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D.E.F. Radio – 2nd August 2016: Best of Depeche Mode (excluding singles) (part 1)

As selected by listeners:

Doncaster Electronic Foundation – D.E.F. Theme 2016
Depeche Mode – Black Celebration (for Jay Smith)
Deviant UK – Access Denied
Depeche Mode – Surrender (for Samantha Smith)
Depeche Mode – Should Be Higher (for John Peacey)
Microchip Junky – Punk Out
Depeche Mode – My Joy (for Sebastien Deruwez)
Shiny Darkness – Bitter Kiss
Depeche Mode – Shout (for Rob Green)
The Department – Skin Vultures
Depeche Mode – Something to Do (for Dean Clarke/ Jason Pearson)
Brutalist Architecture in the Sun – Popular Lies
Depeche Mode – Told You So (for Chris Mines/ Jamie Jamal)
This Human Condition – Telepathic Heights (Club Mix)
Depeche Mode – Route 66 (for Barbara Moser)
Darksynth FX – Neon Melancholy
Depeche Mode – Alone (for Ilya Vitalysson Blinov)
Depeche Mode – In Your Memory (for Mat Handley/ Keith Whitham)
Natasha Cobold – Galactican
Depeche Mode – Puppets (for Nina Dove)
Damsel in the Dollhouse – Forever Knight
The Overload – Concrete Island
Depeche Mode – Nodisco (for Steve Lamb)
Voxtrot Alpha – Want You To Stay
Depeche Mode – Pipeline (for Simon Helm)
Depeche Mode – Clean (for Emese Árvai-Illés / Geoff Martin)
Black Nail Cabaret – Criticial Cult of Dora
Blott – Things Will Never Be The Same
Depeche Mode – Blue Dress (for Andrew Heighway)
Depeche Mode – If You Want (for Mike Cooper_
Depeche Mode – Lie To Me (for Mark Brooks)
Your Silent Face – Sun and the Rainfall (ft Parralox)
Night Club – Bad Girl
Depeche Mode – Nothing (for Andy Buckle)
Icicle Boy – End of Days
Ds73 ft Amanda Jane Rogers – Recovery
Depeche Mode – Dangerous (For Lee Lambeck)
You & Me Both – Your Love

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OUT NOW! Izzie Voodoo and the People – Photos EP

Izzie Voodoo and the People combines the wonderful synth talents Derek Williams of Jan Doyle Band and the magnificent vocals and lyrics from Izzie Kirk of Tokyo Witch Hunt. Despite both bands have a tendency toward the dark side the result of this is much more pure synthpop in tone. Derek says “It had been an ambition for a long time to produce something more pure synthpop, nothing particularly pretentious about it just damn good songs with general appeal. I think the result is pretty special and I’m really pleased with it.”

The project came about after Derek decided to do a remix of Izzie’s classic track The White Line, the music of which Izzie liked so much she wanted to make it an entirely new track. This was the track Sanity and thus a new project was born.

Derek excited at the prospect of creating some synthpop quickly set to work producing some rather synthwave influenced musics taking inspiration from the likes of College, Kavinksy, Electric Youth and so forth. Something pure unashamedly lovely synthpop rather than the darker music he is known for in Jan Doyle Band; a bright shiny pop heart beats beneath many a demonic persona…

It’s well known that anything touched by the hand of Ms Kirk turns to gold and these tracks on which she appears are clearly no exception. From the catchy vocal hooks of Photos, through the dancey techtronica of Sanity to the beautifully sincere synth ballad Ghost from the Past, this collaboration is one bound to delight even the most casual synthpop fan.

Here’s some quotes of what people have said about the project so far:

“Christmas has come early this year in the Form of Izzie Voodoo and The People ‘s brand new EP Photos 7 tracks of some of the finest electropop  making me an instant fan I’ve had it on repeat all week!!!” - Jason Older, Electronic Transmissions Radio

” Great synth work on this – really colourful analog synths and great melodies – works well with the vox. An exciting new, punky synth wave project – love it” Rob Green of Electro London / The Department 

” ‘The pumping energy and edginess is back with the excellent coupling of Izzie Voodoo and Derek Anthony Williams on the brilliant brand new EP Photos, do you ears a favor and download this excellent new EP now.” – Andrew Skerat Kennedy of Synthopia Electro Radio show

Released on the 14th of December 2015 on Doncaster Electronic Foundation recordings.photos ep rear

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Gig review Hardware 2 @ Retro Bar, Manchester (May 31st, 2013) The Webb, Laser Dream Eyes, Factory Acts, Syd.31

hardware 2This is the second of the new, regular alternative electronic night organised by purveyor of industrial filth, Kurt Dirt (Don’t know of him? Go here:Kurt Dirt’s house of filth ). The facebook page for hardware is here. The first night included Nightcall, Jan Doyle Band, Kurt Dirt and Wrapped in Plastic and was pretty spectacular (even attended by Vile Electrodes!), so obviously a second night had to happen. This also happened to be the debut public appearance of our Liverpool electro space goth-punk friends…


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Gig review Berlyn Trilogy Live @ Wakefield Hop, 6th July 2013

James, Berlyn TrilogyIt was a hot sunny Saturday evening that DEF ventured out to Wakefield to see our good friends Berlyn Trilogy. Which obviously tells you dear reader right away that maybe this review isn’t likely to be on the negative side of things. It’s pretty hard to be negative about a band that sound this good anyway.

For those of you who haven’t popped over to the band pages and looked them up perhaps there should be a little explanation of what they’re all about. They hail from Wakefield and they play atmospheric songs, passionate, human songs with an almost film soundtrack like quality to them. An expansive, multi layered sound. Dorian takes the lead vocal role with the occasional additional vocals from James and Faye handles the bass frequencies either with her Moog Little Phatty or her beautiful precious Rickenbacker bass guitar.defberlyn

Like many synth bands they opt to have everyone playing rather than have a ‘front man’ so to speak. This isn’t entirely DEF’s preference but it seems to work pretty well with these lovely chaps.

Anyway about the gig itself – it was in support of Wakefield Wheeled Cats female roller derby team. Which is an unusual thing to be performing in support of but it didn’t stop them from seemingly going down a storm to a fairly well packed room. The sound seemed a little off with Dorian’s vocals rather loud above pretty much everything else and the bass frequencies making the PA system buzz somewhat.

donkberly3The set was 30 minutes long, the highlight of which was possibly The Drone with its slightly more subtle vocals and it’s nice to hear James taking more of a lead role. However the ending song ‘Words of A Stranger’ was performed with a wonderful amount of passion and vigor more than has been seen from the previously. In fact Dorian on the whole really seemed to be reaching a whole new level of power in his performance. Though this may not be to James’ advantage when Dorian distracts him…

Faye’s Rickenbacker bass is a beautiful work of art which she played with such skill and prowess, adding that extra life to the performance where necessary. It’s such a shame that people seem to assume that she’s just a girlfriend of the band so many times when she’s actually such an accomplished musician. Sexism seems so horrible rife in the live circuit. Still I hope that there were a few idiots gobsmacked by her playing.

Berlyn Trilogy’s songs are melodious and memorable and performed with an emotive sincerity that makes it necessary to experience them live. It will be a crime if they don’t get considerably more attention in the near future.

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