STUDY SERIES 09

The next Ghost Box Study Series 7″ and download, Number 9: “Projections”, is due out on 28th June.

New York’s Listening Center enrol for the Study Series and present a powerful analogue electronic epic, Titoli. Pye Corner Audio appear on the B side and take Listening Center’s “Town of Tomorrow” for a spin across the dusty dancefloor of a deserted dance hall. 


On super heavyweight 7″ vinyl in the usual luxurious Julian House packaging. Pre-order in the Ghost Box shop now.

John Foxx and The Maths – New Album – Rhapsody! + Gazelle Twin / ISpeakMachine New EP multibuy

FROM METAMATIC RECORDS:

We’re delighted to announce 2 new releases, Rhapsody and Exponentialism, which are available as a multi-buy HERE

John Foxx And The Maths’ Rhapsody is made up of 10 tracks recorded live at London’s MemeTune Studios in late 2011, shortly after the UK Interplay tour. The Maths line-up on this session is as follows: John Foxx (Vocals, keyboards); Benge (Percussion, keyboards); Hannah Peel (Violin, keyboards); Serafina Steer (Bass, keyboards). It’s fantastic to hear a live band playing with electronics, plus the addition of bass guitar and layers of violin also creates fresh angles and edges on many of the songs. Foxx’s voice is often stripped of effects, adding an emotional shiver to songs such as ‘Interplay’, ‘Hiroshima Mon Amour’ and ‘Just For A Moment’. Meanwhile the opening track is an instrumental version of ‘The Good Shadow’, which features – as do nearly all of the tracks – Hannah Peel on violin. Artwork is by Jonathan Barnbrook. Pre-order HERE

Gazelle Twin, I Speak Machine – Exponentialism. This limited edition EP (only 750 copies) features Gazelle Twin and I Speak Machine (Tara Busch’s new project) who explore Foxx’s lyrical themes and ideas on 4 beautifully executed cover versions which also relate strongly to their own work. I Speak Machine’s take on ‘My Sex’ transforms it into a gigantic, cyber-sensual pop song, while ‘I Want To Be A Machine’ is a much darker, stranger transformation. Gazelle Twin has been planning a cover of Foxx/Gordon’s ‘Never Let Me Go’ for a couple of years. In 2011 she told Artrocker Magazine: ‘Never Let Me Go’ is a mirage of maternal comfort in a toxic and unrelenting world. It’s one of those songs I wish I’d made; drenched in analogue pulses and drones, a lullaby-like synth melody accompanying an android (yet emotional) dual-vocal part. I can definitely feel a cover coming on.’ Meanwhile, Gazelle Twin’s stark version of ‘He’s A Liquid’ reveals a different side to her work as she delivers the surreal, dream-like lyrics in a voice that is completely different to the lullabying ‘Never Let Me Go’. Pre-order HERE

Listen to a clip of Gazelle Twin’s cover of ‘Never Let Me Go’ HERE – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2JizL3phmg&feature=youtu.be

Listen to a clip to I Speak Machine’s version of ‘I Want To Be A Machine’ HERE – https://soundcloud.com/metamatic-records/i-want-to-be-a-machine-fade

The John Foxx & The Maths/OMD tour is only just over 3 weeks away and we still have a few Gold VIP tickets for the shows. Priced at £55 the Gold VIP package includes a meet and greet with John at the venue, a VIP laminate and an ultra-rare ‘Underpass’ signed Promo CD. With artwork designed by Jonathan Barnbrook, the mixes by Dave Clarke and Oh The Gilt will ONLY be available on CD as part of VIP packages. If you want to go to the meet and greet please order HERE
Listen to the Oh The Gilt remix of ‘Underpass’ HERE – http://thequietus.com/articles/11862-john-foxx-underpass-oh-the-gilt-mix

If you only want the ‘Underpass’ CD and the VIP laminate and aren’t interested in attending the shows then you can now pre-order HERE

Please note, John Foxx & The Maths will do their best to make sure that all VIPs see the soundcheck but we’ve reduced the price to £55 because we can’t guarantee it on every occasion as they are not the headline act. Also, please note, the VIP passes do not give access to the show, so if you want to attend the concert in the evening you need to buy a separate ticket.

John Foxx & The Maths at Cargo London in September

 

 

 

 

 

John Foxx & The Maths (John Foxx/Benge/Hannah Peel/Serafina Steer) will be playing a one-off gig at Cargo in London on 5 September before their Bestival appearance the following day. These are the only UK appearances scheduled for the rest of this year. They’ll be performing material from Interplay, The Shape Of Things and a new mini-album Evidence which is also due out in September – along with fresh analogue takes on old Foxx classics. Support is from Tara Busch who will be performing her new electronic sci-fi symphony, I Speak Machine. Also Stephen Mallinder (Ex-Cabaret Voltaire) and Phil Winter will be DJing as Wrangler.

 

 

 

 

 

You can buy VIP tickets HERE.

£20 tickets (plus £2 booking fee) are available HERE

And HERE

John Foxx & The Maths with Matthew Dear

FACT MAGAZINE:

Last week, we reported that Matthew Dear was teaming up with John Foxx to re-record ‘Talk’, the third track on the upcoming John Foxx and The Maths record The Shape Of Things.

Now, FACT can exclusively present the fruits of the pair’s collective labours. Dear’s reinterpretation – renamed ‘Talk (Beneath Your Dreams) – is certainly more propulsive than the original. Foxx’s austere sonic architecture remains, but Dear grafts it onto a solid techno backbone and bathes it a warm analogue afterglow. Particularly impressive is the way Dear’s and Foxx’s respective voices work in concert. As Dear explained:

“When I received the original piece of music from the guys, I found it very much intact and almost complete. I approached it quickly and informally, allowing for a subconscious narrative to take control. John’s lyrics called out to the shadows of someone’s mind. I wanted my verse to be that mind’s response.”

The Dear-augmented version will be bundled with the single CD edition of The Shape Of Things, which will hit shops on March 19 via Metamatic Records.

Uncut Magazine

UNCUT REVIEW OF THE SHAPE OF THINGS

7/10

The original alienated synthesist, still exploring the analogue . . .

Before finding success with vocalist Midge Ure, Ultravox were led by the Chorley-born John Foxx, whose pale, alien appearance and passion for synthesisers proved a little exotic for a general public still absorbing the shock of punk. The zeitgeist, of course, caught up with Foxx although he still remains on the fringes. Unfairly, perhaps. The Shape Of Things, a collaboration with London synth collector Benge, couches his dolorous laments amid a retrofuturist show of bubbling electronics. It works well enough that when ‘Falling Away’ pastes on some broiling guitar feedback it sounds almost superfluous.’

Tour Update

After two weeks, the rehearsals for the tour are going really well. John and The Maths are taking as many analogues as can be carried. In many ways this is how John has always wanted the Metamatic material to sound – as well as all the analogue stuff from his more recent material with The Maths.

Plus having Hannah Peel on electric violin has added another element that dates back to the early Ultravox days. Special guest Tara Busch has a great electronic set-up too. Everyone is really looking forward to this!!

In the meantime, here’s John Foxx And The Maths performing ‘He’s A Liquid’ at the Roundhouse last year. Just a little flavour of what’s to come on the tour, starting at Leamington Spa and Poland next week . . . It’s a live band playing electronic music.

‘He’s A Liquid’ (Live at the Roundhouse, 2010) by John Foxx And The Maths