LIOTIA – Be Here (Always)

We’ll be here to stay… The last few years appear to have been a surprisingly productive period for grassroots electronic acts, particularly those willing to dabble in the margins of what’s normally considered traditional electronic pop. It’s led to a … Read More

AVEC SANS – Altitude

Euphoric pop perfection… It seems an age since we’ve heard from electropop outfit Avec Sans. Their 2016 album Heartbreak Hi put the London-based band on the map, delivering energetic, infectious pop tunes. Meanwhile, their live shows demonstrated an ability to … Read More

BOO – Yesterday Tomorrow and You

I know this road and where it goes The return of Battery Operated Orchestra sees the electronic duo going big with their fourth studio album release. Yesterday Tomorrow and You boasts songs that dart around themes of escape, memory, disappearing … Read More

VIOLENT VICKIE – Division

Dark distortion adventures The arrival of new album Division heralds a significant landmark for Violent Vickie. A darkwave journey into a selection of compositions that offer up moments of raw sleazy electropop one moment, then curiously ethereal beauty the next, … Read More

SHE’S GOT CLAWS – Doppelgänger

Crunchy electropop excellence… One of the albums that stood out back in 2017 was War Torn (see The Electricity Club review previously), which brought grassroots act She’s Got Claws onto the TEC radar. She’s Got Claws first emerged as an … Read More

TENEK – EP2

Holding on to more than something… Within the ranks of the electronic music genre, Tenek occupy the top tiers; the notable professionalism lies in the obvious quality of production that is common to all of their works. It’s an attribute … Read More

POLLY SCATTERGOOD – In This Moment

If red is the colour of resistance… Having carved out a suitably impressive musical path marked out by quirky yet accessible electropop, Polly Scattergood has returned on the back of new album In This Moment. It follows an intriguing journey … Read More

SCANNER- An Ascent

An album of reflection and hope during troubled times… The inevitable issues that the Covid crisis has delivered on the music industry has resulted in many musicians adjusting their approach in how they present music. At the same time, the … Read More

EMT – Diva

Drama pop go… With the arrival of the internet, the opportunity to gain that 15 minutes of fame predicted by Andy Warhol expanded at a staggering pace. In the modern era, there’s an arms race of sorts for voraciously cultivating … Read More

VICTORIA OWSNETT – Thrones

You think you’re special? Earlier this year, we were pleasantly surprised by the concept album First Contact via Newcastle Upon Tyne trio AXLS (see TEC review previously). Taking on a science fiction concept approach, the album darted between crunchy synth … Read More

JOHN FOXX AND THE MATHS – Howl

Synth mathematics… It can take years or even decades, to realise the true value of the many instrumental treasures that have by default, been archived over time. In this case, it’s the re-emergence of guitarist Robin Simon, who now steps … Read More

OOBERFUSE & HIBARI – Enola Gay

This kiss you give, it’s never going to fade away… Although the history of the 20th Century is littered with significant events, there’s probably few that can match the scale and impact of the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945. It … Read More

Introducing PSYKELEKTRIC

Analogue adventures Introducing Psykelektric – an energetic synth-pop duo hailing from North London, built on pure electrical charge, who push themselves with an exclusive blend of new sounds from old machines. In actual fact, they go back some way – … Read More

DICEPEOPLE – Edge Of Delirium

An Unsettling Soundtrack Journey… Opting for the darker end of the electronic music palette, Dicepeople have chalked up an impressive catalogue of tunes since the outfit’s formation in 2013. Previously, we explored the gothic delvings of 2018 album One From … Read More

Introducing MOODBAY

Mood Pop Go… There’s been a healthy number of electronic outfits emerging from the North East part of the UK in recent years. The likes of Twist Helix and AXLS have demonstrated that there’s not only a keen energy at … Read More

PLATRONIC – Pride

Synthrock with heart… Despite the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, it seems little can prevent electronic artists from pursuing their creative goals. As we’ve seen recently, that also leads to some intriguing collaborations, some of which cross global boundaries. Take new duo … Read More

DARWINMCD + MARK BEBB – Featherlite

Be just like Heaven… During a particularly busy time for electronic music, it’s always intriguing to see some collaborative works emerging. With the ongoing COVID-19 crisis providing a tough period for music generally, it’s also a welcome diversion to see … Read More

TWIST HELIX – Frida Kahlo

Are we simply vain? Back in 2018, Twist Helix’s Ouseburn (see TEC review previously) served up an unusual concept for a synth-pop album. Troubled by the loss of community and urban renewal that’s affected the Newcastle music scene, the 3-piece … Read More

Introducing POWDERPAINT

Powder Pop Go The south coast seems to have been a healthy area for spawning electronic outfits in recent years (presumably, the sea air provides a crucial component). One of the most recent combos to emerge is Powderpaint, a Brighton-based … Read More

SPRAY – Offerings From The Algorithm

Where logic stops… One of 2019’s best albums by some distance was Failure Is Inevitable by pop combo Spray (aka Ricardo Autobahn and Jenny McLaren). When The Electricity Club reviewed it, we summed up the album as having a “sense … Read More

ANNIE – American Cars

Going into the night… One of the talents that graced the electronic music scene during the early 2000s was the pop perfection of Annie. Tunes such as ‘Heartbeat’, ‘Songs Remind Me of You’ and ‘Anthonio’ served as a showcase for … Read More

THE RUDE AWAKENING – Squeal!

Tell me what you want… When we reviewed The Rude Awakening’s debut album Kaleidoscope back in 2019 (see TEC review previously), it provided an opportunity to explore the electronic outfit’s themes. In particular, the boundaries of relationships through role-play and … Read More

DANCING WITH RUBY – Utopia

In this moment… Electronic outfit Dancing With Ruby first emerged with the 2014 EP Becoming Undone, which later formed the basis for their debut album, 2015’s In the Interest of Beasts. Featuring Matt Culpin and Charlie Sanderson, Dancing With Ruby … Read More

LEGPUPPY – A Guide To Social Distancing

Remove specifics and convert to ambiguities In the esoteric world of the occult, there is often an opportunity to embark on a journey that means embracing the darker elements of consciousness. The idea is that this ordeal will act as … Read More

ELISABETH ELEKTRA – Mercurial

Tales from a liminal heart… You would be forgiven for thinking that the genre of pop appears to have fallen out of favour in recent times. In an admittedly grim climate, music can seem to be more bleak – a … Read More

JAN DOYLE BAND – The Body Balanced

Go on a journey of imagination… You can’t really look at the UK’s grassroots electronic music scene without flagging up the name of Derek Anthony Williams. Having promoted a lot of live events under the DEFSynth banner, Williams’ dedication and … Read More

ERIC C. POWELL – Mute

Evocative instrumental electronica Those familiar with the output of electronic musician Eric C. Powell will acknowledge, perhaps, his skilled hand at producing electronic music that also has a heart – not always necessarily an easy feat. Yet his catalogue boats … Read More

Teclist: TENEDLE, OVVLS & LADY B

TENEDLE – Stellar There was an earthy, vital sound the Tenedle’s previous album Traumsender (see TEC review previously). Meanwhile Dimitri Niccolai (aka Tenedle) has been keeping busy writing and recording new material (including Glossophobia, the soundtrack to his film The … Read More

AUSTRA – HiRUDiN

Quirky pop moments… When we last left Austra, the album Future Politics was gracing our musical choices back in 2017. As an album, that effort was evolving away from the baroque pop elements that had been part of Austra’s DNA … Read More

