After JAPAN split at the end of 1982, drummer Steve Jansen and keyboardist Richard Barbieri partnered up for the JVC commissioned instrumental work ‘Worlds In A Small Room’ released in Spring 1985 to accompany a documentary on the Space Shuttle Challenger.
But for their song-based project, the pair named themselves THE DOLPHIN BROTHERS and issued a long player entitled ‘Catch The Fall’ in Autumn 1987 on Virgin Records. Continue Reading ›
Steve Jansen was just 18 years old when he recorded his first album as the drummer of JAPAN. Signing to Ariola Hansa, JAPAN eventually found their sound with the sophisticated art rock of their third album ‘Quiet Life’.
Jansen did not actually release his first solo album until ‘Slope’ in 2007. With his latest solo offering 'The Extinct Suite' recently released, he kindly chatted to The Electricity Club about his varied career and vast catalogue of work. 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 ›
DISQO VOLANTE is Korean-American multi-instrumentalist Matthew Booth, a sax virtuoso with a penchant for synthpop. Originally from Seoul but now based in Carrboro, North Carolina, the hybrid of his musical and cultural heritage has produced a familiar yet unusual sound with a modern aesthetic.
Inspired by his return to South East Asia since leaving as a child following his adoption, the single ‘Pretend For A Day’ successfully pulls off a jazz / synthpop integration. Continue Reading ›
Since their 2012 debut mini-album ‘AC/EP’, BATTERY OPERATED ORCHESTRA have been steadily building a fine reputation for their quirky chiptune influenced synth adventures.
The DIY duo of Brigitte Rose and Chris Black released their first album ‘Incomplete Until Broken’ in September 2014. Inspired by a poltergeist experience after a gig in Hamburg, ‘Radiation’ is a dark journey encompassing themes of broadcasting, ESP, sex, mind control and alien beings. Continue Reading ›