In recent years, the music world has lost some of its big stars and musical pioneers. David Bowie, Prince and many others are way too early on this list and May 26th, 2022 fits in there for millions of electronic music fans. On this day Andrew Fletcher, founding member of Depeche Mode, embarked on his last journey, aged 60. In particular, fans from all over the world, who have supported the band for decades, seem to have remained in shared grief and shock for months. The legitimate question for many is “how is the band going?” and sharing their condolences with the remaining members Martin Gore and Dave Gahan, Andy's friends and especially his wife Grainne and his children Megan and Joe.
Several international artists have now come together, directed by Daniel Gierke of the act The Brute: for a musical farewell and a thank you to Andrew "Fletch" Fletcher for over 40 years of music history, and recorded a compilation of various covers of Depeche Mode’s songs. The idea is not new. The difference lies in the top-class cast!
Gareth Jones, the producer of three Depeche Mode albums and hits like "People Are People” participates as well as Bernhard Lloyd with his current project Atlantic Popes, known as a member of Alphaville, who wrote in the 80s synth-pop anthems like "Big In Japan” and “Forever Young". Also present is Watershed from South Africa, who rose to global fame with their 2002 smash hit “Indigo Girl”, Bon Harris of Nitzer Ebb, Polly Scattergood, the iconic electronic music pioneers from Italy Kirlian Camera, Carlos Peron, co-founder of the Swiss band Yello, Markus Reinhardt, formerly a member of Wolfsheim, Roy Jones, Nico Wieditz of And One, The Brute: themselves and the award-winning UK act Northern Kind.
The entire project has a charitable purpose. 50% of the profit will be donated to a charity for children in UK, and the Children’s Cancer Trust in Germany who officially partners to the project.
The aim was to bring together different artists from different decades, old musical companions of "Fletch" as well as known artists across different genres and promising new bands who were influenced by Depeche Mode's sound. From Rock, Electronic, Alternative, Pop, Crossover to Synthwave, everything is represented. 29 acts from the UK, the US, Germany, France, Belgium, Australia, Sweden, Italy, Hungary, South Africa and Switzerland say “See You” in such a stylish way.
The compilation with the name "6122", the year Andrew Fletcher was born and died, will be released on November 25th, 2022 as a Christmas present for all fans worldwide.
01 A Question Of Time - The Brute :
02 Never Let Me Down Again - Watershed
03 In Your Room - NightNight
04 Ice Machine - Renard feat. Mary Ann
05 Broken - Redeem
06 Stripped - Starlights Live
07 Little 15 - Atlantic Popes
08 The Sun And The Rainfall - Apsürde feat. Manoya
09 My Secret Garden - Cold Connection
10 It’s No Good - Oxic Inc. feat. De La Morte
11 Dream On - Roy Jones & Red Beat
12 Should Be Higher - The Rude Awakening
13 Somebody - Toal, The Brute :, People Theatre
14 In Sympathy - Bon Harris (Nitzer Ebb)
15 Heaven - Zentrum Ost 71
16 Enjoy The Silence - LeBen
17 Personal Jesus - Polly Scattergood
18 Wrong - Kirlian Camera
19 Policy Of Truth - Rohn-Lederman
20 To Have And To Hold - Page Of Quire
21 Angel - Tom Meeloo
22 The Sun And The Rainfall - Northern Kind
23 Photographic - Shelter
24 A Barrel Of A Gun (El Presidente Peron Yeah John) - Carlos Peron
25 I Feel You - Tin Gun
26 I Feel Loved - Daniel Hall feat. Stephen Newton
27 Oberkorn (It’s A Small Town) - Electrogenetic by Gareth Jones
28 Clean - Neocoma
29 Breathe - The Brute : feat. Rachel Delgado
Edgy, melodic rock music paired with the brittle charm of northern German melancholy. Hotel is more than just a place for people united in search of a safe haven for one night. Because this is not just any hotel - this is hotel. Hotel is not a stylish designer shack, but full of corners and edges. With coin slot. The coffee is Magentod and the sandwiches are from Muddern. This hotel is rough. But with charm. Authentic and undisguised. With room for your own stories behind every door. Each room with its own style, touch and colour. Far away from sterile five walls. Occasionally stories are intertwined, sometimes they remain undiscovered. Hotel is a piece of home for a while. If you want, stay longer.
