Various Artists - Neonautics v.01 (2014)

Various Artists – Neonautics v.01 (review @ Side-Line)

SkyQode set up this new compilation series as on ode to electro-pop music. The main goal is to feature a fine list of established- and unknown formations. I’m sure this is a sampler that will give you the opportunity to discover multiple ‘new’ or at least less familiar names of the electro-pop scene.

But there’s no better way than taking off with an established and world-wide recognized formation. Electro Spectre got the honor to open with the catchy “Your Love Is A Criminal (Radio Version)”. Elace coming up next is a nice discovery hailing from Germany featuring a rather indie-pop driven song. Candide is one of the first absolute sensations with “Neonautics.” Some of you might have discovered this Swedish formation with their digital productions released by Wonderland Records, but I think it’s a rather unknown name. I really enjoy their typically Swedish pop, which sounds ultra happy.

The Shade is a next interesting name. This band deals with a harder side of pop and operates from Italy. We remain in Italy with one of the hottest sensations of the past few years. Syrian can look back at so many synth-pop & dance songs. They here deal with a softer cut, but which is quite enjoyable.

Aeon Rings stands for the American side of this sampler and is one more discovery. The song “Time To Run” sounds pretty power-pop minded. There are several Russian bands featured, but one of the most convincing ones is Ekam Sat.

Two more noticeable cuts have been featured by Kiss The Panther, which already is a new discovery and Supercraft. The first band is a British newcomer while Supercraft is half Swedish and half Norwegian. This formation released several productions on Wtl Records and brings great dance-pop music. Two more names I want to mention is the Belgian band Suffocating Minds and one of the absolute Russian leading formations in the genre: Mental Discipline featuring Alex Braun (Distain).

Conclusion: “Neonautics” is a real promising compilation featuring an international list of bands all devoted to the wider fields of electronic pop music. I’m sure we here get a fine selection of some ‘next famous electro-pop’ bands.

Rating: 8/10

by Side-Line