After a ten year absence, Masterminded For Success are back! And the iconic Berlin label founded by Mark Reeder which discovered PAUL VAN DYK and COSMIC BABY have signed STOLEN, the hottest band in China, for the next leg of their musical journey.
STOLEN are part of a new generation of creative Chinese artists who have combined East with West. The Electricity Club chatted to Liang Yi, lead singer of STOLEN, about the development of the band and the music scene in China. Continue Reading ›
In an accolade already accorded to ENO, JAPAN, SIMPLE MINDS, ABBA and THE POLICE, OMD’s first four landmark long players ‘Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark’, ‘Organisation’, ‘Architecture & Morality’ and ‘Dazzle Ships’ are being reissued as Half Speed Abbey Road vinyl remasters.
Packaged in reproductions of their original Peter Saville designed sleeves, these releases from Universal Music reaffirm OMD’s often forgotten role as premier electronic pop pioneers. 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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‘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 ›
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 ›