The duo behind “irony free, DIY synthpop” from Brighton are back. Consisting of husband and wife team of Brigitte Rose and Chris Black, BATTERY OPERATED ORCHESTRA have climbed the ladders of synth-licity since their debut album ‘Incomplete Until Broken’.
While ‘Radiation’ lit up the darkness that enveloped the synth scene back in 2016, with Brigitte claiming her need to be a bit like ABBA, the newborn ‘Snare’ promises Cold War inspired “solid beats and urgent songwriting”. Continue Reading ›
Producer and remixer Richard Philips, better known as Richard X, began his musical career creating bootlegs or mash-ups, an illegal creative practice of combining two existing records to make an entirely new track.
As a result of often working on just singular tracks with artists, Richard X has a large and diverse portfolio; The Electricity Club lists eighteen of his most notable tracks, with a limit of one track per artist and presented in chronological and then alphabetical order… Continue Reading ›
Having started as a group of performers, the enterprise that is now FISCHERSPOONER consists of core members Warren Fischer and Casey Spooner, who are joined by a troupe of dancers and singers.
Their first album came in 2001, named ‘#1’, cleverly released on many labels, to be followed by ‘Odyssey’ which brought a more defined electro pop sound. The current offering ‘Sir’ is being produced by none other than Michael Stipe from REM. Continue Reading ›
“The medium of reinterpretation” as HEAVEN 17 and BEF’s Martyn Ware once put it, is still very much present in the 21st Century. However, a newish phenomenon of covering an entire album has appeared in more recent years
So as a follow-up to TEC’s 25 Classic Synth Covers’ listing, here is a selection taken from reinterpretations recorded from 2000 to the present day, restricted to one song per artist moniker and presented in chronological order. Continue Reading ›
The world found itself in a rather antagonistic and divisive state this year, as if none of the lessons from the 20th Century’s noted conflicts and stand-offs had been learnt. After a slow start to 2017, there was a bumper crop of new music from a number of established artists.
Overall, it was artists of a more mature disposition who held their heads high and delivered, as some newer acts went out of their way to test the patience of audiences by drowning them in sleep while coming over like TRAVIS on VSTs.
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