WL//WH Weekly Post-Punk / Darkwave / Dark Synth Tips

Weekly Post-Punk / Darkwave / Dark Synth Tips – February #06-22

PICKS OF THE WEEK:
  • Kyiv, Ukraine darkwave /industrial dance /synth-pop project of Stan Przhegodsky, aka Black Light District “California Reaper” from the work in progress second album “Black Light District II”                                              

Ukrainian electronic musician releases cinematic and hypnotic instrumental jams since the end of 2020 exploring multifaceted shades of dark sounds spanning from Industrial, Goth, Darkwave, Post-Punk, Italo, Body Music and beyond, I often used to start a playlist with. I really enjoyed his last post-punk/coldwave inflected cuts with a deft mix of organic and synthetic, steady pounding beats and hypnotic kicks to propel haunted glistening knits of shimmering guitar pain and icy bright wistful synth flows, spreading obsessive anxieties over a rumbling undertow of ominously snaky bass pulse gloom to extract hidden dangers and toxic feelings from dwindling memories of dread.

  • Wilmington, North Carolina goth /synthpop /darkwave duo DEAD COOL “Game of Trust” single

North Carolina‘s couple increasingly delivers, single by single, thrilling synth-laden darkwave. Punchy beats and ominously pulsing bassline drive danger and allure in whimsical and wandering glaring synth wafts laced with love and hate to carry fearful, anxious vocals into a nihilistic “Game of Trust” where lust and deception spawn a passion-fuelled doomed fate. We absolutely get a buzz out of this dramatic dangerous game of darkwave fantasy.

  • East Bay machine-driven dual-bass darkwave leaning post-punk duo featuring Mike Cadoo (Gridlock, Bitcrush) and Badger McInnes (Here We Burn, After the Apex), Vague Lanes “The Last Song” (Trisomie 21 cover) from V/A “COLD AND BARE The No Devotion Records Files 2021/2022” on No Devotion Records

From the just dropped brilliant eclectic Mexican label No Devotion Records‘ digital collection of previously (or soon to be) released, unreleased tracks and remixes from an eclectic bunch of underground dark electronic and post-punk international artists in which seemingly stands out the hard-hitting club-ready Twin Tribe remix of Texan industrial artist Curse Mackey, albeit not to be overlooked by the ‘doom and gloom” version of the 1987 anthemic French Coldwave classic from dual-bass darkwave/post-punk duo through a relentless dirgier concoction of chunky and murky warbling low end danger and agonizing contorted vocalizations drowning in melancholic obsessions of nostalgic stabbing fear.

  • North American ambient /ethereal /dark electronic songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Alethea Leventhal, AKA Ships In The Night “A Thousand Miles From Nowhere” (Dwight Yoakam cover)
  • Phoenix, AZ based Dream Pop/Dark Wave DJ duo Bella Lune “Cold (The Cure Cover)”
  • Nantes, France experimental /ambient /kraut /post-punk /coldwave/electronic act PROJET MARINA “Le passage” from the upcoming cassette album “LOIRE”
  • Hamilton, UK goth/darkwave project of Lea Torn, THE SECRET EXPERIMENT “Song For Rain” single
  • French coldwave /darkwave solo project from Liverdun, Cold Grey Rain “Pleasures” from the archival EP “Early Dreams #2”
  • Rouen, France dark post-punk /coldwave solo project NICE COLD NATION “Safe” first single from the upcoming new album                                                                                                                                                                             
  • England, UK goth post-punk 4-piece MEZZOTINT “A Time To Die” single
  • Belgium electro /minimal wave project of Holly Naboo (Naboo/The hermetic Electric), [Obsessive Compulsive Disorder] O.C.D. “Lost & Echo (no voices)” from “Intrusives Thoughts” EP
  • Vienna, Austria post-punk /dark electro /synth-punk artist Johnny Fünfhaus “Der Rausch”                               
  • London-based, Lithuania-native Meta Moto label owner, coldwave /electronic producer and DJ Osvaldas Egzotikka, AKA EGZOTIKKA – “TU / YOU”
  • Berlin-based lo-fi /NDW /new wave /post-punk solo project of Florian Nikolai, aka JOGGER “Schalte dich aus” first single from Jogger’s upcoming debut album “BRD Noir” out in May ’22 via CUT SURFACE.
  • Hamburg NDW /Electro /Minimal Synth duo DIE ROTE GEFAHR “Dahinter” from 4-track EP on NLW and Suboptimal Records
  • Canadian darkwave / industrial / synthpunk solo bedroom music project from Montréal, Plague ’94 “The Horror I Have Become” from the upcoming release “The Visage of Hatred”                                                           
  • Hamburg EBM /minimal synth wave solo project ANTI TRUST “B” from “Organismus” EP
             
