Zeit Modelle

December 21, 2011

Finn-born Kirill Junolainen (now a Russian native) is a busy man to say the least and got an downright jawdropping discography (check it out here if you don’t wanna take my word for it), focusing mainly on classic electropop. According to himself he’s produced over one thousand songs released under various aliases, but his most recent project Zeit Modelle has so far released five albums and one EP on his own label Datarocket Records. Since November 2011.

The album Network Virus Killer offers up nine classic retro electropop sounds with that slight drone feel made famous by more experimental synth outfits of the 80’s. A great piece of nostalgia – sound and style is just perfect – with a nice dancefloor feel and the occasional unexpected surprise. Fans of Kraftwerk should definitely check this out!

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Bandcamp: http://datarocket.bandcamp.com/
Website: N/A

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Girlfriends And Boyfriends

December 19, 2011

Well, retro new wave certainly isn’t that new – Portland, OR outfit The Epoxies started as early as 2000 – but Canadian trio Girlfriends And Boyfriends offers up some nice 80’s electronic hooks on their new EP Young Ones. Lots of classic keyboard sounds (that’s pretty much a given) with some cool guitar work and a rhytmsection mixing Joy Division with a nice dancefloor feel. I’m hearing a bit of The Reds with some Talking Heads vocal delivery and unlike some other outfits emulating these sounds they offer up some nice variety on their material.

Released in December the band also offers one digital album available as a free download and the EP is available as a limited edition 7″.

Sample track:

Bandcamp: http://girlfriendsandboyfriends.bandcamp.com/
Website: https://www.facebook.com/girlfriendsandboyfriends

International Observer

December 14, 2011

Well, here’s a blast from the past! Remember 80’s top charters The Thompson Twins? Well, originator Tom Bailey moved back to his native New Zealand and has been keeping himself busy with writing and production work until early 2002 when he launched The International Observer, a sort of modern update of the classic, heady dub sounds of the 70’s! So far he’s released three full length albums and the same amount of EP’s, all available through Bandcamp.

A sort of ambient take on the classic sounds of King Tubby and especially The Scientist, his material is an interesting blend of pretty trippy ambient (including some dancefloor friendly numbers) with some healthy roots I rarely hear in modern dance music. His latest release From the Dungeons of Dub EP was released in October 2010.

Sample track:

Bandcamp: http://internationalobserver.bandcamp.com/
Website: http://www.myspace.com/internationalobserver