Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Monthly Chart - September 2014

1. Kingsland Road - Dirty Dancer
2. Jermaine Jackson & Pia Zadora - When The Rain Begins To Fall
3. Alisha - Baby Talk
4. Solid Harmonie - Circus
5. The Wanted - Glow In The Dark
6. Alisha - All Night Passion
7. Marilyn Chambers - Benihana
8. David Bowie - Magic Dance (A Dance Mix)
9. Angela Clemmons - One Night Baby
10. Nik Kershaw - Dancing Girls
11. Five Star - Treat Me Like A Lady (7" Version)
12. Betty Wright - Sinderella
13. David Bowie - Underground (Extended Dance Mix)
14. Alisha - Bounce Back
15. Elton John - I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That (The Shep Pettibone Mix)
16. Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand - No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) (12" Version)
17. Nik Kershaw - Shame On You
18. Brenda K. Starr - Sata
19. East 17 - Stay Another Day (Less Sad Mix)
20. Rebbie Jackson - Reaction
21. Jermaine Jackson - Do You Remember Me?
22. Silver Convention - Get Up And Boogie
23. Donna Summer - Theme From The Deep (Down, Deep Inside)
24. Princessa - Vivo
25. Vicious Pink - Cccan't You See
26. She Moves - Breaking All The Rules (Berman Brothers Dance Mix)
27. David Bowie - Magic Dance (Dub)
28. Sweet Obsession - Set The Night On Fire
29. Judette Warren - Give It Up
30. David Bowie - Underground (Dub Mix)

This list shows which songs I've listened to the most this month, on my computer and my iPod. A regularly updated list of my all-time favourite songs can be found here.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Eurotix - Kill Another Day (Depeche Mode, anyone?)

"Kill Another Day", a track from the Eurotix EP "Let's Die Young" is now on YouTube, so you can have a listen down below. Can you spot the Depeche Mode reference? The track is out now on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon UK, Amazon US.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Alphaville - So80s Presents Alphaville

Black & Jones did an amazing job with the remastered collection "So80s Presents Sandra" a few years ago. Now, they're back with a new compilation, featuring rare 12" remixes and B-sides by German synthpop band Alphaville.

The classic hit singles "Forever Young", "Big In Japan" and "Sounds Like A Melody" are all included. Pre-order your copy from Amazon DE. I'm sure it will be available in the UK and US eventually, so keep your eyes open.

"So80s Presents Alphaville" tracklist - CD 1:

1. Big In Japan (Extended Remix)
2. Sounds Like A Melody (Special Long Version)
3. Forever Young (Special Dance Version)
4. Jet Set (Jellybean Mix)
5. Dance With Me (Empire Remix)
6. Universal Daddy (Aquarian Dance Mix)
7. Jerusalem (The Palace Version)
8. Sensations (Club Mix)
9. Red Rose (The 12" Remix)
10. Romeos (Extended Mix)
11. Summer Rain (Extended Version)
12. Mysteries Of Love (Remix)

"So80s Presents Alphaville" tracklist - CD 2:

1. Seeds
2. The Nelson Highrise (Sector One: The Elevator)
3. Welcome To The Sun
4. Golden Feeling
5. The Nelson Highrise (Sector Two: The Mirror)
6. Next Generation
7. Vingt Mille Lieues Sous Les Mers
8. Concrete Soundtraxx For Imaginary Films I
9. Headlines
10. Sister Sun
11. Summer In Berlin (Demo Version)
12. Like Thunder
13. Big In Japan (Extended Instrumental)
14. Jet Set (Dub Mix)
15. Romeos (Tribal Mix)
16. Big In Japan (Remix '88)
17. Big In Japan (Torsten Fenslau Remix)

Erasure - The Violet Flame

Synthpop duo Erasure are back with the fabulous new album "The Violet Flame", including the single "Elevation", plus nine other synth and dance-pop tracks. Trust me, the album is amazing, so get this electronic masterpiece now!