The band: People meet in the lobby – sometimes by accident, sometimes on purpose. Over many years we have met again and again in different constellations. Each of us brought our own story with us. And now we're going to tell them together. We stay in the hotel.
01 A world, good spirits without reasons 02 Never thought of it 03 On the drip of mock seriousness 04 It's all included in the price 05 When good and bad stand in each other's way
Keep your feet still? Stay cool? Only ice-cold stoics can do that with the songs of the Berlin band Kensington Road. Everyone else is immediately hooked on the authentic sound of the band, which gets by without any frills or artifacts. Because after thousands of kilometers in the tour bus across Europe and countless live shows, the “hard-working band” Kensington Road knows exactly what they are singing about. "Lumidor" is the third album by Kensigton Road. With songs that are even rockier, more straightforward and more direct. The new single “White Noise” gives a little foretaste, which exemplifies the intense vibe of the new album: A song that plays with the bittersweet moments in life in terms of both content and music. The moments in which you literally lose yourself in the "white noise" or seize new opportunities. Kensington Road seizes the opportunity - and always remains positive, far from common rock clichés and lures the listener from the reserve with forward-pushing energy.
1. White noise 2. All you want 3. Taxi 4. Silent But Loud 5. Blacktop 6. Here We Go Now 7. Gold 8. The Hunter 9. World Will Know Your Name 10. Stay or Run Away 11. When you come around
"All of us are needed and more and more…" With MELON, the multi-instrumentalist Bernhard Bauch is now presenting his solo debut album. A new push of the boundaries of indie pop. The instruments are kept very minimal. The first pieces were created with only harmonium and drums. Added to this are bass guitars, synthesizers and finally a voice. Squeaky clinking synths instead of catchy refrains. Funny, critical and ambiguous texts invite you into soft, shimmering worlds of sound. Strong influences of the 80s can be recognized in the sound as well as in the rhythm - but the album does not contain any electronics. In addition, the guest appearance of Anton Huth on saxophone complements two pieces. Some text templates were penned by Gernot Untergruber, an artificial (non)intelligence - a machine, a digital personality - that produces texts independently and automatically. Post-futuristic sounds and moods, timelessly decaying and driving. all this is MELON.
01 to intro 02 walking, the city 03 melon 04 commute exclude 05 killed by dressing 06 internationally evident 07 yes, its knowing 08 interlude 09 nu is quoted 10 manit cut 11 please fix it 12 means bin e ned munta wuan 13 symphony for single tones
"Le Projet c'est que tout reste en désordre"... Fontaine Wallace is back with this chorus punchline, which is both slogan and program. With their first album (2018), the band was able to continue the magic and unique style of Superflu, Nicolas Falez's former formation, with a vocal timbre still unmistakable, very close and soft. With Fontaine Wallace, the group dynamic is more noticeable: the drums are handled by Ludovic Morillon (Prohibition, Valparaiso, Yann Tiersen...), who has now taken a more prominent place, as well as the skillfully arranged choruses of Cécile Beguery (bass) and Fabrice de Battista (keyboards). For their second album, Le Projet, the Parisian quartet has written ten new songs that more than confirm the attempt and are undoubtedly among the most mature and moving songs in Nicolas Falez's repertoire. A warm voice, with precise and precious diction, slightly slurred, almost deaf, the complicit voice of a confidant who examines the ordinary with exceptional sharpness, speaking from the heart as others speak from the nose. The author-narrator never comes to the fore here ("La faiblesse de mes analyses/m'a fait bouffer le noyau/et cracher la cerise"), but early in the album it's clear that the situations are always dealt with with remarkable accuracy and eloquence are described. Falez is unsurpassed in describing the great movements of the world with the small movements of the heart, bringing the universal into dialogue with the intimate ("Au crépuscule de l'homme blanc / est-ce que tu veux encore de moi?" ). There is also a lot about losing (Tu débarques avec la nuit) and getting lost (Dédalus), about hidden treasures and (re)discoveries. It's also about aging, resignation and acceptance, regret and the occasional calming power of memories. And while several pieces sound like lessons in humility ("Toward the end of the day / All I could do / Was this ridiculous monument", "The most beautiful thing I've done / Was the unnecessary"), they are received Lessons never learned and in this regard the spirit of Leonard Cohen is never far away. Behind these rainy tales and poetic confessions is a band at the pinnacle of their art, equally at ease in practicing syncopated pop songs (Point Polka) as they are in Lynchian road trips (Fougère). An album in which doubts triumph over certainties, fragility over boasts, and in which instability is tamed rather than subdued.
