Nubot555 - No Way Back

More in­cred­i­bly bonkers shit out of the bel­gian Bel­ly But­ton Records or­bit. What we get on this dude's de­but EP un­der the Nubot555 moniker (pre­vi­ous­ly the cul­prit has been do­ing shit as King Dick) is some garage- and elec­tro punk may­hem of the over­whelm­ing­ly egg-ish va­ri­ety. These lo-fi gems man­age to coun­ter­bal­ance all their quirky weirdnes with plen­ty of smarts and cre­ative en­er­gy, mak­ing for an im­pres­sive de­but eas­i­ly stand­ing out even in its fair­ly crowd­ed genre pool. I'd say Egg Id­iot have found their match here.

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Freak Genes - Hologram

You can't go wrong with any new re­lease by that UK garage-/synth punk duo team­ing up Pro­to Idiot's An­drew An­der­son with Char­ly Mur­phy of groups such as The Red Cords, In­ter­nal Cred­it and Iso­la­tion. Af­ter ex­plor­ing a more cold, min­i­mal synth aes­thet­ic sound on their pre­vi­ous LP, this one presents them in a some­what fuller sound and prob­a­bly at their catchi­est so far, chan­nel­ing pri­mar­i­ly the spir­it of first-wave synth punk acts á la Prim­i­tive Cal­cu­la­tors, Ner­vous Gen­der, Scream­ers, Units, Min­i­mal Man and of course De­vo (duh!), while from the cur­rent land­scape, com­par­isons to Iso­tope Soap or Alien Nose­job in full-on elec­tro mode may be drawn as well.

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Erste Hilfe - Erste Hilfe

Awe­some synth-/ elec­tro punk shit from Berlin that kin­da plays out like a cu­ri­ous mix of Pisse, Puff! or the most re­cent, elec­tro-heavy Schi­ach EP. Fur­ther you might draw com­par­isons to Spy­roids, Heavy Met­al as well as old synth punk sta­ples á la Scream­ers, Ner­vous Gen­der. Klick­farm in par­tic­u­lar might have tak­en some cues from the Vis­i­tors' clas­sic rip­per Elec­tric Heat as well.

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Klint - Heat Wave

New shit by the world's on­ly viking synth punk project… and we've got an­oth­er win­ner! The ti­tle track just sucks you right in with a throb­bing beat not un­like to the re­cent Dance sin­gle, spiked with a hint of an­cient eu­ro­trash cheesi­ness. With Go Ahead we then get an ef­fec­tive straight-up no-frills punk smash­er, while the odd­ly placed/​titled In­stru­men­tal In­ter­lude feels like fun hom­mage to clas­sic chip­tunes that will al­so mesh well with the on­go­ing dun­geon syn­th/-punk wave.

Klint - Dance

This dude from Schleswig, Ger­many al­ready made an ex­cel­lent first im­pres­sion a cou­ple weeks ago with his de­but 7" on Good­bye Boozy. The art­work sure sug­gests some dun­geon syn­th/-punk affin­i­ty, al­though sound-wise - lack­ing the lat­ter genre's ob­vi­ous black- and/​or old­school "heavy" met­al el­e­ments - i'd rather com­pare this shit to re­cent de­vel­op­ments on the in­ter­sec­tion of garage-, synth- and elec­tro punk and as­so­ci­at­ed acts of the Mononeg­a­tives, Pow!, Liq­uid Face, Ghoulies or Slimex va­ri­ety.

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Reckless Randy - Reckless Randy

Some­how i must've over­looked this Ocean City, NJ dude so far. His long play­ing de­but and third re­lease al­toghether hits my nerve dead-on though, with a va­ri­ety of sim­ple & stu­pid garage-/elec­tro- and, oc­ca­sion­al­ly, synth punk, of­ten with a dis­tinct 77-ish bent call­ing to mind old pi­o­neers à la Scream­ers, MX-80, Met­al Urbain/​Dr. Mix & The Remix as well as a slight hint of Chrome. In Coun­try Girls, quite fit­ting­ly, we even get a touch of Gun Club-es­que amer­i­cana-/cow­punk while of the more re­cent scene, you might draw com­par­isons to groups like S.B.F., Kid Chrome, Zoids or Ma­teo Man­ic.

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Mateo Manic - Time Don't Matter In Dark Matter

Garage-/synth-/elec­tro punk from Cleve­land, Ohio that carves out its own lit­tle place in the cur­rent land­scape of sim­i­lar groups by way of a cer­tain psy­che­del­ic haze, kin­da like a mix be­tween The Spits, Sil­i­con Heart­beat and Smirk, ob­served through some dense Chrome- or Met­al Ur­bain-es­que fog. Or you might de­scribe it as some kind of garage punk in­car­na­tion of Murderer's hal­lu­cino­genic cow­punk night­marescapes.

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Algara - Absortos En El Tedio Eterno

Barcelona group Al­gara ini­tial­ly burst on­to the scene last year with a four track de­mo as an elec­tro punk duo, which then quick­ly grew in­to a four-piece group and prompt­ly re­leased an­oth­er tape con­sist­ing of a re-record­ing of the first EP's songs as well as some tracks meant for their first long­play­er, which we fi­nal­ly get to wit­ness in its full glo­ry now. In the mean­time their sound has evolved in­to a com­pact and ef­fort­less­ly flow­ing fu­sion of post-, garage- and elec­tro punk that might be de­scribed as a mix of ISS, Straw Man Army, Rank/​Xerox and UZS, on­ly bro­ken up right in the mid­dle by the strong syn­th­wave flour­ish­es of He­do­nistas.

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The Q-Tips - There Are Those Who Drill Violently​!​

It on­ly took them like… twelve years but fi­nal­ly the Mu­nich duo has re­leased their sec­ond 7" via Sloven­ly Record­ings and it's an ir­re­sistable blast of garage- and elec­tro punk with echoes of The Spits and Stal­ins Of Sound, plus an un­like­ly touch of Big Black in the high­ly com­bustible open­ing track Shut Your Face.

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Heavy Metal - V: Live At The Gas Station Fighting The Devil

I don't think i ever gave Berlin's mys­tery act Heavy Met­al the full spot­light on here and in ret­ro­spect i can't re­al­ly tell if that was be­cause Heavy Met­al weren't quite ready for me or 'cos i wasn't quite ready for Heavy Met­al. All i can say is i've been mon­i­tor­ing their cu­ri­ous and pro­lif­ic tra­jec­to­ry over the past few years and with every re­lease their garage-/elec­tro-/to­tal­fuck­ingnuts-punk bas­tard con­coc­tions res­onat­ed a bit bet­ter with my bro­ken brain un­til fi­nal­ly they hit a pre­fect sweet spot with their fifth (duh…) long­play­er on which they come off kin­da like a more out-there ver­sion of a cer­tain North Car­oli­na group that's been ru­mored to not be punk enough for heavy met­al or some­thing… thrown in a blender with a healthy dose of Swell Maps or Mé­tal Urbain/​Dr. Mix & The Remix. Nev­er be­fore have they sound­ed this neb­u­lous and just wrong in all the right ways, ex­cept maybe for the idea of fight­ing the dev­il… that sim­ply doesn't strike me as the most heavy met­al thing to do. It might please the chris­t­ian rock crowd, though.

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