Last updated 20.01.09
|«120 Tage Ė The Fine Art of Beauty and Violence»|
Mona Mur, extravagant vocalist, composer and sound designer, has gained her reputation in the international avantgarde scene collaborating with artists such as Einstürzende Neubauten, The Stranglers, Yello and and the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, and charismatic legend En Esch (ex-KMFDM, Pigface, Slick Idiot) have been in the studio since 2007 to record their first collaborative album «120 Tage Ė The Fine Art of Beauty and Violence», which will be released on February 15th, 2009 via Pale Music. En Esch has drastically transformed Mur's most intense 80s songs into a unique blend of electronic drum loops, bass, dirty organ and wild guitars. Both musicans operate live together too since 2007 supported by drummer Johann Bley (Juno Reactor, Killing Joke, Holger Hiller)Tracklisting:
Info submited by official Mona Mur & En Esch MySpace page.[ 20.01.2009 ] - «Blitz» complete info
Celebrating 25 years of the ultra-heavy beat, KMFDM proudly announces their new album on Metropolis Records, «Blitz». «Blitz» heralds the return to the five-letter album name, an 18 year tradition that the band obliterated with their recent ten-letter name albums, «Tohuvabohu» and «Brimborium», in 2007 and 2008.
«Blitz» contains 11 new sonic blasts from the Kaptín and Krew, tipping the scales at over 52 and a half minutes. Under the direction of KMFDM founder, leader and vocalist Sascha K., «Blitz» is dominated by analogue synthetics with high-powered hooks. KMFDMís female singer, Lucia, lends her vocal power to the groove-laden «Bait & Switch», the dance-driven «Never Say Never» and others. The tracks are rounded out by some assistance from the KMFDM line-up of the last half-decade - Jules Hodgson, Andy Selway and Steve White.
One surprise element of «Blitz» is the return of wayward KMFDM-er Tim Skold, lending a hand throughout with instrumentation and production. Another unexpected re-appearance comes in the form of singer Cheryl Wilson, dueting with Lucia on the disco-amped «Strut».
No strangers to naming things with unpronounceable icons, «Blitz» leads off with a track known only by a symbol. This image pervades the «Blitz» album artwork, pointing to a message for those who look closely. The «Blitz» artwork also features a powerful and riotous cover illustration by long-time KMFDM stalwart Brute!
Adding to the growing list of languages sung in the KMFDM canon (English, German, Latin, Hebrew, Lingala (an African language) and Spanish), KMFDM breaks new ground with «Davai», sung in Russian. Of course there is still room in the catalog for another German language track and KMFDM delivers with «Potz Blitz!»
Joining the pantheon of illustrious KMFDM covers is The Human Leagueís seminal new wave juggernaut «Being Boiled», given the full-on electro treatment by Sascha K. «Blitz» provides the complete KMFDM experience, running the gamut of the bandís expressive styles and themes, from the ultimate irony of «Bitches» to the political militarism of the final track, «Takeím Out».
KMFDM invites you to experience full blown chaos with «Blitz», the ultimate blast! Album will released March 24th, 2009 via Metropolis Records.Tracklisting:
Info submited by official KMFDM web site.[ 19.01.2009 ] - US version of «Noob»
As we informed you long time ago, Metropolis Records signed our big German friends De/Vision in 2002 for North America and released «Remixed». After a brief stint off of Metropolis, De/Vision has returned with «Noob» for 2009. US version of this great album includes 4 bonus tracks. Look at tracklisting: What You Deserve
«Noob» (cat. no.: MET 572) will out January 27th, 2009.
Info submited by Metropolis Records.[ 19.01.2009 ] - Remix album from IAMX
The Genepool/Fiction/No Carbon Records joint venture are proud to announce the final instalment of the IAMX project in the form of a remix album. They have gathered all the remixes of IAMXís tracks onto one handy CD album. Featuring remixes by Imogen Heap, Numan/Fenton, BitRayker, Sidney Looper, I Will Shank You For A Penny and Andrew Friendly.
