New releases in early 2011

The new year will bring its usual assortment of cool new releases. While we’re giving thought to what will make up the Softsynth best of the year list for 2010 we’ve already got our eyes on what the year-to-come will bring, rumoured or otherwise.

The big names include Erasure who will bring forth an as-yet-untitled new work. It will be interesting to see what the boys proffer this year after the highly disappointing Light at the End of the World.

Our most anticipated release of the new year is IAMX’s Volatile Times. After the peerless, near-perfect Kingdom of Welcome Addiction, our unquestioned pick as the number one electronic album of last year, we are both excited and nervous about what’s next on the docket. It will be among us in March and no other album is as yearned-for.

Covenant finally bring us the long-delayed Modern Ruin January 17th. We’re big Covenant fans so the repeated delays have frustrated us to no end. The “Lightbringer” teaser hasn’t set us afire but we’re still greatly looking forward to what our Swedish stalwarts have in store.

Greece’s Marsheaux will release Message From Mars in the early months of the new year. Consistent and utterly in the know about what makes electronic music work this duo is sure to bring us an electronic highlight for the year.

Swedish electropunk band Alice in Videoland will release their fourth album A Million Thoughts and They’re All About You January 11 in North America (but is already available in some markets). Alice in Videoland can do little wrong as far as we’re concerned so we’re all a-twitter.

There are a lot of terrific electronic releases yet to come in 2010 and we’re girding ourselves accordingly but we can’t help but cast our glance to the first few months of ’11 to remind ourselves that the electronic movement keeps on ticketing and barreling ever-forward. Much yet to come…

(What have we missed? What else in on the scene in the first quarter of the new year? Let us know!)


4 Responses to “New releases in early 2011”

  1. Mirrors, Northern Kind and The Human League!

    • Good ones! Totally forgot about the new Human League! (And didn’t know we had a new Northern Kind album on the way…most excellent…)

  2. Cracked LCD Says:

    Great list!

    I’d like to add:
    – Ladytron (5th album already recorded; also a Best Of album on Spring after the single Ace of Hz)
    – Aphex Twin (he recorded 6 albums)
    – Cut Copy (3rd album Zonoscope on Feb 2011)
    – M83
    – VNV Nation (not sure, but usually they release something after 2 years).

  3. Hi SoftSynth,

    As well as MIRRORS, there’s THE SOUND OF ARROWS who will release their debut album on Geffen Records.

    BLANCMANGE have their comeback “Blanc Burn” out in March.

    CLAUDIA BRUCKEN releases her career retrospective “Combined” which will feature new songs Thank You and Night School plus several unreleased tracks and remixes to be confirmed.

    Hope that helps 🙂

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