1. Le project 2. La chanson d'amour cachée 3. Les systems finissants 4. Point Polka 5. Tu debarques avec la nuit 6. Dedalus 7. Sous les radars 8. Prends soin de ton amour 9. Fougere 10. Outre les mots
Jan Frisch is a singer-songwriter and in sound and word he questions the relevant structures of contemporary songwriting and creates something unexpected third for intellect and sediment in interaction with top-class musicians from various genres. "Singer-Songwriter zu Ploughshares" is the name of the new rag of the terribly loud singer-songwriter formation No Exercise, will be released in September 2019 and will premiere in April. It amalgamates wandering guitars with hardcore swing and meanders through popular musical listening habits in sawtooth mode. Acoustic guitars sway in confidence, breathed sound confetti condenses in the columns of the lowest common denominator into an auditory summer fairy tale. (good luck with the music) "In the end I'm just an agency and I have to see if that makes sense to me." "Hey Jan, you make very good music there, but it's too wild for us. sorry Hope you understand." “Our motto on board is 'stylish underground' and 'glamorous subversion'. Unfortunately your style doesn't fit into our program at the moment..." "Desert orgy of noise in the opening act disturbed - The opening act by Alin Coen's guitarist Jan Frisch took more than getting used to. Armed only with a guitar and a loop station, he shouted wild text salvos in a provocative bebop manner into the audience, who covered their ears in amazement and drowned out the top-heavy cacophony with loud conversations.”
01 Would you mind continuing to call outside? 02 Disaster report from the luxury liner of inconveniences 03 I'm upset 04 twenty nineteen 05 What are you drawing? 06 singer-songwriters to ploughshares 07 Blues carnival in Holzdorf 08 Distancing 09 OK Too bad 10 In the end I'm just an agency and I have to see if that makes sense to me 11 Good luck with the music 12 Difficult subject
Kaufhaus Dahl play German-language indie rock with reminiscences of the early NDW and a pinch of post-punk. You had to tell them that first, but now they like it. The debut "Für Alle" mainly contains up-tempo numbers with refrains that stick and some other (medically harmless) brain milling. There's guitars, bass, drums and vocals and little frills, but plenty of pop appeal. A cheap e-pad from Asia and a Dutch Philicorda organ from the 1960s have also crept in. The texts are about, for example, the self-optimization madness or the reverberation of the social media echo chambers as well as the weather, small and large clubs, the botch of the past or simply the frustration about the relegation of the football club (which has meanwhile risen again is). So far, Kaufhaus Dahl has mainly played on the Rhine and Ruhr in North Rhine-Westphalia, but with "Für Alle" it will also be going to the neighboring federal states from late summer 2019. The small town department store is on its way. The album was created in the "Klangfabrique" Lohmar and is available through Timezone Records.
