OMD made their return to the spiritual home of electronic music in support of ‘The Punishment Of Luxury’, appropriately their most KRAFTWERK sounding album ever. Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys’ breadth of musicality, technological curiosity and lyrical wordplay has been as strong as ever.
At Düsseldorf's prestigious Mitsubishi Electric Halle, formally Der Philipshalle, the pair were accompanied by long standing keyboardist Martin Cooper and drummer Stuart Kershaw. 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 ›
The development of modern German pop music represents a cultural insight to the history of post-war Germany, reflecting its political developments and sociological changes. It is also emerging as a new field of academic study thanks to the worldwide success of KRAFTWERK who were honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy in 2014.
As an aid to scholars, teachers and students, Dr Uwe Schütte has compiled ‘German Pop Music – A Companion’. Over the University vacation period, Dr Uwe Schütte kindly chatted to The Electricity Club about his overview of German pop music… Continue Reading ›
APOPTYGMA BERZERK's Stephan Groth has experimented with many a metamorphosis. But it has to be said that he is at his best while "emulating the analogue soundscapes of innovators like KRAFTWERK, TANGERINE DREAM, JEAN-MICHEL JARRE, VANGELIS and KLAUS SCHULZE, and the driving motorik Krautrock rhythms of NEU!".
With 'Exit Popularity Contest', APOP reinvents its core values, keeping closely with the drive to produce futuristic pop. Continue Reading ›
Michael Rother has kept the legacy of NEU! alive playing concerts all over the world. With a sold-out appearance earlier in the year under his belt, he returned to perform again in London.
While the NEU! catalogue is comparatively small, their sound has helped shape acts such as ULTRAVOX, OMD, SIMPLE MINDS and VISAGE. Their music also featured on the playlists of The Blitz Club, so it was appropriate that the evening opened with a DJ set from Rusty Egan. Continue Reading ›