‘Hippopotamus’ is the 24th album from SPARKS and their first in 8 years, not including their long player in partnership with FRANZ FERDINAND in 2015.
That superb FFS album saw the apprentice meeting the sorcerer and proved that collaborations DO work, reinvigorating the creativity and stature of both acts. And now, Russell and Ron Mael are back waxing lyrical about amphibious mammals, flat pack furniture and presidential widows. As the ‘Hippopotamus’ title suggests, it is zoo time again for SPARKS. Continue Reading ›
The user manual for the Roland System 100 semi-modular synthesizer profoundly stated “there are no illegal connections…” - and in modern electronic music, that is still the case with the accomplished artists of today very much connected to the synth pioneers of yesteryear like KRAFTWERK, OMD, DEPECHE MODE and THE HUMAN LEAGUE.
2014 was a comparatively lean 12 months, but this year found many veterans returning to the fold. Continue Reading ›
In a far more productive year than 2014, many electronic music veterans returned to the fold in 2015 with their first new albums for many years.
There were plenty of releases from independent acts too, with Nordic Europe being a particularly strong territory once again. With a restriction of one song per artist moniker, here are The Electricity Club’s 30 SONGS OF 2015… Continue Reading ›
To say that FFS’ performance at The Troxy in London was a blinder would be an understatement. There is no doubt that the six piece’s self-titled collaborative album is one of the best of 2015. It has reinvigorated both acts and proved that age is no barrier to making great music.
In the packed venue that clearly forgot to switch its air conditioning on, Russell Mael and Alex Kapranos displayed a wonderful, endearing camaraderie. Continue Reading ›
‘Johnny Delusional’ is the lead single from the self-titled album by FFS, a new project comprising of Glasgow based art school quartet FRANZ FERDINAND and everyone’s favourite quirky pop siblings SPARKS.
While ‘Johnny Delusional’ starts like the intro of FRANZ FERDINAND’s ‘Walk Away’, it then launches into a stomping indie rocker with Russell Mael’s trademark falsetto and Ron Mael’s piano interplay augmented by stabs of octave bass synth. Continue Reading ›