Issue 37 Print Edition
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No matter how you cut it, 1978 was a stellar year for music. In our new issue, we rewind four decades and, through 101 key moments, we look back at what was an explosive 12 months with a mixture of astonishment, nostalgia and admiration.
It was the year punk broke, literally, with the Sex Pistols throwing in the towel in January, but the cork was already out of the bottle and the creative rush that followed set the tone for what remained of the decade, and much of what underpinned alternative music for the rest of the century. As you’ll see, 40 years later, 1978’s impact is still being felt.
Elsewhere, we talk to A Certain Ratio, whose intoxicating mash-up of punk, funk, disco and electronica was forged in the crucible of 1978, we meet production supremo Trevor Horn, who explains how you shape the sound of an era and in a move that comes across almost as if we planned it, we talk to Ralf Dörper of ZTT’s perfect pop vehicle Propaganda as their debut album is reissued.
Plus we still find the space to talk to Fujiya & Miyagi, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Andy McCluskey, Finitribe and China Crisis, the latter allowing us to mention Steely Dan for the third month in a row.
All of that and we’re fit to bursting with our action-packed front section full of the best new toys and tech, our jam-packed album reviews section, full of the best new releases and let’s not forget our excellent columnists – Jack Dangers and his School of Electronic Music, the hilarious Fat Roland, the unrivalled Kris Needs and our in-house synthy repair man, Synthesiser Dave. Getting through all that in a month is no mean feat… for us and for you!
Or why not choose the Magazine and CD Bundle to get hold of this very limited edition album, ‘Electronic Sound Bulletin A’, which draws tracks from our Introducing… section. Featuring the best of the new artists featured on our pages, this 13-track collection features The Caulfield Beats, who served up our 2017 Album Of The Year 2017, a new track from Neil Arthur and Jez Bernholz’s Near Future project and The Leaf Label’s mysterious wood-dwellers, Snapped Ankles. There’s Norwich double whammy of Sink Ya Teeth and Luke Abbott’s Earlham Mystics, LA’s Schwarzmodul, Istanbul duo Kim Ki O and much more besides. The Bulletin series is going to become rather collectable, so don’t delay. It’s going to sell chop chop is this one… Click here to view the Bundle