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The expression "If you can't play, write music reviews" gets its comeuppance with the appearance of the dronejam licks of Electric Music, featuring former rock journalist Tom Doyle on vocals. Electric Music is an egoless inauguration, a money-where-your-mouth-is how-to on mastermix and innovation. The ambitious use of bumblebee accordions and snippets of opera establish a polar, if not spectral, base texture: a brilliant way to enable range and happy experimentation within. And Doyle, complimented entirely by former On-U Sound engineer Anth Brown, heartfully and competently recognizes the vocal contributions of Billy Mackenzie of the Associates (Doyle once penned and published an impressive autobiography of the singer). Songs are dubby, multi-layered, and melodic, like the ambitious but even-tempered "Gin Palace" and the more anthemic "Electronic Music on My Mind." One of the best and most "real" efforts to come out of the U.K. electrobox in a long time: and a testament to the "put up or shut up" attitude that threatens music writers everywhere.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

London, England-based outfit formed by music journalist Tom Doyle and former On U Sound engineer Anth Brown. Originally known as Electric Music, the Scottish-born duo was forced to add AKA to their name following the threat of legal action from former Kraftwerk member Karl Bartos. They made their debut in 2000 with the grandly titled North London Spiritualist Church. The album juxtaposed retro electronica, indie guitar rock and Doyle’s wistful vocals to notable effect, echoing the modus operandi...
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