Posts Tagged ‘synthcore’

September 18, 2017
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We first shared this track over three years ago, but Until The Ribbon Breaks’ unique re-imagination of Phantogram’s Fall In Love seems to have been brought back into the light recently with an official single release on Republic, so we’re going to give the brilliant re-work of one of our favorite Phantogram songs another much deserved whirl. British project UTRB, whose dark and gritty synthpop and electronica is always welcome in our books, strips down Phantogram’s trip hop anthem, creating an ambient electronic soundscape full of smooth ripples, cosmic synths, and glitchy beats in its stead. The resulting composition feels like it spans space and time. It’s a profoundly sprawling, deeply meditative beauty that could very well be examining the meanings of love and life, or how they’ve intertwined through the ages.

August 31, 2017
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Mystery and intrigue abounds as a new producer from Melbourne captures both our imagination and our nostalgia ridden hearts with his music. Appropriately named Kloake, this cloaked instigator of feels and thrills makes electronic music rooted in the analog days of the 80′s and 90′s. Synthcore, techno, electro house, and modern day electronica are interwoven together dexterously and smoothly. Though Kloake’s latest original, Bridges, featuring Nez Erok, leans hard into future bass territory, you can still detect a copious amount of throwback elements in the sleek oscillating, beautifully exquisite anthem. For more of a retrowave adventure, stream Kloake’s Honour below, which was the producer’s debut release earlier this month. It broods darkly and pulses magnificently, an adrenaline pumping electro-techno extravaganza that evokes Boys Noise, Gesaffelstein, and classic French house (ie. Daft Punk, Justice) all at once. Another can’t miss track from Kloake is his remix a year ago of Dj Falcon & Thomas Bangalter’s Together, plump with electro house and acid techno vibes. Whoever Kloake is, we’re big new fans, and we’re hoping he drops more tracks soon.

August 31, 2017
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It’s been a very long wait that spanned years, but Oliver’s debut album Full Circle has finally arrived. We already know from the Los Angeles dance and electronica outfits’ prior previews from the release that it’s filled with some guest talent studded gems, like previously shared Chemicals, which features MNDR. Epic fifteen track Full Circle also includes a song that features none other than IHM favorite and hotly buzzing electronic pop sensation Elohim. She lends her unmistakably bewitching and svelte vocals to Wherever We Are’s spacious and lavish soundscape. The end result is a little bit poignant, and a whole lot of fluorescent surging, warm rippling electro catharsis. There’s even a gorgeous saxophone lead segment near the end that brings us to full nirvana as well as a surprise synthcore epilogue.  Oliver’s debut album Full Circle can be streamed on Soundcloud, here.

August 10, 2017
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Following the release of their colossally successful collaborative single I Want You, Moving Castle prodigies Manila Killa and Robotaki have announced a co-headlining tour this fall, and I’m crying in the corner because I don’t see San Francisco on the schedule. At least the news comes with a new remix of that sanguine skimming, Matthew John Kurz featuring summer anthem by Los Angeles dance scholars Party Pupils. Its pulsing magnificence & stuttering grandeur is more than enough to lift my spirits and instill in me an immeasurable amount of elation. Party Pupils’ rendition of I Want You certainly departs from what we’ve heard from the pair in the past. They venture into a unique neon retrowave/synthcore meets future funk world with the sleek jabbing edit. If only I had a Testarossa to hop into so I could cruise the streets at night in style to the rousing remix. Find out more about Manila Killa and Robotaki’s I Want You tour, here.

July 18, 2017
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I’m always down for neon synthwave, but I happen to be on an extra intense synthwave kick right now after hitting up an event called Turbo Drive at DNA Lounge last Friday. FM-84 and The Midnight performed at the glorious sold out show, and though I had a more than abundant dose of euphoria inducing, 80′s inspired retrowave and synthpop that night, I just had to get more of it once I returned home. That was when I discovered Wice and his magnificent synthcore music, on which he flawlessly melds synthwave with electro. Star Fighter is the Danish producer’s latest single. It’s like a propulsive driving cross between Kavinsky and S U R V I V E. The epic pulsing intergalactic space adventure comes with just the right animated visual accompaniment. Revel in Star Fighter’s music video, below. The song is included on a compilation album from NewRetroWave named Magnatron 2.0, which you can find on Bandcamp, here, or iTunes, here.

