Future Islands is an American synthpop band based in Baltimore, Maryland, and signed to 4AD. The band formed in January 2006 in Greenville, North Carolina and is composed of Gerrit Welmers, William Cashion, and Samuel T. Herring
Shoc Corridor were a minimal wave group from West London who released two full-lengths and a handful of singles during the early 1980s. Their songs typically consisted of sparse, midtempo drum machine beats and chilling, atmospheric synths, often with wayward vocals. Some of their tracks featured 4/4 beats that prefigured techno, but their sound was generally a bit too light and delicate for the dancefloor. The group was formed in the early ’80s by vocalist Paul O’Carroll, guitarist Chris Davis, and synthesizer players Andy Garnham and Nogi Prass. They signed to a small London-based label called Shout and released their debut 12″ EP A Blind Sign in 1982. Debut full-length Experiments in Incest arrived the following year. David and Prass then left the group, and were replaced by Paul Humphries and Sarah Panton. The new lineup of Shoc Corridor released 7″ single “Holding Treasure” on Shout, and 12″ single “Fever” and Train of Events, their significantly more accessible second LP, on the Quiet label, all in 1984. Tragically, Humphries committed suicide that year, and the band ceased activity. Belgian label Classix Records brought the group’s catalog to compact disc with the release of Anthology in 1993. Another Belgian label, Testtoon Records, released a remix 12″ of Shoc Corridor’s track “Artificial Horizon” in early 2013. San Francisco-based label Dark Entries reissued Shoc Corridor’s debut LP in 2015.