Suffering For Kisses – Change
Tony D’Oporto aka Suffering For Kisses has always had a deadpan vocal style to run alongside his blend of moody inspired darkwave beats. But on Change he turns in his best vocal effort to date sounding something like Johnny Cash fronting a post-punk band. This is good, really good.
The Harrow – Beyond Stars
The Harrow return with a new line up which now includes Alethea Leventhal from Ships In The Night. Beyond Stars is a hazy, ethereal track that draws it’s influences from 1980s goth and given the vocals, parts of the 4AD back catalogue. A nice track to drift off into the night too.
Twin Tribes – Fantasmas (Ash Code Remix)
I like to listen to remixes that bring something new to the party and I am not sure Ash Code’s remix of 2019s Fantasmas single quite manages to do that. Whilst the song has a more electronic feel thanks to the added/highlighted synths it just feels like the original has had a fresh lick of paint rather than a full reconstruction. That said I would still head onto the dancefloor if it came on.
Various Artists – Bipolar Sounds 2020
Bipolar Sounds 2020 is the Manic Depression Record’s collection of 2020 releases. Alongside Twin Tribes there are tracks from Blind Delon, Traitrs, Dead Astropilots and many more. I have had a quick listen and it’s the She Pleasures Herself Remix of Je T’aime’s The Sound that stands out for me in more way than one! A healthy look back at last year courtesy of the French post-punk specialist label.