AGENCY-V – No Divide

Life’s a Mystery to me During the current Covid-19 crisis, artists are continually exploring new ways to create and showcase their music. Not surprisingly, with the live circuit effectively on hold, that means focussing more on writing and production. With … Read More

Introducing VIOLENT VICKIE

I don’t belong… Hailing from Los Angeles, Violent Vickie describes herself as a “Dark Synth-Riot” artist. Embracing themes that include consumerism, relationships, gender, hedonism and all points in-between, Vickie (in collaboration with co-producer/recording guitarist E) carves out a strange dreamscape of … Read More

EMPATHY TEST – Monsters

Empathy Test get the monsters… Not willing to skimp on either quality or quantity, Empathy Test served up not one, but two debut albums back in 2017. Although the London-based combo had already made their mark via a series of … Read More

WIRE & WASTELAND – Return To The Light

Drowning Sound Exploration As Pinklogik, Bristol-based electronic musician Jules Straw unveiled a surprising gem in the form of Glint back in 2018 (see The Electricity Club review previously). Bouncing between electronica and dreampop, the album offered up a reflective approach … Read More

DICEPEOPLE – Destroyed

I turned you into a destroyer… For those that like their electronic music painted in darker hues, the ever-reliable Dicepeople are back with a selection of raw darkwave offerings care of the Destroyed EP. Consisting of Matt Brock (musician, songwriter … Read More

TWIST HELIX – Louder

Biting on my tongue forever… Having made a big impact with their 2018 album Ouseburn (see The Electricity Club review previously), Newcastle outfit Twist Helix have also been carving up the live circuit with their dynamic performances, including a star … Read More

AXLS – First Contact

“How we lost reality…” It’s often tricky to navigate through the many grassroots synth outfits emerging in recent times. But on occasion, some bands just seem to grab your attention by serving up sharply crafted songs or by having some … Read More

PET SHOP BOYS – Hotspot

“We’re falling for pleasure…” The Pet Shop boys flaunt their own boutique brand; stylised synth pop that’s futuristic and urban – and safe to say, it continues to mature well. A notable flash back through the decades returns an effortless … Read More

BOO – The Dissolve

On broken ground with uncertain feet… Electropop duo BOO – Battery Operated Orchestra – have returned with the mesmerising electropop of ‘The Dissolve’, bringing some warm synths to take the edge off the recent wintery days. Previously, BOO delivered an … Read More

2019 – Albums Of The year

2019’s best electronic albums… This year saw a wealth of electronic music talent competing for the attention of the public. There was a good balance between classic acts that were still capable of crafting solid tunes – and also contemporary … Read More

2019 – The Year In Review

A year in electronic music… 2019 proved to be a hectic year for electronic music with new acts emerging, old acts releasing new material, a wealth of music events and some intriguing crossovers. Here, TEC looks back on 12 months … Read More

MAGNE FURUHOLMEN – White Xmas Lies

Xmas time is here With Christmas swiftly looming, it seems appropriate to cast an eye over an album that draws heavily from that theme. In this instance, it’s White Xmas Lies, the latest solo offering from Magne Furuholmen. Better known … Read More

BEAT:CANCER TOUR 2019

Industrial strength Originally formed back in 2012, Beat:Cancer was an initiative designed to help fight cancer through funding research, treatment, screening and care via the medium of electronic music. To achieve that aim, the charity took onboard releasing music, running … Read More

TR/ST – The Destroyer Part Two

Dark disconnection After a five year absence, 2019 brought forth not just one new TR/ST album, but two, both of which cohesively form The Destroyer. Coincidently perhaps, Robert Alfons previously divided his time up writing and recording material for this … Read More

PARRALOX – Genesis

Caught in a vision of love Based in Melbourne, Australian electropop outfit Parralox originally came to life in 2008. Their debut album Electricity achieved critical acclaim and paved the way for an impressive catalogue of energetic electronic pop releases. Collaborations … Read More

QUIETER THAN SPIDERS – Signs Of Life

Evocative electropop… One of the pleasant surprises to land this year was the long-awaited album from 3-piece electronic outfit Quieter Than Spiders. Signs Of Life has been in development for several years since some initial tracks were first unveiled around … Read More

CULT WITH NO NAME – Mediaburn

Lounge pop perfection Billing themselves as “post-punk electronic balladeers”, Cult With No Name (aka Erik Stein and Jon Boux) have carved out an intriguing career since originally forming back in 2004. Following positive reviews for their 2007 debut album Paper … Read More

PREMIERE: How Much I Love You – Equinox

Evocative electronica Spoken word artist Equinox struck critical acclaim back in 2017 on the strength of his debut album It’s Hard To Be Happy When Your Head Is Full Of Sin. That album featured an intriguing variety of collaborators, including … Read More

OMD – Don’t Go

There’s a vision… It’s perhaps difficult to grasp that Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark have clocked up four decades of delivering accomplished electronic music. But the band that had originally started out with the release of ‘Electricity’ on the fledgling … Read More

NATURE OF WIRES – Modus

A sequence of pleasure… It’s perhaps a little disconcerting to realise that electronic outfit Nature Of Wires originally came together in 1986 and continued on with founder-members Gary Watts (synths & programming) and Andrew Stirling-Brown (vocals) up to 1993, when … Read More

ELECTRIC YOUTH – Memory Emotion

Ethereal memories… One of 2014’s particular joys was the warm synth tunes gathered on Innerworld, the debut album from Canadian electronic duo Electric Youth (see The Electricity Club’s review previously). Consisting of Austin Garrick and Bronwyn Griffin, Electric Youth had … Read More

CYBERWASTE – Immerse

A sleeping memory turns around… Originally formed in 2017, Cyberwaste is the musical brainchild of musician and producer Ashlinn Nash. Drawing from a wide range of influences, including Aphex Twin, Nine Inch Nails, Massive Attack and Moby, Nash has cultivated … Read More

LOLA DUTRONIC – Sounds Like An Anthem

International Anthem Back in 2015, one of the albums that really stood out among the many electronic outings that that particular year offered was the sublime Lost In Translation (see our review previously) from Toronto/Düsseldorf duo Richard Citroen and Stephanie … Read More

preston.outatime – Coplanar

Forces and form Sometimes, the path to new electronic artists comes through unexpected means. When Battery Operated Orchestra released their remix album Snared (see TEC review previously), the remixes included the work of independent electronic musician and producer preston.outatime (aka … Read More

ELYXR – Eternal Life Eternal Youth

Eternal electronic goodness… Back in 2017, electronic musician and producer Kasson Crooker (Symbion Project, Freezepop) embarked on a new music project envisioned as a collaborative effort. ELYXR featured different singers involved for each subsequent release, bringing an intriguing and fresh … Read More

OOBERFUSE – Call My Name

Bittersweet breezy pop Following a busy period of live performances, the east-meets-west electronic duo of Ooberfuse have returned with the release of a new single titled ‘Call My Name’. Hal St John and Cherrie Anderson first popped up on our … Read More

LEGPUPPY – Non Disclosure Agreement

If truth be told… The self-proclaimed enigmatic electro-post-punk outfit that is LegPuppy have returned with new album Non Disclosure Agreement. While the anarchic collective’s live shows are an experience that truly has to be witnessed first hand, their recorded output … Read More

V-SOR,X – Reformer

For your head, your heart and your feet V-Sor,X refer to themselves as “alternative synth-pop” and their combination of synths with some guitar and bass certainly gives their music a much more organic sound than many of their contemporaries. As … Read More

