Curve – Gift
Curve were very underrated during their time and this is a gem that many people overlook. A great mix of noise, industrial and pop melodies. The closest analog band are Garbage are they are real Garbage (in my opinion) compared to Curve. The Gift album is the most poppy but very electronic and melodic.
Gus gus – Believe
This is how intelligent people go to rave, but for like for 3-5 minutes maximum.
Death In Vegas – Scorpio Rising
This is where Death in Vegas proved they could do even britpop. Once it was proven, there was no way back to pop songs. And i was waiting and waiting, for years.
Alpinestars – Snow Patrol part 2
Juicy and melodic electropop with songs which break hearts. Mine never recovered after that.
Trash Palace – Metric System
Another genius producer who put together a gang of stars for one album and then simply evaporated
Zoot Woman – Losing Sight
This is the most outstanding song from Zoot Woman. For crying needs. Thank god it’s short.
The Presets – If I Know You
The Presets were true excellence in pop music for me. Incredible voice, magic melodies and pumping energy.
Queens Of The Stone Age – First It Giveth
He is ginger, he is tall, he is incredibly talented. Every QOTSA album was like a bliss for me.
UNKLE – Eye For An Eye
Simple message covered in pounding drums.
Refused – New Noise
This is who created emo, right?
Pletnev – Peep of Dawn (Hard Fist)
Hard Fist comes back stronger than ever with a sixth release, this time from Pletnev with a remix from Sascha Funke. Extra prolific Russian born Alex Pletnev has been making music under various aliases and in a number of live bands. Now settled in Vilnius he explores stellar chugging rhythms, afro and oriental vibes for labels like Media Fury and Bahnsteig23 and more atmospheric, dark and industrial EPs on Le Temps Perdu records. This new one is “the tale of an imaginary world, a babel myth of when human beings were together as one because they spoke a single language. It is an allusion of No Border movement supporting freedom of mobility and fighting human immigration control.”
This fantastic release is the most club focussed music Pletnev has ever produced with instrumental, heady opener ‘Guest from Bangkok’ really locking you in a groove. Loose percussion and churning drums make for dark disco of the highest order. Then comes ‘Peep of Dawn,’ an almost frightening, long and slow ceremony of menacing electronic music. A voice resonates while powerful bass sends shivers down your spine and the whole atmospheric and absorbing affair really casts a spell. Excellent punchy guitar riffs and shamanic rhythms on ‘Red Shoes’ reminds you of a run to catch the setting sun. It’s another spellbinding and rock-laced disco track that oozes grit and rawness. With the closing track, Multi Culti man Sascha Funke remixes ‘My Word Against Yours’ into a cosmic and jerky affair that alludes to a journey into outer space. It’s sparse and creepy and brilliantly evocative.
Pletnev – Peep of Dawn (Hard Fist) Release: April 29th 2019 Cat No: HRDF006