Posts Tagged ‘italo disco’

May 18, 2018

It’s happened! It’s finally, finally happened! Barring another sudden delay (the last one being Valentine’s Day a few years ago, when Johnny Jewel reportedly destroyed the recordings due to being the perfectionist we’re glad he is), Chromatics’ Dear Tommy is on its way into our outstretched arms, uh, ears! The album is due to arrive this fall via Italians Do It Better, and this welcome news, worthy of much revelry, is accompanied by brand new single Black Walls. Sure, it hasn’t been a complete Chromatics drought these past few of years. After all, we were treated to the music Jewel wrote for Twin Peaks: The Return last year as well as the band’s delightful cameos on the show. But Dear Tommy has been a long time coming, and now Black Walls reminds us exactly why we’re going to be a forever fan of the band. Dark droopy synthpop and ominous italo-disco exude morbidly romantic, sweetly tortured vibes. As always, we lose ourselves in Ruth Radelet’s soft dreamy voice. We gladly stay there, lost in the Chromatics, as we wait for a definite release date for Dear Tommy.

May 18, 2018
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One of my most epic evenings at SXSW this past March involved Cut Copy. It was the last night of my annual migration to Austin, and I had no idea what to do since most of my music buddies had already left. Serendipity brought me to the band’s headlining set on Rainey Street. I didn’t think I’d be able to get in to the show, since I expected a stupendously long line, but thanks to my music badge, I made it right in and danced to my heart’s content. And now, Cut Copy’s bassist Ben Browning has made a splendorous return with new solo music to keep me moving. We last heard from him two years ago when he dropped exuberant Friends Of Mine. Now he charms us aplenty with a new song appropriately named Sunshine Baby. It’s a golden luscious, sweetly candied, & kaleidoscopic twirling track that melds chromatic italo-wave with glamorous disco funk. Sunshine Baby will be on Ben Browning’s forthcoming sophomore album named Even Though. He says of his next  album, which arrives on June 22nd: “After listening to this record I hope people feel like they’ve gone on a smooth psychedelic journey through a colorful musical world. I wanted to create an album that people would want to play in their homes whilst cooking dinner or getting high and imagine what they’re hearing comes from a land created by Jim Henson – or perhaps they’re listening a lost George Harrison album recorded in the Caribbean and discovered on a VHS tape 30 years later."​​​​​​​

May 1, 2018
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New Norwegian project BLYTT could very well be my favorite new Scandi-pop obsession. I harbor a deep love for dark Italo-disco, and the new Bergen-based trio have laced their cinematic electro-pop debut with plenty of deep pumping beats, ambrosial keys, and elastic jabbing synths. Closer is dreamy and luscious, an atmospheric throbbing track that channels some of the same dynamic energy as fellow Scandinavian projects like Röyksopp and Robyn (in particular, their music together). Closer is triumphant and exultant, just like the tone of its lyrics. “I want to shout it from the rooftops”. I do, I really do. I want to shout about how glorious this debut is, and lose myself in its glorious splendor. You can find Closer on iTunes, here.

April 3, 2018
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Last week, Welsh singer and musician Ryan James dropped his latest song as Man Without Country, teaming up with platinum selling Norwegian producer Ralph Myerz and Norwegian synth duo Crucial Things in the process. Remember the Bad Things is a slick pulsating, fleecy whirring slice of nostalgic synthpop and indie electro bliss. Plucky guitar punctuates the italo-disco inflected, opulently thrumming dazzler, which is out now via Killing Moon Records. For a song about remembering bad things, Man Without Country’s new single sure brings us a massive dose of rhapsodic euphoria. 

November 11, 2017

I have an insatiable love for all things Johnny Jewel or Chromatics, so I was elated when a new eight track demo version of At Your Door surfaced earlier this week. The original song comes off of 2012 album Kill For Love. I’ve listened to this new stripped down and minimalist version countless times in the past couple of days. Ruth Radelet’s voice, its moody keys, and its sparse synth line entrance to the utmost. It’s a more than ample dose of the Chromatics’ usual dreamy nostalgia and foggy sadness, but with a disrobed, unsheltered charm. Here’s to hoping Johnny Jewel will finally be releasing Chromatics’ next album Dear Tommy soon. 

