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A Beginner’s Guide To OMD

Celebrating their 40th Anniversary, OMD are one of the acts from the Synth Britannia era whose creative powers now are as strong as their chart heyday. By way of a Beginner’s Guide to showcase the diverse facets of OMD, The Electricity Club has selected 26 tracks of interest, largely eschewing those made famous by singular consumption. With a restriction of one track per album project, they highlight how they have maintained their standing as a creative and cultural force. Continue Reading ›

METROLAND Men In A Frame

‘Men In A Frame’ is the new conceptual long player by Belgian duo METROLAND, celebrating the art form of photography. Perhaps slightly confusingly, it does not contain ‘Man In A Frame’, their previous single release from earlier in 2018. Passenger S and Passenger A joined forces with an art co-operative called F-8 whereby each photographer carefully relinquished two unique pictures with enigmatic and occasionally cryptic titles for METROLAND to add electronic soundtracks Continue Reading ›

RHEINGOLD Interview

RHEINGOLD were part of Die Neue Deutsche Welle movement. Between 1980 to 1984, RHEINGOLD released three albums ‘Rheingold’, ‘R’ and ‘Distanz’, all working with the legendary Conny Plank. RHEINGOLD are certainly one of the most under rated acts from the German New Wave, but this year’s excellent new album ‘Im Laut Der Zeit’ was a fine return after an absence of original material for many years. Bodo Staiger kindly took time out to talk about the career of RHEINGOLD. Continue Reading ›

OMD The Punishment Of Luxury

‘The Punishment Of Luxury’ is OMD’s thirteenth long player and could be considered a natural progression from ‘English Electric’. The album takes its name from an 1891 painting by Giovanni Segantini. It begins with the title track and a mighty electro rhythm section enhanced by a bright infectious melody, robot harmonies and chants. Reflecting on the dilemma of first world problems, it’s a fabulous opener that captures elements of KRAFTWERK, THE ART OF NOISE and THE PRODIGY. Continue Reading ›

ELECTRI_CITY – The Düsseldorf School of Electronic Music

First published in German during the Spring of 2015, Rudi Esch’s ‘ELECTRI_CITY – Elektronische Musik Aus Düsseldorf’ gave a fascinating insider’s account of the Germany’s influential post-war music scene which was centred around the city of Düsseldorf. The original book has now spawned an English language edition ‘ELECTRI_CITY - The Düsseldorf School of Electronic Music’, two compilation albums and an annual music conference, the third of which will take place on FRIDAY 27TH and SATURDAY 28TH OCTOBER 2017. Among those performing live will be ANNE CLARK and ROBERT GÖRL, while JONATHAN BARNBROOK will be giving a talk entitled ‘Designing Bowie’. Continue Reading ›

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