2018 saw JEAN-MICHEL JARRE celebrate 50 years in the business and whether the world really needed another of his compilations, ‘Planet Jarre’ was probably one of the better collected representations of his work for casual admirers.
SOFT CELL made a totally unexpected return for a huge one-off farewell gig at London’s O2 Arena; and with it came a boxed set, the ‘Northern Lights’ single and other new recordings which have raised hopes for a new album. Continue Reading ›
The duo behind “irony free, DIY synthpop” from Brighton are back. Consisting of husband and wife team of Brigitte Rose and Chris Black, BATTERY OPERATED ORCHESTRA have climbed the ladders of synth-licity since their debut album ‘Incomplete Until Broken’.
While ‘Radiation’ lit up the darkness that enveloped the synth scene back in 2016, with Brigitte claiming her need to be a bit like ABBA, the newborn ‘Snare’ promises Cold War inspired “solid beats and urgent songwriting”. Continue Reading ›
Zigfrid von Underbelly of Hoxton was the venue of Synth Wave Live, a special event curated by Rob Green and Renato Moyssén to celebrate the first anniversary of internet station Artefaktor Radio.
The station provides a global platform for a variety of programming, the best known being The Electronic Family Tree show presented by the legendary Rusty Egan. A gathering of ten acts from all over Europe were gathered to provide a day’s worth of live music to suit a variety of tastes. Continue Reading ›
Overall, 2016 was not a vintage year, but there were plenty of quality songs on offer throughout the year and a number were significantly outstanding.
Rounding down to a final 30 songs is always difficult but after much deliberation and with a restriction of one song per artist moniker, here are The Electricity Club’s 30 Songs of 2016 in alphabetical order… Continue Reading ›
South Coast based synth duo BATTERY OPERATED ORCHESTRA have been building on a momentum which has seen them gain the support of BBC Introducing. The husband and wife DIY duo of Brigitte Rose and Chris Black released their first album ‘Incomplete Until Broken’ in September 2014 several years..
Their brand new album ‘Radiation’ has been a welcome ray of sunshine in a dreadfully gloomy 2016. They kindly chatted to The Electricity Club about their DIY ethos… Continue Reading ›