Metamatic Vinyl, CD & tapes from this label at Norman Records
John Foxx left Ultravox to be replaced as singer by Midge Ure. Metamatic, originally released in 1980, was his first solo effort. Whilst sticking with electronic music, Foxx eschwed the soft synth convention of Ultravox to create a harder-edged, less commercial sound. This 3-CD reissue comes in a clamshell case with 6 art cards and a 40 page booklet. For the uninitiated, fans of Gary Numan et al should check this out.
John Foxx and The Maths
This is a specially composed soundtrack for an adaptation of EM Forster's short story The Machine Stops which explores our increasingly complex relationship with technology. This eerie and evocative score was composed by electronic music veteran John Foxx working along side Benge. Artwork is by the people responsible for the sleeve design on David Bowie's Blackstar and The Next Day albums.
Extremely limited vinyl 12” compilation from Metamatic records. This EP collects various covers of songs from John Foxx’x Metamatic album, all by artists he loved. The tunes on He’s A Liquid are diverse, but they’re all indebted to Foxx’s abrasive and melancholic approach to synth-pop.
- Vinyl 12" (META60EP)
- Limited edition
This 5CD box set covers the 4 albums John Foxx released between 1980 - 1985 - Metamatic, The Garden, The Golden Section & In Mysterious Ways - plus B-sides and out-takes from the sessions which have been added as bonus tracks after each original album, and on a fifth CD, Fusion/Fission.
The Virgin Years includes a new analogue master of Metamatic , along with re-masters of the B-sides - 'This City', 'Film One' etc. The black box also houses five postcards with the artwork for the singles 'Underpass', 'No-One Driving', 'Europe After The Rain', 'Endlessly' and 'Stars On Fire'.
You like John Foxx? Well then lucky you! This compilation assembles the best of his work in the 21st century, as well as 2 all-new tracks with The Maths, and remixes / collaborations with Gary Numan, OMD, Matthew Dear, Ghost Box… Oh, and a DVD with a Foxx-soundtracked film! 21st Century: A Man, A Woman And A City is quite the set.
Metamatic continue their obsession with John Foxx by compiling this collection of incredibly obscure B-sides, singles and rarities, some of which have never been pressed to vinyl before. The songs on Burning Car come from 1980, at the peak of Foxx’s skill in crafting sinister, futurist synth-pop.
The music on this pair of albums from 2003 is all about space, about sounds having the room to expand fully. John Foxx & Harold Budd used piano and ambient electronics to craft Translucence / Drift Music, and the results feel as though the piano is being held in suspended animation by endless tones. Quality ambience, reissued by Metamatic.
John Foxx, Harold Budd and Ruben Garcia
Ruben Garcia was a fellow traveller of Harold Budd’s, devoted to the same minimal, ambient style of piano Budd has perfected. Nighthawks joins the two, along with frequent Budd collaborator John Foxx, for another outing of suspended animation piano ambience. 2011 album now reissued by Metamatic.
Hot on the heels of Metamatic’s reissues of some of John Foxx’s work with Harold Budd, they now present his brand new album, London Overgrown. The concept underpinning it all is indeed a dream of allowing plant life to stretch out its tendrils through the city, and these ideas are represented with Foxx’s classic ambient washes.
John Foxx has been in the game since the seventies, when he was a founding member of Ultravox. Then he went solo, which is where this rather grandly-titled compilation 20th Century: The Noise picks up. Seventeen tracks from throughout his career, including some rarities and some of his collaborations with Louis Gordon. On Metamatic.
Ghost Harmonic combine violin with modular synth processing and modern recording techniques to create soundscapes that I would be inclined to describe as lush. Like a faster-moving Stars of the Lid perhaps? Codex is presented as a CD packaged within a limited edition hardback book, released by Metamatic.
Plenty of futurist vibes are on offer here with this collaborative effort from artists John Foxx and Steve D'agostino, who were commissioned to make 'Evidence of Time Travel', a synth-led piece with mechanical drum machines, for the British Film Institute's 'Sci Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder' festival. 'Evidence of Time Travel' is a collection of eerie electronica hoping to document some vague sci-fi revelation to us all.
John Foxx is known for making unabashed synth pop with dark tendencies, but his new record, 'B-Movie (Ballardian Video Neuronica)', is largely instrumental, composed as a soundtrack for a film made between Fox and Karborn, as a tribute to literary type J G Ballard. The record also features contributions from two Foxx familiars, the Maths and Mr. Steve D'Agostino.