David Baker. Photo (c) 2019 Andy Sturmey / Bright Lights Pix
Simon Leonard. Photo (c) 2019 Andy Sturmey / Bright Lights Pix
In the history of Mute Records, David Baker and Simon Leonard are legends. From their early releases as alternative synthpop unit I Start Counting, through the weird sampleadelic techno hinterlands of Fortran 5 and onward through the retrofuturist electronics of Komputer, Baker and Leonard have been a consistent presence on the label’s roster since 1984.
The duo performed a rare live date on Saturday 30 November at Electrowerkz in London as part of TEC006, curated by our friends at The Electricity Club and Cold War Night Life. Their set covered some choice, classic moments from across their entire back catalogue.
Looking Down On London
Letters To A Friend
Heart On The Line
Time To Dream
Million Headed Monster
We Are Komputer
Long-term readers of my blog will know I’ve often championed the work of Switzerland-based electronic musician Rupert Lally, who has a string of solo albums to his name, as well as a number of collaborations with Mute alumnus Espen J. Jörgensen.
I reviewed Lally’s superb new album This Is An Adventure for the Cold War Night Life website. My review can be found here.
If you’re remotely interested in electronic music you must have been asleep under a rock to have missed the Soft Cell activities that have been happening this year – a huge box set, a singles collection and a tour.
Ahead of Marc Almond and Dave Ball’s final London date, Simon Helm’s Cold War Night Life website have curated a very special event in Islington under the wonderful title Non-Stop Electronic Cabaret on September 29, 2018.
The event brings together all-too-easily overlooked Canadian synth duo Rational Youth (whose debut album begat Helm’s site its name), fellow Canadian moody electronic act Psyche and Sweden’s Page – to the best of my knowledge the only synth group to openly claim to be directly influenced by Daniel Miller’s cheeky short-lived fake group Silicon Teens.
Discerning electronic music fans can get tickets via Billetto.