White Car x Hunter Husar.

30 Jan 2011 — Henning Lahmann
Of all exponents of the reemergence of electronic body music (think Gatekeeper, Games, Night Gallery), the one outfit that hasn't gotten too much attention so far (despite having dropped its No Better EP via your rad label of the moment Hippos In Tanks) is Chicago duo White Car, consisting of Elon Katz and Orion Martin - probably cause they're still living too far away from Brooklyn, who knows. In any case, these guys certainly know their synths just as intimately as their contemporaries (considering the names I've just dropped, of course the Windy City itself appears as the scene's actual nucleus), and before their debut full length gets released this summer, take a listen to this new remix of their EP title track No Better, executed by fellow Chicago resident Hunter Husar of Mahjongg, a terrific, upbeat dark wave rework that certainly hits the right spots. Not exactly your hung over Sunday morning comedown soundtrack, sorry for that. White Car - No Better (Hunter Husar Remix) Read more → Of all exponents of the reemergence of electronic body music (think Gatekeeper, Games, Night Gallery), the one outfit that hasn't gotten too much attention so far (despite having dropped its No Better EP via your rad label of the moment Hippos In Tanks) is Chicago duo White Car, consisting of Elon Katz and Orion Martin - probably cause they're still living too far away from Brooklyn, who knows. In any case, these guys certainly know their synths just as intimately as their contemporaries (considering the names I've just dropped, of course the Windy City itself appears as the scene's actual nucleus), and before their debut full length gets released this summer, take a listen to this new remix of their EP title track No Better, executed by fellow Chicago resident Hunter Husar of Mahjongg, a terrific, upbeat dark wave rework that certainly hits the right spots. Not exactly your hung over Sunday morning comedown soundtrack, sorry for that. White Car - No Better (Hunter Husar Remix)

Gunk TV Records.

30 Jan 2011 — Henning Lahmann
Great news from Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club alumni Zak Mering (according to his FB profile, and there's obviously no reason for doubt): the terrifyingly prolific dude has just started Gunk TV Records, set up to be the future home for everything we could ever dream of by all endeavors involving himself such as Raw Thrills, Greatest Hits, Vital Caress, or The Sweethearts (really struggling to keep track here), as well as for some projects of his friends (James Ferraro, Sam Mehran) and family (his sister Natalie's Weyes Blood). Apart from that, a little reminder: Shakedown, Zak's forthcoming, outstanding psych pop effort as Raw Thrills (read about it here), is out in early February and already up for pre-order via Tokyo's Sixteen Tambourines. Below, enjoy the first two Gunk TV exclusives, a brand new Raw Thrills track, and the, well, subtle yet strangely mesmerizing video for the Sam Mehran/Wingdings II (aka Outer Limits Recordings/Matrix Metals, etc.) tune Maui Wowee Mow Wow, which was released on last year's Zarathustra's Puzzle. Read more → Great news from Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club alumni Zak Mering (according to his FB profile, and there's obviously no reason for doubt): the terrifyingly prolific dude has just started Gunk TV Records, set up to be the future home for everything we could ever dream of by all endeavors involving himself such as Raw Thrills, Greatest Hits, Vital Caress, or The Sweethearts (really struggling to keep track here), as well as for some projects of his friends (James Ferraro, Sam Mehran) and family (his sister Natalie's Weyes Blood). Apart from that, a little reminder: Shakedown, Zak's forthcoming, outstanding psych pop effort as Raw Thrills (read about it here), is out in early February and already up for pre-order via Tokyo's Sixteen Tambourines. Below, enjoy the first two Gunk TV exclusives, a brand new Raw Thrills track, and the, well, subtle yet strangely mesmerizing video for the Sam Mehran/Wingdings II (aka Outer Limits Recordings/Matrix Metals, etc.) tune Maui Wowee Mow Wow, which was released on last year's Zarathustra's Puzzle.

Fox Fur Morning.

30 Jan 2011 — Henning Lahmann
Our dearest babyboy master of gloomy and twisted R'n'B merging with ambient electronica Lavurn Lee aka Guerre still hasn't released his pretty anticipated Darker My Love EP, but for the time being get lost in this new, wonderfully smooth cut below - Fox Fur Morning is not much more than a subtle acoustic guitar line, some distant sampling, and Lavurn's beautiful, layered and reverbed vocals over a drum pattern that heavily reminisces the glory days of that thing we used to call trip hop, if anyone remembers. This might be less haunted than the stuff Lavurn has released before, but it sure leaves us amazed once again. Guerre - Fox Fur Morning Read more → Our dearest babyboy master of gloomy and twisted R'n'B merging with ambient electronica Lavurn Lee aka Guerre still hasn't released his pretty anticipated Darker My Love EP, but for the time being get lost in this new, wonderfully smooth cut below - Fox Fur Morning is not much more than a subtle acoustic guitar line, some distant sampling, and Lavurn's beautiful, layered and reverbed vocals over a drum pattern that heavily reminisces the glory days of that thing we used to call trip hop, if anyone remembers. This might be less haunted than the stuff Lavurn has released before, but it sure leaves us amazed once again. Guerre - Fox Fur Morning

The Avalanche.

