Electrogoth artist Viii releases new EP album ‘Heart’

The songwriter and producer of gothic electronica known as Viii has released his latest official EP album, “Heart.” The EP album contains five original Viii tracks for an approximate total listening time of 22 minutes. It has been proudly published as an independent release without the involvement of the corporate music industry on the Voodoo Creation Records record label. Shadowy, danceable, and dripping with decadent ambiance, “Heart” showcases Viii as one of the most intriguing electrogoth artists of the year so far and promises that we can expect plenty more in the years to come.

Heart” by Viii also includes his popular 2017 single, “Witchlust.”

New Zealand’s Viii cites as main artistic influences ✝✝✝ (Crosses), Nine Inch Nails, Puscifer, Banks, Etta Bond, Massive Attack, and Portishead. Viii’s own sound takes elements from each of these and adds something fresh and unique for a result unlike anything today’s music fans have heard before. With an emphasis on passionate melodies, an evocative tone, and utter lyric earnestness, “Heart” by Viii has a little something for every avid gothic electronica listener.

Commenting on the overall meaning of “Heart,” Viii says, “This EP is a kind of self-reflection upon different relationships I’ve had, written from different perspectives and abstracted in different ways.”

Asked to describe his goals for “Heart,” Viii writes, “I tried to create a dynamic sound with contrasting elements to help tell some of the stories from my life over the past few years. This EP is also the first in a series of three and will pave the way for the next one, ‘Mind’, which will touch on some other aspects of life.”

A multi-talented music artist, Viii gets his hands dirty in nearly every aspect of his craft, including but not limited to photography, graphic design, makeup, and even fashion design.

I generally create music with myself as the primary audience,” says Viii, who has recently assembled a band with whom to perform live. “I produce what I love to listen to myself. I also love to hear when people discover my creations, so please reach out if you like what you’ve discovered.”

Heart” by Viii on the Voodoo Creation Records label is available from over 600 quality digital music stores online worldwide now. Get in early, gothic electronica fans.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

www.MondoTunes.com

Heart” by Viii –


https://www.amazon.com/Heart-VIII/dp/B07JJDZLWJ/

Viii Official Website –

https://mynameisviii.com

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DJ Scandalous releases debut instrumental mixtape ‘When You’re Broke And Can’t Afford Great Singers…’

The songwriter and producer of house music known as DJ Scandalous has released his latest official mixtape, “When You’re Broke And Can’t Afford Great Singers….” The mixtape contains seven DJ Scandalous tracks and three bonus tracks for an approximate total listening time of 30 minutes. It has been proudly published as an independent release without the involvement of the corporate music industry on the Breath of Heaven Music record label. Emotive, colorful, and based on the most concrete fundamentals of house music, “When You’re Broke And Can’t Afford Great Singers…” showcases DJ Scandalous as a digital music artist with tons of range and enough energy to power a small metropolis.

When You’re Broke…” comes on the heels of DJ Scandalous’ popular single, “Move On,” which appeared on digital music shelves globally in July 2018.

Chicago’s DJ Scandalous cites as main artistic influences Phil Collins, Tupac Shakur, Martin Garrix, Chris Brown, Dua Lipa, Sasha Sloan, and M0. DJ Scandalous’ own sound takes elements from each of these and adds something fresh and unique for a result unlike anything today’s music fans have heard before. With an emphasis on danceability, back beats and melodic hooks, “When You’re Broke And…” by DJ Scandalous has a little something for everybody.

Commenting on the overall meaning of “When You’re Broke And Can’t Afford Great Singers…,” DJ Scandalous says, “It’s an instrumental album mostly comprised of dance tracks. I want people to feel happy, be happy, party and get wasted. Live life and have fun doing it.”

Asked to describe his start in music, DJ Scandalous writes, “In high school, I was in a diverse house music band called The Rhymester MOB where I produced the music and wrote a lot of the lyrics”

When You’re Broke And Can’t Afford Great Singers…” by DJ Scandalous on the Breath of Heaven Music label is available from over 600 quality digital music stores online worldwide now. Get in early, house music fans.

-S. McCauley

When You’re Broke And…” by DJ Scandalous:

Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/music/album/DJ_Scandalous_When_You_re_Broke_and_Can_t_Afford_G

iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/when-youre-broke-and-cant-afford-great-singers-mixtape/1434784295

DJ Scandalous Official Website –

http://www.thatblackdude.com/

Transatlantic trio Johnathan Christian release new single ‘One Last Night’

Dark alternative artists Johnathan Christian have released their latest official single, “One Last Night.” The track is the most prominent release from the shadowy alt-rock group since their 2015 LP album, “The Nothing I Feel.” Like the rest of their contemporary repertoire, “One Last Night” has been proudly published as an independent release without the direction of the corporate music industry. Dark, driving, and evocatively danceable, “One Last Night” is the latest reason for fans of dark-wave styles to sit up and pay attention to this alternative music group from Stockholm, Sweden and Los Angeles, California.

