From Cherry Red Records, the makers of the ‘Close To The Noise Floor’ trilogy showcasing formative and experimental electronic music from the UK, Europe and North America, comes their most accessible electronic collection yet.
Subtitled ‘Independent British Synth Pop 78-84’, ‘Electrical Language’ is a boxed set covering the post-punk period when all that synthesizer experimentation and noise terrorism morphed into pop.
This was pop in a very loose manner with melodies, riffs and danceable rhythms. Largely eschewing the guitar and the drum kit, this was a fresh movement which sprung from a generation haunted by the spectre of the Cold War, Mutually Assured Destruction and the Winter of Discontent. Continue Reading ›
With their vibrant and accessible self-titled debut album, INTERNATIONAL TEACHERS OF POP have struck a chord with their brand of intelligent musical escapism.
With luscious vintage synth sounds, witty observant lyrics and above all, catchy danceable tunes, just before boarding the tour bus to Europe, Adrian Flanagan chatted to The Electricity Club and outlined the curriculum that INTERNATIONAL TEACHERS OF POP would be following… Continue Reading ›
William Mark Wainwright got his affectionate nickname Orbit from his friends who considered him to be something of a “space cadet”.
As William Orbit, the Hackney born musician and composer became one of the most revered producers, winning Grammys, Ivor Novellos and several other music industry awards. With the restriction of one track per album project and presented in chronological order, here is a Beginner’s Guide to William Orbit. Continue Reading ›
One may learn many things, but the Brexit-crazy country requires a breather. So let’s all go back to school and study the one thing that can give us some respite: POP Music.
And who is better at lecturing about the said POP, than INTERNATIONAL TEACHERS OF POP. The South Yorkshire city of Sheffield has been home to many a great music act over the years and and this winter, another one surfaces with their eponymous debut album. Continue Reading ›
HEAVEN 17 started as a pop subsidiary of BRITISH ELECTRIC FOUNDATION, a production company signed to Virgin Records formed after Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh left THE HUMAN LEAGUE in 1980. With Glenn Gregory as lead singer, the trio eventually became almost as successful as their former sparring partners.
'Play To Win - The Virgin Years' captures the glorious imperial phase of HEAVEN 17 and the developmental pace of music technology through these five albums. Continue Reading ›