The Knife are fearless. Difficult to categorize and always following the beat of their own drummer, The Knife have “carved” out their own niche of weird delectable electronic pop. The band went on hiatus in 2009 while singer Karin Dreijer Andersson released her debut solo album under the moniker, Fever Ray. The album went on to become a massive critical success and has become highly influential to a new crop of electronic artists. You would think with such new-found success, she would continue with a followup album, however, she has returned to again record with brother Olof Dreijer for their fourth studio album, Shaking the Habitual. A Tooth For An Eye is the second video to be taken from the forthcoming album.
We didn’t have high expectations for the latest Depeche Mode album, Delta Machine (rumored to be their final album). Depeche Mode are arguably the most successful and influential synthpop band of all-time, but we felt they reached their creative peak over 2 decades ago with their masterpiece, Violator (we realize this is a position that may anger fans so, please, no hate, it’s just our humble opinion). After Violator and its massive commercial success, we feel Dave Gahan developed the ego worthy of a rock star which correlated with guitars appearing and becoming more prominent and them moving away from their synthpop roots and embracing a more stadium rock sound. The quality of each subsequent album declined. Things hit a low point with 2009s mediocre, Sounds of the Universe, so we didn’t hold much hope for a return to their original sound we fell so deeply in love with. And things didn’t start well. We confess we were not impressed at all by first single, Heaven, so we were set to write them off again. Soothe My Soul, the second video taken from the album, however, is an improvement. To us it sounds like a second-rate Personal Jesus mixed with touches of I Feel Loved, but it is catchy and doesn’t totally suck, so perhaps we won’t write them off quite yet.
We can’t conceal our excitement to hear that one of our idols, Rex the Dog is back with a new single and video for Do You Feel What I Feel,a seriously danceable slice of italio-synthpop that has Moroder-style loops and which seriously channels Jimmy Sommerville/Bronski Beat. The track appears on his new ep, due out in May on Southern Fried Records.
Miss Kitten is the stage name of French DJ, Caroline Herve. In the late 90s-early 00s her signature sound of ice cool, detached, droll speak-singing became synonymous with the short-lived electroclash scene. Interestingly enough, her fame came from her collaborations with other artists; first with The Hacker (Frank Sinatra, 1982), Felix da Housecat (Silver Screen Shower Scene), and Golden Boy (Rippin Kittin, Autopilot). By 2004 the electroclash scene had been pronounced dead and with it many of the artists who had defined the genre. Miss Kitten decided to branch out on her own and released her first solo album, I Com. The album was well-received critically and saw minor success in Europe. It was followed up by Batbox in 2008 and Two in 2009, but neither of these albums made much of an imprint, although Kitten is High from the former was a return to her original sound.
Miss Kittin is back and is giving fame another shot with a new album, Calling From The Stars, due out next month. To gear up for the release, she has just released an ep, Baseline, the video for which appears below.
Fans of Mirrors and Marsheaux rejoice, Marsheaux producers, Fotonovela have teamed up with former Mirrors band-mate, James New for Romeo & Juliet. We are happy to report it sounds every-bit of a hybrid of both bands as you would hope to expect. The track will appear on the forthcoming sophomore Fotonovela album, due out this year.
We have featured our virtual friends, Sensual Harassment, a few times before; once for their remix work for Strangers and again with their own funkopolis opus, Disco Heart. They recently contacted us about their new ep, Escape From Alpha Draconis so we gave it a spin and were immediately drawn to the OMD-ish sounding, Out There. Be prepared to blast off!
Italio-disco disco darling, Sally Shaprio is back with a new album jam-packed with upward and outward wispical other-worldliness in her third album, aptly titled, Somewhere Else. We were immediately drawn to All of My Life, which instantly sounded familiar. And it should. Back in the summer of 2011, this same track surfaced on Soundcloud, but was credited by Chart Music, featured a different vocalist, and a slightly different arrangement. We were mesmerized by it and immediately posted it, but nearly as quickly as we embraced it (and desperately sought to purchase it), the track mysteriously disappeared, seemingly forever, until now. Sally does a decent job at the cover and even infuses it with a little “rap” near the end.