29 Jan 2011 — Tonje Thilesen
The four-piece The Avalance from Trondheim, Norway is a relatively new name within the Norwegian music scene, but has already managed to whip together quite a few honorable mentions on Norwegian music sites and blogs. The Avalance creates dizzy, humid shoegaze with a hint of noise rock, which reminds me a lot of the likes of Serena-Maneesh or the dreamier tunes of A Sunny Day In Glasgow. In a way, you can call shoegaze and noise rock a missing genre in the music scene here, with only a few bands like Dråpe and Je Suis Animal that comes to mind when I think of it. Now that The Avalance have so elegantly emerged up from the deep, blue ocean of Urørt, I am very much excited to see (and hear) what they're planning for their first release. Free download via Urørt. The Avalanche - Come Closer The Avalanche - Throw Away The Rest Read more → The four-piece The Avalance from Trondheim, Norway is a relatively new name within the Norwegian music scene, but has already managed to whip together quite a few honorable mentions on Norwegian music sites and blogs. The Avalance creates dizzy, humid shoegaze with a hint of noise rock, which reminds me a lot of the likes of Serena-Maneesh or the dreamier tunes of A Sunny Day In Glasgow. In a way, you can call shoegaze and noise rock a missing genre in the music scene here, with only a few bands like Dråpe and Je Suis Animal that comes to mind when I think of it. Now that The Avalance have so elegantly emerged up from the deep, blue ocean of Urørt, I am very much excited to see (and hear) what they're planning for their first release. Free download via Urørt. The Avalanche - Come Closer The Avalanche - Throw Away The Rest

Inflow Illusion.

29 Jan 2011 — Henning Lahmann
Steve Rosborough, the man behind the ever-astonishing Moon Glyph label from Minneapolis, Minnesota, has recently finished the second release under his own Soothsayer moniker, a recording project devoted to deeply contemplating synth excursions, creating soundscapes of utmost beauty. The spaced-out ambience of the eleven tracks and their strictly formal naming with roman numbers evokes images of a now defunct sub-department of the Space Program, brought into being to compose music adequate for the astronauts to listen to while orbiting the Blue Planet. Inflow Illusion comes on C30 tape and is available now via Moon Glyph. Soothsayer - V Read more → Steve Rosborough, the man behind the ever-astonishing Moon Glyph label from Minneapolis, Minnesota, has recently finished the second release under his own Soothsayer moniker, a recording project devoted to deeply contemplating synth excursions, creating soundscapes of utmost beauty. The spaced-out ambience of the eleven tracks and their strictly formal naming with roman numbers evokes images of a now defunct sub-department of the Space Program, brought into being to compose music adequate for the astronauts to listen to while orbiting the Blue Planet. Inflow Illusion comes on C30 tape and is available now via Moon Glyph. Soothsayer - V

Escaping the Train of Transformation.

28 Jan 2011 — Henning Lahmann
Pretty psyched by this new direction taken by Swedish producer Peter Wikström aka RadioSeed, a terrific, shamelessly catchy dancefloor stomper that surely wouldn't deny its dubstep influences regarding the vocal sample manipulation yet that never leaves unsettled its overall agenda being purest, unapologetic pop perfection. Oh, these Swedes. (Photo by Tonje Thilesen) RadioSeed - Escaping the Train of Transformation Read more → Pretty psyched by this new direction taken by Swedish producer Peter Wikström aka RadioSeed, a terrific, shamelessly catchy dancefloor stomper that surely wouldn't deny its dubstep influences regarding the vocal sample manipulation yet that never leaves unsettled its overall agenda being purest, unapologetic pop perfection. Oh, these Swedes. (Photo by Tonje Thilesen) RadioSeed - Escaping the Train of Transformation

Premiere: Terror Bird - Outside.

28 Jan 2011 — Henning Lahmann
I do know it's been less than 24 hours since we were unrestrainedly raving about Terror Bird's debut LP Human Culture, but this morning already the next amazing news by our favorite Vancouver trio arrived my inbox: Michael from the London based label NightSchool sent over their second release, Terror Bird's Outside b/w When I Woke Up single on beautiful 7 inch vinyl. Listen to the a-side below, a gorgeous song that is slightly brighter and more upbeat than the tracks on Human Culture (though the album features this side of the group as well), a seriously perfect pop gem that makes you smile without completely abandoning the gloomier twists that make Terror Bird so unique and wonderful. Terror Bird - Outside _____________________________________ On NightSchool's Soundcloud, you can also listen to the single's b-side as well as to the imprint's first release, Beaches b/w Date It by the twee-infected Glasgow fuzz pop outfit Golden Grrrls. Read more → I do know it's been less than 24 hours since we were unrestrainedly raving about Terror Bird's debut LP Human Culture, but this morning already the next amazing news by our favorite Vancouver trio arrived my inbox: Michael from the London based label NightSchool sent over their second release, Terror Bird's Outside b/w When I Woke Up single on beautiful 7 inch vinyl. Listen to the a-side below, a gorgeous song that is slightly brighter and more upbeat than the tracks on Human Culture (though the album features this side of the group as well), a seriously perfect pop gem that makes you smile without completely abandoning the gloomier twists that make Terror Bird so unique and wonderful. Terror Bird - Outside _____________________________________ On NightSchool's Soundcloud, you can also listen to the single's b-side as well as to the imprint's first release, Beaches b/w Date It by the twee-infected Glasgow fuzz pop outfit Golden Grrrls.

Video: Pandit - Artichoke

28 Jan 2011 — Tonje Thilesen

It's been exactly three weeks since we posted the official Pandit music video for Pack Your Bags, directed, edited and shot by our filmmaker genius Tyler T. Williams — and now it is time for round two, Artichoke, this time shot and directed by Renato Quijada. As the release date for Pandit aka Lance Smith's Eternity Spin is running close on our calendars, we can almost assure that you will love it. Pre-order here. Read more →

It's been exactly three weeks since we posted the official Pandit music video for Pack Your Bags, directed, edited and shot by our filmmaker genius Tyler T. Williams — and now it is time for round two, Artichoke, this time shot and directed by Renato Quijada. As the release date for Pandit aka Lance Smith's Eternity Spin is running close on our calendars, we can almost assure that you will love it. Pre-order here.