Listen: Cute Heels – Spiritual

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Formerly living in Colombia, now being a neo-Berliner, Cute Heels – will let you into a realm of his own. From Bogota to Berlin, from the 1990s punk-scene to the newly shaped and harnessed, 2000s cybernetic electro-musician. Releasing a digital album on Black Montanas, called “Love And Hate” in 2011. To his rather newly put out digital stream of “Silence” – a totally new album being released on Dark Entries Records on the 15h of April. His perfect match with electronic body music takes it into a whole new era, with the catchy retro sound of yesteryear, molded into a completely rhythmic gargantuan, in electro-setting. Whilst having dealt with his track from the “Untitled” release on Gooiland Elektro & Enfant Terrible, it’s clear that his brand of weirdly matched borderline electronica is attached to a rather lively and successful development, which has been evolving since his first release. Cute Heels deal with the futurism in a not so futuristic way, more like in a here-and-now kind of way – probably crushing the dream of an unknown destiny into the new era. Not in the now nostalgic onward-looking and rather dreamy vision of the 1950’s, but rather a cold and harsh one – a world in which the future isn’t that optimistic, a way of life in total Silence. Stream the whole digital release from Dark Entries Records. Victor Lenis is his name, so you’d better own up to the fact that he’s your overlord by now. Forget everything you’ve dreamed of, slide into his neo-futuristic vision that do include a dreary landscape, but also rather melodious atmospheres. The name itself will not explain what you’re about to experience. This is how it feels like when being crushed under a stiletto heel.

Listen: Radio Skanstull and Radio Bar – Northern Electronics Radio

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Yesterday, the local radio-show based out of Skanstull, namely Skanstull Restaurant and Radio Bar – had a four hour show with the label Northern Electronics. This meant a lot of unreleased tracks, a lot of new tracks, and a lot of old tracks. Even though, judging by the older shows, there’s a lot of very uninteresting artists and bands that have participated – we must give our credit to the crew at Radio Skanstull for a great four hours of total atmospheric dissent, crackling vibes through adamant techno, forcefully put on by Northern Electronics. This label is the parent label of Blodörn – the label I’ve written a lot about lately. It’s a rather new label if you count the releases and the dates that they’ve been put out upon. Since 2013 the man himself Varg have released seven releases, the first release being “Misantropen“, which he’s composed himself under the name Varg. An experimental pathway into futuristic techno. Channeling everything from acid techno, to the melancholy of Norrland (northern Sweden), to the sullen misanthropy that the title itself of the release suggests. Interestingly enough, the tracks on this first release were all recorded live, in studio Hebbershålet, Sweden.

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Since the first release, artists like Acronym, Ulwhednar, Råd Kjetil Senza Testa and Korridor – have had their releases put out on this label. So it’s a clear look into the soul of this label when you’re listening to four hours of excellent music. Upon hearing tracks presented to you that haven’t had a breath of air since the show itself, it makes you feel a part of Northern Electronics, in itself. A much deserved appropriation of space for a label that I didn’t even know about. It’s a testament to the high quality of the music that Varg puts out on the label. You get your own view of the bedrock upon which this music originally comes from. Thanks to Radio Skanstull and Radio Bar, you can now also pick a part of that bedrock and take it with you to your home. The radiowaves have never been as infected with the sound of Scandinavia, and primarily the Northern parts specific soul. A clear path to the northern wilderness and untamed brutalism, philosphy – and heartland. Norrland, here we come. Stream the radio-show that premiered last night on the 21st of March, down below. It’s a pleasure to even listen to it in such a close proximity. Tame the wild beast and flow into the mood, slowly.

