electronic magazine débuts

In the shops on the 26th is a  brand new UK electronic music magazine, titled simply Electronic. This is quite a momentous moment, I don’t think there has ever been an electronic music focused print magazine published in the UK. Sure there a myriad Dance music magazines that cover a specific section of electronic music, and sure there are a handful of music technology based publications that, obviously, mainly cover electronic music. But Electronic aims to be neither of those. Whist covering dance music it won’t be dance music specific, and whilst covering electronic musicians it chooses to look more into the people behind the tunes, rather than the studio trickery.

Issue 1 is out next week and features  articles on, amongst others, the almighty The Human League, Kraftwerk, Underworld, John Foxx, Hot Chip & A Guy Called Gerald. That’s quite a guestlist for just one issue and only scratches the surface of what’s contained within. The premier issue also comes with a free 14 track compilation album put together by Wall Of Sound’s Mark Jones in full on Back To The Phuture mode with a classic synth line-up.

It’s a tough time for printed media. Kudos to Future Publishing (home to Future Music, Computer Music & SFX) for having faith in electronic music and the Electronic crew. This could be just what we need in the UK, and the best thing in WH Smith. We strongly suggest you give it your support, we will be. Can’t wait for the first issue.

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Electronic débuts Thursday 26th July in all good Newsagents. You can have a look into issue one with the preview here.

Children Of The Can

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Today I was exited to find that the postman had dropped off my copy of ‘Children Of The Can: 25 Years Of Bristol Graffiti‘ by Felix Braun. This truly amazing book charts the history of the spraycan art in the city that produces some of the best in the world.

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Featuring interviews with most of the key players on the Bristol Graffiti scene in the last couple of decades and, more importantly, hundreds of photos, many of which showing art that is no longer there.

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For those of you who just happened to stumble across this blog and don’t know me, I’m a Bristolian living in London and I’m fiercely proud of my hometown, I miss it everyday, and some of these images brought a nostalgic tear to my eye. There are pieces, especially in the earlier sections of the book, I used to see all the time in my daily life. The section on the Barton Hill Youth Club particularly made me smile. There’s even some old faces throughout the book!

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Bristol has constantly churned out innovative and amazing street art and this book captures that perfectly.

It comes highly recommended!

Buy ‘Childern Of The Can’ @ Tangent Books

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