synthpop

Shoc Corridor – Iceberg


Shoc Corridor were a minimal wave group from West London who released two full-lengths and a handful of singles during the early 1980s. Their songs typically consisted of sparse, midtempo drum machine beats and chilling, atmospheric synths, often with wayward vocals. Some of their tracks featured 4/4 beats that prefigured techno, but their sound was generally a bit too light and delicate for the dancefloor. The group was formed in the early ’80s by vocalist Paul O’Carroll, guitarist Chris Davis, and synthesizer players Andy Garnham and Nogi Prass. They signed to a small London-based label called Shout and released their debut 12″ EP A Blind Sign in 1982. Debut full-length Experiments in Incest arrived the following year. David and Prass then left the group, and were replaced by Paul Humphries and Sarah Panton. The new lineup of Shoc Corridor released 7″ single “Holding Treasure” on Shout, and 12″ single “Fever” and Train of Events, their significantly more accessible second LP, on the Quiet label, all in 1984. Tragically, Humphries committed suicide that year, and the band ceased activity. Belgian label Classix Records brought the group’s catalog to compact disc with the release of Anthology in 1993. Another Belgian label, Testtoon Records, released a remix 12″ of Shoc Corridor’s track “Artificial Horizon” in early 2013. San Francisco-based label Dark Entries reissued Shoc Corridor’s debut LP in 2015.

Im Nin’Alu – Ofra Haza

Bat-Sheva Ofra Haza-Ashkenazi (Hebrew: עפרה חזה‎‎; November 19, 1957 – February 23, 2000) was an Israeli singer, actress and international recording artist. Her voice has been described as a “tender” mezzo-soprano.

Inspired by a love of her Yemenite Jewish and Hebrew culture, her music quickly spread to a wider Middle Eastern audience, somehow bridging the divide between Israel and the Arab countries. As her career progressed, Haza was able to switch between traditional and more commercial singing styles without jeopardizing her credibility. Her music fused elements of Eastern and Western instrumentation, orchestration and dance-beat. She became successful in Europe and the Americas; during her singing career, she earned many platinum and gold discs.

Gold Zebra – Love, French, Better


Lovers and purveyors of late-night heartbreaking disco noir, GOLD ZEBRA are one part darkness, one part light, sometimes french, sometimes english. A celebration about yesterday, a voyage amid analog instruments, melodies and melancholies.

Rey Pila – Alexander

Rey Pila is the solo project of Los Dynamite’s ex front-man and vocalist, Diego Solórzano. Los Dynamite split in 2008 and in 2009 Diego started writing music for his new project which he would come to call Rey Pila.
Rey Pila’s first album was composed and produced by Diego himself and includes ten tracks – four of these in Spanish and six in English. In the album, he combines a variety of musical genres that span from psychedelic to shoegaze and showcases old-school Motown references as well.