I hope to see some collaborations between DM and New Order. Mute really is such a great label.
“This is an exciting new chapter for both Mute and New Order and I feel privileged to be working with artists with such a long, creative and successful history. When the possibility of us working together first came up, I was invited to hear some of the new material and immediately had no doubts whatsoever that Mute would be the right home for New Order. We’ve already had a number of creative conversations, and I am looking towards an exciting future” – Daniel Miller
For more info: mute.com/new-order/announce-they-have-signed-to-mute
I mentioned through social media a very exciting music project that is going to be released in November. It is a 500 copy tribute CD Digipack containing cover versions of songs from the iconic band Suicide. Artists doing covers include Gabi Delgado (DAF), Radical G, Absolute Body Control, members of Front 242, Alan Vega himself and many others including myself (The Horrorist). You can hear my full cover version of Rocket USA now! It took me about a full week to redo the track.
I used a lot of hardware on this. The drums are from a vintage Kawai R-100. The main bassline is a Noise Engineering Basimiuls Iteritas Eurorack module through a Synthesis Technology E440 Filter. Both the filter and bassline are sequenced using a Make Noise Pressure Points quantized by a Flame Tame Machine. There is a high pitched resonant sort of high hat and that is a Korg Monotron which is also clocked with the Eurorack. Some of the more moody effects were created using a Make Noise Echophon. The pads and second bassline are from a Roland JV-2080. The vocals were recorded using a Shure SM58 into a TC Helicon Voicelive Play. A few of the vocals in the breakdown were manipulated using Fabfilter’s Timeless. Some reverb was used from a ValhallaVintageVerb and Audio Damage ADVerb. Everything was recording using Ableton Live.
“These days music has become a disposable consumer product or a functional and virtual background to dancing masses on ecstasy. The strength and durability of SUICIDE was to take them beyond the punk movement they had initiated playing their legendary concerts at CBGB’s in the 70?s. The sound of SUICIDE has never been as relevant as today, it’s a primal scream ! We tried to perpetuate it and keep the flame alive.” – Unknown Pleasures Records
To pre-order and see the full tracklist: bandcamp.com/suicide-tribute
Industrial Soundtrack For The Urban Decay // Official Trailer from Amélie Ravalec on Vimeo.
I am very much looking forward to the release of a film called Industrial Soundtrack For The Urban Decay coming out later this year. It is a documentary on how early Industrial music came to be. Check out the trailer above and the great Test Dept DJ set!
“Industrial Soundtrack For The Urban Decay traces the origins of Industrial music, taking you on a journey through the crumbling industrial cities of Europe to America’s thriving avant-garde scene.” – industrialsoundtrack.com
For more info: industrialsoundtrack.com and facebook.com/industrialsoundtrackfortheurbandecay
I’ve been told Einstürzende Neubauten means “New Buildings Falling Down”. If it does I think that’s one great band name. My favorite Neubauten album is Halber Mensch. The remix of Yu-Gung is one of the all time best Industrial songs ever recorded. Another wicked track from Halber Mensch is Z.N.S. Let’s dance the…
“Black before my eyes. Fingers wickedly cold. What am I supposed to do when I wake up shivering?” – Einstürzende Neubauten
For more info: discogs.com/Einst%C3%BCrzende-Neubauten-Halber-Mensch
There is a new Aphex Twin album coming soon called Syro. I loved Come to Daddy and his Mescalinum United remix. Overall however I think a lot of his work fits into the “interesting because it was first” category. That said such a long time has past since his last album (2001) that it’s going to be really interesting to hear something new. I hope it blows us all away.
