Kosheen – Harder They Fall

Slick and addictive, Kosheen has a terrifying talent for creating hook-laden tuneage of which this song surely doesn’t disappoint. Per Wikipedia, “The name Kosheen derives from the name of a North American Apache warrior, Cochise. When in Japan, it was discovered that a combination of the Japanese words for ‘old’ and ‘new’ would make ‘Kosheen’ in Japanese.” Alternatively known for her trip-hop and “hypnotic breakbeats“, this particular track … Continue reading Kosheen – Harder They Fall

Velvet Kills – Faster Speed Faster

Genre defining, Portugal’s Velvet Kills are Su Eko on Vocals/Bass and Harris Iveson on Guitar/Synths, together creating a noise one could describe as synth-punk with erotic tendencies. Taken from their 2017 album “Mischievous Urges“, this opening track’s sound is almost tribal in tone, a slow, deliberate ancient pagan ritual — a soundtrack to Caligula. Their favorite sound descriptors given thus are “Avant-garde Punk”, “Synth-Glam” and “Electro-Sex-Rock”. “Create a … Continue reading Velvet Kills – Faster Speed Faster

The Doctors – Unterwelt (Underworld)

Also known as, dctrs, The Doctors were founded in Bordeaux, France in 2010 and anything else regarding them is surprisingly difficult to uncover. Happily though, they personify a favorite genre portmanteau “coldwave” to the hilt. Off-kilter and broken clockworks-sounding with just enough grittiness of normality to carry itself lurchingly upright and forward, with a video to match, “Underworld” is free to darken my soul at … Continue reading The Doctors – Unterwelt (Underworld)

Wisborg – Beautiful & Broken (She Pleasures Herself Remix)

This remix is such a radical twist-up of the original Wisborg track that I will share the focus with the remixers. German Wisborg’s original version is more edgy with heavy guitars and far less electronica and as such it has a grittier feel. With this remix, Portuguese band She Pleasures Herself completely transforms the track by adding a deep bass synth groove with sparkling arpeggios … Continue reading Wisborg – Beautiful & Broken (She Pleasures Herself Remix)

Fragrance – Heatwave

Fragrance founder Matthieu Roche from Paris, France, released this track “Heatwave” on his debut EP Dust & Disorders in 2017. The video footage is taken from the 1950 movie “Where Danger Lives” and works appreciably well given some cleverly-layered film choreography. Dark, dreamy, and mesmerizing, this tune is a relaxing retro foray into neo-90’s-synthpop that has me looking forward to future parfums de France. More … Continue reading Fragrance – Heatwave