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The city of Sheffield stars on our cover this issue. Through the eyes of The Human League’s Philip Oakey and Martyn Ware, Clock DVA’s Adi Newton, Cabaret Voltaire’s Richard H Kirk and Stephen Singleton and Mark White from Vice Versa/ABC, our Made In Sheffield feature tells the story of how, between 1973 and 1981, the Steel City became one of the world’s electronic music capitals.
Former-Cab/Wrangler’s Stephen Mallinder provides his unique take on the city’s formative years, while I Monster’s Dean Honer explains how the city isn’t resting on its laurels and supports a vibrant electronic community to this day.
Elsewhere in the issue there’s an international supporting cast featuring south London’s Public Service Broadcasting, who decamped to Wales for the recording of their new album, ‘Every Valley’, which concerns itself with the rise and fall of the area’s coal mining industry.
There’s Russia’s Gnoomes who we caught up with in the UK recently while they were on tour and discovered what it’s like being a future facing electronica outfit from a remote Russian backwater.
Celebrating 20 years of her Monika Enterprise label, we chat to Berlin’s Gudrun Gut about her treasure trove of a new album, ‘Monika Werkstatt’. It’s a record that gathered more than a dozen female electronic artists for a recording session in the rural woodland region of Uckermark, north of Berlin, to deliver some proper sonic riches.
Last but by no means least, New York’s Martin Rev returns, following the sad loss of Suicide partner in crime Alan Vega, with a ninth solo album, this time it’s biographical. We peer at his extraordinary life.
We cast our usual beady eye over this month’s essential releases, Synthesiser Dave shows us what he’s been working on this month, drool over new and the latest gadgets, and so much more.