A new Covenant – interviewed
Oct 2013 18

Covenant has been around for a long while and has also been through a couple of member changes. After the last album “Modern Ruin” the recent member Daniel Myer jumped ship to focus on his own projects such as Haujobb and Architect among others. For the new album “Leaving Babylon” founding member Joakim Montelius decided to only be involved in the studio, not on tour, and 2 new members joined, in the form of Daniel Jonasson and Andreas Catjar. We interviewed Joakim to find out who the new members are, what’s on the horizon, and we also got a very personal response as to why he’s not playing live anymore.

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“Leaving Babylon” – track by track commentary by Covenant
Oct 2013 18

Read extensive track-by-track comments on “Leaving Babylon” by Joakim Montelius, Eskil Simonsson and Daniel Jonasson. It’s a unique closer look at an album from the artist’s perspective. [more...]

Sebastian Hess talks Electronic Summer – plus Release live pics
Sep 2013 20

Electronic Summer took place August 29-31 in Gothenburg with bands like DAF, Tyske Ludder, Apoptygma Berzerk, S.P.O.C.K and Spark! on stage. Most bands exceeded the expectations and the festival as a whole a great success. As a media partner for Electronic Summer, we asked co-organiser Sebastian Hess a few questions afterwards. We also give you some live pics from our photographers. [more...]

Electronic Summer festival interview
Aug 2013 26

Last week Release was interviewed by Electronic Summer co-organizer Henrik Wittgren and now it’s our turn to take a closer look at this week’s festival on August 29-31. DAF, Page, Tyske Ludder, Apoptygma Berzerk, Spark, Vanligt Folk, S.P.O.C.K, Mr Jones Machine, Julian & Marina, Alison and Machinista will perform alongside numerous DJ:s. Read some wise words about the current state of the Swedish “synth” scene and learn a little bit about how a festival organizers think. [more...]

Front Line Assembly and Bill Leeb go full circle
Jul 2013 18

Bill Leeb and his band Front Line Assembly have been around since 1986, showing an impressive longevity and innovation in a somewhat stale genre. Last year we got the soundtrack “Airmech”, where their sound was infused with the sound of today, and this burst of creativity continued into “Echogenetic”, the latest album. I called up Bill himself in his Vancouver home to talk about the making of it.

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Christoffer Berg – programming the Delta Machine
Jul 2013 13

Swedish musician, producer, mixer and programmer Christoffer Berg, 31, had already made a name for himself on the electronic music scene because of his involvement with The Knife and Fever Ray. The rumour about his skills finally reached the Depeche Mode management and, all of a sudden, Daniel Miller was on the phone… Peter Marchione talked to Mr Berg in Gothenburg – his and Release’s hometown – and Fredrik “Schlatta” Svensson took some photos in Svenska Grammofonstudion.

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The year of Mesh
Jun 2013 05

Mesh has been on a roll this year, with the fantastic album “Automation Baby” which is already on my “Best of 2013” list. Coupled with a successful tour, it’s quite clear that Mesh is one of the biggest acts in the scene today. It was about time we caught up with them again, and so I called up Richard Silverthorn at his Bristol home and had a little chat.

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Album nostalgia – Mesh talks about their previous albums
Jun 2013 05

We asked Mesh to comment on all their previous albums, one by one.

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Time travel with Blancmange, Das Ich, Twice a Man and S.P.O.C.K
Apr 2013 22

Blancmange, Das Ich (pic), S.P.O.C.K, Twice a Man, Leaether Strip, Malaise, Neotek, Blipblop and Asfalt make up the line-up for Nostalgifesten #2, a one day nostalgia festival in Malmö on Saturday, April 27. We talked to Blancmange who are preparing a new, fifth album, S.P.O.C.K and one of the organizers. [more...]

Label portrait: Minimal Wave from New York
Apr 2013 15

Around 2005 I was really bored with electronic music. Nothing was new and exciting anymore and I just felt a need to explore and to find something new, something that reminded me of why I once became an electronic music fan. I discovered the New York based label Minimal Wave, which started to release old obscure tapes and giving them new life on thick vinyl. [more...]

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