Read their review of the year in full HERE
Read their review of the year in full HERE
A genius and a huge inspiration. Mark’s friends, comrades, and Goldsmiths and Repeater colleagues have set up a collection to raise money for Mark's wife and son, in the hope that it will allow them space to grieve and come to terms with their loss, and to reduce the number of things they have to deal with at this devastating time. If you would like to contribute in Mark's honour, please do so HERE.
The Pop Group producer & peerless dub titan Mr Dennis Bovell spoke with Tom Robinson of BBC Radio 6 Music for his Saturday Night Live show. Fascinating conversation touching on dub, politics and yours truly.
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An antidote to January Blues
The official video for Little Town, the second single to emerge from Honeymoon On Mars, directed by Douglas Hart.
'The video attempts to capture the feel of towns beyond the big metropolises…towns that suffer most from the brutal post capital culture we live in now' Douglas Hart
'Doug has documented Cruel Britannia, the hidden truly frightening little Britain. Perhaps the real battle for Britain has truly begun' Mark Stewart
In the hands of Hart – former Jesus & Mary Chain bassist come revered music video auteur for the likes of My Bloody Valentine, The Horrors and Primal Scream – Little Town becomes a subversive montage of oppressive urban landscapes and street level scenes, given a series of chromatic tints that visualize the track’s restless progress. As a graphic patchwork of prosaic locations gradually comes offset by the itinerate urban patrols of Mark Stewart and Gareth Sager, the parades of power and the machinery of surveillance eventually present themselves, revealing the sinister system that pulls the strings and lurks beneath the surface.
& Mark Stewart reveals his top ten long players of 2016, from Autechre to New Orleans Funk.
Gareth spoke to Noel Watson for his Places & Spaces Bristol special show on NTS Radio. Accompanied by a few choice Pop Group selections.
'Do think there’s been a big progression from Citizen Zombie, which just came out last year?'
‘I love that record. It was full-on and mental, and it’s a head fuck. But [Honeymoon on Mars], with the lyrics and the whole dystopia and sci-fi feel of it, I’ve just got real hope. We’ve got to try and reclaim the future.’
(Photo by Maiken Kildegaard)
'It was an honour to be able to work on the music of a band that meant so much in my life'
One of the more prominent personalities to emerge on Powell’s Diagonal Records, Alessio Natalizia aka Not Waving has produced a relentless acid refix of The Pop Group’s first single ‘Zipperface’ from their new album ‘Honeymoon On Mars’
Hailing from Italy but now based in London, Natalizia has been operating under the Not Waving guise since 2013, clocking up an impressive series of self-released cassettes and LPs on his own Ecstatic Recordings imprint. As well as applying himself to a continuing evolution in his own music, Natalizia has also displayed a specialist interest in obscurities from the 80s underground. This interest culminated in the 2013 release of ‘Mutazione: Italian Electronic & New Wave Underground 1980-1988‘, an acclaimed compilation of proto-industrial and primitive electronic music that completely reset the consensus on Italian music in the 1980s. Whilst maintaining a strong release schedule on Ecstatic (Pye Corner Audio, Gavin Russom, The Tapes, Daniele Ciullini and more) this year Natalizia perfected Not Waving’s calling card with ‘Animals‘, an LP that alternated between and often combined liminal ambience, industrial amplitude and incisive, malfunctioning body music.
On the back of touring America with the Diagonal Records crew Not Waving completes a trilogy of Pop Group remixes after contributions from Hanz and Goth-Trad. Like Hanz and Goth-Trad it comes from a place of enduring respect for The Pop Group’s daring experimentalism. Yet unlike the efforts of Hanz and G-T, Zipperface isn’t led into shadowy echo chambers or sub-bass assault but carved up and weaponised into a barrage of convulsive computer glitch, muscular EBM and thuggish acid.
‘It’s up to us to try and fight for something to make the future a little bit better’
Mark was asked about How To Make Music That Matters for Mary Anne Hobbs’ 6 Music show.
‘There’s a line on the record that says, “Somebody once told me that hope is a power.” My hope really lies in people on the electronic frontier.’
(Photo by Bruna Amaral)
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