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The Electricity Club Contributes Liner Notes To CAMOUFLAGE The Singles CD

Camouflage Best Of CDFollowing celebrating 30 years in the music business with their commemorative package ‘The Box 1983-2013’, German synth veterans CAMOUFLAGE released a new companion compilation ‘The Singles’ earlier this year.

The CD package comes with liner notes written by The Electricity Club’s Chi Ming Lai.

Based on an edited version of his CAMOUFLAGE career summary to coincide with the release of ‘The Box 1983-2013’, the article was very much appreciated by band members Heiko Maile, Marcus Meyn and Oliver Kreyssig.

A definitive chronological collection of their short form releases as single edits, it features songs from their Billboard Dance Chart breakthrough ‘The Great Commandment’, their European smash ‘Love Is A Shield’ and German radio hit ‘Suspicious Love’ to more recent material such as ‘Me & You’ and ‘The Pleasure Remains’.


1 The Great Commandment (7″ Single Version)
2 Stranger’s Thoughts (7″ Single Version)
3 Neighbours (7″ Single Version)
4 That Smiling Face (7″ Single Version)
5 Love Is A Shield (7″ Single Version)
6 One Fine Day (7″ Single Version)
7 Heaven (I Want You) (7″ Single Version)
8 This Day (7″ Single Version)
9 Suspicious Love (Radio Remix)
10 Close (Remix Single Version)
11 Jealousy (Single Version)
12 Bad News (Single Edit)
13 X-Ray (Tranceformer Single Mix)
14 Thief (Single Mix)
15 The Great Commandment 2.0 (Radio Edit)
16 Me And You (Radio Version)
17 I Can’t Feel You (Radio Edit)
18 Motif Sky (Single Version)
19 Something Wrong (Single Version)
20 The Pleasure Remains (Radio Edit)

The band have maintained a strong cult following around the world and will be releasing a new album ‘Greyscale’ in 2015.

‘The Singles’ is released on CD by Polydor Records / Universal Music

Text by Kerstin Key
23rd September 2014

MARTYN WARE Launches No Illegal Connections Sample Library

Martyn Ware NIC Box Shot TransparentSynth Britannia trailblazer MARTYN WARE has launched a new sample library entitled ‘No Illegal Connections’.

It contains an exclusive selection of classic analogue synth and drum sounds from his collection of rarefied electronic delights as used on his iconic records with THE HUMAN LEAGUE, BEF and HEAVEN 17. With over 270 delectable presets, some with up to 5 distinctly different mixable signal paths giving a total library size of 13.5 GB in compressed downloadable data from 25.1 GB of WAV, a total of 11016 samples, this library is broad selection of synth and drum sounds that chart the very beginnings of UK electronica and synthesizer pop.

One of the source instruments is his beloved Roland System 100 which The Electricity Club had the privilege of operating during his talk ‘A Journey In 20 Synths’ at The South Bank Centre in late 2013.

There are a huge selection of pads, leads, pops, drums, fx, amazing tempo locked sequences and curios designed by MARTYN WARE himself plus a comprehensive selection of warped versions, designed by award winning composers and producers. All sounds are presented in “super mono” to give a selection of channels processed via vintage class-A analogue outboard processing.

The ‘No Illegal Connections’ package is available by DOWNLOAD ONLY from SPITFIRE AUDIO from AT A ONE-OFF LAUNCH PRICE OF £75. The offer ends on 12th June 2014 – RRP £99

Text by Chi Ming Lai with thanks to Martyn Ware and Spitfire Audio
30th May 2014

VILE ELECTRODES Announced as Support Act for OMD in Germany

VIile Electrodes live

VILE ELECTRODES have been confirmed as OMD’s support for the German leg of the ‘English Electric’ tour.

The striking duo of Anais Neon and Martin Swan could be described as sounding like THE SMITHS reincarnated as CLIENT, a template best heard on ‘Play With Fire’, the lead track of their self titled EP. Just recently, they released the electro-waltz drama of ‘The Last Time’.

But one of their finest moments is the still to be formally issued ‘Deep Red’, a gorgeous seven and a half minute synth ballad that recalls the sweeping emotive overtones of OMD standards such as ‘Statues’, ‘Stanlow’ and ‘The Romance Of The Telescope’.

The band are currently in the process of finishing their debut album but announced via their Facebook: “We’ve just been confirmed as the support band for OMD’s tour of Germany in May. I don’t really have the right words to describe how overwhelmed we are”. Synthesist Martin Swan added: “It’s so beyond exciting. There was once a teenage boy whose first ever gig was watching OMD playing at the Hammersmith Odeon on ‘The Pacific Age’ tour – His life changed that day, and it changed for this moment…”

By pure coincidence, OMD’s Andy McCluskey spoke to The Electricity Club a few days ago and said: “I enjoy your website and I’ve discovered some very interesting bands actually… one of them is going to support us in Germany!”.

