We are starting this year’s retrospective with some “musical gifts” we discovered on the net. Music shared for free download / pay-what you want from artists and label we admire.More
The 2022 edition of the Ombra Festival will start tomorrow in Barcelona, with a location change. The festival program was suppose to take place for the last time at UTOPÍA 126, but the new owners of the location canceled in September Ombra’s reservation. Probably this beautiful industrial relic will make space for something more modern and cost efficient construction.Continue reading “Ombra 2022”
Krishna Goineau ft. MCL – 80’s Tapes [IM011]
“Krishna Goineau is well known for his starring role in ‘Los Niños del Parque’ with Liaisons Dangereuses and in other projects such as Velodrome and Xeroox. Through one of his friends we have been lucky enough to receive a hard disk on which there are a variety of unreleased tracks by Krishna Goineau with MCL (Micro Cheap League) recorded in the year 85-86. Krishna lived in Barcelona at that time and was involved in different groups while traveling through Germany and Belgium to create new projects. After dissolving Liaisons Dangereuses in 1983 Krishna started a new project with MCL where you can identify the essence and influences that he had at that time, touches of EBM and metal synthesizers with vocals in Spanish as in the track ” No Information”. These tracks are preserved in excellent quality in which Alden Tyrell has done the mastering on vinyl and digital. Having something like this is like finding a treasure in the middle of a secret island. To finalize the release we have edits from Silent Servant, Curses, Esprit Divers. Deckard & Lucient.”
Ombra Festival 2022 – Barcelona
The 2022 edition of the Ombra festival will take place from November 24 to 27 in Barcelona. Ombra is a project born from the hand of agency Ombra Agency and label Oraculo Records with the aim of creating a meeting place for lovers of analogue and avant-garde sounds that do not fit in the current cultural offer.Continue reading “Ombra Festival 2022 – Barcelona”
Daniel Monaco – Acid Maria [BAP166]
Following on from Tu Sei Pazza, Daniel Monaco returns to the Bordello with the bitter taste of the TB303 on his tongue. Acid Maria smoulders with the intensity of a Belgian new beat banger circa 1989. Smoky words whisper over rusted rhythms before the fog and strobe take hold. Cold strings haunt with snaking coils of 303 squawk growing ever bolder in this intense track. The flip is divided into two very different remixes. First up is Curses who approaches the piece in his own unique way. The fanfare and frigid lines of the original are expanded. Strings come care of guitars as a bright synth wave reimaging unfolds, a reimaging with one of the most daring breaks you are likely to ever hear. Younger Than Me close. This interpretation adds a fevered tone to the original. BPMs rise and pitches are pushed while chilly notes soon balloon into a frenzy to bring a full floor energy. Three tracks born to bring brimming basements into the beyond.
Nico Band – Let It Snow (Curses Edit) [FREE DOWNLOAD]
Slow Motion presents their new free rework/edit/cover series called: ‘’A Ufo’’. Curses kicks off with a version of “Let It Show’’, a track by Nico Band from 1984.
Local Suicide – Eros Anikate LP [IDI006LP]
Local Suicide announce their long awaited debut album ‘Eros Anikate’ which will be released May 13th, 2022 via their own label Iptamenos Discos. The title translates to ‘love invincible’ and draws influence from a play written by Sophocles titled ‘Antigone’. The album holds true to the duo’s ‘technodisco’ sound that the couple has become so well known for and showcases their signature style of blending a retro feeling with a modern twist. In usual Local Suicide fashion, the duo’s debut album showcases tongue in cheek modern-day circumstances, mystical adventures, and moody baselines; all tied up with the promises of happy endings. You can instantly hear that this album comes from the duo’s hearts. Inspired by the travels and experiences they encountered throughout the pandemic, it’s also a love letter to the friends they met during their career – some of which are also featured on the album: Lee Stevens, Curses, The Hidden Cameras, Sissi Rada, Skelesys, Theus Mago, Hard Ton, Kalipo & Greek new wave legend Lena Platonos.
Curses – Incarnadine [DA021]
“The album is a dialogue between the inner self and outer, and romance of eternal and immortal existence. Hence the first single, ‘Miriam’ being a ballad to the Vampiress main character in The Hunger book and film from the 80s. How do we make an emotion timeless?“
VA – WhyPeopleWar – Fundraiser for Ukraine
“Over one hundred artists from all over the world and various disciplines joined forces to raise funds for Red Cross Ukraine and help the innocent. After three days of no sleep, we are proud to present you WhyPeopleWar Vol. 1 and 2. fundraisers with more than 100 tracks! We want to thank all artists who participated and the studios that helped us master the tracks in record time! Let this symbol be the message we send out there with this fundraising compilation. Let this music uplift the human condition and do its part in dragging us out of this situation. From Lithuania with love! Slava Ukraini, Heroyam Slava!
