‘Synthesizer archivist Benge (aka The Maths) turns out to be a superb foil for Foxx. Interplay broadly belongs to the same sonic fictional place as Metamatic, and it is Foxx’s first analogue synthesizer-only album since that 1980 record. But, by contrast with Metamatic‘s clinical poise, the sound that Foxx and Benge have come up with here is viscous, coarse, as if the banks of synthesizers have somehow silted up.
‘The driving ‘Catwalk’ sashays and swaggers like Suicide doing early Roxy. The spidery synthesizer riff on ‘Watching A Building On Fire’, featuring Ladytron’s Mira Aroyo, insinuates and conspires. And if you want clues to possible futures, the bass weight of ‘Shatterproof’ and ‘The Running Man’ provide diagrams of a possble post-dubstep pop.’
Meanwhile, you can read a new interview with John Foxx here
And Benge offers an insight into the old technology used on the Interplay album here