23 February, 2014
Soft Riot News Update
Soft Riot - Fiction Prediction LP available for $10 at our webstore/bandcamp
Soft Riot - No Longer Stranger LP available for $8 at our webstore/bandcamp
Both LPs also available via Revolver/Midheaven mailorder, Rough Trade, Carrot Top, and X-Mist Germany.
Last year saw the release on Volar of Soft Riot's first LP, No Longer Stranger, an eight-song collection going back to the days when SR one-man act Jack Duckworth, of Radio Berlin and Savage Furs, first started recording under the moniker in 2006, and expanded from the six-song EP of the same name that was released digitally on Panospria in 2011. A buddy of mine was DJing tracks from that EP in the bar one night, and I was immediately taken. Two days later, I tracked down Jack through Facebook, told him that I had to put it out on vinyl, and we went from there. He was already in the middle of working on newer, more "pop" tracks that would eventually make up the Fiction Prediction LP, which is finally available on vinyl and digitally via Volar, in conjunction with Other Voices in Russia, who are handling those duties over there and in parts of Europe.
Via the Soft Riot website:
The next upcoming Soft Riot release is a free, digital single of two “outtake” tracks from Fiction Prediction. These tracks, “The Garden Party” and “Read You Like An Electronic Book” were developed alongside the current tracks on that album but didn’t make the cut. Nevertheless they’re still an interesting listening. This will be released as part on the ongoing digital 7″ series by American web-label Everything Is Chemical entitled EIC 7″. This release comes out 13 March 2014. More details to come next month!
Also continuing with his series of "re-versions" (amongst these was the great version of "Don't Let Me Down" by Window Twins, the collaboration between Tim Cohen of Magic Trick/Fresh and Onlys and Jon Bernson of Exrays, listen below). The other upcoming takes include Celebration's "Razor's Edge" from their new LP due out in the coming months, as well as versions for Attrition, Keluar, and TSTI.
Among his recent excursions, Jack took part in this interview and contributed a mix-tape for Abbatoir Live a couple of weeks ago leading up to an event he was playing:
Also recently, Tuesday SOFT RIOT was in the studio at London’s Resonance 104.4 FM as a guest on the show “A Colder Consciousness”, hosted by Flora Pitrolo, London's premier synth-wave independent radio program. Pitrolo went so far as to call Soft Riot "one of the most original new electronic acts in London", and Jack contributed a handful of songs, listed below.
“The Hole” – Susan Justin
“Educated Man” – Images In Vogue
“Fallout” – Data
“Lawnchairs (original mix)” – Our Daughters Wedding
“Burn My Eyes” – Steven Grandell
“Dynamo Beat” – Shock
“Save Our Souls” – Second Layer
“Varsavia” – Ein-st-ein
Also, a few months, Jack contributed to the great Warmer Climes blog, detailing thirteen of his favorite tracks both as of late and going back much farther.
There's plenty more on the horizon for Soft Riot in the near future, including more European dates and tracks and the like. Stream both No Longer Stranger and Fiction Prediction below, and be sure to pick up limited copies at our webstore.