  • XTR Human – “Dark Germany (Filmmaker Remix)” from the album “Remixes” collection of Remixes by Colombian dark electronic finest Faunes Efes aka FILMMAKER
  • L.A. based IDM /industrial /ambient /breakcore /drum & bass /dark electro artist DEFRAG “Glass Whip” from the upcoming album “Float” via ant-zen & hymen records
  • Italian/Swiss industrial /EBM /dark techno /acid electronic /darkwave trio of Florin Büchel (aka CCO) and Daniele Cosmo (co-owner of Lux Rec.) and vocalist Kleio Thomaïdes, AKA Savage Grounds “What Remains” from the upcoming cassette album “Hidden By The Night” on She Lost Kontrol
  • Berlin/Athens EBM /Synth Wave /New Wave /Psych /Dark Electronic collaborative project between Nikolaos Raptis (aka Fringe Society) and Gerard Papasimakopoulos (former lead vocalist of the Rattler Proxy), Modern Ruin “Echoes Of Blood” from the cassette “Flesh” EP on Lurid Music
  • Chicago based wave /dark electro project of Canal Irreal guitarist, Scott Plant “With Us” from “Alone / With Us” EP on Ordinary Weirdos Records
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands post-punk /coldwave solo project Ruudje “Terracotta” from “Tweede Klasse” 2-track single
  • Athens, Greece electronic /wave /synthpunk act SARU/MUNA “Πέντε-υδροξυαμινοαιθυλοινδόλιο” from the new album “Βαθιά Μεσ’ Την Υπόγα”
  • Perm, Russian coldwave /minimal-synth side project of Konstantin Ostrovsky (aka Kondratie), AKA Toska Po Domu [тоска по дому] “Ашдод” single
  • Kortrijk, Belgium /London, UK minimalistic synthpop duo Dolva Sana “Tell A Lie” from the debut EP “Hard-boiled Wonderland”
  • Mexican dark minimal wave solo project from Guadalajara, Cascadia Rising – “Silence (Dead edit)” from “Sulfur Fire” EP
  • Berlin based dark wave /minimal synth /EBM /post-punk duo Kalte Liebe – “Dopamin” single 
  • London-based cyberpunk /dark electronic /industrial pop duo, Dead Lights “Doom Doom Trash” from upcoming “Doom Doom Trash” EP on Cold Transmission Music
  • São Paulo, Brazil industrial /trip-hop /electronic /darkwave producer Kevin Martins AKA Velvetic – “Wretched Maze” first single from the upcoming album ”Departure”.
  • UK synth-pop duo from Colchester, The Love Asylum “Rulers of another world” single
  • Canadian electronic /synthpop duo Matthias & Marss “Ever After” from the upcoming debut LP “Plus One”
  • Canada/California retro dark /synthwave /synthpop collaboration between Vancouver‘s Shawn Ward & Santa Cruz‘s Blake Voss, FM Attack & Vandal Moon “Séance” single
  • Manchester, UK electronic /new wave /synthpop solo project KRAFTman “A Face I Knew (VST Mix)” (Exclusive Track) from the album “Electrique Fabrique (Razgrom Music Edition)” special edition plus bonus tracks of the 2021 KRAFTman album “Electrique Fabrique” released on Razgrom Music
