We are delighted to have joined forces again with Madil Hardis, to bring you 'Australis', the first single to be released from the forthcoming dark ambient album 'Trees'.
Imagine an elderly Aborgine, out hunting late at night in the deepest darkest outback of Australia. He spots his prey, but is then distracted by something in the corner of his eye. He turns to see the Aurora Australis towering above the sacred rock Uluru. He’s seen this shimmering spectacle hundreds of times during his long life, but never ceases to be amazed by its beauty. As he stares at the wonderful, glowing spectacle he remembers with love how his mother used to sing to him as a child, whenever the Aurora Australis appeared in the night sky.
The single will be available from 17th February 2023 and will contain Australis ft Madil Hardis, an instrumental version and one of Madil's amazing contributions from 2022's 'Building Reflections' album, namely the globally opposite 'Borealis'.
Rising talent Jay Taylor (j:dead) and seasoned producer Gary Watts (Nature of Wires) first 'met' when Gary was a SubmitHub reviewer. Gary became an instant fan of j:dead's ebm/industrial style and was delighted when Jay invited him to contribute a remix of ‘Afraid’ for the physical release of the EP ‘Vision of Time’ in 2022. Fast forward several months and the pair agreed to collaborate on a new song, after they met in person at a j:dead gig in Manchester. Gary created a framework of a track, Jay added his trademark distinctive vocals and Gary built it up to a finished version.
Jay Taylor is no stranger to a collaboration, having teamed up with FabrikC, TeknoVore, Menschdefekt, Against I and Tyske Ludder. Gary also has an impressive back catalogue of collaborations and remixes (over 100), including Leaether Strip, Massive Ego, Fuzzbox, Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Freakangel, Sea of Sin, Spankthenun, Projekt Ich & Madil Hardis
This new collaboration has seen the pair create a dark, bass-heavy and aggressive track, filled with vocal and instrumental hooks. Thrive deals with the drudgery of day to day life and the desperation which this creates is reflected superbly in the raw emotion of j:dead's vocals.
Thrive was released on Bandcamp on December 8th 2022 and on all other platforms on Infacted Recordings on December 9th.
Gary and Annie from Machina X have contributed an 80s-style 12" mix of Within, for the latest in the Generation Blitz series of Compilations, called simply 'Extended', which is described as 'a double helping of brand new extended electro pop, synthpop, electronic post-punk goodness for your ears.'
The compilation also includes extended mixes from Cult With No Name, Tenek, Blaklight, The Rude Awakening, Kiffie, Volker Milch, LorD and Master, Jeff Appleton and many more.
Generation Blitz 3 - Extended was compiled with loving care by our friends Martin James, Timo Jalkanen, Gary Fones and Colin Spencer and was released on November 25th in digital format and as a beautiful gatefold sleeve with 2 x vinyl-style CDs. Click on the image to order your copy on Bandcamp.
Well, how do you follow up a track like DANCE WITH ME, received so wonderfully in May 2022? With an upbeat, driving banger, of course!
Gary and Annie from Machina X have been back together making sounds again and are confident that this brand new uplifting pure synth pop track is a totally worthwhile contender to step up.
We are delighted to present POSSIBILITIES for your listening and playlisting pleasure. A positive, upbeat and crowd-pleasing 3.5 minutes of bright, breezy synths, solid basslines and optimistically defiant vocals combine in anthemic joy, to offer a momentary respite from judgement and negativity.
Be your own Possibilities!
Released on 18th November 2022. Click on the image for links.
During the summer of 2020 Gary did a remix of Touch Caress by D-SiPaul, which Gary considers to be one of his favourite remixes.
However, it didn't get released because Simon Goold of D-SiPaul wanted to re-record his vocals after getting some vocal tuition (although they sound absolutely fine to Gary).
Fast forward to November 7th 2022, when Gary got a message out of the blue from Simon, to say that the remix would be released on Friday 11th November! This was great news and so DJs and Podcasters were immediately contacted and the remix has received lots of radio play across the globe.
We haven't been able to find it on D-SiPaul's Bandcamp page yet, but if you click on the image you'll be able to stream it on Spotify.
Gary says: Because I can’t sing I’ve never been able to create a solo album, so if I was to do this it would have to be instrumental. I’d been playing around with some synths with really atmospheric, evolving pads and then one dreary Saturday in November I found myself in just the right frame of mind to do something creative. I set myself a challenge, literally made things up as I went along and within a few hours I’d come up with 10 short, ambient and VERY simplistic instrumentals. The whole thing is only about 24 minutes long and it just sort of works. A few days later it occurred to me that my lovely and super-talented friend Madil Hardis could add an extra layer of etherealness (if that’s a word) with her trademark gorgeous soprano voice and so I asked her to choose a couple on which to sing. Borealis and Network were chosen and within a day Madil had sent vocal tracks back. Network contains actual words (inspired by Bjork apparently) whereas Borealis is vocal sounds (I’m sure there must be an official term for this).
So, the whole thing took less than 2 days to create from start to finish and I’ve been bowled over by the response it has had. It’s a bit of a departure from the norm, but is in line with the sort of thing I listen to a lot, especially when driving, or generally trying to relax. It’s probably a one-off, but if it flies I would consider doing another one like this. The album artwork is a photo I took from the 13th floor of the Radisson Hotel in Cardiff and when I posted it, suggesting that it would make good album artwork, a guy called Dave (@wafbinthedark on Twitter) suggested that it could be called Building Reflections. The full album was released on March 25th; click on the image for streaming & buying links.
Having been delayed for over 12 months for various reasons, including a global pandemic, the highly anticipated 'Out of my System' album was released on November 26th and is available to order by clicking on the image.
Dealing with issues surrounding divorce, interspersed with tales of tragedy and deception, the album is available in digital format and also as an ultra-limited USB Flash Drive edition, containing remixes, videos, lyric sheets and the original versions of the songs. The album versions have been superbly produced by Herefordshire's Dan Armstrong and as usual we turned to Vlad McNeally in the USA for the fabulous artwork.
We are very pleased with the final result and we hope that you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed making it.
Modus is a collection of 8 songs originally written by Gary and Andrew between 1986 and 1993, plus 11 remixes by artists from around the world.
Released in August 2019 on the AnalogueTrash label, Modus is available as a double CD, in digital format and as an ultra-limited USB flash drive containing all of the originals and remixes plus photos and videos (update: USBs have now sold out).
Modus was voted Album of the Year by The Electricity Club in 2019.