I'm not sure what got me thinking of this song, but to me it's a darn near perfect piece of poppy New Wave bliss. The band responsible for this song is Dallas, Texas' own Black Tie Dynasty. From what I gather from a bit of lazy Googling the band broke up in 2009 and then had a "reunion show" in early 2010 and has performed as recently as April of this year. I get the feeling that they have not lived up to their own expectations in regard to commercial success but they did produce this song and that's enough for me.
While doing my weekly record shopping I came across a few EPs from Processory, a new project from prolific Finnish producers Jori Hulkkonen and Jerry Valuri. Processory's output is a perfect balance of goth, shoegaze, and new wave, bringing to mind acts such as Slowdive, Xymox, and the more introspective work of Peter Murphy. While most of the original tracks are more suited for lounging, remixes of Processory's tracks by Aeroplane and Hercules & Love Affair provide us with some great dancefloor fodder. I've posted up a free download of "Non-Aggression Principle" below. For those of you looking for something a bit more dancefloor friendly, you can check out a video of one of the Aeroplane Remixes of "Nightfall" AND get a free download of the track
Thank the internet for free translation websites, because there is damn near nothing about this band in English. Hailing from Paris, Aswefall appears to have not a lot of output, the most notable of which is this single from last year, "Nevermore". I didn't need to google translate the names of bands that kept coming up in reviews about them; it seems like everyone thinks they remind them of some band from the '80s, or maybe three or four of them, but no one agrees on which one. Like Colder, they're decidedly French, and appropriately, one of their songs is the official music for Air France. But what stands out to me here isn't their techno-slick repetitive new wave, but the dark atmosphere, Cure style bassline, and Poe-esque lyrics that bring to mind a goth warehouse party.
There's a huge storm coming through Chicago; a great time to sort through some music. I'm not sure where I got this track from, but I suspect it came to me via one Omar Padrón. What I know about TTL: they're Dutch, this song is the B side to a 1982 single called "Bored & Lonely", and it appears to be the only thing they put out--this track is obviously a vinyl rip, and I doubt they made it to cd or even cassette for that matter. Though "Bored & Lonely" has a tinge of ska, this track is about as classic early new wave as it gets. The '80s is littered with these bands, who produced one track and were forced to give up when it went nowhere. In the days when it was so much more expensive to record a song, they weren't a safe bet...and in the days before the internet, they've been forgotten.
If you've got any info on TTL, drop it in the comments!
Though better known for the singles "Always Something There To Remind Me" and "Promises, Promises", Naked Eyes have plenty of equally good output that tends to go unnoticed. "Voices In My Head" is the opening track on the same 1983 release as those hits, Burning Bridges. In this digital music era where people rarely listen to full albums anymore, it's been largely forgotten.
The English duo were originally in the band Neon. In the early '80s, Neon split; Pete Byrne and Rob Fischer then formed Naked Eyes while members Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal became Tears For Fears. Still making music and touring, Naked Eyes will release their latest album, Piccadilly, this summer.
Whoever came up with the idea for this is brilliant. Superstar techno dj and producer Richie Hawtin interviews Daniel Miller, founder of legendary UK label
Though boasting a fairly large rotating cast of members, C Cat Trance was primarily the project of John Rees Lewis, previously of the band Medium Medium. Combining British post punk (hey, they're from Nottingham) with more traditional Middle Eastern and African influences and an artistic, vaguely experimental sound seems like it might be a recipe for disaster, but it certainly wasn't. C Cat Trance pulled it off with an aesthetic that is at once worldly and intelligent while still being infectiously danceable. Often referred to as "ahead of their time", it's debatable whether that time has or ever will come.
C Cat Trance released five albums on Red Flame and subsidary Ink Records in a fairly short span of the late '80s, followed by a retrospective collection released in 2005. "Shake The Mind" is one of their better known singles.
Posted: May 9th, 2011
at 5:06am by qbot
Tagged with 1986, british, c cat trance, dave walker, ink records, john rees lewis, john thompson, kevin sanderson, mark walker, medium medium, middle eastern, nigel kingston stone, nottingham, peter clark, post punk, red flame, shake the mind, steve harvey, steve mitchell, trevor naylor
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