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17.02.15 – LONDON OVERGROWN
John Foxx has recently announced his first solo release of 2015 - an instrumental album entitled London Overgrown, due out at the end of March. Here is the rather beautiful artwork...
21.07.14 – JOHN FOXX RECEIVES HONORARY DOCTORATE
CONGRATULATIONS are in order for John Foxx, who gave a moving and inspiring acceptance speech today, as he was awarded Doctor of Philosophy at Lancashire's Edge Hill University as part of their 2014 Summer Graduation Ceremonies.
The suit may not have been grey, but it was great to see John receive such a well-deserved accolade.
09.06.14 – THE VIRGIN YEARS BOX SET
A box set of John Foxx's first four solo albums on Virgin Records – The Virgin Years 1980 - 1985 – has been announced for release in July.
The collection comprises Metamatic, The Garden, The Golden Section and In Mysterious Ways – each containing bonus tracks of b-sides and demo material, plus an additional disc, Fusion/Fission, which contains more demos from the four albums. This set brings together all the additional material that was previously featured on the 2008 reissues and compilations such as Glimmer. It is also worth noting that the version of Metamatic featured here is the 2014 remaster, which was taken from newly-discovered master tapes, for the recent white vinyl LP edition.
The Virgin Years is available now from the official John Foxx shop and can be pre-ordered from Amazon (available 11th August)
25.05.14 – NEW JOHN FOXX MAILING LIST
A brand new official John Foxx mailing list has been launched - click HERE to subscribe.
Simply click on the link above and enter your email address.
This new mailing list replaces the previous Metamatic.com email newsletter, faithfully managed by Rob Harris since 1998, without which many of us would never have even discovered the work of John Foxx, so a big shout out and thank you to Rob for all the work he put in to keeping us all up-to-date over the years. Cheers, Rob!
25.04.14 – METAMATIC, B-MOVIE
This week saw Metamatic back in the charts! A new master of John Foxx's influential debut album was released on limited edition white vinyl for Record Store Day 2014. A double pack of Interplay and The Shape of Things was also released for the event.
While fans eagerly got hold of these new (and soon to be rare) LPs , John Foxx's latest album, B-Movie (Ballardian Video Neuronica) was also released.
06.04.14 – SITE UPDATES
20.03.14 – NEW JOHN FOXX ALBUM: B-MOVIE (Ballardian Video Neuronica)
What was I saying about there not bing much Foxx news to report? Well out of the blue comes the news of a new release for April, B-Movie (Ballardian Video Neuronica), originally made for a cut-up movie by Foxx and Karborn, screened as part of Brighton's Cine-City festival in late 2012. B-Movie (Ballardian Video Neuronica) is inspired by the ideas and work of British writer J G Ballard.
1 The Atrocity Catalogue Update
2 Geometry, Collision and Coincidence
3 Exit Strategy
4 Velocity Logic
5 Crash Course
6 Obscene Chemistry
7 A Stray Ballardian Neurone
8 Disaster Series
9 The Other Side
Ballardian Video Neuronica:
10 Geometry, Collision and Coincidence
11 Exit Strategy
12 Velocity Logic
13 Crash Course
14 Obscene Chemistry
15 A Stray Ballardian Neurone
16 Disaster Series
17 Dashboard Melt
18 The Other Side
This album is currenly exclusive to the John Foxx online store.
07.03.14 – THE LIGHT DREAMS: TRACES
TRACES is a thought-provoking and reflective album, with an electro-organic soundscape formed largely from classic 80s and 90s synths.
John Foxx's work is among the many influences to my music, so please come and have a listen! The album is available as digital download or CD & mp3 bundle.
07.09.13 – JOHN FOXX AND THE BELBURY CIRCLE: EMPTY AVENUES
Empty Avenues, the new collaboration between John Foxx and The Belbury Circle, released on Ghost Box is out now!
The tracklisting is as follows:
01. Empty Avenues
02. Almost There
03. The Right Path
05. The Time of Your Life
06. Empty Avenues and Dark Corners (Pye Corner Audio Mix)
John's new collaboration with Jori Hulkkonen, European Splendour is also out now.
