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    You Never Know What Might Come Next is the latest album by Soft Riot, further honing an atmospheric synth pop sound that was starting to be explored on the sophomore album, Fiction Prediction and after a brief detour on thethird album of more instrumental soundscapes Some More Terror.
    Soft Riot is a time gap, discreetly passing between the two worlds - one being the new age and the other a futuristic landscape, at the same time augmented by dystopian and utopian extremes - “zwischen die Elementen” - the world of today, a teaser with the scent of nostalgia, patiently exposing themselves in all of their synthetic beauty and the beast.
    The very title - “You Never Know What Might Come Next” is as threatening a warning, as it is a hint of a pleasant surprise; it raises questions, it makes you wonder, thus it’s succeeded in its mission to make you, the listener, a great part of it - helping signalling over its transmissions. Go as far as you can go!
    Soft Riot will be embarking on numerous live dates throughout Europe starting late 2015 and into 2016 starting in October, including dates with legendary Belgian synth group, and peers of Front 242, Parade Ground.

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Soft Riot is JJD, a Sheffield-based (formerly London and Vancouver) synth artist, who has clocked in around twenty years of musical output in various bands and projects, including half a dozen art-damaged punk and hardcore bands as well as first-wave post-punk revivalists Radio Berlin. Moving from Vancouver to London UK in the late 2000s, Soft Riot came into full being, having
released a couple of acclaimed albums and EPs and staging numerous tours around Europe. Soft Riot has currently set up camp for the time being in Sheffield, a small UK city with a history of innovative synthesizer music.
Drawing inspiration from synthesizer-based film soundtracks of yesteryear, drones, early EBM, minimal synth, a dose of psychedelic synthpop and a heavy dose of throbbing appregiated rhythms, Soft Riot is a science-fiction heavy soundscape that narrates the listener through today’s fractured, excessive landscape with hints of black humour.
Soft Riot, coming from a more punk rock pedigree, often places more focus than the norm on his lyrical content, bringing in detailed pictures and sometimes even linear narrative storylines to subjects such as modern living, technology, surveillance, environment, overpopulation, enlightenment, life elsewhere, forewarning about catastrophic events, vain people in gyms, and not having enough time.


released September 22, 2015

Soft Riot is JJD : Voice, synthesizers,
programming, effects and found sounds.

Bassoon in “Mass Exodus” played by
MM Lyle.

A brief phrase from “Into The
Labyrinth Theme” by Sidney Sager (1981)
appears in the track “Mass Exodus”.

All tracks except 04 and 05 recorded by JJD
from December 2013 until October 2014 at
Studio 80 (London) and Studio 159 (Sheffield).
Mixed with Owen Pratt at Flesh & Bone
Studios in London, October 2014.

“The Speech” and “Your Back To The Stone”
recorded and mixed by JJD at Studio 159
(Sheffield) in December 2014 and January 2015.
Artwork, artist photos and design by JJD as
JJD Works. Photography assistance
by MM Lyle.

Mastered by Josh Stevenson at Otic Sound.



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Created in 2015 Exbtn records is an independent record label involved in synth-based music. We also promote shows in Paris, France.

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