The upcoming April release “Breedless” will be the 4th album of the American duo, as well as their first release on Dependent. Ego Likeness have ascended from their technoid, organic, trip-hop origins and evolved into a darker electronic dimension with each ensuing album. The earlier comparisons with bands like Curve and Collide can no longer be applied to “Breedless”, as the duo's work has taken on a much broader and darker spectrum.
“Breedless” switches between soft female chants and a much louder vocal style filled with tormented energy. Despite its variable speeds and volumes, the album is always emotionally charged, whilst the lyrics consider the darkness of our human psyche. In retrospect, it is obvious that Ego Likeness has consistently increased their standard of productivity. We affirm “Breedless”'s flawlessness.
The album will be released in the second half of April 2010 and will surprise more than one to whom Ego Likeness may still be unknown.
We´ve noticed a surprisingly high demand for the Mind.In.A.Box album "R.E.T.R.O".
With its unusual concept of re-sampling the tunes of old C64 video games, the album seems to draw much attention from those who also enjoyed the snippets on www.mindinabox.com. There is a definite appeal to resurrecting the sound aesthetics of 1980s video games. Mind.In.A.Box. mastermind Stefan Poiss has also come up with another gift for the supporters of his project: Upon purchasing the original CD, fans will once again find an included code in the booklet, which makes it possible to discover unpublished material on the band’s webpage. There are also rumors of an exclusive video clip as part of the bonus material range.
This February will see the release of a new album from mind.in.the.box: "R.E.T.R.O." An homage to the era of the Commodore 64 and 1980s video games, the album will even include a few cover versions of cult classics.
mind.in.a.box mastermind Stefan Poiss first locked horns with the C64 when he was just 11 during his first attempts at music making. He had no idea of the classic electronic albums like "Lost Alone", "Dreamweb", and "Crossroads" he was to create later. In a way, "R.E.T.R.O." represents a return to his earliest musical roots through the medium of modern technology.
We can't wait to hear the results!
With their melodic and poppy sound, it wasn't hard for the American trio Informatik to get the crowd at the Hamburg Markthalle moving on opening night. The Californians' unique take on synth-pop was the perfect warm-up for Mesh, who treated the audience to a furious 90 minute set (plus two encores) and a fantastic new lightshow.
We don't want to spoil anything for those who haven't yet seen it, but here you can catch a glimpse of the stage just before the start of the show.
Mesh, Informatik, and opening act Janosch Moldau have left behind similarly excited audiences in Rostock, Leipzig, Wien and Braunschweig. According to online forums, quite a few attendees of the Rostock and Leipzig shows were so impressed that they're toying with the idea of traveling to next week's concerts in Erfurt or Berlin.
The tour dates
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Great success for the first single release after the reopening of Dependent: The Mesh single "Only Better" climbed the German Media Control charts to position 84 this week!
The highly acclaimed Septic VIII compilation hit the shelves today. You can prelisten to all Septic VIII tracks in two very special DJ-mixes mixes by Dr. Klahn on the compilations own MySpace Profile
Dependent announces Septic VIII compilation for September: "Maybe the best Septic to date".
Announcing Septic VIII, the Dependent team proves that they still know how to put a compilation together. The Septic Compilation series has been hailed as one of the best compilation in the scene, and its 8th installment is on its way to be released on September 11th. As always, the compilation will showcase a unique mix between exclusive and rare tracks and remixes from popular artists, and newcomer bands alike. This volume will feature new tracks from forthcoming albums of artists like Velvet Acid Christ, MESH, Edge Of Dawn and Informatik as well as club-compatible stuff and rare mixes from KMFDM vs. Skold, Apparat, Acretongue, Encephalon and Non Plus Ultra. Also, some other eagerly awaited projects like Ghost & Writer (side project of Seabound's Frank Spinath and Jean-Marc Lederman from The Weathermen) and Gary Zon's Aerodrone will release their first officially distributed tracks here.
Dependent Chief Stefan Herwig, who put the compilation together himself, is really proud on this one: "I am really happy with the end result on Septic VIII because we really managed to put together a lot of rare and exclusive, yet absolutely outstanding tracks for this compilation. I think this might be the best Septic Compilation up to date so far, and this surprised me especially in regards to one particular discovery: contrary to public perception, this scene is not weak on new talent or exciting new sounds and bands. The truth is the opposite, there are a lot of well-hidden artists that are definitely worth checking out. However they don’t seem to reach large parts of their audience anymore, as the familiar structure of media and clubs is slowly starting to fall apart and as a result of that, people do miss out on a lot of good bands. Myspace does really not make up to it, contrary to the public perception. The often acclaimed "Viral" effect of the internet does favour bands that are already popular, but not bands that are fresh, yet unknown. So perhaps a compilation like Septic VIII is more important today than it was ten years ago, when we started the series."
The regrouped label hit-makers from Dependent appear to be in full gear right from the start. In addition to the Kilowatts & Vanek and Septic 8 sampler, the release of the new album “Arena” by the American electro outfit INFORMATIK is also announced for September. The electro project comprised of DA5ID DIN (DIN FIV) and Tyler Newman (Battery Cage) has only gained notice in Europe as an insider tip so far, but they have long been filling concert halls in the USA and have already released quite a number of albums there.
In contrast to the common “harder, faster, darker” trend, Informatik emphasize emotion and catchiness, which is reflected most in the anthemic melodies that are pleasantly reminiscent of old Apoptygma Berzerk classics such as “Mourn” and “Bitch” or even the strong vocoder vocals of mind.in.a.box. DA5ID DIN: “Our music is about emotions and making a statement. The technology behind it is just a means to an end.”