Discography update - a gradual work in progress, with the help of fellow-fan Mark Davis, is a page for each of John Foxx's single releases. So far we have updated pages for Underpass, No-One Driving, Burning Car and My Face. Watch this space...
22.06.13 – EUROPEAN SPLENDOUR
John Foxx and Finnish electronic artist Jori Hulkkonen reunite for European Splendour, a new release which also features mixes by iconic director David Lynch.
European Splendour features artwork by Johnathan Barnbrook and will be released on CD and vinyl on 19th August. Tracklisting is as follows:
03. Something Is Coming Down The Avenues
04. Can't See You Anymore
05. Evangeline (David Lynch Remix)
06. Evangeline (David Lynch Instrumental)
07. Evangeline (Radio Edit)
B1. Something Is Coming Down The Avenues
B2. Can't See You Anymore
B3. Evangeline (David Lynch Remix)
You can hear a clip of "Something is Coming Down the Avanues" here.
10.05.13 – PLAYGROUND FESTIVAL CANCELLED
Due to poor ticket sales, the Playground Festival event on Saturday June 8th has been CANCELLED. Anybody with a ticket will be refunded on request.
10.05.13 – METADELIC DETAILS
The new compilation of John Foxx's more psychedelic-influenced works, Metadelic, will be released on 3rd June. The tracklisting for the set is as follows:
01. Swimmer II
02. Miles Away
03. Europe After The Rain
04. Dancing Like A Gun
06. Twilight's Last Gleaming
08. Sitting At The Edge Of The World (Alternative Version)
09. Ghosts On Water
10. An Ocean We Can Breathe
11. Through My Sleeping
12. Shifting City
14. Never Been Here Before
15. Invisible Ray
16. Vapour Trails
BBC Session Versions:
01. Hiroshima Mon Amour (December 1983)
02. Twilight's Last Gleaming (December 1983)
03. In Mysterious Ways (June 1985)
04. Stars On Fire (June 1985)
05. Lose All Sense Of Time (June 1985)
06. Hanging In The Air (September 1985)
07. In Mysterious Ways (September 1985)
12 Inch Versions:
09. Like A Miracle
10. A Kind Of Wave
11. Stars On Fire
12. Enter The Angel
13. What Kind Of Girl
14. Endlessly (Sparkle Mix)
Disc Three [DVD]
01. Miles Away
02. Europe After The Rain (Top Of The Pops)
03. Dancing Like A Gun
05. Stars On Fire
06. Lose All Sense Of Time
24.04.13 – a few tidbits
Following production problems, Rhapsody will now be released on 10th May, exclusive to the official John Foxx Store.
John Foxx and the Maths are supporting OMD on their "English Electric" tour, which kicks off next weekend:
April 28 Margate Winter Gardens
April 29 Birmingham Symphony Hall
May 1 Nottingham Royal Centre
May 2 Ipswich Regent Theatre
May 3 London Roundhouse
May 5 Bristol Colston Hall
May 6 Oxford New Theatre
May 8 Sheffield City Hall
May 9 Leeds Academy
May 10 Manchester Academy
May 12 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
May 13 Gateshead Sage
May 14 Liverpool Empire
John Foxx and the Maths have also remixed OMD's next single, "Dresden".
09.04.13 – Rhapsody details
Rhapsody will be released on 26th April, and consists of ten tracks recorded live in the studio, shortly after 2011's Interplay tour. The band consists of John Foxx (Vocals, keyboards), Benge (percussion, keyboards), Hannah Peel (violin, keyboards) and Serafina Steer (bass, keyboards). The tracklisting is as follows:
1 The Good Shadow (Instrumental)
3 He's A Liquid
4 The Running Man
5 The Shadow Of His Former Self
6 Hiroshima Mon Amour
8 Burning Car
10 Just For A Moment
Rhapsody is available to pre-order here.
07.04.13 JOHN FOXX AND THE MATHS – RHAPSODY
Out of the blue comes yet another release from The Maths – Rhapsody – ten tracks recorded live at The Maths studio. More information and tracklisting just as soon as we know!
Metamatic Records are to release a limited edition, hand-stamped and numbered 12" single of John Foxx's 1980 single "Underpass" for Record Store Day on 20 April. The single comes with new artwork by Jonathan Barnbrook.
