Ultravox’s new single

Ultravox

What can you say about Ultravox? Electronic music legends. Whether you’re on Team Foxx or Team Ure there can be no doubt the contribution Ultravox, in whatever incarnation, have made to both Electronic music and Pop music, influencing a generation that would go on to lay the building blocks for all forms of Dance music and bringing a certain majestic quality to early 80’s SynthPop.

Having reformed the classic Ure line up in 2008 for reunion tours it was always claimed that the band wouldn’t be writing new material, turns out that was a bluff and there’s a new album waiting to be released in May. Before that we can have our first listen to the new single, and album title track, ‘Brilliant’, a huge slice of PowerPop that retains the Epic quality of the early Ure years and has a surprising edge to it. Also, how Italo is that bassline? Bodes well for the album.

♫ Ultravox – Brilliant (Radio Rip)

‘Brilliant’ is released 28th May.

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Goin’ Old School: Pet Shop Boys, Ultravox & Whodini

Goin’ Old School isn’t a trip down music memory lane, it’s a mugging in the dark alleyway of nostalgia:

One of Pet Shop Boys’ finest moments (and that’s saying something), 1986’s ‘Suburbia’.

1982’s biggest anthem in the form of Ultravox’s ‘Hymn’. Epic!

It’s 1982, Hip Hop is about to get as cool as it ever will with  Whodini’s ‘ Magic’s Wand’.

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Backlash

Backlash

2004…one of the finest ElectroPop tracks of the year was undoubtedly ‘Loadstar’ by Swedish act Backlash. Brilliant in almost every way, the tune, and accompanying album ‘Heliotrope’, was a hit in clubs across Europe.

Five years and three albums later Backlash are back with plans to drop four EPs in the coming months, the first being the ‘Quiet Men EP’ and as the telling title suggests the EP is a tribute to early Ultravox.

Both tracks on the EP are covers taken from Ultravox’s 1978 album ‘Systems Of Romance’. The EP will contain the two covers as well as a 12 Inch Club Mix of ‘Quiet Men’ and an original Backlash track.

I gotta’ say, tributes usually give me the fear and feature mediocre, limp interpretations of the originals but here Backlash have really outdone themselves, both ‘Quiet Men’ and ‘Slow Motion’ are perfectly executed updates of their subjects. Hearing the old classic songwriting with flawless modern production it a real treat and Backlash manage to keep a real retro vibe whilst being musically relevant.

The band have seriously made the songs their own, all the time remaining respectful of the originals.

Whether you’re a fan of late 70’s-early 80’s SynthPop or of modern Electro, this EP will defiantly be something you should expose yourself to!

Memento Materia, who are releasing the EPs, kindly dropped a couple of tasters into the electronic rumors Inbox, check them out:

Backlash – Quiet Men (Club 12 Inch Mix) (zShare) (MediaFire)

Backlash – Slow Motion (zShare) (MediaFire)

The ‘Quiet Men EP’ is digitally released May 25th.

Backlash @ Klicktrack

Backlash @ Amazon