The world found itself in a rather antagonistic and divisive state this year, as if none of the lessons from the 20th Century’s noted conflicts and stand-offs had been learnt. After a slow start to 2017, there was a bumper crop of new music from a number of established artists.
Overall, it was artists of a more mature disposition who held their heads high and delivered, as some newer acts went out of their way to test the patience of audiences by drowning them in sleep while coming over like TRAVIS on VSTs.
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It was a year when the veterans re-established their standing within electronic pop. That was not to that comparatively newer acts weren’t making a good impression, it was just that a fair number of established acts gave their all and were producing some of their best work since their imperial heyday.
So restricted to purchasable releases only and one song per artist moniker, here are The Electricity Club’s 30 Songs Of 2017… Continue Reading ›
Manchester’s Ritz is an iconic venue for the city. Before Belgium’s SOULWAX even played a note tonight, the stage set was a synthspotter’s wet dream.
A beautifully monochromatic and almost perfectly symmetrical set-up boasting an incredible array of mainly vintage equipment including an EMS Synthi A, ARP 2600 (with custom red LEDs on the sliders), ARP Odyssey, Oberheim 2 Voice and a Macbeth modular being amongst the gear on display. Continue Reading ›
‘From Deewee’ is the first studio album from Belgium’s SOULWAX in twelve years, the core of the act are brothers Stephen and David Dewaele and their return has seen a shift towards using more real drums, employing JAMIE T’s Victoria Smith, TURBO WOLF’s Blake Davies and SEPULTURA’s Igor Cavelera to help achieve this vision.
The usage of live / acoustic drums with electronic music has often been a contentious issue amongst the synthpop fraternity. Continue Reading ›
Denmark’s SPLEEN UNITED somehow never quite managed to break through the glass ceiling of widespread electronic music popularity - being blessed with the kind of misrepresentative band name which conjured images of a third division UK punk band arguably didn’t help their cause either.
‘School of Euphoria’ was the follow up to 2011’s ‘Neanderthal’, a somewhat muted sequel to the sparkling electro-pop debut of ‘Godspeed Into The Mainstream’. Continue Reading ›