18.03.13 'METADELIC' COMPILATION ANNOUNCED
Metamatic Records have announced a new John Foxx compilation, Metadelic – a 3-disc set comprising 2 CDs and a DVD, focussing – as the cover art suggests – on John's more psychedelia-influenced works. It's also due to contain "a few surprises"... track listing and release date are due to be announced soon.
04.03.13 LIVE FOXX IN 2013
John Foxx and The Maths will be playing a number of gigs this year, including a'one-off show at Concorde 2 in Brighton on Friday the 7th of June, 2013, with support from the Vile Electrodes. They will alsobe appearing at The Playground Festival at the O2 Academy Brixton, London on Saturday the 8th of June, 2013 alongside electro-contemporaries Gary Numan and ex-man machine, Wolfgang Flur.
Throughout April and May, John Foxx and the Maths will be supporting OMD on tour.
THE LIGHT DREAMS – FUTURE WORLDS
I'm pleased to announce the release of my own new album, Future Worlds. This collection of atmospheric, instrumental tracks takes the listener on a journey through utopias, dystopias, other worlds and times. My style has been likened to that of Jean Michel Jarre, Tangerine Dream and Mike Oldfield.
I'm also honorary musician for the newly-established Institute for Interstellar Studies, and 10% of each album sale will go towards the institute.
27.09.12 'ANALOGUE CIRCUIT' RELEASE DATE
Analogue Circuit, the live album and DVD package from John Foxx And The Maths (recorded at London's Roundhouse in 2010) is now set for release on October 15th.
25.09.12 'EVIDENCE' OUT NOW
Evidence, by John Foxx And The Maths is out now, both as a physical CD release and digital download – and here is our review.
11.09.12 'EVIDENCE' RELEASE DELAYED
The release date for Evidence looks to have been put back to September 24th. It is available for pre-order from the official John Foxx store.
12.08.12 'EVIDENCE' TRACKLISTING ANNOUNCED
The tracklisting for Evidence, the forthcoming release from John Foxx And The Maths has been announced:
01. Personal Magnetism
02. Evidence (Featuring The Soft Moon)
03. That Sudden Switch (Featuring Xeno & Oaklander)
04. Talk (Beneath Your Dreams) (Featuring Matthew Dear)
05. Neon Vertigo
06. Changelings (Featuring Gazelle Twin)
07. My Town
08. Have A Cigar
09. A Falling Star (Featuring Gazelle Twin)
10. Cloud Choreography
11. Shadow Memory
14. Only Lovers Left Alive
15. Talk (I Speak Machine Mix) (Featuring Tara Busch)
Evidence comprises new tracks, collaborations and remixes.
01.08.12 ANCONA SHOW REVIEW & PHOTOS
Italian fan Luca Borioni has posted a review of last weekend's show in Ancona, Italy, along with some excellent photographs here.
31.07.12 NEW ITALIAN BIOGRAPHY PAGE
Italian website ondarock.it have recently published a comprehensive John Foxx biography (in Italian), which details his entire career, from the early years with Ultravox!, to his solo career and various collaborations, from 1980's Metamatic right up to his work with The Maths.
"John Foxx – The Quiet Man", by Matteo Meda, can be found here.
NEW ALBUM FROM THE LIGHT DREAMS - 'INFERNO'
Not John Foxx news, (but certainly Foxx influenced), I have just finished working on my new album of instrumental electronica, Inferno. The album is available as a digital download for £7 (or more if you fancy) from http://thelightdreams.bandcamp.com/. The download comes with a PDF booklet containing exclusive artwork by myself.
I have also started a Facebook page for my music - come and say hi, I'd love to get feeedback from fellow Foxx fans!
I've also added a discography page with a streaming player to my website.
21.07.12 JOHN FOXX AND THE MATHS LIVE IN ITALY
Good news for the Italian Foxx fanbase – John Foxx and The Maths will be appearing at the Acusmatiq 7 electronic music festival on Saturday 28th July. More information on the festival's website.
14.06.12 ANALOGUE CIRCUIT DVD/CD
Artwork has been revealed for the forthcoming Analogue Circuit set, designed again by Jonathan Barnbrook, who has been responsible for the artwork for the previous John Foxx And The Maths releases (as well as David Bowie's Heathen and Reality album covers, among others).