November 2, 2017
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Ladytron’s Marnie released her second solo album Strange Words And Weird Wars just a couple of weeks ago. She’s since dropped an immense remix pack for her single Lost Maps, too, which includes this fluorescent pulsing, epic throbbing dance edit by Bossy Love producer/writer/drummer John Baillie Jnr. The remix is exultant and triumphant, with dark luscious synths and percolating beats. John Baillie Jnr, formerly o Glasgow ‘fight-pop’ band Dananananaykroyd and electro house duo Dolby Anol, is well known for his stellar remixes too, having worked with Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk, La Roux, and The Gossip in the past. He’s certainly knocked this one out of the ballpark. Prepare to dance till the early hours of the morning to his invigorating remix of Marnie’s Lost Maps. 

October 27, 2017
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I don’t know about you, but I’m super crazy excited for season two of Stranger Things on Netflix, which is arriving in but a few days to coincide with Halloween. Australian sibling trio Niterunner pays tribute to their love for the show with a fabulous re-working of S U R V I V E’s synthwave theme. Strange Talk takes on a woozy dissonance and a chill disco twirl. It’s so dreamy intoxicating and foggy enthralling that it could’ve fit right in with the dream pop found on Twin Peak’s soundtrack. Strange Talk is like Men I Trust mixed with the Chromatics’ Italo disco and an ethereal drizzle of Yumi Zouma, all wrapped up in Stranger Thing’s 80s world. Download the track for free, here, while we ready ourselves for a Stranger Things 2 binge spree.

October 19, 2017
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French electronic outfit KCPK dropped a heckuva gripping and riveting five track EP earlier this month named Critics. The title track is a regal sweeping, grandiose soaring anthem. Its throbbing electronica is heavily adorned in icy synths and pounding beats. It’s also infused with bold electro-rock and painted in a new wavey gloss. Critics is perfect for a visceral and liberating solo dance session. KCPK also shared a video this week for opulently pulsating, darkwavey  synthpop track The End, their current single off Critics. The theatrical clip was directed by Luc Besson’s Steadicam operator Loïc Andrieu, with cinematography by DoP Nicolas Loir (Ghostpoet, Woodkid, Alt-J) and with VFX by famous French Flame artist and VFX artist David Danesi (Jackie, The Artist). The cinematic video, which premiered on Nowness, captures a teenage girl’s worst nightmare. Stream KCPK’s Critics EP in full on Soundcloud, here

September 6, 2017
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BICEP, a project helmed by Belfast-born, London-based duo Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson, just released their eponymous debut album last Friday, and it’d be criminal not to take a prolonged moment to extol their captivating electronica. The duo’s sound is founded on the blueprint of classic house, techno, electro, and Italo disco, but morphed and transformed such that it couldn’t be anything else but BICEP. Album track Vale is a dusky hypnotic, restless thrumming spectacular that takes us on a journey of euphoria and catharsis. Hints of UK house, garage, and R&B season the sublime track. The pair also released a music video for AURA last week, another stand out cut from their self titled full length. Watch the visualizer below as you dance away to its dark techno and gothy trance brilliance, much reminiscent of some of Crystal Castles and TR/ST’s production, but in a more uplifting and ecstatic manner. The songs, and BICEP’s debut EP, are available from iTunes, here.

June 6, 2017
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Today was a very fruitful day. I dug up quite a lot of jewels on my music discovering adventures outside of just sleuthing through the endless emails and submissions we receive. One such pearl that I encountered is a Parisian electronic musician named Tainsus, who harbors a strong penchant for 80′s synths and modern day samplers. Someone Who Looked Like You is his latest delectable concoction, and it’s absolutely sublime. Phoenix (particularly recent summer wavey Phoenix) meets 80′s synthwave and a dapper Electric Guest groove on the luxuriously smoldering, nostalgic simmering jam. Someone Who Looked Like You is available from Bandcamp, here. For more of Tainsus’ 80′s inspired synthcore meets French house, stream Stronger Together and A Polaroid Of Our Love below.