Showing posts with label Ladytron news. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ladytron news. Show all posts

14 February 2015

Reuben Wu collaborated on Tesla electric car ad

Executive Producer: Dallas Carroll
Producer: Dallas Carroll (Digital Giant), Kendra Wester (Damon Productions/Square Planet Media)
Director: Alex Pickup & Dallas Carroll with Reuben Wu
Camera Car and Studio DOP: Tim Damon
Editor: Eron Otcasek
Grading: Reuben Wu, Alex Pickup, Dallas Carroll
Sound Design: Eron Otcasek, Reuben Wu, Digital Giant
Music Score: Reuben Wu with Dallas Carroll
Motion Graphics: Chistoffer Bjerre
Camera Services : Industrial Digital
1st AC: Jeff McCoy
2nd Unit: Reuben Wu, Anthony Dias
Digital Tech: John Rinek, Anthony Dias
Camera Rigger: Keith Sherins,
Remote Control HDRI Camera Operator: Keith Sherins

12 February 2015

Reuben Wu - The Northernmost

Music and video: Reuben Wu.

20 January 2015

Excerpt from a new track by Reuben Wu

Reuben Wu posted on SoundCloud an excerpt from a new track for SiteSeer.

05 January 2015

3 films that influenced Ladytron

The Andromeda Strain

The Andromeda Strain is a thriller from 1971 directed by Robert Wise about a group of scientists that investigates a deadly new alien virus before it can spread. This film was an inspiration for Ladytron's uniforms during 604 and Light & Magic eras, plus (sort of) the title of 604 album. There's an error 601 on one of the displays from the lab in this film.

Daniel: "I'm really into The Andromeda Strain [Michael Crichton's futuristic novel that was made into a 1971 movie – Ed.], so that's kind of an influence on the title of the album and the uniforms we've got and stuff. But the design – me and Reuben just love that film". (Source)

Also the design of the US version of the 604 cover (especially the big 604) was probably inspired by some inscriptions from this film.

Watership Down

Watership Down is an animation from 1978 directed by Martin Rosen about a group of rabbits that flee their doomed warren and face many dangers to find and protect their new home. This film was an inspiration for the Ladytron song and music video "Ghosts". The lyric "prince with a thousand enemies" is directly inspired by the character El-ahrairah from this movie.

Mira: "I'm obsessed by films so there are lots of favourites but I really like Watership Down, David Lynch films and lots of horror films". (Source)

Helen: "I love the animation. I love the music. I love rabbits. It's not as simple as being just a gory scare fest. #watershipDown". (Source)

Helen: "I like Watership Down as well". (Source)


Suspiria is a horror film from 1977 directed by Dario Argento about a newcomer to a fancy ballet academy that gradually comes to realize that the school is a front for something far more sinister and supernatural amidst a series of grisly murders.

Suspiria probably influenced Witching Hour in a way. For example the film features witches and the line "Bad luck isn't brought by broken mirrors, but by broken minds" probably was an inspiration for the "Soft Power" lyric "Broken glass, is luxury". Reuben and Helen mentioned this film during the interview for Fly Music below (around 2:11). They also mentioned the films Phenomena and Noir.

Also during a special Halloween show at El Rey, Los Angeles in 2006, Ladytron had Suspiria playing in the background on screens throughout their performance.

30 July 2014

New The Projects album

The Projects released their fourth and final album, Elektrichka's Favourite Party Record. Mira Aroyo duets on most of the songs.

You can listen the album on Soundcloud (below) or on Spotify. Also you can buy it from iTunes (digital) or from Tip Top Records (vinyl).

Press info:

The Projects, the brainchild of the late Graeme Wilson, released their final record on Tip Top Recordings on 19 May 2014. Elektrichka's Favourite Party Record, the fourth album by The Projects, has been completed three years after his sudden death at the age of thirty seven in December 2011.

Wilson who suffered from MS had begun recording the album, which he felt would be his most accomplished to date, with a vast array of talented and long term musician friends such as Mira Aroyo (Ladytron), Dino Gollnick (Lightspeed Champion, The Beatings), Koichi Yamanoha (Grimm Grimm, Screaming Tea Party), Ricky Maymi (Brian Jonestown Massacre), Mon Chan (Bo Ningen), Alex Lawton Mawdsley (Comet Sands), and Matt Simpson (The European).

