You could the lucky winner of a signed copy of the debut album from Near Future, Blancmange frontman Neil Arthur’s new project!

Blancmange’s Neil Arthur has joined forces with electronic artist Jez Bernholz to form the exciting new outfiit Near Future. The collaboration dates back a couple of years when the pair met and discussed doing a one-off single. Files were swapped, sounds and lyrics re-wired, and the gloriously minimal result was two songs – Ideal Home and Overwhelmed.

While both of these initial tracks are melodic, the tone is different: Ideal Home is icy and detached, quietly raging and machine-like, while Overwhelmed feels nostalgic and warm, a sense of loss that’s more haunting than angry. These subtle switches of mood run through the debut full-length album Ideal Home.

“It just seemed really exciting. It didn’t even have to be music, it could just be sounds or words,” recalls the Blancmange mainman. His Near Future partner, Bernholz, is a Brighton-based musician who also performs live as part of Gazelle Twin.


Classic Pop has 10 signed copies of Ideal Home (five CDs and five vinyl) up for grabs. All you have to do is answer this question:

Blancmange scored a Top 40 hit with a cover of The Day Before You Came in 1984. Who recorded the original?
A) Blondie
C) Fleetwood Mac

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