It may have been ‘Double Exposure’ but the Italians Do It Better triple bill at The Roundhouse in London was a conceptual artistic triumph from the bottom up.
Headlined by CHROMATICS, the line-up also included their label mates DESIRE and DOUBLE MIXTE with all three acts having the multi-instrumentalist, producer and IDIB head honcho Johnny Jewel in common. Stylishly conceived and presented, it was like a danceable art installation. Continue Reading ›
Oregon-born CHROMATICS have undergone multiple line-up changes since their first release ‘Chrome Rats vs. Basement Rutz’, as well as style shifts and near death experiences.
Needless to say, the now foursome Johnny Jewel, Ruth Radelet, Adam Miller and Nat Walker are back from a seven year hiatus with a powerful vengeance in form of ‘Closer To Grey’. Since their fifth studio opus, ‘Kill For Love’, the band had been planning outing number six, entitled ‘Dear Tommy’. Continue Reading ›
Jorja Chalmers was first spotted within the London music scene as a member of HOTEL MOTEL, a stylish new wave pop trio who were described by DJ Mark Moore of S-EXPRESS fame as like a ROXY MUSIC album cover come to life.
So it was quite fitting in 2009 when Chalmers was recruited as a sax and keys player for Bryan Ferry; she has more or less been there ever since and that would kind of explain why her debut LP ‘Human Again’ has been a long-time coming. Continue Reading ›
With fresh blood and new tears, the mysterious HEAVEN first came to wider attention with the ‘Lonesome Town’ EP featuring the hauntingly breathy ‘It’s Not Enough’ as its lead track. Issued by Italians Do It Better, home of CHROMATICS, closer scrutiny revealed that HEAVEN was another project helmed by the ubiquitous Johnny Jewel.
Fronted by the enigmatic allure of singer and keyboardist Aja, the brilliant new single 'Truth Or Dare' perhaps unsurprisingly sounds like CHROMATICS. Continue Reading ›
It seems an age since the sumptuous ‘Shadow’ was released in 2015. But since then, what has now become CHROMATICS' signature song has been recognised by David Lynch himself and ended up in the revisit to ‘Twin Peaks', which is fine vindication considering its source of inspiration.
However, while the long awaited album ‘Dear Tommy’ has yet to have a firm release date, the quartet have unleashed a new single entitled ‘Time Rider’. Continue Reading ›