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ANNA ÖBERG Vafan Har Jag Gjort!

The Swedish band LADOMIR, who described themselves as “synth and string”, was the jump start for Anna Öberg, who had long been a stand-alone composer and lyricist. A self-confessed lover of pop, Öberg decided to take the plunge into the ocean of electronica, releasing ‘Härsknar’ as her first solo long player. This year sees Öberg’s return with a follow-up, ‘Vafan Har Jag Gjort!’, which sweetly translates as “What the f*ck have I done!” Continue Reading ›

INTERNATIONAL TEACHERS OF POP International Teachers Of Pop

One may learn many things, but the Brexit-crazy country requires a breather. So let’s all go back to school and study the one thing that can give us some respite: POP Music. And who is better at lecturing about the said POP, than INTERNATIONAL TEACHERS OF POP. The South Yorkshire city of Sheffield has been home to many a great music act over the years and and this winter, another one surfaces with their eponymous debut album. Continue Reading ›

KNIGHT$ Dollars & Cents

Coming over like the love child of Richard Butler and Neil Tennant, James Knights has been making synthwaves with sparkly Britalo! Shiny disco pop is what his KNIGHT$ alter-ego is all about. Combining the melodic Italo Disco spirit of SAVAGE and RAF with British exponents of the form such as PET SHOP BOYS and NEW ORDER, 'Dollars & Cents' is a joyous ray of sunshine. ‘Dollars & Cents’ is a very immediate electronic pop record Continue Reading ›

Play To Win: The Legacy Of HEAVEN 17

HEAVEN 17 started as a pop subsidiary of BRITISH ELECTRIC FOUNDATION, a production company signed to Virgin Records formed after Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh left THE HUMAN LEAGUE in 1980. With Glenn Gregory as lead singer, the trio eventually became almost as successful as their former sparring partners. 'Play To Win - The Virgin Years' captures the glorious imperial phase of HEAVEN 17 and the developmental pace of music technology through these five albums. Continue Reading ›

OBLONG The Sea At Night

Every now and then, the world needs a lively unpretentious synth instrumental album to provide a temporary route of escapism; OBLONG’s ‘The Sea At Night’ is that record. OBLONG formed out of a friendship between Benge, Dave Nice and Sid Stronarch which eventually resulted in an album ‘Indicator’ in 2006. And now with their second album ‘The Sea At Night’, the trio deliver a rustic electro-acoustic record of organically farmed electronica! Continue Reading ›

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