little too harsh for our tastes and with it lasting a mere 2 1/2 minutes with nearly a minute of intro, Road feels more like a promo than it does an actual song. The video, however, with its gorgeous visuals and juxtaposition of beauty and violence and then sex, although not terribly original, is just the kind of kinky stuff we’ve come to expect from the band.


Tiga – Plush

December 28, 2012

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Tiga is back! Plush is not as immediate or as irresistible as Shoes my personal choice for best single of 2009, but nonetheless, I happy to report he is back and is as delectably as weird as ever. Plush is co-produced by Matthew Dear, whose own track, Her Fantasy, was one our highlights of the year. For this video, Tiga is surrounded by female models, posing like a painting, which may sound on paper as intriguing, but instead comes across more like watching paint dry. Push appears on his new mix album, Tiga Non Stop.


The Good Natured – 5-HT

December 27, 2012

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The Good Natured are gearing up to finally release their debut album and 5-HT will be the lead single. It’s a move slightly more in the Ladytron direction and a little less from the angst-ridden Siouxsie Sioux terrain, which we appreciate, but question the choice since they have given away so much better. If you didn’t catch our review of their intimate NYC concert early this year, be sure to CHECK IT OUT.


Tesla Boy – Split

December 27, 2012

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As much as we want to, we are just not feeling the new Tesla Boy single, Split, but we still love these blokes so here it is.


Julian & Marina – Count the Stars

December 27, 2012

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Julian & Marina trade their signature blend of synthpop and lounge for this decidedly more upbeat and dance-oriented track, Count the Stairs (think Pet Shop Boys meets Saint Etienne). The track will be the lead single off their soon-to-be-released second collaborative EP, Distance


Trust – Heaven and Dressed For Space

December 27, 2012

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Trust have been a bright light in an otherwise darkly dull musical year. Their latest single, Heaven is typical gloom and doom deliciously drenched in synths. We are also including their previously released single, Dressed For Space, which was our choice track from their debut album, Trst that came out earlier this year. For the uninitiated, Trust is the Canadian darkwave/synthpop duo, comprised of Robert Alfons and Maya Postepski. You may recognize Postepski who is also the drummer of Austra.

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Dangerous Muse – I Can’t Help It

December 27, 2012

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Dangerous Muse is the great unsung electronic band that is in desperate need of an album. The New York City based band has been around since 2003 and have released a spattering of amazing singles, saw some commercial success on the US dance charts, but due to unfortunate circumstances, bad timing or just bad luck, have still not yet released a proper debut album. I Can’t Help It continues the terrain they began to discover with their excellent remake of Ministry‘s Halloween a few years back and it is the highlight on their new EP, Red; the first of 3 new EPs that will comprise the forthcoming, long overdue full-album release, slated to be released TBA.


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