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MICHAEL OAKLEY Introspect

Toronto based Glaswegian MICHAEL OAKLEY rode the Synthwave with his debut solo EP ‘California’ in late 2016. Admittedly more synthpop than Synthwave, Oakley’s songcraft was what set him apart from much of that Trans-Atlantic influenced movement. His debut full-length offering ‘Introspect’ sees MICHAEL OAKLEY re-exploring the music of his teenage years. In particular, Oakley has studied that era's now retrospectively unique sound design. Continue Reading ›

CHRIS PAYNE Interview

Chris Payne is perhaps best known as a sideman to Gary Numan and co-writing ‘Fade To Grey’ with Billy Currie and Midge Ure for VISAGE. But more recently, Payne released his second solo work 'The Falling Tower', an ambitious concept album with neo-classical stylings about “a social and political armageddon”. The Rouen-based Cornishman took time out to chat to The Electricity Club about ‘The Falling Tower’ and the various projects he is currently involved in… 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 ›

BOY HARSHER Live at London Heaven

Since their debut long player ‘Yr Body Is Nothing’ in 2016, Massachusetts duo BOY HARSHER have become an acclaimed cult proposition. Their initial aloofness has mutated into the zest and ambition of the recently released ‘Careful’, a fine musical document confronting personal demons and traumas. Beginning their London Heaven gig with foggy blocks of light, Jae Matthews on vocals and Augustus Muller on electronics built up the drama with the schizophrenic overtones of ‘A Realness’. Continue Reading ›

ULTRAMARINE Interview

Essex duo Paul Hammond and Ian Cooper recently returned as ULTRAMARINE with their ‘Signals into Space’ album. Initially part of A PRIMARY INDUSTRY, the pair have guided ULTRAMARINE on an eclectic musical pathway taking in along the way folk, acid house, Latin, jazz and techno influences. Paul Hammond and Ian Cooper kindly spoke about their new album, their musical history together and the experience of working with SOFT MACHINE’s Robert Wyatt. Continue Reading ›

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