IAMX's «Iamixed» was released on December 20th, 2009 via Genepool/Fiction/No Carbon.Tracklisting:
Info submited by The Genepool/Fiction/No Carbon Records .[ 19.01.2009 ] - «Sounds Of The Universe» - new Depeche Mode album
|Depeche Mode 2009|
Groundbreaking, chart-topping electro legends Depeche Mode are proud to announce the release of their long-anticipated new studio album, «Sounds Of The Universe» on April 21st, 2009 (Mute Records).
Eclectic and energized, the bandís new release is their most dazzling and diverse album in decades. Recorded in Santa Barbara and New York, Depeche Mode returned to using a lot of vintage gear, from analogue synthesizers to drum machines, in order to conjure up the retro-futuristic arrangements featured on the album. Lyrically the release contains many of the groupís enduring obsessions plus more overt black humor than any of their previous collections.
Like with their 2005 studio album, «Playing The Angel», «Sounds Of The Universe» features writing credits for both Martin Gore, the groupís primary songwriter, and Dave Gahan who after honing his talents on two solo albums, has earned his place as Depeche Modeís second writer. The release also marks a reunion between the band and producer Ben Hillier (Blur, Doves, Elbow), who worked with the band to help give their new album its timeless sound. The first single from the release, «Wrong», grabs the listenerís attention from its first stack-heeled, staccato shriek. Over stomping beats, screeching synthesizers, and Daveís overlord chant, «Wrong» already feels like a Depeche Mode classic. Other standout tracks include Martinís velvet-lined Scott Walker croon on the sensual lounge-music ballad «Jezebel», to the sci-fi gospel-blues hymn «In Chains» and «Hole To Feed», which marries modern electronics to a floor-shaking, bone-rattling Bo Diddley beat.
As one of the most influential bands of the post-punk era, with global sales in excess of 100 million, Depeche Mode belongs to a select premiere league of super groups who have survived from the early 1980s with their ideals, creative vision and core members intact. Formed in 1981, Depeche Mode - Martin Gore, Dave Gahan and Andy ĎFletchí Fletcher - continue to win critical and commercial acclaim across the world both in the studio and on the road. All of the bandís 11 studio albums have reached the Top Ten in not only the UK and USA but 20 plus countries around the world including Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland and Belgium. Additionally, since their inception Depeche Modeís live shows continue to be a must-see attraction, with the group playing to 2.8 million people across 31 countries on their last tour alone.
Depeche Mode will be announcing additional album details and tour news in the coming weeks.
Info submited by official Depeche Mode web site.[ 19.01.2009 ] - Hot news from VNV Nation
Future-pop heros VNV Nation are finishing work on their next release «Reformation». It will contain live tracks, unreleased tracks from the last two album productions, other versions of tracks from the last two albums and remixes that different people made for VNV Nation.
New studio album «Of Faith, Power and Glory» set to release in May 2009. More details will follow!
Info submited by official VNV Nation web site.[ 19.01.2009 ] - Pet Shop Boys: new single and album
The new Pet Shop Boys' album «Yes» will released on March 23rd, 2009 via Parlophone/EMI.
Pet Shop Boys co-wrote 3 of the 11 new tracks on the album with production team Xenomania (Girls Aloud, Sugababes, Gabriella Cilmi etc). The other tracks were written by Tennant/Lowe with a little assistance from Tchaikovsky on «All Over the world». The album was produced by Brian Higgins/Xenomania. Johnny Marr plays guitar on several tracks and orchestral arrangements on «Beautiful People» and «Legacy» are by Owen Pallett (Last Shadow Puppets, Final Fantasy).
