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  • Gazelle Twin / I Speak Machine 'Exponentialism' - Cargo Records UK

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    Gazelle Twin / I Speak Machine 'Exponentialism'

    £4.99

    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'.

    Tracklisting:
    1. I Speak Machine – My Sex
    2. I Speak Machine – I Want To Be A Machine
    3. Gazelle Twin – Never Let Me Go
    4. Gazelle Twin – He's A Liquid

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  • John Foxx  & Steve D’agostino 'Evidence Of Time Travel' - Cargo Records UK

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    John Foxx & Steve D’agostino 'Evidence Of Time Travel'

    £10.99

    LIVE EVENT: – EVIDENCE OF TIME TRAVEL will be premiered at the BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE in NOVEMBER 2014 as part of their Sci-Fi: Days Of Fear And Wonder season. Evidence of Time Travel is a unique investigation of the terrors and pleasures of temporal displacement. A sinister sonic architecture of drum-machine-music and analogue synthesizers.

    Opens with 'The Forbidden Experiment', as surveillance TV glitches and the ghostly, ripped-up multi-temporal universe of Evidence of Time Travel infiltrates the labyrinth of dark electronica. Span forty years in a moment . . . ultimate time transfusion . . . skin crackles, a rhapsody in flames... witness images of torn, ruthless smiles through the crashed distortion; try to recall the future memory of a figure lost on a distant shore.

    Tracklisting:
    1. The Forbidden Experiment
    2. Evidence Of Time Travel
    3. Who Can Resist A Twisted Kiss
    4. Rhapsody In Flames
    5. A Blurred Line Of Fiction
    6. Impenetrable Inevitable
    7. Surgical Precision
    8. The Tearing Sound Of Smiling
    9. Momentary Miracles
    10. Collision Architecture
    11. Empty Clothing Blows Across A Beach
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  • John Foxx & The Maths 'Interplay/The Shape Of Things' - Cargo Records UK

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    John Foxx & The Maths 'Interplay/The Shape Of Things'

    £19.99

    2xLP Double Pack W/ Exclusive Jonathan Barnbrook Print.

    ''Foxx's music still sounds futuristic, accompanied by flickering footage and images of design that never dates: imagined cityscapes, endless motorways. As these time machines whirr to silence, it's clear that Mr Foxx is still fantastic.'' NME review of John Foxx, the Roundhouse, June 2010.  'One of the finest electronic records you'll hear in 2011.' The Quietus 


    'Meeting of synth-fetishists is a triumph. The albums echoes four decades of avant pop.' **** Mojo   

    'Foxx has released an album which equals the high-point of his rich back-catalogue.' BBC

    'One of the most enlightened synth records in years.' **** The Stool Pigeon

    'Forceful, stripped-down music that sounds as new as its old, and as imaginative as it is familiar.' Uncut

    Enigmatic but song-based, evoking early incarnations of Cabaret Voltaire, The Human League and Roxy Music.' Q Magazine

    'Interplay is a consistently strong piece of work.' **** Music OMH

     'Synthesizer archivist Benge (aka The Maths) turns out to be a superb foil for Foxx. The Wire

    'Fresh and powerful. Tracks move from glistening-crisp and growling-fierce to tender, the latter mood captured by the melancholic beauty of 'A Falling Star' and 'The Good Shadow'.' **** Clash Magazine
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  • John Foxx '20th Century: The Noise' - Cargo Records UK

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    John Foxx '20th Century: The Noise'

    £10.99

    Metamatic Records’ first major compilation of John Foxx material is the first part of a double release spanning 35 years as a solo artist.

    John Foxx – 20th Century: The Noise covers the years from his debut single ‘Underpass’ in January 1980 to the rest of the last century, up to his ‘comeback’ albums with Louis Gordon, Shifting City and The Omnedelic Exotour in 1997 and 1998.

    There’s also a precious Cathedral Oceans gem, ‘Splendour’ which has only ever been available on a rare album by various artists entitled Orphée and 20th Century also includes an unreleased instrumental track from the vaults, ‘Musique Electron’ – a melodic idea Foxx has had ‘for decades’.

    The Metamatic material is taken from the new 2014 master which is based on a set of 1979 analogue tapes recently discovered in John’s archive.20th Century also includes a Foxx/Gordon version of ‘Hiroshima Mon Amour’, a track that featured on Ultravox’s second album, Ha! Ha! Ha!

    A follow-up album, 21st Century: A Man, A Woman And A City is scheduled for early 2016.

