Bend Over Magazine No. 6

Planningtorock, Kool Thing And Hercules & Love Affair’s Mark Pistel Remix Austra

Toronto-based, minor-key-addicted Austra have blown up in such a short amount of time since the May release of their debut album Feel It Break, so it would be easily to dismiss them as hype — a video censored for nudity and a mention on Jay-Z’s blog couldn’t have hurt — but thankfully the quality of the music indicates otherwise. Their cold synth patterns and Katie Stelmanis’s rich voice are a soft sell on melancholic ears, and their sound perfectly defines the Blacksmith Synth-Bop trend of 2011 (a micro-genre I coined just now).

Massimiliano Pagliara

Massimiliano Pagliara: Italo-Berliner

DJ/producer Massimiliano Pagliara, last seen remixing Hard Ton, has just released his debut album ‘Focus for Infinity’ on Frankfurt club/imprint Live at Robert Johnson, distributed via Kompakt. It’s an unabashedly retro affair, echoing 80s synth-pop and house sounds with guest vocalists on a few tracks, including “Fade the Light” featuring Mavin from Manhooker.

Top Secret

Top Secret Berlin + Expatriarch Radio

As a new contributor to Catch Fire, I’ll never miss the chance to plug myself. First off, let me tell you about a new party series I’m starting along with DJ Dickey Doo, the first edition of which happens this Friday in Berlin. We’ve also launched the Top Secret blog with YouClouds and SoundTubes to give you an idea of our style.