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More serious business coming my way. This time it's a collaboration between John Foxx (Ultravox) and producer Benge (synth power nerd) who are going all out with the analogue synths on 'Interplay'. There's a lot of boring nerd talk in the press release about how the album was recorded and what was used to achieve the desired results but today that doesn't interest me, I just wanna hear some kick a ...

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Interplay by John Foxx And The Maths
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6/10 Li'l Biz 25 March 2011

More serious business coming my way. This time it's a collaboration between John Foxx (Ultravox) and producer Benge (synth power nerd) who are going all out with the analogue synths on 'Interplay'. There's a lot of boring nerd talk in the press release about how the album was recorded and what was used to achieve the desired results but today that doesn't interest me, I just wanna hear some kick ass electronic pop music. Unfortunately (as is the case with many an electronic pioneer... Human League, Devo... I'm looking at you), there's not much of that present on this new Foxx material. Yeah, the tones are right, the gothic tinged electro moments are apparent, John Foxx's voice sounds cool (especially on 'Evergreen'), the synths sound rad and the production is tight but the tunes are still a bit 'Future Sailors' for my liking. 'Interplay' is more in keeping with Gary Numan's vision of electronic music which is not really what I'm after. 'Interplay' is unnecessarily dramatic in parts and completely ridiculous in others yet it still has it's charms and as the record evolves it definitely improves so that's something. I reckon this'll more likely go down well with most but it's just not working for me today. Soz lads. Can't wait to get home and listen to The Descendents.




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