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Poisonous Relationship : Garden Of Problems

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Sheffield has played an important part in the history of electronic music: the city’s late-’70s scene produced some of the movement’s most influential bands – synth-pop originators Heaven 17, the Human League and ABC and industrial experimentalists Cabaret Voltaire – whilst in 1989 Warp Records, for years the quintessential electronic label, was founded there. 26 year-old Jamie Crewe AKA Poisonous Relationship (dude has to have had his heart broken, right?) is the latest link in the chain, although the sprawling, opulent productions on his debut long-player Garden Of Problems owe as much to the American and European artists inspired by his home-town’s heroes; channeling Detroit techno, Chicago house and more contemporary minimalist beats Crewe has made a fluid, funky record equally suited to headphone listening or dancefloor situations, and added soulful R&B vocals, lush harmonies, saxophones, steel drums and electric pianos, imbuing the songs with a warmth you wouldn’t normally expect from a city best known for its steel. The album is out now via Ecstasy Records; check out Crewe’s video for epic opener “Men’s Feelings” below.

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About foamhands

My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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