The album track listing is as follows (* written by Tennant/Lowe/Xenomania): Love etc *
Along with the regular release of «Yes», there'll be a double CD release including a Bonus CD which Pet Shop Boys have titled «etc.» The first track on it is a new Tennant/Lowe song, produced by Xenomania, called «This Used To Be The Future», which features vocals by Neil, Chris and guest vocalist Philip Oakey from The Human League. The other 6 tracks on «etc.» are instrumental dub mixes by Xenomania and Pet Shop Boys of tracks from «Yes». By the way, the inspiration for this bonus album came from The Human League's 1982 dub album, «Love and Dancing».
The release of «Yes» will be preceded by the single «Love etc» on March 16th.Tracklisting:
Info submited by official Pet Shop Boys web site.[ 19.01.2009 ] - «Bodypop 1½» - long awaited release!
Steve Naghavi couldnít help but noticing that large parts of today's club crowds had no knowledge of the groundbreaking synthpop hits of the 80s, and this observation awakened a missionary instinct in And One's restless front-man.
Thus, the guys have thoroughly naghavigated an illustrious collection of genre classics, from «Blue Monday» and «Big In Japan» to «The Sun Always Shines On TV». A big tour of Germany's biggest concert halls followed and now we can reap the fruits of this labour on CD, as well: «Bodypop 1½» features nine of the biggest classics of electronic pop music, all in And One's patented SuperDooperCoverLoverSound, with a whole lot of live flavour mingled in.
But, don't fret, the guys were also generous with their own material the new songs «Und Wenn», «Paddy Is My DJ» and «Love Is A Drug Abuser» plus old and previously unreleased versions of «Love You To The End» (the song is now about Depeche Mode!) and «So Klingt Liebe» (a six minute long version sporting a totally different mood!)Tracklisting:
«Bodypop 1½» will released on January 30th, 2009 via Out of Line.
Info submited by Out of Line.[ 19.01.2009 ] - «Invaders Must Die» - tracklisting and cover
|«Invaders Must Die»|
New The Prodigy album «Invaders Must Die» will out February 25th, 2009 via Cooking Vinyl. Look at tracklisting: Invaders Must Die
Info submited by official The Prodigy web site.[ 19.01.2009 ] - Florian Schneider left Kraftwerk
Original Kraftwerk member Florian Schneider has left the group and ended his 40 year partnership with Ralf Hütter.
Anyway Kraftwerk will on tour in Central and South America in the Spring 2009 together with Radiohead.
Info taken from various unofficial sources.[ 19.01.2009 ] - Unter Null studio and album burned up
|Unter Null studio and album burned up|
Really sad news... A fire destroyed the home studio of Erica Dunham best known as Unter Null during last Christmas. The new Unter Null album was completed the day before the fire and there seem to be no backups. Luckily Erica and her family got out of the burning house.
If you can donate anything please either mail Erica at firstname.lastname@example.org or PayPal her at email@example.com. Her address is:Erica Dunham
Info submited by official Unter Null web site.[ 19.01.2009 ] - «Total Pop! The First 40 Hits» from Erasure
|«Total Pop! The First 40 Hits»|
To be released on the February 23rd, 2009 is «Total Pop! The First 40 Hits» - a collection of Erasure's first 40 hits featuring all the hit singles from the band's 5 Number 1 albums and including 17 Top 10 singles, the album also contains a brand new remix by Jeremy Wheatley of the 1994 classic «Always» which will feature on «Pop! Remixed», out on February 9th, 2009.
As well as a double CD package and Digital Download, «Total Pop! The First 40 Hits» will also be released as a special 4-disc Deluxe Edition which includes «Pop!» & «Pop2!» (all tracks remastered), a live disc and a DVD featuring classic BBC performances from 1986Ė2005, ranging from «Sometimes» on Top of the Pops in 1986 to «Ship Of Fools» on Wogan to appearances on Later... With Jools Holland.
One of the most beloved and enduring success stories in modern British pop, Erasure have been writing world-conquering anthems of love, lust and longing since 1985 and this classic collection brings together all 40 hits in one glittering package.Tracklisting:
Info submited by official Erasure web site.