SPRAY – Failure Is Inevitable

Where the wonder goes… This year has been a busy year for electronic music with a deluge of new releases on an almost weekly basis. While the quality of many of those releases has been high, occasionally something comes along … Read More

STATIC SHORE – Panikon

Blissed-out beats and ethereal vocals Seattle-based outfit Static Shore appeared on our radar back in 2018 on the back of ‘Sun In My Wake’, a chilled-out composition with captivating, sensual vocals. (see TEC review previously). Consisting of Eric Smith and … Read More

ELECTRIC YOUTH – The Life

Cinematic synth-pop Following their success as part of the soundtrack to the cult film Drive and subsequent release of their 2014 album Innerworld (see TEC review previously), Canadian duo Electric Youth have been dabbling in a number of other musical … Read More

RYUICHI SAKAMOTO scores Black Mirror episode

Black ambient moments The forthcoming return of cult TV show Black Mirror will also see the talents of iconic composer Ryuichi Sakamoto on hand to score one of the episodes in the upcoming series. Charlie Brooker’s science fiction-tinged show plays around … Read More

EMPATHY TEST – Empty-Handed

Sailing the synth-pop seas Having made their mark through the cunning strategy of releasing not just one, but two debut albums at once back in 2017 (see TEC review previously), London-based electropop outfit Empathy Test (aka Isaac Howlett and Adam … Read More

EAST OF MY YOUTH – By Blue

This world was never made for me and you Back in 2017, we were suitably impressed by the work of Icelandic duo East of My Youth. There was a simple charm on tracks such as ‘Go Home’ and ‘M O … Read More

HOWARD JONES – Transform

“Of all the people in the world, why would you choose me?” It is with these rather pessimistic lyrics that Howard Jones opens his ninth official studio album, Transform. Despite its title, however, this album is less of a ‘transformation’ … Read More

MARINA – Love + Fear

When love is lost it’s only fear in disguise Having detached herself from her earlier title as Marina And The Diamonds (settling instead for a straightforward ‘Marina’) Welsh musician and songwriter Marina Diamandis has returned after a lengthy break with … Read More

TR/ST – The Destroyer Part One

Life and all its lows “The giant agaves outside my home only bloom every 20 or 30 years years” muses Robert Alfons, “Being around that was a powerful lesson in slowness. And in tenacity.” The latest album from TR/ST certainly … Read More

KNIGHT$ – Dollars & Cents

Disco pop delights It would be fair criticism to say that there’s occasionally a lack of flamboyance in the world of electronic pop. While we can furrow our brows and do some intense chin-stroking while listening to our favourite artists, … Read More

WILL BURNS & HANNAH PEEL – Chalk Hill Blue

Here are the fragments… As a musician, Hannah Peel has always been keen to expand her musical boundaries and explore ever-more esoteric outings. Take her 2010 EP Rebox for instance which featured music box covers of classic synth-pop tunes, including … Read More

BOO – Snared (The Remixes)

Cold War revisited and remixed Electropop duo BOO – Battery Operated Orchestra – delivered an accomplished collection of tunes with their 2018 album Snare. The Cold War-inspired outing dabbled in the world of subterfuge and spy games, each track exploring … Read More

HELIOPHILE – Melding Of The Minds

On journeys we embark… Hailing from the Netherlands, Heliophile is a synthpop project masterminded by Gijs van Ouwerkerk (who also performs in dark electro outfit Schwarzblut). Based in Enschede, Heliophile formed in 2010, and put out some self-released EPs before … Read More

SYMBION PROJECT – Backscatter

Haunting electronica Back in 2017, we were won over by the gossamer compositions that made up Gishiki (see The Electricity Club’s review). Gishiki presented a contemplative piece of work that drew Japanese influences cast against ambient electronica. That album was … Read More

TENEDLE – Traumsender

Made of stars There’s very much a continental flavour to the music of Dimitri Niccolai (aka Tenedle), something the musician, producer and performer has honed over many years (and through a variety of disciplines). Originally hailing from Italy, Niccolai has … Read More

PSYDOLL – Machine Kingdom

Cyber Pop Go Music seems to love a neat, orderly system of genres for artists and bands to be filed in. Occasionally, however, some bands turn up that prove difficult to nail down to any one niche. Tokyo’s Psydoll are … Read More

NORTHERN KIND – Lip Service

Dark eyes were the start of it… The early 2000s seemed to be a particularly exciting time for the UK’s electronic music scene. A number of interesting acts were beginning to establish themselves in the grassroots community and there were … Read More

LEGPUPPY – She’s Lost Her Soul

Memories of a distant past… One of the chief causes that electro punk anarchists LegPuppy have spoken about in recent years is the changing face of London’s live music scene. More recently, they’ve revisited this theme while also revisiting one … Read More

FRAGRANCE. – Now That I’m Real

Gravity & Grace Back in 2017, we explored the dusty synth worlds of Paris-based musician Matthieu Roche. Through the Dust & Disorders EP, we unveiled a dark and brooding electronic soundscape, that nonetheless had a curious fragility to it. Since … Read More

LADYTRON – Ladytron

This is our sound… The news of a new Ladytron album on the horizon back in 2018 led to the perking up of ears across the electronic music community. There had been times when it seemed as if the band … Read More

TR/ST – Gone

Love all, trust a few… When the sleazy synth workings of the then-titled Trust first arrived on the scene, it was like opening a dimensional portal into a bizarre shadow universe of sordid, brooding synths. That universe came courtesy of … Read More

THE RUDE AWAKENING FEAT. BRIDGET GRAY – Kaleidoscope

Sensual synth-pop The Rude Awakening is a collaborative effort led by musician, promoter and radio presenter, Johnny Normal and singer/songwriter Bridget Gray. Visually, the duo’s striking image presents a fuse of the magical abstract; the setting – a clean futuristic … Read More

2018 – The Year In Review

A year in electronic music… Although it might have seemed as if 2018 was a quiet year for electronic music in some respects, there was actually more going on than expected. It saw the return of some classic electronic outfits, … Read More

Teclist: JO MARCHES, STATIC SHORE & LÅSKA

JO MARCHES – Monsters Hailing from Utrecht, Jo Marches offer up a combination of engaging synth-pop melodies with a slick production style. Fronted by Johanneke Kranendonk, a meeting with producer David Hoogerheide back in 2015 led to a collaboration that’s … Read More

DICEPEOPLE – One From Many

Darkness visible Dark electro outfit Dicepeople have popped up on our radar in times past with a selection of electropop outings that bounce between melodic synth outings (such as the clean lines of 2017’s ‘Synthetic’) and striking cover versions (their … Read More

JEAN-MICHEL JARRE – Equinoxe Infinity

Revisiting an electronica classic… Jean-Michel Jarre’s anticipated follow-up album to his 1976 opus Oxygene arrived in 1978. Titled Equinoxe, the new album managed to avoid sounding merely like a retread of Jarre’s groundbreaking album, instead presenting a subtle evolution of … Read More

PARRALOX – Paradise (Feat. Marcella Detroit)

The time has come to let you go… As ever, Parralox keep themselves busy. With the Holiday ’18 release barely out the door, the Australian dancepop dynamos already have another single out to follow. ‘Paradise’ follows on from Parralox’s 2017 … Read More

GRIMES (Feat. HANA) – We Appreciate Power

AI-AI-AI-Yi! It’s been quite a year for Grimes, who’s spent the past few months on a few collaborative projects. But up until now, details of a follow-up release to 2015’s Art Angels had been sporadic. But with the unveiling of … Read More

EMPATHY TEST – Holy Rivers/Incubation Song

Anxiety Electropop It’s been quite a year for London-based electropop outfit Empathy Test. The band, formed by Isaac Howlett and Adam Relf, had already built up a groundswell of interest via a series of EP releases prior to the autumn … Read More

PARRALOX – Holiday ’18

Seasonal synth fun The Melbourne-based electropop outfit Parralox need little introduction. Since their 2008 debut album Electricity, the band have won critical acclaim and built up an impressive catalogue of energetic electronic pop releases. Collaborations with the likes of Ian … Read More

POPPY – Am I a Girl?