"His death may have cut The Projects tragically short, but this album is the one that brings Wilson's cosmic, collaborative vision vividly to life". (eMusic)

"Haunting, otherworldly pop that sounds like a cosmic missive from Krauter space". (Wondering Sound)

"A catchy blend of krautrock and persistent synths". (Artrocker)

Sadly Graeme never saw the album completed, but everyone involved thought it would be a fitting tribute that it was finished and a few months after his funeral they went about the task of putting the recordings together. Mira Aroyo, who duets on most of the songs, explains the process:

"Koichi picked up Graeme's computer and Paul, Koichi, Mon Chan, Alex and I started to make sense of it all. It was really sad and weird but somehow made us feel like he was totally there and so it was kind of fun too. We found what we thought were the latest versions of songs. We were certain we wanted to meddle with things as little as possible. Some of the tracks had names written in Russian. We had to decide which bits needed fixing and redoing. It was very hard so we went for 'would Graeme like this'. We went in (to the studio) over four long days and finished the vocals, re-recorded some of the drums and mixed. We used the three songs he had already mixed as reference. Luckily he had already sent me all the lyrics that needed recording. He was actually very organized in his chaos. The studio overlooks Kensal Green Cemetery and the rain was pouring on a funeral procession when we arrived. It was even spookier at night, with LED candle lights flickering here and there in the dark sea of graves. The hardest part for me was mixing, as that gave me more time to think about what was actually happening. It was heart wrenching. I realised that this would be the last time I would hear Graeme's voice without music behind it".

The results are remarkable and Elektrichka's Favourite Party Record is a truly inspiring piece of work. Thirteen tracks, mastered by Paul Jones (Stolen Recordings), the album includes the download single "Set a Course For the Stars" and captures the perfectly formed type of skewed pop that Wilson and The Projects had been crafting over the years.

Too many highlights to mention, but tracks such as "I Have to Use Words", "Emma Nutt", "I'm Learning Chinese", "A&E/ITU", "Anne Is a Socialist" and "I'm In LLLLLove" are the sort of catchy, krautrock and electronic tunes that The Projects and their contemporaries such as Stereolab, Quickspace, Broadcast and more recently The Horrors excel.

A true musical maverick, Wilson, a former member of John Peel favourites Miss Mend and the Television Personalities, formed The Projects in 2001 with Alex Lawton Mawdsley and released the debut album Let's Get Static in 2004 which was followed three years later with Voice Is Glue and then Words of Love Broadcast in Code in 2009. He began working on Elektrichka's Favourite Party Record soon after.

"It's all finished except for vocals on a couple of songs. O wow, it's such a shame that I can't play it to you! I'm sure you'd love it!”. (Graeme Wilson, 2011)


24 July 2014

Tamoios - "Alto la" videoclip

Tamoios is the new side project of Daniel Hunt.

01 July 2014

Mira and Helen featured on TEC's The Beauty of the Synthesizer list

Both Mira Aroyo and Helen Marnie featured on The Electricity Club's "The Beauty of the Synthesizer" list (the most beautiful women in synthpop).

That list includes names like Au Revoir Simone, Sarah Blackwood (Dubstar, Client), Anastasia Dimou (Feathers), Alison Goldfrapp (Goldfrapp), Claire Boucher (Grimes), Patricia Hall (Soft Metals), Imogen Heap, Victoria Hesketh (Little Boots), Marianthi Melitsi and Sophie Sophie Sarigiannidou (Marsheaux), Lauren Mayberry (Chvrches), Anais Neon (Vile Electrodes), Sarah Nixey (Black Box Recorder), Polly Scattergood, Emilie Simon, and others.

Also Marianthi and Sophie from Marsheaux were compared with Mira and Helen: "Marianthi Melitsi is the Helen Marnie of the pair with her sweet vocals and porcelain looks. Meanwhile, Sophie Sarigiannidou is more akin to Mira Aroyo with a more smouldering demeanour which is deadpan in comparison".

Mira Aroyo

While Ladytron are very much a quartet musically, imagewise it has been the band's female pair who have been the focal point.

When Mira Aroyo first appeared on the scene, her icy East European demeanour suited the band's dark terrorist chic meets the catwalk. With look akin to the notorious Baader-Meinhof gang, she was Mira armed with a Korg MS-20 as her weapon of choice.

As well as DJing, she has branched out into other projects, the most notable being when she made her stark deadpan presence felt on the appropriately dystopian "Watching a Building on Fire" with John Foxx & The Maths in 2011.

Helen Marnie

If Mira Aroyo is the Anni-Frid Lyngstad of Ladytron, then Helen Marnie is Agnetha Fältskog.

The sweeter, more pop inclined of the pair, Helen certainly appeared at home with a more glamorous image when Ladytron relaxed their uniformed stance after their third album Witching Hour.

It was probably Helen who persuaded Mira Aroyo to sport swimwear on their 2003 DJ mix compilation Softcore Jukebox.

She is obviously comfortable with that look as she has continued with the swimwear and gone for some glossy imagery in support of her pristine first solo album Crystal World.

