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Album Review: Cabaret Voltaire – Shadow Of Fear

Posted on 20 Nov 2020 at 8:00am

Richard H. Kirk returns with Cabaret Voltaire for a first new album in over 25 years.

Depeche Mode’s September 1981 Top Of The Pops performance of Just Can’t Get Enough was one that cemented their reputation as unlikely synth-pop heartthrobs.

But it also sent a clear message to an admiring nation that this ‘new’ instrument was not only here to stay, but could make happy, joyous music that even the stiffs could totally endorse.

In Sheffield, things were different.

Cut off by more than just geography, the region was still heavily industrial, its teetering prosperity held in steel, coal and manufacturing; the mills clanked all night and it was long rumoured that on some days an acrid smell hung over the city, released from unidentified chemical by-products.

Cabaret Voltaire began in 1973, well before punk, in the guise of a multi-media art project that took inspiration from Dadaism, literary dystopians like William Burroughs and other lysergic nightmares.

By the start of the next decade, the now duo of Stephen Mallinder and Richard H. Kirk had also begun experimenting with samplers and keyboards, their work – a clattering, paranoid overture at the fringes of dance music – a long way away from daytime radio accessibility.

Notwithstanding, albums like The Crackdown earned them a significant trans-Atlantic cult following, one loyal even after they shifted towards house music with 1990’s Groovy, Laidback & Nasty.

The last album under the CV banner was released four years later, after which Mallinder departed.

What’s Goin’ On shared from long awaited new Cabaret Voltaire album Shadow Of Fear

Posted on 12 Nov 2020 at 9:32am

It’s Richard H Kirk’s first new Cabaret Voltaire album since 1994.

With Shadow Of Fear set for release on November 20th via Mute, What’s Goin’ On has been shared from the first Cabaret Voltaire album in 26 years.

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Richard H Kirk sets first Cabaret Voltaire album in over two decades for release later this year

Posted on 20 Aug 2020 at 7:46am

It’s been well over 20 years, but Richard H Kirk is preparing a new Cabaret Voltaire album for release later this year.

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