I was, and remain, absolutely thrilled to be asked to contribute to the Generation Blitz compilation project. Thirty-four cuts of prime electronic post-punk and synthpop goodness being released on a double CD, double cassette and, of course, digital download and streaming.
“Strength in numbers” is my contribution. When thinking about the Blitz Club era, I thought about it in a political setting. 1979 to 1981 – the era in which I was born – wasn’t the easiest and the song I chose for the compilation is as relevant today as it was then. If you want to know precisely what I mean by that, then you’re going to have to buy the compilation!
Coming on 2 July 2021, “Green light” is a new song featuring Neil Francis. This song will be premiered on Synth City with Rob Harvey on 8 June 2021 between 8 and 10pm BST over at www.phoenixfm.com.
Shortly after broadcast, the LorD and Master BandCamp page will be accepting pre-orders for the maxi-single, which contains remixes by LorD and Master, dEk101, Nature of Wires, Eden, SoftWave, Scyia and Rob Bradley of Shelter along with a bonus track, “Taken for granted”.
Imagine a video game, epic and sweeping in its story, an open-world role-playing game with blistering battles between good and evil, hordes of flying terrors and a strange, alien landscape to explore. Now imagine that game’s soundtrack, but it’s by LorD and Master.
That was the challenge set me by my partner, one Dr Peter Nugent. He told me to write a score for a game that, well, doesn’t exist. I was to imagine the game and its soundtrack, based on twenty titles he provided me. Titles like “Flight of the sirens” and “An ode to bread” might conjure some strange imagery and certainly lent themselves to interesting compositions. So, on 2 April 2021, you get to hear Ten80, the soundtrack to a non-existent game.
Ten80 is an album unlike all other LorD and Master offerings in that it is totally instrumental. The eighteen tracks (two of which comprise two of the provided titles each) are separate compositions with some linking themes. With pixel-artwork by the aforementioned Dr Nugent, Ten80 promises to be an interesting listen for you, but if you’re expecting a bunch of four-minute pop songs, please note the above description!