In 2015, ace Swedish synthesist Johan Baeckström made a call to arms, declaring that the ‘Synth Is Not Dead’. And now in 2018, he presents his ‘Utopia’.
Baeckström first came to prominence with DAILY PLANET, the synthpop duo he formed with Jarmo Ollila who released their debut album 'The Tide' in 1996. After a hiatus of 18 years, they returned with the album 'Two' while Baeckström began a parallel solo career a year later. Continue Reading ›
Between April and October this year, sees the vinyl reissues of eight EURYTHMICS albums ‘In The Garden’, ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)’, ‘Touch’, ‘Be Yourself Tonight’, ‘Revenge’, ‘We Too Are One’, ‘Savage’ and ‘Peace’ and gives The Electricity Club a welcome chance to look back retrospectively over the duo’s musical output.
'In The Garden' provided a necessary bridging point between Annie Lennox and David A Stewart’s output as New Wave act THE TOURISTS... Continue Reading ›
While acts like THE ART OF NOISE and DEPECHE MODE pioneered the use of sampling found sounds to use as new virtual instrumentation, eventual improvements in the technology meant whole recognisable phrases could be cut, manipulated and looped to create new compositions and arrangements.
So The Electricity Club has put aside some of its snobbery to seek out 25 of the most inventive, and some would say, sacrilegious uses of classic synth samples in popular music. Continue Reading ›
On the eve of the release of her new album ‘Other’, ALISON MOYET delivered a stupendous performance at Hackney’s Round Chapel as part of Amazon Prime’s series of filmed intimate concerts. The evening started with Ms Moyet as her own support act, courtesy of a Q&A moderated by journalist Pete Paphides.
It was triumphant performance from ALISON MOYET with interesting facelifts of her solo hits, a welcome airing of YAZOO evergreens and best of all, excellent new material. Continue Reading ›
The release of 2013’s ‘the minutes’ sparked a real creative renaissance for ALISON MOYET. It kickstarted a relationship with MADONNA producer Guy Sigsworth and has now been perpetuated with 2017’s ‘Other’.
‘the minutes’ saw a welcome full-on return to electronics for Moyet, something which fans of YAZOO had long wished for. ‘Other’ is a very reflective and beautifully produced work. With the opening salvo of tracks, the ghost of Bristol’s MASSIVE ATTACK looms large. Continue Reading ›