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John Foxx, John Foxx And The Maths Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (21 Mar 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metamatic
  • ASIN: B004M5FZHW
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,627 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The debut album by John Foxx And The Maths will be released by Metamatic Records on 21st March, 2011. Interplay is a collaboration between John Foxx and electronic composer and synthesizer collector, Benge (Ben Edwards). He's best known for his 2008 album, Twenty Systems which was described by Brian Eno as 'a brilliant contribution to the archaeology of electronic music.' The album will initially be available as a Deluxe Digipack limited to 1500 copies, designed by Jonathan Barnbrook whose previous work includes David Bowie's Heathen and Reality albums. Moody and atmospheric, but also full of songs that are actually more pop than avant garde, Interplay pulls various strands of electronic music together from early 80s electro to 70s Krautrock, even flashes of Cabaret Voltaire and Foxx s first band, Ultravox! One track, Watching A Building On Fire features Mira Aroyo from Ladytron, who also came up with the original synth riff. Although Interplay sounds nothing like the ambient experiments of Twenty Systems, both albums are based around the waves, frequencies and vibrations of analogue synthesizers. Many of the songs on the new Maths album started with an electronic rhythm from a 1960s Moog system built into Benge's studio, with the pair then coming up with ideas live in the studio. As Benge says, 'the idea of Interplay is in the lyric from the title-track. 'We calculated everything, but not the interplay'. In the studio we left a lot of things to chance and let the various combinations of sounds and colours and connections trigger our imaginations.' Foxx and Benge will be performing tracks from the album, plus a selection of early Ultravox material (with Robin Simon on guitar) and material from Foxx's dark electro classic Metamatic at the Troxy, London on 2nd April, alongside live sets by Gary Numan and Motor. This follows their triumphant analogue performance last summer at the Roundhouse as the headliner of the 2010 Short Circuit festival. Meanwhile in recent years John Foxx has also collaborated with I, Robot film director Alex Proyas, writer Iain Sinclair and Robin Guthrie (ex-Cocteau Twins). He's currently working on new material with Paul Daley (Leftfield).

BBC Review

Nostalgia for the future has meant that numerous acts that came to the fore during the synth-pop boom of the late 70s and early 80s are back once again, like Britpop and grunge never happened. The previous few months have seen releases by OMD, The Human League and Blancmange. But of all these careworn analogue pioneers who find themselves back in demand again in 2011, it is clearly John Foxx however who has made the most relevant and enjoyable recorded statement.

Foxx originally fronted the original and (superior) line-up of a pre-Midge Ure Ultravox! and propelled the proto-goth, art house post punk unit towards the emergent synthesizer revolution before striking out on his own. He achieved fleeting critical and commercial solo success in the early 80s with the albums Metamatic and The Garden, but spent the latter half of the decade and most of the 90s dormant. While he has completed many intriguing avant-electronica multi-media projects since (most notably 1997’s Cathedral Oceans), this is the first time he has fully re-engaged with synth-pop as a form in nearly 30 years. And the result of this, Interplay, is an unqualified success.

His ‘band’ the Maths is actually east London synth archivist Ben ‘Benge’ Edwards, and he proves a perfect foil for the silver Foxx. Edwards (like contemporaries Simian Mobile Disco) collects vintage keyboards and sequencers and is engaged in a project to make very new music on antiquated equipment. So this album is the perfect synthesis of warm retro and cold futurism; of what the future used to sound like, what it turned out to be and what it still could be.

While Shatterproof has a tough, bleeping EBM pulse, it is embellished with glitchy and shimmering time-stretched vocals. Foxx has an amusing pop at the post-electroclash, microKORG-owning electro hipsters of the last few years on Catwalk, while one of the true inheritors to his crown, Mira Aroyo from Ladytron, lends her glacial, irony-free tones to the sumptuous Watching a Building on Fire. Elsewhere, the glorious ghost of Metamatic (and Gary Numan’s The Pleasure Principle) informs The Running Man and Destination with booming Moog and relentless machine rhythms. And finally, the chorused voices of The Good Shadow pay tribute to the godfathers of all this music, Kraftwerk.

In the fourth decade of his career, Foxx has released an album which easily equals the high points of his rich back catalogue.