The standard edition includes the original album, while the deluxe edition includes a bonus live CD. Both editions are out now on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon UK and Amazon US. There will also be a limited box set, including a third remix CD.

"The Violet Flame" tracklist:

1. Dead Of Night
2. Elevation
3. Reason
4. Promises
5. Be The One
6. Sacred
7. Under The Wave
8. Smoke And Mirrors
9. Paradise
10. Stayed A Little Late Tonight

"Live At Short Circuit" tracklist:

1. Hideaway (Live)
2. Fingers aAnd Thumbs: Cold Summer's Day (Live)
3. Heavenly Action (Live)
4. Always (Live)
5. Ship Of Fools (Live)
6. Victim Of Love (Live)
7. Breathe (Live)
8. Chains Of Love (Live)
9. Sometimes (Live)
10. Blue Savannah (Live)
11. A Little Respect (Live)

"The Violet Flame - Remixed" tracklist:

1. Dead Of Night (WAWA In The Dark Remix)
2. Elevation (BT Remix)
3. Reason (Carter Tutti Remix Edit)
4. Promises (Astrolith Remix)
5. Be The One (Paul Humphreys Remix)
6. Sacred (Daniel Miller Remix)
7. Under The Wave (Parralox Remix)
8. Smoke And Mirrors (Atatika Remix)
9. Paradise (Black Light Odyssey Remix)
10. Stayed A Little Late Tonight (Koishii & Hush Vs Ric Scott Remix)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

"You've turned me on, but you can't turn me off"

New CD's in my record collection: "Playlist: The Very Best Of" by Jermaine Jackson, reissues of "This Is Love" by Angela Clemmons and "Streetcar Named Desire" by Ava Cherry, plus "I Can't Live Without Music" by Corinna May.

Reissues of "Silver Convention" and "Get Up And Boogie" by Silver Convention, the compilation album "Disco Night Fever", plus the soundtracks from "Lambada" and "The Deep", the latter featuring Donna Summer.

Lots of great dance-pop music on these records!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Eurotix - Lies (Alphaville cover)

Mine and Larry's synthpop project Eurotix have recorded a cover of German band Alphaville's classic album track "Lies". It was originally recorded in 2013 for the tribute compilation CD "We Heard The Call Vol 2", but now it's available on our latest EP "Let's Die Young", out now on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon UK, Amazon US.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Trailer: Downton Abbey - Season 5

Check out the brand new trailer for the upcoming fifth season of British costume soap "Downton Abbey", which starts airing on 21 September in the UK. It looks like an exciting season, with guest stars such as Richard E. Grant, Anna Chancellor and George Clooney himself. I also hope that Thomas (Rob James-Collier) get a gay love interest this season. It's about time.

Season five will be released on Blu-ray and DVD in November. You can pre-order your copy now from Amazon UK and Amazon US.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Donna Summer's Geffen/Atlantic albums reissued

I'm so excited! My idol Donna Summer's Geffen and Atlantic albums are being reissued by Driven By The Music on December 1, including my personal favourite, the Stock Aitken Waterman produced "In Another Place And Time". The albums have been digitally remastered from the original master tapes and expanded with rare bonus tracks.

They will also release a limited box set with all the reissues included, in case you don't want to buy them separately. If you order directly from Donna's official website, you will get a bonus single, including "State Of Independence (DJ Dero Vocal Mix)" and "Love's About To Change My Heart (Loveland's Full-On 12" Vocal)".

Here is a list of the bonus tracks included on each reissue, plus pre-order links:

The Wanderer (1980)

Who Do You Think You're Foolin' (7" Version)
Cold Love (7" Version)

Pre-order from Amazon.

I'm A Rainbow (1981)

Pre-order from Amazon.

Donna Summer (1982)

Sometimes Like Butterflies
Love Is In Control (Finger On The Trigger) (7" Version)
Love Is In Control (Finger On The Trigger) (Dance Remix)
Love Is In Control (Finger On The Trigger) (Instrumental)
State Of Independence (7" Version)
State Of Independence (N.R.G. Mix)
State Of Independence (New Radio Millennium Mix)

Pre-order from Amazon.

