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Category: Reviews (page 2 of 114)

Technopolis: The Legacy of YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA

YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA formed in 1978 as an intended one-off project for producer and bass player Haruomi Hosono. After Hosono hired two session musicians drummer Yukihiro Takahashi and keyboardist Ryuichi Sakamoto to record that debut self-titled album, the rest was history... ten bodies of work originally released by Alfa Records between 1978-1983 are being reissued as part of #YMO40. Continue Reading ›

BLACK NAIL CABARET Pseudopop

Looks like this year witnessed some great releases in the electronic circus, but often the best ones are left to last, and ‘Pseudopop’ may as well be that cherry on the cake of 2018. Coming from an act that have been climbing the levels of dark synth scene for the last few years, with BLACK NAIL CABARET honing their unique soundscapes, the new album seems to twist things a bit again in the Hungarians’ camp. Yes it’s pop, it’s their own pop; something BNC never did before... Continue Reading ›

B-MOVIE Repetition EP

It’s been a productive year for some of the best acts that emerged from 1981’s ‘Some Bizzare Album’ like SOFT CELL, BLANCMANGE and THE THE. Also joining in the party are Mansfield’s B-MOVIE with the ‘Repetition’ EP, the quartet’s first new body of work since the ‘Climate Of Fear’ album in 2016. Steve Hovington, Paul Statham, Rick Holliday and Graham Boffey open the EP with the title song, a haunting new wave number recalling NEW ORDER but which is also classic B-MOVIE. Continue Reading ›

JEAN-MICHEL JARRE Equinoxe Infinity

When JEAN-MICHEL JARRE’s ‘Equinoxe’ was released on 16th November 1978 as the follow-up to the massive selling ‘Oxygène’, there was no hit single but the album cemented the French Maestro’s position as one of the world’s leading electronic music pioneers. To celebrate 40 years since the original release, ‘Equinoxe Infinity’ has been issued as the conceptual sequel to its parent album. Jarre himself has described the album as "Equinoxe on steroids". Continue Reading ›

KARIN PARK Blue Roses EP

One of Sweden’s biggest exports and otherwise a much underrated Synth Princess, KARIN PARK returns with ‘Blue Roses’. Her last long player ‘Apocalypse Pop’ showed a further growth in what can only be described as a neoclassical amalgamation of synth and then Park took to the stage, performing in the Norwegian version of ‘Les Miserables’, playing the role of Fantine. 'Blue Roses' continues the trends set on ‘Apocalypse Pop’, with the eponymous single creeping from a melancholic affair. Continue Reading ›

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