2019 was a year of 40th Anniversaries, celebrating the synth becoming the sound of pop when ‘Are Friends Electric?’ reached No1 in the UK chart in 1979.
Despite the fall of The Berlin Wall 30 years ago, there were more evident swipes to the right than there had been for a long time, with the concept of Brexit Electro becoming a rather unpleasant reality. So in these more sinister times, the need for classic uplifting electronic pop was higher than ever. Continue Reading ›
2019 was good for new music. The first two thirds of the year was particularly strong for up-and-coming talent, while a number of veterans returned to making music with synths for the first time in many years.
Inevitably, the quality of new releases couldn’t be sustained and things tailed off during the Autumn period. As per usual with a restriction of one song per artist moniker and presented in alphabetical order, these are The Electricity Club’s 30 SONGS OF 2019… Continue Reading ›
Hailing from Dresden and a member of the Sinchi DJ Collective, Berlin-based JENNIFER TOUCH offers a varied musical palette that is sometimes danced-based and sometimes synthpop.
While her new EP release ‘Seven’ is more techno-oriented, her previous single 'Chemistry' was a dark electronic pop affair with that post-punk snarl, rising and reverberating with brooding vintage synths. Continue Reading ›
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 ›
BOY HARSHER formed through an urgent need to produce and consume, so by the winter of 2014, Jae Matthews and Augustus Muller started to experiment with sound, video and text.
With just a few synths, a drum machine and a laptop, their second full length album 'Careful' was conceived in Massachusetts, with the duo utilising their minimal electronics and intense demeanour to create a compelling narrative of a deteriorating family and a need to escape from it. Continue Reading ›