Poliça are back, with this beautifully warped piece, Driving. It’s taken from their new album, When We Stay Alive.
I haven’t particularly been following Ben Watt‘s career post-Everything But The Girl, which is clearly foolish, as this is great. From the new album Storm Damage, which is coming soon, this is Sunlight Follows the Night:
Sorry – I meant to do this a few days ago, but Depeche Mode are back with a big box set containing everything. All the fans own most of it already, and the non-fans neither want nor afford it, but apparently it’s a great idea anyway – this is MODE:
Pet Shop Boys are back, better late than never. The new album Hotspot turns up in just a couple of weeks – in the meantime, here’s Burning the heather:
I’ve no idea what a worldbeater is, but it’s interesting to see Peter Gabriel make his return this year:
Who were Ace of Base, exactly? One of the first acts of the 1990s Europop movement, and yet much more pop than most of the others. One of the earliest acts of the second huge Swedish pop wave. Were they a bit naff, or an inventive and influential pop act? Or were they a bit of a sad case, a family (plus one) pulled apart by fame and fortune?
Well, anyway – here’s Happy Nation, from Gold, out now:
Sorry for not sharing this sooner – Sophie Ellis-Bextor‘s orchestral greatest hits album The Song Diaries from earlier this year is definitely worth celebrating. Here’s Take Me Home: