Amanda Lamb, Sean McGuinness and Willow Rose - Lego Ninjago: Masters Of Spinjitzu - TV premiere held at the Empire Leicester Square - Arrivals. at Empire Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 7th February 2015
Dan Martin with sponsor Robert Lamb (Sunglasses.ie) - Irish professional cyclists Nicolas Roche, Sam Bennett, Philip Deignan and Dan Martin attend a "Meet the Pros" event in Dunboyne Castle Hotel, Dublin, Ireland - 13.11.14. - Dublin, Ireland - Friday 14th November 2014
A duo originally from Manchester consisting of Andy Barlow and singer Lou Rhodes, Lamb's defining moment arguably came in 1996 with 'Górecki', the fourth single from their self-titled début album. Operating in a trip-hop niche not exactly renowned for its ability to emote positively, it also seemed to be a commercial breakthrough, with Rhodes' almost childlike vocals giving up feelings of tenderness and devotion that charmed those looking to escape the laddish final throes of Brit pop.
Returns, however, have diminished for the pair since that point, leading to a seven year hiatus between albums which finally ended in 2011. One of the reasons is that both Rhodes and Barlow now have active solo careers, hence also the gap between 'Backspace Unwind' and its predecessor '5', and the music business being what it is these days, they're equally comfortable to now be operating without a label.
So, confident, experienced and happy - what will the results be? The answer depends on your perspective. It's obvious that no boundaries are being pushed: 'Backspace Unwind' continues to use as its base components the dream-like textures of Rhodes' voice set against Barlow's layered programming; this juxtaposition between de-humanised technology and the fragile human ego being their most notable quality. Opening track 'In Binary' is a prime example of this at work, smudged techno beeps running alongside occasional strings, like a lullaby for The Terminator's children.
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Nigel Lamb - Britain's Nigel Lamb won the 2014 Red Bull Air Race World Championship on Sunday with a dramatic victory under pressure at the season finale in Spielberg, Austria, with a heart-stopping second place finish after Austria's Hannes Arch ended up a disappointing fourth place in a nail-biting final in front of a sell-out crowd of 35,000 spectators. France's Nicolas Ivanoff won the race in the Austrian Alps on a sunny afternoon for his second victory this season but the 9 points that Lamb won was enough stave off a powerful challenge from local hero Arch and keep the British pilot in first place with a grand total of 62 points from the eight-race world championship, which was the most exciting in the high-speed, low-altitude sport's history. Arch, who could have won the World Championship with a victory in the final, ended up nine points behind Lamb and second overall for the third straight time in the world's fastest motorsport series after being the runner-up to Paul Bonhomme of Britain in 2009 and 2010. "It's just amazing," said Lamb, who came from far behind in the World Championship with a victory in the third race of the season in Malaysia and then got five straight second place finishes to overtake Arch and Bonhomme in the standings. In Austria, Lamb had watched nervously as Arch dominated all three training sessions before the weekend racing and the crushed everyone else with blazing speed in Saturday's Qualifying at the picturesque Red Bull Ring track, which was surrounded by snow-capped mountains. "I feel very lucky because I didn't think that my time was even good enough to get on the podium. It's an amazing feeling. It's a great day. It's an indescribable feeling." Cheered on by the boisterous sell-out crowd, Arch had been unstoppable all weekend on the Formula One track not far from his hometown of Trofaiach. Flying last in the Final Four, Arch knew that he could win the world championship if he could fly faster than Lamb and the other two rivals. But he - Spielberg, Austria - Sunday 26th October 2014