Until recently, Johnathan Christian were Johnathan Mooney (the New Creatures, New York City) and Christian Granquist (the Atom; Stockholm, Sweden). For their upcoming third full-length record, “Dark Hallways,” they have been joined by drummer and producer Tiger Koehn (also of the New Creatures).

Johnathan Christian cite as influences for their new “One Last Night” single such legends of the death rock and gothic sound as Siouxsie & the Banshees, Joy Division, Blue for Two, David Bowie, Depeche Mode, and Christian Death. Fans of any or all of the above can expect much to appreciate in “One Last Night,” and if it’s any indication, in their forthcoming LP, too.

Johnathan Christian’s previous two LPs racked up over 2.5 million streams and sales, easily making them one of the more popular gothic/alternative crews. Their consistent quality clutched the interest of Danish electro-industrial pioneer Leæther Strip (Claus Larsen) who lent his skill as producer to “One Last Night.”

“It was really great for me to work on this fine new song,” writes Leæther Strip. “‘One last night’ is one of those songs I wish I had composed myself. As a fellow songwriter, it’s always a privilege to get to produce and mix a song that is so well composed and arranged.”

“One Last Night” by Johnathan Christian and produced by Leæther Strip is available from over 700 quality music stores online worldwide now. Also watch for the “Dark Hallways” LP due out winter 2017. Get in early, fans of dark music everywhere. Very early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

“One Last Night” by Johnathan Christian –
https://www.amazon.com/One-Last-Night-Explicit/dp/B072HCYBCD/
Official Website –

http://jchristianmusic.com/

LA trip-hop crew Tremble releases debut EP ‘In the Chaos’

The dusky electronica trio from Los Angeles known as Tremble have released their long-awaited debut EP, “In the Chaos.” Like their previous singles, it is being proudly published as an independent release outside the influence of the corporate music industry. Sleek, sexy, dark and danceable, “In the Chaos” by Tremble is single-handedly igniting the LA trip-hop scene all over again.

Tremble’s timing couldn’t be better. 2016 has seen the surprise return of Massive Attack, complete with vocalist Tricky, a North American tour by Thievery Corporation, and the promise of a new LP from DJ Shadow. But none of this is happening on the West Coast, where trip-hop service has always been more spotty than in locales like England, France, or even just New York City.

Enter Tremble, a classy-as-hell band of audiophiles with that brooding, silky sound that makes you want to put on your best clothes and stroll around the city at night with your headphones on, preferably during a light drizzle. Their “In the Chaos” album contains five tracks for a listening time approaching half an hour, making it closer to a full-length than just a couple singles bundled together and dubbed an EP.

These songs make excellent additions to playlists including work by Massive Attack, Portishead, Sneaker Pimps, Garbage, Florence and the Machine, Radiohead, Banks, Lorde, etc. But make no mistake, Tremble doesn’t just “fit in” with such excellent company. Their patient, groovy, pensive sound stands out as their own – and where the Tremble sound goes, heads turn.

A fine example of this is Tremble’s cover of Jason Derulo’s “Want to Want Me” pop track which they sneaked out in January with only a nudge to their loyal Facebook and SoundCloud following. Made over in their signature electronica elegance and garbed in whispery trills and heartbeat bass thumps, the track quietly launched into the stratosphere with over a million online plays in less than three weeks. How’s that for turning heads?

And they’re not sitting on their hands, either. Plans for a second EP and their debut full-length have also been announced. At least one official video is already in the can. All of this, Tremble says, should come to pass before 2017. But for now “In the Chaos” is thrilling enough for trip-hop lovers everywhere.

“We are so excited to finally put out our first EP,” write Tremble. “We encourage people to listen to it loud on their systems or on phones, hopefully good quality audio, as we took great care with the production. And listen from start to finish as it works as a whole and takes the listener on a journey.”

Themes on their powerful first collection include addictive love, facing depression, and the all-too-fast pace of life. They describe the impetus behind “Illumination” as, “the glory of when you finally wake up, the opening of your eyes in the same situation you were previously half-awake in.” They describe “The Grand Design” as being about: “The process of creation. The sacred dance between masculine and feminine. The forming of the earth … a kind of scientific abstract expression of all kinds of creation, relating relationship to the forming of the universe.”

Naturally, Tremble aren’t being ignored by their hometown of Hollywood. Already two of the tracks on “In the Chaos” have been licensed for television. “Lost in that Feeling,” is featured on a new MTV program called Suspect which airs March 2nd. The aforementioned single, “Illumination,” made its debut on the soundtrack for the hit drama, Finding Carter.

