The New Division frontman launches new project, To Live And Die in LA, featuring guest singer Dana Jean Phoenix

Followers of Strangeways Radio will be very familiar with The New Division. They have been featured prominently on our shows, podcasts and playlists throughout the years and are one of our favorite modern synthpop bands. We are delighted to announce that John Kunkel, that brains behind The New Division, has created a new project called…

New 80 track CD & booklet – Electrical Language: Independent British Synthpop 78-84

Cherry Red Records is putting out a 4CD 80 track set that celebrates the independent side of the UK’s post punk synthpop boom that took place between 1978 and 1984. The collection is called Electrical Language and it also comes with a booklet featuring the sleeve notes from many of the recordings and words from the artists themselves. The collection includes several household names such as OMD, The Normal , Human League, Thomas Dolby and Fad Gadget in addition to underground artists from the era.

Modern Synth Compilation – Losing Touch

This weeks compilations feature the latest new releases in modern synthpop. This features the latest from 80’s staples Howard Jones and Blancmange. Plus, new releases from modern favorites TR/ST, Tamaryn and Maps. There are plenty of new bands to check out as well. If you haven’t heard Roosevelt, do yourself a favor and give them a listen. The track from Gesaffelstein ft Electric Youth sounds a lot like Chromatics.

Mint Julep - It's My Life

Mint Julep pay homage to Talk Talk’s Mark Hollis with cover of It’s My Life

The husband/wife Kennniff duo, otherwise known as Mint Julep, have release a cover of Talk Talk’s It’s My Life to pay homage to the late Mark Hollis, who passed away earlier this week due to illness. The cover is a beautifully arranged synth down tempo version that stays true to the sound of the original song, while offering enough differences to endear it to listeners.

Boy Harsher - Careful

Album Review : Boy Harsher – Careful

In their prior full length release “ YR Body is Nothing”; Boy Harsher created a driving, yet stripped down musical landscape, evoking an uneasy neurotic headspace with existential sexual crisis based lyrics paired with beats that your body can’t help but dance to. It causes the listener an uneasy reaction of pleasure met with discomfort. The single release, “Pain” showed the strengths of the band captured in a single track. Let me tip my hat to another well known band who captures this feeling by saying Boy Harsher do indeed capture the “pain” that we have not only become used to, but now fully seek out and can’t get enough of.