As part of our mission to bring you new and interesting music, we feature occasional playlists from friends, guests and contributors. Our playlists usually have a theme such as a specific genre, era, place or topic; they could be songs that have tickled the fancy of the complier, or a list of tracks and musical influences that inspired them or connected with them in some way.
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Based in Cologne, the Amphi Festival has its fifteenth edition this month. Primarily focused on the dark scene in Germany, the line-up is a mix of electro, EBM, gothic rock, Neue Deutsche Härte, neo-medieval music and much more.
As he prepares for the release of Chroma (the follow up to 2016’s Post Brimstone) by our good selves we asked Chris Gurney of IIOIOIOII to compile a Spotify playlist of some of the tracks and artists that helped provide his musical background and inspiration – not just on the album, but for him as an artist.
It’s not uncommon for people to draw up playlists for background music or more as they work, rest or play. Musicians are no different, and Damion Jurrens of The Cowls recently spoke to us about some of the music that inspired and accompanied on the creative journey that led to the Certain Calculations album, just put out by our good selves. We asked him to come up with a short but perfectly formed Spotify playlist for us to share with you. We like it and we think you will too, but that’s enough from me, now let’s hear from the man himself.
I’m going to let the music speak for itself this time! Here’s three hours of music that has featured on the blog or radio station in the last year, including bands we went on to sign to the label, all mixed up in a paella of musical passion. I hope you enjoy it! Happy New Year!
Neil Milton is a Scottish musician who lives in Poland. He has good taste in pets and music and rather unusual tastes when it comes to football teams! We fancied doing something a little different, so after the recent release of his Singing As You Leave EP, we asked him to give us a written and musical mood board to give us a bit more insight into the inspiration behind the five featured tracks. Here’s what he sent us.
If you really want to upset an alternative electronic musician, one of the easiest ways to do so is to tell them their music is/isn’t Industrial. There’s an odd stigma attached to the description in some circles, even as the stark, throbbing percussion and dark tones much identified with it are seeing a resurgence in more mainstream techno clubs and beyond…
When I was in my very early teens in Ireland, I discovered the dubious joy of listening to radio programmes on Medium Wave that were broadcast from what then seemed like distant lands. Glasgow and London were as exotic to me as were places like Paris or Helsinki. Names on a map and not much more.
I’ve always loved music, I’ve loved going to shows since I was a young teen – not just big shows, but the smaller ones too. Especially the smaller ones. This is an evolving, regularly updated playlist featuring some of the best underground acts on the UK electronic scene right now.