out now: Head-Less – imperfect: [mensch]

Artist:
Head-Less

Title:
imperfect: [mensch]

Label:
Danse Macabre

Cat#:
4042564130874

Release Date:
25th May 2011

Format:
CD & digital

Tracklist:
01 Contrapunkt
02 Punish Your Head
03 Burning
04 We Stand In Hope
05 Dialoque
06 Als Ich Fortging
07 Forgiving
08 You
09 Down Memory Lane
10 The Deep Insight

Info:
New York, Moscow, Berlin, Mexico City, Belgrade, Tel Aviv, Budapest, Helsinki, Madrid, Prague… just to mention a few stations Head-Less have visited during their “Rouge et Noir Tour” in the past three years. Still they are treated as an insider tip in their own country and they work totally independently from the usual label and booking agency structures of the German scene.

This status is supposed to be changed after the upcoming release of their new album “imperfect: [mensch]”.

Once again head-less prove their ability to create danceable beats, catchy refrains and complex electronica.

Besides club-worthy tracks like “Punish Your Head” and “We Stand in Hope”, the songs “You” and “Forgiving” also show their preference for classic synth/electro-pop without being stuck in the usual clichés. The hypnotic “Down Memory Lane” shows their addiction to playful instrumentals and sound experiments.

A special highlight is the cover version of the East-German classic rock hit from the band Karussel “Als ich fortging” which has been a stable part of Head-Less’ setlist for years. In spite of language barriers at shows abroad, it has always been a special moment at every concert.

head-less like to think outside the box of stylistically narrow electro music. The groovy and catchy “The Deep Insight”, with its striking guitar sample and a totally captivating synth lead sound is a good example for that. Laid-back electro tracks like those from Northern Lite served as inspiration and show the complexity of Head-Less.

imperfect: [mensch] was partly produced in collaboration with Kolja Trelle again and was recorded in the Fastlane Studios in Dresden.

imperfect: [mensch] works in the club as well as on the home stereo and it is sure that everyone can find a bit of themselves in the lyrics… who’s perfect anyway?

Listen:

Official videos:
“Als Ich Fortging”

“Punish Your Head (Live in Rom & Tel Aviv)”

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Websites:
Head-Less
Danse Macabre

out now: Compact Space – Nameless [Elsbeere Recordings]

Artist:
Compact Space

Title:
Nameless

Label:
Elsbeere Recordings / Ferryhouse Productions

Cat#:
tba

Release Date:
24th June 2011

Format:
CD & digital

Tracklist:
01. Push Push
02. Who Says It’s Real?
03. The Unstoppable Collision
04. Red Alert
05. Lonely Star
06. Don’t Look Back
07. My Other Life
08. Reverse Happiness
09. Where a Boy Used to Be
10. Don’t Look Back (Extended)
11. The Unstoppable Collision (Extended)

Info (German below):
The story of how some bands were formed can be as fascinating as it can be surprising. The British-Austrian trio Compact Space is one such example. Their first single “Push Push” inevitably enchants the listener and that’s only the beginning. Compact Space’s debut album “Nameless”, which comes out on 24th June 2011, will impress the listener with its excellent songwriting and first-class production.

Compact Space was founded by Christian Eigner, Daryl Bamonte and Florian Kraemmer. The former are already particularly well-known among Depeche Mode fans. For years, Eigner has played drums for the band and has also co-written various songs with Dave Gahan – for Depeche Mode as well as for Gahan’s last solo album, which he also co-produced.

As a musician Eigner has contributed to a total of more than 100 albums for various artists. Bamonte began working for Depeche Mode from the start of their career in 1980, taking on a variety of roles before moving on in 1995 to work for The Cure for several years.

The trio is completed by the exceptional singer Florian Kraemmer. Kraemmer, like Eigner a native of Vienna, is the son of an
actress and an opera singer. As a result, he was able to benefit from classical piano training from the tender age of eight. To date, he has worked mainly as a TV composer and has preserved his passion for classical music.

