Ash Code – Betrayed

Post-punk, Italian-electro, darkwave staples Ash Code are Claudia with twin brothers Alessandro and Adriano, self-described as “dark ballads, deep and melancholic synths, noise and distortions, dances of death.” The band name being “Ash” in homage to their local volcano Mount Vesuvius, in Napoli, and “Code” to evoke something both indefinite yet existentialist. The song “Betrayed” seeming to relate the story of a spurned love forced … Continue reading Ash Code – Betrayed

Rezz & Grabbitz – Someone Else

Isabelle Rezazadeh, “Space Mom” AKA Rezz wows us in this her collaboration with Grabbitz (Nicholas Chiari). Stylishly-sneaky this track pulses with Reznor-like slinking bass and somewhat Beatlesque-layered harmonies that combine in dark-euphoric splendor over the chorus. Rezz has said her music starts with just “messing around” after which she finds a collaborator, in this case, producer/songwriter Grabbitz. The video was undone from its original form (due … Continue reading Rezz & Grabbitz – Someone Else

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

O. Children – Ruins

Lead singer Tobi O’Kandi standing at a larger-than-life 6’8″ smoothly croons in characteristic baritone this one of a pair of minor hits from 2009/2010 (the other penned “Dead Disco Dancer“). Sadly, O’ Children (so named for a Nick Cave song) have since broken up with O’Kandi a now solo act. Interestingly, previous to O. Children, O’Kandi was paired with drummer Andi Sleath in the band … Continue reading O. Children – Ruins