What? What? No, seriously. This is excellent. Sure, the very mention of the man's name conjures a picture of excess forever associated with a particular era of gung-ho materialism, defined by concerts whose unfathomable vastness saw them take place not in stadiums but in places: Docklands, Moscow (just Moscow – attendance 3.5 million) and the Sahara.
French synth master and electronica icon Jean-Michel Jarre will always hold a spot in the genre’s history. In 1976, he released Oxygène, his first seminal work, a commercial success, and a record that would influence ambient electronic artists for years to come. In 1997, he released its follow-up LP, Oxygène 7-13. The series is one of reinvention and inspiration that encourages others to follow suit, be it diving into electronic vinyl bins in Sudan or launching art projects into space.
Jo Kendall on the latest releases from Wolf People, Jean-Michel Jarre, Shaman Elephant, James McArthur and Mike Keneally Wolf People - Ruins It’s No More Mister Nice Guy(s) for intellectual Brit psych-rocker types Wolf People. Months of on-the-go production – drummer and engineer Tom Watt making use of his portable recording kit, capturing takes in all places, at all times – has resulted in the quartet going one louder on their third album. From the get-go they sound decidedly fucked off, frontloading Ruins with a trio of dirty, Vertigo-style garage-rock belters, exclaiming ‘Tear it down!’ on Rhine Sagas, before lead guitarist Joe Hollick attempts Tony McPhee-levels of eardrum-rupturing splitter work on the densely groovy Night Witch.