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August BandCamp Sale – 20% Discount

5 August 2021

Tomorrow another BandCamp Friday sale springs into action with a little Possession Records summer sale to ice that lovely cake. You can also take advantage of a discount code that gives 20% of your total purchase and is active until midnight at the end of August 15th and applies to everything in the shop.

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Out now! The new compilation album Second Lives

28 June 2021

The new compilation album Second Lives releases today! Available in digital, Digipak CD and cassette formats. Thanks to Post-Punk.com for premiering the album. Read on for more information and to buy/stream.

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Second Lives feature on Coldexperiment.com

14 June 2021

Ahead of being released at the end of this month, the fantastic Japanese electronic music website Cold Experiment published a nice feature on the upcoming Second Lives record.

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Compilation album Second Lives out 28 June 2021

4 June 2021

It was around ten years ago now that the Soft Riot wheels started turning into motion. And with that it feels somewhat good to announce the release of a new compilation album, Second Lives, out 28 June 2021 on Possession Records! It’s a limited release out in digital, Digipak CD, Cassette and streaming formats and contains 8 tracks.

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Dream Baby Dream: Compilation Volume One

19 May 2021

It feels good to announce this release, out next week on May 26th — the first compilation by the Berlin-based Dream Baby Dream label — Dream Baby Dream Compilation Volume One! The compilation features a brand new Soft Riot track entitled “A Spade Is Played Again” and features an incredible list of artists from Berlin and beyond including Phase Fatale, Halv Drøm, Front 313, Operant, Spit Mask, The Horrorist and many more.

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An Upcoming Live Stream Performance for Mutant Transmissions Festival II

5 April 2021

Soft Riot will be contributing a 4 song studio performance for the upcoming Mutant Transmissions Festival II later this month. The festival is a live stream happening 23-26 April and curated by the Mutant Transmissions Radio show out of Brugge, Belgium. It will feature studio performances and DJ sets from contributors all over the world for fans of the wave, synth, post-punk and generally weirder end of the underground synth spectrum.

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FATE Perfume by Seifenhexe

21 March 2021

Berlin-based perfume and soap maker Seifenhexe proposed the idea of doing a Soft Riot scented perfume so it seemed definitely like an interesting idea, thus a fun little collaboration was born. Now available to buy online.

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Frastuoni Monitor Playlist and Into 2021

22 January 2021

The track “Taking Off The Edge” has been included on a very nicely stacked mix by curator Simona Bluette as part of the Monitor Playlist series on the Italian music website, frastuoni.it. The mix features other great tracks from notable players in the modern synth scene, including Boy Harsher, Buzz Kull, Void Vision, Minuit Machine, Martial Canterel and more.

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Cinema Eyes (Version IV) out now on Forbidden Figures compilation

4 December 2020

Out now! A new compilation called Forbidden Figures, released to raise money for fellow synth artist Nao Katafuchi and his ongoing legal issues. Includes a brand, new reworked version of “Cinema Eyes” as well as tracks by 30+ amazing artists from around the world.

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Master Tape Available Now

2 December 2020

Available now, Master Tape : A Video Collection: 2010-2020 is a limited edition collection of most of the videos released over the last ten years, in a choice of either DVD or VHS format.

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Soft Riot remixes Hexadiode

29 October 2020

Coming out in time for this year’s unique, socially-distanced Halloween is a new compilation album of remixes entitled Controlled Burn for Hexadiode, an electronic/industrial band from Dayton, Ohio. This new release features a remix by yours truly for the track “Brain in 3” as well as remixes by other artists including Skeleton Hands, 6th Circle and more.

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The Four and Five Year Anniversary of Two Albums

23 September 2020

Today is the anniversary of two releases, both released in past years on 19 September 2015 with the album You Never know What Might Come Next and the other a year earlier on this day in 2014 with Some More Terror.

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Presence Not Absence Compilation

8 August 2020

Volar Records has just released a new 22 track compilation entitled Presence Not Absence including the Soft Riot track “There Just Isn’t Enough Time II”, from the Taking Off The Edge digital single, which aims to raise funds for Trans BIPOC Housing Assistance.

Soft Riot Merch - BandCamp Friday August Sale

BandCamp Friday August Sale

7 August 2020

BandCamp is doing one of those fee waive days all day today so I thought I’d add to that and offer the sale code — august20 — that gets anyone and additional 20% off in the online store, which ends on the end of Sunday, August 9th.

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“Laughter Takes Off The Edge” Video Premiere on The Brvtalist

21 July 2020

A new video for the track “Laughter Takes Off The Edge” from the album Chin Up premieres on The Brvtalist today, an online magazine dealing with mutant metropolitan culture and generally music on the darker side of the spectrum.

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A New Online Portfolio: jjdinfo.com

30 June 2020

A new website has gone up at jjdinfo.com, a portfolio for graphic design, art and video production by yours truly, which includes a lot of the video and graphic design work for Soft Riot.

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Video Live Performance for Null/Void

19 June 2020

This Sunday I’ll be doing yet another recorded video live/studio performance, this time keeping it local with friends Null/Void, broadcasting out of the well-known Glasgow venue Nice N Sleazy. It’s from 8pm til late this Sunday, 21 June 2020.

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Juneteenth Sale To Help Stand Against Racial Injustice

19 June 2020

Today BandCamp is donating all of their fees today on Juneteenth to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund to support racial injustice, inequality and change. As with the Bandcamp sale earlier this month, all proceeds from the Soft Riot / Possession Records sales today will go to Black Lives Matter UK.

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Marcel Wave “Moon King” Video

15 June 2020

The new video for the track “The Moon King” by synth-pop artist Marcel Wave is now online, with filming, production and video effects done by myself. Read on for more information and to watch the video.

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Video Live Performance on Strict Tempo

8 June 2020

A bit short notice on this announcement but frankly we’ve all be wrapped up with major, seismic events going on in the world at the moment, as you can read more about in this post. I’ll be doing a video-recorded live/studio performance scheduled for 18 June 2020, for STRICT TEMPO out of Seattle, Washington. Thanks to DJ Vox Sinistra for the invite to contribute to this online event.

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Contributions, Nominations and Reconstructions : Some June News

7 June 2020

Some news regarding donations to the UKBLM campaign, next post-punk bands to watch and a revamp of video content on the site.