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Spotlight on: Madness

Recorded at the renowned Toe Rag Studios, East London, Can’t Touch Us Now was produced by Clive Langer and Liam Watson. Langer is the band’s long term producer and the man who has helped mould some of their biggest moments. Watson is owner of Toe Rag and a Grammy Winner for his work on The White Stripes’ seminal Elephant. The album was mixed by Brit Award winner Charlie Andrew (Alt-J). Recording the whole album in under three weeks, tracks such as ‘Mr Apples’, ‘Mumbo Jumbo’, the Amy Winehouse referencing ‘Blackbird’ and the title track ‘Can’t Touch Us Now’ capture the band’s inimitable combination of pop, reggae and soul influences. As on many of Madness greatest moments, the lyrics are observational and humorous, beautifully framing life in London.

Can’t Touch Us Now is the follow up to 2012’s Top 10 album Oui Oui Si Si Ja Ja Da Da which was certified gold in the UK. Madness are one of the top 20 selling UK groups of all time, with seven top ten albums, 22 top 20 hits and over six million album sales to their name. Can’t Touch Us Now is the latest step in an incredible few years for the revitalised nutty boys. They have spent the summer months road testing the new material at some of the UK’s most iconic festivals including the main stage at Glastonbury.


Spotlight on: Marc Almond

Marc Almond is an internationally acclaimed artist, who over the course of almost four decades has fashioned an astonishing, idiosyncratic and esoteric career. He has sold over 30 million records worldwide and is an icon and influence to a generation of musicians.

Having formed the internationally successful electro duo Soft Cell with Dave Ball in 1979, the group went on to record four albums and have a string of hit singles, the first of which, ‘Tainted Love’, became 1981’s biggest-selling single in the UK and spent a record-breaking number of weeks in the US Billboard Top 100.

Following Soft Cell’s successes came a diverse and hugely successful solo career characterised by over a dozen studio albums and marked by further massive hits and forays into almost every musical genre from Russian folk to techno. Over 35 years he has worked with an incredibly varied roll call of collaborators, including Antony Hegarty, Tony Visconti, Nico, Siouxsie Sioux and Jools Holland’s Rhythm And Blues Orchestra while his extensive canon of original compositions rubs shoulders with songs written by Jacques Brel, Scott Walker and Guy Chambers.

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