    Tracklisting:
    1. 20th Century (B-side to Burning Car)
    2. Underpass (Taken from Metamatic)
    3. No-One Driving (Single Version)
    4. Burning Car (Single)
    5. He's A Liquid (Alternative Version)
    6. A Long Time (B-side to Miles Away)
    7. Miles Away (Single)
    8. Europe After The Rain (Taken from The Garden)
    9. This Jungle (B-side to Europe After The Rain)
    10. Dancing Like A Gun (Taken from The Garden)
    11. Endlessly (Single Version)
    12. The Hidden Man (Taken from The Golden Section)
    13. The Noise - Foxx/Gordon (Taken from Shifting City)
    14. Through My Sleeping - Foxx/Gordon (Taken from Shifting City)
    15. Hiroshima Mon Amour – Foxx/Gordon (Taken from Omnidelic Exotour)
    16. Musique Electron (previously unreleased)
    17. Splendour (previously only available on a compilation, Orphée)
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  • John Foxx 'B-Movie (Ballardian Video Neuronica)' - Cargo Records UK

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    John Foxx 'B-Movie (Ballardian Video Neuronica)'

    £10.99

    John Foxx's new solo instrumental album was recorded and assembled for a cut-up/collage movie by Foxx and visual artist Karborn, inspired by the themes, influence and text of British writer J G Ballard. Screened as part of Brighton's Cine-City festival in late 2012, the pair presented 'a film and sound seance manifesting J G Ballard neurones. Mobilised by ultracolour and inframusic, anatomised hallucinogenetics and proximity psychopathagens.

    ’ The montage movie – often beautiful and surreal in its collision of images - can be viewed online at www.hyperballard.com or on Vimeo (www.vimeo.com/95105838 ) The album features two collaborations - 'Geometry, Collision And Coincidence' with Benge from John Foxx And The Maths, and 'Disaster Series', which was co-written with Steve D'Agostino.

    All the music is exclusive to this soundtrack except 'The Other Side', an extract from the forthcoming Electricity & Ghosts album (due for release in 2015), which just happened to fit with the visuals. The soundtrack runs as a continuous piece of music in the first part of B-Movie including effects and links that relate to the film.

    The second half of the album features all the individual tracks plus 'Dashboard Melt' which Foxx recorded for the project but in the end didn't use. Jonathan Barnbrook's stunning artwork for the album features new, Ballard-inspired images created by Karborn (www.karborn.com).

    www.hyperballard.com www.metamatic.com B-Movie (Ballardian Video Neuronica)

    1. The Atrocity Catalogue Update
    2. Geometry, Collision and Coincidence
    3. Exit Strategy
    4. Velocity Logic
    5. Crash Course
    6. Obscene Chemistry
    7. A Stray Ballardian Neurone
    8. Disaster Series
    9. The Other Side
    Ballardian Video Neuronica:
    10. Geometry, Collision and Coincidence
    11. Exit Strategy
    12. Velocity Logic
    13. Crash Course
    14. Obscene Chemistry
    15. A Stray Ballardian Neurone
    16. Disaster Series
    17. Dashboard Melt
    18. The Other Side
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  • John Foxx 'Metamatic (3CD Deluxe Edition)'

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    John Foxx 'Metamatic (3CD Deluxe Edition)'

    £19.99

    The original 10-track album was remastered from analogue tapes back in 2014, along with various B-sides.

    A few tapes full of instrumental music from the session were also set aside for remastering but these revealed further discoveries, including alternative mixes and the song ‘Miss Machinery’ - a mutant, electro-punk twist on Foxx B-side, ‘20th Century’.

    Meanwhile John Foxx assembled his notebooks from the period which included lists of possible track titles that have now been used for the unreleased material on this album. Some of the notes were also scanned for the artwork, along with previously unseen photos as well as rare drawings and illustrations by the artist.

    Jonathan Barnbrook (regular Foxx collaborator and Bowie’s Blackstar designer) worked on the new reissue design as the project grew to 49 tracks across 3 CDs.

    This includes the 15 instrumentals on CD3 which collectively sound like a lost electronic soundtrack with echoes of Quatermass, BBC's Radiophonic Workshop and the dark DIY electronics of Thomas Leer and Robert Rental.

    *Clamshell box includes 3CDs *6 art cards inside the CD box *Previously unreleased tracks *40 page booklet features previously unseen photos and rare drawings and illustrations by John Foxx *2014 remaster of Metamatic album from analogue tapes

    *Every B-side, out-take and unreleased track has been taken from the best possible source and (re)mastered over the last 4 years.

