Next Wave: Cindy

Cindy is a music project of the electronic artist Kai based in Antwerp Belgium who also recorded music under the name Palmbomen II in the 10's. His music could be categorized as living room DIY synth pop and chill wave. 

With the Cindy project he gives a new context to his music where Cindy is the main character and the songs are soundtracks to her own world. In 2019, he recorded several songs about Cindy where she sings about her mom, her boyfriend Justin, her cat and other personal sides of her life. Cindy is portrayed by the actress and artist Blue LoLãn who also provided vocals for the songs on the album.

Musically this record is a collection of dance songs and ballads where smooth Shoegaze melts down with Italo Disco drive. Cindy's debut album I'm Cindy contains 13 tracks and it was released on World Of Paint on June 5, 2020

U96 Team up with Wolfgang Flür of Kraftwek

The 90's electro dance act U96 who made prominence in the early 90's with "Das Boot" and other string of hits have united with Wolfgang Flur of the classic Kraftwerk line up to and recorded an album together. Their first single is out now and pretty much "Transhuman" pretty much resurrects the Kraftwerk sound introducing it to the new decade. The album of the same name was released in early September through Radikal record label.

The Passage's Albums Pindrop and Degenrates to be Reissued as Part of the 40th Anniversary

To mark the 40th anniversary of Pindrop, the lauded first album by cult Manchester post-punk group The Passage, LTM presents a new 2xCD set combining their 1980 debut with their third and most commercially successfully album, Degenerates, from 1982. Both Pindrop and Degenerates are expanded on CD to include companion singles and radio sessions, with archive images and detailed liner notes contained in the 16 page booklet. For more reading and full track listing, check the link below.

Groove Armada Return to Synth Pop with the New Studio Album

Ten years ago Groove Armada released their brilliant album Black Light which also meant the change of course for the duo and moving from club friendly tech house to catchy synth pop sound. Now after ten years, it seems that the duo is coming back to this challenge and have released another very slick synth pop record with House admixture. The new album is titled Edge of Horizon and this is also the single to take a lead from. There are quite a few parallels to be drawn between these two and what both records have in common is that they are both catchy and flawless.

September Singles Roundup

This September has been long but filled with good quality music. Certainly one of the highlights is the return of New Order. Gorillaz have meanwhile teamed up with Robert Smith for their six episode of the Song Machine Project. Otherwise interesting comeback from The Shins and La Femme.

New Order - Be a Rebel

James Blake - Godspeed

Temples - Paraphernalia

Rhye - Helpless

La Femme - Paradigme

SG Lewis, Robyn, Channel Tres - Impact

Tropical Fuck Storm - Legal Ghost

Gorillaz - Strange Times ft Robert Smith

The Shins - The Great Divide

Annie - The Streets Where I Belong

Best of 1990 - The Singles Top 50

The year 1990 has been one of the most exciting years ever, maybe due to the fact that it was between the two decades when music styles shifted and the songs were influenced by the past decade but also looking into the future with new technologies. For some artists it was a clear career peaks when they released their best selling albums and/or singles. This year belonged to Depeche Mode, Madonna, Sinead O'Connor, but at the same time Euro dance and Brit pop exploded.

Over the next month we will feature the best singles from the 1990 that comes as a result of the Singles poll that was up this summer. Stay tuned!

25. Pet Shop Boys - So Hard

26. Pixies - Velouria 

27. The Orb - Little Fluffy Clouds

28. Happy Mondays - Step On

29. Inspiral Carpets - This Is How It Feels

30. New Order - World in Motion

31. Roxette - It Must Have Been Love

32. My Bloody Valentine - Soon

33. Seal - Crazy

34. EMF - Unbelievable 

35. Primal Scream - Loaded

36. DNA Feat. Suzanne Vega - Tom's Diner

37. Guru Josh - Infinity

38. Sonic Youth - Kool Thing

39. Belinda Carlisle - (We Want) The Same Thing

40. Tears For Fears - Advice For The Young At Heart 

41. The Sisters of Mercy - More 

42. Neneh Cherry - I Got You Under My Skin

43. C+C Music Factory - Gonna Make You Sweat 

44. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - The Weeping Song 

45. Iggy Pop feat Kate Pierson - Candy 

46. Kylie Minogue - Better The Devil You Know 

47. The Soup Dragons - I'm Free 

48. Cher - The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss) 

49. A-ha - Crying in the Rain 

50. Nick Kamen - I Promised Myself 

Next Wave: SRSQ

SRSQ (pronounced seer-skew) is  the  solo  project  of  Kennedy  Ashlyn who was previously a female half of Them Are Us Too who released two studio albums in 2015 and 2018 respectively. The duo split after the tragic death of Cash Askew who was Kennedy's close collaborator, friend and the other half Them Are Us Too. In 2018, Kennedy also released her first solo album through which she explored sorrow and loss in darkwave rhythms.
Now in 2020 she is back with a new single which is in the same vein and the previous releases, Ethereal Wave and dream pop of the perfect quality which takes cues from the best of the past including the likes of Cocteau Twins and Dead Can Dance. Her single "Temporal Wave" was released in end of last year while the video (below) for the song was premiered in March 2020. 

Instant Hit: The Heart Throbs - Dreamtime

Thirty years ago The Heart Throbs released their debut album Cleopatra in 1990 and one of the outstanding songs from this album was "Dreamtime". There is this interesting fact that the two members of The Heart Throbs, the sisters DeFreitas were actually sisters of the late Pete DeFreitas of Echo & the Bunnymen fame who died in the motorcycle accident in 1989 at the age of 26. Pretty much underrated "Dreamtime" holds in it the best from the two decades and still sounds very contemporary.