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Vintage Synth Trumps with FICTION STUDIOS

Fiction Studios is a boutique recording studio located right in the heart of Central London, it was set up by brothers Dominic and Nathan Cooper in 2016; Dominic is best known for his role in the film ‘Mamma Mia’ while Nathan was a member of THE MODERN and today performs as KID KASIO. The studio also features an array of classic analogue gear which The Electricity Club decided would be a good reason to visit and challenge Nathan Cooper to a round of Vintage Synth Trumps… More Inside ›

This Occupation: The Legacy of CHINA CRISIS

Liverpudlian duo CHINA CRISIS are probably the most under rated band of their generation. Gary Daly and Eddie Lundon formed the band in 1979 as they were leaving school. Caroline International reissue the first three Virgin era albums ‘Difficult Shapes & Passive Rhythms, Some People Think It’s Fun To Entertain’, ‘Working With Fire & Steel – Possible Pop Songs Volume 2’ and ‘Flaunt The Imperfection’ as expanded deluxe CD editions including band’s superb B-sides and BBC Radio sessions. More Inside ›

TEC’s 25 USES OF CLASSIC SYNTH SAMPLES

While acts like THE ART OF NOISE and DEPECHE MODE pioneered the use of sampling found sounds to use as new virtual instrumentation, eventual improvements in the technology meant whole recognisable phrases could be cut, manipulated and looped to create new compositions and arrangements. So The Electricity Club has put aside some of its snobbery to seek out 25 of the most inventive, and some would say, sacrilegious uses of classic synth samples in popular music. More Inside ›

Lost Albums: THE DOLPHIN BROTHERS Catch The Fall

After JAPAN split at the end of 1982, drummer Steve Jansen and keyboardist Richard Barbieri partnered up for the JVC commissioned instrumental work ‘Worlds In A Small Room’ released in Spring 1985 to accompany a documentary on the Space Shuttle Challenger. But for their song-based project, the pair named themselves THE DOLPHIN BROTHERS and issued a long player entitled ‘Catch The Fall’ in Autumn 1987 on Virgin Records. More Inside ›

STEVE JANSEN Interview

Steve Jansen was just 18 years old when he recorded his first album as the drummer of JAPAN. Signing to Ariola Hansa, JAPAN eventually found their sound with the sophisticated art rock of their third album ‘Quiet Life’. Jansen did not actually release his first solo album until ‘Slope’ in 2007. With his latest solo offering 'The Extinct Suite' recently released, he kindly chatted to The Electricity Club about his varied career and vast catalogue of work. More Inside ›

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