The user manual for the Roland System 100 semi-modular synthesizer profoundly stated “there are no illegal connections…” - and in modern electronic music, that is still the case with the accomplished artists of today very much connected to the synth pioneers of yesteryear like KRAFTWERK, OMD, DEPECHE MODE and THE HUMAN LEAGUE.
2014 was a comparatively lean 12 months, but this year found many veterans returning to the fold. Continue Reading ›
While electronic music has now mutated into EDM and the modern variant of R’n’B, today traditional synthpop is a less common, but still much appreciated artform. But over in the Nordic basin, synthpop is alive and well. Flying the Sveriges flagga alongside KITE, KARIN PARK, IAMAMIWHOAMI, DAYBEHAVIOR and TRAIN TO SPAIN have been MACHINISTA.
The new album ‘Garmonbozia’ is a natural progression from their debut ‘Xenoglossy’. TEC spoke to MACHINISTA about their journey so far. Continue Reading ›
First spotted sharing a stage with PAGE and MACHINISTA at Cold War Night Life’s ‘An Evening With The Swedish Synth’ last March, promising Gothenburg synthpop duo TRAIN TO SPAIN are finally set to release their debut album.
Named after a lyric from THE HUMAN LEAGUE’s ‘The Things That Dreams Are Made Of’, although synthmeister Jonas Rasmusson has been making music for a while as TRAIN TO SPAIN, he subsequently met “a girl on a boat” and recruited the sultry Helena Wigeborg as vocalist. Combining their love of DEPECHE MODE and LADYTRON, the journey got underway again for TRAIN TO SPAIN. Continue Reading ›
In the five years since its formation on 13th March 2010, The Electricity Club has reviewed over a hundred gigs and witnessed some fabulous live performances as well as some not so great ones… one was so bad in fact, TEC declined to submit a review in the end!
Listed in chronological order with a restriction of one headline gig per artist, here are The Electricity Club’s 30 favourite gigs from the period between 2010 to 2014… modesty prevents The Electricity Club from listing its own events. Continue Reading ›