--John Doran

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A return to the past 21 Mar 2011
Format:Audio CD
John's best work for sometime sees him return to the analogue age of sublime electronica that will have you addicted to the album from the very first listen. Reminds me of raw old skool Ultravox through to the established eerie sound and fantastic Metamatic. Not a bad track here and easily a brilliant 5*
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moving forward, looking back 21 Mar 2011
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I've felt that of late that John Foxx has been releasing albums that are variations of the same theme.
What a pleasant surprise then to hear his latest offering in collaboration with Ben Edwards. Each track is tight, snappy and holds the listener in a 4 minute grip. Foxx's early influences & peers are to be found throughout with 'A falling star' reviving a Brian Eno era Roxy music complete with Brian Ferry style vocals. The closing track is for all the world a re-take on the classic Kraftwerk track 'Europe endless' and everywhere are haunting similarities with the 'Reproduction' & 'Travelogue' Human League outpourings and even OMD feel to be lurking behind many tracks. Once you've played this through a few times there's fun to be had looking out for the many homages & nods to the early pioneers of the serious synthesiser scene.
While all similar the tracks are still all inventive and often startle with their ability to mix the heavy, white noise of analogue synth with bass lines that thud through your head and drive everything along at a fair old pace.
Every one of these ten tracks is a song for the lost generation of the late 70's and 80's who wanted their pop heavier, more serious and demanded a level of skill that eluded just about everyone who made the charts with very few exceptions.
I would have gone nuts for this back then and am not ashamed to admit it moves me still. All praise to Foxx who has so skilfully returned to his roots and even his old keyboards and yet still managed to produce an album that feels fresh and new in style while leaning heavily upon a past to be proud of.
If you want to remember just how it felt when you first heard 'Metamatic', 'The man machine', 'the pleasure principle' or 'Travelogue' then look no further. Ten tracks of nostalgic delight & wonderment await you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 10/10 24 Mar 2011
Format:Audio CD
I have been a fan of John Foxx since year dot... mostly he always impresses and delivers excellent material.This this album is simply majestic and anyone who likes electronic music should buy it.... quite simply it knocks spots off the the latest offerings by Blancmange and Human League (who I also admire)...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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How about his best period. Let's not forget that it is a collaborative work with Benge who deserves the accolades as well. Everyone who likes their bleeps served with human emotion....order this now and never look back.
I challenge anyone out there to come up with a track as beautiful as A FALLING STAR. According to a recent interview with Foxx, he might be sitting on another album's worth of material recorded during these sessions??????
Please release soon, beauty like this is really needed in this world. I take walks and listen to this album, and I just keep going and going and replaying and replaying and appreciating what it is I see out there. Truly wonderful and I doubt anything will beat this release this year.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars interplay 18 April 2011
Format:Audio CD
I have been a fan of John Foxx since the very first Ultravox album and the song The Garden is one of my all time favourites. Here in New Zealand our record stores are nearly all top 40 trash so I was so thrilled to see John continues to make music through this amazon site. This is the 4th album I have purchased and I am glad I did, it ticks all the right boxes.Right from the start I enjoyed Shatterproof and it is the last song The Good Shadow that quickly became my favourite. I would recommend this to any John Foxx fan its fresh, with complex tunes and just enough hooks to pull you in,Hope one day he will make it to Christchurch for a live gig.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear vision! 5 April 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is an excellent album. It has the freshness of the real "Ultravox!" And also seems to capture the essence of "Metamatic". Having said this the album has a very contemporary feel with excellent production, thoughtful arrangements, lyrics that only John Foxx could write and nice grooves - it does look back, but with the interest in creating something new and fresh. I have the vinyl copy that is nicely packaged (would have been a nice touch to have included download codes, but it is reasonably priced compared with some vinyl releases) so thanks John for an album with an excellent artistic vision. I have also purchased the second album so will review soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Brilliant Album 23 Mar 2011
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Been a fan of John Foxx since way back in the 70's with Ultravox! Most artists find it hard to beat their glory years of earlier work but John has done it with interplay. Can't stop listening to it - all tracks are superb and like other reviewers have stated a fusion of the earlier work of other great synth bands and artists. Love it including the packaging. Just wish this was also available on vinyl.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the year!? 23 Mar 2011
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This is the first collaboration between electronic pioneer John Foxx and analogue synth collector and musician Benge. Apparently they started working together with the intention of making ambient or Krautrock-styled instrumentals but they ended up writing a whole batch of songs with old synthesizers and drum machines. The weird thing is how fresh and modern it sounds in lots of ways. It's like a classic take on the likes of Telekon (Gary Numan) or Travelogue (The Human League) but with a contemporary twist. And the artwork is beautiful too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
If you like electronic music you're going to love this you're in for a treat John Fox at his near best
Published 8 months ago by David Binks
5.0 out of 5 stars Past and future intersect here...
The golden age of John Foxx in "Metamatic" are back and still point to the future ... Highly recommended for anyone who admires the use of good old analog synths with the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Otavio Augusto Rodrigues
5.0 out of 5 stars Something different
Another album that goes in a different direction musically. Some of the tracks need to be listened to attentively as they do meander in various directions and the same sound wise. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Brian E. Viercant
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Published 15 months ago by PD Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Amongst John Foxx's best
Is this retro? Harking back to the 80s? Entirely modern? I don't know and I don't care. I don't want to categorise it at all. Read more
Published on 4 Feb 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars pure foxx class
forget modern pop,re-makes and wannabes and listen to one of my personal,favourite albums of the year....john foxx and the maths. there's not one bad track on this disc. Read more
Published on 21 Nov 2011 by Pablo Leone
5.0 out of 5 stars John Foxx and Group Create a Great Sounscape
WOW! I am very happy with this release. John Foxx and his crew put together some great songs a la Metamatic style. All the fun and funkiness of an analog synthscape are present. Read more
Published on 11 Oct 2011 by <Anvil.Chorus>
5.0 out of 5 stars Interpreting 'Interplay'
This latest CD is another quality product from John Foxx whose musical output stretches back over 30 years and has consistently been interesting and creative. Read more
Published on 11 Oct 2011 by Nicholas John Timms
5.0 out of 5 stars It blew my mind
OMG.....this album has blown me away. I have loved John Foxx since Ultravox and his first solo album Metamatic was played to death and I was in John Foxx heaven. Read more
Published on 16 Sep 2011 by Alternative girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Brutalism Electro for the Now...
Wow! I can't get enough of this. I know many have tried to re-create that past-synth sound on modern synths but it never quite works! Well this is truly magnificent. Read more
Published on 27 April 2011 by Christopher Hunter
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