01 better 02 Of love and suffering 03 echo chamber 04 Nostalgia 05 CV program 06 Stereo 07 dog days 08 earlier 09 doors 10 dismounted
The SSB (Stefan Saffer Band) has been one of the most interesting independent bands from Leipzig since 2013. Since then, the band has developed a very individual style, which is strongly influenced by punk, classic 80s indie guitar rock, noise elements, but also by catchy, 60s-inspired melodies. This unusual and original sound has its origin mainly in the line-up of the band. In addition to singer/guitarist Stefan Saffer (who also writes all the songs), bassist Tom Löwe and drummer Koma Kschentz complete the SSB line-up. Stefan Saffer - also known to many as a classic singer/songwriter in the field of tension between American folk/country/bluegrass and who released his highly acclaimed singer/songwriter album 'Singers & Players' on Timezone in 2015 - stands for solid, knowledgeable songwriting, has but also an eventful punk/rock past (from 1986 - 1992 singer/guitarist in the Bamberg high-energy rock band Stranded Jaywalks). Band youngster bassist Tom Löwe comes from the classic metal/hard rock environment, while drummer Koma Kschentz (son of Renft musician Peter Pjotr Kschentz, who died in 2005) can hardly be classified stylistically (Leipzig fans know the multitude of different bands in which he has already played the swung sticks), but his roots definitely lie in metal, punk and hardcore. In the classic trio line-up, the SSB develops a rock-hard sound, especially live, which has it all and with which hardly any comparisons work - although enthusiastic concert-goers keep mentioning names like Hükser Dü, Dinosaur jr, the Clash, the Who , Stooges - these may all be true as influences and inspirations, but they are all melted down into a powerful synthesis of contemporary and classic independent rock styles. Melodic, catchy songs come hard, driving and with a lot of power over the ramp, lose themselves for minutes in dissonant feedback and noise attacks until the band turns back into the song with a hard break and brings it home with a lot of verve! With the brand new album 'New Day', this musical whirlwind is finally coming to everyone who has not yet been able to experience the band live: 10 new, original songs with an amazing stylistic variety of punk/hardcore hitters ('New Day') to riff-heavy but melodic power pop songs ('House of Rain', 'Rewind/Restart'), psychedelic-epic guitar landscapes ('Purple Plains, 'Cry Fire'), rock-hard, doomy rock ('Most hated man in town'). to the big noise freakout 'Cheap Wigs'! Press: "The Stefan Saffer Band from Leipzig delivered an energetic rock show with thundering guitar riffs and the uniquely rough voice of Stefan Saffer" (Magdeboogie.de) "The 3 guys are reminiscent of rock greats like "The Who" or "The Clash" and offered a rock-hard live performance” (Rockland FM) “Their live show has an explosive emotionality that frontman Stefan Saffer lived out to the full at this gig! Strong!” (SZ)
1.NewDay 2. House Of Rain 3.Cry Fire 4. Perfect 5. Rewind / restart 6.Monkey Time 7.Purple Plains 8. Paper Scissors Stone 9. Most Hated Man In Town 10. Cheap Wigs
Here comes the musical recording bitch on duty. Just saved himself from the ashes of burnt primeval dreams. The solitary guardian of the striving Grail almost disappeared forever. But fished out from the depths of abandonment in its final hint by Timezone, this one still presents itself dynamic enough to perhaps let some people discover. If you go into the world of Hellen's songs more often, you will be rewarded with freshness and a variety of discoveries. In addition, Hellemen does not bother with tinkering, but unabashedly spits out his outpourings on CDs. Sloppy, fast, but always ahead. Even if he has to deal with the consequences of cables living at night and knotting themselves every day. First take is the program. If Hellemen isn't beaten to death at some point, he'll keep showering us with CDs that will always be different, yet somehow familiar. What else is pouring down on us in German? Listen to the beautiful world and start with Hellen.
