Spotlight: Various Artists – _ever Alive – a tribute to Snowy Red

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I just thought I had to push for this compilation, because it’s awesome. A truly great one, which is a tribute to Snowy Red, which was the moniker for Marciel Thiel. One of the more influential artists within the minimal synth genre. This release feature a lot of the up and coming people, mainly from America, whom have contributed a whole lot to their own scene. But there are also a lot of artists from other parts of the world. The following are represented: Bestial Mouths, //TENSE//, Strange Powers, Mushy, Violet Tremors, Mirror Mirror, Meddicine, Nové Můra, Jessy Champagne, Revelator, Freddy Ruppert, Animal Bodies, Newclear Waves, Safyée, Led Er Est, Bright Future, Marburg and Deathday. So, it’s jam-packed with the best of the best, covering songs from albums like “Snowy Red“, “The Right To Die“, “Vision” and “The Beat Is Over“. Meaning; virtually every album he ever released. It’s inspiring to hear such a flawless re-interpretation of those legendary songs. All from different areas of the minimal synth sound. This is surely an investment, as you get a gatefolded double-LP, 180 gram, with hand-numbered packages limited to 500. You’ll can get this for twenty-two euros, and you really should, because it’s a great release. It’s also the first release on Weyrd Son Records (WyS-001), but surely not the last. Artwork was made by Betsy VanLangen.

Electrolight: Various Artists – Inside The Volcano. Vol. 1

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Sweden seems to have the best compilations. Now, I feel a sense of pride. Anyway, it might not be 100% correct, but it is this time around. With the Various Artists compiled in the Inside The Volcano. Vol. 1 release, you can’t really look forward to anything anymore. They’ve done it well. Compiling artists and groups like: Petra Flurr+Modernista, Portion Control, Solvent feat Adam Killing, Ike Yard, The Pain Machinery, Gerechtigkeits Liga, Emu Bomb, NTRSN, Organic, Agent Side Grinder, Friherren, Adriano Canzian, Severe Illusion, Arzt+Plusch, Atomic Playboy feat Infiltrator, The Horrorist, //TENSE//, Schwefelgelb, Equitant, Guilt Trip, Infiltrator, K-Nitrate, Thomas P Heckmann and Diamond Skull District. You can expect gears grinding, industrial atmospheres, abstract electronica and everything in between. At times, you’ll also hear a lot of EBM. Sometimes you might actually also hear some experimental electronica. Let your body loose, tighten up and get with the groove. Or, yeah, the electronic severity. Minimalism is also so ever prevalent, as it marches down the stream. Some of the tracks are pretty unbearable, but thankfully – that’s only a minority of ’em. Listen to the compilation down below and enjoy.