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NOISE REDUCTION SYSTEM Formative European Electronica 1974-1984

Last year’s ‘Close To The Noise Floor’ was a Cherry Red Records compilation which collected together many of the formative roots of UK electronic music. Now from the same label comes ‘Noise Reduction System’, subtitled ‘Formative European Electronica 1974-1984’, this 4CD set spreads a wider net and encompasses artists from countries which have an established heritage in electronic music through to those that don’t. More Inside ›

Here He Comes: The Legacy of ENO

Brian Peter George St John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno started out as the EMS VCS3 wielding non-musician in ROXY MUSIC. Eno’s first four classic vocal albums ‘Here Come The Warm Jets’, ‘Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)’, ‘Another Green World’ and ‘Before & After Science’ have been reissued as deluxe gatefold 2LP heavyweight vinyl editions mastered at half-speed for 45RPM, effectively now presenting each album as two EP mini-albums. More Inside ›

A Beginner’s Guide To CONNY PLANK

conny_plank2It was at Conny’s Studio just outside of Cologne that a number of landmark recordings were completed, notably KRAFTWERK’s ‘Autobahn’ and ULTRAVOX’s ‘Vienna’. The studio was the operational centre of engineer and producer Konrad Plank. As well as studio work, CONNY PLANK was an active musician. He leaves an important musical legacy. The Electricity Club looks back at eighteen of his works, with a restriction of one track per album project… More Inside ›

A Beginner’s Guide To NEU!

[caption id="attachment_19556" align="alignleft" width="150"]Photo by Anton Corbijn Photo by Anton Corbijn[/caption] NEU! founder members Michael Rother and the late Klaus Dinger are two of the most highly renowned exponents of Kosmische Musik, a distinctly Germanic form that was unfortunately termed by the UK music press later as krautrock. The influence of NEU! can be heard in artists as diverse as DAVID BOWIE, U2, PAUL WELLER, SONIC YOUTH, STEREOLAB, JULIAN COPE, OMD, SIMPLE MINDS, VISAGE and ULTRAVOX. But what twenty tracks would make up an imaginary compilation to serve as an introduction for electronic music fans new to NEU! and its various offshoots? More Inside ›

A Beginner’s Guide To BRIAN ENO

ENO-minimoog-AKSElectronic innovator and ambient godfather BRIAN ENO’s vast career has crossed genres, styles and instrumentation. Eno’s influence in the studio has been significant, even when not actually behind the desk. So what material would serve as an introduction to his varied career as a recording artist, producer, remixer and collaborative muse? Here are eighteen affectionately chosen examples from The Electricity Club. More Inside ›