Cats Without Claws (1984)

Face The Music
Eyes (7" Remix Edit)
Supernatural Love (Extended Dance Remix)
Eyes (Extended Mix)
I'm Free (Extended Mix)

Pre-order from Amazon.

All Systems Go (1987)

Tearin' Down The Walls
All Systems Go (7" Version)
All Systems Go (Extended Remix)
Dinner With Gershwin (7" Version)
Dinner With Gershwin (Extended Version)
Dinner With Gershwin (Instrumental)
Only The Fool Survives (7" Version)

Pre-order from Amazon.

Another Place And Time (1989)

Breakaway (The Power Radio Mix)
Breakaway (The Extended Power Mix)
Breakaway (Extended Remix)
Breakaway (Remix)
Breakaway (Instrumental)
I Don't Wanna Get Hurt (Extended Remix)
I Don't Wanna Get Hurt (Instrumental)
I Don't Wanna Get Hurt (Remix)
I Don't Wanna Get Hurt (Original 12" Mix)
If It Makes You Feel Good (Instrumental)
Sentimental (Instrumental)
This Time I Know It's For Real (Extended Remix)
This Time I Know It's For Real (Instrumental)
When Love Takes Over You (Remix)
When Love Takes Over You (Extended Remix)
When Love Takes Over You (Instrumental)
When Love Takes Over You (Original 12" Mix)
The Only One (Instrumental)
Whatever Your Heart Desires (Instrumental)
Love's About To Change My Heart (Clivillés & Cole 12" Mix)
Love's About To Change My Heart (Clivillés & Cole 7" Mix)
Love's About To Change My Heart (Extended Remix)
Love's About To Change My Heart (Instrumental)
Love's About To Change My Heart (Love Dub)
Love's About To Change My Heart (Dub)
Love's About To Change My Heart (Loveland's Full-On 7" Radio Edit)
Love's About To Change My Heart (PWL 7" Mix)

Pre-order from Amazon.

Mistaken Identity (1991)

When Love Cries (Single Version Remix)
When Love Cries (Vocal Club Dub)
Work That Magic (Extended ISA Remix)

Pre-order from Amazon.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Eurotix - Come And Hold Me (Nina & Kim cover)

My synthpop project Eurotix have made a tribute to Swedish schlager duo Nina & Kim by recording a synthpop version of their 2003 single "Om Du Stannar Hos Mig". It's one of my favourite songs by the duo and Larry and his friends wrote the original. I've had the honour of writing new English lyrics for our version and the sound is of course inspired eighties euro disco music!

If you like the song, you can find it on our latest EP "Let's Die Young", out now on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon UK, Amazon US.

Martika - Martika (Re-release)

On October 27, Cherry Pop Records are reissuing one of my favourite albums, Martika's eponymous album from 1988, best known for including the mega hit "Toy Soldiers". It also includes the great follow-up singles "More Than You Know", "I Feel The Earth Move" and "Water".

The album has been expanded with the rare B-side "Exchange Of Hearts", three remixes and two Spanish versions. I was hoping for a few more bonus mixes, but I guess you can't have everything.

This eighties dance-pop masterpiece includes so many great tracks, like the Eighth Wonder cover "Cross My Heart" and my personal favourite "If You're Tarzan, I'm Jane". So don't miss out on this pop gem! Pre-order your copy now from Amazon UK and Amazon US.

"Martika" tracklist:

1. If You're Tarzan, I'm Jane
2. Cross My Heart
3. More Than You Know
4. Toy Soldiers
5. You Got Me Into This
6. I Feel The Earth Move
7. Water
8. It's Not What You're Doing
9. See If I Care
10. Alibis
11. Exchange Of Hearts
12. I Feel The Earth Move (Club Mix)
13. More Than You Know (Dance Mix - Part I)
14. I Feel The Earth Move (Seismic Rhythm Mix)
15. Quiero Entregarte Mi Amor
16. Siento La Tierra Temblar

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Erasure - Elevation

Erasure are back with the brand new single "Elevation", the first one taken from their upcoming album "The Violet Flame". The song is a perfect combination of synthpop and dance-pop music, just the way I like it! Check out the beautiful video down below.

