Fakeba & John Fryer “Jotna” – album review

Fakeba & John Fryer “Jotna” – album review

  What can I say about hearing this album? I am so enthused to report to you that the start to 2020 has many surprises for us. This album is sublime. It’s full of energy; it’s original and contains so much power. It starts with ‘Dakar’ and its construction is one of my favourite styles. It starts with a lower volume and speckled with female vocals within its intricate intro. Then it booms into life…

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Interview: Thorsten Quaeschning & Hoshiko Yamane talk about Tangerine Dream

Interview: Thorsten Quaeschning & Hoshiko Yamane talk about Tangerine Dream

  Thorsten Quaeschning is the current bandleader of Tangerine Dream. He joined the group in 2005. He performs synthesizers and guitar. Born in Berlin in 1977. As a child he practised on violin, the flute and the piano. Before Thorsten joined Tangerine Dream, he worked as a producer for the band ‘Minory’. Afterwards he began to tour with Tangerine Dream, behind the scenes in 2003, before joining them. Each year since the sad death of…

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Pet Shop Boys “Hotspot” – album review

Pet Shop Boys “Hotspot” – album review

  The latest album from the Pet Shop Boys is exciting and vibrant. It should be an instant success and please new and existing fans. There’s a great mixture of dark and light here and a great sense of maturity. ‘Will-O-The-Wisp’ is possibly one of the darker tracks and it sets a nice intro to the whole album. Neil Tennant does have different strengths within his vocals and the interesting lyrics and the way they…

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IAMWARFACE “Year of the Dragon” – album review

IAMWARFACE “Year of the Dragon” – album review

  My ears first heard IAMWARFACE several years back now whilst listening to Chris Watt’s ‘In the Moog’ NCCR radio show. Chris is a big supporter to many artists and hosts a regular show every Wednesday night. One week it is a retro show, the following week it’s a show supporting new artists. On this particular occasion when I heard IAMWARFACE I thought I was listening to the retro show, because the song ‘Say My…

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Peer Lebrecht talks about Golden Apes – interview

Peer Lebrecht talks about Golden Apes – interview

  Golden Apes is a German rock band from Berlin, founded in 1998 by Peer Lebrecht (vocals), Christian Lebrecht (bass) and Eric Bahrs (guitar). In 2001, drummer Nestor de Valley became a member of the Golden Apes and the result of the band’s now stronger and more intense sound was very dark. Live keyboarder Sven Wolff became a permanent member in 2003. In late 2008 drummer Nestor de Valley was replaced by Joe Finck. A…

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Morgan King Interview

Morgan King Interview

  Morgan King is a Grammy award winning, English singer, writer, record producer and photographer. Morgan’s musical career began in 1979 as drummer for Manchester band Illustration. His musical direction changed considerably with the advent of house music in the late 1980s. He had a varied musical career up until 1994/1995, when he took a break from the music scene. In 2003 Morgan resurfaced to co-write Trybe’s “Sarah Said” with Fragma. In 2007 he opened his Accidental Music label so he could…

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Cult With No Name “Mediaburn” – album review

Cult With No Name “Mediaburn” – album review

  I keep discovering new music and it’s funny that my discovery of this group this week coincides with ‘Cult With No Name’ getting airplay on Chris Watt’s ‘In the Moog’ radio show and that he recently had them in the studio. They have such a wonderful, warm sound. The album ‘Mediaburn’ has just come out at the right time. Who wouldn’t want to listen to this fireside favourite when winter closes in? I briefly…

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Thorsten Quaeschning “The Seaside Stage Session” & “The Munich Session” – review

Thorsten Quaeschning “The Seaside Stage Session” & “The Munich Session” – review

  Ever since seeing Thorsten Quaeschning’s solo performance in Berlin, January 2019 it was amazing to see what the man could do separately from Tangerine Dream or Picture Palace Music. Paul Frick was there too, performing a solo & also joining Thorsten & Hoshiko for a jam. Thorsten literally blew us away that night. I’m still waiting patiently to see if this music was recorded, saved safely and it will have a possible release in…

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Eirene “Jhana” – EP review

Eirene “Jhana” – EP review

  I first heard Eirene singing with Oogan at a gig at the Hope & Anchor earlier this year. I heard a demo, stream or sound bite of ‘Moonshine’ and instantly wanted to purchase. It is the first track of four-track EP titled ‘Jhana’. Eirene’s voice is unmistakably crystal. It wafts, sails, floats and whispers and ‘Moonshine’ is a fine example. I adore a singer who can use their voice like an instrument. No wonder…

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Colin Rayment “Transitional States” – album review

Colin Rayment “Transitional States” – album review

  I know Colin is an avid fan of Tangerine Dream and that his previous work has been inspired by the flavours and textures of early works of this pioneering group. Sitting beside Colin, whilst watching Ian Boddy and David Wright, I understand that what happens to a person who connects with that type of music, is eventually so captivated and inspired that something infectious takes place. Some years back, I met Brendan Pollard, before…

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