Analogue Circuit will contain a DVD and live album across 2 CDs, recorded at London's Roundhouse venue, in 2010.
13.05.12 NEW MATHS MINI-ALBUM AND LONDON LIVE DATE
John Foxx And The Maths will play a warm-up show at London's Cargo on September 5th, ahead of their appearance at the Bestival at the Isle of Wight on Sept 6th.
To coincide with these appearances, a new "mini-album" entitled Evidence has been announced, plus the long-awaited live CD/DVD, Analogue Circuit, filmed at London's Roundhouse in 2010. We'll have more details on these releases soon.
17.03.12 LIVE IN 2012, THE SHAPE OF THINGS NEW EDITION
Live – John Foxx And The Maths will be playing a one-off show at Sala Caracol in Madrid on Saturday May 26th, 2012. For further details, please click here.
The Shape of Things – A single-disc edition of The Shape of Things goes on general release on March 19th. It features the original album plus two bonus tracks – "Where You End and I Begin" (feat. Tara Busch) and a new mix of "Talk" by Matthew Dear, entitled "Talk (Beneath Your Dreams)"
02.11.11 THE SHAPE OF THINGS – NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
The new album from John Foxx And The Maths, The Shape of Things, is now available to buy exclusively at Townsend Records, priced at £14.99.
This brilliant follow-up to John Foxx And The Maths' debut Interplay was recorded and mixed at Benge's studio in London. Like Interplay, it's the sound of analogue synthesizers and drum machines - and on one track, feedbacking guitars played by Foxx himself. Although there's a raw edge to the likes of 'Falling Away' and 'Talk' this album is arguably more reflective and emotional than Interplay. Though not overtly auto-biographical, there is a sense of looking back over a life and exploring feelings of loss over opportunities and lovers missed, and possible futures that will remain unlived. All these thoughts and angles are expressed in 'Rear-View Mirror', 'Unrecognised', 'September Town', 'Talk' and 'Falling Away , as conversations are remembered through dreams and scenes finally played out. Far from wallowing in nostalgia or bitterness, in many ways this is a vital, even sometimes pleasurable experience. At the end of the album those shadow worlds and darker feelings are actually zapped into a new form of life with the macabre sci-fi theatre of 'the Shadow Of His Former Self'. Meanwhile, 'Vapour Trails''s upbeat electronic pyschedelia is rooted in the music of Foxx's own youth, while 'Tides' looks widescreen over a lifetime's experiences, pinned to a fast Motorik beat and still looking to the future as Foxx rides 'those wild eternal tides, again and again.' Looking back in order to look forward, the album is about a life lived and a view on those shadow existences that also somehow stay with us. Ultimately it's a positive and necessary process. It's that glimpse when things unfold and we feel aware - just for a moment - of The Shape Of Things.
This limited edition version of The Shape Of Things also features a hard-back book designed by Jonathan Barnbrook, and a bonus album of remixes by the likes of Ghost Box, Wrangler (featuring Stephen Mallinder from Cabaret Voltaire) and Gary Numan collaborator/remixer Andy Gray. There's also a brand new track with Tara Busch, who recently supported John Foxx & The Maths on their Interplay Tour.
30.10.11 DISCOGRAPHY UPDATE, NEW LIVE DATE
A new page detailing John Foxx's single releases has been added to the discopgraphy. This section will hopefully grow over time as infomration is gathered about each release. The John Foxx biography page has also been updated.
In light of today's cancelled appearance, the Sinners Day festival are offering everyone with a Sinner's Day ticket, free entrance to a John Foxx And The Maths concert on 25th of February 2012 in Aarschot (B). John Foxx And the Maths -
25 FEBRUARY 2012 -
Not John Foxx related at all, but a plug for my own website – which may interest anybody with an interest in science-fiction and fantasy artwork. www.thelightdream.net
28.10.11 SHOWS CANCELLED
The scheduled John Foxx And The Maths concerts in Holmfirth (tonight) and the Sinner's Day Festival in Belguim (Sunday) have been CANCELLED due to John Foxx being hospitalised with a head injury. He's out of hospital now and doing OK but has been advised against travel. John apologies to all the fans who were due to attend these shows.
