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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.

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Video Treats for Gothic Pogo Livestream

28 May 2020

Starting tomorrow, the Gothic Pogo XIV.5 Livestream commences with 3 days of musical acts and DJs from around the world. Along with a live/studio Soft Riot performance of three songs, there’s a bunch of other video treats that have been created for this online festival upon request of the fine folks at Gothic Pogo.

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Moonfrog & Gothic Pogo Livestream Shows

19 May 2020

After contributing an exclusive live performance to the online Gothicat Festival #2 earlier this month there’s two more Soft Riot online performances coming up right around the corner: 24 May 2020 for Moonfrog TV and then during the three days of Gothic Pogo XIV.5 Livestream.

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She Past Away “Durdu Dünya” Video by Flustervision

8 May 2020

And another video for the Turkish post-punk band She Past Away by Flustervision has premiered today! It is for the track “Durdu Dünya” which has been given a re-work by the American synth duo Boy Harsher as part of She Past Away‘s most recent release, X, which celebrates ten years of the band making music […]

Double Anniversary of two releases: Hyperbolic Masses and Sounds In Alternate Pictures

A Double Anniversary for Two Releases

3 May 2020

Today is the anniversary of two releases, both released in past years on May 3rd with Hyperbolic Masses released in 2012 and Sounds In Alternate Pictures released in 2016 on this same day.

SOFT RIOT "Chin Up" | CD and Cassette

The New Album “Chin Up” Out Now

27 April 2020

The new ealbum Chin Up is out now! A collection of 11 tracks that make for a “one off” release for a more experimental, ambient-leaning soundm the majority of these tracks where written at the same time as the recent album When Push Comes To Shove.

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A Special Performance for Gothicat #2 Online Festival

26 April 2020

As a lot of the world is just over a month into lockdown over the current Covid-19 pandemic, there’s been a rise in bands and promoters getting creative and taking a lot performance activity online for the time being. This coming weekend one of those festivals is the currently ongoing Gothicat Festival, of which I’ve […]