ELECTRONIC SOUND ISSUE 44 Magazine + 7" BUNDLE
ISSUE 44 MAGAZINE & VINYL BUNDLE
While this months cover story revolves around New York 1978, the tale actually begins a year earlier during a summer that The Big Apple wasnt going to forget in a hurry, marked as it was by the serial killer Son of Sam, a city-wide power cut, rioting and looting and to top it all off, there was a monstrous heatwave. It was these conditions that led to the extraordinary run of releases by Devo, Talking Heads, Blondie and Suicide, all of which are celebrated in our Summer Special issue!
Elsewhere we pay a visit to the Moog Sound Lab, a not-so-top-secret lab that lives at Surrey University and is stocked with a fabulous array of synths by the Moog mothership, while the ever-inventive east London unit Sculpture turn the dial up to 11 with their audio-visual delights.
Supporting cast? We got it. Factory Floors Gabe Gurnsey reveals the tale behind his debut solo album, the new record from dancehall MC Miss Red stops us in our tracks, and we join music journalist, author and Electronic Sound contributor, David Stubbs, for an extract from his excellent new book, Mars By 1980, which tells the history of electronic music.
You want more? In Landmarks, Max Richter talks us through the making of The Blue Notebooks, Anna Meredith reveals her list of creative influences, while you can see what happened when Kraftwerk were joined live on stage by a real spaceman in Opening Shot.
More? Well, OK, if you insist. Visit our Front section where we pick our way through some of the tech, toys, books, gadgets and the like, catching our attention and wade knee-deep the Back section, which will point you in the direction of the latest must-hear album releases.
All this and probably more, should keep you going for a while.
DEVO LIVE 1978 SEVEN-INCH SINGLE
Exclusive: Devos Uncontrollable Urge / Sloppy (I Saw My Baby Gettin) on clear yellow seven-inch vinyl. Never before on vinyl, our two exclusive Devo tracks were recorded live at the final date of the bands UK tour in December 1978, and captures them at their most fiery as they surfed the breaking wave of Devomania.
“The crowds were so intense,” recalls Devos Jerry Casale of that 1978 tour. “When we played Erics in Liverpool, there was a chicken wire fence running floor to ceiling in front of the stage. Whats this for? we asked. Youll see! they said. Everybody was gobbing back then. Luckily we had those plastic yellow suits.”