Maybe we can save the world One of the most compelling stories in the pop culture world in recent years has to be the emergence of the enigmatic Poppy. Having built up an odd, often disconcerting series of brief YouTube … Read More

TWIST HELIX – Ouseburn

“This city’s not sleeping/it’s dreaming.” If there’s a line that sums up the new Twist Helix album, it’s the above one on opening track ‘Newcastle’. Although much of the alt-electro outfit’s material deals with the decline of communities and the … Read More

BOO – Snare

In BOO… battery operates YOU! Hailing from the Sussex coast, the duo of BOO – Battery Operated Orchestra – has charmed electronic music enthusiasts since 2010. Consisting of Chris Black and Brigitte Rose, BOO was the logical follow-on from Black’s … Read More

FRÖST – Matters

Glacial synthpop perfection With the release of new album Matters, Brighton-based outfit Fröst have reached a particular milestone on their continuing musical journey into transcendental pop. Consisting of French-Swedish sound artist Johanna Bramli (vocalist for Stereolab offshoot Imitation Electric Piano) … Read More

CAROLINE McLAVY – Quasi-Static

Dancepop deconstructed Caroline McLavy emerged during a particularly fervent period of the grassroots electronic music scene. She’s graced the stage at a variety of electronic music events, including the 2017 Silicon Dreams Festival, where her emphatic vocal style and confident … Read More

HIERONYMOUS FTP – Nous Pâlissons (Fade to Grey)

Iconic synthpop tune gets a modern interpretation Attempting contemporary arrangements of classic synthpop songs is always a daunting task. There’s always a danger that it will fall into parody or fail to do justice to the original. Yet, when the … Read More

PRINCESS CHELSEA – The Loneliest Girl

Chamber pop perfection It seems like a gulf of time since Princess Chelsea’s last studio album outing The Great Cybernetic Depression graced us with its presence. We summed up the 2015 album in our review at the time as “…a … Read More

THE RUDE AWAKENING – Fuck Puppet

Explicit electronic adventures… The Rude Awakening has established itself as a musical venture capable of delivering defiant messages and sordid synth outings. This delving into the realms of sexual fantasy continues on their latest release, with the unequivocally blunt ‘Fuck … Read More

AUTOROTATION Mapping The Dark Room

Light from darkness… Thoughtful, introspective tunes appear to be Autorotation’s speciality – something which TEC first picked up on last year when we first encountered the band care of ‘Swamped’. Autorotation were a continuation from an earlier combo known as … Read More

HOTGOTHIC – I’m Still Yours

Love and loss explored… Pursuing a genre which they’ve labeled as ‘Crackrock’, the power pop trio of Hotgothic are back in action with a new release. ‘I’m Still Yours’ is Hotgothic’s own unique take on the breakup song built around … Read More

BRIDGES – Våkenatt

Over 37 years since it was first recorded, the near-mythical follow-up to Fakkeltog finally sees the light of day. Guest reviewer Greg Lansdowne offers his verdict on this fascinating document of a-ha’s pre-fame years… Back in the late ‘80s/early ‘90s … Read More

PREMIERE: INFORMATION SOCIETY – Nothing Prevails

Commercial commentary with an electropop style This month sees a new outing from synthpop outfit Information Society and The Electricity Club is proud to premiere the video for ‘Nothing Prevails’. The 1980s managed to spin up a variety of synthpop … Read More

BERLYN TRILOGY – Flowers Fall

Gothic pop from Wakefield’s finest… It’s often the case that many contemporary electronic outfits seem to be content to rehash the sounds of the 80s. They hold the classic synthpop period in such reverence that the idea of music going … Read More

PINKLOGIK – Glint

Glitchy dreampop delights await… Under the guise of Pinklogik, electronic musician Jules Straw has been producing her own blend of tunes since 2006, chalking up an impressive catalogue of releases since her debut album Mosaic Electro. The Bristol-based artist released … Read More

LEGPUPPY – Meds and Beer

There’s no need to fear… Electronic anarchists LegPuppy have plenty to say on themes such as narcissism, social media addiction, paranoia and identity theft. Their album You Should Be Paranoid tackled such diverse topics (and more besides) earlier in the … Read More

MUSIC FROM THE DARK OUTSIDE

Experimental electronic curios… Perhaps one of the most compelling mysteries of the current electronic music scene is the resurgence of interest in the humble cassette. For those of a certain age, it likely conjures memories of rewinding cassettes with the … Read More

IAN BURDEN – Hey Hey Ho Hum

Ian Burden offers themes of unity, optimism and honesty… The release of Ian Burden’s debut album Hey Hey Ho Hum was prompted by unusual circumstances. An accumulation of vintage synthesisers in his attic led to a decision to test them … Read More

FIAT LUX – It’s You

The return of Fiat Lux Although the 1980s is widely regarded as the classic era of synthpop acts, it’s also a period in which many post-punk bands explored an eclectic approach to instrumentation and arrangement. Synths were seen as an … Read More

VOGON POETRY – Life, the Universe and Everything

Don’t forget your towel… The latest offering from synthpop outfit Vogon Poetry continues the Swedish band’s flair for accessible electronic music and science fiction themes. Life, the Universe and Everything marks the band’s third album release, following on from 2014’s … Read More

EDEN – Only Lovers Do

Euphoric synthpop from Dublin duo One of the star turns at the 2017 Synthetic City event was Irish synthpop duo Eden. Consisting of Mark Power and Ian Henderson, the duo delivered some polished tunes (culled chiefly from the duo’s 2016 … Read More

PROMENADE CINEMA – Living Ghosts

Darkwave ghosts haunt the aisles… Emerging from a city with its own legendary musical history, Sheffield duo Promenade Cinema have delivered a debut album that keeps that legacy very much alive. Best known for giving the world the likes of … Read More

SHE’S GOT CLAWS – War Torn

Synthpop goes to war While the 21st Century has given us a wealth of advances in science, medicine and technology, at the same time we’re currently burdened with one of the most turbulent political periods of modern history. War and … Read More

SINESTAR – A Million Like Us

Synthpoppers Sinestar return with their blistering third album… Since forming in 2011, Bristol-born Sinestar have released 3 EPs entitled I am the Rain (2012), Hope and Prey (2013), Running Home (2014) and single ‘The Same Way’. Now, exhibiting a firm … Read More

TWIST HELIX – Ouseburn

Newcastle’s power-pop trio return… Previously, electropop outfit Twist Helix had surprised us with the dramatic and uplifting vocal melodies of ‘Little Buildings’. Consisting of Bea Garcia (vocals & keyboards), Michael Humble (bass) and James Walker (drums) the Newcastle-based band signed … Read More

FIFI RONG – Awake

The sultry charms of Fifi Rong awaken once again… Having surprised listeners with the dynamic electropop of ‘The Same Road’ in 2017, Fifi Rong launches her latest EP Awake with a strong entry for 2018. Originally hailing from Bejing, Fifi … Read More