Wishing you a quick recovery, John.
28.10.11 MATHS TOUR DRAWS TO A CLOSE
Photo by Garry Hensey
After two shows at XOYO in London, John Foxx and The Maths head back up north tonight to play the final show of the Interplay tour at the Picturedrome in Holmfirth near Sheffield. The tour has received rave reviews all round and has seen John Foxx accompanied on stage by Serafina Steer on bass and synths, Hannah Peel on synths and electric violin and Benge flailing around on drums at the back.
The general Interplay tour setlist has been as follows:
Shatterproof / He's A Liquid / No-One Driving / Evergreen / The Running Man / The Shadow of His Former Self / Hiroshima Mon Amour / A New Kind of Man / Plaza / Watching A Building On Fire / Dislocation / Interplay / Catwalk / Summerland / Just For A Moment / Burning Car / The Good Shadow / Underpass
The new Maths album, The Shape of Things has been on sale at the gigs and will hopefully be available to purchase online after the tour.
25.10.11 JOHN FOXX AND THE MATHS - LIVE REVIEW
My review of last night's Interplay tour concert in York is now online...
THE SHAPE OF THINGS – OUT NOW.
The Shape of Things by John Foxx and The Maths has now been added to the discography.
In a Quiet City exclusive, photographer Ed Fielding talks to us about his recent work with John Foxx and Gary Numan. Head over to the Plaza to find out more!
07.10.11 FOXX & NUMAN
The new issue of ArtRocker magazine is rather synthtastic, and features John Foxx and Gary Numan photographed together on the cover. But that's not all - the pair are interviewed (at The Garden studio) in asuperb feature which spans several pages and also includes contributions from The Human League's Phil Oakey and Jim Kerr of Simple Minds. Gary Numan's Dead Son Rising also makes their album of the month, with a five-star review.
Speaking of which, my own review of Dead Son Rising has been added to the Plaza section.
23.09.2011 "THE SHAPE OF THINGS" - NEW ALBUM
The limited edition new album from John Foxx and The Maths is called The Shape of Things, and will be available on the forthcoming tour. Described as rougher and more experimental than Interplay, the album will also be a two-disc set, featuring a bonus CD of remixes. The full tracklisting for The Shape of Things goes like this:
02. Rear-View Mirror
05. September Town
08. Falling Away
09. Invisible Ray
10. Vapour Trails
14. The Shadow Of His Former Self
01. Evergreen (Radio Mix)
02. Shatterproof (Wrangler Mix)
03. Where You End And I Begin (featuring Tara Busch)
04. Summerland (Belbury Poly Mix)
05. The Good Shadow (Tim 'Love' Lee Mix)
06. Watching A Building On Fire (Grayed Out Mix)
07. Interplay (Grayed Out Mix)
08. Evergreen (Xeno & Oaklander Mix)
19.09.11 JOHN FOXX WEEK AND NEW ALBUM MURMERINGS...
It seems John Foxx and The Maths have been secretly beavering away in Benge's Play studios creating a new album, which was finished last week... more news on this exciting development just as soon as there is any!
In the meantime, head on over to Artrocker.tv where it is John Foxx week!
09.09.11 INTERPLAY VIDEO & FREE FOXX REMIX
Regular Foxx collaborator, Jonathan Barnbrook has created a video for the title track of Interplay, using analogue equipment (in this case, Chromascope) to match the analogue ethos of John Foxx and The Maths. It can be viewed on YouTube and I've also added it to the Cinemascope page.
Andy Gray has sprinkled his usual musical magic dust on Interplay track, Watching A Building On Fire, and you can download the remix (which is superb, by the way) for free. Just click here!
NEW GARY NUMAN ALBUM: DEAD SON RISING
Not John Foxx news, but another artist I'm passionate about and whom has many connections to Foxx - fellow synth-pioneer Gary Numan will be releasing his new album, Dead Son Rising, on September 15th, in three different formats; standard CD, deluxe edition and super deluxe edition. Details of all of the above can be found over at numan.co.uk.
