Based in Belgium, Side-Line has been active since 1989 and is one of the most popular websites worldwide for electro/industrial music.
They also regularly release ‘name your price’ compilations of darkwave, post-punk, electropop, synthpop and industrial music via Bandcamp to give a platform to new bands and also fund their charity work.
An 88 song collection entitled ‘Electronic Bodies’ was released on 1st September that immediately hit the no 1 spot on the Bandcamp Industrial chart, while it currently sits at no 3 on the Alternative chart and no 5 on the overall chart.
The compilation dives deep into the rhythms of 1980s EBM (Electronic Body Music), New Beat and their contemporary offshoots, while featuring artists from territories that span Germany to Australia, USA to Estonia, and many more. In doing so, it proves that these styles still resonate worldwide after being established four decades ago. ‘Electronic Bodies’ is also in some ways a tale of two halves, with the first immersing listeners in old-school vibes and the latter offering participating artists additional freedom in their sonic manipulation.
The commitment of Side-Line in showcasing a blend of emerging talents and seasoned acts remains unwavering, with chief editor Bernard Van Isacker providing “a special shoutout to Erlend Eilertsen [Lights A.M, Essence Of Mind] for masterfully enhancing some of the tracks, as not every artist boasts high-end studio equipment.”
The Bandcamp offering also includes an exclusive ‘Electronic Bodies’ T-shirt and – in true EBM spirit – a combo package that includes a strictly limited edition hand-numbered stainless steel flask. Each of these orders include a medallion and badge plus a download of the entire compilation, ensuring that the beats never stop.