• soft regime Michelangelo (numbered 7", £6.50)

    label: elefant

    Limited edition of 500 copies includes download. Soft Regime are a European band; consisting of a French woman (the singer Astrid Rostaing), a German (the producer and songwriter Christian Flamm), and an Englishman (Tim Benton, songwriter, lyricist, and previously frontman of BAXENDALE). Their first single is named after an Italian artist, which they are releasing on a Spanish label. A band without borders, but with a clear focus on togetherness and polished dance floors. The line that summarises the group's concept says it all: "To be strict on softness, but soft on strictness, to make hot emotional pop in a glacial synthetic frame". "Michelangelo" is the lead song on their first single - a true ode to Europop, with vocoders, luminous melodies, and super-danceable choruses. "Pedestrian Sunset" comes in a curious format - the song is divided between the A and B-sides on the physical single - and to wrap things up, the statement of intent that is their cover of The Clientele's "The Queen Of Seville"

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