Tag: electronica

MUSIC REVIEW | The Presets – Apocalypso (2009)


I never would have thought I would be a fan of electronic music. I’ve never been anti the genre as a whole, and there have been a handful of songs over the years that I have liked, but never enough for me to really regard the genre as anything worth paying any attention to. Then I stumbled across an article form Faster Louder about The 50 Albums That Defined our Decade. And since I’m always struggling to think of new (to me) bands and artists to write about here, I thought I’d use that article for some suggestions, which lead me to The Presets and Apocalypso.

Kicking off with a real scruff of the neck grabber, Kicking and Screaming is vintage electronic beats, bleeps and bloops, that somehow sound totally immediate and new. Which is saying something, considering this album is already six years old. Technology wise, there’s nothing cutting edge going on. And musically, I can’t put my finger on anything that this song does that you couldn’t’ hear in 90s electronica, but it just feels new and urgent. (more…)

MUSIC REVIEW | Pet Shop Boys – Electric (2013)


The Pet Shop Boys have a lot to answer for.  Their 80s chart topping hits can take a lot of the credit for bringing electronic music into the mainstream.  And while that revolutionary sound stopped being evolutionary very soon after, there’s a lot to be said for a band who recognises their strengths and works to them.  Electric is the Pet Shop Boys embracing the new, while building on the old at the same time.  Neil Tennant has one of the most unique and recognisable voices in pop, and it’s that unique recognisability that gives the Pet Shop Boys a sense of sameness, both good and bad.