Created by guitarist Thomas Sciarone and singer Milena Eva, Rotterdam band GOLD initially sounded like a natural offshoot of Sciarone’s previous band, the late, great occultists the Devil’s Blood. As a result the debut album Interbellum, while leaning more toward a hard rock sound, was still very much under the “occult rock” umbrella.
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Vancouver electronic/new wave band Gang Signs will be releasing their debut album Geiston October 2nd, but in the meantime have released a terrific video for the track “Tonight”. Musically cut from the same cloth as the XX, but leaning more towards the dance side of the electronic spectrum, it’s a charming clip that follows an older woman walking the city streets at night and living life to its fullest.
South London rapper and producer Conrad Kira prides himself on being an outsider. A denizen of abandoned industrial buildings, where he creates massive sub-bass-driven beats that mirror the dystopian decay of the city, he combines harsh, bracing arrangements and biting, poetic social commentary. And indeed, his new EP Rictus has a similar effect of American masters Run the Jewels, a fresh new voice on the UK hip hop landscape.
Two years after their brilliant video mash-up of Labyrinth and The Never Ending Story turned heads, Los Angeles synthpop duo Josh D’Elia and Jeffrey Chernick are back with a new EP called Electric. If you’re familiar with Story of the Running Wolf, you know just how gloriously garish things will get with these guys. If you’re new to them, however, brace yourselves for some all-out, devout ‘80s pop worship. It’s high-gloss, but most importantly the hooks are ever-present, which you’ll hear on every track.