27th June 2011
26th June 2011
COSAQUITOS EN GLOBO are the latest act from Argentina looking to make their fortune in Europe.
Comprising of Maru Pardo Saguier (vocals), Sebastian Cordoves (synths/programming) and Pablo Lewin (guitars), Fantasy from their eponymous debut album is a perfect demonstration of their strong melodies based around club friendly synthetic grooves.
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22nd June 2011
Design Guru Wayne Hemingway’s Vintage Festival, which celebrates five decades of British cool, will this year include a special Electronic Revue to celebrate the development of UK based electronic pop music over the last thirty years.
Jointly curated by HEAVEN 17’s Martyn Ware and Back To the Phuture’s Mark Jones, the line-up reads like The Electricity Club ‘All Stars’ with all but one of the acts having been interviewed by this very web publication. More inside »
16th June 2011
LADY GAGA first came to prominence in Summer 2008 when her debut album The Fame was released in the US and her song Just Dance became a huge hit. This was superior pop R’n’B but despite slices of synth, there didn’t appear to be anything at the time which stood out within a modern electronic pop context.
Then in December 2008, Caroline Sullivan’s now prophetic article for The Guardian entitled Slaves To Synth was published. Her piece proudly announced that in 2009, female fronted electro pop would be the next big thing with her focus not only on LADYHAWKE, LA ROUX and LITTLE BOOTS but also LADY GAGA. More inside »
14th June 2011
Korg is a four letter word…but then so is love. According to BRIAN ENO who played on the original ROXY MUSIC track that gave them their name, LADYTRON are “the best of English pop music”. And so it was that The Electricity Club celebrated its 300th live gig with one of the UK’s leaders in the contemporary revival of the synthesizer. When LADYTRON first appeared towards the end of the 20th Century, the music scene was dominated by the post-Britpop hangover…Travis and Stereophonics were considered to be cutting edge by the music media and no-one would touch synthesizers with a bargepole!
But from Liverpool came Daniel Hunt and Reuben Wu who recorded their debut single He Took Her To A Movie in 1998 under the name LADYTRON with vocalist Lisa Eriksson, who sang at their early gigs and later went on to form TECHNO SQUIRRELS. Released in its own right via Daniel Hunt’s own label Invicta Hi-Fi in 1999, it became an NME Single Of The Week. More inside »
13th June 2011
"The handshake seals the contract - from the contract there's no turning back - the turning point of a career..." So with the release of the new Remixes 2 (81-11) set, The Electricity Club's resident DEPECHE MODE expert Steve Gray looks at the best reworkings of DM material from the two Remixes collections and one to avoid, plus another that really should gain official recognition and release. More inside »
9th June 2011
Now it is finally here, EMMON’s third album is entitled Nomme. As suggested by the great first single Distance, it is harder, darker and even more electronic than the last album.
Any traces of the flirtation with regular indie pop that was present in some of the songs on Closet Wanderings can not be found anymore. But EMMON’s sound and energy fortunately remains unchanged. You could say this record is the epitome of everything that EMMON stands for: sexy urban elegance, warm electronic coldness and hard ecstatically danceable synth-disco beats. More inside »
7th June 2011
5th June 2011
Some of the most successful and influential underground acts of the last 30 years performed over the two day programme at Short Circuit Presents Mute, curated by the innovative independent record label started by Daniel Miller in 1978 to orginally release his single Warm Leatherette / T.V.O.D. under the moniker of THE NORMAL. But added to that was a unique and possibly equally exciting lecture series featuring production luminaries including Gareth Jones and Flood. More inside »
The two day Short Circuit Presents Mute extravaganza at The Roundhouse culminated in what was billed as 'ERASURE + Special Guests'. However, as the hour long set progressed, it panned out into something else. Together as ERASURE, Andy Bell and Vince Clarke have been one of the most consistent UK pop acts ever.
In 1985, fresh from brief stints with DEPECHE MODE, YAZOO and THE ASSEMBLY, Clarke placed a small ad in Melody Maker that said “Versatile voice wanted for established songwriter". A 21 year old ex-butcher Andy Bell was one of the many applicants and was audition #36. More inside »