YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA formed in 1978 as an intended one-off project for producer and bass player Haruomi Hosono.
After Hosono hired two session musicians drummer Yukihiro Takahashi and keyboardist Ryuichi Sakamoto to record that debut self-titled album, the rest was history... ten bodies of work originally released by Alfa Records between 1978-1983 are being reissued as part of #YMO40. Continue Reading ›
In a period of some competent if quite average releases from independent British electronic acts, one pleasant surprise has been the debut single from AFTERDARK.
The project of Kent-based vocalist and songwriter Marie Williamson, ‘Gravity’ was written after she attended An Evening with Rusty Egan at Pizza Express Maidstone, having been inspired by The Blitz Club’s DJ’s many enlightening anecdotes and his 'Welcome To The Dancefloor' album. Continue Reading ›
One-time Leeds Polytechnic art students SOFT CELL set the blueprint for acts such as PET SHOP BOYS and ERASURE with their stark synthesizer driven pop and were undoubtedly ahead of their time. Marc Almond and Dave Ball had an amazing run of Top 40 hit singles between 1981-1984.
On a sunny August day, Dave Ball took time out from preparations for the final concert and kindly chatted to The Electricity Club about SOFT CELL and their life of vice… Continue Reading ›
To celebrate the second anniversary of internet station Artefaktor Radio, some of the best independent synth driven acts were at gathered together at Electrowerkz for Synth Wave Live 2.
Held in collaboration with Bombshell Radio, Portobello Radio and The Electricity Club, artists and enthusiasts from around the world made the trip to London and were welcomed by Rusty Egan for one of his famed DJ sets for those who like it electronic. Continue Reading ›
Like PET SHOP BOYS, NEW ORDER collaborated with other artists from quite an early stage in their career, as well as later working on their own various projects during the band’s recurring hiatuses. Bernard Sumner in particular relished the opportunity to further his craft by recording with other artists.
So here are 20 tracks which encapsulate the spirit of NEW ORDER through the medium of collaboration and joint working, restricted to one track per project and presented in chronological order. Continue Reading ›