Eigner and Bamonte, who is also his manager, began writing together by chance. Needing toplines for his songs, Christian asked Daryl to write lyrics and on seeing the results immediately brought in long-time collaborator Kraemmer to complete the writing team.

At first, this involved writing songs for other artists. But when “Push Push” took shape the trio realised that this had to be the start of a joint project – Compact Space was born and their first single was already complete.

From then on, they were full of ideas. All nine songs on “Nameless” feature captivating melodies, sophisticated sounds and powerful production. Songs such as “Who Says It’s Real?”, “Reverse Happiness” and “Don’t Look Back” are perfect examples of this contrast. The album was mixed by Paul ‘P-Dub’ Walton, and the aesthetics of Compact Space are also visually consistent: Danny Drysdale, who filmed among other things the Killers’ hit “Human”, made the video for “Push Push”.

When it comes down to it, the trio shares creative equality when they work on their songs. Daryl writes the lyrics, Florian develops the melodies and Christian puts together the powerful music that marks Compact Space with their own unmistakable style as soon as you listen to them.

Info (English above):
Manche Bandgründungen sind ebenso faszinierend wie überraschend. Das britisch-österreichische Trio Compact Space ist ein gutes Beispiel dafür. Der Hörer kann sich dem Zauber ihrer ersten Single “Push Push” nicht entziehen – und das ist erst der Anfang. Das Debütalbum “Nameless” wird am 24. Juni 2011 veröffentlicht und begeistert mit exzellentem Songwriting und einer erstklassigen Produktion.

Compact Space wurde von Christian Eigner, Daryl Bamonte und Florian Kraemmer gegründet. Erstere sind vor allem den Fans von Depeche Mode bereits wohlbekannt. Eigner spielt seit Jahren Schlagzeug für die Band und schrieb mehrere Songs zusammen mit Dave Gahan – für Depeche Mode sowie für Gahans letztes Soloalbum, welches er auch co-produzierte. In seiner Eigenschaft als Musiker hat Eigner an insgesamt mehr als 100 Alben verschiedener Künstler mitgewirkt. Bamonte begann seine Arbeit für Depeche Mode zu Beginn ihrer Karriere im Jahr 1980 und nahm unterschiedliche Rollen ein, bevor er ab 1995 mehrere Jahre für The Cure tätig war.

Komplettiert wird das Trio durch den österreichischen Ausnahmesänger Florian Kraemmer. Der Sohn einer Schauspielerin und eines Opernsängers, heute ein erfolgreicher Komponist von Musik für Fernsehproduktionen, begann bereits im Alter von acht Jahren mit einer klassischen Klavierausbildung, die den Grundstein für seine musikalische Karriere legte.

Eher zufällig kam es zum Zusammenschluss der drei Musiker, der zunächst mit dem Komponieren von Songs im Rahmen der Produzententätigkeit von Christian Eigner für andere Künstler begann. Christian brauchte ein paar herausragende Zeilen für seine Songs, und so bat er Daryl, die Texte zu schreiben. Als er das Ergebnis sah, holte er zusätzlich seinen langjährigen musikalischen Weggefährten Florian ins Boot, um das Songwriterteam zu vervollständigen. Als “Push Push” Gestalt annahm, erkannte das Trio, dass dies der Anfang eines gemeinsamen Projekts sein musste – Compact Space wurde gegründet, und ihre erste Single war bereits fertig.

Ab diesem Zeitpunkt entwickelten Sie eine Menge neuer Ideen. Alle neun Songs auf “Nameless” zeichnen sich durch fesselnde Melodien, anspruchsvolles Sounddesign und eine beeindruckende Produktion aus. Songs wie “Who Says It’s Real?”, “Reverse Happiness” und “Don’t Look Back” sind hervorragende Beispiele für dieses Zusammenspiel. Das Album wurde von Paul “P-Dub” Walton gemischt, und die Ästhetik von Compact Space ist auch in optischer Hinsicht konsistent: Danny Drysdale, der unter anderem den Killers-Hit “Human” filmte, nahm auch das Video für “Push Push” auf. Letztendlich sind die Mitglieder des Trios bei der Arbeit an ihren Songs gleichermaßen kreativ. Daryl schreibt die Texte, Florian entwickelt die Melodien, und Christian stellt die beeindruckende Musik zusammen, die Compact Space und ihren unverwechselbaren Stil ausmacht.