    Tracklisting:
    CD 1:
    1. Plaza
    2. He’s a Liquid
    3. Underpass
    4. Metal Beat
    5. No-One Driving
    6. A New Kind Of Man
    7. Blurred Girl
    8. 030
    9. Tidal Wave
    10. Touch And Go

    CD 2:
    1. Film One
    2. This City
    3. To Be With You
    4. Cinemascope
    5. Burning Car
    6. Glimmer
    7. Mr. No
    8. Young Love
    9. 20th Century
    10. My Face
    11. Underpass (Radio Edit)
    12. No-One Driving (Single Version)
    13. Like A Miracle (Alternative Version)
    14. A New Kind Of Man (Alternative Version)
    15. He’s A Liquid (Alternative Version)
    16. Plaza (Extended Version)
    17. Underpass (Extended Version)
    18. Blurred Girl (Longer Fade Version)

    CD 3:
    1. A Frozen Moment
    2. He’s A Liquid (Instrumental Dub)
    3. Mr. No (Alternative Version)
    4. The Uranium Committee
    5. A Man Alone
    6. Over Tokyo
    7. Terminal Zone
    8. Urban Code
    9. A Version Of You
    10. Glimmer (Alternative Version)
    11. Fragmentary City
    12. Metamorphosis
    13. Approaching The Monument
    14. Critical Mass
    15. Alamogordo Logic
    16. Touch And Go (Early Version)
    17. Miss Machinery
    18. No-One Driving (Early Version)
    19. Burning Car (Early Version)
    20. Like A Miracle (Early Version)
    21. No-One Driving (Alternative Version)
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  • John Foxx 'The Virgin Years (1980 - 1985)' - Cargo Records UK

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    John Foxx 'The Virgin Years (1980 - 1985)'

    £20.99

    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'.

    Disc One : Metamatic 
    1. Plaza 
    2. He's A Liquid 
    3. Underpass 
    4. Metal Beat 
    5. No-One Driving 
    6. A New Kind Of Man 
    7. Blurred Girl 
    8. 030 
    9. Tidal Wave 
    10. Touch And Go
    Extra Tracks:
    11. Film One 
    12. This City 
    13. Burning Car 
    14. Glimmer 
    15. Mr No 
    16. Young Love 
    17. 20th Century 
    18. My Face 
    19. A New Kind Of Man (Alternative Version) 
    20. He's A Liquid (Alternative Version) 

    Disc Two : The Garden
     
    1. Europe After The Rain 
    2. Systems Of Romance 
    3. When I Was A Man And You Were A Woman 
    4. Dancing Like A Gun 
    5. Pater Noster 
    6. Night Suit 
    7. You Were There 
    8. Fusion / Fission 
    9. Walk Away 
    10. The Garden. 
    Extra Tracks: 
    11. Swimmer Ii 
    12. This Jungle 
    13. Miles Away 
    14. A Long Time 
    15. Swimmer I 
    16. Swimmer Iii 
    17. Swimmer Iv 

    Disc Three : The Golden Section
     
    1. My Wild Love 
    2. Someone 
    3. Your Dress 
    4. Running Across Thin Ice With Tigers 
    5. Sitting At The Edge Of The World 
    6. Endlessly 
    7. Ghosts On Water 
    8. Like A Miracle 
    9. The Hidden Man 
    10. Twilight's Last Gleaming. 
    Extra Tracks:
    11. Annexe 
    12. A Kind Of Wave 
    13. A Woman On A Stairway 
    14. The Lifting Sky 
    15. Shine On Me 
    16. Wings And A Wind 
    17. Dance With Me 

    Disc Four : In Mysterious Ways
     
    1. Stars On Fire 
    2. Lose All Sense Of Time 
    3. Spin Away 
    4. Enter The Angel Ii 
    5. Enter The Angel 
    6. In Mysterious Ways 
    7. What Kind Of Girl 
    8. Shine On 
    9. Stepping Softly 
    10. Morning Glory. 
    Extra Tracks:
    11. Lumen De Lumine 
    12. To Be With You (Alternative Version) 
    13. And The Sky 
    14. This Side Of Paradise 
    15. Hiding In Plain Sight 
    16. City Of Light 