01 Was lost for so long 02 suffering go 03 So that it doesn't etch so badly 04 dimensions 05 Two alone 06 Don't start from the bottom anymore 07 past lost 08 Around the world 09 Blessed relatives 10 Make up your mind 11 My mill
With "Analogue Souls In Digital Times" the indie collective around the charismatic head and songwriter Robert Nouve follows the original wave and post-punk development of the 80s underground and delivers, as usual, demanding and intensive songs for head, heart and dancefloor. A completely logical development for Nouve himself, who only presented his current novel Drüben last fall: “Even when we recorded our last record Greatest Hits, we felt the vibe and the reputation of electronics. With the new sounds we've almost become more eighties than eighties without losing our style or copying anything. We only realized how much we followed music history and got close to many of our musical role models from the good old days when we finished it.” Thanks to the cross-genre and cross-scene art claim, the album comes up with a lot of freshness and versatility. The pre-single "Forever And A Day", which is already rotating in the clubs, with its deep and driving beats and a catchy and danceable melody, is an example of the classic and innovative approach of the album. The songs pull the listener into their own world of sound from the very first minute and take them on an intensive and energetic trip through the entire range of variations of the electronic synth underground of the eighties. In his lyrics, which become more and more sophisticated from album to album, Nouve deals with the intellectual emptiness of the post-capitalist zeitgeist, the disorientation of society and the lost individual within it. At the end there is a hidden track for a straight tender farewell. Analogue Souls In Digital Times will be released on CD and audiophile heavyweight vinyl. The CD contains a bonus track. The vinyl first edition will be strictly limited, hand-numbered and with hand-finished artwork. The special edition, which is only available via the website, also includes a tape with an additional non-album track.
01 Stereotactics 02 Kekesfalva 03 The Love That Kills The Heart 04 Parasites 05 Forever And A Day 06 The Loop 07 Whitewashed Hearts 08 Collateral
When the first single was released by Johnny Hankes Off Label Records a good five years ago, I didn't think for a second that it would become a solid label. The Doc (as they call him in the music business, because he's not only familiar with acoustic medicine) didn't plan it that way himself. As a fan, he just wanted to put out a few vinyl singles. But when DM Bob offered him a never-released album from his poison closet, he caught fire and went for it. To date there are more than fifty productions. Rock 'n' roll has changed a lot in recent years. The nostalgia number associated with strictly pigeonholed thinking has continued to lose importance, and at the same time international, sometimes downright crazy-avant-garde aspects have become stronger. Off Label Records is one of the labels that we have to thank for this development and for the fact that rock 'n' roll isn't hanging like a dead man in a museum. What this compilation reflects, with additives from Brazil to Australia to Berlin and Augsburg. I can't give any good advice here. But because sometimes it's such a thing with your dealer, I would like to point this out: If in doubt consult the Doc! So for my health there is nothing better. - Franz Dobler
01 Too Close To Heaven - Dad Horse Experience XL 02 Big Man - DM Bob & Speedy Jake 03 Dotted White Line - The Blues Against Youth 04 All The Way Back Home - The Dinosaur Truckers 05 No Calypso Song - Coconut Kings 06 Bury Me Deep - Steve Train & His Bad Habits 07 Rocket In Your Pocket - Jenny & The Steady Go's 08 Avaler La Couleuvre - Thee Verduns 09 Tears In Vain - Jonah Gold & His Silver Apples 10 Feeling Great Now Shes Gone - Lynx Lynx 11 Wild Man - The Mokkers 12 Not Like You - The Vagoos 13 Rats In My Amp - Salty Pajamas 14 Ballroom - Vulgar Grade 15 Meatjuice Mustache - Made For Chickens By Robots 16 Chicken Yodeling Woman - O Lendario Chucrobillyman 17 Worm - Reverse Cowgirls 18 Horse & Cows - Pea & The Pees 19 All Of My Dreams Come True - Bj Morriszonkle 20 Saaraband - Pork Chop Party
Let's say we did are constantly changing between loud and quiet, between being monotonous and dynamic. Explosive guitars, hook laden pop songs, drone drowned melancholy and lazy and intimate vocals are all mixed behind a cloud of distortion and lo-fi aesthetic. It is clear that both the band and Pelle Gunnerfeldt has worked hard with transmitting Let's Say We Did's raw live sound on to the album. The decision to vary the recordings between the studio and the band's rehearsal room in an old closed down bakery also proved important to get the sound as uncompromising and well composed as they wanted.
01 It's OK 02 galaxies 03 Straight back to you 04 On the day 05 Let the sky come down 06 Come on Honey 07 Follow Me Down 08 Blue Skies 09 Silent and still 10 Give 'Em Hell