2016 will forever be remembered as the year when a significant number of cultural icons and popular musical figures left us; DAVID BOWIE, PRINCE, TOMITA, PETE BURNS, COLIN VERNCOMBE, KEITH EMERSON, DON BUCHLA and LEONARD COHEN were just some of the names who sadly departed.
But despite sadness that loomed, the year did produce some good music, particularly in the second half of the year, although in all, 2016 was not a vintage year for electronic pop. Continue Reading ›
The single is the lifeblood of pop music, serving the purpose of a trailer to an artist’s new album or as an entity on its own. The non-album single first came to prominence with THE BEATLES and THE WALKER BROTHERS.
All the singles listed here were released in 7 inch format and not included on any of the artist’s original edition albums in the UK. So here are The Electricity Club’s 25 Classic Standalone Synth Singles. Continue Reading ›
Trevor Horn is a producer who can be said to have shaped modern pop music. In 1981, Horn started a run of producing and co-writing four singles for pop duo DOLLAR; this attracted the attention of NME journalist Paul Morley and they would later establish the ZTT label
Listing some of his more interesting adventures in modern recording, The Electricity Club chooses eighteen works from Trevor Horn that fit closest to its ethos. Continue Reading ›
‘Is That The 12 Inch Mix?’ people used to ask… “Sometimes you never knew what you were getting when you bought the 12 inch mix” says Rob Grillo, author of the same titled book tracing the history of the extended format.
When done well, the 12 inch extended version could totally surpass the original. With a restriction one track per artist moniker and going up to the period before remixes got a bit daft with the advent of rave culture, here are TEC’s 25 choices… Continue Reading ›
It would be fair to say that Mute Records’ initial commercial success came on the back of Vince Clarke’s songcraft. First with DEPECHE MODE in 1981 and then YAZOO in 1982, Clarke demonstrated that Mute Records had some marvellous pop sensibilities. But it was in 1985 that he finally settled down and formed ERASURE with Andy Bell.
So what tracks would make up an imaginary twenty track double CD retrospective as an introduction to his work? Continue Reading ›