Vocalist Anais Neon herself was still in shock at the news and said: “I’m flabbergasted. We basically had an email last Thursday from their tour management team asking us to do it. I almost fainted”! Without the lovely folk that champion us, I doubt we’d be in this position, so thank you for all you do spreading the Vile word”.

VILE ELECTRODES headlined The Electricity Club’s first live event TEC001 back in Autumn 2011 and continue a tradition of TEC championed acts such as MARSHEAUX, VILLA NAH and MIRRORS who have all now opened for OMD.

Anais had one more thing to say to TEC though before getting dressed up to see KRAFTWERK at Tate Modern: “Just off to have a little cry now… I might be drunk later x”. It was quite a day!

The Electricity Club gives its congratulations and best wishes to VILE ELECTRODES

OMD’s 2013 German tour with special guests VILE ELECTRODES includes:

Hamburg Docks (21 May), Bielefeld Ringlokschuppen (22 May), Berlin Tempodrom (24 May), Leipzig Haus Auensee (25 May), Kӧln E-Werk (27 May) – please visit for further details

Text by Chi Ming Lai
6th February 2013


Silent Night

cage_imageOn Monday 6th December 2010, a number of assorted musical luminaries including JOHN FOXX, HEAVEN 17, AEROPLANE, ORBITAL, COLDCUT, PENDULUM and UNKLE gathered with producer Paul Epworth at Dean Street Studios in London’s Soho to re-record the late JOHN CAGE’s celebrated piece 4′ 33″ which comprises of four minutes and thirty three seconds of silence.

Others who could not be present made concerted efforts to take part; IMOGEN HEAP recorded her contribution earlier in the day while BILLY BRAGG was recorded by speaker phone from his tour bus.

4′ 33″ is a properly scored composition with precise instructions for the musician not to play their instrument throughout its three movements. In 2004, the BBC Symphony Orchestra gave a performance of it at The Barbican which was broadcast on Radio 3. The emergency power system, that would have normally cut in when apparent silence was detected, had to be switched off to accommodate this live event!

In a more bizarre incident, former WOMBLE Mike Batt had legal action taken against him by the Cage Estate for plagiarism with the track ‘A One Minute Silence’ which featured on the 2002 album ‘Classical Graffiti’ by his classical rock band THE PLANETS. Batt claimed that his piece was qualitatively different because his recorded silence consisted of the absence of noise, rather than the presence of ambient silence which was the concept of JOHN CAGE’s original idea.

“I certainly wasn’t quoting his silence. I claim my silence is original silence… ours is better silence” said Batt, “it’s digital, theirs is only analogue!” – even though the track was credited to Batt / Cage, the matter was settled out of court with a charitable payment of an undisclosed six-figure sum being paid by Batt to the JOHN CAGE Trust.

Other noteworthy JOHN CAGE compositions have included ‘Suite For A Toy Piano’ and ‘Organ2 / ASLSP’, the longest ever composed piece of music at 639 years. Intended to be played “as slow as possible”, it is currently being performed on an organ at the Church of St Burchardi in Halberstadt, Germany where so far, it has reached its sixth note having been started in 2000.

CAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE’s 4′ 33″ was begun in earnest by London-based artist Dave Hilliard in the summer of 2010 with a Facebook campaign to get JOHN CAGE to No.1 this Christmas. The idea soon reached thousands of people and attracted media attention from all around the world.

The campaign stepped up a gear in October 2010 with the help of XFM’s Eddy Temple Morris, Wall Of Sound’s Mark Jones and OU EST LE SWIMMING POOL’s Joe Hutchinson. They joined forces to gather as many influential artists and musicians as possible to make Hilliard’s vision a reality.

This time last year, a similar Facebook campaign made RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE’s noisey Killing In The Name’ the UK Christmas No.1. One of its original instigators Jon Morter has came out in support of CAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE by saying: “If ANY Christmas No1 campaign is going to work, it’ll be the JOHN CAGE 4′ 33″ one. Now the community has reached over 72,000 people committed to buying this single and making a stand against bland, vacuous pop music; the clarion call is Cage Against The Machine for Christmas No1!”

The 4′ 33″ single and its various remixes by ALEX METRIC, HERVE, ADAM F, MR SCRUFF and HOT CHIP are released by Wall of Sound Records on 13th December 2010.

All the proceeds from sales will go to five charities:

British Tinnitus Association (BTA)

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)

Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy

Youth Music

Sound And Music

Text by Chi Ming Lai
14th December 2010

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