1. SOCIAL DANCE – ‘Moonlight Extravaganza’

How can a band combine psych pop with post-punk and deliver the goods? The answer is the latest track by French duo SOCIAL DANCE, ‘Moonlight Extravaganza‘. Judging form its crackerjack title, the listener in merely seconds gets captivated by the flawless melody and the groovy, dance-y rhythm. Looking forward to listening more tunes by this brilliant duo; But for the time being….

Christos Doukakis

  1. Sick Of It All – ‘That Crazy White Boy Shit‘ 

The living legends of New York hardcore punk scene Sick Of It All released their 12th album ‘Wake The Sleeping Dragon!‘ on November 2nd via Century Media. In this album the band had the guest appearances of Tim McIrath (vocals, guitar) of Rise Against and Chuck Ragan (vocals) of Hot Water Music.

Mary Kalaitzidou

  1. Low – ‘Always Trying To Work It Out

For this week’s mixtape we recommend a song taken from the latest album ‘Double Negative‘ (Sub Pop, September 2018) of a very unique band, Low, with very special sound which is characterized as slowcore/sadcore. The latest official video for the track ‘Always Trying To Work It Out‘. A great video production of many contributors, which was directed by Philip Harder & Alan Sparhawk (vocals, guitar, piano) founding member of the trio.

As one of the main bands of the genre Low’s music is full of slow tempo arrangements and melancholic melodies and lyrics.

Eleftheria Gesou

  1. Svartidauði – ‘Wolves Of A Red Sun

Svartidauði is an Icelandic black metal band, formed in 2002. They are releasing their second album ‘Revelations Of The Red Sword‘ on December 3rd via Ván and judging by the lead tracks is not to be ignored. Regarding the album’s title the band explains: “The Red Sword refers to the rays of a rising- and a setting sun, encompassing its contents in the fire and the fury of our world’s most creative and destructive force, the glowing God up above, the Sun – Celebrating its howling solar winds, all the while waiting with anticipation for the inevitable heat death of the universe.”

Mary Kalaitzidou

  1. Trentemøller– ‘Transformer Man‘ 

Trentemøller is a brave artist choosing to cover a living legend: Neil Young, and specifically ‘Transformer Man‘. The song is “probably most notorious for being part of the album ‘Trans’ that got Neil Young sued by his label for not sounding enough like himself“, but this didn’t discourage the Copenhagen based mastermind, not only to cover it, but to create/”transform” it in his very own unique style and create a retro synth masterpiece.

The “cover” is taken off the album ‘Harbour Boat Trips Vol. 02 – Copenhagen by Trentemøller’ will be released in November on 2LP, CD.

Although I’m a huge Neil Young fan, I actually didn’t know about this song until Marie Fisker (a frequent collaborator (editor’s note)) played it to me when we sat down and thought about some songs that would be fun to cover for the Harbour Boat Trips Mix I was working on. I wasn’t a fan of the song and its sound in the first place, but the melody, especially the hookline, somehow caught me.“Anders has stated about the track.

Christos Doukakis

Compiled by Christos Doukakis, Mary Kalaitzidou & Eleftheria Gesou