"A Perfect Solution", the latest album from MESH was surely one of the highlight releases of recent years. The boys from Bristol showcased both their club and alternative influences, creating a masterpiece caught between accessible beauty and bitter melancholy. Up next is "An Alternative Solution", a remix album with several unusual characteristics.
We didnt want to have big bands as remixers, but just friends we know personally, and who we know like our music, and with whom we have a relationship, says Mesh singer Mark Hockings. The status of the remixers was secondary, the important thing was that the mixes were good. A friend will do a better mix for you than someone who is just getting a little cash for it.
The results speak for themselves, then many of the mixes stand up to the original versions, without ripping the original song completely out of its musical context. All eleven tracks from "A Perfect Solution" get the remix treatment here, and the remix album retains the original´s track order as well. In spite of its unconventional approach, Mesh have assembled an illustrious lineup of remixers from friendships built up over the bands 15 year history, including Iris, Portion Control, Zeromancer, Parralox, and Assemblage 23.
"An Alternative Solution" is to be released May 20th. Fans and collectors shall look for the limited first pressing, also containing a bonus CD with additional remixes and rare tracks.
Here you already can pre-order your copy of "An Alternative Solution".
Here is the full tracklisting of the limited first edition, containing the bonus CD:
01. If We Stay Here (Zeromancer Remix) / 02. Only Better (Mechanical Cabaret Bi-Polar Mix) / 03. Everything I Made (Robin Gigla Remix) / 04. Is It So Hard? (Remixed by Iris feat. Julia Beyer) / 05. Hold It Together (Daniel Myer Renegade of Noise RMX) / 06. It's Gone (SMP Deathproof Mix) / 07. How Long (Assemblage 23 Remix) / 08. Who Says? (Inuition's Alternate Solution Mix) / 09. Hopes, Dreams (Parralox Remix) / 10. Want You (Restraining Order Mix by Informatik) / 11. The Bitter End (Portion Control 'Grind' 70BPM Version)
12 Only Better (Alien6 Remix) / 13 Everything I Made (Kloq Remix) / 14 Save Everyone / 15 Hold & Restrain (Olafs Vinyl Version) / 16 How Long (Mesh Full Duration Pump Mix) / 17 How Long (samEDIT Perpetual Mix) / 18 The Bitter End (Celluloide Version Hexagonale)
There's no turning back now...the new KMFDM album "WTF?!" is mastered and at the plant. The final tracklisting gives a good idea of what we're in for on 29 April:
01.Krank / 02. Come On - Go Off / 03. Rebels In Control / 04. Lynchmob / 05. Take It Like A Man / 06. Vive La Mort! / 07. Dystopia / 08. Panzerfaust / 09. Spectre / 10. Amnesia / 11. Death & Burial Of C.R.
To shorten the wait, 11 March will see the release of the "Krank" single, featuring remixes from Sebastian Komor and SKOLD alongside the non-album-track "Day Of Light" in two different versions.
The single can be previewed here and also be pre-ordered now through the Dependent Shop here.
Has Dependent become the home of ex-Marilyn Manson guitarists? A few years ago came Rob Holiday's solo releases as Sulpher, and now Tim Skold's solo project SKOLD finds a home on the European industrial label.
Having worked with both KMFDM and Marilyn Manson, the Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer Tim Skold finally returns to his original solo project SKOLD. 1996 saw the release of the first SKOLD album, released by RCA, on which Tim played all the instruments himself. After joining KMFDM in 1997 and releasing three albums, Skold continued working with Sascha Konietzko and Lucia Cifarelli as MDFMK. In 2002 he joined Marilyn Manson as bassist and co-producer following the departure of longtime Manson collaborator Twiggy Ramirez, and took over in 2004 as guitarist following the departure of John 5. After Twiggy rejoined Manson in 2008, Skold returned to the reformed KMFDM, contributing to the 2009 album "Blitz" as well as the Skold vs. KMFDM album. Now, Metropolis and Dependent have signed on to release new solo material in 2011. First up is the single "Suck", featuring remixes by 16Volt, Front Line Assembly, and Combichrist, followed soon after by the first SKOLD full-length in 15 years!
Tales of the legendary island of Atlantis, said to have sunk beneath the waves “in a single day and night of misfortune”, have been told for more than 2,400 years. No matter that it never existed, the fabled continent has been the subject of thousands of books over the centuries, a testament to the enduring power of the Atlantis myth.
Still, it is perhaps an unexpected theme to be taken up by a Canadian electro-industrial project. On the other hand, “Canadian electro” has always stood for complex and profound sounds identified with acts like Skinny Puppy, Front Line Assembly, Numb and Decoded Feedback, so it’s a small step to move from complex sounds to complex themes.
This thematic challenge is taken up by Fractured on the second full-length, “Beneath The Ashes”. Anyone expecting sterile or overly convoluted sounds is on the wrong track, as this time around Fractured have incorporated a range of organic elements such as acoustic guitars and orchestral arrangements to bring a new depth to their music. At times reminiscent of a soundtrack, this is a dense and compact album that never stays too long in one place, maintaining an air of tension throughout, just like an ancient continent foreshadowing its destruction. In other words, never a dull moment: club-ready electro tracks alternate with gentle ballads, always keeping the listener on her toes.
Extra large audio snippets of the album you will find here.
The album will be released on March 25th and can be pre-ordered here.
Dependent shirts in 3 sizes and also large Dependent stickers are available now. A few last FLA shirts are left from the tour.
Also you can pre-order KMFDM "Krank", the new Fractured album and the "Dependent Club Anthems" and "Dependence 2011" compilation albums.
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That was a close one: directly following the announcement of its' April release date, a few computer-savvy fans "stole" the cover art of the forthcoming KMFDM album “WTF?!” from a server of their US-based label Metropolis Records, and within minutes had leaked it onto a number of forums. The cover displays an attractive woman with a burning stick of dynamite – positioned in her cleavage.
After the initial surprise, KMFDM-head Sascha “Käpt’n K” Konietzko realized that band and label had actually been rather lucky: “The album master was scheduled to be put on the same server just a few days later, it was fortunately still at the mastering studio in Los Angeles. Such an early leaking of this album would have been a complete catastrophe for us. Well, at least it goes well with the album title: WTF?!"
In the meantime KMFDM have also announced the remixer lineup of their forthcoming single “Krank” , to be released in Europe in the first half of March: among others, Sebastian Komor (Icon Of Coil, Komor Kommando) and Bill Rieflin (Revolting Cocks, Ministry) have rendered exciting mixes for "Krank". The single will also feature a rare B-side “Day Of Light”. Here you already can find audio snippets from the single and here you can pre-order your copy now.
If you are a DJ for electronic and industrial music spinning regularly, this might be something for you: Dependent is launching a DJ community for industrial DJs in Europe and North America. The community will include a separate forum for DJs only (English & German). Registered DJs will also obtain limited special offers in the Dependent shop, the option to rate serviced Dependent releases online, direct interactions with the label, playlist threads, etc.
DJs instantly can register here
Double feature inexorable -- both new Dependent compilations are finalized and snippets are already online!
"The Past" meets "The Future": on 25 February, both Dependent compilations "Dependent Club Anthems" and "Dependence 2011" will be released at a special low price. The two compilations could equally be subtitled as "For Beginners" and "For Professionals", as "Club Anthems" contains all of Dependent's biggest club hits of the past decade including "Leiermann" by Covenant, "Exterminate, Annihilate, Destroy" by Rotersand, "Stand Up" by Stromkern, the Suicide Commando classic "Hellraiser" and many more. If "Club Anthems" provides an overview of the label's past, "Dependence 2011" is a glimpse of the future, showcasing samples from Dependent releases of the next 9 months and beyond such as the new MESH remix album, tracks from newcomers Encephalon and Clicks!, and unreleased tracks and remixes from Front Line Assembly, Stromkern, Edge Of Dawn, Dismantled, and many more.
The complete tracklistings and xl-audio-snippets of both compilations you will find here:
"Dependent Club Anthems" "Dependence 2011"
Here you can pre-order both compilation albums.
And here you will also find a short term special offer: Get your copy of "Dependence 2011" plus a limited edition Dependent label-shirt!
The Canadian electro duo Decoded Feedback will support Covenant as one of two acts on their German tour dates in April this year, and present their latest album "Aftermath" for the first time in Germany. The second support will be the German act Patenbrigade: Wolff.
Here are the dates:
14.04.2011 DE - Duisburg - Pulp
15.04.2011 DE - Magdeburg - Factory
16.04.2011 DE - Dresden - Straße E
22.04.2011 DE - Frankfurt / Main - Batschkapp
23.04.2011 DE - Hannover - Capitol
24.04.2011 DE - Berlin - Columbia Club
Now finally available, the long awaited debut album "Shipwrecks" by Jimmyjoe Snark III (then one half of The Weathermen, crafted the New Beat/EBM smash hit “Poison”) and Frank M. Spinath (vocalist for both Seabound and Edge of Dawn) as GHOST & WRITER.
Seldom has the combination of old and new been so creative and fruitful than on the first Ghost & Writer LP “Shipwrecks”. In keeping with the unconventionality of the entire project, each of the 8 album tracks is also featured in an alternative version, each re-worked by a different artist.
Snark and Spinath give conventional songwriting the cold shoulder and turn instead to brazenly modern structures as well as beloved yet nearly forgotten retro-elements, or as they put it: „Mean little stories blown up to cinematic proportions. Stranded and battered electronic memorials of better days. And yet, so fresh it almost hurts.“
To make your own decision what´s worth to buy next, here you can download the full track "Man On A Wire" for free.
And you also can listen to XL-snipptes of further album tracks here.