Every Picture Tells A Story: When Depeche Mode met Derrick May in Detroit in 1989

Every Picture Tells A Story: When Depeche Mode met Derrick May in Detroit in 1989

In 1989, Depeche Mode came to Detroit to hang out with Derrick May and Juan Atkins. The two early techno pioneers had been mixing the band’s songs into their sets at clubs in Detroit like the Music Institute. So Depeche Mode's David Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher ventured from Essex in the UK to…

Every Picture Tells a Story: Dancing on the ceiling of Berlin

Travel: Dancing on the ceiling of Berlin

I took this photo about nine years ago while living in Berlin. During the summer, the city was alive with cultural performances, buskers from throughout the world and the constant optimistic energy of things to come. When I look at how Europe has evolved nowadays it makes me a little sad. I really hope that…

Fuck Parade in Berlin 2009

Fuck Parade in Berlin, 2009

Fuckparade is a part protest and part techno street party in Berlin which happens every summer. Since 1997 local Berliners have demonstrated against the forces of commercialisation of public life and culture which can stifle and crush creativity. These photos are from when I went to Fuckparade in 2009. I was at the U-bahn station…

Music Review: Jaakko Eino Kalevi - Jaakko Eino Kalevi (Full Album) 2015

Music Review: Jaakko Eino Kalevi – Jaakko Eino Kalevi (Full Album) 2015

Jaako Eino Kalevi is a Finnish dream pop and electro musician. He lives in the same indie realm as previously reviewed artists Cate Le Bon and Pat Moon. This is Kalevli’s first full length album and it’s brimming of lush aural delights and lunar daydreams. Kalevi’s distinctively long blonde tresses make him look like an…

Every Picture Tells A Story: When Depeche Mode met Derrick May in Detroit in 1989

Every Picture Tells A Story: When Depeche Mode met Derrick May in Detroit in 1989

In 1989, Depeche Mode came to Detroit to hang out with Derrick May and Juan Atkins. The two early techno pioneers had been mixing the band’s songs into their sets at clubs in Detroit like the Music Institute. So Depeche Mode's David Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher ventured from Essex in the UK to…

Orkestra Obsolete’s magical and nostalgic rendition of New Order’s Blue Monday

New Order's Blue Monday was released on 7 March 1983 and changed the face of pop music, and rode triumphantly on the tide of synth, new wave an electro. But have you ever considered what synth music would sound like if it was made in the 1930's before the synthesiser was in common use? The…

Album Review: January Tapes by Cut Copy (2016)

Album Review: January Tapes by Cut Copy (2016)

Cut Copy are electro-pop icons of Australia. The band is  known primarily for glitchy, synth-laden and uplifting beats that are perfect background music for pool-side BBQs in the endless Australian summer. Although quite unexpectedly this September, Cut Copy released a limited edition, 44 minute collection of ambient music entitled the January Tapes. It’s their first…

Churches, Weeds, Wildflowers and Wonder

An Interview with Dreamy Dark Ambient Ingénue: Pat Moon

Pat Moon is the artist name of 26 year old musician Kate Davis. She’s a busy woman whose record label Track and Field in Portland Oregon is in its third year of existence and pulling in eclectic musical talent from LA, Australia and beyond. Don’t Hide from the Light by Pat Moon is a holy…

Andy Warhol, Debbie Harry and Jerry Hall at Studio 54

Memories of Studio 54: Halcyon & on & on

For the relatively short time of 33 months in the late 1970's, Studio 54 was the decadent soft centre of 70s hedonism in NYC. Naysayers called it a sleazy and dangerous place. But for famous people and completely unknown but beautiful young things, it was a place where people could get up to whatever they…

Music Prediction: Onuka are Ukrainian #FutureGarage Dynamite

Music Review: Onuka are Ukrainian Future Garage Dynamite

From what I can gather (by way of Google), Onuka aren't really very well known yet in the Western World. Yet this #FutureHouse #Trap #FutureGarage duo from the Ukraine should be better known because they are quite frankly awesome. In the same glimmering stand alone way that Bjork, Jamie XX or Lorde are truly remarkable…

A pictorial history of electronic music mapped to a circuitboard of a theremin

A pictorial history of electronic music mapped to the circuitboard of a theremin

This pictorial history of electronic music adapted and mapped on the circuit board of a theremin was created by the quirky folk at Dorothy. The theremin is thought to be one of the world's first electronic musical instruments along with the Moog synthesizer. Our Electric Love Blueprint celebrates over 200 inventors, innovators, artists, composers and musicians…

Psychadelic Trips Into Aural Space: Six Lost Soundtracks Of Cult Sci-Fi Films

Psychadelic Trips Into Aural Space: Six Lost Soundtracks Of Cult Sci-Fi Films

Back when Daft Punk weren't even molecules in their parent's loins. Before the remake of Tron. Before techno and electro were born - during a weird primeval melting pot phase of experimentation in music, there was a whole canon of 70's and 80's sci-fi soundtracks that pushed the boundaries of ambient, electronic and rock music.…

Musical Trainspotting: Feat. Black Box, Loleatta Holloway and Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch

Musical Trainspotting: Feat. Black Box, Loleatta Holloway and Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch

How many artists can rip a sample from one song? The answer is more than ten in the case of Love Sensation by Loretta Holloway. Do me a favour and listen to this song and see how many samples you can pick... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKmw9UrX99s FYI: These songs would be nowhere near as good without Loleatta Holloway's vocals…