The legendary Topgun is back [legendary, according to Cold War Night Life – the fabulous online magazine for electronic music and culture]. And although the band’s upcoming album “Fuck Up and Die” is planned for a early 2017 release, founding member SEM Hilti Johansson, has re-grouped the band as a quartet – with both old and new members – and they are currently in a democrazy mode.
TopGun 2017 is the logic continuance of the 2005 release “TopGun Vs. Hiltipop Rewired” which claimed fame with hard-hitting songs like “Honey” and “The One”.
So expect an eclectic blend of modern EBM with fierce, danceable, beats and pounding rhythms. Juxtaposed against the more aggressive musical stylings are – as always – the softer, raw vocals, with a flair of 80’s synth-pop delivery.
Diskodiktator continue their epic journey into the abyss of classic Swedish 1990’s albums and this time it happened to become a tribute to the 1995 S.P.O.C.K album “Alien Worlds”. Naturally we think it’s great but we are not alone. The music blog Cold War Night Life has this to say:
What made the original S.P.O.C.K songs so enduring was composer Eddie Bengtsson’s instinctive feel for pop structures, which were OMD-class, even if the subjects were lifted from cult sci-fi. Slowed down and put into another mode, they can start to sound less iconic than ironic, but there are clever moments here: Billing is a talented programmer and performer, and on tracks like “Astro Girl” he provides a setting that is closer to R&B than classic poptronica.