DUBSTAR are back and after eighteen years since their last album ‘Make It Better’, ‘One’ is their first long playing offering as a duo.
Now comprising of Sarah Blackwood and Chris Wilkie, with the guitarist now taking on the songwriting duties, the new numbers naturally have more of a six string slant although that wonderfully forlorn vocal presence is still very much there. Is it asking too much to be given time? Not at all, the new DUBSTAR album has been well worth the wait. Continue Reading ›
The duo behind “irony free, DIY synthpop” from Brighton are back. Consisting of husband and wife team of Brigitte Rose and Chris Black, BATTERY OPERATED ORCHESTRA have climbed the ladders of synth-licity since their debut album ‘Incomplete Until Broken’.
While ‘Radiation’ lit up the darkness that enveloped the synth scene back in 2016, with Brigitte claiming her need to be a bit like ABBA, the newborn ‘Snare’ promises Cold War inspired “solid beats and urgent songwriting”. Continue Reading ›
It was 2000 when the last DUBSTAR album ‘Make It Better’ was released, but the trio of Sarah Blackwood, Chris Wilkie and Steve Hillier imploded after a career which saw them score several hits in ‘Not So Manic Now’, ‘Stars’, ‘Anywhere’ and ‘No More Talk’.
On 1st June 2018, DUBSTAR reappeared as a duo with a brand new tune 'Waltz No9' hitting digital platforms. Before anyone even had time to breathe, a second song 'You Were Never in Love' was unleashed to the public. 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 ›
“The medium of reinterpretation” as HEAVEN 17 and BEF’s Martyn Ware once put it, is still very much present in the 21st Century. However, a newish phenomenon of covering an entire album has appeared in more recent years
So as a follow-up to TEC’s 25 Classic Synth Covers’ listing, here is a selection taken from reinterpretations recorded from 2000 to the present day, restricted to one song per artist moniker and presented in chronological order. Continue Reading ›