Alex Due

VIMES are from Cologne. I came across their music about two years ago. Their song “UpStairs” made it onto my portable music player and stayed in the playlists for a long time.

Now they’re about their song “Celestial” on Humming Records/Rough Trade. Release date is September 30. Can’t wait.

The German House/Disco/Electro band recently posted a remix on the SoundCloud page which you can download for free. Just hit the download link in the SoundCloud widget below.

“I’m On Vacation” is a track from their last album “Our Disco Is Louder Than Yours”. There’s a 5 minute mix of all the tracks from the album on SoundCloud. It’s one of my favourite albums at the moment.

I totally love their style. On September 23 CHVRCHES are going to release their debut album The Bones of What You Believe. I can’t wait to hold it in my hands.

Until then, here’s an amazing remix they did for MS MR:

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My last post is more than ten months old and I’ve been pretty busy. Unfortunately not with music primarily although I have started producing a lot of tracks.

At the end of September of last year I moved back from Canada to Braunschweig and it takes – as you can imagine – a lot of time to get settled, arrange the new flat, adapt to the new tasks at work and so on. What’s more, I’ve joined the team of C3S, the Cultural Commons Collecting Society which is currently being founded in Germany. As the name suggests it’s a collecting society whose task it will be to collect royalties for artists. It is supposed to be up-to-date with technology and society. Something you can’t really say about the currently established collecting societies in Germany. So this is going to be an alternative, a new option for artists who are living the new life, who are constantly looking for new possibilities to distribute their work and get compensation.

Pretty soon the C3S is going to start a fund raising to gain the capital needed for the foundation process. The beginning of this process was the release of the C3S Ignition Mix which is a compilation of free tracks from C3S’s supporting artists. The piece I chipped in is “LXDU – Into The Void” which is already more than six years old. Although it hasn’t gather a lot of attention on the internet so far, I thought it might fit into the mix as electronic music was far from dominating the styles.

My favourite track is “ZOE.LEELA – IAMARMX”. I mentioned Zoe.Leela’s EP “Queendome Come” about three years ago when she published it under Creative Commons licenses. Strobotone, who’s debut album “Flashback Forward” was pretty neat, also put two of his songs onto the mix.

Check it out: C3S Ignition Mix

If you like 80s synth pop you should check out Fm Attack. It’s a project by Shawn Ward from Vancouver. It seems he has been active for a few years already but I only found out about him recently. Especially his remix of Richard Marx’s “Should Have Known Better” is pretty sweet and you can download this track for free from SoundCloud.

More than one year ago I somehow found this promo video on YouTube which I liked very much. But there wasn’t much to find out about VISITOR on the internet at that time. There were ten artists with the same name on Discogs. However, none of them seemed to be involved in the track I was looking for. For the following few months I was checking several online music stores every now and then but never found the song I was looking for.

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A year later I had almost forgotten about “Coming Home” and the LifeLike remix, when I received an email promoting “New Music from VISITOR”. I’ve received a few emails like this before and as I was on vacation, I didn’t pay much attention and wanted to look into it later. But suddenly there was this hunch. VISITOR. This name sounded familiar. And after a moment it came back to me.

I guess that VISITOR are already on Discogs. At least the triangle on the cover of this release looks very much like the one on the Facebook and Twitter page.

This is the promo video for their forthcoming album. Check it out:

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This sounds very promising, guys. Keep me updated!

I recently needed to edit an eight hour long MP3 file which wasn’t very easy to do. After trying Audacity and Wavosaur which had problems displaying the amplitude for such a long recording, I ended up using GoldWave which does a pretty good job.

You can download this beautiful indie rock sing by Northpilot for free. They’ve got more stuff on their Bandcamp page. Have a listen.

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