John Foxx And The Maths’ Rhapsody album is now on sale through the Official John Foxx Store. Featuring 10 tracks recorded live at MemeTune studios at the end of 2011, the band line-up is John Foxx (Vocals/Keyboards), Benge (Percussion/Keyboards), Hannah Peel (Keyboards, Violin) and Serafina Steer (Keyboards, Bass).
01. The Good Shadow (Instrumental)
03. He’s A Liquid
04. The Running Man
05. The Shadow Of His Former Self
06. Hiroshima Mon Amour
08. Burning Car
10. Just For A Moment
The limited edition Exponentialism EP is also now available and includes 4 tracks recorded by I Speak Machine and Gazelle Twin. These beautifully executed cover versions strongly relate to their own work as well as exploring John Foxx’s themes and ideas.
01. My Sex (I Speak Machine)
02. I Want To Be A Machine (I Speak Machine)
03. Never Let Me Go (Gazelle Twin)
04. He’s A Liquid (Gazelle Twin)
Rhapsody and Exponentialsm are available as individual items or as a discounted multi-buy HERE
John Foxx & The Maths recently remixed a collaboration between Items & Things label boss Marc Houle and Grenoble born techno/electro legend Miss Kittin. According to Kittin: “When Marc told me John Foxx would do a remix, I couldn’t believe it, like back to the roots. It’s exciting to hear a new wave legend can bring his punk touch to a minimal modern track, when our passion for analog synth and irony merges together!”
The 6 track EP “Where is Kittin?” iS available HERE
The new re-issue is available HERE
‘A brilliant contribution to the archaeology of electronic music’ - Brian Eno
20 tracks made on 20 synthesisers spanning 20 years, accompanied by 60 page colour book with a foreword by Robin “Scanner” Rimbaud, Twenty Systems is Benge’s acclaimed concept album, first released in 2008.
His tenth solo album, this ambitious project combines an audio CD of new music with a hardbound full colour book containing photos and diagrams of the electronic instruments used, along with a detailed history documenting the development of synthesisers between 1968 and 1988. Each track is the pure sound of an individual instrument, with no additional processing, sequencing or effects applied to any of the recordings. If a system was equipped with an in-built sequencer, it was used, and there are several examples of sound-on-sound processes, where a track is made up of multiple layers of the same synthesiser recorded in parallel. To put it simply, Benge lets the instruments speak for themselves and influence the way each piece is composed.
‘Indicates what a deliriously desirable thing the synthesis of sound has historically been’ – The Wire
‘Absolutely cast iron irrefutable proof that synthesisers are better than guitars’ – Vice Magazine
John Foxx & The Maths are playing a headline show at Brighton’s Concorde 2 on 7 June, 2013. Tickets are available for sale HERE
(Photos by Mike Cooper)
John Foxx And The Maths are pleased to announce they will be joining Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark as special guests on their forthcoming (and appropriately titled) English Electric Tour.
April 28 Margate Winter Gardens
29 Birmingham Symphony Hall
May 1 Nottingham Royal Centre
2 Ipswich Regent Theatre
3 London Roundhouse
5 Bristol Colston Hall
6 Oxford New Theatre
8 Sheffield City Hall
9 Leeds Academy
10 Manchester Academy
12 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
13 Gateshead Sage
14 Liverpool Empire
John Foxx And The Maths remix of OMD’s `”Dresden’ single:
Foxx has been experimenting with electronics since the 1970s when he worked with the likes of Brian Eno and legendary Krautrock producer Conny Plank in the original line-up of Ultravox, described by Gary Numan as ‘the blueprint for my first two or three albums.’ Jim Kerr remembers early Ultravox gigs as a vital inspiration for Simple Minds, while ’90s innovators Leftfield were influenced by the band’s pioneering mix of punk and electronics. They discussed using Foxx’s ‘cinematic sci-fi vocals’ as one of their collaborations and although this didn’t happen ex-member Paul Daley is currently working on new material with Foxx.
Launching his solo career with the icily minimalist Metamatic (fans include Aphex Twin and Afrika Bambaataa), Foxx has released 26 studio albums to date. In 2011 he returned to his analogue synthesizer roots with the critically acclaimed Interplay – the first album with Benge from The Maths. Their debut was swiftly followed by the more personal-edged The Shape Of Things in 2012 and they’re set to release their latest album Evidence on 25 February 2013. Arguably their darkest so far, the record features collaborations with contemporary artists Matthew Dear, The Soft Moon, Xeno & Oaklander, Tara Busch and Gazelle Twin.
In addition to John Foxx and Benge, the line-up for the English Electric shows will feature Hannah Peel on keyboards and violin.
Expect a set list mixing recent songs ‘Evergreen’, ‘Catwalk’ and ‘Evidence’ with cold gems from Foxx’s solo career including ‘Burning Car’, ‘He’s A Liquid’ and ‘Underpass’.
For more information please visit HERE
Thanks to The Quietus who included John Foxx And The Maths’ The Shape Of Things in their Top 50 Albums of 2012
The Quietus also recently filmed an interview with John, Benge, Gazelle Twin and Scanner at Benge’s Meme Tune studio in Shoreditch, London.
Metamatic Records are excited to announce that Analogue Circuit: Live At The Roundhouse by John Foxx And The Maths was released on 15th October 2012 and is now available for order HERE
Analogue Circuit: Live At The Roundhouse is limited to 2000 copies only.
The 3 disc set features the first ever live John Foxx DVD, plus a double album of the show, all in striking new artwork by designer Jonathan Barnbrook. Analogue Circuitbrings to life one of the most lavish and ambitious projects of the artist’s 30 year career – filmed in June 2010 with multiple cameras at one of London’s biggest and most distinctive venues. Rich, powerful analogue synths; Robin Simon on guitar playing early Ultravox material; surreal VJ cut-ups and Barnbrook graphics; a film by I Robot director Alex Proyas, a brilliant opening Metamatic section; songs from the recent classic, Interplay; all of this in a unique, one-off show. Extras include a photo gallery, Jonathan Barnbrook’s films for ‘Interplay‘ and an interview with Future Music just before the band went on stage. This fantastic box set is a John Foxx And The Maths online store exclusive.
Watch ‘Underpass’ performed by John Foxx And The Maths on Analogue Circuit:
The new Electronic Magazine is out now, featuring a John Foxx interview and much more. You can find more info at www.facebook.com/electronicmagazine
If this one-off issue is a success there we’re promised more so fingers crossed!
Excellent review of Cargo London show on 5 September by The Quietus
”Every day at the Quietus we get sent Korg plug-in Fisher Price cold wave by earnest cheek-sucking young things who dream of being Belgians with a ready access to cheap speed. Their depressing retro minimalism forgets that early synth music was formed out of necessity. With his melodic chops, vivid lyrical imagination, and indecently able collaborators, John Foxx’s electronic maximalism by turn sounds futurist and, perhaps more importantly, glows as a warm human soul . . . At the end, there’s one of those lovely moments when the applause doesn’t stop, and you sense that a lot of people who came here on a retro tip have been moved by something unexpectedly of the moment. “A new kind of man”, indeed.”