“We love when our music gets used in film and TV and helps tell a story,” says Tremble.

“In the Chaos” from Tremble is available online worldwide beginning early March, 2016. Get in very, very early, fans of great music. This one’s easy.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

In the Chaos from Tremble –

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/in-the-chaos-ep/id1088662086
Website –

http://trembleofficial.com/

UK electronica crew H2SO4 releases new LP ‘Under Control’

The masterminds of electronic dance music known as H2SO4 have released their new full-length album, “Under Control.” The record contains 11 original songs straight from the UK’s digital dance music underground for a blend of electronica, techno and rock that explodes from subwoofers with a power that hasn’t been heard since the industrial music scene. It has been released on the S16 independent music label. With elements of rock, punk, house, and much, much more, “Under Control” from H2SO4 has aggression, verve and soul in spades.

H2SO4 have been called “a band for the new dystopia,” their sound “post-apocalyptic.” A favorite rumor among fans once circulated that the trio met at a secret meeting for TNWOR, the New World Order Resistance. An old official bio from the band closes with the descriptive declaration: “In times of mass unemployment, ineffective policing and MPs’ deciding to give themselves pay rises, H2SO4 aren’t here to simply distract or entertain; they’re here to take over.”

If this sounds severe, the truth is that the H2SO4’s music sounds precisely so, but their revolution is much more danceable than one might detect from the above mission statement. Loaded with socially conscientious lyrics yet speaking often tongue-in-cheek, the group originally from Kent make it amusingly difficult to know when they’re being facetious.

One description of their sound reads, “If there were ever an underground party taking place in the sewers of Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, H2SO4 would be the headliners – kicking off a musical rebellion while Winston Smith were having a not-so-nice time upstairs, peppered with sounds of totalitarian sirens and alarms.”

This is essentially the H2SO4 experience in a word, and the experience is good. H2SO4 being the chemical formula for sulfuric acid (historically known as oil of vitriol and as a chemical symbol of creativity) the band’s music has been elsewhere described as “burning you so smoothly you may not be aware it’s happening.”

True veterans of the UK underground, H2SO4 released their first official single in spring of 1998 when the European electronica scene was whirring at breakneck speeds. The track, “Little Soul,” was an instant radio favorite and by the year 2000 had broached international television. The limited release of the song led to its becoming a much sought after collector’s item.

The debut album of H2SO4, “Machine-Turned Blues,” hit shelves in 1999 on the Recon music label. Its “Imitation Leather Jacket” single burned through DJ playlists all over England and received more than a thousand plays on American radio. The Gavin Alternative Juke Box Jury awarded it their No.1 position. This was followed by their sophomore record, the year 2000’s “Glamtronica.” Numerous live performances commenced at home including a steady spot at Glastonbury, as well as in faraway locales like Chicago, Canada, and many more.

“Under Control” by H2SO4 is available online worldwide. Electronica fans should get in early on this one. Very early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

Link to Music –
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/under-control/id1059907309

Howard Maple releases new album ‘The Lucid Dreamer’

The producer of digital music known as Howard Maple has released his latest full-length record album, “The Lucid Dreamer.” The LP is composed of 12 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 45 minutes. It has been proudly published as an independent release without the support or influence of the corporate music industry. Sleek, sexy, classy and full of rhythm and bass, “The Lucid Dreamer” is Howard Maple’s most futuristic and imaginative album to date, and a dazzling introduction to his sound for audiophiles not yet acquainted.

In addition to the considerable songwriting and production talents of Howard Maple, “The Lucid Dreamer” also boasts strong, elegant vocals by Pernille Cortado, Marlene “Marla” Hansen, and Mhyst.

A true music aficionado, himself, Howard Maple’s songs bespeak an unfailing good taste that comes from his deep passion for listening. Speaking of these roots, he writes, “I listened a lot to Future Sound Of London, the ORB, the Beastie Boys, Herbert, Burial, and the Bristol trip-hop bands back in the day (Massive Attack, Portishead, Tricky, Morcheeba…).”

An enthusiastic fan of the sound, he goes on to name some favorite labels, as well: “… Labels like Ninja Tune, with artists like Amon Tobin, the Bug, Coldcut, DJ Vadim, Funki Porcini, Mr. Scruff. Warp Records artists like Flying Lotus, Aphex Twin, Hudson Mohawke, Squarepusher, Nightmare on Wax, Black Dog …”

Longtime fans of legendary digital music mixers such as these will recognize the thread of high, high quality running throughout. Beside them on that top shelf, Howard Maple’s repertoire fits right in.

