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The aptly-monikered PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING electro duo (J. Willgoose, Esq. on instruments and Wrigglesworth on drums/piano) have been delving into the BBC TV and radio archives since they formed in Greater London in 2009. On a par with… say… PAUL HARDCASTLE, BOARDS OF CANADA and KRAFTWERK, in sound and vision, their instrumental/electro-versus-BBC world service samples give the boffin boys their distinctive, streamline character.
Released – after a limited pressing of `EP One’ – on the Test Card imprint (what else?), a subsequent run of singles, `ROYGBIV’, `Spitfire’ (from `The War Room’ EP) and `Everest’, were designed to teach one a little history along the way. For youngsters detached from the posh days of the wireless and 50s monochrome telly, famous British railway films, fighter planes of WWII and Hilary and Tensing’s assault on the highest peak in 1953, just might’ve eluded them.
Taking the title from the opening cut from debut long-player (released on CD and not 78 rpm), INFORM – EDUCATE – ENTERTAIN (2013) {*9} is electronic music’s equivalent to Pathe News or Pearl & Dean. Sounds such as the aforementioned singles, plus `Signal 30’, `Theme From PSB’, et al, transmit sonic and hook-line chemi-beats straight to your hearts and bones.
Commanders Willgoose and Wrigglesworth were back at sub-station headquarters for strike two, THE RACE FOR SPACE (2015) {*8}. A nostalgic sci-fi concept dealing with the Apollo missions rather than looking a bit of leg-room, the record opened with a title-track JFK speech on the pros of man’s need to orbit, then land on the Moon – and beyond. The historical cosmic battle between Russia and the States is emphasised on the back-to-back The ORB-meets-funk `Sputnik’ and Gagarin’, but its in atmospheric soundscapes `E.V.A.’ and `The Other Side’ that crack the surface. Folkies the SMOKE FAIRIES make a welcome guest appearance on the harmony-addled `Valentina’, a track in stark contrast to the beat-bopping, head-swirling single `Go!’.
© MCS May2013-Feb2015

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