Absolutely all proceedings will be donated to redcross.org.ua/en“
VA – Valley Of Tears 4 [SOIL17]
Valley of Tears reach the end of the saga with this double vinyl full of collabs or bands to offer the maximum exponence of the saga. Curated on gatefold sleeve mixing the art design of Greta Haga with all the power of the music.
Marching Machines – Melancholie 0100
Belgian duo Marching Machines returns to Wrong Era with Melancholie 0100. With their own synth-driven sound, they draw four tracks of melancholic and psychedelic electronic disco journey, loaded with hypnotic dance floor energy that goes until the mind gets lost. Two remixes crafted by the mighty hand of Venice Arms, one of Curses alter egos, are topping up this release. He’s fooling around and unleashing his jungle demons on the “’’ardcore Remix” whilst for the other mix he wears his muddy boots, providing a bumbaclart chug-fest and space-ready pitched-down wobbler.
Curses – Gina Lollobrigida [OR98]
Berlin based Curses aka Luca Venezia has grown a big reputation on the alternative international scene thanks to his brilliant reinterpretation and mix of italo space disco, synth wave and cold wave. Originally released in digital fomat by Dischi Autunno “Gina Lollobrigida feat. Cici” is a classic timeless synth wave piece that has been reinterpreted by modern Italo Disco master Zero Call and by the irreverent young French duo Nabta. The EP it is completed with Curses previously unreleased retro synth pop piece “Anni Fa”.
VA – Tears for Fears 4 [SOTA055/TFF4]
Tears For Fears compilation, 40 Artist, 4 tapes, booklet, engraved tapes, hand numbered, stickers and much more. After 4 years and more than 100 artists the saga reach his end, especial editions, effort and much more inside of a cassette tapes. Even Music.
Disco Mortale & Sauvage World – Destroy Inc EP [PARA045]
Touchdown in Paradiso, continuing their iconic sound for the first time on 12 inches. Disco Mortale (aka Daniel Monaco) and Sauvage World team up for a world of Italo, EBM & New Beat. Pulsating arpeggios, vintage drums and a killer dark energy backed up with remixes from Curses and Freudenthal, welcome to Destroy Inc.
VA – RePhrase Collection: HARD FIST EDIT SERIES (Free Download)
A collection of name-your-price/free download tracks compiled by Hard Fist, featuring edits by Aaron Maple, Alexis le Tan, Anatolian Weapons, Curses, Daniel Monaco, Disco Morato, Facets, Fabrizio Mammarella, Hysteric, Jonny Rock, Perdu, Thomass Jackson, Younger Than Me, Zombies in Miami and many more.
VA – Curses Presents: New Wave Acid Punx [541416 512334/541416 512335]
‘Next Wave Acid Punx’ is a journey across nearly 40 years of dark club music compiled and curated by Berlin-based Musician and DJ, Luca Venezia aka Curses. The first part takes early tracks from bands who came directly out of the punk and new wave scenes, that played a major role in forming Luca’s musical taste. The second part celebrates current music influenced by these early pioneers and exclusive tracks made for this compilation, with the passion for these genres in mind.
VA – NameYourPrice Edits [FREE DOWNLOAD]
Les Yeux Orange launched a new serie of edits called the NameYourPrice Edits.
As the name says it all, these edits are free download. Some edits are from quite obvious tracks, others from complete obscure sources. This package includes 6 edits from Aaron Maple, Curses, Franz Scala, Hysteric, Leonxleon and Nathan Joy.
VA – FAKE1-THE ABSENCE [FAKE#1]
The first release on FAKE imprint is a nice VA compilation of 10 wave, electronix and ambient tracks.
Curses @ HÖR (Berlin) 02.01.2020
20 Albums from 2019
Yesterday we presented the preferences of our readers from last year, now this is a list of 20 albums from 2019 that made an impression on us.
We have three pure electro albums from E.R.P., Jeremiah R. and Plant43 and the new electro-synthy album of veteran David Carretta, his first solo album for ten years. On the darker side of the synth palette we have two EBM/synth-pop albums from Boy Harsher and Years Of Denial, the debut album of Kris Baha, the third album of Greek producer June, a new one from Jason Letkiewicz aka Steve Summers under his new moniker Opposing Currents and two more industrial albums from Autumns and Colombian Filmmaker.
On the other had we have two acid gems from DimDJ and Paranoid London, the first ever Gladio album, the second album from Mannequin boss Alessandro Adriani and an experimental/ambient album from veteran Function on Tresor.
So, here it is compiled in chronological order.
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