Virgin Records celebrates its 40th Anniversary and although the label is now owned by the Universal Music Group, its colourful history is forever associated with the championing of new and unconventional music forms during its fledgling years.
Richard Branson started his empire with nothing more than a mail order outlet selling discounted records. So here are twenty albums from the iconic label which The Electricity Club considers significant in the development of electronic music. Continue Reading ›
"Living in a dream since 1983", MAISON VAGUE’s ‘Synthpop’s Alive’ was one of the surprise albums of 2011 and possibly the best wholly independent release of that year. Paying homage to Synth Britannia and in particular, GARY NUMAN, it was the work of Clark Stiefel, an Essen domiciled American musician based in a modern day Neudeutsche Schule.
‘Synthpop’s Alive’ was very much an album with air synth potential. The title track with its arching battlecry was initially a reaction to a YouTube video entitled ‘Synthpop Is Dead’. Totally disagreeing with its creator, Clark responded but instead of protesting via the comments section, he composed a song in a classic synthpop style. Continue Reading ›
In 2008, PARRALOX declared “We believe in electric love”! Now in 2011, “Synthpop’s alive!” is the MAISON VAGUE battlecry! Consisting of lone American-born keyboardist / programmer Clark Stiefel, the title track of MAISON VAGUE’s album was initially a reaction to a YouTube video entitled ‘Synthpop Is Dead’.
Totally disagreeing with its creator, Clark responded but instead of speaking his protest, he sang it in a classic synthpop style. Continue Reading ›