2010 - Decade in Review

It has been an exciting decade with some brilliant releases which will be remembered far beyond the 10's. For us The Horrors, MGMT, Tame Impala were among the artists who have clearly been most he subject of our blog news feed and end of year lists. For each year we were publishing our favorite songs, EPs and Albums and some of them really have kept up with the time while other already seem to have been only popular for a specific period of time and music style and then vanished. To have a breakdown of things and how does it look at the end of the decade, we have prepared Top 100 Album List, Top 100 Singles List which will also be published separately.

Heaven 17 team up with La Roux for a BBC six performance where they cover one of Heaven 17’s biggest hits “Temptation” and La Roux’ “In for A Kill”. The band also embarks on 30 year anniversary UK tour.

The Specials' 30-year career is set to be marked at the Shockwaves NME Awards as part of a special link-up with the Teenage Cancer Trust.

We explored nudity and erotica in 80’s music videos. As part of the Nude Wave we featured 12 videos which for different nudity angles were either banded for daytime rotation or censored.

Devo return with a new studio album, their first in 19 years. They perform during a Victory Ceremony at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Groove Armada explore synth pop sound with their sixth album ‘Black Light’ which includes exciting collaborations.
The Canadian synth pop trio Parallels release their debut album ‘Visionaires’

B-Movie celebrate 30 years of existence by launching a mini tour which includes venues in Spain

Ultravox and other 80’s fans join the campaign to bring “Vienna” to number 1, thirty years after its initial release.

Malcolm McLaren former manager of the Sex Pistols died at the age of 64. He also managed the New York Dolls and Bow Wow Wow and was involved in his own musical projects including his own.

Mirrors are among the best New Comers in 2010. They unique pop noire synth pop is very popular and reminds of early OMD.

We welcome Glenn Gregory of Heaven 17 for a small Interview.

Another exciting new comer is the Los Angeles based duo Terminal Twilight whose sound is a darker and more intense version of Chromatics electro pop.

Kim Wilde comes back with a new album and Cherry Red start reissuing the Kim Wilde Catalogue.

Bryan Ferry Releases brand new single and album ‘Olympia’.

The history of Factory Benelux is celebrated in a book Shadowplayers: The Rise and Fall of Factory Records

Automelodi release their eponymous debut album which is among the genre defining ones.

Dalis Car release a surprising follow up album 26 years after the debut ‘The Waking Hour’.

Sabrina and Samantha Fox team up to deliver a rather Hi-NRG version of Debbie Harry’s classic “Call Me”.

Alphaville return with new studio album ‘Catching Rays on Giant’.

'History of Modern' is the title for the 11th studio album by British synthpop band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) and their first album since 1996.

The Human League return with a new single “Night People and Announce ninth studio album ‘Credo’.

Crystal Castles team up with Robert Smith for a new single “Not in Love”, a Platinum Blonde Cover.

As part of his 30th Anniversary Tour, Marc Almond performs at the Royal Hall on November 30, 2010. This tour of 24 UK dates celebrates his 30 years in music.

Another interesting new comer of the Year is the Danish group Northern Portrait influenced by the Smiths and Echo & The Bunnymen.

Shriekback return with a New Album, three years after the release of ‘Glory Bumps’.

We marked the 30 years anniversary of 1980 as well, by organizing albums and singles polls for this year. We did the same for the running year.

Japan bassist Mick Karn dies in the age of 52. Karn played with Japan from their formation in 1974 until their split in 1982 and also formed Dalis Car with Peter Murphy.

John Foxx teams up with Benge (Ben Edwards) to form John Foxx and The Maths which will further experiment with electronic music

We look back at some of the best 80’s duets in 2011.

Ladytron celebrate a decade with music. From electro clash to more dark romantic synth pop.

The Human League release New Album Credo, the first release in ten years.

We celebrate Human League’s body of work in three phases.

John Maus releases his third album and his first in the 10’s decade. He keeps up with lo-fi, vintage synth pop style.

Clan of Xymox return with a new album ‘Darkest Hour’.

David Buckley examines the cult enigma that is Kraftwerk, including their beginnings in the avant-garde as well as their astonishingly prescient work, which drew the musical template for techno, ambient, dance and all manner of electronic pop.

We pay tribute to the work of Mark Hollis and Talk Talk.

Gary Numan releases his 18th studio album ‘Dead Son Rising’

Martin Rushent dies at 63. Among his biggest successes is Human League's album 'Dare' which gave the band the international breakthrough.

Soft Metals are among the best new comers for this year. They blend some of the best elements from 80’s decade transforming it in their own style.

The Horrors have release their third studio album 'Skying'.

Kate Bush releases a brand new album ’50 Words for Snow’ on her own label Fish People.

OMD revisit Eric’s Club where they started their career in 1978. After 33 years comes the comeback.

"Electric Dreams', the long awaited super book by David Buckley is out. The book documents the history of The Human League and the steel city and also marks the thirtieth anniversary of 'Dare'.

