Tag: Dead or Alive

New Audio: The Electro Society Releases an 80s Inspired Banger

Stéphane Béguin is a Toulouse, France-based singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, whose musical career began in earnest in the late 80s/early 90s: Although initially influenced by punk rock, ska, dub, New Wave, the New Romantics, funk and house music, Béguin started out in playing keys, guitar and bass in a traditional rock band set up, as a duo with a drummer and as a solo act.

Professional success as a graphic designer, graphic recorder and constant took Béguin away from music for a number of years but through a lucky combination of circumstances, he wound up with a home studio and started creating music with his latest recording project, The Electro Society. Through a handful of singles and a full-length album, 2018’s Melancholia, Béguin firmly established the project’s genre-defying eclectic sound and songwriting approach — one that finds the Toulouse-based artist drawing from pop, rock, electronica, disco, blues, reggae and a variety of French lyricists.

Since the release of his The Electro Society debut, Béguin has been very busy: he’s currently working on a couple of singles, new material for an EP or an album — and he’s collaborating with Toulousain on a n EP. But in the meantime, his latest single “Sometimes” is slickly produced and euphoric club banger centered around shimmering synth arpeggios, skittering tweeter and woofer rocking beats, a sinuous and propulsive bass line and spoken word lyrics delivered in French and English. If you’re a child of the 80s like me, “Sometimes” may bring nostalgic longing for the likes of Dead or Alive, New Order, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Pet Shop Boys, and others — but while possessing a slick, modern production.

New Video: Rising British Indie Electro Pop Duo NOPRISM Release a Cinematically Shot Surreal Visual for Anthemic New Single

With the release of singles like “Pieces” and “House of Smith” which have amassed over 150,000 Spotify streams combined, the rising, Newcastle-based indie electro pop duo NOPRISM — Andrew Young and Mark Nelson — have quickly and firmly established a sound that’s indebted to mid-to-late 80s New Wave and house music. “Pieces” and “House of Smith” have received airplay on BBC Music Introducing and have been playlisted by XS Manchester’s Evening Show — and adding to a growing profile, “Happiness” was championed by Duran Duran’s Simon LeBon and featured on E4’s Made in Chelsea.

Continuing on the momentum of last year, the duo begin 2021 with “Pantherbeat,’ an arena friendly club banger, centered around aggressive synth arpeggios, punchy and thumping beats and a rousingly anthemic hook. Certainly, if you’re a child of the 80s, “Pantherbeat” will bring nostalgic longing for Dead or Alive, New Order, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Pet Shop Boys, and others — but while possessing a slick, modern production.

“’Pantherbeat,’ is actually the first song written by the band when we first began writing last year, and now feels like the right time to release it,” NOPRISM’s Andrew Young explains in press notes. “It’s main lyric ‘You’ve gotta have faith’ sounds pretty apt right now, even though it wasn’t an intentional statement. It’s about the onset of a headrush… when the next high is about to kick in, or when the needle is about to drop on a big record. That brief moment of expectation and euphoria.”

Centered around gorgeous and cinematically shot black and white footage shot by Russian videographer Cottonbro, the recently released video for “Pantherbeat” follows a lean and tattooed boxer training for a big fight with a monastic-like dedication.In a surreal and feverish twist, the big fight turns into a pulsating night club — with the spectators, including bored family and friends dancing to the thumping banger while the two boxers fight. “We’ve used his [Cottonbro’s] footage for each release so far as it has a strange otherworldly feel to it, and we take multiple clips to piece together some kind of loose story which is told alongside the song. The videos have very much become part of the aesthetic of each release.”