Frenchman and long time Electro House/Complextro producer M.A.D.E.S has returned with a new split EP, together with Spanish trio Knightbots who debut both on here and on JST Records. “Awakening” is the title of the EP and M.A.D.E.S‘ new original and if the Outrun, Synthwave and 80’s/retro influences were present in the French artist’s previous works this time he has gone full “retro” and left behind the more Electro House/Complextro sound he was previously known for. Great atmosphere, flow and sound on “Awakening” which stays slightly on a more Dark Synth side. The second track on this split EP by Knightbots combines 80’s mood with a hard French Touch/Electro sound (reminiscent of older Justice, sebastiAn and of course Dizkodeath) . A nice overall EP which definitely serves as nice follow up to M.A.D.E.S‘ “Return” EP and taking the French artist towards a new Syntwave sound and nice debut for Knightbots as well so check this one out.
The Toxic Avenger is an artist who shouldn’t need introductions for into the harder and darker side of Electronic music, despite his somewhat less active recent period. The good news is that by the looks of it the Frenchman is making a comeback since he had a new EP out in late October as a follow up to his 2016 “Ξ” LP. “Globe Vol.01” was released on Roy Music with 6 new originals and personally speaking this feels like some of The Toxic Avenger‘s best recent work as the French artist manages to deliver his very own charactertic and atmospheric blend of Techno, Electronica and even Synthwave in a way very few can. Groovy with a touch of dark seems to be the recipe of avenging on “Globe Vol. 1” and just as the title suggests we’ll be looking forward to Vol.02 as well.
Welcoming on Metalectro Canadian trio Odonis Odonis who just recently released their second album “Post Plague” on Felte and well, let’s just say it got our attention right from the first listen. Combining elements of Darkwave, Darksynth, Industrial and even (Post) Rock, all with a noisy and “paranoid” (in a good way) approach, Odonis Odonis are finding the right balance between electronic and live music elements, which they maintain throughout the 10 songs heard on “Post Plague”. Definitely not an easy listen and an album that might take a while to “grow” on some listeners but then again anyone looking for (electronic) music that’s easy to the ears and brain wouldn’t probably be counting on finding their music through Metalectro. But those who do rely on us on finding and delivering some “different” electronic music to their inboxes, newsfeeds and ultimately ears, give these boys a chance. We did and we haven’t regretted it (yet)…
It might have been a while since we heard any new music by M.A.D.E.S but finally the French artist is back with a new EP titled “Return” and well, not only it’s very suitably titled but also a fine comeback for him. Including 3 originals as well as remixes by Irving Force, Hijack Da Bass and Alminia “Return” was out on JST Records on June 20th. Moving somewhere between Electro House, Complextro and Synthwave/Outrun, the 3 originals strike the right balance between heavy basslines and melodic parts (more on the melancholic and dark side rather than on the EDM though) while each of the 3 remixes adds something new to the release. Irving Force‘s rocker definitely focuses more on the 80’s side of things and pushes the original to its limits (just like an 80’s “action packed” movie would), Hijack Da Bass delivers an Electro House hard hitter you’d expect from him while finally the newcomer Alminia adds some flavor and closes the release in afunkier and lighter tone.
Long time favorite French duo Christine is back with a brand new single and video to go along and we couldn’t me more excited about it. “Howling Wave” is out through Mouton Noir Records since the 17th of June and let us say is some of the duo’s best work as of late. A mix of dark Synthwave, French House and hard Electro, Christine‘s new single from their upcoming album is equally groovy and horrifying, following the long tradition the duo has with drawing inspiration from mind twisting themes, in both their music and videos that is. And “Howling Wave” is of course no exception. The Carpenter-esque aesthetics seen throughout the video (directed by Alexis Benoit and produced by Phantasm) are of course a perfect fit for Christine‘s music and as long as you don’t mind a little bit of paranoia caused by constantly chaning and unfulfilled desires then this is definitely one you’re going to enjoy.