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Hard Feelings

by SOFT REGIME

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The velvet fist, this is our theme Witness the Soft Regime The federation of mild extreme This is the Soft Regime The grown up dream, the dance routine Please embrace the Soft Regime Do re mi, the laser beam Come on over to the Soft Regime The Soft Regime The Soft Regime Hey hey
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Lockdown 03:18
Lockdown, lockdown, lockdown... You keep me guessing The mystery is you Are you playing games? Should I rearrange my point of view? Is it a singular vision? There's evidence for sure I've got options, yes But I must confess I've got to know the score… But just when I think you're coming around Everything goes into lockdown Just when I think I'm breaking you down Everything goes into lockdown I will approach with trepidation Give you one more chance to phone I'm gonna blow this case wide open I'm gonna claim you for my own I will approach with trepidation Give you one more chance to phone I'm gonna blow this case wide open... But just when I think you're coming around Everything goes into lockdown Just when I think I'm breaking you down Everything goes into lockdown Lockdown... Lockdown... Lockdown... Lockdown... Call it intuition The tide is about to turn In your pale blue eyes There are big surprises I'm about to learn... But just when I think you're coming around Everything goes into lockdown Just when I think we're breaking new ground Everything goes into lockdown I will approach with trepidation I will approach with trepidation Lockdown... Lockdown...
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Instrumental
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Sometimes you need  To filter out the sounds of the city Beyond the trees The river is waiting patiently What lies below We're certainly can not be sure We stash our clothes We won't be needing them no more Take a deep breath What are you hesitating for? Into the unknown We dive in We're all alone We're wild swimming Just out of reach of the trees  It's all becoming so clear Kicking up clouds with our feet Nobody knows we are here Beyond the rocks & the reeds How far do you think we can go? Being ignored by the geese And long may it remain so I know that deep down We're wild things And we might just drown We're wild swimming We should go We should go Dry out on the rocks And we should take ourselves home We should go We should go There's something going on out here That we could never know But this could be the start  Of our daring escape We'll keep on swimming out  Until we find our fate We could lose it all Down the Riechenbach Falls It's a chance we'll take Into the unknown We dive in We're not going home We're wild swimming…
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Johnny 03:40
JJJ-Johnny Don't know where you go You got money More than I'll ever know And right from the very start Plaudits came from miles around The high life is in my heart Always some excitement going down But ooh, I think I need a few more hours on my own... You said it all in your sweetest voice But you never really got me on the plane Said it all in your sweetest voice Don't think I want to ever hear it again JJJ-Johnny JJJ-Johnny ooh Summer Close to perfection That old routine At the drinks reception (Come on) It's time to get your act together Get out of this you can do much better... You said it all in your sweetest voice But you never really got me on the plane Said it all in your sweetest voice There's something going on I can't explain JJJ-Johnny JJJ-Johnny ooh (I don't wanna know I don't wanna stay here) November You're on the evening news Big spender Her majesty is not amused You've taken off with everything Everybody else was taken in You said it all in your sweetest voice But you never really got me on the plane Said it all in your sweetest voice Don't think we're gonna see you round here again JJJ-Johnny JJJ-Johnny ooh JJJ-Johnny JJJ-Johnny ooh You never got me
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They say it started So many years ago But always stayed below the surface Those other places Well they've all had a go But here, they've pushed The envelope the furthest And you'll never find the clubs  If you're wondering above But deep inside the grotto There's a sign Give the doorman rhubarb gin Well they say he'll let you in  And it will open up your mind On the isle of Capri The subculture beyond the sea I hear it is the only place to be And now you know You're sworn to secrecy And once you enter You'll feel you don't belong But still you're drawn in all the same I've heard the music Is played on brand new tones By forward thinking bands With backwards names And anyone who's been Says it's like you're in a dream And all your preconceptions will explode And anyone who knows Wears custom espadrilles  As a kind of secret code On the isle of Capri  The subculture beyond the sea  Forget the yachts and bourgeoisie  The underground is where you got to be On the isle of Capri The subculture beyond the sea To arrive by boat would be obscene Let's check it out in my submarine
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Merci
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A Propos 03:51
We're taking every day one dance floor at a time Digging out secrets from the dawn of humankind There's all these levels to the things you thought you knew Trust your instincts, make your move You take the bass We'll take the drums Let's save the world before morning comes You take the bass, we'll take the drums It's always been the quiet ones It's always been the quiet ones... If you use the words you got stuck in your throat  Work the magic that you keep under your coat If you capture all to the spaces in-between the notes Everything you want will come Everything you want will come to you Concentrate Make your move Concentrate Make your move Everything you want will come Everything you want will come to you A higher education So hard to explain Diplomatic relations We're starting again... You take the bass We'll take the drums Let's save the world before morning comes You take the bass, we'll take the drums It's always been the quiet ones It's always been the quiet ones If you use the words you got stuck in your throat  Work the magic that you keep under your coat If you capture all to the spaces in-between the notes Everything you want will come Everything you want will come to you If you use the words you got stuck in your throat  Work the magic that you keep under your coat If you capture all to the spaces in-between the notes Everything you want will come Everything you want will come to you Concentrate Make your move Concentrate Make your move Everything you want will come Everything you want will come to you Bass… Drums…

