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Light Asylum – Skull Fuct

In accordance with popular opinion I think that the 80s were quite a remarkable decade when it comes to music. But contrary to the popular belief that it was a particularly bad 10 years, I am convinced that the 80s laid some of the most important foundations for todays electronic music landscape. After all where would we be without the likes of Kraftwerk (‘Computer World’ was released in 1981), Frankie Knuckles (who started in the 80s), and New Order (even Joy Division’s ‘Closer’ came out in 1980).

Light Asylum are clearly inspired by the post-punk darkwave movement around the latter.  As The Guardian describes it: ‘In the 70s and early 80s, synth-pop was radical, sexually ambiguous, fraught and futuristic’ before it became mainstream and lost its appeal. But thankfully ‘Light Asylum are here to kick synth-pop back to the dark side’ now. Hell, they even start ‘Skull fuct’ with almost the exact same bass drum repetition as New Order’s ‘Blue Monday’.

New-York based Light Asylum are ‘synth-master Bruno Coviello’ and ‘the gorgeously androgynous Shannon Funchess’ who does vocals as well as the drumming. Especially Shannon’s presence is an irreplaceable force on stage as well as in their music videos. As a bonus, they have a good taste in music and gave readers an insight into what they consider synth-pop’s crucial tracks. There are some nice influences to be found in there.

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Annika Zee – Games (prod. Bridge and Law)

Canada is not only home to a great indie and post-rock scene, but apparently there are loads of talented female electronic musicians around as well. After our feature of Austra in the Electric Women series comes another Toronto-based artist, the 19-ish Annika Zee. She has released only two tracks so far and the more electronic of the two ‘Games’, which is produced by Bridge and Law, ended up as a stylish headbobbing tune with some 80s feel to it due to the amazing synths. And I am already looking forward to the upcoming EP, that is due to this summer.

Furthermore it’s always encouraging to see a conscious dealing with the importance of questions of gender and personality, that apparently have a big influence on her music. Continue reading Annika Zee – Games (prod. Bridge and Law)

La Roux – In For The Kill (Skream Remix)

So much contemporary electronic music is influenced by the 80s and La Roux is definitely among those that use this influence most wisely. For those that fancy the amazing original of ‘In For The Kill’ to be too poppish, there is always Skream’s amazing Dubstep remix that makes use of breaks and the accompanying expectations. I get ever so excited about the almost complete silence before the break beat sets in near the end of the song. Continue reading La Roux – In For The Kill (Skream Remix)