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REVIEW: BLANCMANGE – SEMI DETACHED (2015)

THIS IS NOT RETRO SAYS... Let's start with 'Paddington', the first single from this new Blancmange record and deservedly so. Not only does it neatly… more

REVIEW: SPANDAU BALLET ‘SOUL BOYS OF THE WESTERN WORLD TOUR’ [2015]

THIS IS NOT RETRO SAYS... BRIGHTON CENTRE, 11/3/2015 It's not that long since it would have been inconceivable that the warring factions of Spandau Ballet… more

REVIEW: MARC ALMOND – THE VELVET TRAIL (2015)

THIS IS NOT RETRO SAYS... Marc Almond is something of a musical chameleon and while that makes his career an interesting one, with each new… more

REVIEW: JIMMY SOMERVILLE – HOMAGE (2015)

THIS IS NOT RETRO SAYS... Jimmy Somerville is no stranger to disco. The Communards covered 'Don't Leave Me This Way' and 'Never Can Say Goodbye'… more

REVIEW: ERASURE ‘THE VIOLET FLAME TOUR’ [2014]

THIS IS NOT RETRO SAYS... Brighton Cente, Brighton 23/11/2014 It's a familiar cycle: a band who have been around forever release a new album (usually… more

REVIEW: HOLLY JOHNSON ‘DANCING WITH NO FEAR’ TOUR [2014]

Let's cut straight to the chase, resplendent in a black military style jacket and leather trousers, and sporting his trademark left white glove and outsized sunglasses Holly Johnson's return to the live London stage was, frankly, a triumph.

REVIEW: NIK KERSHAW ‘ME, MYSELF & I’ TOUR [2014]

THIS IS NOT RETRO SAYS... The Stables, Milton Keynes 14/09/2014 Nik Kershaw was always different to his contemporary Eighties chart-botherers. With his first two albums… more

REVIEW: B-MOVIE – THE AGE OF ILLUSION (2014)

THIS IS NOT RETRO SAYS... I have to start this review with something of a confession, I really don't know much about B-Movie other than… more

REVIEW: LAIBACH ‘SPECTRE’ TOUR [2014]

THIS IS NOT RETRO SAYS... You can't help but think that Russia's audacious invasion of the disputed Crimean region of the Ukraine is probably the… more

REVIEW: HAZEL O’CONNOR – HERE SHE COMES [2014]

THIS IS NOT RETRO SAYS... For the duration of my formative years I was a Toyah fan, and the rules of being a Toyah fan… more

ALISON MOYET – THE MINUTES [2013]

THIS IS NOT RETRO SAYS... It is beyond dispute that Alison Moyet is one of our finest vocalists, and on this new album she truly… more

OMD – ENGLISH ELECTRIC [2013]

THIS IS NOT RETRO SAYS... At first listen 'English Electric' feels like 'Dazzle Ships' all over again, another polarising moments in their career. Back in… more

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