Bop 2 Pop: Snapshots (Mirrors, The Scientists of Modern Music, Fiorious, Schonwalk)

October 24, 2011

We have been hit with a bunch of emails lately of some new artists and artists we have covered recently, that are releasing some new stuff so we thought we would profile them all in one post. Check them out.

Mirrors – Shooting Stars
No sooner had we written about founding member Ally Young’s departure from Mirrors and the new material they had just completed (check out both songs here), had Mirrors contacted us directly and provided links to the news songs. We are going to repost Shooting Stars, which we love, which sees them more subdued and self-reflective, with it’s pout pop lyrics we always have a soft spot for.
Shooting Stars

Schonwald – Mercurial
Schonwalk are Italian synth-rock duo Alessandra and Luca. They create noisy atmospheres and hypnotic moods, similar in style as The Jesus and Mary Chain. Check out their new single, Mercurial.

The Scientists Of Modern Music – Girl On Top
We featured The Scientists of Modern Music awhile ago and their most excellent single, Because If I Die. They are back with a new single, Girls On Top. The single is a change in tone for them; gone is the drama and urgency, now replaced with optimism and hope. There is also a cool Vanguard Remix worth checking out.
Girl On Top

Fiorious – So Pretty (Scuola Furano Remix)
We featured Fiorious awhile back with his fabulous remake of I’m In Love With A German Star. He’s now back with 2 new upcoming singles, So Pretty and 7 Steps. We like both, but are especially taken by the Scuola Furano Remix that he is offering as a Free download in anticipation of it’s release. You can check it out here. Fiorious mixes electropop with funk with a voice that melts the heart.

The Best of 2011- So Far

July 1, 2011

We can’t believe the year is half over, and what a year it has been for us. After 3 incredible years of following other people’s blogs on electronic and synthpop music, we decided to create our own. We weren’t sure if it would succeed, honestly. Our core music interests lie in synthpop and 80s music, and the genre had begun to fade from public flavor. We weren’t sure if there would still be music to write about, which is why we didn’t directly reference the genre in our name. We were wrong, very wrong, judging from the amount of incredible music that has come out this year and from the amount of readers we have won over. We would like to give special thanks to Daybehavior who included our quote to promote their single and Fil Ok, who has contacted us about using our quote for his press release. We would also like to thank Marsheaux and Kid Kasio who have tweeted about us. We would also like to thank the bands who have posted or commented about us on Facebook or posted our review on their website like Shindu, The Scientists of Modern Music, Miracle, Northern Kind, Starlings and Queen of Hearts (we are sure we are leaving stuff out, but that doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate your support). We also like to thank NewNextNow for picking up our concert review of OMD and publishing it on their website. Ultimately, we like to thank you, our readers. We have grown expotientally, since our first post in March. To give you a sense of this, here is a chart that shows the number of page totals for the 4 months we have been live.

We are so happy you are finding interest in what we are writing about and promise to continue the hard work we have begun for your enjoyment. Feel free to write to us about how we are doing and what you would like to have covered. We promise it will inflate our egos and give us continual motivation. You can email us or visit us on Facebook. We would like to give a summary of the year so far, so without further babbling…

Our Favorite Songs of 2011 So Far
DayBehavior – Silent Dawn
Hurts – Sunday
Kid Kasio – Over And Over
Marsheaux – Can You Stop Me
Mirrors – Into The Heart
Queen Of Hearts – Freestyle (teaser clip)

The Sound Of Arrows – Nova

Our Favorite Remixes of 2011 So Far
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Johan Agebjörn & Ercola feat. Queen Of Hearts – The Last Day Of Summer (Le Matos Remix)
Penguin Prison – Fair Warning (Oliver Remix)

Queen of Hearts-Where Are You Now (Fear of Tigers Remix)

Starlings – Sirens (The Sanfernando Sound Remix)

You Really Like Me! Top Post Views
1. Hello? Hello? Is It Me You’re Looking For?
2. Marsheaux – Can You Stop Me
3. Brigitte Fontaine ft. Grace Jones: Dancefloor
4. Where Are They Now – Kim Wilde
5. Miracle – The Visitor

Top “Where Are They Now” – The Bands You Really Wanted To Know About
1. Kim Wilde
2. Alphaville
3. Billie Ray Martin
4. Blondie
5. Blancmange
Not So Much: Duran Duran, The Human League, Propaganda, OMD.

Second Chances. Least Viewed Posts
Jupiter – Sake
Tiger Love – Gio Gio
Shit Robot – Losing My Patience
Mason featuring Roisin Murphy – Boadicea
OMG Video: Golden Bug – Sex Beat

The Scientists of Modern Music – Because If I Die

June 7, 2011

The big swooping synths of the chorus elevate this song to the electro-synth stratosphere from Australia’s The Scientists of Modern Music. Because If I Die has been on the bop2pop radar for awhile now (it was mixed by favorite, Ladyhawke), and we are excited a video has just been released, which seems inspired by the barely seen movie, The Invisible. Their debut album, A Personal Universe, is due out this year.

Update: The Scientists of Modern Music uses bop2pop's review for their website.

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