July 7, 2017
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When we think of summer days hanging by the pool, we’re reminded of youthful crushes and playful shenanigans, so it’s more than fitting that a song like Young Love would come by way of German outfit Pool. The ebullient feel good anthem is a welcome return by a band who last enamored us nearly a year ago with their uptempo, radiant indie pop on Forever Like That. If you’ve ever wondered what Milky Chance would sound like if they went sun kissed dance pop and sanguine indie rock, with a light dusting of Phoenix and a drizzle of Two Door Cinema Club, Pool’s Young Love is your answer. An 80′s synthwave and French house driven rendition of the song accompanies the new tune. You can take Phil Speiser’s glorious remix for a spin below.

July 4, 2017
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I’m a bit peeved that I still haven’t received my copy of London Grammar’s latest album, and I’ve reached out to Amazon to inquire about the situation, but at least the UK trio’s new Oh Woman Oh Man remix EP is here to bring me an abundance of sonic bliss. The four track release can be streamed in full on Soundcloud, here. Aside from stacked remixes by Tiga, MK, and DC Breaks, the EP closes with this gorgeous remix by Brooklyn based producer Chrome Sparks, who blew me away when I caught him at SXSW earlier this year. Jeremy Malvin’s rendition of Oh Woman Oh Man is a glistening, rippling pool of sublime synthcore and ambient electronica. It’s a journey into the subconscious, an expansive and profound experience guided by Hannah Reid’s pristine voice. You can purchase London Grammar’s new album Truth Is A Beautiful Thing from their official store, here, or from iTunes, here. Heck, you might receive it before I do. I give you permission to gloat. 

June 28, 2017
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Magdalena Bay’s music has always been fit for a night time cruise down a neon lit highway, and Drive Alone is a prime example why. The duo of Mica Tenenbaum and Matthew Levin delivers a fresh and epic dose of 80′s nostalgia on their new synthwave and disco pop ballad. Despite its saccharine melody and iridescent opulence, there’s a dark and wistful, lonely and aching undertone to the space pop single. Extend your “drive” with Magdalena Bay’s prior singles on Soundcloud, here.

June 22, 2017
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It’s been a long moment since we heard from Young Ejecta, the synthpop project consisting of Neon Indian’s Leanne Macomber and esteemed producer Joel Ford. I couldn’t help but wonder during that time frame whether we’d ever hear from the pair again, as I’m sure both members of the band have tons on their plates from everything else that they must be doing. But lucky for us, they’ve found time to come back with their first new song in two years, and what a glorious return it is. Build A Fire is big and bold, with throbbing beats and bewitching vocals. 80′s synthcore meets haunting dream pop on the electrifying tune. Build A Fire crescendos to a rumbling apex bordering on vocal trance. Build A Fire will be released on limited edition 12″ alongside a bevy of remixes. Pre-order the vinyl, here.

June 16, 2017

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Some of you young ones probably have no idea what Knight Rider is, but as an 80′s baby, I grew up to David Hasselhoff’s show with talking car KITT. Win Butler of Arcade Fire (also known as DJ Windows 98 though he doesn’t use the moniker here) pays tribute of sorts to the show with a synthcore driven remake of esteemed English electronic outfit BEAK>’s  Sex Music. The glorious ‘Knight Rider’ remix feels like a warped 80′s version of some of Arcade Fire’s Reflektor era funky grooving jams. It’s dark and eerie, but in a flashy glittering manner. BEAK>’s original is out digitally via Invada Records with a 7″ to follow.