Wonky ‘tronic cross-country siblings.
Unsettling ambient electronica from weird north west.
Adventurous electroprog krautpop.
Traversing time and space, our wildcard columnist ventures out on some further adventures in audio. This month, Martin Rev
The excellent Edwyn Collins explains how Buzzcocks, new-fangled bass synths and music press tittle-tattle shaped Orange Juice’s TB-303 trailblazer, ‘Rip It Up’.
Resident archivist Jack Dangers digs out Australian avant-garde experimentalists Laughing Hands and their something album ‘Dog Photos’.
First published in New Musical Express on 2 February 1980 under the title ‘The Emaciated Line Between Art And Ambience’, we’re heading into the eye of the Factory Records storm… or in Tony Wilson’s car on our way to meet The Durutti Column’s Vini Reilly.
In his first volume of memoirs, Stephen Morris tackles growing up in Macclesfield and how he ended up as the drummer in Joy Division. We talk to him about the idea of independence, why it was embraced in 1970s Manchester and how Factory’s version ended up on top
Way ahead of their time, Section 25 were one of Factory’s most inspired signings. Drummer Vin Cassidy looks back on the early years of the label and how his band came into its orbit
One of the more curious arms of the Factory roster, there was never a dull moment with art punks Minny Pops. Lead man Wally Van Middendorp reminisces on the journey that started with a band called Tits.