Since making his debut as a leader with 2001's At Last, Marcus Strickland has established a reputation as a composer of remarkable depth and breadth. On Nihil Novi, his first Blue Note offering, Strickland showcases a new band – trumpeter Keyon Harrold, keyboardists Mitch Henry and Masayuki Hirano, bassist Kyle Miles, and drummer Charles Haynes. His new tunes offer an even greater array of styles, harmonic textures, and dynamics, and reveal his preoccupation with hip-hop beatmaking. (This isn't a jazz/hip-hop fusion record.) Nihil Novi was expertly and empathetically produced by Meshell Ndegeocello, who also guests on bass. Strickland also brings in some old friends and allies, including Robert Glasper, Chris Dave, Pino Palladino, and Chris Bruce.
Limited 2008 two disc (CD + DVD) edition of this collection from the Synth Pop duo, celebrating their 30th Anniversary as a recording unit. The 20 track CD features all the hits and fan favorites including 'Electricity', 'Enola Gay', 'Joan Of Arc', 'Tesla Girls', 'Sailing On The Seven Seas' and more. The accompanying DVD boasts 31 promo videos, of which 28 have never been available before on DVD and 11 are released for the first time. An excellent package for the hardcore fan and the OMD novice. Party like it's 1982! EMI.
Smarting from Dazzle Ships' commercial failure, the band had a bit of a rethink when it came to their fifth album – happily, the end result showed that the group was still firing on all fours. While very much a pop-oriented album and a clear retreat from the exploratory reaches of previous work, Junk Culture was no sacrifice of ideals in pursuit of cash. In comparison to the group's late-'80s work, when it seemed commercial success was all that mattered, Junk Culture exhibits all the best qualities of OMD at their most accessible – instantly memorable melodies and McCluskey's distinct singing voice, clever but emotional lyrics, and fine playing all around.