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REVIEWS: POP - Super Discount 2 The Sage Gateshead ooooo

The sight of three balding producers bobbing their heads up and down as their fingers manipulate mixing keyboards, desk and computers to work up a breathtaking house-music storm may not be the most enticing proposition to many people. But for anyone who followed the late-Nineties French dance-music scene (or French Touch, as it was popularly known) the Super Discount live experience is exciting, as it is long overdue.

POP: Mylo Foundation Newcastle oooo9

"DESTROY ROCK'n'Roll" may be Mylo's clarion call, but anyone hoping that the Scottish producer is intent on wreaking such destruction in celebration of the 20th anniversary of house music will be disappointed. For Mylo's live show owes more to the era of guitar music that did nearly destroy rock'n'roll, namely soft rock.

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Pop: Logging on to passionate pop

"I'm learning a lot about bands that I'd never heard of before because people in the UK say we sound a bit like them; Fad Gadget and that kind of stuff. I'd never really thought about the 1980s element until radio DJs started talking about it."

Pop: Getting in the Moog

At some point in the conversation with Jason Westgate, Moog and DAT controller for south London beat merchants Hoodwink, the thought occurred that writing new music isn't always that much fun. Although their next single "More Millionaires" - a classy jumble of cheeky Moog, cutting harmonica, wideboy vocals and crashing guitars with big funky beats - has been on club playlists for some time, they've actually been signed to their label for five years with very little product on the shelf. In the beginning, they were trying to get the crossover formula of mad vocal techno but, "no one was convinced back then. What we did was a bit like what Underworld did with "Born Slippy" but until Trainspotting came along, no one really wanted to know that sound." Jason and guitarist partner Leon Fijalkowski were sent back to the drawing board, so to speak, and he describes the experience in a way that brings up images of the scriptwriting factory in Barton Fink.
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