Alxxa – Umbrella (Rihanna cover)

 

Always loved the original of this track that has such a catchy chorus.  I don’t post too many covers since most of them either A: they don’t do take the track into new territory , or B: they are not up to par with the original.  What we have is a track that forges new territory and in some respects, at least to me, out does the original.

 

PIERS BARON – Lost Souls Make It

Synthpop with a brooding Gothic undertow.    The track is about self-serving governments not caring out any of us.   “It’s about strength in numbers, a middle finger to authority.”

 

 

KOY – HEAT

Harking back to OMD and recalling a bit of Bjork along the way.  It’s 80’s synthpop meets ethereal vibes and psychedelic dreams.

About the video:

The DIY-video following KOY’s first release “HEAT”, is an homage to vintage horror/sci-fi-culture, portraying various historical monster figures, fears and hopes. Vampires, witches, robots and other creatures guide you through a humoristic inner landscape of fear and bravery.

 

About Koy:

KOY is the solo project of Berlin-based composer and singer Victoria Trunova. Born in St. Petersburg and growing up in Germany, KOY has been moving between Berlin, Helsinki, Oslo and Bergen. Along the way KOY has been collecting musical traces that travel with her. Inspired by a wild mixture and the denial of nationalities, KOY’s music moves between cutting new wave beats, 80’s dream pop, 70’s movies, the sea and salt – mixed with some November darkness and a burning heart.

I Speak Machine – Shame

A synth pop track that has all the sonic goodness from the 80’s.  I think this track needs to land on Halt and Catch Fire.

For fans of:  Róisín Murphy

Short Bio:
I Speak Machine are vocalist and synth nerd Tara Busch and filmmaker Maf Lewis. Together they make brooding soundtracks and horror/sci-fi films, creating the audio and visual in unison and giving both elements equal prominence. Their approach is inspired by Spaghetti Western cinema duo Ennio Morricone and Sergio Leone, who used to play with score ideas for scenes while scripts were being written.

Butter – For Kate I Wait (Ariel Pink cover)

Cool cover that takes the original by Ariel Pink and puts more of a 80’s synthpop / Berlin sound to it. The sound is crisp and clean.   I prefer this version over the original.

 

For fans of: Berlin , Little Boots, Ladytron

 

About the song:

Butter is the electronic pop alter ego of Lola Blanc.   Lola thought “For Kate I Wait” by Ariel Pink would sound amazing with a female vocal on it.

Butter is an Actor in “Under the Silver Lake”, upcoming movie starring Andrew Garfield
After the release of “For Kate I Wait” Butter’s next song will be “Lifted”, a quirky cover of Palmistry’s song.

More info about Butter/Lola Blanc:

https://www.facebook.com/butterisbetter

http://www.lolablanc.com