LEGPUPPY – You Should Be Paranoid

Cultural commentary from the electronic anarchists… Describing the inspiration for their new album You Should Be Paranoid, electro punk outfit LegPuppy include the western world’s obsession with narcissim, social media as an addiction, bio hacking and identity theft. As evidenced … Read More

CHVRCHES – Get Out

Electropop trio bounce back with synth-fuelled goodness… Chvrches have unveiled a new tune in the form of ‘Get Out’, which paves the way for the release of their forthcoming new album. Formed in Glasgow in 2011 by Lauren Mayberry, Iain … Read More

DICEPEOPLE/MOI SAINT – Shallow Under Skin

A collaborative affair delivering sinister delights… Dicepeople have crafted their own particular take on dark electronic music in recent years, leaning towards a more electropop direction on the back of releases such as ‘Synthetic’. But they’ve still retained an interest … Read More

SAVOY – See The Beauty In Your Drab Hometown

Pål Waaktaar’s most adventurous album to date Savoy were originally conceived as a vehicle for Pål Waaktaar’s songs whilst a-ha were on hiatus in the mid-to-late 1990s. Featuring Waaktaar’s wife Lauren Savoy (on guitar and vocals) and drummer Frode Unneland … Read More

2017 – The Year In Review

2017 has been an eventful year in the world of electronic music, particularly here in the UK which saw some of the classic acts back in action. But it also saw the emergence of some talented contemporary electronic acts as … Read More

2017 – Songs Of The Year

Electronic music in 2017… If 2017 proved anything it was that the field of electronic music is a broad one. A lot of songs grabbed our attention across 12 months of intriguing, captivating and often challenging music. While many classic … Read More

SCANNER – The Great Crater

Exploring glacial landscapes in sound… Crafting sound into an almost physical presence is quite a feat. But with The Great Crater, Robin Rimbaud aka Scanner has managed to compose a piece of work that swerves from awe-inspiring aural soundscapes through … Read More

SIMEN LYNGROTH – Take All The Land

Impressive Radiohead-inspired electro-balladry from Norway Released recently on the Apollon Records label, Take All The Land is the debut solo album by Simen Lyngroth, a singer-songwriter with a burgeoning reputation in his homeland of Norway. But, despite his young years, … Read More

PARRALOX – Electric Nights

Only a limousine can take you there… Melbourne-based outfit Parralox need little introduction. Founder-member John von Ahlen’s work ethic alone serves as an inspiration for the heights other artists can reach, but at the same time the electronic outfit continue … Read More

LEGPUPPY – Running Through A Field Of Wheat

Electro punk outfit get their running shoes on… In a year that’s been full of surprising acts, it’s the electro punk foursome of LegPuppy that have somehow managed to carve out their own particular niche. Consisting of Darren Laurence, Claire … Read More

TR/ST – Destroyer

Canada’s sleazy synth prodigy returns… One of Canada’s electronic music gems re-emerged earlier this year with a new song and talk of a new album. ‘Bicep’ delivered the trademark sleazy synths and unsettling sounds that made TR/ST such a captivating … Read More

ELYXR – The Last Day of Summer

The collaborative outfit return with a taste of summer… Earlier this year, Seattle-based electronic musician/producer Kasson Crooker conceived of a new project, titled ELYXR. The aim of the new musical venture was to collaborate with a variety of singers to … Read More

MIDGE URE – Orchestrated

Full Score Meets Contemporary Classic Musical success is seldom measured in time spans of more than a few years. Yet, by the time Midge Ure’s first solo single ‘If I Was’ went to No.1 in the UK Top 40 (way … Read More

EMPATHY TEST – Losing Touch/Safe From Harm

Evocative electropop from London’s finest… The blossoming of grassroots electronic acts in recent years has brought a lot of bright talent to the fore. The contemporary music scene is a strange landscape these days, with many bands adapting to what … Read More

SAPPHIRE SLOWS – Time

The ethereal tones of Sapphire Slows return… Japan has enjoyed a storied legacy of electronic music that stretches back decades. From iconic acts such as Yellow Magic Orchestra through to contemporary acts such as Perfume, Japanese music has always managed … Read More

HELIOPHILE – Permeate

Polished dark synthpop… Emerging from the Netherlands, Heliophile is a synthpop project masterminded by Gijs van Ouwerkerk (who also performs in dark electro outfit Schwarzblut). Based in Enschede, Heliophile formed in 2010 and crafted two self-released EPs before more recently … Read More

GARY NUMAN – Savage (Songs From A Broken World)

A cinematic expanse from electronic music’s iconic figure… The release of Gary Numan’s Savage (Songs From A Broken World), is both individual and brave. It’s his 21st studio album – the result of a crowdfunding campaign through Pledge Music, and … Read More

THE SOUND OF ARROWS – Stay Free

There is no beginning… When The Sound Of Arrows appeared to disappear following the release of their 2011 debut album Voyage, it seemed like one of the brighter hopes for electronic music may have gone forever. Stefan Storm and Oskar … Read More

EMPATHY TEST – Everything Will Work Out

Smooth electropop is put to the Test… Marking the final single to be released from Empathy Test’s forthcoming album Safe From Harm, ‘Everything Will Work Out’ continues the band’s talents for crafting evocative electropop. Empathy Test consists of childhood friends, … Read More

BLANCMANGE – Unfurnished Rooms

Interior design tips from classic synthpop outfit… The last few years have seen something of a return to form for Blancmange. Despite their hefty output of late (Unfurnished Rooms is their fourth album in three years, with Semi Detached and … Read More

POPPY – Poppy.Computer

Join the Poppy cult… Occasionally, pop culture throws out an outlier artist that can equally delight and confound audiences. Take, for instance, the unusual world of Poppy whose curious efforts first appeared through a series of increasingly surreal YouTube appearances. … Read More

CURXES – In Your Neighbourhood

Your friendly neighbourhood electronic outfit returns… When Curxes first made their presence known several years back, they brought with them a very different approach to electronic music that presented one of the more captivating acts on the scene. Pulling from … Read More

Teclist: ODDITY, TWIST HELIX and VOI VANG

This weeks tunes feature the percussive synthpop of ODDITY, the powerful tunes of TWIST HELIX and dancepop goodness of VOI VANG. ODDITY – Revolution There’s something magical about the combination between Oddity’s warm synthpop sounds and the visuals of their … Read More

LEGPUPPY – Selfie Stick

Electro punk outfit explore selfie culture… When LegPuppy took to the stage at the Electro Punk Party in August we weren’t quite sure what to expect. The 4-piece outfit, which consists of Darren Laurence, Claire Jones, Pups and Hugo Bamboo, … Read More

SUSANNE SUNDFØR – Music For People In Trouble

One of Norway’s finest talents returns with trouble in mind The success of her 2015 album Ten Love Songs managed to put Norwegian musician Susanne Sundfør on the map. Although she’d established herself in her native Norway through her previous … Read More

AIVIS – Constellate

Subtle electropop from the globally-spanning duo… When the talents of electronic duo AIVIS first appeared on our radar, it was a refreshing change of style that offered a captivating sound culled from a thoughtful take on electronic music. Consisting of … Read More

BLANCMANGE – The Blanc Tapes

We’ve just been shopping… Electronic outfit Blancmange emerged during a particularly energetic period in the UK’s classic synthpop scene. Originally formed in 1979 as a 3-piece outfit, Blancmange regrouped with Neil Arthur and Stephen Luscombe continuing as a duo. Their … Read More

