M – Lesson#81

Online now is the opening dj set I did at the last ET night at Gifgrond… it is mix filled with all kinds of elektro sounds… EBM influenced, post-punk kind of and also synth pop inspired… a bit like what I used to play at the Hex parties… artists include Le Syndicat Electronique, Bastards Of Love, Bakterielle Infektion, Thorofon, Ich Bin amongst others…

You can listen to it on my mixcloud or here below…

dj M. – Lesson#73 (live at Grasnapolsky)

I uploaded a new dj set on my mixcloud… this one was recorded live at the Grasnapolsky festival last month during the Enfant Terrible showcase there…

This set I played in between the live performances by FDSL and Roberto Auser… and it consists of elektro and more elektro… featuring mostly Invasion Planete stuff and two tracks from Suction Records… two labels which inspired me to start my label… enjoy!

Julinko

The Italian synth/dreampop band Diverting Duo have started a label of their own called Tiny Speaker. The first release is by Julinko a band formed in Prague in 2015. This duo released a cd-r before so this new release is their official debut album… which comes on cd only.

I am totally impressed by the track and video online from this album… this piece entitled “Ruins” is a pitch black song… darkwave like but without the obvious gothic cliches… it reminds me somewhat of Lycia… it makes me quite anxious to hear the complete album…

Here is the video of “Ruins” taken from the album “Sweet Demon” which is out now!

Uncanny Valley

Uncanny Valley is quite a young and new band… only formed in 2015 in London… they play a sort of new wave and post-punk style of synth pop… it is poppy but also quite unpolished at the same time… the vocals are a sort of crooner style… which makes the music a bit reminiscent of Agent Side Grinder… but it is less industrial as the early ASG sound and more playful…

The debut EP is a 4 track 12″ record released by the band themselves (go get it here…)… the whole release is a solid statement as a debut and features the absolute should be cult hit “Nowhere To Nowhere”… if you are into synth pop/ new wave / post-punk this piece is worth the purchase of the record… whether you like the other 3 tracks or not… enjoy this great tune below!

Staatseinde – The Lost In Time Tapes

Even to my own surprise Staatseinde celebrates its tenth (!!) anniversary this year… the band started back in 2006… but in between 2007 and 2009 they were on non-active. After this hiatus I came in contact with the band and we started to work together.

StaatseindeK7During all these years the band changed musicians several times… from being a duo to a five man/woman outfit back to the duo they are right now… with this change in band members the sound also changed from time to time…

To showcase this little history the band released a cassette with 15 tracks… when listening to this collection you hear the shifts in sounds while at the same time the selection is still quite cohesive… what the band also is doing with this tape is presenting their unique synth pop style… influences from Neue Deutsche Welle and touches of Dada pop… from a synth soundscape to a bouncing track… it is all here…

You can get this tape from the band at concerts.

dj M. – Soft Top Mix

Yesterday was the first real day of spring here in the Gooiland… so a perfect day to go out and drive a bit  with the car with the roof open… and especially for these days (and nights) I have recorded a dj set / mixtape some years ago… it is an italo vibed / influenced synth pop and  electro pop kind of mix… with some classics and some lesser known tracks… after many listening rounds of this mix in the car I still can enjoy this one a lot… simply a mix of some personal favourite tracks!

Enjoy… and recommended in some cool car with the soft top open…

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