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Salt Ashes – Somebody

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On “Somebody,” Salt Ashes brings to life the imaginings of Kate Bush dancing in a haunted Studio 54 to electronic pulsing grooves and lyrical escapism “Somebody take me… away.” “Somebody” is complemented by the B-side “Little Dove,” a jewel of a track with fragmented, brooding vocals. The package is tied up with UK Dj/Producer Cruelty’s soulful, slick italo-disco remix of the original “Somebody.”

A special edition 12″ vinyl single is also planned for release some time in February or early March. Only 1,000 units will be produced of this sure to be collector’s item, with limited distribution in the US and UK. Fans can check the Radikal Records website for news regarding the release of the vinyl single.

Obsessed with Giorgio Moroder’s blend of disco and epic dark atmospheres, Salt Ashes first sprang to attention with her cover of Depeche Mode’s “Black Celebration.” Salt Ashes has spent the past year honing her own songs in the studio, creating her signature electronic grooves, and drawing influence from artists as diverse as Madonna, Kate Bush, Daft Punk and MIA.

“Somebody” is just the first taste of this young talent, Salt Ashes, who will be releasing her first full length album sometime this year.

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Apollo 440 – The Future’s What It Used To Be

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Apollo 440 burst onto the electronic music scene in the late 90s with their first release, “Electro Glide in Blue.” The leading single from that album, “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘bout Dub,” which sampled an iconic Van Halen guitar riff and mixed it with drum and bass elements, reached #7 on the UK singles charts. Two years later, their next single “Stop the Rock,” a blues rock anthem infused with elements of dub and ambient, went to #10 on the UK singles charts and was also featured in the FIFA 2000 video game for Playstation and the American film “Gone in 60 Seconds.” Apollo 440’s aggressive, rock-inspired brand of electronica became widely popular. Along with contemporaries Prodigy and The Chemical Brothers, Apollo 440 helped to pioneer a new genre that would later lead the emergence of dub step.

Apollo 440 now returns with the release of their fifth studio album, “The Future’s What It Used To Be.” The album is the first from the group in almost 10 years, but Apollo 440 pick up right where they left off, with a package that’s full of the same kind of high energy, dub-infused electro-rock anthems that made them famous earlier in their career. The lead single from the collection, “A Deeper Dub,” is a reworking of the C + C Music Factory’s single “A Deeper Love” and harbors an infectious beat and a captivating chorus similar to past Apollo 440 hits.

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Strom – Hif EP

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The title of Strom’s debut EP, Herz In Fetzen (Heart Shred To Pieces) sets an ominous tone – these guys aren’t writing songs about sweet love and teenage longing. The bands songs don’t just deal with broken hearts but take love gone wrong to the extreme. In Strom’s world, hearts are ripped to pieces, emotions are shredded to their core. The heavy guitars do the cutting and the menacing drum beats pound what’s left in the ground. Strom mixes the intensity of Rammstein with the electronic coldness of Nine Inch Nails with a touch of Limp Bizkit thrown in for good measure. Don’t be deceived by the occasional seemingly melancholic melody. Strom are from Germany. German Rock just found a powerful new voice! Read more…