Other superb pictures with Mira & Helen:

30 June 2014

"Destroy Everything You Touch" videoclip snapshots

On the design site Behance, Adam Bartley (credited with Art Direction and Directing) uploaded a nice collection of snapshots from the gorgeous "Destroy Everything You Touch" videoclip. Click on pictures for a higher resolution:

Bonus: two storyboards of "Destroy Everything You Touch" videoclip:

23 June 2014

"She Stepped Out of the Car" cover

A Ladytron fan, Adren, covered one of the band's exclusive tracks for The Sims 3 soundtrack. It sounds very nice.

04 June 2014

Tamoios, a new side project of Daniel Hunt

Tamoios is a new band from São Paulo, Brasil that consists of Daniel Hunt, singer Luisa Maita, and Fernando Rischbieter. The first single is titled "Alto lá".

25 January 2014

Transparent Days (SONOIO Remix)

A track from Gravity the Seducer Remixed. Mindblowing!

SONOIO is Alessandro Cortini, the keyboardist of Nine Inch Nails and also co-producer of two Ladytron albums (Velocifero & Gravity the Seducer). He also co-produced the song "We Are the Sea" from Marnie's album Crystal World.

24 January 2014

"Gravity the Seducer Remixed", available on Amazon and iTunes

Since 21 January 2014, Gravity the Seducer Remixed is available to buy on Amazon and iTunes.

21 January 2014

Reuben Wu - "Mechanoids" free download

Reuben Wu made the experimental song "Mechanoids" available as free download (WAV format) on Soundcloud:

I converted this WAV file to MP3 320 kbps CBR and FLAC.

Download MP3 | Download FLAC

01 January 2014

Happy New Year!

Daniel Hunt left a message on his Facebook page:

"Feliz ano novo / Happy new year! I have some new music to come next year; we are working on material for the 6th LT record, and in addition soon I'll be able to play you something from a brand new project I have down in Brazil that we are very excited about. Love. 2014 é nóis! X".

Helen Marnie also posted 2 nice pictures on her Instagram account (click on pictures):

17 December 2013

Reuben Wu did a soundtrack for a promotional video

Reuben Wu did a soundtrack for a promotional video titled "Over 2 Million Containers, 2,000 Routes - GE" for GE:

The music is excellent and it sounds like Ladytron and Orbital. The video is great too, because it's synchronized with the music. More details from this site:

In an attempt to "artistically demonstrate the complexity involved in the tightly-orchestrated intermodal process that is required to move goods", GE and Barbarian Group collaborated with Reuben Wu, of British band Ladytron, to create a new music video (of sorts) called "Over 2 Million Containers, 2000 Routes".

To create the music for the video, Wu integrated organic terminal sounds from CSX Intermodal Terminal in North Baltimore, Ohio with original instrumentation. The video takes the terminal sounds and original music, and creates a natural fit for the them "synchronized against key moments in the intermodal process". This may all sound very complicated and clinical, but the video succeeds at making this process appealing, giving the viewer an idea of all the complexity that goes into the "tightly-orchestrated intermodal process" in a way that is actually enjoyable.

06 December 2013

"Gravity the Seducer Remixed" was released on 29 November

Gravity the Seducer Remixed was released on 29 November as limited-edition blue vinyl. Probably it will be released also as digital download on iTunes and/or Amazon.

Track listing:

Side A
1. White Elephant (Strange Fruit Remix)
2. Mirage (Mixhell Remix)
3. White Gold (Tarsius Remix)
4. Ace of Hz (Punks Jump Up Remix)
5. Ritual (Reset! Remix)
6. Moon Palace (ARIISK Remix)

Side B
1. Altitude Blues (Outfit Remix)
2. Ambulances (Gosteffects Remix)
3. Melting Ice (The Chaotic Good Remix)
4. Transparent Days (SONOIO Remix)
5. Ninety Degrees (Somekong Remix)
6. Aces High (Ladytron Remix)

28 October 2013

100k pageviews

Today, Ladytron Music site reached over 100,000 pageviews since its beginning in 1 June 2010. Also it appears on the first or the second page of Google Search results for the keyword "ladytron".

Thanks to all visitors.

25 October 2013

"Gravity the Seducer Remixed" limited edition announced

Ladytron will release an exclusive limited-edition Gravity the Seducer Remixed blue vinyl on Record Store Day special Black Friday (29 November 2013).

Track listing:

Side A
1. White Elephant (Strange Fruit Remix)
2. Mirage (Mixhell Remix)
3. White Gold (Tarsius Remix)
4. Ace of Hz (Punks Jump Up Remix)
5. Ritual (Reset! Remix)
6. Moon Palace (ARIISK Remix)

Side B
1. Altitude Blues (Outfit Remix)
2. Ambulances (Gosteffects Remix)
3. Melting Ice (The Chaotic Good Remix)
4. Transparent Days (SONOIO Remix)
5. Ninety Degrees (Somekong Remix)
6. Aces High (Ladytron Remix)

12 October 2013

New remix from Daniel Hunt

Daniel Hunt remixed the song "Fool" by White Prism. Listen here: