Hubert Kah – Machine Gun

Vocals at times sounds like Tears for Fears, and the music is in a transitional period of 80’s synthpop to dance sounds of 90’s house.  Makes sense when you consider the date of the release: 1989.

I originally had this as a cassette single, and was quite proud to own it since it came and went quickly from stores shelves.  Mostly because the record stores at the time only had a one or two copies on hand.

Hubert Kah – Machine Gun

Hubert Kah – Machine Gun

Bio:

Hubert Kah is a German synthpop band, led by Hubert Kemmler.
Started as a trio, consisting of Hubert Kemmler (vocals, keyboards), Markus Löhr (guitars, keyboards) and Klaus Hirschburger (bass) at the time of the New German Wave 1982 commercial success with the singles “Rosemarie”, “Sternenhimmel” and “Einmal nur mit Erika… (dieser Welt entfliehn)”, and with the albums “Meine Höhepunkte” and “Ich komme”. During this time, Kemmler caused quite a stir by his TV appearances, wearing a nightdress or straitjacket.

As of 1984, the band began working with producer Michael Cretu. After a german album “Goldene Zeiten” (1984), the band recorded the english language albums “Tensongs” (1986) and “Sound of My Heart” (1989), which were partly successful internationally.

Hubert Kemmler fell ill in the later 1980s with depression and withdrew from music completely. After his recovery he appeared with a new version of the band in 1996 with the self-titled Hubert Kah and the singles “C’est La Vie” and “Sailing”. The production with classic elements was not commercially as successful as hoped for by Kemmler. In 1998, a new single “Love Chain” and a Best Of CD were released. Kemmler then became ill again and had to undergo medical treatment.

In 2005, Kemmler began his second comeback with the album “Seelentaucher”. The first single was called “No Rain”. The album featured a mixture of english and german language tracks

Ben Browning – Back To The Start

Synthpop confection meets Nudisco courtesy of Ben Browning (bassist of Cut Copy).   Track is taken from his recent full length effort, ‘Turns’.

Ben Browning – Back To The Start



Turns Tracklist:
01. Back to the start
02. Make it easy
03. Friends of mine
04. Life Dudes (Tripping through Royal Park)
05. You can be there
06. Are you acting?
07. Don’t wait your turn
08. Beaches of love
09. Don’t forget the night
10. Azizam

Ben Browning 2015 Tour Dates:
07/22 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
07/23 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
07/24 – El Paso, TX @ Club 101
07/25 – Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room & Garage
07/26 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
07/29 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
07/30 – New York, NY @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
07/31 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent
08/01 – San Francisco, CA @ Neck of the Woods

M – Pop Muzik

Released in 1979, M was the moniker of English musician Robin Scott.

The song was initially recorded in R&B and funk styles before a friend of Scott suggested using synthesizers. He describes the genesis of “Pop Muzik” this way:

I was looking to make a fusion of various styles which somehow would summarise the last 25 years of pop music. It was a deliberate point I was trying to make. Whereas rock and roll had created a generation gap, disco was bringing people together on an enormous scale. That’s why I really wanted to make a simple, bland statement, which was, ‘All we’re talking about basically (is) pop music.’ [Taken from wiki]

M – Pop Muzik

M – Pop Musik

I personally really didn’t come across this track until the remix starting to hit some of the clubs back in 1989.   I had heard it a few times on KROQ back in the day, but it wasn’t till I heard it blasting on a huge soundsystem did I finally realize I needed this 12″.