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New Releases: Stolen | The Loop Sin (Mark Reeder's Sinful Remix)

Six unruly kids playing Sinomatic technorock from Chengdu.

Stolen is a creative young band from Chengdu, the flourishing epicenter of China’s new music scene. Their style is best described as Sinomatic - a thrilling mixture of techno and rock, held together by a sci-fi soundtrack.

Stolen‘s second album, Fragment, was produced by Berlin's B-movie (Lust & Sound) music legend Mark Reeder, who first encountered the band while in Chengdu to perform at a festival. After witnessing their performance, Reeder ecstatically confessed he hadn't been that excited since the dawn of New Order. Definitely Reeder should travel more, as his performances around the world tend to generate fantastic collaborations.

After their success supporting New Order on their European tour in October 2019, the band managed to survive a 6-week total lockdown in Chengdu at the start of 2020. By May, they performed their first post-lockdown live internet gig to over 650 000 viewers across the world. As China curbed the pandemic, the band was finally able to embark upon their 10th anniversary China's sold-out tour in November 2020.

To celebrate this achievement, Mark Reeder released a remix of one of the tour favorites from their Fragment album, The Loop Sin. Think Nine Inch Nails meets Kraftwerk, or even better, think Kraftwerk plays NIN! Mark Reeder's Sinful Remix withhold the original distorted NINesque bass line introducing the song with a new "extra-bouncy bass" and the drums. The bass riff comes only at the 30-second mark (when most of the songs had already jumped into the chorus), a precise 8th notes hi-hat (Closer?) enters and gives the song momentum, the song evolves in climatic instrumental layers not letting you notice how long (8 minutes) the song is.

The video, which uses fan-recorded footage from various gigs, including the New Order tour, is perfectly synchronized to the track and gives a hint of the band's powerful live performance.

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