TINY MAGNETIC PETS – Deluxe/Debris

Warm electropop from the Pet Shop Toys… Quite how electronic music entered a sudden renaissance period in the past 10 years is something that’s ripe for commentary and discussion. Certainly, there’s been an active contemporary electronic music scene in recent … Read More

HOWARD JONES Best 1983-2017

A new compilation showcases one of the UK’s precious electronic talents… The UK music scene of the 1980s established a classic era for synthpop acts. Among them, Howard Jones was always one of the more intriguing artists with his solo … Read More

ELECTRIC YOUTH – andata

Remix reverie via synth-pop duo Canadian duo Electric Youth managed to put themselves on the map previously through their contribution to the 2011 cult film Drive as well as their critically-acclaimed 2014 album Innerworld (see TEC review previously). As Electric … Read More

OMD – The Punishment Of Luxury

Consumerist culture receives some harsh introspection on OMD’s latest outing… Following on from previous releases ‘La Mitrailleuse’ and ‘Isotype’, ‘The Punishment Of Luxury’ represents the title track culled from OMD’s forthcoming 13th studio album. Musically, the new song (which had … Read More

ELYXR – Godspeed

The second outing from Kasson Crooker’s ELYXR arrives… Following on from ‘Engine’ the first single from ELYXR (which also received its premiere here on The Electricity Club back in May), a second release in the series in the form of … Read More

SAVOY – Mountains Of Time

Savoy reissue their successful third album, introducing its classic songs to a new audience… Following last year’s re-release of Lackluster Me, Bergen-based Apollon Records have now reissued Savoy’s classic third album Mountains Of Time. Originally released in 1999, the band’s … Read More

PIXX – The Age Of Anxiety

Electronic pop gets introspective on the debut album from Pixx… Taking her name from a nickname associated with her grandmother, Hannah Rodgers embarked on her musical career as Pixx in 2015. A former Brit School student (where the likes of … Read More

U96 – Das Boot 2017

U96 have just released a brand new version of their debut hit single, ‘Das Boot’, the first single to be taken from their forthcoming – and appropriately titled – Reboot album. The much-delayed 12-track album, which also features contributions from … Read More

MARNIE Strange Words And Weird Wars

Smooth contemporary synthpop both strange and weird… The release of the Crystal World album in 2013 demonstrated that Helen Marnie continued to display a talent for good electronic music, even while Ladytron were on an extended hiatus. As an album, … Read More

MARSHEAUX – Now You Are Mine

Marsheaux return with a smooth video for a smooth tune… One of the best surprises in contemporary electronic music has been the rise of Greek electronic duo Marsheaux. Sophie Sarigiannidou and Marianthi Melitsi have presented a stylish take on electropop … Read More

EXCLUSIVE: ELYXR – Engine

New collaborative project delivers warm, evocative pop… The arrival of ELYXR offers a new venture via Seattle-based electronic musician/producer Kasson Crooker. Each ELYXR release is designed to be a collaborative project introducing different singers for each subsequent release. ‘Engine’ marks … Read More

SYMBION PROJECT – Gishiki

Engaging electronica with a Japanese twist… The ambient side of electronic music can throw up some intriguing gems that often present rewards from patient listening. Symbion Project’s Gishiki is a case in point with its combination of traditional Japanese music … Read More

ERASURE – World Be Gone

The classic synthpop outfit return with an album suggesting a more reflective outlook… It’s surprising perhaps to realise that ‘The Erasure’ have been active for over 30 years. Clocking up such hits as ‘Sometimes’, ‘A Little Respect’, ‘Drama!’ and ‘Blue … Read More

OMD – La Mitrailleuse

OMD revisit familar themes of war on their latest song… With details of the new OMD studio album The Punishment Of Luxury finally being released, two samples of what the album will sound like have also been unveiled. The first … Read More

Teclist: FIRE_SIGN, RADIANT BABY & TOFFE

This weeks tunes feature the lush electronica of FIRE_SIGN, synthpop perfection with RADIANT BABY and the pop hooks of TOFFE. fire_sign – Sweet Oblivion The London-based duo that style themselves as fire_sign consists of drummer, pianist and producer Chris Stickland … Read More

Teclist: JIMMY URINE, COTTON WOLF and FEMM

This weeks tunes feature the analogue melodies of COTTON WOLF, the chiptune/electropunk of JIMMY URINE and the dancepop power of FEMM. COTTON WOLF – Glosh Cotton Wolf consists of Welsh producer Llion Robertson and classically-trained composer Seb Goldfinch. With a … Read More

Teclist: AIVIS, DUCKS! and DALHAM

This weeks tunes of choice alternate between the smooth synthpop of AIVIS, the lo-fi charms of DUCKS! and the analogue electronica of DALHAM. AIVIS – Sky Consisting of Aidan and Travis, the former from Scotland and the latter from the … Read More

LO FIVE When It’s Time To Let Go

Exploring the landscape soundtracks of Lo Five… Described by its creator, Neil Grant as “deep landscape electronics” and “an album of wild spaces and intimate rooms”, the sentiments behind this debut album will not fail to resonate with the listener. … Read More

EMPATHY TEST Bare My Soul

Atmospheric synthpop touches the soul… The dulcet tones of EMPATHY TEST are keeping an industrious schedule following on from the polished perfection of ‘By My Side’. Now the electronic outfit return with a new tune in the form of the … Read More

MARNIE Lost Maps

Smooth contemporary synthpop both strange and weird… With the release of her first solo album Crystal World back in 2013, Helen Marnie demonstrated that she was just as adept at operating under her own steam as working within the group … Read More

KELLY LEE OWENS Kelly Lee Owens

Fragmented aesthetic tunes offer intrigue… Perhaps the most striking thing about the debut album from Kelly Lee Owens is its fractured nature. At heart an electronic album, the tracks contained within dart between ambient soundscapes and beat-driven compositions. Owens, who … Read More

Teclist: SHAEFRI, VICTORIA CELESTINE & DJUSTIN

Veering towards a more pop-orientated list this week from the subtle dreampop of SHAEFRI, the synthpop-tinged pop of VICTORIA CELESTINE & the crunchy electronics of DJUSTIN Shaefri – Monster Based in London, electronic musician Shaefri has a mesmerising voice which … Read More

CAROLINE McLAVY Electrostatic

Dancepop delights from the grassroots electronic scene… The domestic electronic music scene has been rapidly evolving in recent years as the next generation of musicians step up with their own approach to synthpop. This can take many forms, often taking … Read More

THE SOUND OF ARROWS – Beautiful Life

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

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

JULIAN DeMARRE Electric Child

JULIAN DeMARRE delivers effective cinematic electronica… Musician and composer Julian DeMarre’s forte is crafting ambient/electronica compositions that pull in analogue synths to create oddly atmospheric soundscapes. In 2015, DeMarre teamed up with director Malik Bader for the crime thriller Cash … Read More

DEPECHE MODE Spirit

Basildon’s finest pull the trigger on politics for their latest studio release… “People, what are we thinking? / It’s shameful, our standards are sinking / We’re barely hanging on / Our spirit has gone”. These couplets could easily apply to … Read More

MARC ALMOND Hits And Pieces

Iconic synthpop pioneer MARC ALMOND returns with a solid compilation of hits and more… In his 1999 autobiography Tainted Life, Marc Almond reflected on the one thing that had motivated him from an early age: “Music is my passion and, … Read More

JUPITER-C 001

“Memories have huge staying power, but like dreams, they thrive in the dark, surviving for decades in the deep waters of our minds like shipwrecks on the sea bed” – JG Ballard Describing their sound as “ruptured melodies // dissonant … Read More

