As the first long playing release on Happy Robots Records, from its SECTION 25 inspired artwork inwards, ARTHUR & MARTHA’s only album to date was always going to be a bit out of step.
2009 was the year of LA ROUX, LITTLE BOOTS and LADY GAGA, where electronic music returned to the mainstream and went superpop! ‘Navigation’ was the work of Alice Hubley and Adam Cresswell, an unusual looking couple described as “Gilbert & George, disguised as The Carpenters…” Continue Reading ›
BERLIN BLONDES were a post-punk band who formed in Glasgow during 1979.BERLIN BLONDES only ever made one self-titled album, recorded at GARY NUMAN’s Rock City Studios in Shepperton and produced by Mike Thorne.
As with many acts of the more artistically inclined post-punk period, ROXY MUSIC and Berlin-era DAVID BOWIE were both key influences on BERLIN BLONDES. Continue Reading ›
DEUTSCH AMERIKANISCHE FREUNDSCHAFT, also more commonly referred to as DAF, undoubtedly all but invented electronic body music.
Featuring the nucleus of Gabi Delgado-Lopez on vocals and Robert Görl on drums and electronics, 1982’s ‘Für Immer’ with its best known song ‘Kebabträume’ had already seen DAF veer towards synthpop territory, but it was still something of a surprise when the DAF drummer appeared in 1984 with an album in that vein, released on Mute Records. Continue Reading ›
Not an album at all of course, but BETH DITTO's self-titled four track EP from early 2011 showed what she was capable of when presented with a juicy electronic soundtrack away from the funk laden punk of GOSSIP.
Following their first collaboration ‘Cruel Intentions’ on SIMAN MOBILE DISCO’s album ‘Temporary Pleasure’ in 2010, the dance duo acted as producers on this brilliant solo EP. Throughout the four songs, Ditto’s voice was rich, emotive and powerful. Continue Reading ›
During their ‘Star Trek’ careers, both William Shatner and the late Leonard Nimoy made various excursions into the musical world with mixed responses.
But one noted musical offshoot inspired by the long running franchise were a bunch of Swedes who traded under the moniker of S.P.O.C.K. Predominantly based around the cult of ‘Star Trek’, 'Five Year Mission’ appeared in 1994. Continue Reading ›