Archive for January, 2009

And One – covers album suddenly appears from a puff of smoke

Posted in News with tags , on January 30, 2009 by softsynth

So And One, seemingly without notice, have released their long delayed covers album, Bodypop 1 ½ today. The album (formally an EP but expanded over the months) features cover versions of electropop classics by bands like Depeche Mode, Camouflage, Erasure, Yazoo, Alphaville, the Pet Shop Boys and New Order. It seems to be a collection of remixed and newer tracks as well as the collection of live covers, a far cry from what was originally proposed over a year ago. Haven’t heard it yet except for lead single “Timekiller” which is pretty awesome. Very curious to see what they do with this selection of tracks. Will report back as soon as I have a listen…


Ashbury Heights – new product in the Spring

Posted in News with tags , , on January 27, 2009 by softsynth

Swedish gothy/electro-pop band, Ashbury Heights have a new singer and, ahead of schedule, a new album on the way (thanks to Vampire Freaks for the info and the pic). Singer Kari Berg will join the band on the new album, Take Cair Paramour, due in the Spring. Now, former singer, Yasmine Uhlin, who is focusing on her other band, Javelynn Fate, was what drew me to the band in the first place, (and who brings new meaning to the term ‘fricken lovely’) but I really admire what Ashbury Heights have set out to do, namely, their desire to “bring back” an unapologetic, in-your-face synth-pop, and I will go along for the ride, new singer or not (and to be fair, Berg is pretty damn lovely in her own right).




Watch Ashbury Heights (in the Yasmine era), Spiders:

Thoughts on U2’s “Get On Your Boots”

Posted in Commentary, Review with tags , on January 23, 2009 by softsynth

What is a blog concerned with electronic music doing talking about U2? Well, the band have actually earned a page in the history of electronic music with their electro-influenced trilogy, Achtung Baby, Zooropa and Pop, the latter two of which were sorely underrated. Continue reading

Review: Apoptygma Berzerk – Rocket Science

Posted in Review with tags , on January 20, 2009 by softsynth

So, Rocket Science will soon be upon us officially. APB made a sharp left hand turn with their last album, 2006’s You and Me Against the World and there has been much speculation as to whether or not they continue down this new road or if they bring the harder-edged electro back. 

Well, the answer isn’t quite as simple as that. While in terms of attitude and tone it bears a striking resemblance to YAMATW, Stephan Groth and co. occasionally veer in different directions. Continue reading

Das Shadow – new upcoming release

Posted in News with tags , , on January 19, 2009 by softsynth

Das Shadow, an electro group made up of frequent Depeche Mode collaborators, Christian Eigner and Andrew Phillpot, and known mostly for their remix work, will cross over into performance with their debut album, Slew. Their new single “Navigate the Menus” is pretty nifty and kind of a cross between Daft Punk and late 70’s Kraftwerk. Check it out:

Depeche Mode – “Sounds of the Universe”

Posted in News with tags , on January 15, 2009 by softsynth

Depeche Mode will release their long-awaited twelfth album on April 20th. It will be titled Sounds of the Universe, and will feature 13 tracks including lead-off single, “Wrong”. Martin Gore’s new interest in analogue synths is encouraging and may make for an interesting record. More as it develops…

New Pet Shop Boys; Dragonette, Black Tape for a Blue Girl in the studio

Posted in News with tags , , on January 15, 2009 by softsynth


On the “softer side” of the electronic scene, the Pet Set Boys will release a new album, entitled Yes in late March. I actually quite liked their last album, 2006’s Fundamental, after a series of increasingly dull efforts, so I’m looking forward to see if they can keep the momentum up. The track listing is:

1. Love Etc.
2. All Over The World
3. Beautiful People
4. Did You See Me Coming?
5. Vulnerable
6. More Than A Dream
7. Building A Wall
8. King Of Rome
9. Pandemonium
10. The Way It Used To Be
11. Legacy

Johnny Marr (ex Smiths) plays on a number of the tracks.

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