Synthpop pioneers Rational Youth to release 6-track 10″ – listen
Mar 2016 03

Artoffact Records will release a new 6-track 10″ vinyl EP called “Future Past Tense” with Canadian synthpop pioneers Rational Youth on May 20.  [more...]

Mar 2016 03

The goth, EBM and synthpop festival Amphi in Cologne has just announced the return to its old festival ground Tanzbrunnen at the Rhein, with its outdoor main stage, the beach club and fountain lounge. [more...]

Mar 2016 03

Release will report from the last ever Bloc, taking place between the 11th to the 13th of March. Our long association with the festival, which has lasted a number of years now, will take in such acts as Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke’s latest project, as well as numerous Release faves. [more...]

IAMX – Debaser Medis – Stockholm – February 20 2016 – report
Feb 2016 26

Release writer Sebastian Hess jumped on the train from Gothenburg to Stockholm to catch IAMX live. This is his report together with photos by Martin Wilson.

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Handing over the Reins – interview with Joanna Rein
Feb 2016 26

Rein arrived with a bang when her self-titled debut EP dropped in January 2016 – lots of attention in several big media outlets and great reviews. She’s making it clear that maybe it’s time for the old EBM dragons to hand over the reins (as it were) to a new generation. We decided to get in touch with Joanna Reinikainen to chat a little bit about creating music and creativity.

I first heard Rein on The Operating Tracks single and video “Testify”, but it was her EP that really caught my eye. Joanna comes from a musical background – her father is Sweden’s own italo disco pioneer Paul Rein – but her life could have taken another direction if her student loans hadn’t run out. [more...]

Electronic Summer: new acts
Feb 2016 26

Grendel, Ashbury Heights and Solitary Experiments have been book to this year’s Electronic Summer festival in Gothenburg. Previously announced acts are Leæther Strip, Wolfgang Flür and Welle:Erdball.

Feb 2016 24

Watch the new Chvrches video for “Clearest Blue” below. It’s taken from the album “Every open Eye” and the video is directed by Warren Fu.
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Jean-Michel Jarre readies “Electronica 2″ with Pet Shop Boys, Yello, Primal Scream, Gary Numan and many more
Feb 2016 19

Last year, we reviewed “Electronica 1: The Time Machine” where Jean-Michel Jarre collaborated with a huge variety of electronic artists, and now he’s just announced “Electronica 2: The Heart of Noise” featuring an equally impressive roster.

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Chris Corner goes camping in “North Star” video
Feb 2016 18

One of the highlights on the latest IAMX album “Metanoia” has been treated with an excellent video that matches the desperation and beauty of the the hyper-electronic IAMX track. Watch “North Star” below. [more...]

Feb 2016 17

Dirk Ivens will play a best of The Klinik, Dive, Blok 57 and Absolute Body Control set at this year’s Wave Gotik Treffen. He did a similar set at last year’s Familientreffen, as a secret suprise act.

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