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SOFT CELL Martin (Hallowe’en Mix)

SOFT CELL had an amazing run of Top 40 hit singles between 1981-1984. Now, Marc Almond and Dave Ball will say hello and wave goodbye with a final concert at London’s O2 Arena on Sunday 30th September 2018 and a celebratory boxed set out released a few weeks before entitled 'Keychains & Snowstorms: The SOFT CELL Story'.  The boxed set was recently launched with a new remix of the fan favourite ‘Martin’, reimagined for 2018 by Dave Ball using only the original studio parts. Continue Reading ›

SHELTER Soar

Welsh duo SHELTER are back with their third album ‘Soar’ and it largely sees them in a more introspective mood. The usually flamboyant pairing of Mark Bebb and Rob Bradley have toned down their approach following their previous full-length offering ‘Ascend’ in 2016. A big improvement on ‘Ascend’, this is a more refined SHELTER unafraid to explore their darker side. Less can more and ‘Soar’ is documentary evidence of that. Continue Reading ›

TINY MAGNETIC PETS Lies

Dublin trio TINY MAGNETIC PETS make their long awaited return but perhaps unexpectedly, they’re back with a cover of the track that launched the career of Glaswegian synth combo CHVRCHES. In its original form, ‘Lies’ was like THE WATERBOYS’ ‘The Whole Of The Moon’ re-imagined by DEPECHE MODE but fronted by ROBYN. But what Paula Gilmer, Sean Quinn and Eugene Somers have done with their reinterpretation of ‘Lies’ is offer a dreamy psychedelic electro arrangement. Continue Reading ›

LOTIC Power

For the lovers of all things weird and wonderful, electronica style, here’s LOTIC with their debut ‘Power’. Choosing Berlin as their abode, the new album by Texan born artist is an “expansive exploration of the many ways in which power can be expressed and experienced”. Few years ago, LOTIC ventured into the world of quirky electronica with two EPs, ‘Heterocetera’ and ‘Agitations’, but it’s on this long player ‘Power’ that they introduce vocal experimentations for the first time. Continue Reading ›

REED & CAROLINE Hello Science

REED & CAROLINE’s debut album ‘Buchla & Singing’ did what it said on the tin and with it came charming quirky synthpop like ‘John & Rene’ and ‘Electron’. Championed by none other than Vince Clarke and signed to his Very Records, Reed Hays and Caroline Schutz successfully combined tunes with electronic experimentation. Their second album ‘Hello Science’ is more of the same, but with cello and a Vako Orchestron added to the playground apparatus. Continue Reading ›

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