Listen:

Special:
Album launch @ Planetarium Hamburg (Germany) on the 23rd June – get your ticket here.

Video:
Push Push

Who Says It’s Real?

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Websites:
Compact Space
Ferryhouse Productions

out now: Miktek – Anisotropy [Abstrakt Reflections]

Artist:
Miktek

Title:
Anisotropy

Label:
Abstrakt Reflections

Cat#:
AR_012

Release Date:
12th March 2011

Format:
free download

Tracklist:
01. Anisotropy
02. Abstract Particles
03. Ping
04. Collapse (feat. Cellar Door)
05. Striped Aurora
06. Never To Be Found
07. When The Day Breaks
08. Total Consciousness (feat. the_empath)
09. A Walk In A Cloud IV
10. Noosphere
11. Apognosis
12. Cost Of A Simple Hello
13. My End, My Beginning
14. The Time Off
15. Inner Meditation

Info :
Abstrakt Reflections is honored to announce the release of Miktek’s first full-length album, “Anisotropy”. Meticulously crafted from beginning to end; featuring unique percussion, palpable atmosphere and subtle melodies. This highly anticipated release is sure to please fans of ambient, down-tempo and IDM music. In his own words:

“Anisotropy is something different for your ears and not what you usually hear from me. You will listen to the sound of the amazing hang-drum, toms, various percussion, deep ambient pads, down-tempo sounds, abstract and sometimes glitched beats with a chill-out mood…”

Listen:

Download:
mp3s 320kbps
flac

Websites:
Miktek
Abstrakt Reflections

out in June: Depeche Mode release 2nd remix album [Mute Records]

Artist:
Depeche Mode

Title:
Remixes 2: 81-11

Label:
Mute Records

Cat#:
MUTEL18

Release Date:
6th June 2011

Format:
different CD formats, vinyl & digital

Tracklist:
1-Disc version:
CD01. Dream On (Bushwacka Tough Guy Mix Edit)
CD02. Personal Jesus (The Stargate Mix)
CD03. Suffer Well (M83 Remix)
CD04. John The Revelator (UNKLE Reconstruction)
CD05. In Chains (Tigerskin’s No Sleep Remix Edit)
CD06. Peace (SixToes Remix)
CD07. Tora! Tora! Tora! (Karlsson And Winnberg (from Miike Snow) Remix)
CD08. Never Let Me Down Again (Eric Prydz Remix)
CD09. I Want It All (Roland M.Dill Remix)
CD10. Wrong (Trentemøller Remix)
CD11. Puppets (Röyksopp Remix)
CD12. Everything Counts (Oliver Huntemann And Stephan Bodzin Dub)
CD13. A Pain That I’m Used To (Jacques Lu Cont Remix)

