2018 saw JEAN-MICHEL JARRE celebrate 50 years in the business and whether the world really needed another of his compilations, ‘Planet Jarre’ was probably one of the better collected representations of his work for casual admirers.
SOFT CELL made a totally unexpected return for a huge one-off farewell gig at London’s O2 Arena; and with it came a boxed set, the ‘Northern Lights’ single and other new recordings which have raised hopes for a new album. Continue Reading ›
2018 was a year of good songs rather than good albums, with many of long players not as consistent or as of high a standard as the bumper crop from the Class of ’17.
Interestingly, three graduates from the 'Some Bizarre Album' made it into the final list, thus highlighting the longevity of that particular vinyl showcase some 37 years on! So with a restriction of one song per artist moniker, here are The Electricity Club’s 30 SONGS OF 2018 presented in alphabetical order… Continue Reading ›
After a ten year hiatus, the legendary German dance label MFS returns with the release of ‘Fragment’, the long-awaited new album by Chengdu techno-rockers STOLEN.
This album is a seamless hour long trip in more ways than one. Produced in Berlin by Mark Reeder and Micha Adam, having witnessed their intense live presentation while on a tour of China, Reeder confessed to an excitement he hadn’t experienced since the early days of NEW ORDER. Continue Reading ›
After a ten year absence, Masterminded For Success are back! And the iconic Berlin label founded by Mark Reeder which discovered PAUL VAN DYK and COSMIC BABY have signed STOLEN, the hottest band in China, for the next leg of their musical journey.
STOLEN are part of a new generation of creative Chinese artists who have combined East with West. The Electricity Club chatted to Liang Yi, lead singer of STOLEN, about the development of the band and the music scene in China. Continue Reading ›
With Re-TROS opening for DEPECHE MODE on their 2017 UK Arena tour and FIFI RONG collaborating with YELLO, China is becoming a hub of new music talent which potentially can appeal to the rest of the world.
The next act likely to breakthrough are STOLEN from Chengdu in Szechuan province which serves the hottest food in China thanks to their locally grown peppercorns. Continue Reading ›