Album Review: YELLO – Point

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SCARFOLK is a fictional Northern English town created by Richard Littler, a place forever trapped in a 70s’ dystopia. Starting life as a fake blog by the town council, it soon developed into books, posters and various other parodies. Inspiration came from public information Films and kids’ TV of the era, both of which had …

Swiss duo Yello are a hive of contradictions and conundrums. Before starting the band in the late seventies, singer Dieter Meier was already a millionaire, Boris Blank had no formal musical training and was a truck driver. They consistently deliver nothing short of sonic excellence, yet are never mentioned in the same breath as Kraftwerk. …

This live stream performance from Abbey Road studios consisted of three sets; two on Saturday night at 9pm and 11:45pm (BST) and a third on Sunday at 12pm. There’s a palpable sense of anticipation as the minutes count down, amplified by the excited comments in the live chat column. At just after nine, the screen …

A simultaneous anniversary re-release alongside ‘Spinner’, Eno’s collaboration with Jah Wobble five years later, this is another meeting of great minds with John Cale. The former was very much immersed in Eno’s ambient soundscape world, whereas this album draws from his brace of accessible yet slightly skewed pop albums in the seventies. For many, this …

Originally released 25 years ago, this reissue comes remastered with a booklet and two bonus tracks. The music started life as the soundtrack to Derek Jarman’s final film ‘Glitterbug’, which was a Super-8 scrapbook of his life. Eno then gave it to Jah Wobble to do with as he saw fit, who added a kind …

A personal selection from Backseat Mafia contributors Richard Farnell and Briandroid TO CHOOSE just ten tracks from Cardiacs’ impressive body of work is a near-impossible task. You might think they didn’t do that many albums compared to some, but they often crammed an album’s worth of ideas into just one song. Had circumstances been different …

When The Streets burst onto the scene in 2002 with ‘Original Pirate Material’, it really was exhilarating zeitgeist-moment stuff. Mike Skinner was a much-needed, refreshing and relevant voice, and his musical portrayal of a loved-up rave-night experience will never be bettered. On subsequent albums however, his social commentator side became increasingly subservient to the “geezer” …

Wire have been producing scratchy abrasive arty intelligent pop/punk since the late 70s, and have therefore an impressive and formidable back-catalogue. With that inevitably comes an equally impressive cutting-room floor, where songs that didn’t make it to the disc in question languish, and in the wrong hands could’ve been lost forever. No so with Wire, …

Brian Bordello’s been making music for decades, both with his band ‘The Bordellos’ and more recently as a solo artist. Highly prolific, fiercely indie, uncompromising and lo-fi to the nth degree, his often comic cynicism is tempered with a real passion for new music. Like most musical outsiders, writing songs is an urge he can’t …

Larry Pink the Human consists of Laurie Vincent from the band Slaves and producer Jolyon Thomas. Thomas, whose production credits include M83, U2 and Royal Blood, is exchanging the studio for the stage, and the project is Vincent’s first stab as a lyricist. The idea is to create a space for expression, and exploration of …