Teclist: LO FIVE, FREAKY GIRLS & EMILIE

A selection of electronic goodness care of LO FIVE, EMILIE and FREAKY GIRLS… Lo Five Liverpool’s Lo Five is the musical ventures of Neil Grant. Formed in 2013, Lo Five is a tricky venture to bracket as Grant’s own unique … Read More

HANNAH PEEL Awake But Always Dreaming

A haunting reverie on memory and loss… Hannah Peel’s particular musical trajectory has traveled an interesting path over the years which has led the musician and composer to cover a diverse amount of roles, projects and collaborations. For most people, … Read More

TOPANGA Midnight Jungle

Euphoric pop outfit welcomes you to the jungle… The sun-baked streets of Los Angeles seems an unlikely place for an indie synthpop group to emerge from, but the pop power of TOPANGA offer up an appeal that’s difficult to ignore. … Read More

SAILOR & I The Invention Of Loneliness

SAILOR & I’s debut album bounces between icy pop and beats-driven electronica… The brooding, glacial pop appeal of Swedish artist Alexander Sjödin, under the guise of Sailor & I, previously caught our attention with the arrival of tracks such as … Read More

Lost Albums : U96 Replugged

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

Introducing ADAM TK

Mesmerizing electronic soundscapes from Sweden… There’s a sweeping, immersive feel to the soundscapes that Swedish electronic musician ADAM TK composes. ‘V1’ which is taken from the forthcoming debut album V1-V10, is a shimmering soundscape underpinned by a steady beat which … Read More

EMPATHY TEST By My Side

Electropop duo Empathy Test craft warm, evocative tunes… Originally formed in 2013, Empathy Test is a collaboration between Isaac Howlett and Adam Relf who have stepped into the world of electronic music with a view to crafting synthpop with a … Read More

Introducing SAILOR & I

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

LOLA DUTRONIC Everybody Loves You When You’re Dead

Electropopsters LOLA DUTRONIC return with a sequel to one of their most classic tunes… Lola Dutronic was conceived by Richard Citroen to combine his love of 60s French pop with modern electronic music. Now teamed with Germany-based singer Stephanie B, … Read More

Introducing FRAGRANCE.

Keeping it dark with new French electronic act Fragrance. If you like your synthpop dark and melancholic, then you could do worse than dialing up Fragrance. – a French outfit fielded by Paris-based musician Matthieu Roche. There’s certainly an element … Read More

VITALIC Voyager

French electronic magician VITALIC returns with a solid collection of tunes… There’s a robust quality about the electronic tunes contained on this latest release by Vitalic which appears to signal a strong start for electronic music in 2017. Vitalic, aka … Read More

KON KAN Move To Move

Exploring the history of a dance classic A huge transatlantic hit in 1989, Kon Kan’s ‘I Beg Your Pardon’ was something of an embryonic mash-up, cleverly fusing classic country with contemporary dance music. With the help of some of the … Read More

AUSTRA Future Politics

AUSTRA return with a topical third outing… Offering a statement on the themes and approach of Austra’s latest album Future Politics, Katie Stelmanis suggests “a commitment to replace the approaching dystopia. Not just hope in the future, but the idea … Read More

AIVIS The Wilderness

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

BALTIC FLEET The Dear One

Baltic Fleet’s third album sails along with a bolder wind at its back… The inspiration for Baltic Fleet’s latest album is a suitably unusual one. Multi-instrumentalist and Baltic Fleet founder Paul Fleming had been intrigued by a local church – … Read More

FIFI RONG Future Never Comes

The hypnotic voice of Fifi Rong is back with a scintillating new release…. It’s been a busy year for soulful songstress Fifi Rong. Following on from her successful Forbidden Desire EP, Fifi has since collaborated with Mercury Prize-winning musician Skepta … Read More

MARSHEAUX Ath.Lon

Greek electronic outfit Marsheaux return with a new globe-spanning album… The electronic music scene has become a particularly cluttered place in recent years. With more synthpop outfits than you can shake a stick at, it’s become tough sorting the wheat … Read More

VILE ELECTRODES In The Shadows Of Monuments

Hastings finest return with a second album of electronic goodness… The contemporary world of electronic music can be a difficult place to navigate at times. While many artists attempt to craft tunes befitting a genre that’s always been best moving … Read More

EVVOL Physical L.U.V

Dark synthpop goodness from EVVOL… In recent years it’s been refreshing to see electronic music expanding its frontiers (in much the way its pioneers intended) rather than being subsumed by a suspect nostalgia for times past. In particular, the baroque … Read More

FIFI RONG Forbidden Desire

FIFI RONG returns with her own particular brand of beguiling tunes on her new EP release… If there’s one artist that appears to have a strong work ethic in the current music scene, it’s Fifi Rong. It appears the talented … Read More

PRINCESS CENTURY Rendezvous

PRINCESS CENTURY offers up a bonus selection of electronic delights… With the release of 2015’s Progress, Princess Century (aka Maya Postepksi) had successfully stepped up from her debut album Lossless as well as demonstrated that the Toronto musician’s work with … Read More

PRINCESS CHELSEA The Great Cybernetic Depression

Auckland’s finest delivers an electropop journey into space… If there’s one particular star on the electronic music scene that’s been on the ascendant in recent years, it’s New Zealand’s Princess Chelsea. Scoring a cult hit with the indie charms of … Read More

FIFI RONG Violently Silently

FIFI RONG brings her own brand of lush tunes care of new release Violently Silently… One of the more surprising music acts to emerge in recent years comes in the form of FIFI RONG, whose sultry vocals have invited listeners … Read More

LOLA DUTRONIC Lost In Translation

Electronic duo LOLA DUTRONIC return with a collection of tunes that exude style and charm… Lola Dutronic was a project originally conceived by Richard Citroen to combine his love of 60s French pop with modern electronic music. The result has … Read More

GRIMES Art Angels

GRIMES returns with the follow-up to her 2012 album Visions and provides challenges and rewards for the keen listener… The success of her previous album Visions clearly caused something of a dilemma for Claire Boucher (aka Grimes). The album had, … Read More

MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS Froot

Following on from the high profile pop of 2012’s Electra Heart album, Marina And The Diamonds returned earlier this year with the more intimate Froot. Electra Heart had been marked out by its concept album approach in which Marina Diamandis … Read More

A-HA Cast In Steel

The Norwegian synth outfit return from their brief retirement with a new album and a new sense of perspective… It was difficult to get too emotional once the last strains of ‘Take On Me’ had echoed around the Brighton Centre, … Read More

FIFI RONG Next Pursuit

FIFI RONG has been keeping a high profile of late with the 2013 release of her debut single ‘Over You’ and debut album Wrong, a guest appearance on Tricky’s album False Idols, a special secret gig and now the release … Read More

SUSANNE SUNDFØR – Ten Love Songs

A powerful journey through a winter wonderland of love and loss… Norwegian singer and producer Susanne Sundfør originally made herself known care of her eponymous 2007 debut album. Musically-trained from an early age, Sundfør has managed to develop an ear … Read More

ELECTRIC YOUTH – Innerworld

Magical electronica from Drive contributors Electric Youth… Canada seems to have been delivering the goods when it comes to electronic acts in recent years, with the likes of Austra, Trust and Grimes being fine examples of outfits that can slot … Read More

TRUST Joyland

If there was one outfit that’s taken us by surprise in recent times, it’s TRUST – the Toronto-based electronic music combo who delivered up the sleazy synth delights of 2012’s debut album TRST. At times, Trust delivered a sound like … Read More