“It was Aphex Twin’s first tweet in over two years, but Richard D. James turned 140 characters into the news fans have been pining for since 2001’s Drukqs: A new Aphex Twin LP is on the way. Days after a strange Aphex-affiliated blimp hovered above London and James’ trademark logo was seen stenciled outside New York’s Radio City Music Hall, the long-dormant IDM wizard revealed that his new album will be dubbed SYRO. The always-technologically advanced James posted the album’s press release on the Deep Web, meaning only those with TOR proxy access can see the LP’s alleged cryptic track list. As Stereogum notes, Monday also marks James’ 43rd birthday.” – Rolling Stone
For more info: warp.net/records/aphex-twin
You can bet I am going to try and buy one of these new red 7-inch Front 242 records when they play live in NYC this September. What I want even more is for the band to go back to their old sound. They know people love the older material. They can pick up where they left off after Tyranny for you. Ok guys? Please?
“Pressed on red vinyl and limited to 500 copies, the 7-inch is the second release from the relaunched Wax Trax! and the first Front 242 release on the label in 25 years. It will be sold only at Front 242?s three U.S. dates — in Tampa, New York and Chicago — this September, according to the label. The single will include a remastered recording of “Take One” performed on Sept. 28, 1984, at Medusas’s in Chicago — the group’s debut American performance — and a version of “Im Rhythmus Bleiben” recorded at the Wax Trax! Retrospectacle concert in 2011.” – slicingupeyeballs.com
For more info: waxtraxchicago.bigcartel.com
LEGO, Robots and a Depeche Mode song. Obviously I love this. It amazes me all the work that went into recreating Everything Counts in such a way. I hope someone in NYC books the Toa Mata Band band because I would love to see it in person.
“Toa Mata Band is known as the World’s first LEGO robotic band controlled by Arduino Uno which is hooked up to a MIDI sequencer. In this video, the third episode, the robots are playing some unconventional drum-percussions made by some food packaging are captured by a contact microphone (piezo) and processed in real time in the D.A.W. Ableton Live. A brand new device appears for the first time, it’s a moving platform on x-axis, made of Lego bricks, gears and servo motors that permits to move with semitones-steps the tiny synth. The song is a cover of the famous synth-pop band Depeche Mode, it’s a personal tribute to the band who made my days in the 80’s. The performance was recorded live in July 2014.” – Opificio Sonico
For more info: facebook.com/ToaMataBand
At 39 seconds in the sound that comes in on the above track SM reminds me so much of the sound in the Front Line Assembly song Antisocial. I love when I discover these “sound alike” things.
“Produced by J.L Nowé & Ro Maron on Subway records Belgium 1988.” – yesterify
For more info: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Beat
If you listen to the last clip in the above Soundcloud embed you can hear my latest remix. It’s for Al Ferox’s latest huge release. He has 15 producers to remix his classics including Workerpoor, Johnathan Cast, Anthony Lynn, Phantazma, Roman Carrot, Ethan Fawkes, Lado, Dave Tarrida and many more!. I chose “Effet Hypnotique”. I used a Kawai R100, QU-Bit Nebulae, Waldorf Rocket, Arturia Beatstep, Ableton Live and some Vallaha Vintage-Verb on it. I also recently completed remixes for German based Florian Punzel and the Rotterdam club’s Herr Zimmerman (Fraulein Z). Next I have a cover I am completing for a huge Sucide project and more, more, more for my next album!
“Al Ferox, also named Alessandro F., is an italian musician and producer, founder of the labels Kobayashi Recordings, Dancefloor Killers and Scream Recordings. He ran away from Italy to France at the age of 17, all that kept him going was his love for music. He got his first inspiration from his brothers vast record collection from 70’s listening bands as Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Zappa, early Genesis stuff, then being profoundly inspired by the 80’s punk industrial metal, and new wave scene.” – discogs.com
For more info: facebook.com/alferox
The greatest acid house track of all time is Acid Tracks by Phuture. They have never played in NYC. That changes tonight as they will take the stage in Williamsburg, Brooklyn at Verboten.
“Yes there may have been Acid recordings before Phuture – Acid Tracks but this is the one that really propelled the Acid style in chicago clubs, this was originally created and played at the music box by Ron Hardy in 1985 2 years before its release… and they don’t come better than this” – Leroy Skibone
For more info: brooklynvegan.com/archives/2014/08/acid_house_pion