Spotlight: Roladex – Anthems For The Micro​-​Age

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Two people participatory in retro-futurism. Texans, synth-poppers, VHS-lovers, retro-lovers – a lot in common. The granular imagery from the VHS gives off a mystic visual representation, maybe even a leery introduction for those whom almost have a fetish for technical progress. A current that has been actualized more and more when we entered the 2000’s, a shift that you might’ve noticed but didn’t care too much for. Tyler Jacobsen and Elyssa Dianne have a lot of things in common, their common denominator being; Roladex. It should be so more enticing then the name would ever suggest. Synth-pop with a retro-fantastic touch, infusing lovely melodies with the charming disco-vibes, quickly shifting focus into their lovely rhythm – moving into their minimalistic undertones. Equate that to their latest release “Anthems For The Micro-Age“, which was released on the 13th of February on Medical Records. Harnessing both the qualities of the long-lost, but now re-emerged – minimal synth of yesteryear. This release can also be seen as a compilation of tracks from earlier releases. If you hold a grudge against analog synth-pop, this is probably not the spot for you.

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From 2013 to 2014, Roladex released their first single “Pink Halloween“, with remixes by Police Des Moeurs and Tiger Team being featured on it. The label back then was AMDISCS, and it was released in May of 2013. After that, a Mini-EP titled “Love Surgery EP” was born, featuring contributions from TSTI, Video Look, REDREDRED and Some Ember – released by the label Beko, in June. Then, the notable label Night People got it together and they got their first cassette put out there. The name of that cassette was to become “Cathode Rays“, whereas the name was taken from the first track on that release. Later on, in 2014, as it has been said – they got released by Medical Records, on vinyl. Which birthed the album, and rather compilation, of tracks that would come together under the title of “Anthems For The Micro-Age“. A lot of tracks that had been previously released were also featured here, but as new versions re-done for the release – like “Love Surgery” as A3, and “Scan Lines” as B4 – taken from their release “Love Surgery EP”. Whilst the track “Pink Halloween” appeared as B2, taken from their first single with the same name. The tracks from their cassette-release “Cathode Rays”, the track with the same name being represented as A2, also got featured on this compilation. “Blacklit Disco” is A4, “Empty Streets” is A5, and “Anthem For The Micro-Age” is A1 – and also the track that the album is named after.

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With this, their latest release, only the tracks “Color Channels” on B1, “Single Cell City” on B3, and “Nuke It Out” on B5, could be considered to be new tracks. One could say that the release represents all they’ve done so far, but also how they’re looking into the future a little bit more. They know themselves that there’s a lot in store for them, and as this compilation becomes even more anthemic in both a semantic way – it also represents a slight bit of how anthemic their tracks also can be. This might be their current state, but take it for what it is, because they’re evolving. You will be satisfied with how they are, and you should take them as they are. A duo couldn’t be much more of a perfect match – in fact. If you want to support them, look for their earlier releases, but do also buy the limited edition vinyl-release from Medical Records – if you want a cross-section of what they sound like, and what they are. Buy it down below.

Dreamlight: architecture – diamond mind

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Caress your body, feel your brain floating around. It’s not messy, it’s not careless – rather; dreamy and lush. The duo architecture compose melodies that can be considered clandestine. Furthering our destiny, towards something higher than just the category titled “pop“. Somewhere in between the sincere analogue experience and the digitalis futurism that is blended through the cracks of the music. Faithful, whispering, psychedelic – but also filled with concrete and raw emotions. Downbeat when they have to, upbeat when they see the sun. Albeit gazing through a layer of pouring rain. Rhythmically, they utilize the best they themselves can offer. As the melodies are played, you do heed to the rhythmic notion that they deliver with an utmost arch towards the naive. Don’t look, because it might hit you. Just feel how the music is siphoned from architecture, into your own mind. Wind down, relax a little bit and just take it in. It might be a grandiose experience at large, but you’ll also find pockets where you can breathe. This is their newly released 7¨ titled “diamond mind“, featuring the two songs “diamond mind” and “bb beware“. Released by Notes and Bolts, coming out on the 17th of April in physical format. Also, they will soon release a full-length album.