THE GAMES – Circus Minimus

Circus Games The release of the album Circus Minimus by The Games sheds light on one of many of the lost bands that emerged from the Wirral and Liverpool music scene of the late 70s/early 80s. OMD are perhaps Wirral’s … Read More

FOTONOVELA – A Ton Of Love

The Greek connection… Greek production duo Fotonovela are probably best known for their work with synthpop duo Marsheaux, the outfit of which Andy McCluskey said “I do have a soft spot for Marsheaux I have to say. They have a … Read More

TRUST – Rescue Mister

Broody return for the ‘Goth Eeyore’.. Ahead of the release of Joyland, Trust’s follow-up album release to 2012′s TRST, comes details of the first scheduled single titled ‘Rescue, Mister’. The trademark sleazy synths of Trust are present and correct for … Read More

PRINCESS CENTURY Lossless

You’d think that between Trust and Austra, the talented Maya Postepski would have all her free time accounted for. So it was somewhat surprising to learn that she’s also embarked on a solo project titled Princess Century… Releasing a vinyl-only … Read More

BILLY CURRIE – Balletic Transcend

The iconic musician takes us on a magical journey… Balletic Transcend is the new studio album from Ultravox’s Billy Currie; the ninth installment from his notable instrumental solo catalogue and a mature work of multifaceted character that has found its … Read More

PERFUME LEVEL3

Japanese electronic outfit PERFUME have managed to achieve domestic success with a series of sharp tunes founded on the legacy of Technopop. Now the trio are looking further afield to carve out a global path as they wave the flag … Read More

GIRL ONE & THE GREASE GUNS Hitting The Brick Wall

Having already engaged our curiosity with their previous release ‘Jessica 6’, Girl One And The Grease Guns have returned with a new single release entitled ‘(Here Come) The Catastrophe Machines’. Making good on their manifesto for “causing confusion with a … Read More

GARY NUMAN – Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind)

Steel-edged electronic soundscapes from the synthpop legend… Without doubt, Gary Numan has achieved genre-defining status. With an influence extending way beyond his chart-topping 1979 hit ‘Are ‘Friends’ Electric’ and ‘Cars’, Numan has continued to pioneer electropop music, integrating the uniqueness … Read More

NORTHERN KIND – Credible Sexy Unit

Retro-amped chipper tunes… For fans of the Vince Clarke-ian style of synthpop, a new album from Northern Kind will always be an event. Indeed, the internet-based launch night (dubbed the ‘Antidote to The X-Factor’) pulled in over 11,000 streams on … Read More

The Dream World of FIFI RONG

Songwriter and singer Fifi Rong has been carefully building up her own musical profile over recent years, an effort which has resulted in the captivating debut single ‘Over You’. Originating from from China, Fifi has weaved in Chinese Folk elements … Read More

AUSTRA Olympia

Commenting on Canada’s largest city, the writer Margaret Atwood once made the joke “First prize a week in Toronto, second prize two weeks in Toronto”. Times change and a now thoroughly cosmopolitan Toronto is the city that’s produced the captivating … Read More

VISAGE Hearts And Knives

Destroy Yourself If You Love Me… Having shared a lunch over a year ago with an animated Rusty Egan talking excitedly about the possibility of a new Visage album, this has been in the pipeline for a while – since … Read More

OMD English Electric

The future that you anticipated has been cancelled The release of History Of Modern in 2010, which effectively marked OMD’s revival with the classic line-up, could have been viewed as setting up the template for OMD’s sound in the 21st … Read More

KIRA – Spark Of Curiosity

A very strong and confident first album from Kira I came across Richard and Kira a year ago when they were playing a support slot and battling sound and technical problems to a disinterested crowd. Despite that, the interesting noise … Read More

MESH – Automation Baby

The Way I Feel Having been a fan since they first appeared on a music technology magazine cover CD in the early 1990s, I lost sight of Mesh a bit after a few years… more down to my tastes changing … Read More

DAVID BOWIE – The Next Day

Iconic musician returns with an album of distinction Fresh from the ashes dawns a new day – The Next Day, Bowie’s long-awaited and widely unexpected first release in a decade, following the unveiling of his comeback single ‘Where Are We … Read More

ANALOG ANGEL – Pride

Hailing from Glasgow and formed in 2009, Analog Angel have developed a devoted following on the basis of their previous two releases, Dischord (2009), and The Thin Line (2011) and supported such luminaries as VNV Nation and Assemblage 23. December … Read More

PRINCESS CHELSEA Frack

Space Opera Chelsea 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 … Read More

DAYBEHAVIOR Follow That Car!

Come Into My World DAYBEHAVIOR have a particular skill at crafting stylish slices of electropop, the 2003 song ‘The Sweetness of My Pain’ springs immediately to mind – an exquisite combination of melodic beauty and melancholic ode of despair. A … Read More

ULTRAVOX – Brilliant

“Radiate and shine – to light your path to glory…” As far as new studio album releases go, the collaborative talents of the classic line-up of Ultravox, featuring Midge Ure, Billy Currie, Chris Cross and Warren Cann, have been somewhat … Read More

PRINCESS CHELSEA Lil’ Golden Book

New Zealand’s PRINCESS CHELSEA presents a magical and captivating brand of Electropop that’s guaranteed to charm even the most jaded listener. Auckland-based musician and producer Chelsea Nikkel is a classically trained pianist whose pop roots stretch back to the likes … Read More

GRIMES – Visions

Without change something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens… It’s been a very interesting period for the electronic music enthusiast with electropop gaining a very prominent profile via some of the new artists emerging. The term ‘Renaissance Period’ has been … Read More

THE SOUND OF ARROWS – Voyage

Swedish dreampop duo take us on a Voyage… While the Nordic regions have produced some sterling electropop acts in recent years, Swedish outfit The Sound Of Arrows (aka Stefan Storm and Oskar Gullstrand) appear to have stepped to the side … Read More

LADYTRON – Gravity The Seducer

Synth-pop seduction The evolution of Liverpool synth-pop outfit Ladytron’s sound morphs into a much lusher approach to electronic pop on this, their fifth studio album (following on from 2008’s Velocifero). From their early origins, Helen Marnie, Mira Aroyo, Daniel Hunt … Read More

HUMAN LEAGUE – Credo

When The Stars Start To Shine It’s been ten long years since The Human League released their last album. The magnificent record that was Secrets brought down the record label it was released on and became their least successful album … Read More

DURAN DURAN – All You Need Is Now

Duran Duran provide all your needs… With Duran Duran’s last output Red Carpet Massacre, received less favourably by critics and fans alike, this current venture could easily have been a last chance on the stairway for them as far as … Read More

PARRALOX – Metropolis

Singing The Body Electric Prolific Australian duo Parralox return with Metropolis, their third album in as many years. Since their 2008 debut album Electricity, Parralox have been building a worldwide reputation for quality synthpop. John Von Ahlen, the creative mastermind … Read More

A-HA – 25

“It’s time to celebrate…” On the 4th of December 2010, on the third of 3 sell-out shows at the Oslo Spektrum in Norway, the curtain will finally fall on a-ha’s glittering 25-year career. Undoubtedly a sad day in the calendar, … Read More

OMD – History Of Modern

Synthpop pioneers OMD return… And so the finest band to emerge from the Synth Britannia era return. It is the first studio album since 1986’s The Pacific Age to feature the classic line-up of Andy McCluskey, Paul Humphreys, Martin Cooper … Read More

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