The Story Of BRIDGES
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“Musically, we went through a bunch of phases – for a while it was rock opera. We were going to compose some grandiose stuff about earthquakes in Guatemala. Our ambitions had no limits.” – Paul Waaktaar-Savoy It’s been well documented … Read More

An Interview With SAILOR & I
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The brooding, glacial pop of Swedish artist Alexander Sjödin, aka Sailor & I, had originally captured the attention of the electronic music scene via the glacial pop perfection of tracks such as ‘Black Swan’ and ‘Chameleon’. Sjödin describes Sailor & … Read More

LIFELINES: The Side Projects Of a-ha
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“There hasn’t been trench warfare between the two roles – which hat I’m wearing hasn’t been so important. I don’t write Savoy songs or a-ha songs – I write songs.” – Paul Waaktaar-Savoy In an impressive recording career that has … Read More

Ikutaro Kakehashi 1930 – 2017
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The passing of Roland’s founder marks the end of an era… Ikutaro Kakehashi was a visionary whose work in the world of electronic music has helped to shape and hone it into a revolution that continues into the modern era. … Read More

OMD’s Unreleased Material album set for release
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There’s some good news and bad news for fans of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. Sources have revealed that their new album The Punishment Of Luxury has now been delayed until Spring 2018, due to touring commitments. The good news … Read More

OMD – Liberator Revisited
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“I thought this one would be edgier, but I seem to have written my poppiest album ever!” – Andy McCluskey If you were to poll a cross section of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark fans asking them to rank their … Read More

The Music of GHOST IN THE SHELL
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The anime adaptation goes electronic… The business of scoring a film soundtrack has, in recent times, resulted in the soundtrack often having as much cultural impact as the film itself. The 2011 crime thriller Drive for instance cribbed from synthwave … Read More

THE SOUND OF ARROWS Beautiful Life
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The return of Sweden’s cinematic pop perfectionists… Based in Stockholm, THE SOUND OF ARROWS are an electronic music duo consisting of Oskar Gullstrand and Stefan Storm who have crafted their own very distinctive style of widescreen synthpop since 2006. Since … Read More

Teclist: MISSING WORDS, a.me & AMANI
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A diverse selection of tunes this week from the bold synthpop of MISSING WORDS, the lo-fi charm of a.me & the smooth and soulful tones of AMANI… Missing Words – Howl At The Moon Hailing from California, Missing Words are … Read More

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN IN ELECTRONIC MUSIC DAY
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On International Women’s Day, a showcase for those women who work in the world of electronic music… International Women’s Day, which falls on 8th March each year, has become an opportunity to not only recognise the achievement of women throughout … Read More

Lost Albums : GARY NUMAN – Sacrifice
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“Creatively, I felt like I’d come home. I was enjoying it all again, I was thinking better, my mind was wandering like it used to. Most importantly, it was fun again” – Gary Numan Sacrifice has often been cited as … Read More

SILICON DREAMS 2017
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July hots up with a barrage of electronic artists for SILICON DREAMS 2017… 2017 marks the return of Silicon Dreams, the electronic music festival whose roots lay in the Vintage Computer Festival back in 2010 (which featured OMD). The idea … Read More

Video Killed The Radio Star with POLLY SCATTERGOOD and BRUCE WOOLEY
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Iconic pop tune gets re-imagined for the 21st Century… When it comes to pop tunes, there’s a select few that manage to be immediately recognisable regardless of whatever decade they were recorded in. So the iconic opening bars of The … Read More

Lost Albums : U96 Replugged
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Despite having sold over 15 million records worldwide, U96 are virtually unheard of in the UK. The Hamburg-based electronic act are best remembered for their huge international hit, ‘Das Boot’, a techno treatment of Klaus Doldinger’s 1981 film theme, which … Read More

2017 NEW RELEASES
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A look at some of the year’s forthcoming electronic music releases… 2017 is already shaping up to be a good year for record releases with a combination of classic artists and contemporary bands putting out new albums, reissues and compilations. … Read More

Introducing SAILOR & I
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Synthpop with a Swedish flavour care of SAILOR & I… Swedish electronic musician Alexander Sjödin caught everyone’s attention with the dark electropop appeal of ‘Black Swan’ in 2016 under the moniker Sailor & I. Sjödin grew up with an avid … Read More

Lost Albums : KON KAN Syntonic
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In 1989 Canadian act Kon Kan scored a huge international hit with “I Beg Your Pardon”, an innovative composite of synthpop influences (New Order and Pet Shop Boys in particular) and samples (notably, country star Lynn Anderson’s ‘Rose Garden’). Whilst … Read More

AIVIS The Wilderness
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New synth duo AIVIS offer warmth and emotion in their debut release… It’s always refreshing to discover new electronic bands that offer intriguing, original sounds and can be influenced by a variety of bands without having to mimic any of … Read More

Missing In Action: SCHMOOF
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By the turn of the 21st century, synthpop as a genre was on life-support. Pioneering bands like The Human League and Pet Shop Boys were still in action (and releasing some of their finest ever work) but a mass audience … Read More

PRINCESS CHELSEA Frack
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The subtle electronic charms of Princess Chelsea continues to win over new fans as she expands her sphere of influence introducing new listeners to the delights of the Lil’ Golden Book album. Along the way, Princess Chelsea has also been … Read More

TASTY FISH : 30 Lost Songs of the CD Era
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By no means a comprehensive list, here is a snapshot of electronic music from between 1990 to 1999 featuring 30 near-hits, minor hits, flops and oddities. Not all of these were released in the UK, with many treasures emanating from … Read More

Lost Albums : KON KAN Move to Move
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Incredibly it is almost a quarter of a century since Canada’s KON KAN recorded the classic ‘I Beg Your Pardon’, which was a massive worldwide hit single in 1989. It cleverly fused a popular country record with a contemporary dance … Read More

A-HA – The Last Hurrah
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It’s hard to conceive it all comes to an end In October 2009, A-Ha announced they were to split following a final world tour. Here The Electricity Club looks back at the career of the Scandinavian phenomenon, and reports from … Read More

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