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Posted 9 Aug 2013 @ 10:08am

“Turn it up,” recommends Neil Tennant, pulsating opener Axis igniting seconds later. His first words describe the underlying ethos of Electric, Pet Shop Boys’ twelfth studio album: a relentless dance-fuelled affair that defies the direction of its predecessor. It’s a new era in more ways than one, Pet Shop Boys’ twenty-eight year relationship with Parlophone drawing to a close.
 
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Posted 31 Oct 2012 @ 2:59pm

A very understated disco pop tune from the yet-forthcoming Pet Shop Boys album, Elysium. Leaving has a surprisingly hypnotic quality; a silken ripple effect that ushers away a super-camp Kylie Minogue-loving army of gayness that would otherwise consume this single. (For the record, I have no issue with a super camp army of gayness, I just don’t like Kylie Minogue.)

Posted 18 Jul 2012 @ 12:13pm

Winner is Pet Shop Boys at their most saccharine or most deeply ironic, it’s hard to say. The lyrics are sincere as shit, ready-pressed for the 2012 Olympics (“It’s been a long time coming, we’ve been in the running for so long, but now we’re on our way…you’re a winner, I’m a winner, this is all happening so fast”) but it’s hard to believe they mean it. Surely there is some arch undertone here...

Posted 1 May 2012 @ 11:44am

Believe it or not, Nightflight is actually Kate Miller-Heidke’s first solo album in three years. The success of its predecessor, Curiouser, rippled so triumphantly for so long, it’s as if Miller-Heidke never withdrew from the limelight. Nevertheless, she’s back, presenting a satisfying return to form.

 

Buoyant opener Ride This Feeling offers an electrifying first impression,...

Posted 18 Apr 2012 @ 12:25pm

One of our fair country's most dynamic talents has announced a swift return to Melbourne, this time performing in a very intimate surrounding.

 

 

Currently based in New York, Daniel took the world by storm with the release of his Mark Ronson-produced debut album, Love & War, in 2009. The album went Platinum in the UK and earned him an ARIA Award, as well as a...

Posted 12 Apr 2012 @ 2:26pm

 

I’ll come right out and admit it. As a child of the halcyon days of the ‘80s, nothing – nothing – floats my boat more than skillfully employed and emotive synth-pop. From the explosion of JG Ballard-inspired post-punk of Throbbing Gristle, Human League and Cabaret Voltaire to the post-industrial electro-pop purveyed by luminaries Depeche Mode, New Order and Erasure, the ‘80s were a...

Posted 12 Apr 2012 @ 10:22am

 

Speaking from his hotel in Turin at The Big Snow – a snowboarding festival where he is playing – Zomboy explains that he is working on new music and looking out onto one of the most amazing views he’s ever experienced. “In fact, let me take a picture so you can see,” he says. Before I know it, there is a picturesque snow covered chateau with beautiful tinges of green and brown in my...

Posted 13 Mar 2012 @ 4:13pm

UK post-dubstep duo Mount Kimbie are returning to Australian shores this May.

 

Last in Victoria for the closing Saturday night set at Golden Plains last year, the duo have received worldwide critical acclaim since the release of 2010 debut album Crooks & Lovers. Revered for the progression in their live show since the release, this tour is unmissable for fans interested in...

Posted 4 Mar 2012 @ 3:24pm

"Fresh" is right.

 

Old mates with fellow drum and bass trendsetter dBridge from his role in the revered collective Bad Company, founder of Dogs on Acid and one of the genre’s favourite labels Breakbeat Kaos (home to releases from the likes of Pendulum to J Majik and Wickaman and the Brookes Brothers) along with Adam F, and production work for the Pet Shop Boys, DJ Shadow, Apollo...

Posted 19 Jan 2012 @ 1:30pm

They’re hardly the new kids on the block, but Romulus may well be your introduction to Perth’s Voltaire Twins. Jaymes and Tegan’s androgynous looks and dark electro beats suggest something along the lines of The Knife, but this is fairly straightforward new wave pop (plus, er, they’re actually a quartet). While their music is hardly ground-breaking, it’s so confident in its sound...

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