  • Los Angeles based dark electronic /synthpop duo Brian Belknap (Mind Machine) & Adam Collier (Crush333, MDA and Full Frontal Disco), BlakLight “Nowhere Girl” (B-Movie cover) from the new single “Into The Void (Cold Mix)”.
  • Scotland, UK goth /synthpop /darkwave solo project Propter Hoc – “History the Operator” title track from the new sophomore album “History the Operator”
  • Russian Darkwave /Synth project of Konstantin Ostrovsky (toska po domu, црквь) based in Perm, KONDRATIE “Cadavre” single
  • Greece EBM /industrial /poetry /darkwave /synthpop project Πύργος Αθηνών “Πύργος Αθηνών – 11527” title track from the album “Πύργος Αθηνών – 11527” on SOIL
  • Florence, Italy new wave /synthpop trio TRAUM CHERRY – “Paracetamol” from the debut s/t EP
  • French minimal wave analog synth DIY one-woman project TUELIPE “Walk” from the debut album “Mono game”
  • London, UK based minimal analogue synth primitive-electronic DIY music project THIS IS THE BRIDGE “Standing Tall” from the new “Strange Reasons To Be Afraid” EP
  • Athens-based, Greek dark synth electronic duo Kriistal Ann and Toxic Razor, AKA Paradox Obscur “Intercourse” title track from upcoming 2-track cassette single
  • Slovakian/North American Darkwave /Synthwave collaboration André Savetier & The Stave Church – “Checkmate” single on Wave Noir
  • Mexican synthwave /darkwave /post-punk project of Helder Camberos, AKA Red Industrie “Tiempos de Nostalgia (Schonwald Remix)” from the Maxi-Single “Tiempos de Nostalgia” on PurZynth Rekords
  • French Electro-Synthpop trio DARK MINIMAL PROJECT “In Your Eyes” from the debut album “Cold Black Room”
  • Italian goth /coldwave /darkwave /synthpop /electronic duo Luca Bandini & Alessandra Gismondi, SHAD SHADOWS “Destroy” from the upcoming cassette album “Prismatic” on Wave Tension Records
  • German synth wave /post-punk /synthpop project from Hamburg, VIDEOTRAUM “Ritual” new single
  • Italian post-cold darkwave project of Roberto Del Vecchio (Gothica, Les Jumeaux Discordants and Shadoworld) featuring Carlo Baldini on synth and bass, THE LAST HOUR “Black Eyes” from the new third album “Black Eyes” on The White Room Netlabel
  • US post-punk /darkwave /coldwave solo project, This Cold Night “A Letter to Myself” from the new album “Are We Not Immortal Yet?” on Young & Cold Records
  • California‘s Darkwave /Goth Rock /Post-Punk duo Arvid Arays & Eduardo Mora, AKA Ill Humans “Luster” from the new album “New Light”
  • German Darkwave /Post-Punk band URBANDONED. “Retina” single
  • Saarbrücken, Germany synth /post-punk outfit ANGST4 “Ein Bild” new single.
     
