A shared love of KRAFTWERK resulted in JON RUSSELL and MARK J STAGG recording together during
the early 1990s in Manchester, England. They reconnected in 2019, when Jon asked Mark to remix some
tracks for his alter ego JONTEKNIK. Then, during the locked-down year of 2020, they started working
remotely as ROCKET REPORT. Some tracks adopted the guitar skills of ROBERT MCCULLOCH, who has
become more involved as the project has progressed.
OVERMORROW is their debut album and was released on June 18th 2021. There are some darker
themes nestling among the pop and electronics, together with two covers that enthuse the band;
DEPECHE MODE’s‘ Clean ’is stripped down to reveal its vulnerable side,
JOY DIVISION’s‘ Disorder ’is celebrated with both a touch of dub
and some full-on rawness.
LP LAUNCH 004: SOLID RED VINYL IN GOLD STAMPED NUMBERED SLEEVE
A1 SELECTED 3:42
A2 DISORDER 3:33 [Originally by Joy Division]
A3 SHE SAID (SINGLE VERSION) 3:34
A4 GOING NOWHERE 3:19
A5 CLEAN 4:29 [Originally by Depeche Mode]
B1 HIGHS LIKE THIS (SINGLE VERSION) 3:30
B2 SYMPTOMS OF COLLAPSE 3:34
B3 BLACK DAYS 6:18
B4 BROKEN SOUL 5:15
Jon Russell is a programmer/writer/producer/remixer who has been making electronic music since 1988, releasing a fascinating arc of albums as Jonteknik and recently launching his own label, The Peoples Electric. His catalogue is extensive, selected highlights including Structural - which shipped in a unique 3D-printed CD case - and his own
personal favourites Large Hadron Collider and The Satellites of Substance. In 2019 he released Tectonics, which he felt took the Jonteknik concept to a natural and satisfying conclusion, completing that musical adventure for now. Along the way, he remained highly
prolific, with other work including co-producing and writing with Paul Humphreys (Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark) and Claudia Brücken (Propaganda), as well as remixing artists such as Le Cliché, Nature Of Wires, Metroland, iEuropean (feat. Wolfgang Flür and OMD. Rocket Report took shape during the 2020 summer of COVID, as Jon -
based on the south coast - began remotely collaborating with old friend Mark Stagg, based in Manchester. Crackling with a new-found energy, he now finds himself in the unexpected role of singer and lyricist, while his love for electronics continues unabated.
Mark J Stagg, aka Staggman, has also been making music for much longer than he probably should. He just doesn’t know what else to do. One time, in late-80s Manchester indie-pop band Pure, he was luckily “the only person hanging round the studio who knew how to use the computer”. So, as club culture exploded, he found himself engineering,
programming and occasionally co-writing a string of dance anthems including classics by K-Klass, Evolution, Eskimos & Egypt, Rhythm Foundation, Unit 93 and more. Alongside legendary DJ Justin Robertson he remixed everyone from Björk to New Order, Inspiral Carpets to Erasure, Finitribe and The Grid. Forming his own imprint, Pro-Gress, he
remixed The Shamen, Nitzer Ebb and Frontline Assembly, subsequently expanding it to a full-blown band project. His true fanboy moment came working with one of his all-time favourites bands - Sparks, before trumping his achievement with the platinum-selling Sehnsucht album by industrial giants Rammstein. Later he became part of production
team FAF, scoring hits for The Tamperer and Rednex, while more recent projects have included singles for Royksöpp, Moby and Robyn.