    Disc Five : Fusion / Fission
     
    1. Cinemascope 
    2. To Be With You 
    3. Like A Miracle (Alternative Version) 
    4. Fog 
    5. Fusion / Fission (Early Version) 
    6. Dance With Me (Early Version) 
    7. A Woman On A Stairway (Early Version) 
    8. Endlessly (Single Version) 
    9. My Wild Love (Early Version) 
    10. A Long Time (Alternative Version) 
    11. Sitting At The Edge Of The World (Alternative Version) 
    12. Twilight's Last Gleaming (Early Version) 
    13. Young Man 
    14. The Hidden Man (Alternative Version) 
    15. Enter The Angel (Alternative Version) 
    16. Magic 
    17. Shine On (Alternative Version)


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  • John Foxx And The Maths 'Evidence' - Cargo Records UK

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    John Foxx And The Maths 'Evidence'

    £11.99

    The 15-track CD brings together collaborations with The Soft Moon (the post-punk psychedelia of the title-track); Gazelle Twin (including the strikingly beautiful 'Changelings'); New York duo Xeno & Oaklander; Moog maverick Tara Busch and Ghostly International's Matthew Dear, plus a Pink Floyd cover and some new Foxx/Benge material. This includes the rich analogue glow of 'Walk' and apocalyptic ballad 'Only Lovers Left Alive'. Meanwhile, regular Maths live band member Hannah Peel plays violin on 'Neon Vertigo' and 'My Town'. Evidence is John Foxx And The Maths' most atmospheric and darkly percussive album so far - built around stark, late night rhythms.

    The ambient spaces in the music allow for experiments with textures and mood, with dreamlike echoes of Massive Attack, dub (in spirit not pastiche), Dead Can Dance and the ultra-introspective Japan. The edgy beats of the opening track 'Personal Magnetism' are followed by 'Evidence', featuring The Soft Moon's Luis Vasquez. Layers of sound whirl around Foxx's brooding, insomniac vocals, as he searches for answers in the early hours. The slow, minimalist 'That Sudden Switch' takes the European art-movie approach of Xeno & Oaklander and re-invents it as post-dub electronic pop.

    'Talk (Beneath Your Dreams)'
    features US electronic artist Matthew Dear taking the role of the 'sleeper' as a conversation is held in a dream. It's a chilly, nightmarish track but like much of this album it has motion - Dear adding new techno rhythms as well as a Bowie-esque vocal in the final verses.  'Neon Vertigo' furthers the noir tension with massive bass sounds and 'space violin' from Hannah Peel, while 'Changelings' is in many ways the centrepiece of the album. Originally written and recorded by Gazelle Twin, 'Changelings' only retains her voice as The Maths rebuild it completely from scratch. It's arguably one of Benge's finest moments in the studio so far, while Foxx's reverb-drenched backing vocals complete this stunning, end-of-the-world song.

    What follows is weirder still. 'My Town' features Peel on violin again as Foxx's metallic, distorted voice sounds like an ego on the brink of madness. Is it the voice of money/a god/bankers/an evil corporation, or a fallen rock star still living in the past? The cover of Pink Floyd's 'Have A Cigar' starts with a cackle of laughter before Foxx launches into another heavily treated vocal, not unlike that of 'My Town'. Meanwhile, 'A Falling Star' is the reverse of 'Changelings' - this time it's a Foxx/Benge track reworked by Gazelle Twin.

    In this context, the song becomes an icy but epic ballad, full of siren vocals and a sense of release as it stretches into the long, elegant fadeout. In fact, 'A Falling Star' does signal a change on the album as the mood evolves into something more reflective. The two instrumentals 'Cloud Choreography' and 'Shadow Memory' offer new space and textures, while 'Walk' appears to emerge half-way through a dream as Foxx sings 'and I walked through all the streets of this city' after a slow build. This final section climaxes with the electronic harp music of 'Myriads' and the last song, 'Only Lovers Left Alive' - a pretty melody found on an old discarded reel-to-reel; nostalgic, the sound of memory and tape creating one of the album's most moving tracks.

    Tracklisting:
    1. Personal Magnetism
    2. Evidence (Featuring The Soft Moon)
    3. That Sudden Switch (Featuring Xeno & Oaklander)
    4. Talk (Beneath Your Dreams) (Featuring Matthew Dear)
    5. Neon Vertigo
    6. Changelings (Featuring Gazelle Twin)
    7. My Town
    8. Have A Cigar
    9. A Falling Star (Featuring Gazelle Twin)
    10. Cloud Choreography
    11. Shadow Memory
    12. Walk
    13. Myriads
    14. Only Lovers Left Alive

    Bonus Track
    15. Talk (I Speak Machine Mix) Featuring – Tara Busch

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