3-Disc version
CD1-01. Dream On (Bushwacka Tough Guy Mix)
CD1-02. Suffer Well (M83 Remix)
CD1-03. John The Revelator (UNKLE Reconstruction)
CD1-04. In Chains (Tigerskin’s No Sleep Remix)
CD1-05. Peace (SixToes Remix)
CD1-06. Lilian (Chab Vocal Remix Edit)
CD1-07. Never Let Me Down Again (Digitalism Remix)
CD1-08. Corrupt (Efdemin Remix)
CD1-09. Everything Counts (Oliver Huntemann And Stephan Bodzin Dub)
CD1-10. Happiest Girl (The Pulsating Orbital Vocal Mix)
CD1-11. Walking In My Shoes (Anandamidic Mix)
CD1-12. Personal Jesus (The Stargate Mix)
CD1-13. Slowblow (Darren Price Mix)
CD2-01. Wrong (Trentemøller Club Remix)
CD2-02. World In My Eyes (Dub In My Eyes)
CD2-03. Fragile Tension (Peter Bjorn and John Remix)
CD2-04. Strangelove (Tim Simenon/Mark Saunders Remix)
CD2-05. A Pain That I’m Used To (Jacques Lu Cont Remix)
CD2-06. The Darkest Star (Monolake Remix)
CD2-07. I Feel You (Helmet At The Helm Mix)
CD2-08. Higher Love (Adrenaline Mix Edit)
CD2-09. Fly On The Windscreen (Death Mix)
CD2-10. Barrel Of A Gun (United Mix)
CD2-11. Only When I Lose Myself (Dan The Automator Mix)
CD2-12. Ghost (Le Weekend Remix)
CD3-01. Personal Jesus (Alex Metric Remix Edit)
CD3-02. Never Let Me Down Again (Eric Prydz Remix)
CD3-03. Behind The Wheel (Vince Clarke Remix)
CD3-04. Leave In Silence (Claro Intelecto ‘The Last Time’ Remix)
CD3-05. In Chains (Alan Wilder Remix)
CD3-06. When The Body Speaks (Karlsson And Winnberg Remix)
CD3-07. Puppets (Röyksopp Remix)
CD3-08. Tora! Tora! Tora! (Karlsson And Winnberg (from Miike Snow) Remix)
CD3-09. Freestate (Clark Remix)
CD3-10. I Want It All (Roland M. Dill Remix)
CD3-11. A Question Of Time (Joebot Presents ‘Radio Face’ Remix)
CD3-12. Personal Jesus (Sie Medway-Smith Remix)

Info :
On 6 June 2011, Depeche Mode will release Remixes 2: 81-11 on Mute. An inspiring collection of new and classic mixes of material covering their entire career, the album includes remixes of tracks from their 1981 debut Speak And Spell, through to 2009’s Sounds Of The Universe, and is the follow-up to 2004’s million-plus selling Remixes 81-04. These remixes reinforce Depeche Mode’s standing as one of the world’s most influential and innovative acts.

Depeche Mode have been at the forefront of remix culture for the best part of three decades and this new compilation includes classic mixes from M83, UNKLE, Trentemøller, François Kervorkian and Dan The Automator, alongside all-new mixes from Stargate, Eric Prydz, Karlsson & Winnberg (from Miike Snow) and Röyksopp. In addition to this, the expanded editions include exclusive remixes by former band members Vince Clarke and Alan Wilder – the first time either artist has remixed tracks for their former colleagues.

Remixes 2: 81-11 will be available in two different CD formats; Single and Triple Disc versions, as well as Downloads and as a 6 x 12″ vinyl LP box set.

Highlights from the selection of classic mixes include reworkings of “Dream On” from 2001’s Exciter, “Suffer Well,” “John the Revelator” and “A Pain That I’m Used To” from 2006’s Playing The Angel and “In Chains,” “Peace” and “Wrong” from 2009’s Sounds Of The Universe, while the new mixes include “Tora! Tora! Tora!” and “Puppets” from 1981’s Speak And Spell, “Never Let Me Down Again” and “Behind The Wheel” from Music For The Masses as well as “A Question Of Time” from 1986’s Black Celebration. Lead single “Personal Jesus”, from 1990’s Violator, also features several strong remixes as part of the package. The Remixes 2: 81-11 tracklisting is as mentioned above.

Depeche Mode belongs to a select premier league of groups who have survived from the early 1980s with their ideals, creative vision and core members intact. Formed in 1981, Depeche Mode – Martin Gore, Dave Gahan and Andy ‘Fletch’ Fletcher – continue to win critical and commercial acclaim across the world both in the studio and on the road. All of the band’s 11 studio albums have reached the Top Ten in not only the UK and USA but 20 plus countries around the world including Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, and Belgium. All told the band has sold more than 95 million albums worldwide.

Listen:
“Personal Jesus (Alex Metric Remix)”

“Never Let Me Down Again (Eric Prydz Remix)”

“Personal Jesus (The Stargate Remix)”

more soon

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Websites:
Depeche Mode
Mute Records