Monarchy (band)

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Also known as Milke
Origin London, England
Genres Synthpop[1]
Years active 2009–present
Labels Neon Gold, This Is Music, Mercury, Moda, 100%
Members Andrew Armstrong
Ra Black

Monarchy are an English electronic music duo consisting of Andrew Armstrong (producer, DJ) and Ra Black (vocals, lyrics).[2][3] Based in London,[4] the duo were previously known as Milke.[2][3]


In November 2009, Monarchy were featured as "Band of the Day" on The Guardian website.[5] Monarchy's debut single "Gold in the Fire" was released on 1 February 2010 on Neon Gold Records, containing the B-side "Black, the Colour of My Heart".[6] They have created remixes for Ellie Goulding, Kelis, Lady Gaga, Marina and the Diamonds, Jamiroquai, Kylie Minogue, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and Fyfe Dangerfield.[2][3]

Their first live show was broadcast into space from Cape Canaveral, Florida in June 2010, making them the first band ever to perform live into space.[7][1] They have since performed at various London and UK venues including XOYO and HMV Forum, and festivals including The Big Chill, Popaganda in Sweden, Bestival, Eurosonic Festival in the Netherlands, MIDEM in Cannes, as well as Paris, Dijon, Rouen, Amsterdam, and across Europe. In 2011 they performed at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Hay Festival and Melt! festival, amongst others. Monarchy played the Together Winter Music Festival in London at the Alexandra Palace on 26 November 2011.

After signing to Mercury Records in February 2010,[8] Monarchy released their self-titled debut album on 9 August 2010.[9][10] Their second album, Around the Sun, was released independently on 11 July 2011 by 100% Records, following their departure from Mercury Records.[1][11] The Guardian stated that "[t]he lyrics are often arrant nonsense [...] but there are many pleasures here", giving it three out of five stars.[1] The NME rated the album five out of ten, comparing Monarchy to Hurts, The Sound of Arrows and Steps.[12] Popjustice placed Around the Sun at number fourteen on its list of the best albums of 2011.[13]

Monarchy's single "Disintegration" was released digitally on 14 January 2013 and features Neo-Burlesque performer Dita Von Teese, who also appears on the track's accompanying music video.[14] The duo released the single "Living Without You" on 28 April 2014.[15] Their EP Almost Human, which is set to be released on 8 September 2014,[16] premiered exclusively on Vibe's website on 15 August.[17]



  • Monarchy (2010)
  • Around the Sun (2011)

Extended plays[edit]

  • Almost Human (2014)


Title Year Album
"Gold in the Fire" 2010 Monarchy
"The Phoenix Alive"
"Love Get Out of My Way"
"I Won't Let Go" 2011 Around the Sun
"Maybe I'm Crazy"
"You Don't Want to Dance with Me" (featuring Britt Love)
"Disintegration" (featuring Dita Von Teese) 2013 TBA
"Living Without You" 2014

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director
"The Phoenix Alive" 2010 Nils Porrmann[18]
"Love Get Out of My Way" Price James[19]
"I Won't Let Go" 2011 Roy Raz[20]
"You Don't Want to Dance with Me" (featuring Britt Love) Ramy Dance[18]
"Disintegration" (featuring Dita Von Teese) 2013 Roy Raz[21]


Title Year Artist
"She Needs Me" (Monarchy Black Galaxy Remix)[22] 2010 Fyfe Dangerfield
"Hollywood" (Monarchy 'Gliese Remix')[23] Marina and the Diamonds
"Acapella" (Monarchy Urania Club Mix)[24] Kelis
"Starry Eyed" (Monarchy 'The Horse Head Nebular' Remix)[25] Ellie Goulding
"Dance in the Dark" (Monarchy 'Stylites' Remix)[26] Lady Gaga
"White Knuckle Ride" (Monarchy Remix)[27] Jamiroquai
"Sister Marie Says" (Monarchy Twin Galaxies Remix)[28] Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
"Better Than Today" (Monarchy 'Kylie Through the Wormhole' Remix)[29] Kylie Minogue


  1. ^ a b c d Michael, Hann (4 August 2011). "Monarchy: Around the Sun – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Revealed: why the hottest new bands are hiding their faces". The Independent. 14 May 2010. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Hubbard, Michael (16 September 2011). "Interview – Monarchy". musicOMH. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Cragg, Michael (13 April 2011). "New music: Monarchy – I Won't Let Go". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  5. ^ Lester, Paul (27 November 2009). "New band of the day – No 678: Monarchy". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "GOLD 013: MONARCHY". Neon Gold Records. 25 January 2010. Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  7. ^ Saunders, Sam (1 August 2011). "Monarchy – Around the Sun Album Review". Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "The Playlist". Music Week. 20 March 2010. p. 2. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  9. ^ O'Brien, Jon. "Monarchy". AllMusic. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "KEY RELEASES: 14.08.10.". Music Week. 14 August 2010. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Around the Sun by Monarchy". iTunes Store US. Apple. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  12. ^ Malone, Ailbhe (8 August 2011). "Album Review: Monarchy – 'Around The Sun'". NME. IPC Media. Retrieved 24 December 2011. 
  13. ^ "2011: The 33 Best Albums". Popjustice. 12 December 2011. Retrieved 24 December 2011. 
  14. ^ O'Mance, Brad (6 December 2012). "Monarchy have announced details of their new Dita Von Teese-featuring single". Popjustice. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  15. ^ "Living Without You: Monarchy: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  16. ^ "Almost Human – EP by Monarchy". iTunes Store UK. Apple. Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  17. ^ Rodriguez, Krystal (15 August 2014). "Premiere: Monarchy "Almost Human"". Vibe. Spin Media. Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  18. ^ a b "Monarchy". IMVDb. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  19. ^ Knight, David (8 July 2010). "Monarchy's Love Get Out Of My Way by Price James". Promo News. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  20. ^ Knight, David (14 April 2011). "Monarchy's I Won't Let Go by Roy Raz". Promo News. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  21. ^ Knight, David (16 January 2013). "Monarchy & Dita Von Teese 'Disintegration' by Roy Raz". Promo News. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  22. ^ "She Needs Me" (UK CD single liner notes). Fyfe Dangerfield. Polydor Records. 2010. 2727700.
  23. ^ "Hollywood – EP by Marina and The Diamonds". iTunes Store UK. Apple. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  24. ^ "Acapella (The Remixes) by Kelis". iTunes Store Australia. Apple. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  25. ^ "Ellie Goulding – Starry Eyed (Monarchy 'The Horse Head Nebular' Remix)". SoundCloud. 3 February 2010. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  26. ^ "Lady Gaga | The Remix (CD) 2010". Universal Music UK. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  27. ^ "White Knuckle Ride – Remixes" (UK promotional CD-R single liner notes). Jamiroquai. Mercury Records. 2010.
  28. ^ "Sister Marie Says (Remixes) by Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark". iTunes Store UK. Apple. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  29. ^ "Better Than Today – EP by Kylie Minogue". iTunes Store UK. Apple. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 

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