  • Swiss lo-fi /experimental /NDW /coldwave /post-punk /synthpop /disco project of Carlo Onda, KARL KAVE “Verehrte” from the cassette “Zeit der Unschuld” on Detriti Records
  • Dutch electronic wave duo based in The Hague, STERK WATER “Not An Addict” (K’s Choice cover) from the cover EP “De jaren tachtig waren prachtig”
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands darkwave /synthwave act Minor Crime “Waves” single
  • Costa Rican Post-Punk /Dark Wave from San José, MOLT “Milgram” (Single)
  • Colombian darkwave /post-punk /coldwave one-man project by Juan Bolivar based in Bogotá, THE CLUSTER “Blanquirosa” from the new EP “Disnomia” on Tres incendios Records
  • Baltimore, Maryland Shoegaze /Coldwave /Darkwave solo project 4҉d҉v҉e҉r҉s҉a҉r҉y҉ – ‘NeverAgain’                               
  • Mexican post-punk /goth-synth-dark-pop act GOD CAT – ‘Somos Magia’ new single on We are one Records
                                               
  • Río Cuarto, Argentina goth /darkwave /post-punk solo project Ruido Triste “Descomposi-posición” from “Ahogado” EP
  • Russian Post-punk solo project based in Moscow, FLUENT PANIC “Враг / Enemy” from the single “Тихо & Враг”
         
  • Brisbane, Australia based goth /darkwave /post-punk trio led by Steven Schnorrer, Locust Revival “Your Delusions Are Not Mine” single
  • Sacramento, Ca post-punk /synthpop /darkwave project of Julian Sharwarko, AKA Harsh Symmetry “Mirror Twin” debut single
  • Antwerp, Belgium‘s noise dark post-punk trio Disorientations “Wandering” from the debut album “Memory Lanes” on [PIAS] Recordings
  • Austin, TX-based Post-Punk band from Detroit, GRAYSONS “Gotta Go” from 2-track “Can’t Get Out (Demo)”
  • Prague-based UK post-punk /new wave duo A DULL SET “This Figure” new single
  • Los Angeles based indie rock /post-punk /new wave /coldwave solo project of Chicago‘s singer, songwriter and musician Vince Grant, The Sea At Midnight “Atmosphere” from the new EP “Oceans”
  • Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia Indie /new wave /post-punk band Teresa In The Moon “The Man Without A Planet” single
  • Phoenix, AZ dream pop /synthwave /post-punk solo project Secret Attraction “Trust/Forget” new single from upcoming Lp “Replica” on Stratford Court                                                                                                             
  • Orléans, France post-punk /shoegaze solo project RocKo Is DeAd – “Astral steps (ne penser qu’au vide)” single 
  • Dark rock duo from the industrialized North of England, AUGER “Oxygen” from the upcoming album “Nighthawks”
  • Indianapolis based post-punk one-man-band ANGEL-MAKER “Sepsis” from “AUTUMN” EP
  • Spanish post-punk /shoegaze /darkwave solo project OSCURIDAD ROMÁNTICO “Me Quemas Mi Alma” single                                                                                                                                                                         
  • Italian deathrock /post-punk /gothic rock band The Spiritual Bat “Close Your Eyes” from the upcoming LP “Mission : Create” on SwissDarkNights Label
  • Los Mochis, Mexico Darkwave /Coldwave /Post-Punk band FUNERALZ “Destruction Is Desire” new single
  • UK gothic rock band from Bradford, West Yorkshire, DAWN OF ELYSIUM “Storm” new single
  • Portland, Or based four-piece post-punk /goth /rock n roll band Nyx Division “Orchid Rain” single
  • Danish post-punk /noise rock band from Aarhus, LOOSE ENDS “It’s Not Pretty” from the debut “Yearning for Something Else” EP
  • Monterrey, Mexico industrial/darkwave/gothic rock trio DELIVERANCE “Milo (Single Version)”
  • Dresden-based post-punk quartet fronted by Lazy Schulz (Whispers In The Shadow), LUC STARGAZER “Jupiter (Seasurfer Remix)” from the EP “The Comet Tail“ on Reptile Music
  • Mission, TX synth-punk act I Killed Techno! “Watch The Skies” from the album “Don’t Dream In The Grave” on Big Money Cybergrind
  • Vienna, Austria hardcore punk /post-punk band PITVA “Past” from S/T album on Static Age Musik
  • Montreal, Quebec angular post-punk band Coins Parallèles “Ne rien faire” from cassette “Demo” EP on Mangel
  • UK electronic /post-punk project of Oli Heffernan (Ivan The Tolerable, King Champion Sounds, University Challenged) along with the spoken-word vocals of Leighton Crook (Country Teasers, Arndales, Badgewearer), Houseplants “The Barrows” from “II” EP on Win Big Records
  • Copenhagen, Denmark experimental post-punk duo SHINY DARKLY “April” from the new EP “Heavyy” on Crunchy Frog
  • Gilbert, AZ goth /surf /post-punk /new wave solo project Rare Kreature “Everlong (Dreamy Cover)” [Foo Fighters cover]
 

 

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