What’s the definition of synthpop? Well, it’s pop music that uses synthesizers.
Whether it’s THE HUMAN LEAGUE or CHVRCHES, for generations over 30 years apart, these two acts’ interpretations of synthpop have been an entry point for many into the world of electronic music. People seem to forget that very few actually get into THROBBING GRISTLE on first listen! One new act embracing the sound of both THE HUMAN LEAGUE and CHVRCHES are the Leeds-based duo PARK FIRES. Continue Reading ›
The silent success story of the ‘Some Bizzare Album’ has to be Paul Statham; while his band B-MOVIE were unable to achieve a foothold in the mainstream, the guitarist later found considerable success as a songwriter and producer.
Although B-MOVIE reformed in 2004, Statham has continued his songwriting and production career in parallel. He kindly took time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions about his career outside of B-MOVIE… Continue Reading ›
PAUL STATHAM’s musical contributions date back to post-punk, and having worked and composed for many successful artists, his accolades are many. Having his fingers in many pies includes co-founding the band B-MOVIE.
Recently the many faces of Paul Statham were realised in a start-up of his own label Loki Records and the release of an eight track album ‘Asylum’. It features music from an audio visual installation created with painter Jonathan McCree. Continue Reading ›
Without doubt, Mute Records is one of the most important record labels in the history of electronic music. While the early electronic legacy of Virgin Records helped the genre gain its first foothold in the mainstream, the discerning ethos of Mute has maintained its presence in both pop and more experimental fields.
So what twenty albums or EPs best represent Mute’s electronic legacy? With a restriction of one release per artist moniker, here are The Electricity Club’s choices. Continue Reading ›
The concept of PEACH was "ABBA meets THE KLF". Released on Mute Records in September 1997, 'Audiopeach' is one of those synthpop albums that has been lost in the midsts of Cool Britannia.
Unfortunately for their few admirers, there would be no second album. 'Audiopeach' was underappreciated and happened to be ten years ahead of its time. The trio had been slowly building a profile based on the reputations of their two instrumentalists Pascal Gabriel and Paul Statham. Continue Reading ›