The song is out now on iTunes and Spotify. A maxi-single including remixes will be released on September 15, but you can pre-order it now from iTunes, Amazon UK and as an exclusive CD edition from Lexer Music.

"Elevation" tracklist:

1. Elevation (Single Version)
2. Elevation (Extended Mix)
3. Elevation (BT Remix)
4. Elevation (Cutmore Remix)
5. Elevation (Club Clique Remix)
6. Elevation (BT Dub Remix)
7. Elevation (Cutmore Dub Remix)
8. Elevation (Extended Instrumental)
9. Elevation (Live Rehearsal Version)

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Hunk of the day: Alexander Koch

Today's hunk is the beautiful American actor Alexander Koch, born 1988 in Detroit, Michigan. So far, I've only seen him as Junior Rennie on CBS's "Under The Dome", based on the Stephen King's novel. But I hope to see more of this beauty in the future!



Photo: CBS

"If you lose me then you know, you're just a bit too slow."

This lovely steel box set arrived the other day. Isn't it cute? The box includes The Saturday's new compilation "Finest Selection: The Greatest Hits", a DVD with all their music videos and a CD with rare B-sides, including my personal favourite "Ladykiller".

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Eurotix - Let's Die Young (Mobile Phone Video)

Check out this amateur video that I have made for the Eurotix track "Let's Die Young", starring my dear friend Angelica Olsson. It was shot in my home town Sandviken on an iPhone 5, just for fun, so don't except too much ha ha!

The "Let's Die Young" EP is available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon UK, Amazon US.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Video: Kingsland Road - Dirty Dancer

So many boybands, so little time. Check out the video for British boyband Kingsland Road's debut single "Dirty Dancer" down below. They got their big break in 2013 through "The X Factor" and will release their debut album in Janurary 2015. The track is really catchy and I love the electronic sound. I also find it charming that we get to hear some British accents in the song.

"Dirty Dancer" is available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon UK and Amazon US.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Monthly Chart - August 2014

1. Pia Zadora - Dance Out Of My Head
2. Laura Branigan - Satisfaction
3. Pia Zadora - Heartbeat Of Love (7" Version)
4. Sheena Easton - Hungry Eyes
5. Evelyn "Champagne" King - I'm So Romantic
6. Five Star - Somewhere Somebody (The Pettibone Remix - Short Version)
7. Evelyn "Champagne" King - Chemistry Of Love
8. India - The Lover Who Rocks You (All Night) (Single Version With Rap)
9. Evelyn "Champagne" King - Slow Down (Edited Remix Version)
10. Laura Branigan - The Lucky One
11. Five Star - The Slightest Touch (Shep Pettibone 7" Mix)
12. Evelyn "Champagne" King - So In Love
13. Laura Branigan - Take Me
14. Evelyn "Champagne" King - Action
15. Taylor Dayne - I'll Be Your Shelter (Groove Mix)
16. Gloria Gaynor - Stop In The Name Of Love
17. Tia - Boy Toy
18. Silver Convention - Fly, Robin, Fly
19. Laura Branigan - Breaking Out
20. Tone Norum - Stranded
21. Evelyn "Champagne" King - Love Come Down
22. Kim Wilde - You Came (The Shep Pettibone Mix)
23. Hilary Duff - Chasing The Sun
24. Sheena Easton - You Make Me Nervous
25. Stéphanie - You Don't Die From Love
26. Brenda K. Starr - Over And Over
27. Solid Harmonie - To Love Once Again (Radio Mix)

This list shows which songs I've listened to the most this month, on my computer and my iPod. A regularly updated list of my all-time favourite songs can be found here.