On this Valentine’s Day I am very happy to release a new single to the world! This is a special release for me as this time the music is centered around someone else’s vocals. Andi is a DJ in the EBM, synthpop, coldwave world. She runs the night Synthicide in New York City. She also has a wonderful 80s post punk book coming out later this year called Some Wear Leather Some Wear Lace. We co-wrote about 6 songs. Our band name is Schadenfreude and this EP is called Spectra. We picked the best two and then I redid the music in my home studio. I fell in love with these songs over the past few months and I am really pleased to let you hear them. From a technical standpoint you are hearing some nice equipment including a lot of my Eurorack modular and Ensoniq ESQ-1.
“The blood it drips through my hand. I watch it pool I take the command. I don’t think only what I feel. I’m not sure if this can be real.” – Schadenfreude
Buy now: iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp.
Since we are waiting to hear the Roland Aira to see if they will deliver a new TR-808 here’s a classic track featuring the king of drum machines. Perfect High from Peppermint Lounge has the elements of an early 80s new wave track I love. Sad lyrics, meloncholy arpeggiators, pads, stuttering samples, vocoder and a TR-808. Produced by Jörg Burckhardt and written by Matthias Elvers in Germany in 1983
“Because getting high was all he cared to do.” – Peppermint Lounge
For more info: discogs.com/Peppermint-Lounge-Perfect-High/release/779563
Ugly Mood is Gery Francois, Tony Baron, Lee Kane. As most proper New Beat this is from Belgium. Recorded in 1989. I slow the slow tempo and clear synths on this.
“New beat is an electronic dance music term that was used in the 1980s with two different meanings, one a collective term used in the U.S. for various electronic music styles, and the other a reference to the new beat sound: a particular electronic music genre that flourished in Western Europe during the mid-1980s. New beat is also used as a reference to the wider Belgian underground music scene and subculture during the 1980s” – Wikipedia
For more info: discogs.com/Ugly-Mood-Consulted-Book/release/295145
The Horrorist DJ Set – December 11, 2013 – Bushwick, Brooklyn at Bossa Nova by Thingstocome on Mixcloud
Here is my (The Horrorist) DJ Set (link) from last week at Bushwick, Brooklyn’s Bossa Nova club. I played a mix of classic and new EBM and techno. Bossa Nova reminds me of what clubs were like in the East Village in the 80s. It’s in a slightly bad neighborhood (changing quickly) with a mix of local and trendy people. Anything goes there and it does.
1. Addiction (Dog House mix) – Skinny Puppy
2. Impurities (Equitant Remix) – Kontravoid
3. Until Death (Us Do Part) – Front 242
4. Neuen Strassen – Metro Pakt
5. We Believe (LP Version) – Ministry
6. Here Comes the Storm (Carretta & Workerpoor rmx) – Radical G & The Horrorist
7. Shockwave (Gesaffelstein Remix) – The Hacker
8. En Partance – Le Syndicat Electronique
9. Wet & Shiny (Hell’s 2013 Rework) – The Horrorist
10. No Shuffle – Front 242
13. Tarantula (original master002) – Radical G
14. Lucrecia My Reflection – Vampire Lust
15. Murderous (Phil Kieran Remix) – Nitzer Ebb
17. Heiliger Bimm Bamm (Original Mix) – Johannes Heil
18. Wie Du – Jäger 90
19. Into the Light – Absolute Body Control
20. O Mineiro (Der Bergmann) – U.M.M.
21. Biba Butzermann – Petra Flurr + Modernista
26. Cardinal Newman – Nervous Gender
For more info: mixcloud.com/thingstocome
/\: How To Destroy The DanceFloor :/\ a MiniMal/TeKnO/EbM Mix by Deathbat on Mixcloud
I met DJ Deathbat at two of my live shows in France. His new mix “How To Destroy The DanceFloor” includes tracks from Tobias Bernstrup, DAF, The Mover, The Horrorist, Gesaffelstein, Tragic Error, Front 242 and more. Im Rhythmus Bleiben!!
“DEATHROCK / BATCAVE / (POST-) PUNK / MINIMAL / EBM / OLDSCHOOL FRENCH DJ” – Deathbat
For more info: mixcloud.com/deathbat
Earlier this year I performed in Barcelona. One the highlights was listening to the club owner’s (Omar Leon) DJ set before I went on. I had no idea I was among musical friends so when I heard his mix of classic EBM and some New Beat records I hadn’t heard since the late 80s I was thrilled. I was again pleased this week when Omar sent his mix so here it is for everyone to listen to!
“”Adolf is only sleeping…” (Opening for The Horrorist)” – Omar Leon
For more info: soundcloud.com/omar-leon
Here is Peter Last’s latest acoustic Depeche Mode cover. This time he does Master & Servant. I think if we wait long enough he will cover every DM song. I really love these as they show how great the original songs. It shows how well the songs work in any format.
“Domination’s the name of the game. In bed or in life. They’re both just the same. Except in one you’re fulfilled. At the end of the day Let’s play master and servant. Let’s play master and servant.” – Depeche Mode
For more info: youtube.com/user/georgiarose16
I really love this song You May Start from the German band Klangstabil. This was released in 2004 on the album Taking Nothing Seriously.
“Klangstabil was formed in 1994 by Maurizio Blanco and Boris May.” – Discogs
For more info: klangstabil.com
About six months ago I was asked to take part in a then secret music project. Tom J Carpenter and Jason Subtractive of Analogue Solutions were planning an ambitious string of Synthpop/New Wave releases. They were going to work with different vocalists, create music videos and promised a high quality package. I knew Jason’s synth work from his synth demos so I didn’t hesitate in saying yes. To say he has the Depeche Mode sound down is an understatement. On the song I gave my voice to titled The Last Martian listen to filtering bassline, high pitched delaying notes and at 43 seconds in there is a panning mid range sound that I’ve only heard Alan Wilder himself create. I knew that Tom was friends with Alan helping him repair some synths and selling him a Telemark. In fact, I question if Jason is actually who he says he is. This was also the first time I recorded my own vocal to someone else’s lyrics. Vile Electrodes and Chad Glenn also remixed the track. Here he comes with his gun the last martian.
“Sound of Science is pleased to announce the availability of our 2nd EP, “The Last Martian”, featuring THE HORRORIST (Oliver Chesler). Included are remixes by Vile Electrodes, Chad Glenn (The Coil), and SOS!” – Sound of Science
Buy now: iTunes or CD Baby
Want to hear a choir singing Depeche Mode’s Enjoy the Silence? Head over to composer Eric Whitacre’s genero.tv page to hear it (link). I really like it. He is asking for money to create a music video for the song.
Eric Whitacre, one of the most popular and performed composers of our time, wants you to make the official music video for Enjoy The Silence, from his new EP album. Eric Whitacre is one of the most popular and performed composers of our time, a distinguished conductor, broadcaster and public speaker. His first album as both composer and conductor on Decca/Universal, Light & Gold, won a Grammy® in 2012, reaped unanimous five star reviews and became the no. 1 classical album in the US and UK charts within a week of release. His second album, Water Night, was released on Decca in April 2012 and debuted at no. 1 in the iTunes and Billboard classical chart on the day of release. It features seven world premiere recordings and includes performances from his professional choir, the Eric Whitacre Singers, the London Symphony Orchestra, Julian Lloyd Webber and Hila Plitmann. His compositions also feature on multiple other recordings made in Europe, North America and Australasia.” – genero.tv/ericwhitacre
For more info: genero.tv/ericwhitacre