KVN (pronounced Kevin) is an indie-pop supergroup composed of Austin-based artists: DOSSEY, Primo the Alien, and Lady Heartwing.
KVN’s sound was forged in the summer of 2020 by each member’s mutual adoration of late 90s R&B and pop girl groups and modern dance music. Having each already made a name for themselves both locally and internationally, these women as songwriters, producers, and performers deliver high-energy, harmony-driven pop and dance music - a sound akin to that of En Vogue and Haim meeting in a 70s era discoteque.
Hot on the heels of the original album hitting #2 on the UK album chart last year, enduring pop legends Steps return with What The Future Holds Pt. 2. Spanning 15 tracks, the album includes 10 brand-new unheard songs plus special acoustic versions of previous singles from the album. The new album also includes the revamped single mix of Heartbreak In This City, featuring Primetime Emmy Award winner Michelle Visage, which saw the band perform with Michelle on The Graham Norton Show on April 2.
The original What The Future Holds Pt. 1 album went Silver within the first month of its release and was the most downloaded album in the UK over the Christmas period. The five-piece will also be heading on their sure-to-be epic What The Future Holds Tour in November, headlining 18 arena shows across the UK including two dates at London’s The O2 and will be joined by the brilliant Sophie Ellis-Bextor as a special guest.
Launching during the halcyon days of pop in 1997 with their line-dancing classic 5,6,7,8, Brit award winners Steps set about re-turfing the music landscape via 14 UK top 10 singles and three multi-platinum albums in three years including #1’s Tragedy and Stomp. Fast forward twenty years, the band returned with the mighty Tears On The Dancefloor, which hit #1 on the physical and iTunes album charts and went Gold within a matter of weeks, becoming the biggest-selling independent album of 2017 behind Stormzy.
Young Empress are treading Dreamwave waters with their latest single ‘Eyes Closed’.
Written and produced by Robin & Rebecca Davies, this film fan duo are are continuing to build tracks inspired by their favourite movies, re-envisioning storylines and replacing them with soft synths and haunting guitars.
Eyes Closed radiates War of the Worlds vibes - if HG Wells wrote music then it would sound like this!
Inspired by 80s American teen drama ‘Dead Poets Society’ - Young Empress transcend into a world full of the hopes and dreams of a troubled soul. This track follows the beloved narrative of Neil Perry, as he explores new realms of self-expression and individuality, at the expense of his parents’ expectations. It creates a sense of innocence approaching a moment of temptation, uncertainty and consequence.
Swirling vocals reverberate around the track creating a dynamic and atmospheric relationship between the realms of Retrowave and Synthpop, alongside dreamy guitars with a night drive bass line holding the spine of Eyes Closed together.
With their debut album out later this year, you should turn your attention to Young Empress to discover what they do next!
beautifulgarbage, the bands third studio album, originally released October 1 2001.
Marking a departure from the sound that Garbage had established on their first two releases, beautifulgarbage was written and recorded over the course of a year. Shirley Manson chronicled the band’s efforts weekly online, becoming one of the first high-profile musicians to keep an internet blog in the process. The album expanded on the band's acclaimed musical variety with more direct lyrics and sounds that mixed rock with electronic, new wave, hip hop and girl group influences.
This brand-new edition has been remastered from the original recordings and will be released across Deluxe, LP, CD and Digital formats. The Deluxe edition includes beautifulgarbage on 2 x heavyweight Black Vinyl, as well as a 12” of B-Sides and memorabilia. The two Double LP formats have been pressed on heavyweight Black and special white vinyl respectively. The reissue also features a triple CD featuring, original album, b-sides, demos and remixes housed in a deluxe clamshell.
Compiled by Aztec Records and featuring pure synthpop songs from some of the hottest synthpop acts in the scene such as:
Young Empress / LAU / Surrender / Friday Night Firefight / Coastal / Cymatica / Pleasure / Primo / Syst3m Glitch & Van Derand / Badison / Power Rob / Heartracer / Thought Beings / Gryff / Mike Haunted & Chris KD / Mondmann ft. Anny Where / NINA ft. LAU / Zenith Volt
Don't forget to stream / buy Pure Synthpop Volume 1 too!