Category Archives: Electronic

SKADEDYR-CULTUREN.

SKADEDYR-CULTUREN. Between the late sixties and the early eighties, a musical revolution took place in Germany. Groups like Amon Düül II, Ash Ra, Can, Cluster, Harmonia, Kraftwerk, Neu! and Popl Vuh released truly groundbreaking music. Sadly, much of that music was way ahead of its time, and passed the German record buying public by. It …

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DIETER MOEBIUS-NURTON.

DIETER MOEBIUS-NURTON.  Although the late, great Dieter Moebius is best known for his groundbreaking work with Kluster, Cluster and Harmonia, he also enjoyed a successful solo career. However, Dieter Moebius’ solo career had to fit round his other musical commitments. So solo albums were sporadic. In total, Dieter Moebius released just five solo albums during …

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KONONO Nº1 MEETS BATIDA.

KONONO Nº1 MEETS BATIDA. In 2008, Konono Nº1 won a Grammy Award for their 2007 album Live At Couleur Café. It was released on Crammed Discs, and was the third album Konono Nº1 had released since producer Vincent Kenis rediscovered the group just a few years earlier. By then, Konono Nº1 were already approaching veteran …

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CLUSTER 1971-1981.

CLUSTER 1971-1981. The Cluster story began in the Zodiak Free Arts Lab in West Berlin. That’s where Hans-Joachim Roedelius first met Dieter Moebius. Little did they know that they were about to embark upon a musical journey that would last five decades.  During that period, Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius were part of three of …

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SØLYST-THE STEAM AGE.

SØLYST-THE STEAM AGE. Time management is important for any musician. Especially when they’re trying to juggle several projects at once. Some musicians struggle to do so, while others make it look ridiculously easy. This includes Düsseldorf based drummer Thomas Klein. He has been combining musical projects over the last three decades. Originally, Thomas Klein was …

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PHALL FATALE-MOONLIT BANG BANG.

PHALL FATALE-MOONLIT BANG BANG. Three years after releasing their debut album Charcoal From Fire, Phall Fatale return with their eagerly awaited, and extraordinary eclectic sophomore album Moonlit Bang Bang. It will be released on Slowfoot Records on 15th January 2016. Moonlit Bang Bang marks the return of this truly cosmopolitan band. Their story began in …

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CHVRCHES-EVERY OPEN EYE-VINYL EDITION.

CHVRCHES-EVERY OPEN EYE-VINYL EDITION. It was 10.30pm, when there was a knock at the door. The old couple from up the stairs stood there almost embarrassedly. “Could you possibly turn it down a wee bit. We’re trying to sleep?” This actually happened to Chvrches during the recording of their new album Every Open Eye which …

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BOY-WE WERE HERE.

BOY-WE WERE HERE. Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass first met in 2005, at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg. They were both students on a pop music course.  Singer Valeska Steiner had travelled from Zurich in Switzerland, to join the course. Bassist Sonja Glass was local. She had been born in Hamburg, and lived …

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AKSAK MABOUL-ONZE DANSES POUR COMBATTRE LA MIGRAINE.

AKSAK MABOUL-ONZE DANSES POUR COMBATTRE LA MIGRAINE. Deep down, everyone has a dream. For most young musicians, it’s to record and release an album. That was Marc Hollander and Vincent Kenis’ dream in the spring of 1977. They  had recently formed a new band, Aksak Maboul, and were determined to record and release an album. …

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STEIN URHEIM AND MARI KVIEN BRUNVOLL-FOR INDIVIDUALS FACING THE TEROR OF COSMIC LONELINESS.

STEIN URHEIM AND MARI KVIEN BRUNVOLL-FOR INDIVIDUALS FACING THE TEROR OF COSMIC LONELINESS. Forty years ago, it wasn’t unusual for an album to be recorded in four days. The only way to record an album, was in a recording studio. This  cost money. So, the only bands able to record an album, were those signed …

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MUELLER-ROEDELIUS-IMAGORI.

MUELLER-ROEDELIUS-IMAGORI. Nowadays, some artists spend years working on an album. Partly, that’s down to the way albums are recorded. Things used to be very different. Forty years ago, the only way to record an album, was in a recording studio. That  cost money. So, the only bands able to record an album, were those signed …

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PERU BOOM-BASS, BLEEPS AND BUMPS FROM PERU’S ELECTRONIC UNDERGROUND.

PERU BOOM-BASS, BLEEPS AND BUMPS FROM PERU’S ELECTRONIC UNDERGROUND. Nowadays, the world is a much smaller place. Partly, that’s down to the internet, which has been a boon for music lovers. In the pre-internet days, music lovers were less aware of the music being released around the world. Granted, there was a brief upsurge in interest …

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DJ VADIM AND SENA-GROW SLOW.

DJ VADIM AND SENA-GROW SLOW. Ten years ago, Sena and her band made long the journey from Accra in Ghana, to Budapest, Hungary to play at a festival. Sena never thought anything of it at the time when she agreed to the booking. Granted she was excited to be playing at such a prestigious festival. …

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MIAOUX MIAOUX-SCHOOL OF VELOCITY.

MIAOUX MIAOUX-SCHOOL OF VELOCITY. Following up a critically acclaimed debut album is never easy. It never has been, and never will be. That’s why many artists labour long and hard over their sophomore album. In some cases, three years pass by. During this creative struggle, an artist is said to be suffering from second album …

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SOAPKILLS-THE BEST OF SOAPKILLS.

SOAPKILLS-THE BEST OF SOAPKILLS. Ten years ago, that Soapkills, one of the most influential and innovative bands in Lebanese musical history split-up. Soapkills were a trailblazing band, and one of the first indie bands to emerge from the Middle East’s nascent music scene. Since then, Soapkills’ music has continued to influence a new generation of …

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SVEN GRUNBERG-HINGUS.

SVEN GRUNBERG-HINGUS. From the sixties, right through to the Berlin Wall fell on 1989, Eastern Europe was a musical hotbed. The problem was, very few in the West realised this. That, to some extent, this still the case. Most music lovers have yet to discover the music that came out of Eastern Europe during this …

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AKIRO ITO-JAPANESQUE.

AKIRO ITO-JAPANESQUE. Before Akiro Ito embarked upon a solo career in 1978, he was a member of the Far East Family Band. They were a pioneering band, who are regarded as Japan’s first progressive rock band. Keyboards dominated the Far East Family Band’s music, as they fused prog rock, psychedelia and space rock. It was …

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LAKKER-TUNDRA.

LAKKER-TUNDRA. Over the last nine years, Lakker have called various labels home. As a result, Lakker have been like musical nomads, moving from label to label. These labels have been based in Berlin, Dublin and London. Often, Lakker were only signed to a label for a short time, moving on after one or two releases. …

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LAU-THE BELL THAT NEVER RANG.

LAU-THE BELL THAT NEVER RANG.  Ever since the release of their 2007 debut album. Lightweights and Gentlemen, Lau have been variously described as “adventurous,” and “modern folk’s most innovative band.” That’s no exaggeration. Lau are, without doubt, one of the most exciting and ambitious folk bands of their generation. That’s why Kris Drever, Martin Green …

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ERRORS-LEASE OF LIFE.

ERRORS-LEASE OF LIFE. After weeks of speculation, the long-list for the Scottish Album Of The Year Award 2015 was recently announced. Most of the albums that made the final twenty got there on merit. Belle and Sebastian, Mogwai, Phantom Band, Withered Hand, King Creosote,Twihlight Sad and Kathryn Joseph all deserve their place on the long-list. …

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