A polished, surgically precise album with melodies that hook and beats that drive, “The Lucid Dreamer” has elements of trance, house, ambient, and other popular postmodern music genres, but in terms of songwriting, warmth, and tone, it is all electronica, through and through. This particular brand of electronica from Howard Maple is a brilliant blend of contemporary digital styles laid down over a razor-sharp and rock-solid old-school structure. The balance of new and old makes for an infectiously enjoyable record that can easily be listened to on repeat for hours.

Howard Maple has been making digital music since he began purchasing synths and sequencers at the age of 14. His first productions were programmed in MIDI and CV/Gate. After moving to the Norwegian capital of Oslo at 19, he hooked up with some of the underground’s most influential electronica artists, including Päronsode, Folk og Røvere (Flunk), Sternklang, Perculator, Palace of pleasure, Prince Thomas, DJ Strangefruit (Mungolian Jet Set), Jaga Jazzist and many more. Since that time he has played in venues across Norway in music-loving cities such as Oslo, Arendal, Kristiansand, Stavanger, and Trondheim.

Howard Maple’s new “The Lucid Dreamer” is preceded by his “0313 Perspectives” LP, which appeared in 2013, his “Mapleism” full-length, published on the Beatservice Records label in 2003, and his “Inside” debut LP from C+C Records in 2001. All of these remarkable albums remain available from the artist’s official website (link provided below).

“The Lucid Dreamer” by Howard Maple is available online worldwide beginning 14 December 2015. Get in early, trip hop fans. Very early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

“The Lucid Dreamer” by Howard Maple –
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001CKT8GO
Website –

http://www.howardmaple.com

Los Angeles electronica band Tremble release debut single ‘Illumination’

The L.A.-based electronica trio called Tremble have released their much talked-about debut single, “Illumination.” The track is expected to drop on 31 October (Halloween). It is being published as an independent release without the influence of the corporate music industry. Sultry, stylish, sleek and writhing with groove, “Illumination” proves that Tremble is a modern music project to watch closely.

The sound of “Illumination” is shadowy, pulsing, ultra-cool and more than a little beautiful. It’s classy nightclub music, music to enjoy behind wraparound shades. It’s music to hack computers to. It’s sexy music, with a subtle undercurrent of masculine verve beneath the crystalline, silky singing of front-woman Kelly Sweet. Tremble’s female and male traits blend rather than contrast, not unlike the electronica of Depeche Mode or Bowie’s “Earthling” collaboration with Trent Reznor.

“We are inspired by old and new,” writes Tremble. “We particularly love the ’90s trip-hop sound of artists like Massive Attack, Portishead and bands that combine real instruments and electronics from that era, like Garbage. We also love electro-pop artists of today, like James Blake, and Banks.”

This live-instrument aspect is chief to the feel of Tremble’s music. Every sound is played by a musician, not an iProgram. That’s a real Fender Rhodes you’re hearing. That’s a guitar with a pedal effect on it. Those are live drums. The natural acoustics of the music coalesce in ways the most sophisticated software can’t emulate. In this way Tremble are closer to Slowdive than they are to Sneaker Pimps.

Behind Kelly Sweet are instrumentalists Haywire and Ajax. Each of the three are originally from Massachusetts but have lived in Los Angeles for some time now, writing, playing and producing both together and in numerous side projects, a number of which have received widespread radio circulation. Each has been playing music virtually from birth. Each is startlingly skilled in balancing excellent performance with just the right amount of restraint.

The result is that Tremble’s songs exhibit good taste in every respect: lyrics, creativity, execution, studio production – name it, they got it right. Passion without melodrama, solid beats without monotony, exceptional singing without ostentation, “Illumination” from Tremble is music you can hear on repeat many, many times and continue to find new perspectives from which to thrill.

BreatheHeavy.com calls Tremble “like quickly taking a shot of neon blue hypnotic hard liquor. In slow motion.” Yeah. It’s like that.

For fans of great songwriting, too, Kelly Sweet’s talent is refreshing in a modern era that has all but tossed out poetry in music altogether.

“’Illumination’ is about escaping from a bad relationship,” Sweet writes. “You realize that your partner is not whom he says he is. You have that sense of clarity, that moment of ‘illumination’ where you are finally living your truth, being free.”

Her lyrics, like her singing, are natural and intuitive. Each phrase belongs where it is, exactly so, and the chanteuse brings them to life with tones that are sensuous and warm, yet delivered with a scalpel’s precision that implies an unwavering power. The music fan gets the impression Sweet could belt out an Ave Maria that would call angels if she wanted to – but that would be far too obvious.

Neither Sweet nor Tremble are in the spectacle business. They’re not a towering wave. They’re the undertow.

“Illumination” by Tremble is available online worldwide 31 October 2015. Get in early, music fans. Very early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com
Website –

WWW.TREMBLEOFFICIAL.COM