Sally Dige previously member of Petroleum by Product goes solo and releases her first retro styled video for the song "Immaculate Deception".

Magazine release their first album in thirty years entitled ‘No Thyself’.

The reunited New Order minus Hook to release new studio album ‘Lost Sirens’

Duran Duran reveal the exclusive video for ‘Girl Panic’  which features model superstars Naomi Campbell, Helena Christensen, Yasmin Le Bon, Cindy Crawford and Eva Herzigova role-playing as different Duran Duran band members. Duran Duran also release probably the best comeback album of the decade 'All You Need Is Now'.

Our blog is turning five!

After 30 years working on their respective ongoing music projects, Vince Clarke and Martin L. Gore  come together for the first time since 1981 as VCMG to release a brand new album preceded by a series of EPs.

We marked the 30 years anniversary of 1981 as well, by organizing albums and singles polls for this year. We did the same for the running year.

Following his UK tour in 2012, we made a short interview with Howard Jones.

We pay tribute to Billy Mackenzie and the Associates in a mixtape.

Pet Shop Boys release a brand new b-sides compilation on Parlophone. Entitled 'Format', it celebrates the duo's prolific song-writing and recording by collecting 38 b-sides and bonus tracks originally released on singles from 1996 to 2009

Morten Harket releases a solo album produced by Steve Osborne.

Whitney Houston dies aged 48. She remains as one of the top selling female artists.

Trust is the first big new comer of the year. It starts as a duo consisting of Robert Alfons and Maya Postepski. Alfons continues solo after the first record.

Steve Strange returns with a new formation Detroit Starrzz which includes artists, producers and remixers.

We reveal an exclusive interview with the founding member of hard Coprs Mr Clive Pierce which is in the context of hard Corps reissues.

Mute mark the 10th Anniversary of Frank Tovey's death, by being one of the first electronic artist on the label along with The Human League and Cabaret Voltaire.

An interesting new comer in 2012 is the Los Angeles based Camella Lobo who combines different dark electro styles

Similar goes with London based Linea Aspera who are clearly influenced by 80's underground electo.

Donna Summer dies at age of 63. She was a five-time Grammy Award winner and was one of the most popular artists of the disco movement. 

Ultravox release 'Brilliant', band's first album in 28 years.

Poeme Electronique return with new music and we sit with the found and composer Mr David Hewson for an exclusive interview.

Bananarama celebrate the 30 year anniversary and release a CD/DVD compilation

Dead Can Dance return with a new studio album in sixteen years.

Kurt Feldman, originally a member of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, has a new band project called Ice Choir whose glossy retro pop reminds of Scritti Polliti.

We explore more about the Detachments talking with lead vocal Bastien Marshal

The Vancouver based Actors are among the exciting new comers this year and we also do an interview with the lead singer Jason Corbett.

We marked the 30 years anniversary of 1982 as well, by organizing albums and singles polls for this year. We did the same for the running year.

David Bowie premiers new single "Where Are We Now" at his 66. birthday  which takes us back to Berlin. The Album 'The Next Day' is announced.

Danish trio October Dance emerge and show us their sound and vision of synthpop eletro waves.

Andy Oppeneheimer returns with a new project Oppenheimer MkII and releases his first LP since 'New Mexico' in 1982. On this occasion we also set up an interview with Mr Oppenheimer.

Depeche Mode announce 13th studio album 'Delta Machine'.

Suede release first new studio material after almost a decade. The album is entitled 'Bloodsports'.

Edwyn Collins reveals 8th solo album 'Understated'.

OMD release 'English Electric' promoted with the single "Metroland". The band also tours with Simple Minds.

Soft Metals release second album promoted with the single "Tell Me".

Pet Shop Boys leave Parlophone records after 26 years and announce new album 'Electric' on new label.

Berlin come back with a new album 'Animal' which only includes Terri Nunn as original member.

Prefab Sprout release new album titled 'Crimson/Red', the first one in more than a decade.

Lou Reed the musical mastermind behind the music of The Velvet Underground dies aged 71.

We set up an interview with the Candian artist Nikki Nevver aka Terror Brid.

We marked the 30 years anniversary of 1983 as well, by organizing albums and singles polls for this year. We did the same for the running year.

We pay tribute to the famous French film director Michael Gondry and feature the music videos he directed throughout the year 2014.

Another interesting duo to emerge in the NYC darkwave scene is the band Tempers.

Stephen Mallinder the founding member of Cabaret Voltaire forms Wrangler. After their first EP in 2012, they release their debut album 'La Spark'

Minuit Machine is among the finest new comers this year and perfectly reflects the Paris underground darkwave. We also set up an interview with the ladies.

Britain's iconic band Spandau Ballet story in music have finally been documented in a film.'Soul Boys of The Western World'

We marked the 30 years anniversary of 1983 as well, by organizing albums and singles polls for this year. We did the same for the running year.

This year for the first time, we also introduced VOTY. The selecetion for Video of the Year.