Dead Son Rising has been gestating for many years and is a collection of songs made up from demos and unfinished tracks from Numan's previous albums, Jagged, Pure and possibly as far back as Exile, although Numan states that the finished tracks bear little or no similarity to how they started out. The Dead Son Rising tracklisting is as follows:
2. Big Noise Transmission
3. Dead Sun Rising
4. When The Sky Bleeds He Will Come
5. For The Rest Of My Life
6. Not The Love We Dream Of
7. The Fall
8. We Are The Lost
9. For The Rest Of My Life (Reprise)
10. Into Battle
11. Not The Love We Dream Of (Piano Version)
09.08.11 – DISGOGRAPHY UPDATE
18.07.11 – JOHN FOXX AND THE MATHS LIVE: INTERPLAY TOUR 2011
John Foxx and The Maths hit the road in October, touring the critically acclaimed Interplay album. John Foxx will be joined on stage by: Benge (Keyboards & Percussion), Serafina Steer (Keyboards & Bass) and Hannah Peel (Keyboards & Violin), and together they will be performing tracks from Interplay as well as Foxx's solo career and some old Ultravox! favourites. Dates are as follows:
13 October Leamington Spa Assembly Rooms
20 October Bristol Thekla
21 October Manchester Academy 4
22 October Liverpool Stanley Theatre
23 October Glasgow Arches
24 October York Duchess
25 October London XOYO
27 October London XOYO
28 October Holmfirth Picturedrome
Torn Sunset and Nighthawks
Two new albums are out this week – Torn Sunset, a collection of seven melodic instrumentals featuring Theo Travis; and Nighthawks, a 3-disc package featuring Nighthawks, a collaboration with Ruben Garcia and reissues of the two Harold Budd collaborations from 2003, Translucence and Drift Music.
John Foxx and the Maths – Interplay tour 2011
The first live date for John Foxx and the Maths has been announced for Thursday 27th October, at XOYO in London. Keep your eyes open for further tour dates, to be announced soon!
After a brief spell offline, a newly refurbished Metamatic forum is now back online!
The eagle-eyed amongst you may notice a new link has appeared in the menu, called "Cinemascope". This is a new section that will link to various John Foxx videos on YouTube and other online sources - watch this space!
JOHN FOXX AND THE MATHS - INTERPLAY
Interplay, the new album from John Foxx and The Maths, has now been added to the discography. Interplay is available to buy from all good retailers from Monday 21st March 2011.
With less than a week to go before the highly-anticipated Interplay hits the shops, the reviews so far have been nothing short of excellent. Interplay appears to be setting alight the ears of album reviewers everywhere…
"The album echoes four decades of avant-pop…"
"Enigmatic but song-based, evoking early incarnations of Cabaret Voltaire, The Human League and Roxy Music…"
3/5, Q MAGAZINE
"An analogue-keen synth band of modern times, sounds as new as its old, and as imaginative as it is familiar…"
"Fresh and powerful, but never grating on the ears like much digital production."
"Foxx is still sounding relevant"
4/5, ART ROCKER
Interplay is out on Monday 21st March.
The momentum keeps gathering in the
run-up to the release of this long-awaited album. The latest taster of Interplay has emerged in the form of "Evergreen", and the album's opening track, "Shatterproof" is featured as part of a new official remix competition alongside Gary Numan's "Scanner".
John Foxx and the Maths now have their own official website/blog and Facebook page, where you can find details of the remix competition.
Don't forget, John Foxx and a variety of guest musicians will be appearing at the London BACK TO THE PHUTURE event, headlined by GARY NUMAN on April 2nd at the Troxy.
Full details here.
INTERPLAY TRACKLISTING & RELEASE DATE
Interplay is the title of the debut album from John Foxx and the Maths, and the tracklisting is as follows:
4. Watching A Building On Fire (featuring Ladytron's Mira Aroya)
7. The Running Man
8. A Falling Star
10. The Good Shadow
The much anticipated collaboration between John Foxx and Benge is due to be released on 21st March 2011 (which is coincidentally the same day Credo, the new album from The Human League hits the shops).
The sleeve artwork for Interplay (below) was designed by Johnathan Barnbrook, who's previous work includes John Foxx's DNA and David Bowie's Heathen.
All info courtesy of Metamatic.com