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FORMATS: 10" Mini-LP [Numbered Limited Edition of 500 copies] / Digital Mini Album

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Surrender to the SOFT REGIME. Is it the sound of the underground, or is the sound of the overground going underground? Either way, SOFT REGIME is a pan-European group of musicians intent on exploring the glorious electronic pop sounds that pump through their hearts and grease their gears.

Christian makes the music and production, Tim (previously leader of electropop band BAXENDALE) writes the words and melodies, and Astrid sings the songs, bringing it all together. Astrid first met Christian in the Bavarian Forest, soon switching the conversation from flora to pop, discovering a shared love for dancing, and recruited Tim to join forces to help things take shape.

Ever since then, there was no looking back. This 8 track "Hard Feelings" 10” Mini-LP follows their continental disco hit from 2017 "Michelangelo", with its huge chorus and controversial banned video.

Over the course of the year, they added studio crack Nomen Nescio to the mix and delivered this all new set of songs for 2018.

As you'd expect, they had yet another explosive europop cocktail on their hands: think Lio, Icerink Records, GIRLS AT OUR BEST, LA BIONDA, MIKADO, LA CASA AZUL, Kim Wilde, only different.

Eventually, the takes have been sent to Ian Catt's (ELIZABETH CITY STATE, THE FIELD MICE, ALPACA SPORTS) studio down in Croydon for extra mixing and mastering.
Et voilà! Europop at its fizziest, ideal for dancefloors and walkmen.

1. The Soft Regime
Opens with the mission statement of intent. The federation of mild extreme announces its arrival with those first three notes, which are something of a rallying cry to the masses. When you hear this signal, you and your family will be able to give yourself to the regime. You’ll be hearing more from them soon... It's how they lure you in.

2. Lockdown
On your marks, get set, go! This fully realised smash has the band expressing their hard feelings in pure city sound. Of course, you can dance to it. Complete with heart stopping breakdown. Peak time stuff, like SHOCKING BLUE on nutritional supplement. Remanding a huge pop beast in custody is not easy. Armed guards need to be called in. The pop beast is engaging, upbeat, and full of thrilling surprises, but they are not giving anything away to Astrid. She will approach with trepidation.

3. Futura Ad Acta
A change of scenery. Sketches the glories of educated pop designs from the past. Think RAVISHING BEAUTIES, ACT FUSELI, SOFT VERDICT. Just like that love affair from thirty years ago, it is over before it even begins. Quotes Marguerite Duras.

4. Wild Swimming
SOFT REGIME are all serious swimmers, and mid-recording will take any opportunity to seek out a wild aquatic escape from urban city living. “Beyond the trees, the river is waiting patiently” they say. On one such occasion, they made acquaintance with a gentlemen guitarist with a pedigree of searching pop, it was Mr. Dickon Edwards from the groups FOSCA and ORLANDO. A connection was formed and Astrid hit upon the idea of singing a duet with him about their swimming adventures.

5. Johnny
Sometimes life can take you all the way to the departure lounge, but its up to you if you get on the plane. No matter how luxurious the jet is, sometimes it just doesn’t feel right. This song is based on an interview with an ageing 60s socialite in the London Times.

6. Capri Underground
"In August, most of Europe goes on holiday." - Luchino Visconti
From the surface, all you can see is yachts and glorious sunshine, but to the initiated, if you head below the surface, you can find the next level of culture and inspiration. Like music: when you reach the underground level, all wonders are revealed… It was written on the band's works outing to the Phlegrean islands this summer. An ode to secret knowledge and happiness money cannot buy. It features a devastating key change.

7. Nothing Really
Back in the late 80s, synth musician Howard Jones opened a restaurant called “Nowhere” in New York. The idea of course is that people would ask where they are lunching, they would say “Nowhere”. The restaurant burnt to the ground within a year. When listening to this track, if people ask. What are you listening to, the title is the response, and flames are inevitable.

8. A Propos
Here is the signal again, and what follows are instructions on how to be inducted into the SOFT REGIME, these are secrets from the dawn of humankind recently uncovered on the dance floor in a Romanian Discotheque. You take the bass, they’ll take the drums, let’s save the world before morning comes. Thank you for paying attention.

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released March 2, 2018

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