Boomkat Product Review:
Reproduction is The Human League’s debut album and a cornerstone of what we now know as synth-pop, electro-pop; all that stuff with people singing along to machines.
This new edition of Reproduction is the freshest vinyl version since the late ‘80s, and since then the band have arguably become household names thanks to their later efforts in the world-taking Dare (1983) album.
However, Reproduction remains a classic of resolutely experimental pop music, arriving from the effective tabula rasa of punk and post-punk to establish the possible parameters for northern english guys with floppy fringes and sharp suits wielding synths and drum machines.
Across its 10 songs, THL extract a timeless soul from their machine, giving a much more “human” feel to their machine-made song craft than, say, Kraftwerk before them, whilst also emphasising a sort of stylish dancefloor discipline indigenous to grey, working class northern towns inherited from a love of hard-working US funk and soul.
Square root business. Always recommended.