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 ›
RELIEF is the project by Swedish instrumentalist Staffan Ericson who has most recently been a member of the mysteriously named LANDMARK 4:11.
While that project features vocals, RELIEF is retro-futuristic instrumental synthpop that uses samples from 50s commercials and Sci-Fi movies. ‘Futureproof’ falls into the current vogue for instrumental electronica. But this is no Synthwave album, as it is far too dynamic, catchy and melodic to fall into that category. Continue Reading ›
Manchester electronic veteran Eric Random has a fascinating history. As a member of BUZZCOCKS’ inner circle, his first album ‘That's What I Like About Me’ came out in 1980 on New Hormones.
But Random made his return in 2014 with ‘Man Dog’ released by Austrian label Klanggalerie. With his new work ‘Wire Me Up’ released by Sleepers Records, Random’s stark style of presentation remains, but his vocals in the vein of FAD GADGET take a breather on this primarily instrumental set. Continue Reading ›
The ELECTRI_CITY_CONFERENCE held its second event at Düsseldorf’s CCD following the success of the inaugural gathering which brought together a ‘Who’s Who?’ of electronic music.
For the 2016 event, JOHN FOXX, STEVE D’AGOSTINO, RUSTY EGAN, MARSHEAUX, CULT WITH NO NAME, JIMI TENOR, JORI HULKKONEN and ERIC RANDOM played live while among the speakers were DANIEL MILLER, MARK REEDER and CHRIS PAYNE. Continue Reading ›