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 ›
After JAPAN split at the end of 1982, drummer Steve Jansen and keyboardist Richard Barbieri partnered up for the JVC commissioned instrumental work ‘Worlds In A Small Room’ released in Spring 1985 to accompany a documentary on the Space Shuttle Challenger.
But for their song-based project, the pair named themselves THE DOLPHIN BROTHERS and issued a long player entitled ‘Catch The Fall’ in Autumn 1987 on Virgin Records. Continue Reading ›
Denmark’s SPLEEN UNITED somehow never quite managed to break through the glass ceiling of widespread electronic music popularity - being blessed with the kind of misrepresentative band name which conjured images of a third division UK punk band arguably didn’t help their cause either.
‘School of Euphoria’ was the follow up to 2011’s ‘Neanderthal’, a somewhat muted sequel to the sparkling electro-pop debut of ‘Godspeed Into The Mainstream’. Continue Reading ›
It seems strange now, but when ‘Communication’ was released in 2003, it was KARL BARTOS’ return to electronica, following the ill-fated guitar driven excursion ‘Electric Music’ of 1998.
But just as ‘Communication’ hit the shelves, an elephant entered the room in the shape of his former band KRAFTWERK; they released their first album of new material since 1986 in the shape of ‘Tour De France Soundtracks’. Continue Reading ›