Music of Quality and Distinction: The British Electric Foundatio

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6 Music looks back at the pioneering work of British Electric Foundation (BEF), the production company formed by Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh when The Human League split up in 1980.

BEF released two volumes of Music of Quality and Distinction, in which well-known songs were re-interpreted using synthesizers and sequencers, in order to show that electronic music could have soul. Artists such as Tina Turner and Chaka Khan performed on the albums, which have in turn influenced contemporary artists including La Roux.

Contributors include BEF's Martyn Ware; Heaven 17's Glenn Gregory; Radio 2's Paul Jones and Sandie Shaw, who both sang on Music of Quality and Distinction Volume One; and Elly Jackson of La Roux.

BEF are now working on a new album, their previous work is being re-issued and the band perform a very rare gig at London's Roundhouse next week.
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