L’annuncio arriva con l’anno nuovo. Puntuale all’inizio del 2014: “H17 are writing and recording for the first studio album in 12 years. Happy New Year from all at H17HQ…”. La storia elettrosintetica della Sheffield a cavallo della fine degli anni ’70 e i primi fondamentali anni ’80. Il trio originale – Martyn Ware, Ian Craig Marsh, Glenn Gregory – produce almeno tre album mirabili (i primi) per poi lentamente eclissarsi e riprendere in mano (negli anni ’90) l’operazione B.E.F. Marsh abbandona nel 2007 e Ware/Gregory continuano l’attività senza sosta alcuna.
“Heaven 17, please remember, were not even intended to be a group. In the beginning was the British Electric Foundation, or B.E.F., for short. Born out of the collapse of the original Human League, and the brainchild of Martyn Ware, that band’s leader, B.E.F. was less a record label, as a portfolio of future musical projects of which Heaven 17 would be just one. Ian Craig Marsh, co-founder of the Human League, would join Ware along with Glenn Gregory as lead vocalist the man who would have been the original Human League singer had he not been unavailable…”.